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See detailFirst report of the bee louse Braula schmitzi (Diptera: Braulidae) in apiaries of the “Los Chillos” Valley, Province of Pichincha, Ecuador
Zapata-Carvajal, N; Cherrez-Neacato, A; Martin-Solano, S et al

in Journal of Apicultural Research (2017)

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See detailPhytotoxic activity and chemical composition of Cassia absus seeds and aerial parts
Zribi, Ines; Sbai, H.; Ghezal, N. et al

in Natural Product Research (2017)

The present study was conducted to assess the phytotoxic potential and the phytochemical composition of Cassia absus. Aqueous extracts caused significant reduction of root growth of Lactuca sativa. Seed ... [more ▼]

The present study was conducted to assess the phytotoxic potential and the phytochemical composition of Cassia absus. Aqueous extracts caused significant reduction of root growth of Lactuca sativa. Seed extract was more effective than aerial part extract. Successive extractions of this plant were performed using solvents with increasing polarities. The methanolic seed extract exerted strong phytotoxic effect on seedling growth, followed by petroleum ether extract of the aerial part. The phytochemical investigation showed that among the organic extracts, methanol extracts of seeds and aerial parts contained the highest amounts of total phenolics and proanthocyanidins. Seeds were rich in linoleic acid followed by palmitic acids. Palmitic, stearic and arachidic acids were the major fatty acids in aerial parts. HPLC-DAD analysis of the methanolic extracts revealed the presence of luteolin in C. absus aerial parts. [less ▲]

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See detailCritical issues in parameter calibration of cyclic models for steel members
Francavilla, Antonella Bianca ULg; Chisari, Corrado; Latour, Massimo et al

in Engineering Structures (2017), 132

Accurate response predictions of steel structures subjected to earthquake loading involve the use of models able to simulate properly the cyclic behaviour of the regions where nonlinear phenomena take ... [more ▼]

Accurate response predictions of steel structures subjected to earthquake loading involve the use of models able to simulate properly the cyclic behaviour of the regions where nonlinear phenomena take place. In case of full-strength joints, they are represented by the members connected, which may present softening response due to local buckling. Even though a number of phenomenological models have been developed in the last decades, their calibration seems to have received less attention. Usually, calibration is based on matching the experimental and numerical cyclic responses under loading protocols proposed by standards. Since these were not developed to this aim, the predictive capability of so calibrated models deserves investigation. In this work, a calibration procedure based on the minimisation of response misfit is presented and critically discussed, with reference to an experimental programme carried out at the University of Salerno. Different assumptions about the function to minimise, the ultimate rotation and number of objectives are compared and analysed. The main outcome of this investigation is that a calibration based on cyclic response only is not robust, since its accuracy under different loading conditions may deteriorate. The introduction of the monotonic test in a multi-objective framework may be effective, and its accuracy is confirmed by the results of pseudo-dynamic tests. [less ▲]

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See detailAn Analysis of the Interaction Effect between Employee Technical and Emotional Competencies in Emotionally Charged Service Encounters
Delcourt, Cécile ULg; Gremler, Dwayne; De Zanet, Fabrice ULg et al

in Journal of Service Management (2017), 28(1), 85-106

Purpose—Customers often experience negative emotions during service experiences. The ways that employees manage customers’ emotions and impressions about whether the service provider is concerned for them ... [more ▼]

Purpose—Customers often experience negative emotions during service experiences. The ways that employees manage customers’ emotions and impressions about whether the service provider is concerned for them in such emotionally charged service encounters (ECSEs) is crucial, considering the criticality of the encounter. Drawing on cognitive appraisal theory, this study proposes that two key competencies—employee emotional competence (EEC) and employee technical competence (ETC)—affect negative customer emotions and customer satisfaction with employee response in ECSEs. Design/methodology—This study relies on a video-based experiment that depicts a customer involved in an ECSE as a service provider delivers bad news to him. The hypothesis tests use a two-way independent analysis of covariance. Results—Both emotional and technical competencies must be displayed to improve the customer experience in an ECSE. When EEC is low, ETC does not decrease negative customer emotions or increase customer satisfaction with employee response. When EEC is high, ETC instead has a significant impact on both customer outcomes. Practical implications—Managers must train employees to develop both technical and emotional competencies. Employees who demonstrate only one type cannot temper customers’ emotions or enhance their perceptions of the employees’ response as well as can those strong in both competencies. Originality/value—Using a video-based experiment, this study examines the moderating role of EEC in the relationship between ETC and two key aspects of the customer experience in an ECSE (negative customer emotions and customer satisfaction with employee responses) following the delivery of bad news. [less ▲]

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See detailA tailored two-phase constructive heuristic for the three-dimensional Multiple Bin Size Bin Packing Problem with transportation constraints
Paquay, Célia ULg; Limbourg, Sabine ULg; Schyns, Michael ULg

E-print/Working paper (2017)

This paper considers the three-dimensional Multiple Bin Size Bin Packing Problem which consists in packing a set of cuboid boxes into containers of various shapes with minimising unused space. The problem ... [more ▼]

This paper considers the three-dimensional Multiple Bin Size Bin Packing Problem which consists in packing a set of cuboid boxes into containers of various shapes with minimising unused space. The problem is extended to air cargo where bins are Unit Load Devices, especially designed for fitting in aircraft. We developed a fast constructive heuristic able to manage the different constraints met in transportation. The heuristic is split into two distinct phases. The first phase deals with the packing of boxes into identical bins using an extension of the Extreme Points. During this phase, the fragility, stability and orientations of the boxes are taken into account as well as the special shape of the bins and their weight capacity. The second phase takes into account the multiple types of available bins. If necessary, the best found loading pattern is finally enhanced with respect to weight distribution in a post processing. After parametrisation, computational experiments have been performed on data sets especially designed for this application. The heuristic requires really short computational times to achieve promising results. [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical modelling of microscopic lubricant flow in sheet metal forming. Application to plane strip drawing
Carretta, Yves; Bech, Jacob; Legrand, Nicolas et al

in International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering (2017)

This paper presents a numerical investigation of microscopic lubricant flows from the cavities to the plateaus of the surface roughness of metal sheets during forming processes. This phenomenon, called ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a numerical investigation of microscopic lubricant flows from the cavities to the plateaus of the surface roughness of metal sheets during forming processes. This phenomenon, called micro-plastohydrodynamic lubrication, was observed experimentally in various situations such as compression sliding tests, strip drawing and cold rolling. It leads to local friction drop and wear reduction. It is therefore critical to achieve a good understanding of this phenomenon. As to move towards that goal, a multiscale fluid–structure interaction model is developed to model lubricant flows at the microscopic scale. These simulations are made possible through the use of the Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian (ALE) formalism. In this paper, this methodology is used to study plane strip drawing. The numerical model is able to predict the onset of lubricant escape and the amount of lubricant flowing on the plateaus. Numerical results exhibit good agreement with experimental measurements. [less ▲]

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See detailThe need for careful data collection for pattern recognition in digital pathology
Marée, Raphaël ULg

in Journal of Pathology Informatics (2017)

Effective pattern recognition requires carefully designed ground-truth datasets. In this technical note, we first summarize potential data collection issues in digital pathology and then propose ... [more ▼]

Effective pattern recognition requires carefully designed ground-truth datasets. In this technical note, we first summarize potential data collection issues in digital pathology and then propose guidelines to build more realistic ground-truth datasets and to control their quality. We hope our comments will foster the effective application of pattern recognition approaches in digital pathology. [less ▲]

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See detailNovel genetic loci associated with hippocampal volume.
Hibar, Derrek P.; Adams, Hieab H. H.; Jahanshad, Neda et al

in Nature Communications (2017), 8

The hippocampal formation is a brain structure integrally involved in episodic memory, spatial navigation, cognition and stress responsiveness. Structural abnormalities in hippocampal volume and shape are ... [more ▼]

The hippocampal formation is a brain structure integrally involved in episodic memory, spatial navigation, cognition and stress responsiveness. Structural abnormalities in hippocampal volume and shape are found in several common neuropsychiatric disorders. To identify the genetic underpinnings of hippocampal structure here we perform a genome-wide association study (GWAS) of 33,536 individuals and discover six independent loci significantly associated with hippocampal volume, four of them novel. Of the novel loci, three lie within genes (ASTN2, DPP4 and MAST4) and one is found 200 kb upstream of SHH. A hippocampal subfield analysis shows that a locus within the MSRB3 gene shows evidence of a localized effect along the dentate gyrus, subiculum, CA1 and fissure. Further, we show that genetic variants associated with decreased hippocampal volume are also associated with increased risk for Alzheimer's disease (rg=-0.155). Our findings suggest novel biological pathways through which human genetic variation influences hippocampal volume and risk for neuropsychiatric illness. [less ▲]

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See detailReproducibility of tract-based white matter microstructural measures using the ENIGMA-DTI protocol.
Acheson, Ashley; Wijtenburg, S. Andrea; Rowland, Laura M. et al

in Brain and Behavior (2017), 7(2), 00615

BACKGROUND: In preparation for longitudinal analyses of white matter development in youths with family histories of substance use disorders (FH+) or without such histories (FH-), we examined the ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: In preparation for longitudinal analyses of white matter development in youths with family histories of substance use disorders (FH+) or without such histories (FH-), we examined the reproducibility and reliability of global and regional measures of fractional anisotropy (FA) values, measured using the Enhancing Neuro Imaging Genetics Through Meta Analysis (ENIGMA)-diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) protocol. Highly reliable measures are necessary to detect any subtle differences in brain development. METHODS: First, we analyzed reproducibility data in a sample of 12 healthy young adults (ages 20-28) imaged three times within a week. Next, we calculated the same metrics in data collected 1-year apart in the sample of 68 FH+ and 21 FH- adolescents. This is a timeframe where within subject changes in white matter microstructure are small compared to between subject variance. Reproducibility was estimated by examining mean coefficients of variation (MCV), mean absolute differences (MAD), and intraclass correlations (ICC) for global and tract-specific FA values. RESULTS: We found excellent reproducibility for whole-brain DTI-FA values and most of the white matter tracts, except for the corticospinal tract and the fornix in both adults and youths. There was no significant effect of FH-group on reproducibility (p = .4). Reproducibility metrics were not significantly different between adolescents and adults (all p > .2). In post hoc analyses, the reproducibility metrics for regional FA values showed a strong positive correlation (r = .6) with the regional FA heritability measures previously reported by ENIGMA-DTI. CONCLUSION: Overall, this study demonstrated an excellent reproducibility of ENIGMA-DTI FA, positing it as viable analysis tools for longitudinal studies and other protocols that repeatedly assess white matter microstructure. [less ▲]

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See detailTime related effects on functional brain connectivity after serotonergic and cholinergic neuromodulation.
Klaassens, Bernadet L.; Rombouts, Serge A. R. B.; Winkler, Anderson ULg et al

in Human Brain Mapping (2017), 38(1), 308-325

Psychopharmacological research, if properly designed, may offer insight into both timing and area of effect, increasing our understanding of the brain's neurotransmitter systems. For that purpose, the ... [more ▼]

Psychopharmacological research, if properly designed, may offer insight into both timing and area of effect, increasing our understanding of the brain's neurotransmitter systems. For that purpose, the acute influence of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor citalopram (30 mg) and the acetylcholinesterase inhibitor galantamine (8 mg) was repeatedly measured in 12 healthy young volunteers with resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging (RS-fMRI). Eighteen RS-fMRI scans were acquired per subject during this randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled, crossover study. Within-group comparisons of voxelwise functional connectivity with 10 functional networks were examined (P < 0.05, FWE-corrected) using a non-parametric multivariate approach with cerebrospinal fluid, white matter, heart rate, and baseline measurements as covariates. Although both compounds did not change cognitive performance on several tests, significant effects were found on connectivity with multiple resting state networks. Serotonergic stimulation primarily reduced connectivity with the sensorimotor network and structures that are related to self-referential mechanisms, whereas galantamine affected networks and regions that are more involved in learning, memory, and visual perception and processing. These results are consistent with the serotonergic and cholinergic trajectories and their functional relevance. In addition, this study demonstrates the power of using repeated measures after drug administration, which offers the chance to explore both combined and time specific effects. Hum Brain Mapp 38:308-325, 2017. (c) 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. [less ▲]

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See detailInvestigating resting-state functional connectivity in the cervical spinal cord at 3T.
Eippert, Falk; Kong, Yazhuo; Winkler, Anderson ULg et al

in NeuroImage (2017), 147

The study of spontaneous fluctuations in the blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) signal has recently been extended from the brain to the spinal cord. Two ultra-high field functional magnetic resonance ... [more ▼]

The study of spontaneous fluctuations in the blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) signal has recently been extended from the brain to the spinal cord. Two ultra-high field functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies in humans have provided evidence for reproducible resting-state connectivity between the dorsal horns as well as between the ventral horns, and a study in non-human primates has shown that these resting-state signals are impacted by spinal cord injury. As these studies were carried out at ultra-high field strengths using region-of-interest (ROI) based analyses, we investigated whether such resting-state signals could also be observed at the clinically more prevalent field strength of 3T. In a reanalysis of a sample of 20 healthy human participants who underwent a resting-state fMRI acquisition of the cervical spinal cord, we were able to observe significant dorsal horn connectivity as well as ventral horn connectivity, but no consistent effects for connectivity between dorsal and ventral horns, thus replicating the human 7T results. These effects were not only observable when averaging along the acquired length of the spinal cord, but also when we examined each of the acquired spinal segments separately, which showed similar patterns of connectivity. Finally, we investigated the robustness of these resting-state signals against variations in the analysis pipeline by varying the type of ROI creation, temporal filtering, nuisance regression and connectivity metric. We observed that - apart from the effects of band-pass filtering - ventral horn connectivity showed excellent robustness, whereas dorsal horn connectivity showed moderate robustness. Together, our results provide evidence that spinal cord resting-state connectivity is a robust and spatially consistent phenomenon that could be a valuable tool for investigating the effects of pathology, disease progression, and treatment response in neurological conditions with a spinal component, such as spinal cord injury. [less ▲]

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See detailHyperinsulinemia and elevated systolic blood pressure independently predict white matter hyperintensities with associated cognitive decrement in the middle-aged offspring of dementia patients.
Hawkins, Keith A.; Emadi, Nazli; Pearlson, Godfrey D. et al

in Metabolic Brain Disease (2017)

Cerebrovascular disease is an independent risk factor for dementia that may also be synergistic with Alzheimer's disease. In recent years attention has switched from cerebral infarcts to microvascular ... [more ▼]

Cerebrovascular disease is an independent risk factor for dementia that may also be synergistic with Alzheimer's disease. In recent years attention has switched from cerebral infarcts to microvascular disease as the primary cause of cerebrovascular cognitive decline, with damage to the white matter the primary mechanism. Uncertainties remain regarding the risks posed by different types vascular threat, the extent to which cerebrovascular damage occurs in middle age, and whether relatively "normal" amounts of white matter damage are accompanied by meaningful degrees of cognitive decline. We explored these issues via laboratory, cardiovascular, cognitive, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data in 67 middle-aged cognitively normal offspring of dementia patients. The sample was enriched for vascular risk. Plasma insulin, 24-h systolic blood pressure, body mass index, age, and % small dense LDL cholesterol were the strongest correlates of MRI white matter hyperintensity (WMH) volume. With shared variance controlled for, 24 h systolic BP, plasma insulin, and age remained as significant predictors of WMH volume. An interaction variable (24 h BP * insulin) did not improve the prediction of WMH. WMH volume correlated negatively with cognition. No evidence for an ApoE epsilon4 effect emerged for either WMH or cognition. Hypertension and hyperinsulinemia appear to pose independent, consequential threats to the cerebral small vessel vasculature in middle age, reflected in the presence of areas of WMH on MRI scans. Our data show that even modest WMH volumes in middle age are associated with cognitive decrement, underscoring the importance of aggressive treatment and lifestyle modifications to address vascular risk throughout adulthood. [less ▲]

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See detailLes genres médiatiques de l'anticipation: des usages comiques du futur
Stienon, Valérie ULg

in Médias19 (2017)

La petite presse multiplie les usages comiques de la prédiction, tantôt en empruntant ses effets à l’almanach, tantôt en traitant au second degré les marronniers trop familiers, tantôt encore en ... [more ▼]

La petite presse multiplie les usages comiques de la prédiction, tantôt en empruntant ses effets à l’almanach, tantôt en traitant au second degré les marronniers trop familiers, tantôt encore en infléchissant vers la prospective le principe de la revue de fin d’année. Il est fréquent que les petits journaux satiriques feignent d’imaginer les événements à venir sous la forme de « prédictions pour l’année » et de « coups d’œil prophétiques ». Si de telles éphémérides parodiques ne bénéficient pas de la stabilité d’une rubrique spécifique, elles sont toutefois appelées, au siècle suivant, à prendre l’ampleur de numéros complets qui témoignent d’une postérité intéressante (Illustration, Lectures pour tous, VU, Sciences et voyages) et d’une créativité iconotextuelle qui peut aller jusqu’au faux reportage photographique d’anticipation. Cet article propose de cerner dans sa variété une microforme médiatique inhérente à la modernité de la petite presse. D’une part, sa discursivité porte sur des données socioculturelles présentées comme remarquables et novatrices, censées incarner la quintessence de leur époque tout entière tendue vers l’avenir. D’autre part, sa poétique affiche une temporalité méta-médiatique renvoyant aux fonctions rituelles et référentielles du périodique. [less ▲]

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See detailA Stochastic Multi-scale Model For Predicting MEMS Stiction Failure
Hoang Truong, Vinh ULg; Wu, Ling ULg; Paquay, Stéphane et al

in Starman, La Vern; Hay, Jennifer; Karanjgaokar, Nikhil (Eds.) Micro and Nanomechanics, Volume 5: Proceedings of the 2016 Annual Conference on Experimental and Applied Mechanics (2017)

Adhesion is an important phenomenon in the context of MEMS for which the surface forces become dominant in comparison with the body forces. Because the magnitudes of the adhesive forces strongly depend on ... [more ▼]

Adhesion is an important phenomenon in the context of MEMS for which the surface forces become dominant in comparison with the body forces. Because the magnitudes of the adhesive forces strongly depend on the surface interaction distances, which in turn evolve with the roughness of the contacting surfaces, the adhesive forces cannot be determined in a deterministic way. To quantify the uncertainties on the structural stiction behavior of a MEMS, this work proposes a “stochastic multi-scale methodology”. The key ingredient of the method is the evaluation of the random meso-scale apparent contact forces, which homogenize the effect of the nano-scale roughness and are integrated into a numerical model of the studied structure as a random contact law. To obtain the probabilistic behavior at the structural MEMS scale, a direct method needs to evaluate explicitly the meso-scale apparent contact forces in a concurrent way with the stochastic multi-scale approach. To reduce the computational cost, a stochastic model is constructed to generate the random meso-scale apparent contact forces. To this end, the apparent contact forces are parameterized by a vector of parameters before applying a polynomial chaos expansion in order to construct a mathematical model representing the probability of the random parameters vector. The problem of micro-beam stiction is then studied in a probabilistic way. [less ▲]

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See detailLes circuits courts : organisations hybrides sous haute(s) tension(s) ?
Maréchal, Kevin ULg; Plateau, Lou; Holzemer, Laurence

Conference (2017)

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See detailFormaliser le trope : De la subjectivité linguistique à la subjectivité épilinguistique
Mathy, Adrien ULg

in Signata. Annales des Sémiotiques = Annals of Semiotics (2017)

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See detailLa mise en œuvre du droit de plainte en Belgique francophone. Observation des processus de médiation en soins de santé
Dubois, Christophe ULg; Vandeninden, Elise ULg

in Revue Française des Affaires Sociales (2017), 1(1), 79-96

This article concerns the treatment of patients’ rights cases in French‐speaking Belgian hospitals by the “mediator”, that is, the person who has the legal duty of dealing with grievances arising from the ... [more ▼]

This article concerns the treatment of patients’ rights cases in French‐speaking Belgian hospitals by the “mediator”, that is, the person who has the legal duty of dealing with grievances arising from the application of this right of complaint. What happens to a patient’s complaint? This is the question that this article attempts to answer through a report on the “local” organization of mediation ser‐ vices within the hospital. It thus clari es the links and divergences between the formal discourses accompanying the implementation of the mediation function in health care on the one hand, and, on the other hand, the actual practices of media‐ tion determined by the work of mediators in the hospital. [less ▲]

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See detailA generic wear prediction procedure based on the Discrete Element Method for ball mill liners in the cement industry
Boemer, Dominik ULg; Ponthot, Jean-Philippe ULg

in Minerals Engineering (2017)

generic procedure to predict the wear evolution of lining surfaces, namely the spatial distribution of wear and the progressive modification of the geometry due to wear, is introduced in the context of ... [more ▼]

generic procedure to predict the wear evolution of lining surfaces, namely the spatial distribution of wear and the progressive modification of the geometry due to wear, is introduced in the context of shell liners in ball mills. The wear data is accumulated on the surface of the liner by 3D discrete element method (DEM) simulations of the ball charge in an axial slice of the mill, which is either closed by a periodic boundary condition or by frictionless end walls. The calibration of this wear data with the measured wear profiles of the shell liner in a 5.8 m diameter industrial cement tube mill shows that the tangential damping energy defined by the linear spring-slider-damper DEM contact law is the best fitting wear model of 6 different models. The gradual update of the liner shape delivers adequate results for liners without an axial height variation, while the accuracy of fully variable geometrical modifications is limited by the computation time. Nevertheless, detailed phenomena, like the creation of grooves in the liner, were for the first time numerically modeled. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimization and validation of a fast Supercritical Fluid Chromatography method for the quantitative determination of vitamin D3 and its related impurities.
Andri, Bertyl ULg; Lebrun, Pierre ULg; Dispas, Amandine ULg et al

in Journal of Chromatography. A (2017)

In the uprising context of green analytical chemistry, Supercritical Fluid Chromatography (SFC) is often suggested as an alternative to Normal Phase Liquid Chromatography. Indeed, SFC provides fast ... [more ▼]

In the uprising context of green analytical chemistry, Supercritical Fluid Chromatography (SFC) is often suggested as an alternative to Normal Phase Liquid Chromatography. Indeed, SFC provides fast, efficient and green separations. In this report, the quantitative performances of SFC were challenged on a real-life case study: the Quality Control (QC) of vitamin D3. A rapid and green SFC method was optimized thanks to the Design of Experiments–Design Space (DoE–DS) methodology. It provided robust and high quality separation of the compounds within a 2 min timeframe, using a gradient of ethanol as co-solvent of the carbon dioxide. The analytical method was fully validated according to the total error approach, demon- strating the compliance of the method to the specifications of U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP: 97.0–103.0%) and European Pharmacopeia (EP: 97.0–102.0%) for an interval of [50–150%] of the target concentration. In order to allow quantification of impurities using vitamin D3 as an external standard in SFC-UV, correction factors were determined and verified during method validation. Thus, accurate quantification of impu- rities was demonstrated at the specified levels (0.1 and 1.0% of the main compound) for a 70.0–130.0% dosing range. This work demonstrates the validity of an SFC method for the QC of vitamin D3 raw material and its application to real samples. Therefore, it supports the switch to a greener and faster separative technique as an alternative to NPLC in the pharmaceutical industry. [less ▲]

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