News Article | May 8, 2017
Sesame oil might make a viable and sustainable alternative to mineral oil as an industrial lubricant, according to research published in the International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology. Sabarinath Sankaran Nair, Kumarapillai Prabhakaran Nair, and Perikinalil Krishnan Rajendrakumar of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the National Institute of Technology, Calicut, Kerala, India, explain that there is a pressing need to find alternatives to the mineral oils currently produced by the petrochemicals industry from fossil reserves of crude oil. Sustainable alternative feedstocks that might be grown as agricultural crops could offer a potentially less polluting alternative especially in the face of dwindling resources. There are countless plant-derived oils any one of which might have particularly properties desirable in an industrial lubricant. The team, however, has tested the physicochemical, rheological, thermal, oxidative, and tribological properties of sesame oil and compared it positively with coconut oil, sunflower oil, and a commercially available mineral oil. The team reports that sesame oil has excellent thermal and tribological properties and high viscosity and has a better coefficient of friction. However, the oxidative stability of sesame oil is not as high as mineral oil and this will need improving through reformulation of oil derived from sesame seeds with additives, or perhaps even through genetically modified plants for improved oil stability. Nevertheless, even without such changes, the team points out that it is stable as a lubricant base stock at a wide range of temperatures. "With further development, it can become an eco-friendly substitute for its mineral oil counterparts in near future," the team concludes. Nair, S.S., Nair, K.P. and Rajendrakumar, P.K. (2017) 'Evaluation of physicochemical, thermal and tribological properties of sesame oil (Sesamum indicum L.): a potential agricultural crop base stock for eco-friendly industrial lubricants', Int. J. Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology, Vol. 13, No. 1, pp.77-90.
News Article | May 8, 2017
Sabarinath Sankaran Nair, Kumarapillai Prabhakaran Nair, and Perikinalil Krishnan Rajendrakumar of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the National Institute of Technology, Calicut, Kerala, India, explain that there is a pressing need to find alternatives to the mineral oils currently produced by the petrochemicals industry from fossil reserves of crude oil. Sustainable alternative feedstocks that might be grown as agricultural crops could offer a potentially less polluting alternative especially in the face of dwindling resources. There are countless plant-derived oils any one of which might have particularly properties desirable in an industrial lubricant. The team, however, has tested the physicochemical, rheological, thermal, oxidative, and tribological properties of sesame oil and compared it positively with coconut oil, sunflower oil, and a commercially available mineral oil. The team reports that sesame oil has excellent thermal and tribological properties and high viscosity and has a better coefficient of friction. However, the oxidative stability of sesame oil is not as high as mineral oil and this will need improving through reformulation of oil derived from sesame seeds with additives, or perhaps even through genetically modified plants for improved oil stability. Nevertheless, even without such changes, the team points out that it is stable as a lubricant base stock at a wide range of temperatures. "With further development, it can become an eco-friendly substitute for its mineral oil counterparts in near future," the team concludes. More information: Nair, S.S., Nair, K.P. and Rajendrakumar, P.K. (2017) 'Evaluation of physicochemical, thermal and tribological properties of sesame oil (Sesamum indicum L.): a potential agricultural crop base stock for eco-friendly industrial lubricants', Int. J. Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology, Vol. 13, No. 1, pp.77-90.
News Article | May 9, 2017
WAREHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Smithers Viscient, a global contract research organization (CRO), announced that it is appointing Rohit Harve to the role of Vice President, North American Operations. Harve comes to Smithers Viscient with more than 10 years of experience as a senior global leader and strategic innovator in the healthcare and laboratory services industries. “Rohit possesses a rare and valuable mix of global management and industry-specific expertise,” said Susan Shepherd, President, Smithers Viscient. “His deep understanding of complex and heavily regulated markets makes him a strong addition to our leadership team and will benefit our clients immediately.” Most recently, Harve served at McKinsey and Company, focusing primarily in Operations and Commercial excellence for healthcare clients. This includes multi-site transformations, lean labs, service excellence, quality culture, capability building, operations strategy, business development and performance management. Prior to his time at McKinsey, Harve spent nearly 20 years in operations for pharmaceutical and medical technology industries with roles of increasing responsibility at such global healthcare leaders as Bristol-Myers Squibb, Roche Diagnostics and Pfizer, among others. Harve received his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, India, his Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri and his Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Smithers Viscient is a global contract research organization (CRO). The company delivers a comprehensive range of ecotoxicology, environmental fate, metabolism, chemistry, and toxicology services, for the pharmaceutical, crop protection, chemical, and consumer household product industries. Pollinator testing capabilities include laboratory-based studies, semi-field, and field exposures. With laboratories located in North America and Europe, Smithers Viscient, has performed standard guideline and higher-tiered environmental studies for over 45 years. For more information about Smithers Viscient’s environmental regulatory testing solutions, visit www.smithersviscient.com.
News Article | May 18, 2017
CORTE MADERA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--RH (NYSE:RH) today announced the appointment of Prakash Muppirala as Chief Technology Officer and President of RH Digital Innovations. Mr. Muppirala will lead RH's efforts to build a leading digital platform by forming a technology company that will develop unique and proprietary capabilities to amplify RH's pursuit of becoming one of the most admired brands and business platforms in the world. Gary Friedman, RH Chairman and Chief Executive Officer commented, “ We are delighted to announce the appointment of Prakash Muppirala as Chief Technology Officer and President of RH Digital Innovations. Prakash has a deep background as an engineer and technology leader who has personally developed numerous patented systems, and participated in the architecture of complex business platforms. His unique experience at both eBay for nine years, and Staples for the past four years, has prepared him to lead this important new business unit of RH.” Mr. Muppirala said, “ I am excited to be joining RH, a brand that is at the forefront of innovation in retail. I look forward to working with the RH team and contributing to future developments and the continued evolution of the Company.” Prior to joining RH, Mr. Muppirala served as Senior Vice President, Global e-Commerce at Staples, Inc. leading large teams globally across product, architecture, engineering, quality, operations and site reliability engineering. Prior to Staples, Mr. Muppirala held director of engineering and architecture roles at eBay Inc., AOL/Netscape, and Siemens Inc. Mr. Muppirala has also founded multiple startups and holds several patents in the internet and ecommerce areas. Mr. Muppirala received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National Institute of Technology, India and a master’s degree in engineering management from Santa Clara University. RH (NYSE: RH) is a curator of design, taste and style in the luxury lifestyle market. The Company offers collections through its retail galleries, source books, and online at RH.com, RHModern.com, and Waterworks.com. This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws including statements related to: RH’s plans to build a leading digital platform, form a technology company and develop unique and proprietary capabilities; RH’s pursuit of becoming one of the most admired brands and business platforms in the world; RH’s creation of a new business unit and Mr. Muppirala’s ability to lead this new business unit and develop new technologies and capabilities for RH. 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Important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations include, among others, our ability to retain key personnel; successful implementation of our growth strategy; our ability to take advantage of the transaction with Waterworks; uncertainties in the current performance of our business including a range of risks related to our operations as well as external economic factors; general economic conditions and the impact on consumer confidence and spending; changes in customer demand for our products; factors affecting our outstanding convertible senior notes; our ability to anticipate consumer preferences and buying trends, and maintaining our brand promise to customers; changes in consumer spending based on weather and other conditions beyond our control; risks related to the number of new business initiatives we are undertaking; strikes and work stoppages affecting port workers and other industries involved in the transportation of our products; our ability to obtain our products in a timely fashion or in the quantities required; our ability to employ reasonable and appropriate security measures to protect personal information that we collect; our ability to support our growth with appropriate information technology systems; risks related to “conflict minerals” compliance and its impact on sourcing, if any, as well as those risks and uncertainties disclosed under the sections entitled “Risk Factors” and “ Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in RH’s most recent Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and similar disclosures in subsequent reports filed with the SEC, which are available on our investor relations website at ir.restorationhardware.com and on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release speaks only as of the date on which we make it. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by any applicable securities laws.
Barrento S.,University of Swansea |
Barrento S.,CIIMAR – Interdisciplinary Center of Marine and Environmental |
Lupatsch I.,University of Swansea |
Keay A.,University of Swansea |
Christophersen G.,National Institute of Technology
Aquatic Living Resources | Year: 2013
The mussel (Mytilus edulis) is successfully grown in aquaculture in Europe. Mussels are usually sold live and wet storage is becoming more common. In this study, oxygen demand and ammonia excretion were assessed at increasing water temperatures and different post-harvest situations. This information was used to calculate minimal flow rates per unit biomass of live mussels sufficient to keep oxygen above 5 mg L-1 or 50% saturation, and avoid accumulation of ammonia in commercial wet storage. In this study, rope-grown mussels were kept out of water for 8 h to simulate harvesting conditions and then re-immersed in holding tanks at 5, 10 and 15 C. Oxygen and ammonia concentrations were measured immediately after mussels were re-immersed (0 h), after 6 h and then every day for 3 days. After this period, the mussels were again kept out of water for 48 h to simulate long-distance transport and once again re-immersed for the same period as before. In the first 6 h after re-immersion, the oxygen consumption was between 7.5 and 12.2 μmol g-1 h-1 (dry flesh) and after this period it decreased to a standard level of around 4.0 ± 0.9 μmol g-1 h-1 and was independent of temperature. There were no major differences in oxygen consumption between mussels having spent 8 and 48 h out of water at any of the subsequent water temperatures used for re-immersion. In contrast, the ammonia excretion showed greater differences according to temperature and time out of water. Ammonia excretion was lowest at 5 C (<0.01 μmol g-1 h-1). The implications of these results for the industry and authorities are discussed considering the water flow rate, depuration specifications and energy costs. © EDP Sciences, IFREMER, IRD 2013.
Vikan A.,Norwegian University of Science and Technology |
Hassel A.M.,St Olavs Hospital |
Rugset A.,Students Health Care Services |
Johansen H.E.,Outpatient Clinic |
Moen T.,National Institute of Technology
Nordic Journal of Psychiatry | Year: 2010
Background: Shame is an acknowledged part of several psychopathological conditions, but is underrepresented in clinical research. Cook's Internalized Shame Scale (ISS) is the most promising measure, but has mostly been used for testing small clinical samples biased toward depressive pathology and female participants. Aims: To contribute to establishing indicators of pathological shame in outpatients with depression and anxiety disorder, and to contribute to establishing norms for the ISS in Scandinavia. Method: The ISS was administered to n= 200 gender balanced non-patient and outpatient samples. A total of 100 patients each were diagnosed as suffering from a depression or anxiety disorder. The diagnoses were supported by Beck's Depression (BDI) and Anxiety Inventory (BAI). The analyses used were the principal component analysis (PCA) and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) for item structure and sample equivalence, ANOVAs, t-tests and MannWhitney non-parametric statistics for index scores, and the receiver operating curve (ROC) for break-off. Results: Patients' ISS score were similar to the results from previous research, the effect size of patientnon-patient difference was 0.68, correlations indicated a higher level of shame in depression than in anxiety, and the BDIBAI correlation was 0.56 for both clinical samples. The PCA showed three factors that were identified as: "Inadequacy", "Emptiness", and "Vulnerability". Conclusions: The ISS is a viable instrument, which indicates a widespread shame pathology in both depressive and anxious out-patients. The instrument may not be uni-dimensional, but exploration of factor variation may be a promising goal for further research. Clinical implications: Assessment of shame should be included in diagnosis and treatment of emotional disorder. © 2010 Informa UK Ltd.
News Article | October 28, 2016
LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--International SOS, the world’s leading medical and travel security services company, announced today that Ramesh Munamarty has been appointed to the newly created position of Group Chief Information Officer. The role will be responsible for driving three strategic imperatives: Enterprise Information Technology; Digital Transformation; and Business Process Optimisation for the International SOS group of companies. The CIO position is part of the International SOS Group Executive Committee. “Technology is absolutely essential to the customer experience and the speed to care our clients expect,” said Arnaud Vaissié, Chairman and CEO of International SOS. “We are investing significantly in our digital solutions to support our clients, and look forward to the expertise Mr Munamarty will contribute.” International SOS has been at the forefront of using technology to deliver medical and travel security services since its founding in 1985. They were the first company in the world to be certified in the delivery of its TeleHealth services and developed the world’s leading traveller tracking solution, TravelTracker. ”It is an exciting time to join International SOS,” said Mr Munamarty. “The company’s mission of protecting and saving lives attracted me to the company. In fact, I was so motivated by the role and opportunity I relocated to Singapore. I am looking forward to leveraging my experience with leading software companies such as Oracle and Verint to contribute to the development of world class digital products for the International SOS Group of companies. Mr Munamarty has more than 25 years of experience in Information Technology. He spent the last 22 years in the United States and relocated to Singapore for the role with International SOS. Most recently he was the Chief Information Officer for Verint Systems, a global leader in Enterprise and Security Intelligence. He played an integral role in leveraging technology for the growth and transformation of the company. He has received several industry recognitions and was a finalist for both the Georgia CIO of the Year 2015 and the ATP CIO of the Year 2015. Mr. Munamarty’s past leadership roles included 3 years as a Principal in Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of technology services; and 12 years in Oracle in various roles including Director, Consulting and Director, Cloud Services. He has also served on several boards including the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and Alpharetta Technology Commission. He chaired the Oracle High Tech Strategy Council and was an active member in the community helping non-profit organizations. Mr. Munamarty obtained a Bachelor of Science from the National Institute of Technology, Trichy, India, a Masters in Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA, and an MBA in International Business from Georgia State University, USA.
PubMed | National Institute of Technology, Ashizawa Finetech Ltd. and National Institute of Technology,Oyama College
Type: | Journal: Journal of visualized experiments : JoVE | Year: 2017
The photoactive layer of a typical organic thin-film bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) solar cell commonly uses fullerene derivatives as the electron-accepting material. However, fullerene derivatives are air-sensitive; therefore, air-stable material is needed as an alternative. In the present study, we propose and describe the properties of Ti-alkoxide as an alternative electron-accepting material to fullerene derivatives to create highly air-stable BHJ solar cells. It is well-known that controlling the morphology in the photoactive layer, which is constructed with fullerene derivatives as the electron acceptor, is important for obtaining a high overall efficiency through the solvent method. The conventional solvent method is useful for high-solubility materials, such as fullerene derivatives. However, for Ti-alkoxides, the conventional solvent method is insufficient, because they only dissolve in specific solvents. Here, we demonstrate a new approach to morphology control that uses the molecular bulkiness of Ti-alkoxides without the conventional solvent method. That is, this method is one approach to obtain highly efficient, air-stable, organic-inorganic bulk-heterojunction solar cells.
News Article | February 21, 2017
Former Accenture, IBM, and Alvarez & Marsal Leader to Head Global Customer Implementations and Best Practices for Enterprise Success SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 21, 2017) - Aria Systems, the leader in helping enterprises grow subscription and usage-based revenue, today announced the appointment of Arun Thakur to the position of vice president of professional services and customer success. Throughout his impressive 25-year client services career, Thakur has built and managed professional services and product strategy teams for venerable companies such as Accenture, IBM, Alvarez & Marsal, and Amdocs. Reporting directly to Aria President & CEO Tom Dibble, Thakur will apply his business transformation acumen as head of both the professional services and customer success management teams. In his role, Thakur will ensure successful implementations and high customer ROI of Aria's cloud-based billing and monetization products and services for global enterprises. Throughout his professional life, Thakur has built and led professional services and consulting teams as partner and managing director for global entities like Accenture, IBM, Alvarez & Marsal, and Amdocs. During his career Thakur has managed global business and system transformations in customer care and billing, optimizing business processes and improving customer experiences. His experience spans mission critical global projects across verticals and geographies with budgets over $100M; his expertise includes transformation roadmaps, cost efficiency, process re-engineering, program management, and comprehensive enterprise implementations and systems integration. "Aria Systems is at the forefront of cloud-based billing and monetization, which is fundamentally transforming how enterprises can quickly meet customer needs, exceed expectations, and grow their business," said Thakur. "I'm honored to head a seasoned team with an established track record of driving successful outcomes for enterprises across a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies." Thakur will apply his leadership to ensure that Aria delivers upon its key functionality: providing speed and agility at scale in the cloud, delivering actionable customer insights, and empowering business users with direct control to better monetize their offerings. "With Aria, enterprises can create limitless account structures and a wider variety of product offerings without coding," said Thakur. "I look forward to helping Aria clients use this innovative platform to develop new recurring revenue streams, get products to market faster, and above all, better serve their customers," he added. "Arun's experience solving complex business challenges, which have transformed global enterprises via best practices and back-office technologies, makes him an ideal addition to the executive team," said Tom Dibble, President & CEO, Aria Systems. "He will provide immediate impact with companies looking to develop agile and innovative customer-facing solutions to increase customer satisfaction and, ultimately, revenue growth." Arun Thakur is vice president of professional services and customer success at Aria Systems. Thakur is a seasoned leader with nearly 25 years of experience in strategy, transformation, and business process improvement where he managed global teams and projects exceeding $100M. Most recently, Thakur was managing director with Alvarez & Marsal Insurance and Risk Advisory Services (A&M). Prior to A&M, he was a strategy and transformation partner with IBM and led consulting teams at Accenture and Amdocs. Thakur earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from India's National Institute of Technology and a master's degree in business administration from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. Aria Systems' cloud billing and monetization platform is the consensus analyst choice, top ranked by leading research firms. Innovative enterprises like Adobe, Philips, and Pitney Bowes depend on Aria to accelerate time to market and increase flexibility, enabling them to maximize customer value and grow recurring revenue through subscription and usage-based offerings. For more information, visit www.ariasystems.com.
PubMed | National Institute of Technology
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Shokuhin eiseigaku zasshi. Journal of the Food Hygienic Society of Japan | Year: 2015
Antioxidant activities of aqueous extracts prepared from powdered leaves and stems of Salacia reticulata, a Salacia plant that grows in Sri Lanka, were investigated. Lipid peroxide levels and some hepatic injury markers in plasma, liver and/or kidney of mice treated with ferric nitrilotriacetate (Fe-NTA) were increased as compared to those of control mice. Oral preadministration of extracts of Salacia leaves and stems at doses of 100, 200 and 400 mg/kg body weight prevented the elevations of lipid peroxides and injury markers in a dose-dependent manner. Decrease of antioxidant activity in plasma of mice treated with Fe-NTA was also prevented by administration of these extracts. In in vitro study, well-known polyphenol components exhibited antioxidant activities, but other effective components were also present in these extracts. The results of this investigation indicate that the extracts of leaves and stems of S. reticulata could be beneficial as health foods for the prevention of oxidative stress-related disorders.