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All Rights Reserved – ii – I certify that I have read this dissertation and that in my opinion it is fully adequate, in scope and in quality, as a dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. I certify that I have read this dissertation and that in my opinion it is fully adequate, in scope and in quality, as a dissertation for the degree of Doctor(More)
released the first national suicide prevention strategy, The National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action. 1 As a follow-up, a panel of leading experts convened to participate in a roundtable discussion, Expanding the Safety Net: A Roundtable on Vulnerability, Depressive Symptoms, and Suicidal Behavior on College Campuses,(More)
This topical lunch was hosted to generate interest and ideas for the upcoming Wildlife Disease Association meeting to be hosted by Cornell University July 31-August 5, 2016. The WDA is an international organization dedicated to " acquire, disseminate, and apply knowledge of the health and diseases of wild animals in relation to their biology, conservation,(More)
The rate constant for the overall reaction OH + 1-butanol → products was determined in the temperature range 900 to 1200 K from measurements of OH concentration time histories in reflected shock wave experiments of tert-butyl hydroperoxide (TBHP) as a fast source of OH radicals with 1-butanol in excess. Narrow-linewidth laser absorption was employed for the(More)
This work presents the first direct experimental study of the rate constant for the reaction of OH with iso-butanol (2-methyl-1-propanol) at temperatures from 907 to 1147 K at near-atmospheric pressures. OH time-histories were measured behind reflected shock waves using a narrow-linewidth laser absorption method during reactions of dilute mixtures of(More)
The overall rate constant for the reaction of OH with sec-butanol [CH(3)CH(OH)CH(2)CH(3)] was determined from measurements of the near-first-order OH decay in shock-heated mixtures of tert-butylhydroperoxide (as a fast source of OH) with sec-butanol in excess. Three kinetic mechanisms from the literature describing sec-butanol combustion were used to(More)
We have studied the reaction between CH and N2, (1) CH + N2 --> products, in shock tube experiments using CH and NCN laser absorption. CH was monitored by continuous-wave, narrow-line-width laser absorption at 431.1 nm. The overall rate coefficient of the CH + N2 reaction was measured between 1943 and 3543 K, in the 0.9-1.4 atm pressure range, using a CH(More)
Introduction In conventional energy conversion devices (e.g., gas turbines and piston engines) useful work is produced in a two-step process: conversion of chemical energy to sensible energy by combustion, followed by work extraction by expansion. The first of the two processes typically occurs on a very short time scale and is essentially complete before(More)