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Clean Air Status and Trends Network Annual Report: 2012

Description: Annual report of the Clean Air Status and Trends Network (CASTNET) describing the program and data collection. It also presents information on air quality and recorded concentrations of pollutants such as ozone, sulfur, gases, and other elements of concern.
Date: April 2014
Creator: AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, Inc.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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[Project Summary: EcoSpatial Information Database (ESID)]

Description: Summary describing the work completed at AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, Inc. for the EcoSpatial Information Database (ESID). It includes background information on the project funding and sponsorship, goals, methodology, and findings.
Date: May 2014
Creator: AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, Inc.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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Interfacial Characterization of Chemical Vapor Deposition (Cvd) Grown Graphene and Electrodeposited Bismuth on Ruthenium Surface

Description: Graphene receives enormous attention owing to its distinctive physical and chemical prosperities. Growing and transferring graphene to different substrates have been investigated. The graphene growing on the copper substrate has an advantage of low solubility of carbon on the copper which allow us to grow mostly monolayer graphene. Graphene sheet of few centimeters can be transferred to 300nm silicon oxide and quartz crystal pre-deposited with metal like Cu and Ru. Characterization of the graphene has been done with Raman and contact angle measurement and recently quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) has been employed. The underpotential deposition (UPD) process of Bi on Ru metal surface is studied using electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance (EQCM) and XPS techniques. Both Bi UPD and Bi bulk deposition are clearly observed on Ru in 1mM Bi (NO3)3/0.5M H2SO4. Bi monolayer coverage calculated from mass (MLMass) and from charge (MLCharge) were compared with respect to the potential scanning rates, anions and ambient controls. EQCM results indicate that Bi UPD on Ru is mostly scan rate independent but exhibits interesting difference at the slower scan. Bi UPD monolayer coverage calculated from cathodic frequency change (ΔfCathodic) is significantly smaller than the monolayer coverage derived from integrated charge under the cathodic Bi UPD peak when scan rate is at least 5 mV/s. XPS is utilized to explore the detailed chemical composition of the observed interfacial process of Bi UPD on Ru.
Date: May 2014
Creator: Abdelghani, Jafar
Partner: UNT Libraries
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Jacques-Antoine-Hippolyte, Comte De Guibert: Father of the Grande Armée

Description: Jacques-Antoine-Hippolyte, comte de Guibert (1743-1790) dedicated his life and career to creating a new doctrine for the French army. Little about this doctrine was revolutionary. Indeed, Guibert openly decried the anarchy of popular participation in government and looked askance at the early days of the Revolution. Rather, Guibert’s doctrine marked the culmination of an evolutionary process that commenced decades before his time and reached fruition in the Réglement of 1791, which remained in force until the 1830s. Not content with military reform, Guibert demanded a political and social constitution to match. His reforms required these changes, demanding a disciplined, service-oriented society and a functional, rational government to assist his reformed military. He delved deeply, like no other contemporary writer, into the linkages between society, politics, and the military throughout his career and his writings. Guibert exerted an overwhelming influence on military thought across Europe for the next fifty years. His military theories provided the foundation for military reform during the twilight of the Old Regime. The Revolution, which adopted most of Guibert’s doctrine in 1791, continued his work. A new army and way of war based on Guibert’s reforms emerged to defeat France’s major enemies. In Napoleon’s hands, Guibert’s army all but conquered Europe by 1807. As other nations adopted French methods, Guibert’s influence spread across the Continent, reigning supreme until the 1830s. This dissertation adopts a biographical approach to examine Guibert’s life and influence on the creation of the French military system that led to Napoleon’s conquest of Europe. As no such biography exists in Anglophone literature, such a work will fill a crucial gap in understanding French military success to 1807. It examines the period of French military reform from 1760 to the creation and use of Napoleon’s Grande Armée from 1803 to 1807, illustrating the importance of …
Date: August 2014
Creator: Abel, Jonathan, 1985-
Partner: UNT Libraries
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Comments of the Auditing Standards Committee of the Auditing Section of the American Accounting Association on PCAOB Staff Consultation Paper, Auditing Accounting Estimates and Fair Value Measurements

Description: This commentary summarizes the contributors’ views on the various questions asked in the PCAOB Staff Consultation Paper.
Date: November 2014
Creator: Abernathy, John L.; Hackenbrack, Karl E.; Joe, Jennifer R.; Pevzner, Mikhail & Wu, Yi-Jing
Partner: UNT College of Business
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Source Apportionment Analysis of Measured Volatile Organic Compounds in Corpus Christi, Texas

Description: Corpus Christi among of the largest industrialized coastal urban areas in Texas. The strategic location of the city along the Gulf of Mexico allows for many important industries and an international business to be located. The cluster of industries and businesses in the region contribute to the air pollution from emissions that are harmful to the environment and to the people living in and visiting the area. Volatile organic compounds (VOC) constitute an important class of pollutants measured in the area. The automated gas chromatography (Auto GC) data was collected from Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and source apportionment analysis was conducted on this data to identify key sources of VOC affecting this study region. EPA PMF 3.0 was employed in this sources apportionment study of measured VOC concentration during 2005 - 2012 in Corpus Christi, Texas. The study identified nine optimal factors (Source) that could explain the concentration of VOC at two urbane monitoring sites in the study region. Natural gas was found to be the largest contributor of VOC in the area, followed by gasoline and vehicular exhaust. Diesel was the third highest contributor with emissions from manufacturing and combustion processes. Refineries gases and evaporative fugitive emissions were other major contributors in the area; Flaring operations, solvents, and petrochemicals also impacted the measured VOC in the urban area. It was noted that he measured VOC concentrations were significantly influenced by the economic downturn in the region and this was highlighted in the annual trends of the apportioned VOC.
Date: May 2014
Creator: Abood, Ahmed T.
Partner: UNT Libraries
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On the Solubility of Quercetin

Description: Article discussing the solubility of quercetin. The authors have applied a methodology based on linear free energy equations for water-solvent and gas-solvent partitions to study solubilities.
Date: May 15, 2014
Creator: Abraham, M. H. (Michael H.) & Acree, William E. (William Eugene)
Partner: UNT College of Arts and Sciences
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An NMR Method for Quantitative Assessment of Intramolecular Hydrogen Bonding; Application to Physiochemical, Environmental, and Biochemical Properties

Description: Article on an NMR method for the quantitative assessment of intramolecular hydrogen bonding and an application to physiochemical, environmental, and biochemical properties.
Date: October 30, 2014
Creator: Abraham, M. H. (Michael H.); Abraham, Raymond J.; Acree, William E. (William Eugene); Aliev, Abil E.; Leo, Albert J. & Whaley, William L.
Partner: UNT College of Arts and Sciences
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Development of a Cost Effective Wireless Sensor System for Indoor Air Quality Monitoring Applications

Description: Poor air quality can greatly affect the public health. Research studies indicate that indoor air can be more polluted than the outdoor air. An indoor air quality monitoring system will help to create an awareness of the quality of air inside which will eventually help in improving it. The objective of this research is to develop a low cost wireless sensor system for indoor air quality monitoring. The major cost reduction of the system is achieved by using low priced sensors. Interface circuits had to be designed to make these sensors more accurate. The system is capable of measuring carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, ozone, temperature, humidity and volatile organic compounds. The prototype sensor node modules were developed. The sensor nodes were the connected together by Zigbee network. The nodes were developed in such a way that it is compact in size and wireless connection of sensor nodes enable to collect air quality data from multiple locations simultaneously. The collected data was stored in a computer. We employed linear least-square approach for the calibration of each sensor to derive a conversion formula for converting the sensor readings to engineering units. The system was tested with different pollutants and data collected was compared with a professional grade monitoring system for analyzing its performance. The results indicated that the data from our system matched quite well with the professional grade monitoring system.
Date: May 2014
Creator: Abraham, Sherin
Partner: UNT Libraries
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A Cost-Effective Wireless Sensor Network System for Indoor Air Quality Monitoring Applications

Description: This paper from the 9th International Conference on Future Networks and Communications, FNC 2014 conference proceedings presents a low-cost indoor air quality monitoring wireless sensor network system developed using Arduino, XBee modules, and micro gas sensors.
Date: August 15, 2014
Creator: Abraham, Sherin & Li, Xinrong
Partner: UNT College of Engineering
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Exploratory Analysis of Social E-health Behavior

Description: Extant literature has documented well that people seek health information via the internet as patients and consumers. Much less, however, is known about interaction and creation behaviors in the development of new online health information and knowledge. More specifically, generalizable sociodemographic data on who engages in this online health behavior via social media is lacking in the sociological literature. The term “social e-health” is introduced to emphasize the difference between seeking behaviors and interaction and creation behaviors. A 2010 dataset of a large nationally representative and randomly sampled telephone survey made freely available from the Pew Research Center is used to examine social e-health behavior according to respondents’ sociodemographics. The dependent variable of social e-health behavior is measured by 13 survey questions from the survey. Gender, race, ethnicity, age, education, and income are used as independent variables. Logistic regression analysis was used to determine the odds of engagement in social e-health behavior based on the sociodemographic predictors. The social determinants of health and digital divide frameworks are used to help explain why socioeconomic variances exist in social e-health behavior. The findings of the current study suggest that predictable sociodemographic patterns along the dimensions of gender, race, age, education, and income exist for those who report engaging in social e-health behavior. This study is important because it underscores the fact that engagement in social e-health behavior is differentially distributed in the general U.S. population according to patterned sociodemographics.
Date: May 2014
Creator: Acadia, Spencer
Partner: UNT Libraries
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First JAM results on the determination of polarized parton distributions

Description: The Jefferson Lab Angular Momentum (JAM) Collaboration is a new initiative to study the angular momentum dependent structure of the nucleon. First results on the determination of spin-dependent parton distribution functions at intermediate and large x from world data on polarized deep-inelastic scattering are presented. Different aspects of global QCD analysis are discussed, including the effects of nuclear structure of deuterium and {sup 3}He targets, target mass corrections and higher twist contributions to the g{sub 1} and g{sub 2} structure functions.
Date: January 1, 2014
Creator: Accardi, Alberto; Jimenez-Delgado, Pedro & Melnitchouk, Wally
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Fur wrap

Description: Modrone wrap neck top made of grey raccoon fur with a blue tint. Boatneck rollover neckline, sleeveless straight boxy cut lined with black knit fabric. Designer's label: "Haider Ackermann"
Date: Autumn 2014
Creator: Ackermann, Haider
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design
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Commentary on "Study of Assorted Interactions of an Ionic Liquid in Significant Solvent Systems using Compensated Equation of Fuoss Conductance and Vibrational Mode"

Description: Article offering commentary on the article titled "Study of assorted interactions of an ionic liquid in significant solvent systems using compensated equation of fuoss conductance and vibrational mode."
Date: May 1, 2014
Creator: Acree, William E. (William Eugene)
Partner: UNT College of Arts and Sciences
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Comments on "Role of Anions (Tetrafluoroborate, Perchlorate) of Tetrabutylammonium Salts in Determining Solvation Effects Prevailing in Industrially Essential Solvents Probed by Conductance and FT-IR Spectra"

Description: Article commenting on "Role of Anions (tetrafluoroborate, perchlorate) of tetrabutylammonium salts in determining solvation effects prevailing in industrially essential solvents probed by conductance and FT-IR spectra.
Date: March 7, 2014
Creator: Acree, William E. (William Eugene)
Partner: UNT College of Arts and Sciences
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Comments Concerning "Study of Molecular Interaction in Binary Liquid Mixtures of Ethyl Acetoacetate with Chloroform and Dimethylsulphoxide using Excess Acoustic Parameters and Spectroscopic Methods

Description: Article commenting on a previously published article, "Study of molecular interaction in binary liquid mixtures of ethyl acetoacetate with chloroform and dimethylsulphoxide using excess acoustic parameters and spectroscopic methods."
Date: February 18, 2014
Creator: Acree, William E. (William Eugene) & Stephens, Timothy W.
Partner: UNT College of Arts and Sciences
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Fundamental Studies of Recombinant Hydrogenases

Description: This research addressed the long term goals of understanding the assembly and organization of hydrogenase enzymes, of reducing them in size and complexity, of determining structure/function relationships, including energy conservation via charge separation across membranes, and in screening for novel H2 catalysts. A key overall goal of the proposed research was to define and characterize minimal hydrogenases that are produced in high yields and are oxygen-resistant. Remarkably, in spite of decades of research carried out on hydrogenases, it is not possible to readily manipulate or design the enzyme using molecular biology approaches since a recombinant form produced in a suitable host is not available. Such resources are essential if we are to understand what constitutes a “minimal” hydrogenase and design such catalysts with certain properties, such as resistance to oxygen, extreme stability and specificity for a given electron donor. The model system for our studies is Pyrococcus furiosus, a hyperthermophile that grows optimally at 100°C, which contains three different nickel-iron [NiFe-] containing hydrogenases. Hydrogenases I and II are cytoplasmic while the other, MBH, is an integral membrane protein that functions to both evolve H2 and pump protons. Three important breakthroughs were made during the funding period with P. furiosus soluble hydrogenase I (SHI). First, we produced an active recombinant form of SHI in E. coli by the co-expression of sixteen genes using anaerobically-induced promoters. Second, we genetically-engineered P. furiosus to overexpress SHI by an order of magnitude compared to the wild type strain. Third, we generated the first ‘minimal’ form of SHI, one that contained two rather than four subunits. This dimeric form was stable and active, and directly interacted with a pyruvate-oxidizing enzyme with any intermediate electron carrier. The research resulted in five peer-reviewed publications.
Date: January 25, 2014
Creator: Adams, Michael W
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
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