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Fabrizia Caiazzo, Vittorio Alfieri
In the framework of Additive Manufacturing of metals, Directed Energy Deposition of steel powder over flat surfaces and edges has been investigated in this paper. The aims are the repair and overhaul of actual, worn-out, high price sensitive metal components. A full-factorial experimental plan has been arranged, the results have been discussed in terms of geometry, microhardness and thermal affection as functions of the main governing parameters, laser power, scanning speed and mass flow rate; dilution and catching efficiency have been evaluated as well to compare quality and effectiveness of the process under conditions of both flat and edge depositions...
March 16, 2018: Materials
Julia Fernandez Puñal de Araújo, Priscila Lang Podratz, Eduardo Merlo, Isabela Valim Sarmento, Charles Santos da Costa, Oscar Mauricio Santamaria Niño, Rodrigo Alves Faria, Leandro Ceotto Freitas Lima, Jones Bernardes Graceli
Organotin (OTs) compounds are organometallic compounds that are widely used in industry, such as in the manufacture of plastics, pesticides, paints, and others. OTs are released into the environment by anthropogenic actions, leading to contact with aquatic and terrestrial organisms that occur in animal feeding. Although OTs are degraded environmentally, reports have shown the effects of this contamination over the years because it can affect organisms of different trophic levels. OTs act as endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), which can lead to several abnormalities in organisms...
2018: Frontiers in Endocrinology
Berc Kalanyan, William A Kimes, Ryan Beams, Stephan J Stranick, Elias Garratt, Irina Kalish, Albert V Davydov, Ravindra K Kanjolia, James E Maslar
High volume manufacturing of devices based on transition metal dichalcogenide (TMD) ultra-thin films will require deposition techniques that are capable of reproducible wafer-scale growth with monolayer control. To date, TMD growth efforts have largely relied upon sublimation and transport of solid precursors with minimal control over vapor phase flux and gas-phase chemistry, which are critical for scaling up laboratory processes to manufacturing settings. To address these issues, we report a new pulsed metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) route for MoS2 film growth in a research-grade single-wafer reactor...
August 8, 2017: Chemistry of Materials: a Publication of the American Chemical Society
Licia Uccelli, Alessandra Boschi, Petra Martini, Corrado Cittanti, Stefania Bertelli, Doretta Bortolotti, Elena Govoni, Luca Lodi, Simona Romani, Samanta Zaccaria, Elisa Zappaterra, Donatella Farina, Carlotta Rizzo, Melchiore Giganti, Mirco Bartolomei
The influence of effective room temperature on the radiochemical purity of99m Tc-radiopharmaceuticals was reported. This study was born from the observation that in the isolators used for the preparation of the99m Tc-radiopharmaceuticals the temperatures can be higher than those reported in the commercial illustrative leaflets of the kits. This is due, in particular, to the small size of the work area, the presence of instruments for heating, the continuous activation of air filtration, in addition to the fact that the environment of the isolator used for the99m Tc-radiopharmaceuticals preparation and storage is completely isolated and not conditioned...
March 15, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Thomas C Sauter, Balthasar Eberle, Walter A Wuillemin, Thomas Thiele, Anne Angelillo-Scherrer, Aristomenis K Exadaktylos, Gabor Erdös, Adam Cuker, Michael Nagler
Antithrombotic treatment puts patients at risk of major bleeding. Fast and adequate response to anticoagulant-associated bleeding may not only stop the bleeding but prevent severe complications. However, practical treatment algorithms to guide physicians in emergency situations are lacking. Important principles that arise from management of bleeding in general are (a) implementation of an in-house algorithm, (b) rapid identification and treatment of the bleeding source, (c) adequate fluid resuscitation, (d) consideration of the application of tranexamic acid and (e) appropriate coagulation testing...
March 14, 2018: Swiss Medical Weekly
Maria Hayes
By 2050, the world population is estimated to reach 9.6 billion, and this growth continues to require more food, particularly proteins. Moreover, the Westernisation of society has led to consumer demand for protein products that taste good and are convenient to consume, but additionally have nutritional and health maintenance and well-being benefits. Proteins provide energy, but additionally have a wide range of functions from enzymatic activities in the body to bioactivities including those associated with heart health, diabetes-type 2-prevention and mental health maintenance; stress relief as well as a plethora of other health beneficial attributes...
March 14, 2018: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
James C Courtenay, Ram I Sharma, Janet L Scott
Tissue engineering is a rapidly advancing field in regenerative medicine, with much research directed towards the production of new biomaterial scaffolds with tailored properties to generate functional tissue for specific applications. Recently, principles of sustainability, eco-efficiency and green chemistry have begun to guide the development of a new generation of materials, such as cellulose, as an alternative to conventional polymers based on conversion of fossil carbon (e.g., oil) and finding technologies to reduce the use of animal and human derived biomolecules (e...
March 14, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Adham M Alifarag, Christopher D Lopez, Rodrigo Neiva, Nick Tovar, Lukasz Witek, Paulo G Coelho
Osseointegration, the direct functional and structural connection between device and bone is influenced by multiple factors such as implant macrogeometry and surgical technique. This study investigated the effects of osseodensification drilling techniques on implant stability and osseointegration using trabecular metal (TM) and tapered-screw vent (TSV) implants in a low-density bone. Six skeletally mature sheep were used where six osteotomy sites were prepared in each of the ilia, (n = 2/technique: regular [R] (subtractive), clockwise [CW], and counterclockwise [CCW])...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
Ning Liu, Ramana Pidaparti, Xianqiao Wang
Phosphorene, also known as monolayer black phosphorous, has been widely used in electronic devices due to its superior electrical properties. However, its relatively low Young's modulus, low fracture strength and susceptibility to structural failure has limited its application in nano devices. Therefore, in order to design more mechanically reliable devices that utilize phosphorene, it is necessary to explore the mechanical properties of polycrystalline phosphorene. Here molecular dynamics simulations are performed to study the effect of grain size on the mechanical performance of polycrystalline phosphorene sheets...
March 14, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Parker W Lee, Jonathan K Pokorski
Injectable or implantable poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) devices for the sustained delivery of proteins have been widely studied and utilized to overcome the necessity of repeated administrations for therapeutic proteins due to poor pharmacokinetic profiles of macromolecular therapies. These devices can come in the form of microparticles, implants, or patches depending on the disease state and route of administration. Furthermore, the release rate can be tuned from weeks to months by controlling the polymer composition, geometry of the device, or introducing additives during device fabrication...
March 13, 2018: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
Emanuele D'Artibale, Paul B Laursen, John B Cronin
Performance in motorcycle road racing is typically considered as the summation of interactions between rider, motorcycle, tires, and environment. Despite the substantial investments made towards the development of motorcycle technology and the business interests of manufacturers, published research focusing on the riders is relatively sparse, and a bike-centered mentality tends to dominate the sport. This manuscript reviews the known human performance aspects of motorcycle road racing and suggests directions for future research...
March 13, 2018: Sports Medicine
Hiroshi Ihara, Sachiko Kiuchi, Takayuki Ishige, Motoi Nishimura, Kazuyuki Matsushita, Mamoru Satoh, Fumio Nomura, Mine Yamashita, Isamu Kitajima, Naoko Tsugawa, Toshio Okano, Kouichi Hirota, Masakazu Miura, Masayuki Totani, Naotaka Hashizume
BACKGROUND: To assess vitamin D nutritional status, serum total 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] concentration is measured. We used six automated 25(OH)D immunoassays (AIAs) available in Japan and certified by the Vitamin D Standardization Program (VDSP) at U.S. CDC to assess the concordance of assay results. METHODS: Serum total 25(OH)D concentrations in SRM 972a and 20 sera from patients were determined using three liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) and six AIAs (pilot study), and an additional 110 sera were assessed by the six AIAs (surveillance study)...
January 1, 2018: Annals of Clinical Biochemistry
David Florián-Algarín, Raúl Marrero, Xiaochun Li, Hongseok Choi, Oscar Marcelo Suárez
This study sought to characterize aluminum nanocomposite wires that were fabricated through a cold-rolling process, having potential applications in TIG (tungsten inert gas) welding of aluminum. A206 (Al-4.5Cu-0.25Mg) master nanocomposites with 5 wt % γAl₂O₃ nanoparticles were first manufactured through a hybrid process combining semi-solid mixing and ultrasonic processing. A206/1 wt % γAl₂O₃ nanocomposites were fabricated by diluting the prepared master nanocomposites with a monolithic A206 alloy, which was then added to a pure aluminum melt...
March 10, 2018: Materials
Vrishank Raghav, Sudeep Sastry, Neelakantan Saikrishnan
Experimental flow field characterization is a critical component of the assessment of the hemolytic and thrombogenic potential of heart valve substitutes, thus it is important to identify best practices for these experimental techniques. This paper presents a brief review of commonly used flow assessment techniques such as Particle image velocimetry (PIV), Laser doppler velocimetry, and Phase contrast magnetic resonance imaging and a comparison of these methodologies. In particular, recommendations for setting up planar PIV experiments such as recommended imaging instrumentation, acquisition and data processing are discussed in the context of heart valve flows...
March 12, 2018: Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology
Chenlang Liu, Fangnan Yu, Qingshu Liu, Xiaoying Bian, Shengbiao Hu, Huansheng Yang, Yulong Yin, Yuezhong Li, Yuemao Shen, Liqiu Xia, Qiang Tu, Youming Zhang
Transporter engineering has been shown to be a positive approach for enhancing natural product titers in microbial cell factories by expelling target compounds out of feasible hosts. In this work, two multidrug efflux pumps, Orf14 and Orf3, were modulated in the epothilone production strain Burkholderia DSM7029::Tn5-km-epo (named G32) via Red/ET engineering to increase heterologous polyketide epothilone yields. Compared with the prior G32 strain, the total production of several epothilones in the G32::orf14-orf3 mutant was meaningfully doubled according to high-performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometer (HPLC-MS) analysis...
February 26, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Letters
Georgi K Marinov, Anshul Kundaje
Advances in the methods for detecting protein-DNA interactions have played a key role in determining the directions of research into the mechanisms of transcriptional regulation. The most recent major technological transformation happened a decade ago, with the move from using tiling arrays [chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP)-on-Chip] to high-throughput sequencing (ChIP-seq) as a readout for ChIP assays. In addition to the numerous other ways in which it is superior to arrays, by eliminating the need to design and manufacture them, sequencing also opened the door to carrying out comparative analyses of genome-wide transcription factor occupancy across species and studying chromatin biology in previously less accessible model and nonmodel organisms, thus allowing us to understand the evolution and diversity of regulatory mechanisms in unprecedented detail...
February 26, 2018: Briefings in Functional Genomics
Weijie Liu, Nishuang Liu, Yang Yue, Jiangyu Rao, Feng Cheng, Jun Su, Zhitian Liu, Yihua Gao
Piezoresistive sensor is a promising pressure sensor due to its attractive advantages including uncomplicated signal collection, simple manufacture, economical and practical characteristics. Here, a flexible and highly sensitive pressure sensor based on wrinkled graphene film (WGF)/innerconnected polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) nanowires/interdigital electrodes is fabricated. Due to the synergistic effect between WGF and innerconnected PVA nanowires, the as-prepared pressure sensor realizes a high sensitivity of 28...
March 12, 2018: Small
Marc R Matthews, Asia N Quan, Alexandra S Weir, Kevin N Foster, Daniel M Caruso
Introduction: Leaving the abdominal cavity open is a well-described and frequently utilized technique in the treatment of severe intra-abdominal sepsis. Irrigation through a negative pressure wound therapy device is a technique employed to assist in the closure of wounds as well as the reduction of bacterial contamination. Furthermore, hypochlorous acid has been found to be safe and effective in microorganismal elimination from extremity wounds. There is no literature regarding the infusion of hypochlorous solution into the abdominal cavity for intra-abdominal sepsis or mucopurulent abscesses or biofilm...
2018: Eplasty
Federica Braga, Mauro Panteghini
In addition to the correct implementation of calibration traceability, the definition and the achievement of an appropriate analytical performance specification for the total uncertainty budget (GU ) is essential to ensure that laboratory measurements are clinically usable. To understand if it is possible to fulfil these specifications, limits for combined uncertainty across the entire metrological traceability chain should be defined. We recommended that no more than one third of GU should be consumed by the uncertainty of higher order references and ≤50% of GU by the combined measurement uncertainty at the manufacturer's calibration level...
March 8, 2018: Clinical Biochemistry
Niels Kanstrup, Thorsten J S Balsby
Plastic litter in the marine environment is a major global issue. Discarded plastic shotgun ammunition shells and discharged wads are an unwelcome addition and feature among the top ten litter items found on reference beaches in Denmark. To understand this problem, its scale and origins, collections were made by volunteers along Danish coastal shorelines. In all 3669 plastic ammunition items were collected at 68 sites along 44.6 km of shoreline. The collected items were scored for characteristic variables such as gauge and length, shot type, and the legibility of text, the erosion, and the presence of metallic components...
March 8, 2018: Environmental Pollution
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