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The spatial distribution of Frankliniella occidentalis (Pergande) (Thysanoptera: Thripidae) was analysed in ornamental crops (roses and spray-type carnations) and horticultural crops (pepper and strawberries), inside greenhouses, using sticky traps. In ornamental crops, at low population densities, during the winter, there was not a constant location of the isolated foci of infestation, from one week to the next, or a specific pattern of variation in that location. In spray-type carnations, pepper and strawberries, at higher population densities, in spring and summer, the basic units of distribution were the individuals, and they were aggregated. For roses, at those population levels, a random distribution was observed, with a tendency for aggregation. The number of traps needed to estimate population densities, in each crop, was evaluated for two fixed levels of precision (0.10 and 0.25) and results are indicated and discussed.

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The use of catalysts in numerous important processes is widespread throughout the chemical and petroleum-processing industries. Thermal analytical techniques can be used to evaluate important properties and processes associated with solid catalysts. This paper presents examples carried out in our laboratory of the general application of TG and DSC to the acidity, activity and regeneration of solid catalysts.

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The evaluation of the crystallinity of several samples of ALPO-11 was performed by X-ray diffraction and thermogravimetry. Through XRD, the degrees of crystallinity of the samples were determined by the measurement of the area of the peaks at 2γ ranging from 20.7 to 24.1 degrees. The sample that presented the largest area was considered as 100% crystalline and the areas of the other samples were normalized in relation to this. From TG, the degree of crystallinity was determined considering the mass loss in the temperature range from 453 to 653 K that is related to remotion of di-isopropylamine molecules used during the synthesis procedure. The quantity of diisopropylamine on the material is proportional to the degree of crystallinity.

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The coke removal of HZSM-12 zeolite deactivated in the reaction of n-heptane cracking was studied by thermogravimetry using two multiple heating rate integral kinetics models proposed by Ozawa-Flynn-Wall and Vyazovkin to obtain the activation energy of process of thermoxidation of coke. The results obtained by both models presented excellent accordance with the related literature.

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In the present work, the thermal decomposition of glimepiride (sulfonylurea hypoglycemic agent) was studied using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetry/derivative thermogravimetry (TG/DTG). Isothermal and non-isothermal methods were employed to determine kinetic data of decomposition process. The physical chemical properties and compatibilities of several commonly used pharmaceutical excipients (glycolate starch, microcrystalline cellulose, stearate, lactose and Plasdone) with glimepiride were evaluated using thermoanalytical methods. The 1:1 physical mixtures of these excipients with glimepiride showed physical interaction of the drug with Mg stearate, lactose and Plasdone. On the other hand, IR results did not evidence any chemical modifications. From isothermal experiments, activation energy (E a) can be obtained from slope of lnt vs. 1/T at a constant conversion level. The average value of this energy was 123 kJ mol–1. For non-isothermal method E a can be obtained from plot of logarithms of heating rates, as a function of inverse of temperature, resulting a value of 157 and 150 kJ mol–1, respectively, in air and N2 atmosphere, from the first stage of thermal decomposition.

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The aim of this work was to obtain membranes from polyamide 6/montmorillonite clay nanocomposites through the phase inversion technique. The nanocomposites and membranes from polyamide 6/montmorillonite clay were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Thermogravimetry (TG) and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC). Microporous and asymmetric membranes were successfully obtained from nanocomposites and the results showed that the salts were incorporated by intercalation between the organoclay layers and, apparently that the nanocomposites and membranes were thermally more stable than the pure polyamide.

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