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Mariusz Ślachciński
The Flow Focusing Pneumatic Nebulizer (FFPN) working at low liquid flow rates was evaluated for the elemental analysis in slurried samples by argon-helium microwave induced plasma optical emission spectrometry (MIP-OES). The obtained results achieved were compared with commercially available V-groove Babington type nebulizer (VBPN). A univariate approach and the simplex optimization procedure were used to achieve optimized conditions and derive analytical figures of merit. Analytical performance of the micro nebulization system was characterized by a determination of the limits of detection (LODs), the precision (RSDs) and the wash-out times for Ba, Ca, Cd, Cu, Fe, Mg, Mn, Pb and Sr...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
José Pinela, João C M Barreira, Lillian Barros, Sandra Cabo Verde, Amilcar L Antonio, M Beatriz P P Oliveira, Ana Maria Carvalho, Isabel C F R Ferreira
The effects of conventional and inert-gas enriched atmospheres, as well as those caused by different γ-irradiation doses, on buckler sorrel (Rumex induratus) leaves quality were evaluated and compared after 12 days of storage at 4 °C. The green colour of the abaxial surface of the leaves was relatively stable, as well as the carbohydrates content and the calorific value. The storage time decreased the amounts of fructose, glucose, trehalose, α-tocopherol, and β-tocopherol and increased the levels of total organic acids and δ-tocopherol...
July 2016: Journal of Food Science and Technology
Ming-Hsun Wu, Chiung-Nien Chen, Kuen-Yuan Chen, Ming-Chih Ho, Hao-Chih Tai, Yu-Hsin Wang, Argon Chen, King-Jen Chang
Hypoechogenicity has been described qualitatively and is potentially subject to intra- and inter-observer variability. The aim of this study was to clarify whether quantitative echoic indexes (EIs) are useful for the detection of malignant thyroid nodules. Overall, 333 participants with 411 nodules were included in the final analysis. Quantification of echogenicity was performed using commercial software (AmCAD-UT; AmCad BioMed, Taiwan). The coordinates of three defined regions, the nodule, thyroid parenchyma, and strap muscle regions, were recorded in the database separately for subsequent analysis...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
Xuechen Li, Yaru Li, Panpan Zhang, Pengying Jia, Lifang Dong
One of the challenges that plasma research encounters is how to generate a large-scale plasma plume at atmospheric pressure. Through utilizing a third electrode biased by a direct-current voltage, a longer plasma plume is generated by a plasma jet in dielectric barrier discharge configurations. Results indicate that the plume length increases until it reaches the third electrode with increasing the bias voltage. By fast photography, it is found that the plume consists of two types of streamers under the influence of the bias voltage, which develops from a guided streamer to a branching one with leaving the tube opening...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
Tan Xing, Srikanth Mateti, Lu Hua Li, Fengxian Ma, Aijun Du, Yury Gogotsi, Ying Chen
Two-dimensional (2D) materials can be produced using ball milling with the help of liquid surfactants or solid exfoliation agents, as ball milling of bulk precursor materials usually produces nanosized particles because of high-energy impacts. Post-milling treatment is thus needed to purify the nanosheets. We show here that nanosheets of graphene, BN, and MoS2 can be produced by ball milling of their bulk crystals in the presence of ammonia or a hydrocarbon ethylene gas and the obtained nanosheets remain flat and maintain their single-crystalline structure with low defects density even after a long period of time; post-milling treatment is not needed...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
Baoying Li, Yihe Zhang, Ruifeng Du, Lin Gan, Xuelian Yu
In this paper, novel types of Bi2S3-Au heterostructures are fabricated through rationally controlling the growth atmosphere. Under argon condition, Au nanoparticles are preferentially deposited onto the tips of Bi2S3 nanorods to form Bi2S3-Au dumbbelled heterostructures. In contrast, due to the etching effect by amine, Au nanoparticles are randomly anchored onto the surface of nanorods to form Bi2S3-Au nanocorns in the presence of oxygen. Furthermore, the size of gold nanoparticles can be controlled through adjusting the concentration of reaction precursors...
October 18, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Rajeev Kumar, Rajendra G Sonkawade, Anil K Pandey, Madhavi Tripathi, Nishikant A Damle, Praveen Kumar, Chandra S Bal
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this article was to share 10 years of operational experience of medical cyclotron and to provide working knowledge on the same. This experience has helped us gain working knowledge on cyclotron operation with practical points, which may help in improving F yield, minimizing the breakdown time, and help in the prevention of the occurrence of unusual events. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Our facility has a self-shielded radioisotope delivery system eclipse 111 medical cyclotron with an 11 MeV proton beam in use for the past 10 years to produce positron emitters - namely, F, N, and F-2 gas - for PET imaging...
October 13, 2016: Nuclear Medicine Communications
Amir Mostafaei, Yashar Behnamian, Yuval L Krimer, Erica L Stevens, Jing Li Luo, Markus Chmielus
Powder bed binder jet printing (BJP) is an additive manufacturing method in which powder is deposited layer-by-layer and selectively joined in each layer with binder. The data presented here relates to the characterization of the as-received feedstock powder, BJP processing parameters, sample preparation and sintering profile ("Effect of solutionizing and aging on the microstructure and mechanical properties of powder bed binder jet printed nickel-based superalloy 625" (A. Mostafaei, Y. Behnamian, Y.L. Krimer, E...
December 2016: Data in Brief
Kyung Hee Kim, Chan Gyoo Kim, Young-Woo Kim, Hae Moon, Jee Eun Choi, Soo-Jeong Cho, Jong Yeul Lee, Il Ju Choi
Phlegmonous gastritis is a rare and rapidly progressive bacterial infection of the stomach wall, with a high mortality rate. Antibiotics with or without surgical treatment are required for treatment. We present a case in which phlegmonous gastritis occurred during the diagnostic evaluation of early gastric cancer. The patient showed improvement after antibiotic treatment, but attempted endoscopic submucosal dissection failed because of submucosal pus. We immediately applied argon plasma coagulation since surgical resection was also considered a high-risk procedure because of the submucosal pus and multiple comorbidities...
September 2016: Journal of Gastric Cancer
Amr Shaaban Hanafy, Amr Talaat El Hawary
Objectives: Evaluation of the outcome and experience in 2 years of management of portal hypertensive gastropathy (PHG) by argon plasma coagulation (APC) in a cohort of Egyptian cirrhotic patients. Methods: This study was conducted over a 2-year period from January 2011 to February 2013. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy was performed to evaluate the degree and site of PHG. APC was applied to areas with mucosal vascular lesions. Results: In total, 200 cirrhotic patients were enrolled; 12 patients were excluded due to death (n = 6) caused by hepatic encephalopathy (n = 3), hepatorenal syndrome (n = 2), or chronic lymphatic leukemia (n = 1), or did not complete the treatment sessions (n = 6), so 188 patients completed the study...
October 2016: Endoscopy International Open
Ari Garber, Sunguk Jang
Non-variceal upper gastrointestinal bleeding, the most common etiology of which is peptic ulcer disease, remains a persistent challenge despite a reduction in both its incidence and mortality. Both pharmacologic and endoscopic techniques have been developed to achieve hemostasis, with varying degrees of success. Among the pharmacologic therapies, proton pump inhibitors remain the mainstay of treatment, as they reduce the risk of rebleeding and requirement for recurrent endoscopic evaluation. Tranexamic acid, a derivative of the amino acid lysine, is an antifibrinolytic agent whose role requires further investigation before application...
September 2016: Clinical Endoscopy
Junguo Li, Bao Liu, Yanan Zeng, Ziming Wang
AOD (argon oxygen decarburization) slag, which is the by-product of the stainless steel refining process, is a recyclable slag because of its high content of calcium and silicon. The leaching toxicity cannot be ignored in the recycling process because the slag contains a certain amount of Cr. In this study, the mineral analysis, batch leaching tests and thermodynamic and kinetic modeling by PHREEQC combined with FactSage software were performed to explore the influence of the dissolution of primary minerals and the precipitation of secondary minerals on the elution of Cr from AOD slag...
October 11, 2016: Chemosphere
Junjie Li, Alexander B Pacheco, Krishnan Raghavachari, Srinivasan S Iyengar
We probe the structure, stability and vibrational properties of the fundamental C2H3(+) carbocation that exists with preference in a bridged hydrogen conformation. Our computational study includes electronic structure treatment, incorporation of nuclear motion through classical and quantum paradigms, the effect of temperature, and the associated sampling of the potential surface, and the effect of single H/D isotopic substitution (i.e., C2H2D(+)). We find that while the non-classical, "Bridged" isomer is most stable, the "Classical" form does have a small presence under ambient conditions since the zero point level straddles the barrier between the Classical and Bridged isomers in a reduced dimensional analysis of the Bridged ↔ Classical transfer coordinate...
October 13, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Artur Mardyukov, Peter R Schreiner
The phenylthiyl radical (1) was prepared in the gas phase by vacuum flash pyrolysis of allylphenyl sulfide or diphenyl sulfide and isolated in an argon matrix. The hitherto unknown phenylthiyl peroxy radical was synthesized by co-condensation of 1 with molecular oxygen. Irradiation with light of λ = 465 nm led to a rearrangement to the novel phenylsulfonyl radical.
September 21, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Lars H Jepsen, Peikun Wang, Guotao Wu, Zhitao Xiong, Flemming Besenbacher, Ping Chen, Torben R Jensen
Sodium amide, NaNH2, has recently been shown to be a useful catalyst to decompose NH3 into H2 and N2, however, sodium hydroxide is omnipresent and commercially available NaNH2 usually contains impurities of NaOH (<2%). The thermal decomposition of NaNH2 and NaNH2-NaOH composites is systematically investigated and discussed. NaNH2 is partially dissolved in NaOH at T > 100 °C, forming a non-stoichiometric solid solution of Na(OH)1-x(NH2)x (0 < x < ∼0.30), which crystallizes in an orthorhombic unit cell with the space group P212121 determined by synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction...
September 14, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Chad G Ball, Andre Campbell, Sean C Grondin, Elijah Dixon
INTRODUCTION: Ongoing hemorrhage is often life threatening and can be challenging to stop in critically injured patients. Traditional techniques for addressing this issue include high voltage cautery (Bovie), topical hemostatic application, and the delivery of ignited argon gas. The goal of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a novel energy device for arresting ongoing bleeding from both solid and non-solid organs within a swine model. METHODS: A novel instrument utilizing bipolar radiofrequency (RF) energy which acts to ignite/boil dripping saline from a small hand piece was employed to arrest ongoing hemorrhage from an escalating series of injuries in large male swine...
September 30, 2016: Injury
Felix Vüllers, Guillaume Gomard, Jan B Preinfalk, Efthymios Klampaftis, Matthias Worgull, Bryce Richards, Hendrik Hölscher, Maryna N Kavalenka
Inspired by the transparent hair layer on water plants Salvinia and Pistia, superhydrophobic flexible thin films, applicable as transparent coatings for optoelectronic devices, are introduced. Thin polymeric nanofur films are fabricated using a highly scalable hot pulling technique, in which heated sandblasted steel plates are used to create a dense layer of nano- and microhairs surrounding microcavities on a polymer surface. The superhydrophobic nanofur surface exhibits water contact angles of 166 ± 6°, sliding angles below 6°, and is self-cleaning against various contaminants...
September 26, 2016: Small
Gülizar Demirok, Mehmet Fatih Kocamaz, Yasemin Topalak, Yeşim Altay, Burcu Tabakci, Ahmet Şengün
PURPOSE: To evaluate the changes in the macular ganglion cell complex (GCC) thickness and central macular thickness (CMT) as measured by spectral domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) post-argon laser panretinal photocoagulation (PRP). METHODS: The medical records of 25 patients with proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) who underwent PRP, 29 patients with non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR), and 29 patients with diabetes but without diabetic retinopathy (DR) were analyzed...
August 10, 2016: Seminars in Ophthalmology
Virginia Ahalt, Nilay Tanık Argon, Serhan Ziya, Jeff Strickler, Abhi Mehrotra
According to American College of Emergency Physicians, emergency department (ED) crowding occurs when the identified need for emergency services exceeds available resources for patient care in the ED, hospital, or both. ED crowding is a widely reported problem and several crowding scores are proposed to quantify crowding using hospital and patient data as inputs for assisting healthcare professionals in anticipating imminent crowding problems. Using data from a large academic hospital in North Carolina, we evaluate three crowding scores, namely, EDWIN, NEDOCS, and READI by assessing strengths and weaknesses of each score, particularly their predictive power...
October 4, 2016: Health Care Management Science
Marcel Nations, Shengkai Wang, Christopher S Goldenstein, David F Davidson, Ronald K Hanson
The formation of electronically excited atomic oxygen was studied behind reflected shock waves using cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy. Mixtures of 1% O2-Ar were shock-heated to 5400-7500 K, and two distributed-feedback diode lasers near 777.2 and 844.6 nm were used to measure time-resolved populations of atomic oxygen's (5)S° and (3)S° electronic states, respectively. Measurements were compared with simulated population time histories obtained using two different kinetic models that accounted for thermal nonequilibrium effects: (1) a multitemperature model and (2) a reduced collisional-radiative model...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
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