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Jonas Häusler, Lukas Neudert, Mathias Mallmann, Robin Niklaus, Anna-Carina L Kimmel, Nicolas S A Alt, Eberhard Schlücker, Oliver Oeckler, Wolfgang Schnick
The first gallium-containing nitridosilicate CaGaSiN3 was synthesized in newly developed high-pressure autoclaves using supercritical ammonia as solvent and nitriding agent. The reaction was conducted in ammonobasic environment starting from intermetallic CaGaSi with NaN3 as mineralizer. At 770 K, intermediate compounds were obtained, which were subsequently converted to the crystalline nitride at temperatures up to 1070 K (70 - 150 MPa). The impact of other mineralizers (e. g. LiN3, KN3 and CsN3) on the product formation was investigated as well...
December 3, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Saeed Kabiri, John K Cochran, Bernadette J Stewart, Mahmoud Sharepour, Mohammad Mahdi Rahmati, Syede Massomeh Shadmanfaat
The use of performance-enhancing drugs (PED) is common among Iranian professional athletes. As this phenomenon is a social problem, the main purpose of this research is to explain why athletes engage in "doping" activity, using social learning theory. For this purpose, a sample of 589 professional athletes from Rasht, Iran, was used to test assumptions related to social learning theory. The results showed that there are positive and significant relationships between the components of social learning theory (differential association, differential reinforcement, imitation, and definitions) and doping behavior (past, present, and future use of PED)...
December 1, 2016: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Yousra Ali El-Basyuni, Yuan Li, Madhu B Anand-Srivastava
BACKGROUND: We previously showed that the levels of both Giα-2 and Giα-3 proteins were augmented in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs) before the onset of hypertension. In addition, intraperitoneal injection of pertussis toxin, which inactivates both Giα proteins, prevented the development of hypertension in SHRs. The aim of the present study was to determine the specific contributions of Giα-2 and Giα-3 proteins to the development of hypertension. METHODS AND RESULTS: Antisense oligodeoxynucleotide of Giα-2 and Giα-3 encapsulated in PEG/DOTAP/DOPE cationic liposomes were administrated intravenously into 3-week-old prehypertensive SHRs and Wistar Kyoto rats, whereas the control Wistar Kyoto rats and SHRs received PBS, empty liposomes, or sense...
October 26, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Nan Zhang, He Zhao, Guangming Zhang, Shan Chong, Yucan Liu, Liyan Sun, Huazhen Chang, Ting Huang
High efficiency and facile separation are desirable for catalysts used in water treatment. In this study, a magnetic catalyst (nitrogen doped iron/activated carbon) was prepared and used for pharmaceutical wastewater treatment. The catalyst was characterized using BET, SEM, XRD, VSM and XPS. Results showed that iron and nitrogen were successfully loaded and doped, magnetic Fe2N was formed, large amount of active surface oxygen and Fe(II) were detected, and the catalyst could be easily separated from water. Diclofenac was then degraded using the catalyst in ultrasound system...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
Mohamed M Fadlallah, Ahmed A Maarouf, Udo Schwingenschlögl, Ulrich Eckern
Graphene nanomeshes (GNMs), formed by creating a superlattice of pores in graphene, possess rich physical and chemical properties. Many of these properties are determined by the pore geometry. In this work, we use first principles calculations to study the magnetic and electronic properties of metal-doped nitrogen-passivated GNMs. We find that the magnetic behaviour is dependent on the pore shape (trigonal versus hexagonal) as dictated by the number of covalent bonds formed between the 3d metal and the passivating N atoms...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Gastón O Larrazábal, Antonio J Martín, Frank Krumeich, Roland Hauert, Javier Pérez-Ramírez
The electroreduction of CO2 to fuels and chemicals is an attractive strategy for valorizing CO2 emissions. In this study, we show that a Cu2O electrocatalyst prepared by a simple and potentially scalable solvothermal route effectively targeted CO evolution at low to moderate overpotentials (CECO ca. 60% after 12 h at -0.6 V vs. RHE), and that the introduction of p-block elements (In, Sn, Ga, Al) into the catalyst can be employed to tune its selectivity. SEM, HRTEM, and voltammetric analyses revealed that the Cu2O catalyst undergoes extensive surface restructuring (favorable for CO evolution) under reaction conditions...
December 2, 2016: ChemSusChem
Ehsan Shafia, Serena Esposito, Elnaz Bahadori, Marco Armandi, Maela Manzoli, Barbara Bonelli
The goal of the protocol is to synthesize Fe-doped aluminosilicate nanotubes of the imogolite type with the formula (OH)3Al2-xFexO3SiOH. Doping with Fe aims at lowering the band gap of imogolite, an insulator with the chemical formula (OH)3Al2O3SiOH, and at modifying its adsorption properties towards azo-dyes, an important class of organic pollutants of both wastewater and groundwater. Fe-doped nanotubes are obtained in two ways: by direct synthesis, where FeCl3 is added to an aqueous mixture of the Si and Al precursors, and by post-synthesis loading, where preformed nanotubes are put in contact with a FeCl3•6H2O aqueous solution...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Jan Plsek, Petr Kovaricek, Vaclav Vales, Martin Kalbac
Tuning the local reactivity of graphene is a subject of paramount importance. Among the available strategies, the activation/passivation of graphene by copper substrate is very promising, because it enables to influence the properties of graphene without any transfer procedure as graphene can be grown directly on copper. Here, we demonstrate that the reactivity of graphene towards fluorination is strongly influenced by the face of the surface of the copper substrate. We probed graphene on the copper foil with identified grain orientations...
December 2, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Jinyang Dong, Yanming Xue, Chao Zhang, Qunhong Weng, Pengcheng Dai, Yijun Yang, Min Zhou, Cuiling Li, Qiuhong Cui, Xiaohong Kang, Chengchun Tang, Yoshio Bando, Dmitri Golberg, Xi Wang
A novel carbon structure, highly branched homogeneous-N-doped graphitic (BNG) tubular foam, is designed via a novel N, N-dimethylformamide (DMF)-mediated chemical vapor deposition method. More structural defects are found at the branched portions as compared with the flat tube domains providing abundant active sites and spacious reservoirs for Li(+) storage. An individual BNG branch nanobattery is constructed and tested using in situ transmission electron microscopy and the lithiation process is directly visualized in real time...
December 2, 2016: Advanced Materials
O Gerber, B P Pichon, D Ihiawakrim, I Florea, S Moldovan, O Ersen, D Begin, J-M Grenèche, S Lemonnier, E Barraud, S Begin-Colin
Magnetic porous nanostructures consisting of oriented aggregates of iron oxide nanocrystals display very interesting properties such as a lower oxidation state of magnetite, and enhanced saturation magnetization in comparison with individual nanoparticles of similar sizes and porosity. However, the formation mechanism of these promising nanostructures is not well understood, which hampers the fine tuning of their magnetic properties, for instance by doping them with other elements. Therefore the formation mechanism of porous raspberry shaped nanostructures (RSNs) synthesized by a one-pot polyol solvothermal method has been investigated in detail from the early stages by using a wide panel of characterization techniques, and especially by performing original in situ HR-TEM studies in temperature...
December 2, 2016: Nanoscale
Wei Sun, Ji-Yuan Liu, Xue-Qing Gong, Waqas-Qamar Zaman, Li-Mei Cao, Ji Yang
The anodic reaction of oxygen evolution reaction (OER), an important point for electrolysis, however, remains the obstacle due to its complicated reaction at electrochemical interfaces. Iridium oxide (IrO2) is the only currently known 5d transition metal oxide possessing admirable OER activity. Tremendous efforts have been carried out to enhance the activity of iridium oxides. Unfortunately there lies a gap in understanding what factors responsible for the activity in doped IrO2 or the novel crystal structure...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
M Martínez, B Zurro, A Baciero, D Jiménez-Rey, V Tribaldos, M Malo, M T Crespo, D Muñoz
A systematic study of scintillation materials was undertaken to improve the time resolution of the fast ion diagnostic currently installed at TJ-II stellarator. It was found that YAP:Ce (formula YAlO3:Ce, Yttrium Aluminum Perovskite doped with Cerium) ionoluminescence offers better sensitivity and time response compared to the standard detector material, SrGa2S4:Eu (TG-Green), currently used in TJ-II. A comparison between both materials was carried out by irradiating them with H(+) ions of up to 40 keV using a dedicated laboratory setup...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
C J Forrest, V Yu Glebov, V N Goncharov, J P Knauer, P B Radha, S P Regan, M H Romanofsky, T C Sangster, M J Shoup, C Stoeckl
Upgraded microchannel-plate-based photomultiplier tubes (MCP-PMT's) with increased stability to signal-shape linearity have been implemented on the 13.4-m neutron time-of-flight (nTOF) detector at the Omega Laser Facility. This diagnostic uses oxygenated xylene doped with diphenyloxazole C15H11NO + p-bis-(o-methylstyryl)-benzene (PPO + bis-MSB) wavelength shifting dyes and is coupled through four viewing ports to fast-gating MCP-PMT's, each with a different gain to allow one to measure the light output over a dynamic range of 1 × 10(6)...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
T Ma, H Chen, P K Patel, M B Schneider, M A Barrios, D T Casey, H-K Chung, B A Hammel, L F Berzak Hopkins, L C Jarrott, S F Khan, B Lahmann, R Nora, M J Rosenberg, A Pak, S P Regan, H A Scott, H Sio, B K Spears, C R Weber
The electron temperature at stagnation of an ICF implosion can be measured from the emission spectrum of high-energy x-rays that pass through the cold material surrounding the hot stagnating core. Here we describe a platform developed on the National Ignition Facility where trace levels of a mid-Z dopant (krypton) are added to the fuel gas of a symcap (symmetry surrogate) implosion to allow for the use of x-ray spectroscopy of the krypton line emission.
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
H M Johns, N E Lanier, J L Kline, C J Fontes, T S Perry, C L Fryer, C R D Brown, J W Morton, J D Hager, M E Sherrill
We present synthetic transmission spectra generated with PrismSPECT utilizing both the ATBASE model and the Los Alamos opacity library (OPLIB) to evaluate whether an alternative choice in atomic data will impact modeling of experimental data from radiation transport experiments using Sc-doped aerogel foams (ScSi6O12 at 75 mg/cm(3) density). We have determined that in the 50-200 eV Te range there is a significant difference in the 1s-3p spectra, especially below 100 eV, and for Te = 200 eV above 5000 eV in photon energy...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Kim Larmier, Céline Chizallet, Sylvie Maury, Nicolas Cadran, Johnny Abboud, Anne-Félicie Lamic-Humblot, Eric Marceau, Hélène Lauron-Pernot
The mechanism of isopropanol dehydration on amorphous silica-alumina (ASA) was unraveled by a combination of experimental kinetic measurements and periodic density functional theory (DFT) calculations. We show that pseudo-bridging silanols (PBS-Al) are the most likely active sites owing to the synergy between the Brønsted and Lewis acidic properties of these sites, which facilitates the activation of alcohol hydroxy groups as leaving groups. Isopropanol dehydration was used to specifically investigate these PBS-Al sites, whose density was estimated to be about 10(-1)  site nm(-2) on the silica-doped alumina surface under investigation, by combining information from experiments and theoretical calculations...
December 2, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Volker Lesch, Hadrián Montes-Campos, Trinidad Méndez-Morales, Luis Javier Gallego, Andreas Heuer, Christian Schröder, Luis M Varela
We report a molecular dynamics study on the effect of electronic polarization on the structure and single-particle dynamics of mixtures of the aprotic ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis-(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)-imide ([EMIM][TFSI]) doped with a lithium salt with the same anion at 298 K and 1 bar. In particular, we analyze the effect of electron density fluctuations on radial distribution functions, velocity autocorrelation functions, cage correlation functions, mean-squared displacements, and vibrational densities of states, comparing the predictions of the quantum-chemistry-based Atomistic Polarizable Potential for Liquids, Electrolytes, & Polymers (APPLE&P) with those of its nonpolarizable version and those of the standard non-polarizable Optimized Potentials for Liquid Simulations-All Atom (OPLS-AA)...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Jianjian Zhang, Xu Zhen, Paul Kumar Upputuri, Manojit Pramanik, Peng Chen, Kanyi Pu
Organic semiconducting nanoprobes doped with bulky borane can undergo specific activation by ONOO(-) even at tumor-relevant acidic pH (6.8), permitting in vivo ratiometric photoacoustic imaging of ONOO(-) in the tumor environment of living mice.
December 1, 2016: Advanced Materials
Venkata N K B Adusumalli, Heramba V S R M Koppisetti, Sagar Ganguli, Shyam Sarkar, Venkataramanan Mahalingam
NaYF4 is a superior host matrix to study the luminescence properties of lanthanide (Ln(3+) ) ions. Ln(3+) ions in hexagonal-phase NaYF4 (β-phase) nanocrystals (NCs) exhibit strong luminescence via an upconversion process compared to cubic NaYF4 (α-phase) NCs. However, in Ce(3+) /Ln(3+) -doped NaYF4 NCs (Ln=Tm, Tb, Sm, Dy) the α-phase NaYF4 NCs shows strong luminescence compared to their counterpart β-phase NCs despite the latter being much larger in size. This is attributed to comparatively large overlap between Ce(3+) ions emission band with excited energy levels of those Ln(3+) ions in α-phase compared to β-phase NCs...
December 1, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Ruina Liu, Baoxin Liao, Xiangdong Guo, Debo Hu, Hai Hu, Luojun Du, Hua Yu, Guangyu Zhang, Xiaoxia Yang, Qing Dai
The performance of electronic circuits is becoming limited by on-chip digital information transmission. Graphene plasmons with ultra-high confinement and low damping rates offer an effective solution to this problem as they allow for the implementation of optical interconnects. However, direct contact with the semiconductor always deteriorates the plasmonic properties due to large damping of the plasmon in the semiconductor. Here, we studied graphene plasmons in heterostructures of graphene and monolayer MoS2 which represents a promising semiconductor for next-generation electronic devices...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
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