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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535590/emission-of-volatile-organic-compounds-and-production-of-secondary-organic-aerosol-from-stir-frying-spices
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Tengyu Liu, Qianyun Liu, Zijun Li, Lei Huo, ManNin Chan, Xue Li, Zhen Zhou, Chak K Chan
Cooking is an important source of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and a potential source of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) both indoors and outdoors. In this study, VOC emissions from heating corn oil and stir-frying spices (i.e. garlic, ginger, myrcia and zanthoxylum piperitum (Sichuan pepper)) were characterized using an on-line membrane inlet vacuum ultraviolet single-photon ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometer (VUV-SPI-TOFMS). VOC emissions from heating corn oil were dominated by aldehydes, which were enhanced by factors of one order of magnitude when stir-frying spices...
May 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527324/source-characterization-of-urban-particles-from-meat-smoking-activities-in-chongqing-china-using-single-particle-aerosol-mass-spectrometry
#2
Yang Chen, John C Wenger, Fumo Yang, Junji Cao, Rujin Huang, Guangming Shi, Shumin Zhang, Mi Tian, Huanbo Wang
A Single Particle Aerosol Mass Spectrometer (SPAMS) was deployed in the urban area of Chongqing to characterize the particles present during a severe particulate pollution event that occurred in winter 2014-2015. The measurements were made at a time when residents engaged in traditional outdoor meat smoking activities to preserve meat before the Chinese Spring Festival. The measurement period was predominantly characterized by stagnant weather conditions, highly elevated levels of PM2.5, and low visibility...
May 17, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526306/reliability-of-n95-respirators-for-respiratory-protection-before-during-and-after-nursing-procedures
#3
Lorna K P Suen, Lin Yang, Suki S K Ho, Keith H K Fung, Maureen V Boost, Cynthia S T Wu, Cypher H Au-Yeung, Margaret O'Donoghue
BACKGROUND: The adequate fit of an N95 respirator is important for health care workers to reduce the transmission of airborne infectious diseases in the clinical setting. This study aimed to evaluate whether adequately sealed N95 respirators may provide consistent protection for the wearer while performing nursing procedures. METHODS: Participants were a group of nursing students (N = 120). The best fitting respirator for these participants was identified from the 3 common models, 1860, 1860S, and 1870+ (3M), using the quantitative fit test (QNFT) method...
May 16, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521094/critical-assessment-of-photoionization-efficiency-measurements-for-characterization-of-soot-precursor-species
#4
K Olof Johansson, Judit Zádor, Paolo Elvati, Matthew F Campbell, Paul E Schrader, Nicole K Richards-Henderson, Kevin R Wilson, Angela Violi, Hope A Michelsen
We present a critical evaluation of photoionization efficiency (PIE) measurements coupled with aerosol mass spectrometry for the identification of condensed soot-precursor species extracted from a premixed atmospheric-pressure ethylene/oxygen/nitrogen flame. Definitive identification of isomers by any means is complicated by the large number of potential isomers at masses likely to comprise particles at flame temperatures. This problem is compounded using PIE measurements by the similarity in ionization energies and PIE-curve shapes among many of these isomers...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520413/temporal-characteristics-of-brown-carbon-over-the-central-indo-gangetic-plain
#5
Rangu Venkata Satish, Puthukkadan Moosakutty Shamjad, Navaneeth M Thamban, Sachchida N Tripathi, Neeraj Rastogi
Recent global models estimate that light absorption by brown carbon (BrC) in several regions of the world is ~30-70% of that due to black carbon (BC). It is, therefore, important to understand its sources and characteristics on temporal and spatial scale. In this study, we conducted semi-continuous measurements of water-soluble organic carbon (WSOC) and BrC using particle-into-liquid sampler coupled with liquid waveguide capillary cell and total carbon analyzer (PILS-LWCC-TOC) over Kanpur (26.5°N, 80.3°E, 142 m amsl) during a winter season (December 2015 to February 2016)...
May 18, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518073/extraction-and-characterization-of-surfactants-from-atmospheric-aerosols
#6
Barbara Nozière, Violaine Gérard, Christine Baduel, Corinne Ferronato
Surface-active compounds, or surfactants, present in atmospheric aerosols are expected to play important roles in the formation of liquid water clouds in the Earth's atmosphere, a central process in meteorology, hydrology, and for the climate system. But because specific extraction and characterization of these compounds have been lacking for decades, very little is known on their identity, properties, mode of action and origins, thus preventing the full understanding of cloud formation and its potential links with the Earth's ecosystems...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513156/quantum-chemical-investigation-on-photochemical-reactions-of-nonanoic-acids-at-air-water-interface
#7
Pin Xiao, Qian Wang, Wei-Hai Fang, Ganglong Cui
Photoinduced chemical reactions of organic compounds at the marine boundary layer have recently attracted significant experimental attention because this kind of photoreactions have been proposed to have substantial impact on local new particle formation (NPF) and their photoproducts could be as a source of secondary organic aerosols (SOA). In this work, we have employed first-principles density functional theory (DFT) method combined with cluster models to systematically explore photochemical reaction pathways of nonanoic acids (NAs) to form volatile saturated and unsaturated C9 and C8 aldehydes at air-water interfaces...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513144/rapid-elemental-analysis-of-aerosols-using-atmospheric-glow-discharge-optical-emission-spectroscopy
#8
Lina Zheng, Pramod Kulkarni
A new, low-cost approach based on the application of atmospheric radio frequency glow discharge (rf-GD) optical emission spectroscopy (OES) has been developed for near real-time measurement of multielemental concentration in airborne particulate matter. This method involves deposition of aerosol particles on the tip of a grounded electrode of a coaxial microelectrode system, followed by ablation, atomization and excitation of the particulate matter using the rf-GD. The resulting atomic emissions were recorded using a spectrometer for elemental identification and quantification...
May 17, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512572/experimental-strategies-for-imaging-bioparticles-with-femtosecond-hard-x-ray-pulses
#9
Benedikt J Daurer, Kenta Okamoto, Johan Bielecki, Filipe R N C Maia, Kerstin Mühlig, M Marvin Seibert, Max F Hantke, Carl Nettelblad, W Henry Benner, Martin Svenda, Nicuşor Tîmneanu, Tomas Ekeberg, N Duane Loh, Alberto Pietrini, Alessandro Zani, Asawari D Rath, Daniel Westphal, Richard A Kirian, Salah Awel, Max O Wiedorn, Gijs van der Schot, Gunilla H Carlsson, Dirk Hasse, Jonas A Sellberg, Anton Barty, Jakob Andreasson, Sébastien Boutet, Garth Williams, Jason Koglin, Inger Andersson, Janos Hajdu, Daniel S D Larsson
This study explores the capabilities of the Coherent X-ray Imaging Instrument at the Linac Coherent Light Source to image small biological samples. The weak signal from small samples puts a significant demand on the experiment. Aerosolized Omono River virus particles of ∼40 nm in diameter were injected into the submicrometre X-ray focus at a reduced pressure. Diffraction patterns were recorded on two area detectors. The statistical nature of the measurements from many individual particles provided information about the intensity profile of the X-ray beam, phase variations in the wavefront and the size distribution of the injected particles...
May 1, 2017: IUCrJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511651/high-resolution-mucociliary-transport-measurement-in-live-excised-large-animal-trachea-using-synchrotron-x-ray-imaging
#10
Martin Donnelley, Kaye S Morgan, Maged Awadalla, Nigel R Farrow, Chris Hall, David W Parsons
BACKGROUND: The Australian Synchrotron Imaging and Medical Beamline (IMBL) was designed as the world's widest synchrotron X-ray beam, enabling both clinical imaging and therapeutic applications for humans as well as the imaging of large animal models. Our group is developing methods for imaging the airways of newly developed CF animal models that display human-like lung disease, such as the CF pig, and we expect that the IMBL can be utilised to image airways in animals of this size. METHODS: This study utilised samples of excised tracheal tissue to assess the feasibility, logistics and protocols required for airway imaging in large animal models such as pigs and sheep at the IMBL...
May 16, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508863/anthropogenic-iron-oxide-aerosols-enhance-atmospheric-heating
#11
Nobuhiro Moteki, Kouji Adachi, Sho Ohata, Atsushi Yoshida, Tomoo Harigaya, Makoto Koike, Yutaka Kondo
Combustion-induced carbonaceous aerosols, particularly black carbon (BC) and brown carbon (BrC), have been largely considered as the only significant anthropogenic contributors to shortwave atmospheric heating. Natural iron oxide (FeOx) has been recognized as an important contributor, but the potential contribution of anthropogenic FeOx is unknown. In this study, we quantify the abundance of FeOx over East Asia through aircraft measurements using a modified single-particle soot photometer. The majority of airborne FeOx particles in the continental outflows are of anthropogenic origin in the form of aggregated magnetite nanoparticles...
May 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508335/toxic-potential-of-organic-constituents-of-submicron-particulate-matter-pm1-in-an-urban-road-site-barcelona
#12
Sofia R Mesquita, Barend L van Drooge, Manuel Dall'Osto, Joan O Grimalt, Carlos Barata, Natividade Vieira, Laura Guimarães, Benjamin Piña
Atmospheric particulate matter (PM) is a recognized risk factor contributing to a number of diseases in human populations and wildlife globally. Organic matter is a major component of PM, but its contribution to overall toxicity of PM has not been thoroughly evaluated yet. In the present work, the biological activity of organic extracts from PM1 (particles with less than 1 μm of aerodynamic diameter) collected from an urban road site in the centre of Barcelona (NE Spain) was evaluated using a yeast-based assay (AhR-RYA) and different gene expression markers in zebrafish embryos...
May 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507469/lungs-deposition-and-pharmacokinetic-study-of-submicron-budesonide-particles-in-wistar-rats-intended-for-immediate-effect-in-asthma
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Abdul Rauf, Aseem Bhatnagar, S S Sisodia, Roop K Khar, Farhan J Ahmad
The purpose of the present investigation was to study the aerosolization, lungs deposition and pharmacokinetic study of inhalable submicron particles of budesonide in male Wistar rats. Submicron particles were prepared by antisolvent nanoprecipitation method and freeze-dried to obtain free flowing powder. The freeze-drying process yielded dry powder with desirable aerodynamic properties for inhalation therapy. An in-house model inhaler was designed to deliver medicine to lungs, optimized at dose level of 10 mg for 30 sec of fluidization...
2017: EXCLI journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506819/prediction-of-delivery-of-organic-aerosols-onto-air-liquid-interface-cells-in-vitro-using-an-electrostatic-precipitator
#14
Zechen Yu, Myoseon Jang, Tara Sabo-Attwood, Sarah E Robinson, Huanhuan Jiang
To better characterize biological responses to atmospheric organic aerosols, the efficient delivery of aerosol to in vitro lung cells is necessary. In this study, chamber generated secondary organic aerosol (SOA) entered the commercialized exposure chamber (CULTEX® Radial Flow System Compact) where it interfaced with an electrostatic precipitator (ESP) (CULTEX® Electrical Deposition Device) and then deposited on a particle collection plate. This plate contained human lung cells (BEAS-2B) that were cultured on a membrane insert to produce an air-liquid interface (ALI)...
May 12, 2017: Toxicology in Vitro: An International Journal Published in Association with BIBRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503004/factors-controlling-the-evaporation-of-secondary-organic-aerosol-from-%C3%AE-pinene-ozonolysis
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Taina Yli-Juuti, Aki Pajunoja, Olli-Pekka Tikkanen, Angela Buchholz, Celia Faiola, Olli Väisänen, Liqing Hao, Eetu Kari, Otso Peräkylä, Olga Garmash, Manabu Shiraiwa, Mikael Ehn, Kari Lehtinen, Annele Virtanen
Secondary organic aerosols (SOA) forms a major fraction of organic aerosols in the atmosphere. Knowledge of SOA properties that affect their dynamics in the atmosphere is needed for improving climate models. By combining experimental and modeling techniques, we investigated the factors controlling SOA evaporation under different humidity conditions. Our experiments support the conclusion of particle phase diffusivity limiting the evaporation under dry conditions. Viscosity of particles at dry conditions was estimated to increase several orders of magnitude during evaporation, up to 10(9) Pa s...
March 16, 2017: Geophysical Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502841/use-of-airway-epithelial-cell-culture-to-unravel-the-pathogenesis-and-study-treatment-in-obstructive-airway-diseases
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Tinne C J Mertens, Harry Karmouty-Quintana, Christian Taube, Pieter S Hiemstra
Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are considered as two distinct obstructive diseases. Both chronic diseases share a component of airway epithelial dysfunction. The airway epithelium is localized to deal with inhaled substances, and functions as a barrier preventing penetration of such substances into the body. In addition, the epithelium is involved in the regulation of both innate and adaptive immune responses following inhalation of particles, allergens and pathogens. Through triggering and inducing immune responses, airway epithelial cells contribute to the pathogenesis of both asthma and COPD...
May 11, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502046/adapting-the-vegetative-vigour-terrestrial-plant-test-for-assessing-ecotoxicity-of-aerosol-samples
#17
Nora Kováts, Eszter Horváth, Bettina Eck-Varanka, Eszter Csajbók, András Hoffer
Plants, being recognized to show high sensitivity to air pollution, have been long used to assess the ecological effects of airborne contaminants. However, many changes in vegetation are now generally attributed to atmospheric deposition of aerosol particles; the dose-effect relationships of this process are usually poorly known. In contrast to bioindication studies, ecotoxicological tests (or bioassays) are controlled and reproducible where ecological responses are determined quantitatively. In our study, the No...
May 13, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499855/electrolyte-type-and-nozzle-composition-affect-the-process-of-vibrating-membrane-nebulization
#18
Moritz Beck-Broichsitter, Nina Oesterheld
The size of airborne particles determines their deposition pattern within the lungs and therefore, the efficacy of inhalation therapy. The present study analyzed factors affecting liquid atomization performed by vibrating-membrane technology. First, the process of vibrating-membrane nebulization (eFlow(®)rapid and Aeroneb(®) Pro) was challenged with numerous inorganic salts and active pharmaceutical ingredients. All investigated samples caused a sigmoidal decrease in aerosol droplet size upon an increase in concentration...
May 9, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499261/structural-signatures-of-water-soluble-organic-aerosols-in-contrasting-environments-in-south-america-and-western-europe
#19
Regina M B O Duarte, João T V Matos, Andreia S Paula, Sónia P Lopes, Guilherme Pereira, Pérola Vasconcellos, Adriana Gioda, Renato Carreira, Artur M S Silva, Armando C Duarte, Patricia Smichowski, Nestor Rojas, Odon Sanchez-Ccoyllo
This study describes and compares the key structural units present in water-soluble organic carbon (WSOC) fraction of atmospheric aerosols collected in different South American (Colombia - Medellín and Bogotá, Peru - Lima, Argentina - Buenos Aires, and Brazil - Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, and Porto Velho, during moderate (MBB) and intense (IBB) biomass burning) and Western European (Portugal - Aveiro and Lisbon) locations. Proton nuclear magnetic resonance ((1)H NMR) spectroscopy was employed to assess the relative distribution of non-exchangeable proton functional groups in aerosol WSOC of diverse origin, for the first time to the authors' knowledge in South America...
May 9, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498664/atmospheric-aqueous-aerosol-surface-tensions-isotherm-based-modeling-and-biphasic-microfluidic-measurements
#20
Hallie C Boyer, Cari S Dutcher
Surface properties of atmospheric aerosol particles are crucial for accurate assessments of the fates of liquid particles in the atmosphere. Surface tension directly influences predictions of particle activation to clouds, as well as indirectly acts as a proxy for chemical surface partitioning. Challenges to accounting for surface effects arise from surface tension dependence on solution concentration and the presence of complex aqueous mixtures in aerosols, including both surface-active organic solutes and inorganic electrolytes...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
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