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Mendoza Alvarez, A. I., Moriana Torro, R., Hillborg, H. & Strömberg, E. (2019). Super-hydrophobic zinc oxide/silicone rubber nanocomposite surfaces. SURFACES AND INTERFACES, 14, 146-157
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2019 (English)In: SURFACES AND INTERFACES, ISSN 2468-0230, Vol. 14, p. 146-157Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study presents comparative assessments on hydrophilic and hydrophobic ZnO nanoparticles and their deposition methods on the surface hydrophobicity of silicone rubber (PDMS) and glass substrates. The influence on the surface hydrophobicity and wettability of all the variables regarding the deposition methodologies and the interaction of the nanoparticles with the substrates were within the scope of this study. The different surfaces created by spraying, dipping and drop-pipetting deposition methods were assessed by static contact angle measurements and contact angle hysteresis from advancing and receding angles, as well as by the calculation of the sliding angle and the surface energy parameters. An accurate methodology to determine the contact angle hysteresis was proposed to obtain repetitive and comparative results on all surfaces. All the measurements have been correlated with the morphology and topography of the different surfaces analysed by FE-SE microscopy. The spray-deposition of hydrophobic ZnO nanoparticles on PDMS resulted in super-hydrophobic surfaces, exhibiting hierarchical structures with micro-and nanometer features which, together with the low surface energy, promotes the Cassie-Baxter wetting behavior. This study provides the fundamental approach to select critically the most promising combination in terms of materials and deposition techniques to create silicone-based super-hydrophobic surfaces with potential to be applied in high voltage outdoor insulation applications.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV, 2019
Keywords
Super-hydrophobicity, Self-cleaning surface, PDMS, ZnO nanoparticles, Nanocomposite surfaces, High-voltage insulator
National Category
Polymer Chemistry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-246243 (URN)10.1016/j.surfin.2018.12.008 (DOI)000459836200019 ()2-s2.0-85058703161 (Scopus ID)
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QC 20190403

Available from: 2019-04-03 Created: 2019-04-03 Last updated: 2019-04-04Bibliographically approved
Kittikorn, T., Malakul, R., Strömberg, E., Ek, M. & Karlsson, S. (2018). Enhancement of mechanical, thermal and antibacterial properties of sisal/polyhydroxybutyrate-co-valerate biodegradable composite. JOURNAL OF METALS MATERIALS AND MINERALS, 28(1), 52-61
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Enhancement of mechanical, thermal and antibacterial properties of sisal/polyhydroxybutyrate-co-valerate biodegradable composite
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2018 (English)In: JOURNAL OF METALS MATERIALS AND MINERALS, ISSN 0857-6149, Vol. 28, no 1, p. 52-61Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Lignocellulosic biocomposite is a promising biodegradable materials, though improvement of the interfacial adhesion between cellulose fibre and polymer matrix is still challenged. Therefore, this work investigated the effect of propionylation of sisal reinforced fibre in the sisal/polyhydroxybutyrate-co-valerate (PHBV) biocomposite. Propionylation involved esterification substitution of propionic anhydride to hydroxyl group of sisal fibre, where ester group (COOR) of propionylated fibre was successfully observed by Fourier transform Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Then mechanical and thermal properties were evaluated and biodegradation characteristics were assessed. The tensile strength and modulus of propionylated sisal/PHBV biocomposite were greater than unmodified sisal/PHBV, which revealed better compatibility at the interface. In addition, propionate moieties of sisal fibre could induce crystalline formation of PHBV, as determined by an increase of crystalline phase. The higher decomposition temperature (Td) and activation energy (Ea) of 155 kJ.mol(-1), determined by thermal gravimetric analyser (TGA), were strong confirmation of good thermal resistance of the propionylated sisal biocomposite. The storage modulus, as characterized by dynamic mechanical thermal analyser (DMTA), also revealed the improvement of stiffness. Bacterial growth tests evaluated the inhibition of bacterial growth on the PHBV biocomposites. It was clear that propionylation of sisal fibre decreased colonization of Staphylococcus aureus (SA) and Escherichia coli (E.coli).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
CHULALONGKORN UNIV, METALLURGY & MATERIALS SCIENCE RESEARCH INST, 2018
Keywords
Sisal, PHBV, Surface modification, Thermal properties, Antimicrobial
National Category
Polymer Technologies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-232429 (URN)10.14456/jmmm.2018.8 (DOI)000437428800008 ()2-s2.0-85049576509 (Scopus ID)
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QC 20180724

Available from: 2018-07-24 Created: 2018-07-24 Last updated: 2018-07-24Bibliographically approved
Högfeldt, A.-K., Malmi, L., Kinnunen, P., Jerbrant, A., Strömberg, E., Berglund, A. & Villadsen, J. (2018). Leading the teacher team - balancing between formal and informal power in program leadership. Tertiary Education and Management, 24(1), 49-65
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2018 (English)In: Tertiary Education and Management, ISSN 1358-3883, E-ISSN 1573-1936, Vol. 24, no 1, p. 49-65Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This continuous research within Nordic engineering institutions targets the contexts and possibilities for leadership among engineering education program directors. The IFP-model, developed based on analysis of interviews with program leaders in these institutions, visualizes the program director's informal and formal power. The model is presented as a tool for starting a shared discussion on the complexities of the leadership of engineering program development. The authors liken program development to hunting in teams. Each individual expert in the program is needed, and all experts will need to work and collaborate for the same target. This calls for strategic and long-term thinking of engineering education development. Institutions should support the development of both formal structures as well as informal leadership skills among their program directors, but never fall for the temptation to see the program director as the only actor on the stage.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD, 2018
Keywords
academic leadership, program director, engineering education, education development
National Category
Learning
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-226238 (URN)10.1080/13583883.2017.1384052 (DOI)000428754300004 ()
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QC 20180530

Available from: 2018-05-30 Created: 2018-05-30 Last updated: 2018-05-30Bibliographically approved
Garcia-Garcia, D., Lopez-Martinez, J., Balart, R., Strömberg, E. & Moriana, R. (2018). Reinforcing capability of cellulose nanocrystals obtained from pine cones in a biodegradable poly(3-hydroxybutyrate)/poly(ε-caprolactone) (PHB/PCL) thermoplastic blend. European Polymer Journal, 104, 10-18
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Reinforcing capability of cellulose nanocrystals obtained from pine cones in a biodegradable poly(3-hydroxybutyrate)/poly(ε-caprolactone) (PHB/PCL) thermoplastic blend
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2018 (English)In: European Polymer Journal, ISSN 0014-3057, E-ISSN 1873-1945, Vol. 104, p. 10-18Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this work, different loads (3, 5 and 7 wt%) of pine cone cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) were added to films of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate)/poly(ε-caprolactone) (PHB/PCL) blends with a composition of 75 wt% PHB and 25 wt% PCL (PHB75/PCL25). The films were obtained after solvent casting followed by melt compounding in an extruder and finally subjected to a thermocompression process. The influence of different CNCs loadings on the mechanical, thermal, optical, wettability and disintegration in controlled compost properties of the PHB75/PCL25 blend was discussed. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) revealed the best dispersion of CNCs on the polymeric matrix was at a load of 3 wt%. Over this loading, CNCs aggregates were formed enhancing the films fragilization due to stress concentration phenomena. However, the addition of CNCs improved the optical properties of the PHB75/PCL25 films by increasing their transparency and accelerated the film disintegration in controlled soil conditions. In general, the blend with 3 wt% CNCs offers the best balanced properties in terms of mechanical, thermal, optical and wettability.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2018
Keywords
Biodegradability, Cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs), Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate), Poly(ε-caprolactone), Thermoplastic blends
National Category
Polymer Chemistry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-228727 (URN)10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2018.04.036 (DOI)000436886800002 ()2-s2.0-85046826505 (Scopus ID)
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QC 201800530

Available from: 2018-05-30 Created: 2018-05-30 Last updated: 2018-07-17Bibliographically approved
Moliner, C., Badia, J. D., Bosio, B., Arato, E., Kittikorn, T., Strömberg, E., . . . Ribes-Greus, A. (2018). Thermal and thermo-oxidative stability and kinetics of decomposition of PHBV/sisal composites. Chemical Engineering Communications, 205(2), 226-237
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Thermal and thermo-oxidative stability and kinetics of decomposition of PHBV/sisal composites
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2018 (English)In: Chemical Engineering Communications, ISSN 0098-6445, E-ISSN 1563-5201, Vol. 205, no 2, p. 226-237Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The decomposition behaviours of composites made of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV) and sisal were assessed in terms of thermal stability and decomposition kinetics, under inert and oxidative conditions, by means of multi-rate linear non-isothermal thermogravimetric experiments. A statistical design of experiments was applied to study the influence of the addition of sisal (0–10–20–30%wt), the presence coupling agent (Yes/No) and the applied conditions of work (inert or oxidative). An improvement of the thermal and thermo-oxidative stability of PHBV with the addition of sisal was observed for all cases. An accurate methodology based on iso-conversional methods was applied to simulate the potential of thermal recovery technologies, such as pyrolysis and controlled combustion, to use these biocomposites after the end of their service life. The mathematical descriptions of both thermo-chemical reactions were helpful in the evaluation of the eventual optimal operational conditions to carry out a suitable energetic valorisation. A minimum of 240°C and 137 kJ/mol of activation energy in inert conditions and 236°C and 118 kJ/mol in oxidative conditions ensured the feasibility of the reactions regardless the composition of the PHBV/sisal biocomposites, which may ease the operability of further energy valorisation with the aim to turn biowaste into new fuels.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor and Francis Ltd., 2018
Keywords
Biocomposites, kinetics, natural fibres, poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV), sisal, thermal decomposition, thermo-oxidative decomposition, waste-to-fuel, Activation energy, Composite materials, Coupling agents, Decomposition, Design of experiments, Enzyme kinetics, Natural fibers, Oxidation resistance, Pyrolysis, Thermal oil recovery, Waste incineration, Bio-composites, Mathematical descriptions, Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate), Statistical design of experiments, Thermo-gravimetric experiments, Thermo-oxidative stability
National Category
Chemical Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-223164 (URN)10.1080/00986445.2017.1384921 (DOI)000428042400005 ()2-s2.0-85038352550 (Scopus ID)
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Export Date: 13 February 2018; Article; CODEN: CEGCA; Correspondence Address: Ribes-Greus, A.; Instituto de Tecnología de los Materiales (ITM), Universidad Politècnica de València (UPV), Camino de Vera S/N, Spain; email: aribes@ter.upv.es; Funding details: Generalitat Valenciana; Funding details: UPOV13-3E-1947; Funding details: ENE2014-53734-C2-1-R; Funding details: PSU, Prince of Songkla University. QC 20180314

Available from: 2018-03-14 Created: 2018-03-14 Last updated: 2018-04-11Bibliographically approved
Moliner, C., Badia, J. D., Bosio, B., Arato, E., Teruel-Juanes, R., Kittikorn, T., . . . Ribes-Greus, A. (2018). Thermal kinetics for the energy valorisation of polylactide/sisal biocomposites. Thermochimica Acta, 670, 169-177
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2018 (English)In: Thermochimica Acta, ISSN 0040-6031, E-ISSN 1872-762X, Vol. 670, p. 169-177Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The thermal stability and decomposition kinetics of PLA/sisal biocomposites was discussed to evaluate the suitability of their use in energy recovery processes such as pyrolysis and combustion. The influence of the addition of sisal up to 30%wt, the presence of coupling agent, and the atmosphere of operation, i.e. inert or oxidative was discussed by means of multi-rate linear non-isothermal thermogravimetric experiments. All biocomposites showed a mean high heating value of 15 MJ/kg indicating their suitability for energy recovery processes. The thermal requirements of PLA/sisal decomposition were assessed in terms of onset decomposition temperature and apparent activation energy. A minimum of 240 degrees C and 174 kJ mol(-1) in inert environment and 225 degrees C and 190 kJ mol(-1) in oxidative environment ensured the feasibility of the reactions regardless the composition of the PLA/sisal biocomposites. The atmosphere of work lead to a greater amount of residue in case of pyrolysis reactions that would need further treatment whereas an oxidative atmosphere resulted in nearly zero final waste stream. The similar kinetics obtained for all samples regardless the amount of sisal or use of coupling agent eases the operability of energy facilities aimed of turning these biowastes into new fuels.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2018
Keywords
Energy valorisation, Thermal decomposition, Kinetics, Biocomposites, Polylactide (PLA), Natural fibres
National Category
Chemical Process Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-240726 (URN)10.1016/j.tca.2018.10.029 (DOI)000452945500022 ()2-s2.0-85056163208 (Scopus ID)
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QC 20190110

Available from: 2019-01-10 Created: 2019-01-10 Last updated: 2019-01-10Bibliographically approved
Gil-Castell, O., Badia, J. D., Strömberg, E., Karlsson, S. & Ribes-Greus, A. (2017). Effect of the dissolution time into an acid hydrolytic solvent to taylor electrospun nanofibrous polycaprolactone scaffolds. European Polymer Journal, 87, 174-187
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Effect of the dissolution time into an acid hydrolytic solvent to taylor electrospun nanofibrous polycaprolactone scaffolds
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2017 (English)In: European Polymer Journal, ISSN 0014-3057, E-ISSN 1873-1945, Vol. 87, p. 174-187Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The hydrolysis of the polycaprolactone (PCL) as a function of the dissolution time in a formic/acetic acid mixture was considered as a method for tailoring the morphology of nanofibrous PCL scaffolds. Hence, the aim of this research was to establish a correlation between the dissolution time of the polymer in the acid solvent with the physico-chemical properties of the electrospun nanofibrous scaffolds and their further service life behaviour. The physico-chemical properties of the scaffolds were assessed in terms of fibre morphology, molar mass and thermal behaviour. A reduction of the molar mass and the lamellar thickness as well as an increase of the crystallinity degree were observed as a function of dissolution time. Bead-free fibres were found after 24 and 48 h of dissolution time, with similar diameter distributions. The decrease of the fibre diameter distributions along with the apparition of beads was especially significant for scaffolds prepared after 72 h and 120 h of dissolution time in the acid mixture. The service life of the obtained devices was evaluated by means of in vitro validation under abiotic physiological conditions. All the scaffolds maintained the nanofibrous structure after 100 days of immersion in water and PBS. The molar mass was barely affected and the crystallinity degree and the lamellar thickness increased along immersion, preventing scaffolds from degradation. Scaffolds prepared after 24 h and 48 h kept their fibre diameters, whereas those prepared after 72 h and 120 h showed a significant reduction. This PCL tailoring procedure to obtain scaffolds that maintain the nanoscaled structure after such long in vitro evaluation will bring new opportunities in the design of long-term biomedical patches.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2017
Keywords
Electrospinning, Hydrolysis, In vitro validation, Polycaprolactone (PCL), Scaffold, Chemical properties, Dissolution, Fibers, Mixtures, Molar mass, Nanofibers, Polycaprolactone, Crystallinity degree, Diameter distributions, In-vitro, Nano-scaled structures, Nanofibrous scaffolds, Physicochemical property, Physiological condition, Polycaprolactone scaffolds, Scaffolds
National Category
Polymer Technologies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-201951 (URN)10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2016.12.005 (DOI)000395210900015 ()2-s2.0-85007427983 (Scopus ID)
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Funding text: The European Regional Development Funds and the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness are acknowledged for the projects POLYCELL (ENE2014-53734-C2-1-R) and UPOV13-3E-1947. The Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports is thanked for the pre-doctoral FPU grant of O. Gil-Castell (FPU13/01916) and the scholarship for a research stage of O. Gil-Castell in Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (KTH). Generalitat Valenciana is thanked for the APOSTD/2014/041 for J.D. Badia. Universitat de València (UV) and IIS LaFe are acknowledged for the DERMASAFE project. The financial support given by the KTH Royal Institute of Technology and the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) are gratefully acknowledged. IESMAT S.A. and Malvern Instruments Ltd are recognised for their grateful collaboration.

QC 20170303

Available from: 2017-03-03 Created: 2017-03-03 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved
Frostell, C., Bjorling, G., Strömberg, E., Karlsson, S. & Aune, R. E. (2017). Tracheal implants revisited. The Lancet, 389(10075), 1191-1191
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2017 (English)In: The Lancet, ISSN 0140-6736, E-ISSN 1474-547X, Vol. 389, no 10075, p. 1191-1191Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC, 2017
National Category
Polymer Technologies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-205042 (URN)000397143700024 ()28353438 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85016169571 (Scopus ID)
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QC 20170519

Available from: 2017-05-19 Created: 2017-05-19 Last updated: 2017-05-19Bibliographically approved
Gil-Castell, O., Badia, J. D., Kittikorn, T., Strömberg, E., Ek, M., Karlsson, S. & Ribes-Greus, A. (2016). Impact of hydrothermal ageing on the thermal stability, morphology and viscoelastic performance of PLA/sisal biocomposites. Polymer degradation and stability
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Impact of hydrothermal ageing on the thermal stability, morphology and viscoelastic performance of PLA/sisal biocomposites
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2016 (English)In: Polymer degradation and stability, ISSN 0141-3910, E-ISSN 1873-2321Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The influence of the combined exposure to water and temperature on the behaviour of polylactide/sisal biocomposites coupled with maleic acid anhydride was assessed through accelerated hydrothermal ageing. The biocomposites were immersed in water at temperatures from 65 to 85 °C, between the glass transition and cold crystallisation of the PLA matrix. The results showed that the most influent factor for water absorption was the percentage of fibres, followed by the presence of coupling agent, whereas the effect of the temperature was not significant. Deep assessment was devoted to biocomposites subjected to hydrothermal ageing at 85 °C, since it represents the extreme degrading condition. The morphology and crystallinity of the biocomposites were evaluated by means of X-Ray diffraction (XRD) and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM). The viscoelastic and thermal performance were assessed by means of dynamic mechanic thermal analysis (DMTA) and thermogravimetry (TGA). The presence of sisal generally diminished the thermal stability of the biocomposites, which was mitigated by the addition of the coupling agent. After composite preparation, the effectiveness of the sisal fibre was improved by the crystallisation of PLA around sisal, which increased the storage modulus and reduced the dampening factor. The presence of the coupling agent strengthened this effect. After hydrothermal ageing, crystallisation was promoted in all biocomposites therefore showing more fragile behaviour evidencing pores and cracks. However, the addition of coupling agent in the formulation of biocomposites contributed in all cases to minimise the effects of hydrothermal ageing.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2016
Keywords
Biocomposites, Degradation, Hydrothermal ageing, Mechanical fibre effectiveness, Natural fibres, Performance, Polylactide (PLA), Sisal, Coupling agents, Enamels, Fibers, Field emission microscopes, Glass transition, Natural fibers, Polyesters, Scanning electron microscopy, Thermoanalysis, Thermodynamic stability, Thermogravimetric analysis, Viscoelasticity, Water absorption, X ray diffraction, Bio-composites, Poly lactide, Composite materials
National Category
Industrial Biotechnology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-186799 (URN)10.1016/j.polymdegradstab.2016.03.038 (DOI)000393846000011 ()2-s2.0-84962695727 (Scopus ID)
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QC 20160523

Available from: 2016-05-23 Created: 2016-05-13 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved
Atari Jabarzadeh, S., Nilsson, F., Hillborg, H., Karlsson, S. & Strömberg, E. (2015). Image Analysis Determination of the Influence of Surface Structure of Silicone Rubbers on Biofouling. International Journal of Polymer Science, Article ID 390292.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Image Analysis Determination of the Influence of Surface Structure of Silicone Rubbers on Biofouling
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2015 (English)In: International Journal of Polymer Science, ISSN 1687-9422, E-ISSN 1687-9430, article id 390292Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study focuses on how the texture of the silicone rubber material affects the distribution of microbial growth on the surface of materials used for high voltage insulation. The analysis of surface wetting properties showed that the textured surfaces provide higher receding contact angles and therefore lower contact angle hysteresis. The textured surfaces decrease the risk for dry band formation and thus preserve the electrical properties of the material due to a more homogeneous distribution of water on the surface, which, however, promotes the formation of more extensive biofilms. The samples were inoculated with fungal suspension and incubated in a microenvironment chamber simulating authentic conditions in the field. The extent and distribution of microbial growth on the textured and plane surface samples representing the different parts of the insulator housing that is shank and shed were determined by visual inspection and image analysis methods. The results showed that the microbial growth was evenly distributed on the surface of the textured samples but restricted to limited areas on the plane samples. More intensive microbial growth was determined on the textured samples representing sheds. It would therefore be preferable to use the textured surface silicone rubber for the shank of the insulator.

National Category
Polymer Chemistry
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-170710 (URN)10.1155/2015/390292 (DOI)000356264100001 ()
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QC 20150707

Available from: 2015-07-07 Created: 2015-07-03 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved
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