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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782702/unique-tube-ring-interactions-complexation-of-single-walled-carbon-nanotubes-with-cycloparaphenyleneacetylenes
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Koji Miki, Kenzo Saiki, Tomokazu Umeyama, Jinseok Baek, Takeru Noda, Hiroshi Imahori, Yuta Sato, Kazu Suenaga, Kouichi Ohe
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) interlocked by cyclic compounds through supramolecular interaction are promising rotaxane-like materials applicable as 2D and 3D networks of nanowires and disease-specific theranostic agents having multifunctionalities. Supramolecular complexation of CNTs with cyclic compounds in a "ring toss'' manner is a straightforward method to prepare interlocked CNTs; however, to date, this has not been reported on. Here, the "ring toss" method to prepare interlocked CNTs by using π-conjugated carbon nanorings: [8]-, [9]-, and [10]cycloparaphenyleneacetylene (CPPA) is reported...
May 21, 2018: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782534/linear-and-nonlinear-causal-relationship-between-energy-consumption-and-economic-growth-in-china-new-evidence-based-on-wavelet-analysis
#2
Junsheng Ha, Pei-Pei Tan, Kim-Leng Goh
The energy-growth nexus has important policy implications for economic development. The results from many past studies that investigated the causality direction of this nexus can lead to misleading policy guidance. Using data on China from 1953 to 2013, this study shows that an application of causality test on the time series of energy consumption and national output has masked a lot of information. The Toda-Yamamoto test with bootstrapped critical values and the newly proposed non-linear causality test reveal no causal relationship...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782490/an-optimized-digital-watermarking-algorithm-in-wavelet-domain-based-on-differential-evolution-for-color-image
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Xinchun Cui, Yuying Niu, Xiangwei Zheng, Yingshuai Han
In this paper, a new color watermarking algorithm based on differential evolution is proposed. A color host image is first converted from RGB space to YIQ space, which is more suitable for the human visual system. Then, apply three-level discrete wavelet transformation to luminance component Y and generate four different frequency sub-bands. After that, perform singular value decomposition on these sub-bands. In the watermark embedding process, apply discrete wavelet transformation to a watermark image after the scrambling encryption processing...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782168/rapid-aqueous-phase-hydrolysis-of-ester-hydroperoxides-arising-from-criegee-intermediates-and-organic-acids
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Ran Zhao, Christopher M Kenseth, Yuanlong Huang, Nathan F Dalleska, Xiaobi Michelle Kuang, Jierou Chen, Suzanne E Paulson, John H Seinfeld
Stabilized Criegee intermediates react with organic acids in the gas phase and at the air-water interface to form a class of ester hydroperoxides, α-acyloxyalkyl hydroperoxides (αAAHPs). A number of recent studies have proposed the importance of αAAHPs to the formation and growth of secondary organic aerosol (SOA). The chemistry of αAAHPs has not been investigated due to a lack of commercially available chemical standards. In this work, the behavior of αAAHPs in condensed phases is investigated for the first time...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781808/tensor-driven-extraction-of-developmental-features-from-varying-paediatric-eeg-datasets
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Eli Kinney-Lang, Loukianos Spyrou, Ahmed Ebied, Richard Fm Chin, Javier Escudero
Constant changes in developing children's brains can pose a challenge in EEG dependant technologies. Advancing signal processing methods to identify developmental differences in paediatric populations could help improve function and usability of such technologies. Taking advantage of the multi-dimensional structure of EEG data through tensor analysis may offer a framework for extracting relevant developmental features of paediatric datasets. A proof of concept is demonstrated through identifying latent developmental features in resting-state EEG...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781240/predominant-nonproductive-substrate-binding-by-fungal-cellobiohydrolase-i-and-implications-for-activity-improvement
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Mikhail L Rabinovich, Maria S Melnik, Mikhail L Herner, Yakov V Voznyi, Lilia G Vasilchenko
Enzymatic conversion of the most abundant renewable source of organic compounds, cellulose to fermentable sugars is attractive for production of green fuels and chemicals. The major component of industrial enzyme systems, cellobiohydrolase I from Hypocrea jecorina (Trichoderma reesei) (HjCel7A) processively splits disaccharide units from the reducing ends of tightly packed cellulose chains. HjCel7A consists of a catalytic domain (CD) and a carbohydrate-binding module (CBM) separated by a linker peptide. A tunnel-shaped substrate-binding site in the CD includes 9 subsites for β-D-glucose units, 7 of which (-7 to -1) precede the catalytic center...
May 21, 2018: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781010/decomposition-of-an-aqueous-ammonia-solution-as-a-photon-energy-conversion-reaction-using-a-ru-loaded-zns-photocatalyst
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Akihide Iwase, Kazutaka Ii, Akihiko Kudo
Metal sulfides are an excellent material group for highly efficient water reduction to H2. We demonstrate the uphill reaction using a single-particulate metal sulfide photocatalyst. A Ru cocatalyst-loaded ZnS photocatalyst showed an activity for the decomposition of an aqueous solution into H2 and N2 under simulated sunlight irradiation.
May 21, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780495/examining-the-chemical-and-structural-properties-that-influence-the-sensitivity-of-energetic-nitrate-esters
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Virginia W Manner, Marc J Cawkwell, Edward M Kober, Thomas W Myers, Geoff W Brown, Hongzhao Tian, Christopher J Snyder, Romain Perriot, Daniel N Preston
The sensitivity of explosives is controlled by factors that span from intrinsic chemical reactivity and chemical intramolecular effects to mesoscale structure and defects, and has been a topic of extensive study for over 50 years. Due to these complex competing chemical and physical elements, a unifying relationship between molecular framework, crystal structure, and sensitivity has yet to be developed. In order to move towards this goal, ideally experimental studies should be performed on systems with small, systematic structural modifications, with modeling utilized to interpret experimental results...
April 21, 2018: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780474/a-promising-bulky-anion-based-lithium-borate-salt-for-lithium-metal-batteries
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Lixin Qiao, Zili Cui, Bingbing Chen, Gaojie Xu, Zhonghua Zhang, Jun Ma, Huiping Du, Xiaochen Liu, Suqi Huang, Kun Tang, Shanmu Dong, Xinhong Zhou, Guanglei Cui
A new salt of lithium trifluoro(perfluoro- tert -butyloxyl)borate (LiTFPFB) which possesses a bulky fluoroalkoxyl functional group in the borate anion has been synthesized for high energy lithium metal batteries. The presence of the bulky fluoroalkoxyl group in the borate anion of LiTFPFB can facilitate ion dissociation and in situ generate a protective film on the Li anode. As a result, LiTFPFB possesses a dramatically improved ionic conductivity and LiFePO4 /Li cells using 1.0 M LiTFPFB/PC electrolyte exhibit improved capacity retention especially upon cycling at elevated temperature (60 °C)...
April 14, 2018: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780317/one-channel-surface-electromyography-decomposition-for-muscle-force-estimation
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Wentao Sun, Jinying Zhu, Yinlai Jiang, Hiroshi Yokoi, Qiang Huang
Estimating muscle force by surface electromyography (sEMG) is a non-invasive and flexible way to diagnose biomechanical diseases and control assistive devices such as prosthetic hands. To estimate muscle force using sEMG, a supervised method is commonly adopted. This requires simultaneous recording of sEMG signals and muscle force measured by additional devices to tune the variables involved. However, recording the muscle force of the lost limb of an amputee is challenging, and the supervised method has limitations in this regard...
2018: Frontiers in Neurorobotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780189/nonlinear-viscoelastic-characterization-of-human-vocal-fold-tissues-under-large-amplitude-oscillatory-shear-laos
#11
Roger W Chan
Viscoelastic shear properties of human vocal fold tissues were previously quantified by the shear moduli ( G' and G″ ). Yet these small-strain linear measures were unable to describe any nonlinear tissue behavior. This study attempted to characterize the nonlinear viscoelastic response of the vocal fold lamina propria under large-amplitude oscillatory shear (LAOS) with a stress decomposition approach. Human vocal fold cover and vocal ligament specimens from eight subjects were subjected to LAOS rheometric testing with a simple-shear rheometer...
May 2018: Journal of Rheology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778939/relationship-between-the-structure-of-fe-mcm-48-and-its-activity-in-catalytic-ozonation-for-diclofenac-mineralization
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Xukai Li, Weirui Chen, Yiming Tang, Laisheng Li
Fe-MCM-48 catalyst with a three-dimensional cubic pore structure was directly synthesized via a hydrothermal method, and the mineralization efficiency of diclofenac (DCF) in the catalytic ozonation process (Fe-MCM-48/O3 ) was assessed. X-ray diffraction (XRD), N2 adsorption desorption, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) characterizations revealed that Fe existed in the framework of MCM-48, and Fe-MCM-48 possessed a large surface area and a highly ordered cubic mesoporous structure, which could accelerate reactants and products diffusion...
May 12, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778793/impact-of-vermiculite-on-ammonia-emissions-and-organic-matter-decomposition-of-food-waste-during-composting
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Zaihua He, Hong Lin, Jiewei Hao, Xiangshi Kong, Kai Tian, Zhanlin Bei, Xingjun Tian
This study investigated the effects of adding vermiculite to the food waste composting process. Four treatments with varying vermiculite percent compositions, 0%, 5%, 10% and 15% (w/w, wet weight of food waste basis) mixed with initial food waste were designed and then composted for 42 days. Results show that adding vermiculite prolongs the thermophilic phase, speeds up the organic matter loss, reduces the NH3 emissions and electrical conductivity values. Compared to the control, the amount of nitrogen loss through NH3 emissions in the treatments of 5%, 10% and 15% vermiculite decreased by 9...
May 9, 2018: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778675/groundwater-contamination-and-land-drainage-induce-divergent-responses-in-boreal-spring-ecosystems
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Kaisa Lehosmaa, Jussi Jyväsjärvi, Jari Ilmonen, Pekka M Rossi, Lauri Paasivirta, Timo Muotka
Degradation of freshwater ecosystems has engendered legislative mandates for the protection and management of surface waters while groundwater-dependent ecosystems (GDEs) have received much less attention. This is so despite biodiversity and functioning of GDEs are currently threatened by several anthropogenic stressors, particularly intensified land use and groundwater contamination. We assessed the impacts of land drainage (increased input of dissolved organic carbon, DOC, from peatland drainage) and impaired groundwater chemical quality (NO3 - -N enrichment from agricultural or urban land use) on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in 20 southern Finnish cold-water springs using several taxonomic and functional measures...
May 17, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778061/syntactic-and-semantic-restrictions-on-morphological-recomposition-meg-evidence-from-greek
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K Neophytou, C Manouilidou, L Stockall, A Marantz
Complex morphological processing has been extensively studied in the past decades. However, most of this work has either focused on only certain steps involved in this process, or it has been conducted on a few languages, like English. The purpose of the present study is to investigate the spatiotemporal cortical processing profile of the distinct steps previously reported in the literature, from decomposition to re-composition of morphologically complex items, in a relatively understudied language, Greek. Using magnetoencephalography, we confirm the role of the fusiform gyrus in early, form-based morphological decomposition, we relate the syntactic licensing of stem-suffix combinations to the ventral visual processing stream, somewhat independent from lexical access for the stem, and we further elucidate the role of orbitofrontal regions in semantic composition...
May 16, 2018: Brain and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777726/a-novel-approach-to-probabilistic-characterisation-of-neural-firing-patterns
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Gorana Mijatović, Tatjana Lončar-Turukalo, Emmanuel Procyk, Dragana Bajić
BACKGROUND: The advances in extracellular neural recording techniques result in big data volumes that necessitate fast, reliable, and automatic identification of statistically similar units. This study proposes a single framework yielding a compact set of probabilistic descriptors that characterise the firing patterns of a single unit. NEW METHOD: Probabilistic features are estimated from an inter-spike-interval time series, without assumptions about the firing distribution or the stationarity...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777146/formation-of-zinc-sulfide-species-during-roasting-of-zno-with-pyrite-and-its-contribution-on-flotation
#17
Yong-Xing Zheng, Jin-Fang Lv, Hua Wang, Shu-Ming Wen, Jie Pang
In this paper, formation of zinc sulfide species during roasting of ZnO with FeS2 was investigated and its contribution on flotation was illustrated. The evolution process, phase and crystal growth were investigated by thermogravimetry (TG), X-Ray diffraction (XRD) along with thermodynamic calculation and scanning electron microscopy-Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDS), respectively, to interpret the formation mechanism of ZnS species. It was found that ZnS was initially generated at about 450 °C and then the reaction prevailed at about 600 °C...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777126/discrete-taxa-of-saprotrophic-fungi-respire-different-ages-of-carbon-from-antarctic-soils
#18
Kevin K Newsham, Mark H Garnett, Clare H Robinson, Filipa Cox
Different organic compounds have distinct residence times in soil and are degraded by specific taxa of saprotrophic fungi. It hence follows that specific fungal taxa should respire carbon of different ages from these compounds to the atmosphere. Here, we test whether this is the case by radiocarbon (14 C) dating CO2 evolved from two gamma radiation-sterilised maritime Antarctic soils inoculated with pure single cultures of four fungi. We show that a member of the Helotiales, which accounted for 41-56% of all fungal sequences in the two soils, respired soil carbon that was aged up to 1,200 years BP and which was 350-400 years older than that respired by the other three taxa...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776112/tensor-renormalization-group-with-randomized-singular-value-decomposition
#19
Satoshi Morita, Ryo Igarashi, Hui-Hai Zhao, Naoki Kawashima
An algorithm of the tensor renormalization group is proposed based on a randomized algorithm for singular value decomposition. Our algorithm is applicable to a broad range of two-dimensional classical models. In the case of a square lattice, its computational complexity and memory usage are proportional to the fifth and the third power of the bond dimension, respectively, whereas those of the conventional implementation are of the sixth and the fourth power. The oversampling parameter larger than the bond dimension is sufficient to reproduce the same result as full singular value decomposition even at the critical point of the two-dimensional Ising model...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776082/phase-field-based-lattice-boltzmann-modeling-of-large-density-ratio-two-phase-flows
#20
Hong Liang, Jiangrong Xu, Jiangxing Chen, Huili Wang, Zhenhua Chai, Baochang Shi
In this paper, we present a simple and accurate lattice Boltzmann (LB) model for immiscible two-phase flows, which is able to deal with large density contrasts. This model utilizes two LB equations, one of which is used to solve the conservative Allen-Cahn equation, and the other is adopted to solve the incompressible Navier-Stokes equations. A forcing distribution function is elaborately designed in the LB equation for the Navier-Stokes equations, which make it much simpler than the existing LB models. In addition, the proposed model can achieve superior numerical accuracy compared with previous Allen-Cahn type of LB models...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
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