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Some trace elements exist in cosmetics due to the mineral origin of their raw materials and there is no information about their concentration levels in these products. Other trace elements must not be contained in cosmetics according to the list of European Communities. Instrumental neutron activation analysis has been applied to determine the elements: cerium, cesium, europium, hafnium, lanthanum, lutetium, potassium, rubidium, samarium, scandium, sodium, tantalum, terbium, tungsten and ytterbium in eyeshadow, face powder and rouge make up cosmetic products from the Greek market. According to our results, a wide range of values was found between the three examined cosmetics as well as between the different samples belong to the same kind of cosmetics. This probably could be attributed to the various manufacturers of the analyzed samples. Moreover the use of neutron activation analysis as a suitable routine method is discussed for the control of some elements which must not be contained in cosmetics.

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In recent years, -particle surface applicators (such as32P,90Sr) have been widely used in treating some diseases of dermotology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology etc. in China. The powder metallurgy and metal rolling technology of strontium-90/yttrium-90 () sources and the manufacture process of90Sr/90Y surface applicators are described in this paper. For this kind of radioactive sources, the strontium-90 insoluble compound is incorporated in a silver matrix which is sandwiched between the gold (or silver) face and the silver backing. The external surface of strontium-90 foil source is then protected by palladium or tungsten-nickel alloy coating. The characteristics of strontium-90 surface applicator are of uniform dose rate, small self-absorption and safety in use, so it can satisfy the requests of medical care.

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Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Authors: N. Shigeta, H. Matsuoka, A. Osa, M. Koizumi, M. Izumo, K. Kobayashi, K. Hashimoto, T. Sekine, and R. Lambrecht

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No-Carrier-Added186Re was produced using the186W(p,n)186Re nuclear reaction with 13.6 MeV protons on thick targets of 99.79% isotopically enriched186WO3. The theoretical excitation functions for producing186Re, and possible radionuclidic impurities of182Re,183Re, and184Re were calculated using the ALICE code. Cross-sections of the186W(p,n)186Re reaction were measured up to 20 MeV using the stacked target method with thin foils of natural composition tungsten metal. The experimental and theoretical excitation functions were in good agreement. Targetry used at the TIARA cyclotron, and a radiochemical separation scheme for186Re are described.

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The complexes formed by photosubstitution of pyrazine (Pz) in octacyanomolybdate(IV) and -tungstate(IV) with 8-hydroxyquinoline have been assigned the formulae [Mo(CN)2(OH)2(Pz)2(OX)] and [W(CN)2(OH)2(Pz)2(OX)·1.5H2O]. Coordination of Pz as an unidentate ligand by donating a lone pair of electron from nitrogen is shown by an absorption peak between 8–11 µ. Mechanism for the thermal decomposition of the complexes has been given. The formation of tungsten metal as residue in case of II has been confirmed by XRD analysis. The kinetic and thermodynamic parameters like activation energy (E a), pre-exponential factor (A) and entropy of activation ( S #) were calculated employing different integral methods of Doyle, Coats and Redfern and Arrhenius. H for each stage of decomposition was obtained from DSC.

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A method for the determination of lathanum, praseodymium, neodymium and samarium oxides in cerium dioxide has been developed. The sample in the oxalate form is mixed with the binding material (boric acid) in the ratio 1∶1 pressed to form a double layer pellet over a boric acid backing pellet and irradiated by X-rays from a tungsten tube. The secondary X-rays are dispersed with a LiF (200) crystal in a Philips PW 1220 semiautomatic X-ray fluorescence spectrometer. The intensity of fluorescent X-rays is measured by a flow proportional counter. The minimum determination limit is 0.01% for lanthanum and samarium oxides and 0.02% for praseodymium and neodymium oxides. The precision at each concentration of the standards and theoretical minimum determination limit for each element have been calculated.

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Journal of Flow Chemistry
Authors: José Hidalgo, Antonio Pineda, Rick Arancon, Radek Černý, Maria Climent, Antonio Romero, and Rafael Luque

SBA-15 materials exhibit important properties including large surface area, highly ordered mesopores, and high stability in a variety of catalytic reactions. In this study, Al and Zr-loaded SBA-15 materials (Si/Zr = 30, Si/Al = 30), 50 molar ratio with Pd (1, 2, and 4% (w/w)) and Pt (0.5 and 1% (w/w)) were tested in the isomerization of C5–C7 linear alkanes. These solids were characterized using thermal gravimetric analysis–differential thermal analysis (TGA–DTA), nitrogen physisorption, and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX). Interestingly, the low porosity SBA-15 materials loaded with 2% (w/w) Pd were most active catalysts for n-heptane isomerization. The mechanochemical addition of tungsten also resulted in the increase of catalytic activity for the reaction. The results herein demonstrate the possibilities of SBA-15 catalysts as a commercial catalyst alternative in the catalytic isomerization of hydrocarbons.

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Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Authors: E. Iller, H. Polkowska-Motrenko, W. Łada, D. Wawszczak, M. Sypuła, K. Doner, M. Konior, J. Milczarek, J. Żołądek, and J. Ráliš

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Studies of zirconium tungstate gels for production of 188W/188Re generators using tungsten of natural isotopic abundance irradiated in a moderate flux nuclear reactor have been carried out. Composites of WO3–ZrO2 have been synthesized by Complex Sol–Gel Process developed in INCT and other techniques. Different proportions of metal oxides and temperature were applied. Elution profiles of columns filled with gel samples irradiated in nuclear reactor have been studied using as an eluent 0.9% NaCl solution. Purity of 188Re fraction and efficiency of elution were determined. Ageing effect on elution efficiency was also examined. It was found that the best elution performance showed zirconium tungstate gel prepared in 110 °C or 500 °C in which molar ratio of metal oxides was 1:2.

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The radiation-chemical processes in aqueous solutions of dichromates, isopolymolybdates and isopolytungstates have been studied. The radiation reduction of Cr(VI) to Cr(III), Mo(VI) to Mo(V) and W(VI) to W(V) takes place. Molybdenum and tungsten blues are the products of the last two processes in acid solutions. The yields of reduction decrease significantly with the increase of pH. The mechanisms of the processes have been discussed. The photochemical reduction of Mo(VI) and W(VI) for the production of corresponding 5-valent states have been used to the study of their electron scavenging efficiencies. It has been shown that these efficiencies decrease in the order: Mo(V)>W(V)>Cr(VI)>Mo(VI)>W(VI).

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In recent years increased information is required about the distribution of elements at low concentration levels in the biosphere. Neutron activation analysis can play an important role if it can supply many data at relatively low cost. As some of the concentrations are too low for determination by non-destructive techniques, equipment for chemical separations on a routine basis is necessary. For environmental studies a separation scheme has been developed successfully for arsenic, antimony, cadmium, copper, mercury, selenium and zinc. It is based on a combination of distillation and ion-exchange. Special attention is paid to the prevention of interference from bromine and sodium. Additional information about chromium, cobalt, nickel and tungsten can easily be obtained. Experience gathered with an automated instrument for fifty samples a week is described.

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The photolysis of W(CO)6in CH2Cl2 produces (CO)5WCH2Cl2. The high reactivity of (CO)5WCH2Cl2 (1) was exploited to synthesize a vinylidene complexes via the acetylene-vinylidene rearrangement. The addition of a terminal acetylene (H-C≡C-COOCH3) to a solution of (1) produced the η2-acetylene-pentacarbonyltungsten complex (CO)5W(η2-HC≡C-COOCH3) in good yield. The production of the vinylidene complex (CO)5W=C=CH-COOCH3in equilibrium with the acetylene complex in the reaction medium was verified experimentally by reaction with excess imine. The heterocyclic organometallic compound of tungsten obtained was separated and purified and its structure was studied by IR, 1H NMR, 13C NMR and mass spectrometry in comparison with the thermal analysis and elemental analysis data. The final aim of this investigation is the development of a new alternative route to a β-lactame with antibacterial activity.

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