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Xiaoting Liu, Dandan Shi, Shimin Shan, Peiyuan Yan, Haifeng Xu, Bing Yan
High-level ab initio calculations on the ground and the excited states of aluminum monobromide (AlBr) have been carried out by utilizing the internally contracted multi-reference configuration interaction method plus Davidson correction (icMRCI+Q) method. The core-valence correlation (CV) correction and spin-orbit coupling (SOC) effect have been investigated in the calculations. The potential energy curves (PECs) of the 13 Λ-S states, as well as those of the 24 Ω states generated from the Λ-S states under the SOC effect, have been obtained...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Masaru Nakagawa, Akifumi Nakaya, Yasuto Hoshikawa, Shunya Ito, Nobuya Hiroshiba, Takashi Kyotani
Ultraviolet (UV) nanoimprint lithography is a promising nanofabrication technology with cost efficiency and high throughput for sub-20 nm size semiconductor, data storage, and optical devices. To test formability of organic resist mask patterns, we investigated whether the type of polymerizable di(meth)acrylate monomer affected the fabrication of cured resin nanopillars by UV nanoimprinting using molds with pores of around 20 nm. We used carbon-coated, porous, anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) films prepared by electrochemical oxidation and thermal chemical vapor deposition as molds, because the pore diameter distribution in the range of 10-40 nm was suitable for combinatorial testing to investigate whether UV-curable resins comprising each monomer were filled into the mold recesses in UV nanoimprinting...
October 21, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Juan Lin, Yufang Zhong, Hua Fan, Chaofeng Song, Chao Yu, Yue Gao, Xiong Xiong, Chenxi Wu, Jiantong Liu
In this work, sediments were treated with calcium nitrate, aluminum sulfate, ferric sulfate, and Phoslock®, respectively. The impact of treatments on internal phosphorus release, the abundance of nitrogen cycle-related functional genes, and the growth of submerged macrophytes were investigated. All treatments reduced total phosphorus (TP) and soluble reactive phosphorus (SRP) in interstitial water, and aluminum sulfate was most efficient. Aluminum sulfate also decreased TP and SRP in overlying water. Treatments significantly changed P speciations in the sediment...
October 20, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Axel Van Der Gucht, Mehdi Aoun Sebaiti, Eric Guedj, Jessie Aouizerate, Sabrina Yara, Romain Gherardi, Eva Evangelista, Julia Chalaye, Anne-Ségolène Cottereau, Antoine Verger, Anne-Catherine Bachoud-Levi, Emmanuel Itti, Francois Jerome Authier
PURPOSE: Macrophagic myofasciitis (MMF) is an emerging condition with specific muscle lesions characterized by an abnormal long-term persistence of aluminum hydroxide particles within macrophages at the site of previous immunization. Patients present with diffuse arthromyalgias, chronic fatigue, and cognitive dysfunction. The aim of this study was to characterize brain FDG-PET metabolic abnormalities in MMF patients, and the relation with cognitive dysfunction. METHODS: FDG-PET brain imaging and a comprehensive battery of neuropsychological tests were performed in 100 consecutive MMF patients (mean age, 45...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Rosamaria Lappano, Roberta Malaguarnera, Antonino Belfiore, Marcello Maggiolini
Certain environmental chemicals may accumulate in human serum and tissues eliciting estrogenic and/or carcinogenic effects. Therefore, there is heightened interest in determining whether environmental chemicals may increase the risk for endocrine-related tumors like breast cancer. For instance, metals as cadmium, zinc, copper, iron, nickel and aluminum have been shown to mimic estrogen action. Moreover, the exposure to these chemicals has been reported to stimulate diverse malignancies including breast cancer, which is the most common tumor in women worldwide...
October 17, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Cuizhen Sun, Jinwei Qiu, Zhibin Zhang, Taha F Marhaba, Yanhao Zhang
In this paper, flocculating performance and mechanisms of a new composite coagulant, poly-ferric aluminum chloride-polydimethyl diallylammonium chloride (PFAC-PD) with different OH(-)/(Fe(3+) + Al(3+)) molar ratios, were investigated for humic acid (HA)-kaolin synthetic wastewater treatment. The impact of OH(-)/(Fe(3+) + Al(3+)) molar ratios on the removal efficiencies of turbidity and dissolved organic carbon, specific UV absorbance, coagulation mechanisms and dynamics was explored during the coagulation process using composite coagulants...
October 2016: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
Emanuel Carlos, Rita Branquinho, Asal Kiazadeh, Pedro Barquinha, Rodrigo Martins, Elvira Fortunato
Solution processing of amorphous metal oxides has been lately used as an option to implement in flexible electronics allowing a reduction of the associated costs and high performance. However the research has focused more on semiconductor layer rather than on the insulator layer that is related to the stability and performance of the devices. This work aims to evaluate amorphous aluminum oxide thin films produced by combustion synthesis and the influence of far ultraviolet (FUV) irradiation on properties of the insulator on thin film transistors (TFTs) using different semiconductors, in order to have compatibility with flexible substrates...
October 20, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Çiğdem Yılmaz, Aycan Apak, Erkan Özcengiz, Gülay Özcengiz
Whooping cough (pertussis) is a highly contagious respiratory infection caused by Bordetella pertussis. Although availability of effective pertussis vaccines seems to decrease the incidence of the disease, B. pertussis circulation in population has not been eliminated. Thus, finding new protein candidates with high immune protective capacities is necessary to enhance the efficacy of current acellular pertussis (Pa) vaccines. In this study, iron superoxide dismutase (FeSOD) gene (sodB) was cloned, expressed in Escherichia coli and recombinant FeSOD protein was purified...
October 20, 2016: Microbiology and Immunology
Mahsa Jalali, Ye Yu, Kaichen Xu, Ray J H Ng, Zhaogang Dong, Liancheng Wang, Saman Safari Dinachali, Minghui Hong, Joel K W Yang
Color printing with plasmonic resonators can overcome limitations in pigment-based printing approaches. While layering in pigment-based prints results in familiar color mixing effects, the color effects of stacking plasmonic resonator structures have not been investigated. Here, we demonstrate an experimental strategy to fabricate a 3-tiered complex superlattice of nanostructures with multiple sets of building blocks. Laser interference lithography was used to fabricate the nanostructures and a thin-layer of aluminum was deposited to introduce plasmonic colors...
October 19, 2016: Nanoscale
Shogo Okumura, Shu-Wei Tang, Teruhiko Saito, Kazuhiko Semba, Shigeyoshi Sakaki, Yoshiaki Nakao
We report a method that ensures the selective alkylation of benzamides and aromatic ketones at the para-position via cooperative nickel/aluminum catalysis. Using a bulky catalyst/co-catalyst system allows reactions between benzamides with alkenes to afford the corresponding para-alkylated products. The origin of the high para-selectivity has also been investigated by density functional theory calculations.
October 19, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Kun Wang, Wenjun Zhu, Shifang Xiao, Jun Chen, Wangyu Hu
Large scale atomistic simulations with suitable interatomic potentials are widely employed by scientists or engineers of different areas. The quick generation of high-quality interatomic potentials is urgently needed. This largely relies on the developments of potential construction methods and algorithms in this area. Quantities of interatomic potential models have been proposed and parameterized with various methods, such as the analytic method, the force-matching approach and multi-object optimization method, in order to make the potentials more transferable...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Joseph Cadman, Chester Sutterlin, Danè Dabirrahmani, Richard Appleyard
BACKGROUND: Commercial fusion cages typically provide support in the central region of the endplate, failing to utilize the increased compressive strength around the periphery. This study demonstrates the increase in compressive strength that can be achieved if the bony periphery of the endplate is loaded. METHODS: Sixteen cadaveric lumbar vertebrae (L1-L5) were randomly divided into two even groups. A different commercial mass produced implant (MPI) was allocated to each group: (I) a Polyether-ether-ketone (PEEK) anterior lumber inter-body fusion (ALIF) MPI; and (II) a titanium ALIF MPI...
September 2016: J Spine Surg
Tripti Sharma, Ingo Dreyer, Leon Kochian, Miguel A Piñeros
About a decade ago, members of a new protein family of anion channels were discovered on the basis of their ability to confer on plants the tolerance toward toxic aluminum ions in the soil. The efflux of Al(3+)-chelating malate anions through these channels is stimulated by external Al(3+) ions. This feature of a few proteins determined the name of the entire protein family as Aluminum-activated Malate Transporters (ALMT). Meanwhile, after several years of research, it is known that the physiological roles of ALMTs go far beyond Al-detoxification...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Peng Zhang, Kaizhen Zhong, Hanhua Tong, Muhammad Qasim Shahid, Jinquan Li
Trivalent aluminum (Al(3+)) has drastic effect on the rice production in acidic soils. Elite genes for aluminum (Al) tolerance might exist in rice landraces. Therefore, the purpose of this research is to mine the elite genes within rice landraces. Association mapping for Al tolerance traits [i.e., relative root elongation (RRE)] was performed by using a core collection of 150 accessions of rice landraces (i.e., Ting's rice core collection). Our results showed that the Ting's rice core collection possessed a wide-range of phenotypic variation for Al tolerance, and the index of Al tolerance (RRE) was ranged from 0...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
He Wang, Yongfeng Jia
The bioavailability of heavy metals strongly depends on their speciation in the environment. Adsorption (ADS) and coprecipitation (CPT) on amorphous metal hydroxides are important processes, controlling the fates of heavy metals in an aqueous environment. This work studied the bioavailability of Cu, Cd, Ni, and Pb adsorbed on and/or coprecipitated with amorphous iron and iron/aluminum mixed hydroxides to the wetland plant Phragmites australis. After a 13-day treatment, there was an apparent uptake of the heavy metals by the plant, and the amount of metal bioaccumulation was measurably different for different association forms (ADS vs...
October 18, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Shehab Ahmed Hamad, Jandar S Naif, Mahdi A Abdullah
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effect of low-level laser therapy on healing of extracted tooth socket of healthy rabbits. DESIGN: The sample of this study was 20 male rabbits of 2-2.5 kg weight with age range of 8-12 months. Right and left lower first premolar teeth were extracted. The extraction sockets of lower right first premolar were irradiated with 0.9 W gallium-aluminum-arsenide (GaAlAs) diode laser for 5 min, immediately after extraction and then every 72 h for the next 12 days...
September 2016: Journal of Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery
Jinling Liu, Yiguang Wang, Linan An
Silica is the most abundant mineral in the crust of the Earth. It has been demonstrated that the aluminum concentration in silica plays a key role in determining many properties of silica-based components. Although the alumina-silica system has been intensely studied, the effect of very small amounts of aluminum on the structure and properties of silica remains unclear. We report results of first principles calculations showing that small amounts of aluminum could be metastable when located in the center of Si-O rings without breaking the silica network...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Liangfa Hu, Morgan O'Neil, Veysel Erturun, Rogelio Benitez, Gwénaëlle Proust, Ibrahim Karaman, Miladin Radovic
The prospect of extending existing metal-ceramic composites to those with the compositions that are far from thermodynamic equilibrium is examined. A current and pressure-assisted, rapid infiltration is proposed to fabricate composites, consisting of reactive metallic and ceramic phases with controlled microstructure and tunable properties. An aluminum (Al) alloy/Ti2AlC composite is selected as an example of the far-from-equilibrium systems to fabricate, because Ti2AlC exists only in a narrow region of the Ti-Al-C phase diagram and readily reacts with Al...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Michael Dale Anderson, Brad Aitchison, David C Johnson
Atomic layer deposition (ALD) was used to prepare amorphous thin films of Al2O3, Nb2O5, and Ta2O5 on both silicon substrates and aluminum blocks. Etch rates in 10M NH4OH were determined from X-ray reflectometry data collected as a function of time. Amorphous Al2O3 thin films were found to have an etch rate of 0.5 nm min-1 and an increase in roughness of ~ 0.01 nm min-1. Electron microscopy data showed etch pits, consistent with the increase in roughness. Amorphous Nb2O5 and Ta2O5 films showed no appreciable etching or roughening over the course of a ~ 500 hour continuous immersion...
October 17, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
So Eun Park, Sang Seok Kim, Chul Woo Kim, Young Her
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October 2016: Annals of Dermatology
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