Authors:Mahdi Sadeghi, Nahid Soheibi, Tayeb Kakavand, and Mohammad Yarmohammadi
The radionuclide iron-55 (T1/2 = 2.73 a) decays by electron capture and consists of small percentage of weak gamma rays. 55Fe can be employed for industrial, medical and agriculture applications. First, calculation of the excitation functions of
iron-55 via the 55Mn(p,n)55Fe, 55Mn(d,2n)55Fe and 54Fe(α,n2p)55Fe reactions were performed and investigated by ALICE/ASH (hybrid model) and EMPIRE (3.1 Rivoli) codes. Then the required
thickness of the target was calculated by the SRIM code; moreover, the theoretical physical yields of 55Fe production reactions were obtained. Consequently, the best reaction, 55Mn(p,n)55Fe, was suggested to take full benefit of the excitation function and to avoid formation of radioactive and non-radioactive
impurities as far as possible. Furthermore, the optimum energy range were predicted to be 2–18 MeV and the theoretical physical
yield were obtained to be 0.35 MBq/μA h. Lastly, manganese dioxide (MnO2) powder was used to prepare the thick layer; it was deposited on an elliptical copper substrate by means of sedimentation
method. Target was irradiated at 20 μA current and 18 MeV proton beam. The radioactivity of 55Fe was determined via X-ray detector.
The mechanism of adsorption and desorption of ethyl cellulose (EC) on and from silver powder was studied. After analysis with DSC, XPS and dynamic FT-IR, which could be heated by a program-controlled heater, applied to observe the states of pure EC and of EC adsorbed on silver powder, and also the thermal decomposition of EC from silver powder, the chemisorption bonding bridge between the oxygen atoms of EC and the silver atoms investigated. The differences in thermal decomposition between pure EC and EC adsorbed in silver powder were also studied. It was concluded that the chemisorption bonding between the oxygen atoms of EC and the silver atoms mainly involved the lone-pair electrons of the oxygen atoms on the EC chain and the outer empty 5 sp3 hybrid orbital of the silver. Because of the formation of this bridge, the bonds between neighboring carbon and oxygen atoms are weakened. As a result of this effect, the C-O bonds in the EC chain are broken more easily than the C-H bonds, which leads to the observation of -C-H- fragments in the upper space when EC adsorbed on silver is heated. When the same experiments were carried out on pure EC, almost all kinds of broken fragments of the EC molecule, including -C-H-, -C=O- and -C-O- appeared simultaneously.
Bentonite has been studied extensively because of its strong sorption and complexation ability. Herein, GMZ bentonite from
Gaomiaozi county (Inner Mongolia, China) was investigated as the candidate of backfill material for the removal of Th(IV)
ions from aqueous solutions. The results indicate that the sorption of Th(IV) is strongly dependent on pH and ionic strength
at pH < 5, and independent of ionic strength at pH > 5. Outer-sphere surface complexation or ion-exchange are the main mechanism
of Th(IV) sorption on GMZ bentonite at low pH values, whereas the sorption of Th(IV) at pH > 5 is mainly dominated by inner-sphere
surface complexation or surface precipitation. Soil fulvic acid (FA) and humic acid (HA) have a positive influence on the
sorption of Th(IV) on bentonite at pH < 5. The different addition sequences of HA and Th(IV) to GMZ bentonite suspensions
have no obvious effect on Th(IV) sorption to HA-bentonite hybrids. The high sorption capacity of Th(IV) on GMZ bentonite suggests
that the GMZ bentonite can remove Th(IV) ions from large volumes of aqueous solutions in real work.
A TiO2/monazite photocatalyst was prepared by embedding TiO2 nanoparticles into a monazite substrate surface. TiCl4 hydrolysis/citric acid chelating procedure under acidic conditions were used to synthesize the nanophase TiO2 particles. The anatase TiO2/monazite photocatalyst surface area, morphology, crystalline and elemental concentrations were characterized using Brunauer-Emmett-Teller
(BET) method, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission
spectrometry (ICP-AES). Monazite contains a large amount of Ce-, La-, Nd- and Th-PO4 compounds; it has been known as a natural mineral material with minor radioactivity. TiO2-CeO2 composite is a kind of radiation sensitive photocatalyst in which the radiations of thorium nuclides give energy to trigger
TiO2 and cerium ions which play an energy absorber with charge separator. The result showed that methylene blue and phenol were
spontaneously photocatalytic decomposed by TiO2/monazite composite even in a dark environment. A synergistic effect was also examined with applied exterior UV or 60Co irradiation. A hybrid mechanism is proposed; according by the radioluminescence (RL) from excited Ce ion by γ-radiation
soliciting CeO2/TiO2 heterojunction (HJ). This seems to be a possible mechanism to explain this self-activated photo-catalytic behavior.
Half a century of focused nuclear education in Brazil has resulted in the expansion of applications of nuclear technique in
many fields, such as power generation nuclear power plants, environmental monitoring, medical diagnostics and treatments,
food irradiation, new materials development using irradiation, archaeological dating, hydrological studies, and so on. Nuclear
research is blooming and evolving in Brazil. In the last three years, two master’s degrees and one doctorate have been approved
by the Ministry of Education. The scientific capacity building has been enlarging and improving the reservoir of qualified
personnel who Brazil expects to operate the current infrastructure and other facilities to be settled in the near future.
Only graduate programs allocated by CAPES (Ministry of Education) and CNPq (Ministry of Science & Technology) in the Nuclear
Engineering Area (Engenharia II) are considered in this paper. In Brazil, there are also Physics and hybrid graduate programs
in what DSc degrees are pursued using nuclear and nuclear-related techniques; CAPES and CNPq do not allocate them in the nuclear
engineering area, following their own criteria, since those programs have their own peers, budget and evaluation area.
Authors:Z. Homonnay, P. Szilágyi, E. Kuzmann, K. Varga, Z. Németh, A. Szabó, K. Radó, J. Schunk, P. Tilky, and G. Patek
57Fe-conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy (CEMS) — a sensitive tool to analyze the phase composition of corrosion products
on the surface of stainless steel — was applied to study real specimens from the Paks Nuclear Power Plant, Hungary. The primary
circuit side of the heat exchanger tubes was studied on selected samples cut out from the steam generators during regular
maintenance. Mostly Cr-and Ni-substituted magnetite, amorphous Fe-oxides/oxyhydroxides as well as the signal of bulk austenitic
steel of the tubes were detected. The level of Cr-and Ni-substitution in the magnetite phase could be estimated from the Mössbauer
spectra. It is suggested that Cr-Ni substitution occurs simultaneously so that the inverse spinel structure of magnetite is
preserved up to a certain limit which appears to be roughly at [Fe3+]tet[Fe2+1/4Ni2+3/4Fe3+1/4Cr3+3/4]octO4. Further decrease of the iron content of this phase results in the formation of nickel chromite of regular spinel structure,
with very low Fe content. This transformation may be responsible for the hybrid structure of the protective oxide layer, being
substantially accelerated by previously performed, factory developed and proposed AP-CITROX decontamination cycles.
Authors:Xi Bao, Bingge Huang, Yiting Mao, Zhiguang Zhang, Yunfang Zhou, Congcong Wen, and Quan Zhou
Byakangelicol is one of coumarins from Baizhi and has been shown to inhibit the release of PGE2 from human lung epithelial A549 cells in a dose-dependent manner. A sensitive ultra-performance liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC–MS/MS) method was developed and full validated for the quantification of byakangelicol in rat plasma. The pharmacokinetics of byakangelicol after both intravenous (5 mg/kg) and oral (15 mg/kg) administrations were studied. Chromatographic separation was performed on an ultra-performance liquid chromatography ethylene bridged hybrid (UPLC BEH) C18 column with acetonitrile and 0.1% formic acid as the mobile phase at a flow rate of 0.4 mL/min; fargesin was used as the internal standard (IS). The following quantitative analysis of byakangelicol was utilized in the multiple reaction monitoring mode. The samples were extracted from rat plasma via protein precipitation using acetonitrile. In the concentration range of 1–2000 ng/mL, the method correlated linearity (r > 0.995) with a lower limit of quantitation (LLOQ) of 1 ng/mL. Intra-day precision was less than 11%, and inter-day precision was less than 12%. The accuracy was between 92.0% and 108.7%, the recovery was better than 89.6%, and the matrix effect was between 85.9% and 98.6%. The method was successfully applied to a pharmacokinetic study of byakangelicol after intravenous and oral administration, and the absolute bioavailability was 3.6%.
Authors:Siyuan Chen, Jianshe Ma, Xianqin Wang, and Peiwu Geng
Hair is a stable specimen and has a longer detection window (from weeks to months) than blood and urine. Through the analysis of hair, the long-term information of the drug use of the identified person could be explored. Our work is to establish an ultra-performance liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectroscopy (UPLC–MS/MS) method for simultaneous determination of methamphetamine, amphetamine, morphine, monoacetylmorphine, ketamine, norketamine, 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), and 3,4-methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA) in hair. Methoxyphenamine was used as an internal standard. The chromatographic separation was performed on a UPLC ethylene bridged hybrid (BEH) C18 (2.1 mm × 50 mm, 1.7 μm) column using a mobile phase of acetonitrile–water with 10 mmol/L ammonium acetate solution which containing 0.05% ammonium hydroxide. The multiple reaction monitoring in positive electrospray ionization was used for quantitative determination. The intra-day and inter-day precisions (relative standard deviation [RSD]) were below 15%. The accuracy ranged between 85.5% and 110.4%, the average recovery rate was above 72.9%, and the matrix effect ranged between 92.7% and 109.2%. Standard curves were in the range of 0.05–5.0 ng/mg, and the correlation coefficients were greater than 0.995. The established UPLC–MS/MS method was applied to analyze the hair samples successfully.
Authors:Qinghua Weng, Lianguo Chen, Luxin Ye, Xiaojie Lu, Zheng Yu, Congcong Wen, Yichuan Chen, and Gang Huang
The aim of this study was to establish a rapid, sensitive, and selective ultra-performance liquid chromatography–tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC–MS/MS) method to quantify the concentrations of licochalcone A and applicate the technique to its pharmacokinetic study. Analytes were separated on an UPLC ethylene bridged hybrid (BEH) C18 column (2.1 mm × 50 mm, 1.7 μm). The mobile phase was consisted of acetontrile and 0.1% formic acid with a flow rate of 0.4 mL/min in a gradient elution mode. Multiple-reaction monitoring (MRM) was carried out in a negative mode for licochalcone A (m/z 337.2 → 119.7) and the internal standard (IS) (m/z 609.0 → 300.9). The linearity of licochalcone A was great from 0.53 to 530 ng/mL. The lower limit of quantification and the lower limit of detection were 0.53 ng/mL and 0.26 ng/mL, respectively. The intra-day precision was less than 14%, and the inter-day precision was no more than 11%. The accuracy was from 91.5% to 113.9%, the recovery was over 90.5%, and the matrix effect was between 84.5% and 89.7%. The results of stability were in an acceptable range. The bioavailability was only 3.3%, exhibiting poor absorption. The developed method was successfully applicable for determining the concentrations of licochalcone A and its pharmacokinetic study.
Authors:Zoltán Németh, Bernadett Baja, Krisztián Radó, Emese Deák, Kálmán Varga, Andrea Nagy, János Schunk, and Gábor Patek
Decontamination technologies are generally developed to reduce the collective dose of the maintenance and operation personnel
at nuclear power plants (NPP). The highest efficiency (i.e., the highest decontamination factors) available without detrimental
modification of the treated surface of structural material is the most important goal in the course of the application of
a decontamination technology. At the Paks NPP the AP-CITROX procedure has been utilized for the decontamination of the primary
coolant circuit’s components (e.g., main circulating pump (MCP) and steam generators (SGs)). Our previous studies have revealed
that a ‘hybrid’ structure of the amorphous and crystalline phases was formed in the outermost surface region of the austenitic
stainless steel tubes of SGs as an undesired consequence of the industrial application of the AP-CITROX decontamination technology
during the period of 1993–2001. In this paper, we report some comparative findings on the corrosion and surface chemical effects
of the AP-CITROX procedure and the novel decontamination technology elaborated at our institution. On optimizing the operational
parameters the latter technology may become suitable for the effective decontamination of both dismountable (e.g., MCP swivel)
and separable (e.g., SGs) equipments. For this purpose experiments were performed. In this laboratory scale experiments, the
passivity, morphology and chemical compositions of the treated surfaces of tube specimens were investigated by voltammetry,
and SEM–EDX methods, respectively. The SEM–EDX results have revealed that the oxide removal is surprisingly uniform even after
2 or 3 consecutive cycles. The electrochemical studies have provided evidences that no unfavorable tendencies in the general
corrosion state of the tube samples can be detected in the course of the chemical treatments.