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Mohammad Asadi, Baharak Sayahpour, Pedram Abbasi, Anh T Ngo, Klas Karis, Jacob R Jokisaari, Cong Liu, Badri Narayanan, Marc Gerard, Poya Yasaei, Xuan Hu, Arijita Mukherjee, Kah Chun Lau, Rajeev S Assary, Fatemeh Khalili-Araghi, Robert F Klie, Larry A Curtiss, Amin Salehi-Khojin
Lithium-air batteries are considered to be a potential alternative to lithium-ion batteries for transportation applications, owing to their high theoretical specific energy. So far, however, such systems have been largely restricted to pure oxygen environments (lithium-oxygen batteries) and have a limited cycle life owing to side reactions involving the cathode, anode and electrolyte. In the presence of nitrogen, carbon dioxide and water vapour, these side reactions can become even more complex. Moreover, because of the need to store oxygen, the volumetric energy densities of lithium-oxygen systems may be too small for practical applications...
March 21, 2018: Nature
Lu Xu, Gordon Bosiljevac, Kyle Yu, Yi Y Zuo
Langmuir monolayer self-assembled at the air-water interface represents an excellent model for studying phase transition and lipid polymorphism in two dimensions. Compared to numerous studies of phospholipid phase transitions induced by isothermal compression, there are very scarce reports on two-dimensional phase transitions induced by isobaric heating. This is mainly due to technical difficulties of continuously regulating temperature variations while maintaining a constant surface pressure in a classical Langmuir-type film balance...
March 22, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Hyunseok Kim, Sangjune Park, Yonghyeon Baek, Kyusik Um, Gi Uk Han, Da-Hye Jeon, Sang Hoon Han, Phil Ho Lee
An oxidative cleavage of C‒C double bond is developed from photochemical [2 + 2]-cycloaddition of diaryl N-tosyl enamides, aryl heteroaryl N-tosyl enamides, and N-tosyl cyclic enamides with singlet molecular oxygen followed by ring-opening reaction mediated by Cs2CO3 under air and sunlight without the use of photosesitizer, producing symmetrical and unsymmetrical diaryl, heterodiaryl, and cyclic ketones in good to excellent yields. Moreover, the oxidative cleavage of C‒C triple bonds from 1-alkynes is demonstrated for the synthesis of symmetrical and unsymmetrical ketones from Cu-catalyzed [3 + 2]-cycloaddition, Rh-catalyzed alkoxyarylation, photooxygenation, and ring-opening reaction in one-pot...
March 22, 2018: Journal of Organic Chemistry
Amy D Lynes, Chris S Hawes, Kevin Byrne, Wolfgang Schmitt, Thorfinnur Gunnlaugsson
Flexible benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamides (BTAs), organic species well-known for their tendencies to form functional soft-materials by virtue of their complementary hydrogen bonding, are explored as structurally reinforcing supramolecular building blocks in porous coordination polymers. We report the synthesis and characterisation of two related, carboxylate-terminated BTA derivatives, and the structure and functionality of their polymeric Cd(ii) complexes. The polycarboxylate ligand benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamide tris(phenylacetic acid) H3L1 was prepared, and the analogous trimethyl benzene-1,3,5-tricarboxamide tris acetate Me3L2 was prepared and its single crystal structure elucidated...
March 22, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Songcheng Wang, Yi Zhang, J Carson Meredith, Sven H Behrens, Manoj Kumar Tripathi, Kirti Chandra Sahu
Air bubbles rising through an aqueous medium have been studied extensively and are routinely used for the separation of particulates via froth flotation, a key step in many industrial processes. Oil-coated bubbles can be more effective for separating hydrophilic particles with low affinity for the air-water interface, but the rise dynamics of oil-coated bubbles has not yet been explored. In the present work, we report the first systematic study of the shape and rise trajectory of bubbles engulfed in a layer of oil...
March 22, 2018: Soft Matter
Anna Ławniczek-Wałczyk, Marcin Cyprowski, Małgorzata Gołofit-Szymczak, Angelina Wójcik-Fatla, Violetta Zając, Rafał L Górny
BACKGROUND: <sup></sup>In recent years, the number of people suffering from diseases caused by fungi has been increasing. However, knowledge of the biodiversity of fungal pathogens in the work environment is still insufficient. The aim of this work was to evaluate the exposure to fungi being disseminated in the air of workplaces contaminated with organic dust of plant and animal origin. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Bioaerosol samples were collected at 3 occupational settings (poultry farm, biomass burning power plant and wastewater treatment plant) using button samplers...
March 21, 2018: Medycyna Pracy
Viktória Varga, János Németh, Orsolya Oláh, Valéria Tóth-Szűki, Viktória Kovács, Gábor Remzső, Ferenc Domoki
Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) has an established role in the pathogenesis of hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). In this study we sought to determine whether COX-2 was induced by asphyxia in newborn pigs, and whether neuronal COX-2 levels were affected by H2 treatment. Piglets were subjected to either 8 min of asphyxia or a more severe 20 min of asphyxia followed by H2 treatment (inhaling room air containing 2.1% H2 for 4 h). COX-2 immunohistochemistry was performed on brain samples from surviving piglets 24 h after asphyxia...
March 22, 2018: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
Jayme P Coyle, Robert J Rinaldi, Giffe T Johnson, Marie M Bourgeois, James D McCluskey, Raymond D Harbison
Acrolein is a reactive electrophilic aldehyde known to cause mitochondrial dysfunction, oxidative stress, and dysregulation of signaling transduction in vitro. Most in vitro systems employ standard cell culture maintenance conditions of 95% air/5% CO2 , translating to a culture oxygen tension of approximately 20%, far above most physiological tissues. The purpose of this investigation was to examine whether low-serum, retinoic acid differentiated H9c2 cells were less sensitive to acrolein insult when cultured under reduced oxygen tension...
March 22, 2018: Toxicology Mechanisms and Methods
Manoj Kumar, Jie Zhong, Xiao Cheng Zeng, Joseph S Francisco
. The role of aqueous surfaces in promoting atmospheric chemistry is increasingly being recognized. However, the bimolecular chemistries of Criegee intermediates, which influence the tropospheric budget of OH radicals, organic acids, hydroperoxides, nitrates, sulfates and particulate material, remain less explored on an aqueous surface. Herein we have employed Born Oppenheimer molecular dynamics simulations and two-layer ONIOM(QM:MM) in electronic embedding scheme to study the reaction and the spectroscopic signal of anti-CH3CHOO with nitric acid (HNO3) at the air-water interface, which is expected to be an important reaction in the polluted urban environments...
March 22, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Thiyagarajan Subramanian, Edwin Geo Varuvel, Saravanan Ganapathy, S Vedharaj, R Vallinayagam
The present study intends to explore the effect of the addition of fuel additives with camphor oil (CMO) on the characteristics of a twin-cylinder compression ignition (CI) engine. The lower viscosity and boiling point of CMO when compared to diesel could improve the fuel atomization, evaporation, and air/fuel mixing process. However, the lower cetane index of CMO limits its use as a drop in fuel for diesel in CI engine. In general, NOX emission increases for less viscous and low cetane (LVLC) fuels due to pronounced premixed combustion phase...
March 21, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Sidharth Arora, Pritam Singh, Richa Rani, Sanjoy Ghosh
Direct measurement of cell biomass is difficult in a solid-state fermentation (SSF) process involving filamentous fungi since the mycelium and the solid substrate are often inseparable. However, respiratory data are rich in information for real-time monitoring of microbial biomass production. In this regard, a correlation was obtained between oxygen uptake rate (OUR) and biomass concentration (X) of Rhizopus oryzae MTCC 1987, during phytase production, in an intermittently mixed novel SSF bioreactor. To obtain the correlation, various models describing sigmoidal growth were tested, namely the logistic, Gompertz, Stannard, and Schnute models...
March 21, 2018: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
Yupeng Liu, Jianguo Wu, Deyong Yu, Ruifang Hao
China's rapid economic growth during the past three decades has resulted in a number of environmental problems, including the deterioration of air quality. It is necessary to better understand how the spatial pattern of air pollutants varies with time scales and what drive these changes. To address these questions, this study focused on one of the most heavily air-polluted areas in North China. We first quantified the spatial pattern of air pollution, and then systematically examined the relationships of air pollution to several socioeconomic and climatic factors using the constraint line method, correlation analysis, and stepwise regression on decadal, annual, and seasonal scales...
March 21, 2018: Environmental Management
Edward J Nevins, Parisa L Moori, Jonathan Smith-Williams, Nicholas T E Bird, John V Taylor, Nikhil Misra
PURPOSE: The indications for pre-hospital resuscitative thoracotomy (PHRT) remain undefined. The aim of this paper is to explore the variation in practice for PHRT in the UK, and review the published literature. METHODS: MEDLINE and PUBMED search engines were used to identify all relevant articles and 22 UK Air Ambulance Services were sent an electronic questionnaire to assess their PHRT practice. RESULTS: Four European publications report PHRT survival rates of 9...
March 21, 2018: European Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery: Official Publication of the European Trauma Society
Lei Zhao, Jiangtao Cheng
Besides the Wenzel state, liquid droplets on micro/nanostructured surfaces can stay in the Cassie state and consequently exhibit intriguing characteristics such as a large contact angle, small contact angle hysteresis and exceptional mobility. Here we report molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of the wetting dynamics of Cassie-state water droplets on nanostructured ultrahydrophobic surfaces with an emphasis on the genesis of the contact line friction (CLF). From an ab initio perspective, CLF can be ascribed to the collective effect of solid-liquid retarding and viscous damping...
March 22, 2018: Nanoscale
Hassan Hashemi, Mehdi Khabazkhoob, Payam Nabovati, Negareh Yazdani, Hadi Ostadimoghaddam, Ehsan Shiralivand, Akbar Derakhshan, AbbasAli Yekta
Purpose: To determine the normal range of intraocular pressure (IOP) in the young and its association with certain corneal parameters using a non-contact device. Methods: Subjects were selected from students of Mashhad University of Medical Sciences through stratified sampling. All participants had visual acuity testing, corneal imaging, a comprehensive slit-lamp examination by an ophthalmologist, and IOP measurement using a non-contact air-puff tonometer. Results: Of the 1280 invitees, 1073 (83...
March 2018: Journal of Current Ophthalmology
Ana Aires, Maria Dos Anjos Teixeira, Catarina Lau, Cláudia Moreira, Ana Spínola, Alexandra Mota, Inês Freitas, Jorge Coutinho, Margarida Lima
Background: Immunophenotypic analysis of the bone marrow (BM) cells has proven to be helpful in the diagnosis of Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS). However, the usefulness of flow cytometry (FCM) for the detection of myelodysplasia in the peripheral blood (PB) still needs to be investigated. The aim of this pilot study was to evaluate the value of FCM-based PB neutrophil and monocyte immunophenotyping for the diagnosis of lower risk MDS (LR-MDS). Methods: We evaluated by 8-color FCM the expression of multiple cell surface molecules (CD10, CD11b, CD11c, CD13, CD14, CD15, CD16, CD34, CD45, CD56, CD64 and HLA-DR) in PB neutrophils and monocytes from a series of 14 adult LR-MDS patients versus 14 normal individuals...
2018: BMC Hematology
Tomohiko Sugiyama, Hiroshi Araki, Noritaka Ozawa, Jun Takada, Masaya Kubota, Takashi Ibuka, Masahito Shimizu
Quantitative examinations evaluating the effects of CO2 insufflation on residual gas in the gastrointestinal tract following colorectal endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) are lacking. The present study aimed to assess whether CO2 insufflation could decrease the amount of residual gas in the gastrointestinal tract following ESD in patients with colorectal neoplasms. Computed tomography (CT) was used to objectively examine whether CO2 insufflation during colorectal ESD reduced residual gas levels in the gastrointestinal tract following ESD...
March 2018: Biomedical Reports
Maryam Kalantari, Mehrdad Niakousari, Soroush Haghighi-Manesh, Mehrdad Rasouli
This study aims to optimize extraction and drying conditions of fig syrup. Drying was done in a pilot scale two-fluid nozzle spray dryer. A total of 27 experiments were conducted with varying inlet air temperatures, air flow rates, and also a maltodextrin (MD)- low methoxyl pectin (LMP) ratios. While feed rate, feed temperature, and compressed air flow rate of the atomizer were kept constant. The results of differential scanning calorimetry revealed that high levels of glucose and fructose in the extract resulted in a low glass transition temperature of fig syrup...
March 2018: Food Science & Nutrition
Michael Bitterlich, Philipp Franken, Jan Graefe
Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) proliferate in soils and are known to affect soil structure. Although their contribution to structure is extensively investigated, the consequences of those processes for soil water extractability and transport has, so far, gained surprisingly little attention. Therefore we asked, whether AMF can affect water retention and unsaturated hydraulic conductivity under exclusion of root ingrowth, in order to minimize plant driven effects. We carried out experiments with tomato inoculated with Rhizoglomus irregulare in a soil substrate with sand and vermiculite that created variation in colonization by mixed pots with wild type (WT) plants and mycorrhiza resistant (RMC) mutants...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Luca Giacomelli, Stefano Togni, Martino Meneghin, Roberto Eggenhöffner, Giada Maramaldi
Purpose: The purpose of this in vivo study is to evaluate the acute clinical application of a multicomponent powder (Vitachelox® ), including three naturally occurring standardized extracts rich in polyphenols (grape seed extract, green tea extract, oak wood/bark extract), on healthy volunteers by measuring prevention of any metal deposition within the stratum corneum (SC) following a 6-h exposure period in a polluted environment. Patients and methods: In this in vivo study, we evaluated the skin protective activity of the multicomponent powder formulated in a base emulsion compared to a relevant placebo cream...
2018: Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology
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