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Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors: J. Amorim, S. Eliziário, D. Gouveia, A. Simőes, J. Santos, M. Conceiçăo, A. Souza, and M. Trindade

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The thermogravimetry (TG) is a technique used in the quality control of foods. In this work the moisture and ash contents in the rice and by-products (bran and husk), the thermal stability and the gelatinization process by conventional, thermogravimetric and calorimetric methods were studied. The moisture and ash contents obtained by TG and conventional methods did not present significant differences. The rice presented higher starch content, while the bran presented higher protein content. The thermogravimetric data presented the following thermal stability order: rice>bran>husk. The calorimetric curves indicated the gelatinization of the starch. The kinetic parameters were compatible.

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With the aim of obtaining materials with applications in pigments, CoxZn7-xSb2O12 spinels were synthesized using the Pechini method. This method consists in the formation of a polymeric net, where the metallic cations are homogeneously distributed. In this work, two types of alcohol (ethyl glycol and ethylene glycol) were used for the synthesis of a zinc antimoniate spinel, CoxZn7-xSb2O12 (x=0-7). The materials were characterized by termogravimetry (TG) and differential thermal analysis (DTA). TG results indicated a decrease in total mass loss when cobalt was added to the solution substituting zinc, for samples prepared using the two different alcohols. Decomposition temperatures, obtained by TG and DTA, presented a decreasing behavior as cobalt was added to the material. In relation to the alcohols, all results indicated a better polymerization of the resin when ethylene glycol was used, being the most indicated one for cation immobilization. X-ray diffraction did not show differences between the two alcohols - both presented the spinel phase (Co, Zn)2.33Sb0.67O4. Samples with higher quantity of cobalt also presented ilmenite phase (Co, Zn)Sb2O6.

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Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry
Authors: D. Gouveia, A. Souza, M. de Maurera, C. da Costa, I. Santos, S. Prasad, J. de Lima, C. Paskocimas, and E. Longo

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Using the Pechini method, pigments with spinel structure (Zn7Sb2O12)were synthesized by substitution of the cation Zn2+ by Co2+, in compounds with different concentrations of Sb2O3. The doping resulted in CoxZn(7–x)Sb2O12 phases(x=1–7) that were isomorphs to spinel, denominated as samples A and B. After thermal treatment at 400C for 1 h, the powders were characterized by thermogravimetry(TG) and differential thermal analysis (DTA). The results indicate a different behavior whena higher amount of Sb2O3 is used, due to the presence of a secondary phase (ilmenite).

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Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Authors: J. D. T. Arruda-Neto, A. C. Cestari, C. B. Zamboni, M. Saiki, G. P. Nogueira, L. E. C. Fonseca, M. V. Manso-Guevara, A. Deppman, V. P. Likhachev, J. Mesa, O. A. M. Helene, S. A. C. Jorge, M. N. Martins, A. N. Gouveia, O. Rodriguez, F. Guzmán, and F. Garcia

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Neutron activation analysis has been used to study uranium incorporation in poultry bones as function of chow doped with: (a) uranium (20 ppm); (b) U-doped food (20 ppm) plus phytase (120 ppm) and (c) U-doped food (20 ppm) plus phytase (180 ppm). To investigate this situation experiments involving several groups of Cobb broilers was performed. Two animals per group were sacrificed weekly up to their adultness and uranium concentration in the tibia was measured. It was observed that the concentration of uranium (µg U/g bone) is decreasing all along the animal life spanning period of 14-42 days. This behavior suggests that the skeleton mass is growing faster than the corresponding accumulation of uranium. The administration of phytase seems not to alter this scenario.

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