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A rapid separation method was developed for determination of low level promethium-147 and samarium-151. The rapid method, applied to environmental samples, provided speed and efficiency for the respective separation of Pm and Sm from other lanthanides with the simplified technique of high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) system. The separation time of Pm and Sm in HPLC separation was shortened by stepwise eluent method of -hydroxyisobutyric acid as compared with a gradient eluent method of lactic acid with HPLC despite increase in sample volume for significant determination of Pm-147 and Sm-151. This method permitted the detection limit around 0.1 Bq/kg-dry-soil for Pm-147 and Sm-151 in 200 g soil sample by counting for 500 min with a liquid scintillation counter.

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Gamma-alumina membrane was prepared from anodic (amorphous) alumina (AA) obtained in a sulphuric acid electrolyte. The transformation scheme, i.e., the crystallization to form metastable alumina polymorphs and the final transition to α-Al2O3 with heating was studied by TG-DTA and X-ray diffraction (XRD) using fixed time (FT) method. When heating at a constant rate, the crystallization occurred at 900C or higher and the final formation of α-Al2O3 occurred at 1250C or higher, which temperatures were higher than the case of using anodic (amorphous) alumina prepared from oxalic acid electrolyte. Relative content of S of the products was obtained by transmission electron microscope (TEM)-energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The proposed thermal change of anodic alumina membrane prepared from sulphuric acid is as follows: 1. At temperatures lower than ca 910C: Formation of a quasi-crystalline phase or a polycrystalline phase (γ-, δ- and θ-Al2O3); 2. 910–960C: Progressive crystallization by the migration of S toward the surface within the amorphous or the quasi-crystalline phase, forming S-rich region near the surface; 3. 960C: Change of membrane morphology and the quasi-crystalline phase due to the rapid discharge of gaseous SO2; 4. 960–1240C: Crystallization of γ-Al2O3 accompanying δ-Al2O3; and 5. 1240C: Transition from γ-Al2O3 (+tr. δ-Al2O3) into the stable α-Al2O3. The amorphization which occurs by the exothermic and the subsequent endothermic reaction suggests the incorporation of SO3 groups in the quasi-crystalline structure.

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Nanoporous alumina membrane prepared by anodic oxidation using sulfuric acid electrolyte was subjected to TG-DTA and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS or ESCA) to further study the distribution of sulfur. In XPS study, Ar+ ion bombardment was performed on the sample to etch the surface at a rate of 3 nm min-1. As a result, sulfur was found to be concentrated within a depth of 3nm from the surface. The S content of the surface was found to be 2.70.5 wt%, and that at a depth of ca. 3 nm and ca. 10 nm was found to be as low as about 0.60.11 wt% (5.371.0 wt%→ 1.260.2wt% SO2). In TG-DTA, the mass loss of 7.3% was in fair agreement with that calculated on XPS results (7.11.2%).

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Motor gasoline must present characteristics that guarantee its quality and the good performance of internal combustion engines without harming the environment. The contamination of gasoline by solvents can seriously adulterate its physical-chemical properties and affect its volatility and detonation capacity. To investigate organic solvent adulteration in gasoline samples, thermal analysis technique (TG/DTG) can be used as an auxiliary tool in the study of the thermal behavior of liquid fuels, as demonstrated by the present work involving a comparative analysis of kerosene-free and doped gasoline.

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The behavior of Zn and other trace elements in mice fed with Zn-deficient diet during the growing period (Zn-dcf. mice) was investigated. A correlation between Zn concentration and Co concentration was found in the liver of Zn-def. mice. Two types of correlation between Zn and Mn concentrations were also recognised for the same livers. These facts suggest that Zn and Co, and also Mn are antagonistic, and that Co- and Mn-substitution for Zn-proteins and other Zn-bound compounds may occur, and/or the substituted compounds may be synthesized in the liver of Zn-def. mice.

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We present a brief description of the status of our accelerator mass spectrometry system at the tandem accelerator facility of the University of Tokyo and some examples of measurements in environmental samples which have been recently performed. Fallout10Be activities have been measured, from rain samples collected monthly in Tokyo from 1975 to 1977 and from 1984 to 1986, and compared with those of7Be and137Cs. A preliminary experiment on14C measurement in volcanic gas samples is also reported.

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Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors: S. Seki, T. Aoyama, Y. Sawada, M. Ogawa, M. Sano, N. Miyabayashi, H. Yoshida, Y. Hoshi, M. Ide, and A. Shida

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Tin-doped In2O3 (indium-tin-oxide) transparent conducting films are widely used as electrodes of liquid crystal displays and low-E windows. In the present study, a systematic TDS study was undertaken for ITO films fabricated by various deposition processes; such as PVD, dip coating and spray deposition. Water vapor was the main gas evolved from the films; gas evolution from the silicon substrate was negligible. The evolution proceeded via two steps at approximately 373 and 473-623 K. The amount of the evolved water was in the order: (dip-coated film)>(PVD films)> (spray-deposited film). This order was identical to that of the film's resistivities.

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Complexes of adenosine and related compounds (adenosine-5’-monophosphate, adenosine-5’-triphosphate and pyridoxal-5-phosphate) with Bu2SnO and/or BuSnCl2 were prepared in the solid state. The compositions of the complexes were determined by standard analytical methods. It was found that the complexes contain the organotin(IV) moiety and the ligand in a ratio of 1:1. The FT-IR spectra demonstrated that Bu2SnO reacts with the D-ribose moiety of the ligands, while Bu2SnCl2 is coordinated to the deprotonated phosphate group. The basic part of the ligands does not participate directly in complex formation. Comparison of the experimental Mössbauer Δ (quadrupole splitting) values with those calculated on the basis of the pqs concept revealed that the organotin(IV) moiety has Tbp and in some cases also Th geometry. The adenosine complex contains the organotin(IV) cation in two different surroundings (Tbp and Th). The local structures of the complexes were determined by means of EXAFS measurements. At the same time a number of organotin(IV) complexes containing different organo moieties of calf thymus DNA were also prepared. Similarly as above, EXAFS data were obtained for these compounds and analyzed by using multishell models up to 300 pm. These results are the first structural data (bond lengths) on complexes formed with organotin(IV)-DNA and related compounds.

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A new picosecond pulse radiolysis Twin LINAC System has been constructed recently at Nuclear Engineering Research Laboratory at the University of Tokyo. The time resolution of the system is 20 ps and the system has a versatile capability for pulse radiolysis study. The outline of the facility is introduced. Some research carried out using the facility is presented. The examples are radiolysis of CCl4 and n-C21H44.

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Phase transition behavior of polyesters derived from 2,7-phenanthrene dicarbonic acid diethylester and alkanediols with even methylene carbon number was investigated by the simultaneous DSC-XRD method. The smectic A phase was observed on cooling from the molten state. The transition entropy from the isotropic state to the smectic A phase was about 9.0 J mol-1 K-1, which depended on the methylene carbon number. The linear expansion coefficients, based on the (001) spacing of the crystalline phase at room temperature, were 1.310-4 K-1 (crystalline phase), 5.710-4 K-1 (crystallization region), 1.710-3 K-1 (smectic A phase) during cooling, and 1.510-4 K-1 (crystalline phase), and 1.010-3K-1(melting region) on heating.

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