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This review presents a critical survey of all experimental data about the low temperature degradation of zirconia (often referred to as "aging") due to the tetragonal-to-monoclinic transformation, which have been collected at temperatures of interest for dental application (room temperature to about 100 degrees C). It is shown that the main factors(More)
Congenital cystic adenomatoid malformations (CCAMs) are benign masses of non-functional lung tissue developing from an overgrowth of the terminal bronchioles with subsequent suppressing of alveolar growth. For the first time CCAMs are studied by Raman mapping and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) imaging. Both vibrational spectroscopic methods are able to(More)
Suboptimally polymerized monomers may be responsible for the reduced material properties of simplified adhesives and their inherent bonded interface instability. This study was performed to determine the degree of cure within the hybrid layers produced by three one-step self-etch adhesives in situ using Raman microspectroscopy and to investigate nanoleakage(More)
Raman mapping in combination with uni- and multi-variate methods of data analysis is applied to articular cartilage samples. Main differences in biochemical composition and collagen fibers orientation between superficial, middle and deep zone of the tissue are readily observed in the samples. Collagen, non-collagenous proteins, proteoglycans and nucleic(More)
During the curing reaction, the monomers of dentine bonding systems should cross-link sufficiently to strengthen an adhesive so that it is clinically reliable. This study evaluated how different storage conditions (air vs. water storage) affect the elastic modulus (E-modulus) and degree of conversion (DC) of a three-step etch-and-rinse adhesive and a(More)
Colon tissue constitutes a valid model for the comparative analysis of soft tissue by Raman and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) imaging because it contains four major tissue types such as muscle tissue, connective tissue, epithelium and nerve cells. Raman microscopic images were recorded in the mapping mode using 785 nm laser excitation and a step size of(More)
The residual stresses in thick hydroxyapatite coatings, deposited by plasma spraying, have been determined experimentally using Raman piezo-spectroscopy. The stress dependence of the centre position of the 980 cm 1 Raman band, owing to the symmetric stretching of the phosphate ion, PO3(4), has been established and found to be 2.47 cm 3 GPa 1. Using this(More)
Alditol bearing chitosans have shown the ability to reduce silver ions in mild conditions and without addition of exogenous reducing agents. The ion reduction induces the formation of a lactone moiety on the polysaccharide (Fetizon reaction) without causing C-C bond cleavage on the polyol. The close and multivalent arrangement of the endogenous reducing(More)
The development of nanotechnological devices and their clinical application in medicine has become increasingly important, especially in the context of targeted and personalized therapy. This is particularly important in cancer therapy, where antitumor drugs are highly cytotoxic and often exert their therapeutic effect at concentrations close to systemic(More)
In clinical practice, one objective is to obtain diagnostic information while minimizing the invasiveness of the tests and the pain for the patients. To this end, tests based on the interaction of light with readily available biofluids including blood, urine, or saliva are highly desirable. In this review we examine the state of the art regarding the use of(More)