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TG and DTA experiments were performed to investigate the biomass tar combustion behavior in coexistence of dolomite and mayenite at two different heating rates as 5 and 15°C min−1. Different reaction kinetic mechanisms with the classical Arrhenius model were used to treat TG data, and showed that the first-order combustion model fitted the data well. Three stages combustion model was proposed and applied for the calculation of kinetics parameters successfully. The starting temperature of high temperature combustion stage moved up near 100°C because of the coexistence catalysts, and the combustion amount of biomass of the stage also improved nearly 10 mass%. By calculation a uniform trend of decreasing activation energies was observed with the addition of dolomite and mayenite, and also greatly improved the amount and speed of tar combustion process.

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Mice genetically selected for high antibody responsiveness (HIII) were immunized against different Bothrops species snake venoms from distinct region of Brazil. The Neutron Activation Analysis technique was used to evaluate the whole blood concentrations of elements of clinical relevance [Ca, Cl, K, Mg and Na] in order to establish a potential correlation between antibody response and blood constituents after Bothrops venom administration for clinical screening of envenomed patients.

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An improved method of fission track (FT) sample preparation was developed, in which the detector of fission track and the layer containing particles are separated, in order to apply the FT-thermal ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS) for particle analysis of safeguards environmental samples. The developed FT sample enabled us to detect the particle of interest simply by observing the fission tracks. The process of particle identification was difficult due to the discrepancy between the position of the particles and fission tracks, which were observed in the conventional FT sample. The proposed method has significantly resolved this problem.

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Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry
Authors: M. Pham, M. Betti, P. Povinec, V. Alfimov, D. Biddulph, J. Gastaud, W. Kieser, J. López Gutiérrez, G. Possnert, J. Sanchez-Cabeza, and T. Suzuki

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A certified reference material designed for the determination of 129I in seawater, IAEA-418 (Mediterranean Sea water) is described and the results of certification are presented. The median of 129I concentration with 95% confidence interval was chosen as the most reliable estimates of the true value. The median, given as the certified value, is 2.28 × 108 atom L−1 (95% confidence interval is (2.16–2.73) 108 atom L−1), or 3.19 × 10−7 Bq L−1 (95% confidence interval is (3.02–3.82) × 10−7 Bq L−1). The material is intended to be used for standardization procedures applied in accelerator mass spectrometric laboratories. It is available in 1 L units and may be ordered via IAEA web side (www.iaea.org).

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