Activation energy was experimentally determined using the curve-fitting, initial-rise and the peak-shape methods involving
pulse annealing experiments in NaCl samples irradiated at 10, 20, 30 and 40 Gy beta-doses and infrared stimulated luminescence
(IRSL) signal at a temperature range of 100-300 °C. It was observed that the activation energy for NaCl decreases as the dose
increased. The results were compared to other studies and discussed.
Authors:L. Yang, F. Xu, L. Sun, Z. Tan, H. Tan, Z. Zhao, and J. Liang
technique based on the bacterial heat output was applied to evaluate the influence
of antibiotics PIP (Piperacillin Sodium)
and composite preparation of PIP and SBT (Sulbactam
Sodium) on the growth of E. coli
DH5α. The power–time curves of the growth metabolism of E. coli DH5α were studied using a TAM Air Isothermal
Microcalorimeter at 37C. By analyzing the power–time curves, the
parameters such as growth rate constants (k),
inhibitory ratio (I), the maximum heat
power (Pm) and the
time of the maximum heat power (tm)
were obtained. The results show that different concentrations of antibiotics
affect the growth metabolism of E. coli
DH5α. The PIP in the concentration range of 0–0.05 g mL–1
has a stimulatory effect on the E. coli
DH5α growth, while the PIP of higher concentrations (0.05 –0.25
g mL–1) can inhibit its growth. It seems
that the composite preparation composed of PIP and SBT cannot improve the
inhibitory effect on E. coli DH5α
as compared with the PIP.
A complex of Erbium perchloric acid coordinated with l-aspartic acid and imidazole, Er2(Asp)2(Im)8(ClO4)6·10H2O was synthesized for the first time. It was characterized by IR and elements analysis. The heat capacity and thermodynamic properties of the complex were studied with an adiabatic calorimeter (AC) from 80 to 390 K and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) from 100 to 300 K. Glass transition and phase transition were discovered at 220.45 and 246.15 K, respectively. The glass transition was interpreted as a freezing-in phenomenon of the reorientational motion of ClO4− ions and the phase transition was attributed to the orientational order/disorder process of ClO4− ions. The thermodynamic functions [HT − H298.15] and [ST − S298.15] were derived in the temperature range from 80 to 390 K with temperature interval of 5 K. Thermal decomposition behavior of the complex in nitrogen atmosphere was studied by thermogravimetric (TG) analysis and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC).
Authors:X. Liu, H. Zhang, Z. Tan, K. Han, and L. Sun
The isoquinoline alkaloids were isolated from traditional Chinese drugs of Phellodendri Cortex, Radix Stephaniae Tetrandrae,
Corydalis Yanhusuo and Corydalis Bungeana. The power-time curves of growth of E. coli at different concentrations of isoquinoline alkaloid at 37�C were determined by a 2277 Thermal Activity Monitor. The rate
constant of bacteriostastic activity was calculated. The relationship between growth rate constant and concentration was established.
The optimum bacteriostastic concentration was determined. Experimental results have indicated that all the isoquinoline alkaloids
isolated from the four kinds of traditional Chinese drugs have bacteriostastic activity and the order is Phellodendri Cortex>Radix
Stephaniae Tetrandrae>Corydalis Yanhusuo>Corydalis Bungeana.
Nano-ZnO flakes were synthesized by calcination of the precursor of Zn(OH)2 obtained via the reactive ion exchange method between an ion exchange resin and ZnSO4 solution at room temperature. Scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscope, UV-Vis
diffuse reflection spectrum and Na2EDTA titration were used to characterize the structure features and chemical compositions of the as-prepared ZnO. The results
show that the as-prepared ZnO flakes have uniform structure and high purity. Heat capacities in the temperature range of 83
to 396 K were measured. The measured heat capacities values were compared with those of coarse crystal powders and the difference
between this two heat capacity curves was analyzed.
A fully automated adiabatic calorimeter controlled on line by a computer used for heat capacity measurements in the temperature
range from 80 to 400 K was constructed. The hardware of the calorimetric system consisted of a Data Acquisition/Switch Unit,
34970A Agilent, a 7 1/2 Digit Nano Volt /Micro Ohm Meter, 34420A Agilent, and a P4 computer. The software was developed according
to modern controlling theory. The adiabatic calorimeter consisted mainly of a sample cell equipped with a miniature platinum
resistance thermometer and an electric heater, two (inner and outer) adiabatic shields, two sets of six junction differential
thermocouple piles and a high vacuum can. A Lake Shore 340 Temperature Controller and the two sets of differential thermocouples
were used to control the adiabatic conditions between the cell and its surroundings. The reliability of the calorimeter was
verified by measuring the heat capacities of synthetic sapphire (α-Al2O3), Standard Reference Material 720. The deviation of the data obtained by this calorimeter from those published by NIST was
within ±0.1% in the temperature range from 80 to 400 K.
Authors:H. Yang, N. Tan, F. WU, H. Liu, M. Sun, Z. She, and Y. Lin
The uranium(VI) accumulation was studied in detail by using the biomass of mangrove endophytic fungus Fusarium sp.#ZZF51 from the South China Sea. The uranium(VI) biosorption process onto the tested fungus powders was optimized at pH 4.0,
adsorption time 60 min, and uranium(VI) initial concentration 50 mg L−1 with 61.89% of removal efficiency. According to Fourier transform infrared spectra for the tested fungus before and after
loaded with uranium(VI), the results showed that both of hydroxyl and carboxyl groups acted as the important roles in the
adsorption process. In addition, the experimental data were analyzed by using parameter and kinetic models, and it was obtained
that the Langmuir isotherm model and the pseudo-second-order kinetic model provided better correlation with the experimental
data for adsorption of uranium(VI).
Authors:M.-H. Wang, Z.-C. Tan, Q. Shi, L.-X. Sun, and T. Zhang
heat capacities of 2-benzoylpyridine were measured with an automated adiabatic
calorimeter over the temperature range from 80 to 340 K. The melting point,
molar enthalpy, ΔfusHm,
and entropy, ΔfusSm,
of fusion of this compound were determined to be 316.49±0.04 K, 20.91±0.03
kJ mol–1 and 66.07±0.05 J mol–1
K–1, respectively. The purity of the compound
was calculated to be 99.60 mol% by using the fractional melting technique.
The thermodynamic functions (HT–H298.15) and (ST–S298.15) were calculated based
on the heat capacity measurements in the temperature range of 80–340
K with an interval of 5 K. The thermal properties of the compound were further
investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). From the DSC curve,
the temperature corresponding to the maximum evaporation rate, the molar enthalpy
and entropy of evaporation were determined to be 556.3±0.1 K, 51.3±0.2
kJ mol–1 and 92.2±0.4 J K–1
mol–1, respectively, under the experimental
Authors:H. Tan, S. Mitra, L. Wielopolski, A. Fallu-Labruyere, W. Hennig, Y. Chu, and W. Warburton
Neutron activation analysis (NAA) systems that use pulsed neutron generators (NGs) employ spectrum gating procedures to segregate
nuclear processes by acquiring gamma-ray spectra separately when the generator is on (HIGH gate) and off (LOW gate). Often,
the actual neutron burst lags the leading edge of the HIGH gate signal by a few μs. Thus, count rates vary not only between
the on and off states of the NG, but within them as well. Recent advances in digital gamma-ray spectrometers that allowed
the concurrent acquisition of data by sorting events into two separate spectra based on gate status suggested that a time-resolved
analysis that further subdivided the neutron pulse cycle could obtain further information to separate gamma-rays produced
by different nuclear reactions. In this paper we introduce a gating system for time-resolved NAA that is capable of concurrently
acquiring as many as 16 spectra from up to 8 user-defined time intervals during each of the HIGH gate and LOW gate periods,
each with all required timing and count rate information. We present the new gating system’s implementation, operation and
some first experimental test results.