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A bacterium, Pseudomonas putida SH1, which can catabolize phenol, naphthalene, or cresol as the sole carbon and energy source, was isolated from a petroleum-contaminated site in Taiwan. The catechol 2,3-dioxygenase (C23O) was purified from this bacterial strain when grown on naphthalene as the sole carbon and energy source. The enzyme is composed of four(More)
The present study focuses on investigating the magnetic properties and the critical particle size for developing sizable spontaneous magnetic moment of bare Au nanoparticles. Seven sets of bare Au nanoparticle assemblies, with diameters from 3.5 to 17.5 nm, were fabricated with the gas condensation method. Line profiles of the X-ray diffraction peaks were(More)
The interplay between the crystalline and magnetic structures of a 4% Cr-doped Bi(0.37)Ca(0.63)Mn(0.96)Cr(0.04)O(2.99) has been investigated by alternating current (ac) magnetic susceptibility, electrical resistivity, and neutron diffraction measurements. The compound crystallizes into a monoclinic P2(1)/m symmetry. A Jahn-Teller distortion occurs at 280 K.(More)
Magnetic susceptibility, x-ray diffraction, neutron diffraction and Raman scattering measurements are employed to study the effects of La substitution on the magnetic properties of multiferroic HoMn(2)O(5). 9% and 18% La-substituted compounds crystallize into the same orthorhombic Pbam symmetry as the parent compound. The magnetic responses to an ac driving(More)
We report on the design and observation of huge inverse magnetizations pointing in the direction opposite to the applied magnetic field, induced in nano-sized amorphous Ni shells deposited on crystalline Au nanoparticles by turning the applied magnetic field off. The magnitude of the induced inverse magnetization is very sensitive to the field reduction(More)
The electrical and magnetic properties of slightly Cu-deficient BiOCu(0.96)Se have been investigated using neutron and X-ray diffraction, ac magnetic susceptibility, magnetization and electric resistivity measurements. The layered BiOCu(0.96)Se crystallizes into a tetragonal lattice with a P4/nmm symmetry. Thermal profiles of the electrical resistivity(More)
We have investigated the structure of recombinant catechol 2, 3-dioxygenase (C23O) purified from two species in which the enzyme has evolved to function at different temperature. The two species are mesophilic bacterium Pseudomonas putida strain mt-2 and thermophilic archaea Sulfolobus acidocaldariusDSM639. Using the primary sequence analysis, we show that(More)
We report on the results of investigating the ferromagnetic properties of bare Cu nanoparticles. Three sets of bare Cu nanoparticle assemblies with mean particle diameters of 6.6, 8.1, and 11.1 nm were fabricated, employing the gas condensation method. Curie-Weiss paramagnetic responses to a weak driving magnetic field were detected, showing the appearance(More)
The electrical and magnetic properties of slightly Cu-deficient BiOCu(0.94)S are investigated using neutron diffraction, ac magnetic susceptibility, magnetization and electrical resistivity measurements. The Cu spins order in a ferromagnetic arrangement below T(C) = 250 K. An antiferromagnetic component develops below 180 K when the crystalline unit cell(More)
The evolution of the fine structures of self-assembled polypseudorotaxane (PPR) in Pluronic (PL F108) solutions containing dilute to dense beta-cyclodextrin (β-CD) was illustrated for the first time by small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). Dense β-CD (∼19 w/v%) was found feasible to be dispersed in 24% citric acid solution. 5% of PL F108 formed cylindrical(More)