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A critical thermodynamic analysis of differential thermal calorimetry is reported herein to gain further insight into the phenomena leading to the reported differences between kinetic parameters extracted from isothermal DSC methods and those from dynamic DSC methods. The sources have been identified for the variations observed in the total heat of reaction as a function of the heating rate in dynamic DSC experiments. The analysis clearly indicates that these variations are, in fact, to be anticipated. The relationships necessary for extracting kinetic data from both isothermal and dynamic experiments are derived rigorously by resorting to classical thermodynamics.

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TG and DTA analysis of Y1−xCaxBa2Cu3O7−y suggests that the stability of the 123 phase increases with increasing Ca contents. The O(1) in the Cu(1)-O chain is unstable but O(2) and O(3) in Cu(2)-O planes are very stable. There are hardly any oxygen vacancies in the Cu(2)-O plane. The replacement of Y by Ca does not make oxygen vacancies in Cu(2)-O planes but leads to an increase in the oxidation number of copper in Cu(2)-O planes.

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Transfer of seven thin-layer chromatography (TLC) Global Pharma Health Fund E.V. Minilab protocols for screening counterfeit pharmaceutical products in the field to quantitative high-performance TLC (HPTLC)–densitometry methods was performed using a model process published previously. The developed and validated methods for tablets containing amlodipine besylate, cefpodoxime proxetil, cetirizine 2HCl, diclofenac sodium, efavirenz, mefenamic acid, and atovaquone + proguanil HCl involved the use of only relatively inexpensive and nontoxic solvents, Merck KGaA Premium Purity HPTLC silica gel 60 F254 plates, semi-automated sample and standard solution application with a CAMAG Linomat 4, and automated densitometry with a CAMAG Scanner 3 for detection, identification, and quantification. In addition, previously transferred HPTLC–densitometry methods for azithromycin and for cephalexin were used to analyze a new product of each drug to demonstrate the applicability of the methods.

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High-performance thin-layer chromatography (HPLTC)–densitometry methods are described for the analysis of the anti(retro)virals dolutegravir (D), lamivudine (L), and tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) in a pharmaceutical tablet product. To the best of our knowledge, no previous quantitative planar chromatography method has been reported in the literature for this combination formulation. The method for L was transferred from a thin-layer chromatography (TLC) screening method published in the Global Pharma Health Fund (GPHF) Minilab Manual designed for identification of counterfeit and substandard drug products using a model process published earlier. D and TDF are not included in the list of drugs for which TLC screening methods are published for the Minilab, but HPTLC–densitometry procedures were developed for them using the transfer process guidelines. L was analyzed simultaneously with TDF on Merck Premium Purity silica gel 60 F plates using the mobile phase ethyl acetate–methanol–acetone–concentrated ammonium hydroxide (30:7:3:1) and densitometric scanning at 254 nm. D was analyzed on a second plate by scanning at 366 nm after chromatography with the chloroform–methanol–formic acid (32:8:2) mobile phase. Data for all three drugs are shown to meet the requirements of the model transfer process for calibration curve r values, assay of tablets relative to their label values, peak purity/peak identity tests, and validation by standard addition analysis of samples spiked at 50%, 100%, and 150% of the label value of active ingredients. A TLC screening method for TDF in the combination product was developed and published online with open access.

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This paper presents calorimeter measurement for the thermal decomposition of n-propyl nitrate (NPN), isopropyl nitrate (IPN) and 2-ethylhexyl nitrate (EHN). Similar experimental results of triethylene glycol dinitrate (tri-EGDN) and tetraethylene glycol dinitrate (tetra-EGDN) are included for comparison. The potential energy surfaces (PESs) along O-NO2 bond stretch are investigated using the DFT (B3P86, B3PW91 and B3LYP), ab initio Hartree-Fock and PM3 methods. The good coincidence of experimental with theoretical results indicates that initial stage in the thermal decomposition of five nitrates is only unimolecular homolytical dissociation of the O-NO2 bonds and the activation energies of thermolysis by DSC correspond to the energies of O-NO2 bond scission of nitrates.

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A novel thermokinetic research method for determination of rate constants of simple-order reaction in batch conduction calorimeter under isothermal condition, the characteristic parameter method, is proposed in this paper. Only needing the characteristic time parameter tm obtained from the measured thermoanalytical curve, the kinetic parameters of reactions studied can be calculated conveniently with this method. The saponifications of ethyl propionate and ethyl acetate in aqueous ethanol solvent, the polymerization of acrylamide in aqueous solution, the ring opening reaction of epichlorohydrin with hydrobromic acid have been studied. The experimental results indicate that the characteristic parameter method for simple-order reaction is correct.

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The transformation equation for the thermokinetics of consecutive first-order reactions has been deduced, and a thermokinetic research method of irreversible consecutive first-order reactions, which can be used to determine the rate constants of two steps simultaneously, is proposed. The method was validated and its theoretical basis was verified by the experimental results.

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Polyaniline/α-Al2O3 (PANI/α-Al2O3) composites were synthesized by in situ polymerization through ammonium persulfate ((NH4)2S2O8, APS) oxidized aniline using HCl as dopant. XRD and FTIR were used to characterize the PANI/α-Al2O3 composites. The thermal stabilities and glass transition temperature (T g) of PANI/α-Al2O3 composites were tested using thermogravimetric (TG) method and modulated differential scanning calorimetry (MDSC) technique. The results of TG showed that the thermal stability of PANI/α-Al2O3 composite increased and then decreased with the increase in α-Al2O3 content. The derivative thermogravimetry (DTG) curves showed one step degradation of PANI when the α-Al2O3 content was lower than 52.5 mass%, and exhibited two steps degradation when the α-Al2O3 content was higher than 63.6 mass%. The MDSC curves showed that the T g of PANI/α-Al2O3 composites increased and then decreased with the augment of α-Al2O3 for the interaction between PANI chains and the surface of α-Al2O3.

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In order to enrich the thermokinetic research methods and enlarge the applicable range of the thermokinetic time-parameter method, the integral and differential thermokinetic equations of consecutive first-order reaction have been deduced, and the mathematical models of the time-parameter method for consecutive first-order reactions have been proposed in this paper. The rate constants of two steps can be calculated from the same thermoanalytical curve measured in a batch conduction calorimeter simultaneously with this method. The thermokinetics of saponifications of diester in aqueoushanol solvent has been studied. The experimental results indicate that the time-parameter method for the consecutive first-order reaction is correct.

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A novel thermokinetic research method for determination of the rate constant of a reaction taking place in a batch conduction calorimeter under isothermal conditions is proposed: the double-thermoanalytical curve method. The method needs only the characteristic time parameter t m, the peak height Δm at time t m and the peak area a*m after time t m for two thermoanalytical curves measured with different initial concentrations of the reactants: it conveniently calculates the rate constants. The thermokinetics of four reaction systems were studied with this method, and its validity was verified by the experimental results.

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