Jay S Huebner

Professor Emeritus • Visiting Research Professor

Physics • College of Arts & Sciences

Areas of Expertise

   Dr. Huebner currently focuses mostly on Photo-Electric Contact Sensors, which have proven capabilities for detecting over 100 chemicals in environmental, industrial and sea waters, and the atmosphere, and Photo-Electric Microbe Sensors, which have proven capabilities for detecting over 20 types of bacteria and viruses in various aqueous solution. He is starting a company, North Florida Scientific, LCC, to facilitate commercializing sensing produces based on the patents identified below.

   Research Gate lists 84 publications for Dr. Huebner, many of which are notes on teaching physics. A list of perhaps 50 are given below including research publications and 5 US patents. Some of them can be found on Research Gate at http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jay_Huebner. Others [ mostly less technical teaching notes] can be found [and copied from] the UNF Digital Commons, http://digitalcommons.unf.edu/aphy_facpub/.

   Dr. Huebner continues to do laboratory based research, which deals with issues concerning commercializing the photo electric contact sensors as well presenting as lecture on these topics and occasionally on Astronomy and Space Technology, such as Asteroids and Comets, their impacts on earth, the Colonization of Space, electric power for Earth from orbiting satellites, and a possible colonial era [1564] asteroid impact in Jacksonville which may have created a basin [the crater?] now called Round Marsh, a feature in the Theodore Roosevelt Area of a local National Park. 

Education

B.S. from Kansas State University in Electrical Engineering,

M.S. from San Diego State University in Nuclear Physics,

Ph.D. from the University of California - Riverside in Solid State and Surface Physics.

   Post-Docs [additional training]

in Membrane Biophysics at Michigan State University,

in Photo-bio-chemistry at the National Naval Medical Center,

in Membrane Photo-chemistry at the School of Chemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology,

in Bio-membrane Photo-chemistry at Osnabrueck University [Germany] as a Senior Fulbright Scholar, and

in Optics and Observational Astronomy at the Keck Observatory, Hawaii.

Biography

Dr. Huebner has Industrial experience as an electrical engineer in the petrochemical industry [Phillips Petroleum Co., Bartlesville OK]; in the aerospace industry [working on the Atlas rocket system for General Dynamics Astronautics [in San Diego CA] which is still manufactured and used for as a launch vehicle; as a Research and Development Scientist in the electronics component manufacturing industry [Bourns, Inc., Riverside CA]; in forensics consulting on about 50 cases [for multiple lawyers in practice in Jacksonville FL]; in academic positions as a founding faculty member of UNF, including assistant, associate, Professor, Visiting Research Professor and Professor Emeritus all in Physics, Interim Chair of Electrical Engineering, Technical Director of the Traffic Enforcement Technology Laboratory [for UNF's Institute of Police Technology and Management], and as the ad hoc leader of the Sensors Group [www.sensorsgroup.com], which has been funded for over $ 5 M by several agencies of the Department of Defense in the years from 2004 to 2012. 

Dr. Huebner was a founding faculty member at UNF. The chair of the search committee which hired him, indicated they desired a faculty member who had a PhD in Physics, could teach Electronics and Biophysics. A good match for the skill set presented in 1972.

Awards

Dr. Huebner was a founding science faculty member at the then [1972] new university, UNF; he was the first UNF faculty member to have been awarded a major federal grants [from the National Institutes of Health, while at UNF]. He was the second to be awarded the UNF University Distinguished Professor title. He was awarded a Senior Fulbright Scholar Award to study Biophysics in Germany; he was a Tour Speaker for the American Chemical Society for over two decades; he was UNF's Electrical Engineering Professor of the Year [in 1994], he is co-inventor of photo-electric contact sensors, for which US patents # 7354770, # 7892495, # 7930923, # 8354647, # 8440145, have been awarded. Additional work in progress may result in additional patents. Those currently awarded can be retrieved in full by searching the patent numbers listed on the Internet.

Affiliations

Currently Dr. Huebner is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Chemical Society, and the Northeast Florida Astronomical Society. Previous memberships include, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Society of Aerospace Materials and Process Engineers, the American Institute of Physics, the American Association of Physics Teachers, plus the Editorial Board of The Physics Teacher magazine [1979-1982], the Florida Academy of Science, the L-5 Society [founding member] and its successor, the National Space Society; the Biophysics Society; the American Association for Photo-Biology; the American Association of Biology Teachers; the Council on Undergraduate Research, and Sigma Xi.

Grants and Contracts Awarded

Briefly more than 20 grants awarded to Dr. Huebner while at UNF with over $ 5 million awarded in the last 8 years. These have been in two major categories, Basic Research on Surfaces of Membranes and Electrodes, and Research and Development of Sensor Devices based on discoveries made in the basic research mentioned just above, with the goal of commercialization photo-electric contact sensors, which include chemical, microbial and other types of sensors. These sensor feature sensing multiple analytes with low cost hand-held devices in less than 60 seconds. Many different analytes dispersed in the atmosphere or a variety of water types [fresh, brackish, salt waters, etc.] with many analytes being sensed simultaneously. Some details are indicated by the grants and paper titles below. General inquiries are invited to jhuebn@unf.edu [an e-mail that is planned to be maintained in perpetuity.]

    Grants for Basic Research on Membranes and Sensors
1. Membrane Research: Photo-Electric Membrane Probes; National Institutes of Health, GM 23250, Huebner [PI], 1976-79 and 1982-85.
2. Photo-Voltages from Silver Bromide Membranes, Huebner [PI], Eastman Kodak Company, 1980-1981.
3. Basic Research on Membrane Photo-Chemistry, Huebner [PI], National Naval Medical Center 1981.
4. Acid-Base Chemistry at Membrane Surfaces, Huebner [PI], Research Corporation, 1984-85.

5. Equipment Grant for Membrane Research, Huebner, Apply Education Foundation, 1985

6. Acid-Base Studies on Membrane Surfaces, Huebner [PI], American Chemical Society, Petroleum Research Fund, 1986-87.

7. Basic Research on Membrane Photo-chemistry, Huebner, Senior Fulbright Award, Osnabrueck Universitaet, Germany, 1988.

8. Photo-Electric Effects from Membranes, Huebner [PI], UNF Summer Research Support from the Provost, 1998.

9. Photo-Electric Biological and Chemical Sensors, Huebner [PI] and Arrieta, NASA – Florida Space Grant Consortium, 2000-2002.

    Grants for Sensor Research and Development
10. Chemically Imprinted Photo-electric Sensors for Detecting Pathogenic Bacteria, Huebner [PI] NASA – Florida Space Grant Consortium 1998-99.
11. Photo-Electric Biological and Chemical Sensors, Huebner (PI) and Arrieta, NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium; 2000 - 2002.
12. Aquatic Real-time Monitoring System, Alexander, Chalk (PI), Huebner, Patel, Center for Biol. Defense (USF), 2002 to 2003.
13. Rapid Response Sensor Networks for Multiple Applications, DOD, Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (US Army), Alexander, Bowers, Chalk, Huebner (PI) and Patel, 2004 to 2006.
14. Rapid Response Sensor Networks for Multiple Applications-II, DOD, Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (US Army), Alexander, Bowers, Chalk, Huebner (PI), and Patel, 2005 to 2007.
15. Advancing Chemical Sensor Science and Technology, DOD, Office of Naval Research, Bowers, Chen, Chalk, Gasparov (co-PI), Huebner (co-PI), Lufaso, and Patel, 2005 to 2007.
16. Rapid Response Sensor Networks for Multiple Applications-III, DOD, Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (US Army), Bowers, Chalk, Huebner (PI), Lufaso, and Patel, 2007 to 2009.
17. Sensor Arrays for Multiple Applications, DOD, Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (US Army), Bowers, Choi, Cox, Huebner (PI), Lufaso, Patel, 2009 to 2011.
18. Methanol Sensor (Sub-Contract) from Dr. Fletcher’s CERDEC (Communications-Electronics Research, Development, and Engineering Center) grant, Militarized Direct Methanol Fuel Cells, 2010: Huebner, Stadelmaier and Emanuel, 2010.
19. Group A funding for “Gas, Vapor and Particulate Sensors of Air Quality,” 2011 to 2012.

Publications & Presentations

    Selected Refereed Publications, as of Nov. 2013     

1. A Proportioning Temperature Controller Using Thyristors, J. S. Huebner & L. J. Bruner, Journal of Scientific Instruments 1, 2 (1968) 1128-1130.

2. A Simple Coaxial Feedthrough, J. S. Huebner & L. J. Bruner, Review of Scientific Instruments 40 (1969) 598.

3. Electrically Conducting Glass Fibers, J. D. Provance & J. S. Huebner, Journal of the American Ceramic Society 54 (1971) 147-151.

4. Dielectrophoretic Precipitation of Silver Bromide Suspension, C. S. Chen, H. A. Pohl, J. S. Huebner & L. J. Bruner, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 37 (1971) 354-63.

5. Complex Formation and Photoreduction Processes in Sulphur Doped Silver Bromide, J. S. Huebner & L. J. Bruner, Zeitschrift für Naturferschung 26a (1971) 1860-4.

6. The Electrical Conductance of Pure and Doped Silver Bromide Membranes in Aqueous Solutions, J. S. Huebner & L. J. Bruner, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 40 (1972) 383-7.

7. Apparatus for Measuring the Dynamic Current-Voltage Characteristics of Membranes, J. S. Huebner & L. J. Bruner, Journal of Physics E: Scientific Instruments 5 (1972) 310-2.

8. Electrical Transients of a Chloroplast Bimolecular Lipid Membrane Elicited by Light Flashes, J. S. Huebner & H. T. Tien, Biochimica et Biophysica Acta 256 (1972) 300-6.

9. The Residual Energy and Stopping Power of Po 210 Alpha Particles in Air, C02 and He, J. S. Huebner & L. L. Skolil, American Journal of Physics 40 (1972) 1177-8.

10. Quenched Fluorescence of Chlorophyll Bilayer Lipid Membranes, J. S. Huebner, J. of Membrane Biology 8 (1972) 403-4.

11. An Analysis of Flash Induced Electrical Transients of a BLM Containing Chloroplast Lamella Extracts, J. S. Huebner & H. T. Tien, Journal of Membrane Biology 11 (1973) 57-74.

12. Large Amplitude Photo-Voltage Transients of BLM in the Presence of Chlorophyllin, J. S. Huebner & H. T. Tien, Journal of Bioenergetics 4 (1973) 469-78.

13. Storage Oscilloscopes in the Modern Physics Laboratory, J. S. Huebner & J. T. Humphries, American Journal of Physics 42 (1974) 870-876.

14. Photo-Voltages of Bilayer Lipid Membranes in the Presence of Cyanine Dyes, J. S. Huebner, Biochimica et Biophysica Acta 406 (1975) 178-86.

15. Comments of the Frank-Hertz Experiment, J. S. Huebner, American Journal of Physics 44 (1976) 302-303.

16. Diffracting X-Rays with Photographic Film, J. J. Allen & J. S. Huebner, Journal of Chemical Education 54 (1977) 751.

17. Cyanine Dye Structural and Voltage-Induced Variations in Photo-Voltages of Bilayer Membranes, J. S. Huebner, Journal of Membrane Biology 39 (1978) 97-132.

18. Lipid and Salt Effects on Carbocyanine Dye Induced Photo-Voltages in Bilayer Membranes, J. A. Baker, J. R. Duchek, R. L. Hooper, R. J. Koftan & J. S. Huebner, Biochimica et Biophysica Acta 553 (1979) 1-10.

19. Apparatus for Recording Light Flash Induced Membrane Voltage Transients with 10 ns Resolution, J. S. Huebner, Photochemistry and Photobiology 30 (1979) 233-42.

20. Voltage Transients from Photo-Isomerizing Azo Dye in Bilayer Membranes, J. R. Duchek & J. S. Huebner, Biophysical Journal 27 (1979) 317-21.

21. Teaching About the Colonization of Space, J. S. Huebner, American Journal of Physics 47 (1979) 228-231.

22. Current Pulse-induced Voltage Variations in Bilayer Membranes, J. S. Huebner, Biophysical J. 31 (1980) 279-84.

23. Erythrosin and pH Induced Photo-Voltages in Bilayer Membranes, W. E. Varnadore, Jr., R. T. Arrieta, J. R. Duchek & J. S. Huebner, Journal of Membrane Biology 65 (1982) 147-53.

24. The Quantum Efficiency of Dye-Induced Photoelectric Effects in Bilayer Membranes, J. S. Huebner & W. E. Varnadore, Jr., Photochemistry and Photobiology 35 (1982) 141-8.

25. Aromatic Amino Acids and Ultraviolet Induced Photo-Electric Effects in Bilayer Membranes, J. S. Huebner, R. T. Arrieta & D. B. Millar, Photochemistry and Photobiology 35 (1982) 467-71.

26. Photo-electric Effects in Bilayer Membranes: Electrometers and Voltage Clamps Compared, J. S. Huebner, R. T. Arrieta, I. C. Arrieta & P. M. Pachori, Photochemistry and Photobiology 39 (1984) 191-8.

27. Photoelectric Effects from Chlorophyll-a in Bilayer Membranes, R. T. Arrieta, I. C. Arrieta, P. M. Pachori, A. E. Popp & J. S. Huebner, Photochemistry & Photobiology 42 (1985) 1-8.

28. Observing Electrical Transients with Multimeters, J. S. Huebner, American Journal of Physics 54 (1986) 1150-1152.

29. Thermal Switch Oscillators, J. S. Huebner, American Journal of Physics 55 (1987) 954-955.

30. The Smoke Test, J. S. Huebner, The Physics Teacher 23 (1987) 152-153

31. Photoelectric Effects in Lipid Bilayer Membranes: A Pedagogical Review, J. S. Huebner, A. E. Popp & K. R. Williams, Journal of Chemical Education 65 (1988) 102-8.

32. Explaining Airfoil Lift in Introductory Physics, J. S. Huebner & S. Jagannathan, American Journal of Physics 56 (1988) 855-856.

33. Acrylamide Quenching of Tryptophan Photochemistry and Photophysics, D. H. Tallmadge, J. S. Huebner & R. F. Borkman, Photochemistry and Photobiology 49 (1989) 381-6.

34. Partially Blocking Converging Lenses, J. S. Huebner, The Physics Teacher 27 (1989) 43.

35. Multi-Ball Collisions, J. S. Huebner & T. L. Smith, The Physics Teacher 30 (1992) 46-47.

36. How Does Light Absorption Depend on Molecular Size?, L. B. Light, J. S. Huebner & R. A. Vergenz, Journal of Chemical Education 71 (1994) 105-8.

37. Why Magnification Works, J. S. Huebner & T. L. Smith, The Physics Teacher 32 (1994) 102-103.

38. Astronomy Matters for Chemistry Teachers, J. S. Huebner, R. A. Vergenz & T. L. Smith, Journal of Chemical Education 73 (1996) 1073-1076.

39. Basic Astronomy Labs, J. S. Huebner, M. D. Reynolds, & T. L. Smith, Prentice-Hall, 1996, ISBN 0-13-376336-6.  A pdf of this book, in different parts, can be obtained from copying "http://digitalcommons.unf.edu/aphy_facpub/" into your browser. 

40. Remote Controls for Infrared Experiments, J. S. Huebner & N. Sundaralingam, American Journal of Physics, 66 (1998) 544-547.

41. Micro-rockets for the classroom, J. S. Huebner, A.S. Fletcher, J. A. Cato, & J. A. Barrett, American Journal of Physics, 67 (1999)1031-1032.

42. Projecting Chromatic Aberrations, J. S. Huebner, D. Gibbs & P. Ryan, American Journal of Physics, 68, (2000) 103-104.

43. Photo-electric Chemical and Biological Sensors, R. T. Arrieta & J. S. Huebner, Chemical and Biological Sensing, Proceedings of SPIE, 4036 (2000) 132-142.

44. Sensing Device and Method Using Photo-Induced Charge Movements, J. Huebner & R. Arrieta, US Patent # 7,354,770, filed November 2001.

45. Sensing device and method using photo-induced charge movements, J. Huebner & R. Arrieta, US Patent # 8,440,145, filed 29 Feb. 2008.

46. Photoelectric Chemical Sensor and Sensing Method Utilizing Interfacial Photo-Voltages, J. Huebner and R. Arrieta, US Patent # 8,354,647, filed 7 April 2008.

47. Sensing Device and Method for Rapidly Determining Concentrations of Microbial Organisms Using Interfacial Photo-Voltages, J. Huebner, D. Bowers and E. Mejia, US Patent # 7,892,495, filed July 2008.

48. Odor Sensing with Indium Tin Oxide Thin Films on Quartz Crystal Microbalance, N. Patel, J. Huebner, J. Saredy & B. Stadelmaier, Sensors & Transducers Journal 91 (2008) 116-126.

49. Quartz crystal microbalance with nanocrystalline oxide semiconductor thin films and method of detecting vapors and odors including alcoholic beverages, explosive materials and volatilized chemical compounds, N. Patel, J. Huebner, J. Saredy & B. Stadelmaier, US Patent # 7,930,923,filed April 2009.

50. Sensing Device and Method for Rapidly Determining Concentrations of Microbial Organisms Using Interfacial Photo-Voltages, J. Huebner, D. Bowers and E. Mejia, US Patent # 7,892,495, filed July 2008.

51. Quartz crystal microbalance with nanocrystalline oxide semiconductor thin films and method of detecting vapors and odors including alcoholic beverages, explosive materials and volatilized chemical compounds, N. Patel, J. Huebner, J. Saredy and B. Stadelmaier, US Patent # 7,930,923, filed April 2009.

52. Using Single-Molecule Magnets as Analyte-Recognition Compounds in Photo-Electric Chemical Sensors: Recent Results from [Mn12O12(O2CCH3)16(H2O)4]•2CH3COOH•4H2O, and [Mn12O12(O2CPh)16(H2O)4], Joseph D Henthorn; Netra Mishra; Christopher D Haun; Ana L Castro; Hunter G Douglas; Brian Stadelmaier; Jay S. Huebner; & Christos Lampropoulos, Polyhedron 53 (2012) 62-64.

53. Streptococcal Protein G Enhances Antibody Binding to Platinum Sensor Surfaces, M. E. Stephens, T. N. Ellis, J. S. Huebner & D. F. Bowers, Submitted 2013.

    Selected Presentations from 1998 to 2003 [Keeping lists of all of the presentations given became burdensome, so it was stopped to allow more time for giving them rather than keeping such lists.]    

The Impact of Asteroids, Joe Berg Seminar, Museum of Science and History, Jan. 26, 1998.
Astronomical Discoveries, Community in the Classroom, UNF Arena, organized by UNF’s Institutional Advancement, April 1, 1998.
Intro. to the Colonization of Space, Auburn Sec. American Chemical Society (ACS), Auburn, AL, April 8, 1998.
Photo-Electric Effects from Membranes, Analytical Chemistry Seminar, Auburn University, April 9, 1998.
Photo-Electric Effects from Membranes, Analytical Chemistry Seminar, Florida State University, April 23, 1998.
States of Matter and Rockets, a college experience for junior high students from Northwestern Middle School (school # 155, Jacksonville), two presentations, April 30, 1998.
Colonizing Space, International Baccalaureate Conference, UNF, June 20, 1998.
Science and Engineering in the 21st Century, Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville, June 28, 1998.
A Crash Course on Collisions, Jacksonville Area Physics Teachers Association, Sept. 24, 1998.
Colonizing Space, Northwest Florida Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Pensacola, FL, Christmas meeting, Dec. 4, 1998.
Recent Discoveries in Astronomy, Jacksonville sect., Daughters of the American Revolution, Jan. 14, 1999.
Science and Engineering in the 21st Century, Earth Kinship Conference, UNF, Feb. 5, 1999.
Astronomy from a Sailing Ship, schooner Voyager, sailing from Fernandina Beach, FL, June 9, 1999,
The Colonization of Space, presented on The Chat Room, WZNZ, 1460 AM (radio), Sept. 13, 1999.
The Colonization of Space, Cottey College, Nevada, MO, Oct. 25, 1999.
Light Initiated Charge Movements in Membranes, UNF Physics seminar, Nov. 12, 1999.
The Leonids and Comet Dust, on “90 in the shade”, WJCT Stereo 90, Nov. 16 and 17, 1999.
The Temple-Tuttle Comet and the Leonid Meteors, WTLV, Channel 12, 11 O’Clock News, Nov. 17, 1999.
The Colonization of Space, Joe Berg Seminar, MOSH, Jacksonville, FL, Feb. 1, 2000 ,
Astronomy Matters for Chemistry Teachers, Clinton Community College, Clinton, Iowa, Feb. 7, 2000.
Astronomical Discoveries, Urbana/Champaign ACS Section, Urbana, Illinois, Feb. 8, 2000.
Light Induced Charge Movements in Membranes, Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, Feb. 9, 2000.
The Colonization of Space, Knox College, Galesberg, Illinois, Feb. 9, 2000.
Astronomy Matters for Chemistry Teachers, Rockford College, Rockford, Illinois, Feb. 10, 2000.
Photo-induced Charge Displacements in Membranes and Interfaces, Univ. of Louisville, Kentucky, Feb. 11, 2000.
The Impact of Asteroids, University of North Carolina, Asheville, Feb. 16, 2000.
The Colonization of Space, Math/Stat Club, University of North Florida, March 22, 2000.
The Colonization of Space, Edward Waters College, Jacksonville, March 23, 2000.
Photo-electric chemical and biological sensors, with Rudy Arrieta, SPIE meeting, April 25,2000, Orlando.
Astronomy Matters for Chemistry Teachers, ACS Section, Jacksonville, FL, May 18, 2000.
The Colonization of Space, West Riverside Elementary School, May, 2000.
The Colonization of Space, First Coast Free Thought Society, Jacksonville, FL, July 10, 2000.
The Colonization of Space, fourth grade assembly, West Riverside Elementary School, Jax, FL, May 18, 2000,
Astronomical Discoveries, ninth grade assembly, Twin Lakes Academy, Jacksonville, FL, Sept. 21, 2000.
Demonstrations for Teaching Physics, Student Physics Society of UNF, Sept., Oct., & Nov. 2000 meetings
Colonizing Outer Space, Brandeis University National Women’s Committee, Jacksonville, FL, Nov. 14, 2000.
Astronomical Discoveries, Joe Berg Seminar at MOSH, Jacksonville, FL, Jan. 23, 2001.
The Colonization of Space, Nease High School International Baccalaureate student assembly, March 15, 2001.
Astronomical Discoveries, Orange Dale Community Center, FL, May 10, 2001.
Introduction to Engineering, FAMU Engineering Technology Program, Florida Community College Jacksonville, Downtown campus, May 24, 2001.
Leadership in Space: An Industrial Moon?, Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville, July 1, 2001.
Lunar Developments: An Industrial Moon?, Natural Sciences Seminar, UNF, Sept. 7, 2001.
Astronomical Discoveries, Jacksonville Free Thought Society, Jacksonville FL, Sept. 10, 2001.
Photoelectric Sensors, Natural Sciences Seminar, UNF, Oct. 19, 2001.
Light-induced Charge Movements at Interfaces, Ferrum College, Ferrum, VA, Oct. 14, 2002.
The Impact of Asteroids, ACS meeting, Ferrum, College, Ferrum, VA, Oct. 14, 2002.
The Colonization of Space, ACS meeting, Winston-Salem, NC, Oct. 15, 2002.
The Impact of Asteroids, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, Oct. 16, 2002.
Astronomy Matters for Chemistry Teachers, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA, Oct. 17, 2002.
The Impact of Asteroids, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, VA, Oct. 18, 2002.
Astronomical Discoveries, St. Matthew’s Catholic School (Jax, FL), 6, 7 and 8th grade assembly, Feb. 21, 2003.
The Colonization of Space, Univ. Alaska, Anchorage, joint ACS meeting, Sept. 22, 2003.
The Impact of Asteroids, University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK, Sept. 24, 2003.
The Colonization of Space , University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK, Sept. 24, 2003.
The Impact of Asteroids, ACS section meeting, planetarium, Juneau, AK, Sept. 25, 2003.
The Evolution of the Universe, Natural Sciences Seminar UNF, Nov. 14, 2003.
 

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