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Electron Population Dynamics in Optically Pumped Asymmetric Coupled Ge/SiGe Quantum Wells: Experiments and Models

Ciano, C.; Virgilio, M.; Bagolini, L.; Baldassarre, L.; Rossetti, A.; Pashkin, O.ORC; Helm, M.; Montanari, M.; Persichetti, L.; Di Gaspare, L.; Capellini, G.; Paul, D. J.; Scalari, G.; Faist, J.; de Seta, M.; Ortolani, M.
n-type doped Ge quantum wells with SiGe barriers represent a promising heterostructure system for the development of radiation emitters in the terahertz range such as electrically pumped quantum cascade lasers and optically pumped quantum fountain lasers. The non-polar lattice of Ge and SiGe provides electron-phonon scattering rates that are one order of magnitude lower than polar GaAs. We have developed a self-consistent numerical energy-balance model based on a rate equation approach which includes inelastic and elastic inter- and intra-subband scattering events and takes into account a realistic 2DEG distribution in all the subband states of the Ge/SiGe quantum wells by considering subband-dependent electronic temperatures and chemical potentials. This full-subband model is here compared to the standard discrete-energy-level model, in which the material parameters are limited to few input values (scattering rates and radiative cross-sections). To provide an experimental case study, we have epitaxially grown samples consisting of two asymmetric coupled quantum wells forming a three-level system, which we optically pump with a free electron laser. The benchmark quantity selected for model testing purposes is the saturation intensity at the 1-3 intersubband transition. The numerical quantum model prediction is in reasonable agreement with the experiments and therefore outperforms the discrete-energy-level analytical model, whose prediction of the saturation intensity is off by a factor 3.
Keywords: quantum wells, intersubband transitions, terahertz quantum cascade laser, electron-phonon interaction, optical pumping, free electron laser, silicon-germanium heterostructures, infrared spectroscopy, intersubband photoluminescence.

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Inverse gas chromatography studies of the esterification of glass particles with different morphologies

Sygusch, J.; Rudolph, M.ORC
The separation of fine particles is a challenging task where a proper understanding of the interfacial properties is crucial. In our research, we focus on flotation, which is a powerful and widely used separation technique, where valuable mineral particles are selectively separated from unwanted gangue, with particles in the size range of about 10 µm to 200 µm. For this process, particle properties such as wettability, size or morphology are fundamental separation features.
Although, it is a well-established processing technique that is used all over the world in industry, there are still some challenges with regard to the processing of ultrafine particles with sizes below 10 µm. The aim of this project, which is part of the German research foundation priority programme DFG-SPP 2045 “MehrDimPart”, is to gain a deeper understanding of the microprocesses that occur during flotation and to have a closer look on the influence of particle properties, like wettability and morphology.
For this research glass particles are used as their surface chemistry can be modified in different ways. Here, the functionalisation was carried out by esterification with alcohols, where the wettability of the product can be controlled by the length of the alkyl chain. In order to investigate the effect of particle morphology on flotation three differently shaped glass particles were used and esterified, including fibres, spheres and fragments with differing shapes. Inverse gas chromatography is used to characterise the particles surface energy distributions, which provide information about the particles wettability as well as the heterogeneity of the surface.
Keywords: Ultrafine Particles, Surface Modification, Esterification of Glass Particles, Hydrophobisation, Surface Energy Distribution, Inverse Gas Chromatography, Flotation
  • Lecture (Conference)
    8th International IGC Symposium, 04.06.2019, Köln, Deutschland

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The effect of morphology of microparticles hydrophobized via esterification with alcohols on the specific surface energies distributions

Sygusch, J.; Rudolph, M.ORC
Froth flotation is a well-established and efficient particle processing technique especially for the selective separation of mineral particles from unwanted material within sizes ranging from 10 µm to 200 µm. However, there are still some challenges and unexplored opportunities when it comes to the separation of ultrafine particles (< 10 µm). Within the German research foundation priority programme DFG-SPP 2045 “MehrDimPart” we aim to develop a novel multidimensional separation device for such ultrafine particles based on the particle parameters of wettability, morphology (shape or roughness) and size.
One important aspect of our investigations in this new flotation device lies in the modification of the materials surface, which is achieved via esterification with alcohols. To study the effect of the particle morphology/shape on the hydrophobization of glass microparticles, three differently shaped but same sieve sized fractions are used for applying esterification, among them spherical particles, elongated particles and particle fragments with varying shapes. The characterisation of the particle wettability is realised using the inverse gas chromatography method with additional information on the surface energy components distributions. The wettability is varied using alcohols with different chain length and the resulting surface energy components distributions are put in context with flotabilities of the particles in two flotability characterisation set-ups, i.e. tube microflotation and particle adhesion to hydrocarbons.
Keywords: Ultrafine Particles, Surface Modification, Esterification of Silica, Hydrophobisation, Surface Energy Distribution, inverse Gas Chromatography, Flotation
  • Poster
    PARTEC 2019 - International Congress on Particle Technology, 09.-11.04.2019, Nürnberg, Deutschland

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Simulation of coolant mixing in a BWR spent fuel storage pool and flood chamber

Höhne, Thomas
The waiting times in case of failure of the cooling system of the spent fuel storage pool were determined with the three-dimensional numerical calculation tool ANSYS CFX. With the calculated variant, it is assumed that the swivel gate is opened when required. For the decay heat of 1.5 MW, waiting times until the spent fuel storage pool has been heated to 60 °C or 80 °C were calculated and the temperature offset between the spent fuel storage pool and the storage chamber pool was determined.

The calculations showed that the coolant from the flood chamber and the storage chamber, which is located above the lower edge of the open swivel gate, mixes ideally with the water from the spent fuel pool. The results of the CFD analysis can be used for the cross-code verification of models in integral codes.
Keywords: Boiling, CFD, Mixing, spent fuel storage pool

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Helium Ion Microscope Imaging and Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry depth profiling of sample cross sections

Klingner, N.ORC; Heller, R.; Hlawacek, G.ORC
The Helium ion microscope is well known for its high-resolution imaging and nanofabrication performance. We have recently developed and presented a time-of-flight based secondary ion mass spectrometer that can be retrofitted to existing microscopes [1, 2].

Depth profiling in SIMS in general is usually done by sputtering into deeper layers and plotting the signal intensity over time. The actual milling depth can only be estimated and the common approach is to measure the crater depth with atomic force microscopy every time a compositional change is observed.

Direct imaging and chemical analysis of a cross-section with high spatial resolution can avoid this challenge. The cross sections will be prepared ex-situ by milling, grinding and low energy argon ion polishing.

[1] Klingner, N.; Heller, R.; Hlawacek, G.; von Borany, J.; Notte, J. A.; Huang, J. and
Facsko, S.; Ultramicroscopy 162(2016), 91-97
[2] Klingner, N.; Heller, R.; Hlawacek, G.; Facsko, S. and von Borany, J.; Ultramicroscopy 198(2019), 10-17
  • Lecture (Conference)
    PicoFIB - Advances in Gas-Ion Microscopy, 20.01.2020, Sheffield, United Kingdom

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Publ.-Id: 30149


Numerical simulation of adiabatic two phase flow in horizontal elbow bends

Abdlgwad, A.
In industry there is need for predicting the morphology of two-phase liquid-gas flows that are part of e.g. distillation processes, pipeline transport units, chemical reactors or heat transfer units. Knowledge of the behavior of the flow and its regime facilitate for the engineers to have proper design of downstream processes and the pipeline in order to achieve the best reliable and economic outcome. One topic that is not studied sufficiently is the characterization of not fully developed flow due originated from insufficient developing or calming length as it can be found downstream of elbow bends and in short straight pipes, which are frequently encountered in industrial applications. In order to study this topic and characterize the flows, an experimental instrumentation was set up using Wire-mesh Sensors. This work is a numerical work using ANSYS CFX 19.1 in order to set up simulations of the experimentally investigated pipe geometries and flow regimes, followed by validation with the WMS data. Therefore, this work is concerned with gas-liquid flow in a horizontal straight pipe of DN50 and DN200 and horizontal elbow bends with the same diameters and curvature ratio of R/D=1. Each of the geometries is studied for annular and stratified wavy flow.
  • Master thesis
    Grenoble INP, 2019
    Mentor: Alexander Döß
    36 Seiten

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Charakterisierung von Zweiphasenströmungen in komplexen Rohrgeometrien

Junge, P.
Die vorliegende Arbeit beschäftigt sich mit der Charakterisierung einer Zweiphasenströmung durch eine komplexe Rohrgeometrie in Form eines horizontalen 90°-Rohrbogens mit einem Innendurchmesser D = 50mm und einem relativen Radius R=1 . Basierend auf experi-mentellen Gittersensordaten wird der Bereich stromauf- und stromabwärts der Bogengeometrie untersucht. Die experimentellen Untersuchungen erfolgten an einer horizontalen, nicht vollständig eingelaufenen Zweiphasenströmung. Schwerpunkt der Untersuchungen war da-bei die Beurteilung des Einflusses der Rohrleitungslänge. Ein bleibender Einfluss des Rohrbogens auf die Strömungsmorphologie konnte nicht festgestellt werden. Für die Bestimmung des Gasanteils und des Zweiphasendruckverlustes wurden existierende Modellansätze systematisiert und bezüglich der Anwendung auf nicht eingelaufende Zweiphasenströmungen, bzw. den Bereich des Rohrbogens überprüft. Basierend auf der Abweichung der Korrelationen wurden kombinierte Berechnungsansätze für den Gasanteil und den Zweiphasendruck-verlust ausgewählt, welche die experimentellen Daten mit bester Näherung korrelierten.
  • Diploma thesis
    TU Dresden, 2019
    Mentor: Alexander Döß
    107 Seiten

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Process Metallurgy in Circular Economy System Design: The Copper and Base Metal Value Chain

Abadias Llamas, A.; Valero, A.; Bartie, N. J.; Stelter, M.; Reuter, M.ORC
Evaluating the economic viability as well as the sustainability of the Circular Economy (CE) system requires a deep understanding of the distribution of all elements, compounds, alloys, materials etc. in flows. In this paper, the circularity of the copper value chain, including primary and secondary processing, is rigorously evaluated. The studied system comprises the metallic copper production from primary sources (from mineral to metal), copper-containing commodity production (copper is mixed with other metals) and copper recycling through secondary smelting to close the loop. This is linked to photovoltaic (PV) panels and battery storage. A simulation model of this system is created using HSC Sim, considering more than 30 elements (and its various compounds), 180 unit operations and 800 flows. From the mass and energy balances obtained through the simulation, an exergy analysis is conducted to evaluate the resource consumption from a second law (entropy) perspective. Additionally, these results are complemented through a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), the recovery of technology elements and by-products is discussed, while quantifying the losses through the value chain. Through the digitalization of the complete system, a better CAPEX and OPEX understanding of the metal recovery and losses can be obtained, as well as the associated resource consumption and environmental impacts. New flowsheets and technologies can be evaluated. Several scenarios show how the resource consumption and the environmental impacts are affected by the recovery of different materials to produce different products.
Keywords: Copper Value Chain, Exergy, Life Cycle Assessment, Process Simulation, Sustainability Evaluation
  • Lecture (Conference)
    10th Copper International Conference, COPPER 2019 / Conference of Metallurgists, COM 2019, 18.-21.08.2019, Vancouver, Canada

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Maxwell solver in PIC simulations

Bussmann, M.ORC; Steiniger, K.ORC Keywords: pseudo-spectral time domain, particle-in-cell, finite difference
  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    CASUS Miniworkshop on Numerics, 13.-14.11.2019, Dresden, Deutschland

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Modeling and understanding the dynamics of relativistic plasmas with particle-in-cell simulations

Bastrakov, S.ORC; Bussmann, M.ORC; Debus, A.ORC; Garten, M.ORC; Hübl, A.ORC; Matthes, A.ORC; Pausch, R.ORC; Widera, R.ORC; Starke, S.; Steiniger, K.ORC Keywords: particle-in-cell, plasma, laser particle acceleration
  • Poster
    CASUS Opening Symposium, 26.-28.08.2019, Görlitz, Deutschland

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Publ.-Id: 30143


Industrial By-Products as Non-Conventional Supplementary Cementitious Material

Astoveza, J.; Abadias Llamas, A.; Soth, R.; Trauchessec, R.; Reuter, M.ORC; Pontikes, Y.
The extensive efforts on reducing the carbon footprint of cement production have motivated the investigations on the use of supplementary cementitious materials (SCM) as additive and/or substitute in cement blends. However, previous studies were focused on limited types of SCM including natural pozzolans, ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBFS) and fly ash – which could readily exhibit reactivity in cementitious systems. In this article, a review on the advances in the valorisation of novel industrial by-products (non-ferrous slag, municipal incinerator bottom ash, and jarosite waste) are presented to provide solution in reducing the volume of industrial landfills while creating greener materials for building applications. The second part of this paper demonstrates a case study applying exergy to compare the footprint of the flowsheets derived from the valorisation of industrial by-products as SCM.
Keywords: green cements, slag, supplementary cementitious materials, bottom ash, jarosite, exergy, life cycle assessment
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    iiSBE Forum of Young Researchers in Sustainable Building, 01.07.2019, Prague, Czech Republic

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Accelerator mass spectrometry: Detection of "One in a Quadrillion"

Merchel, S.ORC; Lachner, J.ORC; Rugel, G.; Wallner, A.ORC
Für die Veranstaltung ist kein Abstract erforderlich.
Keywords: AMS
  • Lecture (others)
    Mass Spectrometry Christmas updates seminar, 17.12.2019, Dresden, Deutschland

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HIFIS Software website: software.hifis.net

Erxleben, F.; Hüser, C.; Huste, T.ORC
HIFIS Software Services' mission is to empower scientists of any domain to implement and to perpetuate modern scientific software development principles in order to make research software engineering more sustainable. The website of the platform is built using the static site generator Jekyll and available via https://software.hifis.net.
Keywords: Open Source, Software Engineering, Software, Development
  • Software in external data repository
    Publication year 2019
    Programming language: HTML, CSS, Javascript, Jekyll
    System requirements: Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Edge
    License: Code: GPLv3 Content: CC-BY-4.0 (Link to license text)
    Hosted on HZDR GitLab: Link to location

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Observation of sub-femtosecond structures in laser wakefield accelerated electron bunches

Zarini, O.ORC; Köhler, A.ORC; Couperus Cabadağ, J. P.ORC; Pausch, R.ORC; Laberge, M.; Kurz, T.ORC; Schöbel, S.; Bussmann, M.ORC; Schramm, U.ORC; Downer, M.; Debus, A.ORC; Irman, A.ORC
Laser wakefield accelerators (LWFA) feature unique electron bunch characteristics, namely micrometer beam size with duration ranging from a few fs to tens of fs. Precise knowledge of the longitudinal profile of such ultra-short electron bunches is essential for the design of future table-top x-ray light-sources.
Spectral measurements of broadband transition radiation from LWFA electron bunches passing through a metal foil are especially promising for non-destructively analyzing ultrashort longitudinal bunch characteristics with single-shot capability.

Our broadband, single-shot spectrometer combines the TR spectrum in UV/VIS (200-1000nm), NIR (0.9-1.7μm) and mid-IR (1.6-12μm). A complete characterization and calibration of the spectrometer have been done with regard to wavelengths, relative spectral sensitivities, and absolute photometric sensitivity. Our spectrometer is able to characterize electron bunches with charges as low as 1 pC and resolve time-scales from 0.4 to 40 fs. In addition, complementary data on the transverse bunch profile is provided by simultaneously imaging the CTR in the far- and near-field.

We present recent experimental results of different LWFA injection mechanisms, such as self-truncated ionization-injection and self-injection. By analyzing the transition radiation spectra and reconstructing electron bunch profiles including error analysis, we determine electron bunch profiles and peak currents of the respective injection regimes. In addition to bunch durations and peak currents, we discuss sub-fs beam micro-structures and systematic experimental scans of the nitrogen doping concentration for ionization-induced injection.
  • Lecture (Conference)
    4th European Advanced Accelerator Concepts Workshop, 15.-21.09.2019, Elba, Italien

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Directionality of metal-induced crystallization and layer exchange in amorphous carbon/nickel thin film stacks

Janke, D.; Munnik, F.ORC; Julin, J. A.ORC; Hübner, R.; Grenzer, J.; Wüstefeld, C.; Gemming, S.ORC; Rafaja, D.; Krause, M.ORC
In thin amorphous carbon (a-C) films being in contact with a thin nickel layer, metal-induced crystallization and layer exchange (LE) occur at temperatures lower than 700 °C. Analysis of thin film stacks with different architectures (a-C/Ni, Ni/a-C and Ni/a-C/Ni) by means of ion beam analysis, Raman spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy revealed that the degree of LE and the structural quality of the crystallized carbon layers depend on the initial layer sequence. A LE degree of approx. 93 % was found for Ni/a-C bilayers, where graphenic layers formed on the Ni surface, whereas in a-C/Ni bilayers only 83 % of carbon was transferred from the surface towards the fused silica substrate. The diffusion of carbon in the outward direction produces turbostratic carbon with basal planes oriented parallel to the Ni surface, while for the inward direction planar and curved turbostratic structures coexist. The crystallization and the LE are driven by the crystallization energy of a-C. The LE is mediated by the wetting of the Ni grain boundaries by carbon. The directionality of the LE was explained primarily by the difference in the surface and interface energies in the a-C/Ni and Ni/a-C stacks that were obtained from thermodynamic considerations.
Keywords: metal-induced crystallization, layer exchange, carbon/nickel, thin films, turbostratic carbon, Raman spectroscopy, ion beam analysis

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The Evolving Landscape of Biomarkers for Anti-PD-1 or Anti-PD-L1 Therapy

Tunger, A.; Sommer, U.; Wehner, R.; Kubasch, A. S.; Grimm, M.-O.; Bachmann, M.ORC; Platzbecker, U.; Bornhaeuser, M.; Baretton, G.; Schmitz, M.
The administration of antibodies blocking the immune checkpoint molecules programmed cell death protein 1 (PD-1) or programmed cell death 1 ligand 1 (PD-L1) has evolved as a very promising treatment option for cancer patients. PD-1/PD-L1 inhibition has significantly enhanced expansion, cytokine secretion, and cytotoxic activity of CD4(+) and CD8(+) T lymphocytes, resulting in enhanced antitumor responses. Anti-PD-1 or anti-PD-L1 therapy has induced tumor regression and improved clinical outcome in patients with different tumor entities, including melanoma, non-small-cell lung cancer, and renal cell carcinoma. These findings led to the approval of various anti-PD-1 or anti-PD-L1 antibodies for the treatment of tumor patients. However, the majority of patients have failed to respond to this treatment modality. Comprehensive immune monitoring of clinical trials led to the identification of potential biomarkers distinguishing between responders and non-responders, the discovery of modes of treatment resistance, and the design of improved immunotherapeutic strategies. In this review article, we summarize the evolving landscape of biomarkers for anti-PD-1 or anti-PD-L1 therapy.
Keywords: cancer immunotherapy; immune monitoring; immune checkpoints; programmed cell death protein 1; programmed cell death 1 ligand 1

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Test Eintrag

Huste, T.ORC; Fiedler, M.ORC
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Keywords: Test, Test2, Test3
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    Testkonferenz, 11.-12.12.2019, Dresden, Deutschland
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    DOI 10.14278/rodare.390

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Test: Testtitle

Hüser, C.
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Keywords: keyword1, keyword2
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    Testkonferenz, 16.-19.12.2019, Dresden, Deutschland

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Radiopharmacological Evaluation of Cyclohexanediamine-Triazole-Peptide Conjugates Labeled via the Al18F-Approach

Sihver, W.ORC; Böhme, J.; Walther, M.ORC; Wodtke, R.ORC; Reissig, F.ORC; Mamat, C.ORC; Neuber, C.; Ullrich, M.ORC; Pietzsch, J.ORC; Pietzsch, H.-J.ORC
Aim/Introduction: The Al18F-labeling method is as modern technique an alternative to conventional 18F-labeling procedures that allows radiofluorination of biomolecules such as peptides and proteins in a one-step procedure in aqueous solution [1]. In search for versatile applicable chelators, which allow stable binding of both 18F and radiometals such as 68Ga or 111In, a cyclohexanediamine-triazole-chelator was designed. This chelator was conjugated via copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) to the well-known binding motif (glutamate-urea-lysine) of the prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) [2-5] complemented by 2-azidoacetyl moiety as linker unit (ligand L1). Furthermore, ligand L2 was synthesized bearing a 6-azidohexanoyl moiety as linker to investigate the influence of the linker on the stability of final 18F or radiometal complex.
The aim of this study was to investigate the radiopharmacological potential of L1 and L2 after radiolabeling regarding binding properties, cell internalization, and in vivo behavior in a murine prostate cancer model.
Methods: For the in vitro assays PSMA-positive LNCaP cells were used. The incubation with the respective radiolabeled ligand (RCY>95%) was terminated via a cell harvester. Internalization experiments were carried out by the “acid wash” method. In vivo studies (biodistribution and small animal PET) were performed with mice bearing a prostate tumor.
Results: In competition assays versus [177Lu]Lu-PSMA-617 (“gold standard”), the affinity of non-labeled L1 and L2 was slightly lower than that of PSMA-617. Saturation analysis of [68Ga]Ga-L1, [111In]In-L1, and [18F]F-L1 binding on LNCaP homogenate was comparable to [18F]F-L2 binding. The obtained Kd values were in a range of 20 to 30 nM. Internalization experiments with LNCaP cells revealed a lower uptake of the differently labeled L1 and L2 conjugates compared to [64Cu]Cu-PSMA-617.
Furthermore, in vivo behavior of both [18F]F-L1 and [18F]F-L2 was investigated in prostate carcinoma bearing mice by biodistribution experiments and small animal PET imaging. Thereby, PSMA dependent tumor uptake could be observed.
Conclusion: After successful radiolabeling, the conjugates L1 and L2 showed promising binding properties towards PSMA. The chelator presented here offers a flexible platform for radiolabeling of peptides or proteins for various PET and SPECT applications.
References: [1] F. Cleeren, Bioconjugate Chem. 2016, 27, 790. [2] K. Kopka, J. Nucl. Med. 2017, 58,17S. [3] H.R. Kulkarni, Br. J. Radiol. 2018, 91, 20180308. [4] Y. Tolkach, Breast Cancer Res.Treat. 2018, 169, 447. [5] M.C. Haffner, Hum.Pathol. 2009, 40, 1754.
Keywords: chelator; Al18F-labeling; 111In- and 68Ga-labeling; PSMA
  • Abstract in refereed journal
    European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging 46(2019)Suppl 1, OP-337
    DOI: 10.1007/s00259-019-04486-2

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Effect of the dopant location and the number of Bragg mirrors on the performance of superlattice infrared photodetectors

Pereira, P. H.; Penello, G. M.; Pires, M. P.; Helm, M.; Schneider, H.ORC; Souza, P. L.
We have investigated the influence of the position of the dopants and the number of Bragg mirrors in the confinement of localized states in the continuum of a InGaAs/InAlAs superlattice with a structural defect. The potential profile of the conduction band of the superlattice was determined by self-consistently solving the Schrödinger-Poisson equations. The influence of these parameters was analyzed by the oscillator strength of the optical transition between the ground state and the first localized state in the continuum. The best location for the dopants is in the structural defect quantum well, for which an oscillator strength of 0.25 was obtained. It is found that two Bragg mirrors are enough to confine the first localized state in the continuum without decreasing the oscillator strength of the optical transition from the ground state.
Keywords: superlattice infrared photodetector, InGaAs/AlGaAs, quantum well, continuum state
  • Contribution to proceedings
    IEEE Symposium on Microelectronics Technology and Devices (SBMicro), 26.-30.08.2019, São Paulo, Brazil
    2019 34th Symposium on Microelectronics Technology and Devices (SBMicro)
    DOI: 10.1109/SBMicro.2019.8919485

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Exploring the multiparameter nature of EUV-visible wave mixing at the FERMI FEL

Foglia, L.; Capotondi, F.; Höppner, H.; Gessini, A.; Giannessi, L.; Kurdi, G.; Lopez Quintas, I.; Masciovecchio, C.; Kiskinova, M.; Mincigrucci, R.; Naumenko, D.; Nikolov, I. P.; Pedersoli, E.; Rossi, G. M.; Simoncig, A.; Bencivenga, F.
The rapid development of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) and x-ray ultrafast coherent light sources such as free electron lasers (FELs) has triggered the extension of wave-mixing techniques to short wavelengths. This class of experiments, based on the interaction of matter with multiple light pulses through the Nth order susceptibility, holds the promise of combining intrinsic ultrafast time resolution and background-free signal detection with nanometer spatial resolution and chemical specificity. A successful approach in this direction has been the combination of the unique characteristics of the seeded FEL FERMI with dedicated four-wave-mixing (FWM) setups, which leads to the demonstration of EUV-based transient grating (TG) spectroscopy. In this perspective paper, we discuss how the TG approach can be extended toward more general FWM spectroscopies by exploring the intrinsic multiparameter nature of nonlinear processes, which derives from the ability of controlling the properties of each field independently.
Keywords: free-electron laser pulses, x-ray, four-wave-mixing experiments, coherence, spectroscopy

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A hybrid inclined rotating fixed bed reactor model for the identification of process intensification potential

Timaeus, R.; Schubert, M.; Hampel, U.
The superimposed rotation and inclination of a catalytic fixed bed reactor is a promising process intensification strategy for gas-limited multiphase reactions. The reactor inclination forces flow stratification and the rotation leads to a binary and intermittent catalyst wetting. This way, the accessibility of the gas-phase to the catalyst is enhanced and a twofold increase of the conversion for the α-methylstyrene hydrogenation was shown experimentally. In this contribution, a hybrid model approach is introduced to predict the space-time-yield for the hydrogenation of α-methylstyrene and to identify beneficial operating conditions to enhance the process performance.
Keywords: Multiphase reactor, transport phenomena, process intensification, reactor modeling
  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    Gas-Liquid and Gas-Liquid-Solid Reactor Engineering (GLS-14), 30.05.-03.06.2019, Guilin, China

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Publ.-Id: 30122


Test: Upload Presentation

Huste, T.ORC
Test abstract with extremely important content.
Keywords: Test; PDF; RODARE; tag with space
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    Testkonferenz, 11.12.2019, Dresden, Deutschland
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    DOI 10.14278/rodare.384

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Kit-like 18F-labeling using triazole-linked conjugates for [18F]aluminum monofluoride complexation

Walther, M.ORC; Neuber, C.; Bergmann, R.ORC; Pietzsch, J.ORC; Pietzsch, H.-J.ORC
Objectives: For about 10 years, numerous ligands have been developed and tested for their suitability for 18F-labeling in the form of [18F]aluminum monofluoride. Initially, the well-known macrocyclic ligands NOTA and NODA [1,2] with high temperature reactions were used. Under current approaches, open chain ligands, derived from ethylene diamine, provide a much faster complex formation at lower temperatures (<40°C) [3]. The use of a terminal alkyne linker, as one of these new approaches, also enables the conjugation to target molecules via copper catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) as the final step in ligand synthesis. Furthermore, these triazole-containing ligands offer interesting additional applications, besides kit-like 18F-labeling, they also can be used for the stable fixation of other radiometal ions preferring a six-fold coordination. Radionuclides like 68Ga, 111In or 64Cu show promising results with these ligands and are under current investigation.
Methods: Ligand L1-L3 synthesis was carried out via CuAAC with subsequent product characterization. Radiolabeling reactions with the ligands L1-L3 were carried out under comparable conditions for different radionuclides: 0.1 M sodium acetate buffer pH 4-5, 10 µg ligand, 20 min mixing at room temperature with [68Ga]GaCl3, [111In]InCl3, [64Cu]CuCl2 or freshly prepared [18F]AlFCl2-solution. Examples for the ligand synthesis, radiolabeling experiments with different radionuclides, stability studies and initial in vitro and in vivo studies will be presented in this work.
Results: The [68Ga]Ga-L1, [64Cu]Cu-L1, and [18F]AlF-L1 complexes show comparable in vivo behavior 5 min after single intravenous injection in NMRI nu/nu mice. The gallium and fluorine labeled species show faster renal elimination than the copper compound. The [68Ga]Ga-L1 complex also shows higher stability in serum than the corresponding copper complex [64Cu]Cu-L1. The 18F-labeled species show very low defluorination in vivo and therefore high stability.
Conclusion: The incorporation of the ligand via CuAAC opens up many new possibilities for the radiolabeling of peptides and small antibody-derived proteins by 18F as coordinated [18F]aluminum monofluoride. Additional options are given due to the flexibility of the triazole-containing conjugates for further radionuclides like 68Ga, 64Cu and 111In.
Keywords: 18F-radiolabeling, aluminum monofluoride
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    23rd International Symposium on Radiopharmaceutical Sciences, 26.-31.05.2019, Beijing, China
    DOI: 10.1002/jlcr.3724

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Finite-size effects in ultrafast remagnetization dynamics of FePt

Willig, L.; von Reppert, A.; Deb, M.; Ganss, F.; Hellwig, O.ORC; Bargheer, M.
We investigate the ultrafast magnetization dynamics of FePt in the L10phase after an optical heating pulse, asused in heat-assisted magnetic recording. We compare continuous and nano-granular thin films and emphasizethe impact of the finite size on the remagnetization dynamics. The remagnetization speeds up significantlywith increasing external magnetic field only for the continuous film, where domain-wall motion governs thedynamics. The ultrafast remagnetization dynamics in the continuous film are only dominated by heat transportin the regime of high magnetic fields, whereas the timescale required for cooling is prevalent in the granular filmfor all magnetic field strengths. These findings highlight the necessary conditions for studying the intrinsic heattransport properties in magnetic materials.

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In vivo stable bisarylmercury bispidine as a tool for Hg‐197(m) applications

Gilpin, M.; Walther, M.; Pietzsch, J.ORC; Pietzsch, H.-J.
Intro
Reactor‐produced Hg‐197 saw previous medical use in radiolabelled chlormerodrin for SPECT imaging[1] in the 1960s and 70s but was discontinued because of the up-and‐coming Tc‐99m generator system's widespread use, the uncertain in vivo stability of Hg‐197 labelled compounds and the low molar activity of the Hg‐197 itself (<2 GBq/μmol).[2] Cyclotron produced Hg‐197(m) is able to overcome the chemical toxicity issue, due to the much higher molar activity achieved (>500 GBq/μmol),[3] allowing access, at innocuous mercury concentrations, to the theranostically useful decay modes and half‐life of the radiometal's metastable nuclear isomer (γ for SPECT imaging and conversion and auger electrons for tumour therapy. Hg‐197g T1/2 = 64.1 h, Hg‐197m T1/2 = 23.8 h).
Objective
The development of an in vivo stable mercury compound able to conjugate to a cancer‐targeting carrier. Radiopharmaceutical applications obviously require high in vivo stability but the fast metabolism of most mercury compounds in solution is a prevalent issue.[4] However, Hg‐C organometallics show good water‐stability and bypass the issue of Hg‐S bonds suffering from competition by common thiol‐containing biomolecules, e.g., cysteine. Therefore, this project is specifically focussed on the strongest of this kind: the mercury‐phenyl bond.[5] Previous study has shown that the syntheses of monodentate ligands for κ1‐L2Hg species suffer from significant cleavage. [6] For this reason, our research is centred on the synthesis of a bidentate chelator design, due to the entropic advantage, the improved formation kinetics and the stability imparted by steric shielding.
Current Results
Separation from the gold target leaves the produced Hg‐197(m) in an acidic aqueous solution as the chloride salt. Consequently, transmetallation, via boronic acid or stannyl derivatives, was chosen as a feasible route for forming the mercury‐carbon bonds. Following several chelator attempts, all showing low selectivity for the 1:1‐compound, a better fitting structure was found using the bispidine backbone (being known in co‐ordination chemistry for a variety of metals, good bio‐stability and its bridge linking‐functionalisation).[7] After improvement of the reaction conditions, radiolabelling experiments showed good evidence of specific binding with the bispidine derivative 9‐butyl‐1,5‐diphenyl‐3,7‐bis(2‐(trimethylstannyl)benzyl)‐3,7‐diazabicyclo[3.3.1]nonan‐9‐ol “L1(SnMe3)2,” as analysed by thiol‐impregnated radio‐TLC and supported by radio‐HPLC, whilst ESI‐MS of the stable mercury compound provided evidence that the desired 1:1 product had been formed. The in vitro stability tests conducted on the radiolabelled compound showed exciting results, with negligible degradation after 5 days (thereafter the activity was below analytical levels) in solutions with excess glutathione and 2,2′,2″‐nitrilotris (ethane‐1‐thiol). The only noticeable (ca. 5% degradation after 48 h), but expected reaction, was with sodium sulphide. Biodistribution experiments in healthy male Wistar rats showed no build‐up in the kidneys, with excretion occurring through the liver, indicating no de‐metallation.
Summary
The bisarylmercury bispidine (L1Hg) shows good stability in vitro as well as in vivo and is a promising candidate as a biocompatible mercury binding compound. Further
research is continuing into full characterisation, conjugation to peptides and proteins, subsequent in vivo studies and for derivatives based on the structural design.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Regina Herrlich, Ulrike Gesche, Thomas Wünsche. Hg‐197(m) measurements were carried out at the CANAM infrastructure of the NPI CAS Rez supported through MEYS project no. LM2011019.

REFERENCES
1. Sodee DB. Comparison of 99mTc‐pertechnetate and 197Hgchlormerodrin for brain scanning. J Nucl Med 1968;9(12):645.
2. Ribeiro Guevara S, Zizek S, Repinc U, Perez CS, Jacimovic R, Horvat M. Anal Bioanal Chem 2007;387:2185–2197.
3. Walther M, Preusche S, Bartel S, Wunderlich G, Freudenberg R, Steinbach J, Pietzsch H‐J. Appl Radiat Isot 2015;97:177‐181.
4. Henke KR, Robertson D, Krepps MK, Atwood DA. Wat Res 2000;34:3005‐3013.
5. Dean JA. Lange's Handbook of Chemistry, 15th ed. McGraw‐Hill, Inc: 1998.606 p.
6. Wilhelm M, Saak W, Strasdeit H. Z Naturforsch 2000;55b:35‐38.
7. Comba P, Haaf C, Wadepohl H. Inorg Chem 2009;48:6604‐6614.
Keywords: Mercury-197, Chelator, Ligand, Radiometal, Bispidine, Cancer, Theragnostics
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    23rd International Symposium on Radiopharmaceutical Sciences, 26.-31.05.2019, BeiJing, China

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Carbon monoxide-releasing molecules for biomedicinal applications

Kubeil, M.ORC; Geri, S.; Mamat, C.ORC; Stephan, H.ORC
Carbon monoxide has been demonstrated to exhibit several beneficial effects on biological targets (anti-inflammatory, anti-proliferative, anti-apoptotic effects, causes vasodilation, etc.).1 Consequently, the development of CO releasing molecules (CORMs), that allows for controlled release of CO under physiological conditions, has therefore become a major field of scientific and medical interest.2,3 Considerable research interest has been drawn on light-activated CORMs (photoCORMs) which only release CO upon radiation with a certain energy. However, despite a large number of photoCORMs reported, relatively little information is available on the precise mechanism of CO release from most photoCORMs and even less compounds have been tested as anti-cancer agents in cells so far.
Herein, we report about the synthesis of ruthenium(II) dicarbonyl complexes functionalized with bidentate or tridentate (pyridyl, phenanthroline or diquinolyl) ligands and appending dyes for tuning the release properties as well as tracking the compound in cells. The mechanism of CO release in aqueous media (before and after light-activation) has been investigated. The photo-induced CO release kinetics of the Ru(II) photoCORMs, as well as in vitro studies in cancerous and healthy cell lines will be presented.4,5

References

[1] R. Motterlini, L. E. Otterbein, Nat. Rev. Drug Discov. 9 (2010) 728-743.
[2] U. Schatzschneider, Br. J. Pharmacol. 172 (2015) 1638-1650.
[3] F. Zobi, Future Med. Chem. (2013) 5, 175-188.
[4] M. Kubeil, R. R. Vernooij, C. Kubeil, B. R. Wood, B. Graham, H. Stephan, L. Spiccia, Inorg. Chem. 56 (2017) 5941-5952.
[5] M. Kubeil, T. Joshi, B. R. Wood, H. Stephan, ChemistryOpen (2019) 8, 637-642.

Acknowledgements

MK was supported by a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 627113.
Keywords: CORM, photoactivatable, ruthenium, in vitro studies
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    3rd International Caparica Christmas Conference on Translational Chemistry, 01.-05.12.2019, Caparica, Lisboa, Portugal

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Simulation and economic assessment of a small ammonia production plant using electricity purchased in the day-ahead market

Rodriguez Garcia, G.ORC; Bergander, S.; Hampel, U.ORC
Ammonia is one of the most highly produced chemicals in the world, being the source of all nitrogen-based fertilizers. Its conventional production relies on fossil fuels reforming as its source of hydrogen, cryogenic air separation for nitrogen, and the Haber-Bosch process for the ammonia synthesis itself. This route has made ammonia production responsible for the consumption of 1% of all energy worldwide, and for the emissions of 298 Mt CO2 eq./year. In a future where most energy comes from fluctuating sources, such as the one envisioned in the Energiewende, energy intensive industries like ammonia production would need to adapt its operation to mimic that of energy generation. A potential alternative for ammonia production is to obtain hydrogen and nitrogen from water electrolysis, and pressure swing adsorption (PSA) respectively. In our effort for the flexibilization of the chemical industry, we have designed a small ammonia production plant using these technologies. With it we intend to cover the fertilizing needs of a large German farm (1,000 ha), requiring a minimum production of 100 t NH3/year. As a first step, we purchased the electricity used for the water electrolyzer in the day-ahead market. The rest of the plant relied on a steady industrial supply. Our first results indicated the plant was not profitable. The main reason behind this are the capital investment in the intermediate hydrogen storage unit
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    Oberlausitzer Energiesymposyum & Zittauer Energieseminar, 07.-08.11.2019, Zittau, Deutschland
    Sektorkopplung - eine Herausforderung, Zittau: Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz, 978-3-00-064125-1, 49-53

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Correlative microscopy of lung epithelial in vitro model exposed to nanoparticles by using super-resolution optical and advanced ion/electron based techniques

Podlipec, R.; Klingner, N.ORC; Heller, R.; Majaron, H.; Pelicon, P.; Strancar, J.; Borany, J.
Clear understanding of molecular events followed by lung epithelial cells/tissue response to inhaled nanoparticles is still lacking. As these interaction events in lungs eventually lead to diseases and potentially persistent inflammation [1,2], one urgently needs new and relevant investigation methods which could provide new insights into the key mechanisms of interaction. In our latest research we have thus focused on this toxicology problem first by developing an appropriate in vitro lung epithelial model and second by developing and implementing relevant advanced correlative imaging techniques capable of gathering more insight of interaction properties on scales well below optical resolution limit. In order to understand the mechanisms of molecular initiative events we have first performed live cell imaging using STED super-resolution microscopy by which few tens to hundred nm resolution was achieved locally. As the technique is incapable of providing resolution further down to nm and lacks the visualization of non-labeled surrounding structures and morphology, we thus introduced suitable complementary correlative microscopy techniques with high surface contrast, SEM and Helium Ion Microscopy (HIM). Main focus, besides sample and sample holder preparation for these high vacuum techniques, was dedicated to HIM measurements which in general are capable of providing better resolution and sensitivity compared to SEM [3]. From this ongoing study we briefly present the first interesting results of correlative microscopy combining optical, electron and ion based techniques on the epithelial cells exposed to TiO2 nanoparticles from micro to nano scale.
References:
1. Li, X., Jin, L. & Kan, H. Air pollution: a global problem needs local fixes. Nature 570, 437–439 (2019).
2. Underwood, E. The polluted brain. Science 355, 342–345 (2017).
3. Hlawacek, G. et Al. Helium Ion Microscopy. J. Vac. Sci. Technol. 32, (2014)
Keywords: Correlative microscopy, optical microscopy, helium ion microscopy, lung epithelium, in-vitro model, TiO2 nanoparticles
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    COMULIS & BioImaging Austria - CMI Conference 2019, Correlated Multimodal Imaging, 21.-22.11.2019, Vienna, Austria
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    COMULIS & BioImaging Austria - CMI Conference 2019, 21.-22.11.2019, Vienna, Austria

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Towards correlative live-cell imaging using super-resolution optical and ion/electron based techniques and development of special holders

Podlipec, R.; Sebastijanovic, A.; Vogel Mikus, K.; Pelicon, P.; Strancar, J.
Clear understanding of molecular phenomena of cells/tissue response after interacting with dangerous metal nanoparticles is still lacking. In our research we thus focus on highly relevant scientific/toxicology problem, which is understanding of the mechanisms of molecular initiative events between nanoparticles (typically smaller than 100 nm) and lung tissue cells during inhalation [1]. It is strongly believed that nanoparticles can trigger toxic effects with increasing risk for further cardiovascular diseases [2]. However, limited spatial resolution of optical microscopy, even in super-resolution mode, prevents visualization of interaction phenomena at smaller, nanometer scales which could reveal some of still unclear molecular events. In order to get better insight on the phenomena at such small scales one needs to introduce proper correlative microscopy techniques which in our case are electron (eSEM) and ion based (PIXE, HIM). Since these techniques are commonly employed in high vacuum and detection principles differ reasonably in comparison to optical imaging techniques, special sample holders have to be developed in order to perform efficient correlative microscopy on different submicron scales.
In this pilot study we first tested the performance of correlative microscopy on epithelial cells nebulized with TiO2 nanoparticles using optical, eSEM and RISE techniques, while in the second pilot study we developed the concept for robust special holder preparation in order to enable super-resolution optical imaging (STED) as well as ion based imaging on the same sample site. Despite integrating few to few tens micron sized layers consisting of Mylar foil, water and glass which introduce refractive index mismatches, we were able to improve confocal resolution by at least factor 2-3 using STED imaging. This was a proof-of-concept that we can perform high resolution optical imaging on these holders which can successfully be implemented as well in correlative electron/ion based imaging, thus giving the opportunity to gain better insight of the measured complex samples from nano to micro scale.

[1] Iztok Urbančič et al., “Nanoparticles Can Wrap Epithelial Cell Membranes and Relocate Them Across the Epithelial Cell Layer,” Nano Letters 18, 5294–5305.
[2] Robert D. Brook et al., “Air Pollution and Cardiovascular Disease: A Statement for Healthcare Professionals From the Expert Panel on Population and Prevention Science of the American Heart Association,” Circulation 109, 2655–2671
Keywords: Correlative microscopy, sammple holder, STED imaging, SEM, Helium Ion Microscopy, TiO2 nanoparticles, epithelial cells
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    89th IUVSTA Workshop, Biological and soft matter sample preparation for high resolution imaging by high vacuum techniques, 19.-24.05.2019, Zakopane, Poland
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    89th IUVSTA Workshop, Biological and soft matter sample preparation for high resolution imaging by high vacuum techniques, 19.-24.05.2019, Zakopane, Poland

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Deep Learning Ensemble for Hyperspectral Image Classification

Chen, Y.; Wang, Y.; Gu, Y.; He, X.; Ghamisi, P.ORC; Jia, X.
Deep learning models, especially deep convolutional neural networks (CNNs), have been intensively investigated for hyperspectral image (HSI) classification due to their powerful feature extraction ability. In the same manner, ensemble-based learning systems have demonstrated high potential to effectively perform supervised classification. In order to boost the performance of deep learning-based HSI classification, the idea of deep learning ensemble framework is proposed here, which is loosely based on the integration of deep learning model and random subspace-based ensemble learning. Specifically, two deep learning ensemble-based classification methods (i.e., CNN ensemble and deep residual network ensemble) are proposed. CNNs or deep residual networks are used as individual classifiers and random subspaces contribute to diversify the ensemble system in a simple yet effective manner. Moreover, to further improve the classification accuracy, transfer learning is investigated in this study to transfer the learnt weights from one individual classifier to another (i.e., CNNs). This mechanism speeds up the learning stage. Experimental results with widely used hyperspectral datasets indicate that the proposed deep learning ensemble system provides competitive results compared with state-of-the-art methods in terms of classification accuracy. The combination of deep learning and ensemble learning provides a significant potential for reliable HSI classification.

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Automatic Design of Convolutional Neural Network for Hyperspectral Image Classification

Chen, Y.; Zhu, K.; Zhu, L.; He, X.; Ghamisi, P.ORC; Benediktsson, J. A.
Hyperspectral image (HSI) classification is a core task in the remote sensing community, and recently, deep learning-based methods have shown their capability of accurate classification of HSIs. Among the deep learning-based methods, deep convolutional neural networks (CNNs) have been widely used for the HSI classification. In order to obtain a good classification performance, substantial efforts are required to design a proper deep learning architecture. Furthermore, the manually designed architecture may not fit a specific data set very well. In this paper, the idea of automatic CNN for the HSI classification is proposed for the first time. First, a number of operations, including convolution, pooling, identity, and batch normalization, are selected. Then, a gradient descent-based search algorithm is used to effectively find the optimal deep architecture that is evaluated on the validation data set. After that, the best CNN architecture is selected as the model for the HSI classification. Specifically, the automatic 1-D Auto-CNN and 3-D Auto-CNN are used as spectral and spectral-spatial HSI classifiers, respectively. Furthermore, the cutout is introduced as a regularization technique for the HSI spectral-spatial classification to further improve the classification accuracy. The experiments on four widely used hyperspectral data sets (i.e., Salinas, Pavia University, Kennedy Space Center, and Indiana Pines) show that the automatically designed data-dependent CNNs obtain competitive classification accuracy compared with the state-of-the-art methods. In addition, the automatic design of the deep learning architecture opens a new window for future research, showing the huge potential of using neural architectures' optimization capabilities for the accurate HSI classification.

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UAVs as a Tool for Socially Acceptable Exploration of Waste Rock Dumps

Ajjabou, L.; Kirsch, M.ORC; Lorenz, S.; Zimmermann, R.ORC; Farci, A.; Viezzoli, A.; Gloaguen, R.ORC
There is a growing demand for mineral resources worldwide, and yet industry is facing increasing obstacles in obtaining public acceptance for new exploration and mining projects. Numerous recent citizen protests highlight the public perception of ‘dirty’ mining projects and increase the reluctance of investors to finance explorations. Non-invasive exploration techniques can be defined as energy efficient, low-impact technologies. They assist in the detection and mapping of mineral deposits and improve exploration targeting with minimal environmental impact, while demonstrating that industry cares about reducing disturbance to the communities and environment in which they operate. However, it is increasingly understood that non-invasive technologies can help to maintain the social licence to operate and consequently lower the investment risk of exploration. To demonstrate this premise, we established an EU-funded research initiative called INFACT (Innovative, Non-Invasive and Fully Acceptable Exploration Technologies), which supports the development of innovative exploration and stakeholder engagement approaches. Our project will establish a set of permanent, accessible reference sites to trial and assess the technological and social performance of existing and emerging innovative, non-invasive exploration techniques like UAVs infrared hyperspectral imaging, magnetics, EM and radiometry.
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    First EAGE Workshop on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, 02.-04.12.2019, Toulouse, France

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Multi-Source Hyperspectral Data Integration using Image Feature Extraction for Mineral Mapping

Lorenz, S.; Seidel, P.; Ghamisi, P.; Zimmermann, R.ORC; Tusa, L.; Khodadadzadeh, M.; Contreras Acosta, I. C.; Gloaguen, R.ORC
The fusion of remote sensing datasets for combined classifications has recently received great attention. Separate data acquisition and subsequent fusion allow for sensor-specific adjustments of experimental parameters and flexible sensor combinations. In mineral exploration, multi-sensor approaches are particularly promising to extend the range and accuracy of mineral phase detection. However, the time-efficient and accurate integration of data with differing resolution, field of view or acquisition modi remains challenging. This motivates us to promote a multi-source data integration based on efficient feature extraction strategies. An important pre-requisite for a successful integration is data co-registration. A workflow combining automated keypoint detection and matching provides an accurate and fast method to align multi-sensor datasets of different spatial sampling distances for a joint processing. For feature extraction, we employ innovative methods that consider both spatial and spectral aspects such as Orthogonal Total Variation Component Analysis (OTVCA). Besides the reduction of dimensionality and consequently processing time, the method allows the integration of textural and spectral information, such as short wave and long wave hyperspectral imagery or reflectance and luminescence data that are not directly interpretable with a single method. Application-relevant mineral assemblage classes such as alteration zones, ore zones or mineralized veins, become then discriminable as the spatio-spectral patterns are evident by extracting relevant features from all datasets. We use a Support Vector Machine with Radial Basis Function Kernel (SVM-RBF) to demonstrate the classification of mineralogical domains from such multi-source feature fused sets. We choose SVM as it is particularly robust when handling high-dimensional data with low number of training samples and against the heterogeneity of classes that is typical for mineralogical datasets. The optimal classification parameters are determined by five-fold cross- validation to ensure the best possible classification result with the given data. Training data required for the classification can be defined according to user knowledge, high resolution mineralogical analyses or spectral point measurements. The proposed multi-source data integration workflow shows to exceed the classification accuracy of single-source data and could be beneficial for many potential application fields in mineral exploration, mineral processing, recycling or food industry.
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    10th Workshop on Hyperspectral Image and Signal Processing: Evolution in Remote Sensing (WHISPERS), 24.-26.09.2019, Amsterdam, Nederland

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Impact of Hydrogen-Rich Silicon Nitride Material Properties on Light-Induced Lifetime Degradation in Multicrystalline Silicon

Bredemeier, D.; Walter, D. C.; Heller, R.; Schmidt, J.
The root cause of “Light and Elevated Temperature Induced Degradation” (LeTID) of the carrier lifetime in multicrystalline silicon (mc-Si) wafers is investigated by depositing hydrogen-rich silicon nitride (SiN x :H) films of different compositions on boron-doped mc-Si wafers. The extent of LeTID observed in mc-Si after rapid thermal annealing (RTA) shows a positive correlation with the amount of hydrogen introduced from the SiN x :H layers into the bulk. The concentration of in-diffused hydrogen is quantified via measuring the resistivity change due to the formation of boron–hydrogen pairs in boron-doped float-zone silicon wafers processed in parallel to the mc-Si wafers. The measurements clearly show that the in-diffusion of hydrogen into the silicon bulk during RTA depends on both the atomic density of the SiN x :H film as well as the film thickness. Importantly, the impact of SiN x :H film properties on LeTID shows the same qualitative dependence as the hydrogen content in the silicon bulk, providing evidence that hydrogen is involved in the LeTID defect activation process.
Keywords: carrier lifetime, hydrogen, LeTID defects, light-induced lifetime degradation, silicon nitride, ulticrystalline silicon

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Modelling of fluid mixing in reactor circuits with the thermal-hydraulic system code ATHLET

Diaz Pescador, E.
Modelling of fluid mixing in reactor circuits with the thermal-hydraulic system code ATHLET
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    51. Kraftwerkstechnisches Kolloquium, 22.-23.10.2019, Dresden, Germany

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Thermal-hydraulic insights during a main steam line break in a generic PWR KONVOI reactor with ATHLET 3.1A

Diaz Pescador, E.; Schäfer, F.; Kliem, S.ORC
The present paper gathers the main insights obtained during the numerical simulation of a 10 % main steam line break (MSLB) in a generic German PWR KONVOI reactor with the thermal-hydraulic system code ATHLET 3.1 A. The contents of this paper are focused first on the transient thermal-hydraulic calculation during affected steam generator (SG) 1 boil-off and subsequently on the multidimensional fluid mixing study of the overcooled water stream and the coolant in the reactor pressure vessel. With this aim, the boundary conditions from the test PKL G3.1, carried out at the PKL test facility in the framework of the OECD/PKL-II project, are implemented in the simulation over the plant nominal parameters from the KONVOI reactor. The thermal-hydraulic and fluid mixing results obtained in the simulations are qualitatively assessed against suitable experimental data from the PKL and ROCOM test facilities, showing a good agreement between simulation and test behaviour.

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Local liquid fraction measurement in annular two-phase flow using x-ray microtomography

Porombka, P.; Boden, S.ORC; Lucas, D.ORC
Annular-dispersed two-phase flow in pipes consists of a thin wavy liquid film covering the pipe wall and a gas core with entrained liquid droplets. Knowledge of the film thickness and entrained liquid fraction is of importance in numerous industrial applications, such as the thermal design of heat exchangers.
The application of X-ray microtomography to obtain these parameters in case of small diameter pipes is presented here. The three-dimensional, time-averaged liquid fraction distribution has been measured in air-water annular flow in a horizontal pipe. In combination with pressure drop measurements, the film and entrained liquid mass flow rates are derived using a simple annular flow model. The portrayed method may also serve as a basis for the validation of computational fluid dynamics simulations of annular flow.
Keywords: horizontal annular flow, X-ray microtomography, droplet entrainment
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    10th International Conference on Multiphase Flow, 19.-24.05.2019, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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PREDICT – Predictive Geometallurgy

Bachmann, K.; Tolosana Delgado, R.; Wopat, K.; Smith, A.; Gutzmer, J.ORC
The long‐term availability of minerals and metals from primary (i.e. geogenic) and secondary (i.e. recycling) resources is not only the key to most economic activity, but also to the realization of important societal developments, such as the transition to a renewables‐based energy system and the rollout of e‐mobility. Due to several factors, the utilization of raw materials from geogenic sources will continue to form an essential part of the raw materials supply for a growing global population. In order to develop a highly skilled work force, to develop novel approaches for raw materials utilization, approaches that deploy resource‐ and energy‐efficient technologies for the delineation, extraction and beneficiation of mineral resources, while at the same time minimizing environmental risks, the Helmholtz International Research School for Predictive Geometallurgy (PREDICT) provides the first‐ever training programme dedicated to predictive geometallurgy and adaptive processing. PREDICT has pooled the interdisciplinary and intersectoral expertise of leading German and South African research institutes, world‐leading mining and metallurgical companies, covering all the links in the raw materials chain from exploration to mineral beneficiation and mine planning. PREDICT not only develops cuttingedge methodologies to take geometallurgical resource potential models to an entire new level but also implements and tests an optimal adaptive processing approach for a beneficiation plant model. In addition, we will combine both models by establishing feedback loops for model reconciliation.
Furthermore, PREDICT will close the loop by implementation of the model results in a simulation‐based mine‐planning block model.
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    Helmholtz International Research School Selection Meeting, 29.11.2019, Berlin, Deutschland

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A First Order Geometallurgical Model for PGEs in a Chromite Ore

Bachmann, K.
In the effort to become more sustainable the mining industry currently faces a number of important challenges. One important direction of change would be to achieve a more holistic use of mineral resources, i.e., by considering the efficient extraction and beneficiation of all possible valuable constituents – rather than only focusing on the major commodity. Thus, geometallurgical models need to be adapted accordingly. Instead of only centring on the efficient extraction and beneficiation of a single (economically most relevant) commodity, future geometallurgical models should be expanded to consider all potential products.
In the present contribution, a generic framework is proposed that can be applied to a large variety of different commodities; it is able to adapt to future data, predicts metallurgical parameters, e.g. the recoverability of an ore as probabilities, and can be extended to include environmental footprint calculations. Most of the parameters are derived from primary ore properties (e.g. rock or particle streams), e.g. modal mineralogy, mineral association, densities, etc., combined with a minimum of conventional test work. The work flow is demonstrated with a case study, in which the beneficiation potential of PGE as a by-product in an existing chromite mine in the Bushveld Complex of South Africa is considered. All available data were incorporated in a geological block model and interpreted to form geometallurgical domains of sufficient size to be considered during mine planning. The resultant predictive, spatially-resolved geometallurgical model displays the PGE processing potential in terms of probabilities and therefore incorporates uncertainty. The viability of the geometallurgical model relates well to the original geological architecture, is cost- and time-effective and highly versatile to form a foundation for further use and development during exploitation.
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    Workshop on Geometallurgy - SGA 2019, 26.08.2019, Glasgow, Great Britain

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Imaging and writing magnetic domains in the non-collinear antiferromagnet Mn₃Sn

Reichlova, H.; Janda, T.; Godinho, J.; Markou, A.; Kriegner, D.; Schlitz, R.; Zelezny, J.; Soban, Z.; Bejarano, M.ORC; Schultheiß, H.ORC; Nemec, P.; Jungwirth, T.; Felser, C.; Wunderlich, J.; Goennenwein, S.
Non-collinear antiferromagnets are revealing many unexpected phenomena and they became crucial for the field of antiferromagnetic spintronics. To visualize and prepare a well-defined domain structure is of key importance. The spatial magnetic contrast, however, remains extraordinary difficult to be observed experimentally. Here, we demonstrate a magnetic imaging technique based on a laser induced local thermal gradient combined with detection of the anomalous Nernst effect. We employ this method in one the most actively studied representative of this class of materials - Mn₃Sn. We undoubtedly proof that the observed contrast is of magnetic origin. We further show an algorithm to prepare a well defined domain pattern at room temperature based on heat assisted recording principle. Our study opens a prospect to study spintronics phenomena in non-collinear antiferromagnets with spatial resolution.
Keywords: Information Storage; Magnetic properties and materials; Spintronics; Surfaces, interfaces and thin films

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Inertiale Lage- und Bewegungsverfolgung für instrumentierte Strömungsfolger zur Strömungscharakterisierung in Bioreaktoren

Buntkiel, L.; Reinecke, S.ORC; Hampel, U.ORC
Zur Untersuchung der ablaufenden Prozesse in großen Behältern, wie z. B. Biogasfermentern, Bioreaktoren und Belebtschlammbecken, wurde am HZDR das Konzept instrumentierter, strömungsfolgender Sensorpartikel entwickelt [1],[2]. Bisher wurden damit die Strömungsverhältnisse mit probabilistischen Auswertemethoden ausschließlich basierend auf der Messung der vertikalen Position als Funktion des hydrostatischen Drucks charakterisiert und Parameter einfacher Prozessmodelle für Anlagen im Labor- und Pilotmaßstab bestimmt.
Derzeit wird das Konzept des Sensorsystems mit dem Ziel weiterentwickelt, eine räumliche Lage- und Bewegungsverfolgung für Bioreaktoren basierend auf Inertialsensoren zu realisieren. Dies umfasst sowohl die dafür zu qualifizierenden Sensoren für Beschleunigung, Drehrate, Magnetfeld sowie Umgebungsdruck als auch die Softsensor-Algorithmen zur Bestimmung der Lage und der Bewegung. Damit sollen zukünftig Auftriebsmanöver der Sensorpartikel autonom ablaufen und die räumliche Strömungscharakterisierung erfolgen.
Im Beitrag werden drei Softsensor-Algorithmen zur Bewegungsverfolgung vorgestellt und verglichen. Diese sind ein linearisiertes Kalman-Filter (Error State Kalman Filter ESKF) und zwei nichtlineare Komplementärfilter (Direct und Passive Complementary Filter DCF, PCF) nach [3]. Diese Algorithmen wurden mit praxisrelevanten simulierten Strömungsbewegungen (siehe Abb. 1) unter Berücksichtigung von Unsicherheiten der Sensoren und realen Sensordaten analysiert. Die Simulationsergebnisse zeigen, dass durch die genaue Lagebestimmung, die Beschleunigung permanent im Koordinatensystem des Behälters nahezu driftfrei bestimmt wird (Abb. 1 und 2). Der Beitrag führt einen umfassenden Vergleich anhand simulierter und gemessener Referenztrajektorien von drei qualifizierten, kommerziellen Inertialsensoreinheiten und diskutiert die relevanten Implikationen für die Auslegung des Sensorsystems.
Keywords: Strömungsfolger, Bioreaktor, Inertialnavigation
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    14. Dresdner Sensor-Symposium, 02.-04.12.2019, Dresden, Deutschland
    Inertiale Lage- und Bewegungsverfolgung für instrumentierte Strömungsfolger zur Strömungscharakterisierung in Bioreaktoren, 978-3-9819376-1-9, 52-58
    DOI: 10.5162/14dss2019/3.5
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    14.Dresdner Sensor-Symposium, 02.-04.12.2019, Dresden, Deutschland

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Exploring THz-driven dynamics on sub-cycle timescales at the TELBE facility

Deinert, J.-C.ORC; Green, B. W.ORC; Ilyakov, I.ORC; Awari, N.ORC; Wang, Z.ORC; Germanskiy, S.ORC; Chen, M.ORC; Bawatna, M.ORC; Gensch, M.; Kovalev, S.ORC
The TELBE Terahertz (THz) facility at Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) offers narrowband high-field high-repetition rate THz radiation for driving low-energy excitations in matter in the spectral region between 0.1 THz and 1.5 THz [1]. In combination with our pulse-resolved data acquisition and the numerous available probing techniques based on table-top laser systems, we can resolve THz-driven dynamics with few 10 fs time resolution and high dynamic range of up to 120 dB [2]. This makes TELBE a unique facility for exploring low-energy THz excitations offering (resonant) access to a multitude of fundamental modes, e.g., lattice vibrations, molecular rotations, spin precession and the motion of free electrons [3]. Recently, we demonstrated THz high harmonic generation (HHG) in the model 2D material graphene [4]. Here, the ultrafast collective thermal response of free background electrons near the Dirac point [5] enables very efficient generation of harmonics in the technologically relevant THz frequency range. We further show that the underlying principle of the collective response can be generalized to other 2D and 3D Dirac materials, such as CdAs. The crucial role of doping in graphene can be exploited by, e.g. electrochemical gating, which allows tuning of the HHG efficiency by almost two orders of magnitude. The corresponding setup for phase-resolved nonlinear THz spectroscopy further enables a novel technique: Higgs spectroscopy, which offers new ways for understanding unconventional superconductivity. Using this technique, we recently discovered a new collective mode distinct from the heavily damped Higgs mode in different families of cuprates [6]. Our results establish Higgs spectroscopy as a new approach to uncover interactions directly relevant to superconductivity.
In this contribution, I will also discuss experiments on the selective THz control of magnetic properties in a number of different materials [7], which is enabled by probing techniques, such as Faraday Rotation or MOKE, using the NIR and UV output from our table-top sources.
[1] B. Green et al., Sci. Rep. 6, 22256 (2016)
[2] S. Kovalev et al., Struct. Dyn. 4, 024301 (2017)
[3] T. Kampfrath et al. Nat. Photonics 7, 680–690 (2013)
[4] H. Hafez et al., Nature 561, 507 (2018)
[5] Z. Mics et al., Nature Communications 6, 7655 (2015)
[6] H. Chu et al., arXiv preprint, arXiv:1901.06675 (2019)
[7] S. Kovalev et al., J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 51, 114007 (2018)
Keywords: Terahertz, pump-probe, nonlinear dynamics, high harmonic generation, graphene, Dirac materials, superradiance
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    10th International Workshop on Infrared Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Accelerator Based Sources WIRMS 2019, 24.09.2019, Ubatuba, Brasil

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Ultrafast Photoelectron Spectroscopy - How to Make Movies of Elementary Electronic Processes

Deinert, J.-C.ORC
How does functionality in quantum devices emerge? The answer lies in the numerous elementary processes, the interactions and correlations of (quasi-)particles that happen on timescales of femtoseconds. Thorough understanding of these processes can eventually lead to more efficient OLEDs, faster microprocessors, and other functional materials. A complex, but highly insightful method to access the required spectral and dynamic information in solid state systems is time- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. This lecture attempts to give an overview on this powerful technique for exploring non-equilibrium properties of matter. This includes discussions of elementary scattering processes, experimental techniques, and latest results on optoelectronic systems and correlated materials.
Keywords: Photoelectron spectroscopy, ultrafast, electronic structure, band structure, phase transitions, pump-probe
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    Ultrafast Science: Lasers, Fundamentals and Spectroscopy (SoSe 2019) Guest Lecture, 16.05.2019, Bielefeld, Deutschland

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Terahertz high harmonic generation in Dirac materials

Deinert, J.-C.; Kovalev, S.ORC; Hafez, H.; Chen, M.ORC; Green, B. W.ORC; Bawatna, M.ORC; Germanskiy, S.ORC; Awari, N.ORC; Wang, Z.ORC; Ilyakov, I.ORC; Turchinovich, D.; Gensch, M.
The exploration of nonlinear optical phenomena has not only deepened the understanding of light-matter interaction, but it also enabled novel technologies that make use of the resulting synthesis of electromagnetic radiation at new frequencies. Whereas the nonlinear responses of matter in the microwave and optical regimes are well explored, research addressing the intermediate Terahertz (THz) regime is still largely in its infancy, despite its high technological relevance, e.g. for novel high-speed (opto-)electronics.
For these future applications in the THz range, graphene is a highly promising material, because of the unique optical properties originating from its prototypical Dirac-type electronic structure. Soon after its discovery, there have multiple predictions of efficient harmonic generation in the THz range [1, 2], but experimental evidence has remained incomplete. Recently, we experimentally demonstrated the highly efficient THz harmonics generation (HG) in a single layer graphene sample (up to 7th order) at ambient conditions upon excitation with a moderate THz field of only 85 kV/cm (see Fig. 1) [3]. Our observations have been successfully described by a thermodynamic model, which clearly explains the experimentally observed crucial role of the graphene doping level for THz HG [3, 4]. By using gated graphene samples and multilayer structures, we are able to predictably modify the HG efficiency and thereby corroborate the thermodynamic model.

In addition, we employed the same experimental scheme to other Dirac materials, such as topological insulators and Dirac/Weyl semimetals, showing that THz HG is a rather universal phenomenon based on the linear band dispersion in the vicinity of the Dirac point.

[1] S. Mikhailov et al., Microelectron. J. 40 (2009) 712.
[2] I. Al-Naib, Phys. Rev. B, 90 (2014) 245423
[3] H. Hafez, S. Kovalev et al., Nature, 561 (2018) 507
[4] Z. Mics et al., Nat. Commun., 6 (2015) 7655
Keywords: Graphene, Dirac materials, high harmonic generation, terahertz,
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    Graphene 2019, 26.06.2019, Roma, Italia

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Definition of geochemical domains in a chromite mine, Bushveld Complex, South Africa

Bachmann, K.; Menzel, P.; Tolosana Delgado, R.; Gutzmer, J.ORC
The Lower and Middle Group chromitites of the Bushveld Complex are the source of a very large portion of the global chrome supply. Yet, the effectiveness of chromite beneficiation circuits is highly sensitive to mineralogical and textural variations in feed composition. The use of geochemical proxies, based on data acquired routinely during the exploration and mining process may provide a cost- and time-efficient alternative to more time-consuming and expensive mineralogical analyses. Such an approach is presented in this study, which focuses on the LG-6, LG-6A, MG-1 and MG-2 chromitite seams at the Thaba mine located on the western limb of the Bushveld Complex. According to a sound statistical assessment, the chromitites of the Thaba mine area can be subdivided into three distinct domains, domains that constitute the suitable fundament for a geometallurgical model. Accordingly, a least altered (orthomagmatic) domain is distinguished from a supergene altered domain and a domain affected by widespread hydrothermal alteration. The latter domain occurs below the depth of modern weathering, but in obvious proximity to faults and around a prominent dunite pipe. The orthomagmatic domain is represented by ores least affected by post-magmatic alteration processes. This domain occupies the centre of fault blocks below the extent of modern weathering.
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    15th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits, 27.-30.08.2019, Glasgow, Great Britain

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Lower Group and Middle Group chromitites of the Bushveld Complex – the effect of weathering on the distribution of platinum-group elements

Junge, M.; Bachmann, K.; Oberthür, T.; Groshev, N. Y.
The Bushveld Complex in South African contains vast resources of Cr, PGE and V. Currently, the Merensky Reef, the Platreef and the UG-2 chromitite seam are the major mining targets for PGE, although chromitites of the Lower Group (LG) and Middle Group (MG) may also contain concentrations up to several ppm PGE.
In a suite of chromitite samples from the Thaba Mine in the western Bushveld Complex it was shown that Pt concentrations in weathered chromitite seams (LG-6 to MG-4) generally exceed those of Pd. However, differences are observed by comparing individual chromitite seams as total PGE concentrations of weathered chromitites from the LG-6 to MG-4 range between 760 and 1300 ppb. Elevated concentrations of Pt and Pd are also present in hanging and footwalls of chromitite seams (median 333 ppb Pt). The PPGE (Rh, Pt, Pd) contents of weathered ores are generally lower than those of the pristine ores. The IPGE (Os, Ir, Ru) are very similar in both pristine and weathered ores. Particularly, Ru concentration are in the same range as the pristine ores.
Platinum concentrations increase from LG-6 to MG-4, whereas Pd remains at near-constant levels, resulting in a strong increase of the Pt/Pd ratio from 2.2 to 15.3. Platinum, largely remains within the chromitite seams and is only locally mobilized within the chromitites and their surrounding hanging and footwalls, whereas a large proportion of the Pd is leached out. Weathering causes mobilization of Pt and Pd out of the chromitites, locally into the hanging and footwall. The general decrease (in particular of Pd) can also be observed by comparing the average Pt/Pd ratio of pristine chromitites from the Thaba Mine. The IPGE are generally less affected by weathering processes which may be explained by the fact that laurite [(Ru,Os,Ir)S2] commonly occurs as inclusions in chromite, and PGM incorporated in chromite are largely unaffected by weathering processes.
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    GeoMünster 2019, 22.-25.09.2019, Münster, Germany

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Platinum-group elements in weathered Lower Group and Middle Group chromitites of the Bushveld Complex

Junge, M.; Bachmann, K.; Oberthür, T.
All major sources of economically important platinum-group elements (PGE) are associated with sulfides and chromite in mafic-ultramafic rocks. The Bushveld Complex in South Africa is the largest PGE deposit worldwide. Chromitites of the Lower Group (LG) and Middle Group (MG) of the Bushveld Complex hold PGE contents of a few ppm. However, these chromitites are mainly mined for chromium only and extraction of PGE as a by-product is limited. Surface weathering in the area of the Bushveld Complex is up to 50 m down from surface. Attempts to recover Pt and Pd from these weathered ores lead to recoveries of <30 %, despite that Pt and Pd concentrations are similar in pristine and weathered ores. The recovery of PGE from near-surface chromitites of the LG and MG would increase the resource efficiency of current mining operations.. Therefore, an efficient utilization of these ores requires geochemical and mineralogical characterization of the PGE within these ores and the development of novel approaches of mineral beneficiation.
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    15th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits, 27.-30.08.2019, Glasgow, Great Britain

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Spectral tomography - 3D mineral classification

Da Assuncao Godinho, J. R.; Renno, A.ORC; de Schryver, T.; Masschaele, B.
A new analytical tool for mineral analysis will be introduced: Laboratory-based Spectral 3D X-ray Computed Tomography (Sp-CT). Results from a spectral imaging detector, prototype installed inside a TESCAN CoreTOM micro-CT system, will be presented and discussed in the context of mineralogical and chemical analysis of geological materials. The technique will be demonstrated to allow:
a) 3D mineral classification from the transmitted energy spectrum characteristic of a mineral phase.
b) Quick bulk chemical quantification of heavy elements with K-edge > 20 keV at high concentrations that are difficult to analyse by other methods.
c) Reducing common CT artefacts such as scattering and beam hardening, as well as improved contrast by selectively choose the most convenient energy range.
The advantages of Sp-CT will open new possibilities in geometallurgy and minerals processing research to move from the predominant 2D based image characterization towards more representative 3D characterization. These are fundamental steps to enable automated and routine 3D characterization that ultimately has the potential to provide faster and lower cost analysis to, for example, the mining industry, as well as more comprehensive rock characterization technique for Earth sciences research.
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    Goldschmidt 2019, 18.-23.08.2019, Barcelona, Spain

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High energy ion beams as a powerful tool for the analysis of the elemental composition of thin layers

Munnik, F.ORC Keywords: Ion Beam Analysis
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    Kolloquium am Ferdinand-Braun-Institut, Berlin, 29.11.2019, Berlin, Germany

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Volume quantification in interphase voxels of ore minerals using 3D imaging

Da Assuncao Godinho, J. R.; Kern, M.ORC; Renno, A.ORC; Gutzmer, J.ORC
This contribution presents and validates a new method to correct for the main limitations of volume quantification using X-ray computed tomography: limited spatial resolution and lack of mineralogical classification. The volume of a phase of interest (cassiterite, SnO2) is calculated using the intensity of voxels at interphases, which are typically the regions of main uncertainty in 3D imaging. Instead of traditional segmentation methods that define boundaries between phases, our method considers interphases as regions that can be several voxels across. The method is validated using a feedback loop between 2D scanning electron microscopy-based image analysis and bulk chemical analysis where the advantages of each technique are used to correct for the limitations of another. The percent of cassiterite derived from our method are within 10% deviation from those measured by scanning electron microscopy-based image analysis and bulk chemical analysis, when the P50 of the particle size distribution is at least 5 times the voxel size of the scan, which is a better agreement than results derived from other segmentation methods. Therefore, our method reduces the uncertainty of volume quantification and lowers the limit of grain sizes for which volumes can be reliably measured using computed tomography. The reduced uncertainty and bias can contribute to broadening the application of 3D imaging to mineral engineering as complementary to well established techniques.
Keywords: Partial volume effect Computed tomography Mineral processing Raw materials X-ray imaging Geometallurgy

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Improvement of luminescence properties of n-GaN using TEGa precursor

Hubáčeka, T.; Hospodková, A.; Kuldová, K.; Slavická Zíková, M.; Pangrác, J.; Čížek, J.; Liedke, M. O.ORC; Butterling, M.; Wagner, A.ORC; Hubík, P.; Hulicius, E.
The aim of this work is to compare and improve optical and structural properties of GaN layers prepared using TMGa or TEGa precursors. MOVPE grown GaN buffer layers on sapphire substrates are usually grown from TMGa precursor at the temperatures above 1000 °C. These layers contain deep and shallow acceptor levels which are responsible for blue and yellow defect bands in luminescent spectra. Both defect bands are detrimental for all major nitride device applications. Especially n-doped GaN layers suffer from strong yellow defect bands. In this work, it is shown that yellow band photoluminescence intensity can be suppressed by using TEGa precursor during the growth of n–doped GaN layers. Different kinds of growth parameters, such as growth temperature or growth rate, have been studied. It is also shown that the change of carrier gas (H2 or N2) has very strong influence on the layer quality. H2 carrier gas increased intensity of yellow band in sample grown from TEGa precursor while N2 carrier gas had the same effect for sample grown from TMGa precursor. Variable energy positron annihilation spectroscopy showed creation of single VGa in H2 atmosphere and clustering of VGa to big complexes ((VGa)3(VN)n) in N2 atmosphere.
Keywords: MOVPE, TEGa precursor, n-GaN, yellow band, VGa defect

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Enhanced flux pinning isotropy by tuned nanosized defect network in superconducting YBa2Cu3O6+x films

Khan, M. Z.; Rivasto, E.; Tikkanen, J.; Rijckaert, H.; Malmivirta, M.; Liedke, M. O.ORC; Butterling, M.; Wagner, A.ORC; Huhtinen, H.; van Driessche, I.; Paturi, P.
Striving to improve the critical current density Jc of superconducting YBa 2 Cu 3 o 6+x (YBCO) thin films via enhanced vortex pinning, the interplay between film growth mechanisms and the formation of nanosized defects, both natural and artificial, is systematically studied in undoped and BaZrO 3 (BZO)-doped YBCO thin films. The films were grown via pulsed laser deposition (PLD), varying the crystal grain size of the targets in addition to the dopant content. The microstructure of the PLD target has been observed to have a great impact on that of the deposited thin films, including the formation of vortex pinning centers, which has direct implications on the superconducting performance, especially on the isotropy of flux pinning properties. Based on experimentally measured angular dependencies of Jc, coupled with a molecular dynamics (MD) simulation of flux pinning in the YBCO films, we present a quantitative model of how the splay and fragmentation of BZO nanorods artifically introduced into the YBCO film matrix explain the majority of the observed critical current anisotropy. To obtain the freedom to engineer future high-temperature superconductor (HTS) applications for desired operating magnetic field and temperature ranges, it is necessary to optimize the vortex pinning landscape for an enhanced, isotropic flux pinning performance 1-6. In addition to naturally formed crystalline defects, which typically have spatial dimensions distinctly below the superconducting coherence length, defect-engineering with artificially produced pinning centers (APCs) with dimensionalities of 1D-3D have been observed to be extremely effective 7-10. However, the complex nucleation process of YBCO during PLD process, that leads to growth island size variation, and the manner in which this could affect the size and distribution of the nanoscale structural defects is chiefly neglected. Especially, a clear gap exists in the current literature regarding how ordered arrays of nanoscale defects can also influence and regulate the distribution and growth of more effective APCs and thus decrease the anisotropy by allowing vortices to be trapped in a wider angular range 11. Partly, the clear lack of information on the subject is arguably be due to the rather general assumption that during PLD process, the film growth method of our choice, the target material is largely decomposed on the atomic level, and thus its properties should not have an effect on the formation and nucleation of particles on the substrate surface. This assumption, which our studies have led us to challenge, would precariously force one to downplay the potential importance of target microstructure on the functional properties of derived films. The angular dependence of the J c has an excellent physical importance providing an approach to the problem of flux pinning and vortex dynamics anisotropy in HTSs, both from the experimental and theoretical point of view. For instance, in the angular dependent critical current plots, one can easily observe how the various types of pinning centers such as correlated linear, columnar or planar defects and, on the other hand, defects based on growth mechanisms together with YBCO's intrinsic pinning can dramatically alter the angular dependence of J c (B) 4. For understanding the origin of angular dependent flux pinning J c (θ), experimental tools like transmission electron microscopy (TEM) are often exploited to probe the structural properties and features, such as the defects naturally formed during the film growth, as well as the size, shape, orientation and distribution of the artificially produced and self-assembled pinning centers 5,12,13. However, methods like positron annihilation spectroscopy,
Keywords: superconductivity, YBa2Cu3O6, YBCO, positron annihilation spectroscopy, PAS

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An Integrated Multi-Sensor System for the In-Line Monitoring of Material Streams

Seidel, P.; König, S.; Lorenz, S.; Sudharshan, V.; Shaik Fareedh, J.; Zimmermann, R.ORC; Ghamisi, P.; Kaever, P.; Gloaguen, R.ORC; Reuter, M.ORC
We present an innovative multi-sensor system, based on non-invasive optical spectroscopy for the characterization of material streams. The novel hardware and software set-ups are explained in detail and first results from RGB stereoscopy and object detection are shown.
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    IEEE Sensors 2019, 27.-30.10.2019, Montreal, Canada
    Proceedings of IEEE Sensors 2019

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Structural, magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of NdPrFe14B and its hydrides

Tereshina, I.; Kaminskaya, T.; Ivanov, L.; Politova, G.; Drulis, H.; Gorbunov, D.; Paukov, M.; Tereshina-Chitrova, E.; Andreev, A.
A systematic study of the influence of interstitial hydrogen on the structure, morphology of surface, magnetic and magnetothermal properties in multicomponent (Nd0.5Pr0.5)2Fe14BHx (x = 0; 2.7; 4.3) are reported. Partial substitution of Pr for Nd allows a decrease of the spin-reorientation transition temperature from 135 K for Nd2Fe14B to 73 K for (Nd0.5Pr0.5)2Fe14B. Hydrides (Nd0.5Pr0.5)2Fe14BHx crystallize in a tetragonal crystal structure (space group P42/mnm) of the Nd2Fe14B-type. Both lattice constants and unit cell volume increase upon hydrogen absorption. It was also found that the surface of the hydrogenated sample was very severely damaged by the introduction of hydrogen. Magnetic studies of both initial compound and the hydrides were performed on bulk and powder samples in static and pulsed magnetic fields up to 14 and 58 T, respectively. Hydrogenation has a significant effect on magnetic properties of a multicomponent alloy (Nd0.5Pr0.5)2Fe14B: Curie temperature and saturation magnetization increase, while temperature of SRT decreases (TSRT = 63 K for (Nd0.5Pr0.5)2Fe14BHx with x = 2.7 and 4.3). The magnetocaloric effect (MCE) in the range of spin-reorientation transition also decreases significantly. We analyzed magnetic properties of (Nd0.5Pr0.5)2Fe14BHx and compare them with that of Nd2Fe14BHx. Magnetic phase diagrams are constructed.

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Evidence of one-dimensional magnetic heat transport in the triangular-lattice antiferromagnet Cs2CuCl4

Schulze, E.; Arsenijevic, S.; Opherden, L.ORC; Ponomaryov, O.; Wosnitza, J.; Ono, T.; Tanaka, H.; Zvyagin, S.ORC
We report on low-temperature heat-transport properties of the spin-1/2 triangular-lattice antiferromagnet Cs2CuCl4. Broad maxima in the thermal conductivity along the three principal axes, observed at about 5 K, are interpreted in terms of the Debye model, including the phonon umklapp scattering. For thermal transport along the b axis, we found a pronounced field-dependent anomaly, close to the transition into the three-dimensional long-range-ordered state. No such anomalies were found for the transport along the a and c directions.We argue that this anisotropic behavior is related to an additional heat-transport channel through magnetic excitations, that can best propagate along the direction of the largest exchange interaction. In addition, peculiarities of the heat transport of Cs2CuCl4 in magnetic fields up to the saturation field and above are discussed.

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Diffusion and Interaction of In and As Implanted into SiO2 Films

Tyschenko, I. E.; Voelskow, M.; Mikhaylov, A. N.; Tetelbaum, D. I.
By means of Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, electron microscopy, and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, the distribution and interaction of In and As atoms implanted into thermally grown SiO2 films to concentrations of about 1.5 at % are studied in relation to the temperature of subsequent annealing in nitrogen vapors in the range of T = 800–1100°C. It is found that annealing at T = 800–900°C results in the segregation of As atoms at a depth corresponding to the As+-ion range and in the formation of As nanoclusters that serve as sinks for In atoms. An increase in the annealing temperature to 1100°C yields the segregation of In atoms at the surface of SiO2 with the simultaneous enhanced diffusion of As atoms. The corresponding diffusion coefficient is DAs = 3.2 × 10–14 cm2 s–1.
Keywords: As, diffusion, In, ion implantation, silicon oxide

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Deep Learning for Hyperspectral Image Classification: An Overview

Li, S.; Song, W.; Fang, L.; Chen, Y.; Ghamisi, P.; Benediktsson, J. A.
Hyperspectral image (HSI) classification has become a hot topic in the field of remote sensing. In general, the complex characteristics of hyperspectral data make the accurate classification of such data challenging for traditional machine learning methods. In addition, hyperspectral imaging often deals with an inherently nonlinear relation between the captured spectral information and the corresponding materials. In recent years, deep learning has been recognized as a powerful feature-extraction tool to effectively address nonlinear problems and widely used in a number of image processing tasks. Motivated by those successful applications, deep learning has also been introduced to classify HSIs and demonstrated good performance. This survey paper presents a systematic review of deep learning-based HSI classification literature and compares several strategies for this topic. Specifically, we first summarize the main challenges of HSI classification which cannot be effectively overcome by traditional machine learning methods, and also introduce the advantages of deep learning to handle these problems. Then, we build a framework that divides the corresponding works into spectral-feature networks, spatial-feature networks, and spectral-spatial-feature networks to systematically review the recent achievements in deep learning-based HSI classification. In addition, considering the fact that available training samples in the remote sensing field are usually very limited and training deep networks require a large number of samples, we include some strategies to improve classification performance, which can provide some guidelines for future studies on this topic. Finally, several representative deep learning-based classification methods are conducted on real HSIs in our experiments.

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Cascaded Recurrent Neural Networks for Hyperspectral Image Classification

Hang, R.; Liu, Q.; Hong, D.; Ghamisi, P.
By considering the spectral signature as a sequence, recurrent neural networks (RNNs) have been successfully used to learn discriminative features from hyperspectral images (HSIs) recently. However, most of these models only input the whole spectral bands into RNNs directly, which may not fully explore the specific properties of HSIs. In this paper, we propose a cascaded RNN model using gated recurrent units to explore the redundant and complementary information of HSIs. It mainly consists of two RNN layers. The first RNN layer is used to eliminate redundant information between adjacent spectral bands, while the second RNN layer aims to learn the complementary information from nonadjacent spectral bands. To improve the discriminative ability of the learned features, we design two strategies for the proposed model. Besides, considering the rich spatial information contained in HSIs, we further extend the proposed model to its spectral-spatial counterpart by incorporating some convolutional layers. To test the effectiveness of our proposed models, we conduct experiments on two widely used HSIs. The experimental results show that our proposed models can achieve better results than the compared models.

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Hyperspectral Image Classification with Multi-Scale Feature Extraction

Bing, T.; Nanying, L.; Leyuan, F.; Danbing, H.; Ghamisi, P.
Spectral features cannot effectively reflect the differences among the ground objects and distinguish their boundaries in hyperspectral image (HSI) classification. Multi-scale feature extraction can solve this problem and improve the accuracy of HSI classification. The Gaussian pyramid can effectively decompose HSI into multi-scale structures, and efficiently extract features of different scales by stepwise filtering and downsampling. Therefore, this paper proposed a Gaussian pyramid based multi-scale feature extraction (MSFE) classification method for HSI. First, the HSI is decomposed into several Gaussian pyramids to extract multi-scale features. Second, we construct probability maps in each layer of the Gaussian pyramid and employ edge-preserving filtering (EPF) algorithms to further optimize the details. Finally, the final classification map is acquired by a majority voting method. Compared with other spectral-spatial classification methods, the proposed method can not only extract the characteristics of different scales, but also can better preserve detailed structures and the edge regions of the image. Experiments performed on three real hyperspectral datasets show that the proposed method can achieve competitive classification accuracy.

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Crystallization of colourless hexanitoratoneptunate(IV) with anhydrous H+ countercations trapped into hydrogen bond polymer with diamide linkers

Takao, K.ORC; März, J.ORC; Matsuoka, M.; Mashita, T.; Kazama, H.; Tsushima, S.ORC
Colourless crystalline compounds of centrosymmetric [Np(NO3)6]2− were yielded from 3 M HNO3 aq under presence of double-headed 2-pyrrolidone derivatives (L). In the obtained crystal structures, H+ was also involved as a countercation to compensate the negative charge of [Np(NO3)6]2−, where initial hydration around H+ was fully removed during crystallization despite its strongest hydration enthalpy. Instead, such an anhydrous H+ was captured by L to form a [H+···L]n hydrogen bond polymer. In [Np(NO3)6]2−, Np4+ centre is twelve-coordinated with 6 bidentate NO3−, and therefore, present in an icosahedral geometry bearing inversion centre. In such a centrosymmetric system, any f-f transitions stemming from 5f3 electronic configuration of Np4+ are electric-dipole forbidden. This is the reason why the compounds currently obtained were colourless unlike ordinary Np(IV) species with olive-green.

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Spectroscopic ellipsometry and magneto-optical Kerr effect spectroscopy study of thermally treated Co60Fe20B20 thin films

Hoffmann, M.; Sharma, A.; Matthes, P.; Okano, S.; Hellwig, O.ORC; Ecke, R.; Zahn, D.; Salvan, G.; Schulz, S.
We report the optical and magneto-optical properties of amorphous and crystalline Co60Fe20B20 films with thicknesses in the range of 10 nm to 20 nm characterized using spectroscopy ellipsometry (SE) and magneto-optical Kerr effect (MOKE) spectroscopy. We derived the spectral dependence of the dielectric tensor from experimental data for samples prior and after annealing in vacuum. The features of the dielectric function can be directly related to the transitions between electronic states and the observed changes upon annealing can be ascribed to an increase of the crystalline ordering of CoFeB.
Keywords: CoFeB, spectroscopic ellipsometry, magneto-optical Kerr effect spectroscopy, x-ray diffraction

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Studies on the interaction of plant cells with U(VI) and Eu(III) and on stress-induced metabolite release

Jessat, J.
Uranium(VI) and Europium(III) can interact with Brassica napus suspension cell cultures. This can lead to bioassociation (immobilisation of metals due to the cell metabolism), which is discussed in more detail here. Heavy metal stress can also lead to the formation of protective metabolites by the plant cells, whose complex formation behaviour with U(VI) has been investigated.
Keywords: canola, plants, uranium, europium, metabolites, WiN, Women in Nuclear, bioassociation, heavy metal, plant cells, suspension cell cultures
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    Finale der WiN Preisverleihung, 11.10.2019, Karlstein/Main, Deutschland

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Femtosecond X-ray induced changes of the electronic and magnetic response of solids from electron redistribution

Higley, D.; Reid, A.; Chen, Z.; Le Guyader, L.; Hellwig, O.ORC; Lutman, A.; Liu, T.; Shafer, P.; Chase, T.; Dakovski, G.; Mitra, A.; Yuan, E.; Schlappa, J.; Dürr, H.; Schlotter, W.; Stöhr, J.
Resonant X-ray absorption, where an X-ray photon excites a core electron into an unoccupiedvalence state, is an essential process in many standard X-ray spectroscopies. With increasingX-ray intensity, the X-ray absorption strength is expected to become nonlinear. Here, wereport the onset of such a nonlinearity in the resonant X-ray absorption of magnetic Co/Pdmultilayers near the Co L3edge. The nonlinearity is directly observed through the change ofthe absorption spectrum, which is modified in less than 40 fs within 2 eV of its threshold.This is interpreted as a redistribution of valence electrons near the Fermi level. For ourmagnetic sample this also involves mixing of majority and minority spins, due to sampledemagnetization. Ourfindings reveal that nonlinear X-ray responses of materials may alreadyoccur at relatively low intensities, where the macroscopic sample is not destroyed, providinginsight into ultrafast charge and spin dynamics.

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Critical behavior of intercalated quasi-van der Waals ferromagnet Fe0.26TaS2

Zhang, C.; Yuan, Y.; Wang, M.ORC; Li, P.; Zhang, J.; Wen, Y.; Zhou, S.ORC; Zhang, X. X.
In the present work, single-crystalline quasi-van der Waals ferromagnet Fe0.26TaS2 was successfully synthesized with Fe atoms intercalated at ordered positions between TaS2 layers. Its critical behavior was systematically studied by measuring the magnetization around ferromagnetic to paramagnetic phase transition temperature, TC∼100.7K, under different magnetic fields. The critical exponent β for the spontaneous magnetization below TC, γ for the inverse initial susceptibility above TC, and δ for the magnetic isotherm at TC were determined with modified Arrott plots, the Kouvel-Fisher method, the Widom scaling law, and critical isotherm analysis, and found to be the following values: β=0.459(6),γ=1.205(11), and δ=3.69(1). The obtained critical exponents are self-consistent and follow the scaling equation, indicating the reliability and intrinsicality of these parameters. A close analysis within the framework of renormalization group theory reveals that the spin coupling inside Fe0.26TaS2 crystal is of the three-dimensional Heisenberg ({d:n}={3:3}) type with long-range magnetic interaction and that the exchange interaction decays with distance as J(r)∼r-4.71
Keywords: quasi-van der Waals ferromagnet,critical behavior,three-dimensional Heisenberg

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Bio-Fishing for Rare Earth Recycling

Lederer, F.ORC
Rare earth elements (REE) are a group of seventeen elements consisting of scandium, yttrium as well as what are known as lanthanides. These elements are found only in a few regions worldwide in quantities worth mining. REEs are considered key components in the high-tech industry and are utilized, for example, in wind turbines, smartphones and energy-saving lamps.
  • G.I.T. Laboratory Journal 23(2019)5, 30-31

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Bio-compatible flotation of Chlorella vulgaris: Study of zeta potential and flotation efficiency

Matho, C.; Schwarzenberger, K.; Eckert, K.ORC; Keshavarzi, B.; Walther, T.; Steingroewer, J.; Krujatz, F.
The energy-intensive dewatering of algae biomass, the first step of most downstream processes, remains one of the big challenges for economically relevant photoautotrophic bioprocesses. Due to its scalability and easy construction, froth flotation using the interactions between cells and bubbles shows considerable potential for this type of cost-efficient initial dewatering step. Comprehensive knowledge on both the physico-chemical conditions and the cellular surface properties are an important precondition to harvest cells by flotation. This study investigates the impact of changing the medium composition, specifically varying the pH and adding (bio-) collectors, on the zeta potential of Chlorella vulgaris SAG 211-1b. Decreasing the pH value from physiological to acidic conditions (pH 1–1.5) resulted in a strongly reduced cellular zeta potential. As validated by dispersed-air flotation, this yields a significantly enhanced cell recovery R > 95 %. The impact of the synthetic collector cetyltrimethylammonium bromide and the biopolymer chitosan on the cellular zeta potential and flotation performance was studied, resulting in a 3.3-fold decrease in the surfactant dose when chitosan was used . The basic mechanisms of cell-chitosan interaction were analysed in terms of particle size distribution and surface tension measurements, revealing interactions between flocculation and adsorption during the dispersed-air flotation of C.vulgarisSAG 211-1b.
Keywords: Chlorella vulgaris, Flotation, Zeta potential, Dispersed-air flotation, Chitosan, CTAB

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Wie uns die Biologie beim Recycling von Elektroschrott hilft

Lederer, F.ORC
Gold, Kupfer, Palladium und Seltene Erden sind wichtige Bestandteile von Smartphones und anderen Geräten unseres täglichen Lebens. Jedes dieser Metalle erfüllt ganz gezielt Aufgaben im Gerät und ist daraus nicht wegzudenken. Ihre Gewinnung aus den Bergbauminen dieser Erde ist häufig mit enormen Schäden für Mensch und Natur verbunden. Die Verwendung von recycelten Metallen bietet dazu eine deutlich umweltfreundlichere Alternative. Da die Metalle aber in sehr kleinen Mengen und fein verteilt im Gerät verbaut sind, ist ihr Recycling häufig nicht wirtschaftlich. Hier können neue biologische Recyclingwege Abhilfe leisten. Forscher des Helmholtz Instituts Freiberg für Ressourcentechnologie arbeiten an der Entwicklung von Metallspezifischen Antikörpern, welche gezielt ein Wertmetall nach dem anderen auch in kleinsten Konzentrationen in Form von Bioangeln aus einem Metallgemisch herausfischen können.
Keywords: Recycling, Elektroschrott, Bioangeln
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    Campus Talks - Forschung auf den Punkt gebracht, 19.11.2019, Berlin, Deutschland

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Metallgewinnung durch Mikrobiologie - Biologisch assistierte Prozesse in der Rohstofftechnologie

Lederer, F.ORC
Präsentation der Arbeiten der Abteilung Biotechnologie des Helmholtz Institut Freiberg für Ressourcentechnologie sowie der Arbeiten der Nachwuchsforschergruppe BioKollekt
Keywords: Biokollektoren, Peptide, Recycling
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    Institutskolloquium, 25.09.2019, Waldheim, Deutschland

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BioKollekt - A biobased material recycling process promotes circular economy

Lederer, F.ORC; Pollmann, K.ORC
Recycling high-value products is a pivotal part of a circular economy. Current high-tech products contain a highly complex mixture of elements in low concentrations. Elements in these mixtures usually possess similar chemical and physical properties, which poses technical difficulties when considering a potential recycling process. Currently, only 22% terbium, 1% cerium and 1% lanthanum used in electronic devices like fluorescent light bulbs is recycled.1 A large proportion of these precious elements is lost. There is a need for novel techniques to be developed in order to recycle elements that are in low concentrations and in a complex matrix. Junior research group BioKollekt has begun the design and development of highly selective bio-based collector materials for a more sustainable recycling process of these elements. Biological peptide structures were identified in a highly competitive process for their selectivity and affinity for the fluorescent phosphor lanthanum phosphate doped with cerium and terbium (LAP). LAP-selective binding peptides coupled to a carrier material could be used in the future as separation tools for the selective recycling of LAP from lamp phosphors of fluorescent light bulbs. The BioKollekt approach uses LAP as a “proof of principle” to show the efficiency of biocollector materials. Figure 1 demonstrates the BioKollekt concept. The identification of highly selective biomolecules for preferred target materials (step 1) has been already achieved. In the second step, carrier materials (e.g. hydrophobic beads) will be functionalized with material binding-selective peptides. Biocollectors will interact selectively with their target material in a separation process (step 3-4). Finally, the target material and biocollector will be recycled and reused (step 5). The talk will present the BioKollekt concept and its achievements.
Keywords: Recycling, Peptides, Fluorescent Phosphor, Lanthanum
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    European Congress and Exhibition on Advanced Matertials and Processes (EUROMAT 2019), 01.-05.09.2019, Stockholm, Sweden

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Distinct defect appearance in Gd implanted polar and nonpolar ZnO surfaces in connection to ion channeling effect

Jagerová, A.; Malinský, P.; Mikšová, R.; Nekvindová, P.; Cajzl, J.; Akhmadaliev, S.; Holý, V.; Macková, A.
(0001) c-plane, (11-20) a-plane, and m-plane (10-10) ZnO bulk crystals were implanted with 400-keV Gd+ ions using fluences of 5 × 1014, 1 × 1015, 2.5 × 1015, and 5 × 1015 cm-2. Structural changes during the implantation and subsequent annealing were characterized by Rutherford backscattering spectrometry in channeling mode (RBS-C); the angular dependence of the backscattered ions (angular scans) in c-, a-, and m-plane ZnO was realized to get insight into structural modification and dopant position in various crystallographic orientations. X-ray diffraction (XRD) with mapping in reciprocal space was also used for introduced defect identification. Defect-accumulation depth profiles exhibited differences for c-, a-, and m-plane ZnO, with the a-plane showing significantly lower accumulated disorder in the deeper layer in Zn-sublattice, accompanied by the preservation of ion channeling phenomena in a-plane ZnO. Enlargement of the main lattice parameter was evidenced, after the implantation, in all orientations. The highest was evidenced in a-plane ZnO. The local compressive deformation was seen with XRD analysis in polar (c-plane) ZnO, and the tensile deformation was observed in nonpolar ZnO (a-plane and m-plane orientations) being in agreement with RBS-C results. Raman spectroscopy showed distinct structural modification in various ZnO orientations simultaneously with identification of the disordered structure in O-sublattice. Nonpolar ZnO showed a significant increase in disorder in O-sublattice exhibited by E2(high) disappearance and enhancement of A1(LO) and E1(LO) phonons connected partially to oxygen vibrational modes. The lowering of the E2(low) phonon mode and shift to the lower wavenumbers was observed in c-plane ZnO connected to Zn-sublattice disordering. Such observations are in agreement with He ion channeling, showing channeling effect preservation with only slight Gd dopant position modification in a-plane ZnO and the more progressive diminishing of channels with subsequent Gd movement to random position with the growing ion fluence and after the annealing in c-plane and m-plane ZnO.
Keywords: doped c-, a- plane and m-plane ZnO; damage accumulation asymmetry; rare-earth ion implantation; RBS channelling; damage-depth profiling

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Multiconfigurational calculations of ground and excited states of actinide complexes

Kloditz, R.ORC; Patzschke, M.ORC; Stumpf, T.
Multiconfigurational wavefunction based methods are the state of the art methods to quantitatively compute excited state energies and transition moments for heavy element systems where the inclusion of electron correlation and relativistic effects is crucial. Since the advent of these methods, e.g. the complete active-space self-consistent field (CASSCF) method and the density-matrix renormalization group (DMRG) method, it is possible to accurately interpret and predict the UV-Vis spectra of these heavy element systems.
In this talk the CASSCF and DMRG methods are introduced and used to simulate the UV-Vis spectrum of the Uranium-bissalen complex. The active space is set up and varied to accurately describe the wavefunction. CASPT2 and RASSI are used to obtain quantitative results for excited state energies and transition moments.
Keywords: CASSCF, DMRG, Actinides, Excited states, Correlation
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    Arbeitsgruppenseminar des AK Thomas Heine (TU Dresden), 26.11.2019, Dresden, Deutschland

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Revealing the metal-ligand bonding character in tetravalent f-element complexes with Schiff-base ligands

Kloditz, R.ORC; Radoske, T.ORC; Patzschke, M.ORC; Stumpf, T.
The contribution of the f-orbitals to chemical bonding leads to the rich chemistry of the actinides. This is in contrast to the lanthanides, where it is known that this contribution is less important. Of special interest is the influence of these orbitals on the bonding character of actinides and lanthanides with organic ligands reflecting natural binding motifs.
This study compares the different bonding behavior of tetravalent actinides and lanthanides with the Schiff base salen by means of real-space bonding analysis. Our approach makes use of the quantum theory of atoms in molecules (QTAIM), non-covalent interaction (NCI) analysis and density differences complemented by natural population analysis (NPA). Especially the local properties at the bond critical points, for instance charge, density, ellipticity and others, can be used to characterize a bond’s order, strength, and covalent contribution.
First results reveal a strong interaction of the actinides, i.e. Th to Pu, with the oxygen of salen characterized by a high electron density concentration between the atoms. In contrast, the interaction between the actinides and the nitrogen of salen is much weaker. The delocalization index, density and Laplacian reveal a significant increase of covalency for Pa to Pu compared to Th and Ce being an indicator of the contribution of the f-electrons. Tetravalent Ce as a lanthanide analogue of Th is expected to show a similar bonding behavior, but, surprisingly, this is not the case for all investigated bonding properties.
This detailed analysis of the electronic properties of actinide compounds will help to improve understanding of their behavior in the environment as well as in technical processes and leads to the possibility to predict properties of unknown complexes.
Keywords: DFT, QTAIM, DMRG, Actinides, Quantum chemistry, Bonding
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    European Summerschool of Quantum Chemistry, 08.-21.09.2019, Palermo, Italien
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    Jahrestagung der Fachgruppe Nuklearchemie 2019, 25.-27.09.2019, Dresden, Deutschland

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Insights into the excited states of 5f systems: Protactinium and Uranium

Kloditz, R.ORC; Patzschke, M.ORC; Stumpf, T.
The calculation of the excited states of actinide systems is a challenging task because of the delicate influence of electron correlation and relativistic effects. Density functional theory is not applicable for obtaining quantitative results, hence multiconfigurational wavefunction based methods have to be used. State of the art is a combination of spinfree CASSCF and CASPT2/NEVPT2 and a following inclusion of spin-orbit coupling.
This talk presents quantitative excited state energy calculations of simple Protactinium and Uranium systems in comparison with qualitative group-theoretical considerations.
Keywords: CASSCF, Actinides, Excited states, Group theory
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    Arbeitsgruppenseminar des AK Markus Reiher (ETH Zürich), 10.07.2019, Zürich, Schweiz

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Analysis of the metal-ligand bonding character in tetravalent f-element complexes with Schiff-base ligands

Kloditz, R.; Radoske, T.; Patzschke, M.; Stumpf, T.
The contribution of the f-orbitals to chemical bonding leads to the rich chemistry of the actinides. This is in contrast to the lanthanides, where it is known that this contribution is less important. Of special interest is the influence of these orbitals on the bonding character of actinides and lanthanides with organic ligands reflecting natural binding motifs.
This study compares the different bonding behavior of tetravalent actinides and lanthanides with the Schiff base salen by means of real-space bonding analysis. Our approach makes use of the quantum theory of atoms in molecules (QTAIM), non-covalent interaction (NCI) analysis and density differences complemented by natural population analysis (NPA). Especially the local properties at the bond critical points, for instance charge, density, ellipticity and others, can be used to characterize a bond’s order, strength, and covalent contribution.
First results reveal a strong interaction of the actinides, i.e. Th to Pu, with the oxygen of salen characterized by a high electron density concentration between the atoms. In contrast, the interaction between the actinides and the nitrogen of salen is much weaker. The delocalization index, density and Laplacian reveal a significant increase of covalency for Pa to Pu compared to Th and Ce being an indicator of the contribution of the f-electrons. Tetravalent Ce as a lanthanide analogue of Th is expected to show a similar bonding behavior, but, surprisingly, this is not the case for all investigated bonding properties.
This detailed analysis of the electronic properties of actinide compounds will help to improve understanding of their behavior in the environment as well as in technical processes and leads to the possibility to predict properties of unknown complexes.
Keywords: Actinides, DFT, QTAIM, bonding, covalency, quantum chemistry
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    Molecular Quantum Mechanics, 30.06.-05.07.2019, Heidelberg, Deutschland

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Towards multiscale and multisource remote sensing mineral exploration using RPAS: A case study in the Lofdal Carbonatite-Hosted REE Deposit, Namibia

Booysen, R.; Zimmermann, R.ORC; Lorenz, S.; Gloaguen, R.ORC; Nex, P. A. M.; Andreani, L.ORC; Möckel, R.
Traditional exploration techniques usually rely on extensive field work supported by geophysical ground surveying. However, this approach can be limited by several factors such as field accessibility, financial cost, area size, climate, and public disapproval. We recommend the use of multiscale hyperspectral remote sensing to mitigate the disadvantages of traditional exploration techniques. The proposed workflow analyzes a possible target at different levels of spatial detail. This method is particularly beneficial in inaccessible and remote areas with little infrastructure, because it allows for a systematic, dense and generally noninvasive surveying. After a satellite regional reconnaissance, a target is characterized in more detail by plane-based hyperspectral mapping. Subsequently, Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS)-mounted hyperspectral sensors are deployed on selected regions of interest to provide a higher level of spatial detail. All hyperspectral data are corrected for radiometric and geometric distortions. End-member modeling and classification techniques are used for rapid and accurate lithological mapping. Validation is performed via field spectroscopy and portable XRF as well as laboratory geochemical and spectral analyses. The resulting spectral data products quickly provide relevant information on outcropping lithologies for the field teams. We show that the multiscale approach allows defining the promising areas that are further refined using RPAS-based hyperspectral imaging. We further argue that the addition of RPAS-based hyperspectral data can improve the detail of field mapping in mineral exploration, by bridging the resolution gap between airplane- and ground-based data. RPAS-based measurements can supplement and direct geological observation rapidly in the field and therefore allow better integration with in situ ground investigations. We demonstrate the efficiency of the proposed approach at the Lofdal Carbonatite Complex in Namibia, which has been previously subjected to rare earth elements exploration. The deposit is located in a remote environment and characterized by difficult terrain which limits ground surveys.
Keywords: Carbonatite complex, Hyperspectral sensors, Mineral exploration, Multiscale, Namibia, Remotely Piloted Aircraft System

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Active Targeting of Dendritic Polyglycerols for Diagnostic Cancer Imaging

Kritee, P.; Neuber, C.; Zarschler, K.ORC; Wodtke, J.; Meister, S.; Rainer, H.; Pietzsch, J.; Stephan, H.ORC
Active tumor targeting involves the decoration of nanomaterials (NM) with oncotropic vector biomolecules that selectively recognize certain antigens on malignant cells or in the tumor microenvironment. This strategy can facilitate intracellular uptake of NM through specific interactions such as receptor-mediated endocytosis and can lead to prolonged retention in the malignant tissues by preventing rapid efflux from the tumor. Here, the design of actively targeting, renally excretible bimodal dendritic polyglycerols (dPGs) for diagnostic cancer imaging is described. Single-domain antibodies (sdAb) specifically binding to the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) are employed herein as targeting warheads owing to their small size and high affinity for their corresponding antigen. The dPGs equipped with EGFR-targeting feature are compared head-to-head with their non-targeting counterparts in terms of interaction with EGFR-overexpressing cells in vitro as well as accumulation at receptor-positive tumors in vivo. Experimental results reveal a higher specificity and preferential tumor accumulation for the α-EGFR dPGs, resulting from the introduction of active targeting capabilities on their backbone. These results highlight the potential for improving the tumor uptake properties of dPGs by strategic use of sdAb functionalization, which could ultimately prove useful to the development of ultrasmall NM with highly specific tumor accumulation.
Keywords: polymeric nanoparticles, targeting, single-domain antibodies, multimodality imaging, optical imaging, positron emission tomography

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X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy study of warm dense MgO

Bolis, R.ORC; Hernandez, J.-A.ORC; Recoules, V.; Guarguaglini, M.ORC; Dorchies, F.ORC; Jourdain, N.; Ravasio, A.; Vinci, T.ORC; Brambrink, E.; Ozaki, N.; Bouchet, J.; Remus, F.; Musella, R.; Mazevet, S.; Hartley, N.ORC; Guyot, F.; Benuzzi-Mounaix, A.
We report time-resolved X-ray Absorption Near Edge Spectroscopy (XANES) measurements of warm dense MgO. We used a high power nanosecond pulse to drive a strong uniform shock wave into an MgO sample, and a picosecond pulse to generate a broadband X-ray source near the Mg K-edge. We used this setup to obtain XANES spectra across a large area of the phase diagram, with densities up to 6.8 g/cc and temperatures up to 30 000 K, conditions at which no prior investigations of electronic and ionic structure exist. Our XANES results, together with quantum molecular dynamic simulations, demonstrate that the sample metallizes due to the bandgap closure as it melts, after which it shows typical behavior for a disordered ionic liquid.
Keywords: Lasers, Metallization process, Band gap, Laser plasma interactions, Shock waves, High-density liquid, X-ray absorption spectroscopy, Phase transitions

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NORM research and strategy at the HZDR, Germany

Arnold, T.
The presentation gives an overview of the NORM research at the HZDR
Keywords: NORM, radioecology, uranium, research, strategy
  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    Cores Symposium on Radon and NORM – regulatory aspects, scientific achievements and research needs, 03.-04.09.2019, Helsinki, Finland

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CFD simulation of multiphase flow in evaporators

Schlottke, J.; Kühnel, W.; Porombka, P.; Lucas, D.ORC
Inside evaporators of air-conditioning systems, uneven mass flow distribution of refrigerant leads to a loss of efficiency and finally a reduction of comfort in passenger compartments. The distribution is influenced by the flow field and two-phase distribution (flow pattern) in various elements, comprising developing and developed two-phase flow in straight and angled ducts, headers, flat tubes and the connection between these.
This talk presents on-going efforts to predict this type of flow with CFD.
In a first step, extensive experimental investigations on generic geometries are done using advanced measurement techniques. This data are then used to develop and validate numerical models capable of reproducing the relevant physics.
Important two-phase phenomena are: multiple regimes (continuous-disperse + separated flow), wall films, stripping/impingement, particle size distribution, two-phase heat transfer, boiling/condensation. In a final step, the developed modeling strategy is applied to real evaporators.
In comparing simulation results to experimental data, we find both good agreement as well as discrepancies which confirm that there is still more work on developing appropriate models to do.
Keywords: evaporator, CFD, flow distribution, air-conditioning systems, Euler-Euler method
  • Lecture (Conference)
    17th Multiphase Flow Conference and Short Course, 11.-15.11.2019, Dresden, Deutschland

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The Inverse Trans Influence in a novel Uranium(IV)bis(carbene) Complex

Köhler, L.; Patzschke, M.ORC; März, J.ORC; Stumpf, T.
The trans influence is an extensively investigated electronic concept in transition metal chemistry. It can be defined as the extent to which a bond in trans position to a ligand L is weakened.[1,2] In contrast, f-block elements exhibit an opposite effect, meaning a bond shortening and thus strengthening can be observed in the trans position to a strongly donating ligand. This is established as the inverse trans influence (ITI),[3–5] and is commonly assumed to be most prominent for actinides in high oxidation states.
A novel UIVbis(carbene) complex [UIV(L¹)₂(TMSA)Cl₃] 1 (L¹ = iPr₂Im, TMSA = (N(SiMe₃)₂)−) was synthesized by salt metathesis from UCl4 in the presence of iPrImHCl and TMSA. In the complex, the U centre is surrounded by two carbenes, three chloro- and one TMSA-ligand. The U–Cl bond in trans position to the TMSA is slightly shorter (0.01 Å) compared to the other U–Cl bonds, indicating an TMSA-induced ITI. However, this change is very small. For comparison, a structural optimization based on the SC-XRD data of 1 was carried out using tetravalent tungsten as a d-block analogue, because of its similar ionic radius to UIV. Tungsten’s transition metal behaviour should result in a trans influence. In the WIVbis(carbene) complex 2, the W–Cl bond trans to the TMSA ligand is indeed 0.05 Å longer than the other W–Cl bonds. This large change expresses the existence of a strong trans influence in 2 and hence ITI in 1.
References:
[1] A. Pidcock, R. E. Richards, L. M. Venanzi, J. Chem. Soc. Inorg. Phys. Theor. 1966, 0, 1707–1710.
[2] T. G. Appleton, H. C. Clark, L. E. Manzer, Coord. Chem. Rev. 1973, 10, 335–422.
[3] R. G. Denning, J. Phys. Chem. A 2007, 111, 4125–4143.
[4] H. S. La Pierre, K. Meyer, Inorg. Chem. 2013, 52, 529–539.
[5] M. Gregson, E. Lu, D. P. Mills, F. Tuna, E. J. L. McInnes, C. Hennig, A. C. Scheinost, J. McMaster, W. Lewis, A. J. Blake, et al., Nat. Commun. 2017, 8, 14137.
Keywords: uranium carbene complex, inverse trans influence, ITI, tungsten carbene complex
  • Lecture (Conference)
    Tagung Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, 25.-27.09.2019, Dresden, Deutschland

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Publ.-Id: 30023


Actinid-Komplexe mit N-heterocyclischen Carbenen

Köhler, L.; Patzschke, M.ORC; März, J.ORC; Stumpf, T.
The inverse trans influence (ITI) is an effect well-known to occur in high valent U(V/VI) complexes. It appears as a shortening of the M–L bond in trans position to a strongly donating ligand. The effect can be explained by electron density donation from the strong ligand to the metal center, which fills up the electron hole formed through electron density transfer from semi-core 6p to vacant 5f orbitals.[1,2] This results in the observed contraction and strengthening of the bond trans to the donating ligand.
To compare the ITI in UIV and UV complexes, the U compounds [UIV(L¹)₂(TMSA)Cl₃] 1 (L¹ = iPr₂Im, TMSA = (N(SiMe₃)₂)−) and [UV(TMSI)Cl₅](L¹H)₂ 2 (TMSI = NSiMe₃−) were synthesized from UIV starting material in the presence of iPrIm. In the case of 1 the metal center is surrounded by three chloro-, two carbene and one TMSA ligand, whereas 2 exhibits five chloro- and one TMSI ligand, thus generating an dianion, whose charge is compensated by the protonated carbene. In 1, the U–Cl bond, located trans to the TMSA ligand, is remarkably shorter (0.02 Å) than the other U–Cl bonds. This indicates the existence of an ITI, induced by TMSA. Based on the higher valent UV cation and stronger donating TMSI ligand, a similar or stronger effect should also be observed in 2. Surprisingly, this could not be confirmed by the experimental data. The U–Cl bond lying trans to the TMSI ligand is not the shortest U–Cl bond (2.68 Å compared to 2.66 Å for U–Cl1/2), but is in the same range as the other chloro ligands. The absence of a notable ITI can be attributed to intermolecular interactions in the crystal structure of 2. Structure optimization of the molecular UV complex dianion by DFT yield a U–Cl5 bond length of 2.55 Å, shorter than any other U–Cl bond by 0.02 Å. The difference between experiment and theory results from a great number of electrostatic interactions and hydrogen bonding between the complex dianion and the carbene counterions in 2. Similar intermolecular interactions are not present in the crystal structure of 1, which is why the ITI could be observed for this compound.
The results demonstrate that the ITI affects complex structures for both, UIV and UV compounds, but additional effects, such as the intermolecular network observed in the structure of 2 can surpass its relatively small structural contribution.

References
[1] M. Gregson, E. Lu, D. P. Mills, F. Tuna, E. J. L. McInnes, C. Hennig, A. C. Scheinost, J. McMaster, W. Lewis, A. J. Blake, et al., Nat. Commun. 2017, 8, 14137.
[2] B. Kosog, H. S. La Pierre, F. W. Heinemann, S. T. Liddle, K. Meyer, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 5284–5289.
Keywords: carbenes, inverse trans influence, ITI, uranium(V) complex
  • Invited lecture (Conferences)
    Finale der WiN Preisverleihung, 11.10.2019, Karlstein/Main, Deutschland

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Publ.-Id: 30022


The Inverse Trans Influence in U(IV/V) complexes

Köhler, L.; Patzschke, M.ORC; März, J.ORC; Stumpf, T.
The inverse trans influence (ITI) is an effect well-known to occur in high valent U(V/VI) complexes. It appears as a shortening of the M–L bond in trans position to a strongly donating ligand. The effect can be explained by electron density donation from the strong ligand to the metal center, which fills up the electron hole formed through electron density transfer from semi-core 6p to vacant 5f orbitals.[1,2] This results in the observed contraction and strengthening of the bond trans to the donating ligand.
To compare the ITI in UIV and UV complexes, the U compounds [UIV(L¹)₂(TMSA)Cl₃] 1 (L¹ = iPr₂Im, TMSA = (N(SiMe₃)₂)−) and [UV(TMSI)Cl₅](L¹H)₂ 2 (TMSI = NSiMe₃−) were synthesized from UIVstarting material in the presence of iPrIm. In the case of 1 the metal center is surrounded by three chloro-, two carbene and one TMSA ligand, whereas 2 exhibits five chloro- and one TMSI ligand, thus generating an dianion, whose charge is compensated by the protonated carbene. In 1, the U–Cl bond, located trans to the TMSA ligand, is remarkably shorter (0.02 Å) than the other U–Cl bonds. This indicates the existence of an ITI, induced by TMSA. Based on the higher valent UV cation and stronger donating TMSI ligand, a similar or stronger effect should also be observed in 2. Surprisingly, this could not be confirmed by the experimental data. The U–Cl bond lying trans to the TMSI ligand is not the shortest U–Cl bond (2.68 Å compared to 2.66 Å for U–Cl1/2), but is in the same range as the other chloro ligands. The absence of a notable ITI can be attributed to intermolecular interactions in the crystal structure of 2. Structure optimization of the molecular UV complex dianion by DFT yield a U–Cl5 bond length of 2.55 Å, shorter than any other U–Cl bond by 0.02 Å. The difference between experiment and theory results from a great number of electrostatic interactions and hydrogen bonding between the complex dianion and the carbene counterions in 2. Similar intermolecular interactions are not present in the crystal structure of 1, which is why the ITI could be observed for this compound.
The results demonstrate that the ITI affects complex structures for both, UIV and UV compounds, but additional effects, such as the intermolecular network observed in the structure of 2 can surpass its relatively small structural contribution.

References
[1] M. Gregson, E. Lu, D. P. Mills, F. Tuna, E. J. L. McInnes, C. Hennig, A. C. Scheinost, J. McMaster, W. Lewis, A. J. Blake, et al., Nat. Commun. 2017, 8, 14137.
[2] B. Kosog, H. S. La Pierre, F. W. Heinemann, S. T. Liddle, K. Meyer, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 5284–5289.
Keywords: inverse trans influence, ITI, uranium(V), carbenes,
  • Lecture (Conference)
    Journées des Actinides, 14.-18.04.2019, Erice, Italien

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Publ.-Id: 30021


Trivalent Lanthanide and Actinide Incorporation into Zirconium(IV) Oxide – Spectroscopic Investigations of Defect Fluorite Structures

Eibl, M.ORC; Shaw, S.; Hennig, C.; Morris, K.; Stumpf, T.; Huittinen, N. M.
The incorporation of trivalent lanthanides and actinides into zirconia (ZrO₂) was studied using PXRD and spectroscopic methods (EXAFS, TRLFS). In highly doped cubic zirconia three Eu(III) incorporation species could be found using TRLFS. A surface associated species with an excitation maximum of 578.1 nm and two bulk incorporation species with excitation maxima at 579.0 and 579.7 nm were found.
  • Lecture (Conference)
    Jahrestagung der Fachgruppe Nuklearchemie 2019, 25.-27.09.2019, Dresden, Deutschland

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Publ.-Id: 30019


Trivalent Lanthanide and Actinide Incorporation into Zirconium(IV) Oxide – Spectroscopic Investigations of Defect Fluorite Structures

Eibl, M.ORC; Shaw, S.; Hennig, C.; Morris, K.; Stumpf, T.; Huittinen, N. M.
The incorporation of trivalent lanthanides and actinides into zirconia (ZrO₂) was studied using PXRD and spectroscopic methods (EXAFS, TRLFS). In highly doped cubic zirconia three Eu(III) incorporation species could be found using TRLFS. A surface associated species with an excitation maximum of 578.1 nm and two bulk incorporation species with excitation maxima at 579.0 and 579.7 nm were found.
  • Lecture (Conference)
    17th International Conference on the Chemistry and Migration Behavior of Actinides and Fission Products in the Geosphere., 15.-20.09.2019, Kyoto, Japan

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CFD simulation of flashing phenomena

Liao, Y.
Due to its relevance for technical applications, experimental and theoretical investigation on flashing flows through nozzles and tubes has gained great attention. Most of them have focused on area-averaged quantities such as mass flow rate and pressure drop, while little attention has been paid to the internal flow structure and interfacial exchanging processes. More recently, computational fluid dynamics is frequently utilized to explore the phase distribution in the flashing flows. Various gas-liquid mixture or two-fluid models have been proposed in the literature. However, knowledge on the non-equilibrium effects, interphase transfer as well as bubble dynamics under different flashing conditions is still insufficient, and a general and precise definition of the problem in numerical simulations remains a challenge. A broad consensus on the numerical methods for flashing flows is not available. Guidelines for selecting an appropriate model are desirable, which is, however, not an easy task due to the complex physics and lack of insights. The talk is focused on the elucidation of important interfacial processes such as interfacial area density, interfacial heat transfer, bubble nucleation, coalescence and breakup as well as available modelling approaches. Numerical simulations for various flashing scenarios, i.e. converging-diverging flow, pipe-blowdown, natural circulation loop and pressure release transient, are presented. The influence of chosen numerical methods is discussed, especially the mixture model versus two-fluid ones and mono-disperse versus poly-disperse approaches. Progresses towards developing a general framework for modelling of complex gas-liquid flows are demonstrated.
Keywords: Flashing flow, Numerical simulation, Phase change, Mono-disperse approach, Poly-disperse approach
  • Lecture (Conference)
    17th Multiphase Flow Conference & Short Course, 11.-15.11.2019, Dresden, Germany

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Synthesis and Characterization of Tri- and Tetravalent Actinide Amidinates

Fichter, S.ORC
Tri- and tetravalent actinide amidinates have been synthesized and characterized in solid state and in solution.
  • Lecture (others)
    FENABIUM Projekttreffen, 12.11.2019, Dresden, Deutschland

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Some notes on eddy viscosity in wall-bounded turbulent bubbly flows

Ma, T.; Liao, Y.; Lucas, D.; Bragg, A.
Recently, based on data from Direct Numerical Simulations (DNS), Ma et al. (Phys. Rev. Fluids 2, 034301, 2017) proposed a model for closing the bubble-induced turbulence (BIT) in a typical Euler-Euler two-equation model, which appears to yield improved performance for predicting $k$ and $\varepsilon$ over the previous models. The present study departures from this BIT model and purpose to use the same DNS data to investigate the behavior of the $C_\mu$ constant and standard eddy viscosity definition. It can be shown that $C_\mu$ constant computed using the DNS database has a very different behavior than that in single-phase flow. Checking closely, the deficiency originates from the description of the standard eddy viscosity that is intrinsic to this general hierarchy of Euler-Euler $k-\varepsilon$ type model, hence, cannot be overcome by a more complex correction function for $C_\mu$. Departing from this point, a modification to the definition of the eddy viscosity in bubbly flows is derived for the Euler-Euler two-equation models. The new expression is based on the bubble length-scale and its corresponding velocity scale. We focus on the intermediate region -- a region extended from the core region, where bubble-induced production and dissipation are nearly in balance, and find that the modified model can lead to significantly improved predictions for the mean liquid, when compared with DNS data.
  • Lecture (Conference)
    72nd Annual Meeting of the APS/DFD, 23.-26.11.2019, Seattle, USA

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A Flow Pattern Adaptive Multi-field Two-fluid Concept for Turbulent Two-phase Flows

Schlegel, F.; Meller, R.; Lehnigk, R.; Hänsch, S.; Tekavčič, M.
Industrial applications feature a huge variety of different flow patterns, such as bubbly flow, slug flow or annular flow. Thereby a broad range of flow morphologies and different physical scales is involved. With the objective of reproduction of occurring phenomena with one single multi-fluid solver, we present an Euler-Euler-approach, which combines a number of different methods for treatment of the partial aspects. The implementation into OpenFOAM is always with focus on sustainable research, including a state-of-the-art IT concept. A segregated approach is used for treatment of the phase momentum equations, phase fraction equations and the pressure equation, featuring a consistent momentum interpolation scheme (Cubero et al., 2014). To fulfil the kinematic condition at resolved interfaces between different continuous phases, the latter may be coupled either by an isotropic (Strubelj and Tiselj, 2011) or by an anisotropic drag. In both cases, the immensely strong phase coupling requires an adapted numerical method. State and evolution of bubble size distribution in disperse phase context is solved with either class or moment methods.
The overall objective is to take interactions between the all different aspects, such as disperse phases, resolved interfaces and turbulence with effects on momentum and mass transfer into account.
  • Poster
    17th Multiphase Flow Conference and Short Course, 11.-15.11.2019, Dresden, Deutschland

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On non drag interfacial force and thermal phase change modelling of reactingEulerFoam

Peltola, J.; Pättikangas, T.; Bainbridge, W.; Lehnigk, R.; Schlegel, F.
The reactingEulerFoam framework included in OpenFOAM releases since 3.0.0 provides a highly flexible platform for the modelling of multiphase flows. Extensive selection of interfacial force models is provided along with alternate turbulence models. The thermal phase change capability [1,2] was first introduced in OpenFOAM 3.0.1 [3] and has since been extended and refined in subsequent releases.
The current OpenFOAM 7 release features include support for non-equilibrium wall boiling, n-phase thermal phase change and for bubble diameter modelling algebraic, IATE and inhomogeneous class method models are supported.The present simulations have been carried out with the OpenFOAM Foundation development release [4]. The goal is to aid those that intend to use the publicly available reactingEulerFoam by providing a summary of the models and demonstrations of a few modelling details by expanding upon tutorials recently added to the OpenFOAM Foundation development line.
DEDALE experiments [5] are used as a reference for the non-drag interfacial force modelling.
Subcooled nucleate boiling simulation results with different models combinations are compared to the DEBORA experiments [6,7]. Finally, a more complex direct contact condensation simulation of SEF-POOL test facility [8] is presented and results are compared to the experiment.

References

[1] Peltola, J., & Pättikangas, T.J.H. Development and validation of a boiling model for OpenFOAM multiphase solver. CFD4NRS-4 Conference Proceedings, Daejeon, Korea, paper 59, (2012).
[2] Peltola, J., Pättikangas, T., Bainbridge, W., Lehnigk, R., Schlegel, F., On development and validation of subcooled nucleate boiling models for OpenFOAM Foundation release. NURETH-18 Conference Proceedings, Portland, Oregon, United States (2019).
[3] OpenFOAM Foundation, “OpenFOAM 3.0.1,” http://openfoam.org/version/3.0.1/ (2015).
[4] OpenFOAM Foundation, “OpenFOAM-dev,” https://openfoam.org/version/dev/ (2014-2019).
[5] Grossetete, C., Experimental investigation and numerical simulations of void profile development in a vertical cylindrical pipe (No. EDF--96-NB-00120). Electricite de France (EDF), (1995).
[6] E. Manon, Contribution à l’anayse et à la modélisation locale des écoulements boillants sous-saturésdans les conditions des Réacteurs à Eau sous Pression, PhD thesis, Ecole Centrale Paris (2000).
[7] J. Garnier, E. Manon, G. Cubizolles, “Local measurements on flow boiling of refrigerant 12 in avertical tube”, Multiphase Science and Technology, pp. 1-111 (2001).
[8] M. Puustinen, J. Laine, A. Räsänen, E. Kotro, and K. Tielinen, “Characterizing tests in SEF-POOLfacility,” Technical Report, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Nuclear Engineering, INSTAB3/2017 (2017).
  • Lecture (Conference)
    17th Multiphase Flow Conference and Short Course, 11.-15.11.2019, Dresden, Deutschland

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Flexible development framework for the Euler Euler approach

Schlegel, F.; Greenshields, C.
The presentation gives a detailed insight into the OpenFOAM Developments for Euler-Euler simulations at HZDR, i.p. the multi-field two-fluid model approach, LES simulations, stratified flow simulations, entrainment modelling and more. Furthermore, the successfull development strategy and co-working with the OpenFOAM Foundation is explained.
Keywords: Euler-Euler, OpenFOAM, Numerical Simulation, Entrainment, Gentop, Stratified Flow
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    17th Multiphase Flow Conference and Short Course, 11.-15.11.2019, Dresden, Deutschland

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X2 benchmark specification dataset

Bilodid, Y.ORC

The X2 VVER-1000 benchmark specification dataset.

Keywords: VVER-1000, X2 benchmark
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X2 VVER-1000 benchmark revision: fresh HZP core state and … (Id 29992) is supplemented by this publication
  • Reseach data in the HZDR data repository RODARE
    Publication date: 2019-11-27
    DOI: 10.14278/rodare.199
    License: CC-BY-4.0

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AER working group D meeting on VVER safety analysis - report of the 2019 meeting

Kliem, S.ORC
The AER Working Group D on VVER reactor safety analysis held its 28th meeting in Garching, Germany, during the period 26-27 June, 2019. The meeting was hosted by GRS Garching and was held in conjunction with the second workshop on multi-physics MPMV-2 and the first workshop on the ROSTOV-2 benchmark. Altogether 20 participants from eleven AER member organizations and seven guests attended the meeting of the working group D. The co-ordinator of the working group, Mr. S. Kliem, served as the chairperson of the meeting.

The meeting started with a general information exchange about the recent activities in the participating organizations.

The given 12 presentations and the discussions can be attributed to the following topics:

• Safety analyses methods and results
• Code development and benchmarking
• Future activities

A list of the participants and a list of the handouts distributed at the meeting are attached to the report. The corresponding PDF-files of the handouts can be obtained from the chairperson.
  • Contribution to proceedings
    29th Symposium of AER on VVER Reactor Physics and Reactor Safety, 14.-18.10.2019, Mochovce, Slovakia
    Proceedings of the 29th Symposium of AER on VVER Reactor Physics and Reactor Safety, Budapest: Kiadja az EK, 9789637351327, 325-330

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Analysis of studies and research projects regarding the detection of nanomaterials in different environmental compartments and deduction of need for action regarding method development

Hildebrand, H.; Schymura, S.; Franke, K.; Fischer, C.ORC
The aim of the present report was to obtain an overview of current strategies and methods for the detection of (manufactured) nanomaterials (NMs) in the environmental compartments surface water, soil, sediment, air, biota and sewage sludge. Based on this several recommendations for future needs of action in the short to long term are derived in order to establish a standardized detection of NMs in the environment that is necessary in order to check the pollution in the environment, to check whether or not potential risk management measures take the intended effect and to validate NM release models with real data.
A literature review was performed using predominantly “Web of Science” and screening for literature, such as review articles summarising the state of the art of NM detection techniques for environmental samples. More than 160 scientific publications were evaluated concerning NM detection methods. Results of the literature survey clearly show that a combination of detection techniques is necessary in order to detect and identify NMs, and to differentiate between natural NMs and manufactured NMs. The crucial step is accurate sample preparation for the selected detection method which means in most cases complete removal of the (disturbing) matrix and transfer of the NM in appropriate media for measurement. So far field studies in terms of detection of unknown amounts of unspecific engineered NMs in natural samples are rare and only existing for a few compartments, mainly surface waters.
Hence, it is concluded that the need of action is focused on the development, standardization and validation of existing methods in a combinatory approach.
Keywords: technische Nanomaterialien, manufactured nanomaterials Detektion, detection Umwelt, Environment
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    Desssau-Roßlau: Umweltbundesamt, 2019
    63 Seiten

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The extracellular, cellular and nuclear stiffness, a trinity in the cancer resistome – A review

Deville, S. S.; Cordes, N.
Alterations in mechano-physiological properties of a tissue instigate cancer burdens in parallel to common genetic and epigenetic alterations. The chronological and mechanistic interrelation between the various extra- and intracellular aspects remains largely elusive. Mechano-physiologically, integrins and other cell adhesion molecules present the main mediators for transferring and distributing forces between extracellular matrix (ECM), via focal adhesomes to cytoskeleton and nucleus and vice versa of the single cell thereby affecting the pathophysiology of multicellular cancer tissues. In combina-tion with simultaneous activation of diverse downstream signaling pathways, the phenotypes of can-cer cells are created and driven characterized by deregulated transcriptional and biochemical cues that elicit the hallmarks of cancer. It, however, remains unclear how elastostatic modifications, i.e. stiffness, in the extracellular, intracellular and nuclear compartment contribute and control the re-sistance of cancer cells to therapy. In this review, we discuss how stiffness of unique tumor compo-nents dictates therapy response and what is known about the underlying molecular mechanisms.
Keywords: Stiffness; extracellular matrix, cancer resistome; radio(chemo)resistance; cell–extracellular matrix interaction; focal adhesions; solid stress

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Tracking in magnetic fields

Müller, S.ORC
Tracking in magnetic fields with the FLUKA radiation transport and reaction code
Keywords: FLUKA, radiation transport
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    5th Advanced FLUKA course, 18.-22.11.2019, Paris, France

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FLAIR:Geometries

Müller, S.ORC
Usage of the FLAIR Geometry-Editor
(Lecture given at the 5th Advanced FLUKA Course at NEA, Paris)
Keywords: FLUKA, FLAIR
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    5th FLUKA Advanced Course, 18.-22.11.2019, Paris, France

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Non-quenching photoluminescence emission up to at least 865 K upon near-UV excitation in a single crystal of orange-red emitting SmPO4

Sharma, S.ORC; Beyer, J.ORC; Gloaguen, R.ORC; Heitmann, J.
The adjustment of photoluminescence emission spectrum and an enhancement in the thermal stability of red/orange-red emitting phosphors is an important issue for the whole lighting industry. Herein, we present our results on the luminescence spectroscopy of a single crystal sample of SmPO4 exhibiting a prominent orange-red emission at 597 nm, along with a charge-transfer absorption (O2− → Sm3+) around 200 nm. We study the temperature dependence of emission spectra in SmPO4 for excitations at 365 and 455 nm, to mimic experimental conditions for phosphor converted light emitting diodes, to show that the sample has a non-quenching photoluminescence emission up to at least 865 K for an excitation at 365 nm, and ∼865 K for an excitation at wavelength, 455 nm. The thermal stability of SmPO4 was found to be much higher than its structural analogue, EuPO4, which is also an orange-red emission phosphor, but possesses a thermal quenching temperature of 710 K (exc. 365 nm), and 735 K (exc. 455 nm). The extraordinary thermal stability of SmPO4 is a result of the energy transfer from deep defects to the Sm3+ ions at high temperatures. The color purity of SmPO4 (65%) was found to be slightly lower than the EuPO4 sample (70%), at room temperature. The results suggests that the rare earth orthophosphate, SmPO4, has a large potential for near-UV excited phosphor converted solid state lighting devices.
Keywords: SmPO4, photoluminescence, thermal quenching, lighting.

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Ab initio dielectric response function of diamond and other relevant high pressure phases of carbon

Ramakrishna, K.ORC; Vorberger, J.
The electronic structure and dielectric properties of the diamond, body centered cubic diamond (bc8), and hexagonal diamond (lonsdaleite) phases of carbon are computed using density functional theory and many-body perturbation theory with the emphasis on the excitonic picture of the solid phases relevant in the regimes of high-pressure physics and warm dense matter. We also discuss the capabilities of reproducing the inelastic x-ray scattering spectra in comparison with the existing models in light of recent x-ray scattering experiments on carbon and carbon bearing materials in the Megabar range.
Keywords: high pressure effects, dielectric functions, warm dense matter

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Uranium(VI) complexation with aqueous silicates in the acidic to alkaline pH-range

Lösch, H.; Tits, J.; Marques-Fernandes, M.; Baeyens, B.; Krüger, S.; Chiorescu, I.; Stumpf, T.; Huittinen, N. M.
An important parameter for the safety assessment of radioactive waste repositories is the prediction and modelling of aqueous complex formation reactions between actinides (An) and common dissolved inorganic or organic ligands.Alteration processes at the contact zone between the backfill material, bentonite, or the clay host rock and the cementitious materials of the geotechnical barrier will lead to high silicate concentrations in the groundwater, which may strongly influence the aqueous speciation of actinides[1]. A detailed knowledge of the An–silicate complex formation is therefore very important. In the present study, we have investigated the U(VI)-complexation in with aqueous silicates using two approaches: 1) Time-resolved laser-induced luminescence spectroscopy(TRLFS) in the acidic pH-range (pH 3.5)was used to determine the in-situU(VI) speciation in dependency of temperature(1-25°C)and silicon concentration, 2) the Schubert method was used to acquire the U(VI)-silicate complexation constant and stoichiometryin the alkaline pH-range where no literature data for U(VI)-silicates currently exists. For the TRLFS studythe uranium concentration was fixed at 5×10-6Mwith an ionic strength of 0.2 M (NaClO4),while the silicon concentration was varied between 3×10-4and1.5×10-3M. In the absence of silicate the 1:1 U-hydroxo complex was found to play a significant role in the U-speciationin the acidic pH-range. With increasing silicon concentration an increase of the luminescence intensity and a bathochromic shift of the emission spectra couldbe observed. Based on the peak deconvolution the free component spectra of U-hydroxo and U-silicate complexeswere extracted. The following slope analysis resulted in aslope close to 1 for all temperatures, confirming the formation of the UO2OSi(OH)3+complex at pH 3.5. The temperature dependent measurements enabledthe determination of the thermodynamicparameters ΔrH0=46.3kJ∙mol-1and ΔrS0=154.1J∙K-1∙mol-1. For the Schubert method, the U(VI) sorption distribution coefficient Rdon ZrO2was determined by LSC-measurements as a function of the ligand concentration and the pH in the alkaline pH range. By plotting the Rd-values as a function of the ligand concentration, information about the number of involved ligands in the U(VI)-silicate complex could be obtained. When further plotting the fitting constant (obtained from the Rd-plot) as a function of log[H+], the number of protons involved in the complexation reaction and the conditional complexation constant could be determined. With the obtained stoichiometry, two possible complexes could be proposed in the alkaline pH-range.DFT-calculations supportedthe formation of the UO2(OH)2OSi(OH)3complex.References:[1]D. Savage, Mineral. Mag., 2011, 75
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    Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker, Jahrestagung der Fachgruppe Nuklearchemie 2019, 25.-27.09.2019, Dresden, Deutschland

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