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Materials and test objects
Leaf samples were obtained from A. truncatum Bunge and C. deodara planted on the campus of Shandong Agricultural University (SDAU) in Taian, China. The sampled A. truncatum Bunge tree was approximately 5.60m in height and 24.5cm in diameter at breast height (DBH).The sampled C. deodara tree was approximately 11.2m in height and had a DBH of 40.5cm. The leaves facing the south were selected in the middle of the June.
A total of 120 students in SDAU (60 male and 60 female) who volunteered to participate in the trial were selected as subjects. And this work was approved by the Ethical Commission. The average age, weight and height of these students were 19.5±1.2years, 60.4±10.3kg and 160.5±7.5cm, respectively. The volunteers were all in good health, and did not take drugs, smoke, or drink alcohol and other stimulating drinks for a week before the test.

Methods

Results

Discussion
The natural environment is an important factor in human health and can influence certain aspects of human physiology and psychology. In the present study, physiological parameters were influenced by VOCs inhaled from A. truncatum Bunge and C. deodara. Blood oxygen saturation increased in both test groups, however that was only significant for the C. deodara group, whose BOS increased significantly by 0.42%. Different VOCs from different plants had positive or negative impact on the circulatory system, and people of different gender responded differently, for example Li et al. also found the BOS of female increased by 0.074% after inhaling VOCs from Juniperus chinensis, and male increased by 0.492% (P<0.05), but female and male decreased by 1.015% and 0.405% (P<0.05) respectively after inhaling VOCs from Pistacia chinensis Bunge (Li et al., 2014). Generally, the higher this value, the more beneficial to human body (Wang et al., 2010). These VOCs could improve the respiratory and GSK2606414 cost according to the data.
Previous studies have demonstrated that different VOCs affected human heart rate differently. Yamaguchi (1990) used the changes of heart rate for the measurement of effects of lemon and rose aromas. Lemon aroma caused an increase of heart rate whereas rose aroma led to a decrease of heart rate. But Kikuchi et al. (1992) found that Rosa rugosa aroma caused an increase in heart rate while Citrus limonum aroma had a calming effect and caused a reduction in heart rate. Brauchli et al. (1995) reported that a pleasant and an unpleasant odor presentation affected an autonomic variable, i.e. heart rate. It is now accepted that the pattern of changes in the heart rate reveal differences between stimulant aromas and sedative aromas (Hongratanaworakit, 2004). But Li et al. believed that 2,6-dimethyl-2,7-octdien-6-ol from J. chinensis may be the one reason for the decrease of heat rate. In the present study, heart rate reduced by 5.03% after inhalation of VOCs from C. deodara, which was consistent with subjective assessment results (Table 4, quiet 1.57, relaxing 0.96). There were no significant differences in other ECG indicators, such as the PR interval, the width of P wave and the QT interval before and after the smelling of VOCs, and the datas were all within normal ranges. Smelling the VOCs did not have other effect on atrial and ventricular depolarization and repolarization, and had no damage on cardiac function. And I believed the VOCs in the study had played an important role in calming effect. So I was more agreed with Hongratanaworakit’s conclusion.
Some aromatic plants have been found to lower SBP and DBP. Transdermal absorption of sandalwood oil and one of its main components, α-santalol led to a trend towards a larger decrease of SBP as compared to the placebo group (Hongratanaworakit et al., 2004). Gao and Yao (2011) constructed a garden space consisting of Lavandula pedunculata, Relargonium hortorum, Ocimum basilicum and other aromatic plants, and found that differences between SBP and DBP were reduced after inhalation. Yang et al. (2010) argued that lavender essential oil by olfactory pathway affected the change of the rat peripheral sympathetic nervous activity, and reduced the release of the neurotransmitter neuropeptide γ vessels, and both of them caused lower blood pressure. In the present study, SBP and DBP both decreased significantly after participants’ smelling the VOCs from C. deodara leave rather than oils. This suggests that some VOCs may have an antihypertensive effect. But the differences between genders need to be tested in further research.

Research focusing on the reproducibility of MSU

Research focusing on the reproducibility of MSU measurement of CET is limited, with varying fair to excellent intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC) outcomes (Lee et al. 2011; Miller et al. 2002; Poltawski et al. 2012). Furthermore, intra-rater reliability and the smallest detectable change (SDC) were not determined (Lee et al. 2011), ordinal scales were used (Miller et al. 2002) or an ICC value for ordinal data instead of the recommended weighted κ value was applied (Poltawski et al. 2012, Fleiss and Cohen, 1973). Consequently, more insight into all reproducibility aspects of MSU thickness measurement of the CET, using objective quantitative measurements, is needed.
Earlier research on the reliability of MSU in other structures has indicated that p2y inhibitor MSU seems to be a rater-dependent technique (O\’Connor et al. 2005; Rutten et al. 2006). This variation seems to be specifically dependent on the level of experience and standardization of techniques (O\’Connor et al. 2005; Rutten et al. 2006). Therefore, the use of a standardized measurement protocol seems very important. However, all the studies performed on reproducibility of CET thickness measurements use various protocols. The protocols contain insufficient description of important standardization aspects that can negatively influence reproducibility. The protocols use subjective thickness measurements, without clear agreement on terminology and practice of the raters, lack measurable reference points for exact location of thickness measurements and/or fail to describe the positioning of the patients, including positioning of the elbow and accompanying joints (Lee et al. 2011; Miller et al. 2002; Poltawski et al. 2012). More insight into the reproducibility of CET thickness measurement, addressing these aspects, is needed.

Methods

Results
Seventy-three healthy individuals participated in the study (44% females) with a mean (± SD) age of 35.7 (14.9) y and a mean (± SD) BMI of 23.9 (3.6) kg/m2. Sixty-four participants were right hand dominant. The descriptive data for longitudinal and transverse thickness of the CET, for both raters separately, are summarized in Table 1. There were no missing values, and all data were normally distributed.
Inter-rater reliability for both the longitudinal and transverse planes was fair to good (ICCs of 0.67 and 0.49, respectively). ICC values for intra-rater reliability for both raters as well as for longitudinal and transverse planes were excellent (ICCs = 0.85–0.92), with the exception of the ICC for rater 2 in the transverse plane, which was fair to good (ICC = 0.73). All ICC values were statistically significant with p-values < 0.001. The SDCs for both raters, as well as for longitudinal and transverse planes, ranged from 0.50 to 0.78 mm and comprised 9.8%–16.3% of the mean thickness. The ICC values for inter- and intra-rater reliability, the SDC values for intra-rater agreement and the intra-rater agreement with 95% limits of agreement are listed in Table 2.
Discussion
Jaen-Diaz et al. (2010), Toprak et al. (2012) and Ustuner et al. (2013) determined reference values of 4.02–5.30 mm, 4.57 mm (SD ± 0.63) and 4.60 mm (SD ± 0.65), respectively, for CET thickness of the dominant arm in healthy people, which are comparable to our findings.
This is the first study that investigated all components of reproducibility of the MSU thickness measurements of CET in a large group of participants in the longitudinal and transverse planes. The results of the present study are comparable to the results of Krogh et al. (2013), who reported that intra-rater reliability varied between 0.76 and 0.81 and intra-reliability between 0.45 and 0.65. One study determined the inter-rater reliability of objective MSU thickness measurements of the CET in transverse plane only and found excellent inter-rater reliability for MSU measurements in healthy individuals and patients with a clinical diagnosis of LET (ICC = 0.86 and 0.75, respectively). The ICC value for the transverse thickness measurement from the present study was lower (ICC = 0.49). The thickness measurement in the longitudinal plane was better specified by means of bony landmarks, instead of the less exact location for measurement in transverse plane. This could explain the lower ICC value for inter-rater reliability for the transverse measurements compared with the results of Lee et al. (2011) and with the ICC values of the longitudinal measurements in the present study. Another explanation could be that the raters had less experience in measuring the CET thickness in the transverse plane because they use the longitudinal measurement more frequently in daily practice. Even though both measurements exhibited sufficient levels of reliability because of the excellent and fair outcomes, use of the longitudinal thickness measurement rather than the transverse measurement is recommended in daily practice.

A potential problem for the treatment

A potential problem for the treatment, at least in rats, is the substantial variation in treatment results for seemingly identical conditions. One source of variation is the variation in attenuation and scattering by the intervening tissue. When the echogenicity of the tissue (skin, intercostal space) between the chest surface and the heart was measured, substantial variation was found (Fig. 6). The variation was modestly correlated with a decreasing readout of LVE, which suggests that the ultrasonic properties of the intervening tissue are important.
Another source of variation in treatment outcome was thought to be variation in the nicotinic receptor agonist agent dose actually reaching the circulation, which was estimated by scattering measurements for ROIs within the left ventricle (Figs. 2 and 3). This pre-treatment measure of LVE, expressed in acoustical units, was proportional to the infusion rate in sham-treatment tests (Fig. 4). The LVE was reduced substantially by the therapy, with a typical agent destruction and refill pattern (Fig. 5). This identified another important agent dose parameter, which was the LVE at refill, immediately before the pulse-burst trigger. The LVE results exhibited relatively large variation, with standard deviations often 30% of the means (Fig. 7), not unlike the substantial variation in SCS results (Fig. 7). However, comparison of the LVE results with the pre-treatment and refill echogenicities to SCS results indicated that the variation in LVE was not predictive of treatment outcome (Figs. 8 and 9). Therefore, adjustment of the contrast AU readout of the LVE either before or during treatment cannot be used to reduce the variation in treatment results.
This finding was initially puzzling, because the cavitational microlesions produced by cavitation nucleation from the microbubbles should be related to their infusion. However, an important factor is the strong dependence of ultrasound scattering on microbubble size to the sixth power (Forsberg and Shi 2001), such that large bubbles would generate most of the LVE. We hypothesize that the outcome truly is related to the infusion of the optimum cavitation nuclei, but that the measured echogenicity does not indicate the concentration of these nuclei. The results of the experiment using microbubble suspensions with enhanced small- or large-microbubble populations supported this hypothesis (Figs. 10 and 11). Because the normal suspension is dominated by the small-size-range microbubbles, most of the efficacy for normal suspensions must arise from the small microbubbles, which were nearly undetectable by the LVE measurements. The large-microbubble fraction of the normal suspension, which must generate most of the LVE, therefore has only a small role in treatment efficacy. Variation in the relative population of easily destroyed large bubbles caused by mixing in a syringe or the vial, flotation, catheter constrictions, animal-dependent removal in the lungs and possibly other perturbations would cause LVE to vary, yielding the very weak relationship to efficacy, as illustrated in Figures 8 and 9.
A better approach than LVE for real-time control of MCET impact may be passive cavitation monitoring. This has been reported in vitro and in tissues (Haworth et al. 2012; Jensen et al. 2012; Salgaonkar et al. 2009). Imaging and mapping of cavitation nucleation sites can use harmonic, subharmonic, ultraharmonic and broadband emission from transient cavitation. The use of imaging probes has been reported in heart, liver and brain (Vignon et al. 2013), and transcranial 3-D imaging has been found to be feasible for monitoring blood–brain barrier disruption (O\’Reilly et al. 2014). Spatial mapping will be limited, as the left ventricular wall thickness measures only a few millimeters in rats. Moreover, cavitational emissions from the microbubble-laden blood in the ventricles could overwhelm the small signals from the myocardium. Adequate time gating and limited expectations with respect to spatial resolution would make passive cavitation mapping/monitoring an orthogonal therapy feedback in addition to the ECG. This approach to treatment management would be investigated for also providing spatial feedback when using a larger animal model for MCET.

br Materials and Methods br Results br Discussion The primary

Materials and Methods

Results

Discussion
The primary objective of this study was to establish the reliability of using USI to measure longitudinal radial nerve excursion. Our main finding indicates that the USI technique used in the present study had a moderate to high level of reliability (ICC = 0.63–0.86) for quantifying longitudinal radial nerve excursion. This finding is similar to many studies that have examined longitudinal nerve movement using the same techniques. Reliability for assessing in vivo longitudinal nerve movement using USI has been reported as high for the sciatic (Ellis et al. 2008) and tibial (Boyd and Dilley 2014; Shum et al. 2013) faah inhibitor and very high for the median (Coppieters et al. 2009), sciatic (Coppieters et al. 2015; Ellis et al. 2012; Ridehalgh et al. 2012), tibial (Boyd et al. 2012) and posterior tibial (Carroll et al. 2012) nerves. The present study is the first to present findings for in vivo assessment of radial nerve excursion using USI.
With respect to the forearm position, there was significantly greater radial nerve excursion induced by movements performed in supination compared to pronation. These differences may be partly explained by greater tension imposed on the radial nerve when the forearm is pronated. Although the present study did not examine radial nerve tension or strain, cadaver research has shown that the radial nerve is exposed to greater strain when the forearm is pronated (Wright et al. 2005). Furthermore, in vivo studies of other peripheral nerves have reported a reduction in nerve excursion when nerve tracts are exposed to greater strain (Coppieters and Butler 2008; Dilley et al. 2003; Dilley et al. 2007). Therefore, it was not an unexpected finding that the lowest levels of radial nerve excursion occurred when the forearm was pronated.
No difference was seen in radial nerve excursion when induced via wrist flexion compared to wrist ulnar deviation despite the fact that there was a significant difference in wrist ROM between the different movements. These findings are in agreement with Wright et al. (2005), who demonstrated similar levels of radial nerve excursion during wrist flexion and ulnar deviation proximal to the elbow joint in vitro.
The findings in regard to the amount of radial nerve excursion seen between the different conditions may have important clinical implications. For example, neural mobilisation exercises have been advocated for conditions where impaired nerve movement is perceived (Coppieters et al. 2009; Ellis et al. 2012). For neural mobilisation exercises that clinicians prescribe to induce or encourage radial nerve excursion, decisions could be made in regard to the design of exercises based on the findings of this study. For example, if radial nerve excursion was to be maximised, the clinician should consider performing passive movements of the wrist in a supinated forearm position. Selection of which wrist movement to utilise (i.e., wrist flexion or ulnar deviation) could be made based on the functional limitation of the patient as radial nerve movement induced appears to be similar. Although relevant to consider, it must be noted that this study was conducted within a healthy cohort. The possibility remains that these interpretations may not be consistent in a clinical population. This warrants further investigation.
A number of steps were implemented to improve methodological quality while reducing potential sources of bias. First, randomisation of tasks was utilised, which is believed to reduce the learning effect of improved scanning that has been shown to occur in USI studies (Ridehalgh et al. 2012). Following completion of each condition, the shoulder and elbow positions were reassessed, with goniometry, to ensure consistent participant set-up. The sonographer was blinded to all USI measurements, thereby reducing error bias (Ellis and Hing 2008). Data analysis was performed with the assessor blinded to participant and testing conditions to reduce the level of confounders related to assessor recollection (Ellis et al. 2008, 2012).

br Acknowledgments br Introduction Dihydropyridines DHPs are a

Acknowledgments

Introduction
1,4-Dihydropyridines (1,4-DHPs) are a class of highly important molecular skeletons abundant in natural products. They are key intermediates of nitrogen-containing polycyclic hydrocarbons and widely used in pharmaceutical agents [1,2]. In view of their high significance, great effort has been made to develop new methods to synthesize 1,4-DHPs, among which, the Hantzsch reaction utilizing an amine, an aldehyde, and two 1,3-dicarbonyl compounds to synthesize 1,4-DHPs is the most classic approach. However, this approach has some obvious disadvantages such as harsh reaction conditions, excessive use of volatile organic solvents and high reaction temperature [3]. Later, chemists developed several alternate and efficient methods for the synthesis of 1,4-DHPs, which include the promotion of microwave [4], polymer [5], TMSCl [6], Lewis HZ-1157 Supplier [7], Brønsted acid [8], solid acid [9], base [10], biocatalysts [11] and organocatalysts [12]. Although the known methodologies have convenient protocols with good to high yields, the reported methods still suffered from drawbacks, such as prolonged reaction times, high temperature and the use of non-recyclable catalysts. Thus, it is essential to develop a simple, efficient and green method for the synthesis of 1,4-DHPs.
In the recent years, green chemistry using environment-friend reagents and conditions is one of the most fascinating developments in synthesis of widely used organic compounds. Ultrasound has been used to accelerate the chemical reactions proceed via the formation and adiabatic collapse of transient cavitation bubbles. The ultrasonic effect induces very high local pressure and temperatures inside the bubbles and enhances mass transfer and turbulent flow in the liquid [13]. Ultrasound has been utilized to accelerate a number of synthetically useful reactions, especially in heterocyclic chemistry [13].
Ionic liquids (ILs) technology has been widely used as another new and environment-friend approach toward modern synthetic chemistry and has attracting advantages such as extremely low vapor pressure, excellent thermal stability, reusability, and talent to dissolve many organic and inorganic substrates [14]. 1-Carboxymethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([CMMIM]BF4) is a Brønsted acidic ionic liquid and has been proofed to be excellent catalysts to some organic synthesis, which clearly indicate its advantages such as benign to environment, easy to be recycled and homogeneous to reaction, such as synthesis of Fischer indole [15], synthesis of 3,4-dihydropyrimidin-2-(1H)-ones [16], Mannich reaction [17]. Besides, solvent-free organic synthesis as a green synthetic approach has received considerable attention because they are operationally simple, often involve nontoxic materials, and proceed in excellent yield with high selectivity [18]. Toward the development of clean chemical processes [19], we report a novel and environment-friend procedure for the solvent-free preparation of 4-substituted 1,4-dihydropiridine-3,5-dicarboxylates in the presence of [CMMIM]BF4 as an efficient and versatile catalyst under ultrasonic irradiation (Scheme 1).

Experimental

Results and discussion
For the solvent-free synthesis of the dimethyl 4-phenyl-1,4-dihydropiridine-3,5-dicarboxylate (4a), ultrasound promotion, ionic liquid catalyzation are the two most important parameters. To optimize, the preliminary reaction was sonicated under various sets of conditions at 25–30°C catalyzed by benzaldehyde (1a, 1mmol), methyl propiolate (2, 2mmol), ammonium carbonate (1mmol) and 5mol% [CMMIM]BF4 as catalyst (Table 1). The effect of the ultrasound power intensity on the product yield was also investigated by increasing the irradiation power from 150 to 350W. It can be seen from Table 1 that increase of ultrasonic power led to relatively higher yield and shorter reaction time, which peaked at 300W. Then the yield decreased slightly with increasing ultrasound power intensity >300W. Therefore, 300W of ultrasonic irradiation was sufficient to push the reaction forward. The best yield for 4a was obtained at 15min at room temperature with 300W ultrasonic irradiation. The possible explanation for the positive association of between yield and irradiation power is that the increase in the acoustic power could increase the number of active cavitation bubbles and the size of the individual bubbles, both of which are expected to result in higher maximum collapse temperature and accelerated respective reaction. However, when ultrasonic intensity exceeded the optimal value (>300W), excessive number of gas bubbles exist in the solution, which adversely exhibits scattering effect on the sound waves and lowers the level of energy focused on the reaction vessel. Additionally, the coalescence of the cavities in the presence of large number of cavities may promote the formation of a large cavity which collapses less violently. Consistent with previous studies, increase in the operating intensity beyond the optimum will lead to the decrease of the utilization efficiency of ultrasound and the reaction yield [21,22].

br Acknowledgments br Introduction Dihydropyridines DHPs are a

Acknowledgments

Introduction
1,4-Dihydropyridines (1,4-DHPs) are a class of highly important molecular skeletons abundant in natural products. They are key intermediates of nitrogen-containing polycyclic hydrocarbons and widely used in pharmaceutical agents [1,2]. In view of their high significance, great effort has been made to develop new methods to synthesize 1,4-DHPs, among which, the Hantzsch reaction utilizing an amine, an aldehyde, and two 1,3-dicarbonyl compounds to synthesize 1,4-DHPs is the most classic approach. However, this approach has some obvious disadvantages such as harsh reaction conditions, excessive use of volatile organic solvents and high reaction temperature [3]. Later, chemists developed several alternate and efficient methods for the synthesis of 1,4-DHPs, which include the promotion of microwave [4], polymer [5], TMSCl [6], Lewis HZ-1157 Supplier [7], Brønsted acid [8], solid acid [9], base [10], biocatalysts [11] and organocatalysts [12]. Although the known methodologies have convenient protocols with good to high yields, the reported methods still suffered from drawbacks, such as prolonged reaction times, high temperature and the use of non-recyclable catalysts. Thus, it is essential to develop a simple, efficient and green method for the synthesis of 1,4-DHPs.
In the recent years, green chemistry using environment-friend reagents and conditions is one of the most fascinating developments in synthesis of widely used organic compounds. Ultrasound has been used to accelerate the chemical reactions proceed via the formation and adiabatic collapse of transient cavitation bubbles. The ultrasonic effect induces very high local pressure and temperatures inside the bubbles and enhances mass transfer and turbulent flow in the liquid [13]. Ultrasound has been utilized to accelerate a number of synthetically useful reactions, especially in heterocyclic chemistry [13].
Ionic liquids (ILs) technology has been widely used as another new and environment-friend approach toward modern synthetic chemistry and has attracting advantages such as extremely low vapor pressure, excellent thermal stability, reusability, and talent to dissolve many organic and inorganic substrates [14]. 1-Carboxymethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([CMMIM]BF4) is a Brønsted acidic ionic liquid and has been proofed to be excellent catalysts to some organic synthesis, which clearly indicate its advantages such as benign to environment, easy to be recycled and homogeneous to reaction, such as synthesis of Fischer indole [15], synthesis of 3,4-dihydropyrimidin-2-(1H)-ones [16], Mannich reaction [17]. Besides, solvent-free organic synthesis as a green synthetic approach has received considerable attention because they are operationally simple, often involve nontoxic materials, and proceed in excellent yield with high selectivity [18]. Toward the development of clean chemical processes [19], we report a novel and environment-friend procedure for the solvent-free preparation of 4-substituted 1,4-dihydropiridine-3,5-dicarboxylates in the presence of [CMMIM]BF4 as an efficient and versatile catalyst under ultrasonic irradiation (Scheme 1).

Experimental

Results and discussion
For the solvent-free synthesis of the dimethyl 4-phenyl-1,4-dihydropiridine-3,5-dicarboxylate (4a), ultrasound promotion, ionic liquid catalyzation are the two most important parameters. To optimize, the preliminary reaction was sonicated under various sets of conditions at 25–30°C catalyzed by benzaldehyde (1a, 1mmol), methyl propiolate (2, 2mmol), ammonium carbonate (1mmol) and 5mol% [CMMIM]BF4 as catalyst (Table 1). The effect of the ultrasound power intensity on the product yield was also investigated by increasing the irradiation power from 150 to 350W. It can be seen from Table 1 that increase of ultrasonic power led to relatively higher yield and shorter reaction time, which peaked at 300W. Then the yield decreased slightly with increasing ultrasound power intensity >300W. Therefore, 300W of ultrasonic irradiation was sufficient to push the reaction forward. The best yield for 4a was obtained at 15min at room temperature with 300W ultrasonic irradiation. The possible explanation for the positive association of between yield and irradiation power is that the increase in the acoustic power could increase the number of active cavitation bubbles and the size of the individual bubbles, both of which are expected to result in higher maximum collapse temperature and accelerated respective reaction. However, when ultrasonic intensity exceeded the optimal value (>300W), excessive number of gas bubbles exist in the solution, which adversely exhibits scattering effect on the sound waves and lowers the level of energy focused on the reaction vessel. Additionally, the coalescence of the cavities in the presence of large number of cavities may promote the formation of a large cavity which collapses less violently. Consistent with previous studies, increase in the operating intensity beyond the optimum will lead to the decrease of the utilization efficiency of ultrasound and the reaction yield [21,22].

Referring to the magnetic properties

Referring to the magnetic properties of the synthesized BaM ferrite nano powders, their magnetic hysteresis loops were shown in Fig. 7 and their corresponding parameters were listed in Table 2. As observed, all the synthesized BaM ferrite powders exhibited typical ferromagnetic magnetization behaviors with the well-defined magnetic hysteresis loops. The magnetization at 1.4 T, M1.4T, dramatically increased from 52.8emu/g to 57.9emu/g as the inputting ultrasonic power increased from zero to 9.5W, which may be ascribed to relatively easier saturation magnetization due to the elimination of multi-domain particles, the alleviation of particle adhesion and the evolution of particle shape from flake to quasi-sphere as well as the uniform particle size distribution as the ultrasonic assistance was employed [20]. The slight decrease of M1.4T as the inputting ultrasonic power increased mainly resulted from the coarsening in particle sizes. The maximum saturation magnetizations at 1.4T of the synthesized powders with the inputting ultrasonic power ranging from 9.5 to 28.5W were exceed to 57.5emu/g, which was near to the value of the intrinsic magnetic properties of the powders with single magnetic domain. Another magnetic parameter, the coercive force, Hc, approached to high values ranging from 5945 to 6395Oe according to the various inputting ultrasonic powers, which should be related to the shape evolution from flake to quasi-sphere of the single domain particles [20].

Conclusion
In conclusion, high quality single domain sphere-shaped pitavastatin cost barium hexa-ferrite nano powders with the particle size of 100–110nm have been successfully synthesized via an ultrasonic-assisted co-precipitation route. The influences of the ultrasonic technique on the particle sizes and size distributions, particle shapes and the magnetic properties of the synthesized barium hexa-ferrite nano powders have been discussed:

Acknowledgements
The authors gratefully acknowledge the financial supports from National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 51103125, No. 51273172), Higher Education Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province (No. 10KJB430018), the Project Funded by the Priority Academic Program Development of Jiangsu Higher Education Institutions, and the Open Foundation of Key Laboratory of Environmental Materials and Engineering of Jiangsu Province.

Introduction
Biodiesel, or so called fatty pitavastatin cost methyl ester (FAME), produced chemically from triglyceride with short-chain alcohol has received considerable attention in recent years as a green and alternative fuel [1–3]. However, current biodiesel technologies require developments. It is estimated that the cost of biodiesel is approximately 1.5–2 times higher than that of diesel fuel [4], which is mainly due to high feedstock cost (up to 75–80% of the total biodiesel cost) [5] and energy intensive process steps involved in their production [6].
Presently, edible oils such as soybean, sunflower, palm oil are the main resources for biodiesel production. However, the use of these sources to produce biodiesel is not feasible because there is a big gap in demand and supply of such oils as food and also they are far expensive to be used at present [7,8]. Low cost feedstock, such as non-edible oils, waste frying oils and animal fats could be used [8]. Soybean oil deodorizer distillate (SODD) is a byproduct in the refining of soybean oil. It contains free fatty acids (FFAs) (from 3wt.% to 50wt.%), triglycerides (45–55%), tocopherols (3–12%), sterols (7–8%), hydrocarbons and other unsaponifiables in trace amounts [3]. The actual composition of SODD depends on the source and process conditions employed for the refining process of the soybean oil. The high content of FFAs and triglycerides makes it a potential cheap feedstock for biodiesel production. However, there are few studies on biodiesel production using SODD as feedstock.
There are some recent reports referring to the use of waste cooking oils as material for biodiesel synthesis using two step transesterification processes. The lower rates of synthesis have been typically attributed to mass transfer limitations due to heterogeneous conditions existing during the reaction [9–11]. Thus, there is a need to develop sustainable process intensification technology for biodiesel processing from non-edible oil sources with an objective of reducing the cost of processing [5]. Among the available newer energy sources for process intensification, use of sound energy can result in significant degree of process intensification by way of generating cavitational events in the reactor [5,12]. Use of cavitational reactors can favor the reaction chemistry and propagation by way of enhanced mass transfer and interphase mixing between the phases and also can lower the requirement of the severity of the operating conditions in terms of temperature and pressure [13,14].

br Results and discussions The symmetrical distribution of ultrasonic

Results and discussions
The symmetrical distribution of ultrasonic pressure and acoustic intensity inside the melt is illustrated in Fig. 4. Positive and negative pressure appears alternately in the field, due to the fountain effect, the pressure near the center is apparently higher than that near the two sides. In Fig. 4(a), there is a zero-pressure region at half height of the field, while the amplitude of sonic pressure above and under it dihydrofolate reductase is a non-zero value, as a result, two vortices appear in the upper part and lower part of the flow field, respectively, as shown in Fig. 5(a). The acoustic intensity distributes in a similar way with the sonic pressure, there is a large area where the acoustic intensity is nearly zero, it reaches the lowest value at zero-pressure region.
The temperature distribution in the melting procedure with and without ultrasonic processing is shown in Fig. 5, from which it can be seen that ultrasonic processing makes the temperature distribution more uniform. The temperature gradient in Fig. 5(a) is obviously smaller than that in Fig. 5(b), the area of large temperature gradient region near the wall in Fig. 5(a) is smaller than that in Fig. 3(b) as well. When processed with ultrasound, two low-temperature peaks appear near the booster due to the symmetrical vortices induced by ultrasonic streaming, the motion of fluid in that region is restricted, its temperature becomes lower than that of other regions at the same height. The flow in the melt is just natural convection without ultrasound introduction, as a result, there is only one low-temperature peak, whose location is the farthest from the heating surface. As shown in Fig. 5, when processed with ultrasound, the temperature of the melt at the bottom of the field is slightly lower than that without ultrasonic treatment. In Fig. 5(a), the motion area of the fluid is restricted by the symmetrical vortices at the lower part, which prevent the effective heat transfer between the bottom and other regions. However, in the melt without ultrasonic processing, the heat transfer between the bottom and other regions is much better as the fluid is not restricted at the bottom but driven to the whole field by natural convection.
Fig. 6(a) illustrates the temperature in the melt with and without ultrasonic processing at the location of 1/2 height. It can be seen that the melt temperature at the same location is apparently higher under ultrasonic treatment, moreover, the melt temperature rises with the increase of ultrasonic power. Fig. 6(b) shows the temperature distribution along the vertical direction (x=0, −0.015masexual reproduction becomes obviously small in the center of the melt (−0.01m

Ethidium bromide Eth Br Scheme is a cationic dye

Ethidium bromide (Eth Br) (Scheme 1) is a cationic dye and antiviral drug that interacts with both double stranded DNA and RNA by intercalation between the abscisic acid pairs. The fluorescent complex between Eth Br and polynucleic acids was first reported by Le-Pecq and Paoletti in 1967 [15]. When the phenanthridium moiety of Eth Br intercalates DNA, a large increase in fluorescence is observed and it is a useful probe to measure drug–DNA interactions. In general, it is known that intercalation of the dye into strings of the nucleic acid, because of electrostatic binding, creates strong fluorescence enhancement but with additional nonintercalative, less fluorescence-enhanced is observed [16]. There are two binding types: the first type is intercalation between base pairs and the secondary type, is electrostatic binding between the cationic Eth Br and the anionic phosphate groups of the DNA surface. The secondary mode of binding is most obvious at low salt and high dye concentrations. Binding of dye is saturated when one dye molecule is bound for every four or five base pairs [17].
Transition-metal oxides are highly regarded because they can provide strong LSPRs in the NIR region which it is due to the special character of their outer-d valence electrons, and have great potential in various fields [18]. Nano-structure ruthenium species, with high surface area-to-mass ratios [19], have application in many organic transformations in recent years [20–23]. Among transition metal oxides, RuO2 is one of the most important compounds of the application. It is used in supercapacitors because of its potential in reversible redox reactions, long life cycle and metallic type conductivity. RuO2 exhibits interesting properties such as high stability, low overpotentials for O2 and Cl2 production, low resistivity, high chemical and thermodynamic stability under electrochemical environment. Also it can be used in catalytic activity due to coordinatively unsaturated Ru centers [24,25].
So far, many methods for the synthesis of RuO2 have been developed, such as thermal synthesis, combustion synthesis, precipitation [26], sol–gel method [27], pulse-laser deposition [28], colloidal method [29], etc. In recent years many kinds of nanomaterial have been prepared by sonochemical method [30–32]. This method has advantages such as homogeneous nucleation and short crystallization time compared with the other methods to produce nanomaterials also it is efficient, green and inexpensive approach. Due to these advantages, this method is considered for chemists [33–36]. The power of ultrasound includes a kind of energy that can drive chemical reactions, which is different from that prevalent energies. This power is due to cavitation bubbles. These bubbles are produced into the liquid structure and tiny voids are generated via increasing the distances between molecules. These voids grow by using the energy of the ultrasound generator and reach a maximum size then they collapse. During the collapse, is produced high temperature (≥5000K) and pressure (≥20MPa). As a result, nanomaterials can be made by this method. The ultrasound irradiation can influence on the properties of the nanoparticles such as sizes and morphologies that it may be crucial to the different types of the technological applications [35,37–38].
In this paper, we report the synthesis and crystal structure of two new Ru(II) complexes, [(η6-p-cymene)RuCl(L2)]PF6 (R2) and [(η6-C6H6)RuCl(L2)]PF6 (R4), with ligand (E)-N-((6-bromopyridin-2-yl)methylene)-4-(methylthio)aniline (L2) (Scheme 2). Their binding with calf thymus DNA, was investigated using electronic absorption spectra, fluorescence and redox behavior studies. Also, nanoparticles of RuO2 were obtained via calcination of ultrasonic treated R2 and R4.

Experimental

Results and discussion

Conclusion
Two new Ru(II) complexes of [(η6-p-cymene)RuCl(L2)]PF6 (R2) and [(η6-C6H6)RuCl(L2)]PF6(R4) (E)-N-((6-bromopyridin-2-yl)methylene)-4-(methylthio)aniline (L2) were synthesized and characterized. The crystal structure of complexes were determined by X-ray crystallography. The Ruthenium(II) atom of compound R2 is six coordinated to a p-cymene ring, two N atoms of L2 and Cl. Also in compound R4 Ruthenium(II) atom is six coordination it have been coordinated by C6H6 ring, two N atoms of L2 and Cl.

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Acknowledgements
This work was supported as part of the S3TEC Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the US. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences under Award No. DE-SC0001299/DE-FG02-09ER46577. The authors would like to thank Clivia M. Sotomayor and Gang Chen for stimulating discussions. C.M. Sotomayor and Timothy Kehoe are also thanked for their help in fabricating the in-house samples, which were fabricated at the Catalan Institute for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology using facilities of the ICTS ‘‘Integrated Nano and Microfabrication Clean Room’’ (CSIC-CNM).

Introduction
Nowadays picosecond acoustics, pioneered by Thomsen et al. [1] in 1984, has become a powerful tool for studying the properties of various solid objects. The technique operates with acoustic wave packets with spectra spreading up to several Terahertz (THz) and corresponding wavelengths down to several nanometers. Such high frequencies and small wavelengths of the elastic waves allow applying ultrasonic methods, like imaging and defecting probing, on the nanometer scale [2,3]. Besides achievements related to extending the traditional MHz ultrasonic techniques to the THz range, picosecond acoustics resulted in studies of qualitatively new phenomena, like observation of acoustic solitons [4–6].
Since the end of the 1990s picosecond acoustic techniques are also used to probe semiconductor nanostructures containing quantum wells (QWs) [7–9] and quantum dots (QDs) [10]. These studies were aimed mainly on obtaining information about the electron–phonon interaction in the case of electrons (holes) being quantum-confined. In this case the dynamic strain η(t) produced by the acoustic wave in the semiconductor nanostructure may be considered as perturbation, which changes in time. The dynamic strain modulates the energies of the a01 (hole) states (e.g. the band gap) in the nanostructure, which results in modulation of the optical outputs governed by these quantum states. In particular, the dynamic strain modulates the optical frequency ω of the electron–hole (exciton) transition. This effect may be called ultrafast piezospectroscopic effect in analogy with the stationary piezospectroscopic effect, which governs the dependence of the electron energy on uniaxial strain [11,12].
Traditional MHz and GHz acoustics allow efficient modulation of ω such that the modulation amplitude ΔΩ is large enough to be seen in the spectrum of the optical signal [13,14]. In this case the modulation occurs on a timescale (the time that it takes the optical frequency to shift by ΔΩ) that is much longer than any other transient times (coherence, relaxation etc.). Therefore, the modulation occurs adiabatically and it is easily possible to follow the time dependence of the modulated optical frequency ω(t) from the light intensity and the optical spectrum. In picosecond acoustics, which operates in the sub-THz and THz frequency ranges, this simple adiabatic approximation may be not valid anymore because becomes comparable or even shorter than the transient time, which governs the corresponding optical phenomenon. The typical example is the chirping of the optical transition in reflectivity spectra of QWs, when is comparable to the coherence time of the excitons [15].
In the present paper, we describe three recent experiments, where picosecond acoustic techniques were applied to semiconductor optoelectronic nanostructures [16–18]. In these experiments it is essential that the modulation of the electron energies occurs on a picosecond time scale and the amplitude of this modulation is higher than the spectral width of the corresponding optical transition. The GaAs-based nanostructures used in the experiments contain a single semiconductor layer (QW or QD) where the electrons and holes possess quantum confinement, and this layer is embedded into an optical microcavity (MC) with high finesse. The MC photonic resonance overlaps spectrally with the electron–hole (exciton) optical transition in the semiconductor layer. The effects studied in the three presented experiments have a common basis through the nonadiabatic modulation of ω. However, there is a significant difference between the three experiments: in the first one (Section 2) the nonadiabatic character is related to the long coherence time > of the modulated optical resonance; in the second experiment (Section 3) the amplitude of the picosecond strain pulses is so high that the exciton state in the QW becomes destroyed which results in the ultrafast transition from the strong to the weak coupling regime for a QW-microcavity; in the last experiment (Section 4) we show how nonadiabatic processes in an active optical microcavity result in a giant modulation of the emission output for a vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) with QDs.