Roche and its subsidiary TIB Molbiol have developed a series of tests for the detection of the monkeypox virus, the Switzerland-based pharmaceutical company announced.
The monkeypox virus is a close relative of the smallpox virus, belonging to orthpoxviridae in the poxviridae family.
The modular virus detection tool, called LightMix, includes three orthpoxvirus detection kits with different functions, Roche said in a statement. The first kit detects orthpoxvirus; The second kit tests only for monkeypox virus (west and Central African branches); The third kit contains the main functions of the first two kits, showing specific information on the presence of the monkeypox virus (west and Central African branches) as well as the detection of orpoxvirus.
Thomas Schinek, a Roche executive, said the new test could detect monkeypox and help track its spread. Such diagnostic tools are critical for addressing and ultimately managing emerging public health challenges, as they advance responses such as tracking efforts and treatment strategies.
The monkeypox virus was first identified in 1958 in a group of monkeys used for research when the animals developed a "pox-like" infection, hence the name. Since May, several non-endemic countries have reported human cases of the monkeypox virus, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Portugal, Spain, and Italy.
Affected by the ever-changing international situation, the supply and prices of international bulk titanium dioxide are still very uncertain.
Because of its high stability, good bonding properties and low curing shrinkage, epoxy resin has become an excellent thermosetting resin material and has been widely used in many fields. However, the cured epoxy resin still has some shortcomings, such as high brittleness and poor impact resistance, which limit the application prospect of epoxy resin.
Titanium Dioxide nanoparticle is a pigment with strong coloring power and strong hiding power in white coatings, so it is very familiar in the coating industry. Due to the refinement of the size of titanium dioxide particles, the ratio of area to volume increases, and the crystal field environment and binding energy of the atoms inside and on the surface of the material are different, resulting in great chemical activity on the surface of the particles. the surface energy is greatly increased, and there is a good interfacial adhesion with organic resin molecules, which can make the coating have the properties of different parent components. Moreover, under the synergistic action of the internal components of the coating, it can produce some special properties that the matrix does not have, so as to improve the hardness, impact strength, wear resistance and other mechanical properties of the original coating.
Effect of TiO2 nanoparticles on hardness of Epoxy Resin
With the increase of filler content, the hardness of epoxy resin increased at first, and then remained basically unchanged. When the content of nano-TiO2 is 5%, the hardness is 91.3, which is 16.7% higher than that of pure epoxy resin. As rigid particles, nano-TiO2 itself has high stiffness, which directly enhances the hardness of the organic matrix. When a small amount of nano-TiO2 is added (less than 2%), a tight network structure can be formed between the organic part of the epoxy resin coating and the added nanoparticles, which significantly improves the hardness of the coating. However, when the addition amount reaches a certain extent (more than 2%), the dispersion effect of nano-inorganic particles is poor, resulting in partial agglomeration between the particles, making the homogeneous degree of the coating worse, resulting in a substantial decrease in the hardness of the coating, which remains basically unchanged.
Effect of TiO2 nanoparticles on flexibility of Epoxy Resin
With the increase of the content of nano-Ti0z, the adhesion table increased at first and then decreased. When the content of nano-TiO2 was 4%, the adhesion reached the maximum value of 10.3Mpa, and the adhesion (7.7MPa) of pure epoxy resin increased by 34%. This is due to the small size, large specific surface area, large number of surface atoms, high surface energy, insufficient coordination of surface atoms, and strong surface activity and adsorption capacity. When added to the epoxy resin, it is easy to bond with the oxygen in the resin, and at the same time, it produces a strong ion-like force between the exposed metal atoms and the epoxy resin. The binding point between the epoxy resin and the metal increases and the adhesion increases. With the annoying increase of nano-fillers, agglomeration began to appear and defects were formed inside the material. at the same time, the appearance of aggregates also reduced the contact surface between resin and substrate, and reduced the number of chemical bonds between resin and substrate surface groups per unit area, which led to the decrease of adhesion.
Effect of TiO2 nanoparticles on impact resistance of Epoxy Resin
With the increase of nano-filler content, the impact resistance of epoxy coating increases at first and then decreases. This is because the added nano-fillers can be uniformly dispersed in the epoxy resin system, which is conducive to the transfer of stress load, bear some load, consume some impact energy in the transfer process, and improve the toughness of the epoxy matrix. On the other hand, because of its small size, the nano-filler can produce stress concentration effect, cause the surrounding matrix to yield, form voids, crazes, shear bands, etc., and produce a large number of microcracks in the material. Through these behaviors, the matrix can generate a large amount of deformation work, absorb a large amount of impact energy, and enhance the impact properties of the material. At the same time, nano-fillers can also hinder the propagation of microcracks to some extent, and even passivate or terminate the cracks. The pinning effect is formed and the toughening effect is produced, so the impact resistance of epoxy resin increases gradually with the increase of nano-filler content. With the further increase of the content of nano-TiO2, the impact resistance decreases. When the content of nano-TiO2 reaches 5%, the particles form aggregates and do not combine closely with each other, so it is very easy to destroy and form defects under stress, that is, the internal stress failure point of the material, and the impact strength becomes worse.
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Maximo Pacheco, chairman of Codelco, Chile's state copper company, said in a recent interview that he expects copper prices to remain 'very strong in the future,' despite the recent drop. Codelco is the world's largest copper producer.
Copper prices suffered their biggest weekly drop in a year this week on concerns that tightening policy by central banks will dampen global growth and reduce demand for industrial metals. With its wide range of industrial and construction uses, copper prices are often seen as a bellwether of economic activity.
London copper closed at $8,325 a tonne on Friday after touching $8,122.50 a tonne, down 25 per cent from its Peak in March and its lowest level since February 2021. In addition to copper, other industrial metals also fell sharply. Tin, for example, fell nearly 15% at one point on Friday, bringing its losses for the week to about 25%.
"We may be in a temporary short-term turbulence, but what is important is the fundamentals and the balance of supply and demand [currently] looks very favourable for those of us with copper reserves," Mr. Pacheco said. Chile is the world's largest copper producer.
Mr. Pacheco adds that in a world where copper is the best conductor and there are not many new reserves, copper prices look very strong because the future is very favourable for electrification.
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