Authors:R. Jervis, M. Ko, Tian Junliang, and Liu Puling
Nuclear-based analytical techniques: INAA, PIXE and photon activation permit simultaneous multielemental determination of concentrations in environmental materials, which data are often found sufficiently precise and free of uncontrolled, random errors among the various elements such that the data sets can yield valuable information on elemental communality through multi-variant statistical factor analysis. Characteristic factor patterns obtained in this way can provide clues to the likely sources in the environment of various components. Recent studies in three different environmental situations: solid waste incinerators, Chinese soils, and iron and steel industry, involving measurements of 30–35 elements, have yielded distinct elemental patterns or, environmental signatures, with factor loading coefficients ranging mostly in the ranges: 0.7–0.96.
The concentrations of ten trace and dopant elements in GaAs semiconductor were determined by reactor neutron activation analysis after removal of As by evaporation of AsCl3. The retentions of the elements of interest were measured using radiotracers. The concentrations of doping elements (Te, Cr and Zn) in commercial GaAs samples were compared to the limit of detection of these elements to analyze the possibility to use NAA for concentration depth profiling measurements. The NAA results were compared with those of electrical measurements and SIMS and the discrepancies found are discussed.
Due to the experimental errors, the chemical effect of minor reactions, and some physical effects of heat and mass transfer,
there usually exists much noise in the mass loss data resulted from thermal decomposition experiments, and thus high quality
smoothing algorithm plays an important role in obtaining reliable derivative thermogravimetric (DTG) curves required for differential
kinetic analysis. In this paper three smoothing methods, i.e. Moving Average smoothing, Gaussian smoothing, and Vondrak smoothing,
are investigated in detail for pre-treatment of biomass decomposition data to obtain the DTG curves, and the smoothing results
are compared. It is concluded that by choosing reasonable smoothing parameters based on the spectrum analysis of the data,
the Gaussian smoothing and Vondrak smoothing can be reliably used to obtain DTG curves. The kinetic parameters calculated
from the original TG curves and smoothed DTG curves have excellent agreement, and thus the Gaussian and Vondrak smoothing
algorithms can be used directly and accurately in kinetic analysis.
With the continuous expansion of the global dairy trade market, the quality and safety of the Chinese dairy market have a wide and far-reaching impact on the world. Based on the development of the dairy scandal in the past few years in China, this study illustrates the serious damage of melamine on human health and the negative impact on the dairy industry in China.
This study shows that the lack of effective government regulations is a key reason for dairy market failure. Consumers are lacking confidence in the quality of Chinese dairy products and the government's market regulations. The Chinese dairy market will continue to rely on imported dairy products. By analyzing the typical cases of the dairy market in China, this study aims to provide a guide for dairy industries in other countries.
The complex of [Tb2(o-MBA)6(PHEN)2] (o-MBA: o-methylbenzoate and PHEN:1,10-phenanthroline) were synthesized and characterized by elemental analysis and IR spectroscopy.
The thermal behavior of [Tb2(o-MBA)6(PHEN)2] in dynamic nitrogen atmosphere was investigated by TG-DTG techniques. The thermal decomposition process of the [Tb2(o-MBA)6(PHEN)2] occurred in three consecutive stages at Tp 294, 427 and 512C. The kinetic parameters and mechanisms of first decomposition stage from analysis of the TG-DTG curves
were obtained by the Malek method.
The thermal behavior of[Eu2(BA)6(dmbpy)2] (BA=C7H5O
, benzoate; dmbpy=C12H12N2, 4,4-dimethyl-2,2-bipyridine) and its kinetics were studied under the non-isothermal condition in a static air atmosphere by TG-DTG, IR and SEM methods. Thermal decomposition of [Eu2(BA)6(dmbpy)2] occurred in four consecutive stages at TP 232, 360, 455 and 495°C. The kinetic parameters were obtained from analysis of the TG-DTG curves by Achar and Madhusudanan—Krishnan—Ninan (MKN) methods. The most probable mechanisms for the first stage was suggested by comparing the kinetics parameters.
Authors:K. Zinn, J. Morris, Ch. Fairfax, R. Berliner, Hungyuan Liu, and R. Brugger
A rectilinear scanner has been constructed which incorporates high resolution gamma-ray spectroscopy. This scanner was built to simultaneously image the distributions of multiple gamma-emitting radionuclides in small animals, such as rabbits and rats. The instrument design is described, followed by studies of the Ge(Li) detector response and calibration tests of a single straight-hole collimator. Based on these results, two new collimators were designed and constructed; (1) a six tapered-hole focusing collimator and (2) a nine straight-hole focusing collimator. These new collimators are advantageous because they offer an increased efficiency of gamma-ray detection during scanning. They also give better image resolution in the differentiation of two points (or organs) on a plane. The results of the calibration tests and comparisons of the resolution and efficiency among collimators are illustrated and discussed.
Authors:J. Liu, Y. Hou, S. Gao, M. Ji, R. Hu, and Q. Shi
The eight solid complexes of zinc with L--methionine or L--histidine were prepared. The thermal decomposition processes of these complexes were determined by means of TG-DTG. The results show that their decomposition processes can be divided into three steps except for the complex Zn(Met)2 the decomposition of which is completed in one step. All the final products are ZnO.
Authors:M. Ji, J. Liu, S. Gao, B. Kang, R. Hu, and Q. Shi
The enthalpies of solution in water of RE(His)(NO3)3
H2O (RE=La—Nd, Sm—Lu, Y) were measured calorimetrically at 298.15 K, and the standard enthalpies of formation of RE(His)aq3+ (RE=La—Nd, Sm—Lu, Y) were calculated. The plot of the enthalpies of solution vs. the atomic numbers of the elements in the lanthanide series exhibits the tetrad effect.
Authors:R. Liu, Q.N. Zhang, J. Lu, C.H. Zhang, L. Zhang, and Y. Wu
Salt stress is one of the major abiotic stress which severely limits plant growth and reduces crop productivity across the world. In the present study, the effects of exogenous pyridoxal-5-phosphate (vitamin B6, VB6) on seedling growth and development of wheat under salt stress were investigated. The results showed that exogenous application of pyridoxal-5-phosphate (VB6) significantly increased the RWC, biomass, the concentration of photosynthetic pigments, proline, the activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), peroxidase (POD), together with decreasing the content of Malondiadehyde (MDA) and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) in wheat leaves under salt stress. Meanwhile, the transcript level of P5CR, P5CS, SOD, TaSOS1 and TaSOS4 were also up-regulated after treatment with pyridoxal-5-phosphate. VB6 acts as a signal in regulating the activities of plant antioxidant enzymes and SOS pathway to improve resistance to salt stress. The current study results may give an insight into the regulatory roles of VB6 in improving salt stress and VB6 could be an easily and effective method to improve salt-stress tolerance to wheat in the field condition. It is urgency to understand the molecular mechanism of VB6 to enhance the salt tolerance of wheat in the next work.