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  1. Uniqueness property for quasiharmonic functions

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    Sevdiyor A. Imomkulov

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we consider a class of continuous functions, called quasiaharmonic functions, admitting best approximations by harmonic polynomials. In this class we prove a uniqueness theorem by analogy with the analytic functions.

  2. Using non-invasive molecular spectroscopic techniques to detect unique aspects of protein Amide functional groups and chemical properties of modeled forage from different sourced-origins.

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    Ji, Cuiying; Zhang, Xuewei; Yu, Peiqiang

    2016-03-05

    The non-invasive molecular spectroscopic technique-FT/IR is capable to detect the molecular structure spectral features that are associated with biological, nutritional and biodegradation functions. However, to date, few researches have been conducted to use these non-invasive molecular spectroscopic techniques to study forage internal protein structures associated with biodegradation and biological functions. The objectives of this study were to detect unique aspects and association of protein Amide functional groups in terms of protein Amide I and II spectral profiles and chemical properties in the alfalfa forage (Medicago sativa L.) from different sourced-origins. In this study, alfalfa hay with two different origins was used as modeled forage for molecular structure and chemical property study. In each forage origin, five to seven sources were analyzed. The molecular spectral profiles were determined using FT/IR non-invasive molecular spectroscopy. The parameters of protein spectral profiles included functional groups of Amide I, Amide II and Amide I to II ratio. The results show that the modeled forage Amide I and Amide II were centered at 1653 cm(-1) and 1545 cm(-1), respectively. The Amide I spectral height and area intensities were from 0.02 to 0.03 and 2.67 to 3.36 AI, respectively. The Amide II spectral height and area intensities were from 0.01 to 0.02 and 0.71 to 0.93 AI, respectively. The Amide I to II spectral peak height and area ratios were from 1.86 to 1.88 and 3.68 to 3.79, respectively. Our results show that the non-invasive molecular spectroscopic techniques are capable to detect forage internal protein structure features which are associated with forage chemical properties.

  3. Using non-invasive molecular spectroscopic techniques to detect unique aspects of protein Amide functional groups and chemical properties of modeled forage from different sourced-origins

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    Ji, Cuiying; Zhang, Xuewei; Yu, Peiqiang

    2016-03-01

    The non-invasive molecular spectroscopic technique-FT/IR is capable to detect the molecular structure spectral features that are associated with biological, nutritional and biodegradation functions. However, to date, few researches have been conducted to use these non-invasive molecular spectroscopic techniques to study forage internal protein structures associated with biodegradation and biological functions. The objectives of this study were to detect unique aspects and association of protein Amide functional groups in terms of protein Amide I and II spectral profiles and chemical properties in the alfalfa forage (Medicago sativa L.) from different sourced-origins. In this study, alfalfa hay with two different origins was used as modeled forage for molecular structure and chemical property study. In each forage origin, five to seven sources were analyzed. The molecular spectral profiles were determined using FT/IR non-invasive molecular spectroscopy. The parameters of protein spectral profiles included functional groups of Amide I, Amide II and Amide I to II ratio. The results show that the modeled forage Amide I and Amide II were centered at 1653 cm- 1 and 1545 cm- 1, respectively. The Amide I spectral height and area intensities were from 0.02 to 0.03 and 2.67 to 3.36 AI, respectively. The Amide II spectral height and area intensities were from 0.01 to 0.02 and 0.71 to 0.93 AI, respectively. The Amide I to II spectral peak height and area ratios were from 1.86 to 1.88 and 3.68 to 3.79, respectively. Our results show that the non-invasive molecular spectroscopic techniques are capable to detect forage internal protein structure features which are associated with forage chemical properties.

  4. Metalworking Techniques Unlock a Unique Alloy

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    2015-01-01

    Approached by West Hartford, Connecticut-based Abbot Ball Company, Glenn Research Center agreed to test an intriguing alloy called Nitinol 60 that had been largely unused for a half century. Using powdered metallurgy, the partners developed a method for manufacturing and working with the material, which Abbott Ball has now commercialized. Nitinol 60 provides a unique combination of qualities that make it an excellent material for ball bearings, among other applications.

  5. Some unique superconductive Properties of Cuprates

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    Müller, K. A.

    2013-04-01

    Copper oxides are the only materials that show transition temperatures, Tc, above the boiling point of liquid nitrogen, with a maximum Tmc of 162 K under pressure. Their structure is layered, with one to several CuO2 planes, and upon hole doping, their transition temperature follows a dome-shaped curve with a maximum at Tmc. In the underdoped regime, i.e., below Tmc, a pseudogap T* is found, with T* always being larger than Tc, a property unique to the copper oxides [1]. In the superconducting state, Cooper pairs (two holes with antiparallel spins) are formed that exhibit coherence lengths on the order of a lattice distance in the CuO2 plane and one order of magnitude less perpendicular to it. Their macroscopic wave function is parallel to the CuO2 plane near 100% d at their surface, but only 75% d and 25 % s in the bulk, and near 100% s perpendicular to the plane in YBCO. There are two gaps with the same Tc [2]. As function of doping, the oxygen isotope effect is novel and can be quantitatively accounted for by a two-band vibronic theory [3] near Tmc, and underdoped below it till Tc = 0 with by a formula valid for (bi)polarons [4]. These cuprates are intrinsically heterogeneous in a dynamic way. In terms of quasiparticles, Jahn-Teller bipolarons are present at low doping, and aggregate upon cooling [1], so that probably ramified clusters and/or stripes are formed, leading over to a more Fermi-liquid-type behavior at large carrier concentrations above Tmc.

  6. Unique properties of Plasmodium falciparum porphobilinogen deaminase.

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    Nagaraj, Viswanathan Arun; Arumugam, Rajavel; Gopalakrishnan, Bulusu; Jyothsna, Yeleswarapu Sri; Rangarajan, Pundi N; Padmanaban, Govindarajan

    2008-01-04

    The hybrid pathway for heme biosynthesis in the malarial parasite proposes the involvement of parasite genome-coded enzymes of the pathway localized in different compartments such as apicoplast, mitochondria, and cytosol. However, knowledge on the functionality and localization of many of these enzymes is not available. In this study, we demonstrate that porphobilinogen deaminase encoded by the Plasmodium falciparum genome (PfPBGD) has several unique biochemical properties. Studies carried out with PfPBGD partially purified from parasite membrane fraction, as well as recombinant PfPBGD lacking N-terminal 64 amino acids expressed and purified from Escherichia coli cells (DeltaPfPBGD), indicate that both the proteins are catalytically active. Surprisingly, PfPBGD catalyzes the conversion of porphobilinogen to uroporphyrinogen III (UROGEN III), indicating that it also possesses uroporphyrinogen III synthase (UROS) activity, catalyzing the next step. This obviates the necessity to have a separate gene for UROS that has not been so far annotated in the parasite genome. Interestingly, DeltaPfP-BGD gives rise to UROGEN III even after heat treatment, although UROS from other sources is known to be heat-sensitive. Based on the analysis of active site residues, a DeltaPfPBGDL116K mutant enzyme was created and the specific activity of this recombinant mutant enzyme is 5-fold higher than DeltaPfPBGD. More interestingly, DeltaPfPBGDL116K catalyzes the formation of uroporphyrinogen I (UROGEN I) in addition to UROGEN III, indicating that with increased PBGD activity the UROS activity of PBGD may perhaps become rate-limiting, thus leading to non-enzymatic cyclization of preuroporphyrinogen to UROGEN I. PfPBGD is localized to the apicoplast and is catalytically very inefficient compared with the host red cell enzyme.

  7. Lipases at interfaces: unique interfacial properties as globular proteins.

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    Reis, P; Miller, R; Krägel, J; Leser, M; Fainerman, V B; Watzke, H; Holmberg, K

    2008-06-01

    The adsorption behavior of two globular proteins, lipase from Rhizomucor miehei and beta-lactoglobulin, at inert oil/water and air/water interfaces was studied by the pendant drop technique. The kinetics and adsorption isotherms were interpreted for both proteins in different environments. It was found that the adopted mathematical models well describe the adsorption behavior of the proteins at the studied interfaces. One of the main findings is that unique interfacial properties were observed for lipase as compared to the reference beta-lactoglobulin. A folded drop with a "skinlike" film was formed for the two proteins after aging followed by compression. This behavior is normally associated with protein unfolding and covalent cross-linking at the interface. Despite this, the lipase activity was not suppressed. By highlighting the unique interfacial properties of lipases, we believe that the presented work contributes to a better understanding of lipase interfacial activation and the mechanisms regulating lipolysis. The results indicate that the understanding of the physical properties of lipases can lead to novel approaches to regulate their activity.

  8. Unique properties of humic substances from sapropel

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    Rumyantsev, V. A.; Mityukov, A. S.; Kryukov, L. N.; Yaroshevich, G. S.

    2017-04-01

    Sapropel from inland Russian water reservoirs is becoming a popular raw material for medicinal purposes, production of sorbents, organomineral fertilizers, and food supplements. A comparative study of the granulometric and biological properties of humic substances obtained from sapropel in a typical way and using ultrasonic treatment of the relevant reaction masses was performed at the Institute of Limnology of the Russian Academy of Sciences. It is shown that the humic substances of sapropel with an increased content of nanoparticles used as veterinary preparations lead to a significant economic effect without using imported preparations.

  9. Is thermosensing property of RNA thermometers unique?

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    Premal Shah

    Full Text Available A large number of studies have been dedicated to identify the structural and sequence based features of RNA thermometers, mRNAs that regulate their translation initiation rate with temperature. It has been shown that the melting of the ribosome-binding site (RBS plays a prominent role in this thermosensing process. However, little is known as to how widespread this melting phenomenon is as earlier studies on the subject have worked with a small sample of known RNA thermometers. We have developed a novel method of studying the melting of RNAs with temperature by computationally sampling the distribution of the RNA structures at various temperatures using the RNA folding software Vienna. In this study, we compared the thermosensing property of 100 randomly selected mRNAs and three well known thermometers--rpoH, ibpA and agsA sequences from E. coli. We also compared the rpoH sequences from 81 mesophilic proteobacteria. Although both rpoH and ibpA show a higher rate of melting at their RBS compared with the mean of non-thermometers, contrary to our expectations these higher rates are not significant. Surprisingly, we also do not find any significant differences between rpoH thermometers from other gamma-proteobacteria and E. coli non-thermometers.

  10. Unique microstructure and excellent mechanical properties of ADI

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    Jincheng Liu

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Amongst the cast iron family, ADI has a unique microstructure and an excellent, optimised combination of mechanical properties. The main microstructure of ADI is ausferrite, which is a mixture ofextremely fine acicular ferrite and stable, high carbon austenite. There are two types of austenite in ADI:(1 the coarser and more equiaxed blocks of austenite between non-parallel acicular structures, which exist mainly in the last solidified area, and (2 the thin films of ustenite between the individual ferriteplatelets in the acicular structure. It is this unique microstructure, which gives ADI its excellent static and dynamic properties, and good low temperature impact toughness. The effect of microstructure on the mechanical properties is explained in more detail by examining the microstructure at the atomic scale. Considering the nanometer grain sizes, the unique microstructure, the excellent mechanical properties,good castability, (which enables near net shape components to be produced economically and in large volumes, and the fact that it can be 100% recycled, it is not overemphasized to call ADI a high-tech,nanometer and “green” material. ADI still has the potential to be further improved and its production and the number of applications for ADI will continue to grow, driven by the resultant cost savings over alternative materials.

  11. Unique microstructure and excellent mechanical properties of ADI

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    Jincheng Liu

    2006-01-01

    Amongst the cast iron family, ADI has a unique microstructure and an excellent, optimised combination of mechanical properties. The main microstructure of ADI is ausferrite, which is a mixture of extremely fine acicular ferrite and stable, high carbon austenite. There are two types of austenite in ADI:(1) the coarser and more equiaxed blocks of austenite between non-parallel acicular structures, which exist mainly in the last solidified area, and (2) the thin films of austenite between the individual ferrite platelets in the acicular structure. It is this unique microstructure, which gives ADI its excellent static and dynamic properties, and good low temperature impact toughness. The effect of microstructure on the mechanical properties is explained in more detail by examining the microstructure at the atomic scale.Considering the nanometer grain sizes the unique microstructure, the excellent mechanical properties,good castability, (which enables near net shape components to be produced economically and in large volumes), and the fact that it can be 100% recycled, it is not overemphasized to call ADI a high-tech,nanometer and "green" material. ADI still has the potential to be further improved and its production and the number of applications for ADI will continue to grow, driven by the resultant cost savings over altemative materials.

  12. Unique Properties of Heat Generation in Nanoscale Systems

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    周利玲

    2011-01-01

    We study tie unique properties of current-induced heat generation Q in nanostructures and its absence in macroscopic bulks. A lead-quantum dot-lead system is taken into consideration and it is found that its unique properties stem from energy quantization of the system and arise only under conditions of low temperature and weak dot-lead coupling. The relation of Q o I (I is the system current) fails in nanosystems, while the Q peaks align with peaks of phonon-assisted current under small bias. As a result, one can expect a large current accompanied by relatively small Q when the elastic current peak does not coincide with the phonon-assisted one, the ideal working condition for a nanostructure.%We study the unique properties of current-induced heat generation Q in nanostructures and its absence in macroscopic bulks.A lead-quantum dot-lead system is taken into consideration and it is found that its unique properties stem from energy quantization of the system and arise only under conditions of low temperature and weak dotlead coupling.The relation of Q o I(I is the system current)fails in nanosystems,while the Q peaks align with peaks of phonon-assisted current under small bias.As a result,one can expect a large current accompanied by relatively small Q when the elastic current peak does not coincide with the phonon-assisted one,the ideal working condition for a nanostructure.

  13. Building unique surface structure on aramid fibers through a green layer-by-layer self-assembly technique to develop new high performance fibers with greatly improved surface activity, thermal resistance, mechanical properties and UV resistance

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    Zhou, Lifang; Yuan, Li; Guan, Qingbao; Gu, Aijuan; Liang, Guozheng

    2017-07-01

    Combining green preparation and high performance is becoming the direction of sustainable development of materials. How to simultaneously overcome the two bottlenecks (poor surface activity and UV resistance) of aramid fibers (AFs) while improving thermal and mechanical properties through a green process is still an interesting issue with big challenge. Herein, new AFs (BL-AFs) were prepared by alternately self-assembling SiO2 and MgAlFe layered double hydroxide (LDH) on surfaces of AFs, successively, through a green layer-by-layer (LBL) self-assembly technique without using high temperature and organic solvent. The structures and properties of BL-AFs were systematically studied, which are controllable by adjusting the number of self-assembly cycle. The new fibers with three or more self-assembly cycles have remarkably improved surface activity, thermal resistance, mechanical properties and UV resistance compared with AFs. Typically, with three self-assembly cycles, the initial degradation temperature and char yield of the new fiber (3BL-AF) are as high as 552.9 °C and 81.2%, about 92 °C and 25.2% higher than those of AF, respectively; after 168 h-UV irradiation, the retention of tensile performances of 3BL-AF fiber is as high as 91-95%, about 29-14% higher than that of AF, showing the best overall performances among all modified AFs prepared using a green technique reported so far. The origin behind the attractive performances of BL-AFs is revealed through correlating with structures of original and modified fibers. The excellent comprehensive properties of BL-AFs demonstrate that the green method provided in this study is facile and effective to completely solve the bottlenecks of aramid fibers, and developing higher performance organic fibers.

  14. Analysis on Poe's Unique Techniques to Achieve Aestheticism

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    孔佳鸣

    2008-01-01

    Edgar Allan Poe was one of the most important poets in the American poetic history for his unremitting pursuit for ‘ideal beauty'.This essay proves by various examples chosen from his poems that his aestheticism was obvious in his versification techniques.His poetic theory and practice gave an immortal example for the development of the English poetry.

  15. Ingestion of drugs by "parachuting": a unique drug delivery technique.

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    Kenerson, Katherine L; Lear-Kaul, Kelly C

    2012-06-01

    "Parachuting" is a technique of drug delivery where medications or illicit drugs are ingested by wrapping the drug of choice in a covering, which then will dissolve or unravel in the gastrointestinal tract, thereby releasing the drug for absorption. Parachuting of drugs can entail crushing of a pill prior to packaging to theoretically increase the surface area for absorption or may involve the packaging of a higher than usual dose of a drug in attempts to attain a sustained-release effect as the "parachute" dissolves or unravels. A case is presented in which a prescription drug abuser known to parachute his medications dies from obstruction of his airway by the inhaled packet. Risks of parachuting any drug would include overdose and fatal toxic effect from the drug itself and adverse effects from the packaging including bowel obstruction or perforation, or airway obstruction.

  16. Boundary Unique Continuation Properties for Elliptic Operators With Singular Potentials

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    陶祥兴

    2006-01-01

    @@ 0 Introduction Because of applications to control theory, see Schmit and Weck's work in [1], the following unique continuation question (UCP) was raised in [2-3]: if u is a harmonic function in a connected Lipschitz domainΩ, vanishing continuously on an open subset Г of the boundary ( )Ω and whose normal derivative vanishes on a subset of Г of positive surface measure, does it follows that u is identically zero in Ω? On the other hand, the unique continuation problem has been focusing on second order equations in which the coefficients of the lower-order terms are allowed to be singular, which is suggested by situations of physical interest; see for instance the extensive survey papers [4-6].

  17. A survey of applications and requirements of unique identification systems and RFID techniques

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    Ilie-Zudor, Elisabeth; Kemeny, Zsolt; van Blommestein, Fred; Monostori, Laszlo; van der Meulen, Andre

    2011-01-01

    The paper contains an overview of unique identification issues and of the various radio frequency identification techniques that are available now or will become available in the short term. The paper also compares REID with traditional ID technologies. It shows application possibilities and gives e

  18. Uniqueness and asymptotic stability properties of the critical solution ...

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    This is because the non-instantaneous reaction of the state parameters is addressed. In this research, the Volterra prey/predator model system is modified by ... contraction and continuity properties of the functional on the Banach space are ...

  19. Diagnosis of human trichinellosis : pitfalls in the use of a unique immunoserological technique

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    Costantino S.N

    2001-06-01

    Full Text Available Serum samples belonging to three outbreaks in Argentina (47 patients taken at different times post-ingestion were analysed employing IIF and ELISA simultaneously. Results show that : a the number of patients diagnosed by a unique technique, especially by ELISA (31 patients, was lower than the one obtained by the simultaneous use of both assays (38 patients; b four patients out of the seven diagnosed by a unique technique were negative by the other assay over the period of time evaluated. Therefore, It can be concluded that the use of a sole immunoserological technique can not only lead to the delay in the detection but also to the misdiagnosis of this parasitic Infection.

  20. Friction Anisotropy: A unique and intrinsic property of decagonal quasicrystals

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    Mulleregan, Alice; Park, Jeong Young; Salmeron, Miquel; Ogetree, D.F.; Jenks, C.J.; Thiel, P.A.; Brenner, J.; Dubois, J.M.

    2008-06-25

    We show that friction anisotropy is an intrinsic property of the atomic structure of Al-Ni-Co decagonal quasicrystals and not only of clean and well-ordered surfaces that can be prepared in vacuum [J.Y. Park et al., Science (2005)]. Friction anisotropy is manifested both in nanometer size contacts obtained with sharp atomic force microscope (AFM) tips as well as in macroscopic contacts produced in pin-on-disc tribometers. We show that the friction anisotropy, which is not observed when an amorphous oxide film covers the surface, is recovered when the film is removed due to wear. Equally important is the loss of the friction anisotropy when the quasicrystalline order is destroyed due to cumulative wear. These results reveal the intimate connection between the mechanical properties of these materials and their peculiar atomic structure.

  1. Mild brain ischemia induces unique physiological properties in striatal astrocytes.

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    Wang, Li-Ping; Cheung, Giselle; Kronenberg, Golo; Gertz, Karen; Ji, Shengbo; Kempermann, Gerd; Endres, Matthias; Kettenmann, Helmut

    2008-07-01

    We studied the properties of GFAP-expressing cells in adult mouse striatum using acute brain slices from transgenic animals expressing EGFP under GFAP promoter. Under physiological conditions, two distinct populations of GFAP-EGFP cells could be identified: (1) brightly fluorescent cells had bushy processes, passive membrane properties, glutamate transporter activity, and high gap junction coupling rate typical for classical astrocytes; (2) weakly fluorescent cells were characterized by thin, clearly distinguishable processes, voltage-gated currents, complex responses to kainate, and low coupling rate reminiscent of an astrocyte subtype recently described in the hippocampus. Mild focal cerebral ischemia confers delayed neuronal cell death and astrogliosis in the striatum. Following middle cerebral artery occlusion and reperfusion, brightly fluorescent cells were the dominant GFAP-EGFP population observed within the ischemic lesion. Interestingly, the majority of these cells expressed voltage-gated channels, showed complex responses to kainate, and a high coupling rate exceeding that of brightly fluorescent control cells. A minority of cells had passive membrane properties and was coupled less compared with passive control cells. We conclude that, in the adult striatum, astrocytes undergo distinct pathophysiological changes after ischemic insults. The dominant population in the ischemic lesion constitutes a novel physiological phenotype unlike any normal astrocyte and generates a large syncytium which might be a neuroprotective response of reactive astrocytes.

  2. Carleman estimates and unique continuation property for the anisotropic differential-operator equations

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    Veli B SHAKHMUROV

    2008-01-01

    The unique continuation theorems for the anisotropic partial differential-operator equations with variable coefficients in Banach-valued Lp-spaces are studied. To obtain the uniform maximal regularity and the Carleman type estimates for parameter depended differential-operator equations, the sufficient conditions are founded. By using these facts, the unique continuation properties are established. In the application part, the unique continuation properties and Carleman estimates for finite or infinite systems of quasielliptic partial differential equations are studied.

  3. Carleman estimates and unique continuation property for the anisotropic differential-operator equations

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    Veli; B; SHAKHMUROV

    2008-01-01

    The unique continuation theorems for the anisotropic partial differential-operator equations with variable coeffcients in Banach-valued Lp-spaces are studied.To obtain the uniform maximal regularity and the Carleman type estimates for parameter depended differential-operator equations,the suffcient conditions are founded.By using these facts,the unique continuation properties are established.In the application part,the unique continuation properties and Carleman estimates for finite or infinite systems of quasielliptic partial differential equations are studied.

  4. Understanding the Unique Electronic Properties of Nano Structures Using Photoemission Theory.

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    Kwon, Soonnam; Choi, Won Kook

    2015-12-04

    Newly emerging experimental techniques such as nano-ARPES are expected to provide an opportunity to measure the electronic properties of nano-materials directly. However, the interpretation of the spectra is not simple because it must consider quantum mechanical effects related to the measurement process itself. Here, we demonstrate a novel approach that can overcome this problem by using an adequate simulation to corroborate the experimental results. Ab initio calculation on arbitrarily-shaped or chemically ornamented nano-structures is elaborately correlated to photoemission theory. This correlation can be directly exploited to interpret the experimental results. To test this method, a direct comparison was made between the calculation results and experimental results on highly-oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG). As a general extension, the unique electronic structures of nano-sized graphene oxide and features from the experimental result of black phosphorous (BP) are disclosed for the first time as supportive evidence of the usefulness of this method. This work pioneers an approach to intuitive and practical understanding of the electronic properties of nano-materials.

  5. UNIQUE CONTINUATION AND PERSISTENCE PROPERTIES OF SOLUTIONS OF THE 2-COMPONENT DEGASPERIS-PROCESI EQUATIONS

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    Fu Ying; Qu Changzheng

    2012-01-01

    In this article,the unique continuation and persistence properties of solutions of the 2-component Degasperis-Procesi equations are discussed.It is shown that strong solutions of the 2-component Degasperis-Procesi equations,initially decaying exponentially together with its spacial derivative,must be identically equal to zero if they also decay exponentially at a later time.

  6. Effects of uniquely processed cowpea and plantain flours on wheat bread properties

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    The effect of incorporating uniquely processed whole-seed cowpeas or plantain flours at 10 or 20 g/100 g in all-purpose flour on paste viscosity and bread-baking properties in model bread was determined. Flours from plantains processed as follows: unblanched plantains dried at 60 degrees C (PLC), so...

  7. Universal Property of Quantum Gravity implied by Uniqueness Theorem of Bekenstein-Hawking Entropy

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    Saida, Hiromi

    2011-01-01

    This paper consists of three steps. In the first, we prove that the Bekenstein-Hawking entropy is the unique expression of black hole entropy. Our proof is constructed in the framework of thermodynamics without any statistical discussion. In the second, intrinsic properties of quantum mechanics are shown, which justify the Boltzmann formula to yield a unique entropy in statistical mechanics. These properties clarify three conditions, one of which is necessary and others are sufficient for the validity of Boltzmann formula. In the third, by combining the above results, we find a reasonable suggestion from the sufficient conditions that the potential of gravitational interaction among microstates of underlying quantum gravity may not diverge to negative infinity (such as Newtonian gravity) but is bounded below at a finite length scale. In addition to that, from the necessary condition, the interaction has to be repulsive within the finite length scale. The length scale should be Planck size. Thus, quantum gravi...

  8. Exploitation of Unique Properties of Zeolites in the Development of Gas Sensors

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    Prabir K. Dutta

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available The unique properties of microporous zeolites, including ion-exchange properties, adsorption, molecular sieving, catalysis, conductivity have been exploited in improving the performance of gas sensors. Zeolites have been employed as physical and chemical filters to improve the sensitivity and selectivity of gas sensors. In addition, direct interaction of gas molecules with the extraframework cations in the nanoconfined space of zeolites has been explored as a basis for developing new impedance-type gas/vapor sensors. In this review, we summarize how these properties of zeolites have been used to develop new sensing paradigms. There is a considerable breadth of transduction processes that have been used for zeolite incorporated sensors, including frequency measurements, optical and the entire gamut of electrochemical measurements. It is clear from the published literature that zeolites provide a route to enhance sensor performance, and it is expected that commercial manifestation of some of the approaches discussed here will take place. The future of zeolite-based sensors will continue to exploit its unique properties and use of other microporous frameworks, including metal organic frameworks. Zeolite composites with electronic materials, including metals will lead to new paradigms in sensing. Use of nano-sized zeolite crystals and zeolite membranes will enhance sensor properties and make possible new routes of miniaturized sensors.

  9. Unique properties of graphene quantum dots and their applications in photonic/electronic devices

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    Choi, Suk-Ho

    2017-03-01

    In recent years, graphene quantum dots (GQDs) have been recognized as an attractive building block for electronic, photonic, and bio-molecular device applications. This paper reports the current status of studies on the novel properties of GQDs and their hybrids with conventional and low-dimensional materials for device applications. In this review, more emphasis is placed on the structural, electronic, and optical properties of GQDs, and device structures based on the combination of GQDs with various semiconducting/insulating materials such as graphene, silicon dioxide, Si quantum dots, silica nanoparticles, organic materials, and so on. Because of GQDs’ unique properties, their hybrid structures are employed in high-efficiency devices, including photodetectors, solar cells, light-emitting diodes, flash memory, and sensors.

  10. Enhanced Tensile Properties of Mg Sheets by a Unique Thermomechanical Processing Method

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    Bian, Mingzhe; Zeng, Zhuoran; Xu, Shiwei; Tang, Weineng; Davies, Christopher H. J.; Birbilis, Nick; Nie, Jian-feng

    2016-12-01

    A unique thermomechanical processing method combining fast rolling with large thickness reduction and short-time annealing (FR-STA) was developed to produce lower-cost magnesium (Mg) sheets with improved tensile properties. Sheets of Mg-3Al-1Zn-0.3Mn (wt pct) and Mg-1Zn-0.2Nd-0.2Zr (wt pct) were produced by FR incorporating large thickness reduction, exhibiting enhanced strength and improved ductility relative to slow rolling with small thickness reduction after STA.

  11. The Unique Photophysical Properties of the Peridinin-Chlorophyll-a-Protein

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    Carbonera, Donatella; Valentin, Marilena Di; Spezia, Riccardo; Mezzetti, Alberto

    2014-01-01

    Peridinin-Chlorophyll-a-Proteins (PCPs) are water-soluble light harvesting complexes from dinoflagellates. They have unique light-harvesting and energy transfer properties which have been studied in details in the last 15 years. This review aims to give an overview on all the main aspects of PCPs photophysics, with an emphasis on some aspects which have not been reviewed in details so far, such as vibrational spectroscopy studies, theoretical calculations, and magnetic resonance studies. A paragraph on the present development of PCPs towards technological applications is also included. PMID:24678668

  12. Unique pharmacological property of ISRIB in inhibition of Aβ-induced neuronal cell death

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    Toru Hosoi

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available A pharmacological approach to ameliorate Alzheimer's disease (AD has not yet been established. In the present study, we investigated the pharmacological characteristics of the recently identified memory-enhancing compound, ISRIB for the amelioration of AD. ISRIB potently attenuated amyloid β-induced neuronal cell death at concentrations of 12.5–25 nM, but did not inhibit amyloid β production in the HEK293T cell line expressing the amyloid precursor protein (APP. These results suggest that ISRIB possesses the unique pharmacological property of attenuating amyloid β-induced neuronal cell death without affecting amyloid β production.

  13. Universal Property of Quantum Gravity implied by Uniqueness Theorem of Bekenstein-Hawking Entropy

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    Hiromi Saida

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper consists of three parts. In the first part, we prove that the Bekenstein-Hawking entropy is the unique expression of black hole entropy. Our proof is constructed in the framework of thermodynamics without any statistical discussion. In the second part, intrinsic properties of quantum mechanics are shown, which justify the Boltzmann formula to yield a unique entropy in statistical mechanics. These properties clarify three conditions, one of which is necessary and others are sufficient for the validity of Boltzmann formula. In the third part, by combining the above results, we find a reasonable suggestion from the sufficient conditions that the potential of gravitational interaction among microstates of underlying quantum gravity may not diverge to negative infinity (such as Newtonian gravity but is bounded below at a finite length scale. In addition to that, from the necessary condition, the interaction has to be repulsive within the finite length scale. The length scale should be Planck size. Thus, quantum gravity may become repulsive at Planck length. Also, a relation of these suggestions with action integral of gravity at semi-classical level is given. These suggestions about quantum gravity are universal in the sense that they are independent of any existing model of quantum gravity.

  14. 4d electron Ruthenate systems: their unique and new magnetic properties

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    Lee, Seungran; Shin, Yeongjae; Anwar, M. S.; Sugimoto, Yusuke; Lee, Mincheol; Kang, Sungjin; Yonezawa, Shingo; Maeno, Yoshiteru; Noh, Taewon

    The Ruddlesden-Popper series (PR) of Srn+1RunO3n+1 has attract much interest of their unique physical properties. Among them, SrRuO3 (n = ∞) (SRO) is the only ferromagnetic metallic oxide especially in Ru 4d transition metal oxides. Bulk SRO has orthorhombic structure showing the Curie temperature (TC) ~ 160 K. It is well known that RuO6 octahedral distortion plays critical roles in its mangetic properties. In film systems, such RuO6 octahedra can be easily controlled by strain-engineering. In this talk, with high quality SRO films fully strained (-1.7%-1%) using various substrates, we systematically studied their structural changes and associated magnetic properties. Compared to theoretical predictions, the structural changes can be explained, while the magnetic property changes cannot be understood. Surprisingly, when SRO113 is grown on its PR series of Sr2RuO4 (n=1) (SRO214) single crystal, the exact substrate of SRO214 magnetization results in strongly enhanced magnetization (M > 3 μB/Ru, TC ~ 160 K), which has never found SRO113 (001) since the low-spin configuration of SRO113 prevent M never exceed 2 μB/Ru. The mystery of M in SRO113 (especially SRO113/SRO214) will be further discussed.

  15. Unique self-assembly properties of a bridge-shaped protein dimer with quantum dots

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    Wang, Jianhao; Jiang, Pengju [Changzhou University, School of Pharmaceutical Engineering and Life Science (China); Gao, Liqian; Yu, Yongsheng; Lu, Yao [The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Department of Chemistry (Hong Kong, China) (China); Qiu, Lin; Wang, Cheli [Changzhou University, School of Pharmaceutical Engineering and Life Science (China); Xia, Jiang, E-mail: jiangxia@cuhk.edu.hk [The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Department of Chemistry (Hong Kong, China) (China)

    2013-09-15

    How protein-protein interaction affects protein-nanoparticle self-assembly is the key to the understanding of biomolecular coating of nanoparticle in biological fluids. However, the relationship between protein shape and its interaction with nanoparticles is still under-exploited because of lack of a well-conceived binding system and a method to detect the subtle change in the protein-nanoparticle assemblies. Noticing this unresolved need, we cloned and expressed a His-tagged SpeA protein that adopts a bridge-shaped dimer structure, and utilized a high-resolution capillary electrophoresis method to monitor assembly formation between the protein and quantum dots (QDs, 5 nm in diameter). We observed that the bridge-shaped structure rendered a low SpeA:QD stoichiometry at saturation. Also, close monitoring of imidazole (Im) displacement of surface-bound protein revealed a unique two-step process. High-concentration Im could displace surface-bound SpeA protein and form a transient QD-protein intermediate, through a kinetically controlled displacement process. An affinity-driven equilibrium step then followed, resulting in re-assembling of the QD-protein complex in about 1 h. Through a temporarily formed intermediate, Im causes a rearrangement of His-tagged proteins on the surface. Thus, our work showcases that the synergistic interplay between QD-His-tag interaction and protein-protein interaction can result in unique properties of protein-nanoparticle assembly for the first time.

  16. Unique pharmacological property of ISRIB in inhibition of Aβ-induced neuronal cell death.

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    Hosoi, Toru; Kakimoto, Mai; Tanaka, Keigo; Nomura, Jun; Ozawa, Koichiro

    2016-08-01

    A pharmacological approach to ameliorate Alzheimer's disease (AD) has not yet been established. In the present study, we investigated the pharmacological characteristics of the recently identified memory-enhancing compound, ISRIB for the amelioration of AD. ISRIB potently attenuated amyloid β-induced neuronal cell death at concentrations of 12.5-25 nM, but did not inhibit amyloid β production in the HEK293T cell line expressing the amyloid precursor protein (APP). These results suggest that ISRIB possesses the unique pharmacological property of attenuating amyloid β-induced neuronal cell death without affecting amyloid β production. Copyright © 2016 The Authors. Production and hosting by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. Global and uniqueness properties of stationary and static spacetimes with outer trapped surfaces

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    Mars, Marc

    2012-01-01

    Global properties of maximal future Cauchy developments of stationary, m-dimensional asymptotically flat initial data with an outer trapped boundary are analyzed. We prove that, whenever the matter model is well posed and satisfies the null energy condition, the future Cauchy development of the data is a black hole spacetime. More specifically, we show that the future Killing development of the exterior of a sufficiently large sphere in the initial data set can be isometrically embedded in the maximal Cauchy development of the data. In the static setting we prove, by working directly on the initial data set, that all Killing prehorizons are embedded whenever the initial data set has an outer trapped boundary and satisfies the null energy condition. By combining both results we prove a uniqueness theorem for static initial data sets with outer trapped boundary.

  18. Liquid but Durable: Molecular Dynamics Simulations Explain the Unique Properties of Archaeal-Like Membranes

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    Chugunov, Anton O.; Volynsky, Pavel E.; Krylov, Nikolay A.; Boldyrev, Ivan A.; Efremov, Roman G.

    2014-12-01

    Archaeal plasma membranes appear to be extremely durable and almost impermeable to water and ions, in contrast to the membranes of Bacteria and Eucaryota. Additionally, they remain liquid within a temperature range of 0-100°C. These are the properties that have most likely determined the evolutionary fate of Archaea, and it may be possible for bionanotechnology to adopt these from nature. In this work, we use molecular dynamics simulations to assess at the atomistic level the structure and dynamics of a series of model archaeal membranes with lipids that have tetraether chemical nature and ``branched'' hydrophobic tails. We conclude that the branched structure defines dense packing and low water permeability of archaeal-like membranes, while at the same time ensuring a liquid-crystalline state, which is vital for living cells. This makes tetraether lipid systems promising in bionanotechnology and material science, namely for design of new and unique membrane nanosystems.

  19. Discovery of lansoprazole and its unique pharmacological properties independent from anti-secretory activity.

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    Satoh, Hiroshi

    2013-01-01

    The proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) lansoprazole (LPZ) and omeprazole (OPZ) have been widely used for more than 20 years in the treatment of acid-related diseases such as gastro-duodenal ulcers and reflux esophagitis. Both LPZ and OPZ are derivatives of 2-[(2- pyridylmethyl)sulfinyl]-1H-benzimidazole, but LPZ has a trifluoroethoxy group in the molecule which seems to provide unique pharmacological properties in addition to its anti-secretory effect. For example, the anti-secretory effect of LPZ in rats was roughly 2 times greater than that of OPZ but the anti-ulcer effects were more than 10 times stronger than those of OPZ in rat models of reflux esophagitis, indomethacin-induced gastric antral ulcers and mepirizole-induced duodenal ulcers. It has also been reported that LPZ has acid-independent protective effects on the gastrointestinal mucosa, anti-inflammatory effects, and anti-bacterial effects on Helicobacter pylori. In contrast, recent advances in endoscopy have revealed that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) often cause ulcers not only in the stomach and duodenum, but also in the small intestine in humans. Anti-secretory drugs such as PPIs and histamine H(2)-receptor antagonists (H(2)-RAs) are commonly used for the treatment of upper gastrointestinal mucosal lesions induced by NSAIDs. However, the effects of these drugs on NSAID-induced small intestinal lesions are still not fully understood. In this article, both a brief history of the discovery of LPZ and the unique pharmacological properties of LPZ independent from its anti-secretory action are reviewed, and the effects of PPIs and H(2)-RAs on NSAID-induced small intestinal lesions are discussed.

  20. Unique membrane properties and enhanced signal processing in human neocortical neurons

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    Eyal, Guy; Verhoog, Matthijs B; Testa-Silva, Guilherme; Deitcher, Yair; Lodder, Johannes C; Benavides-Piccione, Ruth; Morales, Juan; DeFelipe, Javier; de Kock, Christiaan PJ; Mansvelder, Huibert D; Segev, Idan

    2016-01-01

    The advanced cognitive capabilities of the human brain are often attributed to our recently evolved neocortex. However, it is not known whether the basic building blocks of the human neocortex, the pyramidal neurons, possess unique biophysical properties that might impact on cortical computations. Here we show that layer 2/3 pyramidal neurons from human temporal cortex (HL2/3 PCs) have a specific membrane capacitance (Cm) of ~0.5 µF/cm2, half of the commonly accepted 'universal' value (~1 µF/cm2) for biological membranes. This finding was predicted by fitting in vitro voltage transients to theoretical transients then validated by direct measurement of Cm in nucleated patch experiments. Models of 3D reconstructed HL2/3 PCs demonstrated that such low Cm value significantly enhances both synaptic charge-transfer from dendrites to soma and spike propagation along the axon. This is the first demonstration that human cortical neurons have distinctive membrane properties, suggesting important implications for signal processing in human neocortex. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.16553.001 PMID:27710767

  1. Unique Bonding Properties of the Au36(SR)24 Nanocluster with FCC-Like Core.

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    Chevrier, Daniel M; Chatt, Amares; Zhang, Peng; Zeng, Chenjie; Jin, Rongchao

    2013-10-03

    The recent discovery on the total structure of Au36(SR)24, which was converted from biicosahedral Au38(SR)24, represents a surprising finding of a face-centered cubic (FCC)-like core structure in small gold-thiolate nanoclusters. Prior to this finding, the FCC feature was only expected for larger (nano)crystalline gold. Herein, we report results on the unique bonding properties of Au36(SR)24 that are associated with its FCC-like core structure. Temperature-dependent X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) measurements at the Au L3-edge, in association with ab initio calculations, show that the local structure and electronic behavior of Au36(SR)24 are of more molecule-like nature, whereas its icosahedral counterparts such as Au38(SR)24 and Au25(SR)18 are more metal-like. Moreover, site-specific S K-edge XAS studies indicate that the bridging motif for Au36(SR)24 has different bonding behavior from the staple motif from Au38(SR)24. Our findings highlight the important role of "pseudo"-Au4 units within the FCC-like Au28 core in interpreting the bonding properties of Au36(SR)24 and suggest that FCC-like structure in gold thiolate nanoclusters should be treated differently from its bulk counterpart.

  2. Design and Preparation of a Unique Segregated Double Network with Excellent Thermal Conductive Property.

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    Wu, Kai; Lei, Chuxin; Huang, Rui; Yang, Weixing; Chai, Songgang; Geng, Chengzhen; Chen, Feng; Fu, Qiang

    2017-03-01

    It is still a challenge to fabricate polymer-based composites with excellent thermal conductive property because of the well-known difficulties such as insufficient conductive pathways and inefficient filler-filler contact. To address this issue, a synergistic segregated double network by using two fillers with different dimensions has been designed and prepared by taking graphene nanoplates (GNPs) and multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) in polystyrene for example. In this structure, GNPs form the segregated network to largely increase the filler-filler contact areas while MWCNT are embedded within the network to improve the network-density. The segregated network and the randomly dispersed hybrid network by using GNPs and MWCNT together were also prepared for comparison. It was found that the thermal conductivity of segregated double network can achieve almost 1.8-fold as high as that of the randomly dispersed hybrid network, and 2.2-fold as that of the segregated network. Meanwhile, much higher synergistic efficiency (f) of 2 can be obtained, even greater than that of other synergistic systems reported previously. The excellent thermal conductive property and higher f are ascribed to the unique effect of segregated double network: (1) extensive GNPs-GNPs contact areas via overlapped interconnections within segregated GNPs network; (2) efficient synergistic effect between MWCNT network and GNPs network based on bridge effect as well as increasing the network-density.

  3. Mouse Low-Grade Gliomas Contain Cancer Stem Cells with Unique Molecular and Functional Properties

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    Yi-Hsien Chen

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The availability of adult malignant glioma stem cells (GSCs has provided unprecedented opportunities to identify the mechanisms underlying treatment resistance. Unfortunately, there is a lack of comparable reagents for the study of pediatric low-grade glioma (LGG. Leveraging a neurofibromatosis 1 (Nf1 genetically engineered mouse LGG model, we report the isolation of CD133+ multi-potent low-grade glioma stem cells (LG-GSCs, which generate glioma-like lesions histologically similar to the parent tumor following injection into immunocompetent hosts. In addition, we demonstrate that these LG-GSCs harbor selective resistance to currently employed conventional and biologically targeted anti-cancer agents, which reflect the acquisition of new targetable signaling pathway abnormalities. Using transcriptomic analysis to identify additional molecular properties, we discovered that mouse and human LG-GSCs harbor high levels of Abcg1 expression critical for protecting against ER-stress-induced mouse LG-GSC apoptosis. Collectively, these findings establish that LGG cancer stem cells have unique molecular and functional properties relevant to brain cancer treatment.

  4. Type II skeletal myofibers possess unique properties that potentiate mitochondrial H(2)O(2) generation.

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    Anderson, Ethan J; Neufer, P Darrell

    2006-03-01

    Mitochondrial dysfunction is implicated in a number of skeletal muscle pathologies, most notably aging-induced atrophy and loss of type II myofibers. Although oxygen-derived free radicals are thought to be a primary cause of mitochondrial dysfunction, the underlying factors governing mitochondrial superoxide production in different skeletal myofiber types is unknown. Using a novel in situ approach to measure H(2)O(2) production (indicator of superoxide formation) in permeabilized rat skeletal muscle fiber bundles, we found that mitochondrial free radical leak (H(2)O(2) produced/O(2) consumed) is two- to threefold higher (P < 0.05) in white (WG, primarily type IIB fibers) than in red (RG, type IIA) gastrocnemius or soleus (type I) myofibers during basal respiration supported by complex I (pyruvate + malate) or complex II (succinate) substrates. In the presence of respiratory inhibitors, maximal rates of superoxide produced at both complex I and complex III are markedly higher in RG and WG than in soleus muscle despite approximately 50% less mitochondrial content in WG myofibers. Duplicate experiments conducted with +/-exogenous superoxide dismutase revealed striking differences in the topology and/or dismutation of superoxide in WG vs. soleus and RG muscle. When normalized for mitochondrial content, overall H(2)O(2) scavenging capacity is lower in RG and WG fibers, whereas glutathione peroxidase activity, which is largely responsible for H(2)O(2) removal in mitochondria, is similar in all three muscle types. These findings suggest that type II myofibers, particularly type IIB, possess unique properties that potentiate mitochondrial superoxide production and/or release, providing a potential mechanism for the heterogeneous development of mitochondrial dysfunction in skeletal muscle.

  5. KCTD Hetero-oligomers Confer Unique Kinetic Properties on Hippocampal GABAB Receptor-Induced K+ Currents.

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    Fritzius, Thorsten; Turecek, Rostislav; Seddik, Riad; Kobayashi, Hiroyuki; Tiao, Jim; Rem, Pascal D; Metz, Michaela; Kralikova, Michaela; Bouvier, Michel; Gassmann, Martin; Bettler, Bernhard

    2017-02-01

    GABAB receptors are the G-protein coupled receptors for the main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, GABA. GABAB receptors were shown to associate with homo-oligomers of auxiliary KCTD8, KCTD12, KCTD12b, and KCTD16 subunits (named after their T1 K(+)-channel tetramerization domain) that regulate G-protein signaling of the receptor. Here we provide evidence that GABAB receptors also associate with hetero-oligomers of KCTD subunits. Coimmunoprecipitation experiments indicate that two-thirds of the KCTD16 proteins in the hippocampus of adult mice associate with KCTD12. We show that the KCTD proteins hetero-oligomerize through self-interacting T1 and H1 homology domains. Bioluminescence resonance energy transfer measurements in live cells reveal that KCTD12/KCTD16 hetero-oligomers associate with both the receptor and the G-protein. Electrophysiological experiments demonstrate that KCTD12/KCTD16 hetero-oligomers impart unique kinetic properties on G-protein-activated Kir3 currents. During prolonged receptor activation (one min) KCTD12/KCTD16 hetero-oligomers produce moderately desensitizing fast deactivating K(+) currents, whereas KCTD12 and KCTD16 homo-oligomers produce strongly desensitizing fast deactivating currents and nondesensitizing slowly deactivating currents, respectively. During short activation (2 s) KCTD12/KCTD16 hetero-oligomers produce nondesensitizing slowly deactivating currents. Electrophysiological recordings from hippocampal neurons of KCTD knock-out mice are consistent with these findings and indicate that KCTD12/KCTD16 hetero-oligomers increase the duration of slow IPSCs. In summary, our data demonstrate that simultaneous assembly of distinct KCTDs at the receptor increases the molecular and functional repertoire of native GABAB receptors and modulates physiologically induced K(+) current responses in the hippocampus.

  6. Comparison of three different insertion techniques with LMA-UniqueTM in adults: results of a randomized trial

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background The triple airway maneuver insertion technique allowed faster insertion of the LMA. This study compared three different insertion techniques of the laryngeal mask airway-UniqueTM. Methods One hundred and eighty ASA I-II patients aged 18-65 years were included into the study. Patients were randomly allocated to the standard, rotational and triple airway maneuver (triple group. In the standard group (n = 60, the LMA (Laryngeal Mask Airway was inserted with digital intraoral manipulation. In the triple group (n = 60, the LMA was inserted with triple airway maneuver (mouth opening, head extension and jaw thrust. In the rotational group (n = 60, LMA was inserted back-to-front, like a Guedel airway. Successful insertion at first attempt, time for successful insertion, fiber optic assessment, airway morbidity and hemodynamic responses were assessed. Results Successful insertion at the first attempt was 88.3% for the standard, 78.3% for the rotational and 88.3% for the triple group. Overall success rate (defined as successful insertion at first and second attempt was 93% for the standard, 90% for the rotational and 95% for the triple group. Time for successful insertion was significantly shorter in the triple group (mean [range] 8.63 [5-19]s compared with the standard (11.78 [6-24]s and rotational group (11.57 [5-31]s. Fiber optic assessment, airway morbidity and hemodynamic responses were similar in all groups. Conclusions Rotational and triple airway maneuver insertion techniques are acceptable alternatives. Triple airway maneuver technique shows higher overall success rates and allows shorter insertion time for LMA insertion and should therefore be kept in mind for emergent situations.

  7. Unique Nanoparticle Optical Properties Confound Fluorescent Based Assays Widely Employed in Their In Vitro Toxicity Screening and Ranking

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    Nanoparticles (NPs) are novel materials having at least one dimension less than 100 nm and display unique physicochemical properties due to their nanoscale size. An emphasis has been placed on developing high throughput screening (HTS) assays to characterize and rank the toxiciti...

  8. Unique Nanoparticle Properties Confound Fluorescent Based Assays Widely Employed in Their In Vitro Toxicity Testing and Ranking

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    Nanomaterials are a diverse collection of novel materials that exhibit at least one dimension less than 100 nm and display unique chemical and physical properties due to their nanoscale size. An emphasis has been put on developing high throughput screening (HTS) assays to charac...

  9. Property Integration: Componentless Design Techniques and Visualization Tools

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    El-Halwagi, Mahmoud M; Glasgow, I.M.; Eden, Mario Richard;

    2004-01-01

    Standard techniques for process design are based on tracking individual chemical species. Component material balances are at the heart of any design approach. Nonetheless, many design problems are not component dependent, but are driven by properties. Recently, the concept of clustering has been...... maintaining intra- and interstream conservation of the property-based clusters. The property integration problem is mapped into the cluster domain. This dual problem is solved in terms of clusters and then mapped to the primal problem in the property domain. Several new rules are derived for graphical...... introduced to enable the conserved tracking of surrogate properties. Hence, the process design can be optimized, based on integrating properties instead of chemical species. Systematic techniques have been developed for this new paradigm of property integration to illustrate its applicability. Property...

  10. Stochastic functional differential equations with infinite delay: Existence and uniqueness of solutions, solution maps, Markov properties, and ergodicity

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    Wu, Fuke; Yin, George; Mei, Hongwei

    2017-02-01

    This work is devoted to stochastic functional differential equations (SFDEs) with infinite delay. First, existence and uniqueness of the solutions of such equations are examined. Because the solutions of the delay equations are not Markov, a viable alternative for studying further asymptotic properties is to use solution maps or segment processes. By examining solution maps, this work investigates the Markov properties as well as the strong Markov properties. Also obtained are adaptivity and continuity, mean-square boundedness, and convergence of solution maps from different initial data. This paper then examines the ergodicity of underlying processes and establishes existence of the invariant measure for SFDEs with infinite delay under suitable conditions.

  11. Unique functional properties of somatostatin-expressing GABAergic neurons in mouse barrel cortex.

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    Gentet, L.J.; Kremer, Y.; Taniguchi, H.; Huang, Z.J.; Staiger, J.F.; Petersen, C.C.H.

    2012-01-01

    Neocortical GABAergic neurons have diverse molecular, structural and electrophysiological features, but the functional correlates of this diversity are largely unknown. We found unique membrane potential dynamics of somatostatin-expressing (SOM) neurons in layer 2/3 of the primary somatosensory

  12. Exploiting Unique Structural and Functional Properties of Malarial Glycolytic Enzymes for Antimalarial Drug Development

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    Asrar Alam

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Metabolic enzymes have been known to carry out a variety of functions besides their normal housekeeping roles known as “moonlighting functions.” These functionalities arise from structural changes induced by posttranslational modifications and/or binding of interacting proteins. Glycolysis is the sole source of energy generation for malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum, hence a potential pathway for therapeutic intervention. Crystal structures of several P. falciparum glycolytic enzymes have been solved, revealing that they exhibit unique structural differences from the respective host enzymes, which could be exploited for their selective targeting. In addition, these enzymes carry out many parasite-specific functions, which could be of potential interest to control parasite development and transmission. This review focuses on the moonlighting functions of P. falciparum glycolytic enzymes and unique structural differences and functional features of the parasite enzymes, which could be exploited for therapeutic and transmission blocking interventions against malaria.

  13. Exploiting Unique Structural and Functional Properties of Malarial Glycolytic Enzymes for Antimalarial Drug Development

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    Neyaz, Md. Kausar; Ikramul Hasan, Syed

    2014-01-01

    Metabolic enzymes have been known to carry out a variety of functions besides their normal housekeeping roles known as “moonlighting functions.” These functionalities arise from structural changes induced by posttranslational modifications and/or binding of interacting proteins. Glycolysis is the sole source of energy generation for malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum, hence a potential pathway for therapeutic intervention. Crystal structures of several P. falciparum glycolytic enzymes have been solved, revealing that they exhibit unique structural differences from the respective host enzymes, which could be exploited for their selective targeting. In addition, these enzymes carry out many parasite-specific functions, which could be of potential interest to control parasite development and transmission. This review focuses on the moonlighting functions of P. falciparum glycolytic enzymes and unique structural differences and functional features of the parasite enzymes, which could be exploited for therapeutic and transmission blocking interventions against malaria. PMID:25580350

  14. Weak-strong uniqueness property for the full Navier-Stokes-Fourier system

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    Feireisl, Eduard

    2011-01-01

    The Navier-Stokes-Fourier system describing the motion of a compressible, viscous, and heat conducting fluid is known to possess global-in-time weak solutions for any initial data of finite energy. We show that a weak solution coincides with the strong solution, emanating from the same initial data, as long as the latter exists. In particular, strong solutions are unique within the class of weak solutions.

  15. Unique Medicinal Properties of Withania somnifera: Phytochemical Constituents and Protein Component.

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    Dar, Parvaiz A; Singh, Laishram R; Kamal, Mohammad A; Dar, Tanveer A

    2016-01-01

    Withania somnifera is an important medicinal herb that has been widely used for the treatment of different clinical conditions. The overall medicinal properties of Withania somnifera make it a viable therapeutic agent for addressing anxiety, cancer, microbial infection, immunomodulation, and neurodegenerative disorders. Biochemical constituents of Withania somnifera like withanolideA, withanolide D, withaferin A and withaniamides play an important role in its pharmacological properties. Proteins like Withania somnifera glycoprotein and withania lectin like-protein possess potent therapeutic properties like antimicrobial, anti-snake venom poison and antimicrobial. In this review, we have tried to present different pharmacological properties associated with different extract preparations, phytochemical constituents and protein component of Withania somnifera. Future insights in this direction have also been highlighted.

  16. Advanced atomic force microscopy techniques for characterizing the properties of cellulosic nanomaterials

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    Wagner, Ryan Bradley

    The measurement of nanomechanical properties is of great interest to science and industry. Key to progress in this area is the development of new techniques and analysis methods to identify, measure, and quantify these properties. In this dissertation, new data analysis methods and experimental techniques for measuring nanomechanical properties with the atomic force microscope (AFM) are considered. These techniques are then applied to the study of cellulose nanoparticles, an abundant, plant derived nanomaterial. Quantifying uncertainty is a prerequisite for the manufacture of reliable nano-engineered materials and products. However, rigorous uncertainty quantification is rarely applied for material property measurements with the AFM. A framework is presented to ascribe uncertainty to local nanomechanical properties of any nanoparticle or surface measured with the AFM by taking into account the main uncertainty sources inherent in such measurements. This method is demonstrated by quantifying uncertainty in force displacement AFM based measurements of the transverse elastic modulus of tunicate cellulose nanocrystals. Next, a more comprehensive study of different types of cellulose nanoparticles is undertaken with contact resonance (CR) AFM. CR-AFM is a dynamic AFM technique that exploits the resonance frequency of the AFM cantilever while it is permanent contact with the sample surface to predict nanomechanical properties. This technique offers improved measurement sensitivity over static AFM methods for some material systems. The effects of cellulose source material and processing technique on the properties of cellulose nanoparticles are compared. Finally, dynamic AFM cantilever vibration shapes are studied. Many AFM modes exploit the dynamic response of a cantilever in permanent contact with a sample to extract local material properties. A common challenge to these modes is that they assume a certain shape of cantilever vibration, which is not accessible in

  17. Unique antitumor property of the Mg-Ca-Sr alloys with addition of Zn.

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    Wu, Yuanhao; He, Guanping; Zhang, Yu; Liu, Yang; Li, Mei; Wang, Xiaolan; Li, Nan; Li, Kang; Zheng, Guan; Zheng, Yufeng; Yin, Qingshui

    2016-02-24

    In clinical practice, tumor recurrence and metastasis after orthopedic prosthesis implantation is an intensely troublesome matter. Therefore, to develop implant materials with antitumor property is extremely necessary and meaningful. Magnesium (Mg) alloys possess superb biocompatibility, mechanical property and biodegradability in orthopedic applications. However, whether they possess antitumor property had seldom been reported. In recent years, it showed that zinc (Zn) not only promote the osteogenic activity but also exhibit good antitumor property. In our present study, Zn was selected as an alloying element for the Mg-1Ca-0.5Sr alloy to develop a multifunctional material with antitumor property. We investigated the influence of the Mg-1Ca-0.5Sr-xZn (x = 0, 2, 4, 6 wt%) alloys extracts on the proliferation rate, cell apoptosis, migration and invasion of the U2OS cell line. Our results show that Zn containing Mg alloys extracts inhibit the cell proliferation by alteration the cell cycle and inducing cell apoptosis via the activation of the mitochondria pathway. The cell migration and invasion property were also suppressed by the activation of MAPK (mitogen-activated protein kinase) pathway. Our work suggests that the Mg-1Ca-0.5Sr-6Zn alloy is expected to be a promising orthopedic implant in osteosarcoma limb-salvage surgery for avoiding tumor recurrence and metastasis.

  18. Unique magnetic and thermoelectric properties of chemically functionalized narrow carbon polymers

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    Zberecki, K.; Wierzbicki, M.; Swirkowicz, R.; Barnaś, J.

    2017-02-01

    We analyze magnetic, transport and thermoelectric properties of narrow carbon polymers, which are chemically functionalized with nitroxide groups. Numerical calculations of the electronic band structure and the corresponding transmission function are based on density functional theory. Transport and thermoelectric parameters are calculated in the linear response regime, with particular interest in charge and spin thermopowers (charge and spin Seebeck effects). Such nanoribbons are shown to have thermoelectric properties described by large thermoelectric efficiency, which makes these materials promising from the application point of view.

  19. Study of nonlinear absorption properties of reduced graphene oxide by Z-scan technique

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    Sreeja, V. G.; Vinitha, G.; Reshmi, R.; Anila, E. I.; Jayaraj, M. K.

    2017-05-01

    Graphene has generated enormous research interest during the last decade due to its significant unique properties and wide applications in the field of optoelectronics and photonics. This research studied the structural and nonlinear absorption properties of reduced graphene oxide (rGO) synthesized by Modified Hummer's method. Structural and physiochemical properties of the rGO were explored with the help of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopy (Raman). Nonlinear absorption property in rGO, was investigated by open aperture Z-scan technique by using a continuous wave (CW) laser. The Z-scan results demonstrate saturable absorption property of rGO with a nonlinear absorption coefficient, β, of -2.62 × 10-4 cm/W, making it suitable for applications in Q switching, generation of ultra-fast high energy pulses in laser cavity and mode lockers.

  20. Curcumolide, a unique sesquiterpenoid with anti-inflammatory properties from Curcuma wenyujin.

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    Dong, Jianyong; Shao, Weiwei; Yan, Pengcheng; Cai, Xiaoqing; Fang, Lianglian; Zhao, Xiaowei; Lin, Weiwei; Cai, Yuan

    2015-01-15

    Curcumolide, a novel sesquiterpenoid with a unique 5/6/5 tricyclic skeleton, was isolated from Curcuma wenyujin. The structure and absolute configuration were elucidated by extensive NMR, ECD data analysis, and a single-crystal X-ray study. This molecule exhibited significant anti-inflammatory effects in LPS-induced RAW 264.7 macrophages. It suppressed LPS-induced NF-κB activation, including the nuclear translocation and DNA binding activity of NF-κB, and decreased tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), interleukin-6 (IL-6), interleukin-1β (IL-1β), nitric oxide (NO) and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production. Therefore, Curcumolide may have therapeutic potential for treating inflammatory diseases by inhibiting NF-κB activation and pro-inflammatory mediator production. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Reaction of protein and carbohydrates with EDC for purpose of making products with unique functional properties

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    Prior research from this laboratory has demonstrated the feasibility of using chemical and enzymatic treatments on protein and carbohydrate waste products for the purpose of making fillers to enhance the properties of leather. These treatments (microbial transglutaminase, genipin, and polyphenols i...

  2. Metallic nanoparticles: microbial synthesis and unique properties for biotechnological applications, bioavailability and biotransformation

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    Pereira, L.; Mehboob, F.; Stams, A.J.M.; Mota, M.M.; Rijnaarts, H.H.M.; Alves, M.M.

    2015-01-01

    The impact of nanotechnology in all areas of science and technology is evident. The expanding availability of a variety of nanostructures with properties in the nanometer size range has sparked widespread interest in their use in biotechnological systems, including the field of environmental remedia

  3. A unique focusing property of a parabolic mirror for neutrons in the gravitational field: geometric proof

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    Masalovich, S

    2014-01-01

    An extraordinary focusing property of a parabolic mirror for ultracold neutrons in the presence of the gravitational field was first reported by A. Steyerl and co-authors. It was shown that all neutrons emitted from the focus of the mirror will be reflected back upon the same focus point passing, in between, a point of return in the gravitational field. The present note offers a complementary geometric proof of this feature and discusses some implications.

  4. Unique properties of halide perovskites as possible origins of the superior solar cell performance.

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    Yin, Wan-Jian; Shi, Tingting; Yan, Yanfa

    2014-07-16

    Halide perovskites solar cells have the potential to exhibit higher energy conversion efficiencies with ultrathin films than conventional thin-film solar cells based on CdTe, CuInSe2 , and Cu2 ZnSnSe4 . The superior solar-cell performance of halide perovskites may originate from its high optical absorption, comparable electron and hole effective mass, and electrically clean defect properties, including point defects and grain boundaries.

  5. Electronic properties of [core+exo]-type gold clusters: factors affecting the unique optical transitions.

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    Shichibu, Yukatsu; Konishi, Katsuaki

    2013-06-03

    Unusual visible absorption properties of [core+exo]-type Au6 (1), Au8 (2), and Au11 (3) clusters were studied from experimental and theoretical aspects, based on previously determined crystal structures. Unlike conventional core-only clusters having no exo gold atoms, these nonspherical clusters all showed an isolated visible absorption band in solution. Density functional theory (DFT) studies on corresponding nonphenyl models (1'-3') revealed that they had similar electronic structures with discrete highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) and lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) bands. The theoretical spectra generated by time-dependent DFT (TD-DFT) calculations agreed well with the experimentally measured properties of 1-3, allowing assignment of the characteristic visible bands to HOMO-LUMO transitions. The calculated HOMO-LUMO transition energies increased in the order Au11 exo gold atom, with the HOMO → LUMO transition occurring in the core → exo direction. The HOMO/LUMO distribution patterns of 1' and 3' were similar to each other but were markedly different from that of 2', which has longer core-to-exo distances. These findings showed that not only nuclearity (size) but also geometric structures have profound effects on electronic properties and optical transitions of the [core+exo]-type clusters.

  6. Insect Cells Encode a Class II α-Mannosidase with Unique Properties*

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    Kawar, Ziad; Karaveg, Khanita; Moremen, Kelley W.; Jarvis, Donald L.

    2001-01-01

    Previously, we cloned and characterized an insect (Sf9) cell cDNA encoding a class II α-mannosidase with amino acid sequence and biochemical similarities to mammalian Golgi α-mannosidase II. Since then, it has been demonstrated that other mammalian class II α-mannosidases can participate in N-glycan processing. Thus, the present study was performed to evaluate the catalytic properties of the Sf9 class II α-mannosidase and to more clearly determine its relationship to mammalian Golgi α-mannosi...

  7. Unique and shared techniques in cognitive-behavioural and short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy: a content analysis of randomised trials on depression

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    Barth, Jürgen; Michlig, Nadja; Munder, Thomas

    2014-01-01

    Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of psychotherapeutic interventions assume that specific techniques are used in treatments, which are responsible for changes in the client's symptoms. This assumption also holds true for meta-analyses, where evidence for specific interventions and techniques is compiled. However, it has also been argued that different treatments share important techniques and that an upcoming consensus about useful treatment strategies is leading to a greater integration of treatments. This makes assumptions about the effectiveness of specific interventions ingredients questionable if the shared (common) techniques are more often used in interventions than are the unique techniques. This study investigated the unique or shared techniques in RCTs of cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy (STPP). Psychotherapeutic techniques were coded from 42 masked treatment descriptions of RCTs in the field of depression (1979–2010). CBT techniques were often used in studies identified as either CBT or STPP. However, STPP techniques were only used in STPP-identified studies. Empirical clustering of treatment descriptions did not confirm the original distinction of CBT versus STPP, but instead showed substantial heterogeneity within both approaches. Extraction of psychotherapeutic techniques from the treatment descriptions is feasible and could be used as a content-based approach to classify treatments in systematic reviews and meta-analyses. PMID:25750827

  8. Thermal properties measurements in biodiesel oils using photothermal techniques

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    Castro, M. P. P.; Andrade, A. A.; Franco, R. W. A.; Miranda, P. C. M. L.; Sthel, M.; Vargas, H.; Constantino, R.; Baesso, M. L.

    2005-08-01

    In this Letter, thermal lens and open cell photoacoustic techniques are used to measure the thermal properties of biodiesel oils. The absolute values of the thermal effusivity, thermal diffusivity, thermal conductivity and the temperature coefficient of the refractive index were determined for samples obtained from soy, castor bean, sunflower and turnip. The results suggest that the employed techniques may be useful as complementary methods for biodiesel certification.

  9. Unique chemical properties of metal-carbon bonds in metal-carboranyl and metal-carboryne complexes

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    QIU ZaoZao; XIE ZuoWei

    2009-01-01

    The metal-carbon bonds in metal-carboranyl and metal-carboryne complexes behave very differently from those in classical organometallic complexes. The unique electronic and steric properties of icosahedral carboranyl moiety make the M-C bond in metal-carboranyl complexes inert toward unsaturated molecules, and on the other hand, the sterically demanding carborane cage can induce unexpected C-C coupling reactions. The M-C bonds in metal-carboryne complexes are, however, active toward various kinds of unsaturated molecules and the reactivity patterns are dependent upon the electronic configurations of the metal ions. This account provides an overview of our recent work in this area.

  10. Unique chemical properties of metal-carbon bonds in metal-carboranyl and metal-carboryne complexes

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    2009-01-01

    The metal-carbon bonds in metal-carboranyl and metal-carboryne complexes behave very differently from those in classical organometallic complexes. The unique electronic and steric properties of ico-sahedral carboranyl moiety make the M-C bond in metal-carboranyl complexes inert toward unsaturated molecules, and on the other hand, the sterically demanding carborane cage can induce unexpected C-C coupling reactions. The M-C bonds in metal-carboryne complexes are, however, active toward various kinds of unsaturated molecules and the reactivity patterns are dependent upon the electronic configurations of the metal ions. This account provides an overview of our recent work in this area.

  11. Unique properties of eukaryote-type actin and profilin horizontally transferred to cyanobacteria.

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    Arthur Guljamow

    Full Text Available A eukaryote-type actin and its binding protein profilin encoded on a genomic island in the cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa PCC 7806 co-localize to form a hollow, spherical enclosure occupying a considerable intracellular space as shown by in vivo fluorescence microscopy. Biochemical and biophysical characterization reveals key differences between these proteins and their eukaryotic homologs. Small-angle X-ray scattering shows that the actin assembles into elongated, filamentous polymers which can be visualized microscopically with fluorescent phalloidin. Whereas rabbit actin forms thin cylindrical filaments about 100 µm in length, cyanobacterial actin polymers resemble a ribbon, arrest polymerization at 5-10 µm and tend to form irregular multi-strand assemblies. While eukaryotic profilin is a specific actin monomer binding protein, cyanobacterial profilin shows the unprecedented property of decorating actin filaments. Electron micrographs show that cyanobacterial profilin stimulates actin filament bundling and stabilizes their lateral alignment into heteropolymeric sheets from which the observed hollow enclosure may be formed. We hypothesize that adaptation to the confined space of a bacterial cell devoid of binding proteins usually regulating actin polymerization in eukaryotes has driven the co-evolution of cyanobacterial actin and profilin, giving rise to an intracellular entity.

  12. Unique mechanical properties of nanostructured transparent MgAl2O4 ceramics.

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    Zhang, Jie; Lu, Tiecheng; Chang, Xianghui; Wei, Nian; Qi, Jianqi

    2013-06-01

    Nanoindentation tests were performed on nanostructured transparent magnesium aluminate (MgAl2O4) ceramics to determine their mechanical properties. These tests were carried out on samples at different applied loads ranging from 300 to 9,000 μN. The elastic recovery for nanostructured transparent MgAl2O4 ceramics at different applied loads was derived from the force-depth data. The results reveal a remarkable enhancement in plastic deformation as the applied load increases from 300 to 9,000 μN. After the nanoindetation tests, scanning probe microscope images show no cracking in nanostructured transparent MgAl2O4 ceramics, which confirms the absence of any cracks and fractures around the indentation. Interestingly, the flow of the material along the edges of indent impressions is clearly presented, which is attributed to the dislocation introduced. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy observation indicates the presence of dislocations along the grain boundary, suggesting that the generation and interaction of dislocations play an important role in the plastic deformation of nanostructured transparent ceramics. Finally, the experimentally measured hardness and Young's modulus, as derived from the load-displacement data, are as high as 31.7 and 314 GPa, respectively.

  13. Unique properties of eukaryote-type actin and profilin horizontally transferred to cyanobacteria.

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    Guljamow, Arthur; Delissen, Friedmar; Baumann, Otto; Thünemann, Andreas F; Dittmann, Elke

    2012-01-01

    A eukaryote-type actin and its binding protein profilin encoded on a genomic island in the cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa PCC 7806 co-localize to form a hollow, spherical enclosure occupying a considerable intracellular space as shown by in vivo fluorescence microscopy. Biochemical and biophysical characterization reveals key differences between these proteins and their eukaryotic homologs. Small-angle X-ray scattering shows that the actin assembles into elongated, filamentous polymers which can be visualized microscopically with fluorescent phalloidin. Whereas rabbit actin forms thin cylindrical filaments about 100 µm in length, cyanobacterial actin polymers resemble a ribbon, arrest polymerization at 5-10 µm and tend to form irregular multi-strand assemblies. While eukaryotic profilin is a specific actin monomer binding protein, cyanobacterial profilin shows the unprecedented property of decorating actin filaments. Electron micrographs show that cyanobacterial profilin stimulates actin filament bundling and stabilizes their lateral alignment into heteropolymeric sheets from which the observed hollow enclosure may be formed. We hypothesize that adaptation to the confined space of a bacterial cell devoid of binding proteins usually regulating actin polymerization in eukaryotes has driven the co-evolution of cyanobacterial actin and profilin, giving rise to an intracellular entity.

  14. How van der Waals interactions determine the unique properties of water

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    Morawietz, Tobias; Dellago, Christoph; Behler, Jörg

    2016-01-01

    While the interactions between water molecules are dominated by strongly directional hydrogen bonds (HBs), it was recently proposed that relatively weak, isotropic van der Waals (vdW) forces are essential for understanding the properties of liquid water and ice. This insight was derived from ab initio computer simulations, which provide an unbiased description of water at the atomic level and yield information on the underlying molecular forces. However, the high computational cost of such simulations prevents the systematic investigation of the influence of vdW forces on the thermodynamic anomalies of water. Here we develop efficient ab initio-quality neural network potentials and use them to demonstrate that vdW interactions are crucial for the formation of water's density maximum and its negative volume of melting. Both phenomena can be explained by the flexibility of the HB network, which is the result of a delicate balance of weak vdW forces, causing e.g. a pronounced contraction of the second solvation ...

  15. Unique Organic Matter and Microbial Properties in the Rhizosphere of a Wetland Soil

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    Kaplan, Daniel I.; Xu, Chen; Huang, Shan; Lin, Youmin; Tolic, Nikola; Roscioli, Kristyn M.; Santschi, Peter H.; Jaffe, Peter R.

    2016-04-19

    Wetlands attenuate the migration of many contaminants through a wide range of biogeochemical reactions. Recent research has shown that the rhizosphere, the zone near plant roots, in wetlands is especially effective at promoting contaminant attenuation. The objective of this study was to compare the soil organic matter (OM) composition and microbial communities of a rhizosphere soil (primarily an oxidized environment) to that of the bulk wetland soil (primarily a reduced environment). The rhizosphere had elevated C, N, Mn, and Fe concentrations and total bacteria, including Anaeromyxobacter, counts (as identified by qPCR). Furthermore, the rhizosphere contained several organic molecules that were not identified in the nonrhizosphere soil (54% of the >2200 ESI-FTICR-MS identified compounds). The rhizosphere OM molecules generally had (1) greater overall molecular weights, (2) less aromaticity, (3) more carboxylate and N-containing COO functional groups, and (4) a greater hydrophilic character. These latter two OM properties typically promote metal binding. This study showed for the first time that not only the amount but also the molecular characteristics of OM in the rhizosphere may in part be responsible for the enhanced immobilization of contaminants in wetlands. These finding have implications on the stewardship and long-term management of contaminated wetlands

  16. Unique Properties of Core Shell Ag@Au Nanoparticles for the Aptasensing of Bacterial Cells

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    Ezat Hamidi-Asl

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available In this article, it is shown that the efficiency of an electrochemical aptasensing device is influenced by the use of different nanoparticles (NPs such as gold nanoparticles (Au, silver nanoparticles (Ag, hollow gold nanospheres (HGN, hollow silver nanospheres (HSN, silver–gold core shell (Ag@Au, gold–silver core shell (Au@Ag, and silver–gold alloy nanoparticles (Ag/Au. Among these nanomaterials, Ag@Au core shell NPs are advantageous for aptasensing applications because the core improves the physical properties and the shell provides chemical stability and biocompatibility for the immobilization of aptamers. Self-assembly of the NPs on a cysteamine film at the surface of a carbon paste electrode is followed by the immobilization of thiolated aptamers at these nanoframes. The nanostructured (Ag@Au aptadevice for Escherichia coli as a target shows four times better performance in comparison to the response obtained at an aptamer modified planar gold electrode. A comparison with other (core shell NPs is performed by cyclic voltammetry and differential pulse voltammetry. Also, the selectivity of the aptasensor is investigated using other kinds of bacteria. The synthesized NPs and the morphology of the modified electrode are characterized by UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray analysis, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy.

  17. Mechanical Properties, Purifying Techniques and Processing Methods of Metal Yttrium

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    2006-01-01

    The mechanical properties of metal yttrium such as strength, plasticity, hardness and elasticity were introduced. The purifying techniques of yttrium were discussed in detail. The processing methods for metal yttrium including extruding, forging, rolling, wiredrawing and welding were also introduced. Finally, the potential use of yttrium and its alloys were prospected.

  18. Native isolate of Trichoderma: a biocontrol agent with unique stress tolerance properties.

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    Mishra, N; Khan, S S; Sundari, S Krishna

    2016-08-01

    Species of Trichoderma are widely recognized for their biocontrol abilities, but seldom studied collectively, for their plant growth promotion, abiotic stress tolerance and bioremediation properties. Our study is a concentrated effort to establish the potential of native isolate Trichoderma harzianum KSNM (T103) to tolerate biotic (root pathogens) and abiotic stresses [high salt (100-1000 mM); heavy metal (chromium, nickel and zinc: 1-10 mM); pesticides: malathion (100-600 ppm), carbofuran (100-600 ppb)], along with its ability to support plant growth. In vitro growth promotion assays with T103 treated Vigna radiata, Vigna mungo and Hordeum vulgare confirmed 'non-species specific' growth promotion effects of T103. At lower metal concentration, T103 treatment was found to completely negate the impact of metal stress [60 % increase in radicle length (RL) with no significant decrease in %germination (%G)]. Even at 10 mM metal, T103 inoculation gave 80 % increase in %G and >50 % increase in RL. In vitro experiments confirmed high metal reduction capacity (47 %-Cr, 35 %-Ni and 42 %-Zn) of T103 at concentrations as high as 4 mM. At maximum residual concentrations of malathion (440 ppm) and carbofuran (100 ppb) reported in agricultural soils, T103 maintained 80 and 100 % survivability, respectively. T103 treatment has improved %G and RL in all three hosts challenged with pesticide. Isolate T103 was found to effectively suppress growth of three major root pathogens: Macrophomina phaseolina (65.83 %) followed by Sclerotium rolfsii (19.33 %) and Fusarium oxysporum (19.18 %). In the light of these observations, native T. harzianum (T103) seems to be a competent biocontrol agent for tropical agricultural soils contaminated with residual pesticides and heavy metals.

  19. Spatial Modeling of Geometallurgical Properties: Techniques and a Case Study

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    Deutsch, Jared L., E-mail: jdeutsch@ualberta.ca [University of Alberta, School of Mining and Petroleum Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Canada); Palmer, Kevin [Teck Resources Limited (Canada); Deutsch, Clayton V.; Szymanski, Jozef [University of Alberta, School of Mining and Petroleum Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Canada); Etsell, Thomas H. [University of Alberta, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering (Canada)

    2016-06-15

    High-resolution spatial numerical models of metallurgical properties constrained by geological controls and more extensively by measured grade and geomechanical properties constitute an important part of geometallurgy. Geostatistical and other numerical techniques are adapted and developed to construct these high-resolution models accounting for all available data. Important issues that must be addressed include unequal sampling of the metallurgical properties versus grade assays, measurements at different scale, and complex nonlinear averaging of many metallurgical parameters. This paper establishes techniques to address each of these issues with the required implementation details and also demonstrates geometallurgical mineral deposit characterization for a copper–molybdenum deposit in South America. High-resolution models of grades and comminution indices are constructed, checked, and are rigorously validated. The workflow demonstrated in this case study is applicable to many other deposit types.

  20. Ultrathin magnetic structures II measurement techniques and novel magnetic properties

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    Heinrich, Bretislav

    2006-01-01

    The ability to understand and control the unique properties of interfaces has created an entirely new field of magnetism, with profound impact in technology and serving as the basis for a revolution in electronics. Our understanding of the physics of magnetic nanostructures has also advanced significantly. This rapid development has generated a need for a comprehensive treatment that can serve as an introduction to the field for those entering it from diverse fields, but which will also serve as a timely overview for those already working in this area. The four-volume work Ultra-Thin Magnetic

  1. Unique Reversible Crystal-to-Crystal Phase Transition – Structural and Functional Properties of Fused Ladder Thienoarenes

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    Abe, Yuichiro

    2017-08-15

    Donor-acceptor type molecules based on fused ladder thienoarenes, indacenodithiophene (IDT) and dithienocyclopenta-thienothiophene (DTCTT), coupled with benzothiadiazole, are prepared and their solid-state structures are investigated. They display a rich variety of solid phases ranging from amorphous glass states to crystalline states, upon changes in the central aromatic core and side group structures. Most notably, the DTCTT-based derivatives showed reversible crystal-to-crystal phase transitions in heating and cooling cycles. Unlike what has been seen in π−conjugated molecules variable temperature XRD revealed that structural change occurs continuously during the transition. A columnar self-assembled structure with slip-stacked π−π interaction is proposed to be involved in the solid-state. This research provides the evidence of unique structural behavior of the DTCTT-based molecules through the detailed structural analysis. This unique structural transition paves the way for these materials to have self-healing of crystal defects, leading to improved optoelectronic properties.

  2. Measurement of thermophysical properties by a pulse-heating technique

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    Peng Xiao; Jingmin Dai; Qingwei Wang

    2007-01-01

    A technique is described for the dynamic measurement of selected thermophysical properties of electrically conducting solids in the temperature range from 1100 K to the melting point. Based on rapid resistive self-heating of the specimen from room temperature to any desired high temperature in several seconds by the passage of an electical current pulse through it, this technique measures the pertinent quantities such as current, voltage, randiance temperature, with sub-millisecond time resolution. The pulse-heating technique is applied to strip specimens. The radiance temperature is measured by high-speed pyrometry,normal spectral emissivity of the strips is measured by integrating sphere reflectometry. The normal spectral emissivity results are used to compute the true temperature of the specimens. The heat capacity,electrical resistivity, total hemispherical emissivity are evaluated in the temperature range from 1100 K to the melting point.

  3. Food material properties and early hominin processing techniques.

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    Zink, Katherine D; Lieberman, Daniel E; Lucas, Peter W

    2014-12-01

    Although early Homo is hypothesized to have used tools more than australopiths to process foods prior to consumption, it is unknown how much the food processing techniques they used altered the material properties of foods, and therefore the masticatory forces they generated, and how well they were able to comminute foods. This study presents experimental data on changes to food material properties caused by mechanical tenderization (pounding with a stone tool) and cooking (dry roasting) of two foods likely to have been important components of the hominin diet: meat and tubers. Mechanical tenderization significantly decreased tuber toughness by 42%, but had no effect on meat toughness. Roasting significantly decreased several material properties of tubers correlated with masticatory effort including toughness (49%), fracture stress (28%) and elastic modulus (45%), but increased the toughness (77%), fracture stress (50%-222%), and elastic modulus of muscle fibers in meat (308%). Despite increasing many material properties of meat associated with higher masticatory forces, roasting also decreased measured energy loss by 28%, which likely makes it easier to chew. These results suggest that the use of food processing techniques by early Homo probably differed for meat and tubers, but together would have reduced masticatory effort, helping to relax selection to maintain large, robust faces and large, thickly enameled teeth.

  4. The "Individualised Accounting Questions" Technique: Using Excel to Generate Quantitative Exercises for Large Classes with Unique Individual Answers

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    Nnadi, Matthias; Rosser, Mike

    2014-01-01

    The "individualised accounting questions" (IAQ) technique set out in this paper encourages independent active learning. It enables tutors to set individualised accounting questions and construct an answer grid that can be used for any number of students, with numerical values for each student's answers based on their student enrolment…

  5. Unique Regulatory Properties of Heterotetrameric Inositol 1,4,5-Trisphosphate Receptors Revealed by Studying Concatenated Receptor Constructs.

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    Chandrasekhar, Rahul; Alzayady, Kamil J; Wagner, Larry E; Yule, David I

    2016-03-01

    The ability of inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptors (IP3R) to precisely initiate and generate a diverse variety of intracellular Ca(2+) signals is in part mediated by the differential regulation of the three subtypes (R1, R2, and R3) by key functional modulators (IP3, Ca(2+), and ATP). However, the contribution of IP3R heterotetramerization to Ca(2+) signal diversity has largely been unexplored. In this report, we provide the first definitive biochemical evidence of endogenous heterotetramer formation. Additionally, we examine the contribution of individual subtypes within defined concatenated heterotetramers to the shaping of Ca(2+) signals. Under conditions where key regulators of IP3R function are optimal for Ca(2+) release, we demonstrate that individual monomers within heteromeric IP3Rs contributed equally toward generating a distinct 'blended' sensitivity to IP3 that is likely dictated by the unique IP3 binding affinity of the heteromers. However, under suboptimal conditions where [ATP] were varied, we found that one subtype dictated the ATP regulatory properties of heteromers. We show that R2 monomers within a heterotetramer were both necessary and sufficient to dictate the ATP regulatory properties. Finally, the ATP-binding site B in R2 critical for ATP regulation was mutated and rendered non-functional to address questions relating to the stoichiometry of IP3R regulation. Two intact R2 monomers were sufficient to maintain ATP regulation in R2 homotetramers. In summary, we demonstrate that heterotetrameric IP3R do not necessarily behave as the sum of the constituent subunits, and these properties likely extend the versatility of IP3-induced Ca(2+) signaling in cells expressing multiple IP3R isoforms.

  6. Unique cell adhesion and invasion properties of Yersinia enterocolitica O:3, the most frequent cause of human Yersiniosis.

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    Uliczka, Frank; Pisano, Fabio; Schaake, Julia; Stolz, Tatjana; Rohde, Manfred; Fruth, Angelika; Strauch, Eckhard; Skurnik, Mikael; Batzilla, Julia; Rakin, Alexander; Heesemann, Jürgen; Dersch, Petra

    2011-07-01

    Many enteric pathogens are equipped with multiple cell adhesion factors which are important for host tissue colonization and virulence. Y. enterocolitica, a common food-borne pathogen with invasive properties, uses the surface proteins invasin and YadA for host cell binding and entry. In this study, we demonstrate unique cell adhesion and invasion properties of Y. enterocolitica serotype O:3 strains, the most frequent cause of human yersiniosis, and show that these differences are mainly attributable to variations affecting the function and expression of invasin in response to temperature. In contrast to other enteric Yersinia strains, invasin production in O:3 strains is constitutive and largely enhanced compared to other Y. enterocolitica serotypes, in which invA expression is temperature-regulated and significantly reduced at 37°C. Increase of invasin levels is caused by (i) an IS1667 insertion into the invA promoter region, which includes an additional promoter and RovA and H-NS binding sites, and (ii) a P98S substitution in the invA activator protein RovA rendering the regulator less susceptible to proteolysis. Both variations were shown to influence bacterial colonization in a murine infection model. Furthermore, we found that co-expression of YadA and down-regulation of the O-antigen at 37°C is required to allow efficient internalization by the InvA protein. We conclude that even small variations in the expression of virulence factors can provoke a major difference in the virulence properties of closely related pathogens which may confer better survival or a higher pathogenic potential in a certain host or host environment.

  7. Unique cell adhesion and invasion properties of Yersinia enterocolitica O:3, the most frequent cause of human Yersiniosis.

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    Frank Uliczka

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Many enteric pathogens are equipped with multiple cell adhesion factors which are important for host tissue colonization and virulence. Y. enterocolitica, a common food-borne pathogen with invasive properties, uses the surface proteins invasin and YadA for host cell binding and entry. In this study, we demonstrate unique cell adhesion and invasion properties of Y. enterocolitica serotype O:3 strains, the most frequent cause of human yersiniosis, and show that these differences are mainly attributable to variations affecting the function and expression of invasin in response to temperature. In contrast to other enteric Yersinia strains, invasin production in O:3 strains is constitutive and largely enhanced compared to other Y. enterocolitica serotypes, in which invA expression is temperature-regulated and significantly reduced at 37°C. Increase of invasin levels is caused by (i an IS1667 insertion into the invA promoter region, which includes an additional promoter and RovA and H-NS binding sites, and (ii a P98S substitution in the invA activator protein RovA rendering the regulator less susceptible to proteolysis. Both variations were shown to influence bacterial colonization in a murine infection model. Furthermore, we found that co-expression of YadA and down-regulation of the O-antigen at 37°C is required to allow efficient internalization by the InvA protein. We conclude that even small variations in the expression of virulence factors can provoke a major difference in the virulence properties of closely related pathogens which may confer better survival or a higher pathogenic potential in a certain host or host environment.

  8. Large-scale characterization of natural ligands explains the unique gluten-binding properties of HLA-DQ2.

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    Stepniak, Dariusz; Wiesner, Martina; de Ru, Arnoud H; Moustakas, Antonis K; Drijfhout, Jan Wouter; Papadopoulos, George K; van Veelen, Peter A; Koning, Frits

    2008-03-01

    Celiac disease is an enteropathy caused by intolerance to dietary gluten. The disorder is strongly associated with DQA1*0501/DQB1*0201 (HLA-DQ2) as approximately 95% of celiac patients express this molecule. HLA-DQ2 has unique Ag-binding properties that allow it to present a diverse set of gluten peptides to gluten-reactive CD4+ T cells so instigating an inflammatory reaction. Previous work has indicated that the presence of negatively charged amino acids within gluten peptides is required for specific binding. This, however, only partly explains the scale of the interaction. We have now characterized 432 natural ligands of HLA-DQ2 representing length variants of 155 distinct sequences. The sequences were aligned and the binding cores were inferred. Analysis of the amino acid distribution of these cores demonstrated that negatively charged residues in HLA-DQ2-bound peptides are favored at virtually all positions. This contrasts with a more restricted presence of such amino acids in T cell epitopes from gluten. Yet, HLA-DQ2 was also found to display a strong preference for proline at several anchor and nonanchor positions that largely match the position of proline in gluten T cell epitopes. Consequently, the bias for proline at p6 and p8 facilitates the enzymatic conversion of glutamine into glutamic acid in gluten peptides at p4 and p6, two important anchor sites. These observations provide new insights in the unique ability of HLA-DQ2 to bind a large repertoire of glutamine- and proline-rich gluten peptides. This knowledge may be an important asset in the development of future treatment strategies.

  9. Multistage bioassociation of uranium onto an extremely halophilic archaeon revealed by a unique combination of spectroscopic and microscopic techniques

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    Bader, Miriam; Müller, Katharina; Foerstendorf, Harald; Drobot, Björn [Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden – Rossendorf, Institute of Resource Ecology, Bautzner Landstraße 400, 01328 Dresden (Germany); Schmidt, Matthias; Musat, Niculina [Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research–UFZ, Department of Isotope Biogeochemistry, Permoserstraße 15, 04318 Leipzig (Germany); Swanson, Juliet S.; Reed, Donald T. [Los Alamos National Laboratory, Repository Science and Operations, 1400 University Drive, Carlsbad, NM, 88220 (United States); Stumpf, Thorsten [Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden – Rossendorf, Institute of Resource Ecology, Bautzner Landstraße 400, 01328 Dresden (Germany); Cherkouk, Andrea, E-mail: a.cherkouk@hzdr.de [Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden – Rossendorf, Institute of Resource Ecology, Bautzner Landstraße 400, 01328 Dresden (Germany)

    2017-04-05

    Highlights: • First prolonged kinetics study of uranium to halophilic archaea was performed. • An atypical time-dependent bioassociation behavior of uranium was observed. • Unique combination of spectroscopic and microscopic methods was used. • In situ ATR FT-IR showed association of U(VI) to phosphoryl and carboxylate groups. • Time-dependent changes of U(VI) localization could be monitored by SEM/EDX. - Abstract: The interactions of two extremely halophilic archaea with uranium were investigated at high ionic strength as a function of time, pH and uranium concentration. Halobacterium noricense DSM-15987 and Halobacterium sp. putatively noricense, isolated from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant repository, were used for these investigations. The kinetics of U(VI) bioassociation with both strains showed an atypical multistage behavior, meaning that after an initial phase of U(VI) sorption, an unexpected interim period of U(VI) release was observed, followed by a slow reassociation of uranium with the cells. By applying in situ attenuated total reflection Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, the involvement of phosphoryl and carboxylate groups in U(VI) complexation during the first biosorption phase was shown. Differences in cell morphology and uranium localization become visible at different stages of the bioassociation process, as shown with scanning electron microscopy in combination with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Our results demonstrate for the first time that association of uranium with the extremely halophilic archaeon is a multistage process, beginning with sorption and followed by another process, probably biomineralization.

  10. Unique Path Partitions

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    Bessenrodt, Christine; Olsson, Jørn Børling; Sellers, James A.

    2013-01-01

    We give a complete classification of the unique path partitions and study congruence properties of the function which enumerates such partitions.......We give a complete classification of the unique path partitions and study congruence properties of the function which enumerates such partitions....

  11. New Technique for Evaluating Adhesion Properties between Soft Materials

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    Sato, Takaya; Goto, Motoaki; Nakano, Ken; Suzuki, Atsushi

    2005-11-01

    A new, simple apparatus for measuring the surface adhesion properties of soft materials was designed, where the adhesion force of a point contact between soft materials and the total energy required to separate the contact can be measured using the springs of phosphor-bronze thin plates with strain gauges. The adhesion between swollen hydrogels was studied here by this simple technique in air at room temperature. The gels used in the present preliminary experiments were poly(sodium acrylate) hydrogels physically cross-linked by aluminum ions. The adhesion force and the separation energy showed a power-law increase with separation velocity. The apparatus was applied to evaluate the adhesion properties of seven anti-inflammatory analgesic cataplasms on the market. It was found that the easiness to separate (rank of adhesion force and the separation energy) was consistent with the results of those obtained by organoleptic evaluations.

  12. Tubuliform silk protein: A protein with unique molecular characteristics and mechanical properties in the spider silk fibroin family

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    Tian, M.; Lewis, R. V.

    2006-02-01

    Orb-web weavers can produce up to six different types of silk and a glue for various functions. Tubuliform silk is unique among them due to its distinct amino acid composition, specific time of production, and atypical mechanical properties. To study the protein composing this silk, tubuliform gland cDNA libraries were constructed from three orb-weaving spiders Argiope aurantia, Araneus gemmoides, and Nephila clavipes. Amino acid composition comparison between the predicted tubuliform silk protein sequence (TuSp1) and the corresponding gland protein confirms that TuSp1 is the major component in tubuliform gland in three spiders. Sequence analysis suggests that TuSp1 shares no significant similarity with its paralogues, while it has conserved sequence motifs with the most primitive spider, Euagrus chisoseus silk protein. The presence of large side-chain amino acids in TuSp1 sequence is consistent with the frustrated β-sheet crystalline structure of tubuliform silk observed in transmission electron microscopy. Repeat unit comparison within species as well as among three spiders exhibits high sequence conservation. Parsimony analysis based on carboxy terminal sequence shows that Argiope and Araneus are more closely related than either is to Nephila which is consistent with phylogenetic analysis based on morphological evidence.

  13. Physical Properties of Liquid Terbium Measured by Levitation Techniques

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    2007-01-01

    To understand the nature and behavior of rare earth metals in their liquid phases, accurate values of their physical properties are essential.However, to measure their physical properties, the samples should be maintained in liquid phases for prolonged time, and this raises a formidable challenge.This is mainly explained by their high melting temperatures (e.g., 1629 K for Tb), high vapor pressure, and the risk of melt contamination with a crucible or support.An electrostatic levitation furnace alleviated these difficulties and allowed the determination of density, surface tension, and viscosity of several metals above their melting temperature.Here, first, the levitation furnace facility and the noncontact diagnostic procedures were briefly discussed, followed by the explanation of their thermophysical property measurements over wide temperature ranges.The density was obtained using an ultraviolet-based imaging technique that allowed excellent illumination, even at elevated temperatures.Over the 1615 to 1880 K temperature span, the density measurements could be expressed as ρ(T)=7.84×103-0.47 (T-Tm) (kg·m-3) with Tm=1629 K, yielding a volume expansion coefficient α(T) =6.0×10-5 (K-1).In addition, the surface tension and the viscosity could be determined by inducing a drop oscillation to a molten sample.Using this technique, the surface tension data could be expressed as σ(T)=8.93×102-0.10 (T-Tm)(mN·m-1) and those for viscosity as η(T) =0.583 exp [4.1×104/(RT)] (MPa·s) over the 1690 to 1980 K temperature range.

  14. Cultivation Techniques and Medicinal Properties of Pleurotus spp.

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    Andrej Gregori

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available The genus Pleurotus (oyster mushroom comprises some most popular edible mushrooms due to their favourable organoleptic and medicinal properties, vigorous growth and undemanding cultivation conditions. It can be cultivated on log and a wide variety of agroforestry (by-products, weeds and wastes for the production of food, feed, enzymes and medicinal compounds, or for waste degradation and detoxification. Many different techniques and substrates have been successfully utilized for mushroom cultivation and biomass production by means of solid-state and submerged liquid fermentation. However, in contrast to submerged liquid fermentation, solid-state fermentation is not often used in large scale due to severe engineering problems. Various Pleurotus species have been shown to possess a number of medicinal properties, such as antitumour, immunomodulatory, antigenotoxic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, hypocholesterolaemic, antihypertensive, antiplatelet-aggregating, antihyperglycaemic, antimicrobial and antiviral activities. These therapeutic activities are exhibited by extracts or isolated compounds from Pleurotus spp. fermentation broth, mycelia and fruiting bodies. In particular, polysaccharides appear to be potent antitumour and immuno-enhancing substances, besides possessing other beneficial activities. However, the biochemical mechanisms of these therapeutic activities still remain largely unknown. This review focuses on recent advances in the biotechnology of Pleurotus spp., with emphasis on the production of fruiting bodies, the production of mycelium and bioactive compounds by solid-state and submerged liquid fermentation. The medicinal properties of this mushroom are also outlined.

  15. The method of uniqueness and the optical conductivity of graphene: new application of a powerful technique for multi-loop calculations

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    Teber, S

    2016-01-01

    We review the method of uniqueness which is a powerful technique for multi-loop calculations in higher dimensional theories with conformal symmetry. We use the method in momentum space and show that it allows a very transparent evaluation of a two-loop massless propagator Feynman diagram with a non-integer index on the central line. The result is applied to the computation of the optical conductivity of graphene at the infra-red Lorentz invariant fixed point. The effect of counter-terms is analysed. A brief comparison with the non-relativistic case is included.

  16. Sequential repetitive chemical reduction technique to study size-property relationships of graphene attached Ag nanoparticle

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    Haider, M. Salman; Badejo, Abimbola Comfort; Shao, Godlisten N.; Imran, S. M.; Abbas, Nadir; Chai, Young Gyu; Hussain, Manwar; Kim, Hee Taik

    2015-06-01

    The present study demonstrates a novel, systematic and application route synthesis approach to develop size-property relationship and control the growth of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) embedded on reduced graphene oxide (rGO). A sequential repetitive chemical reduction technique to observe the growth of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) attached to rGO, was performed on a single solution of graphene oxide (GO) and silver nitrate solution (7 runs, R1-R7) in order to manipulate the growth and size of the AgNPs. The physical-chemical properties of the samples were examined by RAMAN, XPS, XRD, SEM-EDAX, and HRTEM analyses. It was confirmed that AgNPs with diameter varying from 4 nm in first run (R1) to 50 nm in seventh run (R7) can be obtained using this technique. A major correlation between particle size and activities was also observed. Antibacterial activities of the samples were carried out to investigate the disinfection performance of the samples on the Gram negative bacteria (Escherichia coli). It was suggested that the sample obtained in the third run (R3) exhibited the highest antibacterial activity as compared to other samples, toward disinfection of bacteria due to its superior properties. This study provides a unique and novel application route to synthesize and control size of AgNPs embedded on graphene for various applications.

  17. Polyvinyl siloxane impression materials: a review of properties and techniques.

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    Chee, W W; Donovan, T E

    1992-11-01

    Polyvinyl siloxane impression materials have been shown to have excellent properties as impression materials; however, they are sensitive to manipulative variables. Several methods of using very high viscosity (putty) materials to form "trays" to obtain uniform bulk of the wash impression are described, and the disadvantages of each of these techniques is pointed out. It is recommended that for best results acrylic resin custom trays should be used routinely. The interaction of polyvinyl siloxane materials with latex products is also discussed and problems that this inhibition can cause are stated. Suggestions to avoid this interaction are outlined. One of the disadvantages of the impression materials is that it has a relatively short working time. Refrigerating the material will increase working time without affecting accuracy.

  18. TECHNIQUES FOR THE STUDY OF THE STRUCTURAL PROPERTIES.

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    FERNANDEZ-GARCIA, M.; RODRIGUEZ, J.A.; MARTINEZ-ARIAS, A.; HANSON, J.C.

    2006-06-30

    The evolution of our understanding of the behavior of oxide nanostructures depends heavily on the structural information obtained from a wide range of physical methods traditionally used in solid state physics, surface science and inorganic chemistry. In this chapter, we describe several techniques that are useful for the characterization of the structural properties of oxide nanostructures: X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scattering, X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS), Raman spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The ultimate goal is to obtain information about the spatial arrangement of atoms in the nanostructures with precise interatomic distances and bond angles. This may not be possible for complex systems and one may get only partial information about the local geometry or morphology.

  19. Bulk amorphous metallic alloys: Synthesis by fluxing techniques and properties

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    He, Yi; Shen, Tongde; Schwarz, R.B.

    1997-05-01

    Bulk amorphous alloys having dimensions of at least 1 cm diameter have been prepared in the Pd-Ni-P, Pd-Cu-P, Pd-Cu-Ni-P, and Pd-Ni-Fe-P systems using a fluxing and water quenching technique. The compositions for bulk glass formation have been determined in these systems. For these bulk metallic glasses, the difference between the crystallization temperature T{sub x}, and the glass transition temperature T{sub g}, {Delta}T = T{sub x} - T{sub g}, ranges from 60 to 1 10 K. These large values of {Delta}T open the possibility for the fabrication of amorphous near net-shape components using techniques such as injection molding. The thermal, elastic, and magnetic properties of these alloys have been studied, and we have found that bulk amorphous Pd{sub 40}Ni{sub 22.5}Fe{sub 17.5}P{sub 20} has spin glass behavior for temperatures below 30 K. 65 refs., 14 figs., 3 tabs.

  20. Method for the unique identification of hyperelastic material properties using full-field measures. Application to the passive myocardium material response.

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    Perotti, Luigi E; Ponnaluri, Aditya V S; Krishnamoorthi, Shankarjee; Balzani, Daniel; Ennis, Daniel B; Klug, William S

    2017-01-18

    Quantitative measurement of the material properties (eg, stiffness) of biological tissues is poised to become a powerful diagnostic tool. There are currently several methods in the literature to estimating material stiffness, and we extend this work by formulating a framework that leads to uniquely identified material properties. We design an approach to work with full-field displacement data-ie, we assume the displacement field due to the applied forces is known both on the boundaries and also within the interior of the body of interest-and seek stiffness parameters that lead to balanced internal and external forces in a model. For in vivo applications, the displacement data can be acquired clinically using magnetic resonance imaging while the forces may be computed from pressure measurements, eg, through catheterization. We outline a set of conditions under which the least-square force error objective function is convex, yielding uniquely identified material properties. An important component of our framework is a new numerical strategy to formulate polyconvex material energy laws that are linear in the material properties and provide one optimal description of the available experimental data. An outcome of our approach is the analysis of the reliability of the identified material properties, even for material laws that do not admit unique property identification. Lastly, we evaluate our approach using passive myocardium experimental data at the material point and show its application to identifying myocardial stiffness with an in silico experiment modeling the passive filling of the left ventricle. Copyright © 2017 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  1. Investigation of mechanical properties of pavement through electromagnetic techniques

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    Benedetto, Andrea; Tosti, Fabio; D'Amico, Fabrizio

    2014-05-01

    Ground-penetrating radar (GPR) is considered as one of the most flexible geophysical tools that can be effectively and efficiently used in many different applications. In the field of pavement engineering, GPR can cover a wide range of uses, spanning from physical to geometrical inspections of pavements. Traditionally, such inferred information are integrated with mechanical measurements from other traditional (e.g. plate bearing test) or non-destructive (e.g. falling weight deflectometer) techniques, thereby resulting, respectively, in time-consuming and low-significant measurements, or in a high use of technological resources. In this regard, the new challenge of retrieving mechanical properties of road pavements and materials from electromagnetic measurements could represent a further step towards a greater saving of economic resources. As far as concerns unpaved and bound layers it is well-known that strength and deformation properties are mostly affected, respectively, by inter-particle friction and cohesion of soil particles and aggregates, and by bitumen adhesion, whose variability is expressed by the Young modulus of elasticity. In that respect, by assuming a relationship between electromagnetic response (e.g. signal amplitudes) and bulk density of materials, a reasonable correlation between mechanical and electric properties of substructure is therefore expected. In such framework, a pulse GPR system with ground-coupled antennae, 600 MHz and 1600 MHz centre frequencies was used over a 4-m×30-m test site composed by a flexible pavement structure. The horizontal sampling resolution amounted to 2.4×10-2 m. A square regular grid mesh of 836 nodes with a 0.40-m spacing between the GPR acquisition tracks was surveyed. Accordingly, a light falling weight deflectometer (LFWD) was used for measuring the elastic modulus of pavement at each node. The setup of such instrument consisted of a 10-kg falling mass and a 100-mm loading plate so that the influence domain

  2. A unique magnesium-based 3D MOF with nanoscale cages and temperature dependent selective gas sorption properties.

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    Huang, Yong-Liang; Gong, Yun-Nan; Jiang, Long; Lu, Tong-Bu

    2013-02-28

    A porous Mg-based 3D metal-organic framework with unique nanoscale cages and two-fold interpenetrating pcu nets has been synthesized and characterized. It shows gas-uptake capacities for N(2), H(2), O(2) and CO(2) at low temperatures and selective adsorption of CO(2) over O(2) and N(2) at room temperature.

  3. Unique Gene-Silencing and Structural Properties of 2;#8242;-Fluoro-Modified siRNAs

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    Manoharan, Muthiah; Akinc, Akin; Pandey, Rajendra K.; Qin, June; Hadwiger, Philipp; John, Matthias; Mills, Kathy; Charisse, Klaus; Maier, Martin A.; Nechev, Lubomir; Greene, Emily M.; Pallan, Pradeep S.; Rozners, Eriks; Rajeev, Kallanthottathil G.; Egli, Martin (Binghamton); (Alnylam Pharm.); (Vanderbilt)

    2015-10-15

    With little or no negative impact on the activity of small interfering RNAs (siRNAs), regardless of the number of modifications or the positions within the strand, the 2'-deoxy-2'-fluoro (2'-F) modification is unique. Furthermore, the 2'-F-modified siRNA (see crystal structure) was thermodynamically more stable and more nuclease-resistant than the parent siRNA, and produced no immunostimulatory response.

  4. Charge and discharge curves: a unique reliable evidence for the electrochemical properties of LiCoO2

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    2007-01-01

    X-ray diffraction (XRD), the traditional characterization method to detect the electrochemical properties of LiCoO2, was doubted. The XRD patterns of three types of LiCoO2, with similar electrochemical properties, present differences. For the same type of LiCoO2, different XRD patterns were obtained when the sample preparing methods were different, because of preferred orientation. The nonstandard method to prepare XRD powder samples can eliminate preferred orientation. The reliable evidence to detect electrochemical properties is still charge and discharge curves.

  5. An Experimental Technique for the Evaluation of Strain Dependent Material Properties of Hard Coatings

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    Shad A. Reed

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available A novel vibration experiment consisting of a free-free boundary condition, an electromagnetic excitation source, a vacuum chamber, and a laser vibrometer based surface measurement system has been developed that permits high levels of excitation on highly damped specimens with a minimal amount of unwanted systematic error. While some of the aspects of this experiment are not unique, when combined with a processing technique that accounts for the nonlinearities present in the system, this experiment permits, accurate measurement of strain dependent stiffness and damping properties of hard coatings at high strain levels. This procedure has been demonstrated using a titanium beam that has been coated with a free-layer damping treatment of Magnesium Aluminate Spinel. The results indicate that Magnesium Aluminate Spinel has both nonlinear stiffness and damping properties. The stiffness asymptotes to a minimum value around 650 microstrain while the damping is a maximum around 100 microstrain. Additionally, the data contained herein cover a larger strain range for this material than previously reported.

  6. Additively manufactured metallic porous biomaterials based on minimal surfaces: A unique combination of topological, mechanical, and mass transport properties.

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    Bobbert, F S L; Lietaert, K; Eftekhari, A A; Pouran, B; Ahmadi, S M; Weinans, H; Zadpoor, A A

    2017-04-15

    Porous biomaterials that simultaneously mimic the topological, mechanical, and mass transport properties of bone are in great demand but are rarely found in the literature. In this study, we rationally designed and additively manufactured (AM) porous metallic biomaterials based on four different types of triply periodic minimal surfaces (TPMS) that mimic the properties of bone to an unprecedented level of multi-physics detail. Sixteen different types of porous biomaterials were rationally designed and fabricated using selective laser melting (SLM) from a titanium alloy (Ti-6Al-4V). The topology, quasi-static mechanical properties, fatigue resistance, and permeability of the developed biomaterials were then characterized. In terms of topology, the biomaterials resembled the morphological properties of trabecular bone including mean surface curvatures close to zero. The biomaterials showed a favorable but rare combination of relatively low elastic properties in the range of those observed for trabecular bone and high yield strengths exceeding those reported for cortical bone. This combination allows for simultaneously avoiding stress shielding, while providing ample mechanical support for bone tissue regeneration and osseointegration. Furthermore, as opposed to other AM porous biomaterials developed to date for which the fatigue endurance limit has been found to be ≈20% of their yield (or plateau) stress, some of the biomaterials developed in the current study show extremely high fatigue resistance with endurance limits up to 60% of their yield stress. It was also found that the permeability values measured for the developed biomaterials were in the range of values reported for trabecular bone. In summary, the developed porous metallic biomaterials based on TPMS mimic the topological, mechanical, and physical properties of trabecular bone to a great degree. These properties make them potential candidates to be applied as parts of orthopedic implants and/or as bone

  7. A New Star-shaped Carbazole Derivative with Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane Core: Crystal Structure and Unique Photoluminescence Property.

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    Xu, Zixuan; Yu, Tianzhi; Zhao, Yuling; Zhang, Hui; Zhao, Guoyun; Li, Jianfeng; Chai, Lanqin

    2016-01-01

    A new inorganic–organic hybrid material based on polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) capped with carbazolyl substituents, octakis[3-(carbazol-9-yl)propyldimethylsiloxy]-silsesquioxane (POSS-8Cz), was successfully synthesized and characterized. The X-ray crystal structure of POSS-8Cz were described. The photophysical properties of POSS-8Cz were investigated by using UV–vis,photoluminescence spectroscopic analysis. The hybrid material exhibits blue emission in the solution and the solid film.The morphology and thermal stablity properties were measured by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and TG-DTA analysis.

  8. A novel psychrophilic lipase from Pseudomonas fluorescens with unique property in chiral resolution and biodiesel production via transesterification

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    Luo Yu; Zheng Yitao; Jiang Zhengbing; Ma Yushu; Wei Dongzhi [East China Univ. of Science and Tech., Shanghai (China). State Key Lab. of Bioreactor Engineering

    2006-11-15

    A lipase-producing bacterium strain B68 screened from soil samples of China was identified as Pseudomonas fluorescens. With GenomeWalker, the open reading frame of lipase gene lipB68, encoding 476 amino acids, was cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3). By affinity chromatography, the recombinant LipB68 protein was purified to the purity of 95%. As a member of lipase subfamily I.3, LipB68 has a unique optimum temperature of 20 C, which was the lowest in this subfamily. In chiral resolution, LipB68 effectively catalyzed the transesterification of both a-phenylethanol and a-phenylpropanol at 20 C, achieving E values greater than 100 and 60 after 120 h, respectively. Among all the known catalysts in biodiesel production, LipB68 produced biodiesel with a yield of 92% after 12 h, at the lowest temperature of 20 C, and is the first one of the I.3 lipase subfamily reported to be capable of catalyzing the transesterification reaction of biodiesel production. Since lipasemediated biodiesel production is normally carried out at 35-50 C, the availability of a highly active lipase with a low optimal temperature can provide substantial savings in energy consumption. Thus, this novel psychrophilic lipase (LipB68) may represent a highly competitive energy-saving biocatalyst. (orig.)

  9. Spiro-fused six-membered N-heterocyclic carbene: a new scaffold toward unique properties and activities.

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    Yang, Bin-Miao; Xiang, Kai; Tu, Yong-Qiang; Zhang, Shi-Heng; Yang, Deng-Tao; Wang, Shao-Hua; Zhang, Fu-Ming

    2014-07-11

    A six-membered N-heterocyclic carbene fused with a spiro-scaffold is designed. The new NHC shows stronger σ-donation ability than typical 5-membered NHCs. This property leads to interesting reactivities of this spiro-fused six-membered NHC. For example, the NHC-BF3 Lewis pair complex can be readily prepared by using LiBF4 as the BF3 source, or through a direct bond-reconstruction of the tetrafluoroborate salt NHC·HBF4.

  10. RECQL5 has unique strand annealing properties relative to the other human RecQ helicase proteins.

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    Khadka, Prabhat; Croteau, Deborah L; Bohr, Vilhelm A

    2016-01-01

    The RecQ helicases play important roles in genome maintenance and DNA metabolism (replication, recombination, repair, and transcription). Five different homologs are present in humans, three of which are implicated in accelerated aging genetic disorders: Rothmund Thomson (RECQL4), Werner (WRN), and Bloom (BLM) syndromes. While the DNA helicase activities of the 5 human RecQ helicases have been extensively characterized, much less is known about their DNA double strand annealing activities. Strand annealing is an important integral enzymatic activity in DNA metabolism, including DNA repair. Here, we have characterized the strand annealing activities of all five human RecQ helicase proteins and compared them. Interestingly, the relative strand annealing activities of the five RecQ proteins are not directly (inversely) related to their helicase activities. RECQL5 possesses relatively strong annealing activity on long or small duplexed substrates compared to the other RecQs. Additionally, the strand annealing activity of RECQL5 is not inhibited by the presence of ATP, unlike the other RecQs. We also show that RECQL5 efficiently catalyzes annealing of RNA to DNA in vitro in the presence or absence of ATP, revealing a possible new function for RECQL5. Additionally, we investigate how different known RecQ interacting proteins, RPA, Ku, FEN1 and RAD51, regulate their strand annealing activity. Collectively, we find that the human RecQ proteins possess differential DNA double strand annealing activities and we speculate on their individual roles in DNA repair. This insight is important in view of the many cellular DNA metabolic actions of the RecQ proteins and elucidates their unique functions in the cell.

  11. Hydrogenation-controlled phase transition on two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides and their unique physical and catalytic properties

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    Qu, Yuanju; Pan, Hui; Kwok, Chi Tat

    2016-09-01

    Two-dimensional (2D) transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) have been widely used from nanodevices to energy harvesting/storage because of their tunable physical and chemical properties. In this work, we systematically investigate the effects of hydrogenation on the structural, electronic, magnetic, and catalytic properties of 33 TMDs based on first-principles calculations. We find that the stable phases of TMD monolayers can transit from 1T to 2H phase or vice versa upon the hydrogenation. We show that the hydrogenation can switch their magnetic and electronic states accompanying with the phase transition. The hydrogenation can tune the magnetic states of TMDs among non-, ferro, para-, and antiferro-magnetism and their electronic states among semiconductor, metal, and half-metal. We further show that, out of 33 TMD monolayers, 2H-TiS2 has impressive catalytic ability comparable to Pt in hydrogen evolution reaction in a wide range of hydrogen coverages. Our findings would shed the light on the multi-functional applications of TMDs.

  12. Unique Access to Learning

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    Goble, Don

    2009-01-01

    This article describes the many learning opportunities that broadcast technology students at Ladue Horton Watkins High School in St. Louis, Missouri, experience because of their unique access to technology and methods of learning. Through scaffolding, stepladder techniques, and trial by fire, students learn to produce multiple television programs,…

  13. Properties of monomeric paramyosin using a transient electric birefringence techniques.

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    DeLaney, D; Krause, S

    1976-01-01

    Paramyosin samples obtained from the chowder clam, Mercenaria mercenaria, by different extraction techniques were studied using transient electric birefringence techniques. The protein remain monomeric (unaggregated) in 1 mM buffer solution at pH 3.1 to 3.8 and near pH 10. At pH 3.2, the molecules obtained by different extraction techniques exhibit rotational diffusion constants that indicate a 5% difference in length between them, with the probable native form of paramyosin being the longer species. This difference in rotational diffusion constant disappears at higher pH, and, in addition, a large difference in dipole moment between the molecules observed at pH 3.2 also disappears at high pH. These results are used to hypothesize that the rodlike native paramyosin molecules have one or two partly flexible portions on their ends; at one end of each molecule this portion probably contains excess basic amino acids which are charged at low pH to account for the higher dipole moment of this form of paramyosin at these low pH values. At pH 3.2, these portions of the macromolecule are not flexible and act as stiff parts of the rodlike molecules, but they gradually become flexible at higher pH. Possible mechanisms for this change in flexibility are discussed.

  14. Changes of the Unique Odontogenic Properties of Rat Apical Bud Cells under the Developing Apical Complex Microenvironment

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    Jun Fang; Liang Tang; Xiao-hui Liu; Ling-ying Wen; Yan Jin

    2009-01-01

    Aim To characterize the odontogenic capability of apical bud and phenotypical change of apical bud cells (ABCs) in different microenvironment. Methodology Incisor apical bud tissues from neonatal SD rat were dissected and transplanted into the renal capsules to determine their odontogenic capability. Meanwhile ABCs were cultured and purified by repeated differential trypsinization. Then ABCs were cultured with conditioned medium from developing apical complex cells (DAC-CM). Immunocytochemistry, reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) were performed to compare the biological change of ABC treated with or without DAC-CM. Results First we confirmed the ability of apical bud to form crown-like structure ectopically. Equally important, by using the developing apical complex (DAC) conditioned medium, we found the microenvironment created by root could abrogate the "crown" features of ABCs and promote their proliferation and differentiation. Conclusion ABCs possess odontogenic capability to form crown-like tissues and this property can be affected by root-produced microenvironment.

  15. Unique virulence properties of Yersinia enterocolitica O:3--an emerging zoonotic pathogen using pigs as preferred reservoir host.

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    Valentin-Weigand, Peter; Heesemann, Jürgen; Dersch, Petra

    2014-10-01

    Enteropathogenic Yersinia enterocolitica bioserotype 4/O:3 are the most frequent cause of human yersiniosis worldwide with symptoms ranging from mild diarrhea to severe complications of mesenteric lymphadenitis, liver abscesses and postinfectious extraintestinal sequelae. The main reservoir host of 4/O:3 strains are pigs, which represent a substantial disease-causing potential for humans, as they are usually asymptomatic carriers. Y. enterocolitica O:3 initiates infections by tight attachment to the intestinal mucosa. Colonization of the digestive tract is frequently followed by invasion of the intestinal layer primarily at the follicle-associated epithelium, allowing the bacteria to propagate in the lamina propria and disseminate into deeper tissues. Molecular characterization of Y. enterocolitica O:3 isolates led to the identification of (i) alternative virulence and fitness factors and (ii) small genetic variations which cause profound changes in their virulence gene expression pattern (e.g. constitutive expression of the primary invasion factor InvA). These changes provoke a major difference in the virulence properties, i.e. reduced colonization of intestinal tissues in mice, but improved long-term colonization in the pig intestine. Y. enterocolitica O:3 strains cause also a considerably lower level of proinflammatory cytokine IL-8 and higher levels of the anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10 in porcine primary macrophages, as compared to murine macrophages, which could contribute to limiting inflammation, immunopathology and severity of the infection in pigs. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved.

  16. Unique properties of multiple tandem copies of the M26 recombination hotspot in mitosis and meiosis in Schizosaccharomyces pombe.

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    Steiner, Walter W; Recor, Chelsea L; Zakrzewski, Bethany M

    2016-11-15

    The M26 hotspot of the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe is one of the best-characterized eukaryotic hotspots of recombination. The hotspot requires a seven bp sequence, ATGACGT, that serves as a binding site for the Atf1-Pcr1 transcription factor, which is also required for activity. The M26 hotspot is active in meiosis but not mitosis and is active in some but not all chromosomal contexts and not on a plasmid. A longer palindromic version of M26, ATGACGTCAT, shows significantly greater activity than the seven bp sequence. Here, we tested whether the properties of the seven bp sequence were also true of the longer sequence by placing one, two, or three copies of the sequence into the ade6 gene, where M26 was originally discovered. These constructs were tested for activity when located on a plasmid or on a chromosome in mitosis and meiosis. We found that two copies of the 10bp M26 motif on a chromosome were significantly more active for meiotic recombination than one, but no further increase was observed with three copies. However, three copies of M26 on a chromosome created an Atf1-dependent mitotic recombination hotspot. When located on a plasmid, M26 also appears to behave as a mitotic recombination hotspot; however, this behavior most likely results from Atf1-dependent inter-allelic complementation between the plasmid and chromosomal ade6 alleles.

  17. SiCO-doped carbon fibers with unique dual superhydrophilicity/superoleophilicity and ductile and capacitance properties.

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    Lu, Ping; Huang, Qing; Mukherjee, Amiya; Hsieh, You-Lo

    2010-12-01

    Silicon oxycarbide (SiCO) glass-doped carbon fibers with an average diameter of 163 nm were successfully synthesized by electrospinning polymer mixtures of preceramic precursor polyureasilazane (PUS) and carbon precursor polyacrylonitrile (PAN) into fibers then converting to ceramic/carbon hybrid via cross-linking, stabilization, and pyrolysis at temperatures up to 1000 °C. The transformation of PUS/PAN polymer precursors to SiCO/carbon structures was confirmed by EDS and FTIR. Both carbon and SiCO/carbon fibers were amorphous and slightly oxidized. Doping with SiCO enhanced the thermal stability of carbon fibers and acquired new ductile behavior in the SiCO/carbon fibers with significantly improved flexibility and breaking elongation. Furthermore, the SiCO/carbon fibers exhibited dual superhydrophilicity and superoleophilicity with water and decane absorbing capacities of 873 and 608%, respectively. The cyclic voltammetry also showed that SiCO/carbon composite fibers possess better capacitor properties than carbon fibers.

  18. Detecting Molecular Properties by Various Laser-Based Techniques

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    Hsin, Tse-Ming [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

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    Four different laser-based techniques were applied to study physical and chemical characteristics of biomolecules and dye molecules. These techniques are liole burning spectroscopy, single molecule spectroscopy, time-resolved coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy and laser-induced fluorescence microscopy. Results from hole burning and single molecule spectroscopy suggested that two antenna states (C708 & C714) of photosystem I from cyanobacterium Synechocystis PCC 6803 are connected by effective energy transfer and the corresponding energy transfer time is ~6 ps. In addition, results from hole burning spectroscopy indicated that the chlorophyll dimer of the C714 state has a large distribution of the dimer geometry. Direct observation of vibrational peaks and evolution of coumarin 153 in the electronic excited state was demonstrated by using the fs/ps CARS, a variation of time-resolved coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy. In three different solvents, methanol, acetonitrile, and butanol, a vibration peak related to the stretch of the carbonyl group exhibits different relaxation dynamics. Laser-induced fluorescence microscopy, along with the biomimetic containers-liposomes, allows the measurement of the enzymatic activity of individual alkaline phosphatase from bovine intestinal mucosa without potential interferences from glass surfaces. The result showed a wide distribution of the enzyme reactivity. Protein structural variation is one of the major reasons that are responsible for this highly heterogeneous behavior.

  19. A surface wave elastography technique for measuring tissue viscoelastic properties.

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    Zhang, Xiaoming

    2017-04-01

    A surface wave elastography method is proposed to study the viscoelastic properties of skin by measuring the surface wave speed and attenuation on the skin. Experiments were carried out on porcine skin tissues. The surface wave speed is measured by the change of phase with distance. The wave attenuation is measured by the decay of wave amplitude with distance. The change of viscoelastic properties with temperature was studied at room and body temperatures. The wave speed was 1.83m/s at 22°C but reduced to 1.52m/s at 33°C. The viscoelastic ratio was almost constant from 22°C to 33°C. Fresh and decayed tissues were studied. The wave speed of the decayed tissue increased from 1.83m/s of fresh state to 2.73m/s. The viscoelastic ratio was 0.412/mm at the decayed state compared to 0.215/mm at the fresh state. More tissue samples are needed to study these viscoelastic parameters according to specific applications.

  20. Determination of avocado and mango fruit properties by ultrasonic technique.

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    Mizrach, A

    2000-03-01

    A nondestructive ultrasonic measurement system was developed for the assessment of some transmission parameters which might have quantitative relations with the maturity, firmness and other quality-related properties of avocado and mango fruits. The system utilizes a set of low-frequency probes arranged to measure the ultrasonic signal transmitted and received over a short distance across the peel. The attenuation of the ultrasonic waves, transmitted through the peel and the attached fruit tissue, changes as a result of the progressive ripening and softening of the fruit during the fruiting season and in the course of storage. The present study quantitatively addressed the linkage between the ultrasonic attenuation and the physiological parameters of the flesh of the fruits. Results were obtained in the time and frequency domain, and the data set was analyzed statistically to identify the relations between the major physiological indices and the ultrasonic parameters. Quantitative relations were developed to describe the linkage between ultrasonic parameters and the maturity, firmness and other quality-related properties in mango and avocado fruits.

  1. A review of experimental and modeling techniques to determine properties of biopolymer-based nanocomposites

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    The nonbiodegradable and nonrenewable nature of plastic packaging has led to a renewed interest in packaging materials based on bio-nanocomposites (biopolymer matrix reinforced with nanoparticles such as layered silicates). One of the reasons for unique properties of bio-nanocomposites is the differ...

  2. Unique functional properties of conserved arginine residues in the lentivirus lytic peptide domains of the C-terminal tail of HIV-1 gp41.

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    Kuhlmann, Anne-Sophie; Steckbeck, Jonathan D; Sturgeon, Timothy J; Craigo, Jodi K; Montelaro, Ronald C

    2014-03-14

    A previous study from our laboratory reported a preferential conservation of arginine relative to lysine in the C-terminal tail (CTT) of HIV-1 envelope (Env). Despite substantial overall sequence variation in the CTT, specific arginines are highly conserved in the lentivirus lytic peptide (LLP) motifs and are scarcely substituted by lysines, in contrast to gp120 and the ectodomain of gp41. However, to date, no explanation has been provided to explain the selective incorporation and conservation of arginines over lysines in these motifs. Herein, we address the functions in virus replication of the most conserved arginines by performing conservative mutations of arginine to lysine in the LLP1 and LLP2 motifs. The presence of lysine in place of arginine in the LLP1 motif resulted in significant impairment of Env expression and consequently virus replication kinetics, Env fusogenicity, and incorporation. By contrast, lysine exchanges in LLP2 only affected the level of Env incorporation and fusogenicity. Our findings demonstrate that the conservative lysine substitutions significantly affect Env functional properties indicating a unique functional role for the highly conserved arginines in the LLP motifs. These results provide for the first time a functional explanation to the preferred incorporation of arginine, relative to lysine, in the CTT of HIV-1 Env. We propose that these arginines may provide unique functions for Env interaction with viral or cellular cofactors that then influence overall Env functional properties.

  3. A Free-Space Measurement Technique of Terahertz Dielectric Properties

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    Zhang, Xiansheng; Chang, Tianying; Cui, Hong-Liang; Sun, Zhonglin; Yang, Chuanfa; Yang, Xiuwei; Liu, Lingyu; Fan, Wei

    2017-03-01

    The free-space method for material dielectric characterization in the microwave band is extended to terahertz frequencies. By analyzing the advantages and disadvantages of the relative permittivity of the transmission/reflection method for non-magnetic materials, a fast calculation method using a transmission-only method is proposed. Based on the convergence analysis of the algorithm, a method to estimate the initial value is also proposed. Finally, through measurements of the permittivity of high-density polyethylene, polystyrene, polypropylene, and polymethyl methacrylate in the 325-500 GHz band, we verify the rationality of the algorithm and demonstrate its applicability. Through the combination of the two methods, the terahertz dielectric properties of a majority of flat non-conducting solid materials and non-polar liquid materials can be measured.

  4. Technique for Performing Dielectric Property Measurements at Microwave Frequencies

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    Barmatz, Martin B.; Jackson, Henry W.

    2010-01-01

    A paper discusses the need to perform accurate dielectric property measurements on larger sized samples, particularly liquids at microwave frequencies. These types of measurements cannot be obtained using conventional cavity perturbation methods, particularly for liquids or powdered or granulated solids that require a surrounding container. To solve this problem, a model has been developed for the resonant frequency and quality factor of a cylindrical microwave cavity containing concentric cylindrical samples. This model can then be inverted to obtain the real and imaginary dielectric constants of the material of interest. This approach is based on using exact solutions to Maxwell s equations for the resonant properties of a cylindrical microwave cavity and also using the effective electrical conductivity of the cavity walls that is estimated from the measured empty cavity quality factor. This new approach calculates the complex resonant frequency and associated electromagnetic fields for a cylindrical microwave cavity with lossy walls that is loaded with concentric, axially aligned, lossy dielectric cylindrical samples. In this approach, the calculated complex resonant frequency, consisting of real and imaginary parts, is related to the experimentally measured quantities. Because this approach uses Maxwell's equations to determine the perturbed electromagnetic fields in the cavity with the material(s) inserted, one can calculate the expected wall losses using the fields for the loaded cavity rather than just depending on the value of the fields obtained from the empty cavity quality factor. These additional calculations provide a more accurate determination of the complex dielectric constant of the material being studied. The improved approach will be particularly important when working with larger samples or samples with larger dielectric constants that will further perturb the cavity electromagnetic fields. Also, this approach enables the ability to have a

  5. Magnetic properties of iron nanoparticles prepared by exploding wire technique.

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    Alqudami, Abdullah; Annapoorni, S; Lamba, Subhalakshmi; Kothari, P C; Kotnala, R K

    2007-06-01

    Nanoparticles of iron were prepared in distilled water using very thin iron wires and sheets, by the electro-exploding wire technique. Transmission electron microscopy reveals the size of the nanoparticles to be in the range 10 to 50 nm. However, particles of different sizes can be segregated by using ultrahigh centrifuge. X-ray diffraction studies confirm the presence of the cubic phase of iron. These iron nanoparticles were found to exhibit fluorescence in the visible region in contrast to the normal bulk material. The room temperature hysteresis measurements upto a field of 1.0 tesla were performed on a suspension of iron particles in the solution as well as in the powders obtained by filtration. The hysteresis loops indicate that the particles are superparamagnetic in nature. The saturation magnetizations was approximately 60 emu/gm. As these iron particles are very sensitive to oxygen a coating of non-magnetic iron oxide tends to form around the particles giving it a core-shell structure. The core particle size is estimated theoretically from the magnetization measurements. Suspensions of iron nanoparticles in water have been proposed to be used as an effective decontaminant for ground water.

  6. Three-dimensional laser scanning technique to quantify aggregate and ballast shape properties

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    Anochie-Boateng, Joseph

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available methods towards a more accurate and automated techniques to quantify aggregate shape properties. This paper validates a new flakiness index equation using three-dimensional (3-D) laser scanning data of aggregate and ballast materials obtained from...

  7. AN ANALYTICAL APPROACH TO GENERATE UNIQUE SONG SIGNAL (AUSS

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    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Embedding uniqueness in characteristics of song signal and accustoming changes of environment is one of the challenging issues for researchers with maintaining its audible quality. Researchers are modifying or manipulating audio signal properties for generating uniqueness in content such a manner that will not vary so much in changed environment or changes can be easily defined due to unique structure of song signal. In this paper, an approach has been made based on defining a symmetric structure of song signal, followed by some secret code embedding in a specified manner will not alter the trade off ratio of embedding/modifying data but provide uniqueness in properties, even retain the properties in changing environment/ format. Therefore, authentication of song signal is easily achieved with these self manipulated properties. A comparative study has been made with similar existing techniques and experimental results are also supported with mathematical formula based on Microsoft WAVE (".wav" stereo sound file.

  8. Exploring Techniques for Improving Retrievals of Bio-optical Properties of Coastal Waters

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    2013-09-30

    1 DISTRIBUTION STATEMENT A. Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited. Exploring Techniques for Improving Retrievals of Bio ...Exploring Techniques for Improving Retrievals of Bio -optical Properties of Coastal Waters 5a. CONTRACT NUMBER 5b. GRANT NUMBER 5c. PROGRAM ELEMENT...retrieval of bio -optical properties, benefits from the leveraging of funding by NOAA CREST in which remote sensing of coastal waters is an important

  9. Facile synthesis and unique physicochemical properties of three-dimensionally ordered macroporous magnesium oxide, gamma-alumina, and ceria-zirconia solid solutions with crystalline mesoporous walls.

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    Li, Huining; Zhang, Lei; Dai, Hongxing; He, Hong

    2009-05-18

    excellent CO(2) adsorption behaviors, whereas the 3DOM Ce(0.6)Zr(0.4)O(2) sample exhibited exceptional low-temperature reducibility. The unique physicochemical properties associated with the copresence of 3DOM and mesoporous walls make these porous materials ideal candidates for applications in heterogeneous catalysis and CO(2) adsorption.

  10. Inversion Techniques for Retrieving Detailed Aerosol Properties from Remote Sensing Observations: Achievements and Perspectives

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    Dubovik, O.

    2010-12-01

    The ability of aerosol particles to interact strongly with electromagnetic radiation makes aerosol one of most climatically important atmospheric component. Remote sensing using the same ability for characterizing properties of atmospheric aerosol is probably the most adequate observational approach for accessing aerosol effect in climatic studies. Indeed, the satellite remote sensing is unique technique allowing monitoring of time variability of the aerosol at regional and global scales. Compare to in situ and laboratory measurements, remote methods do not use aerosol sampling and allow accessing the properties of unperturbed ambient aerosol in the atmospheres. However, interpretation of the remote sensing observations involves data inversion that, in practice, often appears to be a sophisticated procedure leading to rather ambiguous results. Numerous publications offer a wide diversity of approaches suggesting somewhat different inversion methods. Such uncertainty in methodological guidance leads to excessive dependence of retrieval algorithms on the personalized input and preferences of the developer. This presentation highlights a continues effort on developing a concept clarifying the differences between various methods and outlining unified principles addressing such important aspects of inversion optimization as accounting for errors in the data used, inverting the data with different levels of accuracy, accounting for a priori and ancillary information, estimating retrieval errors, etc. The developed concept uses the principles of statistical estimation and suggests a generalized multi-term Least Square type formulation that complementarily unites advantages of a variety of practical inversion approaches, such as Phillips-Tikhonov-Twomey constrained inversion, Kalman filter, Newton-Gauss and Levenberg-Marquardt iterations, optimal estimation, etc. The concept will be demonstrated by successful implementations in several challenging aerosol remote sensing

  11. Unique and shared techniques in cognitive-behavioural and short-term psychodynamic psychotherapy: a content analysis of randomised trials on depression

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    Barth, Jürgen; Michlig, Nadja; Munder, Thomas

    2014-01-01

    Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of psychotherapeutic interventions assume that specific techniques are used in treatments, which are responsible for changes in the client's symptoms. This assumption also holds true for meta-analyses, where evidence for specific interventions and techniques is compiled. However, it has also been argued that different treatments share important techniques and that an upcoming consensus about useful treatment strategies is leading to a greater integration of...

  12. The unique axon trajectory of the accessory nerve is determined by intrinsic properties of the neural tube in the avian embryo.

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    Bai, Zhongtian; Pu, Qin; Haque, Ziaul; Wang, Jianlin; Huang, Ruijin

    2016-05-01

    The accessory nerve is a cranial nerve, composed of only motor axons, which control neck muscles. Its axons ascend many segments along the lateral surface of the cervical spinal cord and hindbrain. At the level of the first somite, they pass ventrally through the somitic mesoderm into the periphery. The factors governing the unique root trajectory are unknown. Ablation experiments at the accessory nerve outlet points have shown that somites do not regulate the trajectory of the accessory nerve fibres. Factors from the neural tube that may control the longitudinal pathfinding of the accessory nerve fibres were tested by heterotopic transplantations of an occipital neural tube to the cervical and thoracic level. These transplantations resulted in a typical accessory nerve trajectory in the cervical and thoracic spinal cord. In contrast, cervical neural tube grafts were unable to give rise to the typical accessory nerve root pattern when transplanted to occipital level. Our results show that the formation of the unique axon root pattern of the accessory nerve is an intrinsic property of the neural tube.

  13. Effect of quenching techniques on the mechanical properties of low carbon structural steel

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    K. Miernik

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents the results of the impact of incomplete quenching technique on the mechanical properties of low carbon structural steel.Significant influence of the heating method to the α + γ field was observed on the strength and plasticity after hardening process. The best combination of mechanical properties was obtained for the 3th technique consisting of pre-heating the material to the austenite field, next cooling to the appropriate temperature in the α + γ and hardening from that dual phase region. The high level of toughness with relatively high strength were observed, compared to the properties obtained for the two other ways to quench annealing (incomplete hardening.

  14. PZT thin film deposition techniques, properties and its application in ultrasonic MEMS sensors: a review

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    Shilpa, G. D.; Sreelakshmi, K.; Ananthaprasad, M. G.

    2016-09-01

    This paper describes an overview of the state of art in PbZrxTi1-xO3 (PZT)ferroelectric thin films and its applications in Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS). First, the deposition techniques and then the important properties of PZT films such as surface morphology polarization and ferroelectric properties are reviewed. Two major deposition techniques such as sol-gel and Magnetron sputtering are given and compared for the film surface morphology and ferroelectric properties. Finally, the application of PZT thin film in MEMS ultrasonic sensors is discussed.

  15. One-pot synthesis of biocompatible Te-phenol formaldehyde resin core-shell nanowires with uniform size and unique fluorescent properties by a synergized soft-hard template process

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    Qian Haisheng; Zhu Enbo; Zheng Shunji; Yang Xingyun; Li Liangchao; Tong Guoxiu [Department of Chemistry, College of Chemistry and Life Science, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua 321004 (China); Li Zhengquan; Hu Yong; Guo Changfa [Institute of Physical Chemistry, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua 321004 (China); Guo Huichen, E-mail: shqian@zjnu.cn, E-mail: ghch-2004@hotmail.com [State Key Laboratory of Veterinary Etiological Biology and Key Laboratory of Animal Virology of Ministry of Agriculture, Lanzhou Veterinary Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Xujiaping 11, Lanzhou, Gansu 730046 (China)

    2010-12-10

    One-pot hydrothermal process has been developed to synthesize uniform Te-phenol formaldehyde resin core-shell nanowires with unique fluorescent properties. A synergistic soft-hard template mechanism has been proposed to explain the formation of the core-shell nanowires. The Te-phenol formaldehyde resin core-shell nanowires display unique fluorescent properties, which give strong luminescent emission in the blue-violet and green regions with excitation wavelengths of 270 nm and 402 nm, respectively.

  16. Application of Severe Plastic Deformation Techniques to Magnesium for Enhanced Hydrogen Sorption Properties

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    Daniel Fruchart

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we review the latest developments in the use of severe plastic deformation (SPD techniques for enhancement of hydrogen sorption properties of magnesium and magnesium alloys. Main focus will be on two techniques: Equal Channel Angular Pressing (ECAP and Cold Rolling (CR. After a brief description of these two techniques we will discuss their effects on the texture and hydrogen sorption properties of magnesium alloys. In particular, the effect of the processing temperature in ECAP on texture will be demonstrated. We also show that ECAP and CR have produced different textures. Despite the scarcity of experimental results, the investigations up to now indicate that SPD techniques produce metal hydrides with enhanced hydrogen storage properties.

  17. Nondestructive techniques for characterizing mechanical properties of structural materials - An overview

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    Vary, A.; Klima, S. J.

    1986-01-01

    An overview of nondestructive evaluation (NDE) is presented to indicate the availability and application potentials of techniques for quantitative characterization of the mechanical properties of structural materials. The purpose is to review NDE techniques that go beyond the usual emphasis on flow detection and characterization. Discussed are current and emerging NDE techniques that can verify and monitor entrinsic properties (e.g., tensile, shear, and yield strengths; fracture toughness, hardness, ductility; elastic moduli) and underlying microstructural and morphological factors. Most of the techniques described are, at present, neither widely applied nor widely accepted in commerce and industry because they are still emerging from the laboratory. The limitations of the techniques may be overcome by advances in applications research and instrumentation technology and perhaps by accommodations for their use in the design of structural parts.

  18. Nondestructive techniques for characterizing mechanical properties of structural materials: An overview

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    Vary, A.; Klima, S. J.

    1985-01-01

    An overview of nondestructive evaluation (NDE) is presented to indicate the availability and application potentials of techniques for quantitative characterization of the mechanical properties of structural materials. The purpose is to review NDE techniques that go beyond the usual emphasis on flaw detection and characterization. Discussed are current and emerging NDE techniques that can verify and monitor entrinsic properties (e.g., tensile, shear, and yield strengths; fracture toughness, hardness, ductility; elastic moduli) and underlying microstructural and morphological factors. Most of the techniques described are, at present, neither widely applied nor widely accepted in commerce and industry because they are still emerging from the laboratory. The limitations of the techniques may be overcome by advances in applications research and instrumentation technology and perhaps by accommodations for their use in the design of structural parts.

  19. Unique properties of the classical bovine spongiform encephalopathy strain and its emergence from H-type bovine spongiform encephalopathy substantiated by VM transmission studies.

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    Bencsik, Anna; Leboidre, Mikael; Debeer, Sabine; Aufauvre, Claire; Baron, Thierry

    2013-03-01

    In addition to classical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (C-BSE), which is recognized as being at the origin of the human variant form of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, 2 rare phenotypes of BSE (H-type BSE [H-BSE] and L-type BSE [L-BSE]) were identified in 2004. H-type BSE and L-BSE are considered to be sporadic forms of prion disease in cattle because they differ from C-BSE with respect to incubation period, vacuolar pathology in the brain, and biochemical properties of the protease-resistant prion protein (PrP) in natural hosts and in some mouse models that have been tested. Recently, we showed that H-BSE transmitted to C57Bl/6 mice resulted in a dissociation of the phenotypic features, that is, some mice showed an H-BSE phenotype, whereas others had a C-BSE phenotype. Here, these 2 phenotypes were further studied in VM mice and compared with cattle C-BSE, H-BSE, and L-BSE. Serial passages from the C-BSE-like phenotype on VM mice retained similarities with C-BSE. Moreover, our results indicate that strains 301V and 301C derived from C-BSE transmitted to VM and C57Bl/6 mice, respectively, are fundamentally the same strain. These VM transmission studies confirm the unique properties of the C-BSE strain and support the emergence of a strain that resembles C-BSE from H-BSE.

  20. Effect of process parameters on properties of Al-Si alloys cast by Rapid Slurry Formation (RSF) technique

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    Ratke, L.; Sharma, A.; Kohli, D.

    2012-01-01

    Rapid slurry formation is a semi-solid metal forming technique, which is based on a so-called solid enthalpy exchange material (EEM). It is a fascinating technology offering the opportunity to manufacture net-shaped metal components of complex geometry in a single forming operation. At the same time, high mechanical properties can be achieved due to the unique microstructure and flow behaviour. The major process parameters used in the RSF process are rotation speed of the EEM, melt superheat, amount of EEM added (determining fs), and holding time. The process parameters can be well controlled with clear effects on the microstructure. There is a lack of theoretical modelling of the morphological evolution in these two-phase slurries.

  1. Functionalization of boron diiminates with unique optical properties: multicolor tuning of crystallization-induced emission and introduction into the main chain of conjugated polymers.

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    Yoshii, Ryousuke; Hirose, Amane; Tanaka, Kazuo; Chujo, Yoshiki

    2014-12-31

    In this article, we report the unique optical characteristics of boron diiminates in the solid states. We synthesized the boron diiminates exhibiting aggregation-induced emission (AIE). From the series of optical measurements, it was revealed that the optical properties in the solid state should be originated from the suppression of the molecular motions of the boron diiminate units. The emission colors were modulated by the substitution effects (λ(PL,crystal) = 448-602 nm, λ(PL,amorphous) = 478-645 nm). Strong phosphorescence was observed from some boron diiminates deriving from the effects of two imine groups. Notably, we found some of boron diiminates showed crystallization-induced emission (CIE) properties derived from the packing differences from crystalline to amorphous states. The 15-fold emission enhancement was observed by the crystallization (Φ(PL,crystal) = 0.59, Φ(PL,amorphous) = 0.04). Next, we conjugated boron diiminates with fluorene. The synthesized polymers showed good solubility in the common solvents, film formability, and thermal stability. In addition, because of the expansion of main-chain conjugation, the peak shifts to longer wavelength regions were observed in the absorption/emission spectra of the polymers comparing to those of the corresponding boron diiminate monomers (λ(abs) = 374-407 nm, λ(PL) = 509-628 nm). Furthermore, the absorption and the emission intensities were enhanced via the light-harvesting effect by the conjugation with fluorene. Finally, we also demonstrated the dynamic reversible alterations of the optical properties of the polymer thin films by exposing to acidic or basic vapors.

  2. Influence of the Scrap Tyre Processing Techniques on the Physical Properties of the Crumb Rubber

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    Naeem Aziz Memon

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available The processing mechanism of scrap tyres to produce CR (Crumb Rubber has a great influence on the properties of the CRMB (Crumb Rubber Modified Bitumen. A fair amount of research was observed in the literature on the bitumen modified by CR processed cryogenically and ambiently. However, little or no work has been done on the CR processed by the other methods such as the Aquablast processing technique, which is a relatively a new waste tyre rubber processing technique within the CR industry. In this study, CR obtained from the two sources; ambient and Aquablast grinding techniques were primarily assessed with a helium pycnometer and SEM (Scanning Electron Microscopy for their physical properties and appearance respectively. Observations from this laboratory study indicated: (1 the density of the ambient CR was slightly higher than the CR obtained from Aquablast technique; (2 difference in physical appearance was found insignificant.

  3. FACTORS AFFECTING THE MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF COMPACT BONE AND MINIATURE SPECIMEN TEST TECHNIQUES: A REVIEW

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    Vandana Chittibabu

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the review concerning mechanical properties of bone and the miniature specimen test techniques. For developing a realistic understanding of how factors such as moisture content, mineralization, age, species, location, gender, rate of deformation etc. affect the mechanical properties of bone, it is critical to understand the role of these factors. A general survey on existing research work is presented on this aspect. The essential features of miniature specimen test techniques are described, along with the application of small punch test method to evaluate the mechanical behavior of materials. The procedure for the determination of tensile and fracture properties, such as: yield strength, ultimate strength, ductility, fracture toughness etc. using small punch test technique have been described. The empirical equations proposed by various investigators for the prediction of tensile and fracture properties are presented and discussed. In some cases, the predictions of material properties have been essentially made through the finite element simulation. The finite element simulation of miniature specimen test technique is also covered in this review. The use of inverse finite element procedure for the prediction of uniaxial tensile constitutive behaviour of materials is also presented

  4. Review of Geophysical Techniques to Define the Spatial Distribution of Subsurface Properties or Contaminants

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    Murray, Christopher J.; Last, George V.; Truex, Michael J.

    2005-08-22

    This is a letter report to Fluor Hanford, Inc. The purpose of this report is to summarize state-of-the-art, minimally intrusive geophysical techniques that can be used to clarify subsurface geology, structure, moisture, and chemical composition. The technology review focused on geophysical characterization techniques that provide two- or three-dimensional information about the spatial distribution of subsurface properties and/or contaminants.

  5. Estimation of Fracture Length as a Mechanical Property in Hydrofraturing Technique using an Experimental Setup

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    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper compares temperature distribution and weld bead profiles of constant current and pulsed current gas tungsten arc welded AISI 304L grade stainless steel joints. The effects of pulsed current welding on tensile properties, hardness profiles, micro structural features and residual stress distribution of stainless steel joints are reported. The use of pulsed current technique improves the tensile properties of the welds compared to those of continuous current welds due to grain refinement occurring in the fusion zone.

  6. Using machine vision and data mining techniques to identify cell properties via microfluidic flow analysis

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    Horowitz, Geoffrey; Bowie, Samuel; Liu, Anna; Stone, Nicholas; Sulchek, Todd; Alexeev, Alexander

    2016-11-01

    In order to quickly identify the wide range of mechanistic properties that are seen in cell populations, a coupled machine vision and data mining analysis is developed to examine high speed videos of cells flowing through a microfluidic device. The microfluidic device contains a microchannel decorated with a periodical array of diagonal ridges. The ridges compress flowing cells that results in complex cell trajectory and induces cell cross-channel drift, both depend on the cell intrinsic mechanical properties that can be used to characterize specific cell lines. Thus, the cell trajectory analysis can yield a parameter set that can serve as a unique identifier of a cell's membership to a specific cell population. By using the correlations between the cell populations and measured cell trajectories in the ridged microchannel, mechanical properties of individual cells and their specific populations can be identified via only information captured using video analysis. Financial support provided by National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant No. CMMI 1538161.

  7. Unique structural properties of 2,4,6-tri-tert-butylanilide: isomerization and switching between separable amide rotamers through the reaction of anilide enolates.

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    Tsukagoshi, Shiori; Ototake, Nobutaka; Ohnishi, Yusuke; Shimizu, Mayu; Kitagawa, Osamu

    2013-05-17

    Herein, we report a unique structural property of 2,4,6-tri-tert-butylanilide, which can be separated into its amide rotamers at room temperature. Interconversion between the rotamers of anilide enolates occurs readily at room temperature and their reaction with electrophiles gives mixtures of the rotamers in a ratio that depends on the reactivity of the corresponding electrophile. That is, the reaction of the 2,4,6-tri-tert-butylacetanilide enolate with reactive electrophiles, such as allyl bromide or protic acids, gives mixtures of the anilide rotamers in which the E rotamer is the major component, whereas less-reactive electrophiles, such as 1-bromopropane and 2-iodopropane, yield mixtures of the rotamers in which the Z rotamer is the major component. The rotameric ratio of the product is also strongly dependent on the reactivity of the anilide enolate. Switching between the anilide rotamers can be achieved through protonation of a less-reactive enolate by a less-reactive protic acid and thermal isomerization of the anilide.

  8. Fibre-optical techniques for measuring various properties of shock waves

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    Prinse, W.C.; Esveld, R.J. van; Oostdam, R. van; Rooijen, M. van; Bouma, R.H.B.

    1999-01-01

    For the past years we have developed several optical techniques to measure properties of shock waves. The fibre optic probe (FOP) is developed to measure the shock-wave velocity and/or the detonation velocity inside an explosive. The space resolution can be as small as 0.5 mm. Single fibres are used

  9. Sound absorption properties of porous composites fabricated by a hydrogel templating technique

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    Rutkevicius, M.; Mehl, G.H.; Paunov, V.N.; Qin, Q.; Rubini, P.A.; Stoyanov, S.D.; Petkov, J.

    2013-01-01

    We have used a hydrogel templating technique followed by the subsequent evaporation of water present to fabricate porous cement and porous PDMS composites, and we have analyzed their sound absorption properties. All experiments were carried out with hydrogel slurries of broad bead size distributions

  10. THE RESEARCH TECHNIQUES FOR ANALYSIS OF MECHANICAL AND TRIBOLOGICAL PROPERTIES OF COATING-SUBSTRATE SYSTEMS

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    Kinga CHRONOWSKA-PRZYWARA

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The article presents research techniques for the analysis of both mechanical and tribological properties of thin coatings applied on highly loaded machine elements. In the Institute of Machine Design and Exploitation, AGH University of Science and Technology students of the second level of Mechanical Engineering study tribology attending laboratory class. Students learn on techniques for mechanical and tribological testing of thin, hard coatings deposited by PVD and CVD technologies. The program of laboratories contains micro-, nanohardness and Young's modulus measurements by instrumental indentations and analysys of coating to substrate adhesion by scratch testing. The tribological properties of the coating-substrate systems are studied using various techniques, mainly in point contact load conditions with ball-on-disc and block-on-ring tribomiters as well as using ball cratering method in strongly abrasive suspensions.

  11. Data acquisition techniques for exploiting the uniqueness of the time-of-flight mass spectrometer: Application to sampling pulsed gas systems

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    Lincoln, K. A.

    1980-01-01

    Mass spectra are produced in most mass spectrometers by sweeping some parameter within the instrument as the sampled gases flow into the ion source. It is evident that any fluctuation in the gas during the sweep (mass scan) of the instrument causes the output spectrum to be skewed in its mass peak intensities. The time of flight mass spectrometer (TOFMS) with its fast, repetitive mode of operation produces spectra without skewing or varying instrument parameters and because all ion species are ejected from the ion source simultaneously, the spectra are inherently not skewed despite rapidly changing gas pressure or composition in the source. Methods of exploiting this feature by utilizing fast digital data acquisition systems, such as transient recorders and signal averagers which are commercially available are described. Applications of this technique are presented including TOFMS sampling of vapors produced by both pulsed and continuous laser heating of materials.

  12. Strain Rate Dependency of Bronze Metal Matrix Composite Mechanical Properties as a Function of Casting Technique

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    Brown, Lloyd; Joyce, Peter; Radice, Joshua; Gregorian, Dro; Gobble, Michael

    2012-07-01

    Strain rate dependency of mechanical properties of tungsten carbide (WC)-filled bronze castings fabricated by centrifugal and sedimentation-casting techniques are examined, in this study. Both casting techniques are an attempt to produce a functionally graded material with high wear resistance at a chosen surface. Potential applications of such materials include shaft bushings, electrical contact surfaces, and brake rotors. Knowledge of strain rate-dependent mechanical properties is recommended for predicting component response due to dynamic loading or impact events. A brief overview of the casting techniques for the materials considered in this study is followed by an explanation of the test matrix and testing techniques. Hardness testing, density measurement, and determination of the volume fraction of WC particles are performed throughout the castings using both image analysis and optical microscopy. The effects of particle filling on mechanical properties are first evaluated through a microhardness survey of the castings. The volume fraction of WC particles is validated using a thorough density survey and a rule-of-mixtures model. Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar (SHPB) testing of various volume fraction specimens is conducted to determine strain dependence of mechanical properties and to compare the process-property relationships between the two casting techniques. The baseline performances of C95400 bronze are provided for comparison. The results show that the addition of WC particles improves microhardness significantly for the centrifugally cast specimens, and, to a lesser extent, in the sedimentation-cast specimens, largely because the WC particles are more concentrated as a result of the centrifugal-casting process. Both metal matrix composites (MMCs) demonstrate strain rate dependency, with sedimentation casting having a greater, but variable, effects on material response. This difference is attributed to legacy effects from the casting process, namely

  13. Experimental Techniques for the Measurement of Mechanical Properties of Materials Used in Microelectromechanical Systems

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    Samir V. Kamat

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available The knowledge of mechanical properties of materials used in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS devices is critical not only in designing structures such as cantilevers and beams but also for ensuring their reliability during operation of these devices. It has been established that the mechanical properties are scaleand-process-dependent, and hence it is essential to measure the mechanical properties of these materials at the same length scale and using the same process as that used in their usage in MEMS devices. The various experimental techniques in vogue to measure the mechanical properties of these materials are briefly reviewed. The facilities established at the Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Hyderabad, and their capabilities are also highlighted.Defence Science Journal, 2009, 59(6, pp.605-615, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.14429/dsj.59.1565

  14. Modulating the Optoelectronic Properties of Silver Nanowires Films: Effect of Capping Agent and Deposition Technique

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    D. Lopez-Diaz

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Silver nanowires 90 nm in diameter and 9 µm in length have been synthesized using different capping agents: polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP and alkyl thiol of different chain lengths. The nanowire structure is not influenced by the displacement of PVP by alkyl thiols, although alkyl thiols modify the lateral aggregation of nanowires. We examined the effect of the capping agent and the deposition method on the optical and electrical properties of films prepared by Spray and the Langmuir-Schaefer methodologies. Our results revealed that nanowires capped with PVP and C8-thiol present the best optoelectronic properties. By using different deposition techniques and by modifying the nanowire surface density, we can modulate the optoelectronic properties of films. This strategy allows obtaining films with the optoelectronic properties required to manufacture touch screens and electromagnetic shielding.

  15. Surface properties and corrosion behavior of Co-Cr alloy fabricated with selective laser melting technique.

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    Xin, Xian-zhen; Chen, Jie; Xiang, Nan; Wei, Bin

    2013-01-01

    We sought to study the corrosion behavior and surface properties of a commercial cobalt-chromium (Co-Cr) alloy which was fabricated with selective laser melting (SLM) technique. For this purpose, specimens were fabricated using different techniques, such as SLM system and casting methods. Surface hardness testing, microstructure observation, surface analysis using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and electrochemical corrosion test were carried out to evaluate the corrosion properties and surface properties of the specimens. We found that microstructure of SLM specimens was more homogeneous than that of cast specimens. The mean surface hardness values of SLM and cast specimens were 458.3 and 384.8, respectively; SLM specimens showed higher values than cast ones in hardness. Both specimens exhibited no differences in their electrochemical corrosion properties in the artificial saliva through potentiodynamic curves and EIS, and no significant difference via XPS. Therefore, we concluded that within the scope of this study, SLM-fabricated restorations revealed good surface properties, such as proper hardness, homogeneous microstructure, and also showed sufficient corrosion resistance which could meet the needs of dental clinics.

  16. Influence of different processing techniques on the mechanical properties of used tires in embankment construction.

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    Edinçliler, Ayşe; Baykal, Gökhan; Saygili, Altug

    2010-06-01

    Use of the processed used tires in embankment construction is becoming an accepted way of beneficially recycling scrap tires due to shortages of natural mineral resources and increasing waste disposal costs. Using these used tires in construction requires an awareness of the properties and the limitations associated with their use. The main objective of this paper is to assess the different processing techniques on the mechanical properties of used tires-sand mixtures to improve the engineering properties of the available soil. In the first part, a literature study on the mechanical properties of the processed used tires such as tire shreds, tire chips, tire buffings and their mixtures with sand are summarized. In the second part, large-scale direct shear tests are performed to evaluate shear strength of tire crumb-sand mixtures where information is not readily available in the literature. The test results with tire crumb were compared with the other processed used tire-sand mixtures. Sand-used tire mixtures have higher shear strength than that of the sand alone and the shear strength parameters depend on the processing conditions of used tires. Three factors are found to significantly affect the mechanical properties: normal stress, processing techniques, and the used tire content.

  17. Optical Properties of Astronomical Silicates with Infrared Techniques (OPASI-T)

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    Rinehart, Stephen

    2010-01-01

    Astronomical dust is observed in a variety of astrophysical environments and plays an important role in radiative processes and chemical evolution in the galaxy. Depending upon the environment, dust can be either carbon-rich or oxygen-rich (silicate grains). Both astronomical observations and ground-based data show that the optical properties of silicates can change dramatically with the crystallinity of the material, and recent laboratory research provides evidence that the optical properties of silicate dust vary as a function of temperature as well. Therefore, correct interpretation of a vast array of astronomical data relies on the understanding of the properties of silicate dust as functions of wavelength, temperature, and crystallinity. The OPASI-T (Optical Properties of Astronomical Silicates with Infrared Techniques) project addresses the need for high quality optical characterization of metal-enriched silicate condensates using a variety of techniques. A combination of both new and established experiments are used to measure the extinction, reflection, and emission properties of amorphous silicates across the infrared (near infrared to millimeter wavelengths), providing a comprehensive data set characterizing the optical parameters of dust samples. We present room temperature measurements and the experimental apparatus to be used to investigate and characterize additional metal-silicate materials.

  18. Measurement of the properties of liquids and gases using a transient hot-wire technique.

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    Parsons, J R; Mulligan, J C

    1978-10-01

    A transient method of making simultaneous, in situ measurements of the thermal conductivity, volumetric specific heat, and kinematic viscosity of liquids and gases is presented. The technique utilizes the temperature response record of a fine horizontal wire, functioning as a resistance thermometer, when subjected to a sudden and constant electrical heating. It is shown that a formulation of the transient mechanisms governing the transition from pure conductive to free convective heat transfer from the wire can be used to produce simultaneous determinations of fluid properties from a single wire temperature versus time record. A simple apparatus is presented, along with the results of its use in determining the properties of air.

  19. Rotary bending fatigue properties of Inconel 718 alloys by ultrasonic nanocrystal surface modification technique

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    Jun-Hyong Kim

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available This study investigates the influence of ultrasonic nanocrystal surface modification (UNSM technique on fatigue properties of SAE AMS 5662 (solution treatment of Inconel 718 alloys. The fatigue properties of the specimens were investigated using a rotary bending fatigue tester. Results revealed that the UNSM-treated specimens showed longer fatigue life in comparison with those of the untreated specimens. The improvement in fatigue life of the UNSM-treated specimens is attributed mainly to the induced compressive residual stress, increased hardness, reduced roughness and refined grains at the top surface. Fractured surfaces were analysed using a scanning electron microscopy (SEM in order to give insight into the effectiveness of UNSM technique on fracture mechanisms and fatigue life.

  20. Classification of traditional Chinese pork bacon based on physicochemical properties and chemometric techniques.

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    Guo, Xin; Huang, Feng; Zhang, Hong; Zhang, Chunjiang; Hu, Honghai; Chen, Wenbo

    2016-07-01

    Sixty-seven pork bacon samples from Hunan, Sichuan Guangdong, Jiangxi, and Yunnan Provinces in China were analyzed to understand their geographical properties. Classification was performed by determining their physicochemical properties through chemometric techniques, including variance analysis, principal component analysis (PCA), and discriminant analysis (DA). Results showed that certain differences existed in terms of nine physicochemical determinations in traditional Chinese pork bacon. PCA revealed the distinction among Hunan, Sichuan, and Guangdong style bacon. Meanwhile, seven key physicochemical determination criteria were identified in line with DA and could be reasonably applied to the classification of traditional Chinese pork bacon. Furthermore, the ratio of overall correct classification was 97.76% and that of cross-validation was 91.76%. These findings indicated that chemometric techniques, together with several physicochemical determination, were effective for the classification of traditional Chinese pork bacon with geographical features. Our study provided a theoretical reference for the classification of traditional Chinese pork bacon.

  1. Impact localization for a composite plate using the spatial focusing properties of advanced signal processing techniques

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    Jeong, Hyunjo; Cho, Sungjong [Wonkwang Univ., Iksan (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-12-15

    A structural health monitoring technique for locating impact position in a composite plate is presented in this paper. The method employs a single sensor and spatial focusing properties of time reversal(TR) and inverse filtering(IF). We first examine the spatial focusing efficiency of both approaches at the impact position and its surroundings through impact experiments. The imaging results of impact localization show that the impact location can be accurately estimated in any position of the plate. Compared to existing techniques for locating impact or acoustic emission source, the proposed method has the benefits of using a single sensor and not requiring knowledge of anisotropic material properties and geometry of structures. Furthermore, it does not depend on a particular mode of dispersive Lamb waves that is frequently used in other ultrasonic testing of plate like structures.

  2. PROPERTIES OF MgB2 FILMS FABRICATED ON COPPER CATHODES BY ELECTROCHEMICAL TECHNIQUE

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    H.Z.Yang; X.G.Sun; W.Q.Huang; M.L.Li; X.M.Yu; B.S.Zhang; Y.Qi; Q.Zhao

    2008-01-01

    An electrochemical technique has been introduced and applied to fabricate superconducting MgB2 films in molten salts. MgCl2, Mg(BO2)2, NaCl, and KCl were used as electrolyte, graphite was used as the anode, and copper was used as the cathode, respectively. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis was chosen to investigate the phase composition and crystaUinity of the films at different electrolysis temperatures. Stan-dard four-probe technique and SQUID were applied to investigate the temperature dependence of resistance (R-T) properties and magnetic properties of the films, re-spectively. The results indicate that MgB2 films have been fabricated on the copper cathodes, and superconducting transition takes place close to 50 K.

  3. Assessment of strain measurement techniques to characterise mechanical properties of structural steel

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    H.B. Motra

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Strain measurement is important in mechanical testing. A wide variety of techniques exists for measuring strain in the tensile test; namely the strain gauge, extensometer, stress and strain determined by machine crosshead motion, Geometric Moire technique, optical strain measurement techniques and others. Each technique has its own advantages and disadvantages. The purpose of this study is to quantitatively compare the strain measurement techniques. To carry out the tensile test experiments for S 235, sixty samples were cut from the web of the I-profile in longitudinal and transverse directions in four different dimensions. The geometry of samples are analysed by 3D scanner and vernier caliper. In addition, the strain values were determined by using strain gauge, extensometer and machine crosshead motion. Three techniques of strain measurement are compared in quantitative manner based on the calculation of mechanical properties (modulus of elasticity, yield strength, tensile strength, percentage elongation at maximum force of structural steel. A statistical information was used for evaluating the results. It is seen that the extensometer and strain gauge provided reliable data, however the extensometer offers several advantages over the strain gauge and crosshead motion for testing structural steel in tension. Furthermore, estimation of measurement uncertainty is presented for the basic material parameters extracted through strain measurement.

  4. Ultrasound Imaging Techniques for Spatiotemporal Characterization of Composition, Microstructure, and Mechanical Properties in Tissue Engineering.

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    Deng, Cheri X; Hong, Xiaowei; Stegemann, Jan P

    2016-08-01

    Ultrasound techniques are increasingly being used to quantitatively characterize both native and engineered tissues. This review provides an overview and selected examples of the main techniques used in these applications. Grayscale imaging has been used to characterize extracellular matrix deposition, and quantitative ultrasound imaging based on the integrated backscatter coefficient has been applied to estimating cell concentrations and matrix morphology in tissue engineering. Spectral analysis has been employed to characterize the concentration and spatial distribution of mineral particles in a construct, as well as to monitor mineral deposition by cells over time. Ultrasound techniques have also been used to measure the mechanical properties of native and engineered tissues. Conventional ultrasound elasticity imaging and acoustic radiation force imaging have been applied to detect regions of altered stiffness within tissues. Sonorheometry and monitoring of steady-state excitation and recovery have been used to characterize viscoelastic properties of tissue using a single transducer to both deform and image the sample. Dual-mode ultrasound elastography uses separate ultrasound transducers to produce a more potent deformation force to microscale characterization of viscoelasticity of hydrogel constructs. These ultrasound-based techniques have high potential to impact the field of tissue engineering as they are further developed and their range of applications expands.

  5. A Comparative Study of the Physical and Mechanical Properties of Hydrogen Using Data Mining Research Techniques

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    Settouti, Nadera; Aourag, Hafid

    2015-09-01

    Hydrogen was the first element to exist in the universe. It is the lightest and simplest element, but chemists do not agree about its placement in the periodic table; its position has given rise to much confusion. Metallization of hydrogen under high pressure influences its properties and its placement in the periodic table. The properties of groups I, IV, and VII are investigated, and are then compared to those of hydrogen. In this study, we present a data mining approach to determine models and discover the similarities included in the datasets. Principal component analysis and partial least squares regression were applied as data analysis techniques in order to explore multivariate data. Our results indicate that hydrogen shares some properties with certain elements and groups in the periodic table, such as carbon group elements, but not entirely, because hydrogen is still considered as an element that is special and apart.

  6. Simultaneous Preservation of Soil Structural Properties and Phospholipid Profiles: A Comparison of Three Drying Techniques

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    L.J.DEACON; D.V.GRINEV; J.W.CRAWFORD; J.HARRIS; K.RITZ; I.M.YOUNG

    2008-01-01

    There is a need to simultaneously preserve evidence of interactions between the biological community and soil structural properties of a soil in as near an intact (natural) state as possible.Three dehydration techniques were implemented and assessed for their ability to minimise disruption of both biological and physical properties of the same arable soil sample.Dehydration techniques applied until samples were at constant weight were i) air-drying at 20℃ (AD); ii)-80℃ freeze for 24 h,followed by freeze-drying (-80FD); and iii) liquid nitrogen snap freeze,followed by freeze-drying(LNFD) and were compared to a moist control.Physical structure was determined and quantified in three dimensions using X-ray computed tomography and microbial phenotypic community composition was assessed using phospholipid fatty acid (PLFA) profiling.This study confirms that any form of dehydration,when preparing soil for simultaneous biological and physical analysis,will alter the soil physical properties,and cause some change in apparent community structure.Freeze-drying (both the LNFD and -80FD treatments) was found to minimise disruption (when compared to the moist control soil) to both the soil physical properties and the community structure and is a preferable technique to air-drying which markedly alters the size and character of the pore network,as well as the phenotypic profile.The LNFD was the preferred treatment over the -80FD treatment as samples show low variability between replicates and a fast turn-around time between samples.Therefore snap freezing in liquid nitrogen,followed by freeze drying is the most appropriate form of dehydration when two sets of data,both physical and biological,need to be preserved simultaneously from a soil core.

  7. 索奇探巧 提高写作技能——写作思维技巧探秘之一%To Improve Writing Technique by Seeking Uniqueness and Exploring Exquisiteness --On the Mystery of Writing Techniques

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    覃可霖

    2012-01-01

    The writing technique as a special application of writing method, is perceivable but not transmittable. The standard of writing technique needs to be evaluated by the artistic level of "no method being the ultimate method". Only after you understand the importance of learning writing technique, can you search for the methods of improving your writing skill with a target, thus to better your writing ability.%写作技巧是对写作方法的独特运用,是可悟而不可传的,衡量写作技巧的标准就是看其是否达到了“无法而法,乃为至法”的艺术境界。懂得学习写作技巧的重要意义,才能有的放矢地去寻找培养提高写作技巧的途径。从而提高写作能力。

  8. Ferroelectric-Like Properties of Amorphous Metal Oxide Thin Films Prepared by Sol-Gel Technique.

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    Xu, Yuhuan

    1995-01-01

    Advances in the field of both optical and electrical integrated circuit devices require new thin film materials. Ferroelectric materials have attractive properties such as hysteresis behavior, pyroelectricity, piezoelectricity and nonlinear optical properties. Many ferroelectric thin films have been successfully prepared from metal organic compounds via sol-gel processing. Thus far, research has concentrated upon polycrystalline or epitaxial ferroelectric films. For amorphous ferroelectric thin films, preliminary experimental results in our laboratory indicated that these amorphous films possessed good ferroelectric -like properties. The purpose of this research is (1) to fabricate amorphous metal oxide thin films by the sol-gel technique, (2) to determine whether these amorphous metal oxide thin films have ferroelectric-like properties and (3) to propose a theoretical model ("ferrons model") to explain the ferroelectric-like properties of amorphous thin films, which deals with a structure of permanent dipoles of "partially ordered clusters" (ferrons) in the amorphous films. The theoretical model is based on our experimental results of thin films of two amorphous materials (barium titanite and lead zirconate titanate). This research may provide a new functional material which could be useful for producing integrated electronic and electrooptic devices.

  9. Effect of aging on mechanical properties of 6063 Al-alloy using instrumented ball indentation technique

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    Das, G.; Das, Mousumi; Ghosh, Sabita; Dubey, Paritosh [Materials Science and Technology Division, National Metallurgical Laboratory (CSIR), PO-Burmamines, Jamshedpur 831007 (India); Ray, A.K., E-mail: asokroy@nmlindia.org [Materials Science and Technology Division, National Metallurgical Laboratory (CSIR), PO-Burmamines, Jamshedpur 831007 (India)

    2010-03-15

    One of the most important issues of standard conventional test methods for determining mechanical properties of ductile materials is that the requirement of test materials should be adequate and it cannot be applied to in-service components. Therefore, in this study, an instrumented ball indentation technique has been applied to determine a few mechanical properties of a 6063 Al alloy in order to establish a correlation between microstructure and its mechanical properties. The as-received 6063 alloy sample was in cast and homogenized condition. It was solutionized at 520 deg. C with two aging treatments. It was found that solutionized material with subsequent aging at 220 deg. C for 3 h does not produce any noticeable variation in mechanical properties. Whereas, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) on solutionized samples after 7 h aging at 220 deg. C of the same material revealed precipitation of sub-micron size (of the order of 60 nm) Mg{sub 2}Si phase and this subsequently resulted in variation in the mechanical properties of the alloy.

  10. Evaluation and Comparison of Qualitative Properties of Lavash Bread Types During Storage by Different Techniques

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    Leila Kamaliroosta

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Background and Objective: The quality of flat breads depends in part on the textural and structural properties of breads during storage. These properties are largely affected by flour quality. This research aimed at evaluating textural and structural properties of Lavash bread types during storage by different techniques, comparing these methods and determination of correlation between their results. Materials and Methods: Three Lavash flours (named strong, medium and weak flours with different physical, chemical and rheological properties were performed. Determination of texture hardness of Lavash breads (Lavash A, Lavash B and Lavash C made of strong, medium and weak flours respectively during storage carried out by Texture analyzer, evaluation of breads porosity and their changes process during storage performed by ultrasonic nondestructive technique, assessment of breads microstructure made by SEM, evaluation of starch gelatinization and retro gradation performed by DSC and the sensory evaluation of breads made by trained panelist. Results: Lavash B made from medium flour had less hardness, lower transition of ultrasonic wave velocity and less values of elastic modulus, reduced values of enthalpy and lower average of temperatures, more pores diameter and area of images and higher points of sensory evaluation than Lavash A and Lavash C breads during storage time. The results of mentioned tests (devices and sensory tests had significant correlation to each other. Conclusion: Desirable quality characterization and higher shelf life of Lavash B was due to flour qualitative characteristics of this type of bread to obtain dough with appropriate elasticity and excellent sheeting capability. Ultrasonic non-destructive method is recommended to use instead of other methods for assessing texture, cell structure and elastic properties of bread after baking and during storage time. This method is fast, non-destructive and cheaper than other methods and

  11. Determining Engineering Properties of the Shallow Lunar Subsurface using Seismic Surface Wave Techniques

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    Yeluru, P. M.; Baker, G. S.

    2008-12-01

    The geology of Earth's moon has previously been examined via telescopic observations, orbiting spacecraft readings, lunar sample analysis, and also from some geophysical data. Previous researchers have examined layering of the moon and models exist explaining the velocity variations in the mantle and core. However, no studies (or datasets) currently exist regarding the engineering properties of the shallow (civil engineering works, as they characterize the mechanical behavior of geotechnical materials under various types of loading. Therefore, understanding the physical and engineering properties within the upper 30 m of the lunar subsurface will be critical for lunar exploration if deployment of large structures, large-scale excavation, and/or landing of large spacecraft on the surface is desired. Advances in near-surface geophysical techniques, such as Multi-channel Analysis of Surface Wave (MASW), has greatly increased our ability to map subsurface variations in physical properties. The MASW method involves deployment of multiple seismometers to acquire 1-D or 2-D shear wave velocity profiles that can be directly related to various engineering properties. The advantage of this technique over drilling boreholes or any other geophysical technique is that it is less intensive, non-invasive, more cost- effective, and more robust because strong surface-wave records are almost guaranteed. In addition, data processing and analysis is fairly straightforward, and the MASW method allows for analysis of a large area of interest as compared to drilling boreholes. A new scheme using randomly distributed geophones (likely deployed from a mortar-type device) instead of a conventional linear array will be presented. A random array is necessary for lunar exploration because of the logistical constraints involved in deploying a linear or circular array robotically or by astronaut. Initial results indicate that robust dispersion curves (and thus subsurface models of engineering

  12. Measurement of Thermal Properties of Triticale Starch Films Using Photothermal Techniques

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    Correa-Pacheco, Z. N.; Cruz-Orea, A.; Jiménez-Pérez, J. L.; Solorzano-Ojeda, S. C.; Tramón-Pregnan, C. L.

    2015-06-01

    Nowadays, several commercially biodegradable materials have been developed with mechanical properties similar to those of conventional petrochemical-based polymers. These materials are made from renewable sources such as starch, cellulose, corn, and molasses, being very attractive for numerous applications in the plastics, food, and paper industries, among others. Starches from maize, rice, wheat, and potato are used in the food industry. However, other types of starches are not used due to their low protein content, such as triticale. In this study, starch films, processed using a single screw extruder with different compositions, were thermally and structurally characterized. The thermal diffusivity, thermal effusivity, and thermal conductivity of the biodegradable films were determined using photothermal techniques. The thermal diffusivity was measured using the open photoacoustic cell technique, and the thermal effusivity was obtained by the photopyroelectric technique in an inverse configuration. The results showed differences in thermal properties for the films. Also, the films microstructures were observed by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and the crystalline structure determined by X-ray diffraction.

  13. Unique Structural Properties of the Mg-Al Hydrotalcite Solid Base Catalyst : An In Situ Study using Mg and Al K-edge XAFS during Calcination and Rehydration

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    Koningsberger, D.C.; Bokhoven, J.A. van; Roelofs, J.C.A.A.; Jong, K.P. de

    2001-01-01

    The changes in the layered structure of Mg-Al hydrotalcite (Mg/Al=2) during heat treatment have been investigated by using in situ XAFS simultaneously at the Mg and Al K-edges. The development of unique in situ instrumentation allowed the coordination environments at both the Mg and Al centers to be

  14. Mechanical properties of ultra thin metallic films revealed by synchrotron techniques

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    Gruber, Patric Alfons

    2007-07-20

    A prerequisite for the study of the scaling behavior of mechanical properties of ultra thin films is a suitable testing technique. Therefore synchrotron-based in situ testing techniques were developed and optimized in order to characterize the stress evolution in ultra thin metallic films on compliant polymer substrates during isothermal tensile tests. Experimental procedures for polycrystalline as well as single crystalline films were established. These techniques were used to systematically investigate the influence of microstructure, film thickness (20 to 1000 nm) and temperature (-150 to 200 C) on the mechanical properties. Passivated and unpassivated Au and Cu films as well as single crystalline Au films on polyimide substrates were tested. Special care was also dedicated to the microstructural characterization of the samples which was very important for the correct interpretation of the results of the mechanical tests. Down to a film thickness of about 100 to 200 nm the yield strength increased for all film systems (passivated and unpassivated) and microstructures (polycrystalline and singlecrystalline). The influence of different interfaces was smaller than expected. This could be explained by a dislocation source model based on the nucleation of perfect dislocations. For polycrystalline films the film thickness as well as the grain size distribution had to be considered. For smaller film thicknesses the increase in flow stress was weaker and the deformation behavior changed because the nucleation of perfect dislocations became unfavorable. Instead, the film materials used alternative mechanisms to relieve the high stresses. For regular and homogeneous deformation the total strain was accommodated by the nucleation and motion of partial dislocations. If the deformation was localized due to initial cracks in a brittle interlayer or local delamination, dislocation plasticity was not effective enough to relieve the stress concentration and the films showed

  15. STRUCTURAL PROPERTIES INVESTIGATION ON MICROCRYSTALLINE SILICON FILMS DEPOSITED WITH VHF-PECVD TECHNIQUE

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    H.D. Yang

    2005-01-01

    Raman scattering spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) techniques were used to determine the structural properties of two typical series of microcrystalline silicon(μc-Si:H) films deposited at different VHF plasma power and different working gas pressure by very high frequency plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (VHF-PECVD) technique. Raman spectra measurements show that both crystalline volume fraction Xc and average grain size d of μc-Si: H films are strongly affected by the two deposition conditions and are more sensitive to working gas pressure than VHF plasma power. SEM characterizations have further confirmed that VHF plasma power and working gas pressure could clearly enhance the surface roughness of μc-Si: H films ascribing to polymerization reactions, which is also more sensitive to working gas pressure than VHF plasma power.

  16. Photoacoustic technique for the characterization of plasmonic properties of 2D periodic arrays of gold nanoholes

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    E. Petronijevic

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available We apply photo-acoustic (PA technique to examine plasmonic properties of 2D periodic arrays of nanoholes etched in gold/chromium layer upon a glass substrate. The pitch of these arrays lies in the near IR, and this, under appropriate wave vector matching conditions in the visible region, allows for the excitation of surface plasmon polaritons (SPP guided along a dielectric – metal surface. SPP offered new approaches in light guiding and local field intensity enhancement, but their detection is often difficult due to the problematic discrimination of their contribution from the overall scattering. Here PA measures the energy absorbed due to the non-radiative decay of SPPs. We report on the absorption enhancement by presenting the spatial mapping of absorption under the incidence angles and wavelength that correspond to the efficient excitation of SPPs. Moreover, a comparison with optical transmission measurements is carried out, underlining the applicability and sensitivity of PA technique.

  17. Improvement in electric and dielectric properties of nanoferrite synthesized via reverse micelle technique

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    Thakur, Sangeeta; Katyal, S. C.; Singh, M.

    2007-12-01

    Nano nickel zinc ferrite (Ni0.58Zn0.42Fe2O4) with fascinating dielectric properties which reveal a direction for application was synthesized by reverse micelle technique. Dielectric constant and dielectric losses are controlled up to a measurement temperature of around 473K at higher frequency range of 9-19MHz. The dielectric loss of the sample investigated at room temperature is only 0.003 at 19MHz. The presently studied nanoferrite also exhibits a high value of dc resistivity, 108Ωcm. High resistivity and low dielectric constant and loss can be corelated to small grain size and better compositional stoichiometry obtained as a result of processing via reverse micelle technique at low sintering temperature (773K).

  18. Effect of fabrication technique on the crystalline phase and electrical properties of PVDF films

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    Mahato P. K.

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The effect of different fabrication techniques on the formation of electroactive β-phase polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF has been investigated. Films with varying concentration of PVDF and solvent - dimethyl formamide (DMF were synthesized by tape casting and solvent casting techniques. The piezoelectric β-phase as well as non polar β-phase were observed for both the tape cast and solvent cast films from X-ray diffraction (XRD micrographs and Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy (FT-IR spectra. A maximum percentage (80 % of β-phase was obtained from FT-IR analysis for a solvent cast PVDF film. The surface morphology of the PVDF films was analyzed by FESEM imaging. The dielectric properties as a function of temperature and frequency and the ferroelectric hysteresis loop as a function of voltage were measured. An enhancement in the value of the dielectric constant and polarization was obtained in solvent cast films.

  19. Effect of welding techniques on microstructure and mechanical properties of aluminium-lithium alloy welds

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    Madhusudhan Reddy, G.; Gokhale, A.A.; Saxena, V.K. [Defence Metallurgical Research Lab., Hyderabad (India); Prasad Rao, K.

    2000-07-01

    The tensile properties and fatigue crack growth behaviour of sheets of an Al-1.9Li-1.8Cu-1.0 Mg-0.1Zr alloy welded under different conditions were evaluated. The basic welding technique was constant current (CC) gas tungsten arc (GTA) welding. Two modifications viz. pulsed current (PC) and magnetic arc oscillation (AO) were introduced to study effects on microstructure and properties. Both PC and AO resulted in microstructural refinement in the fusion zone. The tensile residual stresses present in CC welds reduced when either PC or AO welding was used. The tensile strength and ductility increased, and fatigue crack growth rates lowered when PC or AO conditions replaced CC welding. (orig.)

  20. Study of microstructure and electrical properties of bulk YBCO prepared by melt textured growth technique

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    Gonal, M. R.; Krishnan, Madangopal [Glass and Advanced Materials Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, INDIA 400 085 (India); Tewari, R. [Materials Science Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, INDIA 400 085 (India); Tyagi, A. K. [Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, INDIA 400 085 (India); Gyore, A.; Vajda, I. [Department of Electric Power Engineering, Budapest Univ. of Technology & Economics, Budapest (Hungary)

    2015-06-24

    Bulk YBCO components were prepared using Melt Texture Growth (MTG) technique. Components were fabricated using MTG by addition of Y{sub 2}BaCuO{sub 5} (Y211) and Ag to YBCO, which leads to improved grain size without affecting superconducting properties. Green compacts prepared by cold isostatic pressing were pre-sintered at 930°C before subjecting melt texturing. Cooling rates lower than 1 °C.h{sup −1} was used, in between (peritectic) temperature of about 995 and 1025°C, to obtain large grained components. Microstructure studies in details were carried out by Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Electron Probe Micro Analysis (EPMA), Orientation Imaging Microscope (OIM) and TEM correlated with electrical properties like Critical current density (J{sub c})

  1. Fabrication of Al–TiC composites by hot consolidation technique: its microstructure and mechanical properties

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    Sangita Mohapatra

    2016-04-01

    Full Text Available Al-based metal matrix composites reinforced with different volume fraction of TiC particles as reinforcement was synthesized by the hot consolidation process. The titanium carbide used in this study was synthesized directly from the titanium ore (ilmenite, FeTiO3 by carbothermic reduction process through thermal plasma technique. The field emission scanning electron micrographs (FESEM reveals the homogeneous distribution of TiC particles in the Al-matrix. Enhanced Young's modulus and mechanical properties with appreciable ductility were observed in the composite samples. The significant increases in the mechanical properties of the composites demonstrate the effectiveness of the low-density TiC reinforcement.

  2. Ranking of Simultaneous Equation Techniques to Small Sample Properties and Correlated Random Deviates

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    A. A. Adepoju

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: All simultaneous equation estimation methods have some desirable asymptotic properties and these properties become effective in large samples. This study is relevant since samples available to researchers are mostly small in practice and are often plagued with the problem of mutual correlation between pairs of random deviates which is a violation of the assumption of mutual independence between pairs of such random deviates. The objective of this research was to study the small sample properties of these estimators when the errors are correlated to determine if the properties will still hold when available samples are relatively small and the errors were correlated. Approach: Most of the evidence on the small sample properties of the simultaneous equation estimators was studied from sampling (or Monte Carlo experiments. It is important to rank estimators on the merit they have when applied to small samples. This study examined the performances of five simultaneous estimation techniques using some of the basic characteristics of the sampling distributions rather than their full description. The characteristics considered here are the mean, the total absolute bias and the root mean square error. Results: The result revealed that the ranking of the five estimators in respect of the Average Total Absolute Bias (ATAB is invariant to the choice of the upper (P1 or lower (P2 triangular matrix. The result of the FIML using RMSE of estimates was outstandingly best in the open-ended intervals and outstandingly poor in the closed interval (-0.051 and P2 we re-combined. Conclusion: (i The ranking of the various simultaneous estimation methods considered based on their small sample properties differs according to the correlation status of the error term, the identifiability status of the equation and the assumed triangular matrix. (ii The nature of the relationship under study also determined which of the criteria for judging the

  3. An Experimental Insight into the ZnO Thin Films Properties Prepared by Dip Coating Technique

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    M. Benhaliliba

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The physical properties of the pure and metal doped ZnO films are investigated using a low cost dip coating technique. The films have grown slowly onto a glass substrate at room temperature. Based on X-ray pattern parameters are extracted such as grain size, lattice parameters. Optical measurements within the UV-Vis band give us the transmittance of films ( 80 % and optical band gap. Using the Hall Effect measurement (HMS in room temperature, we determine the bulk density of charge carriers, mobility and their electrical resistivity.

  4. Tomography of cylindrical objects: comparison of noise property and accuracy of Abel inversion techniques with and without noise filtering.

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    Ma, Shuiliang

    2011-12-10

    I have analyzed and compared the noise property and accuracy of three kinds of Abel inversion technique, i.e., the polynomial interpolation, versatile polynomial fitting (VPF) and modified Fourier-Hankel (MFH) methods. All these techniques will amplify noise due to the intrinsic property of Abel inversion. A technique that is more sensitive to noise also has a higher inversion accuracy for data without noise. Among the techniques without a noise resisting property, the third-degree polynomial interpolation and MFH methods have comparable performance and give higher inversion accuracies than other techniques. The VPF and MFH methods, which can be used without extra filtering of noise, yield markedly better results compared with those obtained by using noise filters in advance of inversion. Both of these two methods can be considered for applying to experimental data if there are no better smoothing techniques available.

  5. The composition-explicit distillation curve technique: Relating chemical analysis and physical properties of complex fluids.

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    Bruno, Thomas J; Ott, Lisa S; Lovestead, Tara M; Huber, Marcia L

    2010-04-16

    The analysis of complex fluids such as crude oils, fuels, vegetable oils and mixed waste streams poses significant challenges arising primarily from the multiplicity of components, the different properties of the components (polarity, polarizability, etc.) and matrix properties. We have recently introduced an analytical strategy that simplifies many of these analyses, and provides the added potential of linking compositional information with physical property information. This aspect can be used to facilitate equation of state development for the complex fluids. In addition to chemical characterization, the approach provides the ability to calculate thermodynamic properties for such complex heterogeneous streams. The technique is based on the advanced distillation curve (ADC) metrology, which separates a complex fluid by distillation into fractions that are sampled, and for which thermodynamically consistent temperatures are measured at atmospheric pressure. The collected sample fractions can be analyzed by any method that is appropriate. The analytical methods we have applied include gas chromatography (with flame ionization, mass spectrometric and sulfur chemiluminescence detection), thin layer chromatography, FTIR, corrosivity analysis, neutron activation analysis and cold neutron prompt gamma activation analysis. By far, the most widely used analytical technique we have used with the ADC is gas chromatography. This has enabled us to study finished fuels (gasoline, diesel fuels, aviation fuels, rocket propellants), crude oils (including a crude oil made from swine manure) and waste oils streams (used automotive and transformer oils). In this special issue of the Journal of Chromatography, specifically dedicated to extraction technologies, we describe the essential features of the advanced distillation curve metrology as an analytical strategy for complex fluids.

  6. Towards Measurement of Polarization Properties of Skin using the Ellipsometry Technique

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    Pejhman Ghassemi

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The human skin is an active medium from the optical point of view. Therefore, the diagnostic and therapeutic techniques employing light are increasing. Current optical techniques are based on the measurement of the intensity of reflected absorbed or backscattered light from or within skin. Studies have shown that biological tissues, and in particular skin, demonstrate polarization properties. Scattering of light from the surface of skin or the layers within it is a function of incident polarization. Therefore, by changing the polarization of the incident light and measuring the backscattered light, we can study those skin properties which affect the state of polarization. Material and methods: We have implemented a scattering ellipsometry system in order to investigate the polarization properties of a phantom representing skin. Using the Stocks vector defining the state of polarization and measuring the elements of the Mueller matrix representing the phantom under study, we have shown that by changing the reflection and scattering properties of the sample, polarization characteristics of the backscattered light will be affected. Results: The results of this investigation showed that some elements of the Mueller matrix of the phantom under study were affected by the polarization state of the incident light and the scattering component within the phantom. Therefore, these elements have the potential of being used as polarization markers of the biological tissue. Discussion and conclusion: Upon interaction of polarized light with the skin tissue, the backscattered light will contain optical and polarization information about the skin. Using a simple laboratory-made phantom, we have shown that by analyzing the polarization information within the backscattered light we can study the cause, and possibly the disease, which affected the polarization characteristics of the skin.

  7. On the Existence, Uniqueness, and Basis Properties of Radial Eigenfunctions of a Semilinear Second-Order Elliptic Equation in a Ball

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    Peter Zhidkov

    2009-01-01

    We consider the following eigenvalue problem: − Δ + ( ) = , = ( ) , ∈ = { ∈ ℝ 3 ∶ | | 0 , | | | = 1 = 0 , where is an arbitrary fixed parameter and is an odd smooth function. First, we prove that for each integer ≥ 0 there exists a radially symmetric eigenfunction which possesses precisely zeros being regarded as a function of = | | ∈ [ 0 , 1 ) . For > 0 sufficiently small, such an eigenfunction is unique for each . Then, w...

  8. High temperature dielectric properties of spent adsorbent with zinc sulfate by cavity perturbation technique

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    Lin, Guo [State Key Laboratory of Complex Nonferrous Metal Resources Clean Utilization, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming, Yunnan 650093 (China); Faculty of Metallurgical and Energy Engineering, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming, Yunnan 650093 (China); Key Laboratory of Unconventional Metallurgy, Ministry of Education, Kunming, Yunnan 650093 (China); National Local Joint Laboratory of Engineering Application of Microwave Energy and Equipment Technology, Kunming, Yunnan 650093 (China); Liu, Chenhui [State Key Laboratory of Complex Nonferrous Metal Resources Clean Utilization, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming, Yunnan 650093 (China); Key Laboratory of Unconventional Metallurgy, Ministry of Education, Kunming, Yunnan 650093 (China); National Local Joint Laboratory of Engineering Application of Microwave Energy and Equipment Technology, Kunming, Yunnan 650093 (China); Faculty of Chemistry and Environment, Yunnan Minzu University, Kunming, Yunnan 650093 (China); Zhang, Libo, E-mail: libozhang77@163.com [State Key Laboratory of Complex Nonferrous Metal Resources Clean Utilization, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming, Yunnan 650093 (China); Faculty of Metallurgical and Energy Engineering, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming, Yunnan 650093 (China); Key Laboratory of Unconventional Metallurgy, Ministry of Education, Kunming, Yunnan 650093 (China); National Local Joint Laboratory of Engineering Application of Microwave Energy and Equipment Technology, Kunming, Yunnan 650093 (China); and others

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    Highlights: • Cavity perturbation technique is employed to measure the dielectric properties. • Microwave absorption capability of ZnO is poor from 20 °C to 850 °C. • Dielectric properties of spent absorbent and zinc sulfate are influenced by temperature especially in high temperature stage. • Penetration depths and heating curve indicate spent adsorbent and ZnO·2ZnSO{sub 4}, ZnSO{sub 4} are excellent microwave absorber. • The pore structures of spent adsorbent are improved significantly by microwave-regeneration directly. - Abstract: Dielectric properties of spent adsorbent with zinc sulfate are investigated by cavity perturbation technique at 2450 MHz from 20 °C to approximately 1000 °C. Two weight loss stages are observed for spent adsorbent by thermogravimetric-differential scanning calorimeter (TG-DSC) analysis, and zinc sulfate is decomposed to ZnO·2ZnSO{sub 4} and ZnO at about 750 °C and 860 °C. Microwave absorption capability of ZnSO{sub 4} increases with increasing temperature and declines after ZnO generation on account of the poor dielectric properties. Dielectric properties of spent adsorbent are dependent on apparent density and noticed an interestingly linearly relationship at room temperature. The three parameters increase gently from 20 °C to 400 °C, but a sharp increase both in real part and imaginary part are found subsequently due to the volatiles release and regeneration of carbon. And material conductivity is improved, which contributes to the π-electron conduction appearance. Relationship between penetration depth and temperature further elaborate spent adsorbent is an excellent microwave absorber and the microwave absorption capability order of zinc compounds is ZnO·2ZnSO{sub 4}, ZnSO{sub 4} and ZnO. Heating characteristics suggest that heating rate is related with dielectric properties of materials. The pore structures of spent adsorbent are improved significantly and the surface is smoother after microwave-regeneration.

  9. NIFS workshop on application of micro-indentation technique to evaluation of mechanical properties of fusion materials. Proceedings

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    Kurishita, Hiroaki; Katoh, Yutai [eds.] [Tohoku Univ., Oarai, Ibaraki (Japan). Oarai Branch, Inst. for Materials Research

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    NIFS workshop on `Application of Micro-Indentation Technique to Evaluation of Mechanical Properties of Fusion Materials` were help in Toki on October 9, 1996, as a part of the activity of NIFS collaborative research on `Advanced Technologies for Small-Volume Mechanical Property Testing of Fusion Reactor Materials`. The major topics at the workshop included the application of micro- (and nano-) indentation technique to evaluation of tensile stress-strain property, interfacial mechanical property of composite and joining materials and hardening of this layers in ion-irradiated materials. This report compiles the abstract and viewgraphs for each presentation. (author)

  10. Effect of resination technique on mechanical properties of medium density fiberboard

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    Nadir Ayrilmis

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Effects of different resination techniques relative to the mechanical properties of commercially produced thick medium density fiberboard (MDF were investigated. The amount of urea-formaldehyde resin (11 wt% applied to the wood fibers was gradually decreased in the blowline (11, 10.5, 10, and 9.5 wt%, while it was gradually increased in the short-retention blender (0, 0.5, 1, and 1.5. wt%. The internal bond strength of the MDF boards considerably improved as the amount of the resin applied to the fibers in the short-retention blender was increased to 1.5 wt%. In particular, the increase in the IB strength was most pronounced as the resin content increased from 1 to 1.5%. The edge and face screw withdrawal resistances increased by 7.7 and 7.9% as the amount of the resin applied to the fibers in the blender was increased. Similar values were also observed for the flexural properties. Overall, the total resin content in the production of thick MDF can be decreased as blender resination, a means of post-dryer resin addition, is incorporated into the blowline resination technique.

  11. Study of the mechanical properties of CeO{sub 2} layers with the nanoindentation technique

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    Roa, J.J., E-mail: joanjosep_roa@ub.ed [Centro DIOPMA, Departamento de Ciencia de los Materiales e Ingenieria Metalurgica, Facultad de Quimica, Universidad de Barcelona, C/Marti i Franques, 1, 08028, Barcelona (Spain); Gilioli, E.; Bissoli, F.; Pattini, F.; Rampino, S. [IMEM-CNR, Area delle Scienze 37/A, 43010 Fontanini-Parma (Italy); Capdevila, X.G.; Segarra, M. [Centro DIOPMA, Departamento de Ciencia de los Materiales e Ingenieria Metalurgica, Facultad de Quimica, Universidad de Barcelona, C/Marti i Franques, 1, 08028, Barcelona (Spain)

    2009-11-02

    The mechanical properties of CeO{sub 2} layers that are undoped or doped with other elements (e.g. Zr and Ta) are a topic of special interest specially in the manufacturing of superconductor buffer layers by pulsed electron deposition. Nowadays, the trend is to produce small devices (i.e. coated conductors), and the correct mechanical characterization is critical. In this sense, nanoindentation is a powerful technique widely employed to determine the mechanical properties of small volumes. In this study, the nanoindentation technique allow us determine the hardness (H) and Young's modulus (E) by sharp indentation of different buffer layers to explore the deposition process of CeO{sub 2} that is undoped or doped with Zr and Ta, and deposited on Ni-5%W at room temperature. This study was carried out on various samples at different ranges of applied loads (from 0.5 to 500 mN). Scanning electron microscopy images show no cracking for CeO{sub 2} doped with Zr, as the doping agent increases the toughness fracture of the CeO{sub 2} layer. This system, presents better mechanical stability than the other studied systems. Thus, the H for Zr-CeO{sub 2} is around 2.75 . 10{sup 6} Pa, and the elastic modulus calculated using the Bec et al. and Rar et al. models equals 249 . 10{sup 6} Pa and 235 . 10{sup 6} Pa respectively.

  12. Towards the development of rapid screening techniques for shale gas core properties

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    Cave, Mark R.; Vane, Christopher; Kemp, Simon; Harrington, Jon; Cuss, Robert

    2013-04-01

    Shale gas has been produced for many years in the U.S.A. and forms around 8% of total their natural gas production. Recent testing for gas on the Fylde Coast in Lancashire UK suggests there are potentially large reserves which could be exploited. The increasing significance of shale gas has lead to the need for deeper understanding of shale behaviour. There are many factors which govern whether a particular shale will become a shale gas resource and these include: i) Organic matter abundance, type and thermal maturity; ii) Porosity-permeability relationships and pore size distribution; iii) Brittleness and its relationship to mineralogy and rock fabric. Measurements of these properties require sophisticated and time consuming laboratory techniques (Josh et al 2012), whereas rapid screening techniques could provide timely results which could improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness of exploration. In this study, techniques which are portable and provide rapid on-site measurements (X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) and Infra-red (IR) spectroscopy) have been calibrated against standard laboratory techniques (Rock-Eval 6 analyser-Vinci Technologies) and Powder whole-rock XRD analysis was carried out using a PANalytical X'Pert Pro series diffractometer equipped with a cobalt-target tube, X'Celerator detector and operated at 45kV and 40mA, to predict properties of potential shale gas material from core material from the Bowland shale Roosecote, south Cumbria. Preliminary work showed that, amongst various mineralogical and organic matter properties of the core, regression models could be used so that the total organic carbon content could be predicted from the IR spectra with a 95 percentile confidence prediction error of 0.6% organic carbon, the free hydrocarbons could be predicted with a 95 percentile confidence prediction error of 0.6 mgHC/g rock, the bound hydrocarbons could be predicted with a 95 percentile confidence prediction error of 2.4 mgHC/g rock, mica content

  13. The mechanical properties of nanofilled resin-based composites: characterizing discrete filler particles and agglomerates using a micromanipulation technique.

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    Curtis, Andrew R

    2009-02-01

    To assess the mechanical properties of discrete filler particles representative of several inorganic fillers in modern dental resin-based composites (RBCs) and to assess the validity of a novel micromanipulation technique.

  14. Preparation, characterization and optoelectronic properties of nanodiamonds doped zinc oxide nanomaterials by a ball milling technique

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    Ullah, Hameed; Sohail, Muhammad; Malik, Uzma; Ali, Naveed; Bangash, Masroor Ahmad; Nawaz, Mohsan

    2016-07-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) is one of the very important metal oxides (MOs) for applications in optoelectronic devices which work in the blue and UV regions. However, to meet the challenges of obtaining ZnO nanomaterials suitable for practical applications, various modifications in physico-chemical properties are highly desirable. One of the ways adopted for altering the properties is to synthesize composite(s) of ZnO with various reinforcements. Here we report on the tuning of optoelectronic properties of ZnO upon doping by nanodiamonds (NDs) using the ball milling technique. A varying weight percent (wt.%) of NDs were ball milled for 2 h with ZnO nanoparticles prepared by a simple precipitation method. The effects of different parameters, the calcination temperature of ZnO, wt.% of NDs and mechanical milling upon the optoelectronic properties of the resulting ZnO-NDs nanocomposites have been investigated. The ZnO-NDs nanocomposites were characterized by IR spectroscopy, powder x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDX). The UV-vis spectroscopy revealed the alteration in the bandgap energy (Eg ) of ZnO as a function of the calcination temperature of ZnO, changing the concentration of NDs, and mechanical milling of the resulting nanocomposites. The photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy showed a decrease in the deep level emission (DLE) peaks and an increase in near-band-edge transition peaks as a result of the increasing concentration of NDs. The decrease in DLE and increase in band to band transition peaks were due to the strong interaction between the NDs and the Zn+; consequently, the Zn+ concentration decreased on the interstitial sites.

  15. An investigation of the dosimetric and kinetic properties of sand using ESR and TL techniques.

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    Aydaş, Canan; Aydın, Talat

    2015-07-01

    In this research, the general dosimetric and kinetic properties of sand from a beach in southern Turkey were investigated using electron spin resonance (ESR) and thermoluminescence (TL) techniques. The ESR dose response curve presents linear behaviour in the dose range of 250-1000 Gy followed by sublinear behaviour in the dose range of 2-8 kGy. Kinetic behaviors and activation energy of the free radical were also calculated using the data obtained from annealing studies performed at four different temperatures (220, 240, 260 and 280°C). The activation energy value was calculated as 1.47 eV. The long-term fading of the ESR signal at room temperature turned out to be best described by a second-order kinetic decay function. The presence of measurable ESR signal intensity even after a storage period of 90 days was considered as providing an opportunity in the dose estimation of irradiated sand sample. Although the TL glow curve of the natural (unirradiated) sand sample only has a single broad peak at 317°C, the glow curve of the irradiated sample has four glow peaks located at ~115°C, ~156°C, ~231°C and ~308°C and their intensity tends to be increased with absorbed dose.Tmax-Tstop and glow curve fitting results showed that presence of at least five peaks located at ∼116°C, 149°C, 228°C, 306°C and 360°C. This result suggests that the apparently single glow peak D may consist of two or more overlapping glow peaks. According to the thermal fading of the sand sample at room temperature, the TL signal intensities (23°C and 308°C) were found to be quite large after 30 days of storage this allows a more accurate measurement of the glow peak intensity. The additive dose method, variable heating rate method (VHRM), Tmax-Tstop and glow curve fitting method were used to number of peaks, dosimetric properties and kinetic parameters. This study shows that ESR and TL techniques could be successfully used to investigate the kinetics and dosimetric properties of sand

  16. Studies on magnetic properties of unique molecular magnet {[FeII(pyrazole)4]2[NbIV(CN)8]•4H2O}n

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    Konieczny, P.; Pełka, R.; Zieliński, P. M.; Wasiutyński, T.; Pinkowicz, D.; Sieklucka, B.

    2013-01-01

    In this paper magnetic properties of hybrid inorganic-organic compound {[FeII(pyrazole)4]2[NbIV(CN)8]•4H2O}n are presented. This is a three dimensional molecular magnet with well localized magnetic moments, which make it a suitable candidate for testing magnetic models. In order to characterize the magnetic properties of the above compound we performed the AC/DC magnetometry in the range 0-5 T. The special attention was paid to the phase transition at 7.9 K. The study in magnetic field supports magnetic ordering below 7.9 K.

  17. Magnetic and optical properties of the nickel thin film deposited by GLAD technique

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    Potočnik Jelena M.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, nickel thin film was deposited on glass sample using Glancing Angle Deposition (GLAD technique, to a thickness of 1 μm. Glass sample was positioned 15 degrees with respect to the nickel vapor flux. The nickel thin film was characterized by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM, Magneto- Optical Kerr effect Microscopy and Spectroscopic Ellipsometry. According to an AFM cross-section imaging, it was found that the nickel thin film has a columnar structure. The values of the coercively, obtained from the magnetic hysteresis loops, were analyzed as a function of the sample rotation in the magnetic field. It was found that the direction of magnetization easy axis lies toward the structure growth. Optical properties of the nickel thin film were studied at the wavelength of 455 nm. From the shape of the refractive index and the extinction coefficient diagrams could be concluded that the nickel thin film has an optical anisotropy.

  18. Rectifying properties of ZnO thin films deposited on FTO by electrodeposition technique

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    Lv, Jianguo; Sun, Yue; Zhao, Min; Cao, Li; Xu, Jiayuan; He, Gang; Zhang, Miao; Sun, Zhaoqi

    2016-03-01

    ZnO thin films were successfully grown on fluorine-doped tin oxide glass by electrodeposition technique. The crystal structure, surface morphology and optical properties of the thin films were investigated. The average crystallite size and intensity of A1(LO) mode increase with improving the absolute value of deposition potential. The best preferential orientation along c-axis and the richest oxygen interstitial defects have been observed in the sample deposited at -0.8 V. A heterojunction device consisting of ZnO thin film and n-type fluorine-doped tin oxide was fabricated. The current-voltage (I-V) characteristic of the p-n heterojunction device deposited at -0.8 V shows the best rectifying diode behavior. The p-type conductivity of the ZnO thin film could be attributed to complex defect of unintentional impurity and interstitial oxygen.

  19. Influence of zinc precursor concentration on properties zinc sulphide thin films using spray pyrolysis technique

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    Veena, E.; Bangera, Kasturi V.; Shivakumar, G. K.

    2017-07-01

    Stoichiometric high transparent n-zinc sulphide thin films were prepared using chemical spray pyrolysis technique. The concentration of the cationic precursor played a major role to obtain stoichiometry, regardless of various deposition parameters. Zinc sulphide films deposited at 450˚C for the ratio 0.33:1 (Zn:S) resulted in well oriented, stoichiometric polycrystalline cubic structure. The variation in crystallite size associated with the cationic precursor concentration provides significant control over the structural, optical and electrical properties of the films. The optical band gap and activation energy of stoichiometric ZnS films were found to be 3.54 ± 0.02eV and 0.82 ± 0.05eV, respectively. The absorption coefficient of the films was found to be 102 cm-1.

  20. Nonlinear optical properties of natural laccaic acid dye studied using Z-scan technique

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    Zongo, S.; Sanusi, K.; Britton, J.; Mthunzi, P.; Nyokong, T.; Maaza, M.; Sahraoui, B.

    2015-08-01

    We have investigated the nonlinear optical properties, including the optical limiting behaviour for five different concentrations of laccaic acid dye in solution and a thin film obtained through doping in poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) polymer. The experiments were performed by using single beam Z-scan technique at 532 nm with 10 ns, 10 Hz Nd:YAG laser pulses excitation. From the open-aperture Z-scan data, we derived that the laccaic dye samples exhibit strong two photon absorption (2PA). The nonlinear refractive index was determined through the closed aperture Z-scan data. The estimated absorption coefficient β2, nonlinear refractive index n2 and second order hyperpolarizability γ were found to be of the order of 10-10 m/W, 10-9 esu and 10-32 esu, respectively. The Z-scan study reveals that the natural laccaic acid dye emerges as a promising material for third order nonlinear optical devices application.

  1. Microstructure and thermal properties of Cu-SiC composite materials depending on the sintering technique

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    Chmielewski Marcin

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The presented paper investigates the relationship between the microstructure and thermal properties of copper-silicon carbide composites obtained through hot pressing (HP and spark plasma sintering (SPS techniques. The microstructural analysis showed a better densification in the case of composites sintered in the SPS process. TEM investigations revealed the presence of silicon in the area of metallic matrix in the region close to metal-ceramic boundary. It is the product of silicon dissolving process in copper occurring at an elevated temperature. The Cu-SiC interface is significantly defected in composites obtained through the hot pressing method, which has a major influence on the thermal conductivity of materials.

  2. Measurements of nonlinear optical properties of PVDF/ZnO using Z-scan technique

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    Shanshool, Haider Mohammed, E-mail: haidshan62@gmail.com [Ministry of Science and Technology, Baghdad (Iraq); Yahaya, Muhammad [School of Applied Physics, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Selangor (Malaysia); Yunus, Wan Mahmood Mat [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University Putra Malaysia, Serdang (Malaysia); Abdullah, Ibtisam Yahya [Department of Physics, College of Science, University of Mosul, Mosul (Iraq)

    2015-10-15

    The nonlinear optical properties of ZnO nanoparticles dispersed in poly (vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) polymer are investigated. PVDF/ZnO nanocomposites were prepared by mixing different concentrations of ZnO nanoparticles, as the filler, with PVDF, as the polymer matrix, using casting method. Acetone was used as a solvent for the polymer. FTIR spectra of the samples were analyzed thus confirming the formation of α and β phases. The absorbance spectra of the samples were obtained, thereby showing high absorption in the UV region. The linear absorption coefficient was calculated. The single-beam Z-scan technique was used to measure the nonlinear refractive index and the nonlinear absorption coefficient of the PVDF/ZnO nanocomposite samples. We observed that the nonlinear refractive index is in the order of 10{sup -13} cm{sup 2}/W with the negative sign, whereas the nonlinear absorption coefficient is in the order of 10{sup -8} cm/W. (author)

  3. Ultrasonic techniques for measuring physical properties of fluids in harsh environments

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    Pantea, Cristian

    Ultrasonic-based measurement techniques, either in the time domain or in the frequency domain, include a wide range of experimental methods for investigating physical properties of materials. This discussion is specifically focused on ultrasonic methods and instrumentation development for the determination of liquid properties at conditions typically found in subsurface environments (in the U.S., more than 80% of total energy needs are provided by subsurface energy sources). Such sensors require materials that can withstand harsh conditions of high pressure, high temperature and corrosiveness. These include the piezoelectric material, electrically conductive adhesives, sensor housings/enclosures, and the signal carrying cables, to name a few. A complete sensor package was developed for operation at high temperatures and pressures characteristic to geothermal/oil-industry reservoirs. This package is designed to provide real-time, simultaneous measurements of multiple physical parameters, such as temperature, pressure, salinity and sound speed. The basic principle for this sensor's operation is an ultrasonic frequency domain technique, combined with transducer resonance tracking. This multipurpose acoustic sensor can be used at depths of several thousand meters, temperatures up to 250 °C, and in a very corrosive environment. In the context of high precision measurement of sound speed, the determination of acoustic nonlinearity of liquids will also be discussed, using two different approaches: (i) the thermodynamic method, in which precise and accurate frequency domain sound speed measurements are performed at high pressure and high temperature, and (ii) a modified finite amplitude method, requiring time domain measurements of the second harmonic at room temperature. Efforts toward the development of an acoustic source of collimated low-frequency (10-150 kHz) beam, with applications in imaging, will also be presented.

  4. Microstructures and Mechanical Properties of Co-Cr Dental Alloys Fabricated by Three CAD/CAM-Based Processing Techniques

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    Hae Ri Kim

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available The microstructures and mechanical properties of cobalt-chromium (Co-Cr alloys produced by three CAD/CAM-based processing techniques were investigated in comparison with those produced by the traditional casting technique. Four groups of disc- (microstructures or dumbbell- (mechanical properties specimens made of Co-Cr alloys were prepared using casting (CS, milling (ML, selective laser melting (SLM, and milling/post-sintering (ML/PS. For each technique, the corresponding commercial alloy material was used. The microstructures of the specimens were evaluated via X-ray diffractometry, optical and scanning electron microscopy with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and electron backscattered diffraction pattern analysis. The mechanical properties were evaluated using a tensile test according to ISO 22674 (n = 6. The microstructure of the alloys was strongly influenced by the manufacturing processes. Overall, the SLM group showed superior mechanical properties, the ML/PS group being nearly comparable. The mechanical properties of the ML group were inferior to those of the CS group. The microstructures and mechanical properties of Co-Cr alloys were greatly dependent on the manufacturing technique as well as the chemical composition. The SLM and ML/PS techniques may be considered promising alternatives to the Co-Cr alloy casting process.

  5. Functionalization of carbon nanotubes: manufacturing techniques and properties of customized nanocomponents for molecular-level technology.

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    Akbar, Sohaib; Taimoor, Aqeel A

    2009-01-01

    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) since their discovery have been the focus of research on account of exceptional chemical, mechanical and electrical properties. However, manipulation and processing of CNTs have been limited by their compatibility with other materials. Considerable efforts have therefore been devoted to the surface modification of CNTs to pave the way to many useful applications and to realize the potential applications in successful products, especially composite manufacturing. The chemical modification, dispersion and solubilization of CNTs represent an emerging area in the research on nanotubes-based materials. Several research groups have reported successful and doable functionalization techniques for single-walled (SWCNT) and multi-wall (MWCNT) carbon nanotubes. This paper presents an overview of the functionalization of the carbon nanotubes covering both covalent and non-covalent techniques at tips and walls of SWCNTs and MWCNTs, and summarizes recent patents possessing significant commercial value and large-scale practicality. The principal aim is to review main approaches to chemical functionalization of CNTs and to account for the advances that have been made so far.

  6. Evaluating interfacial adhesion properties of Pt/Ti thin-film by using acousto-optic technique

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    Park, Hae Sung [Graduate School of Automotive Engineering, Seoul National University of Science and Technology, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Didie, David; Yoshida, Sanichiro [Dept. of Chemistry and Physics, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond (United States); Park, Ik Keun [Dept. of Mechanical and Automotive Engineering, Seoul National University of Science and Technology, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-06-15

    We propose an acousto-optic technique for the nondestructive evaluation of adhesion properties of a Pt/Ti thin-film interface. Since there are some problems encountered when using prevailing techniques to nondestructively evaluate the interfacial properties of micro/nano-scale thin-films, we applied an interferometer that combined the acoustic and optical methods. This technique is based on the Michelson interferometer but the resultant surface of the thin film specimen makes interference instead of the mirror when the interface is excited from the acoustic transducer at the driving frequency. The thin film shows resonance-like behavior at a certain frequency range, resulting in a low-contrast fringe pattern. Therefore, we represented quantitatively the change in fringe pattern as a frequency spectrum and discovered the possibility that the interfacial adhesion properties of a thin film can be evaluated using the newly proposed technique.

  7. Prism coupling technique investigation of elasto-optical properties of thin polymer films

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    Ay, Feridun; Kocabas, Askin; Kocabas, Coskun; Aydinli, Atilla; Agan, Sedat

    2004-12-01

    The use of thin polymer films in optical planar integrated optical circuits is rapidly increasing. Much interest, therefore, has been devoted to characterizing the optical and mechanical properties of thin polymer films. This study focuses on measuring the elasto-optical properties of three different polymers; polystyrene, polymethyl-methacrylate, and benzocyclobutane. The out-of-plane elastic modulus, refractive index, film thickness, and birefringence of thin polymer films were determined by means of the prism coupling technique. The effect of the applied stress on the refractive index and birefringence of the films was investigated. Three-dimensional finite element method analysis was used so as to obtain the principal stresses for each polymer system, and combining them with the stress dependent refractive index measurements, the elasto-optic coefficients of the polymer films were determined. It was found that the applied stress in the out-of-plane direction of the thin films investigated leads to negative elasto-optic coefficients, as observed for all the three thin polymer films.

  8. Anisotropy of mechanical and thermal properties of AZ31 sheets prepared using the ARB technique

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    Halmešová, K.; Trojanová, Z.; Džugan, J.; Drozd, Z.; Minárik, P.; Knapek, M.

    2017-07-01

    In the accumulative roll bonding (ARB) technique, repeated stacking of material followed by conventional roll-bonding is carried out. For this process the surfaces are cleaned with ethanol and then joined together by rolling. The rolled material is then cut into two halves, again surface treated and roll-bonded. This process may be repeated several times. For the magnesium alloy AZ31 (Mg-3Al-1Zn) rolling at an elevated temperature of 400 °C is necessary for ARB because of the low plasticity of hexagonal magnesium alloys at lower temperatures. Samples for this study were prepared using 1 to 3 ARB passes through the rolling mill. It was found that the ARB substantially refined the grain size of sheets to the micrometer scale. The microstructure and texture of the deformed samples were studied by light and electron microscopy. The mechanical properties of the ARB samples were explored using tensile test-pieces cut from the sheets with the tensile axis taken either parallel or perpendicular to the rolling direction, where a significant anisotropy in both mechanical properties and Young’s modulus was found. Anisotropy is explained on the basis of the specific microstructure and texture formed during the ARB process.

  9. Influence of Heartwood on Wood Density and Pulp Properties Explained by Machine Learning Techniques

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    Carla Iglesias

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this work is to develop a tool to predict some pulp properties e.g., pulp yield, Kappa number, ISO brightness (ISO 2470:2008, fiber length and fiber width, using the sapwood and heartwood proportion in the raw-material. For this purpose, Acacia melanoxylon trees were collected from four sites in Portugal. Percentage of sapwood and heartwood, area and the stem eccentricity (in N-S and E-W directions were measured on transversal stem sections of A. melanoxylon R. Br. The relative position of the samples with respect to the total tree height was also considered as an input variable. Different configurations were tested until the maximum correlation coefficient was achieved. A classical mathematical technique (multiple linear regression and machine learning methods (classification and regression trees, multi-layer perceptron and support vector machines were tested. Classification and regression trees (CART was the most accurate model for the prediction of pulp ISO brightness (R = 0.85. The other parameters could be predicted with fair results (R = 0.64–0.75 by CART. Hence, the proportion of heartwood and sapwood is a relevant parameter for pulping and pulp properties, and should be taken as a quality trait when assessing a pulpwood resource.

  10. Preparation and properties of ZnO thin films deposited by sol-gel technique

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    LAN Wei; PENG Xingping; LIU Xueqin; HE Zhiwei; WANG Yinyue

    2007-01-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films were deposited on (100) Si substrates by sol-gel technique.Zinc acetate was used as the precursor material.The effect of different anneal-ing atmospheres and annealing temperatures on composition, structural and optical properties of ZnO thin films was inves-tigated by using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction,atomic force microscopy and photolumi-nescence (PL),respectively.At an annealing temperature of 400℃ in N2 for 2 h,dried gel films were propitious to undergo structural relaxation and grow ZnO grains.ZnO thin film annealed at 400℃ in N2 for 2 h exhibited the optimal structure and PL property,and the grain size and the lattice constants of the film were calculated (41.6 nm,a = 3.253 A and c=5.210A).Moreover,a green emission around 495 nm was observed in the PL spectra owing to the oxygen vacancies located at the surface of ZnO grains.With increas- ing annealing temperature,both the amount of the grown ZnO and the specific surface area of the grains decrease,which jointly weaken the green emission.

  11. APPLICATION OF SPHERICAL AGGLOMERATION TECHNIQUE TO IMPROVE MICROMERITIC PROPERTIES AND DISSOLUTION CHARACTERISTICS OF NABUMETONE

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    Pradnya Patil

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The present work is aimed to enhance the solubility and dissolution rate of Nabumetone, 4-(6-methoxy-2-naphalenyl-2-butanone water insoluble anti-inflammatory drug by spherical agglomeration technique using a solvent change method consisting of acetone, water and dichloromethane as solvent, non solvent and bridging liquid respectively. The hydrophilic polymers like poly vinyl pyrrolidone K-30 (PVP and sodium alginate were used in the agglomeration process. Infrared (I.R spectroscopic studies, Differential scanning calorimetery (DSC and Scanning electron microscopy (SEM were used for characterization of pure drug and its agglomerates. The I.R spectroscopy revealed that there is no chemical interaction between drug and polymers, also indicated that no chemical changes in the crystallized agglomerates .The agglomerates exhibited significantly improved solubility, dissolution rate and micromeritic properties (angle of repose, Carr’s index, bulk density, tapped density. Hausner’s ratio compared with pure drug Nabumetone. The aqueous solubility and dissolution rate of the drug from spherical agglomerates was significantly (p < 0.05 increased (nearly two times. SEM studies revealed that the agglomerates possess a good spherical shape. The study revealed that Micromeritic Properties, Solubility and Invitro drug release rate is increased with increase in PVP concentration from 0.25% to 1% as compared to sodium alginate.

  12. Comparison and semiconductor properties of nitrogen doped carbon thin films grown by different techniques

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    Alibart, F.; Drouhin, O. Durand [Laboratoire e Physique de la Matiere Condensee, 33 rue Saint Leu, 80000 Amiens (France); Benlahsen, M. [Laboratoire e Physique de la Matiere Condensee, 33 rue Saint Leu, 80000 Amiens (France)], E-mail: mohamed.benlahsen@sc.u-picardie.fr; Muhl, S.; Rodil, S. Elizabeth [Instituo de Investigationes en Materials, Universidad National Autonomia de Mexico, Mexico, D.F. 04510 (Mexico); Camps, E.; Escobar-Alarcon, L. [Instituo National de Investigationes Nucleares, Apdo. Postal 18-1027, Mexico, D.F. 11801 (Mexico)

    2008-06-30

    Amorphous carbon nitride (a-CN{sub x}) thin films have been synthesised by three different deposition techniques in an Ar/N{sub 2} gas mixture and have been deposited by varying the percentage of nitrogen gas in the mixture (i.e. the N{sub 2}/Ar + N{sub 2} ratio) from 0 to 10%. The variation of the electrical conductivity and the gap values of the deposited films versus the N{sub 2}/Ar + N{sub 2} ratio were investigated in relation with their local microstructure. Film composition was analysed using Raman spectroscopy and optical transmission experiments. The observed variation of electrical conductivity and optical properties are attributed to the changes in the atomic bonding structures, which were induced by N incorporation, increasing both the sp{sup 2} carbon content and their relative disorder. The low N content samples seem to be an interesting material to produce films with interesting properties for optoelectronic applications considering the facility to control the gas composition as a key parameter.

  13. Characterization of the nonlinear elastic properties of soft tissues using the supersonic shear imaging (SSI) technique: inverse method, ex vivo and in vivo experiments.

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    Jiang, Yi; Li, Guo-Yang; Qian, Lin-Xue; Hu, Xiang-Dong; Liu, Dong; Liang, Si; Cao, Yanping

    2015-02-01

    Dynamic elastography has become a new clinical tool in recent years to characterize the elastic properties of soft tissues in vivo, which are important for the disease diagnosis, e.g., the detection of breast and thyroid cancer and liver fibrosis. This paper investigates the supersonic shear imaging (SSI) method commercialized in recent years with the purpose to determine the nonlinear elastic properties based on this promising technique. Particularly, we explore the propagation of the shear wave induced by the acoustic radiation force in a stressed hyperelastic soft tissue described via the Demiray-Fung model. Based on the elastodynamics theory, an analytical solution correlating the wave speed with the hyperelastic parameters of soft tissues is first derived. Then an inverse approach is established to determine the hyperelastic parameters of biological soft tissues based on the measured wave speeds at different stretch ratios. The property of the inverse method, e.g., the existence, uniqueness and stability of the solution, has been investigated. Numerical experiments based on finite element simulations and the experiments conducted on the phantom and pig livers have been employed to validate the new method. Experiments performed on the human breast tissue and human heel fat pads have demonstrated the capability of the proposed method for measuring the in vivo nonlinear elastic properties of soft tissues. Generalization of the inverse analysis to other material models and the implication of the results reported here for clinical diagnosis have been discussed. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. Electrochemical setup - a unique chance to simultaneously control orbital energies and vibrational properties of single-molecule junctions with unprecedented efficiency

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    Baldea, Ioan

    2015-01-01

    Impressive advances in nanoscience permit nowadays to manipulate single molecules and broadly control many of their properties. Still, tuning the molecular charge and vibrational properties of single molecules embedded in nanojunctions in broad ranges escaped so far to an efficient control. By combining theoretical results with recent experimental data, we show that, under electrochemical control, it is possible to continuously drive a redox molecule (viologen) between almost perfect oxidized and reduced states. This yields an unprecedentedly efficient control on both vibrational frequencies and the surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) intensities. The broad tuning achieved under electrochemical control by varying the overpotential ("gate potential") within experimentally accessible ranges contrasts to the case of two-terminal setups that require high biases, which real nanojunctions cannot withstand. The present study aim at stimulating concurrent transport and SERS measurements in electrochemical setup....

  15. A quantitative comparison of human HT-1080 fibrosarcoma cells and primary human dermal fibroblasts identifies a 3D migration mechanism with properties unique to the transformed phenotype.

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    Michael P Schwartz

    Full Text Available Here, we describe an engineering approach to quantitatively compare migration, morphologies, and adhesion for tumorigenic human fibrosarcoma cells (HT-1080s and primary human dermal fibroblasts (hDFs with the aim of identifying distinguishing properties of the transformed phenotype. Relative adhesiveness was quantified using self-assembled monolayer (SAM arrays and proteolytic 3-dimensional (3D migration was investigated using matrix metalloproteinase (MMP-degradable poly(ethylene glycol (PEG hydrogels ("synthetic extracellular matrix" or "synthetic ECM". In synthetic ECM, hDFs were characterized by vinculin-containing features on the tips of protrusions, multipolar morphologies, and organized actomyosin filaments. In contrast, HT-1080s were characterized by diffuse vinculin expression, pronounced β1-integrin on the tips of protrusions, a cortically-organized F-actin cytoskeleton, and quantitatively more rounded morphologies, decreased adhesiveness, and increased directional motility compared to hDFs. Further, HT-1080s were characterized by contractility-dependent motility, pronounced blebbing, and cortical contraction waves or constriction rings, while quantified 3D motility was similar in matrices with a wide range of biochemical and biophysical properties (including collagen despite substantial morphological changes. While HT-1080s were distinct from hDFs for each of the 2D and 3D properties investigated, several features were similar to WM239a melanoma cells, including rounded, proteolytic migration modes, cortical F-actin organization, and prominent uropod-like structures enriched with β1-integrin, F-actin, and melanoma cell adhesion molecule (MCAM/CD146/MUC18. Importantly, many of the features observed for HT-1080s were analogous to cellular changes induced by transformation, including cell rounding, a disorganized F-actin cytoskeleton, altered organization of focal adhesion proteins, and a weakly adherent phenotype. Based on our results

  16. EXAMINATION OF THE SURFACE FREE ENERGY AND ACID-BASE PROPERTIES OF CELLULOSE BY THE COLUMN WICKING TECHNIQUE AND THE CRITICAL PACKING HEIGHT/DENSITY

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    Qing Shen; Jian-feng Hu; Qing-feng Gu

    2004-01-01

    The column wicking technique was applied to estimate the surface free energy of cellulose, the importance of which is to obtain a real effective capillary radius, Reff, initially from the plot of Washburn penetration distance versus time.Since the cellulose sample could not be packed with good reproducibility, therefore, Reff can not be obtained readily from the slope of the plot. A method was developed in this paper by uniting all apparent packing heights with a unique value to deduce a real effective capillary radius. Based on the defined critical packing height related to the critical packing density, the surface free energy and acid-base properties of cellulose Sigma C8002 were estimated.

  17. Development of a novel cup cake with unique properties of essential oil of betel leaf (Piper betle L.) for sustainable entrepreneurship.

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    Roy, Arnab; Guha, Proshanta

    2015-08-01

    Betel vine (Piper betle L.) is a root climber with deep green heart shaped leaves. It belongs to the Piperaceae family. There is a huge wastage of the leaves during glut season and it can be reduced by various means including extraction of medicinal essential oil which can be considered as GRAS (generally recognized as safe) materials. Therefore, attempts were made to develop a novel cup cake by incorporating essential oil of betel leaf. The textural properties of the cakes were measured by texture analyzer instrument; whereas the organoleptic properties were adjudged by human preferences using sensory tables containing 9-point hedonic scale. Price estimation was done considering all costs and charges. Finally, all parameters of the developed cake were compared with different cup cakes available in the market for ascertaining consumer acceptability of the newly developed product in terms of quality and market price. Results revealed that the Novel cup cake developed with 0.005 % (v/w) essential oil of betel leaf occupied the 1st place among the four developed novel cup cakes. However, it occupied 4th place among the nine cup cakes in the overall preference list prepared based on the textural and organoleptic qualities, though its market price was calculated to be comparable to all the leading cupcakes available in the market. This indicates that manufacturing of novel cup cake with essential oil of betel leaf would be a profitable and self-sustaining entrepreneurship.

  18. Unique Magnetic Moment and Electronic Properties for Fe(MgO)n(n=1-8) Clusters:First-Principles Calculations

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    GE Gui-Xian; JING Qun; YANG Zeng-Qiang; LUO You-Hua

    2009-01-01

    The geometries and electronic properties of Fe(MgO)n are systematically investigated by the density functional theory.The results show that the doped Fe atom is prone to bond with the O atom,and Fe almost does not disturb the frame of (MgO)n.The second-order energy difference,the fragmentation energies and the electron affinities show that Fe(MgO)4 and Fe(MgO)6 possess relatively higher stabilities.The HOMO-LUMO gaps of Fe(MgO)n decrease obviously as compared with (MgO)n.Almost equal unpaired electrons of the 3d state of the Fe atom in Fe(MgO)n result in a nearly equal magnetic moment of Fe(MgO)n.

  19. Unique gating properties of C. elegans ClC anion channel splice variants are determined by altered CBS domain conformation and the R-helix linker.

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    Dave, Sonya; Sheehan, Jonathan H; Meiler, Jens; Strange, Kevin

    2010-01-01

    All eukaryotic and some prokaryotic ClC anion transport proteins have extensive cytoplasmic C-termini containing two cystathionine-β-synthase (CBS) domains. CBS domain secondary structure is highly conserved and consists of two α-helices and three β-strands arranged as β1-α1-β2-β3-α2. ClC CBS domain mutations cause muscle and bone disease and alter ClC gating. However, the precise functional roles of CBS domains and the structural bases by which they regulate ClC function are poorly understood. CLH-3a and CLH-3b are C. elegans ClC anion channel splice variants with strikingly different biophysical properties. Splice variation occurs at cytoplasmic N- and C-termini and includes several amino acids that form α2 of the second CBS domain (CBS2). We demonstrate that interchanging α2 between CLH-3a and CLH-3b interchanges their gating properties. The "R-helix" of ClC proteins forms part of the ion-conducting pore and selectivity filter and is connected to the cytoplasmic C-terminus via a short stretch of cytoplasmic amino acids termed the "R-helix linker". C-terminus conformation changes could cause R-helix structural rearrangements via this linker. X-ray structures of three ClC protein cytoplasmic C-termini suggest that α2 of CBS2 and the R-helix linker could be closely apposed and may therefore interact. We found that mutating apposing amino acids in α2 and the R-helix linker of CLH-3b was sufficient to give rise to CLH-3a-like gating. We postulate that the R-helix linker interacts with CBS2 α2, and that this putative interaction provides a pathway by which cytoplasmic C-terminus conformational changes induce conformational changes in membrane domains that in turn modulate ClC function.

  20. Spatial Distribution Analysis of Soil Properties in Varzaneh Region of Isfahan Using Image Processing Techniques

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    F. Mahmoodi

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Use of remote sensing for soil assessment and monitoring started with the launch of the first Landsat satellite. Since then many other polar orbiting Earth-observation satellites such as the Landsat series, have been launched and their imagery have been used for a wide range of soil mapping. The broad swaths and regular revisit frequencies of these multispectral satellites mean that they can be used to rapidly detect changes in soil properties. Arid and semi-arid lands cover more than 70 percent of Iran and are very prone to desertification. Due to the broadness, remoteness, and harsh condition of these lands, soil studies using ground-based techniques appear to be limited. Remote sensing imagery with its cost and time-effectiveness has been suggested and used as an alternative approach for more than four decades. Flood irrigation is one of the most common techniques in Isfahan province in which 70% of water is lost through evaporation. This system has increased soil salinization and desert-like conditions in the region. For principled decision making on agricultural product management, combating desertification and its consequences and better use of production resources to achieve sustainable development; understanding and knowledge of the origin, amount and area of salinity, the percentage of calcite, gypsum and other mineral of soil in each region is essential. Therefore, this study aimed to map the physical and chemical characteristics of soils in Vazaneh region of Isfahan province, Iran. Materials and Methods : Varzaneh region with 75000 ha located in central Iran and lies between latitudes 3550234 N and 3594309 N and longitudes 626530 E to 658338 E. The climate in the study area is characterized by hot summers and cold winters. The mean daily maximum temperature ranges from 35°C in summer to approximately 17°C in winter and mean daily minimum temperature ranges from 5°C in summer to about -24.5°C in winter. The mean

  1. Use of a Digital Image Correlation Technique for Measuring the Material Properties of Beetle Wing

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    Tailie Jin; Nam Seo Goo; Sung-Choong Woo; Hoon Cheol Park

    2009-01-01

    Beetle wings are very specialized flight organs consisting of the veins and membranes. Therefore it is necessary from a bionic view to investigate the material properties of a beetle wing experimentally. In the present study, we have used a Digital lmage Correlation (DIC) technique to measure the elastic modulus of a beetle wing membrane. Specimens were prepared by carefully cutting a beetle hind wing into 3.0 mm by 7.0 mm segments (the gage length was 5 mm). We used a scanning electron microscope for a precise measurement of the thickness of the beetle wing membrane. The specimen was attached to a designed fixture to induce a uniform displacement by means of a micromanipulator. We used an ARAMISTM system based on the digital image correlation technique to measure the corresponding displacement of a specimen. The thickness of the beetle wing varied at different points of the membrane. The elastic modulus differed in relation to the membrane arrangement showing a structural anisotropy; the elastic modulus in the chordwise direction is approximately 2.65 GPa, which is three times larger than the elastic modulus in the spanwise direction of 0.84 GPa. As a result, the digital image correlation-based ARAMIS system was suc-cessfully used to measure the elastic modulus of a beetle wing. In addition to membrane's elastic modulus, we considered the Poisson's ratio of the membrane and measured the elastic modulus of a vein using an Instron universal tensile machine. The result reveals the Poisson's ratio is nearly zero and the elastic modulus of a vein is about 11 GPa.

  2. Measurement of the optical properties of skin using terahertz time-domain spectroscopic techniques

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    Wilmink, Gerald J.; Ibey, Bennett L.; Tongue, Thomas; Schulkin, Brian; Peralta, Xomalin; Rivest, Benjamin D.; Haywood, Eric C.; Roach, William P.

    2010-02-01

    Terahertz (THz) radiation is increasingly being used in biomedical imaging and spectroscopy applications. These techniques show tremendous promise to provide new sophisticated tools for the improved detection of skin cancer. However, despite recent efforts to develop these applications, few studies have been conducted to characterize the optical properties of skin at THz frequencies. Such information is required to better understand THz-tissue interactions, and is critical for determining the feasibility of proposed applications. In this study, we have developed and tested a THz time-domain spectroscopy system. We used this system to acquire the optical properties for fresh and frozen/thawed excised porcine skin from 0.1 to 2.0 THz. Results show that the index of refraction (n) for both frozen and fresh skin decreases with frequency. For frozen skin, n equals 2.5 at 0.1 THz and 2.0 at 2.0 THz, and for fresh skin equals 2.0 at 0.1 THz and 1.7 at 2.0 THz. Values for the absorption coefficient (μa) increase with frequency for both frozen and fresh skin. Frozen skin exhibits μa values equal to 56 cm-1 at 0.1 THz and 550 cm-1 at 2.0 THz, whereas fresh skin exhibits values of 56 cm-1 at 0.1 THz and 300 cm-1 at 2.0 THz. Assuming the optical penetration depth (δ) is inversely proportional to μa (absorption-dominated interactions), THz radiation has limited δ in skin (200 μm at 0.1 THz to 40 μm at 2.0 THz). These results suggest that applications exploiting THz radiation show the most promise for investigating superficial tissues.

  3. Assessment of flexural properties of different grade dimension lumber by ultrasonic technique

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    JIANG Jing-hui; LU Jian-xiong; REN Hai-qing; LONG Chao; LUO Xiu-qin

    2007-01-01

    The dimension lumber (45mm×90mm×3700mm) of plantation Chinese fir (Cunninghamia lanceolata (Lamb.) Hook.) was graded to four different classes as SS, No.1, No.2 and No.3, according to national lumber grades authority (NLGA) for structure light framing and structure joists and planks. The properties of apparent density was determined at 15% moisture content, bending strength and stiffness were tested according to American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D 198-99, and dynamic modulus of elasticity (Eusw) was measured by ultrasonic technique, for predicting the flexural properties of different grade lumbers. The results showed that Eusw was larger than the static MOE. The relationship between Eusw and static MOE was significant at 0.01 level, and the determination coefficients (R2) of the four grade lumbers followed the sequence as R2No.2 (0.616)> R2ss (0.567)> R2No.1 (0.366)> R2No.3 (0.137). The R2 of Eusw and MOR were lower than that of the Etru and MOR for each grade. The Eusw of all the grade lumbers, except No.3-grade, had significant correlation with the static MOE and MOR, thus the bending strength of those grade lumbers can be estimated by the E The Etru values of four grade lumbers followed a sequence as No.2-grade (10.701 Gpa) > SS-grade (10.359 Gpa) > No.l-grade (9.840 Gpa) > No.3-grade (9.554 Gpa). For the same grade dimension lumber, its Eusw value was larger than static MOE. Mean values of MOR for four grade lumbers follow a sequence as No.2-grade (48.67 Mpa) > SS-grade (48.16 Mpa) > No.3-grade (46.55 Mpa) > No.1-grade (43.39MPa).

  4. Effect of preparation technique on the properties and in vivo efficacy of benzocaine-loaded ethosomes.

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    Maestrelli, Francesca; Capasso, Gaetano; González-Rodríguez, Maria L; Rabasco, Antonio M; Ghelardini, Carla; Mura, Paola

    2009-01-01

    This study aimed to investigate the influence of the preparation conditions on the performance of an ethosomal formulation for topical delivery of the local anesthetic agent, benzocaine (BZC). Ethosomes were prepared with different techniques, such as thin-layer evaporation, freezing and thawing, reverse-phase evaporation, extrusion and sonication, obtaining, respectively, multilayer vesicles (MLVs), frozen and thawed MLV (FATMLV), large unilamellar vesicles (LUVs), and small unilamellar vesicles (SUVs). The obtained vesicles were characterized for morphology, size, zeta potential, and entrapment efficiency (EE%), and their stability was monitored during storage at 4 degrees C. In vitro permeation properties from gels incorporating drug ethosomal dispersions were evaluated in vitro by using artificial lipophilic membranes, while their anesthetic effect was determined in vivo on rabbits. The results suggested that the vesicle preparation method plays an important role in affecting the properties and effectiveness of ethosomal formulations. MLVs and LUVs exhibited higher drug EE% and better stability than FATMLV and SUV vesicles. The In vitro drug permeation rate was directly related to the vesicle EE% and varied in the order MLV>LUV approximately FATMLV>SUV. The therapeutic efficacy of BZC ethosomal formulations was significantly improved with respect to the corresponding BZC solution. The best results, in terms of enhanced intensity of anesthetic effect, were given by formulations containing MLVs and LUVs, and the order of effectiveness was MLV approximately LUV>FATMLV approximately SUV, rather similar to that found in permeation studies. On the contrary, unexpectedly, the effectiveness order in increasing the duration of drug action was SUV> or =MLV>LUV approximately FATMLV. The highest efficacy of SUVs was probably due to the more intimate contact with the epithelium due to their greatest surface area, which allowed the longest extension of drug therapeutic

  5. Evaluation of physico-mechanical properties of clayey soils using electrical resistivity imaging technique

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    Kibria, Golam

    Resistivity imaging (RI) is a promising approach to obtaining continuous profile of soil subsurface. This method offers simple technique to identify moisture variation and heterogeneity of the investigated area. However, at present, only qualitative information of subsurface can be obtained using RI. A study on the quantification of geotechnical properties has become important for rigorous use of this method in the evaluation of geohazard potential and construction quality control of landfill liner system. Several studies have been performed to describe electrical resistivity of soil as a function of pore fluid conductivity and surface conductance. However, characterization tests on pore water and surface charge are not typically performed in a conventional geotechnical investigation. The overall objective of this study is to develop correlations between geotechnical parameters and electrical resistivity of soil, which would provide a mean to estimate geotechnical properties from RI. As a part of the study, multiple regression analyses were conducted to develop practically applicable models correlating resistivity with influential geotechnical parameters. The soil samples considered in this study were classified as highly plastic clay (CH) and low plasticity clay (CL) according to Unified Soil Classification System (USCS). Based on the physical tests, scanning electron microscope (SEM), and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) analysis, kaolinite was identified as the dominant mineral with some traces of magnesium, calcium, potassium, and iron. Electrical resistivity tests were conducted on compacted clays and undisturbed samples under varied geotechnical conditions. The experimental results indicated that the degree of saturation substantially influenced electrical resistivity. Electrical resistivity decreased as much as 11 times from initial value for the increase of degree of saturation from 23 to 100% in the laboratory tests on compacted clays. In case of

  6. Synthesis and properties of 1,3,5-benzene periodic mesoporous organosilica (PMO): novel aromatic PMO with three point attachments and unique thermal transformations.

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    Kuroki, Masakatsu; Asefa, Tewodros; Whitnal, Wesley; Kruk, Michal; Yoshina-Ishii, Chiaki; Jaroniec, Mietek; Ozin, Geoffrey A

    2002-11-20

    A new aromatic periodic mesoporous organosilica material containing benzene functional groups that are symmetrically integrated with three silicon atoms in an organosilica mesoporous framework is reported. The material has a high surface area, well-ordered mesoporous structure and thermally stable framework aromatic groups. The functional aromatic moieties were observed to undergo sequential thermal transformation from a three to two and then to a one point attachment within the framework upon continuous thermolysis under air before eventually being converted to periodic mesoporous silica devoid of aromatic groups at high temperatures and longer pyrolysis times. The mesoporosity of the material was characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and nitrogen porosimetry, whereas the presence and transformation of the aromatic groups in the walls of the materials were characterized by solid-state NMR spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and thermogravimetric analysis. The attachment of a benzene ring symmetrically onto three siloxanes of the framework was used advantageously as a cross-linker to enhance the thermal stability of the organic group. Some of these properties are investigated in comparison with other aromatic PMOs that have only two point attachments and an amorphous phenylsilica gel that has only one point attachment. The successful synthesis of the first aromatic PMO with its organic group attached within the framework through more than two points is an important step toward the synthesis of PMOs having organic groups with more complex and multiple attachments within the framework.

  7. Characterisation of the properties of a negative hydrogen ion beam by several beam diagnostic techniques

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    Maurizio, R.; Fantz, U.; Bonomo, F.; Serianni, G.

    2016-06-01

    The beam properties of the BATMAN negative ion source, which is the prototype of one module of the source for the ITER neutral beam injection system, are characterised by means of three diagnostic techniques: beam emission spectroscopy (BES), the experimental calorimeter mini-STRIKE and a copper calorimeter. The main beam parameters—beam divergence, homogeneity and top-bottom asymmetries—are studied in different operational scenarios: with different magnetic filter field setups, source settings and with different gases (hydrogen or deuterium). Among all dependences, the influence of the magnetic field configuration on the beam and the evolution of the beam features during some conditioning days are investigated in detail. Data show that the stronger the filter field in the beam region, the higher the beam top-bottom asymmetry—likely a v× B effect. During the conditioning of the source, such vertical beam asymmetry increases as well, suggesting an inhomogeneous H -production at the first grid of the extraction system.

  8. Dosimetric properties of bio minerals applied to high-dose dosimetry using the TSEE technique

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    Vila, G. B.; Caldas, L. V. E., E-mail: gbvila@ipen.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares / CNEN, Av. Lineu Prestes 2242, Cidade Universitaria, 05508-000 Sao Paulo (Brazil)

    2014-08-15

    The study of the dosimetric properties such as reproducibility, the residual signal, lower detection dose, dose-response curve and fading of the thermally stimulated emission exo electronic (TSEE) signal of Brazilian bio minerals has shown that these materials present a potential use as radiation dosimeters. The reproducibility within ± 10% for oyster shell, mother-of-pearl and coral reef samples showed that the signal dispersion is small when compared with the mean value of the measurements. The study showed that the residual signal can be eliminated with a thermal treatment at 300 grades C/1 h. The lower detection dose of 9.8 Gy determined for the oyster shell samples when exposed to beta radiation and 1.6 Gy for oyster shell and mother-of-pearl samples when exposed to gamma radiation can be considered good, taking into account the high doses of this study. The materials presented linearity at the dose response curves in some ranges, but the lack of linearity in other cases presents no problem since a good mathematical description is possible. The fading study showed that the loss of TSEE signal can be minimized if the samples are protected from interferences such as light, heat and humidity. Taking into account the useful linearity range as the main dosimetric characteristic, the tiger shell and oyster shell samples are the most suitable for high-dose dosimetry using the TSEE technique. (Author)

  9. Investigation of optical properties of multilayer dielectric structures using prism-coupling technique

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    Sokolov, V I; Glebov, V N; Malyutin, A M; Molchanova, S I; Khaydukov, E V; Panchenko, V Ya [Institute on Laser and Information Technologies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Shatura, Moscow Region (Russian Federation)

    2015-09-30

    A method based on resonant excitation of waveguide modes with a prism coupler is proposed for measuring the thickness and refractive index of thin-film layers in multilayer dielectric structures. The peculiarities of reflection of TE- and TM-polarised light beams from a structure comprising eleven alternating layers of zinc sulfide (ZnS) and magnesium barium fluoride (MgBaF{sub 4}), whose thicknesses are much less than the wavelength of light, are investigated. Using the mathematical model developed, we have calculated the coefficients of reflection of collimated TE and TM light beams from a multilayer structure and determined the optical constants and thicknesses of the structure layers. The refractive indices of the layers, obtained for TE and TM polarisation of incident light, are in good agreement. The thicknesses of ZnS and MgBaF{sub 4} layers, found for different polarisations, coincide with an accuracy of ±1%. Thus, we have demonstrated for the first time that the prism-coupling technique allows one to determine the optical properties of thin-film structures when the number of layers in the structure exceeds ten layers. (integrated optics)

  10. Synthesis, microstructure and mechanical properties of ceria stabilized tetragonal zirconia prepared by spray drying technique

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    S C Sharma; N M Gokhale; Rajiv Dayal; Ramji Lal

    2002-02-01

    Ceria stabilized zirconia powders with ceria concentration varying from 6 to 16 mol% were synthesized using spray drying technique. Powders were characterized for their particle size distribution and specific surface area. The dense sintered ceramics fabricated using these powders were characterized for their microstructure, crystallite size and phase composition. The flexural strength, fracture toughness and microhardness of sintered ceramics were measured. High fracture toughness and flexural strength were obtained for sintered bodies with 12 mol% of CeO2. Flexural strength and fracture toughness were dependent on CeO2 concentration, crystallite size and phase composition of sintered bodies. Correlation of data has indicated that the transformable tetragonal phase is the key factor in controlling the fracture toughness and strength of ceramics. It has been demonstrated that the synthesis method is effective to prepare nanocrystalline tetragonal ceria stabilized zirconia powders with improved mechanical properties. Ce–ZrO2 with 20 wt% alumina was also prepared with flexural strength, 1200 MPa and fracture toughness, 9.2 MPa √m.

  11. New techniques of the mechanical properties assessment for Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) in automobile

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    Fang Jian [Baoshan Iron and Steel Co., Ltd., Shanghai (China)

    2005-07-01

    Based on the mathematical polynomial and differentiate processing onto tensile stress-strain curve, the experimental technique to monitor the trace of working hardening exponent against strain was established, with the hope of linking the characterization of the mechanical properties to the insight into the microstructure behavior of AHSS. The features of a significant strain hardening peak with slow decaying followed was obtained existing on the n value trace of strain during uniform deformation, which may be the predominant contribution to the outstanding combination of strength and plasticity of AHSS. In comparison, for conventional high strength steel as quench and temper prepared, the form of n value trace was changed into the monotonous decreasing tendency within overall uniform extension. As regards the dynamic loading response of AHSS, the recorded impact force-displacement curve by instrumented impact testing with characteristic force points subdivided the absorbed impact energy into distinct components, corresponding to the crack initiation and propagation. Combined with the quasi static tensile, the concept of toughness parameters including J{sub d}, J-{delta}a and so-called ''local strain toughness, LST'' were proposed, which implies that the stable plastic deformation and pronounced energy consumption may lead to the excellent material response against cracking and rupture under various loading conditions. (orig.)

  12. Effect of thickness on optical properties of nickel vertical posts deposited by GLAD technique

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    Potočnik, J.; Nenadović, M.; Bundaleski, N.; Popović, M.; Rakočević, Z.

    2016-12-01

    Nickel (Ni) thin films of different thicknesses (25 nm to 150 nm) were deposited on glass substrates using Glancing Angle Deposition technique. Characterization of obtained Ni films was performed by scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, spectroscopic ellipsometry and by four-point probe method. Variations in optical parameters with thickness correlated with structural, chemical and electrical properties of nanostructured nickel thin films were studied. The results showed that deposit is porous and consists of nano-scaled columns, which grow perpendicular to the substrate. It was found that the size of the columns and the surface roughness change with film thickness. Spectroscopic ellipsometry revealed that the refractive index and extinction coefficient varied with thickness, which can be correlated with changes in microstructure of Ni films. Additionally, the relationship between the film microstructure and its resistivity was also analyzed. It was found that the variations in Ni films resistivity could be attributed to the changes in the width of the columns. The increasing of layer thickness leads to overall decrease of optical resistivity of nickel thin films.

  13. UNIQUE ORAL DRUG DELIVERY SYSTEM

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    Raphael M. Ottenbrite; ZHAO Ruifeng; Sam Milstein

    1995-01-01

    An oral drug delivery system using proteinoid microspheres is discussed with respect to its unique dependence on pH. It has been found that certain drugs such as insulin and heparin can be encapsulated in proteinoid spheres at stomach pH's (1-3). These spheres also dissemble at intestinal pH's (6-7) releasing the drug for absorption. Using this technique low molecular weight heparin and human growth hormone have been orally delivered successfully to several animal species. Future work has been proposed to study the interaction and binding of the specific drugs with synthesized oligopeptides.

  14. THE STRESS IMPACT ON MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF ROCKS IN HYDRO FRACTURING TECHNIQUE

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    B. GURUPRASAD

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Ground water is considered to be the best safe protected drinking water source and bore wells are drilled in hard crystalline rock terrains for drinking water, irrigation and industrial purposes. Even after scientific location, some bore wells yield inadequate quantity of water or fail to yield. The success of bore wells depend largely onnumber, length, dilation and interconnectivity of fractures encountered on drilling. Considering the cost factor involved in drilling a new bore well, rejuvenation of failed bore well through some technique is thought off. The innovative technology of ‘hydro fracturing’ is a new interdisciplinary approach of Hydro mechanical tostimulate the bore well to improve the yield by applying water pressure into bore well by using a heavy duty mechanical compressor. The hydro fracturing technique was first used in oil well to increase oil and gas production. In this research paper, the hydraulic pressure applied increases with depth reflecting the rigidness,toughness of rock. The fracture development, propagation of fracture and stress behavior depends on the physical and mechanical properties of rocks. The hydro fracturing process has been conducted in three depth zones ranging from 8 m to 45 m below ground level in Annavasal union of Pudukottai district, Tamil Nadu, India. The Pressure application varies depending on the geological formations. This study pertains to a part of research work. The minimum and maximum pressures applied are 1 and 10 N/mm2 respectively. The maximumpressure of 10 N/mm2 has been recorded in the third zone, where the country rock is charnockite which is generally massive, compact and dense rock. Generally for the igneous rock in the third zone in the depth range of 40 to 50 m, more than 7 N/mm2 of pressure has been applied indicating extremely strong nature with uniaxial compressive strength 100 – 300 N/mm2, tensile strength 7- 25 N/mm2. Out of 37 bore wells 32.4% of bore wells have shown

  15. Soft-X-ray magnetic circular dichroism : a new technique for probing magnetic properties of magnetic surfaces and ultrathin films

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    Tjeng, L.H.; Idzerda, Y.U.; Rudolf, P.; Sette, F.; Chen, C.T.

    1992-01-01

    We demonstrate the feasibility of applying the novel soft-X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (SXMCD) technique to investigate the magnetic properties of magnetic surfaces and uitrathin films. Measurements have been carried out on Ni films of various thickness on a Cu(100) substrate at the Ni L2,3 abs

  16. Effect of Different Modification Techniques on the Physicochemical and Thermoanalytical Properties of Wheat and Corn Starch

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    2006-01-01

    The starches of wheat and corn treated with four different modification methods (pregelatinized, thinnedwith acid, cross-linked and dextrinized) were investigated in terms of changes in swelling, water-holdingcapacity, gelatinization and thermoanalytical properties. Modification processes caused significant changes inthe physicochemical properties of the starches. Also, having effect on the thermoanalytical properties ofstarch, of modification process pregelatinization, cross-linking and dext...

  17. Characterization of the electronic properties of magnetic and semiconductor devices using scanning probe techniques

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    Schaadt, Daniel Maria

    In the first part of this dissertation, scanning probe techniques are used in the study of localized charge deposition and subsequent transport in Co nanoclusters embedded in a SiO2 matrix are presented, and the application of this material in a hybrid magneto-electronic device for magnetic field sensing is described. Co nanoclusters are charged by applying a bias voltage pulse between a conductive tip and the sample, and electrostatic force microscopy is used to image charged areas. An exponential decay in the peak charge density is observed with decay times dependent on the nominal Co film thickness and on the sign of the deposited charge. The results are interpreted as a consequence of Coulomb-blockade effects. This study leads to the design of a hybrid magneto-electronic device, in which Co nanoclusters embedded in SiO2 are incorporated into the gate of a Si metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor. Current flow through the Co nanoclusters leads to a buildup of electronic charge within the gate, and consequently to a transistor threshold voltage shift that varies with applied external magnetic field. The shift in threshold voltage results in an exponential change in subthreshold current and a quadratic change in saturation current. A detailed analysis of the device operation is presented. The second part of this dissertation focuses on the characterization of electronic properties of GaN-based heterostructure devices. Scanning capacitance microscopy (SCM) and spectroscopy (SCS) are used to investigate lateral variations in the transistor threshold voltage and the frequency-dependent response of surface charges and of charge in the two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG). The technique is described in detail, electrostatic simulations performed to study the influence of the probe tip geometry on the measured dC/dV spectra are presented, and the limitations of the SCS technique in a variety of applications are evaluated. Features in SCM images and maps of

  18. Manipulating microstructures and electrical properties of carbon fiber/reduced graphene oxide/nickel composite textiles with electrochemical deposition techniques

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    Cheng, Wei-Liang; Zhao, Quan-Liang; Shi, Fei

    2017-04-01

    Since graphene and their composites play significant roles in the catalysts, energy storage, electronics and other fields, where electron transport is highly critical, here, we introduce reduced graphene oxide (RGO) interfaces in the carbon fiber (CF) networks for preparing a novel lightweight carbon fiber/reduced graphene oxide/nickel (CF-RGO-Ni) composite textile. Upon the charaterizations on the microscopic morphologies, electrical and magnetic properties, and density, the presence of RGO nanosheets and nickel nanoparticles would substantially influence the related physical properties in the resulting composite textiles. Furthermore, the key parameters, including RGO loading, deposition time, current density and annealing temperature of carbon matrices, have been studied to understand their effects on the electrochemical deposition of nickel nanoparticles. Implication of the results suggests that the RGO interface is a unique medium for essentially promoting the electrochemical deposition kinetics and active sites for growing nickel nanoparticles, which indicates a universal approach for preparing advanced lightweight composites with the presence of graphene naonstructures.

  19. Analytical and laser scanning techniques to determine shape properties of aggregates used in pavements

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    Komba, Julius J

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available ) for 2012/2013 also supported this study. d) Dr. James W Maina, Pavement Design and Construction group manager at the CSIR for many discussions and his encouragement during the study. e) Dr. Martin Mgangira, for many discussions during the study. f... to determine aggregate shape properties, and  Validation of the laser-based aggregate shape properties using the current standard test methods. Specifically:  The study focuses on quantification of coarse aggregate shape properties only, i.e...

  20. Structure of the hypothetical protein Ton1535 from Thermococcus onnurineus NA1 reveals unique structural properties by a left-handed helical turn in normal α-solenoid protein.

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    Jeong, Jae-Hee; Kim, Yi-Seul; Rojvirija, Catleya; Cha, Hyung Jin; Kim, Yeon-Gil; Ha, Sung Chul

    2014-06-01

    The crystal structure of Ton1535, a hypothetical protein from Thermococcus onnurineus NA1, was determined at 2.3 Å resolution. With two antiparallel α-helices in a helix-turn-helix motif as a repeating unit, Ton1535 consists of right-handed coiled N- and C-terminal regions that are stacked together using helix bundles containing a left-handed helical turn. One left-handed helical turn in the right-handed coiled structure produces two unique structural properties. One is the presence of separated concave grooves rather than one continuous concave groove, and the other is the contribution of α-helices on the convex surfaces of the N-terminal region to the extended surface of the concave groove of the C-terminal region and vice versa.

  1. Effects of heat treatment on morphological, optical and electrical properties of ITO films by sol-gel technique

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    LI Zhi-hua; KE Yu-peng; REN Dong-yan

    2008-01-01

    Indium-tin-oxide(ITO) films were prepared on the quarts glass by sol-gel technique. Effects of different heat treatment temperatures and cooling methods on the morphological, optical and electrical properties of ITO films were measured by TG/DTA, IR, XRD, SEM, UV-VIS spectrometer and four-probe apparatus. It is found that the crystallized ITO films exhibit a polycrystalline cubic bixbyite structure. The heat treatment process has significant effects on the morphological, optical and electrical properties of ITO films. Elevating the heat treatment temperature can perfect the crystallization process of ITO films, therefore the optical and electrical properties of ITO films are improved. But the further increasing of heat treatment temperature results in the increment of ITO films' resistivity. Compared with ITO films elaborated by furnace cooling, those prepared through air cooling have following characteristics as obviously decreased crystalline size, deeply declined porosity, more compact micro-morphology, improved electrical property and slightly decreased optical transmission.

  2. Usefulness of ultrasonic strain measurement-based mechanical properties imaging technique: toward realization of short time diagnosis/treatment

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    Sumi, Chikayoshi; Kubota, Mitsuhiro; Wakabayashi, Gou; Tanabe, Minoru

    2003-06-01

    For various soft tissues (e.g., liver, breast, etc.), we are developing the ultrasonic strain measurement-based mechanical properties (shear modulus, visco-shear modulus, etc.) reconstruction/imaging technique. To clarify the limitation of our quantitative reconstruction/imaging technique as a diagnostic tool for differentiating malignancies, together with improving the spatial resolution and the dynamic range we are collecting the clinical reconstruction image data. Furthermore, we are applying our technique as a monitoring technique for the effectiveness of chemical therapy (e.g., anticancer drug, ethanol, etc.), thermal therapy (e.g., micro, and rf electromagnetic wave, HIFU, LASER, etc.), and cryotherapy. As soft tissues are deformed in 3-D space due to externally situated quasi-static and/or low frequency mechanical sources, multidimensional signal processing improves strain measurement accuracy and reduces inhomogeneity-dependent modulus reconstruction artifacts. These have been verified by us through simulations and phantom/animal in vitro experiments. Briefly, here we discuss the limitations of low dimensional signal processing. Moreover, we exhibit the superiority both on differential diagnosis for these human in vivo malignancies and monitoring for these therapies of our quasi-real time imaging (using conventional US equipment) to conventional B-mode imaging. Our technique is available as a clinical visualization technique both for diagnosis and treatment, and monitored mechanical properties data can also be effectively utilized as the measure for controlling the therapy, i.e., the exposure energy, the foci, the exposure interval, etc. In the near future, suitable combination of various simple and low-invasive therapy techniques with our imaging technique will open up a new clinical style allowing diagnosis and the subsequently immediate treatment. This must substantially reduce the total medical expenses.

  3. Technique for evaluating antiwear properties of lubricant grease for GN and GNU drill bits

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    Gubarev, A.S.; Butovets, V.V.; Dyachenko, Yu.P.; Krasnokutskaya, M.Ye.; Nedbaylyuk, P.Ye.; Oparin, V.A.; Yeremenko, V.F.

    1982-01-01

    A technique has been developed for determining under laboratory conditions the antiwear characteristics for lubricant grease used for drill bit supports models GN and GNU. A satisfactory coincidence of test results of lubricants USsA and Uniol-1 has been derived using the given technique, as well as satisfactory results for the drill bits operating in industrial conditions.

  4. Prism coupling technique investigation of elasto-optical properties of thin polymer films

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    Ay, Feridun; Kocabas, Askin; Kocabas, Coskun; Aydinli, Atilla; Agan, Sedat

    2004-01-01

    The use of thin polymer films in optical planar integrated optical circuits is rapidly increasing. Much interest, therefore, has been devoted to characterizing the optical and mechanical properties of thin polymer films. This study focuses on measuring the elasto-optical properties of three differen

  5. NASA's unique networking environment

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    Johnson, Marjory J.

    1988-01-01

    Networking is an infrastructure technology; it is a tool for NASA to support its space and aeronautics missions. Some of NASA's networking problems are shared by the commercial and/or military communities, and can be solved by working with these communities. However, some of NASA's networking problems are unique and will not be addressed by these other communities. Individual characteristics of NASA's space-mission networking enviroment are examined, the combination of all these characteristics that distinguish NASA's networking systems from either commercial or military systems is explained, and some research areas that are important for NASA to pursue are outlined.

  6. Controlled synthesis and morphology-dependent electromagnetic properties of nickel nanostructures by γ-ray irradiation technique

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    Hongtao, Zhao; Xijiang, Han; Lifang, Zhang; Gangyi, Wang; Chao, Wang; Xueai, Li; Ping, Xu

    2011-03-01

    We report the morphology-dependent magnetic and electromagnetic absorption properties of various nickel nanostructures prepared by a γ-ray irradiation technique. By changing the applied surfactants during the irradiation, sting-like, agglomerated, and chain-like nickel nanostructures are obtained when using polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP), and sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS) as the surfactants. It is determined that the excellent electromagnetic absorption ability of sting-like nickel arises from point discharge effect, while chain-like nickel shows the best absorption property due to the geometrical effect. We think that the preparation of nickel nanostructures with various morphologies by this facile γ-ray irradiation technique can be a general route for other metals.

  7. Comparative study on structural and optical properties of CdS films fabricated by three different low-cost techniques

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    Ravichandran, K. [P.G. and Research Department of Physics, AVVM. Sri Pushpam College, Poondi, Thanjavur District, Tamil Nadu 613503 (India)], E-mail: kkr1365@yahoo.com; Philominathan, P. [P.G. and Research Department of Physics, AVVM. Sri Pushpam College, Poondi, Thanjavur District, Tamil Nadu 613503 (India)

    2009-03-15

    Highly crystalline and transparent cadmium sulphide films were fabricated at relatively low temperature by employing an inexpensive, simplified spray technique using perfume atomizer (generally used for cosmetics). The structural, surface morphological and optical properties of the films were studied and compared with that prepared by conventional spray pyrolysis using air as carrier gas and chemical bath deposition. The films deposited by the simplified spray have preferred orientation along (1 0 1) plane. The lattice parameters were calculated as a = 4.138 A and c = 6.718 A which are well agreed with that obtained from the other two techniques and also with the standard data. The optical transmittance in the visible range and the optical band gap were found as 85% and 2.43 eV, respectively. The structural and optical properties of the films fabricated by the simplified spray are found to be desirable for opto-electronic applications.

  8. Introduction on the fabrication technique of phosphor in glass by tape-casting and investigation on the chromaticity property.

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    Wang, Fangyu; Lin, Yue; Shi, Hongling; Wang, Wenchao; Deng, Zhonghua; Chen, Jian; Yuan, Xuanyi; Cao, Yongge

    2014-08-25

    We introduce a new fabrication technique of phosphor in glass (PiG) for light-emitting diodes (LEDs) employing the tape-casting. Through the detailed process described herein and the measurement results, it is clear that the PiG-on-glass not only share the same characteristic of those obtained from other techniques or the bulk PiG, but with more precisely controlled width from a few to hundreds micrometers. The samples are mounted on blue InGaN LED chips to test the color properties of the white light. Besides, we established an empirical model that could predict the final color properties of LEDs solely by the phosphor concentration of phosphor glass under certain conditions. This model would greatly facilitate the design of PiG-based LEDs.

  9. Biases and systematics in the observational derivation of galaxy properties: comparing different techniques on synthetic observations of simulated galaxies

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    Guidi, Giovanni; Scannapieco, Cecilia; Walcher, C. Jakob

    2015-01-01

    We study the sources of biases and systematics in the derivation of galaxy properties of observational studies, focusing on stellar masses, star formation rates, gas/stellar metallicities, stellar ages and magnitudes/colors. We use hydrodynamical cosmological simulations of galaxy formation, for which the real quantities are known, and apply observational techniques to derive the observables. We also make an analysis of biases that are relevant for a proper comparison between simulations and ...

  10. Nonlinear optical properties of natural laccaic acid dye studied using Z-scan technique

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    Zongo, S

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available We have investigated the nonlinear optical properties, including the optical limiting behaviour for five different concentrations of laccaic acid dye in solution and a thin film obtained through doping in poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) polymer...

  11. BOLD-based Techniques for Quantifying Brain Hemodynamic and Metabolic Properties – Theoretical Models and Experimental Approaches

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    Yablonskiy, Dmitriy A.; Sukstanskii, Alexander L.; He, Xiang

    2012-01-01

    Quantitative evaluation of brain hemodynamics and metabolism, particularly the relationship between brain function and oxygen utilization, is important for understanding normal human brain operation as well as pathophysiology of neurological disorders. It can also be of great importance for evaluation of hypoxia within tumors of the brain and other organs. A fundamental discovery by Ogawa and co-workers of the BOLD (Blood Oxygenation Level Dependent) contrast opened a possibility to use this effect to study brain hemodynamic and metabolic properties by means of MRI measurements. Such measurements require developing theoretical models connecting MRI signal to brain structure and functioning and designing experimental techniques allowing MR measurements of salient features of theoretical models. In our review we discuss several such theoretical models and experimental methods for quantification brain hemodynamic and metabolic properties. Our review aims mostly at methods for measuring oxygen extraction fraction, OEF, based on measuring blood oxygenation level. Combining measurement of OEF with measurement of CBF allows evaluation of oxygen consumption, CMRO2. We first consider in detail magnetic properties of blood – magnetic susceptibility, MR relaxation and theoretical models of intravascular contribution to MR signal under different experimental conditions. Then, we describe a “through-space” effect – the influence of inhomogeneous magnetic fields, created in the extravascular space by intravascular deoxygenated blood, on the MR signal formation. Further we describe several experimental techniques taking advantage of these theoretical models. Some of these techniques - MR susceptometry, and T2-based quantification of oxygen OEF – utilize intravascular MR signal. Another technique – qBOLD – evaluates OEF by making use of through-space effects. In this review we targeted both scientists just entering the MR field and more experienced MR researchers

  12. An Improved Technique for Measuring Electromagnetic Properties of Curved Surfaces Coating Materials with Open-Ended Coaxial Line Probe

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    Abdul-Kadum A. Hassan; XU Deming; NIU Maode; ZHANG Yujian

    2001-01-01

    An improved open-ended coaxialprobe technique for measuring electromagnetic prop-erties of coating materials with curved surfaces (bothconvex and concave) is studied. FDTD modeling indi-cates that the reflection coefficient of the loaded probeis more sensitive to concave surface samples than tothose with convex surface. In order to satisfy concavesurface materials testing, we proposed a technique toimprove the measurement accuracy by modifying thestandard coaxial probe. A ring patch is added at theend of extended inner conductor throughout the airgap between the probe and the material under test.The performance of the proposed technique is exam-ined. The derived ε* and μ* of several microwave ab-sorbing materials coated on prototype boxes by usingthe new probe are relatively in agreement with thepublished data.

  13. Cu doping concentration effect on the physical properties of CdS thin films obtained by the CBD technique

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    Albor Aguilera, M. L.; Flores Márquez, J. M.; Remolina Millan, A.; Matsumoto Kuwabara, Y.; González Trujillo, M. A.; Hernández Vásquez, C.; Aguilar Hernandez, J. R.; Hernández Pérez, M. A.; Courel-Piedrahita, M.; Madeira, H. T. Yee

    2017-08-01

    Cu(In, Ga)Se2 (CIGS) and Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) semiconductors are direct band gap materials; when these types of material are used in solar cells, they provide efficiencies of 22.1% and 12.6%, respectively. Most traditional fabrication methods involve expensive vacuum processes including co-evaporation and sputtering techniques, where films and doping are conducted separately. On the other hand, the chemical bath deposition (CBD) technique allows an in situ process. Cu-doped CdS thin films working as a buffer layer on solar cells provide good performing devices and they may be deposited by low cost techniques such as chemical methods. In this work, Cu-doped CdS thin films were deposited using the CBD technique on SnO2:F (FTO) substrates. The elemental analysis and mapping reconstruction were conducted by EDXS. Morphological, optical and electrical properties were studied, and they revealed that Cu doping modified the CdS structure, band-gap value and the electrical properties. Cu-doped CdS films show high resistivity compared to the non-doped CdS. The appropriate parameters of Cu-doped CdS films were determined to obtain an adequate window or buffer layer on CIGS and CZTS photovoltaic solar cells.

  14. Observational and laboratory studies of optical properties of black and brown carbon particles in the atmosphere using spectroscopic techniques

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    Nakayama, Tomoki; Matsumi, Yutaka

    2015-04-01

    Light absorption and scattering by aerosols are as an important contributor to radiation balance in the atmosphere. Black carbon (BC) is considered to be the most potent light absorbing material in the visible region of the spectrum, although light absorbing organic carbon (brown carbon or BrC) and mineral dust may also act as sources of significant absorption, especially in the ultraviolet (UV) and shorter visible wavelength regions. The optical properties of such particles depend on wavelength, particle size and shape, morphology, coating, and complex refractive index (or chemical composition), and therefore accurate in situ measurements of the wavelength dependence of the optical properties of particles are needed. Recently, cavity ring-down spectroscopy (CRDS) and photoacoustic spectroscopy (PAS) have been used for the direct measurements of extinction and absorption coefficients of particles suspended in air. We have applied these techniques to the observational studies of optical properties of BC and BrC in an urban site in Japan and to the laboratory studies of optical properties of secondary organic aerosols (SOAs) generated from a variety of biogenic and anthropogenic volatile organic compounds and those of diesel exhaust particles (DEPs). In the presentation, the basic principles of these techniques and the results obtained in our studies and in the recent literatures will be overviewed. References Guo, X. et al., Measurement of the light absorbing properties of diesel exhaust particles using a three-wavelength photoacoustic spectrometer, Atmos. Environ., 94, 428-437 (2014). Nakayama, T. et al., Measurements of aerosol optical properties in central Tokyo during summertime using cavity ring-down spectroscopy: Comparison with conventional techniques, Atmos. Environ., 44, 3034-3042 (2010). Nakayama, T. et al., Laboratory studies on optical properties of secondary organic aerosols generated during the photooxidation of toluene and the ozonolysis of alpha

  15. Advanced demodulation technique for the extraction of tissue optical properties and structural orientation contrast in the spatial frequency domain

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    Nadeau, Kyle P.; Durkin, Anthony J.; Tromberg, Bruce J.

    2014-05-01

    We have developed a method for extracting spatial frequency information content from biological tissue, which is used to calculate tissue optical properties and determine tissue structural orientation. This demodulation method employs a two-dimensional Hilbert transform using a spiral phase function in Fourier space. The approach presented here allows for the determination of tissue optical properties using a single frame of data for each modulation frequency, increasing imaging speed by two to threefold versus conventional, three-phase spatial frequency domain imaging (SFDI). This new single-phase Hilbert transform approach recovers optical property and scattering orientation index values within 1% and 10% of three-phase SFDI, respectively. These results suggest that, using the Hilbert demodulation technique, SFDI data acquisition speed can be increased significantly while preserving data quality, which will help us move forward toward the implementation of a real-time SFDI platform.

  16. Influence of the properties of granite and sandstone in the desalination process by electrokinetic technique

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    Feijoo, J.; Ottosen, Lisbeth M.; Pozo-Antonio, J.S.

    2015-01-01

    such as sand disaggregation and superficial detachments. These problems can be solved by conservation technologies, which are aimed to decrease the salt concentration in rocks (desalination).The present study aimed to investigate the efficiency of electrokinetic techniques for desalination of two different......) achieved in both stones.From the results obtained, it was possible to find those inherent factors to each stone which could have an influence on the efficacy of the treatment. With this technique it was possible to reduce the salt concentration in the granite almost to 100%. However, in the sandstone...... samples the decreases were not equally high, mainly at the intermediate levels where slight enrichments were observed. The results indicate that although the used technique is efficient for salt removal regardless of the porosimetric distribution of the rock, the better interconnection between the pores...

  17. A Novel Statistical Technique for Determining the Properties of Exrasolar Planets

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    Starr Henderson, Cassandra; Skemer, Andrew; Morley, Caroline; Fortney, Jonathan J.

    2017-01-01

    By detecting light from extrasolar planets, we can measure their compositions and bulk physical properties. The technologies used to make these measurements are still in their infancy, and a lack of self-consistency suggests that previous observations have underestimated their systematic errors. We demonstrate a statistical method, newly applied to exoplanet characterization, which allows some amount of the data to have underestimated errorbars. This method compares the photometry on the substellar companion GJ 758b to custom atmospheric models to determine the exoplanet's atmospheric properties. It also demonstrates that some of the data is inconsistent with the models, and produces a probability distribution of atmospheric properties including temperature, gravity, cloud thickness, and chemical abundance for GJ 758b which automatically weights the photometry by the probability that it is correct at each wavelength.

  18. Effect of Different Modification Techniques on the Physicochemical and Thermoanalytical Properties of Wheat and Corn Starch

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    H. G. Kotancilar

    2006-05-01

    Full Text Available The starches of wheat and corn treated with four different modification methods (pregelatinized, thinnedwith acid, cross-linked and dextrinized were investigated in terms of changes in swelling, water-holdingcapacity, gelatinization and thermoanalytical properties. Modification processes caused significant changes inthe physicochemical properties of the starches. Also, having effect on the thermoanalytical properties ofstarch, of modification process pregelatinization, cross-linking and dextrinization increased the temperaturesof gelatinization initiation, peak, and final points. In addition, the modification process decreased the changein the value of entalphi. In general, peaks appeared in shorter time in corn starch amylograph than that inwheat starch for all the modified methods. The wheat starch had more swelling capacity than those of thecorn starch at 30 and 40 oC. The modifications applied, in this study, decreased water-holding capacity of thestarches of the wheat and corn at 70 oC.

  19. Achieving Small World Properties using Bio-Inspired Techniques in Wireless Networks

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    Agarwal, Rachit; Gauthier, Vincent; Becker, Monique; Yeo, Chai Kiat; Lee, Bu Sung

    2011-01-01

    Self-Organization properties of the nodes play an important role in an autonomous wireless sensor environment in achieving network wide characteristics. Self-Organization can be used to achieve small world characteristics in a network. In real networks, however, where there is non-uniform distribution of nodes and overall connectivity of the network is less, achieving small world properties while increasing connectivity must be studied. We believe that network connectivity can be increased and small world properties can be achieved with the help of beamforming, biologically inspired algorithms and using local information. Most of the researches performed in direction of achieving above mentioned goals in wireless networks assume knowledge of network with either heterogeneous or hybrid uniform deployment. We propose that without the knowledge of the global environment or introduction of any special features in the network, we can achieve our goal with the help of inspirations from the nature in a non-uniform n...

  20. Magnetic and electric properties of C-Co thin films prepared by vaccum arc technique

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    Tembre, A.; Clin, M.; Picot, J.-C. [Laboratoire de Physique de la Matiere Condensee, Universite de Picardie Jules Verne, 33 rue Saint Leu, 80039 Amiens (France); Dellis, J.-L., E-mail: jean-luc.dellis@u-picardie.fr [Laboratoire de Physique de la Matiere Condensee, Universite de Picardie Jules Verne, 33 rue Saint Leu, 80039 Amiens (France); Henocque, J. [Laboratoire de Physique de la Matiere Condensee, Universite de Picardie Jules Verne, 33 rue Saint Leu, 80039 Amiens (France); Bouzerar, R. [Laboratoire de Physique des Systemes Complexes, Universite de Picardie Jules Verne, 33 rue Saint leu, 80039 Amiens (France); Djellab, K. [Plate-forme de Microscopie Electronique, Universite de Picardie Jules Verne, 33 rue Saint Leu, 80039 Amiens (France)

    2011-09-15

    Highlights: > Cobalt doped carbon thin films have been deposited by pulsed anodic electric arc technique. > The films are composed of well-crystallized cobalt layers and complex graphitic microstructure. > An insulating to a metallic state transition at 60 K is observed. > The magnetic susceptibility measurements show anomalous behaviour around 60 K. - Abstract: Cobalt doped carbon thin films have been deposited by a pulsed anodic electric arc technique. The films were characterized by high resolution transmission electron microscopy, electric measurements under dc magnetic fields, and ac magnetic susceptibility measurements within a temperature range 15-300 K. An insulating to a metallic state transition at a critical temperature around 60 K was observed.

  1. Dynamic measurements of thermophysical properties of metals and alloys at high temperatures by subsecond pulse heating techniques

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    Cezairliyan, Ared

    1993-01-01

    Rapid (subsecond) heating techniques developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology for the measurements of selected thermophysical and related properties of metals and alloys at high temperatures (above 1000 C) are described. The techniques are based on rapid resistive self-heating of the specimen from room temperature to the desired high temperature in short times and measuring the relevant experimental quantities, such as electrical current through the specimen, voltage across the specimen, specimen temperature, length, etc., with appropriate time resolution. The first technique, referred to as the millisecond-resolution technique, is for measurements on solid metals and alloys in the temperature range 1000 C to the melting temperature of the specimen. It utilizes a heavy battery bank for the energy source, and the total heating time of the specimen is typically in the range of 100-1000 ms. Data are recorded digitally every 0.5 ms with a full-scale resolution of about one part in 8000. The properties that can be measured with this system are as follows: specific heat, enthalpy, thermal expansion, electrical resistivity, normal spectral emissivity, hemispherical total emissivity, temperature and energy of solid-solid phase transformations, and melting temperature (solidus). The second technique, referred to as the microsecond-resolution technique, is for measurements on liquid metals and alloys in the temperature range 1200 to 6000 C. It utilizes a capacitor bank for the energy source, and the total heating time of the specimen is typically in the range 50-500 micro-s. Data are recorded digitally every 0.5 micro-s with a full-scale resolution of about one part in 4000. The properties that can be measured with this system are: melting temperature (solidus and liquidus), heat of fusion, specific heat, enthalpy, and electrical resistivity. The third technique is for measurements of the surface tension of liquid metals and alloys at their melting

  2. A technique to determine the electromagnetic properties of soil using moisture content

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    Petrus J. Coetzee

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Accurate electromagnetic ground constants are required for applications such as modelling of ground wave propagation of radio signals and antennas above a real, imperfect earth and for use in geological surveys and agricultural applications. A simple method to determine the ground parameters (conductivity and relative dielectric constant for any radio frequency is outlined here. The method has been verified over the 2-30-MHz frequency range but should be applicable up to several GHz. First, a low cost, commercial soil moisture meter using time domain reflectometry techniques is used to determine the soil moisture percentage. Then previously published universal soil models implemented on a programmable calculator or a PC are used to calculate the required constants at the frequency of interest according to the measured moisture percentage. The results obtained by this method compare favourably with those obtained by the input impedance of a low horizontal dipole technique. The received signal strength of a ground wave, HF transmission also compares favourably with that predicted by GRWave using ground constants calculated by the soil moisture technique. This method offers significant advantages in terms of simplicity, speed and cost when compared with current techniques.

  3. Analytical and laser scanning techniques to determine shape properties of mineral aggregates

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    Komba, Julius J

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available using a laser-based scanning technique to determine the form of aggregates used in construction of pavements in South Africa. A three-dimensional (3-D) laser scanning system was used to scan aggregate materials from different sources, and the data were...

  4. Application of Non-destructive Techniques in Evaluation of Wood Properties

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    WANGLijuan; JIANGXiaomei; YINYafang; ZHANGShuangbao

    2005-01-01

    With the increase of wood and wood products demands in the world, non-destructive evaluation techniques of wood are more and more important. This article clarifies the importance and present situation of non-destructive evaluation and introduces some instruments about non-destructive evaluation, and some advice and ideas are put forward.

  5. Evaluation of flow properties in the weldments of vanadium alloys using a novel indentation technique

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    Gubbi, A.N.; Rowcliffe, A.F.; Lee, E.H.; King, J.F.; Goodwin, G.M. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1996-10-01

    Automated Ball Indentation (ABI) testing, was successfully employed to determine the flow properties of the fusion zone, heat affected zone (HAZ), and base metal of the gas tungsten arc (GTA) and electron beam (EB) welds of the V-4Cr-4Ti (large heat no. 832665) and the V-5Cr-5Ti (heat 832394) alloys. ABI test results showed a clear distinction among the properties of the fusion zone, HAZ, and base metal in both GTA and EB welds of the two alloys. GTA and EB welds of both V-4Cr-4Ti and V-5Cr-5Ti alloys show strengthening of both the fusion zone and the HAZ (compared to base metal) with the fusion zone having higher strength than the HAZ. These data correlate well with the Brinell hardness. On the other hand, GTA welds of both alloys, after a post-weld heat treatment of 950{degrees}C for 2 h, show a recovery of the properties to base metal values with V-5Cr-5Ti showing a higher degree of recovery compared to V-4Cr-4Ti. These measurements correlate with the reported recovery of the Charpy impact properties.

  6. Electrical and mechanical properties of Bi-2223/Ag tapes made by TIRT technique

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    Kovac, P.; Husek, I.; Kopera, L.; Melisek, T.; van Eck, H.J.N.; Metz, A.; ten Haken, Bernard

    2002-01-01

    Multi-core Bi-2223/Ag tapes with various number of filaments (21–162), different filament architecture and their changing orientation to the tape plane have been made by the tape-in-rectangular tube (TIRT) process. The transport current properties of TIRT tape samples with “parallel” and

  7. Magnetic properties of cobalt ferrite-silica nanocomposites prepared by a sol-gel autocombustion technique

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    Cannas, C.; Musinu, A.; Piccaluga, G.

    2006-01-01

    The magnetic properties of cobalt ferrite-silica nanocomposites with different concentrations (15, 30, and 50 wt %) and sizes (7, 16, and 28 nm) of ferrite particles have been studied by static magnetization measurements and Mossbauer spectroscopy. The results indicate a superparamagnetic behavio...

  8. Using the Rasch model as an objective and probabilistic technique to integrate different soil properties

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    Rebollo, Francisco J.; Jesús Moral García, Francisco

    2016-04-01

    Soil apparent electrical conductivity (ECa) is one of the simplest, least expensive soil measurements that integrates many soil properties affecting crop productivity, including, for instance, soil texture, water content, and cation exchange capacity. The ECa measurements obtained with a 3100 Veris sensor, operating in both shallow (0-30 cm), ECs, and deep (0-90 cm), ECd, mode, can be used as an additional and essential information to be included in a probabilistic model, the Rasch model, with the aim of quantifying the overall soil fertililty potential in an agricultural field. This quantification should integrate the main soil physical and chemical properties, with different units. In this work, the formulation of the Rasch model integrates 11 soil properties (clay, silt and sand content, organic matter -OM-, pH, total nitrogen -TN-, available phosphorus -AP- and potassium -AK-, cation exchange capacity -CEC-, ECd, and ECs) measured at 70 locations in a field. The main outputs of the model include a ranking of all soil samples according to their relative fertility potential and the unexpected behaviours of some soil samples and properties. In the case study, the considered soil variables fit the model reasonably, having an important influence on soil fertility, except pH, probably due to its homogeneity in the field. Moreover, ECd, ECs are the most influential properties on soil fertility and, on the other hand, AP and AK the less influential properties. The use of the Rasch model to estimate soil fertility potential (always in a relative way, taking into account the characteristics of the studied soil) constitutes a new application of great practical importance, enabling to rationally determine locations in a field where high soil fertility potential exists and establishing those soil samples or properties which have any anomaly; this information can be necessary to conduct site-specific treatments, leading to a more cost-effective and sustainable field

  9. Hyperspectral imaging-based spatially-resolved technique for accurate measurement of the optical properties of horticultural products

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    Cen, Haiyan

    Hyperspectral imaging-based spatially-resolved technique is promising for determining the optical properties and quality attributes of horticultural and food products. However, considerable challenges still exist for accurate determination of spectral absorption and scattering properties from intact horticultural products. The objective of this research was, therefore, to develop and optimize hyperspectral imaging-based spatially-resolved technique for accurate measurement of the optical properties of horticultural products. Monte Carlo simulations and experiments for model samples of known optical properties were performed to optimize the inverse algorithm of a single-layer diffusion model and the optical designs, for extracting the absorption (micro a) and reduced scattering (micros') coefficients from spatially-resolved reflectance profiles. The logarithm and integral data transformation and the relative weighting methods were found to greatly improve the parameter estimation accuracy with the relative errors of 10.4%, 10.7%, and 11.4% for micro a, and 6.6%, 7.0%, and 7.1% for micros', respectively. More accurate measurements of optical properties were obtained when the light beam was of Gaussian type with the diameter of less than 1 mm, and the minimum and maximum source-detector distances were 1.5 mm and 10--20 transport mean free paths, respectively. An optical property measuring prototype was built, based on the optimization results, and evaluated for automatic measurement of absorption and reduced scattering coefficients for the wavelengths of 500--1,000 nm. The instrument was used to measure the optical properties, and assess quality/maturity, of 500 'Redstar' peaches and 1039 'Golden Delicious' (GD) and 1040 'Delicious' (RD) apples. A separate study was also conducted on confocal laser scanning and scanning electron microscopic image analysis and compression test of fruit tissue specimens to measure the structural and mechanical properties of 'Golden

  10. Electrodeposition technique-dependent photoelectrochemical and photocatalytic properties of an In2S3/TiO2 nanotube array.

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    Li, Yue; Luo, Shenglian; Wei, Zhendong; Meng, Deshui; Ding, Mingyue; Liu, Chengbin

    2014-03-07

    Electrodeposition is a very versatile tool to fabricate multicomponent TiO2 nanotube array (NTA) composites. However, the understanding of the correlation between the component structure and the fabrication technique has not been clearly investigated yet, though it has been observed that the performance of composites is bound up with the component structure. In this work, the photoelectrochemical properties of In2S3-TiO2 NTA composites prepared by CV electrodeposition, potentiostatic electrodeposition and pulse electrodeposition, respectively, were investigated. The results revealed that the as-prepared photoelectrodes exhibited electrodeposition technique-dependent properties, and the pulse prepared In2S3-TiO2 yielded the highest and stable photocurrent response, consequently exhibiting a superior photocatalytic activity in the degradation of p-nitrophenol (PNP). This may be attributed to the homogeneous, ultra-fine structure of In2S3 nanoparticles (NPs), which brings about a high charge separation efficiency. Furthermore, the trapping tests showed that both radicals and holes were the main active species in the photocatalytic degradation of PNP. This work not only provided a firm basis for maximizing photocatalytic activity via tuning fabrication techniques but also gave a deep insight into the photocatalytic mechanism.

  11. Water solubility of selected C9-C18 alkanes using a slow-stir technique: Comparison to structure - property models.

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    Letinski, Daniel J; Parkerton, Thomas F; Redman, Aaron D; Connelly, Martin J; Peterson, Brian

    2016-05-01

    Aqueous solubility is a fundamental physical-chemical substance property that strongly influences the distribution, fate and effects of chemicals upon release into the environment. Experimental water solubility was determined for 18 selected C9-C18 normal, branched and cyclic alkanes. A slow-stir technique was applied to obviate emulsion formation, which historically has resulted in significant overestimation of the aqueous solubility of such hydrophobic liquid compounds. Sensitive GC-MS based methods coupled with contemporary sample extraction techniques were employed to enable reproducible analysis of low parts-per billion aqueous concentrations. Water solubility measurements for most of the compounds investigated, are reported for the first time expanding available data for branched and cyclic alkanes. Measured water solubilities spanned four orders of magnitude ranging from 0.3 μg/L to 250 μg/L. Good agreement was observed for selected alkanes tested in this work and reported in earlier literature demonstrating the robustness of the slow-stir water solubility technique. Comparisons of measured alkane water solubilities were also made with those predicted by commonly used quantitative structure-property relationship models (e.g. SPARC, EPIWIN, ACD/Labs). Correlations are also presented between alkane measured water solubilities and molecular size parameters (e.g. molar volume, solvent accessible molar volume) affirming a mechanistic description of empirical aqueous solubility results and prediction previously reported for a more limited set of alkanes.

  12. Preliminary Study on Some Properties of Co-Cr Dental Alloy Formed by Selective Laser Melting Technique

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    ZHANG Biao; HUANG Qirong; GAO Yang; LUO Peng; ZHAO Chuang

    2012-01-01

    The surface condition,some properties and ion releasing behavior of cobalt-chromium (Co-Cr)dental alloy formed by selective laser melting (SLM) technique were investigated.Before porcelain fused firing,the surface condition of the Co-Cr alloy was observed using a scanning electron microscope (SEM),and then the density and hardness were examined.After porcelain fused firing,the interface of porcelain and alloy was observed,and then the metal-ion release of the samples was tested.SLM technique provides Co-Cr alloy higher hardness than casting method.After degassing-oxidation procedure and porcelain fused firing,the interface of the alloy and porcelain showed excellent combination.Co ion was more than Cr ion released from SLM Co-Cr alloy,the amounts of Co and Cr ions were safe according to ISO security criterion.Considering the properties before and after porcelain fused sintering process,SLM technique is suitable for dental Co-Cr alloy restoration.

  13. Microstructural evolution and surface properties of nanostructured Cu-based alloy by ultrasonic nanocrystalline surface modification technique

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    Amanov, Auezhan; Cho, In-Sik; Pyun, Young-Sik

    2016-12-01

    A nanostructured surface layer with a thickness of about 180 μm was successfully produced in Cu-based alloy using an ultrasonic nanocrystalline surface modification (UNSM) technique. Cu-based alloy was sintered onto low carbon steel using a powder metallurgy (P/M) method. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) characterization revealed that the severe plastic deformation introduced by UNSM technique resulted in nano-sized grains in the topmost surface layer and deformation twins. It was also found by atomic force microscope (AFM) observations that the UNSM technique provides a significant reduction in number of interconnected pores. The effectiveness of nanostructured surface layer on the tribological and micro-scratch properties of Cu-based alloy specimens was investigated using a ball-on-disk tribometer and micro-scratch tester, respectively. Results exhibited that the UNSM-treated specimen led to an improvement in tribological and micro-scratch properties compared to that of the sintered specimen, which may be attributed to the presence of nanostructured surface layer having an increase in surface hardness and reduction in surface roughness. The findings from this study are expected to be implemented to the automotive industry, in particular connected rod bearings and bushings in order to increase the efficiency and performance of internal combustion engines (ICEs).

  14. Ethanol as a solvent and hot extraction technique preserved the antioxidant properties of tamarind (Tamarindus indica seed

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    Nushrat Yeasmen

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The influence of two extraction solvents (ethanol and acetone and two extraction techniques i.e., hot extraction at 400C and cold extraction at 260C were investigated on the phenolic content and antioxidant activity of extracts from Tamarindus indica seed. The antioxidant activity of T. indica was determined by evaluating 1,1-Diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH scavenging activity, ferric reducing power assay (FRAP and ascorbic acid equivalent content (AAC. The tested sample showed appreciable amounts of total phenolic contents (51.45-71.68 mg GAE/gm of dry extract, DPPH scavenging capacity (61.18-71.17%, IC50 values (98.30-248.60, reducing power (0.6377-0.7702 and total antioxidant capacity (22.75-43.80 AAE/gm at different solvents and techniques. Current study data shown higher extract yields, phenolic contents, scavenging activity, reducing power and antioxidant activity using ethanol solvent compared to the respective acetone solvent. In addition, higher extract yields and other properties were obtained by hot extraction at 400C compared to the cold extraction at 260C. Present study suggests that ethanol as a solvent and hot extraction technique could be better to preserve the antioxidant properties of tamarind seed. [J Adv Vet Anim Res 2015; 2(3.000: 332-337

  15. Electrical properties of bilayer graphene synthesized using surface wave microwave plasma techniques at low temperature

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    Yamada, Takatoshi; Kato, Hiromitsu; Okigawa, Yuki; Ishihara, Masatou; Hasegawa, Masataka

    2017-01-01

    Bilayer graphene was synthesized at low temperature using surface wave microwave plasma techniques where poly(methyl metacrylate) (PMMA) and methane (CH4) were used as carbon sources. Temperature-dependent Hall effect measurements were carried out in a helium atmosphere. Sheet resistance, sheet carrier density and mobility showed weak temperature dependence for graphene from PMMA, and the highest carrier mobility is 740 cm2 V-1 s-1. For graphene from CH4, tunneling of the domain boundary limited carrier transport. The difference in average domain size was determined by Raman signal maps. In addition, residuals of PMMA were detected on graphene from PMMA. The low sheet resistances of graphene synthesized at a temperature of 280 °C using plasma techniques were explained by the PMMA related residuals rather than the domain sizes.

  16. Biases and systematics in the observational derivation of galaxy properties: comparing different techniques on synthetic observations of simulated galaxies

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    Guidi, Giovanni; Scannapieco, Cecilia; Walcher, C. Jakob

    2015-12-01

    We study the sources of biases and systematics in the derivation of galaxy properties from observational studies, focusing on stellar masses, star formation rates, gas and stellar metallicities, stellar ages, magnitudes and colours. We use hydrodynamical cosmological simulations of galaxy formation, for which the real quantities are known, and apply observational techniques to derive the observables. We also analyse biases that are relevant for a proper comparison between simulations and observations. For our study, we post-process the simulation outputs to calculate the galaxies' spectral energy distributions (SEDs) using stellar population synthesis models and also generate the fully consistent far-UV-submillimetre wavelength SEDs with the radiative transfer code SUNRISE. We compared the direct results of simulations with the observationally derived quantities obtained in various ways, and found that systematic differences in all studied galaxy properties appear, which are caused by: (1) purely observational biases, (2) the use of mass-weighted and luminosity-weighted quantities, with preferential sampling of more massive and luminous regions, (3) the different ways of constructing the template of models when a fit to the spectra is performed, and (4) variations due to different calibrations, most notably for gas metallicities and star formation rates. Our results show that large differences can appear depending on the technique used to derive galaxy properties. Understanding these differences is of primary importance both for simulators, to allow a better judgement of similarities and differences with observations, and for observers, to allow a proper interpretation of the data.

  17. Near-infrared optical properties of ex vivo human skin and subcutaneous tissues measured using the Monte Carlo inversion technique

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    Simpson, C. Rebecca; Kohl, Matthias; Essenpreis, Matthias; Cope, Mark

    1998-09-01

    The absorption and transport scattering coefficients of caucasian and negroid dermis, subdermal fat and muscle have been measured for all wavelengths between 620 and 1000 nm. Samples of tissue 2 mm thick were measured ex vivo to determine their reflectance and transmittance. A Monte Carlo model of the measurement system and light transport in tissue was then used to recover the optical coefficients. The sample reflectance and transmittance were measured using a single integrating sphere `comparison' method. This has the advantage over conventional double-sphere techniques in that no corrections are required for sphere properties, and so measurements sufficiently accurate to recover the absorption coefficient reliably could be made. The optical properties of caucasian dermis were found to be approximately twice those of the underlying fat layer. At 633 nm, the mean optical properties over 12 samples were and for absorption coefficient and and for transport scattering coefficient for caucasian dermis and the underlying fat layer respectively. The transport scattering coefficient for all biological samples showed a monotonic decrease with increasing wavelength. The method was calibrated using solid tissue phantoms and by comparison with a temporally resolved technique.

  18. Properties of Zig-zag nickel nanostructures obtained by glad technique

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    Potočnik Jelena; Nenadović Miloš; Jokić Bojan; Popović Maja; Rakočević Zlatko

    2016-01-01

    Zig-zag structure of the nickel thin film has been obtained using Glancing Angle Deposition (GLAD) technique. Glass substrate was positioned 75 degrees with respect to the substrate normal. The obtained nickel thin film was characterized by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy. Surface energy of the deposited thin film was determined by measuring the contact angle using the static sessile drop method. [P...

  19. Properties of Zig-zag nickel nanostructures obtained by glad technique

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Zig-zag structure of the nickel thin film has been obtained using Glancing Angle Deposition (GLAD technique. Glass substrate was positioned 75 degrees with respect to the substrate normal. The obtained nickel thin film was characterized by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy and Atomic Force Microscopy. Surface energy of the deposited thin film was determined by measuring the contact angle using the static sessile drop method. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. III 45005

  20. Alginate gel particles-A review of production techniques and physical properties.

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    Ching, Su Hung; Bansal, Nidhi; Bhandari, Bhesh

    2017-04-13

    The application of hydrocolloid gel particles is potentially useful in food, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries. Alginate gel particles are one of the more commonly used hydrocolloid gel particles due to them being biocompatible, nontoxic, biodegradable, cheap, and simple to produce. They are particularly valued for their application in encapsulation. Encapsulation in alginate gel particles confers protective benefits to cells, DNA, nutrients, and microbes. Slow release of flavors, minerals, and drugs can also be achieved by encapsulation in gel particles. The particle size and shape of the gel particles are crucial for specific applications. In this review, current methods of producing alginate gel particles will be discussed, taking into account their advantages, disadvantages, scalability, and impact on particle size. The physical properties of alginate gel particles will determine the effectiveness in different application conditions. This review will cover the current understanding of the alginate biopolymer, gelation mechanisms and factors affecting release properties, gel strength, and rheology of the alginate gel particle systems.

  1. Processing And Properties Of MAX Phases – Based Materials Using SHS Technique

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    Chlubny L.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Authors present results of works on the interesting new group of advanced ceramics called MAX phases – Ti-based ternary carbides and nitrides. They have an original layered structure involved highly anisotropic properties laying between ceramics and metals, with high elastic modulus, low hardness, very high fracture toughness and high electrical and heat conductivity. Using Self-Propagating High-Temperature Synthesis (SHS in the combustion regime it is possible to prepare MAX phases-rich powders that can be used as the precursors for preparation of dense MAX polycrystals by presureless sintering or hot-pressing. Different novel Ti-based phases with layered structures, namely: Ti3AlC2 and Ti2AlC have been synthesized in a combustion regime. The possibility of controlling of combustion phenomena for obtaining near single-phase products is discussed in details as well as some of properties of the materials tested as structure and functional ceramics.

  2. Structure and Properties Characterization of Ceramic Coatings Produced on Steel Using a Combined Technique

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    SHENDe-jiu; WANGYu-lin; GUWei-chao; XINGGuang-zhong

    2004-01-01

    Metallurgically bonded ceramic coatings were prepared on a steel surface with a combined method of arc spraying and micro-arc oxidation for the first time. Coatings were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Point and line distribution of elements of the ceramic coatings were determined using energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). Coatings abrasive wear resistance, corrosion resistance and hot impact property were assessed respectively. The property test results show that metallurgically bonded ceramic coatings were formed on aluminum coatings and the ceramic coatings is mainly composed of α-Al2O3, γ-Al2O3, θ-Al2O3 and a little amorphous. The coatings possess excellent abrasive wear, corrosion and hot shock resistance, which can in part be attributed to the gradual distribution of different phases from surface to the substrate.

  3. Techniques and physical properties of 10MHz short pulse focused ultrasonic transducer

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    ZHU Guozhen; YANG Yong; LU Kean

    2004-01-01

    A focused ultrasonic transducer used for biomedical purposes with a fundamental frequency of 10MHz and a pulse width of one and a half periods is described in this paper. Its physical properties are given including (1) focused acoustic field recorded by an optical means, (2) electric waveform for triggering the transducer and the corresponding waveform of the wave received by another transducer, and (3) result of tests on a sample object.

  4. Characterization of biomechanical properties of agar based tissue mimicking phantoms for ultrasound stiffness imaging techniques.

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    Manickam, Kavitha; Machireddy, Ramasubba Reddy; Seshadri, Suresh

    2014-07-01

    Pathological changes of the body have been observed to change the mechanical properties of soft tissue types which can be imaged by ultrasound elastography. Though initial clinical results using ultrasound elastography in detection of tumors are promising, quantification of signal to noise ratio, resolution and strain image patterns are the best achieved under a controlled study using phantoms with similar biomechanical properties of normal and abnormal tissues. The purpose of this work is to characterize the biomechanical properties of agar based tissue mimicking phantoms by varying the agar concentration from 1.7 to 6.6% by weight and identify the optimum property to be used in classification of cancerous tissues. We performed quasi-static uniaxial compression test under a strain rate of 0.5mm/min up to 15% strain and measured Young's modulus of phantom samples which are from 50kPa to 450kPa. Phantoms show nonlinear stress-strain characteristics at finite strain which were characterized using hyperelastic parameters by fitting Neo-Hookean, Mooney Rivlin, Ogden and Veronda Westmann models. We also investigated viscoelastic parameters of the samples by conducting oscillatory shear rheometry at various precompression levels (2-5%). Loss modulus values are always less than storage modulus which represents the behavior of soft tissues. The increase in agar concentration increases the shear modulus of the samples as well as decreases the linear viscoelastic region. The results suggest that dynamic shear modul are more promising than linear and nonlinear elastic modul in differentiation of various classes of abnormal tissues.

  5. STUDY OF MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF BANANA-COIR HYBRID COMPOSITE USING EXPERIMENTAL AND FEM TECHNIQUES

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    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The use of natural fibers as reinforcement in polymers has gained importance in recent years due to their eco-friendly nature. Thus, an investigation has been undertaken on banana-coir, which is a natural fiber abundantly available in India. Natural fibers are not only strong and lightweight, but also relatively very cheap. Composite plates were prepared with resin 392 g, coir 54 g, and banana 69 g. The purpose of this work is to establish the tensile, flexural, and impact properties of banana-coir reinforced composite materials with a thermo set for treated and untreated fibers. The resin used was epoxy (EP306. The tensile and impact tests showed that treated banana-coir epoxy hybrid composites have higher tensile strength and impact strength than untreated composites. However, untreated fiber composites have greater flexural strength than the treated fiber composites. The finite element analysis (FEA software ANSYS has been employed successfully to evaluate the properties. The stresses at the interface of the banana-coir and matrix, induced by the different loading conditions, were applied to predict the tensile, impact, and flexural properties by using the FEA models. The model output was compared with the experimental results and found to be close. This analysis is useful for realizing the advantages of hybrid fiber reinforced composites in structural applications and for identifying where the stresses are critical and damage the interface under varying loading conditions.

  6. Unique chlorophylls in picoplankton Prochlorococcus sp. "Physicochemical properties of divinyl chlorophylls, and the discovery of monovinyl chlorophyll b as well as divinyl chlorophyll b in the species Prochlorococcus NIES-2086".

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    Komatsu, Hirohisa; Wada, Katsuhiro; Kanjoh, Terumitsu; Miyashita, Hideaki; Sato, Mayumi; Kawachi, Masanobu; Kobayashi, Masami

    2016-12-01

    In this review, we introduce our recent studies on divinyl chlorophylls functioning in unique marine picoplankton Prochlorococcus sp. (1) Essential physicochemical properties of divinyl chlorophylls are compared with those of monovinyl chlorophylls; separation by normal-phase and reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography with isocratic eluent mode, absorption spectra in four organic solvents, fluorescence information (emission spectra, quantum yields, and life time), circular dichroism spectra, mass spectra, nuclear magnetic resonance spectra, and redox potentials. The presence of a mass difference of 278 in the mass spectra between [M+H](+) and the ions indicates the presence of a phytyl tail in all the chlorophylls. (2) Precise high-performance liquid chromatography analyses show divinyl chlorophyll a' and divinyl pheophytin a as the minor key components in four kinds of Prochlorococcus sp.; neither monovinyl chlorophyll a' nor monovinyl pheophytin a is detected, suggesting that the special pair in photosystem I and the primary electron acceptor in photosystem II are not monovinyl but divinyl-type chlorophylls. (3) Only Prochlorococcus sp. NIES-2086 possesses both monovinyl chlorophyll b and divinyl chlorophyll b, while any other monovinyl-type chlorophylls are absent in this strain. Monovinyl chlorophyll b is not detected at all in the other three strains. Prochlorococcus sp. NIES-2086 is the first example that has both monovinyl chlorophyll b as well as divinyl chlorophylls a/b as major chlorophylls.

  7. The Uniqueness of Speech among Motor Systems

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    Kent, Ray

    2004-01-01

    This paper considers evidence that the speech muscles are unique in their genetic, developmental, functional and phenotypical properties. The literature was reviewed using PubMed, ScienceDirect, ComDisDome and other literature-retrieval systems to identify studies reporting on the craniofacial and laryngeal muscles. Particular emphasis was given…

  8. Studies of seasonal variations of aerosol optical properties with use of remote techniques

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    Strzalkowska, Agata; Zielinski, Tymon; Petelski, Tomasz; Pakszys, Paulina; Markuszewski, Piotr; Makuch, Przemyslaw

    2014-05-01

    According to the IPCC report, atmospheric aerosols due to their properties -extinction of Sun and Earth radiation and participation in processes of creation of clouds, are among basic "unknowns" in climate studies. Aerosols have large effect on the radiation balance of the Earth which has a significant impact on climate changes. They are also a key issue in the case of remote sensing measurements. The optical properties of atmospheric aerosols depend not only on their type but also on physical parameters such as pressure, humidity, wind speed and direction. The wide range of properties in which atmospheric aerosols affect Earth's climate is the reason of high unrelenting interest of scientists from different disciplines such as physics, chemistry and biology. Numerous studies have dealt with aerosol optical properties, e.g. Dubovik et al. (2002), but only in a few have regarded the influence of meteorological parameters on the optical properties of aerosols in the Baltic Sea area. Studies of aerosol properties over the Baltic were conducted already in the last forty years, e.g. Zielinski T. et. al. (1999) or Zielinski T. & A. Zielinski (2002). The experiments carried out at that time involved only one measuring instrument -e.g. LIDAR (range of 1 km) measurements and they were conducted only in selected areas of the Polish coastal zone. Moreover in those publications authors did not use measurements performed on board of research vessel (R/V Oceania), which belongs to Institute of Oceanology Polish Academy of Science (IO PAN) or data received from satellite measurements. In 2011 Zdun and Rozwadowska performed an analysis of all data derived from the AERONET station on the Gotland Island. The data were divided into seasons and supplemented by meteorological factors. However, so far no comprehensive study has been carried out for the entire Baltic Sea area. This was the reason to conduct further research of SEasonal Variations of Aerosol optical depth over the Baltic

  9. Low-Shapiro hydrostatic reconstruction technique for blood flow simulation in large arteries with varying geometrical and mechanical properties

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    Ghigo, A. R.; Delestre, O.; Fullana, J.-M.; Lagrée, P.-Y.

    2017-02-01

    The purpose of this work is to construct a simple, efficient and accurate well-balanced numerical scheme for one-dimensional (1D) blood flow in large arteries with varying geometrical and mechanical properties. As the steady states at rest are not relevant for blood flow, we construct two well-balanced hydrostatic reconstruction techniques designed to preserve low-Shapiro number steady states that may occur in large network simulations. The Shapiro number Sh = u / c is the equivalent of the Froude number for shallow water equations and the Mach number for compressible Euler equations. The first is the low-Shapiro hydrostatic reconstruction (HR-LS), which is a simple and efficient method, inspired from the hydrostatic reconstruction technique (HR). The second is the subsonic hydrostatic reconstruction (HR-S), adapted here to blood flow and designed to exactly preserve all subcritical steady states. We systematically compare HR, HR-LS and HR-S in a series of single artery and arterial network numerical tests designed to evaluate their well-balanced and wave-capturing properties. The results indicate that HR is not adapted to compute blood flow in large arteries as it is unable to capture wave reflections and transmissions when large variations of the arteries' geometrical and mechanical properties are considered. On the contrary, HR-S is exactly well-balanced and is the most accurate hydrostatic reconstruction technique. However, HR-LS is able to compute low-Shapiro number steady states as well as wave reflections and transmissions with satisfying accuracy and is simpler and computationally less expensive than HR-S. We therefore recommend using HR-LS for 1D blood flow simulations in large arterial network simulations.

  10. Study on wetting properties of periodical nanopatterns by a combinative technique of photolithography and laser interference lithography

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    Yang, Yung-Lang

    2010-03-01

    This study presents the wetting properties, including hydrophilicity, hydrophobicity and anisotropic behavior, of water droplets on the silicon wafer surface with periodical nanopatterns and hierarchical structures. This study fabricates one- and two-dimensional periodical nanopatterns using laser interference lithography (LIL). The fabrication of hierarchical structures was effectively achieved by combining photolithography and LIL techniques. Unlike conventional fabrication methods, the LIL technique is mainly used to control the large-area design of periodical nanopatterns in this study. The minimum feature size for each nanopattern is 100 nm. This study shows that the wetting behavior of one-dimensional, two-dimensional, and hierarchical patterns can be obtained, benefiting the development of surface engineering for microfluidic systems. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Investigation of electromagnetic properties of BiFeO3 by Time Differential Perturbed Angular Correlation (TDPAC) technique at ISOLDE

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    Efe, Ipek

    2017-01-01

    Time differential perturbed angular correlation (TDPAC) technique is one of the most sensitive techniques to study about the electric and magnetic fields at the individual lattice points. It benefits from the hyperfine interactions between the probe atom and its neighborhood. Multiferroic materials have been intensively studied to promote and understand the possibility of controlling magnetic properties by electric fields instead of magnetic fields which opens the path to faster, smaller, and more energy-efficient spintronic devices, such as memory elements, high-frequency magnetic devices, and micro-electro-mechanical systems, for data-storage technologies. BiFeO3 is one of the famous and important multiferroic materials since it shows both antiferromagnetic and ferroelectric behavior at room temperature. In this study, we report on the first time-differential perturbed angular correlation (TDPAC) measurements carried out on polycrystalline BiFeO3 samples using the nuclear probe 181Hf(181Ta) after implantati...

  12. Assessment of measurement techniques to determine the interfacial properties of bilayer dental ceramics

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    Anunmana, Chuchai

    The clinical success of all-ceramic dental restorations depends on the quality of interfacial bonding between ceramic layers. In addition, the residual stress in the structure that developed during ceramic processing is one of the important factors that contributes to the quality of the bond. Because all-ceramic restorations are usually fabricated as bilayer or trilayer structures and failures of all-ceramic restorations have been frequently reported as chipping or delamination of the veneer layers, the interfacial quality of bilayer dental ceramic restorations was investigated. However, most of the published bond test data reflect strength values that are inversely related to cross-sectional areas and failure locations are frequently disregarded or bond strength values are misinterpreted. In addition, residual tensile stresses that develop in the structures because of thermal expansion/contraction mismatches may also adversely affect interfacial fracture resistance. The first objective of this study was to determine the interfacial toughness of bonded bilayer ceramics using two different approaches. The results indicate that the short-bar chevron-notch test and a controlled-flaw microtensile test can induce interfacial failure that represents true bonding quality. The second objective of this study was to test the hypothesis that residual stresses estimated from an indentation technique are not significantly different from residual stresses that are calculated based on fractography and flexural strength. The indentation technique may be useful as a simplified method to determine residual stresses in bilayer dental ceramics. The results of this study demonstrate that there is no significant difference in mean residual stresses determined from the two techniques. Because of relationship between residual stresses and apparent interfacial toughness, estimates of residual stresses can now be estimated more rapidly by measuring the apparent interfacial toughness of

  13. Optical properties of AlGaN nanowires synthesized via ion beam techniques

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    Parida, Santanu; Magudapathy, P.; Sivadasan, A. K.; Pandian, Ramanathaswamy; Dhara, Sandip

    2017-05-01

    AlGaN plays a vital role in hetero-structure high electron mobility transistors by employing a two-dimensional electron gas as an electron blocking layer in multi-quantum well light emitting diodes. Nevertheless, the incorporation of Al into GaN for the formation of the AlGaN alloy is limited by the diffusion barrier formed by instant nitridation of Al adatoms by reactive atomic N. The incorporation of Al above the miscibility limit, however, can be achieved by the ion beam technique. The well known ion beam mixing (IBM) technique was carried out with the help of Ar+ irradiation for different fluences. A novel approach was also adopted for the synthesis of AlGaN by the process of post-irradiation diffusion (PID) as a comparative study with the IBM technique. The optical investigations of AlGaN nanowires, synthesized via two different methods of ion beam processing, are reported. The effect of irradiation fluence and post-irradiation annealing temperature on the random alloy formation was studied by the vibrational and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopic studies. Vibrational studies show one-mode phonon behavior corresponding to the longitudinal optical (LO) mode of A1 symmetry [A1(LO)] for the wurtzite phase of AlGaN nanowires in the random alloy model. A maximum Al atomic percentage of ˜6.3%-6.7% was calculated with the help of band bowing formalism from the Raman spectral analysis for samples synthesized in IBM and PID processes. PL studies show the extent of defects present in these samples.

  14. Thermophysical properties of solid phase ruthenium measured by the pulse calorimetry technique over a wide temperature range

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    Milosevic, Nenad; Nikolic, Ivana [Belgrade Univ. (Serbia). Vinca Institute of Nuclear Sciences

    2015-04-15

    This paper presents experimental results on four thermophysical properties of pure polycrystalline ruthenium samples over a wide temperature range. Specific heat capacity and specific electrical resistivity were measured from 250 to 2 500 K, while hemispherical total emissivity and normal spectral emissivity at 900 nm were measured from 1 300 to 2 500 K. All the properties were obtained by using the pulse calorimetry technique. The 200 mm long specimens were in the form of a thin rod, of about 3 mm in diameter. For necessary corrections, literature data on thermal linear expansion were applied. The results are compared with available literature data and discussed. The specific heat capacity and specific electrical resistivity measurements did not indicate any allotropic transformation of the samples over the entire temperature range.

  15. Biases and systematics in the observational derivation of galaxy properties: comparing different techniques on synthetic observations of simulated galaxies

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    Guidi, Giovanni; Walcher, C Jakob

    2015-01-01

    We study the sources of biases and systematics in the derivation of galaxy properties of observational studies, focusing on stellar masses, star formation rates, gas/stellar metallicities, stellar ages and magnitudes/colors. We use hydrodynamical cosmological simulations of galaxy formation, for which the real quantities are known, and apply observational techniques to derive the observables. We also make an analysis of biases that are relevant for a proper comparison between simulations and observations. For our study, we post-process the simulation outputs to calculate the galaxies' spectral energy distributions (SEDs) using Stellar Population Synthesis models and also generating the fully-consistent far UV-submillimeter wavelength SEDs with the radiative transfer code SUNRISE. We compared the direct results of simulations with the observationally-derived quantities obtained in various ways, and found that systematic differences in all studied galaxy properties appear, which are caused by: (1) purely observ...

  16. Effect of Cutting Techniques on the Structure and Magnetic Properties of a High-grade Non-oriented Electrical Steel

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    SHI Wenmin; LIU Jing; LI Changyi

    2014-01-01

    The high grade non-oriented electrical steel sheets containing 3.0%Si were manufacturing processed using different cutting techniques, then they were stress relief annealed(SRA), the profiles and textures of the cutting edges were compared before and after annealing, and the magnetic properties of these specimens were tested and compared. The experimental results show that the iron loss of the specimen by water jet cutting is the lowest, but the magnetic induction under the low magnetic field is the highest, the iron loss of the specimen by laser cutting is the highest, but the magnetic induction under the low magnetic field is the lowest. It is necessary to adopt suitable production conditions and minimize the deterioration involved, and the magnetic property can be recovered by SRA effectively.

  17. Evaluation of different drying techniques on the nutritional and biofunctional properties of a traditional fermented sheep milk product.

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    Alu'datt, Muhammad H; Rababah, Taha; Alhamad, Mohammad N; Obaidat, Mohammad M; Gammoh, Sana; Ereifej, Khalil; Al-Ismail, Khaild; Althnaibat, Rami M; Kubow, Stan

    2016-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of solar and freeze drying techniques on the physicochemical, nutritional and biofunctional properties of salted or unsalted Jameed from fermented sheep milk product. The highest yield of Jameed was obtained via the salted-solar drying process. As measured by colorimetry, salted freeze-dried Jameed showed improved consumer characteristics in terms of increased lightness and decreased red and yellow color components. When unsalted Jameed was prepared by solar or freeze drying, additional major peptide bands were detected by SDS-PAGE treatments as compared to the solar or freeze drying of the salted Jameed. Use of salt in the preparation of solar dried Jameed also led to the highest ACE inhibitory activities whereas antioxidant activity was lowest in unsalted solar dried Jameed. The study findings indicate that both greater yield and better overall nutritional and biofunctional properties were associated with solar dried salted Jameed.

  18. Dynamic Observation on the Effects of Different Suture Techniques on the Biomechanical Properties in the Healing of Tendons

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    2005-01-01

    To identify the best suture techniques for the tendon repair, the biomechanical properties of tendons sutured by different methods were dynamically examined. 140 chickens were divided into 2 groups equally: group A and group B. The tendon of the right side was subjected to injury-repair process, and the tendons of the left sides served as controls in both groups. In group A, "figure-of8" suture, modified Kessler suture and Bunnell suture were used for the 2nd to 4th paws respectively, while in group B, Kleinert suture, Tsuge suture and Ikuta suture were used. On the day 0, 3,7, 14, 21, 28, 42 after operation, 10 animals were sacrificed and the flexor tendons of both sides were harvested for strength test. The results showed that the initial strength of the repaired tendons and the strength after 6 weeks following tendon cut were far below those of intact tendons, irrespective of suture techniques used. With the 6 techniques, the Pmax of tendons repaired by Tsuge suture was increased continually, reaching the highest value on the 42nd day. The Pmax of tendons sutured by the modified Kessler suture was slightly lower than that by Tsuge suture, but it was increased steadily in healing. The tendons repaired by figure-of-8 suture yielded the lowest Pmax. It was concluded that Tsuge suture and modified Kessler suture were the best techniques for tendon repair.

  19. CONVERGENCE PROPERTIES OF PROJECTEDGRADIENT METHODS WITH NONMONOTONIC BACK TRACKING TECHNIQUE FOR CONVEX CONSTRAINED OPTIMIZATION

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    ZHU Detong

    2000-01-01

    This paper proposes projected gradient algorithms in association with using both trust region and line search techniques for convex constrained optimization problems.The mixed strategy is adopted which switches to back tracking steps when a trial projected gradient step produced by the trust region subproblem is unacceptable. A nonmonotone criterion is used to speed up the convergence progress in some curves with large curvature.A theoretical analysis is given which proves that the proposed algorithms are globally convergent and have local superlinear convergence rate under some reasonable conditions.The results of numerical experiments are reported to show the effectiveness of the proposed algorithms.

  20. Regional analysis techniques for integrating experimental and numerical measurements of transport properties of reservoir rocks

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    Alizadeh, S. M.; Latham, S.; Middleton, J.; Limaye, A.; Senden, T. J.; Arns, C. H.

    2017-02-01

    Assessing the mechanisms of micro-structural change and their effect on transport properties using digital core analysis requires balancing field of view and resolution. This typically leads to the compromise of working with relatively small samples, where boundary effects can be substantial. A direct comparison with experiment, as e.g. desirable to eliminate unknown parameters and integrate numerical and physical experiments, needs to consider these boundary effects. Here we develop a workflow to define measuring windows within a sample where these boundary effects are minimised allowing the integration of physical and numerical experiment. We consider in particular sleeve leakage and use a radial partitioning of the solutions to various transport equations to derive relevant regional measures, which may be used for the development of cross-correlations between physical properties. Samples of Bentheimer and Castlegate sandstone as well as Mt. Gambier limestone and a sucrosic dolomite are considered. The sample plugs are encased in rubber sleeves and micro-CT images acquired at ambient conditions. Using these high-resolution images we calculate transport properties, namely permeability and electrical conductivity, and analyse the resulting field solutions with regard to flux across different regions of interest. The latter are selected on the basis of distance to the sample sleeve inner surface. Clear bypassing at the sleeve-sample interface in terms of elevated fluxes is observed for all samples, although to different extent. We consider different sleeve boundary conditions to define a measuring window minimising these effects, use the procedure to compare flux averages defined over these measuring windows with conventional choices of simulation domains, and compare resulting physical cross-correlations.

  1. Structural Characteristics and Properties of Precious Metal Powders and Copper Powder Prepared by High-speed Centrifugal Atomization Technique

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    XIE Ming; YANG You-cai; LI Yu-shen; ZHANG Jian-kan; FU Shi-ji; SHI Qing-nan

    2007-01-01

    The principle and characteristics of the rapidly solidified centrifugal atomization technique are studied in present paper. It has been widely used to make fine, rapidly solidified precious metal powders for application as the electrical engineering materials, conductive coatings for electromagnetic shielding and brazing alloys. The silver powder, copper powder and some precious metal alloys powders are prepared by the new method. A comparative analysis is carried out with the conventional electrolytic silver powder and chemical deposition silver powder. The results show that rapidly solidified powders are fine and have higher solid solubility of the alloying elements, and their alloys have excellent properties in various aspects.

  2. Effect of low concentration Sn doping on optical properties of CdS films grown by CBD technique.

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    Jafari, Atefeh; Zakaria, Azmi; Rizwan, Zahid; Mohd Ghazali, Mohd Sabri

    2011-01-01

    Thin and transparent films of doped cadmium sulfide (CdS) were obtained on commercial glass substrates by Chemical Bath Deposition (CBD) technique. The films were doped with low concentration of Sn, and annealed in air at 300 °C for 45 min. The morphological characterization of the films with different amounts of dopant was made using SEM and EDAX analysis. Optical properties of the films were evaluated by measuring transmittance using the UV-vis spectrophotometer. A comparison of the results revealed that lower concentration of Sn doping improves transmittance of CdS films and makes them suitable for application as window layer of CdTe/CIGS solar cells.

  3. Formation of Mn-doped SnO2 Nanoparticles Via the Microwave Technique: Structural, Optical and Electrical Properties

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    2016-03-01

    increasing the Mn content. The activation energy of Mn- doped SnO2 NPs was also calculated, and was found to increase from 0.53 to 1.21 eV by varying the Mn dopant from 0.1 to 5 mol%. These results show that the microwave technique is a powerful tool that can be used to produce a high yield of ultrafine SnO2 NPs. Moreover, Mn was found to be a proper activator for tuning the optical and electrical properties of this material, for its application as a dilute magnetic semiconductor or spintronic devices.

  4. Effects of different processing techniques on multi-walled carbon nanotubes/silicone rubber nanocomposite on tensile strength properties

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    Mazlan, N.; Jaafar, M.; Aziz, A.; Ismail, H.; Busfield, J. J. C.

    2016-10-01

    In this work, two different processing techniques were approached to identify the properties of the multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) reinforced polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). The MWCNT was dispersed in the polymer by using the ultrasonic and twin screw extruder mixer. The final composite showed different manner of dispersed tubes in the silicone rubber matrix. High shear twin screw extruder tends to fragment the tubes during processing compound, which can be observed by scanning electron microscope (SEM). Tensile strength of the extrusion MWCNT/PDMS nanocomposites was found to be higher compared to ultrasonic MWCNT/PDMS nanocomposites.

  5. Laboratory procedures and data reduction techniques to determine rheologic properties of mass flows

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    Holmes, R.R.; Huizinga, R.J.; Brown, S.M.; Jobson, H.E.

    1993-01-01

    Determining the rheologic properties of coarse- grained mass flows is an important step to mathematically simulate potential inundation zones. Using the vertically rotating flume designed and built by the U.S. Geological Survey, laboratory procedures and subsequent data reduction have been developed to estimate shear stresses and strain rates of various flow materials. Although direct measurement of shear stress and strain rate currently (1992) are not possible in the vertically rotating flume, methods were derived to estimate these values from measurements of flow geometry, surface velocity, and flume velocity.

  6. Viscoelastic properties of healthy human artery measured in saline solution by AFM based indentation technique

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    Lundkvist, A.; Lilleodden, E.; Sickhaus, W.; Kinney, J.; Pruitt, L.; Balooch, M.

    1998-02-09

    Using an Atomic Force Microscope with an attachment for indentation, we have measured local, in vitro mechanical properties of healthy femoral artery tissue held in saline solution. The elastic modulus (34. 3 kPa) and viscoelastic response ({tau}sub{epsilon} {equals} 16.9 s and {tau}sub{sigma} {equals} 29.3 s) of the unstretched,intimal vessel wall have been determined using Sneddon theory and a three element model(standard linear solid) for viscoelastic materials. The procedures necessary to employ the indenting attachment to detect elastic moduli in the kPa range in liquid are described.

  7. Fluorescence properties of dyes adsorbed to silver islands, investigated by picosecond techniques

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    Leitner, A.; Lippitsch, M. E.; Draxler, S.; Riegler, M.; Aussenegg, F. R.

    1985-02-01

    The fluorescence properties of dye molecules (rhodamine 6G and erythrosin) adsorbed on pure glass surfaces and on silver islands films are investigated by cw and picosecond time-resolved methods. On pure glass surfaces we observe concentration quenching below a critical intermolecular distance (reduction of the fluorescence power per molecule as well as shortened and non-exponential fluorescence decay). On silver islands films the shortening in fluorescence lifetime is more drastic and is nearly independent of the intermolecular distance. This behavior suggests an electrodynamic interaction between dye monomers and plasmons in the metal particles, modified by a damping influence of dye dimers.

  8. Pseudoproxy Experiments Using the BARCAST Reconstruction Technique: Effects on Spatiotemporal Persistence Properties

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    Nilsen, T.; Divine, D.; Rypdal, M.; Werner, J.; Rypdal, K.

    2016-12-01

    A modified two-dimensional stochastic-diffusive energy balance model (EBM) defined on a sphere was used for generating pseudoproxy/instrumental data and target data for surface temperature. The EBM is described in Rypdal et al. (2015). The target field has prescribed long-range memory (LRM) properties in time, and a frequency-dependent autocorrelation function in space. The Bayesian hierarchical model BARCAST, was used to generate surface temperature field reconstructions of an area corresponding to the European landmass for the past millennium. BARCAST has a built-in multivariate AR(1) model for the evolution of the temperature field, with an exponential, spatial covariance function, (Tingley & Huybers, 2010). The AR(1) process has a short-range memory, and we seek to find out how the competing spatiotemporal models influence the persistence of the reconstruction. A number of pseudoproxy experiments were performed with a fixed proxy network, using different signal-to-noise ratios (SNR) and colors of noise, (white/red). To study the persistence properties, the power-law relation of the power spectral density for LRM processes was used: S(f) f-β. The spectral exponent β was estimated both for local data and the spatial mean of the full region. The local β for the target varies between (0.1, 0.4), and for the spatial mean β 0.6. Results for the reconstructions show that the local and global memory is influenced by the noise color and level. Low noise levels or absence of noise results in reconstructions that exhibit similar properties as the target, while for higher noise levels the reconstructions have memory properties of a white/red character, (SNR=0.3 by standard deviation). Since an SNR of 0.5-0.25 is considered realistic for real proxy records, this implies that estimates of temporal persistence from proxy-based reconstructions reflect the proxy noise to a high degree, and not the signal as desired. Rypdal et al., 2015: Spatiotemporal Long-Range Persistence

  9. Ultrasonic Techniques for Air Void Size Distribution and Property Evaluation in Both Early-Age and Hardened Concrete Samples

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    Shuaicheng Guo

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available Entrained air voids can improve the freeze-thaw durability of concrete, and also affect its mechanical and transport properties. Therefore, it is important to measure the air void structure and understand its influence on concrete performance for quality control. This paper aims to measure air void structure evolution at both early-age and hardened stages with the ultrasonic technique, and evaluates its influence on concrete properties. Three samples with different air entrainment agent content were specially prepared. The air void structure was determined with optimized inverse analysis by achieving the minimum error between experimental and theoretical attenuation. The early-age sample measurement showed that the air void content with the whole size range slightly decreases with curing time. The air void size distribution of hardened samples (at Day 28 was compared with American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM C457 test results. The air void size distribution with different amount of air entrainment agent was also favorably compared. In addition, the transport property, compressive strength, and dynamic modulus of concrete samples were also evaluated. The concrete transport decreased with the curing age, which is in accordance with the air void shrinkage. The correlation between the early-age strength development and hardened dynamic modulus with the ultrasonic parameters was also evaluated. The existence of clustered air voids in the Interfacial Transition Zone (ITZ area was found to cause severe compressive strength loss. The results indicated that this developed ultrasonic technique has potential in air void size distribution measurement, and demonstrated the influence of air void structure evolution on concrete properties during both early-age and hardened stages.

  10. Uniqueness is Important in Competition

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    FENG Ai-Xia; XV Xiu-Lian; HE Da-Ren

    2009-01-01

    We propose a quantitative network description on the function of uniqueness in a competition system. Two statistical parameters, competition ability and uniqueness are defined, and their relationship in ordinary cases is analytically discussed. The competition between Chinese regional universities is taken as an example. The empirical investigation results show that the uniqueness of a university is really important in competition. Also,uniqueness is very helpful in the promotion of the university overall quality.

  11. Functional nanocrystal-based memories with extraction of nanocrystals properties by charge pumping technique

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    Diaz, R.; Grisolia, J.; Pecassou, B.; Shalchian, M.; BenAssayag, G.

    2013-04-01

    2D arrays of Si nanocrystals embedded in the gate oxide (⩽10 nm) of NVRAM-like transistors are synthesized by ultra-low-energy ion implantation (ULE-II). As we have shown previously, characteristics of trapping centers responsible for the memory performance such as type, depth location into the oxide, effective size and density could be obtained by using the two-level charge pumping (CP) technique performed versus frequency. It has also been demonstrated clearly that these trapping centers are the Si-NCs. However, in order to enhance the memory performances (i.e. charge retention and endurance to cycling), the synthesis of the Si-NCs must be carefully tuned, especially by adjusting the annealing conditions. In this paper, we demonstrate both that the Si-NCs are still responsible for the charge trapping while transistors are fabricated with strong NCs annealing conditions and that some memory performances recommended by the ITRS, more specifically the endurance criteria, are satisfied, with more than 106 erase/write cycles without degradation of the memory window. Therefore, our synthesis technique could provide high-performances non-volatile memories, ensuring the charge trapping in NCs.

  12. Characterization of thermal, optical and carrier transport properties of porous silicon using the photoacoustic technique

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    Sheng, Chan Kok [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia); Mahmood Mat Yunus, W. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia)], E-mail: mahmood@science.upm.edu.my; Yunus, Wan Md. Zin Wan [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang (Malaysia); Abidin Talib, Zainal [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia); Kassim, Anuar [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 UPM Serdang (Malaysia)

    2008-08-01

    In this work, the porous silicon layer was prepared by the electrochemical anodization etching process on n-type and p-type silicon wafers. The formation of the porous layer has been identified by photoluminescence and SEM measurements. The optical absorption, energy gap, carrier transport and thermal properties of n-type and p-type porous silicon layers were investigated by analyzing the experimental data from photoacoustic measurements. The values of thermal diffusivity, energy gap and carrier transport properties have been found to be porosity-dependent. The energy band gap of n-type and p-type porous silicon layers was higher than the energy band gap obtained for silicon substrate (1.11 eV). In the range of porosity (50-76%) of the studies, our results found that the optical band-gap energy of p-type porous silicon (1.80-2.00 eV) was higher than that of the n-type porous silicon layer (1.70-1.86 eV). The thermal diffusivity value of the n-type porous layer was found to be higher than that of the p-type and both were observed to increase linearly with increasing layer porosity.

  13. Office-Based Elastographic Technique for Quantifying Mechanical Properties of Skeletal Muscle

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    Ballyns, Jeffrey J.; Turo, Diego; Otto, Paul; Shah, Jay P.; Hammond, Jennifer; Gebreab, Tadesse; Gerber, Lynn H.; Sikdar, Siddhartha

    2012-01-01

    Objectives Our objectives were to develop a new, efficient, and easy-to-administer approach to ultrasound elastography and assess its ability to provide quantitative characterization of viscoelastic properties of skeletal muscle in an outpatient clinical environment. We sought to show its validity and clinical utility in assessing myofascial trigger points, which are associated with myofascial pain syndrome. Methods Ultrasound imaging was performed while the muscle was externally vibrated at frequencies in the range of 60 to 200 Hz using a handheld vibrator. The spatial gradient of the vibration phase yielded the shear wave speed, which is related to the viscoelastic properties of tissue. The method was validated using a calibrated experimental phantom, the biceps brachii muscle in healthy volunteers (n = 6), and the upper trapezius muscle in symptomatic patients with axial neck pain (n = 13) and asymptomatic (pain-free) control participants (n = 9). Results Using the experimental phantom, our method was able to quantitatively measure the shear moduli with error rates of less than 20%. The mean shear modulus ± SD in the normal biceps brachii measured 12.5 ± 3.4 kPa, within the range of published values using more sophisticated methods. Shear wave speeds in active myofascial trigger points and the surrounding muscle tissue were significantly higher than those in normal tissue at high frequency excitations (>100 Hz; P myofascial trigger points have increased tissue heterogeneity at the trigger point site and the surrounding muscle tissue. PMID:22837285

  14. Influence of KOH activation techniques on pore structure and electrochemical property of carbon electrode materials

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    LI Jing; LI Jie; LAI Yan-qing; SONG Hai-sheng; ZHANG Zhi-an; LIU Ye-xiang

    2006-01-01

    Taking the selection of coal-tar pitch as precursor and KOH as activated agent, the activated carbon electrode material was fabricated for supercapacitor. The surface area and the pore structure of activated carbon were analyzed by Nitro adsorption method. The electrochemical properties of the activated carbons were determined using two-electrode capacitors in 6 mol/L KOH aqueous electrolytes. The influences of activated temperature and mass ratio ofKOH to C on the pore structure and electrochemical property of porous activated carbon were investigated in detail. The reasons for the changes of pore structure and electrochemical performance of activated carbon prepared under different conditions were also discussed theoretically. The results indicate that the maximum specific capacitance of 240 F/g can be obtained in alkaline medium, and the surface area, the pore structure and the specific capacitance of activated carbon depend on the treatment methods; the capacitance variation of activated carbon cannot be interpreted only by the change of surface area and pore structure, the lattice order and the electrolyte wetting effect of the activated carbon should also be taken into account.

  15. Impact of Packing and Processing Technique on Mechanical Properties of Acrylic Denture Base Materials

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    Touraj Nejatian

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The fracture resistance of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA as the most popular denture base material is not satisfactory. Different factors can be involved in denture fracture. Among them, flexural fatigue and impact are the most common failure mechanisms of an acrylic denture base. It has been shown that there is a correlation between the static strength and fatigue life of composite resins. Therefore, the transverse strength of the denture base materials can be an important indicator of their service life. In order to improve the fracture resistance of PMMA, extensive studies have been carried out; however, only a few promising results were achieved, which are limited to some mechanical properties of PMMA at the cost of other properties. This study aimed at optimizing the packing and processing condition of heat-cured PMMA as a denture base resin in order to improve its biaxial flexural strength (BFS. The results showed that the plain type of resin with a powder/monomer ratio of 2.5:1 or less, packed conventionally and cured in a water bath for 2 h at 95 °C provides the highest BFS. Also, it was found that the performance of the dry heat processor is inconsistent with the number of flasks being loaded.

  16. On Uniqueness of coalitional equilibria

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    Finus, M.; Mouche, van P.H.M.; Rundshagen, B.

    2014-01-01

    For the so-called "new approach" of coalitio formation it is important that coalitional equilibria are unique. Uniqueness comes down to existene and to semi-uniqueness, i.e.\\\\that there exists at most one equilibrium. Although conditions for existence are not problematic, conditions for semi-uniquen

  17. Uniqueness of the differential Mueller matrix of uniform homogeneous media.

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    Devlaminck, Vincent; Ossikovski, Razvigor

    2014-06-01

    We show that the differential matrix of a uniform homogeneous medium containing birefringence may not be uniquely determined from its Mueller matrix, resulting in the potential existence of an infinite set of elementary polarization properties parameterized by an integer parameter. The uniqueness depends on the symmetry properties of a special differential matrix derived from the eigenvalue decomposition of the Mueller matrix. The conditions for the uniqueness of the differential matrix are identified, physically discussed, and illustrated in examples from the literature.

  18. Structure-property relationships in carbon nanotube-polymer systems: Influence of noncovalent stabilization techniques

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    Liu, Lei

    A variety of experiments were carried out to study the dispersion and microstructure of carbon nanotubes in aqueous suspensions and polymer composites with the goal to improve the electrical conductivity of the composites containing nanotubes. Epoxy composites containing covalently and noncovalently functionalized nanotubes were compared in terms of electrical and mechanical behavior. Covalent functionalization of nanotubes is based on chemical attachments of polyethylenimine (PEI) whereas noncovalent functionalization takes place through physical mixing of nanotubes and PEI. The electrical conductivity is reduced in composites containing covalently functionalized nanotubes due to damage of the tube's conjugated surface that reduces intrinsic conductivity. Conversely, the mechanical properties are always better for epoxy composites containing covalently functionalized nanotubes. Clay particles were used as a rigid dispersing aid for nanotubes in aqueous suspensions and epoxy composites. When both nanotubes and clay were introduced into water by sonication, the suspension is stable for weeks, whereas the nanotubes precipitate almost instantly for the suspension without clay. In epoxy composites, nanotubes form separated clusters of aggregation, whereas a continuous three-dimensional nanotube network is achieved when clay is introduced. Electrical conductivity of the epoxy composite is shown to significantly improve with a small addition of clay and the percolation threshold is simultaneously decreased (from 0.05 wt% nanotubes, when there is no clay, to 0.01 wt% when 2 wt% clay is introduced). The addition of clay can also improve the mechanical properties of the composites, especially at higher clay concentration. Weak polyelectrolytes (i.e., pH-responsive polymers) were also studied for their interaction with nanotubes and the electrical properties of the dried composite films. When dispersed by sonication, Nanotubes show pH-dependent dispersion and stability in

  19. Structural, Optical and Electrical Properties of Thin Films Using Nebulizer Spray Pyrolysis Technique

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    R. Mariappan

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available thin films have been deposited on glass substrates at substrate temperature 400°C through nebulizer spray pyrolysis technique. X-ray diffraction (XRD analysis shows that the films structure is changed from hexagonal to tetragonal. The high-resolution scanning electron microscopy (HRSEM studies reveal that the substrate is well covered with a number of grains indicating compact morphology with an average grain size 50–79 nm. Energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDAX reveals the average ratio of the atomic percentage. Optical transmittance study shows the presence of direct transition. Band gap energy decreases from 3.33 to 2.87 eV with respect to the rise of Sn content. The electrical resistivity of the thin films was found to be 106 Ω-m.

  20. ANALYSIS OF THE EFFECT OF TECHNIQUE-RELATED PLYOMETRIC EXERCISES ON THE MOTORIC PROPERTIES OF WRESTLERS

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    İsmail KAYA

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study is to analyze the effect of 8-week technique-related plyometric training on the body fat percentage, back strength, grip strength, vertical jump, aerobic and anaerobic power of wrestlers. Total 37 randomly chosen athletes, 17 in training group and 20 in the control, who do regular training two hours a day and five days a week, participated in the study voluntarily. The measurements were taken before and after 8-week training. While evaluating pre and post-training measurement results, student t test was done in dependent groups and (p > 0.05 was accepted as significant. While statistically significant difference was seen between the wrestlers’ pre and post-training body fat percentage, vertical jump, right hand grip, left hand grip, back strength and Max VO2 values in the training group (p0.05

  1. Estimation of Crack Growth Properties of High Strength Metallic Materials by a Novel Technique

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    P R Sadananda Rao

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available This research work proposes a novel technique based on fracture mechanics approach for the quick determination of fatigue crack growth rate and threshold stress intensity factor range (ΔKth of metallic materials using circumferentially cracked round bar (CCRBspecimen geometry. The literature survey indicates that the fatigue crack growth rate data generated using ASTM E-647 standard test specimens were strongly dependent on specimen size and its configuration. Also the standard test procedure is more cumbersome and time consuming requires costly instrumentation. Aluminum 2014T6 alloy is used as the test specimen because of its wide applicationin automobiles and aero plane industry. It is found that the test procedure is simple, reliable, less time consuming and uses simple instrumentation. The obtained fatigue crack growth rate is found to be very close to the values obtained by using standard specimens. This methodology can be widely applied in industries for rapid determination of ΔKth any metallic materials.

  2. Structural and optical properties of CdO thin films deposited by RF magnetron sputtering technique

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    Kumar, G. Anil, E-mail: anilhcu@gmail.com; Reddy, M. V. Ramana, E-mail: anilhcu@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Osmania University, Hyderabad-500007 (India); Reddy, Katta Narasimha, E-mail: anilhcu@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Mahatma Gandhi University, Nalgonda-508003 (India)

    2014-04-24

    Cadmium oxide (CdO) thin films were deposited on glass substrate by r.f. magnetron sputtering technique using a high purity (99.99%) Cd target of 2-inch diameter and 3 mm thickness in an Argon and oxygen mixed atmosphere with sputtering power of 50W and sputtering pressure of 2×10{sup −2} mbar. The prepared films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), optical spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The XRD analysis reveals that the films were polycrystalline with cubic structure. The visible range transmittance was found to be over 70%. The optical band gap increased from 2.7 eV to2.84 eV with decrease of film thickness.

  3. Effect of different synthesis techniques on structural, magnetic and magneto-transport properties of Pr_(0.7)Sr_(0.3)MnO_3 manganite

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    Umesh; Chand; Kamlesh; Yadav; Anurag; Gaur; Varma; G; D

    2010-01-01

    We investigated the effect of different synthesis techniques on the structural, magnetic and magneto-transport properties of Pr0.7Sr0.3MnO3 (PSMO) samples. The samples were synthesized by three different techniques: solid state reaction, sol-gel and chemical Co-precipitation method. XRD studies confirmed the single phase formation of PSMO by all three techniques. It was also found that the magnetotransport properties of PSMO strongly depended on the synthesis techniques. A substantial decrease in the insula...

  4. Humidity sensing properties of WO{sub 3} thick film resistor prepared by screen printing technique

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    Garde, Arun S, E-mail: arungarde@yahoo.co.in

    2014-12-25

    Highlights: • Polycrystalline WO{sub 3} Thick films are fabricated by screen printing technique. • Monoclinic phases were the majority in formation of films. • The peak at 1643 cm{sup −1} shows stretching vibrations attributed to W-OH of adsorbed H{sub 2}O. • Absorption peaks in the range 879–650 cm{sup −1} are attributed to the stretching W-O-W bonds. • Increase in resistance with decrease in RH when exposed to 20–100% RH. - Abstract: Thick films of tungsten oxide based were prepared using standard screen printing technique. To study the effect of temperature on the thick films were fired at different temperature for 30 min in air atmosphere. The WO{sub 3} thick films were characterized with X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and EDAX for elemental analysis. The formation of mixed phases of the film together with majority of monoclinic phase was observed. IR spectra confirm the peak at 1643 cm{sup −1} clearly shows stretching vibrations attributed to the W-OH bending vibration mode of the adsorbed water molecules. The absorption peaks in the range 879–650 cm{sup −1} are attributed to the stretching W-O-W bonds (i.e. ν [W-O{sub inter}-W]). The peak located at 983 cm{sup −1} belong to W=O terminal of cluster boundaries. A change in the resistance was observed with respect to the relative humidity when the WO{sub 3} thick films were exposed to a wide humidity range of 20–100%. An increasing firing temperature of WO{sub 3} film increases with the sensitivity. The parameters such as sensitivity and hysteresis of the WO{sub 3} film sensors have been evaluated.

  5. A technique to measure optical properties of brownout clouds for modeling terahertz propagation.

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    Fiorino, Steven T; Deibel, Jason A; Grice, Phillip M; Novak, Markus H; Spinoza, Julian; Owens, Lindsay; Ganti, Satya

    2012-06-01

    Brownout, the loss of visibility caused by dust resultant of helicopter downwash, is a factor in the large majority of military helicopter accidents. As terahertz radiation readily propagates through the associated dust aerosols and is attenuated by atmospheric water vapor within short distances, it can provide low-profile imaging that improves effective pilot visibility. In order to model this application of terahertz imaging, it is necessary to determine the optical properties of obscurants at these frequencies. We present here a method of empirical calculation and experimental measurement of the complex refractive index of the obscuring aerosols. Results derived from terahertz time-domain spectral measurements are incorporated into the AFIT CDE Laser Environmental Effects Definition and Reference (LEEDR) software.

  6. Structural properties of ZnO:Al films produced by the sol–gel technique

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    Zaretskaya, E. P., E-mail: ezaret@ifttp.bas-net.by; Gremenok, V. F. [National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Scientific and Practical Materials Research Center (Belarus); Semchenko, A. V.; Sidsky, V. V. [Gomel State University (Belarus); Juskenas, R. L. [State Research Institute Center for Physical Sciences and Technology (Lithuania)

    2015-10-15

    ZnO:Al films are produced by sol–gel deposition at temperatures of 350–550°C, using different types of reagents. Atomic-force microscopy, X-ray diffraction analysis, Raman spectroscopy, and optical transmittance measurements are used to study the dependence of the structural, morphological, and optical properties of the ZnO:Al coatings on the conditions of deposition. The optical conditions for the production of ZnO:Al layers with preferred orientation in the [001] direction and distinguished by small surface roughness are established. The layers produced in the study possess optical transmittance at a level of up to 95% in a wide spectral range and can be used in optoelectronic devices.

  7. Microstructural and electrical properties of cordierite-based ceramics obtained after two-step sintering technique

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    Obradović Nina

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Cordierite-based ceramic materials are attracting much interest for their various applications in industry, for manufacturing multilayer circuit boards, catalytic converters, filters, thermal insulation, kiln furniture, components of portable electronic devices, etc. In order to reduce production costs and modify cordierite-based materials, mechanical activation can be used. In this study, microstructural and electrical properties of mechanically activated MgO-Al2O3-SiO2 system have been analyzed. The mixtures of MgO-Al2O3-SiO2 powders were mechanically activated in a planetary ball mill for the time periods from 0 to 160 min. Morphological investigations have been performed on the obtained powders. The effects of activation and two-step sintering process on microstructure were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM. Electrical measurements showed variations of the dielectric constant (εr and loss tangent (tan δ as a function of time of mechanical treatment.

  8. Investigation of properties of rare earth complexes with dibromo--methyl-methylsulfonazo by spectral correction technique

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    Hong-Wen Gao; Fa-Shui Hong; Qing-Song Ye

    2000-12-01

    The reactions were sensitive between seven rare earth (RE) metals Nd(III), La(III), Ce(III), Pr(III), Sm(III), Eu(III) and Gd(III) and dibromo--methylmethylsulfonazo (DBMMSA) in acidic solution. The spectral correction method has been applied in the determination of properties of RE complexes instead of ordinary spectrophotometry. Composition ratios, real molar absorptivities ( ) and stepwise stability constants () of each of the RE complexes were determined easily because the method eliminated the absorption influence of excess of ligand on complex. Results showed that the cumulative values of the complexes were between 3 91 × 1014 and 2 34 × 1028 and the real (not apparent) absorptivity between 8 85 × 104 and 2 12 × 105 l mol-1cm-1 at 640 nm.

  9. Structural and mechanical properties of amorphous carbon films deposited by the dual plasma technique

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    Yaohui Wang; Xu Zhang; Xianying Wu; Huixing Zhang; Xiaoji Zhang

    2008-01-01

    Direct current metal filtered cathodic vacuum are (FCVA) and acetylene gas (C2H2) were wielded to synthesize Ti-containing amorphous carbon films on Si (100). The influence of substrate bias voltage and acetylene gas on the microstructure and mechanical properties of the films were investigated. The results show that the phase of TiC in the (111) preferential crystallo-graphic orientation exists in the film, and rite main existing pattern of carbon is sp2. With increasing the acetylene flow rate, the con-tents of Ti and TiC phase of the film gradually reduce; however, the thickness of the film increases. When the substrate bias voltage reaches -600 V, the internal stress of the film reaches 1.6 GPa. The micro-hardness and elastic modulus of the film can reach 33.9 and 237.6 GPa, respectively, and the friction coefficient of the film is 0.25.

  10. Comparative repellent properties of certain chemicals against mosquitoes, house flies and cockroaches using modified techniques.

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    Vartak, P H; Tungikar, V B; Sharma, R N

    1994-09-01

    Several terpenoids were assessed for their repellent/toxic properties against mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti), house flies (Musca domestica) and cockroaches (Periplaneta americana). Impregnated wide mesh netting was used in the case of the Dipterans, while treated filtered paper was employed for the bioassays with cockroaches. Persistence of the repellent chemicals was studied. Doses ranged from 5-20 gm/M2 for the Dipterans and 25-100 mg per 4 x 4 cm filter paper for the cockroaches. Dimethyl phthalate (DMP) offered the maximum protection of the chemicals tested against mosquitoes but was not so effective against house flies and cockroaches. Citral and Eugenol were effective against all the three test insects. Other test compounds afforded varying degrees of protection. Application strategy and utility of the findings are discussed.

  11. A neuro-evolutive technique applied for predicting the liquid crystalline property of some organic compounds

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    Drăgoi, Elena-Niculina; Curteanu, Silvia; Lisa, Cătălin

    2012-10-01

    A simple self-adaptive version of the differential evolution algorithm was applied for simultaneous architectural and parametric optimization of feed-forward neural networks, used to classify the crystalline liquid property of a series of organic compounds. The developed optimization methodology was called self-adaptive differential evolution neural network (SADE-NN) and has the following characteristics: the base vector used is chosen as the best individual in the current population, two differential terms participate in the mutation process, the crossover type is binomial, a simple self-adaptive mechanism is employed to determine the near-optimal control parameters of the algorithm, and the integration of the neural network into the differential evolution algorithm is performed using a direct encoding scheme. It was found that a network with one hidden layer is able to make accurate predictions, indicating that the proposed methodology is efficient and, owing to its flexibility, it can be applied to a large range of problems.

  12. Structural and optical properties of Zn1−xNixTe thin films prepared by electron beam evaporation technique

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    Arshad Mahmood

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Zn1−xNixTe thin films with different composition (x=0.0, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15 and 0.20 were deposited on glass substrate by electron beam evaporation technique followed by its characterization using advanced structural and optical analysis techniques. Structural properties of the prepared thin films were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD. The XRD patterns revealed that the binary compounds transformed into a ternary compound with cubic structure having preferred orientation along the c-direction with (111 planes. Composition analysis of the films was determined by energy dispersive analysis of X-rays (EDAX and found to be in agreement with the precursor composition. Optical properties such as extinction coefficient (k and band gap energy of these films were examined by using a spectroscopic ellipsometer. It was found that the extinction coefficient (k increased with the addition of Ni content in the alloy. In comparison, the band gap energy was also determined by using transmission spectra and found to be agreed with that of the ellipsometric results. These analyses confirm that the band gap energy decreases with the increase of Ni content in the alloy.

  13. Reflection electron energy loss spectroscopy as efficient technique for the determination of optical properties of polystyrene intermixed with gold nanoparticles

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    Deris, Jamileh; Hajati, Shaaker

    2017-01-01

    The electronic properties (electron inelastic cross section, energy loss function) of a nano-metalized polystyrene obtained by reflection electron energy loss spectroscopy (REELS) in a previous study [J. Deris, S. Hajati, S. Tougaard, V. Zaporojtchenko, Appl. Surf. Sci. 377 (2016) 44-47], which relies on the Yubero-Tougaard method, were used in the complementary application of Kramers-Kronig transformation to determine its optical properties such as the real part (ε1) and imaginary part (ε2) of the dielectric function (ε), refractive index (n), coefficients of extinction (k), reflection (R) and absorption (μ). The degree of intermixing of polystyrene thin film and gold nanoparticles of sizes 5.5 nm was controlled by annealing the sample to achieve a morphology in which the nanoparticles were homogeneously distributed within polystyrene. It is worth noting that no data are available on the optical properties of metalized polymers such as gold nanoparticles intermixed with polystyrene. Therefore, this work is of high importance in terms of both the sample studied here and the method applied. The advantage of the method applied here is that no information on the lateral distribution of the nanocomposite sample is required. This means that the REELS technique has been presented here to suitably, efficiently and easily obtain the optical properties of such nano-metalized polymer in which the metal nanoparticles have been vertically well distributed (homogeneous in depth). Therefore, for vertically homogeneous and laterally inhomogeneous samples, it is possible to make REELS imaging by scanning the sample and thus to make an image of their optical properties.

  14. A comparative study on the optical limiting properties of different nano spinel ferrites with Z-scan technique

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    Thomas, Jeevan Job; Krishnan, Shiji [School of Pure and Applied Physics, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala 686560 (India); Sridharan, K.; Philip, Reji [Light and Matter Physics Group, Raman Research Institute, C.V. Raman Avenue, Sadashivanagar, Bangalore 560080 (India); Kalarikkal, Nandakumar, E-mail: nkkalarikkal@mgu.ac.in [School of Pure and Applied Physics, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala 686560 (India); Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala 686560 (India)

    2012-08-15

    Highlights: ► First report in which the optical limiting properties of five different nano spinel ferrites are compared. ► The obtained nonlinearity fits to a two-photon like absorption process. ► Except for NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, the observed nonlinearity has contributions from excited state absorption. ► A size dependent optical limiting response is obtained. ► Among the investigated ferrites, ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} is found to be a better candidate for the optical limiting applications. -- Abstract: We report the optical limiting properties of five different spinel ferrites, NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, Ni{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, Ni{sub 0.5}Co{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, and CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} with an average particle grain size of 8 nm. The optical limiting properties are investigated using the open aperture Z-scan technique. The obtained nonlinearity fits to a two-photon like absorption process. Except for NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4}, the observed nonlinearity has contributions from excited state absorption. The optical limiting response is also studied against particle size and the nonlinearity is found to increase with increasing particle size within the range of our investigations. On comparing the optical limiting properties, ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} is found to be a better candidate for the optical limiting applications. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report where the optical limiting properties of spinel ferrites are compared.

  15. THE EXISTENCE AND UNIQUENESS OF A POSITIVE SOLUTION OF AN ELLIPTIC SYSTEM

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    Joon Hyuk Kang; Yun Myung Oh

    2004-01-01

    The existence and uniqueness of the positive solution for the generalized Lotka-Volterra competition model for several competing species Δui+ui(a-g(u1,…,un))=0 in Ω,ui=0 on бΩ for I = 1, ..., N were investigated. The techniques used in this paper are elliptic theory,upper-lower solutions, maximum principles and spectrum estimates. The arguments also rely on some detailed properties for the solution of logistic equations.

  16. Characterization and Magnetic Properties of Nickel Ferrite Nanoparticles Prepared by Ball Milling Technique

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    G.Nabiyouni; M.Jafari Fesharaki; M.Mozafari; J.Amighian

    2010-01-01

    @@ Nickel ferrite nanoparicles with various grain sizes are synthesized using annealing treatment followed by ball milling of its bulk component materials.Commercially available nickel and iron oxide powders are first mixed,and then annealed at 1100℃ in an oxygen environment furnace and for 3h.The samples are then milled for different times in an SPEX mill.X-ray diffraction pattern indicates that in this stage the sample is single phase.The average grain size is estimated by scanning electron microscopy(SEM)and x-ray diffraction techniques.Magnetic behavior of the sample at room temperature is studied using a superconducting quantum interference device(SQUID).The Curie temperature of the powders is measured by an LCR meter unit.The x-ray diffraction patterns clearly indicate that increasing the milling time leads to a decrease in the grain size and consequently leads to a decrease in the saturation magnetization as well as the Curie temperatures.This result is attributed to the spin-glass-like surface layer on the nanocrystalline nickel ferrite with a ferrimagnetically aligned core.

  17. Properties of Te-rich cadmium telluride thin films fabricated by closed space sublimation technique

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    Abbas Shah, N.; Ali, A.; Ali, Z.; Maqsood, A.; Aqili, A. K. S.

    2005-11-01

    Cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin films were prepared by the closed space sublimation (CSS) technique, using CdTe powder as evaporant onto substrates of water-white glass. In the next step, the same procedure was adopted by using tellurium as evaporant and already deposited CdTe film as substrate. Such compositions were then annealed at 300 °C for 30 min to obtain Te-enriched films. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), spectrophotometry, DC electrical resistivity, dark conductivity and activation energy analysis as a function of temperature by two-probe method. The electron microprobe analyzer (EMPA) results showed an increase of Te content composition in the samples as the mass of the Te-deposition increased in CdTe. The Hall measurements indicated the increase in mobility and carrier concentrations of CdTe films by addition of tellurium. A significant change in the shape and size of the CdTe grains were observed.

  18. Determining the thermophysical properties of Al-doped ZnO nanoparticles by the photoacoustic technique

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    T.A.El-Brolossy; O.Saber; S.S.Ibrahim

    2013-01-01

    The thermal conductivity and specific heat capacity of undoped and Al-doped (1-10 at.%) ZnO nanoparticles prepared using the solvent thermal method are determined by measuring both thermal diffusivity and thermal effusivity of a pressed powder compact of the prepared nanoparticles by using the laser-induced photoacoustic technique.The impact of Al doping versus the microstructure of the samples on such thermal parameters has been investigated.The results reveal an obvious enhancement in the specific heat capacity when decreasing the particle size,while the effect of Al doping on the specific heat capacity is minor.The measured thermal conductivities are about one order of magnitude smaller than that of the bulk ZnO due to several nested reducing heat transfer mechanisms.The results also show that Al doping significantly influences the thermal resistance.Using a simple thermal impedance model,the added thermal resistance due to Al dopant has been estimated.

  19. Effects of different packaging techniques on the microbiological and physicochemical properties of coated pumpkin slices

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    Filiz AKSU

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract In this study the effects of zein film coating along with benzoic acid on the quality of sliced pumpkin samples, which were packaged with different techniques were investigated. The samples were allocated into different groups and were treated with different processes. Following processing, the samples were stored at +4 °C for twenty days. Physicochemical and microbiological analyses were carried out on the samples once every five days during the storage period. According to color analysis, the L* value was observed to have significantly decreased in the processed and packaged samples in comparison with the control group. Besides, a* and b* values increased in all groups. It was determined that zein film alone did not exhibit the expected effectiveness against moisture loss in the samples. According to the results of microbiological analysis, a final decrease at approximately 1.00 log level was determined in total count of mesophilic aerobic bacteria (TMAB in the group which was vacuum packaged in PVDC with zein coating when compared with the initial TMAB. Furthermore, no molding occurred in zein-coated group on the last day of the storage period, while massive mold growth was noted in the group which was packaged without any pretreatment procedure.

  20. Improving Gas Sensing Properties of Tin Oxide Nanowires Palladium-Coated Using a Low Cost Technique

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    M. Barzegar

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Thin films of SnO2 nanowires were successfully prepared by using chemical vapor deposition (CVD process on quartz substrates. Afterwards, a thin  layer of palladium (Pd as a catalyst was coated on top of nanowires. For the deposition of Pd, a simple and low cost technique of spray pyrolysis was employed, which caused an intensive enhancement on the sensing response of fabricated sensors. Prepared sensor devices were exposed to liquid petroleum gas (LPG and vapor of ethanol (C2H5OH. Results indicate that SnO2 nanowires sensors coated with Pd as a catalyst show decreasing in response time (~40s to 1000ppm of LPG at a relatively low operating temperature (200o C. SnO2 /Pd nanowire devices show gas sensing response time and recovery time as short as 50s and 10s respectively with a high sensitivity value of ~120 for C2H5OH, that is remarkable in comparison with other reports.

  1. Structural and magnetic properties of nano nickel-zinc ferrite synthesized by reverse micelle technique

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    Thakur, Sangeeta [Jaypee University of Information Technology, Waknaghat, District Solan 173215 (India)], E-mail: megha2k5@rediffmail.com; Katyal, S.C. [Jaypee University of Information Technology, Waknaghat, District Solan 173215 (India); Singh, M. [Department of Physics, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla 171005 (India)

    2009-01-15

    Nanocrystalline nickel-zinc ferrites (Ni{sub 0.58}Zn{sub 0.42}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) at different pH values (less than 9.6, 9.6, 10.96, and 11.40) for the alkali-precipitating reaction were synthesized by reverse micelle technique. X-ray diffraction reveals a well-defined nickel-zinc ferrite crystal phase at pH=9.6. Increase in pH value obstructs pure-phase formation and results in partial formation of {alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The magnetic behaviour of the samples was studied by superconducting quantum interference device. All the samples show superparamagnetic behaviour at room temperature (300 K) and negligible hysteresis at low temperature (5 K). The low value of saturation magnetization is explained on the basis of spin canting. The high-field irreversibility and shifting of the hysteresis loop detected in single-phase sample has been assigned to a spin-disordered phase, which has a spin-freezing temperature of approximately 42 K and other two samples have an antiferromagnetic phase ({alpha}-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) coupled to the ferromagnetic phase.

  2. Structural and magnetic properties of nano nickel zinc ferrite synthesized by reverse micelle technique

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    Thakur, Sangeeta; Katyal, S. C.; Singh, M.

    2009-01-01

    Nanocrystalline nickel-zinc ferrites (Ni 0.58Zn 0.42Fe 2O 4) at different pH values (less than 9.6, 9.6, 10.96, and 11.40) for the alkali-precipitating reaction were synthesized by reverse micelle technique. X-ray diffraction reveals a well-defined nickel-zinc ferrite crystal phase at pH=9.6. Increase in pH value obstructs pure-phase formation and results in partial formation of α-Fe 2O 3. The magnetic behaviour of the samples was studied by superconducting quantum interference device. All the samples show superparamagnetic behaviour at room temperature (300 K) and negligible hysteresis at low temperature (5 K). The low value of saturation magnetization is explained on the basis of spin canting. The high-field irreversibility and shifting of the hysteresis loop detected in single-phase sample has been assigned to a spin-disordered phase, which has a spin-freezing temperature of approximately 42 K and other two samples have an antiferromagnetic phase (α-Fe 2O 3) coupled to the ferromagnetic phase.

  3. Photoluminescence and photoelectrochemical properties of nanocrystalline ZnO thin films synthesized by spray pyrolysis technique

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    Tarwal, N.L.; Shinde, V.V.; Kamble, A.S.; Jadhav, P.R.; Patil, D.S.; Patil, V.B. [Thin Film Materials Laboratory, Department of Physics, Shivaji University, Vidyanagar, Kolhapur 416 004, Maharashtra (India); Patil, P.S., E-mail: psp_phy@unishivaji.ac.in [Thin Film Materials Laboratory, Department of Physics, Shivaji University, Vidyanagar, Kolhapur 416 004, Maharashtra (India)

    2011-10-01

    A simple and inexpensive spray pyrolysis technique (SPT) was employed for the synthesis of nanocrystalline zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films onto soda lime glass and tin doped indium oxide (ITO) coated glass substrates at different substrate temperatures ranging from 300 deg. C to 500 deg. C. The synthesized films were polycrystalline, with a (0 0 2) preferential growth along c-axis. SEM micrographs revealed the uniform distribution of spherical grains of about 80-90 nm size. The films were transparent with average visible transmittance of 85% having band gap energy 3.25 eV. All the samples exhibit room temperature photoluminescence (PL). A strong ultraviolet (UV) emission at 398 nm with weak green emission centered at 520 nm confirmed the less defect density in the samples. Moreover, the samples are photoelectrochemically active and exhibit the highest photocurrent of 60 {mu}A, a photovoltage of 280 mV and 0.23 fill factor (FF) for the Zn{sub 450} films in 0.5 M Na{sub 2}SO{sub 4} electrolyte, when illuminated under UV light.

  4. Generation of AuGe nanocomposites by co-sparking technique and their photoluminescence properties

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    Kala, Shubhra, E-mail: shubkala@gmail.com [National Physical Laboratory (India); Theissmann, Ralf; Kruis, Frank Einar [University of Duisburg-Essen, Institute for Nanostructures and Technology, Faculty of Engineering Science, and CENIDE (Center for Nanointegration Duisburg-Essen) (Germany)

    2013-09-15

    The feasibility of spark discharge technique for preparing metal-semiconductor nanocomposites is demonstrated. In the AuGe system, Au shows only 10{sup -3} atomic percent solid solubility in Ge, whereas 3.1 at.% Ge is soluble in Au. During the co-sparking, Au is used as anode material; the cathode is composed of Ge. The relative atomic percent of Au and Ge in the initially generated mixture can be changed by changing the charging current to the capacitor used to trigger the sparking. Depending upon the atomic ratio of Au and Ge in the initial mixture, AuGe agglomerates form AuGe composite nanoparticles on subsequent sintering, in which AuGe alloy nanoparticles are found dispersed in a Ge matrix. The size of the dispersed AuGe alloy nanoparticles depend on the relative atomic concentration of Au and Ge in the initial mixture as well as on the sintering temperature. AuGe alloy nanoparticles dispersed in the Ge matrix are observed to exhibit an intense photoluminescence between 550 and 600 nm.

  5. XPS analysis and luminescence properties of thin films deposited by the pulsed laser deposition technique

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    Dolo, J. J.; Swart, H. C.; Coetsee, E.; Terblans, J. J.; Ntwaeaborwa, O. M.; Dejene, B. F.

    2010-04-01

    This paper presents the effect of substrate temperature and oxygen partial pressure on the photoluminescence (PL) intensity of the Gd2O2S:Tb3 + thin films that were grown by using pulsed laser deposition (PLD). The PL intensity increased with an increase in the oxygen partial pressure and substrate temperature. The thin film deposited at an oxygen pressure of 900 mTorr and substrate temperature of 900°C was found to be the best in terms of the PL intensity of the Gd2O2S:Tb3 + emission. The main emission peak due to the 5D4-7F5 transition of Tb was measured at a wavelength of 545 nm. The stability of these thin films under prolonged electron bombardment was tested with a combination of techniques such as X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) and Cathodoluminescence (CL) spectroscopy. It was shown that the main reason for the degradation in luminescence intensity under electron bombardment is the formation of a non-luminescent Gd2O3 layer, with small amounts of Gd2S3, on the surface.

  6. Enhancement of electrical properties due to Cr3+ substitution in Co-ferrite nanoparticles synthesized by two chemical techniques

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    Pervaiz, Erum; Gul, I. H.

    2012-11-01

    Nanocrystalline cobalt ferrites with nominal composition CoCrxFe2-xO4 ranging from x=0.0 to 0.5 with step increment of 0.25 were prepared by sol-gel auto combustion and chemical co-precipitation techniques. A comparative study of structural, electrical and magnetic properties of these ferrites has been measured using different characterization techniques. Structural and micro-structural studies were measured using X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Crystallite sizes of the series are within the range of 12-29±2 nm. Lattice parameters decrease by increasing Cr3+ concentration. FTIR confirms the presence of two lattice absorption bands. DC electrical resistivity increases to a value of ˜1010 Ω-cm with increase in Cr3+ concentration, but the most significant increase is in samples prepared by sol-gel combustion. Dielectric properties have been measured as a function of frequency at room temperature. Dielectric loss decreases to 0.1037 and 0.0108 at 5 MHz for chemical co-precipitation and sol-gel combustion, respectively. Impedance measurements further helped in analyzing the electrical properties and to separate the grain and grain boundary resistance effects using a complex impedance analysis. Magnetic parameters were studied using a vibrating sample magnetometer in the applied field of 10 kOe. The saturation magnetization decreased from 63 to 10.8 emu/gm with increase in Cr3+ concentration.

  7. Influence of the ytterbium doping technique on the luminescent properties of ZnSe single crystals

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    Radevici, Ivan, E-mail: ivarad@utu.fi [Wihuri Physical Laboratory, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Turku, FI-20014 Turku (Finland); Faculty of Physics and Engineering, Moldova State University, 60 A. Mateevici str., MD-2009 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova (Moldova, Republic of); Sushkevich, Konstantin [Faculty of Physics and Engineering, Moldova State University, 60 A. Mateevici str., MD-2009 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova (Moldova, Republic of); Huhtinen, Hannu [Wihuri Physical Laboratory, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Turku, FI-20014 Turku (Finland); Nedeoglo, Dmitrii [Faculty of Physics and Engineering, Moldova State University, 60 A. Mateevici str., MD-2009 Chisinau, Republic of Moldova (Moldova, Republic of); Paturi, Petriina [Wihuri Physical Laboratory, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Turku, FI-20014 Turku (Finland)

    2015-02-15

    Luminescent properties of the ytterbium doped zinc selenide crystals with 0.00–8.00 at % concentrations of the Yb impurity within the temperature interval from 6 K to 300 K were studied. Ytterbium doping was performed within three technological processes: during the growth by chemical vapor transport method and by thermal diffusion from the Bi+Yb or Zn+Yb melt. The influence of ytterbium impurity concentration on spectral position and intensity of the various photoluminescent bands in ZnSe emission spectra in visible and infrared range is analyzed. A tendency of ytterbium ions to form associates with background defects was demonstrated. A strong dependence between ytterbium influence on the zinc selenide emission spectra and concentration of selenium vacancies was shown. - Highlights: • Co-doping of ZnSe crystals with Yb and Bi or I impurities was studied. • Influence of Yb concentration on ZnSe emission spectra in visible and infrared range was analyzed. • Tendency of Yb to form associates with background defects was discussed. • Impact of V{sub Se} on formation of Yb-based emission centers was demonstrated.

  8. The capacitive drop tensiometer - a novel multianalysing technique for measuring the properties of liquids

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    Wang, C. H.; Augousti, A. T.; Mason, J.; McMillan, N. D.

    1999-01-01

    A new instrumental method for measuring the physical properties of a liquid has been developed. The instrument, called a capacitive drop tensiometer (CDT), is based on the drop volume principle in combination with a capacitive transducer. A delivery head with a specialized wetting design was constructed for forming drops. The capacitive transducer uses the delivery head as one of its plates and a cylindrical ring plate, which surrounds the delivery head and the space occupied by the drop that is formed, as another. Excellent linearity is achieved by optimizing the design, with an accuracy of drop volume measurement of approximately 0957-0233/10/1/007/img6. The system is suitable for measuring both drops in equilibrium and those in the process of growing. Its capability of real-time measurement makes it particularly useful for volatile liquids, in which instance the measurement of drop volume using a flowmeter or a pump is no longer reliable. The CDT can also be used to determine concentration. It was found that the concentration curve is linear for aqueous glycerol solutions although not so for aqueous ethanol solutions. The CDT's ability to measure surface tension was also explored and experimental results are presented here.

  9. Magnetic properties of cobalt ferrite-silica nanocomposites prepared by a sol-gel autocombustion technique.

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    Cannas, C; Musinu, A; Piccaluga, G; Fiorani, D; Peddis, D; Rasmussen, H K; Mørup, S

    2006-10-28

    The magnetic properties of cobalt ferrite-silica nanocomposites with different concentrations (15, 30, and 50 wt %) and sizes (7, 16, and 28 nm) of ferrite particles have been studied by static magnetization measurements and Mossbauer spectroscopy. The results indicate a superparamagnetic behavior of the nanoparticles, with weak interactions slightly increasing with the cobalt ferrite content and with the particle size. From high-field Mossbauer spectra at low temperatures, the cationic distribution and the degree of spin canting have been estimated and both parameters are only slightly dependent on the particle size. The magnetic anisotropy constant increases with decreasing particle size, but in contrast to many other systems, the cobalt ferrite nanoparticles are found to have an anisotropy constant that is smaller than the bulk value. This can be explained by the distribution of the cations. The weak dependence of spin canting degree on particle size indicates that the spin canting is not simply a surface phenomenon but also occurs in the interiors of the particles.

  10. Synthesis, structure and electromagnetic properties of Mn-Zn ferrite by sol-gel combustion technique

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    Wang, Wenjie; Zang, Chongguang; Jiao, Qingjie

    2014-01-01

    The electromagnetic absorbing behaviors of a thin coating fabricated by mixing Mn-Zn ferrite with epoxy resin (EP) were studied. The spinel ferrites Mn1-xZnxFe2O4 (x=0.2, 0.5 and 0.8) were synthesized with citrate acid as complex agent by sol-gel combustion method. The microstructure and surface morphology of Mn-Zn ferrite powders were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The complex permittivity and complex permeability of the fabricated ferrite/EP composites were investigated in terms of their contributions to the absorbing properties in the low frequency (10 MHz to 1 GHz). The microwave absorption of the prepared ferrite/EP composites could be tailored by matching the dielectric loss and magnetic loss and by controlling the doped metal ratio. The composites with the ferrite composition x=0.2 are found to show higher reflection loss compared with the composites with other compositions. It is proposed that the prepared composites can potentially be applied in electromagnetic microwave absorbing field.

  11. Thickness effect on properties of titanium film deposited by d.c. magnetron sputtering and electron beam evaporation techniques

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    Nishat Arshi; Junqing Lu; Chan Gyu Lee; Jae Hong Yoon; Bon Heun Koo; Faheem Ahmed

    2013-10-01

    This paper reports effect of thickness on the properties of titanium (Ti) film deposited on Si/SiO2 (100) substrate using two different methods: d.c. magnetron sputtering and electron beam (e-beam) evaporation technique. The structural and morphological characterization of Ti film were performed using X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). XRD pattern revealed that the films deposited using d.c. magnetron sputtering have HCP symmetry with preferred orientation along (002) plane, while those deposited with e-beam evaporation possessed fcc symmetry with preferred orientation along (200) plane. The presence of metallic Ti was also confirmed by XPS analysis. FESEM images depicted that the finite sized grains were uniformly distributed on the surface and AFM micrographs revealed roughness of the film. The electrical resistivity measured using four-point probe showed that the film deposited using d.c. magnetron sputtering has lower resistivity of ∼13 cm than the film deposited using e-beam evaporation technique, i.e. ∼60 cm. The hardness of Ti films deposited using d.c. magnetron sputtering has lower value (∼7.9 GPa) than the film deposited using e-beam technique (∼9.4 GPa).

  12. Reverse osmosis as a potential technique to improve antioxidant properties of fruit juices used for functional beverages.

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    Gunathilake, K D P P; Yu, Li Juan; Rupasinghe, H P Vasantha

    2014-04-01

    Reverse osmosis (RO) as a potential technique to improve the antioxidant properties of cranberry, blueberry and apple juices was evaluated for the formulation of a functional beverage. The effects of temperature (20-40 °C) and trans-membrane pressure (25-35 bars) on physico-chemical and antioxidant properties of fruit juices were evaluated to optimize the operating parameters for each fruit juice. There was no significant effect on any quality parameters of fruit juices under studied operating parameters of RO. However, total soluble solid, total acidity and colour (a(∗)) of the concentrated juices increased in proportion to their volumetric concentrations. Antioxidant capacity measured by FRAP assay of concentrated apple, blueberry and cranberry juice was increased by 40%, 34%, and 30%, respectively. LDL oxidation inhibition by concentrated blueberry and cranberry juice was increased up to 41% and 45%, respectively. The results suggest that RO can be used for enhancing the health promoting properties of fruit juices. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  13. Ethosomal nanocarriers: the impact of constituents and formulation techniques on ethosomal properties, in vivo studies, and clinical trials

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    Abdulbaqi, Ibrahim M; Darwis, Yusrida; Khan, Nurzalina Abdul Karim; Assi, Reem Abou; Khan, Arshad A

    2016-01-01

    Ethosomal systems are novel lipid vesicular carriers containing a relatively high percentage of ethanol. These nanocarriers are especially designed for the efficient delivery of therapeutic agents with different physicochemical properties into deep skin layers and across the skin. Ethosomes have undergone extensive research since they were invented in 1996; new compounds were added to their initial formula, which led to the production of new types of ethosomal systems. Different preparation techniques are used in the preparation of these novel carriers. For ease of application and stability, ethosomal dispersions are incorporated into gels, patches, and creams. Highly diverse in vivo models are used to evaluate their efficacy in dermal/transdermal delivery, in addition to clinical trials. This article provides a detailed review of the ethosomal systems and categorizes them on the basis of their constituents to classical ethosomes, binary ethosomes, and transethosomes. The differences among these systems are discussed from several perspectives, including the formulation, size, ζ-potential (zeta potential), entrapment efficiency, skin-permeation properties, and stability. This paper gives a detailed review on the effects of ethosomal system constituents, preparation methods, and their significant roles in determining the final properties of these nanocarriers. Furthermore, the novel pharmaceutical dosage forms of ethosomal gels, patches, and creams are highlighted. The article also provides detailed information regarding the in vivo studies and clinical trials conducted for the evaluation of these vesicular systems. PMID:27307730

  14. Ethosomal nanocarriers: the impact of constituents and formulation techniques on ethosomal properties, in vivo studies, and clinical trials.

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    Abdulbaqi, Ibrahim M; Darwis, Yusrida; Khan, Nurzalina Abdul Karim; Assi, Reem Abou; Khan, Arshad A

    2016-01-01

    Ethosomal systems are novel lipid vesicular carriers containing a relatively high percentage of ethanol. These nanocarriers are especially designed for the efficient delivery of therapeutic agents with different physicochemical properties into deep skin layers and across the skin. Ethosomes have undergone extensive research since they were invented in 1996; new compounds were added to their initial formula, which led to the production of new types of ethosomal systems. Different preparation techniques are used in the preparation of these novel carriers. For ease of application and stability, ethosomal dispersions are incorporated into gels, patches, and creams. Highly diverse in vivo models are used to evaluate their efficacy in dermal/transdermal delivery, in addition to clinical trials. This article provides a detailed review of the ethosomal systems and categorizes them on the basis of their constituents to classical ethosomes, binary ethosomes, and transethosomes. The differences among these systems are discussed from several perspectives, including the formulation, size, ζ-potential (zeta potential), entrapment efficiency, skin-permeation properties, and stability. This paper gives a detailed review on the effects of ethosomal system constituents, preparation methods, and their significant roles in determining the final properties of these nanocarriers. Furthermore, the novel pharmaceutical dosage forms of ethosomal gels, patches, and creams are highlighted. The article also provides detailed information regarding the in vivo studies and clinical trials conducted for the evaluation of these vesicular systems.

  15. Synthesis and optical properties of small Au nanorods using a seedless growth technique.

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    Ali, Moustafa R K; Snyder, Brian; El-Sayed, Mostafa A

    2012-06-26

    Gold nanoparticles have shown potential in photothermal cancer therapy and optoelectronic technology. In both applications, a call for small size nanorods is warranted. In the present work, a one-pot seedless synthetic technique has been developed to prepare relatively small monodisperse gold nanorods with average dimensions (length × width) of 18 × 4.5 nm, 25 × 5 nm, 15 × 4.5 nm, and 10 × 2.5 nm. In this method, the pH was found to play a crucial role in the monodispersity of the nanorods when the NaBH(4) concentration of the growth solution was adjusted to control the reduction rate of the gold ions. At the optimized pH and NaBH(4) concentrations, smaller gold nanorods were produced by adjusting the CTAB concentration in the growth solution. In addition, the concentration of silver ions in the growth solution was found to be pivotal in controlling the aspect ratio of the nanorods. The extinction coefficient values for the small gold nanorods synthesized with three different aspect ratios were estimated using the absorption spectra, size distributions, and the atomic spectroscopic analysis data. The previously accepted relationships between the extinction coefficient or the longitudinal band wavelength values and the nanorods' aspect ratios found for the large nanorods do not extend to the small size domain reported in the present work. The failure of extending these relationships over larger sizes is a result of the interaction of light with the large rods giving an extinction band which results mostly from scattering processes while the extinction of the small nanorods results from absorption processes.

  16. The Geographic Information System techniques impact analyze of Office's Properties in Barcelona

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    Garcia, P. A.; Biere, R. A.; Moix, M. B.

    2007-05-01

    The changes in the characteristics and needs in the cities structures means new challenges in the space to the economics activities. The increasing predominance of the tertiary industry, of offices or I+D buildings, like an effect of the economic transformation implies new forms, new technical characteristics and similar alternatives locations accordant with a changing demand. The project that is presented here, is developed by the Centre of Land Policy and Valuations of the University Polytechnic of Catalonia for the company "Servicios de Geo-marketing Inmobiliario S.L.' (SGMI, Real State Geo- marketing Services S.L.) The process consists in the generation of a geographic information system to the analyses of the characteristics office's buildings of Barcelona in the sense to introduce the property office's buildings of Barcelona into a database for the geo-marketing. This application allows the access to the necessary information of technical and constructive characteristics of the office's buildings, summoned by the most emblematic or central locations to the best technical level in their constructions towards facilitating the maximum knowledge the citizen in order to assure the choice according to the needs for every profile of demand. The work has consisted basically in defining the technical criteria of evaluation of the building, to systematize those characteristics in some indicators (variable) capable of expressing the level of quality of every variable, to establish a system measurement of greater to smaller value explained to the quality. Systematizing the collection of information of a total of 683 buildings of Barcelona and of some municipalities of its periphery, through a visit to every building, to process the data obtained to a database and to standardize the value of quality for every indicator and set of indicators towards determining a final qualification, obtained from the different physical, constructive and qualitative characteristics of

  17. Photovoltaic properties of undoped ZnO thin films prepared by the spray pyrolysis technique

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    Ikhmayies, S.J. [Applied Science Private Univ., Amman (Jordan). Dept. of Physics; Abu El-Haija, N.M.; Ahmad-Bitar, R.N. [Jordan Univ., Amman (Jordan). Dept. of Physics

    2009-07-01

    Zinc oxide (ZnO) can be used as a window material, transparent electrode and active layer in different types of solar cells, UV emitters, and UV sensors. In addition to being low cost, ZnO is more abundant than indium tin oxide. ZnO is non toxic and has a high chemical stability in reduction environments. When ZnO films are made without any intentional doping, they exhibit n-type conductivity. ZnO thin films can be prepared by reactive sputtering, laser ablation, chemical-vapour deposition, laser molecular-beam epitaxy, thermal evaporation, sol-gel, atomic layer deposition and spray pyrolysis, with the latter being simple, inexpensive and adaptable to large area depositions. In this work ZnCl{sub 2} was used as a source of Zn where it was dissolved in distilled water. The structural, electrical and optical properties of the films were investigated due to their important characteristic for solar cell applications. Polycrystalline ZnO thin films were deposited on glass substrate by spray pyrolysis using a home-made spraying system at substrate temperature of 450 degrees C. The films were characterized by recording and analyzing their I-V plots, their transmittance, X-ray diffraction and SEM micrographs. There resistivity was found to be about 200 ohms per cm and their bandgap energy about 3.27 eV. X-ray diffraction patterns revealed that the films have a hexagonal wurtzite structure and are highly ordered with a preferential orientation (002). SEM images revealed that the substrates are continuously covered and the surface of the film is uniform. 16 refs., 4 figs.

  18. Response of the soil physical properties to restoration techniques in limestone quarries

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    Luna Ramos, Lourdes; Miralles Mellado, Isabel; Vignozzi, Nadia; Solé-Benet, Albert

    2016-04-01

    , especially in treatments with organic amendments and woodchip mulch. While in plots with this mulch, the wetting front only reaches a few centimetres in depth. This was probably due to the preferential orientation of woodchips pores parallel to the soil surface, which decreases the percolation to deeper soil layers. Neither treatment reached a wetting front like RS but, in view of the parameters related to good physical soil properties (pores distribution, infiltration and wetting front depth) the combination of SA-NM can allow a high soil moisture content to facilitate the plant cover establishment. It is right to conclude that sewage sludge is the most adequate treatment for restoring areas degraded by mining activities in a semiarid climate.

  19. Comparison of infrared spectroscopy techniques: developing an efficient method for high resolution analysis of sediment properties from long records

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    Hahn, Annette; Rosén, Peter; Kliem, Pierre; Ohlendorf, Christian; Persson, Per; Zolitschka, Bernd; Pasado Science Team

    2010-05-01

    The analysis of sediment samples in visible to mid-infrared spectra is ideal for high-resolution records. It requires only small amounts (0.01-0.1g dry weight) of sample material and facilitates rapid and cost efficient analysis of a wide variety of biogeochemical properties on minerogenic and organic substances (Kellner et al. 1998). One of these techniques, the Diffuse Reflectance Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometry (DRIFTS), has already been successfully applied to lake sediment from very different settings and has shown to be a promising technique for high resolution analyses of long sedimentary records on glacial-interglacial timescales (Rosén et al. 2009). However, the DRIFTS technique includes a time-consuming step where sediment samples are mixed with KBr. To assess if alternative and more rapid infrared (IR) techniques can be used, four different IR spectroscopy techniques are compared for core catcher sediment samples from Laguna Potrok Aike - an ICDP site located in southernmost South America. Partial least square (PLS) calibration models were developed using the DRIFTS technique. The correlation coefficients (R) for correlations between DRIFTS-inferred and conventionally measured biogeochemical properties show values of 0.80 for biogenic silica (BSi), 0.95 for total organic carbon (TOC), 0.91 for total nitrogen (TN), and 0.92 for total inorganic carbon (TIC). Good statistical performance was also obtained by using the Attenuated Total Reflectance Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy ATR-FTIRS technique which requires less sample preparation. Two devices were used, the full-sized Bruker Equinox 252 and the smaller and less expensive Bruker Alpha. R for ATR-FTIRS-inferred and conventionally measured biogeochemical properties were 0.87 (BSi), 0.93 (TOC), 0.90 (TN), and 0.91 (TIC) for the Alpha, and 0.78 (TOC), 0.85 (TN), 0.79 (TIC) for the Equinox 252 device. As the penetration depth of the IR beam is frequency dependent, a firm surface contact of

  20. Dielectric property determination of hybrid Al2O3-filled MWCNT buckypaper by the rectangular cavity perturbation technique

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    Miao, Hsin-Yuan; Liu, Jih-Hsin; Saravanan, L.; Tsao, Che-Wei; Pan, Jui-Wen

    2015-04-01

    This study investigated the complex dielectric permittivity of freestanding multiwalled carbon nanotube buckypaper (MWCNT-BP) and a synthesized hybrid alumina-filled buckypaper (Al2O3-BP) composite with different alumina loadings (5-30 wt%). The non-destructive microwave transmission technique for complex permittivity determination involving cavity perturbation was employed to characterize a set of Al2O3-BP sheets. This was done by filling a rectangular cavity resonator with a standard dielectric Teflon sample and then performing permittivity measurements for the buckypaper (BP) samples in the X-band frequency range (7-12 GHz). Field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) was used to analyze the morphology of the MWCNT-BP and the alumina-loaded BP composites. DC electrical resistivity measurements clearly demonstrated conductor-insulator transition. The effect of alumina loadings on the dielectric properties of the synthesized hybrid Al2O3-BP sheet is discussed.

  1. Synthesis and magnetic properties of barium-calcium hexaferrite particles prepared by sol-gel and microemulsion techniques

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    Jotania, R. B.; Khomane, R. B.; Chauhan, C. C.; Menon, S. K.; Kulkarni, B. D.

    The preparation of W-type hexaferrite particles with the composition BaCa 2Fe 16O 27 by microemulsion and a stearic acid sol-gel method with and without surfactant has been investigated at various sintering temperatures. The structural and magnetic characteristics have been studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetric (DSC) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) techniques. The effect of sintering temperature on the properties of BaCa 2Fe 16O 27 hexaferrites has been studied. The value of saturation magnetization ( Ms) depends on types of surfactant used. The sample prepared in the presence of polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monooleat (Tween 80) shows low saturation magnetization ( Ms=15.10 emu/g), whereas the other sample prepared in the presence of a surfactant cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) exhibits high saturation magnetization ( Ms=24.60 emu/g) compared to the normal sample.

  2. Surface morphology and optical properties of cdse films obtained by the close-spaced vacuum sublimation technique

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Investigation of the surface morphology, growth mechanisms and optical properties of CdSe films obtained by the close-spaced vacuum sublimation (CSVS technique, which are promising for use as the absorption layers of tandem solar cells and photodetectors, was carried out in the present paper. Measurements of the optical characteristics of the layers were performed by the spectrophotometric analysis method near the “red boundary” of semiconductor photoactivity. Performed investigations allowed to obtain the spectral distributions of the transmission T(λ, reflection R(λ, absorption α(λ, and refraction n(λ coefficients, and the real ε1(λ and imaginary ε2(λ parts of the optical dielectric constant of the samples and to define their dependence on the film deposition temperature.

  3. Effect of Low Concentration Sn Doping on Optical Properties of CdS Films Grown by CBD Technique

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    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Thin and transparent films of doped cadmium sulfide (CdS were obtained on commercial glass substrates by Chemical Bath Deposition (CBD technique. The films were doped with low concentration of Sn, and annealed in air at 300 °C for 45 min. The morphological characterization of the films with different amounts of dopant was made using SEM and EDAX analysis. Optical properties of the films were evaluated by measuring transmittance using the UV-vis spectrophotometer. A comparison of the results revealed that lower concentration of Sn doping improves transmittance of CdS films and makes them suitable for application as window layer of CdTe/CIGS solar cells.

  4. Spin wave study and optical properties in Fe-doped ZnO thin films prepared by spray pyrolysis technique

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    Lmai, F.; Moubah, R.; El Amiri, A.; Abid, Y.; Soumahoro, I.; Hassanain, N.; Colis, S.; Schmerber, G.; Dinia, A.; Lassri, H.

    2016-07-01

    We investigate the magnetic and optical properties of Zn1-xFexO (x = 0, 0.03, 0.05, and 0.07) thin films grown by spray pyrolysis technique. The magnetization as a function of temperature [M (T)] shows a prevailing paramagnetic contribution at low temperature. By using spin wave theory, we separate the M (T) curve in two contributions: one showing intrinsic ferromagnetism and one showing a purely paramagnetic behavior. Furthermore, it is shown that the spin wave theory is consistent with ab-initio calculations only when oxygen vacancies are considered, highlighting the key role played by structural defects in the mechanism driving the observed ferromagnetism. Using UV-visible measurements, the transmittance, reflectance, band gap energy, band tail, dielectric coefficient, refractive index, and optical conductivity were extracted and related to the variation of the Fe content.

  5. EFFECTS OF FINELY DISPERSED METALLIC PALLADIUM ON MICROSTRUCTURE AND PROPERTIES OF NANOCOMPOSITES PRODUCED BY SOL-GEL TECHNIQUE

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    Yucheng Wu; Yong Zhang; Lide Zhang

    2004-01-01

    Nanosized palladium particles were incorporated into mesoporous silica matrix to obtain nanocomposites using the sol-gel technique. Effects of the finely dispersed metallic palladium on the microstructure and properties of the nanocomposites were investigated. By means of X-ray diffraction and optical absorption, it was found that palladium particles were 5~9 nm in diameter and their uniform dispersion in the mesoporous silica depended on both the content of the palladium and the structural features of the silica matrix. The results showed that the mixing method of preparation led to wider size distribution of the nanosized particles as compared to the immersion method, but dispersed degree was reduced. Although the incorporation of nanosized palladium particles could not substantially induce significant structural changes of the matrix, the apparent red-shifted optical absorptions for the nanocomposites were observed as compared to the parent monolithic silica, particularly with increase in palladium loading and calcination temperature.

  6. Preparation and dielectric properties of compositionally graded (Ba,Sr)TiO3 thin film by sol-gel technique

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    ZHANG Tian-jin; WANG Jun; ZHANG Bai-shun; WANG Jin-zhao; WAN Neng; HU Lan

    2006-01-01

    Compositional graded BaxSr1-xTiO3 (x=0.6,0.7,0.8,0.9,1.0) (BST) thin films (less than 400 nm) were fabricated on Si and Pt/Ti/SiO2/Si substrates by sol-gel technique. A special heating treatment was employed to form the uniform composition gradients at 700 ℃. The microstructures of the films were studied by means of X-ray diffraction,atomic force microscope and field emission scanning electron microscopy. The results show that the films have uniform and crack-free surface morphology with perovskite structure phase. The small signal dielectric constant (εr) and dielectric loss (tanδ) are found to be 335 and 0.045 at room temperature and 200 kHz. The dielectric properties change significantly with applied dc bias,and the graded thin film show high tunability of 42.3% at an applied field of 250 kV/cm. All the results indicate that the graded BST thin films prepared by sol-gel technique have a promising candidate for microelectronic device.

  7. Electrical properties of Au/CdZnTe/Au detectors grown by the boron oxide encapsulated Vertical Bridgman technique

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    Turturici, A.A. [Dipartimento di Fisica e Chimica, Università di Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, Edificio 18, Palermo 90128 (Italy); Abbene, L., E-mail: leonardo.abbene@unipa.it [Dipartimento di Fisica e Chimica, Università di Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, Edificio 18, Palermo 90128 (Italy); Gerardi, G. [Dipartimento di Fisica e Chimica, Università di Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, Edificio 18, Palermo 90128 (Italy); Benassi, G. [due2lab s.r.l., Via Paolo Borsellino 2, Scandiano, 42019 Reggio Emilia (Italy); Bettelli, M.; Calestani, D. [IMEM/CNR, Parco Area delle Scienze 37/A, Parma 43100 (Italy); Zambelli, N. [due2lab s.r.l., Via Paolo Borsellino 2, Scandiano, 42019 Reggio Emilia (Italy); Raso, G. [Dipartimento di Fisica e Chimica, Università di Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, Edificio 18, Palermo 90128 (Italy); Zappettini, A. [IMEM/CNR, Parco Area delle Scienze 37/A, Parma 43100 (Italy); Principato, F. [Dipartimento di Fisica e Chimica, Università di Palermo, Viale delle Scienze, Edificio 18, Palermo 90128 (Italy)

    2016-09-11

    In this work we report on the results of electrical characterization of new CdZnTe detectors grown by the Boron oxide encapsulated Vertical Bridgman technique (B-VB), currently produced at IMEM-CNR (Parma, Italy). The detectors, with gold electroless contacts, have different thicknesses (1 and 2.5 mm) and the same electrode layout, characterized by a central anode surrounded by a guard-ring electrode. Investigations on the charge transport mechanisms and the electrical contact properties, through the modeling of the measured current–voltage (I–V) curves, were performed. Generally, the detectors are characterized by low leakage currents at high bias voltages even at room temperature: 34 nA/cm{sup 2} (T=25 °C) at 10,000 V/cm, making them very attractive for high flux X-ray measurements, where high bias voltage operation is required. The Au/CdZnTe barrier heights of the devices were estimated by using the interfacial layer-thermionic-diffusion (ITD) model in the reverse bias voltage range. Comparisons with CdZnTe detectors, grown by Traveling Heater Method (THM) and characterized by the same electrode layout, deposition technique and resistivity, were also performed.

  8. Magnetic properties of nanosized Gd doped Ni–Mn–Cr ferrites prepared using the sol–gel autocombustion technique

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    Samoila, P., E-mail: samoila.petrisor@icmpp.ro [“Petru Poni” Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Iasi 700487 (Romania); Sacarescu, L. [“Petru Poni” Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Iasi 700487 (Romania); Borhan, A.I. [Faculty of Chemistry, Al.I. Cuza University, Iasi 700506 (Romania); Timpu, D. [“Petru Poni” Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Iasi 700487 (Romania); Grigoras, M.; Lupu, N. [National Institute of R and D for Technical Physics, Iasi 700050 (Romania); Zaltariov, M.; Harabagiu, V. [“Petru Poni” Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Iasi 700487 (Romania)

    2015-03-15

    Ni{sub 0.8}Mn{sub 0.2}Cr{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 1.5-x}Gd{sub x}O{sub 4} (where x=0, 0.02, 0.04, 0.06, 0.08) spinel ferrites were synthesized by a sol–gel autocombustion technique using citric acid as fuel. Effect of Gd doping on structural and magnetic properties of Ni–Mn–Cr ferrites is reported. The phase composition of the prepared samples was analyzed by X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and the magnetic measurements were realized using a vibrating sample magnetometer. XRD and FT-IR analysis reveal pure spinel phase in all the samples, without traces of secondary phases. The grain sizes were estimated from the TEM micrographs and were found to decrease with the doping ions concentration from 43 to 10 nm. It was revealed from the hysteresis loop of the materials that magnetization and coercivity followed decreasing trend with substitution of Fe{sup 3+} magnetic ions by Gd{sup 3+} ions. Also, introducing Gd ions into the spinel lattice led to the decrease in Curie temperature. - Highlights: • Gd doped Ni–Mn–Cr ferrites were obtained using the sol–gel autocombustion technique. • XRD and IR analysis reveals the pure spinel structure. • Average grain size decrease with Gd-content. • Saturation magnetization, coercivity and Curie temperature decrease with Gd doping.

  9. Microstructural, nanomechanical, and microtribological properties of Pb thin films prepared by pulsed laser deposition and thermal evaporation techniques

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    Broitman, Esteban, E-mail: esbro@ifm.liu.se [Thin Film Physics Division, IFM, Linköping University, SE-581 83 Linköping (Sweden); Flores-Ruiz, Francisco J. [Thin Film Physics Division, IFM, Linköping University, SE-581 83 Linköping, Sweden and Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del I.P.N., Unidad Querétaro, Querétaro 76230 (Mexico); Di Giulio, Massimo [Università del Salento, Dipartimento di Matematica e Fisica “E. De Giorgi”, 73100 Lecce (Italy); Gontad, Francisco; Lorusso, Antonella; Perrone, Alessio [Università del Salento, Dipartimento di Matematica e Fisica “E. De Giorgi”, 73100 Lecce, Italy and INFN-Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, 73100 Lecce (Italy)

    2016-03-15

    In this work, the authors compare the morphological, structural, nanomechanical, and microtribological properties of Pb films deposited by thermal evaporation (TE) and pulsed laser deposition (PLD) techniques onto Si (111) substrates. Films were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, surface probe microscopy, and x-ray diffraction in θ-2θ geometry to determine their morphology, root-mean-square (RMS) roughness, and microstructure, respectively. TE films showed a percolated morphology with densely packed fibrous grains while PLD films had a granular morphology with a columnar and tightly packed structure in accordance with the zone growth model of Thornton. Moreover, PLD films presented a more polycrystalline structure with respect to TE films, with RMS roughness of 14 and 10 nm, respectively. Hardness and elastic modulus vary from 2.1 to 0.8 GPa and from 14 to 10 GPa for PLD and TE films, respectively. A reciprocal friction test has shown that PLD films have lower friction coefficient and wear rate than TE films. Our study has demonstrated for first time that, at the microscale, Pb films do not show the same simple lubricious properties measured at the macroscale.

  10. Thickness-Dependent Structural and Optoelectronic Properties of In2O3 Films Prepared by Spray Pyrolysis Technique

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    Khan, M. A. Majeed; Khan, Wasi

    2016-08-01

    In this work, nanostructured In2O3 thin films with thickness in the range of 40-160 nm were deposited on glass substrates by the chemical spray pyrolysis technique. The microstructural, surface morphology and optical properties were investigated as a function of film thickness through x-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy dispersive spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, Raman spectroscopy, UV-visible spectroscopy and photoluminescence measurements. The x-ray diffraction analysis showed that the deposited films were polycrystalline in nature with a cubic structure having (222) as preferred orientation. The morphological analyses of the samples exhibited uniform and smooth surface of the films with systematical increments in the surface roughness with increasing film thickness. The grain size increased from 9 nm to 13 nm with increasing film thickness. Raman spectroscopy has been employed to study the crystalline quality and the structural disorder of the films. A blue-shift in the energy band gap ( E g) from 3.74 eV to 3.98 eV was observed with the increase of film thickness. Moreover, photoluminescence peaks of the In2O3 films appeared at 443 nm and 527 nm for all films. The thickness had a substantial influence on the microstructural and optical properties as well as on the luminescence intensity of the films. The strategy presented here indicates that the prepared films could be suitable candidates for optoelectronic device applications.

  11. Structural and optical properties of LiKB{sub 4}O{sub 7} single crystals grown by Czochralski technique

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    Sukumar, M. [Crystal Growth and Thin Film Laboratory, Department of Physics, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli 620 024, Tamil Nadu (India); Babu, R. Ramesh, E-mail: rampap2k@yahoo.co.in [Crystal Growth and Thin Film Laboratory, Department of Physics, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli 620 024, Tamil Nadu (India); Ramamurthi, K. [Crystal Growth and Thin Film Laboratory, Department of Physics and Nanotechnology, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, SRM University, Kattankulathur 603 203, Tamil Nadu (India); Bhagavannarayana, G. [Crystal Growth and Crystallography Section, National Physical Laboratory, Krishnan Marg, New Delhi 110 012 (India)

    2015-06-15

    One of the alkali metal borates, lithium potassium borate (LiKB{sub 4}O{sub 7}) single crystal, was grown following two different micro step pulling movements employing the modified crystal puller. The influence of two different micro step pulling movements on the crystalline nature, optical properties and micro morphology of the grown LiKB{sub 4}O{sub 7} crystal was investigated by high resolution X-ray diffraction (HRXRD) analysis and birefringence interferometry and chemical etching techniques, respectively. HRXRD studies revealed that the crystalline perfection of the grown crystals is reasonably good. Interferometric images showed that the crystal grown under higher micro step pulling movement has very less number of scattering centers. The etching studies revealed that the crystal grown under higher micro steps pulling movement contains relatively low level dislocation density. - Graphical abstract: Diffraction curve recorded for LiKB{sub 4}O{sub 7} crystal from (a) top portion and (b) bottom portion. - Highlights: • LiKB{sub 4}O{sub 7} crystal was grown under two different micro stepping movements by the crystal puller. • Crystalline nature, optical properties and micro morphology of LiKB{sub 4}O{sub 7} were investigated. • The micro stepping pull movement reduces the dislocation density during the growth of LiKB{sub 4}O{sub 7} crystals.

  12. Bacteria Adherence Properties of Nitrogen-Doped TiO2 Coatings by Plasma Surface Alloying Technique

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    Wang, Hefeng; Tang, Bin; Li, Xiuyan; Fan, Ailan

    Titanium nitride coatings on 316L stainless steel (S. S) were obtained by plasma surface alloying technique. Nitrogen-doped titanium dioxide (TiO2-xNx) was synthesized by oxidative annealing the resulted TiNx coatings in air. The reference TiO2 samples were also prepared by oxidation of sputtered Ti coatings. The as-prepared coatings were characterized by X-ray diffraction, glow discharge optical emission spectrometer (GDOES), scanning electron microscopy, X-ray hotoelectron spectroscopy and UV-Vis spectrophotometry, respectively. The bacteria adherence property of the TiO2-xNx coatings on stainless steel on the oral bacteria Streptococcus Mutans was investigated and compared with that of stainless steel by fluorescence microscopy. The mechanism of the bacteria adherence was discussed. The results show that the TiO2-xNx coatings are composed of anatase crystalline structure. SEM measurement indicates a rough surface morphology with three-dimensional homogenous protuberances after annealing treatment. Optical properties reveal an extended tailing of the absorption edge toward the visible region due to nitrogen presence. The band gap of the N-doped sample is reduced from 2.29 eV to 1.90 eV compared with the pure TiO2 one. Because of the different roughness and microstructure, the TiO2-xNx coatings inhibit the bacteria adherence.

  13. Electrical and thermal properties of 10 mol% Gd 3+ doped ceria electrolytes synthesized through citrate combustion technique

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    Ramalinga Viswanathan Mangalaraja

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Nanocrystalline ceria electrolyte doped with 10 mol% gadolinia [Ce0.9Gd0.1O1.95] was synthesized by citric acid combustion technique involving mixtures of cerium nitrate oxidizer (O and citric acid fuel (F taken in the ratio of O/F=1. The as combusted precursors produced crystalline ceria particles upon calcination performed at 700°C for 2h. Ceria pellets were made and sintered at temperatures 1200, 1400 and 1500°C with a dwell time of 2, 4 and 6 h. The sintered microstructures, electrical and thermal conductivities and thermal diffusivity properties were evaluated in addition to the powder properties such as crystalline structure, surface area, particle size and morphology. Sintered ceria samples had 99% theoretical density at 1500°C/6h. The sintered microstructures exhibit dense ceria grains with sizes 500 nm to one micron. The electrical conductivity versus temperature showed conductivity in the order of 10^(-2 and 10^(-1 S·cm-1 at 500 and 700°C, respectively. The ceria sintered at 1500°C has the maximum thermal conductivity of ~2.79 W·m-1K-1 at room temperature.

  14. Concentration influence on structural and optical properties of SnO2 thin films synthesized by the spin coating technique.

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    Belhamri, Soumia; Hamdadou, Nasr-Eddine

    2016-10-01

    Tin dioxide is an n-type semiconductor, with wide band gap 3.6 eV and special properties such as high optical transmission in the visible range, the infrared reflection and chemical stability. The objective of our work is to study the effect of solution concentration on the properties of SnO2 thin films, which were deposited on glass substrate by sol-gel spin coating technique and characterized by X-ray diffraction, UV-visible spectroscopy after annealing for one hour at 500°C. X ray diffraction spectra (XRD) showed that the films deposited at different concentrations (0.7 mol/l, 1 mol/l, 1.5 mol/l) are polycrystalline with a rutile type tetragonal. The grains have two preferred orientations along the directions (110) and (101) corresponding to 2θ = 26,744° and 34,113° respectively. We have also noted that the grain size change between 20 and 40 nm. The peak of diffraction becomes less intense when the solution concentration is more than 0.7 mol / l. The opticall transmittance of the films in the visible spectrum was in the range of 59 - 44%.

  15. Effects of Thermal Annealing on the Optical Properties of Titanium Oxide Thin Films Prepared by Chemical Bath Deposition Technique

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    H.U. Igwe

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available A titanium oxide thin film was prepared by chemical bath deposition technique, deposited on glass substrates using TiO2 and NaOH solution with triethanolamine (TEA as the complexing agent. The films w ere subjected to post deposition annealing under various temperatures, 100, 150, 200, 300 and 399ºC. The thermal treatment streamlined the properties of the oxide films. The films are transparent in the entire regions of the electromagnetic spectrum, firmly adhered to the substrate and resistant to chemicals. The transmittance is between 20 and 95% while the reflectance is between 0.95 and 1%. The band gaps obtained under various thermal treatments are between 2.50 and 3.0 ev. The refractive index is between 1.52 and 2.55. The thickness achieved is in the range of 0.12-0.14 :m.These properties of the oxide film make it suitable for application in solar cells: Liquid and solid dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical solar cells, photo induced water splitting, dye synthesized solar cells, environmental purifications, gas sensors, display devices, batteries, as well as, solar cells with an organic or inorganic extremely thin absorber. These thin films are also of interest for the photooxidation of water, photocatalysis, electro chromic devices and other uses.

  16. Ethosomal nanocarriers: the impact of constituents and formulation techniques on ethosomal properties, in vivo studies, and clinical trials

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    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Ibrahim M Abdulbaqi, Yusrida Darwis, Nurzalina Abdul Karim Khan, Reem Abou Assi, Arshad A Khan School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia Abstract: Ethosomal systems are novel lipid vesicular carriers containing a relatively high percentage of ethanol. These nanocarriers are especially designed for the efficient delivery of therapeutic agents with different physicochemical properties into deep skin layers and across the skin. Ethosomes have undergone extensive research since they were invented in 1996; new compounds were added to their initial formula, which led to the production of new types of ethosomal systems. Different preparation techniques are used in the preparation of these novel carriers. For ease of application and stability, ethosomal dispersions are incorporated into gels, patches, and creams. Highly diverse in vivo models are used to evaluate their efficacy in dermal/ transdermal delivery, in addition to clinical trials. This article provides a detailed review of the ethosomal systems and categorizes them on the basis of their constituents to classical ethosomes, binary ethosomes, and transethosomes. The differences among these systems are discussed from several perspectives, including the formulation, size, ζ-potential (zeta potential, entrapment efficiency, skin-permeation properties, and stability. This paper gives a detailed review on the effects of ethosomal system constituents, preparation methods, and their significant roles in determining the final properties of these nanocarriers. Furthermore, the novel pharmaceutical dosage forms of ethosomal gels, patches, and creams are highlighted. The article also provides detailed information regarding the in vivo studies and clinical trials conducted for the evaluation of these vesicular systems. Keywords: ethosomes, transdermal, lipid-based vesicles, delivery systems

  17. Using Advanced Mathematical Techniques to Quantify Natural and Anthropogenic Influences on Southeast Asian Land-Surface Properties

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    Ong, Jenn Bing; Cohen, Jason

    2013-04-01

    Presently, the complexity of the properties of and the changes in the vegetation-land surface in Southeast Asia is not well understood. This lack of understanding inhibits its being modeled sufficiently well so as to be useful for climate-scale studies. A few major reasons for this include: (a) the radiative and hydrological properties of the vegetation-land surface is complex, changing both in time and space in response to the phase on the Monsoon; (b) human disturbance and land use change are widespread and increasing in this region, and involve both clearance and fires; and (c) that there are not sufficient measurements currently available to empirically quantify many of the properties of interest. To better quantify the properties of the land surface at large spatial scales and over a decadal time scale, new quantitative methods of analysis are required, and the purpose of this presentation is to show both the proof-of-concept of one such approach, as well as some initial and interesting results. In this study, Principal Component Analysis (PCA) was applied to the roughly 13 year dataset provided by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), Enhanced Vegetation Index (EVI), and Leaf Area Index (LAI). PCA is a tool allowing the extraction of the standing modes of a dataset, reducing a complex dataset to small and orthogonal sets that contribute the most variance to the data. Combining this tool with variance and correlation maps between the measured time series and those derived from the PCA, the spatiotemporal structure of the dataset can be elucidated. This technique allows for different patterns in both space and time over Southeast Asia to be revealed. Comparison using the variance and correlation maps between the time series and the seasonal variations derived from PCA suggest that both the variance and correlation are stronger over Northern Southeast Asia than in Equatorial Southeast Asia. One

  18. Diabetes: Unique to Older Adults

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    ... our e-newsletter! Aging & Health A to Z Osteoporosis Unique to Older Adults This section provides information ... and widely-prescribed medications for the treatment of osteoporosis. Some serious side effects of these medication have ...

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  1. Existence and Uniqueness of Solutions to Random Impulsive Differential Systems

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    Shu-jin Wu; Xiao-lin Guo; Song-qing Lin

    2006-01-01

    The existence and uniqueness in mean square of solutions to certain random impulsive differential systems is discussed in this paper. Cauchy-Schwarz inequality, Lipschtiz condition and techniques in stochastic analysis are employed in achieve the desired results.

  2. Uniqueness of limiting solution to a strongly competing system

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    Avetik Arakelyan

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available We prove a uniqueness for the positive solution to a strongly competing system of Lotka-Volterra type problem in the limiting configuration, when the competition rate tends to infinity. We give an alternate proof of uniqueness based on properties of limiting solutions.

  3. Micro Structural, Optical and Magnetic Properties of Co-SiO2 Nanocomposite Synthesized by Sol-Gel Technique

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    Saha, Mrinal; Mukherjee, Soumya; Gayen, Arup; Mukherjee, Siddhartha

    2017-04-01

    Co-SiO2 nano composite has been synthesized via sol-gel technique using dextrose [C6H12O6] as a reducer and tetraethyl orthosilicate [Si(OCH2CH3)4] as oxide forming agent, respectively. The dried gel has been subsequently calcined at different temperature (850 and 900 °C) for 30 min in an inert atmosphere by N2 purging. The synthesized materials have been characterized by X-ray diffraction, high resolution transmission microscope, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, UV-Vis spectroscopy, scanning electron microscope, field emission microscope, atomic force microscope and physical property measurement system. The crystallite sizes of the face centered cubic cobalt nano composite materials have been found to be in the range of 14-28 nm. The crystallite size of the material found to be increased at higher calcination temperature due to the grain growth. The surface morphology of the obtained material has been found to be agglomerated but spherical in nature. This agglomeration tendency could be attributed to magnetic interaction between particles, large surface area as well as high surface energy. The band gap value of the obtained material has been determined to be 1.92 eV. The saturation magnetization (Ms) and the coercivity (Hc) of the composite material were found to be 29.45 emu g-1and 23.2 Oe, respectively. This technique has thus been found to be a convenient and effective method to prepare pure metallic cobalt nanoparticles with uniform size and homogeneous distribution throughout the matrix.

  4. Structural and photovoltaic properties of a-Si (SNc)/c-Si heterojunction fabricated by EBPVD technique

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    Demiroğlu, D.; Kazmanli, K.; Urgen, M. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, Ayazağa 34469, Istanbul (Turkey); Tatar, B. [Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Department of Physics, Namık Kemal University, Değirmenaltı, Tekirdağ (Turkey)

    2013-12-16

    In last two decades sculptured thin films are very attractive for researches. Some properties of these thin films, like high porosity correspondingly high large surface area, controlled morphology; bring into prominence on them. Sculptured thin films have wide application areas as electronics, optics, mechanics, magnetic and chemistry. Slanted nano-columnar (SnC) thin films are a type of sculptured thin films. In this investigation SnC thin films were growth on n-type crystalline Si(100) and p-type crystalline Si(111) via ultra-high vacuum electron beam evaporation technique. The structural and morphological properties of the amorphous silicon thin films were investigated by XRD, Raman and FE-SEM analysis. According to the XRD and Raman analysis the structure of thin film was amorphous and FE-SEM analysis indicated slanted nano-columns were formed smoothly. Slanted nano-columns a-Si/c-Si heterojunction were prepared as using a photovoltaic device. In this regard we were researched photovoltaic properties of these heterojunction with current-voltage characterization under dark and illumination conditions. Electrical parameters were determined from the current-voltage characteristic in the dark conditions zero-bias barrier height Φ{sub B0} = 0.83−1.00eV; diode ideality factor η = 11.71−10.73; series resistance R{sub s} = 260−31.1 kΩ and shunt resistance R{sub sh} = 25.71−63.5 MΩ SnC a-Si/n-Si and SnC a-Si/p-Si heterojunctions shows a pretty good photovoltaic behavior about 10{sup 3}- 10{sup 4} times. The obtained photovoltaic parameters are such as short circuit current density J{sub sc} 83-40 mA/m{sup 2}, open circuit voltage V{sub oc} 900-831 mV.

  5. Physical properties and characterization of RuSr{sub 2}GdCu{sub 2}O{sub 8} (Ru-1212) grown by top seeded melt textured technique

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    Uthayakumar, S. [Max-Planck-Institute for Solid State Research, Heisenbergstrasse 1, D-70569 Stuttgart (Germany); Department of Physics ' E.R. Caianiello' , University of Salerno, via S. Allende I-84081, Baronissi (Italy)], E-mail: s.uthayakumar@rhul.ac.uk; Santhosh, P. [Max-Planck-Institute for Solid State Research, Heisenbergstrasse 1, D-70569 Stuttgart (Germany); Gombos, M. [Department of Physics ' E.R. Caianiello' , University of Salerno, via S. Allende I-84081, Baronissi (Italy); Babu, M. Ramesh; Jayavel, R. [Crystal Growth Center, Anna University, Chennai 600 025 (India); Vecchione, A.; Pace, S. [Department of Physics ' E.R. Caianiello' , University of Salerno, via S. Allende I-84081, Baronissi (Italy)

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    Efforts have been made in optimizing growth conditions for bulk textured growth of RuSr{sub 2}GdCu{sub 2}O{sub 8} (Ru-1212) employing top seeded growth technique (TSG). Thermal stability and peritectic temperature (T{sub p}) have been determined by TG-DTA analysis. The study facilitates appropriate thermal treatments to yield good quality sample. The structural study of the as grown sample has been carried out by X-ray diffraction technique. Morphological study by polarized optical microscope (PLOM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) reveals the growth mechanism. Subsequently, the stoichiometry has been confirmed by energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDAX). The observed characterization results show the influence of superconducting property on growth technique and allow one to correlate between the physical properties and experimental technique.

  6. Effect of indium doping level on certain physical properties of CdS films deposited using an improved SILAR technique

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    Ravichandran, K., E-mail: kkr1365@yahoo.com [P.G. and Research Department of Physics, AVVM Sri Pushpam College (Autonomous), Poondi, Thanjavur-613 503, Tamil Nadu (India); Senthamilselvi, V. [P.G. and Research Department of Physics, AVVM Sri Pushpam College (Autonomous), Poondi, Thanjavur-613 503, Tamil Nadu (India); Department of Physics, Kunthavai Naachiyaar Government College for Women (Autonomous), Thanjavur-613 007, Tamil Nadu (India)

    2013-04-01

    The influence of indium (In) doping levels (0, 2, …, 8 at.%) on certain physical properties of cadmium sulphide (CdS) thin films deposited using an improved successive ionic layer adsorption and reaction (ISILAR) method has been studied. In this improved SILAR technique, a fresh anionic solution was introduced after a particular number of dipping cycles in order to achieve good stoichiometry. All the deposited films exhibited cubic phase with (1 1 1) plane as preferential orientation. The calculated crystallite size values are found to be decreased from 54.80 nm to 23.65 nm with the increase in In doping level. The optical study confirmed the good transparency (80%) of the film. A most compact and pinhole free smooth surface was observed for the CdS films with 8 at.% of In doping level. The perceived photoluminescence (PL) bands endorsed the lesser defect crystalline nature of the obtained CdS:In films. The chemical composition analysis (EDAX) showed the near stoichiometric nature of this ISILAR deposited CdS:In films.

  7. Modification of the morphology and optical properties of SnS films using glancing angle deposition technique

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    Sazideh, M. R.; Dizaji, H. Rezagholipour; Ehsani, M. H.; Moghadam, R. Zarei

    2017-05-01

    Tin sulfide (SnS) films were prepared by thermal evaporation method using Glancing Angle Deposition (GLAD) technique at zero and different oblique incident flux angles (α = 45°, 55°, 65°, 75° and 85°). The physical properties of prepared films were systematically investigated. The X-ray diffraction analysis indicated that the film deposited at α = 0° formed as single phase with an orthorhombic structure. However, the layers became amorphous at α = 45°, 55°, 65°, 75° and 85°. Beside the appearance of amorphous feature in the film prepared at α higher than zero, Sn2S3 phase was also observed. The top and cross-sectional field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) images of the samples showed noticeable changes in the structure and morphology of individual nano-plates as a function of incident angle. The band gap and refractive index values of the films were calculated by optical transmission measurements. The optical band-gap values were observed to increase with increasing the incident flux angle. This can be due to presence of Sn2S3 phase observed in the samples produced at α values other than zero. The effective refractive index and porosity exhibit an opposite evolution as the incident angle α rises. At α = 85° the layers show a considerable change in effective refractive index (Δn = 1.7) at near-IR spectral range.

  8. Structural, morphological, and optical properties of TiO2 thin films synthesized by the electro phoretic deposition technique.

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    Ghrairi, Najla; Bouaicha, Mongi

    2012-07-01

    In this work, we report the structural, morphological, and optical properties of TiO2 thin films synthesized by the electro phoretic deposition technique. The TiO2 film was formed on a doped fluorine tin oxide (SnO2:F, i.e., FTO) layer and used as a photo electrode in a dye solar cell (DSC). Using spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements in the 200 to 800 nm wavelengths domain, we obtain a thickness of the TiO2 film in the range of 70 to 80 nm. Characterizations by X-ray diffraction and atomic force microscopy (AFM) show a polycrystalline film. In addition, AFM investigation shows no cracks in the formed layer. Using an ultraviolet-visible near-infrared spectrophotometer, we found that the transmittance of the TiO2 film in the visible domain reaches 75%. From the measured current-voltage or I-V characteristic under AM1.5 illumination of the formed DSC, we obtain an open circuit voltage Voc = 628 mV and a short circuit current Isc = 22.6 μA, where the surface of the formed cell is 3.14 cm2.

  9. Processing and dielectric properties of ZnTiO3 ceramics prepared from nanopowder synthesised by sol-gel technique

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    Sophie d’Astorg

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available ZnTiO3 nanopowders were obtained by sol-gel method. The nanopowders were characterised by means of TGA/DTA analysis, X-ray diffraction, TMA analysis and SEM characterisation. The results show that the crystalline structure of the sol-gel powders was obtained at 600 °C, with crystallite sizes of 10 nm. SEM shows that most of the prepared ZnTiO3 nanopowders are agglomerated. Since agglomeration plays an important role in the sintering of the ZnTiO3 ceramics, different deagglomeration techniques (ultrasonication, pulverisation and attrition milling were investigated. Dense ZnTiO3 structure was obtained from the attrition milled powder at 1050 °C and its dielectric characteristics were also investigated (εr =25, tε= -26 ppm/°C and tgδ < 10-3 at 1 MHz. The low sintering temperature and the good dielectric properties show promise for the manufacture of multilayered capacitors with internal copper electrodes.

  10. Synthesis and magnetic properties of barium-calcium hexaferrite particles prepared by sol-gel and microemulsion techniques

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    Jotania, R.B. [Department of Physics, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad 380 009, Gujarat (India)], E-mail: rbjotania@gmail.com; Khomane, R.B. [Chemical Engineering Division, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune 411008, Maharastra (India); Chauhan, C.C. [Department of Physics, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad 380 009, Gujarat (India); Menon, S.K. [Department of Chemistry, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad 380 009, Gujarat (India); Kulkarni, B.D. [Chemical Engineering Division, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune 411008, Maharastra (India)

    2008-03-15

    The preparation of W-type hexaferrite particles with the composition BaCa{sub 2}Fe{sub 16}O{sub 27} by microemulsion and a stearic acid sol-gel method with and without surfactant has been investigated at various sintering temperatures. The structural and magnetic characteristics have been studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD), a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetric (DSC) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) techniques. The effect of sintering temperature on the properties of BaCa{sub 2}Fe{sub 16}O{sub 27} hexaferrites has been studied. The value of saturation magnetization (M{sub s}) depends on types of surfactant used. The sample prepared in the presence of polyoxyethylene (20) sorbitan monooleat (Tween 80) shows low saturation magnetization (M{sub s}=15.10 emu/g), whereas the other sample prepared in the presence of a surfactant cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) exhibits high saturation magnetization (M{sub s}=24.60 emu/g) compared to the normal sample.

  11. Optical properties of thin flms of MEH-PPV produced by the spin-coating technique at different rotational speeds

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    Paulo Sérgio Soares Guimarães

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available We present a study on the optical properties of thin flms of poly[2-methoxy-5-(20-ethyl-hexyloxy-1,4-phenylene vinylene] (MEH-PPV produced at a concentration of 10 mg/ml xylene. The solution was deposited onto glass substrates by the spin-coating technique at different rotational speeds (300, 1000 and 4000 rpm. We study the effect of rotational speeds on the sample at 300 K, by analyzing the photoluminescence (PL spectra at different points of the polymeric flm. We also analyze the effects of the excitation power on the optical behavior of MEH-PPV at 300 K. At low temperatures the PL spectra of sample A1000 (1000 rpm show a narrow peak for the electronic transition and a series of vibronic sidebands which reveal the electron coupling with two different vibronic modes. In the temperature range of 130 K to 290 K, we analyze systematically the transition lineshapes in the optical spectra using Gaussian curves.

  12. Antisolvent crystallisation is a potential technique to prepare engineered lactose with promising aerosolisation properties: effect of saturation degree.

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    Kaialy, Waseem; Nokhodchi, Ali

    2012-11-01

    Engineered lactose particles were prepared by anti-solvent crystallisation technique using lactose solutions with different saturation degrees. In comparison to commercial lactose, engineered lactose particles exhibited less elongated and more irregular shape (large aggregates composed of smaller sub-units), rougher surface texture, higher specific surface area, and different anomer form. Engineered lactose powders demonstrated smaller bulk density, smaller tap density, and higher porosity than commercial lactose powder. Dry powder inhaler (DPI) formulations containing engineered lactose and salbutamol sulphate as a model drug demonstrated improved drug content homogeneity and higher amounts of drug delivered to lower airway regions. Higher fine particle fraction of drug was obtained in the case of lactose powders with higher porosity, higher specific surface area and higher fine particle content (lactose solution used during crystallisation the smaller the specific surface area, the higher the amorphous lactose content, and the higher the β-lactose content of engineered lactose particles. Also, lactose powders obtained from lactose solution with higher degree of saturation showed higher bulk and tap densities and smaller porosity. Engineered lactose powders crystallized from lower saturation degree (20% and 30% w/v) deposited higher amounts of drug on lower airway regions. In conclusion, this study demonstrated that it is possible to prepare engineered lactose particles with favourable properties (e.g. higher fine particle fraction and better drug content homogeneity) for DPI formulations by using lactose solutions with lower degree of saturation during crystallisation process. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Structural, electrical and optical properties of indium chloride doped ZnO films synthesized by Ultrasonic Spray Pyrolysis technique

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    Zaleta-Alejandre, E., E-mail: ezaleta@fis.cinvestav.mx [Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados-IPN, Departamento de Fisica, Apdo, Postal 14-470, Del. Gustavo A. Madero, C.P. 07000, Mexico, D.F. (Mexico); Camargo-Martinez, J.; Ramirez-Garibo, A. [Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados-IPN, Departamento de Fisica, Apdo, Postal 14-470, Del. Gustavo A. Madero, C.P. 07000, Mexico, D.F. (Mexico); Perez-Arrieta, M.L. [Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Academica de Fisica, Calzada Solidaridad esq. Paseo, La Bufa s/n, C.P. 98060, Zacatecas, Mexico (Mexico); Balderas-Xicohtencatl, R.; Rivera-Alvarez, Z. [Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados-IPN, Departamento de Fisica, Apdo, Postal 14-470, Del. Gustavo A. Madero, C.P. 07000, Mexico, D.F. (Mexico); Aguilar-Frutis, M. [Centro de Investigacion en Ciencia Aplicada y Tecnologia Avanzada-IPN, Legaria 694, Col. Irrigacion, Del. Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico, D.F. (Mexico); Falcony, C. [Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados-IPN, Departamento de Fisica, Apdo, Postal 14-470, Del. Gustavo A. Madero, C.P. 07000, Mexico, D.F. (Mexico)

    2012-12-01

    Indium chloride doped zinc oxide (ZnO:In) thin films were deposited onto glass substrates using zinc acetate by Ultrasonic Spray Pyrolysis technique. The effect of substrate temperature, deposition time and acetic acid added to the spraying solution on the structural, electrical and optical properties of these ZnO:In films is reported. The films were in all cases polycrystalline with a hexagonal (wurtzite) structure, a transparency over 80% and resistivity of the order of 10{sup -3}-10{sup -2} Ohm-Sign {center_dot}cm. The resistivity was dependent on the volume % of acetic acid added to the spraying solution. The minimum resistivity value was obtained with a 5 vol.% acetic acid (pH = 3.71) at substrate temperature of 450 Degree-Sign C. The deposition rates obtained were as high as 180 A{center_dot}min{sup -1} at a substrate temperature of 450 Degree-Sign C. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Conductive ZnO:In thin films were deposited by Ultrasonic Spray Pyrolysis (USP). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer USP is of low cost, high growth rates and scalable for industrial applications. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer USP is appropriate for the deposition of metallic oxide films. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We studied the effect of acetic acid, time deposition and substrate temperature. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Zinc acetate and indium chloride were used as precursor materials.

  14. Bacteria Adherence Properties of Nitrogen-Doped TiO2 Coatings by Plasma Surface Alloying Technique

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    WANG Hefeng; TANG Bin; LIN Naiming; LI Xiuyan; FAN Ailan; SHU Xuefeng

    2012-01-01

    In order to obtain a high-performance surface on 316L stainless steel (S.S) that can meet the requirements in medical material field environment,nitrogen-doped titanium dioxide (TiO2-xNx) was synthesized by oxidative annealing the resulted TiNx coatings in air.Titanium nitride coatings on 316L S.S were obtained by plasma surface alloying technique.The as-prepared coatings were characterized by X-ray diffraction,glow discharge optical emission spectrometer (GDOES),scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy,respectively.The bacteria adherence property of the TiO2-xNx coatings on S.S on the oral bacteria Streptococcus Mutans was investigated and compared with that of S.S by fluorescence microscopy.The mechanism of the bacteria adherence was discussed.The results show that the TiO2-xNx coatings are composed of anatase crystalline structure.SEM measurement indicates a rough surface morphology with three-dimensional homogenous protuberances after annealing treatment.Because of the photocatalysis and positive adhesion free energy,the TiO2-xNx coatings inhibit the bacteria adherence.

  15. Structural, morphological and electrical properties of Sn-substituted Ni-Zn ferrites synthesized by double sintering technique

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    Ali, M. A.; Uddin, M. M.; Khan, M. N. I.; Chowdhury, F.-U.-Z.; Haque, S. M.

    2017-02-01

    The Sn-substituted Ni-Zn ferrites, (0.0≤x≤0.30), have been synthesized by the standard double sintering technique from the oxide nanopowders of Ni, Zn, Fe and Sn. The structural and electrical properties have been investigated by the X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), DC resistivity and dielectric measurements. From XRD data, the single cubic spinel phase has been confirmed for x≤0.1, whereas for x>0.1 an extra intermediate phase has been detected along with the cubic spinel phase of Ni-Zn ferrite. The grain size is increased due to Sn substitution in Ni-Zn ferrites. DC resistivity as a function of temperature has been measured by two probe method. The semiconducting nature has been found operative in the samples. The DC resistivity was found to decrease whilst the dielectric constant increased with increasing Sn content in Ni-Zn ferrites. The unusual behavior of the dielectric loss factor of the ferrites was explained by the Rezlescu model. The electrical relaxation of the ferrites has been studied in terms of electric modulus formalism and the time for dielectric relaxation was calculated. The contribution of grain resistance has been studied from the Cole-Cole plot. The suitability to use the as prepared samples in the miniaturized memory devices based capacitive components or energy storage principles are confirmed from the values of dielectric constant.

  16. Tribological Properties of Mo-N Hard Coatings on Ti6Al4V by Double Glow Discharge Technique

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    Xiuyan LI; Bin TANG; Junde PAN; Daoxin LIU; Zhong XU

    2003-01-01

    Mo-N hard coatings on Ti6Al4V were formed using double glow discharge technique. The fundamental coating properties,such as the phase, hardness and elastic modulus were investigated. The tribological performances of the coatings in dry wear condition were studied by means of ball-on-disc wear machine. The experimental results showed that the thickness of the Mo-N hard coating was about 10 μm. The coating was single fcc γ-Mo2N phase with (200) preferred orientation. The hardness and the elastic modulus of the coating was 13.80 GPa and 261.65 GPa respectively. The surface treatment enhanced the hardness and elastic modulus of the surface of Ti6Al4V base greatly. With GCr15 slider ball, the friction coefficient of the Mo-N hard coatingwas in the range of 0.56~0.65 at the steady state. Though the coating did not show friction reducing effect, it improved the wear resistance of Ti6Al4V greatly.

  17. Characterization and photocatalytic properties of cotton fibers modified with ZnO nanoparticles using sol–gel spin coating technique

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    Mohamed Shaban

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs were prepared using the sol–gel method. Cotton fibers were loaded with ZnO nanoparticles using sol–gel spin coating technique. The prepared ZnO NPs and ZnO-coated cotton were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX. The self-cleaning property of ZnO-coated cotton and the photocatalytic removal of methyl orange dye from the contaminated water and cotton fibers were studied by measuring the optical absorbance after exposure to sunlight and Philips 200W lamp illumination. The results showed that the cotton loaded with ZnO nanoparticles could efficiently decompose 73% of methyl orange dye in the sunlight and 30.7% in the lamp illumination after 12 hours. ZnO nanoparticles decomposed methyl orange dye by 92.7% in the sunlight and 26.4% in the lamp illumination after 7 hours.

  18. Thermomechanical and Photophysical Properties of Crystal-Violet-Dye/H2O Based Dissolutions via the Pulsed Laser Photoacoustic Technique

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    Vicente Torres-Zúñiga

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Different thermoelastic parameters, for example, the acoustic attenuation and the speed of sound, are fundamental for instrumental calibration and quantitative characterization of organic-based dissolutions. In this work, these parameters as functions of the concentration of an organic dye (crystal-violet: CV in distillated water (H2O based dissolutions are investigated. The speed of sound was measured by the pulsed-laser photoacoustic technique (PLPA, which consists in the generation of acoustic-waves by the optical absorption of pulsed light in a given material (in this case a liquid sample. The thermally generated sound-waves traveling through a fluid are detected with two piezoelectric sensors separated by a known distance. An appropriate processing of the photoacoustic signals allows an adequate data analysis of the generated waves within the system, providing an accurate determination of the speed of sound as function of the dye-concentration. The acoustic attenuation was calculated based on the distance of the two PZT-microphones to an acoustic-source point and performing linear-fitting of the experimental data (RMS-amplitudes as function of the dye-concentration. An important advantage of the PLPA-method is that it can be implemented with poor or null optical transmitting materials permitting the characterization of the mechanical and concentration/aggregate properties of dissolved organic compounds.

  19. Determination of the mechanical properties of the hydrides of zirconium by nano indentation techniques; Determinacion de las propiedades mecanicas de los hidruros de circonio mediante tecnicas de nanoindentacion

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    Ruiz Hervias, J.; Rico, A.; Martin Rengel, M. A.

    2013-07-01

    The mechanical properties of nuclear fuel cladding may be affected by the presence of hydrides. In most studies until now, the average mechanical properties of the zirconium matrix and the hydrides have been measured. In this paper, nano indentation techniques were used to assess the mechanical properties of both phases, namely the zirconium hydrides and matrix, separately. To this end, pre-hydrided cladding samples with 150 and 1200 ppm hydrogen were employed, and the elastic modulus, hardness and yield stress were obtained for both phases.

  20. Rufus Choate: A Unique Orator.

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    Markham, Reed

    Rufus Choate, a Massachusetts lawyer and orator, has been described as a "unique and romantic phenomenon" in America's history. Born in 1799 in Essex, Massachusetts, Choate graduated from Dartmouth College and attended Harvard Law School. Choate's goal was to be the top in his profession. Daniel Webster was Choate's hero. Choate became well…

  1. Uniqueness of PL Minimal Surfaces

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    Yi NI

    2007-01-01

    Using a standard fact in hyperbolic geometry, we give a simple proof of the uniqueness of PL minimal surfaces, thus filling in a gap in the original proof of Jaco and Rubinstein. Moreover, in order to clarify some ambiguity, we sharpen the definition of PL minimal surfaces, and prove a technical lemma on the Plateau problem in the hyperbolic space.

  2. On the Nagumo uniqueness theorem

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    Octavian G. Mustafa; O'Regan, Donal

    2011-01-01

    By a convenient reparametrisation of the integral curves of a nonlinear ordinary differential equation (ODE), we are able to improve the conclusions of the recent contribution [A. Constantin, Proc. Japan Acad. {\\bf 86(A)} (2010), 41--44]. In this way, we establish a flexible uniqueness criterion for ODEs without Lipschitz-like nonlinearities.

  3. The Lasso Problem and Uniqueness

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    Tibshirani, Ryan J

    2012-01-01

    The lasso is a popular tool for sparse linear regression, especially for problems in which the number of variables p exceeds the number of observations n. But when p>n, the lasso criterion is not strictly convex, and hence it may not have a unique minimum. An important question is: when is the lasso solution well-defined (unique)? We review results from the literature, which show that if the predictor variables are drawn from a continuous probability distribution, then there is a unique lasso solution with probability one, regardless of the sizes of n and p. We also show that this result extends easily to $\\ell_1$ penalized minimization problems over a wide range of loss functions. A second important question is: how can we deal with the case of non-uniqueness in lasso solutions? In light of the aforementioned result, this case really only arises when some of the predictor variables are discrete, or when some post-processing has been performed on continuous predictor measurements. Though we certainly cannot c...

  4. Effect of sandblasting intensity on microstructures and properties of pure titanium micro-arc oxidation coatings in an optimized composite technique

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    Wang, Hong-Yuan; Zhu, Rui-Fu; Lu, Yu-Peng; Xiao, Gui-Yong; He, Kun; Yuan, Y. F.; Ma, Xiao-Ni; Li, Ying

    2014-02-01

    Sandblasting is one of the most effective methods to modify a metal surface and improve its properties for application. Micro-arc oxidation (MAO) could produce a ceramic coating on a dental implant, facilitating cellular differentiation and osseocomposite on it. This study aims to deposit bioceramic Ca- and P-containing coatings on sandblasted commercially pure titanium by an optimum composite technique to improve the bioactive performance. The effect of sandblasting intensity on microstructures and properties of the implant coatings is examined, and the modified surfaces are characterized in terms of their topography, phase, chemical composition, mechanical properties and hydroxyapatite (HA)-inducing ability. The results show that a moderate sandblasting micromachines the substrate in favorable combination of rough and residual stresses; its MAO coating deposits nano-hydroxyapatite after immersion in simulated body fluid (SBF) for 5 days exhibiting better bioactivity. The further improvement of the implant surface performance is attributed to an optimized composite technique.

  5. Uniqueness theorems in linear elasticity

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    Knops, Robin John

    1971-01-01

    The classical result for uniqueness in elasticity theory is due to Kirchhoff. It states that the standard mixed boundary value problem for a homogeneous isotropic linear elastic material in equilibrium and occupying a bounded three-dimensional region of space possesses at most one solution in the classical sense, provided the Lame and shear moduli, A and J1 respectively, obey the inequalities (3 A + 2 J1) > 0 and J1>O. In linear elastodynamics the analogous result, due to Neumann, is that the initial-mixed boundary value problem possesses at most one solution provided the elastic moduli satisfy the same set of inequalities as in Kirchhoffs theorem. Most standard textbooks on the linear theory of elasticity mention only these two classical criteria for uniqueness and neglect altogether the abundant literature which has appeared since the original publications of Kirchhoff. To remedy this deficiency it seems appropriate to attempt a coherent description ofthe various contributions made to the study of uniquenes...

  6. Uniqueness and Non-uniqueness in the Einstein Constraints

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    Pfeiffer, H P; Pfeiffer, Harald P.; York, James W.

    2005-01-01

    We examine numerically a sequence of free data for the conformal thin sandwich (CTS) equations representing non-linearly perturbed Minkowski spacetimes. We find only one solution for the standard (four) CTS equations; however, we find {\\em two} distinct solutions for the same free data when the lapse is determined by a fifth elliptic equation arising from specification of the time derivative of the mean curvature. For a given {\\em physical} (conformally scaled) amplitude of the perturbation, the solution for the physical data $g_{ij}, K_{ij}$ nevertheless appears to be unique.

  7. Transparent conducting properties of Ni doped zinc oxide thin films prepared by a facile spray pyrolysis technique using perfume atomizer

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    Bouaoud, A.; Rmili, A.; Ouachtari, F.; Louardi, A.; Chtouki, T. [Laboratoire des Hautes Energies, Sciences de l' Ingenierie et Reacteurs (LHESIR), Equipe Ingenierie et Materiaux (INMA), Departement de Physique, Faculte des Sciences, Kenitra (Morocco); Elidrissi, B., E-mail: e.bachir@mailcity.com [Laboratoire des Hautes Energies, Sciences de l' Ingenierie et Reacteurs (LHESIR), Equipe Ingenierie et Materiaux (INMA), Departement de Physique, Faculte des Sciences, Kenitra (Morocco); Erguig, H. [Laboratoire des Hautes Energies, Sciences de l' Ingenierie et Reacteurs (LHESIR), Equipe Ingenierie et Materiaux (INMA), Departement de Physique, Faculte des Sciences, Kenitra (Morocco); Ecole Nationale des Sciences Appliquees de Kenitra (ENSAK) (Morocco)

    2013-01-15

    Undoped and Ni doped zinc oxide (Ni-ZnO) thin films were prepared by a facile spray pyrolysis technique using perfume atomizer from aqueous solution of anhydrous zinc acetate (Zn(CH{sub 3}COOH){sub 2} and hexahydrated nickel chloride (NiCl{sub 2}{center_dot}6H{sub 2}O) as sources of zinc and nickel, respectively. The films were deposited onto the amorphous glass substrates kept at (450 Degree-Sign C). The effect of the [Ni]/[Zn] ratio on the structural, morphological, optical and electrical properties of Ni doped ZnO thin film was studied. It was found from X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis that both the undoped and Ni doped ZnO films were crystallized in the hexagonal structure with a preferred orientation of the crystallites along the [002] direction perpendicular to the substrate. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images showed a relatively dense surface structure composed of crystallites in the spherical form whose average size decreases when the [Ni]/[Zn] ratio increases. The optical study showed that all the films were highly transparent. The optical transmittance in the visible region varied between 75 and 85%, depending on the dopant concentrations. The variation of the band gap versus the [Ni]/[Zn] ratio showed that the energy gap decreases from 2.95 to 2.72 eV as the [Ni]/[Zn] ratio increases from 0 to 0.02 and then increases to reach 3.22 eV for [Ni]/[Zn] = 0.04. The films obtained with the [Ni]/[Zn] ratio = 0.02 showed minimum resistivity of 2 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -3} {Omega} cm at room temperature. -- Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The optical transmittance of Ni doped ZnO varies between 75 and 85%. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The energy gap of these films decreases from 2.95 to 2.72 eV as the [Ni]/[Zn] ratio increases from 0 to 0.02. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The energy gap increases to reach 3.22 eV for [Ni]/[Zn] = 0.04. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The films obtained with [Ni]/[Zn] ratio = 0.02 show minimum resistivity of 2

  8. Effect of V Dopant on Physicochemical Properties of Vanadium-Doped Anatase Synthesized via Simple Reflux Technique

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    Hari Sutrisno

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Mesoporous pure TiO2 (M-TiO2 and mesoporous-vanadium-doped TiO2 (M-V-doped TiO2 were successfully synthesized via a facile and simple reflux technique. The purpose of this research was to study the effect of vanadium dopant on the physicochemical properties of all materials obtained. Characterization of the prepared materials was carried out using X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDS and N2-adsorption-desorption analysis. The presence of Ti and O elements in M-TiO2 and of Ti, V and O elements in M-V doped TiO2 could be detected by SEM-EDS, while the patterns of X-ray diffraction of all the prepared samples had a well-crystalline surface of anatase type. All mesoporous vanadium-doped TiO2 (M-V-doped TiO2 materials performed in a highly transparent mode in the visible region at 554 nm (Eg = 2.24 eV and 588 nm (Eg = 2.12 eV for 3.3 and 4.9 wt% V doped TiO2, respectively. The Rietveld refinement method was applied to extract the structural parameters of the M-TiO2 and M-V-doped TiO2 using the Fullprof program in the WinPlotr package. The prepared materials were refined in the crystal system and space group of anatase (tetragonal, I41/amd (141. The vanadium ion was successfully doped into TiO2. The isotherm type of M-TiO2 and 2.3 wt% V doped TiO2 were of type IV, with a profile of type H2 hysteresis loops, while the 3.3 and 4.9 wt% vanadium-doped TiO2 reflected isotherm type III. The Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET results showed a significant reduction in surface area due to increased concentrations of vanadium. The highest values of BET-specific surface area, pore volume and average pore size of M-TiO2 were 46 m2/g, 18.45 nm and 0.2572 cm3/g respectively.

  9. Miniaturized disk bend test-a new technique for monitoring the changes of mechanical properties of structural materials operating in extreme conditions

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    2005-01-01

    Method of Miniaturized Disk Bend Test (MDBT) originally designed for the tests of irradiated materials is a convenient technique for monitoring the degradation of mechanical properties of structural materials operating in extreme conditions. A small size of specimens (disks with 3 mm in diameter and 0.1-0.3 mm in thickness) as well as possibility to use the standard equipments for tension and/or pressure tests allow minimizing the financial charge for application of this method in practice and enable to keep up in the real time with (watch on) the changes of materials mechanical properties induced by the effect of unfavorable environment. Wide application of MDBT or other methods for miniaturized specimen tests does possible to inspect on the fly the changes of strength and ductility of the materials, and, of the expense of it, to prevent an alert conditions caused by the materials degradation, for instance, catastrophic embrittlement.In the paper, methodical aspects of MDBT technique application for estimation of structural materials mechanical properties have been considered. By the example of own results and literature data, the possibilities of MDBT method are demonstrated as well as the correlation of obtained from this technique parameters with the standard mechanical properties such as strength, yield stress and ductility of metals.

  10. Structural,Morphological and Optical Properties of Well-Ordered CdO Nanostructures Synthesized by Easy-Economical Chemical Bath Deposition Technique

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    Sibel Morko Karadeniz; Tuba Kln; Burcu Bozkurt rak; Tuba Irmak Sakaoglu; agr rak; Mehmet Ertugrul; Ali Ercan Ekinci

    2016-01-01

    In this Study ,Cadmium Oxide (CdO) nanostructures were synthesized by using Chemical Bath Dep‐osition Technique .The synthesized process was carried out at room temperature .The structural and optical properties of nanostructures was characterized by XRD ,SEM and UV‐Vis techniques .As a result ,the CdO nanostructures are oriented along (111) plane of cubic crystal structure .The morphology of CdO nanostruc‐tures showed interconnected prism‐like and cauliflower‐type cluster nanostructure . The UV results of this structures with high absorbtion coefficient are observed to be in accordance with the CdO nanoparticles .

  11. Lithium nephropathy: unique sonographic findings.

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    Di Salvo, Donald N; Park, Joseph; Laing, Faye C

    2012-04-01

    This case series describes a unique sonographic appearance consisting of numerous microcysts and punctate echogenic foci seen on renal sonograms of 10 adult patients receiving chronic lithium therapy. Clinically, chronic renal insufficiency was present in 6 and nephrogenic diabetes insipidus in 2. Sonography showed numerous microcysts and punctate echogenic foci. Computed tomography in 5 patients confirmed microcysts and microcalcifications, which were fewer in number than on sonography. Magnetic resonance imaging in 2 patients confirmed microcysts in each case. Renal biopsy in 1 patient showed chronic interstitial nephritis, microcysts, and tubular dilatation. The diagnosis of lithium nephropathy should be considered when sonography shows these findings.

  12. Mucormycosis in India: unique features.

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    Chakrabarti, Arunaloke; Singh, Rachna

    2014-12-01

    Mucormycosis remains a devastating invasive fungal infection, with high mortality rates even after active management. The disease is being reported at an alarming frequency over the past decades from India. Indian mucormycosis has certain unique features. Rhino-orbito-cerebral presentation associated with uncontrolled diabetes is the predominant characteristic. Isolated renal mucormycosis has emerged as a new clinical entity. Apophysomyces elegans and Rhizopus homothallicus are emerging species in this region and uncommon agents such as Mucor irregularis and Thamnostylum lucknowense are also being reported. This review focuses on these distinct features of mucormycosis observed in India.

  13. Analysis of unique beta transitions

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    Eman, B.; Krmpotic, F.; Tadic, D;

    1967-01-01

    The Heidelberg group measurements [For abstr. see Phys. Rev. Nucl. Sci. Vol. 15 (1965)] of unique forbidden transitions have been analysed. It has been found that experimental shape factors can be reproduced only with the induced pseudoscalar form factor d ...-non-conserving tensor form factor b > 0. In the former case they contradict Daniel's results [See abstr. 1966A10720] for 0- rarr 0+ transitions, whereas in the latter they are in disagreement with other known analyses of mu-meson capture, allowed and forbidden transitions. The conclusion appears to be independent...

  14. Dielectric properties of the BaTi0.85Zr 0.15O3 ceramics prepared by different techniques

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    Lavinia Petronela Curecheriu

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Three different processing routes, i.e. the classical solid state reaction technique the sol-precipitation method and the oxalate route, were employed for preparing BaTi0.85Zr0.15O3 ceramics. The dielectric properties of these ceramics are comparatively analyzed. The obtained results show that the dielectric properties of these ceramics, even having the same composition, are highly sensitive to the preparation route, causing differences in the microstructures and in the local electrical inhomogeneity, thus, causing complicated dielectric relaxation phenomena.

  15. Denture identification using unique identification authority of India barcode

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    Sudhindra Mahoorkar

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Over the years, various denture marking systems have been reported in the literature for personal identification. They have been broadly divided into surface marking and inclusion methods. In this technique, patient′s unique identification number and barcode printed in the patient′s Aadhaar card issued by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI are used as denture markers. This article describes a simple, quick, and economical method for identification of individual.

  16. Property.

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    Piele, Philip K.

    Chapter 7 of a book on school law, this chapter deals with 1979 cases involving disputes over property. Cases involving taxpayer attempts to prevent the construction of school buildings dominate this year's property chapter, as they did last year's. Yet, paradoxically, there is also a significant increase in cases in which taxpayers tried to…

  17. Application Analysis of Real Property Mass Appraisal Technique%房地产批量评估技术的应用分析

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    肖历一

    2016-01-01

    虽然我国目前还没有对房地产保有环节进行普遍的税收征管,但是在房地产存量交易的税收核价环节以及金融机构的风险控制部门等都已经存在了房地产批量评估的需求。市场上出现了一些批量评估的系统或产品,在批量评估技术方面已经具有了一定的社会实践基础,就目前几个主流的房地产批量评估技术做一简要汇总和分析,希望有助于房地产批量评估技术的深入探讨和研究。%Although the government will not levy property tax wide in the short term,the demand of property mass appraisal has existed in the price reviewing of property transaction tax and risk management of financial institutions.Some systems or products of mass appraisal already occurred in the market,and mass appraisal technique already had practical basis in certain extent.Several main techniques of property mass appraisal will be analyzed and summarized in this article so as to improve the further research of property mass appraisal technique.

  18. Comparative analysis of property taxation policies within Greece and Cyprus evaluating the use of GIS, CAMA, and remote sensing techniques

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    Dimopoulos, Thomas; Labropoulos, Tassos; Hadjimitsis, Diofantos G.

    2014-08-01

    This paper aims to examine how CAMA, GIS and Remote Sensing are integrated to assist property taxation. Real property tax apart from its fiscal dimension is directly linked to geographic location. The value of the land and other immovable features such as buildings and structures is determined from specific parameters. All these immovable assets are visible and have specific geographic location & coordinates, materials, occupied area, land-use & utility, ownership & occupancy status and finally a specific value (ad valorem property taxation system) according to which the property tax is levied to taxpayers. Of high importance in the tax imposing procedure is that the use of CAMA, GIS and Remote Sensing tools is capable of providing effective and efficient collection of this property value determining data. Furthermore, these tools can track changes during a property's lifecycle such parcel subdivision into plots, demolition of a building and development of a new one or track a change in the planning zone. The integration of these systems also supports a full range of business processes on revenue mobilization ranging from billing to taxpayers objections management.

  19. Investigations of the structural, morphological and electrical properties of multilayer ZnO/TiO2 thin films, deposited by sol-gel technique

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    Khan, M. I.; Bhatti, K. A.; Qindeel, Rabia; Bousiakou, Leda G.; Alonizan, Norah; Fazal-e-Aleem

    Investigations of the structural, morphological and electrical properties of multilayer ZnO/TiO2 thin films deposited by sol-gel technique on glass substrate. Sol-gel is a technique in which compound is dissolved in a liquid in order to bring it back as a solid in a controlled manner. TiO2 solution was obtained by dissolving 0.4 g of TiO2 nano powder in 5 ml ethanol and 5 ml diethylene glycol. ZnO solution was obtained by dissolving 0.88 g zinc acetate in 20 ml of 2-methoxyethanol. X-ray diffraction (XRD) (PW 3050/60 PANalytical X'Pert PRO diffractometer) results showed that the crystallinity is improved when the number of ZnO/TiO2 layers increased. Also it shows the three phases (rutile, anatase and brookite) of TiO2. Surface morphology measured by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) (Quanta 250 fei) revealed that Crakes are present on the surface of ZnO/TiO2 thin films which are decreased when the number of ZnO/TiO2 layers increased. Four point probe (KIETHLEY instrument) technique used to investigate the electrical properties of ZnO/TiO2 showed the average resistivity decreased by increasing the number of ZnO/TiO2 layers. These results indicated that the multilayer thin films improved the quality of film crystallinity and electrical properties as compared to single layer.

  20. Effect of different drying techniques on flowability characteristics and chemical properties of natural carbohydrate-protein Gum from durian fruit seed

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    Mirhosseini Hamed

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background A natural carbohydrate biopolymer was extracted from the agricultural biomass waste (durian seed. Subsequently, the crude biopolymer was purified by using the saturated barium hydroxide to minimize the impurities. Finally, the effect of different drying techniques on the flow characteristics and functional properties of the purified biopolymer was investigated. The present study elucidated the main functional characteristics such as flow characteristics, water- and oil-holding capacity, solubility, and foaming capacity. Results In most cases except for oven drying, the bulk density decreased, thus increasing the porosity. This might be attributed to the increase in the inter-particle voids of smaller sized particles with larger contact surface areas per unit volume. The current study revealed that oven-dried gum and freeze-dried gum had the highest and lowest compressibility index, thus indicating the weakest and strongest flowability among all samples. In the present work, the freeze-dried gum showed the lowest angle of repose, bulk, tapped and true density. This indicates the highest porosity degree of freeze dried gum among dried seed gums. It also exhibited the highest solubility, and foaming capacity thus providing the most desirable functional properties and flow characteristics among all drying techniques. Conclusion The present study revealed that freeze drying among all drying techniques provided the most desirable functional properties and flow characteristics for durian seed gum.

  1. The Einstein constraints: uniqueness and non-uniqueness in the conformal thin sandwich approach

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    Baumgarte, T W; Pfeiffer, H P; Baumgarte, Thomas W.; Murchadha, Niall \\'{O}; Pfeiffer, Harald P.

    2006-01-01

    We study the appearance of multiple solutions to certain decompositions of Einstein's constraint equations. Pfeiffer and York recently reported the existence of two branches of solutions for identical background data in the extended conformal thin-sandwich decomposition. We show that the Hamiltonian constraint alone, when expressed in a certain way, admits two branches of solutions with properties very similar to those found by Pfeiffer and York. We construct these two branches analytically for a constant-density star in spherical symmetry, but argue that this behavior is more general. In the case of the Hamiltonian constraint this non-uniqueness is well known to be related to the sign of one particular term, and we argue that the extended conformal thin-sandwich equations contain a similar term that causes the breakdown of uniqueness.

  2. Unique Features of Mobile Commerce

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    DING Xiaojun; IIJIMA Junichi; HO Sho

    2004-01-01

    While the market potentials and impacts of web-based e-commerce are still in the ascendant, the advances in wireless technologies and mobile networks have brought about a new business opportunity and research attention, what is termed mobile commerce. Commonly, mobile commerce is considered to be another new application of existing web-based e-commerce onto wireless networks, but as an independent business area, mobile commerce has its own advantages and challenges as opposed to traditional e-commerce applications. This paper focuses on exploring the unique features of mobile commerce as. Compared with traditional e-commerce. Also, there are still some limitations arisen in m-commerce in contrast to web-based e-commerce. Finally, current state of mobile commerce in Japan is presented in brief, with an introduction of several cases involving mobile commerce applications in today 's marketplace.

  3. Unique features of space reactors

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    Buden, David

    Space reactors are designed to meet a unique set of requirements; they must be sufficiently compact to be launched in a rocket to their operational location, operate for many years without maintenance and servicing, operate in extreme environments, and reject heat by radiation to space. To meet these restrictions, operating temperatures are much greater than in terrestrial power plants, and the reactors tend to have a fast neutron spectrum. Currently, a new generation of space reactor power plants is being developed. The major effort is in the SP-100 program, where the power plant is being designed for seven years of full power, and no maintenance operation at a reactor outlet operating temperature of 1350 K.

  4. The probabilities of unique events.

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    Sangeet S Khemlani

    Full Text Available Many theorists argue that the probabilities of unique events, even real possibilities such as President Obama's re-election, are meaningless. As a consequence, psychologists have seldom investigated them. We propose a new theory (implemented in a computer program in which such estimates depend on an intuitive non-numerical system capable only of simple procedures, and a deliberative system that maps intuitions into numbers. The theory predicts that estimates of the probabilities of conjunctions should often tend to split the difference between the probabilities of the two conjuncts. We report two experiments showing that individuals commit such violations of the probability calculus, and corroborating other predictions of the theory, e.g., individuals err in the same way even when they make non-numerical verbal estimates, such as that an event is highly improbable.

  5. The Evolution of Human Uniqueness.

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    Boyd, Robert

    2017-01-09

    The human species is an outlier in the natural world. Two million years ago our ancestors were a slightly odd apes. Now we occupy the largest ecological and geographical range of any species, have larger biomass, and process more energy. Usually, this transformation is explained in terms of cognitive ability-people are just smarter than all the rest. In this paper I argue that culture, our ability to learn from each other, and cooperation, our ability to make common cause with large groups of unrelated individuals are the real roots of human uniqueness, and sketch an evolutionary account of how these crucial abilities co-evolved with each other and with other features of our life histories.

  6. Annealing effects on the structural and optical properties of vanadium oxide film obtained by the hot-filament metal oxide deposition technique (HFMOD)

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    Scarminio, Jair; Silva, Paulo Rogerio Catarini da, E-mail: scarmini@uel.br, E-mail: prcsilva@uel.br [Universidade Estadual de Londrina (UEL), PR (Brazil). Departamento de Fisica; Gelamo, Rogerio Valentim, E-mail: rogelamo@gmail.com [Universidade Federal do Triangulo Mineiro (UFTM), Uberaba, MG (Brazil); Moraes, Mario Antonio Bica de, E-mail: bmoraes@mailhost.ifi.unicamp.br [Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), SP (Brazil)

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    Vanadium oxide films amorphous, nonstoichiometric and highly absorbing in the optical region were deposited on ITO-coated glass and on silicon substrates, by the hot-filament metal oxide deposition technique (HFMOD) and oxidized by ex-situ annealing in a furnace at 200, 300, 400 and 500 deg C, under an atmosphere of argon and rarefied oxygen. X-ray diffraction, Raman and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy as well as optical transmission were employed to characterize the amorphous and annealed films. When annealed at 200 and 300 deg C the as-deposited opaque films become transparent but still amorphous. Under treatments at 400 and 500 deg C a crystalline nonstoichiometric V{sub 2}O{sub 5} structure is formed. All the annealed films became semiconducting, with their optical absorption coefficients changing with the annealing temperature. An optical gap of 2.25 eV was measured for the films annealed at 400 and 500 deg C. The annealing in rarefied oxygen atmosphere proved to be a useful and simple ex-situ method to modulate the structural and optical properties of vanadium oxide films deposited by HFMOD technique. This technique could be applied to other amorphous and non-absorbing oxide films, replacing the conventional and sometimes expensive method of modulate desirable film properties by controlling the film deposition parameters. Even more, the HFMOD technique can be an inexpensive alternative to deposit metal oxide films. (author)

  7. Microstructure and properties of hot extruded Cu–1 wt% Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nano-composites synthesized by various techniques

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    Chandrasekhar, S.B., E-mail: chandru@arci.res.in [International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), Balapur P.O, Hyderabad 500005 (India); Sudhakara Sarma, S.; Ramakrishna, M.; Suresh Babu, P.; Rao, Tata N. [International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), Balapur P.O, Hyderabad 500005 (India); Kashyap, B.P. [Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai 400076 (India)

    2014-01-03

    Cu–1 wt% Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nano-composites were prepared by three different methods, namely mechanical alloying, combustion synthesis and electrical explosion of wire, in order to investigate the effect of power processing technique on microstructure and ambient properties. The powders produced by these techniques were hydrogen reduced at 500 °C and subsequently vacuum encapsulated in copper container followed by consolidation using hot extrusion at 800 °C and 600 MPa to nearly full density. As-synthesized composite powders as well as the extruded samples were characterized by scanning electron microscope, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscope, thermal conductivity and electrical conductivity. Microhardness and room temperature deformation behavior in compression at a strain rate of 10{sup −4} s{sup −1} were measured. The mechanically milled powders, upon consolidation, exhibited a finer grain size of 146 nm and a hardness of 164 HV1.0 compared to that obtained by two other techniques, which ranged between 179–390 nm and 135–156 HV1.0, respectively. The physical and mechanical properties were found to vary with grain size according to the Hall-Petch type relationship, irrespective of the processing technique employed for getting these grain sizes.

  8. Fullerenes as unique nanopharmaceuticals for disease treatment

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    2010-01-01

    As unique nanoparticles,fullerenes have attracted much attention due to their unparalleled physical,chemical and biological properties.Various functionalized fullerenes with OH,NH2,COOH,and peptide modifications were developed.It summarized the biological activities of fullerenes derivatives in cancer therapy with high efficiency and low toxicity,as reactive oxygen species scavenger and lipid peroxidation inhibitor,to inhibit human immunodeficiency virus and to suppress bacteria and microbial at low concentration.In addition,the mechanism for fullerene to enter cells and biodistribution of fullerene in vivo was also discussed.This research focuses on the current understanding of fullerenes-based nanomaterials in the potential clinical application as well as biological mechanism of fullerenes and its derivatives in disease therapy.

  9. Genome comparison without alignment using shortest unique substrings

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    Möller Friedrich

    2005-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Sequence comparison by alignment is a fundamental tool of molecular biology. In this paper we show how a number of sequence comparison tasks, including the detection of unique genomic regions, can be accomplished efficiently without an alignment step. Our procedure for nucleotide sequence comparison is based on shortest unique substrings. These are substrings which occur only once within the sequence or set of sequences analysed and which cannot be further reduced in length without losing the property of uniqueness. Such substrings can be detected using generalized suffix trees. Results We find that the shortest unique substrings in Caenorhabditis elegans, human and mouse are no longer than 11 bp in the autosomes of these organisms. In mouse and human these unique substrings are significantly clustered in upstream regions of known genes. Moreover, the probability of finding such short unique substrings in the genomes of human or mouse by chance is extremely small. We derive an analytical expression for the null distribution of shortest unique substrings, given the GC-content of the query sequences. Furthermore, we apply our method to rapidly detect unique genomic regions in the genome of Staphylococcus aureus strain MSSA476 compared to four other staphylococcal genomes. Conclusion We combine a method to rapidly search for shortest unique substrings in DNA sequences and a derivation of their null distribution. We show that unique regions in an arbitrary sample of genomes can be efficiently detected with this method. The corresponding programs shustring (SHortest Unique subSTRING and shulen are written in C and available at http://adenine.biz.fh-weihenstephan.de/shustring/.

  10. Comparison of the properties of Pb thin films deposited on Nb substrate using thermal evaporation and pulsed laser deposition techniques

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    Perrone, A.; Gontad, F.; Lorusso, A.; Di Giulio, M.; Broitman, E.; Ferrario, M.

    2013-11-01

    Pb thin films were prepared at room temperature and in high vacuum by thermal evaporation and pulsed laser deposition techniques. Films deposited by both the techniques were investigated by scanning electron microscopy to determine their surface topology. The structure of the films was studied by X-ray diffraction in θ-2θ geometry. The photoelectron performances in terms of quantum efficiency were deduced by a high vacuum photodiode cell before and after laser cleaning procedures. Relatively high quantum efficiency (>10-5) was obtained for all the deposited films, comparable to that of corresponding bulk. Finally, film to substrate adhesion was also evaluated using the Daimler-Benz Rockwell-C adhesion test method. Weak and strong points of these two competitive techniques are illustrated and discussed.

  11. Material Properties of Various Cast Aluminum Alloys Made Using a Heated Mold Continuous Casting Technique with and without Ultrasonic Vibration

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    Mitsuhiro Okayasu

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available This work was carried out to develop high-quality cast aluminum alloys using a new casting technology. For this purpose, commercial Al alloys were created by heated mold continuous casting (HMC with ultrasonic vibration (UV. With the HMC process, the grain size and the crystal orientation of the Al alloys were controlled, i.e., fine grains with a uniformly organized lattice formation. In addition, an attempt was made to modify the microstructural formation by cavitation. These microstructural characteristics made excellent mechanical properties. Using UV in the continuous casting process, more fine and spherical grains were slightly disordered, which was detected using electron backscattered diffraction. The mechanical properties of the UV HMC Al alloys were slightly higher than those for the related cast Al alloys without UV. Moreover, the severe vibration caused higher mechanical properties. The lattice and dislocation characteristics of the cast samples made with and without UV processes were analyzed systematically using electron backscattered diffraction.

  12. CYP1B1: a unique gene with unique characteristics.

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    Faiq, Muneeb A; Dada, Rima; Sharma, Reetika; Saluja, Daman; Dada, Tanuj

    2014-01-01

    CYP1B1, a recently described dioxin inducible oxidoreductase, is a member of the cytochrome P450 superfamily involved in the metabolism of estradiol, retinol, benzo[a]pyrene, tamoxifen, melatonin, sterols etc. It plays important roles in numerous physiological processes and is expressed at mRNA level in many tissues and anatomical compartments. CYP1B1 has been implicated in scores of disorders. Analyses of the recent studies suggest that CYP1B1 can serve as a universal/ideal cancer marker and a candidate gene for predictive diagnosis. There is plethora of literature available about certain aspects of CYP1B1 that have not been interpreted, discussed and philosophized upon. The present analysis examines CYP1B1 as a peculiar gene with certain distinctive characteristics like the uniqueness in its chromosomal location, gene structure and organization, involvement in developmentally important disorders, tissue specific, not only expression, but splicing, potential as a universal cancer marker due to its involvement in key aspects of cellular metabolism, use in diagnosis and predictive diagnosis of various diseases and the importance and function of CYP1B1 mRNA in addition to the regular translation. Also CYP1B1 is very difficult to express in heterologous expression systems, thereby, halting its functional studies. Here we review and analyze these exceptional and startling characteristics of CYP1B1 with inputs from our own experiences in order to get a better insight into its molecular biology in health and disease. This may help to further understand the etiopathomechanistic aspects of CYP1B1 mediated diseases paving way for better research strategies and improved clinical management.

  13. Synthesis, structural investigation and magnetic properties of Zn{sup 2+} substituted cobalt ferrite nanoparticles prepared by the sol–gel auto-combustion technique

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    Raut, A.V., E-mail: nano9993@gmail.com [Vivekanand Arts and Sardar Dalipsingh Commerce and Science College, Aurangabad, 431004 Maharastra (India); Barkule, R.S.; Shengule, D.R. [Vivekanand Arts and Sardar Dalipsingh Commerce and Science College, Aurangabad, 431004 Maharastra (India); Jadhav, K.M., E-mail: drjadhavkm@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, Aurangabad, 431004 Maharastra (India)

    2014-05-01

    Structural morphology and magnetic properties of the Co{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (0.0≤x≥1.0) spinel ferrite system synthesized by the sol–gel auto-combustion technique using nitrates of respective metal ions have been studied. The ratio of metal nitrates to citric acid was taken at 1:3. The as prepared powder of cobalt zinc ferrite was sintered at 600 °C for 12 h after TG/DTA thermal studies. Compositional stoichiometry was confirmed by energy dispersive analysis of the X-ray (EDAX) technique. Single phase cubic spinel structure of Co–Zn nanoparticles was confirmed by XRD data. The average crystallite size (t), lattice constant (a) and other structural parameters of zinc substituted cobalt ferrite nanoparticles were calculated from XRD followed by SEM and FTIR. It is observed that the sol–gel auto-combustion technique has many advantages for the synthesis of technologically applicable Co–Zn ferrite nanoparticles. The present investigation clearly shows the effect of the synthesis method and possible relation between magnetic properties and microstructure of the prepared samples. Increase in nonmagnetic Zn{sup 2+} content in cobalt ferrite nanoparticles is followed by decrease in n{sub B}, M{sub s} and other magnetic parameters. Squareness ratio for the Co-ferrite was 1.096 at room temperature. - Highlights: • Co–Zn nanoparticles are prepared by sol–gel auto-combustion method. • Structural properties were characterized by XRD, SEM, and FTIR. • Compositional stoichiometry was confirmed by EDAX analysis. • Magnetic parameters were measured by the pulse field hysteresis loop technique.

  14. Comparison of Gas and Liquid Propylene Polymerization Technique - Hydrogen Effect on Thermal, Rheological, and Morphological Properties of PP

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    Stern, Claudia; Frick, Achim Robert; Pater, Joachim Theodorus Maria; Weickert, Günter

    2005-01-01

    A comparison of PP qualities, which are produced with two different polymerization techniques-gas phase(GP) and liquid pool (LP)-under precise control of the polymerization temperature (70 °C) and pressure (GP = 25 bar, LP < 60 bar) using identical Ziegler-Natta catalyst (TiCl4/phthalate/MgCl2 + TEA

  15. Synthesis, X-Ray crystal structure, photophysical characterization and nonlinear optical properties of the unique manganese complex with picolinate and 1,10 phenantroline: toward the designing of new high NLO response crystal

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    Tamer, Ömer; Avcı, Davut; Atalay, Yusuf

    2016-12-01

    The first manganese complex of picolinic acid (also known as 2-pyridinecarboxylic acid) and 1,10 phenantroline has been synthesized, and its structure has been fully characterized by means of X-Ray diffraction method as well as FT-IR, Raman and UV-vis spectroscopies. In order to provide a deep understanding about the relation among the nonlinear optical properties, structural, spectroscopic and electronic behaviors, density functional theory (DFT) calculations have been performed by using hybrid B3LYP level. The intensive interactions between the bonding orbitals of donor O/N atoms and antibonding orbitals of Mn(II) lone pairs confirm the X-Ray diffraction results. Each of the conditions such as small energy gap between HOMO and LUMO, high energy second order perturbation interaction, elongation of conjugated π system and high spin Mn(II) ion induce the first static hyperpolarizability (β) parameter of investigated complex. The β parameter for [Mn(pic)2(phen)]·H2O complex has been found to be approximately 22 times higher than p-nitroaniline.

  16. Improvement of Physico-mechanical Properties of Partially Amorphous Acetaminophen Developed from Hydroalcoholic Solution Using Spray Drying Technique

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    Fatemeh Sadeghi

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available   Objective(s: This study was performed aiming to investigate the effect of particle engineering via spray drying of hydroalcoholic solution on solid states and physico-mechanical properties of acetaminophen.   Materials and Methods: Spray drying of hydroalcoholic solution (25% v/v ethanol/water of acetaminophen (5% w/v in the presence of small amounts of polyninylpyrrolidone K30 (PVP (0, 1.25, 2.5 and 5% w/w based on acetaminophen weight was carried out. The properties of spray dried particles namely morphology, surface characteristics, particle size, crystallinity, dissolution rate and compactibility were evaluated. Results: Spray drying process significantly changed the morphology of acetaminophen crystals from acicular (rod shape to spherical microparticle. Differential scanning calorimetery (DSC and x-ray powder diffraction (XRPD studies ruled out any polymorphism in spray dried samples, however, a major reduction in crystallinity up to 65%, especially for those containing 5% w/w PVP was observed. Spray dried acetaminophen particles especially those obtained in the presence of PVP exhibited an obvious improvement of the dissolution and compaction properties. Tablets produced from spray dried samples exhibited excellent crushing strengths and no tendency to cap. Conclusions: The findings of this study revealed that spray drying of acetaminophen from hydroalcoholic solution in the presence of small amount of PVP produced partially amorphous particles with improved dissolution and excellent compaction properties.

  17. A novel microbond bundle pullout technique to evaluate the interfacial properties of fibre-reinforced plastic composites

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    PADMANABHAN KRISHNAN

    2017-08-01

    The interfacial properties of the fibre composite systems decide the overall usability of a composite in simpleand complex shapes, as they are the deciding factors in determination of the mechanical properties, structural propertiesand above all a complete understanding of the reliability of composite systems. In the present investigation, the interfacialproperties of carbon fibre/epoxy composites viz., matrix shrinkage pressure, interfacial frictional stress, interfacial shear stress and coefficient of friction were evaluated through a novel microbond bundle pullout test. This test is different from the single fibre pull out, fibre fragmentation or the fibre push in test. Based on some of the physical principles involving the single fibre microbond pullout test, like the contact angle of the microbond matrix drop with the fibre surface, the surface tension/energy of the two surfaces before and after adhesion and the interfacial fibre/matrix chemistry, this is simple to perform and statistically averaged mesomechanical test is also easy to evaluate and is shown to be a test method thatenables a conservative prediction of the laminate level or macromechanical shear properties of fibre composite systems.This test demonstrates the validity of the mesomechanical tests that are more relevant to the macromechanical tests thanthe micromechanical tests. Fractography carried out to corroborate the observed mechanical properties with the fracturefeatures is also reported. The general advantages of the mesomechanical interfacial tests over those based on micromechanical assumptions is also discussed along with some common limitations.

  18. On the Uniqueness of the Standard Genetic Code.

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    Zamudio, Gabriel S; José, Marco V

    2017-02-13

    In this work, we determine the biological and mathematical properties that are sufficient and necessary to uniquely determine both the primeval RNY (purine-any base-pyrimidine) code and the standard genetic code (SGC). These properties are: the evolution of the SGC from the RNY code; the degeneracy of both codes, and the non-degeneracy of the assignments of aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases (aaRSs) to amino acids; the wobbling property; the consideration that glycine was the first amino acid; the topological and symmetrical properties of both codes.

  19. Simultaneous measurement of local particle movement, solids concentrations and bubble properties in fluidized bed reactors using a novel fiber optical technique

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    Tayebi, Davoud

    1998-12-31

    This thesis develops a new method for simultaneous measurements of local flow properties in highly concentrated multiphase flow systems such as gas-solid fluidized bed reactors. The method is based on fiber optical technique and tracer particles. A particle present in the measuring volume in front of the probe is marked with a fluorescent dye. A light source illuminates the particles and the detecting fibres receive reflected light from uncoated particles and fluorescent light from the tracer particle. Using optical filters, the fluorescent light can be distinguished and together with a small fraction of background light from uncoated particles can be used for determination of local flow properties. Using this method, one can simultaneously measure the local movement of a single tracer particle, local bubble properties and the local solids volume fractions in different positions in the bed. The method is independent of the physical properties of the tracer particles. It is also independent of the local solids concentrations in the range of 0 to 60 vol.-%, but is mainly designed for highly concentrated flow systems. A computer programme that uses good signals from at least three sensors simultaneously to calculate the tracer particle velocity in two dimensions have been developed. It also calculates the bubble properties and local solids volume fractions from the same time series. 251 refs., 150 figs., 5 tabs.

  20. Dusty plasma as a unique object of plasma physics

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    Norman, G. E.; Timofeev, A. V.

    2016-11-01

    The self-consistency and basic openness of dusty plasma, charge fluctuations, high dissipation and other features of dusty plasma system lead to the appearance of a number of unusual and unique properties of dusty plasma. “Anomalous” heating of dusty particles, anisotropy of temperatures and other features, parametric resonance, charge fluctuations and interaction potential are among these unique properties. Study is based on analytical approach and numerical simulation. Mechanisms of “anomalous” heating and energy transfer are proposed. Influence of charge fluctuations on the system properties is discussed. The self-consistent, many-particle, fluctuation and anisotropic interparticle interaction potential is studied for a significant range of gas temperature. These properties are interconnected and necessary for a full description of dusty plasmas physics.

  1. Physicochemical, bioactive, and sensory properties of persimmon-based ice cream: technique for order preference by similarity to ideal solution to determine optimum concentration.

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    Karaman, Safa; Toker, Ömer Said; Yüksel, Ferhat; Çam, Mustafa; Kayacier, Ahmed; Dogan, Mahmut

    2014-01-01

    In the present study, persimmon puree was incorporated into the ice cream mix at different concentrations (8, 16, 24, 32, and 40%) and some physicochemical (dry matter, ash, protein, pH, sugar, fat, mineral, color, and viscosity), textural (hardness, stickiness, and work of penetration), bioactive (antiradical activity and total phenolic content), and sensory properties of samples were investigated. The technique for order preference by similarity to ideal solution approach was used for the determination of optimum persimmon puree concentration based on the sensory and bioactive characteristics of final products. Increase in persimmon puree resulted in a decrease in the dry matter, ash, fat, protein contents, and viscosity of ice cream mix. Glucose, fructose, sucrose, and lactose were determined to be major sugars in the ice cream samples including persimmon and increase in persimmon puree concentration increased the fructose and glucose content. Better melting properties and textural characteristics were observed for the samples with the addition of persimmon. Magnesium, K, and Ca were determined to be major minerals in the samples and only K concentration increased with the increase in persimmon content. Bioactive properties of ice cream samples improved and, in general, acetone-water extracts showed higher bioactivity compared with ones obtained using methanol-water extracts. The technique for order preference by similarity to ideal solution approach showed that the most preferred sample was the ice cream containing 24% persimmon puree.

  2. Comparative microstructure and electrical property studies of lead scandium tantalate thin films as prepared by LDCVD, sol-gel and sputtering techniques

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    Huang, Z.; Donohue, P. P.; Zhang, Q.; Williams, D. J.; Anthony, C. J.; Whatmore, R. W.; Todd, M. A.

    2003-02-01

    Lead scandium tantalate (PST) thin films for uncooled infrared (IR) detector applications have been deposited by liquid delivery chemical vapour deposition (LDCVD), sputtering and sol-gel techniques. The sol-gel and sputtered films were deposited at low temperature into a non-ferroelectric phase with the required perovskite structure being formed using a high temperature rapid thermal anneal (RTA). In contrast to this, the LDCVD films were deposited at high temperature directly into the perovskite phase but were found to still require a high temperature RTA step to optimize their merit for IR detection. Detailed structural and electrical characterization of the PST films deposited by these different methods have revealed that there is no simple relationship between microstructure and electrical properties. The sol-gel and LDCVD techniques produce thin films with excellent microstructures, as determined by x-ray diffraction analysis and transmission electron microscopy, but inferior electrical properties and relatively low merit figures. By contrast, the sputtered and then rapid thermal annealed films have inferior microstructures, characterized by extensive voiding, but excellent electrical properties and high merit figures.

  3. Ethanol as a solvent and hot extraction technique preserved the antioxidant properties of tamarind (Tamarindus indica) seed

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    Nushrat Yeasmen; Md. Nazrul Islam

    2015-01-01

    The influence of two extraction solvents (ethanol and acetone) and two extraction techniques i.e., hot extraction at 400C and cold extraction at 260C were investigated on the phenolic content and antioxidant activity of extracts from Tamarindus indica seed. The antioxidant activity of T. indica was determined by evaluating 1,1-Diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) scavenging activity, ferric reducing power assay (FRAP) and ascorbic acid equivalent content (AAC). The tested sample showed appreciabl...

  4. Effect of starch types on properties of biodegradable polymer based on thermoplastic starch process by injection molding technique

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    Yossathorn Tanetrungroj

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available In this study effects of different starch types on the properties of biodegradable polymer based on thermoplastic starch (TPS were investigated. Different types of starch containing different contents of amylose and amylopectin were used, i.e. cassava starch, mungbean starch, and arrowroot starch. The TPS polymers were compounded and shaped using an internal mixer and an injection molding machine, respectively. It was found that the amount of amylose and amylopectin contents on native starch influence the properties of the TPS polymer. A high amylose starch of TPMS led to higher strength, hardness, degree of crystallization than the high amylopectin starch of TPCS. In addition, function group analysis by Fourier transforms infrared spectrophotometer, water absorption, and biodegradation by soil burial test were also examined.

  5. Cationic effect on dye-sensitized solar cell properties using electrochemical impedance and transient absorption spectroscopy techniques

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    Gupta, Ravindra Kumar; Bedja, Idriss

    2017-06-01

    Redox-couple polymer electrolytes, (poly(ethylene oxide)-succinonitrile) blend/MI-I2, where M  =  Li or K, were prepared by the solution cast method. Owing to the plasticizing property of K+ ions, the K+ ion-based electrolyte exhibited better electrical conductivity than the Li+ ion-based electrolyte, which did however exhibit better photovoltaic properties. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy revealed faster redox species diffusions and interfacial processes in the Li+ ion-based dye-sensitized solar cells than in the K+ ion-based ones. Transient absorption spectroscopy ascertained faster dye-regeneration by the Li+ ion-based electrolyte than the K+ ion-based electrolyte.

  6. Comparison of the properties of Pb thin films deposited on Nb substrate using thermal evaporation and pulsed laser deposition techniques

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    Perrone, A., E-mail: alessio.perrone@unisalento.it [Università del Salento, Dipartimento di Matematica e Fisica “E. De Giorgi”, 73100 Lecce (Italy); INFN-Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare e Università del Salento, 73100 Lecce (Italy); Gontad, F. [INFN-Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare e Università del Salento, 73100 Lecce (Italy); Lorusso, A.; Di Giulio, M. [Università del Salento, Dipartimento di Matematica e Fisica “E. De Giorgi”, 73100 Lecce (Italy); Broitman, E. [Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology (IFM), Linköping University, SE-581 83 Linköping (Sweden); Ferrario, M. [Laboratori Nazionali di Frascati, Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare, 00044 Frascati (Italy)

    2013-11-21

    Pb thin films were prepared at room temperature and in high vacuum by thermal evaporation and pulsed laser deposition techniques. Films deposited by both the techniques were investigated by scanning electron microscopy to determine their surface topology. The structure of the films was studied by X-ray diffraction in θ–2θ geometry. The photoelectron performances in terms of quantum efficiency were deduced by a high vacuum photodiode cell before and after laser cleaning procedures. Relatively high quantum efficiency (>10{sup −5}) was obtained for all the deposited films, comparable to that of corresponding bulk. Finally, film to substrate adhesion was also evaluated using the Daimler–Benz Rockwell-C adhesion test method. Weak and strong points of these two competitive techniques are illustrated and discussed. -- Highlights: •Comparison of Pb thin films deposited on Nb substrate by thermal evaporation and pulsed laser deposition (PLD). •Photoelectron performances of Pb thin films. •Good quality of adhesion strength of Pb films deposited by PLD.

  7. Microstructures and properties of the nitrided layers fabricated on titanium substrate by direct current nitrogen arc melting technique

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    Li Xin; Ren Zhenan; Sun Daqian; Wang Li; Zhao Yunqiang

    2008-01-01

    The nitrided layers mainly containing TiN dendrites were fabricated by direct current nitrogen arc melting method. The test results show that the layers are harder and more resistant to wear than the titanium substrate. Arc traveling speeds and arc currents have an effect on both the microstructures and the properties of the layers. Decreasing the arc traveling speed or increasing the arc current can obviously enhance the hardness and the wear resistance of the nitrided layers.

  8. Effects of discharge power on the structural and optical properties of TGZO thin films prepared by RF magnetron sputtering technique

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    Gu, Jin-hua; Lu, Zhou; Zhong, Zhi-you; Long, Lu; Long, Hao

    2016-05-01

    The transparent semiconductors of Ti and Ga-incorporated ZnO (TGZO) thin films were prepared by radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering onto glass substrates. The effects of discharge power on the physical properties of thin films are studied. Experimental results show that all nanocrystalline TGZO thin films possess preferential orientation along the (002) plane. The discharge power significantly affects the crystal structure and optical properties of thin films. When the discharge power is 200 W, the TGZO thin film has the optimal crystalline quality and optical properties, with the narrowest full width at half-maximum ( FWHM) of 1.76×10-3 rad, the largest average grain size of 82.4 nm and the highest average transmittance of 84.3% in the visible range. The optical gaps of thin films are estimated by the Tauc's relation and observed to increase firstly and then decrease with the increase of the discharge power. In addition, the optical parameters, including refractive index, extinction coefficient, dielectric function and dissipation factor of the thin films, are determined by optical characterization methods. The dispersion behavior of the refractive index is also analyzed using the Sellmeier's dispersion model.

  9. Enhanced Magnetic Properties of Nd15Fe77B8 Alloy Powders Produced by Melt-Spinning Technique

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    Öztürk, Sultan; İcin, Kürşat; Öztürk, Bülent; Topal, Uğur; Odabaşı, Hülya Kaftelen; Göbülük, Metin; Cora, Ömer Necati

    2017-10-01

    Rapidly solidified Nd15Fe77B8 alloy powders were produced by means of melt-spinning method in high-vacuum atmosphere to achieve improved magnetic and thermal properties. To this goal, a vacuum milling apparatus was designed and constructed to ball-mill the melt-spun powders in a surfactant active atmosphere. Various milling times were experimented to reveal the effect of the milling time on the mean particle size and other size-dependent properties such as magnetism and Curie temperature. Grain structure, cooling rate, and phase structure of the produced powders were also investigated. The Curie points shifted to higher temperatures from the ingot condition to surfactant active ball-milling and the values for Nd15Fe77B8 ingot alloy, melt-spun powders, and surfactant active ball-milled powders were 552 K, 595 K, and 604 K (279 °C, 322 °C, and 331 °C), respectively. It was noted that the surfactant active ball-milling process improved the magnetic and thermal properties of melt-spun Nd15Fe77B8 alloy powders. Compared to relevant literature, the coercivity of powders increased significantly with increasing milling time and decreasing in powder size. The coercivity value as high as 3427 kA m-1 was obtained.

  10. In Situ Determination of the Transport Properties of Near-Surface Concrete Using AC Impedance Spectroscopy Techniques

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    Lipeng Wu

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The durability of existing concrete structures has increasingly attracted widespread attention in recent years. The phenomenon of performance degradation is often associated with the intrusion of hazardous ions from outside. As the first barrier to external substances intrusion, the near-surface concrete plays an important role in durability. So the performance of in-service concrete structures often depends on the transport properties of the near-surface concrete. Accordingly, information on service conditions and life prediction can be obtained by testing these transport properties. In this paper, an in situ method for chloride ion diffusion coefficient determination is proposed based on the relationship between the alternating current impedance spectroscopy parameters and the chloride ion diffusion coefficient. By a rational design, the new method can synthetically reflect the transport properties of near-surface concrete and is not affected by the presence of the reinforcing bar. In addition, the experimental results show that the method is in good agreement with “PERMIT” migration test which has been widely used. The proposed method is less time consuming and nondestructive and has good reproducibility.

  11. Magnetic and optical properties of manganese doped ZnO nanoparticles synthesized by sol-gel technique

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    Omri, Karim

    2013-08-01

    Mn doped ZnO nanoparticles with different doping concentration (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 at.%) were prepared by sol-gel method using supercritical drying conditions of ethyl alcohol. The structural, morphological, optical and magnetic properties of the as-prepared nanoparticles were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV measurements and superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID). The structural properties showed that the undoped and Mn doped ZnO nanoparticles exhibit hexagonal wurtzite structure. From the optical studies, the transmittance in UV region was decreased with the increase of Mn concentration. For Mn doped ZnO nanoparticles the optical band gap varies between 3.34 eV and 3.22 eV. It was found that the doping Mn 2+ ions have a significant influence on the optical properties. The magnetic characterization of the samples with 1% and 5% Mn concentrations reveal diamagnetic behavior for the first one and the presence of both paramagnetic and ferromagnetic behavior for the second. The room ferromagnetic component is due to the presence of the secondary phase ZnOMn3 which is confirmed by XRD study. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. Marketing the Uniqueness of Small Towns. Small Town Strategy.

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    Hogg, David H.; Dunn, Douglas

    A small town can strengthen its local economy as a result of business people and concerned citizens collectively identifying that community's uniqueness and then capitalizing on it via advertising, personal selling, sales promotion, or publicity. This publication relates the science of marketing to communities. Seven simple techniques are provided…

  13. Comparison of Two Surface Contamination Sampling Techniques Conducted for the Characterization of Two Pajarito Site Manhattan Project National Historic Park Properties

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    Lopez, Tammy Ann [Montana Tech of the Univ. of Montana, Butte, MT (United States); Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2016-07-29

    Technical Area-18 (TA-18), also known as Pajarito Site, is located on Los Alamos National Laboratory property and has historic buildings that will be included in the Manhattan Project National Historic Park. Characterization studies of metal contamination were needed in two of the four buildings that are on the historic registry in this area, a “battleship” bunker building (TA-18-0002) and the Pond cabin (TA-18-0029). However, these two buildings have been exposed to the elements, are decades old, and have porous and rough surfaces (wood and concrete). Due to these conditions, it was questioned whether standard wipe sampling would be adequate to detect surface dust metal contamination in these buildings. Thus, micro-vacuum and surface wet wipe sampling techniques were performed side-by-side at both buildings and results were compared statistically. A two-tail paired t-test revealed that the micro-vacuum and wet wipe techniques were statistically different for both buildings. Further mathematical analysis revealed that the wet wipe technique picked up more metals from the surface than the microvacuum technique. Wet wipes revealed concentrations of beryllium and lead above internal housekeeping limits; however, using an yttrium normalization method with linear regression analysis between beryllium and yttrium revealed a correlation indicating that the beryllium levels were likely due to background and not operational contamination. PPE and administrative controls were implemented for National Park Service (NPS) and Department of Energy (DOE) tours as a result of this study. Overall, this study indicates that the micro-vacuum technique may not be an efficient technique to sample for metal dust contamination.

  14. Development of a Composite Technique for Preconditioning of 41Cr4 Steel Used as Gear Material: Examination of Its Microstructural Characteristics and Properties

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    Jianjun Hu

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Commercial 41Cr4 (ISO standard steel was treated by a composite technique. An intermediate layer was introduced firstly at the 41Cr4 steel surface by traditional carburizing and nitriding. Then a hard Cr coating was brush-plated on the intermediate layer. Finally, the coating layer was modified by high current pulsed electron beam (HCPEB, followed by quenching and subsequent tempering treatment. The microstructure, mechanical properties, and fracture behavior were characterized. The results show that a nanocrystalline Cr coating is formed at the 41Cr4 steel surface by the treatment of the new composite technique. Such nanocrystalline Cr coating has acceptable hardness and high corrosion resistance performance, which satisfies the demands of the gears working under high speed and corrosive environment. The composite process proposed in this study is considered as a new prospect method due to the multifunction layer design on the gear surface.

  15. A review on preparation techniques for synthesis of nanocrystalline soft magnetic ferrites and investigation on the effects of microstructure features on magnetic properties

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    Hajalilou, Abdollah; Mazlan, Saiful Amri

    2016-07-01

    Soft magnetic materials have been used in many applications, i.e., electrical and electronic industries, due to their desirable electromagnetic characteristics. The performance of these materials in bulk form, where the size of grains is in micrometer scale, is only limited to a few megahertz frequencies due to their higher conductivity and domain wall resonance. Synthesizing the ferrite particles in nanometer scales before compacting them for sintering would be one way to solve using these materials at higher frequencies. The properties of ferrite depend mainly on the technique and conditions of preparation, which, in turn, affect the cation distribution over the tetrahedral and octahedral sites. Thus, the aim of this study was to introduce some methods used for synthesizing nanocrystalline soft magnetic ferrites. Furthermore, the microstructure features, i.e., grain sizes and porosities, which are influenced by the types of method used for preparation, playing key role on the magnetic properties of the sample, are also highlighted.

  16. Effect of Uniform Decoration of Ag2S Nanoparticles on Physical Properties of Granular TiO2 Thin Films Synthesized by Using Spin Coating Technique

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    R.A. Wagh

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available In this work, we report the effect of uniform decoration of silver sulphide (Ag2S nanoparticles on physical properties of titanium dioxide (TiO2 nanocrystalline thin films synthesized by using a spin coating technique by preparing TiO2 gel using P-25 TiO2, ethanol, acetyl acetone and p-hydroxybenzoic acid. Chemical bath deposited layer of Ag2S particles enhance the properties of TiO2 nanocrystalline thin films. The optical study reveals that the absorption edge shifts towards the visible region compared with the pure TiO2 thin film due to the incorporation of Ag2S nanoparticles into TiO2 nanocrystalline thin films.

  17. Humidity sensing properties of different single-walled carbon nanotube composite films fabricated by layer-by-layer self-assembly technique

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    Jing, Hongjun; Jiang, Yadong; Du, Xiaosong; Tai, Huiling; Xie, Guangzhong

    2012-10-01

    Poly(diallyldimethylammonium chloride)/single-walled carbon nanotube (PDDA/SWNT) multilayered thin films were prepared on quartz crystal microbalance by layer-by-layer self-assembly technique, and their sensing properties to humidity were studied. The SWNTs were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The composite films were observed by field-emission scanning electron microscope. Two types of SWNT humidity sensors were fabricated using SWNTs and carboxyl (COOH) modified SWNTs as sensitive material, respectively. The results showed that the sensitivity of the PDDA/SWNT-COOH humidity sensor was 20.23 % higher than that of the PDDA/SWNT sensor. In contrast, the latter had a much superior hysteresis property, and the reason to cause this phenomenon was discussed.

  18. Combination of small angle neutron scattering data and mesoscopic simulation techniques as a tool for the structural characterization and prediction of properties of bi-phasic media

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    Kainourgiakis, M.E. [National Center for Scientific Research ' Demokritos' , Institute of Physical Chemistry, Agia Paraskevi Attikis, 15310 Athens (Greece); Steriotis, Th.A. [National Center for Scientific Research ' Demokritos' , Institute of Physical Chemistry, Agia Paraskevi Attikis, 15310 Athens (Greece)], E-mail: tster@chem.demokritos.gr; Kikkinides, E.S. [Department of Engineering and Management of Energy Resources, University of Western Macedonia, Kastorias and Fleming Str., 50100 Kozani (Greece); Chemical Process Engineering Research Institute, Center for Research and Technology Hellas, P.O. Box 361, 57001 Thermi, Thessaloniki (Greece); Charalambopoulou, G.Ch. [National Center for Scientific Research ' Demokritos' , Institute of Physical Chemistry, Agia Paraskevi Attikis, 15310 Athens (Greece); Ramsay, J.D.F. [Laboratoire des Materiaux et Procedes Membranaires, UMR CNRS 5635, Universite Montpellier II, Montpellier (France); Stubos, A.K. [National Center for Scientific Research ' Demokritos' , Institute of Physical Chemistry, Agia Paraskevi Attikis, 15310 Athens (Greece)

    2005-10-31

    A powerful, versatile methodology based on the combination of small angle neutron scattering (SANS) with mesoscopic simulation techniques is developed in an effort to relate in a sufficiently accurate manner the structure of biphasic media to their macroscopic physicochemical (equilibrium and dynamic) properties. Appropriate mathematical transformation of SANS spectra provides valuable information about the disordered geometry of a wide range of biphasic materials spanning from typical porous materials (Vycor porous glass, silica gel, alumina membrane) to complex biological tissues (stratum corneum), in terms of the corresponding autocorrelation function. Digital reconstruction (stochastic or process-based) is employed to generate two- or three-dimensional binary images of the respective structures, on the basis of the statistical properties obtained from the SANS spectra of the original materials. The resulting reconstructed domains are further used for the simulation of equilibrium (sorption) and dynamic (diffusion and permeation) processes, addressing the most common applications of the materials under consideration.

  19. Optical properties of atmospheric particles: complete parameter sets obtained through polar photometry and an improved inversion technique.

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    Hänel, G

    1994-10-20

    Complete sets of optical parameters of dry particles sampled on a Nuclepore filter are derived through interpretation of photometric data with an improved inversion technique. The parameters are the volume-extinction and absorption coefficients, the single-scattering albedo, the asymmetry parameter of the volume scattering function, the apparent complex refractive index, and the apparent soot content. They may serve as input data for solar radiation-budget considerations. Results from preliminary measurements taken in Central Europe and Italy show an extreme variability of the optical parameters. Both large regional and temporal variabilities have been observed caused by the fluctuating midlatitude weather systems and human activities.

  20. Microwave dielectric properties of BNT-BT0.08 thin films prepared by sol-gel technique

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    Huitema, L.; Cernea, M.; Crunteanu, A.; Trupina, L.; Nedelcu, L.; Banciu, M. G.; Ghalem, A.; Rammal, M.; Madrangeas, V.; Passerieux, D.; Dutheil, P.; Dumas-Bouchiat, F.; Marchet, P.; Champeaux, C.

    2016-04-01

    We report for the first time the microwave characterization of 0.92(Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3-0.08BaTiO3 (BNT-BT0.08) ferroelectric thin films fabricated by the sol-gel method and integrated in both planar and out-of-plane tunable capacitors for agile high-frequency applications and particularly on the WiFi frequency band from 2.4 GHz to 2.49 GHz. The permittivity and loss tangent of the realized BNT-BT0.08 layers have been first measured by a resonant cavity method working at 12.5 GHz. Then, we integrated the ferroelectric material in planar inter-digitated capacitors (IDC) and in out-of-plane metal-insulator-metal (MIM) devices and investigated their specific properties (dielectric tunability and losses) on the whole 100 MHz-15 GHz frequency domain. The 3D finite-elements electromagnetic simulations of the IDC capacitances are fitting very well with their measured responses and confirm the dielectric properties determined with the cavity method. While IDCs are not exhibiting an optimal tunability, the MIM capacitor devices with optimized Ir/MgO(100) bottom electrodes demonstrate a high dielectric tunability, of 30% at 2.45 GHz under applied voltages as low as 10 V, and it is reaching 50% under 20 V voltage bias at the same frequency. These high-frequency properties of the MIM devices integrating the BNT-BT0.08 films, combining a high tunability under low applied voltages indicate a wide integration potential for tunable devices in the microwave domain and particularly at 2.45 GHz, corresponding to the widely used industrial, scientific, and medical frequency band.

  1. Gd doping effect on structural, electrical and magnetic properties of ZnO thin films synthesized by sol-gel spin coating technique

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    Kumar, Sanjeev; Thangavel, Rajalingam

    2017-03-01

    Nanocrystalline Gd-doped ZnO thin films were deposited on sapphire (0001) substrates using sol-gel spin coating technique. The structural and optical properties of deposited thin films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and micro Raman spectroscopy. Structural and optical studies show that the doped Gd ions occupy Zn sites retaining the wurtzite symmetry. Photoluminescence (PL) studies reveal the presence of oxygen vacancies in Gd doped ZnO thin films. The resistivity of Gd doped ZnO thin film decreases with increase in Gd doping upto 4%. Gd-doped ZnO films demonstrate weak magnetic ordering at room temperature.

  2. Synthesis of ZnO based nanopowders via a non-hydrolytic sol gel technique and their densification behaviour and varistor properties

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    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Hexagonal nanocrystalline varistor grade ZnO particles with size 50 nm and the specific surface area of 28 m2/g have been prepared by non-aqueous gelation technique involving diethylene glycol and triethanolamine. The as-prepared varistor nanopowders were analyzed with the support of XRD, TG/DTA, FTIR, TMA, SEM and TEM. Varistor discs were fabricated by pressing and their densification was studied at 850, 950, 1050 and 1150°C. The evolution of varistor microstructures, extent of grain growth and the influence of microstructure on the I-V properties were explored and presented.

  3. Preparation of starch stabilized silver nanoparticles with spatial self-phase modulation properties by laser ablation technique

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    Zamiri, Reza; Azmi, B.Z.; Sadrolhosseini, Amir R.; Husin, M.S.; Zaidan, A.W. [Universiti Putra Malaysia, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, UPM Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia); Darroudi, Majid [Universiti Putra Malaysia, Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology Laboratory, Institute of Advanced Technology, UPM Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia); Mahdi, M.A. [Universiti Putra Malaysia, Wireless and Photonics Networks Research Center, Faculty of Engineering, UPM Serdang, Selangor (Malaysia)

    2011-01-15

    Silver nanoparticles inside the starch solution have been successfully fabricated by laser ablation of a silver plate immersed in starch solution. The ablation has been done using a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser at 10 Hz repetition rate. The starch solution allows for the formation of silver nanoparticles with uniform particle diameters and well dispersed. The ablation was performed at different time durations to study the influence of the laser ablation time on efficiency of particle formation and sizes. The Spatial Self-phase modulation phenomena which can determine the nonlinear optical property of the samples were also investigated for starch solutions containing silver nanoparticles. (orig.)

  4. UNIQUENESS ON ZERO PRESSURE GAS DYNAMICS

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    黄飞敏; 王振

    2001-01-01

    By introducing a new idea, the authors prove the uniqueness of weak solution of pressureless gases with the large initial data. In particular, uniqueness theorem is obtained in the same functional space as the existence theorem.

  5. Mechanical properties of nickel-titanium archwire used in the final treatment phase of Tip-Edge Plus technique: an in vitro study

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    SHEN Xiao; SUN Xin-hua; TIAN Hua; ZHANG Chun-bo; YAN Kuo; GUO Yong-liang

    2013-01-01

    Background As the only active component in final treatment phase of Tip-Edge Plus technique,the activation of nickel-titanium orthodontic archwires is one of the factors that affect the torque expression.It is necessary to evaluate the mechanical properties of the nickel-titanium wire used in the final treatment phase in simulated oral environments to forecast the treatment outcomes.Methods The mechanical properties of 171 thermal nickel-titanium wires of 0.35 mm (0.014-in) in diameters with different deflection of 40 mm in length were investigated with three-point bending test.The samples were divided into 2 groups:as-received and bended groups.In the bended group,samples were divided into 7 subgroups according to the amounts of deflection and named by the canine angulations (-25°,-19°,-13°,-7°,-1°,+5°,+11°).The deflection of wires was made by inserting the wires into the deep tunnel of Tip-Edge Plus brackets positioned in plaster casts with different canine angulations to mimic the use of nickel-titanium wires in the final treatment phase.Immersed the bended group in artificial saliva (pH 6.8) and preserved at 37.0°C.Eight durations of incubation were tested:1 to 8 weeks.Three analogous samples of each group and subgroups were tested per week.Stiffness (YS:E) and the load-deflection characteristics of unloading plateau section were obtained.Results Significant changes in specific mechanical properties were observed in long-term immersed and large deflected wires compared with as-received groups.Both immersion time and deflection affected the mechanical properties of wires in the simulated oral environment,and the two factors had synergistic effect.In groups-25°,-19° and -13°,stiffness (YS:E) increased then decreased and average plateau force and ratio of variance decreased then increased correspondingly at specific time.Conclusions In the final treatment phase of Tip-Edge Plus technique,the mechanical properties of nickel-titanium wire are associated

  6. Parametric investigation of substrate temperatures on the properties of Zinc oxide deposited over a flexible polymeric substrate via spray technique

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    Rajagopalan, P.; Gagrani, Rohit; Nakamura, Daisuke; Okada, Tatsuo; Singh, Vipul; Palani, I. A.

    2016-09-01

    Here we report the influence of substrate temperature (300-500 °C) on the deposition and growth of ZnO over a Flexible polyimide film. Owing to its simplicity, large area deposition capability and Cost effectivity Spray Pyrolysis technique was used. We have modified the conventional process of Spray pyrolysis by spraying for shorter durations and repeating the process which in turn reduced the Island formation of ZnO. Moreover, this technique helped in maintaining the constant temperature and uniformity during the deposition as prolonged spraying reduces the temperature of the heating plate drastically. Photoluminescence (PL) reveals that at 350 and 400° C the defect have reduced. XRD reveals the crystallinity and Impurities present. FE-SEM reveals the structure morphology changes with the change in the substrate temperature. TGA was done to ensure that substrate does not undergoes dissociation at high temperature. It was observed at the film deposited at 400 °C was found to be more uniform, defect free and crystalline. Hence, IV characterization of the film deposited at 400 °C was done which showed good rectification behaviour of the Schottky diodes.

  7. Establishing structure-property correlations and classification of base oils using statistical techniques and artificial neural networks

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    Kapur, G.S.; Sastry, M.I.S.; Jaiswal, A.K.; Sarpal, A.S

    2004-03-17

    The present paper describes various classification techniques like cluster analysis, principal component (PC)/factor analysis to classify different types of base stocks. The API classification of base oils (Group I-III) has been compared to a more detailed NMR derived chemical compositional and molecular structural parameters based classification in order to point out the similarities of the base oils in the same group and the differences between the oils placed in different groups. The detailed compositional parameters have been generated using {sup 1}H and {sup 13}C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopic methods. Further, oxidation stability, measured in terms of rotating bomb oxidation test (RBOT) life, of non-conventional base stocks and their blends with conventional base stocks, has been quantitatively correlated with their {sup 1}H NMR and elemental (sulphur and nitrogen) data with the help of multiple linear regression (MLR) and artificial neural networks (ANN) techniques. The MLR based model developed using NMR and elemental data showed a high correlation between the 'measured' and 'estimated' RBOT values for both training (R=0.859) and validation (R=0.880) data sets. The ANN based model, developed using fewer number of input variables (only {sup 1}H NMR data) also showed high correlation between the 'measured' and 'estimated' RBOT values for training (R=0.881), validation (R=0.860) and test (R=0.955) data sets.

  8. Microwave properties of monolithic Y-Ba-Cu-O transmission line devices fabricated by the laser-writing patterning technique

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    Maung, W.N.; Butler, D.P. [Southern Methodist Univ., Dallas, TX (United States). Electrical Engineering Dept.; Xiong, W. [Univ. of Rochester, NY (United States). Dept. of Electrical Engineering; Kula, W.; Sobolewski, R. [Univ. of Rochester, NY (United States). Dept. of Electrical Engineering]|[Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa (Poland). Inst. of Physics

    1994-12-31

    The authors report on the microwave characteristics of coplanar strip transmission line devices fabricated in epitaxial YBaCuO thin films deposited on LaAlO{sub 3} substrates using the novel laser-writing patterning technique. This technique uses laser heating to selectively anneal regions of an oxygen depleted YBaCuO thin film to form local superconducting phases. In this manner, superconductive coplanar strip transmission line structures surrounded by the semiconducting YBaCuO phase were patterned with no photomasks, surface contamination or edge degradation. The propagation characteristics of transmission line devices were measured with a HP8510 network analyzer from 1 to 20 GHz. At 300 K, the transmission line circuits displayed poor transmission characteristics due to the high conductivity of the semiconducting phase and small conductivity enhancement of the oxygenated regions. As the circuits were cooled below 89 K, the {Tc} of the superconducting phase, the measured S{sub 21} was near 0 dB indicating little attenuation along the high quality transmission lines. Q-factors as high as 5,000 were measured from coplanar strip transmission line resonator circuits at 6 GHz and 24 K.

  9. Studies on the growth, structural, optical, mechanical properties of 8-hydroxyquinoline single crystal by vertical Bridgman technique

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    Prabhakaran, SP. [Crystal Growth and Thin Film Laboratory, Department of Physics, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli 620 024, Tamil Nadu (India); Babu, R. Ramesh, E-mail: rampap2k@yahoo.co.in [Crystal Growth and Thin Film Laboratory, Department of Physics, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli 620 024, Tamil Nadu (India); Velusamy, P.; Ramamurthi, K. [Crystal Growth and Thin Film Laboratory, Department of Physics, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli 620 024, Tamil Nadu (India)

    2011-11-15

    Highlights: {yields} Growth of bulk single crystal of 8-hydroxyquinoline (8-HQ) by vertical Bridgman technique for the first time. {yields} The crystalline perfection is reasonably good. {yields} The photoluminescence spectrum shows that the material is suitable for blue light emission. -- Abstract: Single crystal of organic nonlinear optical material, 8-hydroxyquinoline (8-HQ) of dimension 52 mm (length) x 12 mm (dia.) was grown from melt using vertical Bridgman technique. The crystal system of the material was confirmed by powder X-ray diffraction analysis. The crystalline perfection of the grown crystal was examined by high-resolution X-ray diffraction study. Low angular spread around 400'' of the diffraction curve and the low full width half maximum values show that the crystalline perfection is reasonably good. The recorded photoluminescence spectrum shows that the material is suitable for blue light emission. Optical transmittance for the UV and visible region was measured and mechanical strength was estimated from Vicker's microhardness test along the growth face of the grown crystal.

  10. Antioxidant Properties of “Natchez” and “Triple Crown” Blackberries Using Korean Traditional Winemaking Techniques

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    Youri Joh

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available This research evaluated blackberries grown in Oklahoma and wines produced using a modified traditional Korean technique employing relatively oxygen-permeable earthenware fermentation vessels. The fermentation variables were temperature (21.6°C versus 26.6°C and yeast inoculation versus wild fermentation. Wild fermented wines had higher total phenolic concentration than yeast fermented wines. Overall, wines had a relatively high concentration of anthocyanin (85–320 mg L−1 malvidin-3-monoglucoside and antioxidant capacity (9776–37845 µmol Trolox equivalent g−1. “Natchez” berries had a higher anthocyanin concentration than “Triple Crown” berries. Higher fermentation temperature at the start of the winemaking process followed by the use of lower fermentation/storage temperature for aging wine samples maximized phenolic compound extraction/retention. The Korean winemaking technique used in this study produced blackberry wines that were excellent sources of polyphenolic compounds as well as being high in antioxidant capacity as measured by the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC test.

  11. Formation and properties of epitaxial CdSe, ZnSe quantum dots. Conventional molecular beam epitaxy and related techniques

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    Mahapatra, Suddhasatta

    2008-01-16

    This thesis systematically investigates three such alternative approaches, along with conventional MBE, with emphasis on the formation-mechanism of QDs, and optimization of their morphological and optical attributes. it is shown here that no distinct 3D islands are formed in MBE growth of CdSe on ZnSe. While CdSe heteroepitaxy occurs in the multilayer-mode at T{sub G}=300 C, a reentrant recovery of the layer-by-layer mode is reported in this thesis, for growth at T{sub G}<{proportional_to}240 C. In the second variant technique, formation of large and distinct islands is demonstrated by deposition of amorphous selenium (a-Se) onto a 2D CdSe epilayer at room temperature and its subsequent desorption at a higher temperature (T{sub D}=230 C). The process steps of the third variant technique, developed in course of this work, are very similar to those of the previous one-the only alteration being the substitution of selenium with tellurium as the cap-forming-material. (orig.)

  12. Preparation of Polyimide/Zinc Oxide Nanocomposite Films via an Ion-Exchange Technique and Their Photoluminescence Properties

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    Shuxiang Mu

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Polyimide (PI composite films with ZnO nanoparticles embedded in the surface layer were prepared by alkali hydrolyzation following ion exchange in Zn(NO32 solution and thermal treatment of the zinc ion-doped PI films in air atmosphere. The effect of alkali treatment, ion exchange, and thermal treatment conditions was investigated in relation to the amount of zinc atomic loading, morphology, photoluminescence (PL, and thermal properties of the PI/ZnO composite films using ICP, XPS, FE-SEM, TEM, Raman microscope, TGA, and DSC. ZnO nanoparticles were formed slowly and dispersed uniformly in the surface-modified layers of PI films with an average diameter of 20 nm. The PL spectra of all the PI/ZnO nanocomposite films obtained at 350°C/7 h possessed a weak ultraviolet emission peak and a broad and strong visible emission band. The PI/ZnO nanocomposite films maintained the excellent thermal property of the host PI films.

  13. Microstructures and creep properties of Mg-4Al-(1-4) La alloys produced by different casting techniques

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    Bai Jing, E-mail: baijing@seu.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southeast University, Jiangning, Nanjing 211189, Jiangsu (China); Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Advanced Metallic Materials, Jiangning, Nanjing 211189, Jiangsu (China); Sun Yangshan; Xue Feng [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southeast University, Jiangning, Nanjing 211189, Jiangsu (China); Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Advanced Metallic Materials, Jiangning, Nanjing 211189, Jiangsu (China); Qiang Jing [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Southeast University, Jiangning, Nanjing 211189, Jiangsu (China)

    2012-08-30

    The microstructures, mechanical properties and creep resistance of Mg-4Al-(1-4) La alloys produced by permanent mold casting and high pressure die casting (HPDC) were investigated. In addition to solute atoms in {alpha}-Mg matrix, Al element may exist in the form of three different intermetallic phases in the present alloys depending on the experimental conditions. In both casting states, the increase of La addition results in a rise in the volume fraction of Al{sub 11}La{sub 3} eutectic, and simultaneously Mg{sub 17}Al{sub 12} phase, including divorced eutectic in as-cast state and discontinuous precipitation after creep, is suppressed until completely disappears. This leads to a gradual increase in creep resistance. The formation of more Mg{sub 17}Al{sub 12} phase in HPDC alloys is considered a major factor in causing their worse creep properties by comparison with that of the permanent mold casting alloys when La content is in a lower level below 2 wt.%. By contrast, the HPDC alloys show better creep resistance with La content added above 2 wt.% owing to the formation of denser network distribution of Al{sub 11}La{sub 3} phase along grain/dendrite boundaries as a result of more rapid solidification rate and higher solidification pressure. For the alloys studied, grain/dendrite boundary sliding is suggested to be a possible controlling mechanism responsible for creep deformation at elevated temperatures.

  14. Nonlinear optical properties of cobalt and iron doped CdSe nanoparticles using Z-scan technique

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    Gaur, Poonam, E-mail: poonam.gaur612@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology, Sonipat 131001, Haryana (India); Malik, B.P. [Department of Physics, Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology, Sonipat 131001, Haryana (India); Gaur, Arun [Department of Physics, Hindu College, Sonipat 131001, Haryana (India)

    2015-01-15

    The present work aims at the synthesis of pure, Cobalt (Co) and Iron (Fe) doped CdSe nanoparticles by the wet chemical method. The optical properties of synthesized nanoparticles have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV–vis spectroscopy to find the optical direct band gap and estimation of particle size by using Debye–Scherrer formula and HRTEM. The nonlinear optical properties such as nonlinear absorption co-efficient, nonlinear refraction co-efficient and third order nonlinear susceptibility χ{sup (3)} are investigated. The calculations have been performed with the help of Z-scan experimental set-up using Nd: YAG laser emitting 532 nm, 5 ns laser pulses with intensity maintained at 2.296 TW/cm{sup 2}. The nanoparticles clearly exhibit a negative value of nonlinear refraction, which is attributed to the two photon absorption and free carrier absorption. Further the optical limiting behavior is determined (figure of merit (FOM)). The presence of RSA in these nanoparticles makes them a potential material for the development of optical limiter.

  15. Effect of deposition conditions on the physical properties of SnxSy thin films prepared by the spray pyrolysis technique

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    M. R. Fadavieslam; N. Shahtahmasebi; M. Rezaee-Roknabadi; M. M. Bagheri-Mohagheghi

    2011-01-01

    Tin sulfide thin films (SnxSy ) with an atomic ratio of y / x =0.5 have been deposited on a glass substrate by spray pyrolysis.The effects of deposition parameters,such as spray solution rate (R),substrate temperature (Ts) and film thickness (t),on the structural,optical,thermo-electrical and photoconductivity related properties of the films have been studied.The precursor solution was prepared by dissolving tin chloride (SnCl4,5H2O)and thiourea in propanol,and SnxSy thin film was prepared with a mole ratio of y/x =0.5.The prepared films were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD),scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and UV-vis spectroscopy.It is indicated that the XRD patterns of SnxSy films have amorphous and polycrystalline structures and the size of the grains has been changed from 7 to 16 nm.The optical gap of SnxSy thin films is determined to be about 2.41 to 3.08 eV by a plot of the variation of (ohv)2 versus hv related to the change of deposition conditions.The thermoelectric and photo-conductivity measurement results for the films show that these properties are depend considerably on the deposition parameters.

  16. Identifying Critical Factors of Sale Failure on Commercial Property Types, Shop Houses by Using Multi Attribute Variable Technique

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    N.I. Mohamad

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The focus of this research is to identify the critical factors of shop houses sale failure in Bandar Baru Nilai and further up to discover the critical factors of sale failure of commercial property types, shop houses in new township as report by valuation and Property services department (JPPH showed 5,931 units of shop houses in Malaysia is currently completed but remained unsold where Johor was recorded as the highest with unsold units followed by Negeri Sembilan. Bandar Baru Nilai (a district of Negeri Sembilan is chosen as research sample for unsold shop houses units due to its strategic location which is near to KLIA, International Sepang Circuit, educational instituitions and surrounded by housing scheme but yet still has numbers of unsold units. Data of the research is obtained from literature review and survey question between developers, local authority, purchasers/tenant and local residents. Relative Importance Index (RII method is applied in identifying the critical factor of shop houses sale failure. Generally, the factors of sale failure are economy, demography, politic, location and access, public and basic facilities, financial loan, physical of product, current stock of shop houses upon completion, future potential of subsale and rental, developer’s background, promotion and marketing, speculation and time.

  17. Preliminary investigation of a novel technique for the quantification of the ex vivo biomechanical properties of the vocal folds.

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    Coelho, Paulo G; Sobieraj, Michael; Tovar, Nick; Andrews, Kenneth; Paul, Benjamin; Govil, Nandini; Jeswani, Seema; Amin, Milan R; Janal, Malvin N; Branski, Ryan C

    2014-12-01

    The human vocal fold is a complex structure made up of distinct layers that vary in cellular and extracellular matrix composition. Elucidating the mechanical properties of vocal fold tissues is critical for the study of both acoustics and biomechanics of voice production, and essential in the context of vocal fold injury and repair. Both quasistatic and dynamic behavior in the 10-300 Hz range was explored in this preliminary investigation. The resultant properties of the lamina propria were compared to that of the nearby thyroarytenoid muscle. Er, quantified via quasistatic testing of the lamina propria, was 609±138 MPa and 758±142 MPa in the muscle (p=0.001). E' of the lamina propria as determined by dynamic testing was 790±526 MPa compared to 1061±928 MPa in the muscle. Differences in E' did not achieve statistical significance via linear mixed effect modeling between the tissue types (p=0.95). In addition, frequency dependence was not significant (p=0.18). Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. On the uniqueness of supersymmetric attractors

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    Taniya Mandal

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we discuss the uniqueness of supersymmetric attractors in four-dimensional N=2 supergravity theories coupled to n vector multiplets. We prove that for a given charge configuration the supersymmetry preserving axion free attractors are unique. We generalise the analysis to axionic attractors and state the conditions for uniqueness explicitly. We consider the example of a two-parameter model and find all solutions to the supersymmetric attractor equations and discuss their uniqueness.

  19. 77 FR 69393 - Unique Device Identification System

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    2012-11-19

    ... HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration 21 CFR Part 801 RIN 0910-AG31 Unique Device Identification... unique device identification system as required by recent amendments to the Federal Food, Drug, and..., FDA published a proposed rule to establish a unique device identification system, as required by...

  20. On chromatic and flow polynomial unique graphs

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    Duan, Yinghua; Wu, Haidong; Yu, Qinglin

    2008-01-01

    ... research on graphs uniquely determined by their chromatic polynomials and more recently on their Tutte polynomials, but rather spotty research on graphs uniquely determined by their flow polynomials or the combination of both chromatic and flow polynomials. This article is an initiation of investigation on graphs uniquely determin...

  1. Structural Properties of Zn-ZnO Core-Shell Microspheres Grown by Hot-Filament CVD Technique

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    R. López

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We report the hot-filament chemical vapor deposition (HFCVD growth of Zn-ZnO core-shell microspheres in the temperature range of 350–650°C only using ZnO pellets as raw material. The samples were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM, energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS, and X-ray diffraction (XRD techniques. SEM micrographs showed the presence of solid microspheres and a Zn-ZnO layer in all samples. The observed heterogeneous morphology on each sample suggested two different growth mechanisms. On the one hand, solid microspheres were formed by means of gas phase nucleation of Zn atoms. The Zn-ZnO layer was formed on the substrate as result of surface reactions. It is possible that Zn microspheres condensed during the natural cooling of the HFCVD reactor as they were observed on the Zn-ZnO layer.

  2. Structural, magnetic and gas sensing properties of nanosized copper ferrite powder synthesized by sol gel combustion technique

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    Sumangala, T. P.; Mahender, C.; Barnabe, A.; Venkataramani, N.; Prasad, Shiva

    2016-11-01

    Stoichiometric nano sized copper ferrite particles were synthesized by sol gel combustion technique. They were then calcined at various temperatures ranging from 300-800 °C and were either furnace cooled or quenched in liquid nitrogen. A high magnetisation value of 48.2 emu/g signifying the cubic phase of copper ferrite, was obtained for sample quenched to liquid nitrogen temperature from 800 °C. The ethanol sensing response of the samples was studied and a maximum of 86% response was obtained for 500 ppm ethanol in the case of a furnace cooled sample calcined at 800 °C. The chemical sensing is seen to be correlated with the c/a ratio and is best in the case of tetragonal copper ferrite.

  3. The effect of radiation damage on optical and scintillation properties of BGO crystals grown by the LTG Cz technique

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    Gusev, V A; Kupriyanov, I N; Kuznecov, G N; Shlegel, V N; Antsygin, V D; Vasiliev, Y V

    2002-01-01

    BGO crystals grown by the low-thermal-gradient Czochralski technique (LTG Cz) exhibit two distinct types of behavior upon radiation damage and recovery. The crystals termed as of L-type remain colorless after gamma-radiation doses as high as 10 Mrad. As the irradiation dose increases the scintillation light output shows a weak monotonous degradation to 15-25%, saturating at around several hundreds krad doses. The crystals termed as of N-type attain yellow coloration after irradiation. The light output drops abruptly for 35-50% as early as after 1 krad and does not change further on. The present work is devoted to the study of radiation damage effects, self-recovery, optically stimulated recovery and thermo-stimulated current in the L- and N-type BGO crystals produced by LTG Cz.

  4. Mechanical properties of nanocrystalline metals, intermetalics and multiphase materials determined by tension, compression and disk-bend techniques

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    Eastman, J.A.; Thompson, L.J.; DiMelfi, R.J. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States); Choudry, M. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States)]/[Illinois Inst. of Tech., Chicago, IL (United States); Dollar, M. [Illinois Inst. of Tech., Chicago, IL (United States); Weertman, J.R. [Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States); Rittner, M.N.; Youngdahl, C.J. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States)]/[Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States)

    1997-02-01

    The mechanical behavior of nanocrystalline metallic, intermetallic, and multiphase materials was investigated using tension, compression, and disk-bend techniques. Nanocrystalline NiAl, Al-Al{sub 3}Zr, and Cu were synthesized by gas condensation and either resistive or electron beam heating followed by high temperature vacuum compaction. Disk- bend tests of nanocrystalline NiAl show evidence of improved ductility at room temperature in this normally extremely brittle material. In contrast, tension tests of multiphase nanocrystalline Al- Al{sub 3}Zr samples show significant increases in strength by substantial reductions in ductility with decreasing grain size. Compression tests of nanocrystalline copper result in substantially higher yield stress and total elongation values than those measured in tensile tests. Implications for operative deformation mechanisms in these materials are discussed.

  5. Fabrication of ZnO Nanowires Arrays by Anodization and High-Vacuum Die Casting Technique, and Their Piezoelectric Properties.

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    Kuo, Chin-Guo; Chang, Ho; Wang, Jian-Hao

    2016-03-24

    In this investigation, anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) with arrayed and regularly arranged nanopores is used as a template in the high-vacuum die casting of molten zinc metal (Zn) into the nanopores. The proposed technique yields arrayed Zn nanowires with an aspect ratio of over 600. After annealing, arrayed zinc oxide (ZnO) nanowires are obtained. Varying the anodizing time yields AAO templates with thicknesses of approximately 50 μm, 60 μm, and 70 μm that can be used in the fabrication of nanowires of three lengths with high aspect ratios. Experimental results reveal that a longer nanowire generates a greater measured piezoelectric current. The ZnO nanowires that are fabricated using an alumina template are anodized for 7 h and produce higher piezoelectric current of up to 69 pA.

  6. Fabrication of ZnO Nanowires Arrays by Anodization and High-Vacuum Die Casting Technique, and Their Piezoelectric Properties

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    Chin-Guo Kuo

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available In this investigation, anodic aluminum oxide (AAO with arrayed and regularly arranged nanopores is used as a template in the high-vacuum die casting of molten zinc metal (Zn into the nanopores. The proposed technique yields arrayed Zn nanowires with an aspect ratio of over 600. After annealing, arrayed zinc oxide (ZnO nanowires are obtained. Varying the anodizing time yields AAO templates with thicknesses of approximately 50 μm, 60 μm, and 70 μm that can be used in the fabrication of nanowires of three lengths with high aspect ratios. Experimental results reveal that a longer nanowire generates a greater measured piezoelectric current. The ZnO nanowires that are fabricated using an alumina template are anodized for 7 h and produce higher piezoelectric current of up to 69 pA.

  7. On existence and uniqueness of solutions for variational data assimilation

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    Bröcker, Jochen

    2017-04-01

    Data assimilation is a term from the geosciences and refers to methods for estimating orbits of dynamical models from observations. Variational techniques for data assimilation estimate these orbits by minimising an appropriate cost functional which takes the error with respect to the observations but also deviations of the orbits from the model equations into account. Such techniques are very important in practice. In this contribution, the problem of existence and uniqueness of solutions to variational data assimilation is investigated. Under mild hypotheses a solution to this problem exists. The problem of uniqueness is investigated as well, and several results (which all have analogues in optimal control) are established in the present context. The value function is introduced as the cost of an optimal trajectory starting from a given initial condition. The necessary conditions in combination with an envelope theorem can be used to demonstrate that the solution is unique if and only if the value function is differentiable at the given initial condition. This occurs for all initial conditions except maybe on a set of Lebesgue measure zero. Several examples are studied which demonstrate that non-uniqueness of solutions cannot be ruled out altogether though, which has important consequences in practice. References: J. Bröcker, "Existence and Uniqueness For Four Dimensional Variational Data Assimilation in Discrete Time.", SIAM Journal of Applied Dynamical Systems (accepted).

  8. TiB{sub 2}/TiSi{sub 2} bilayer fabrication by various techniques: Structure and contact properties

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    Pelleg, Joshua [Department of Materials Engineering, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Ben Gurion Str. 84105, Beer Sheva (Israel)]. E-mail: pelleg@bgumail.bgu.ac.il; Sade, G. [Department of Materials Engineering, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Ben Gurion Str. 84105, Beer Sheva (Israel)

    2006-01-15

    TiB{sub 2}/TiSi{sub 2} films were produced by several techniques in an attempt to evaluate the most appropriate method to fabricate this system. Analysis by X-ray diffraction, Auger electron spectroscopy, transmission and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy indicate that the best method to obtain the above system is by sequential cosputtering of the layers without exposure to air between the two cosputtering sequences. Post-deposition annealing was performed to obtain a low resistive bilayer. Schottky diodes fabricated by this method provided an average barrier height of {approx}0.68 V with an ideality factor in the range of 1.0-1.04 (excluding the as-deposited specimen). In specimens fabricated by silicidation of TiB{sub 2}/Ti films formation of TiSi{sub 2} was Ti thickness dependent [G. Sade, Ph.D. Thesis, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel, 1999]. Small amounts of Ti{sub 5}Si{sub 3} were observed at 1123 K. The attempts to obtain a TiB{sub 2}/TiSi{sub 2} bilayer from (Ti+B) enriched with Ti at 1073 K resulted in the formation of small amounts of Ti{sub 5}Si{sub 3}, and some crystallization of the amorphous TiB{sub 2} also occurred. Diodes fabricated by this technique showed Ohmic rather than rectifying character. The shift from rectifying to Ohmic behavior is the result of B out-diffusion to the Si and the consequent change of the substrate from an n- to a p-type Si. The results place the Fermi level of TiB{sub 2} about 0.9 eV below the silicon conduction band. A remedy to this problem could result in a challenging method of fabricating a TiB{sub 2}/TiSi{sub 2} bilayer structure in a one-step process.

  9. Determination of optical properties of normal and adenomatous human colon tissues in vitro using integrating sphere techniques

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    Hua-Jiang Wei; Da Xing; Jian-Jun Lu; Huai-Min Gu; Guo-Yong Wu; Ying Jin

    2005-01-01

    AIM: The purpose of the present study is to compare the optical properties of normal human colon mucosa/submucosa and muscle layer/chorion, and adenomatous human colon mucosa/submucosa and muscle layer/chorion in vitro at 476.5, 488, 496.5, 514.5 and 532 nm. We believe these differences in optical properties should help differential diagnosis of human colon tissues by using optical methods.METHODS: In vitro optical properties were investigated for four kinds of tissues: normal human colon mucosa/submucosa and muscle layer/chorion, and adenomatous human colon mucosa/submucosa and muscle layer/chorion. Tissue samples were taken from 13 human colons (13 adenomatous, 13 normal). From the normal human colons a total of 26 tissue samples, with a mean thickness of 0.40 mm, were used (13 from mucosa/submucosa and 13 from muscle layer/chorion), and from the adenomatous human bladders a total of 26 tissue samples, with a mean thickness of 0.40 mm, were used (13 from mucosa/submucosa and 13 from muscle layer/chorion). The measurements were performed using a double-integratingsphere setup and the optical properties were assessed from these measurements using the adding-doubling method that was considered reliable.RESULTS: The results of measurement showed that there were significant differences in the absorption coefficients and scattering coefficients between normal and adenomatous human colon mucosa/submucosa at the same wavelength,and there were also significant differences in the two optical parameters between both colon muscle layer/chorion at the same wavelength. And there were large differences in the anisotropy factors between both colon mucosa/submucosa at the same wavelength, there were also large differences in the anisotropy factors between both colon muscle layer/chorion at the same wavelength.There were large differences in the value ranges of the absorption coefficients, scattering coefficients and anisotropy factors between both colon mucosa/submucosa,and there

  10. Effect of Sm doping on the physical properties of ZnO thin films deposited by spray pyrolysis technique

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    Velusamy, P.; Babu, R. Ramesh; Aparna, K. T.

    2017-05-01

    Undoped and Sm doped ZnO thin films have been prepared by chemical spray pyrolysis method on a glass substrate at 430°C. The physical properties of undoped and Sm doped ZnO thin films are characterized by XRD, FE-SEM, UV-VIS spectroscopy, Hall measurement and PL analysis. XRD pattern reveals that all the films are polycrystalline nature. The FE-SEM study of CdO shows the smooth and uniform surface with the spherical shaped particle. The electrical study reveals the n-type semiconductor and the optical study shows that Sm doped ZnO thin films about 92% transparency and optical band gap vary between 3.266-3.276 eV. Sm doped ZnO thin films have strong green emission behavior.

  11. Optical and structural properties of ZnO hexagonal rods prepared by thermal chemical vapor deposition technique

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    A Reyhani

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available In this research, ZnO nanostructure hexagonal pyramid rods with high optical and structural quality were synthesized by the simple thermal chemical vapor deposition of Zn powder without a metal catalyst. Surface morphologies were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM. XRD analyses demonstrated that ZnO hexagonal pyramid rods had a wurtzite structure with the orientation of (002. Investigation of optical properties of samples by photoluminescence spectrum exhibited a sharp UV emission peak at 380nm. The quality and composition of the ZnO pyramid rods were characterized using the Fourier transform infrared spectrum (FTIR at room temperature. In addition, the growth mechanism of ZnO hexagonal rods is also briefly discussed.

  12. Pulse transient hot strip technique adapted for slab sample geometry to study anisotropic thermal transport properties of μm-thin crystalline films.

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    Ma, Y; Gustavsson, J S; Haglund, A; Gustavsson, M; Gustafsson, S E

    2014-04-01

    A new method based on the adaptation of the Pulse Transient Hot Strip technique to slab sample geometry has been developed for studying thermal conductivity and thermal diffusivity of anisotropic thin film materials (conductivity in the 0.01-100 W/mK range, deposited on thin substrates (i.e., wafers). Strength of this technique is that it provides a well-controlled thermal probing depth, making it possible to probe a predetermined depth of the sample layer and thereby avoiding the influence from material(s) deeper down in the sample. To verify the technique a series of measurements were conducted on a y-cut single crystal quartz wafer. A Hot Strip sensor (32-μm wide, 3.2-mm long) was deposited along two orthogonal crystallographic (x- and z-) directions and two independent pulse transients were recorded. Thereafter, the data was fitted to our theoretical model, and the anisotropic thermal transport properties were determined. Using a thermal probing depth of only 30 μm, we obtained a thermal conductivity along the perpendicular (parallel) direction to the z-, i.e., optic axis of 6.48 (11.4) W/mK, and a thermal diffusivity of 3.62 (6.52) mm(2)/s. This yields a volumetric specific heat of 1.79 MJ/mK. These values agree well with tabulated data on bulk crystalline quartz supporting the accuracy of the technique, and the obtained standard deviation of less than 2.7% demonstrates the precision of this new measurement technique.

  13. Influence of bias voltage on the optical and structural properties of nc-Si:H films grown by layer-by-layer (LBL) deposition technique

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    Tong, Goh Boon, E-mail: boontong77@yahoo.co [Solid State Research Laboratory, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Gani, Siti Meriam Ab.; Muhamad, Muhamad Rasat; Rahman, Saadah Abdul [Solid State Research Laboratory, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    2009-07-01

    The effects of applying a positive bias of 25 to 100 V on the optical, structural and photoluminescence (PL) properties of hydrogenated nanocrystalline silicon (nc-Si:H) films produced by layer-by-layer (LBL) deposition technique has been studied. Optical characterization of the films has been obtained from UV-VIS-NIR spectroscopy measurements. Structural characterization has been performed using X-ray diffraction, micro-Raman spectroscopy and field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM). PL spectroscopy technique has been used to investigate the PL properties of the films. In general, the films formed shows a mixed phase of silicon (Si) nanocrystallites embedded within an amorphous phase of the Si matrix. The crystalline volume fraction and grain size of the Si nanocrystallites have been shown to be strongly dependent on the applied bias voltage. High applied bias voltage enhances the growth rate of the films but reduces the refractive index and the optical energy gap of the films. Higher crystalline volume fraction of the films prepared at low bias voltages exhibits room temperature PL at around 1.8 eV (700 nm).

  14. Post annealing effects on structural, optical and electrical properties of CuSbS2 thin films fabricated by combinatorial thermal evaporation technique

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    Hussain, Arshad; Ahmed, R.; Ali, N.; Butt, Faheem K.; Shaari, A.; Shamsuri, W. N. Wan; Khenata, R.; Prakash, Deo; Verma, K. D.

    2016-01-01

    Copper antimony sulfide (CuSbS2) thin films were fabricated by combinatorial thermal evaporation technique on well cleaned glass substrates. The deposited thin films were annealed in argon gas atmosphere for 1 h at temperature range of 150-350 °C. The effect of annealing temperature on structural, morphological, optical and electrical properties was studied using the different characterization techniques. The XRD analysis confirmed the crystallinity of the obtained samples with CuSbS2 phase in chalcostibite structure. Optical properties of the deposited samples showed good response in the visible and NIR region, envisaging the potential of CuSbS2 as an efficient solar cell material. The optical band gap of CuSbS2 thin films was measured to be 1.5 eV. A decrease (12.5-1.43 KΩ-cm) was observed for the resistivity of samples with the increase in annealing temperature. The plot of sheet resistance with annealing temperature confirmed the uniformity of samples. These thin films were found as a sustainable substitute material for the absorber layer in conventional thin film solar cell system, because of the abundance and low cost of its constituent elements. This study opens new avenue of research for scalable synthesis of CuSbS2 thin films for solar cell and photovoltaic applications.

  15. Refinement of the microstructure and enhancement of the magnetic properties in alpha-Fe/(Nd,DY)(2)Fe14B annealing nanocomposite using the two-step technique

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    Chen, Wei; Zhao, X.; Hu, J.J.

    2006-01-01

    The Nd8-xDyxFe87.5B4.5 (x = 0- 1.0) nanocomposites have been prepared by melt spinning and subsequent two-step heat treatment technique. The crystallization behaviors, microstructures and magnetic properties of the samples have been investigated. The experimental results show that the crystalliza......The Nd8-xDyxFe87.5B4.5 (x = 0- 1.0) nanocomposites have been prepared by melt spinning and subsequent two-step heat treatment technique. The crystallization behaviors, microstructures and magnetic properties of the samples have been investigated. The experimental results show....... A dramatic enhancement of remanence J(r) from 0.84 to 1.1 T, coercivity H-cj from 417 to 520 kA/m and energy product (BH)(m) from 76.8 to 110 kJ/m(3) have been obtained in Nd7Dy1Fe87.5B4.5 (30 vol%alpha-Fe) nanocomposite....

  16. A deep-sea bacterium with unique nitrifying property

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    Ram, A.; LokaBharathi, P.A.; Nair, S.; Chandramohan, D.

    s tributed in the marine environment, the number of nitrif i ers mediating this process has rarely been deter - mined. N i trification is generally carried out by known nitrifiers which either oxidize ammonia to nit rite (Phase I) or nitrite to nitrate... assay (chemical assay). Bianchi et al . 10 had shown that the a c tivity determined by chemical assay was comparable to 15 N method. For the present study we used only the chemical assay. The activity in terms of ammonia and nitrite conversion...

  17. Structural, magnetic and gas sensing properties of nanosized copper ferrite powder synthesized by sol gel combustion technique

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    Sumangala, T.P.; Mahender, C. [Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076 (India); Barnabe, A. [Université de Toulouse, Institut Carnot CIRIMAT – UMR CNRS-UPS-INP 5085, Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse 31062 (France); Venkataramani, N. [Department of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076 (India); Prasad, Shiva, E-mail: shiva.pd@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Powai, Mumbai 400076 (India)

    2016-11-15

    Stoichiometric nano sized copper ferrite particles were synthesized by sol gel combustion technique. They were then calcined at various temperatures ranging from 300–800 °C and were either furnace cooled or quenched in liquid nitrogen. A high magnetisation value of 48.2 emu/g signifying the cubic phase of copper ferrite, was obtained for sample quenched to liquid nitrogen temperature from 800 °C. The ethanol sensing response of the samples was studied and a maximum of 86% response was obtained for 500 ppm ethanol in the case of a furnace cooled sample calcined at 800 °C. The chemical sensing is seen to be correlated with the c/a ratio and is best in the case of tetragonal copper ferrite. - Highlights: • One of the first study on ethanol sensing of cubic copper ferrite. • In-situ High temperature XRD done shows phase transition from cubic to tetragonal. • A non-monotonic increase in magnetization was seen with calcination temperature. • A response of 86% was obtained towards 500 ppm ethanol. • Tried to correlate sensing response and ion content in spinel structure.

  18. Influence of extraction techniques on antioxidant properties and bioactive compounds of loquat fruit (Eriobotrya japonica Lindl.) skin and pulp extracts.

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    Delfanian, Mojtaba; Esmaeilzadeh Kenari, Reza; Sahari, Mohammad Ali

    2015-05-01

    In this study, the bioactive compounds of loquat fruit (Eriobotrya japonica Lindl.) skin and pulp extracted by two extraction methods (solvent and ultrasound-assisted) with three solvents (ethanol, water and ethanol-water) were compared to supercritical fluid extraction. The antioxidant activities of skin and pulp extracts were evaluated and compared to tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) using 2, 2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH˙) radical scavenging, β-carotene bleaching, and the Rancimat assays. In DPPH assay solvent extracts of skin by ethanol (SSE) and ethanol-water (SSEW) showed strong inhibitory activity. The SSEW also showed the highest inhibition percentage of 85.58% by the β-carotene bleaching assay and longest induction time of 4.78 h by the Rancimat method. The large amount of tocopherols and phenolics contained in the skin extract may cause its strong antioxidant ability. The results indicated that the solvent extraction with ethanol-water produced the maximum extraction yield of phenolic and tocopherol compounds from loquat fruit skin and pulp. Furthermore, solvent extraction was the most effective in antioxidant activity of the extracts compared to other extraction techniques.

  19. Physical properties of Ag-doped cadmium telluride thin films fabricated by closed-space sublimation technique

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    Abbas Shah, N.; Ali, A.; Aqili, A. K. S.; Maqsood, A.

    2006-05-01

    Cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin films were prepared by the closed-space sublimation (CSS) technique, using CdTe powder as evaporant onto substrates of water-white glass. In the next step, the annealed films at 450 °C for 30 min were dipped in AgNO 3-H 2O solution at room temperature. These films were again annealed at 450 °C for 1 h to obtain silver-doped samples. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electrically i.e. DC electrical resistivity as well as photo resistivity by van der Pauw method at room temperature, dark conductivity, activation energy analysis as a function of temperature by two-probe method under vacuum, and spectrophotometry. The electron microprobe analyzer (EMPA) results showed an increase of Ag content composition in the samples by increasing the immersion time of films in solution. The Hall measurements indicated the increase in mobility and carrier concentrations of CdTe films by doping of Ag. A significant change in the shape and size of the CdTe grains were observed.

  20. Trimming the electrical properties on nanoscale YBa2Cu3O7-x constrictions by focus ion beam technique

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    Lam, Simon K. H.; Bendavid, Avi; Du, Jia

    2017-09-01

    High temperature superconducting (HTS) nanostructure has a great potential in photon sensing at high frequency due to its fast recovery time. For maximising the coupling efficiency, the normal resistance of the nanostructure needs to be better matched to that of the thin-film antenna, which is typically few tens of ohm. We report on the fabrication of nanoscale high temperature superconducting YBa2Cu3O7-x (YBCO) constrictions using Gallium ion focus ion beam (FIB) technique. The FIB has been used to both remove the YBCO in lateral dimension and also tune its critical current and normal resistance by a combination of surface etching and implantation on the YBCO top layer. High critical current density of 2.5 MA/cm2 at 77 K can be obtained on YBCO nanobridges down to 100 nm in width. Subsequent trimming of the naobridges can lead to a normal resistance value over 50 Ω. Simulation of the Ga ion trajectory has also been performed to compare the measurement results. This method provides a simple step of fabricating nanoscale superconducting detectors such as hot electron bolometer.