Authors:V. Bormann de Souza, A. de Paiva, and C. Braga Poggi
Hair analysis presents a lot of advantages compared to the analysis of biological fluids or tissues. Hair of employers from
the National (Brazilian) Nuclear Energy Commission (CNEN) was analyzed and compared with a control group. Samples were heated
at 90°C with nitric acid, and diluted. Aliquot of these solutions was analyzed in ICP-MS. The concentration of U, Th, Pb and
Zn were determined. Student t-test showed that there is no significant difference among the groups for all analyzed elements. The results demonstrated
that men had more Pb than women. For Zn, the results showed that the levels are within the “normal” range, except for a woman
that had her hair painted.
Authors:V. Braga, F. Garcia, J. Dias, and Sílvia Dias
Nb2O5 supported on SiO2-Al2O3 were prepared with a wide loading range (2, 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 mass%) and analyzed by simultaneous thermogravimetric (TG)
and differential thermal analysis (DTA). The materials presented a phase transition close to 1364°C. This phase transition
was studied by XRD, FTIR and Raman spectroscopy. Amixture of orthorhombic (T) andmonoclinic (H andM) crystalline phases was
evidenced in the supported samples, which is coverage dependent, in contrast to the formation of only the monoclinic phase
(H and M) when pure Nb2O5 is heated under the same conditions. These results indicate the stabilization of Nb2O5 on silica-alumina surface.
Authors:E. Kuzmann, Z. Klencsár, Z. Homonnay, A Vértes, G. Braga, A. De Oliveira, V. Garg, M. Bódogh, I. Kotsis, and A. Nath
57Fe and 151Eu Mössbauer spectroscopy as well as RF susceptibility measurements were applied to study the effects of Pr substitution either into the rare earth or into the Ba site in Eu1–xPrxBa2Cu3O7– and EuBa2–xPrxCu3O7–, respectively. Site mixing of Pr between the rare earth and Ba sites could be excluded by the utilization of 57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy. It was found that there exists a correlation between the 151Eu isomer shift and the onset temperature of the superconducting transition independent of the location of Pr. RF susceptibility measurements provide an evidence for a difference in the magnetic moment of Pr substituted for the Eu or Ba sites. The obtained results can be explained by hole filling as the dominant effect of Pr substitution.