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The effect on the stability of the isomers of aminosalicylic acid of formation of their sodium salts has been studied by use of differential scanning calorimetry and thermogravimetry, coupled with evolved gas analysis by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. X-ray powder diffraction and infrared spectroscopy provided complementary information. The DSC curves for the sodium salts of all of the isomers showed complex dehydration/decomposition endotherms. From the initial mass losses of the TG curves, the amounts of water per mole of salt were estimated as 0.5, 2.4 and 1.4 moles for the sodium salts of 3-aminosalicylic acid, 4-aminosalicylic acid and 5-aminosalicylic acid, respectively. TG-FTIR results for the sodium salt of 3-aminosalicylic acid showed the evolution of carbon dioxide in three stages: below 150C, between 200 and 300C and continuous formation up to 500C. This behaviour differs from that of 3-aminosalicylic acid itself, which forms CO2 between 225 and 290C. For the sodium salt of 4-aminosalicylic acid, the formation of carbon dioxide starts from 250C and is still being formed at about 650C. 4-aminosalicylic acid decarboxylates above 150C. 5-aminosalicylic acid and its sodium salt showed no evolution of carbon dioxide below 600C.

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Nifedipine complexes with β-cyclodextrin (β-CD), γ-cyclodextrin (γ-CD), 2-hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin (2HP-β-CD), randomly methylated-β-cyclodextrin (RM-β-CD) and heptakis(2,6-O-dimethyl)-β-cyclodextrin (DM-β-CD) have been prepared by both kneading and heating methods and their behaviour studied by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), diffuse reflectance mid-infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and X-ray diffractometry (XRD). DSC revealed the nifedipine melting endotherm with onset at approximately 171°C for the kneaded mixtures with β-CD, γ-CD and 2HP-β-CD, thus confirming the presence of nifedipine in the crystalline state, while some decrease in crystallinity was observed in the DM-β-CD kneaded mixture. With RM-β-CD, however, broadening and shifting of the nifedipine endotherm and reduction in its intensity suggested that the kneading could have produced an amorphous inclusion complex. These differing extents of interaction of nifedipine with the cyclodextrins were confirmed by FTIR and XRD studies.

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The thermal behaviour of benzoic and salicylic acids is compared with the behaviour of 1:1 molar ratio physical and kneaded mixtures of these acids with each of three different cyclodextrins (b-, hydroxypropyl-b-, and g-cyclodextrin). Differential scanning calorimetry and thermogravimetry coupled with evolved gas analysis by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy were used for the thermal studies and X-ray powder diffraction and infrared spectroscopy provided complementary information. Thermal studies of benzoic acid with the cyclodextrins showed significant interactions in both physical and kneaded mixtures of benzoic acid/b-cyclodextrin and benzoic acid/hydroxypropyl-b-cyclodextrin. Interactions in the kneaded benzoic acid/g-cyclodextrin mixtures were the most extensive as might be expected for the cyclodextrin with the largest molecular cavity. The results for the salicylic acid/b-cyclodextrin and salicylic acid/hydroxypropyl-b-cyclodextrin mixtures were similar to those for benzoic acid/b-cyclodextrin and benzoic acid/hydroxypropyl-b-cyclodextrin. Again, the kneaded salicylic acid/g-cyclodextrin mixture showed the most interaction.

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The thermal decomposition of ammonium metavanadate

II The kinetics and mechanism of the decomposition

Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors: M. Brown, L. Glasser, and B. Stewart
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The theoretical background relevant to the use of pyrometry in the study of fast processes involving rapid temperature changes initially solid samples is outlined. Pyrometers of various kinds are described briefly and their applications in the study of pyrotechnic reactions, schock-wave research, thermal imaging and the measurement of thermophysical properties are reviewed.

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Triprolidine hydrochloride, C19H22N2HClH2O (TPH) is a well-known antihistamine drug, which is reported as being photosensitive. Solid-state photostability studies of TPH were undertaken by irradiating TPH and its binary mixtures with β-cyclodextrin (BCD) and glucose, using an Atlas Suntest CPS+ irradiation chamber and conditions according to the guidelines of the International Committee on Harmonization (ICH). HPLC analysis was used to determine the extent of photodegradation. XRD results showed that changes in the TPH crystal structure had occurred during irradiation and that these changes increased with the time of irradiation. Although the potential for isomerization under the influence of UV-light to the pharmaceutically inactive Z-isomer exists, results have proved that this transformation for solid-state TPH would require more extreme light conditions. The results of this study thus illustrate the general light stability of TPH in the solid-state.

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Evolutionary psychology Sensu lato

A review of The Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology edited by Robin Dunbar and Louise Barrett. Oxford University Press (2007), 720 pages, £49.95 ($98.50), ISBN: 0198568304 (hardback)

Journal of Evolutionary Psychology
Authors: William M. Brown and Michael E. Price
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Triprolidine hydrochloride (C19H22N2·HCl·H2O) (TPH) is a well-known antihistamine drug which is reported as being photosensitive. The thermal stabilities of TPH and of 1:1 molar and 1:1 mass ratio physical mixtures of TPH with β-cyclodextrin (BCD) and with glucose have been examined using DSC, TG and TG-FTIR, complemented by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD) and infrared spectroscopic (IR) studies. Thermal studies of the solid TPH/BCD mixtures indicated that interaction between the components occurs and it is possible that the TPH molecule may be least partially accommodated in the cavity of the BCD host molecule. XRD results support this indication of inclusion. The results of molecular modelling suggest that TPH is most likely to be accommodated in the BCD cavity as a neutral triprolidine molecule with the toluene portion of the molecule preferentially included in the cavity. The results obtained illustrate the general stability of TPH. The study has also shown TPH to be compatible with both glucose and BCD, which are potential excipients both in solid and liquid dosage forms. The presence of these excipients in dosage forms will thus not adversely affect the stability and the therapeutic efficacy of TPH.

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The thermal behaviour of Ba[Cu(C2O4)2(H2O)]·5H2O in N2 and in O2 has been examined using thermogravimetry (TG) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The dehydration starts at relatively low temperatures (about 80°C), but continues until the onset of the decomposition (about 280°C). The decomposition takes place in two major stages (onsets 280 and 390°C). The mass of the intermediate after the first stage corresponded to the formation of barium oxalate and copper metal and, after the second stage, to the formation of barium carbonate and copper metal. The enthalpy for the dehydration was found to be 311±30 kJ mol−1 (or 52±5 kJ (mol of H2O)−1). The overall enthalpy change for the decomposition of Ba[Cu(C2O4)2] in N2 was estimated from the combined area of the peaks of the DSC curve as −347 kJ mol−1. The kinetics of the thermal dehydration and decomposition were studied using isothermal TG. The dehydration was strongly deceleratory and the α-time curves could be described by the three dimensional diffusion (D3) model. The values of the activation energy and the pre-exponential factor for the dehydration were 125±4 kJ mol−1 and (1.38±0.08)×1015 min−1, respectively. The decomposition was complex, consisting of at least two concurrent processes. The decomposition was analysed in terms of two overlapping deceleratory processes. One process was fast and could be described by the contracting-geometry model withn=5. The other process was slow and could also be described by the contracting-geometry model, but withn=2. The values ofE a andA were 206±23 kJ mol−1 and (2.2±0.5)×1019 min−1, respectively, for the fast process, and 259±37 kJ mol−1 and (6.3±1.8)×1023 min−1, respectively, for the slow process.

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