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  • 251.
    Albrectsen, Benedicte
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Plant Physiology. Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC).
    Jansson, Stefan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Plant Physiology. Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC).
    From micro towards the macro scale2006In: New Phytologist, Vol. 172, p. 7-10Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 252.
    Albrectsen, Benedicte R.
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Plant Physiology. Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC).
    Björkén, Lars
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Plant Physiology. Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC).
    Varad, Akkamahadevi
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Plant Physiology. Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC).
    Hagner, Åsa
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
    Wedin, Mats
    Karlsson, Jan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Plant Physiology. Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC).
    Jansson, Stefan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Plant Physiology. Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC).
    Endophytic fungi in European aspen (Populus tremula) leaves - diversity, detection, and a suggested correlation with herbivory resistance2010In: Fungal diversity, ISSN 1560-2745, E-ISSN 1878-9129, Vol. 41, no 1, p. 17-28Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    According to the geographic mosaic theory of coevolution (GMTC), clines of traits reflecting local co-adaptation (including resistance genes) should be common between a host and its parasite and should persist across time. To test the GMTC-assumption of persistent clinal patterns we compared the natural prevalence of two parasites on aspen Populus tremula trees: mining moths of the genus Phyllocnistis and leaf rust Melampsora spp. Damage data were collated from the Swedish National Forest Damage Inventory (2004–2006). In addition, occurrence of the parasites was scored in field conditions in two common gardens in the north and south of Sweden over five growing seasons (2004–2008), then related to biomass (stem height and diameter) and to concentrations of eleven leaf phenolics. Phyllocnistis mainly occurred in the northern garden, a distribution range which was confirmed by the countrywide inventory, although Phyllocnistis was more abundant on southern clones, providing evidence for possible local maladaptation. Melampsora occurred all over the country and in both gardens, but built up more quickly on northern clones, which suggests a centre of local clone maladaptation in the north. Stem growth also followed a clinal pattern as did the concentration of three phenolic compounds: benzoic acid, catechin and cinnamic acid. However, only benzoic acid was related to parasite presence: negatively to Phyllocnistis and positively to Melampsora and it could thus be a potential trait under selection.

    In conclusion, clines of Phyllocnistis were stronger and more persistent compared to Melampsora, which showed contrasting clines of varying strength. Our data thus support the assumption of the GMTC model that clines exist in the border between hot and cold spots and that they may be less persistent for parasites with an elevated gene flow, and/or for parasites which cover relatively larger hot spots surrounded by fewer cold spots.

  • 253.
    Albrectsen, Benedicte R.
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Plant Physiology. Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC).
    Ericson, Lars
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
    Lundberg, Per
    Nutrient addition extends flowering display, which gets tracked by seed predators, but not by their parasitoids2008In: Oikos, ISSN 0030-1299, E-ISSN 1600-0706, Vol. 117, p. 473-480Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Although phenological matching between two and three trophic interactions has received some attention, it has largely been disregarded in explaining the lack of strong cascade dynamics in terrestrial systems. We studied the response of the specialist seed predator, Paroxyna plantaginis (Tephritidae) and associated generalist parasitoids (Chalcidoidea) to controlled fertilisation of individuals of naturally growing Tripolium vulgare (Asteraceae) on four island populations (Skeppsvik Archipelago, Sweden). We consistently found evidence of nutrient limitation: fertilised plants increased their biomass, produced more capitula (the oviposition units for tephritid flies), were more at risk of attack by the tephritids, and puparia were heavier in fertilised plants. During some parts of the season tephritids became more heavily parasitized, supporting the presence of cascade dynamics, however net parasitism over season decreased in response to nutrient addition. We found no evidence that capitulum size complicated parasitoid access to the tephritids, however the extended bud production prolonged the flowering season. Thus, tephritids utilized the surplus production of capitula throughout the entire season, while parasitoids did not expand their oviposition time window accordingly. Implications for top down regulation and cascade dynamics in the system are discussed.

  • 254.
    Albrectsen, Benedicte R
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Plant Physiology. Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC).
    Witzell, Johanna
    Robinson, Kathryn M
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Plant Physiology. Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC).
    Wulff, Sören
    Luquez, Virginia MC
    Ågren, Rickard
    Jansson, Stefan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Plant Physiology. Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC).
    Large scale geographic clines of parasite damage to Populus tremula L2010In: Ecography, ISSN 0906-7590, E-ISSN 1600-0587, Vol. 33, no 3, p. 483-493Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In conclusion, clines of Phyllocnistis were stronger and more persistent compared to Melampsora, which showed contrasting clines of varying strength. Our data thus support the assumption of the GMTC model that clines exist in the border between hot and cold spots and that they may be less persistent for parasites with an elevated gene flow, and/or for parasites which cover relatively larger hot spots surrounded by fewer cold spots.

  • 255.
    Albrectsen, Benedicte Riber
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Plant Physiology. Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC).
    Siddique, Abu Bakar
    Decker, Vicki Huizu Guo
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC). Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Plant Physiology.
    Unterseher, Martin
    Robinson, Kathryn M
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Plant Physiology. Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Plant Science Centre (UPSC).
    Both plant genotype and herbivory shape aspen endophyte communities2018In: Oecologia, ISSN 0029-8549, E-ISSN 1432-1939, Vol. 187, no 2, p. 535-545Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Salicinoid phenolic glycosides are common defence substances in salicaceous trees and specialist leaf beetles use these compounds for their own defence against predators. Salicinoids vary qualitatively and qualitatively in aspen (Populus tremula) and this variation has a genetic basis. The foliar endophyte mycobiome is plentiful and we hypothesised that it is related to plant genotype, potentially mediated by salicinoid composition, and that interactions with the leaf beetle Chrysomela tremula may alter this relationship. We studied these three-way interactions in controlled greenhouse experiments. Endophytic fungi were isolated from sterilised leaf tissues with and without beetle damage, and from beetles. We confirmed that endophyte composition was influenced by host genotype. Beetle activity added generalist morphs to the mycobiome that overrode the initial host association. Yeast-like genera (Cryptococcus and Rhodotorula) were isolated only from beetle-damaged tissues and from beetles, whereas fast-growing filamentous fungi dominated beetle-free control plants. Competition experiments between filamentous fungi of plant origin and beetle-related yeasts suggested interaction of both stimulating and inhibiting modes of action amongst the fungi. As a result, we detected examples of amensalism, commensalism, parasitism and competition between the morphs tested, but we found no evidence of mutualism, and consequently no co-evolutionary relationship could be demonstrated, between yeasts carried by beetles, host genotype and associated filamentous morphs. Endophyte studies are method-dependent and high-throughput sequencing technology best define the fungal mycobiome, culturing however continues to be a cheap way to provide fundamental ecological insights and it is also required for experimental studies.

  • 256.
    Albán Reyes, Diana Carolina
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry. Umeå University.
    de Wit, Paul P.
    AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals.
    Sundman, Ola
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Variation of the alkalisation conditions during the synthesis of a cellulose etherManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    We show the effect of simultaneous variation of i) the NaOH/AGU (anhydroglucose unit) stoichiometric ratio (r), ii) added [NaOH], and iii) mercerization time, on the degree of cellulose substitution (DS), and by-product formation including proportions of insoluble particles and unreacted chemicals, in the synthesis of carboxymethylcellulose (CMC), under conditions resembling those often used for production of non-ionic cellulose ethers and without the use of alcohols. The DS was found to increase when (r) was increased (range 1.0-1.3) and added [NaOH] was decreased (range 50-30%). However, such changes also favoured the formation of unwanted by-products. Decreased (r) and increased [NaOH] resulted in increased the quantities of insoluble particles and unreacted chemicals. In the CMC samples, DS of 0.18-0.7 was obtained. The measured solubility (46%-86%) was lower than expected for a given DS. This, along with a deviation of the substituent distribution from the statistical calculations, indicated a high heterogeneity in the samples. The substitution at hydroxyl positions within the AGU shows the order of < ≈ , and that substitution increases with (r). The relative importance of substitution at increases with an increased [NaOH].

  • 257.
    Albán Reyes, Diana Carolina
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Eliasson, Bertil
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Karlsson, Leif
    AkzoNobel.
    de Wit, Paul
    AkzoNobel.
    Svedberg, Anna
    MoRe Research.
    Sundman, Ola
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Activation of dissolving celluloses pulp for viscose and cellulose ether production2016In: The 7th workshop on cellulose, regenerated cellulose and cellulose derivatives / [ed] Ola Sundman, Umeå ; Karlstad: Umeå university ; Karlstad university , 2016, p. 29-30Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Mercerisation of cellulose by alkali treatment is the most common procedure used to activate natural cellulose fibres into many commercial cellulosic materials. During mercerisation, the NaOH solution enters the cellulose fibres, transforming them into a swollen and a highly reactive material called alkali cellulose (Na-Cell). In case NaOH is completely washed out of the cellulose structure, Na-Cell turns into Cellulose II upon drying.

    Traditionally the cellulose is mercerised by suspending it in a 15-20 % NaOH solution. The result is a high (15-25 mol/mol) NaOH: Anhydroglucose  molar ratio (r) and mercerisation in these conditions have been extensively studied. However, in modern production of cellulose ethers, the mercerisation conditions are often very different. The main reason is that any excess of water and OH--ions used during the mercerisation can later react with different chemicals in the process, thus forming unwanted by-products e.g. methanol. One way to avoid this kind of side reaction is by using low-water-content mercerisation conditions, i.e. low (r) = 0.8-1.8 mol/mol and high NaOH concentration (45-55% w/w). The traditional mercerisation is a suspension process while the cellulose during the latter process, i.e low-water-content mercerisation conditions, remains quite “dry”. Thus, although the chemical reaction principles of activation of cellulose for both viscose and cellulose ethers processes are the same, the activation conditions used are often very different. Therefore, the different dependencies of process parameters as well as any similarities between the processes are interesting.

    The presentation summarises the findings presented in two papers which described the influence of the different parameters on the mercerisation/activation of softwood Sulphite dissolving pulp in viscose production conditions (Albán Reyes et al. 2016) and cellulose derivatives production conditions (Albán Reyes et al.) respectively. In the individual studies this has been done by analysing the degree of transformation (DoT) of dissolving pulp to Na-cellulose (or more correctly cellulose II after washing and upon drying) as a function of simultaneous variation of [NaOH], temperature, and reaction time varied using design of experiment. Also the (r) was varied for samples mercerised at dry conditions. A combination of Raman imaging and multivariate data analysis have been used to study the DoT to Cellulose II.

    It was found that the mercerisation under the different conditions was dependent on different parameters. For traditional mercerisation, on the one hand, the temperature was shown to be important for the DoT and showed negative correlation with the data, while [NaOH] showed a positive correlation. On the other hand, at low-water-content mercerisation conditions the (r) was overall most important while the temperature showed no statistical importance in a Partial least squares analysis. Traditional mercerisation gave much higher DoT than the low-water-content mercerisation. Thus,  the data for low-water-content mercerisation was further examined at the different (r). The same chemistry is always expected and the different influences of the parameters seen is understood and discussed in terms of the different physical reaction mechanisms.  

  • 258.
    Albán Reyes, Diana Carolina
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Skoglund, Nils
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry. Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics, Luleå University of Technology, Luleå, Sweden .
    Svedberg, Anna
    Eliasson, Bertil
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Sundman, Ola
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    The influence of different parameters on the mercerisation of cellulose for viscose production2016In: Cellulose (London), ISSN 0969-0239, E-ISSN 1572-882X, Vol. 23, no 2, p. 1061-1072Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    A quantitative analysis of degree of transformation from a softwood sulphite dissolving pulp to alkalised material and the yield of this transformation as a function of the simultaneous variation of the NaOH concentration, denoted [NaOH], reaction time and temperature was performed. Samples were analysed with Raman spectroscopy in combination with multivariate data analysis and these results were confirmed by X-ray diffraction. Gravimetry was used to measure the yield. The resulting data were related to the processing conditions in a Partial Least Square regression model, which made it possible to explore the relevance of the three studied variables on the responses. The detailed predictions for the interactive effects of the measured parameters made it possible to determine optimal conditions for both yield and degree of transformation in viscose manufacturing. The yield was positively correlated to the temperature from room temperature up to 45 A degrees C, after which the relation was negative. Temperature was found to be important for the degree of transformation and yield. The time to reach a certain degree of transformation (i.e. mercerisation) depended on both temperature and [NaOH]. At low temperatures and high [NaOH], mercerisation was instantaneous. It was concluded that the size of fibre particles (mesh range 0.25-1 mm) had no influence on degree of transformation in viscose processing conditions, apparently due to the quick reaction with the excess of NaOH.

  • 259.
    Albán Reyes, Diana Carolina
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Stridh, Kjell
    AkzoNobel, Stenungsund, Sverige.
    de Wit, Paul P.
    AkzoNobel, Arnhem, The Netherlands.
    Sundman, Ola
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Is there a diffusion of alkali in the activation of dissolving cellulose pulp at low NAOH stoichiometric excess?2019In: Cellulose (London), ISSN 0969-0239, E-ISSN 1572-882X, Vol. 26, no 2, p. 1297-1308Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We conducted a quantitative study, following the degree of activation (i.e. the transformation to alkali cellulose, denoted as DoA) over time for dissolving cellulose pulp treated with different [NaOH] at low NaOH/anhydroglucose unit stoichiometric ratio (denoted as (r) ≤ 2.6). Our quantitative approach was based on Raman spectroscopy data, evaluated by partial least squares regression modelling. The results show strong influence of the (r) on DoA (increasing from DoA= 45% at (r) = 0.8, to DoA = 85% at (r) = 2.6), and its complex dependence on [NaOH]. At (r) = 0.8 the highest DoA (DoA ≳ 60%) was found at 30% [NaOH], while at (r) =1.3 it was found at 20% [NaOH] (DoA ≳ 80%). Although activation of cellulose happens in minutes at the studied temperature (30 °C), it was found that the reaction may be slow when a low (r) is used. A gradual increase of the DoA from ≈ 30% to ≈ 70% in time was seen when samples were activated with 30% [NaOH] at (r) = 0.8. At the same (r), a similar increase of DoA from ≈ 30 % to ≈ 60 % was also observed when 40% [NaOH] was used. Slow diffusion of NaOH through poorly swollen cellulose fibres is proposed as an explanation for this phenomenon. Lastly, solid-state CP/MAS NMR measurements suggest that at a fixed temperature, the Na-Cell allomorph mostly depends on [NaOH]. However, in the transition area between Na-Cell I and Na-Cell II, its influence might be affected by (r). 

  • 260.
    Albán Reyes, Diana Carolina
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Sundman, Ola
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Schröder, Ulf
    AkzoNobel.
    Karlsson, Leif
    AkzoNobel.
    de Wit, Paul
    AkzoNobel.
    Eliasson, Bertil
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Activation of dissolving cellulose pulp at low water content2015In: 4th EPNOE International Polysaccharide Conference: Polysaccharides and polysaccharide-based advance materials: from science to industry, 2015Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Mercerisation of cellulose by alkali treatment is the first step in modifying natural cellulose fibres into many commercial cellulosic materials. During treatment, the fiber transforms into a reactive and highly swollen material called alkali cellulose (Na-Cell). In case NaOH is washed out of the cellulose structure, Na-Cell turn into Cellulose II upon drying (Langan et al. 2001).

     

    The aim of the present study was to gain a better understanding of the mercerisation of dissolving cellulose pulp at low water content. This has been done by spraying NaOH onto milled cellulose in a kneader, then washing the cellulose to neutrality to stop the reaction. After drying the transformation degree to cellulose II was analysed. The experiments include variation of temperature (30-60°C), reaction time (5 and 25 min), [NaOH] (45-55%), and NaOH:Cellulose molar ratio (0.8- 1.8). A combination of NIR Raman imaging and multivariate data analysis have been used to study the transformation degree.

     

    To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first time the influence of NaOH: Cellulose molar ratio on the mercerisation process has been studied in a single model together with temperature, reaction time and [NaOH]. Our results indicate that increased NaOH: Cellulose molar ratio has a significant positive influence on transformation degree of dissolving cellulose pulp at low water content.

  • 261. Aldea, Steliana
    et al.
    Snåre, Mathias
    Eränen, Kari
    Grenman, Henrik
    Rautio, Anne-Riika
    Kordás, Krisztian
    Mikkola, Jyri-Pekka
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry. Laboratory of Industrial Chemistry and Reaction Engineering, Johan Gadolin Process Chemistry Centre, Åbo Akademi University, Biskopsgatan 8, 20500 Åbo-Turku, Finland.
    Salmi, Tapio
    Murzin, Dmitry Y.
    Crystallization of Nano-Calcium Carbonate: The Influence of Process Parameters2016In: Chemie Ingenieur Technik, ISSN 0009-286X, E-ISSN 1522-2640, Vol. 88, no 11, p. 1609-1616Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Precipitated calcium carbonate was synthesized by carbonation of calcium hydroxide in the presence and absence of ultrasound (conventional stirring) at atmospheric as well as at elevated pressures and different initial concentrations of Ca(OH)2. Spherical morphology of the formed calcite was favored at high Ca(OH)2 concentrations and low CO2 pressures. The presence of ultrasound did not show any influence on the reaction rate in case of efficient mixing. A small increase of the reaction rate was observed at lower CO2 pressures. Elevated pressures in combination with ultrasound did not lead to notable changes of reaction rate or particle morphology.

  • 262.
    Al-Doori, Mustafa
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Synergisystem inom NCC2017Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In this thesis, a study has been carried out in conjunction with NCC Construction AB in Umeå. The study is about a working environment reporting system called Synergi. The purpose of this study is to make the system known and useful among staff who work with and for NCC, and to explore the problems and weaknesses that should be addressed. The goal of the study is to find improvement opportunities to facilitate system use. This helps the system to be useful, which in turn will reduce incidents by registering and systematizing all incidents, accidents and observations. The results of the interviews show, that in addition to the benefits, there are drawbacks and weaknesses in the system that should be addressed. Examples of these drawbacks and weaknesses are that the system is not known among NCC staff, and certain structural and functional problems. Once the case registration has been started, the cace can not be saved to be finished later. Some fields are unimportant or can be presented in a better way, and that access to cases that were reported are complicated. Suggestions for improvement recommendations are introductory lectures. They should be given until all staff begin to know and apply the system. In addition, structural and functional problems should be addressed, such as access to the cases that were reported will be easier to find by putting quick link to the home page. Status bar at the case registration is irrelevant. The field to the notification to the social insurance and AFA should be changed to a checklist choice, instead of the current form. It is also recommended that the case registration should be transfered to a person who will be responsible for Synergis case registreirng. It helps officials in the workplace to save time.

  • 263. Aleksandrovskii, A. N.
    et al.
    Dolbin, A.V.
    Esel'son, V.B.
    Gavrilko, V.G.
    Manzhelii, V.G.
    Udovidchenko, B.G.
    Bakai, A.S.
    Gadd, G.E.
    Moricca, S.
    Sundqvist, Bertil
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Low-temperature thermal expansion of pure and inert gas-doped fullerite C602003In: Fizika Nizkikh Temperatur (Kharkov), ISSN 0132-6414 (Print) 1816-0328 (On-line), Vol. 29, no 4, p. 432-442Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The low temperature (2–24 K) thermal expansion of pure (single-crystal and polycrystalline) C60 and polycrystalline C60 intercalated with He, Ne, Ar, and Kr has been investigated using the high-resolution capacitance dilatometer. The investigation of the time dependence of the sample length variations deltaL(t) on heating by deltaT shows that the thermal expansion is determined by the sum of positive and negative contributions, which have different relaxation times. The negative thermal expansion usually prevails at helium temperatures. The positive expansion is connected with the phonon thermalization of the system. The negative expansion is caused by reorientation of the C60 molecules. It is assumed that the reorientation is of a quantum character. The inert gas impurities affect the reorientation of the C60 molecules very strongly, especially at liquid helium temperatures. A temperature hysteresis of the thermal expansion coefficient of Kr– and He–C60 solutions has been revealed. The hysteresis is attributed to orientational polyamorphous transformation in these systems.

  • 264. Aleksandrovskii, A. N.
    et al.
    Esel'son, V.B.
    Manzhelii, Vadim Grigorovich
    Udovidchenko, B.G.
    Soldatov, Alexander
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Sundqvist, Bertil
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Negative thermal expansion of fullerite C60 at helium temperatures1997In: Low temperature physics (Woodbury, N.Y., Print), ISSN 1063-777X, E-ISSN 1090-6517, Vol. 23, no 11, p. 943-946Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The thermal expansion of fullerite C60 has been measured in the temperature range 2–9 K. A compacted fullerite sample with a diameter of about 6 mm and height of 2.4 mm was used. It was found that at temperatures below ~ 3.4 K the linear thermal expansion coefficient becomes negative. At temperatures above 5 K our results are in good agreement with the available literature data. A qualitative explanation of the results is proposed

  • 265. Aleksandrovskii, A. N.
    et al.
    Esel'son, V.B.
    Manzhelii, V.G.
    Udovidchenko, B.G.
    Soldatov, Alexander
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Sundqvist, Bertil
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Thermal expansion of single-crystal fullerite C60 at helium temperatures2000In: Low temperature physics (Woodbury, N.Y., Print), ISSN 1063-777X, E-ISSN 1090-6517, Vol. 26, no 1, p. 75-80Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The thermal expansion of single-crystal fullerite C60 has been studied in the range of liquid-helium temperatures (2–10 K). At temperatures below ~4.5 K the thermal expansion of fullerite C60 becomes negative, in agreement with the previous results on polycrystalline materials. A qualitative explanation of the results is proposed.

  • 266. Aleksandrovskii, A. N.
    et al.
    Gavrilko, V.G.
    Esel'son, V.B.
    Manzhelii, V. G.
    Udovidchenko, B.G.
    Maletskiy, V.P.
    Sundqvist, Bertil
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Effect of argon on the thermal expansion of fullerite C60 at helium temperatures2001In: Low temperature physics (Woodbury, N.Y., Print), ISSN 1063-777X, E-ISSN 1090-6517, Vol. 27, no 3, p. 245-246Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The linear thermal expansion of compacted Ar-doped fullerite C60(ArxC60) is investigated at 2–12 K using a dilatometric method. The thermal expansion of ArxC60 is also studied after partial desaturation of argon from fullerite. It is revealed that argon doping resulted in a considerable change of the temperature dependence of the thermal expansion of fullerite. An explanation of the observed effects is proposed.

  • 267. Aleksandrovskii, A.N.
    et al.
    Bakai, A.S.
    Cassidy, D.
    Dolbin, A.V.
    Esel'son, V.B.
    Gadd, G.E.
    Gavrilko, V.G.
    Manzhelii, V.G.
    Moricca, S.
    Sundqvist, Bertil
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Physics.
    On the polyamorphism of fullerite-based orientational glasses.2005In: Low Temperature Physics, ISSN 1063-777X, Vol. 31, no 5, p. 429-444Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The dilatometric investigation in the temperature range of 2–28 K shows that a first-order

    polyamorphous transition occurs in the orientational glasses based on C60 doped with H2, D2 and

    Xe. A polyamorphous transition was also detected in C60 doped with Kr and He. It is observed that

    the hysteresis of thermal expansion caused by the polyamorphous transition (and, hence, the transition

    temperature) is essentially dependent on the type of doping gas. Both positive and negative

    contributions to the thermal expansion were observed in the low-temperature phase of the glasses.

    The relaxation time of the negative contribution occurs to be much longer than that of the positive

    contribution. The positive contribution is found to be due to phonon and libron modes, whilst the

    negative contribution is attributed to tunneling states of the C60 molecules. The characteristic

    time of the phase transformation from the low-T phase to the high-T phase has been found for the

    C60–H2 system at 12 K. A theoretical model is proposed to interpret these observed phenomena.

    The theoretical model proposed, includes a consideration of the nature of polyamorphism in

    glasses, as well as the thermodynamics and kinetics of the transition. A model of noninteracting

    tunneling states is used to explain the negative contribution to the thermal expansion. The experimental

    data obtained is considered within the framework of the theoretical model. From the theoretical

    model the order of magnitude of the polyamorphous transition temperature has been estimated.

    It is found that the late stage of the polyamorphous transformation is described well by the

    Kolmogorov law with an exponent of n = 1. At this stage of the transformation, the two-dimensional

    phase boundary moves along the normal, and the nucleation is not important.

  • 268. Aleksandrovskii, A.N.
    et al.
    Gavrilko, V.G.
    Esel'son, V.B.
    Manzhelii, V. G.
    Udovidchenko, B.G.
    Maletskiy, V.P.
    Sundqvist, Bertil
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Thermal expansion of fullerite C60 alloyed with argon and neon2001In: Low temperature physics (Woodbury, N.Y., Print), ISSN 1063-777X, E-ISSN 1090-6517, Vol. 27, no 12, p. 1033-1036Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The linear thermal expansion of compacted fullerite C60 alloyed with argon (ArxC60) and neon (NexC60) are investigated by a dilatometric method. The experimental temperature is 2–12 K. In the same temperature interval the thermal expansion of ArxC60 and NexC60 are examined after partial desaturation of the gases from fullerite. It is found that Ar and Ne alloying affects the temperature dependence of the thermal expansion coefficient of C60 quite appreciably. The libration and translation contributions to the thermal expansion of pure C60 are separated. The experimental results on the thermal expansion are used to obtain the Debye temperature of pure C60. The effects observed are tentatively interpreted.

  • 269.
    Alekzandra, Granath
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Filmskapande för nybörjare - steg för steg2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This report is about film making, wich parts that are included in film making and things that is good to think of when doing film for the first time. A short movie has been created and from this, this study has been done to figure out if the theory is like the reality. Also the report is based om the book ”How to get started in film making” by Tom Holden and interviews with people working with film.

  • 270.
    Alenius, Mattias
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Science and Technology).
    Bohm, Staffan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Science and Technology). Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
    Differential function of RNCAM isoforms in precise target selection of olfactory sensory neurons2003In: Development, ISSN 0950-1991, E-ISSN 1477-9129, Vol. 130, no 5, p. 917-927Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Olfactory sensory neurons (OSNs) are individually specified to express one odorant receptor (OR) gene among similar to1000 different and project with precision to topographically defined convergence sites, the glomeruli, in the olfactory bulb. Although ORs partially determine the location of convergence sites, the mechanism ensuring that axons with different OR identities do not co-converge is unknown. RNCAM (OCAM, NCAM2) is assumed to regulate a broad zonal segregation of projections by virtue of being a homophilic cell adhesion molecule that is selectively expressed on axons terminating in a defined olfactory bulb region. We have identified NADPH diaphorase activity as being an independent marker for RNCAM-negative axons. Analyses of transgenic mice that ectopically express RNCAM in NADPH diaphorasepositive OSNs show that the postulated function of RNCAM in mediating zone-specific segregation of axons is unlikely. Instead, analyses of one OR-specific OSN subpopulation (P2) reveal that elevated RNCAM levels result in an increased number of P2 axons that incorrectly co-converge with axons of other OR identities. Both Gpianchored and transmembrane-bound RNCAM isoforms are localized on axons in the nerve layer, while the transmembrane-bound RNCAM is the predominant isoform on axon terminals within glomeruli. Overexpressing transmembrane-bound RNCAM results in co-convergence events close to the correct target glomeruli. By contrast, overexpression of Gpi-anchored RNCAM results in axons that can bypass the correct target before co-converging on glomeruli located at a distance. The phenotype specific for Gpi-anchored RNCAM is suppressed in mice overexpressing both isoforms, which suggests that two distinct RNCAM isoform-dependent activities influence segregation of OR-defined axon subclasses.

  • 271.
    Alenius, Mattias
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). Umeå University.
    Bohm, Staffan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine). Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Science and Technology).
    Identification of a novel neural cell adhesion molecule-related gene with a potential role in selective axonal projection1997In: Journal of Biological Chemistry, ISSN 0021-9258, E-ISSN 1083-351X, Vol. 272, no 42, p. 26083-26086Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We describe here the cloning of mouse complementary DNAs encoding a novel protein, Rb-8 neural cell adhesion molecule (RNCAM), with a predicted extracellular region of five immunoglobulin Ca-type domains followed by two fibronectin type III domains, Alternative splicing is likely to generate two RNCAM isoforms, which are differently attached to the cell membrane, These structural features and overall sequence identity identify this protein as a novel member of a cell adhesion molecule subgroup together with vertebrate neural cell adhesion molecule, Aplysia cell adhesion molecule, and Drosophila fasciclin II, In insects, fasciclin II is present on a restricted subset of embryonic central nervous system axons where it controls selective axon fasciculation. Intriguingly, RNCAM likewise is expressed in subsets of olfactory and vomeronasal neurons with topographically defined axonal projections, The spatial expression RNCAM corresponds precisely to that of certain odorant receptor expression zones of the olfactory epithelium. These expression patterns thus render RNCAM the first described cell adhesion molecule with a potential regulatory role in formation of selective axonal projections important for olfactory sensory information coding.

  • 272.
    Aler Tubella, Andrea
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Computing Science.
    Dignum, Virginia
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Computing Science.
    The Glass Box Approach: Verifying Contextual Adherence to Values2019Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications are beingused to predict and assess behaviour in multiple domains, such as criminal justice and consumer finance, which directly affect human well-being. However, if AI is to be deployed safely, then people need to understand how the system is interpreting and whether it is adhering to the relevant moral values. Even though transparency is often seen as the requirement in this case, realistically it might notalways be possible or desirable, whereas the needto ensure that the system operates within set moral bounds remains.

    In this paper, we present an approach to evaluate the moral bounds of an AI system based on the monitoring of its inputs and outputs. We place a ‘Glass Box’ around the system by mapping moral values into contextual verifiable norms that constrain inputs and outputs, in such a way that if these remain within the box we can guarantee that the system adheres to the value(s) in a specific context. The focus on inputs and outputs allows for the verification and comparison of vastly different intelligent systems–from deep neural networks to agent-based systems–whereas by making the context explicit we exposethe different perspectives and frameworks that are taken into account when subsuming moral values into specific norms and functionalities. We present a modal logic formalisation of the Glass Box approach which is domain-agnostic, implementable, and expandable.

  • 273. Alessi, Daniel S.
    et al.
    Lezama-Pacheco, Juan S.
    Stubbs, Joanne E.
    Janousch, Markus
    Bargar, John R.
    Persson, Per
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Bernier-Latmani, Rizlan
    The product of microbial uranium reduction includes multiple species with U(IV)-phosphate coordination2014In: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, ISSN 0016-7037, E-ISSN 1872-9533, Vol. 131, p. 115-127Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Until recently, the reduction of U(VI) to U(IV) during bioremediation was assumed to produce solely the sparingly soluble mineral uraninite, UO2(s). However, results from several laboratories reveal other species of U(IV) characterized by the absence of an EXAFS U-U pair correlation (referred to here as noncrystalline U(IV)). Because it lacks the crystalline structure of uraninite, this species is likely to be more labile and susceptible to reoxidation. In the case of single species cultures, analyses of U extended X-ray fine structure (EXAFS) spectra have previously suggested U(IV) coordination to carboxyl, phosphoryl or carbonate groups. In spite of this evidence, little is understood about the species that make up noncrystalline U(IV), their structural chemistry and the nature of the U(IV)-ligand interactions. Here, we use infrared spectroscopy (IR), uranium L-III-edge X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), and phosphorus K-edge XAS analyses to constrain the binding environments of phosphate and uranium associated with Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 bacterial cells. Systems tested as a function of pH included: cells under metal-reducing conditions without uranium, cells under reducing conditions that produced primarily uraninite, and cells under reducing conditions that produced primarily biomass-associated noncrystalline U(IV). P X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) results provided clear and direct evidence of U(IV) coordination to phosphate. Infrared (IR) spectroscopy revealed a pronounced perturbation of phosphate functional groups in the presence of uranium. Analysis of these data provides evidence that U(IV) is coordinated to a range of phosphate species, including monomers and polymerized networks. U EXAFS analyses and a chemical extraction measurements support these conclusions. The results of this study provide new insights into the binding mechanisms of biomass-associated U(IV) species which in turn sheds light on the mechanisms of biological U(VI) reduction. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  • 274.
    Alewell, C
    et al.
    Institute of Environmental Geosciences, University of Basel, Switzerland.
    Giesler, Reiner
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
    Klaminder, Jonatan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
    Leifeld, J
    Agroscope Reckenholz-Tanikon Research Station ART, Switzerland.
    Rollog, M
    Institute of Environmental Geosciences, University of Basel, Switzerland.
    Stable carbon isotopes as indicators for environmental change inpalsa peats2011In: Biogeosciences, ISSN 1726-4170, E-ISSN 1726-4189, Vol. 8, p. 1769-1778Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Palsa peats are unique northern ecosystems formed under an arctic climate and characterized by a high biodiversity and sensitive ecology. The stability of the palsas are seriously threatened by climate warming which will change the permafrost dynamic and induce a degradation of the mires.

    We used stable carbon isotope depth profiles in two palsa mires of Northern Sweden to track environmental change during the formation of the mires. Soils dominated by aerobic degradation can be expected to have a clear increase of carbon isotopes (δ13C) with depth, due to preferential release of 12C during aerobic mineralization. In soils with suppressed degradation due to anoxic conditions, stable carbon isotope depth profiles are either more or less uniform indicating no or very low degradation or depth profiles turn to lighter values due to an enrichment of recalcitrant organic substances during anaerobic mineralisation which are depleted in 13C.

    The isotope depth profile of the peat in the water saturated depressions (hollows) at the yet undisturbed mire Storflaket indicated very low to no degradation but increased rates of anaerobic degradation at the Stordalen site. The latter might be induced by degradation of the permafrost cores in the uplifted areas (hummocks) and subsequent breaking and submerging of the hummock peat into the hollows due to climate warming. Carbon isotope depth profiles of hummocks indicated a turn from aerobic mineralisation to anaerobic degradation at a peat depth between 4 and 25 cm. The age of these turning points was 14C dated between 150 and 670 yr and could thus not be caused by anthropogenically induced climate change. We found the uplifting of the hummocks due to permafrost heave the most likely explanation for our findings. We thus concluded that differences in carbon isotope profiles of the hollows might point to the disturbance of the mires due to climate warming or due to differences in hydrology. The characteristic profiles of the hummocks are indicators for micro-geomorphic change during permafrost up heaving.

  • 275.
    Alewell, C
    et al.
    Institute of Environmental Geosciences, University of Basel, Switzerland.
    Giesler, Reiner
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
    Klaminder, Jonatan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
    Leifeld, J
    Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon Research Station ART, Switzerland.
    Rollog, M
    Institute of Environmental Geosciences, University of Basel, Switzerland.
    Stable carbon isotopes as indicators for micro-geomorphic changes in palsa peats2011In: Biogeoscience Discussions, ISSN 1810-6277, Vol. 8, no 1, p. 527-548Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Palsa peats are unique northern ecosystems formed under an arctic climate and characterizedby an unique biodiversity and ecology. The stability of the palsas are seriouslythreatened by climate warming which will change the permafrost dynamic and5 results in degradation of the mires. We used stable carbon isotope depth profiles intwo palsa mires of Northern Sweden to track environmental change during the formationof the mires. Carbon isotope (13C) depth profile of the yet undisturbed mireStorflaket indicated very low to no degradation of the peat in the water saturated depressions(hollows) but increased rates of anaerobic degradation at the Stordalen site.10 The latter might be induced by degradation of the permafrost cores in the uplifted areas(hummocks) and subsequent braking and submerging of the hummock peat intothe hollows due to climate warming. Carbon isotope depth profiles of hummocks indicateda turn from aerobic mineralisation to anaerobic degradation at a peat depthbetween 4 to 25 cm. The age of these turning point was 14C dated between 150 and15 670 years and could thus not be caused by anthropogenically induced climate change.We found the uplifting of the hummocks due to permafrost heave the most likely explanationfor our findings. We thus concluded that differences in carbon isotope profiles ofthe hollows might point to the disturbance of the mires due to climate warming or dueto differences in hydrology. The characteristic profiles of the hummocks are indicators20 for micro-geomorphic change during permafrost up heaving.

  • 276. Alex, Amal
    et al.
    Piano, Valentina
    Polley, Soumitra
    Stuiver, Marchel
    Voss, Stephanie
    Ciossani, Giuseppe
    Overlack, Katharina
    Voss, Beate
    Wohlgemuth, Sabine
    Petrovic, Arsen
    Wu, Yao-Wen
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Selenko, Philipp
    Musacchio, Andrea
    Maffini, Stefano
    Electroporated recombinant proteins as tools for in vivo functional complementation, imaging and chemical biology2019In: eLIFE, E-ISSN 2050-084X, Vol. 8, article id e48287Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Delivery of native or chemically modified recombinant proteins into mammalian cells shows promise for functional investigations and various technological applications, but concerns that sub-cellular localization and functional integrity of delivered proteins may be affected remain high. Here, we surveyed batch electroporation as a delivery tool for single polypeptides and multi-subunit protein assemblies of the kinetochore, a spatially confined and well-studied subcellular structure. After electroporation into human cells, recombinant fluorescent Ndc80 and Mis12 multi-subunit complexes exhibited native localization, physically interacted with endogenous binding partners, and functionally complemented depleted endogenous counterparts to promote mitotic checkpoint signaling and chromosome segregation. Farnesylation is required for kinetochore localization of the Dynein adaptor Spindly. In cells with chronically inhibited farnesyl transferase activity, in vitro farnesylation and electroporation of recombinant Spindly faithfully resulted in robust kinetochore localization. Our data show that electroporation is well-suited to deliver synthetic and chemically modified versions of functional proteins, and, therefore, constitutes a promising tool for applications in chemical and synthetic biology.

  • 277.
    Alexander, Bodén
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Kommunikation och marknadsföring inom Sociala medier – Novamedia Svenska PostkodLotteriet AB2015Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    When I worked with the daily communication with the lottery’s customers on social media the Communications Department at Nova Media Swedish Postcode Lottery contacted me to write a document, plan and present an advertising campaign in their social media channels to Christmas 2014. The company had ideas on a campaign that they wanted develop where my job was to develop and present a plan for how to implement the campaign. The purpose is to explain what PostkodTomten is and to highlight its commercial advantages for marketing purposes. To have succeeded with this work, I needed a clear methodology and plan. I deepened my knowledge in marketing with a clear focus on social media, literary studies has been key and theoretical studies have been a good basis to implement my work practically. The conclusion I take with me in the future, the importance of how to dispose of your work, meetings booked weekly and milestones were set up giving the project good order and structure. This report will first and foremost focus and process these documents but also contains a theoretical part of marketing and communications in social media in general. The document and the report were presented to the company as an appendix. The theoretical parts of the report focuses on the marketing and communications in social media, how it is going to and how to do it appropriately. It is also up to what a company can do to strategically "stick out" and promote themselves on social media and its various channels. The terms "Buzz marketing" and "viral marketing" will also be explained.

  • 278.
    Alexandersson, Amelia
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Science and Mathematics Education.
    Lindström, Anna
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Science and Mathematics Education.
    ”Motivationenes påverkan på läsinlärningen”: En studie om lärares arbete med motivation i läsinlärningen i grundskolans årskurs 1.2019Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Sammanfattning: Denna studie är fokuserad på hur lärare tänker kring sina elevers och sin egen motivation i samband med läsinlärningen i årskurs 1. I studiens bakgrund definieras motivation samt läsinlärning som är viktiga för studien. Vidare presenteras tidigare forskning om motivation samt motivation kopplat till läsning. Genom kvalitativa intervjuer med verksamma lärare i årskurs 1 ska en tydligare bild ges av hur motivation används i läsinlärningen. Insamlat material analyseras tematiskt och diskuteras utifrån tidigare forskning och motivationsteorierna “Teorin om förväntningar och värden” och “Tron på sig själv och sin egen kapacitet”. Studiens resultat visar att lärare anser att exempelvis trygghet, nyfikenhet och intressant material är viktiga aspekter för att deras elever ska känna sig motiverade. Vidare visar studien att lärarnas egen motivation kan ha både negativ och positiv påverkan på elevernas motivation.

  • 279.
    Alexandersson, Calle
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Computing Science.
    An evaluation of HTML5 components for web-based manipulation of tabular data2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    HTML5 is a promising technology that is on its way to becoming a standard for the web. Companies that have built their web application components using plugins now have to move to a entirely new JavaScript environment. One such component is data grids or tables and will be the focus of this report.

    In this report I present a proposal for evaluation criteria for tabular components in JavaScript frameworks. Using these criteria, grid components in some of the market leading frameworks are evaluated. Further I will for one of these frameworks present a test implementation and performance test focusing on load time with and without UI Virtualization.

  • 280. Alexandrie, A K
    et al.
    Warholm, M
    Carstensen, Ulrica
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine.
    Axmon, A
    Hagmar, L
    Levin, Jan-Olof
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Ostman, C
    Rannug, A
    CYP1A1 and GSTM1 polymorphisms affect urinary 1-hydroxypyrene levels after PAH exposure2000In: Carcinogenesis, ISSN 0143-3334, E-ISSN 1460-2180, Vol. 21, no 4, p. 669-676Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Certain human biotransformation enzymes have been implicated in the formation and scavenging of the ultimate reactive metabolites, the diolepoxides, from polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). In the present study, performed on aluminum smelter workers, we have analyzed airborne PAH, the pyrene metabolite 1-hydroxypyrene (1-OHP) in urine, and genotypes for biotransformation enzymes involved in PAH metabolism. The aim was to evaluate the correlation between external exposure and biomarkers of exposure and to investigate to what extent genetic polymorphism in metabolic enzymes can explain interindividual variation in urinary 1-OHP levels. DNA was prepared from blood samples from 98 potroom workers and 55 controls and altogether eight polymorphisms in the CYP1A1, mEH, GSTM1, GSTP1 and GSTT1 genes were analyzed. The 1-OHP excretion was found to correlate significantly (P </= 0.005) to the exposure. The interindividual difference in excretion of 1-OHP was vast (>100-fold) and univariate and multivariate regression analyses were used to find the variables that could determine differences in excretion. The variation could, to some degree, be explained by differences in exposure to airborne particulate-associated PAHs, the use of personal respiratory protection devices, smoking habits and genetic polymorphisms in the cytochrome P450 1A1, GSTM1 and GSTT1 enzymes. The part of the variance that could be explained by differences in biotransformation genotypes seemed to be of the same order of magnitude as the variance explained by differences in exposure. In the control group as well as in the occupationally exposed group, the highest 1-OHP levels were observed in individuals carrying the CYP1A1 Ile/Val genotype who were also of the GSTM1 null genotype. The results show that urinary 1-OHP is a sensitive indicator of recent human exposure to PAHs and that it may also to some extent reflect the interindividual variation in susceptibility to PAHs.

  • 281.
    Alexandro, Kröger Degerfeldt
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Hur stor räckvidd kan Mitt i Naturen nå genom en satsning i sociala medier och på webben?: Exemensarbete på Sveriges Television - Våren 20152015Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Sveriges Radio började sända radio i Sverige år 1925. 1957 genomfördes de första TV-sändningarna i Sverige av samma företag. Med åren kom företaget att delas i flera mindre delar och en av dessa var det nya företaget Sveriges Television som snabbt etablerade sig som Sveriges primära Tv-station.

    Genom åren har både radio och TV förändrats men även själva tittandet. Idag tittar väldigt många människor på TV via sina datorer eller mobiltelefoner. Detta gör att satsningarna på TV-program och deras hemsidor samt sociala medier blir allt viktigare.

    Efter att ha funnits sedan år 1980 skulle TV-programmet "Mitt i Naturen" inte sända någon vårsäsong år 2015. Det fanns en önskan om att fylla detta tomrum med en satsning på webben för att programmet skulle leva kvar på något sätt under vårmånaderna. Strategier lades fram och efter detta valdes några av dessa ut. Artiklar och små miniavsnitt skulle produceras varje vecka under vårmånaderna fram till sommaren. Publiceringar på Instagram och Facebook kom även att ingå i arbetet.

    Programmets huvudmålgrupp är barnfamiljer och här vill man få så stor räckvidd som möjligt genom satsningen. Efter arbetet kunde man summera att det i några fall gått väldigt bra för vissa artiklar som publicerats på hemsidan. Det som gett bäst genomslag var videoklippen på Facebook.

  • 282. Alexandrova, O.
    et al.
    Mangeney, A.
    Maksimovic, M.
    Cornilleau-Wehrlin, N.
    Bosqued, J.-M.
    André, Mats
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Physics.
    Alfvén vortex filaments observed in magnetosheath downstream of a quasi-perpendicular bow shock2006In: Journal of Geophysical Research - Space Physics, ISSN 0148-0227, Vol. 111, p. A12208-Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 283.
    Alexeyev, Oleg A
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    Lundskog, Bertil
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Pathology.
    Ganceviciene, Ruta
    Palmer, Ruth H
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Science and Technology).
    McDowell, Andrew
    Patrick, Sheila
    Zouboulis, Christos
    Golovleva, Irina
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Biosciences, Medical and Clinical Genetics.
    Pattern of tissue invasion by Propionibacterium acnes in acne vulgaris2012In: Journal of dermatological science (Amsterdam), ISSN 0923-1811, E-ISSN 1873-569X, Vol. 67, no 1, p. 63-66Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 284.
    Alfred, Jovlunden
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå School of Architecture.
    DropIN School2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 285.
    Alfsson, Oskar
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Computing Science.
    An analysis of Mutation testing and Code coverage during progress of projects2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In order to deliver high quality software projects, a developing team probably needs a well-developed test suite. There are several methods that aim to evaluate test suites in some way, such as Code coverage and Mutation testing. Code coverage describes the degree of source code that a program executes when running a test suite. Mutation testing measures the test suite effectiveness.

    More development teams use code coverage to a greater extent than mutation testing. With code coverage being monitored throughout a project, could the development team risk drop of the test suite effectiveness as the codebase getting bigger with each version?

    In this thesis, a mutation testing tool called PIT is used during progress of four well known open source projects. The reason for this is to show that mutation testing is an important technique to ensure continuously high test suite effectiveness, and does not only rely on code coverage measurements. In general, all projects perform well in both code coverage and test suite effectiveness, with the exception of one project inwhich the test suite effectiveness drops drastically. This drop shows that all projects are at risk of low test suite effectiveness, by not using mutation testing techniques.

  • 286.
    Alftberg Melin, Mattias
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
    Change in growth and overall condition in populations of anadromous burbot (Lota lota) in the Gulf of Bothnia2019Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Many populations of burbot (Lota lota)around the world have been extirpated, are endangered or are in serious decline both regarding numbers but also in size. The aim of this study was to investigate if growth and overall condition in populations of anadromous burbot in the Gulf of Bothnia has changed over time and if so, discuss potential causes behind. This was done by comparing size at age and individual level condition indices of the two populations of anadromous burbot in Sävarån and Rickleån to previous studies from the same rivers. The results showed thatgrowth of young burbot has increased between the time period 2001-2014 to 2019in Sävarånand also a change towards a higher frequency of young individuals and a lack of older ones. Furthermore, an increase over time in condition was observed in Sävarån. In Rickleån the growth at the age of 3 had increased from both 1969-1971 and 2001-2014 to 2019. At the age of 4 to 9 a decrease in growth was shown from the time period 1969-1971 to 2001-2014 in Rickleån. A shift towards warmer water temperatures due to climate change might be an explanation in the observed change in both growth and condition in the population of burbots in Sävarån and Rickleån. Furthermore, the observed change in age frequency in Sävarån could also be a result of an increase in water temperature but could also be an effect of restoration and the control of pH in Sävarån.

  • 287.
    Algers, Björn
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Stereo Camera Calibration Accuracy in Real-time Car Angles Estimation for Vision Driver Assistance and Autonomous Driving2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The automotive safety company Veoneer are producers of high end driver visual assistance systems, but the knowledge about the absolute accuracy of their dynamic calibration algorithms that estimate the vehicle’s orientation is limited.

    In this thesis, a novel measurement system is proposed to be used in gathering reference data of a vehicle’s orientation as it is in motion, more specifically the pitch and roll angle of the vehicle. Focus has been to estimate how the uncertainty of the measurement system is affected by errors introduced during its construction, and to evaluate its potential in being a viable tool in gathering reference data for algorithm performance evaluation.

    The system consisted of three laser distance sensors mounted on the body of the vehicle, and a range of data acquisition sequences with different perturbations were performed by driving along a stretch of road in Linköping with weights loaded in the vehicle. The reference data were compared to camera system data where the bias of the calculated angles were estimated, along with the dynamic behaviour of the camera system algorithms. The experimental results showed that the accuracy of the system exceeded 0.1 degrees for both pitch and roll, but no conclusions about the bias of the algorithms could be drawn as there were systematic errors present in the measurements.

  • 288.
    Algesten, Grete
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Ecology and Environmental Science.
    Regulation of carbon dioxide emission from Swedish boreal lakes and the Gulf of Bothnia2005Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The global carbon cycle is subject to intense research, where sources and sinks for greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide in particular, are estimated for various systems and biomes. Lakes have previously been neglected in carbon balance estimations, but have recently been recognized to be significant net sources of CO2.

    This thesis estimates emission of carbon dioxide (CO2) from boreal lakes and factors regulating the CO2 saturation from field measurements of CO2 concentration along with a number of chemical, biological and physical parameters. Concentration of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) was found to be the most important factor for CO2 saturation in lake water, whereas climatic parameters such as precipitation, temperature and global radiation were less influential. All lakes were supersaturated with and, thus, sources of CO2. Sediment incubation experiments indicated that in-lake mineralization processes during summer stratification mainly occurred in the pelagial. Approximately 10% of the CO2 emitted from the lake surface was produced in epilimnetic sediments.

    The mineralization of DOC and emission of CO2 from freshwaters was calculated on a catchment basis for almost 80,000 lakes and 21 major catchments in Sweden, together with rates of sedimentation in lakes and export of organic carbon to the sea. The total export of terrestrial organic carbon to freshwaters could thereby be estimated and consequently also the importance of lakes for the withdrawal of organic carbon export from terrestrial sources to the sea. Lakes removed 30-80% of imported terrestrial organic carbon, and mineralization and CO2 emission were much more important than sedimentation of carbon. The carbon loss was closely related to water retention time, where catchments with short residence times (<1 year) had low carbon retentions, whereas in catchments with long residence times (>3 years) a majority of the imported TOC was removed in the lake systems.

    The Gulf of Bothnia was also studied in this thesis and found to be a net heterotrophic system, emitting large amounts of CO2 to the atmosphere on an annual basis. The rate of CO2 emission was depending on the balance between primary production and bacterial respiration, and the system was oscillating between being a source and a sink of CO2.

  • 289.
    Algesten, Grete
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
    Brydsten, Lars
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
    Jonsson, Per
    Institute of Applied Environmental Research, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Kortelainen, Pirkko
    Finnish Environment Institute, P.O. Box 140, FIN-00251, Helsinki, Finland.
    Löfgren, Stefan
    Department of Environmental Assessment, SLU, P.O. Box 7050, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Rahm, Lars
    Department of Water and Environmental Studies, Linköping University, SE-58183 Linköping, Sweden.
    Räike, Antti
    Finnish Environment Institute, P.O. Box 140, FIN-00251, Helsinki, Finland.
    Sobek, Sebastian
    Institute for Aquatic Sciences and Water Pollution Control, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), Universitätsstr. 16, CH-8092 Zurich, Switzerland.
    Tranvik, Lars
    Department of Ecology and Evolution, EBC, Uppsala University, SE-752 36 Uppsala, Sweden.
    Wikner, Johan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Marine Sciences Centre (UMF).
    Jansson, Mats
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
    Organic carbon budget for the Gulf of Bothnia2006In: Journal of Marine Systems, ISSN 0924-7963, E-ISSN 1879-1573, Vol. 63, no 3-4, p. 155-161Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We calculated input of organic carbon to the unproductive, brackish water basin of the Gulf of Bothnia from rivers, point sources and the atmosphere. We also calculated the net exchange of organic carbon between the Gulf of Bothnia and the adjacent marine system, the Baltic Proper. We compared the input with sinks for organic carbon; permanent incorporation in sediments and mineralization and subsequent evasion of CO2 to the atmosphere. The major fluxes were riverine input (1500 Gg C year− 1), exchange with the Baltic Proper (depending on which of several possible DOC concentration differences between the basins that was used in the calculation, the flux varied between an outflow of 466 and an input of 950 Gg C year 1), sediment burial (1100 Gg C year− 1) and evasion to the atmosphere (3610 Gg C year− 1). The largest single net flux was the emission of CO2 to the atmosphere, mainly caused by bacterial mineralization of organic carbon. Input and output did not match in our budget which we ascribe uncertainties in the calculation of the exchange of organic carbon between the Gulf of Bothnia and the Baltic Proper, and the fact that CO2 emission, which in our calculation represented 1 year (2002) may have been overestimated in comparison with long-term means. We conclude that net heterotrophy of the Gulf of Bothnia was due to input of organic carbon from both the catchment and from the Baltic Proper and that the future degree of net heterotrophy will be sensible to both catchment export of organic carbon and to the ongoing eutrophication of the Baltic Proper.

  • 290.
    Algesten, Grete
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Ecology and Environmental Science.
    Sobek, Sebastian
    Bergström, Ann-Kristin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
    Jonsson, Anders
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
    Tranvik, Lars J
    Jansson, Mats
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
    Contribution of sediment respiration to summer CO2 emission from boreal and subarctic lakes2005In: Microbial Ecology, ISSN 0095-3628, E-ISSN 1432-184X, Vol. 50, no 4, p. 529-535Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We measured sediment production of carbon dioxide (CO(2)) and methane (CH(4)) and the net flux of CO(2) across the surfaces of 15 boreal and subarctic lakes of different humic contents. Sediment respiration measurements were made in situ under ambient light conditions. The flux of CO(2) between sediment and water varied between an uptake of 53 and an efflux of 182 mg C m(-2) day(-1) from the sediments. The mean respiration rate for sediments in contact with the upper mixed layer (SedR) was positively correlated to dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentration in the water (r(2) = 0.61). The net flux of CO(2) across the lake surface [net ecosystem exchange (NEE)] was also closely correlated to DOC concentration in the upper mixed layer (r(2) = 0.73). The respiration in the water column was generally 10-fold higher per unit lake area compared to sediment respiration. Lakes with DOC concentrations <5.6 mg L(-1) had net consumption of CO(2) in the sediments, which we ascribe to benthic primary production. Only lakes with very low DOC concentrations were net autotrophic (<2.6 mg L(-1)) due to the dominance of dissolved allochthonous organic carbon in the water as an energy source for aquatic organisms. In addition to previous findings of allochthonous organic matter as an important driver of heterotrophic metabolism in the water column of lakes, this study suggests that sediment metabolism is also highly dependent on allochthonous carbon sources.

  • 291.
    Algesten, Grete
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Ecology and Environmental Science.
    Sobek, Sebastian
    Bergström, Ann-Kristin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
    Ågren, Anneli
    Tranvik, Lars J
    Jansson, Mats
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
    Role of lakes for organic carbon cycling in the boreal zone2004In: Global Change Biology, ISSN 1354-1013, E-ISSN 1365-2486, Vol. 10, no 1, p. 141-147Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We calculated the carbon loss (mineralization plus sedimentation) and net CO2 escape to the atmosphere for 79 536 lakes and total running water in 21 major Scandinavian catchments (size range 437–48 263 km2). Between 30% and 80% of the total organic carbon that entered the freshwater ecosystems was lost in lakes. Mineralization in lakes and subsequent CO2 emission to the atmosphere was by far the most important carbon loss process. The withdrawal capacity of lakes on the catchment scale was closely correlated to the mean residence time of surface water in the catchment, and to some extent to the annual mean temperature represented by latitude. This result implies that variation of the hydrology can be a more important determinant of CO2 emission from lakes than temperature fluctuations. Mineralization of terrestrially derived organic carbon in lakes is an important regulator of organic carbon export to the sea and may affect the net exchange of CO2 between the atmosphere and the boreal landscape.

  • 292.
    Algesten, Grete
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
    Wikner, Johan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences. Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Umeå Marine Sciences Centre (UMF).
    Sobek, Sobek
    Department of Limnology, Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden .
    Tranvik, Lars T.
    Department of Limnology, Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden .
    Jansson, Mats
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
    Seasonal variation of CO2 saturation in the Gulf of Bothnia: Indications of marine net heterotrophy2004In: Global Biogeochemical Cycles, ISSN 0886-6236, E-ISSN 1944-9224, Vol. 18, p. 4021-4028Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Seasonal variation of pCO2 and primary and bacterioplankton production were measured in the Gulf of Bothnia during an annual cycle. Surface water was supersaturated with CO2 on an annual basis, indicating net heterotrophy and a source of CO2 to the atmosphere. However, the Gulf of Bothnia oscillated between being a sink and a source of CO2 over the studied period, largely decided by temporal variation in bacterial respiration (BR) and primary production (PP) in the water column above the pycnocline. The calculated annual respiration-production balance (BR-PP) was very similar to the estimated CO2 emission from the Gulf of Bothnia, which indicates that these processes were major determinants of the exchange of CO2 between water and atmosphere. The southern basin (the Bothnian Sea) had a lower net release of CO2 to the atmosphere than the northern Bothnian Bay (7.1 and 9.7 mmol C m−2 d−1, respectively), due to higher primary production, which to a larger extent balanced respiration in this basin.

  • 293.
    Alhajaj, Riyam
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    En enkätundersökning om effekten av olika kylningsmetoder på sovrumsmiljö i flervåningshus i Singapore2015Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Sleep is important for the body and the brain, it gives them a chance to recover and rest. Sleeping well at night in a good sleeping environment helps people to handle stress more easily. How to create comfortable and healthy sleeping environment with less energy is worth exploring. The study was done in the form of a questionnaire survey with questions aimed to study individuals' response to thermal environment and air quality created by different cooling methods (air conditioning, natural mechanical ventilation, natural ventilation) in bedroom environment.

    229 responses gathered within a one-year period and analyzed using a statistical program. The responses were devided to different groups depending on individuals' age, gender, residence floor level and working environment. Results showed that most participants prefer to use the air conditioning for a certain number of hours at low temperature settings. For those living on high floors have an increased use of mechanical or natural ventilation. Those who work outdoors choose to use air conditioning in less hours and relatively high temperatures. Elderly respondants rarely use the air conditioning. 

  • 294. Alhalaweh, Amjad
    et al.
    George, Sumod
    Boström, Dan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics, Energy Technology and Thermal Process Chemistry.
    Velaga, Sitaram P.
    1:1 and 2:1 urea-Succinic acid cocrystals: structural diversity, solution chemistry, and thermodynamic stability2010In: Crystal Growth & Design, ISSN 1528-7483, E-ISSN 1528-7505, Vol. 10, no 11, p. 4847-4855Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this work was to study the crystal structures of 1:1 and 2:1 urea-succinic acid (U-SA) cocrystals and to investigate the role of solution chemistry in the formation and stability of different stoichiometric cocrystals. The structural diversity of other urea-dicarboxylic acid cocrystals is also discussed. The 1:1 U-SA cocrystal was stabilized by an acid-amide heterosynthon while acid-amide heterosynthons and amide amide homosynthons stabilized the 2:1 cocrystals. The hydrogen bonding motifs 1:1 and 2:1 U-SA cocrystals were consistent with other urea-dicarboxylic acid systems with similar stoichiometrics. The 1:1 cocrystals were transformed to 2:1 cocrystals upon slurrying in various solvents at 25 degrees C. The phase solubility diagram was used to define the stability regions of different solid phases in 2-propanol at 25 degrees C. While no phase stability region for 1:1 cocrystal could be found, the stable regions for the 2:1 cocrystals and their pure components were defined he eutectic points. The solubility of the 2:1 cocrystals was dependent on the concentration of the ligand in the solution and explained by the solubility product and 1:1 solution complexation. The mathematical models predicting the solubility of the 2:1 cocrystals were evaluated and found to fit the experimental data.

  • 295.
    Al-Hasnawi, Hassan
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Applied Physics and Electronics.
    Solar Heat in Industrial Processes: Integration of Parabolic Trough Solar Collectors Dairy Plants and Pharmaceutical Plants2016Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The industry sector accounts for a high share of the final energy consumption, with industries in EU-28accounting for a quarter of the final energy demand. Studies also show that 45 % of the industrial heatdemand in EU-27 is in a temperature range that can be supplied with present day solar collectors. Despitethis large potential, solar heat faces obstacles hindering its growth in the industrial sector. The mostsignificant obstacle is the low insight of the industrial system designs and energy demands. Those arecrucial factors for the feasibility and dimensioning of solar heating systems. Three case studies aretherefore conducted in dairy and pharmaceutical plants in order to review the most promising integrationpoints for parabolic trough solar collectors in terms of annual heat demand, temperature level andintegration effort. Two case studies are performed in dairy plants and one in a pharmaceutical plant, alllocated in Sweden. The analyses comprised reviewing energy mappings, process and instrumentationdiagrams of processes and boiler systems, and hourly energy demand data. Simulations have beencarried out with Polysun for the processes with hourly energy data available.Four integration points have been determined to be high priority solar heat integration points in dairyplants, when considering annual thermal energy demand, temperature levels and integration effort.Those are the low pressure steam line, heating of feedwater, clean in place systems and pasteurizers.Solar heat integration concepts have been presented for all the aforementioned heat sinks andsimulations have been conducted for the low pressure steam line and heating of feedwater. A significantamount of excess heat is produced as a result of fluctuating heat demands and peak solar heat productionhours. Further investigation should be carried out, in order to review the potential of supplying excessheat to other heat sinks. Despite the reviewed potential of the clean in place systems and pasteurizers,lack of the hourly energy demand has hindered further analyses of those systems. It is thereforerecommended to conduct energy measurements before taking further measures.Two integration points have been identified in the pharmaceutical plant, namely autoclaves andmultiple-effect distillers. Solar steam generation concepts have been presented for both processes. Theautoclaves are provided with 4,5 bar steam intermittently, as they work with batches and can have ondutyand off-duty intervals ranging from 3-30 minutes. The multiple-effect distillers are providedwith 7 bar steam, which is of rather high pressure for the solar collectors model on which thesimulations are based. The heat demand of the distillers is more or less constant.It was generally easier to acquire data for the integration points at the supply level. For instance, all heatsinks at the supply level had energy demand data available, contrary to the process level. This inclinesadditional focus on integration to the supply level, if the extent of the feasibility study is to be kept to aminimum.

  • 296.
    Al-Hayali, Asifa
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    Characterization of ion-irradiation-induced defects in graphite by Raman and Atomic Force Microscopy2013Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Graphite is an interesting prototype material for ion implantation studies because of the anisotropy in its physical and structural properties; In particular, due to the layered nature of the graphite lattice, the processes of amorphization and recrystallization (graphitization) of the implanted region are conceptually different from that observed in commonly studied materials. Since ion implantation provides a controlled method for the introduction of lattice defects which can be subsequently annealed, this technique provides fundamental information on the unique crystalline regrowth (graphitization)process of this highly anisotropic material. The structure of ion‐irradiated HOPG has also been studied, and drawing inspiration from this, the crystallite size is fundamental in these novel properties in carbon. The bombarded graphite (with H+ and He ions), diamagnetic graphite, were performed using a Renishaw Raman microscope with a 514.5 nm Ar‐ion laser. The work includes the following parts:

    1. Raman spectroscopy (measurements, spectra treatment with Origin and LabFit program, interpretation based on available literature).

    2. Atomic force microscopy, interpretation with the SPIP software.

    3. TRIM software simulation ion tracks in the sample.

  • 297.
    Alhouayek, Mireille
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience. Catholic Univ Louvain, Brussels, Belgium.
    Gouveia-Figueira, Sandra
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry. Swedish Univ Agr Sci, Umea, Sweden.
    Hammarström, Marie-Louise
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Microbiology, Clinical Immunology.
    Fowler, Christopher J.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience.
    Involvement of CYP1B1 in interferon gamma-induced alterations of epithelial barrier integrity2018In: British Journal of Pharmacology, ISSN 0007-1188, E-ISSN 1476-5381, Vol. 175, no 6, p. 877-890Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE CYP1B1 and CYP1A1 are important extra-hepatic cytochromes, expressed in the colon and involved in the metabolism of dietary constituents and exogenous compounds. CYP1B1 expression is increased by pro-inflammatory cytokines, and it has been recently implicated in regulation of blood brain barrier function. We investigated its involvement in the increased permeability of the intestinal epithelial barrier observed in inflammatory conditions. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH Epithelial monolayers formed by human T84 colon carcinoma cells cultured on transwells, were disrupted by incubation with IFN gamma (10 ng.mL(-1)). Monolayer integrity was measured using transepithelial electrical resistance. CYP1A1 and CYP1B1 inhibitors or inducers were applied apically. Potential mechanisms of action were investigated using RT-qPCR. KEY RESULTS IFN gamma disrupts the barrier integrity of the T84 monolayers and increases CYP1B1 and HIF1 alpha mRNA expression. CYP1B1 induction is inhibited by the NF-kappa B inhibitor ammonium pyrrolidinedithiocarbamate (100 mu M) but not by the HIF1 alpha inhibitor 3-(5-hydroxymethyl-2-furyl)-1-benzyl indazole (50 mu M). Inhibition of CYP1B1 with the selective inhibitor 2,4,3,5-tetramethoxystilbene (100 nM) partly reverses the effects of IFN gamma on epithelial permeability. CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS These data suggest that increased expression of CYP1B1 is involved in the effects of IFN gamma on epithelial permeability. Inhibition of CYP1B1 counteracts the alterations of epithelial barrier integrity induced by IFN gamma and could thus have a therapeutic potential in disorders of intestinal permeability associated with inflammation.

  • 298.
    Alhouayek, Mireille
    et al.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience, Pharmacology.
    Rankin, Linda
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience, Pharmacology.
    Gouveia-Figueira, Sandra C.
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Chemistry.
    Fowler, Christopher J
    Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Clinical Neuroscience, Pharmacology.
    Interferon γ treatment increases endocannabinoid and related N-acylethanolamine levels in T84 human colon carcinoma cells2019In: British Journal of Pharmacology, ISSN 0007-1188, E-ISSN 1476-5381, Vol. 176, no 10, p. 1470-1480Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Background and purpose: Endocannabinoids and related N-acylethanolamines (NAEs) are involved in regulation of gut function, but relatively little is known as to whether inflammatory cytokines such as IFN affect their levels. We have investigated this in vitro using cultures of T84 colon cancer cells.

    Experimental approach: T84 cells, when cultured in monolayers, differentiate to form adult colonic crypt-like cells with excellent permeability barrier properties. The integrity of the permeability barrier in these monolayers was measured using transepithelial electrical resistance (TEER). NAE levels were determined by ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometric analysis. Expression of the enzymes involved in NAE and 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) turnover were assessed with qPCR.

    Key results: IFN treatment for 8 or 24h increased levels of both endocannabinoids (anandamide and 2-AG) and the related NAEs. The treatment did not affect the rate of hydrolysis of either anandamide or palmitoylethanolamide by intact cells, and in both cases, fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) rather than NAE-hydrolysing acid amidase (NAAA) was mainly responsible for the hydrolysis of these NAEs. IFN treatment reduced the TEER of the cells in a manner that was not prevented by inhibition of either FAAH or NAAA but was partially reversed by apical administration of the NAE palmitoylethanolamide.

    Conclusion and implications: IFN treatment mobilized endocannabinoid and related NAE levels in T84 cells. However, blockade of anandamide or NAE hydrolysis was insufficient to negate the deleterious effects of this cytokine upon the permeability barrier of the cell monolayers.

  • 299.
    Ali, Hashin
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Science and Mathematics Education.
    Kommunikativ språkinlärning i engelskundervisningen: En studie om hur elevers språkutveckling stimuleras i klassrummet2017Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Syftet med denna studie är att analysera och observera de kommunikativa metoder som lärare använder för att stimulera elevers muntliga färdigheter och språkinlärning i det engelska klassrummet, hos årskurs 4-6. Denna studie kompletterades även med observation- och intervjustudier. Vidare har en analys av dessa undersökningsmetoder genomförts i samband med forskningen för att kunna förklara studien. Resultatet visade att på att det ofta uppstår ett språkbyte i undervisningen, mellan det engelska och svenska språket, särskilt i årskurs 4. Detta är något som påverkar elevers output och språkinlärning. Lärarnas interaktioner med eleverna var effektiva samt gynnande för elevers språkutveckling, så länge det förkom på engelska istället för svenska.

  • 300.
    Ali, Muhammad
    Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Physics.
    RAMAN CHARACTERIZATION OF STRUCTURAL PROPERTIES OF THERMALLY MODIFIED NANOGRAPHITE2015Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 40 credits / 60 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Raman spectroscopy is highly sensitive to study the structural properties of nanographite (NG) materials. An experiment was conducted to assess the spectrum of multi-shell nanographite at different temperature and laser treatments. Four samples with different temperature were used. The range of temperature used was 1500-1650 oC. All samples were subjected to different laser treatments like 488, 514, 633 and 785 nm respectively. The spectrum of nanographite was observed by using the Raman spectroscopy. The 1st and 2nd order spectra of NG were evaluated by using the Voigt analysis. The variations in the intensities of D and G bands were analyzed. The decrease of D band width with heat treatment was observed. The peak 1523 cm-1 exhibited more and more reduction with increase in temperature treatments. Temperature induced the conversion of nanodiamond to nanographite.

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