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T J Jones, J K Russell
Tephra deposits result from explosive volcanic eruption and serve as indirect probes into fragmentation processes operating in subsurface volcanic conduits. Primary magmatic fragmentation creates a population of pyroclasts through volatile-driven decompression during conduit ascent. In this study, we explore the role that secondary fragmentation, specifically attrition, has in transforming primary pyroclasts upon transport in volcanic conduits and plumes. We utilize total grain size distributions from a suite of natural and experimentally produced tephra to show that attrition is likely to occur in all explosive volcanic eruptions...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
Stefan Salentinig, Mark Schubert
Lignin is a natural, renewable biopolymer synthesized by plants. It is a macromolecule consisting of aromatic structures with high density of functional groups making it an ideal precursor for the design of sustainable biomaterials for applications such as drug delivery. The rational design of these materials requires an in-depth understanding of the underlying lignin self-assembly in solution. Colloidal transformations from nano-sized lignin assemblies to sub-micron sized spherical particles upon solvent exchange were studied using small angle X-ray scattering, dynamic light scattering and electron microscopy...
July 14, 2017: Biomacromolecules
Shuai Wu, Ming Ma
Contact angle is one of the most popular concept used in fields such as wetting, transport and microfludics. In practice, different contact angles such as equilibrium, receding and advancing contact angles are observed due to hysteresis. The connection among these contact angles is important in revealing the chemical and physical properties of surfaces related to wetting. Inspired by the fractal structure of contact line, we propose a single parameter model depicting the connection of the three angles. This parameter is decided by the fractal structure of the contact line...
June 27, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Abhishek Mandal, Neera Singh, Lata Nain
Low cost agro-waste biosorbents namely eucalyptus bark (EB), corn cob (CC), bamboo chips (BC), rice straw (RS) and rice husk (RH) were characterized and used to study atrazine and imidacloprid sorption. Adsorption studies suggested that biosorbents greatly varied in their pesticide sorption behaviour. The EB was the best biosorbent to sorb both atrazine and imidacloprid with KF values of 169.9 and 85.71, respectively. The adsorption isotherm were nonlinear in nature with slope (1/n) values <1. The Freundlich constant Correlating atrazine/imidacloprid sorption parameter [KF...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part. B, Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes
P Li, Z F Zhang
Theoretical model required for the evolution of regular dislocation pattern should simultaneously take into account both static distribution and dynamic evolution of dislocation pattern. In principle, there exists a stable uniformly moving dislocation with both core and far field advancing at the same constant velocity, which suggests the existence of the traveling waves representing moving dislocation. Therefore, one new term "dislocation wave" is defined by simultaneously consisting of both an elastic wave and a dislocation in each wavefront...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
Rui Zhang, Shimin Liu, Jitendra Bahadur, Derek Elsworth, Yi Wang, Guanglong Hu, Yanna Liang
Microbial enhanced coalbed methane (ME-CBM) recovery is critically examined as a viable technology for natural gas recovery from coalbed methane (CBM) reservoirs. Since the majority of gas-in-place (GIP) is stored as an adsorbed phase in fine pores of coal matrix, the nano-pore structure directly influences gas storage and transport properties. Only limited studies have quantified the alteration of the nano-pore structure due to ME-CBM treatment. This study examines the evolution of the pore structure using a combination of small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), low-pressure N2 and CO2 adsorption (LPGA) and high-pressure methane adsorption methods...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
Zhiyu Huang, Jiao Chen, Xiaoyan Ai, Ruirui Li, Yingwei Ai, Wei Li
Outside soil spray seeding (OSSS) is widely used to restore cut slopes in southwest of China, and artificial soil is often sprayed onto cut slopes to establish a soil layer for revegetation. The stability of artificial soil layer and its supply of water and nutrients for plants is crucial for successful restoration. To evaluate the long-term effectiveness of OSSS, the texture, structure and nutrient availability of artificial soil were studied, various soil samples were obtained from three cut slopes with different restoration time (restored with OSSS in 1996, 2003 and 2007 respectively) and one natural developed slope (NS)...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
Marcello A Budroni, Andrea Baronchelli, Romualdo Pastor-Satorras
Methods connecting dynamical systems and graph theory have attracted increasing interest in the past few years, with applications ranging from a detailed comparison of different kinds of dynamics to the characterization of empirical data. Here we investigate the effects of the (multi)fractal properties of a signal, common in time series arising from chaotic dynamics or strange attractors, on the topology of a suitably projected network. Relying on the box-counting formalism, we map boxes into the nodes of a network and establish analytic expressions connecting the natural measure of a box with its degree in the graph representation...
May 2017: Physical Review. E
W R Heinson, A Chakrabarti, C M Sorensen
We demonstrate that kinetic aggregation forms superaggregates that have structures identical to static percolation aggregates, and these superaggregates appear as a separate phase in the size distribution. Diffusion limited cluster-cluster aggregation (DLCA) simulations were performed to yield fractal aggregates with a fractal dimension of 1.8 and superaggregates with a fractal dimension of D=2.5 composed of these DLCA supermonomers. When properly normalized to account for the DLCA fractal nature of their supermonomers, these superaggregates have the exact same monomer packing fraction, scaling law prefactor, and scaling law exponent (the fractal dimension) as percolation aggregates; these are necessary and sufficient conditions for same structure...
May 2017: Physical Review. E
J R Nicolás-Carlock, J L Carrillo-Estrada, V Dossetti
Stochastic growth processes give rise to diverse and intricate structures everywhere in nature, often referred to as fractals. In general, these complex structures reflect the non-trivial competition among the interactions that generate them. In particular, the paradigmatic Laplacian-growth model exhibits a characteristic fractal to non-fractal morphological transition as the non-linear effects of its growth dynamics increase. So far, a complete scaling theory for this type of transitions, as well as a general analytical description for their fractal dimensions have been lacking...
June 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
Tun Wu, Jie Yuan, Bo Song, Yu-Sheng Chen, Mingzhao Chen, Xiaobo Xue, Qianqian Liu, Jun Wang, Yi-Tsu Chan, Pingshan Wang
Self-assembly of a metallo-organic ligand, composed of an inner uncomplexed 120°-bis(terpyridine) and an outer extended free 120°-bis(terpyridine) linked by a triple 〈-tpy-Ru(2+)-tpy-〉 connector, and complexed with Zn(2+), gave rise to a discrete planar supramolecular honeycomb patterned fractal. The central metallo-hexagon was surrounded by six identical metallo-hexagons which perfectly mimicked the natural simple honeycomb structure.
June 7, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Taesik Eom, Kyungbae Woo, Whirang Cho, Jae Eun Heo, Daseul Jang, Jae In Shin, David C Martin, Jeong Jae Wie, Bong Sup Shim
Natural melanins are biocompatible conductors with versatile functionalities. Here, we report fabrication of multifunctional poly(vinyl alcohol)/melanin nanocomposites by layer-by-layer (LBL) assembly using melanin nanoparticles (MNPs) directly extracted from sepia officinalis inks. The LBL assembly offers facile manipulation of nanotextures as well as nm-thickness control of the macroscale film by varying solvent qualities. The time-resolved absorption was monitored during the process and quantitatively studied by fractal dimension and lacunarity analysis...
May 30, 2017: Biomacromolecules
Rebecca B Knowles, Matthew J Lawrence, Plinio M Ferreira, Melissa A Hayman, Lindsay A D'Silva, Sophie N Stanford, Ahmed Sabra, Arthur T Tucker, Karl M Hawkins, Phylip R Williams, Timothy D Warner, Phillip A Evans
Despite the interwoven nature of platelet activation and the coagulation system in thrombosis, few studies relate both analysis of protein and cellular parts of coagulation in the same population. In the present study, we use matched ex vivo samples to determine the influences of standard antiplatelet therapies on platelet function and use advanced rheological analyses to assess clot formation. Healthy volunteers were recruited following fully informed consent then treated for 7 days with single antiplatelet therapy of aspirin (75 mg) or prasugrel (10 mg) or with dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) using aspirin (75 mg) plus prasugrel (10 mg) or aspirin (75 mg) plus ticagrelor (90 mg)...
May 15, 2017: Platelets
Pascal Missonnier, Logos Curtis, Joseph Ventura, François R Herrmann, Marco C G Merlo
Gamma band oscillations participate in the temporal binding needed to synchronize cortical networks, involved in early sensory and short term memory processes. In earlier studies, alterations of these neurophysiological parameters have been found in psychotic disorders. To date no study has explored the temporal dynamics and signal complexity of gamma band oscillations in first episode psychosis (FEP). To address this issue, gamma band analysis was performed in 15 FEP patients and 18 healthy controls who successfully performed an adapted 2-back working memory task...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Neural Transmission
Jae He Kim, Natallia V Varankovich, Andrea K Stone, Michael T Nickerson
The nature of interactions involved during the gelation of a canola protein isolate was investigated using rheology and fractal imaging at neutral pH as a function of protein concentration (5.0-9.0% w/w). The onset of denaturation and the denaturation temperature by differential scanning calorimetry for canola protein isolate (CPI; 98.2% protein) was 78.6°C and 87.1°C, respectively. Rheological testing determined the gelation temperature (Tgel) to be ~87-90°C for all concentrations. The log % strain at break increased from 1...
November 2016: Food Research International
Antina Ghosh, Zoe Budrikis, Vijayakumar Chikkadi, Alessandro L Sellerio, Stefano Zapperi, Peter Schall
When strained beyond the linear regime, soft colloidal glasses yield to steady-state plastic flow in a way that is similar to the deformation of conventional amorphous solids. Because of the much larger size of the colloidal particles with respect to the atoms comprising an amorphous solid, colloidal glasses allow us to obtain microscopic insight into the nature of the yielding transition, as we illustrate here combining experiments, atomistic simulations, and mesoscopic modeling. Our results unanimously show growing clusters of nonaffine deformation percolating at yielding...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
Qiangyuan Zhu, Yanan Xu, Lin Qiu, Congcong Ma, Bingwen Yu, Qi Song, Wei Jin, Qinhan Jin, Jinyu Liu, Ying Mu
As an absolute quantification method at the single-molecule level, digital PCR has been widely used in many bioresearch fields, such as next generation sequencing, single cell analysis, gene editing detection and so on. However, existing digital PCR methods still have some disadvantages, including high cost, sample loss, and complicated operation. In this work, we develop an exquisite scalable self-priming fractal branching microchannel net digital PCR chip. This chip with a special design inspired by natural fractal-tree systems has an even distribution and 100% compartmentalization of the sample without any sample loss, which is not available in existing chip-based digital PCR methods...
May 2, 2017: Lab on a Chip
Anupam Gupta, Rahul Pandit
We perform a direct numerical simulation of the forced, incompressible two-dimensional Navier-Stokes equation coupled with the FENE-P equations for the polymer-conformation tensor. The forcing is such that, without polymers and at low Reynolds numbers Re, the film attains a steady state that is a square lattice of vortices and antivortices. We find that, as we increase the Weissenberg number Wi, a sequence of nonequilibrium phase transitions transforms this lattice, first to spatially distorted, but temporally steady, crystals and then to a sequence of crystals that oscillate in time, periodically, at low Wi, and quasiperiodically, for slightly larger Wi...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
Abraham Ochoa, Enrique Álvarez-Bohórquez, Eduardo Castillero, Luis F Olguin
Natural product screening for new bioactive compounds can greatly benefit from low reagents consumption and high throughput capacity of droplet-based microfluidic systems. However, the creation of large droplet libraries in which each droplet carries a different compound is a challenging task. A possible solution is to use an HPLC coupled to a droplet generating microfluidic device to sequentially encapsulate the eluting compounds. In this work we demonstrate the feasibility of carrying out enzyme inhibiting assays inside nanoliter droplets with the different components of a natural crude extract after being separated by a coupled HPLC column...
April 17, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
Joseph L Gage, Nathan D Miller, Edgar P Spalding, Shawn M Kaeppler, Natalia de Leon
BACKGROUND: The maize male inflorescence (tassel) produces pollen necessary for reproduction and commercial grain production of maize. The size of the tassel has been linked to factors affecting grain yield, so understanding the genetic control of tassel architecture is an important goal. Tassels are fragile and deform easily after removal from the plant, necessitating rapid measurement of any shape characteristics that cannot be retained during storage. Some morphological characteristics of tassels such as curvature and compactness are difficult to quantify using traditional methods, but can be quantified by image-based phenotyping tools...
2017: Plant Methods
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