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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351007/catalytic-role-of-iron-in-the-formation-of-silver-nanoparticles-in-photo-irradiated-ag-dissolved-organic-matter-solution
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Yongguang Yin, Dan Han, Chao Tai, Zhiqiang Tan, Xiaoxia Zhou, Sujuan Yu, Jingfu Liu, Guibin Jiang
Photo-reduction of Ag(+) to silver nanoparticle (AgNPs) by dissolved organic matter (DOM) is a possible source of naturally occurring AgNPs. However, how this photo-reduction process is influenced by ubiquitous metal ions is still not well understood. In addition, in previous studies, the formation of AgNPs in DOM solution was usually monitored by UV-Vis spectroscopy, and there is still lack of quantitative analysis for the formed AgNPs. In the present study, the role of Fe(2+)/Fe(3+) at environmental concentration level on this photochemical process was investigated, and the enhanced formation of AgNPs by Fe(2+)/Fe(3+) was probed and quantified by using UV-Vis spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and liquid chromatography-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry...
March 25, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350957/ion-diffusion-within-water-films-in-unsaturated-porous-media
#2
Tetsu K Tokunaga, Stefan Finsterle, Yongman Kim, Jiamin Wan, Antonio Lanzirotti, Matthew Newville
Diffusion is important in controlling local solute transport and reactions in unsaturated soils and geologic formations. Although it is commonly assumed that thinning of water films controls solute diffusion at low water contents, transport under these conditions is not well understood. We conducted experiments in quartz sands at low volumetric water contents (θ) to quantify ion diffusion within adsorbed films. At the lowest water contents, we employed fixed relative humidities to control water films at nm thicknesses...
March 28, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350546/comparing-stochastic-proton-interactions-simulated-using-topas-nbio-to-experimental-data-from-fluorescent-nuclear-track-detectors
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T S A Underwood, W Sung, C H McFadden, S J McMahon, D C Hall, A L McNamara, H Paganetti, G O Sawakuchi, J Schuemann
Whilst Monte Carlo (MC) simulations of proton energy deposition have been well-validated at the macroscopic level, their microscopic validation remains lacking. Equally, no gold-standard yet exists for experimental metrology of individual proton tracks. In this work we compare the distributions of stochastic proton interactions simulated using the TOPAS-nBio MC platform against confocal microscope data for Al2O3:C,Mg fluorescent nuclear track detectors (FNTDs). We irradiated [Formula: see text] mm(3) FNTD chips inside a water phantom, positioned at seven positions along a pristine proton Bragg peak with a range in water of 12 cm...
April 21, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350432/functionalized-porous-aromatic-framework-for-efficient-uranium-adsorption-from-aqueous-solutions
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Baiyan Li, Qi Sun, Yiming Zhang, Carter W Abney, Briana Aguila, Wenbin Lin, Shengqian Ma
In this work we demonstrate the successful functionalization of a porous aromatic framework for uranium extraction from water as exemplified by grafting PAF-1 with the uranyl chelating amidoxime group. The resultant amidoxime-functionalized PAF-1 (PAF-1-CH2AO) exhibits a high uranium uptake capacity of over 300 mg∙g-1 and effectively reduces the uranyl concentration from 4.1 ppm to less than 1.0 ppb in aqueous solutions within 90 min, well below the acceptable limit of 30 ppb set by the US Environmental Protection Agency...
March 28, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346902/in-situ-synthesis-of-cobalt-ferrites-embedded-hollow-n-doped-carbon-as-an-outstanding-catalyst-for-elimination-of-organic-pollutants
#5
Tao Zeng, Mingdong Yu, Haiyan Zhang, Zhiqiao He, Xiaole Zhang, Jianmeng Chen, Shuang Song
Using polydopamine-metal ions complex as precursor, hollow mesoporous N-doped carbon microspheres encapsulating spinel ferrites nanocrystals (HM-NC/CoFe2O4) were facilely prepared with the aim of creating a novel heterogeneous catalyst for sulfate radical-based oxidation of organic contaminants. The surface morphology, structure and composition of HM-NC/CoFe2O4 catalyst were thoroughly investigated. The applicability of the catalyst was systematically assessed through numerous controlled trials, several operating parameters, as well as different model pollutants by means of peroxymonosulfate (PMS) activation...
March 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346827/effects-of-cerium-oxide-and-ferrocene-nanoparticles-addition-as-fuel-borne-catalysts-on-diesel-engine-particulate-emissions-environmental-and-health-implications
#6
Zhi-Hui Zhang, Rajasekhar Balasubramanian
This study systematically examined the potential impacts of doping CeO2 and Fe(C5H5)2 nanoparticles as fuel-borne catalysts (FBCs) to ultralow sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel on the physical, chemical and toxicological characteristics of diesel particulate matter (DPM). The FBCs-doped fuels are effective in promoting soot oxidation and reducing the DPM mass emissions, but lead to a significant increase in the total particle counts due to the formation of self-nucleated metallic nanoparticles. Compared to undoped ULSD, the FBCs-doped fuels result in higher concentrations of particle-phase polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and n-alkanes, higher fractions of organic carbon (OC) and water-soluble organic carbon (WSOC) in particles, show slight alterations in soot nanostructure, reduce soot ignition temperature and activation energy...
March 27, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346559/mechanism-of-degradation-of-a-nitrogenous-heterocycle-induced-by-a-reductive-radical-decomposition-of-a-sym-triazine-ring
#7
Gengxin Lyu, Guosheng Shi, Liang Tang, Haiping Fang, Minghong Wu
Cyanuric acid is a major component of many materials and chemicals, and is the most important intermediate in the degradation processes of sym-triazine compounds in the natural environment, as well as being used for water treatment. However, the degradation mechanism of cyanuric acid is still unclear in various advanced oxidation processes (AOPs), where ˙OH is usually regarded as the dominant radical. Here, using a combination of density functional theory calculations and experimental observations, we unexpectedly show that the sym-triazine ring structure is broken efficiently by reductive free radicals - hydrogen radicals (˙H), rather than traditional ˙OH...
March 27, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346542/unusual-behaviour-of-phototrophic-picoplankton-in-turbid-waters
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Boglárka Somogyi, Károly Pálffy, Katalin V-Balogh, Zoltán Botta-Dukát, Lajos Vörös
Autotrophic picoplankton (APP) abundance and contribution to phytoplankton biomass was studied in Hungarian shallow lakes to test the effect of inorganic turbidity determining the size distribution of the phytoplankton. The studied lakes displayed wide turbidity (TSS: 4-2250 mg l-1) and phytoplankton biomass (chlorophyll a: 1-460 μg l-1) range, as well as APP abundance (0 and 100 million cells ml-1) and contribution (0-100%) to total phytoplankton biomass. Inorganic turbidity had a significant effect on the abundance and contribution of APP, resulting in higher values compared to other freshwater lakes with the same phytoplankton biomass...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346499/a-farm-level-precision-land-management-framework-based-on-integer-programming
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Qi Li, Guiping Hu, Talukder Zaki Jubery, Baskar Ganapathysubramanian
Farmland management involves several planning and decision making tasks including seed selection and irrigation management. A farm-level precision farmland management model based on mixed integer linear programming is proposed in this study. Optimal decisions are designed for pre-season planning of crops and irrigation water allocation. The model captures the effect of size and shape of decision scale as well as special irrigation patterns. The authors illustrate the model with a case study on a farm in the state of California in the U...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346473/oral-administration-of-bifidobacterium-bifidum-g9-1-alleviates-rotavirus-gastroenteritis-through-regulation-of-intestinal-homeostasis-by-inducing-mucosal-protective-factors
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Tomohiro Kawahara, Yutaka Makizaki, Yosuke Oikawa, Yoshiki Tanaka, Ayako Maeda, Masaki Shimakawa, Satoshi Komoto, Kyoko Moriguchi, Hiroshi Ohno, Koki Taniguchi
Human rotavirus (RV) infection is a leading cause of dehydrating diarrhea in infants and young children worldwide. Since therapeutic approaches to RV gastroenteritis are limited to alleviation of dehydration with oral rehydration solutions, more direct approaches to palliate symptoms of RV gastroenteritis are required. Treatments with probiotics have been increasingly recognized as alternative safe and low cost treatments for moderate infectious diarrhea. In this study, Bifidobacterium bifidum G9-1 (BBG9-1), which has been used as an intestinal drug for several decades, was shown to have a remarkable protective effect against RV gastroenteritis in a suckling mice model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346357/comparison-of-the-in-vivo-biotransformation-of-two-emerging-estrogenic-contaminants-bp2-and-bps-in-zebrafish-embryos-and-adults
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Vincent Le Fol, François Brion, Anne Hillenweck, Elisabeth Perdu, Sandrine Bruel, Selim Aït-Aïssa, Jean-Pierre Cravedi, Daniel Zalko
Zebrafish embryo assays are increasingly used in the toxicological assessment of endocrine disruptors. Among other advantages, these models are 3R-compliant and are fit for screening purposes. Biotransformation processes are well-recognized as a critical factor influencing toxic response, but major gaps of knowledge exist regarding the characterization of functional metabolic capacities expressed in zebrafish. Comparative metabolic studies between embryos and adults are even scarcer. Using ³H-labeled chemicals, we examined the fate of two estrogenic emerging contaminants, benzophenone-2 (BP2) and bisphenol S (BPS), in 4-day embryos and adult zebrafish...
March 25, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346338/smartfluo-a-method-and-affordable-adapter-to-measure-chlorophyll-a-fluorescence-with-smartphones
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Anna Friedrichs, Julia Anke Busch, Hendrik Jan van der Woerd, Oliver Zielinski
In order to increase the monitoring capabilities of inland and coastal waters, there is a need for new, affordable, sensitive and mobile instruments that could be operated semi-automatically in the field. This paper presents a prototype device to measure chlorophyll a fluorescence: the SmartFluo. The device is a combination of a smartphone offering an intuitive operation interface and an adapter implying a cuvette holder, as well as a suitable illumination source. SmartFluo is based on stimulated fluorescence of water constituents such as chlorophyll a...
March 25, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345927/stable-superwetting-meshes-for-on-demand-separation-of-immiscible-oil-water-mixtures-and-emulsions
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Mingming Liu, Yuanyuan Hou, Jing Li, Zhiguang Guo
Oil-water separation is of great importance for the treatment of oily wastewater, including immiscible light/heavy oil-water mixtures, oil-in-water or water-in-oil emulsions. Recently, interfacial materials (especially filtration membranes) with special wettability have been broadly developed to solve the environmental problems by virtue of their advantages in energy saving, high flux and good selectivity. However, the given wetting property (superhydrophilicity or superhydrophobicity) and pore size and poor stability of filtration membranes limit their widespread applications, which is far from meeting a wide variety of oil polluted water...
March 27, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345907/simulating-protein-mediated-hydrolysis-of-atp-and-other-nucleoside-triphosphates-by-combining-qm-mm-molecular-dynamics-with-advances-in-metadynamics
#14
Rui Sun, Olaseni Sode, James F Dama, Gregory A Voth
The protein mediated hydrolysis of nucleoside triphosphates such as ATP or GTP is one of the most important and challenging biochemical reactions in nature. The chemical environment (water structure, catalytic metal, and amino acid residues) adjacent to the hydrolysis site contains hundreds of atoms, usually greatly limiting the amount of the free energy sampling that one can achieve from computationally demanding electronic structure calculations such as QM/MM simulations. Therefore, the combination of QM/MM molecular dynamics with the recently developed Transition-tempered Metadynamics (TTMetaD), an enhanced sampling method that can provide a high-quality free energy estimate at an early stage in a simulation, is an ideal approach to address the biomolecular nucleoside triphosphate hydrolysis problem...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345898/hydrolysis-of-ionic-phthalic-acid-based-polyesters-by-wastewater-microorganisms-and-their-enzymes
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Karolina Haernvall, Sabine Zitzenbacher, Katrin Wallig, Motonori Yamamoto, Michael Bernhard Schick, Doris Ribitsch, Georg M Guebitz
Water-soluble polyesters are used in a range of applications today and enter wastewater treatment plants after product utilization. However, little is known about extracellular enzymes and aquatic microorganisms involved in polyester biodegradation and mineralization. In this study, structurally different ionic phthalic acid based polyesters (the number average molecular weights (Mn) 1,770 to 10,000 g/mol and semi crystalline with crystallinity below 1%) were synthesized in various combinations. Typical wastewater microorganisms like Pseudomonas sp...
March 27, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345697/the-role-of-ion-water-interactions-in-determining-the-soret-coefficient-of-licl-aqueous-solutions
#16
Silvia Di Lecce, Tim Albrecht, Fernando Bresme
The application of a thermal gradient to an aqueous electrolyte solution induces the Soret effect, and the salt migrates towards hot (thermophilic) or cold regions (thermophobic). Experimental studies of LiCl reported changes in the sign of the Soret coefficient as well as a minimum in this coefficient at specific salt concentrations and temperatures. At the minimum the thermodiffusive response of the solution is enhanced significantly. We have performed non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations of LiCl solutions to quantify the dependence of the sign change and minimum of the Soret coefficient with salt concentration and temperature...
March 27, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345609/environmental-dna-in-subterranean-biology-range-extension-and-taxonomic-implications-for-proteus
#17
Špela Gorički, David Stanković, Aleš Snoj, Matjaž Kuntner, William R Jeffery, Peter Trontelj, Miloš Pavićević, Zlatko Grizelj, Magdalena Năpăruş-Aljančič, Gregor Aljančič
Europe's obligate cave-dwelling amphibian Proteus anguinus inhabits subterranean waters of the north-western Balkan Peninsula. Because only fragments of its habitat are accessible to humans, this endangered salamander's exact distribution has been difficult to establish. Here we introduce a quantitative real time polymerase chain reaction-based environmental DNA (eDNA) approach to detect the presence of Proteus using water samples collected from karst springs, wells or caves. In a survey conducted along the southern limit of its known range, we established a likely presence of Proteus at seven new sites, extending its range to Montenegro...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345054/many-shades-of-gray-the-context-dependent-performance-of-organic-agriculture
#18
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Verena Seufert, Navin Ramankutty
Organic agriculture is often proposed as a more sustainable alternative to current conventional agriculture. We assess the current understanding of the costs and benefits of organic agriculture across multiple production, environmental, producer, and consumer dimensions. Organic agriculture shows many potential benefits (including higher biodiversity and improved soil and water quality per unit area, enhanced profitability, and higher nutritional value) as well as many potential costs including lower yields and higher consumer prices...
March 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345041/one-pot-synthesis-of-amino-acid-precursors-with-insoluble-organic-matter-in-planetesimals-with-aqueous-activity
#19
Yoko Kebukawa, Queenie H S Chan, Shogo Tachibana, Kensei Kobayashi, Michael E Zolensky
The exogenous delivery of organic molecules could have played an important role in the emergence of life on the early Earth. Carbonaceous chondrites are known to contain indigenous amino acids as well as various organic compounds and complex macromolecular materials, such as the so-called insoluble organic matter (IOM), but the origins of the organic matter are still subject to debate. We report that the water-soluble amino acid precursors are synthesized from formaldehyde, glycolaldehyde, and ammonia with the presence of liquid water, simultaneously with macromolecular organic solids similar to the chondritic IOM...
March 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344636/development-of-an-efficient-glucosinolate-extraction-method
#20
T Doheny-Adams, K Redeker, V Kittipol, I Bancroft, S E Hartley
BACKGROUND: Glucosinolates, anionic sulfur rich secondary metabolites, have been extensively studied because of their occurrence in the agriculturally important brassicaceae and their impact on human and animal health. There is also increasing interest in the biofumigant properties of toxic glucosinolate hydrolysis products as a method to control agricultural pests. Evaluating biofumigation potential requires rapid and accurate quantification of glucosinolates, but current commonly used methods of extraction prior to analysis involve a number of time consuming and hazardous steps; this study aimed to develop an improved method for glucosinolate extraction...
2017: Plant Methods
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