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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212344/green-microwave-assisted-combustion-synthesis-of-zinc-oxide-nanoparticles-with-citrullus-colocynthis-l-schrad-characterization-and-biomedical-applications
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Susan Azizi, Rosfarizan Mohamad, Mahnaz Mahdavi Shahri
In this paper, a green microwave-assisted combustion approach to synthesize ZnO-NPs using zinc nitrate and Citrullus colocynthis (L.) Schrad (fruit, seed and pulp) extracts as bio-fuels is reported. The structure, optical, and colloidal properties of the synthesized ZnO-NP samples were studied. Results illustrate that the morphology and particle size of the ZnO samples are different and depend on the bio-fuel. The XRD results revealed that hexagonal wurtzite ZnO-NPs with mean particle size of 27-85 nm were produced by different bio-fuels...
February 16, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211932/nanostructured-material-based-biofuel-cells-recent-advances-and-future-prospects
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REVIEW
Cui-E Zhao, Panpan Gai, Rongbin Song, Ying Chen, Jianrong Zhang, Jun-Jie Zhu
During the past decade, biofuel cells (BFCs) have emerged as an emerging technology on account of their ability to directly generate electricity from biologically renewable catalysts and fuels. Due to the boost in nanotechnology, significant advances have been accomplished in BFCs. Although it is still challenging to promote the performance of BFCs, adopting nanostructured materials for BFC construction has been extensively proposed as an effective and promising strategy to achieve high energy production. In this review, we presented the major novel nanostructured materials applied for BFCs and highlighted the breakthroughs in this field...
February 17, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194156/integrated-management-strategies-increase-cottonseed-oil-and-protein-production-the-key-role-of-carbohydrate-metabolism
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Hongkun Yang, Xinyue Zhang, Binglin Chen, Yali Meng, Youhua Wang, Wenqing Zhao, Zhiguo Zhou
Cottonseed, oil, and protein, as the by-products of cotton production, have the potential to provide commodities to meet the increasing demand of renewable bio-fuels and ruminant feed. An increase in crop yield per unit area requires high-yielding cultivar management with an economic nitrogen (N) rate, an optimal N application schedule, high-yielding plant populations and strong seedlings. Whether the integration of these agronomic practices into a coherent management system can increase the productivity of cotton fiber, embryo oil and protein requires experimental elucidation...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193332/analysis-of-agaricus-meleagris-pyranose-dehydrogenase-n-glycosylation-sites-and-performance-of-partially-non-glycosylated-enzymes
#4
Christoph Gonaus, Daniel Maresch, Katharina Schropp, Peter Ó Conghaile, Dónal Leech, Lo Gorton, Clemens K Peterbauer
Pyranose Dehydrogenase 1 from the basidiomycete Agaricus meleagris (AmPDH1) is an oxidoreductase capable of oxidizing a broad variety of sugars. Due to this and its ability of dioxidation of substrates and no side production of hydrogen peroxide, it is studied for use in enzymatic bio-fuel cells. In-vitro deglycosylated AmPDH1 as well as knock-out mutants of the N-glycosylation sites N(75) and N(175), near the active site entrance, were previously shown to improve achievable current densities of graphite electrodes modified with AmPDH1 and an osmium redox polymer acting as a redox mediator, up to 10-fold...
April 2017: Enzyme and Microbial Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187387/permeable-bio-reactive-barriers-to-address-petroleum-hydrocarbon-contamination-at-subantarctic-macquarie-island
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Benjamin L Freidman, Deborah Terry, Dan Wilkins, Tim Spedding, Sally L Gras, Ian Snape, Geoffrey W Stevens, Kathryn A Mumford
A reliance on diesel generated power and a history of imperfect fuel management have created a legacy of petroleum hydrocarbon contamination at subantarctic Macquarie Island. Increasing environmental awareness and advances in contaminant characterisation and remediation technology have fostered an impetus to reduce the environmental risk associated with legacy sites. A funnel and gate permeable bio-reactive barrier (PRB) was installed in 2014 to address the migration of Special Antarctic Blend diesel from a spill that occurred in 2002, as well as older spills and residual contaminants in the soil at the Main Power House...
January 30, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157608/formation-of-novel-hydrogel-bio-anode-by-immobilization-of-biocatalyst-in-alginate-polyaniline-titanium-dioxide-graphite-composites-and-its-electrical-performance
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Attila Szöllősi, Ágoston Hoschke, Judit M Rezessy-Szabó, Erika Bujna, Szilárd Kun, Quang D Nguyen
A new bio-anode containing gel-entrapped bacteria in alginate/polyaniline/TiO2/graphite composites was constructed and electrically investigated. Alginate as dopant and template as well as entrapped gel was used for immobilization of microorganism cells. Increase of polyaniline concentration resulted an increase in the conductivity in gels. Addition of 0.01 and 0.02 g/mL polyaniline caused 6-fold and 10-fold higher conductivity, respectively. Furthermore, addition of 0.05 g/mL graphite powder caused 10-fold higher conductivity and 4-fold higher power density, respectively...
January 23, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110227/efficient-removal-of-nitrobenzene-and-concomitant-electricity-production-by-single-chamber-microbial-fuel-cells-with-activated-carbon-air-cathode
#7
Enren Zhang, Feng Wang, Wenjing Zhai, Keith Scott, Xu Wang, Guowang Diao
Single-chamber microbial fuel cells (S-MFCs) with bio-anodes and activated carbon (AC) air-cathodes showed high nitrobenzene (NB) tolerance and NB removal with concomitant electricity production. The maximum power over 25Wm(-3) could be obtained when S-MFCs were operated in the NB loading range of 1.2-6.2molm(-3)d(-1), and stable electricity production over 13.7Wm(-3) could be produced in a NB loading range of 1.2-14.7molm(-3)d(-1). The present S-MFCs exhibited high NB removal performance with NB removal efficiency over 97% even when the NB loading rate was increased to 17...
April 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078719/carbon-nanotube-supported-bio-inspired-nickel-catalyst-and-its-integration-in-hybrid-hydrogen-air-fuel-cells
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Solène Gentil, Noémie Lalaoui, Arnab Dutta, Yannig Nedellec, Serge Cosnier, Wendy J Shaw, Vincent Artero, Alan Le Goff
A biomimetic nickel bis-diphosphine complex incorporating the amino acid arginine in the outer coordination sphere was immobilized on modified carbon nanotubes (CNTs) through electrostatic interactions. The functionalized redox nanomaterial exhibits reversible electrocatalytic activity for the H2 /2 H(+) interconversion from pH 0 to 9, with catalytic preference for H2 oxidation at all pH values. The high activity of the complex over a wide pH range allows us to integrate this bio-inspired nanomaterial either in an enzymatic fuel cell together with a multicopper oxidase at the cathode, or in a proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC) using Pt/C at the cathode...
January 12, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070595/photosynthetic-microbial-fuel-cells
#9
Joseph A Laureanti, Anne K Jones
This chapter presents the current state of research on bioelectrochemical systems that include phototrophic organisms. First, we describe what is known of how phototrophs transfer electrons from internal metabolism to external substrates. This includes efforts to understand both the source of electrons and transfer pathways within cells. Second, we consider technological progress toward producing bio-photovoltaic devices with phototrophs. Efforts to improve these devices by changing the species included, the electrode surfaces, and chemical mediators are described...
January 10, 2017: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062838/enzymes-as-modular-catalysts-for-redox-half-reactions-in-h2-powered-chemical-synthesis-from-biology-to-technology
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REVIEW
Holly A Reeve, Philip A Ash, HyunSeo Park, Ailun Huang, Michalis Posidias, Chloe Tomlinson, Oliver Lenz, Kylie A Vincent
The present study considers the ways in which redox enzyme modules are coupled in living cells for linking reductive and oxidative half-reactions, and then reviews examples in which this concept can be exploited technologically in applications of coupled enzyme pairs. We discuss many examples in which enzymes are interfaced with electronically conductive particles to build up heterogeneous catalytic systems in an approach which could be termed synthetic biochemistry We focus on reactions involving the H(+)/H2 redox couple catalysed by NiFe hydrogenase moieties in conjunction with other biocatalysed reactions to assemble systems directed towards synthesis of specialised chemicals, chemical building blocks or bio-derived fuel molecules...
January 15, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056440/fepo4-based-single-chamber-air-cathode-microbial-fuel-cell-for-online-monitoring-levofloxacin
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Libin Zeng, Xinyong Li, Yueran Shi, Yefei Qi, Daqiong Huang, Moses Tadé, Shaobin Wang, Shaomin Liu
A bio-electrochemical strategy was developed for constructing a simple and sensitive levofloxacin (LEV) sensor based on a single chamber microbial fuel cell (SC-MFC) using FePO4 nanoparticles (NPs) as the cathode catalyst instead of traditional Pt/C. In this assembled sensor device, FePO4 NPs dramatically promoted the electrooxidation of oxygen on the cathode, which helps to accelerate the voltage output from SC-MFC and can provide a powerful guarantee for LEV detection. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were used to fully characterize the FePO4 NPs...
December 9, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018390/emerging-technologies-for-the-production-of-renewable-liquid-transport-fuels-from-biomass-sources-enriched-in-plant-cell-walls
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REVIEW
Hwei-Ting Tan, Kendall R Corbin, Geoffrey B Fincher
Plant cell walls are composed predominantly of cellulose, a range of non-cellulosic polysaccharides and lignin. The walls account for a large proportion not only of crop residues such as wheat straw and sugarcane bagasse, but also of residues of the timber industry and specialist grasses and other plants being grown specifically for biofuel production. The polysaccharide components of plant cell walls have long been recognized as an extraordinarily large source of fermentable sugars that might be used for the production of bioethanol and other renewable liquid transport fuels...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998785/integrating-microbial-fuel-cells-with-anaerobic-acidification-and-forward-osmosis-membrane-for-enhancing-bio-electricity-and-water-recovery-from-low-strength-wastewater
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Jinmeng Liu, Xinhua Wang, Zhiwei Wang, Yuqin Lu, Xiufen Li, Yueping Ren
Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) and forward osmosis (FO) are two emerging technologies with great potential for energy-efficient wastewater treatment. In this study, anaerobic acidification and FO membrane were simultaneously integrated into an air-cathode MFC (AAFO-MFC) for enhancing bio-electricity and water recovery from low-strength wastewater. During a long-term operation of approximately 40 days, the AAFO-MFC system achieved a continuous and relatively stable power generation, and the maximum power density reached 4...
December 10, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987941/investigation-of-bio-polymer-electrolyte-based-on-cellulose-acetate-ammonium-nitrate-for-potential-use-in-electrochemical-devices
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S Monisha, T Mathavan, S Selvasekarapandian, A Milton Franklin Benial, G Aristatil, N Mani, M Premalatha, D Vinoth Pandi
Proton conducting materials create prime interest in electro chemical device development. Present work has been carried out to design environment friendly new biopolymer electrolytes (BPEs) using cellulose acetate (CA) complex with different concentrations of ammonium nitrate (NH4NO3), which have been prepared as film and characterized. The 50mol% CA and 50mol% NH4NO3 complex has highest ionic conductivity (1.02×10(-3)Scm(-1)). Differential scanning calorimetry shows the changes in glass transition temperature depends on salt concentration...
February 10, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27951709/amphiphilic-polymer-mediators-promoting-electron-transfer-on-bioanodes-with-pqq-dependent-glucose-dehydrogenase
#15
Yasuo Nakashima, Norihiro Mizoshita, Hiromitsu Tanaka, Yuichiro Nakaoki
Redox-active phenazinium salts bonded to amphiphilic polymer backbones are demonstrated to function as high-performance electron-transfer mediators in enzymatic bioanodes applicable to biofuel cells. The redox-active moieties could be easily tethered to the electrodes by physical adsorption of the hydrophobic regions of the polymer backbones onto the electrode surface. On the other hand, long hydrophilic chains were essential to ensure high mobility of the redox-active moieties in aqueous solutions and to enhance their electron-transfer properties...
December 13, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900581/molecular-dynamics-simulations-of-the-orientation-properties-of-cytochrome-c-on-the-surface-of-single-walled-carbon-nanotubes
#16
Bing Zhang, Jia Xu, Shu-Fan Mo, Jian-Xi Yao, Song-Yuan Dai
Electron transfer between cytochrome c (Cytc) and electrodes can be influenced greatly by the orientation of protein on the surface of the electrodes. In the present study, different initial orientations of Cytc on the surface of five types of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs), with different diameters and chirality, were constructed. Properties of the orientations of proteins on the surface of these tubes were first investigated through molecular dynamics simulations. It was shown that variations in SWNT diameter do not significantly affect the orientation; however, the chirality of the SWNTs is crucial to the orientation of the heme embedded in Cytc, and the orientation of the protein can consequently be influenced by the heme orientation...
December 2016: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878978/elimination-of-power-overshoot-at-bioanode-through-assistance-current-in-microbial-fuel-cells
#17
Bongkyu Kim, Junyeong An, In Seop Chang
The power overshoot generated by electron depletion in microbial fuel cells (MFCs) was characterized in this study. Various causes of power overshoot, identified in previous studies, are discussed in terms of their plausible contributions to electron depletion. We found that power overshoot occurred if the anodic overpotential generated by electron depletion exceeded the cathodic overpotential. The introduction of assistance current from anode connections, which ameliorated the electron depletion in the MFCs, immediately eliminated the power overshoot...
November 22, 2016: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871379/decolourisation-of-acid-orange-7-in-a-microbial-fuel-cell-with-a-laccase-based-biocathode-influence-of-mitigating-ph-changes-in-the-cathode-chamber
#18
Priyadharshini Mani, Taj Keshavarz, T S Chandra, Godfrey Kyazze
Biocathodes may be a suitable replacement of platinum in microbial fuel cells (MFCs) if the cost of MFCs is to be reduced. However, the use of enzymes as bio-cathodes is fraught with loss of activity as time progresses. A possible cause of this loss in activity might be pH increase in the cathode as pH gradients in MFCs are well known. This pH increase is however, accompanied by simultaneous increase in salinity; therefore salinity may be a confounding variable. This study investigated various ways of mitigating pH changes in the cathode of MFCs and their effect on laccase activity and decolourisation of a model azo dye Acid orange 7 in the anode chamber...
January 2017: Enzyme and Microbial Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27825877/recent-advances-in-the-development-and-utilization-of-modern-anode-materials-for-high-performance-microbial-fuel-cells
#19
REVIEW
Jayesh M Sonawane, Abhishek Yadav, Prakash C Ghosh, Samuel B Adeloju
Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) are novel bio-electrochemical device for spontaneous or single step conversion of biomass into electricity, based on the use of metabolic activity of bacteria. The design and use of MFCs has attracted considerable interests because of the potential new opportunities they offer for sustainable production of energy from biodegradable and reused waste materials. However, the associated slow microbial kinetics and costly construction materials has limited a much wider commercial use of the technology...
April 15, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806676/the-role-of-cell-seeding-bioscaffolds-and-the-in-vivo-microenvironment-in-the-guided-generation-of-osteochondral-composite-tissue
#20
Jiao Wei, Tanja Herrler, Kai Liu, Dong Han, Mei Yang, Chuanchang Dai, Qingfeng Li
Tissue engineering based on cell seeding, bioscaffolds, and growth factors has been widely applied for the reconstruction of tissue defects. Recent progress has fueled in vivo tissue engineering techniques in becoming hot topics in regenerative medicine and reconstructive surgery. To improve the efficacy of tissue engineering, we here investigated the roles of cell seeding, bioscaffolds, growth factors, and in vivo microenvironment (IM) in tissue regeneration. Bone marrow-derived stem cells, allogeneic demineralized bone matrix as bioscaffold, and growth factor bone morphogenetic protein 2/transforming growth factor, and the IM of rib periosteum and perichondrium were used in different combinations for the generation of osteochondral composite tissue...
December 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part A
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