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Yan Suffren, Olivier Leynaud, Philippe Plaindoux, Alain Brenier, Isabelle Gautier-Luneau
The Ln(IO3)3(HIO3)y (y = 1 or 1.33) compounds are isostructural with the La(IO3)3(HIO3)y phases, but thermal studies reveal different behaviors. On the one hand, the partial thermal decompositions of these lanthanide compounds lead to the Ln(IO3)3 formulation, with a room temperature structure different from the β-La(IO3)3 obtained from La(IO3)3(HIO3)y. On the other hand, the partial thermal decompositions of the La1-xLnx(IO3)3(HIO3)y compounds prepared with lanthanides ions (Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Eu, Gd, and Yb) lead to acentric β-La1-xLnx(IO3)3...
October 19, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
W M J Franssen, Y L A Rezus, A P M Kentgens
Owing to the introduction of microcoils, high RF field strength nutation NMR is a viable candidate for the study of quadrupolar nuclei with strong quadrupolar couplings, not accessible using contemporary NMR techniques. We show powder (23)Na nutation spectra on sodium nitrite for RF field strengths of up to 1170kHz, that conform to theoretical predictions. For lanthanum fluoride powder, (139)La nutation spectra taken at elevated RF field amplitudes show clear discrepancies when compared to the theory. These errors are shown to be mainly caused by pulse transients at the end of the pulse, which proved to be detrimental to the shape of the nutation spectra...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
Kedi Cai, Rui Yang, Xiaoshi Lang, Qingguo Zhang, Zhenhua Wang, Tieshi He
Gradient Mn-La-Pt catalysts with three-layered structure of manganese dioxide (MnO2), lanthanum oxide (La2O3), and Platinum (Pt) for Li-O2 battery are prepared in this study. The mass ratio of the catalysts is respectively 5:2:3, 4:2:4, and 3:2:5 (MnO2: La2O3: Pt) which is start from the side of the electrolyte. The relationship between morphology structure and electrochemical performance of gradient catalyst is investigated by energy dispersive spectrometry and constant current charge/discharge test. The Li-O2 battery based on gradient Mn-La-Pt catalysts shows high discharge specific capacity (2707 mAh g(-1)), specific energy density (8400 Wh kg(-1)) and long cycle life (56 cycles)...
October 12, 2016: Scientific Reports
A Young Han, Hui Su Lee, Geun Hee Seol
This study assessed the effects of essential oil of Foeniculum vulgare Mill. (fennel oil) and of trans-anethole, the main component of fennel oil, on extracellular Ca(2+)-induced store-operated Ca(2+) entry (SOCE) into vascular endothelial (EA) cells and their mechanisms of action. Components of fennel oil were analyzed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Cytosolic Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)]c) in EA cells was determined using Fura-2 fluorescence. In the presence of extracellular Ca(2+), fennel oil significantly increased [Ca(2+)]c in EA cells; this increase was significantly inhibited by the Ca(2+) channel blockers La(3+) and nifedipine...
October 6, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Xiao-Xin Gao, Qian-Qing Ge, Ding-Jiang Xue, Jie Ding, Jing-Yuan Ma, Yao-Xuan Chen, Bao Zhang, Yaqing Feng, Li-Jun Wan, Jin-Song Hu
Tuning the band alignment is proved to be an effective way to facilitate carrier transportation and thus enhance the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of solar cells. Doping the compact layer with metal ions or modifying the interfaces among functional layers in perovskite solar cells (PSCs) can appreciably improve the PCE of PSCs. Inspired by the rare earth elemental doping of TiO2, which has witnessed the success in photocatalysis and dye-sensitized solar cells, we firstly demonstrated here that La(3+) doping in the mesoporous TiO2 layer of a mesostructured PSC can tune its Fermi level and thus significantly enhance the device PCE...
September 29, 2016: Nanoscale
Tatiana Spallek, Reiner Anwander
Rare-earth metal diisopropylamide complexes LiLn(NiPr2)4(THF) (Ln = Sc, Y, La), [LiY(NiPr2)4]n, NaLn(NiPr2)4(THF) (Ln = Sc, Y), Sc(NiPr2)3(THF) and Ce(NiPr2)4 were screened as catalysts for the intramolecular hydroamination/cyclization (IHC) of 1-amino-2,2-dimethyl-4-pentene, 1-amino-2,2-diphenyl-4-pentene, and 1-amino-2,2-diphenyl-5-hexene at ambient and moderately increased temperature of 60 °C in C6D6. The lithium ate complexes displayed the most efficient precatalysts with high conversion rates at 60 °C for the phenyl-substituted substrates and Ln = Y and La, affording turnover frequencies Nt as high as 164 h(-1)...
October 18, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Matthias Grünbacher, Eva-Maria Köck, Michaela Kogler, Bernhard Klötzer, Simon Penner
Two mixed ionic-electronic conducting, Fe-containing perovskites were investigated regarding their reducibility in dry H2, namely lanthanum strontium ferrite (LSF4, La0.6Sr0.4FeO3-δ) and strontium titanium ferrite (STF3, SrTi0.7Fe0.3O3-δ). Upon treatment under comparable reduction conditions, LSF4 is by far more affected by reduction and is reduced more deeply than STF3. Thermal treatments of fully oxidized or slightly reduced LSF4/STF3 at decreased O2 partial pressure lead to spontaneous desorption of O2...
September 29, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Lindsay E Roy, Leigh R Martin
Using Density Functional Theory calculations in combination with explicit solvent and a continuum solvent model, this work sets out to understand the coordination environment and relevant thermodynamics of La(iii)-lactate complexes. Calculations focus on the coordination modes for the complexes and changes in Gibbs free energy for complexation in solution. These results confirm that the α-hydroxyl group should be protonated, or at least hydrogen bonded to a water molecule, upon successive addition of the lactate ligand to the La(iii) center using Bader's Atoms-in Molecules (AIM) approach...
October 4, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Silvia Cellone Trevelin, Célio Xavier Dos Santos, Raphael Gomes Ferreira, Larissa de Sá Lima, Rangel Leal Silva, Cristoforo Scavone, Rui Curi, José Carlos Alves-Filho, Thiago Mattar Cunha, Pérsio Roxo-Júnior, Maria-Célia Cervi, Francisco Rafael Martins Laurindo, John Stephen Hothersall, Andrew M Cobb, Min Zhang, Aleksandar Ivetic, Ajay M Shah, Lucia Rossetti Lopes, Fernando Queiroz Cunha
The reactive-oxygen-species-(ROS)-generating-enzyme Nox2 is essential for leukocyte anti-microbial activity. However its role in cellular redox homeostasis and, consequently, in modulating intracellular signaling pathways remains unclear. Herein, we show Nox2 activation favors thioredoxin-1 (TRX-1)/p40phox interaction, which leads to exclusion of TRX-1 from the nucleus. In contrast, the genetic deficiency of Nox2 or its pharmacological inhibition with apocynin (APO) results in reductive stress after lipopolysaccharide-(LPS)-cell stimulation, which causes nuclear accumulation of TRX-1 and enhanced transcription of inflammatory mediators through nuclear-factor-(NF)-κB...
October 4, 2016: Scientific Reports
Aysha Masood Khan, Ismail Yusoff, Nor Kartini Abu Bakar, Ahmad Farid Abu Bakar, Yatimah Alias
A study was carried out to determine the level of rare earth elements (REEs) in water and sediment samples from ex-mining lakes and River in Kinta Valley, Perak, Malaysia. Surface water and sediments from an ex-mining lake and Kinta River water samples were analyzed for REEs by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. The total concentration of REEs in the ex-mining lake water samples and sediments were found to be 3685 mg/l and 14159 mg/kg, respectively, while the total concentration of REEs in Kinta River water sample was found to be 1224 mg/l...
September 27, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Connie M Rhee, Amy S You, Tara Koontz Parsons, Amanda R Tortorici, Rachelle Bross, David E St-Jules, Jennie Jing, Martin L Lee, Debbie Benner, Csaba P Kovesdy, Rajnish Mehrotra, Joel D Kopple, Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh
BACKGROUND: Inadequate protein intake and hypoalbuminemia, indicators of protein-energy wasting, are among the strongest mortality predictors in hemodialysis patients. Hemodialysis patients are frequently counseled on dietary phosphorus restriction, which may inadvertently lead to decreased protein intake. We hypothesized that, in hypoalbuminemic hemodialysis patients, provision of high-protein meals during hemodialysis combined with a potent phosphorus binder increases serum albumin without raising phosphorus levels...
September 22, 2016: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Steven Habbous, Sebastian Przech, Rey Acedillo, Sisira Sarma, Amit X Garg, Janet Martin
BACKGROUND: It remains unclear which phosphate binders should be preferred for hyperphosphatemia management in chronic kidney disease (CKD). METHODS: We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials comparing sevelamer or lanthanum with other phosphate binders in CKD. RESULTS: Fifty-one trials (8829 patients) were reviewed. Compared with calcium-based binders, all-cause mortality was nonsignificantly lower with sevelamer {risk ratio [RR] 0...
September 20, 2016: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Yang Yu, Karl F Ludwig, Joseph C Woicik, Srikanth Gopalan, Uday B Pal, Tiffany C Kaspar, Soumendra N Basu
Strontium-doped lanthanum cobalt ferrite (LSCF) is a widely used cathode material due to its high electronic and ionic conductivity, and reasonable oxygen surface exchange coefficient. However, LSCF can have long-term stability issues such as surface segregation of Sr during solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) operation, which can adversely affect the electrochemical performance. Thus, understanding the nature of the Sr surface segregation phenomenon and how it is affected by the composition of LSCF and strain are critical...
October 12, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Federico Baiutti, Giuliano Gregori, Yi Wang, Y Eren Suyolcu, Georg Cristiani, Peter A van Aken, Joachim Maier, Gennady Logvenov
The exploration of interface effects in complex oxide heterostructures has led to the discovery of novel intriguing phenomena in recent years and has opened the path toward the precise tuning of material properties at the nanoscale. One recent example is space-charge superconductivity. Among the complex range of effects which may arise from phase interaction, a crucial role is played by cationic intermixing, which defines the final chemical composition of the interface. In this work, we performed a systematic study on the local cationic redistribution of two-dimensionally doped lanthanum cuprate films grown by oxide molecular beam epitaxy, in which single LaO layers in the epitaxial crystal structure were substituted by layers of differently sized and charged dopants (Ca, Sr, Ba, and Dy)...
October 12, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Ntaote David Shooto, Charity Wokwu Dikio, Donbebe Wankasi, Lucky Mashudu Sikhwivhilu, Fanyana Moses Mtunzi, Ezekiel Dixon Dikio
Plain polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) nanofibres and novel polyvinyl alcohol benzene tetracarboxylate nanofibres incorporated with strontium, lanthanum and antimony ((PVA/Sr-TBC), (PVA/La-TBC) and (PVA/Sb-TBC)), respectively, where TBC is benzene 1,2,4,5-tetracarboxylate adsorbents, were fabricated by electrospinning. The as-prepared electrospun nanofibres were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). Only plain PVA nanofibres followed the Freundlich isotherm with a correlation coefficient of 0...
December 2016: Nanoscale Research Letters
C M Vivek Vardhan, M Srimurali
A novel sorbent, Lanthanum-Impregnated Bauxite (LIB), was prepared to remove fluoride from water. To understand the surface chemical composition and morphology, LIB was characterized using X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy techniques. Experiments were performed to evaluate the sorption potential, dose of sorbent, kinetics, equilibrium sorption capacity, pH and influence of anions for defluoridation by LIB. Equilibrium isothermal studies were conducted to model the sorption and regeneration studies were carried out to evaluate the reusability of LIB...
2016: SpringerPlus
Dawei Fan, Xiang Ren, Haoyuan Wang, Dan Wu, Di Zhao, Yucheng Chen, Qin Wei, Bin Du
A novel and sensitive sandwich-type photoelectrochemical (PEC) sensor was fabricated using signal amplification strategy for the quantitative detection of the prostate specific antigen (PSA). CdSe nanoparticles (NPs) sensitized lanthanum-doped titanium dioxide (La-TiO2) composites were used to bind the primary antibodies (Ab1). The doping of lanthanum promoted the visible light absorption of TiO2 and remarkably enhanced the photocurrent. Moreover, 0.3%La-TiO2 displayed the highest photocurrent in the La-TiO2 composites, which was twice as much as that of undoped TiO2...
August 31, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Areum Jun, Junyoung Kim, Jeeyoung Shin, Guntae Kim
Recently, there have been efforts to use clean and renewable energy because of finite fossil fuels and environmental problems. Owing to the site-specific and weather-dependent characteristics of the renewable energy supply, solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOECs) have received considerable attention to store energy as hydrogen. Conventional SOECs use Ni-YSZ (yttria-stabilized zirconia) and LSM (strontium-doped lanthanum manganites)-YSZ as electrodes. These electrodes, however, suffer from redox-instability and coarsening of the Ni electrode along with delamination of the LSM electrode during steam electrolysis...
September 26, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Yinhai He, Hai Lin, Yingbo Dong, Quanli Liu, Liang Wang
Simultaneous ammonium and phosphate removal characteristics and mechanism, as well as the major influencing factors, such as pH, temperature and co-existing ions, onto NaOH-activated and lanthanum-impregnated zeolite (NLZ) were investigated. The phosphate adsorption increases from 0.2 mg g(-1) for natural zeolite up to 8.96 mg g(-1) for NLZ, while only a slight decrease on the ammonium adsorption capacity from 23.9 mg g(-1) for NaOH-activated zeolite to 21.2 mg g(-1) for NLZ was observed. The ammonium and phosphate adsorption showed little pH dependence in the range from pH 3 to 7, while it decreased sharply with the pH increased above pH 7...
December 2016: Chemosphere
A Kozyrev, I Mitrofanov, A Owens, F Quarati, J Benkhoff, B Bakhtin, F Fedosov, D Golovin, M Litvak, A Malakhov, M Mokrousov, I Nuzhdin, A Sanin, V Tretyakov, A Vostrukhin, G Timoshenko, V Shvetsov, C Granja, T Slavicek, S Pospisil
The recent availability of large volume cerium bromide crystals raises the possibility of substantially improving gamma-ray spectrometer limiting flux sensitivities over current systems based on the lanthanum tri-halides, e.g., lanthanum bromide and lanthanum chloride, especially for remote sensing, low-level counting applications or any type of measurement characterized by poor signal to noise ratios. The Russian Space Research Institute has developed and manufactured a highly sensitive gamma-ray spectrometer for remote sensing observations of the planet Mercury from the Mercury Polar Orbiter (MPO), which forms part of ESA's BepiColombo mission...
August 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
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