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Nimai Pathak, Partha Sarathi Ghosh, Suryansh Saxena, Dhanadeep Dutta, Ashok Kumar Yadav, Dibyendu Bhattacharyya, Shambhu Nath Jha, Ramakant Mahadeo Kadam
Activator-free zinc aluminate (ZA) nanophosphor was synthesized through a sol-gel combustion route, which can be used both as a blue-emitting phosphor material and a white-emitting phosphor material, depending on the annealing temperature during synthesis. The material also has the potential to be used in optical thermometry. These fascinating color-tunable emission characteristics can be linked with the various defect centers present inside the matrix and their changes upon thermal annealing. Various defect centers, such as anionic vacancy, cationic vacancy, antisite defect, etc...
March 16, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
Pinar Cevik, Oguz Eraslan, Kursat Eser, Suleyman Tekeli
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of six different surface conditioning methods on the shear bond strength of ceramic brackets bonded to feldspathic porcelain. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 60 feldspathic porcelain disks were fabricated and divided into six subgroups including 10 specimens in each. Specimens were first treated one of the following surface conditioning methods, namely, 37% phosphoric acid (G-H3PO4), 9.4% hydrofluoric acid (G-HF), grinding with diamond burs (G-Grinding), Nd:YAG laser (G-Nd:YAG), Airborne-particle abrasion (G-Abrasion)...
March 2018: International Journal of Artificial Organs
Nan Zhang, Lei Zhang, Linyin Feng, Lei Yao
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Cananga odorata essential oil, known as ylang-ylang essential oil (YYO), was commonly used in the aromatherapy for relaxation and mood adjusting use. In our previous study, YYO played anxiolytic effects on the mice in several behavioral tests that based on the instinctive responses to novel environments. AIM OF THE STUDY: To investigate the effects and mechanisms of YYO reversing the anxiety induced by 5-HT2C receptor agonist 1-(3-chlorophenyl) piperazine (m-CPP)...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Li-Hua Ni, Ri-Ning Tang, Lin-Li Lv, Min Wu, Bin Wang, Feng Mei Wang, Hai-Feng Ni, Kai-Yun Song, Li-Ting Wang, Meng-Zuo, Qiang Chen, Bi-Cheng Liu
The study of parathyroid hyperplasia with bone disease as a critical manifestation of chronic kidney disease-mineral and bone disorders (CKD-MBDs) is challenging due to the lack of a suitable research model. Here, we established a rat model with secondary hyperparathyroidism (SHPT) and bone disease induced by adenine and a high phosphorous diet and analyzed the skeletal characteristics. We performed blood analysis, emission computed tomography (ECT), dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), micro-computed tomography (micro-CT), bone histomorphometry, and bone mechanical tests...
March 12, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Xiaoyong Huang, Shaoying Wang, Bin Li, Qi Sun, Heng Guo
In this work, we reported on high-brightness Eu3+ -activated Ca3 Lu(AlO)3 (BO3 )4 (CLAB) red-emitting phosphors. Under 397 nm excitation, the CLAB:Eu3+ phosphors showed intense red emissions at around 621 nm with CIE coordinates of (0.657, 0.343). The optimal doping concentration of Eu3+ ions was found to be 30 mol. %, and the CLAB:0.3Eu3+ sample possessed high-color purity of 93% and ultra-high internal quantum efficiency as great as 98.5%. Importantly, the CLAB:0.3Eu3+ also had good thermal stability. Finally, a white-light-emitting diode (WLED) lamp with good color-rendering index was fabricated by using a 365 nm ultraviolet chip and the phosphor blends of CLAB:0...
March 15, 2018: Optics Letters
Lintao Peng, Spencer A Wells, Christopher R Ryder, Mark C Hersam, Matthew Grayson
The crystal orientation of an exfoliated black phosphorous flake is determined by purely electrical means. A sequence of three resistance measurements on an arbitrarily shaped flake with five contacts determines the three independent components of the anisotropic in-plane resistivity tensor, thereby revealing the crystal axes. The resistivity anisotropy ratio decreases linearly with increasing temperature T and carrier density reaching a maximum ratio of 3.0 at low temperatures and densities, while mobility indicates impurity scattering at low T and acoustic phonon scattering at high T...
February 23, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Lizhu He, Zhen Song, Xionghui Jia, Zhiguo Xia, Quanlin Liu
T-phase (Ba,Ca)2 SiO4 :Eu2+ , showing excellent luminescent thermal stability, has a positionally disordered structure with the splitting of five atom sites, but until now the reason has remained unclear. Herein, we investigate the coordination environments of each cation site in detail to understand the origins of the atom site splitting. We find that the three cation sites in the split-atom-site model are optimally bonded with ligand O atoms compared to the unsplit-atom-site model. This atom site splitting results in larger room and smaller room for each splitting cation site, which just accommodates larger Ba2+ ions and smaller Ca2+ ions, respectively, leading to more rigid structure...
March 15, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
E G Moura Júnior, A Pott, W Severi, C S Zickel
We evaluated the response of the biomass of aquatic macrophytes under limnological changes after water level fluctuation (WLF) of two tropical reservoirs (R1 and R2), located in northeastern Brazil. Initially we tested the hypothesis that post-WLF limnological conditions and biomass of macrophytes increase or decrease, depending on the variable or species. We monitored a 4 × 50 m permanent plot, in four expeditions per period (pre- or post-WLF), assessing species biomass and 10 limnological variables. We utilized 0...
March 12, 2018: Brazilian Journal of Biology, Revista Brasleira de Biologia
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
Tatsuru Yamada, Shoji Fujiwara, Kyohhei Fujita, Yuji Tsuchido, Takeshi Hashimoto, Takashi Hayashita
The construction of supramolecular recognition systems based on specific host-guest interactions has been studied in order to design selective chemical sensors. In this study, guest-responsive receptors for ATP have been designed with cyclodextrins (CyDs) as a basic prototype of the turn-on type fluorescent indicator. We synthesized dipicolylamine (DPA)-modified CyD-Cu2+ complexes ( Cu·1 α , Cu·1 β , and Cu·1 γ ), and evaluated their recognition capabilities toward phosphoric acid derivatives in water...
March 12, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Daniel González-Mancebo, Ana I Becerro, T Cristina Rojas, Andrés Olivencia, Ariadna Corral, Marcin Balcerzyk, Eugenio Cantelar, Fernando Cussó, Manuel Ocaña
The singular properties of lanthanide-based inorganic nanoparticles (NPs) has raised the attention of the scientific community in biotechnological applications. In particular, those systems with two or more functionalities are especially interesting. In this work, an effective and commercially attractive procedure has been developed that renders uniform, water-dispersible Ln3+ :CeF3 (Ln = Tb, Nd) NPs with different shapes and size. The method consists of the homogeneous precipitation, in a mixture of polyol and water, of cations and anions using precursors that allow the controlled release of the latter...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Liuzhu Gong, Lu-Lu Li, Yong-Liang Su, Zhi-Yong Han
An efficient synthesis of highly enantioenriched tetrahydropyrans from readily available aldehydes, allylboronates and syngas has been established by multiply relay catalysis of rhodium and chiral phosphoric acid. The cascade reaction integrates the asymmetric allylboration of aldehydes and alkene hydroformylation, providing structurally diverse range of products with different workup procedures. The concise synthesis of key chiral building blocks to access herboxidiene and leucascandrolide A demonstrates the high synthetic utility of this method...
March 12, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
Zhu Liang, Wei Bu, Karl J Schweighofer, David J Walwark, Jeffrey S Harvey, Glenn R Hanlon, Daniel Amoanu, Cem Erol, Ilan Benjamin, Mark L Schlossman
During solvent extraction, amphiphilic extractants assist the transport of metal ions across the liquid-liquid interface between an aqueous ionic solution and an organic solvent. Investigations of the role of the interface in ion transport challenge our ability to probe fast molecular processes at liquid-liquid interfaces on nanometer-length scales. Recent development of a thermal switch for solvent extraction has addressed this challenge, which has led to the characterization by X-ray surface scattering of interfacial intermediate states in the extraction process...
March 12, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Masanori Ando, Vasudevanpillai Biju, Yasushi Shigeri
Ozone (O3 ) gas is widely used as a strong oxidizing agent for many purposes, such as the decomposition/removal of organic contaminants and photoresist, and the deodorization/disinfection of air and water. However, ozone is highly toxic to the human body when the air concentration exceeds about 1 ppm. Therefore, there is increasing demand for simple, sensitive, reliable, and cost-effective techniques for sensing ozone gas. This article describes the features, advantages, and disadvantages of the available, practical techniques for sensing ozone gas in ambient air...
2018: Analytical Sciences: the International Journal of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
Biow Ing Sim, Halimah Muhamad, Oi Ming Lai, Faridah Abas, Chee Beng Yeoh, Imededdine Arbi Nehdi, Yih Phing Khor, Chin Ping Tan
This paper examines the interactions of degumming and bleaching processes as well as their influences on the formation of 3-monochloropropane-1,2-diol esters (3-MCPDE) and glycidyl esters in refined, bleached and deodorized palm oil by using D-optimal design. Water degumming effectively reduced the 3-MCPDE content up to 50%. Acid activated bleaching earth had a greater effect on 3-MCPDE reduction compared to natural bleaching earth and acid activated bleaching earth with neutral pH, indicating that performance and adsorption capacities of bleaching earth are the predominant factors in the removal of esters, rather than its acidity profile...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Oleo Science
Yanmei Sun, Shiwei Wang, Junfeng Niu
Microbes play important roles during river remediation and the interaction mechanism illustration between microorganisms and sewage is of great significance to improve restoration technology. In this study, micro-nano bubble and submerged resin floating bed composite technology (MBSR) was firstly used to restore two black and stinking urban rivers. After restoration, the water pollution indices such as dissolved oxygen (DO), ammonia nitrogen (NH4 + -N), total phosphorous (TP), chemical oxygen demand (CODCr ), water clarity, and the number of facial coliform were significantly improved...
March 2, 2018: Bioresource Technology
Chongwei Li, Yajuan Zhang, Gehendra Kharel, Chris B Zou
Nutrient discharge into peri-urban streams and reservoirs constitutes a significant pressure on environmental management, but quantitative assessment of non-point source pollution under climate variability in fast changing peri-urban watersheds is challenging. Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) was used to simulate water budget and nutrient loads for landscape patterns representing a 30-year progression of urbanization in a peri-urban watershed near Tianjin metropolis, China. A suite of landscape pattern indices was related to nitrogen (N) and phosphorous (P) loads under dry and wet climate using CANOCO redundancy analysis...
March 9, 2018: Environmental Management
L Pita, L Rix, B M Slaby, A Franke, U Hentschel
The recognition that all macroorganisms live in symbiotic association with microbial communities has opened up a new field in biology. Animals, plants, and algae are now considered holobionts, complex ecosystems consisting of the host, the microbiota, and the interactions among them. Accordingly, ecological concepts can be applied to understand the host-derived and microbial processes that govern the dynamics of the interactive networks within the holobiont. In marine systems, holobionts are further integrated into larger and more complex communities and ecosystems, a concept referred to as "nested ecosystems...
March 9, 2018: Microbiome
Katarzyna Wyskida, Jarosław Wajda, Dariusz Klein, Joanna Witkowicz, Rafał Ficek, Sylwia Rotkegel, Urszula Spiechowicz-Zatoń, Joanna Kocemba-Dyczek, Jarosław Ciepał, Magdalena Olszanecka-Glinianowicz, Andrzej Więcek, Jerzy Chudek
BACKGROUND: Diet is a key factor that determines proper alignment of calcium-phosphate and nutritional status among hemodialysis (HD) patients. OBJECTIVES: To assess the nutrient intake in relation to long-term calcium-phosphate control in HD patients with end-stage renal failure. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included 107 patients (66 men, 41 women) from 10 dialysis centers in the Upper Silesia region of Poland. To analyze the diet composition during the previous year, a portion-sized version of the Diet History Questionnaire II (DHQ-II) from National Institutes of Health was used...
February 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Ayse Betul Ergul, Mehmet Kara, Cigdem Karakukcu, Arzu Tasdemir, Humeyra Aslaner, Mehmet Ali Ergul, Sebahattin Muhtaroglu, Gozde Erturk Zararsiz, Yasemin Altuner Torun
Boron plays roles in the metabolism of calcium, vitamin D, steroid hormones, healthy bone development, and maintenance of cell membranes. The biological effects of boron are dose-dependent but follow a U-shaped pattern, rendering it important to define the active range. The studies of Bahadoran et al. on rats and Naghii et al. on humans showed that low doses of boron (3 and 10 mg/day) prevented kidney stone formation. The aim of this study was to determine whether high doses of boron have an anti-urolithiatic or antioxidant effect on nephrolithiasis in an experimental rat model...
March 8, 2018: Biological Trace Element Research
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