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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923211/study-of-the-thermal-stability-of-studtite-by-in-situ-raman-spectroscopy-and-dft-calculations
#1
Francisco Colmenero, Laura J Bonales, Joaquín Cobos, Vicente Timón
The design of a safe spent nuclear fuel repository requires the knowledge of the stability of the secondary phases which precipitate when water reaches the fuel surface. Studtite is recognized as one of the secondary phases that play a key-role in the mobilization of the radionuclides contained in the spent fuel. Thereby, it has been identified as a product formed under oxidation conditions at the surface of the fuel, and recently found as a corrosion product in the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant accident...
November 29, 2016: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923163/waste-conversion-into-high-value-ceramics-carbothermal-nitridation-synthesis-of-titanium-nitride-nanoparticles-using-automotive-shredder-waste
#2
Mohannad Mayyas, Farshid Pahlevani, Samane Maroufi, Zhao Liu, Veena Sahajwalla
Environmental concern about automotive shredder residue (ASR) has increased in recent years due to its harmful content of heavy metals. Although several approaches of ASR management have been suggested, these approaches remain commercially unproven. This study presents an alternative approach for ASR management where advanced materials can be generated as a by-product. In this approach, titanium nitride (TiN) has been thermally synthesized by nitriding pressed mixture of automotive shredder residue (ASR) and titanium oxide (TiO2)...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923141/development-and-characterization-of-electrosprayed-alyssum-homolocarpum-seed-gum-nanoparticles-for-encapsulation-of-d-limonene
#3
Khadije Khoshakhlagh, Arash Koocheki, Mohebbat Mohebbi, Alireza Allafchian
In this study, the feasibility of developing Alyssum homolocarpum seed gum (AHSG) nanocapsules containing d-limonene by electrospraying has been investigated. d-limonene emulsions with constant AHSG (0.5% w/w) and various flavor concentrations (10-30% based on gum weight) with 0.1% Tween 20 were electrosprayed at 20kV and 0.1ml/h of flow rate. The effects of key parameters of emulsions (rheological properties, droplet size, surface tension and electrical conductivity) on the morphology of structures have been studied...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919814/basil-seed-mucilage-as-a-new-source-for-electrospinning-production-and-physicochemical-characterization
#4
Forouzan Kurd, Milad Fathi, Hajar Shekarchizadeh
In this study nanofibers were prepared via the electrospinning technique by basil seed mucilage (BSM) as a new source of hydrocolloid. Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) was used as an aiding agent. Viscosity and electrical conductivity of BSM/PVA solutions of different volume ratios (100:0, 80:20, 60:40, 40:60, 20:80 and 0:100) were in the range of 790-1300cP and 745-2140μS/cm, respectively. Morphology of nanofibers were investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) that showed an average diameter range of 179-390nm...
December 2, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919539/nanostructured-fusiform-hydroxyapatite-particles-precipitated-from-aquaculture-wastewater
#5
Covadonga Correas, Michael L Gerardo, Alexander M Lord, Michael B Ward, Enrico Andreoli, Andrew R Barron
The present work represents a new approach for the isolation of uniform nano particulate hydroxyapatite (HAp). The chemical characterization of a calcium phosphate product obtained from industrial trout farm aquaculture wastewater by two different routes, washing either with a basic aqueous medium (washNaOH) or followed by a further washing with ethanol (washEtOH), is explored. Characterization of the isolated materials includes morphology studies (SEM and TEM), structural (XRD, electron diffraction), compositional (EDX) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA)...
December 2, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918206/children-and-adolescents-show-altered-visual-working-memory-related-brain-activity-more-than-one-decade-after-arterial-switch-operation-for-d-transposition-of-the-great-arteries
#6
Peter Klaver, Walter Knirsch, Karoline Wurmitzer, David Yoh von Allmen
This pilot study investigated neural correlates of visual working memory using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in seven patients more than one decade after neonatal arterial switch operation for surgical correction of d-transposition of the great arteries (d-TGA, aged 10-18 years, 1 female). Compared with age and sex matched healthy controls patients showed similar visual working memory performance and a smaller increase in brain activity in the posterior parietal cortex with higher visual working memory load...
May 2016: Developmental Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918027/why-do-proton-conducting-polybenzimidazole-phosphoric-acid-membranes-perform-well-in-high-temperature-pem-fuel-cells
#7
Jan-Patrick Melchior, Günter Majer, Klaus-Dieter Kreuer
Transport properties and hydration behavior of phosphoric acid/(benz)imidazole mixtures are investigated by diverse NMR techniques, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and conductivity measurements. The monomeric systems can serve as models for phosphoric acid/poly-benzimidazole membranes which are known for their exceptional performance in high temperature PEM fuel cells. (1)H- and (31)P-NMR data show benzimidazole acting as a strong Brønsted base with respect to neat phosphoric acid. Since benzimidazole's nitrogens are fully protonated with a low rate for proton exchange with phosphate species, proton diffusion and conduction processes must take place within the hydrogen bond network of phosphoric acid only...
December 5, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917901/fish-dna-modified-clays-towards-highly-flame-retardant-polymer-nanocomposite-with-improved-interfacial-and-mechanical-performance
#8
Omid Zabihi, Mojtaba Ahmadi, Hamid Khayyam, Minoo Naebe
Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) has been recently found to be an efficient renewable and environmentally-friendly flame retardant. In this work, for the first time, we have used waste DNA from fishing industry to modify clay structure in order to increase the clay interactions with epoxy resin and take benefit of its additional thermal property effect on thermo-physical properties of epoxy-clay nanocomposites. Intercalation of DNA within the clay layers was accomplished in a one-step approach confirmed by FT-IR, XPS, TGA, and XRD analyses, indicating that d-space of clay layers was expanded from ~1...
December 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916894/green-synthesis-of-silver-nanoparticles-stabilized-with-mussel-inspired-protein-and-colorimetric-sensing-of-lead-ii-and-copper-ii-ions
#9
Ja Young Cheon, Won Ho Park
This articles reports a simple and green method for preparing uniform silver nanoparticles (AgNPs), for which self-polymerized 3,4-dihydroxy-l-phenylalanine (polyDOPA) is used as the reducing and stabilizing agent in aqueous media. The AgNPs functionalized by polyDOPA were analyzed by UV-Vis spectroscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), Raman spectrophotometry, and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques...
November 30, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916801/macromolecular-interactions-control-structural-and-thermal-properties-of-regenerated-tri-component-blended-films
#10
Ashley Lewis, Joshua C Waters, John Stanton, Joseph Hess, David Salas-de la Cruz
With a growing need for sustainable resources research has become highly interested in investigating the structure and physical properties of biomaterials composed of natural macromolecules. In this study, we assessed the structural, morphological, and thermal properties of blended, regenerated films comprised of cellulose, lignin, and hemicellulose (xylan) using the ionic liquid 1-allyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (AMIMCl). Attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) analysis, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray scattering, and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) were used to qualitatively and quantitatively measure bonding interactions, morphology, and thermal stability of the regenerated films...
November 28, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910220/inverse-vulcanization-of-sulfur-with-natural-dienes-as-sustainable-materials-for-lithium-sulfur-batteries
#11
David Mecerreyes, Iñaki Gomez, Alberto Blazquez, Olatz Leonet
Lithium sufur batteries are among the most promising next generation battery systems due to the high capacity properties of sulfur as cathodic material. Beyond its interesting intrinsic properties, sulfur possesses a very low conductivity and complex electrochemistry which involves the high solubility of the lithium sulfides in the electrolyte. These two characteristics trigger a series of limitations on its performance as active cathode material which leads to batteries with low cyclability. Recently, inverse vulcanizated sulfur has shown to retain capacity far better than elemental sulfur leading to batteries with excellent cyclability...
December 2, 2016: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909401/implicit-learning-in-transient-global-amnesia-and-the-role-of-stress
#12
Frauke Nees, Martin Griebe, Anne Ebert, Michaela Ruttorf, Benjamin Gerber, Oliver T Wolf, Lothar R Schad, Achim Gass, Kristina Szabo
Transient global amnesia (TGA) is a disorder with reversible anterograde disturbance of explicit memory, frequently preceded by an emotionally or physically stressful event. By using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) following an episode of TGA, small hippocampal lesions have been observed. Hence it has been postulated that the disorder is caused by the stress-related transient inhibition of memory formation in the hippocampus. In experimental studies, stress has been shown to affect both explicit and implicit learning-the latter defined as learning and memory processes that lack conscious awareness of the information acquired...
2016: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901554/a-possible-wound-dressing-material-from-marine-food-waste
#13
Senthil Rethinam, Prabakaran Nivedita, Thiagarajan Hemalatha, Sathyaraj Weslen Vedakumari, Thotapalli Parvathaleswara Sastry
PURPOSE: Bluefin Trevally (Caranx melampygus) fish is mainly used for fillet production, the bones of which are discarded as a major solid waste in the fish food processing industry. In the present study, novel collagen films were prepared using the bones of Bluefin Trevally (BT). The study investigates the potential of using this collagen film as a wound dressing material. METHODS: The prepared collagen films (CFs) were characterized for their physicochemical properties using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), tensile strength, elongation at break, etc...
November 29, 2016: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901148/ligand-dependent-exciton-dynamics-and-photovoltaic-properties-of-pbs-quantum-dot-heterojunction-solar-cells
#14
Jin Chang, Yuhei Ogomi, Chao Ding, Yao Hong Zhang, Taro Toyoda, Shuzi Hayase, Kenji Katayama, Qing Shen
The surface chemistry of colloidal quantum dots (QDs) plays an important role in determining the photoelectric properties of QD films and the corresponding quantum dot heterojunction solar cells (QDHSCs). To investigate the effects of the ligand structure on the photovoltaic performance and exciton dynamics of QDHSCs, PbS QDHSCs were fabricated by the solid state ligand exchange method with mercaptoalkanoic acid as the cross-linking ligand. Temperature-dependent photoluminescence and ultrafast transient absorption spectra show that the electronic coupling and charge transfer rate within QD ensembles were monotonically enhanced as the ligand length decreased...
November 30, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900384/3d-oxalato-bridged-lanthanide-iii-mofs-with-magnetocaloric-magnetic-and-photoluminescence-properties
#15
Muhammad Nadeem Akhtar, Yan-Cong Chen, Murad A AlDamen, Ming-Liang Tong
Four isostructural 3D lanthanide(iii) metal-organic frameworks with the general formula (H6edte)0.5[Ln(III)(ox)2(H2O)] (Ln = Gd (1), Tb (2), Dy (3) and Ho (4); H4edte = N,N,N',N'-tetrakis(2-hydroxyethyl)ethylenediamine) and ox = oxalate have been synthesized from oxalate. These compounds were characterized using single-crystal X-ray diffraction, FTIR and TGA/DTG. The magnetic investigation has been performed for 1-4 and the results reveal that a Gd(iii) containing MOF has the highest magnetic density and exhibits a larger cryogenic magnetocaloric effect (ΔSm = 35...
November 30, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899033/novel-antibacterial-polymeric-nanocomposite-for-smart-co-delivery-of-anticancer-drugs
#16
Elham Zakerzadeh, Effat Alizadeh, Hossein Samadi Kafil, Azad Mohammad Hassanzadeh, Roya Salehi, Mehrdad Mahkam
Here a novel antibacterial nanocomposite was developed for combination cancer therapy. The synthesized nanocarrier was characterized by FTIR, (1)H NMR, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and FESEM-EDX. Its antibacterial activity was assessed by determining minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) values. Doxorubicin (DOX) and methotrexate (MTX) conjugation with nanocarrier sustained the release of both drugs with apparent pH-triggered manner. Co-administration of DOX with MTX leads to an efficient anticancer performance to MCF7 cell lines verified by qRT-PCR and MTT assay tests...
November 29, 2016: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898286/a-conserved-puccinia-striiformis-protein-interacts-with-wheat-npr1-and-reduces-induction-of-pathogenesis-related-genes-in-response-to-pathogens
#17
Xiaodong Wang, Baoju Yang, Kun Li, Zhensheng Kang, Dario Cantu, Jorge Dubcovsky
In Arabidopsis, NPR1 is a key transcriptional co-regulator of systemic acquired resistance. Upon pathogen challenge, NPR1 translocates from the cytoplasm to the nucleus, where it interacts with TGA-bZIP transcription factors to activate the expression of several Pathogenesis-Related (PR) genes. In a screen of a yeast two-hybrid library from wheat leaves infected with Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici, we identified a conserved rust protein that interacts with wheat NPR1 and named it Puccinia NPR1 interactor (PNPi)...
November 29, 2016: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896590/improvement-in-thermal-stability-of-sucralose-by-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-metal-organic-frameworks
#18
Nana Lv, Tao Guo, Botao Liu, Caifen Wang, Vikaramjeet Singh, Xiaonan Xu, Xue Li, Dawei Chen, Ruxandra Gref, Jiwen Zhang
PURPOSE: To explain thermal stability enhancement of an organic compound, sucralose, with cyclodextrin based metal organic frameworks. METHODS: Micron and nanometer sized basic CD-MOFs were successfully synthesized by a modified vapor diffusion method and further neutralized with glacial acetic acid. Sucralose was loaded into CD-MOFs by incubating CD-MOFs with sucralose ethanol solutions. Thermal stabilities of sucralose-loaded basic CD-MOFs and neutralized CD-MOFs were investigated using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and high performance liquid chromatography with evaporative light-scattering detection (HPLC-ELSD)...
November 28, 2016: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894042/investigation-of-co-combustion-characteristics-of-sewage-sludge-and-coffee-grounds-mixtures-using-thermogravimetric-analysis-coupled-to-artificial-neural-networks-modeling
#19
Jiacong Chen, Jingyong Liu, Yao He, Limao Huang, Shuiyu Sun, Jian Sun, KenLin Chang, Jiahong Kuo, Shaosong Huang, Xunan Ning
Artificial neural network (ANN) modeling was applied to thermal data obtained by non-isothermal thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) from room temperature to 1000°C at three different heating rates in air to predict the TG curves of sewage sludge (SS) and coffee grounds (CG) mixtures. A good agreement between experimental and predicted data verified the accuracy of the ANN approach. The results of co-combustion showed that there were interactions between SS and CG, and the impacts were mostly positive. With the addition of CG, the mass loss rate and the reactivity of SS were increased while charring was reduced...
November 18, 2016: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892741/impact-of-prenatal-diagnosis-of-transposition-of-the-great-arteries-on-postnatal-outcome
#20
P Domínguez-Manzano, I Herraiz, A Mendoza, J M Aguilar, D Escribano, B Toral, E Gómez-Montes, A Galindo
OBJECTIVE: To assess the impact of prenatal diagnosis of transposition of the great arteries (TGA) on postnatal outcome. METHODS: 154 patients with either simple (n = 101) or complex forms (n = 53) of TGA, diagnosed prenatally (G1, n = 88) or postnatally (G2, n = 66), who were admitted and underwent surgical correction in our centre between 1998 and 2014, were analysed. RESULTS: Prostaglandin E1 (PgE1) infusion and balloon atrial septostomy (BAS) were performed in the first 48 hours after birth more commonly in G1...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
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