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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230878/multifunctional-hybrid-porous-filters-with-hierarchical-structures-for-simultaneous-removal-of-indoor-vocs-dusts-and-microorganisms
#1
Yang Zhao, Ze-Xian Low, Shasha Feng, Zhaoxiang Zhong, Yong Wang, Zhong Yao
Air purification often requires multiple layers of filters with different functions to remove various air pollutants, which lead to high pressure drop, high air flow path and frequent filter replacement. In this work, a novel multifunctional Ag@MWCNTs/Al2O3 hybrid filter with a depth-type hierarchical structure for simultaneous removal of fine particles, microorganisms and VOCs was designed and fabricated. The novel hybrid air filter showed leading air purification performances to date, achieving 82.24% degradation of formaldehyde at room temperature, 99...
February 23, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230356/assessment-of-particle-pollution-from-jetliners-from-smoke-visibility-to-nanoparticle-counting
#2
Lukas Durdina, Benjamin T Brem, Ari Setyan, Frithjof Siegerist, Theo Rindlisbacher, Jing Wang
Aviation is a substantial and a fast growing emissions source. Besides greenhouse gases, aircraft engines emit black carbon (BC), a climate forcer and air pollutant. Aviation BC emissions have been regulated and estimated through exhaust smoke visibility (smoke number). Their impacts are poorly understood because emission inventories lack representative data. Here, we measured BC mass and number-based emissions of the most popular airliner's engines according to a new emission standard. We used a calibrated engine performance model to determine the emissions on the ground, at cruise altitude, and over entire flight missions...
February 23, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223692/human-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-pbmcs-from-smokers-release-higher-levels-of-il-1-like-cytokines-after-exposure-to-combustion-generated-ultrafine-particles
#3
Gianluigi De Falco, Michela Terlizzi, Mariano Sirignano, Mario Commodo, Andrea D'Anna, Rita P Aquino, Aldo Pinto, Rosalinda Sorrentino
Ultrafine particles (UFP) generated by combustion processes are often associated with adverse health effects. However, little is known about the inflammatory processes generated by UFP that may underlie their toxicological activity. Murine macrophages (J774.1 cells) and human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) were used to evaluate the molecular mechanism underlying the pro-inflammatory activity of UFP. The addition of soot particles to J774.1 cells induced a concentration-dependent release of IL-1α, IL-1β and IL-33 This effect was not associated with cell death and, in contrast to literature, was pronounced at very low concentrations (5-100 pg/ml)...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222743/estimating-deaths-attributable-to-airborne-particles-sensitivity-of-the-results-to-different-exposure-assessment-approaches
#4
Simone Giannini, Michela Baccini, Giorgia Randi, Giovanni Bonafè, Paolo Lauriola, Andrea Ranzi
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological evidences support the existence of an effect of airborne particulate on population health. However, few studies evaluated the robustness of the results to different exposure assessment approaches. In this paper, we estimated short term effects and impacts of high levels of particulate matter with aerodynamic diameter ≤10 μm (PM10) and ≤2.5 μm (PM2.5) in the Emilia-Romagna region (Northern Italy), one of the most polluted areas in Europe, in the period 2006-2010, and checked if the results changed when different exposure definitions were used...
February 22, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219622/particles-adsorbed-at-various-non-aqueous-liquid-liquid-interfaces
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Miguel Angel Fernandez-Rodriguez, Bernard P Binks, Miguel Angel Rodriguez-Valverde, Miguel Angel Cabrerizo-Vilchez, Roque Hidalgo-Alvarez
Particles adsorbed at liquid interfaces are commonly used to stabilise water-oil Pickering emulsions and water-air foams. The fundamental understanding of the physics of particles adsorbed at water-air and water-oil interfaces is improving significantly due to novel techniques that enable the measurement of the contact angle of individual particles at a given interface. The case of non-aqueous interfaces and emulsions is less studied in the literature. Non-aqueous liquid-liquid interfaces in which water is replaced by other polar solvents have properties similar to those of water-oil interfaces...
February 7, 2017: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218450/chromium-iv-exposure-via-src-ras-signaling-promotes-cell-transformation
#6
Suthakar Ganapathy, Ping Li, Jean Lafontant, Rui Xiong, Tianqi Yu, Guojun Zhang, Changyan Chen
Hexavalent chromium [Cr(VI)] is a well-known environment carcinogen. The exposure of Cr(VI) through contaminated soil, air particles and drinking water is a strong concern for the public health worldwide. While many studies have been done, it remains unclear which intracellular molecules transduce Cr(VI)-mediated carcinogenic signaling in cells to promote cancer. In this study, we demonstrated that upon Cr(VI) treatment, the intracellular receptor src was activated, which further upregulated Ras activity, leading to the augmentation of ROS and onset of ER stress in human lung epithelial BEAS-2B or keratinocytes...
February 20, 2017: Molecular Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217431/a%C3%A2-novel-experimental-technology-for-testing-efficacy-of-air-purifiers-on-pollen-reduction
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Karl-Christian Bergmann, Torsten Sehlinger, Julia Gildemeister, Torsten Zuberbier
BACKGROUND: Allergenic pollen exposure is mostly seen as an outdoor phenomenon but studies have shown an indoor exposure: different pollen species including birch and grass pollen in houses, schools, and shops are leading to long-lasting symptoms even after the pollen season because pollen settle on surfaces and re-enter the indoor air depending on ventilation. To reduce indoor pollen load, windows need to be closed and devices should be used: as pure wiping and cleaning of surfaces is mostly not sufficient, air cleaners may be helpful in reducing pollen counts in indoor environment...
2017: Allergo Journal International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216639/discrete-element-model-for-suppression-of-coffee-ring-effect
#8
Ting Xu, Miu Ling Lam, Ting-Hsuan Chen
When a sessile droplet evaporates, coffee-ring effect drives the suspended particulate matters to the droplet edge, eventually forming a ring-shaped deposition. Because it causes a non-uniform distribution of solid contents, which is undesired in many applications, attempts have been made to eliminate the coffee-ring effect. Recent reports indicated that the coffee-ring effect can be suppressed by a mixture of spherical and non-spherical particles with enhanced particle-particle interaction at air-water interface...
February 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215812/indoor-air-pollutants-ventilation-rate-determinants-and-potential-control-strategies-in-chinese-dwellings-a-literature-review
#9
Wei Ye, Xu Zhang, Jun Gao, Guangyu Cao, Xiang Zhou, Xing Su
After nearly twenty years of rapid modernization and urbanization in China, huge achievements have transformed the daily lives of the Chinese people. However, unprecedented environmental consequences in both indoor and outdoor environments have accompanied this progress and have triggered public awareness and demands for improved living standards, especially in residential environments. Indoor pollution data measured for >7000 dwellings (approximately 1/3 were newly decorated and were tested for volatile organic compound (VOC) measurements, while the rest were tested for particles, phthalates and other semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs), moisture/mold, inorganic gases and radon) in China within the last ten years were reviewed, summarized and compared with indoor concentration recommendations based on sensory or health end-points...
February 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214272/fungal-monitoring-of-the-indoor-air-of-the-museo-de-la-plata-herbarium-argentina
#10
Andrea C Mallo, Lorena A Elíades, Daniela S Nitiu, Mario C N Saparrat
BACKGROUND: Biological agents, such as fungal spores in the air in places where scientific collections are stored, can attack and deteriorate them. AIMS: The aim of this study was to gather information on the indoor air quality of the Herbarium of Vascular Plants of the Museo de Ciencias Naturales de La Plata, Argentina, in relation to fungal propagules and inert particles. METHODS: This study was made using a volumetric system and two complementary sampling methods: (1) a non-viable method for direct evaluation, and (2) a viable method by culture for viable fungal propagules...
February 14, 2017: Revista Iberoamericana de Micología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213960/association-of-rhinovirus-with-exacerbations-in-young-children-affected-by-cystic-fibrosis-preliminary-data
#11
Sacha Stelzer-Braid, Nancy Liu, Michael Doumit, Russell D'Cunha, Yvonne Belessis, Adam Jaffe, William D Rawlinson
Rhinovirus (RV) is a common respiratory viral infection linked to worsening of chronic respiratory diseases including cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma. RV was tested by RT-PCR in samples (n = 465) collected from the upper (nasal swab, oropharyngeal suction and sputum) and lower (bronchoalveolar washings) respiratory tract of 110 children with CF. Air samples (n = 52) collected from the operating theatres and outpatient clinics were tested for RV. RV was found in 43% of children <5 years suffering an exacerbation, and 12% of older children (5-17 years)...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209451/assessment-of-operating-room-airflow-using-air-particle-counts-and-direct-observation-of-door-openings
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Jonathan Teter, Isabella Guajardo, Tamrah Al-Rammah, Gedge Rosson, Trish M Perl, Michele Manahan
BACKGROUND: The role of the operating room (OR) environment has been thought to contribute to surgical site infection rates. The quality of OR air, disruption of airflow, and other factors may increase contamination risks. We measured air particulate counts (APCs) to determine if they increased in relation to traffic, door opening, and other common activities. METHODS: During 1 week, we recorded APCs in 5-minute intervals and movement of health care workers. Trained observers recorded information about traffic, door openings, job title of the opener, and the reason for opening...
February 13, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209031/carbon-nanomaterial-formation-on-fresh-reduced-iron-by-converted-natural-gas
#13
A Nebesnyi, V Kotov, A Sviatenko, D Filonenko, A Khovavko, B Bondarenko
The mechanism of carbon nanomaterial formation at moderate temperatures while processing fresh-reduced iron by products of air conversion of natural gas is considered. It is shown that under given conditions, the size and the shape of the resulting carbon are dependent on the temperature and the size of microscopic iron grains formed during reduction. These iron grains are the catalyzer of the reaction of carbon monoxide disproportionation. It is concluded that the formation of a nucleus of the new carbon phase occurs at the contact boundaries of neighboring grains of newly reduced iron with the subsequent formation in these places of ring-shaped carbon cuffs...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208726/phenology-of-a-vegetation-barrier-and-resulting-impacts-on-near-highway-particle-number-and-black-carbon-concentrations-on-a-school-campus
#14
Christina H Fuller, David R Carter, Matthew J Hayat, Richard Baldauf, Rebecca Watts Hull
Traffic-related air pollution is a persistent concern especially in urban areas where populations live in close proximity to roadways. Innovative solutions are needed to minimize human exposure and the installation of vegetative barriers shows potential as a method to reduce near-road concentrations. This study investigates the impact of an existing stand of deciduous and evergreen trees on near-road total particle number (PNC) and black carbon (BC) concentrations across three seasons. Measurements were taken during spring, fall and winter on the campus of a middle school in the Atlanta (GA, USA) area at distances of 10 m and 50 m from a major interstate highway...
February 8, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208274/direct-trace-element-analysis-of-liquid-blood-samples-by-in-air-ion-beam-analytical-techniques-pixe-pige
#15
Robert Huszank, László Csedreki, Zsófia Török
There are various liquid materials whose elemental composition is of interest in various fields of science and technology. In many cases, sample preparation or the extraction can be complicated, or it would destroy the original environment before the analysis (for example, in the case of biological samples). However, multielement direct analysis of liquid samples can be realized by an external PIXE-PIGE measurement system. Particle-induced X-ray and gamma-ray emission spectroscopy (PIXE, PIGE) techniques were applied in external (in-air) microbeam configuration for the trace and main element determination of liquid samples...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205309/a-feasibility-study-of-a-deuterium-deuterium-neutron-generator-based-boron-neutron-capture-therapy-system-for-treatment-of-brain-tumors
#16
Mindy Hsieh, Yingzi Liu, Farshad Mostafaei, Jean M Poulson, Linda H Nie
PURPOSE: Boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) is a binary treatment modality that uses high LET particles to achieve tumor cell killing. Deuterium-deuterium (DD) compact neutron generators have advantages over nuclear reactors and large accelerators as the BNCT neutron source, such as their compact size, low cost, and relatively easy installation. The purpose of this study is to design a beam shaping assembly (BSA) for a DD neutron generator and assess the potential of a DD-based BNCT system using Monte Carlo (MC) simulations...
February 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202264/characteristics-and-source-appointment-of-atmospheric-particulate-mercury-over-east-china-sea-implication-on-the-deposition-of-atmospheric-particulate-mercury-in-marine-environment
#17
Lian Duan, Na Cheng, Guangli Xiu, Fujiang Wang, Ying Chen
Total Suspended Particulate (TSP) samples were collected at Huaniao Island in northern East China Sea (ECS) from March 2012 to January 2013. Chemical analysis were conducted to measure the concentration of total particulate mercury (TPM) and speciated particulate mercury including HCl-soluble particulate mercury (HPM), elemental particulate mercury (EPM) and residual particulate mercury (RPM). The bromine (Br) and iodine (I) on particles were also detected. The mean concentration of TPM during the study period was 0...
February 12, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197150/curcumin-attenuates-titanium-particle-induced-inflammation-by-regulating-macrophage-polarization-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#18
Bin Li, Yan Hu, Yaochao Zhao, Mengqi Cheng, Hui Qin, Tao Cheng, Qiaojie Wang, Xiaochun Peng, Xianlong Zhang
Periprosthetic inflammatory osteolysis and subsequent aseptic loosening are commonly observed in total joint arthroplasty. Other than revision surgery, few approved treatments are available for this complication. Wear particle-induced inflammation and macrophage polarization state play critical roles in periprosthetic osteolysis. We investigated the effects of curcumin, a polyphenol extracted from Curcuma longa, on titanium (Ti) particle-induced inflammation and macrophage polarization in vitro using the murine cell line RAW 264...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194674/biomonitoring-of-atmospheric-pollution-a-novel-approach-for-the-evaluation-of-natural-and-anthropogenic-contribution-to-atmospheric-aerosol-particles
#19
Rosa Caggiano, Giuseppe Calamita, Serena Sabia, Serena Trippetta
The investigation of the potential natural and anthropogenic contribution to atmospheric aerosol particles by using lichen-bag technique was performed in the Agri Valley (Basilicata region, southern Italy). This is an area of international concern since it houses one of the largest European on-shore reservoirs and the biggest oil/gas pre-treatment plant (i.e., Centro Olio Val d'Agri (COVA)) within an anthropized context. In particular, the concentrations of 17 trace elements (Al, Ca, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, K, Li, Mg, Mn, Na, Ni, P, Pb, S, Ti, and Zn) were measured in lichen bags exposed in 59 selected monitoring points over periods of 6 months (from October 2011 to April 2012) and 12 months (from October 2011 to October 2012)...
February 13, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192995/morphology-controlled-coating-of-colloidal-particles-with-silica-influence-of-particle-surface-functionalization
#20
Xu Dong, Pan Wu, Goetz P Hellmann, Changchun Wang, Christian G Schäfer
We present a general, convenient, and efficient synthetic concept for the coating of colloidal particles with a silica (SiO2) shell of well-defined and precisely controlled morphology and porosity. Monodisperse submicroscopic polystyrene (PS) particles were synthesized via two-stage emulsifier-free emulsion polymerization and subsequent swelling polymerization, enabling selective particle surface modification by the incorporation of ionic (methacrylic acid, MAA) or nonionic (hydroxyethyl methacrylate, HEMA or methacrylamide, MAAm) comonomers, which could be proven by zeta potential measurements as well as by determining the three-phase contact angle of the colloidal particles adsorbed at the air-water and n-decane-water interface...
February 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
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