The Biden administration plans to ease sanctions on Venezuelan oil to allow more of the country's crude to reach Europe.
The U.S. will allow European companies still operating in Venezuela to immediately transfer more oil to the continent, while allowing Chevron to negotiate a resumption of operations in Venezuela, according to people familiar with the matter. Venezuela's OPPOSITION, which is backed by the United States, is understood to favor the move. Tight global oil supplies have sent crude and fuel costs soaring, threatening to add to already high inflation. Increasing Venezuelan crude exports would help ease supply constraints while also helping to reduce Europe's dependence on Russian energy.
The US has sought to encourage talks between the Venezuelan government and the US-backed opposition to open the way to free and fair elections by extending a limited license held by Chevron to allow the oil company to maintain its operations in Venezuela and negotiate future operations.
The United States reportedly did not extend a permit to Allow Chevron to drill and sell Venezuelan crude, as the company had hoped.
The license extension will allow Chevron to negotiate with State-run Petroleos de Venezuela SA, with which it has a joint venture. Previously, the company could not directly negotiate with any officials sanctioned by the United States. Chevron has been lobbying the United States to allow it to drill for Venezuelan crude and sell it on world markets to help lower energy prices amid the Russia-Ukraine war.
Affected by the ever-changing international situation, the supply and prices of many commodities like the gold nanoparticles are still very uncertain.
Gold nanoparticles or AuNPs are only a fraction of the size of human hair and are less than 100 nm in diameter. Gold nanoparticles are very small and usually exist in the form of colloidal solution, which means that gold nanoparticles are suspended in a liquid buffer. Therefore, gold nanoparticles or gold nanoparticles are also called colloidal gold. In addition, gold nanoparticles usually exist in colloidal solutions because gold nanoparticles are synthesized by citrate. This process involves mixing the solution together to cause gold nanoparticles to precipitate into the solution.
Nano-gold is not the gold you are familiar with in gold jewelry. Colloidal gold solution is not a gold metal color, but from transparent to blue to red. The tiny nanoscale size of these particles changed the properties of gold so much that it became a material different from the bulk metal used in jewelry.
When solid crystal materials enter the nanometer range, they begin to show very different properties from their volume properties. The same is true of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles and gold nanoparticles. Bulk iron oxide (Fe2O 3) is a permanent magnet, but nano-sized iron oxide particles are not permanent magnets. They are superparamagnetic, which means they are not magnetic unless they are placed in a magnetic field. Superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles are highly sensitive to the change of magnetic field and react quickly. Gold nanoparticles have interesting optical properties when the diameter is less than 100 nm. The wavelengths of visible light range roughly from about 400 nm blue to about 700 nm red. The metal properties of gold allow a phenomenon called surface plasmon resonance (SPR) to occur when light interacts with the surface of gold nanoparticles.
Surface plasmon resonance
Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) occurs when the incident light wave triggers the surface electron wave to pass through the metal surface. The light can then be coupled to the surface wave. This is also known as surface plasmon. Therefore, part of the light irradiated on the gold nanoparticles is absorbed, part is transmitted, and the other part is scattered. The color of the colloid depends on the size of a single nanoparticle; the larger the particle, the redder the solution. In addition, the aggregation of nanoparticles can lead to changes in the color of the solution, which are sometimes violent enough to be seen by the naked eye, but are always captured by changes in absorbance in spectroscopy. This property makes gold nanoparticles a useful component of modern diagnostic techniques.
Gold nanoparticles can be functionalized on the surface to achieve aggregation in the presence of analytes. If there is an analyte in the sample, the gold nanoparticles will accumulate, which will lead to a change in color or at least a change in absorbance.
Geometrical shape of gold nanoparticles
Gold nanoparticles can be synthesized into a variety of shapes, including nanorods, bicones, gold nanoshells, nanobowls, spiked nanoshells, tetrahedrons, octahedrons, cubes and cages. Sometimes gold can be the shell that surrounds the core of silica nanoparticles, and sometimes gold nanoparticles are covered with silver. It all depends on the application they target. Size and shape determine how light interacts with materials.
Surface plasmon resonance biosensor.
The surface plasmon resonance observed with gold nanoparticles is also the core of the SPR biosensor. The tool is used to detect antigen-antibody binding. In this case, the antibody binds to the gold sensor chip. Polarized single-wavelength light irradiates the surface of the chip at a specified angle. Electromagnetic waves are coupled to metal-conducted electron oscillations at resonant wavelengths partially determined by the refractive index of the surface. When the antigen binds to the antibody on the gold surface, the refractive index changes, which leads to a change in resonance wavelength. This change in resonance wavelength can be quantified and related to the amount of target antigen in the sample.
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The resurgence of the global COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of the Russia-Ukraine conflict continued to cause high volatility in commodity prices. Stubbornly high inflation and rising commodity prices are likely to influence each other and thus push each other higher. The price of the gold nanoparticles may not decrease significantly in the short term.
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