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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445048/molecularly-tailored-nickel-precursor-and-support-yield-a-stable-methane-dry-reforming-catalyst-with-superior-metal-utilization
#1
Tigran Margossian, Kim Larmier, Sung Min Kim, Frank Krumeich, Alexey Fedorov, Peter Chen, Christoph Mueller, Christophe Copéret
Syngas production via the Dry Reforming of Methane (DRM) is a highly endothermic process conducted under harsh conditions, hence the main difficulty resides in generating stable catalysts. This can in principle be achieved by reducing coke formation, sintering and loss of metal through diffusion in the support. [{Ni(μ2-OCHO)(OCHO)(tmeda)}2(μ2-OH2)], readily synthesized and soluble in a broad range of solvents, was developed as a molecular precursor to form pure 2 nm Ni(0) nanoparticles on alumina, the commonly used support in DRM...
April 26, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444591/biotechnological-application-of-sustainable-biogas-production-through-dry-anaerobic-digestion-of-napier-grass
#2
Natthawud Dussadee, Rameshprabu Ramaraj, Tapana Cheunbarn
Napier grass (Pennisetum purpureum), represents an interesting substrate for biogas production. The research project evaluated biogas potential production from dry anaerobic digestion of Napier grass using batch experiment. To enhance the biogas production from ensiled Napier grass, thermal and alkaline pre-treatments were performed in batch mode. Alkali hydrolysis of Napier grass was performed prior to batch dry anaerobic digestion at three different mild concentrations of sodium hydroxide (NaOH). The study results confirmed that NaOH pretreated sample produced high yield of biogas than untreated (raw) and hot water pretreated samples...
May 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443363/a-mathematical-model-of-aerobic-methane-oxidation-coupled-to-denitrification
#3
Oskar Modin
Aerobic methanotrophic bacteria use methane as their only source of energy and carbon. They release organic compounds that can serve as electron donors for co-existing denitrifiers. This interaction between methanotrophs and denitrifiers is known to contribute to nitrogen losses in natural environments and has also been exploited by researchers for denitrification of nitrate-contaminated wastewater. The purpose of this study was to develop a mathematical model describing aerobic methane oxidation coupled to denitrification in suspended growth reactors...
April 26, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443361/the-effect-of-alkali-on-the-product-distribution-from-black-liquor-conversion-under-supercritical-water
#4
Y Hawangchu, D Atong, V Sricharoenchaikul
Lignin in chemical pulping waste, or black liquor (BL), can be converted into various products via supercritical water gasification (SCWG). However, the inherited alkaline contents from the pulping chemicals may affect the product yields and properties. In this research, the influence of the residual alkali on the product distribution via SCWG of soda BL and kraft BL was evaluated. The SCWG was performed in a batch quartz reactor for 10 min at various temperatures (673, 773 and 873 K) and pressures (250, 300 and 400 bar)...
April 26, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442390/high-pressure-thermophilic-electromethanogenic-system-producing-methane-at-5%C3%A2-mpa-55%C3%A2-c
#5
Hajime Kobayashi, Ayano Nagashima, Miki Kouyama, Qian Fu, Masayuki Ikarashi, Haruo Maeda, Kozo Sato
Toward applications of bio-electrochemical systems in industrial processes and extreme environments, electromethanogenesis under high-pressure conditions was examined. Stainless-steel single-chamber reactors specifically designed to examine bio-electrochemical reactions under pressurized conditions were inoculated with thermophilic microorganisms originated from an oilfield formation water. The reactors were incubated at 5 MPa, 55°C in fed-batch operational mode with an applied voltage of 0.7 V. In the first few fed-batch cycles, hydrogen was mainly produced...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442259/microbial-community-structure-and-diversity-in-a-municipal-solid-waste-landfill
#6
Xiaolin Wang, Aixin Cao, Guozhu Zhao, Chuanbin Zhou, Rui Xu
Municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills are the most prevalent waste disposal method and constitute one of the largest sources of anthropogenic methane emissions in the world. Microbial activities in disposed waste play a crucial role in greenhouse gas emissions; however, only a few studies have examined metagenomic microbial profiles in landfills. Here, the MiSeq high-throughput sequencing method was applied for the first time to examine microbial diversity of the cover soil and stored waste located at different depths (0-150cm) in a typical MSW landfill in Yangzhou City, East China...
April 22, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441753/coq10-deficiency-may-indicate-mitochondrial-dysfunction-in-cr-vi-toxicity
#7
Xiali Zhong, Xing Yi, Rita de Cássia da Silveira E Sá, Yujing Zhang, Kaihua Liu, Fang Xiao, Caigao Zhong
To investigate the toxic mechanism of hexavalent chromium Cr(VI) and search for an antidote for Cr(VI)-induced cytotoxicity, a study of mitochondrial dysfunction induced by Cr(VI) and cell survival by recovering mitochondrial function was performed. In the present study, we found that the gene expression of electron transfer flavoprotein dehydrogenase (ETFDH) was strongly downregulated by Cr(VI) exposure. The levels of coenzyme 10 (CoQ10) and mitochondrial biogenesis presented by mitochondrial mass and mitochondrial DNA copy number were also significantly reduced after Cr(VI) exposure...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441002/correction-to-assessing-the-methane-emissions-from-natural-gas-fired-power-plants-and-oil-refineries
#8
Tegan N Lavoie, Paul B Shepson, Chloe A Gore, Brian H Stirm, Robert Kaeser, Bernard Wulle, David Lyon, Joseph Rudek
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 25, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440694/fine-particulate-matter-pm2-5-a-risk-factor-of-rat-gestational-diabetes-with-altered-blood-glucose-and-pancreatic-glut2-expression
#9
Liu Yi, Chen Wei, Wang Fan
Recent studies have shown an association between air pollution and diabetic risk. This study was to investigate the impact of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) on glucose consequences and pancreas glucose transporter 2 (GLUT2) expression and its related mechanisms in a gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) rat model. GDM rats were exposed to a low PM2.5 dose while the controls received saline. Interleukin-6 (IL-6) and blood routine tests (BRT) were detected for analyzing coagulation and inflammation. Pancreas tissues underwent pathologic examination, the levels of homogenate glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px), and methane dicarboxylic aldehyde (MDA) were detected for oxidative stress estimation, and the degree of GLUT2 expression of pancreas was analyzed...
April 25, 2017: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437774/bacterial-community-dynamics-and-functional-variation-during-the-long-term-decomposition-of-cyanobacterial-blooms-in-vitro
#10
Limei Shi, Yaxin Huang, Min Zhang, Yang Yu, Yaping Lu, Fanxiang Kong
Cyanobacterial blooms drastically influence carbon and nutrient cycling in eutrophic freshwater lakes. To understand the mineralization process of cyanobacteria-derived particulate organic matter (CyanPOM), the aerobic degradation of cyanobacterial blooms dominated by Microcystis sp. was investigated over a 95-day microcosm experiment. Approximately 91%, 95% and 83% of the initial particulate organic carbon (POC), particulate organic nitrogen (PON), and particulate organic phosphorus (POP) were decomposed, respectively...
April 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437076/series-of-znsn-oh-6-polyhedra-enhanced-co2-dissociation-activation-and-crystal-facet-based-homojunction-boosting-solar-fuel-synthesis
#11
Lanqin Tang, Zongyan Zhao, Yong Zhou, Bihu Lv, Peng Li, Jinhua Ye, Xiaoyong Wang, Min Xiao, Zhigang Zou
A series of ZnSn(OH)6 polyhedra are successfully explored with well-controlled area ratio of the exposed {100} and {111} facets. Band alignment of the exposed facet-based homojunction of the elegant polyhedron facilitates spatial separation of photogenerated electrons and holes on {111} and {100} surfaces, respectively. Optimal area ratio of {100} to {111} is the prerequisite for pronounced CO2 photocatalytic performance of high-symmetry cuboctahedra into methane (CH4). The synergistic effect of the excess electron accumulation and simultaneously the enhanced CO2 absorption and low dissociation activation energy on {111} reduction sites promote the yield of CO2 photocatalytic conversion product...
April 24, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436661/performance-of-van-der-waals-corrected-functionals-for-guest-adsorption-in-the-m2-dobdc-metal-organic-frameworks
#12
Bess Vlaisavljevich, Johanna M Huck, Zeric Hulvey, Kyuho Lee, Jarad A Mason, Jeffrey B Neaton, Jeffrey R Long, Craig M Brown, Dario Alfè, Angelos Michaelides, Berend Smit
Small molecule binding in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) can be accurately studied both experimentally and computationally, provided the proper tools are employed. Herein, we compare and contrast properties associated with guest binding by means of density functional theory (DFT) calculations using nine different functionals for the M2(dobdc) (dobdc4- = 2,5-dioxido,1,4-benzenedicarboxylate) series where M = Mg, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, and Zn. Additionally, we perform Quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) calculations for one system to determine if this method can be used to assess the performance of DFT...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434669/diurnal-variation-of-co2-ch4-and-n2o-emission-fluxes-continuously-monitored-in-situ-in-three-environmental-habitats-in-a-subtropical-estuarine-wetland
#13
Wen-Bin Yang, Chung-Shin Yuan, Chuan Tong, Pin Yang, Lei Yang, Bang-Qin Huang
Wetlands play a crucial role in modulating atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs) such as carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O). The key factors controlling GHG emission from subtropical estuarine wetlands were investigated in this study, which continuously monitored the uptake/emission of GHGs (CO2, CH4, and N2O) by/from a subtropical estuarine wetland located in the Minjiang estuary in the coastal region of southeastern China. A self-designed floating chamber was used to collect air samples on-site at three environmental habitats (Phragmites australis marsh, mudflats, and river water)...
April 20, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434198/eukaryotic-diversity-in-late-pleistocene-marine-sediments-around-a-shallow-methane-hydrate-deposit-in-the-japan-sea
#14
M Kouduka, A S Tanabe, S Yamamoto, K Yanagawa, Y Nakamura, F Akiba, H Tomaru, H Toju, Y Suzuki
Marine sediments contain eukaryotic DNA deposited from overlying water columns. However, a large proportion of deposited eukaryotic DNA is aerobically biodegraded in shallow marine sediments. Cold seep sediments are often anaerobic near the sediment-water interface, so eukaryotic DNA in such sediments is expected to be preserved. We investigated deeply buried marine sediments in the Japan Sea, where a methane hydrate deposit is associated with cold seeps. Quantitative PCR analysis revealed the reproducible recovery of eukaryotic DNA in marine sediments at depths up to 31...
April 23, 2017: Geobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433915/stimulation-of-the-anaerobic-digestion-of-the-dry-organic-fraction-of-municipal-solid-waste-ofmsw-with-carbon-based-conductive-materials
#15
Yan Dang, Dezhi Sun, Trevor L Woodard, Li-Ying Wang, Kelly P Nevin, Dawn E Holmes
Growth of bacterial and archaeal species capable of interspecies electron exchange was stimulated by addition of conductive materials (carbon cloth or granular activated carbon (GAC)) to anaerobic digesters treating dog food (a substitute for the dry-organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW)). Methane production (772-1428mmol vs <80mmol), volatile solids removal (78%-81% vs 54%-64%) and COD removal efficiencies (∼80% vs 20%-30%) were all significantly higher in reactors amended with GAC or carbon cloth than controls...
April 9, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433902/evaluation-of-different-types-of-anaerobic-seed-sludge-for-the-high-rate-anaerobic-digestion-of-pig-slurry-in-uasb-reactors
#16
Carlos Rico, Jesús A Montes, José Luis Rico
Three different types of anaerobic sludge (granular, thickened digestate and anaerobic sewage) were evaluated as seed inoculum sources for the high rate anaerobic digestion of pig slurry in UASB reactors. Granular sludge performance was optimal, allowing a high efficiency process yielding a volumetric methane production rate of 4.1LCH4L(-1)d(-1) at 1.5days HRT (0.248LCH4g(-1)COD) at an organic loading rate of 16.4gCODL(-1)d(-1). The thickened digestate sludge experimented flotation problems, thus resulting inappropriate for the UASB process...
April 7, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433896/in-situ-sludge-pretreatment-in-a-single-stage-anaerobic-digester
#17
Yun Chen, Keke Xiao, Xie Jiang, Nan Shen, Raymond J Zeng, Yan Zhou
This study aimed to develop an in-situ sludge pretreatment method by increasing the temperature from thermophilic to extreme thermophilic condition in a single-stage anaerobic digester. The results revealed that a stable performance was obtained within the temperature range of 55-65°C, and the maximum methane yield of 208.51±13.66mL/g VS was obtained at 65°C. Moreover, the maximum extent of hydrolysis (33%) and acidification (27.1%) was also observed at 65°C. However, further increase of temperature to 70°C did not improve the organic conversion efficiency...
April 9, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433584/electrohydrolysis-pretreatment-of-water-hyacinth-for-enhanced-hydrolysis
#18
Visva Bharati Barua, V Wilson Raju, Sophia Lippold, Ajay S Kalamdhad
This study investigates the use of electrohydrolysis pretreatment on water hyacinth to cut short the hydrolysis step and increase biogas production at the same time. Electrohydrolysis pretreatment of water hyacinth at 20V for 60min exhibited improved solubilisation (42.9%). Therefore, bio-chemical methane potential (BMP) test was carried out between water hyacinth pretreated at 20V for 60min and untreated water hyacinth. By the end of 30days, cumulative methane production of 2455±17mL CH4/g VS for electrohydrolysis pretreated substrate and 1936±27mL CH4/g VS for the untreated substrate was achieved...
April 8, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433507/use-of-bioreactor-landfill-for-nitrogen-removal-to-enhance-methane-production-through-ex-situ-simultaneous-nitrification-denitrification-and-in-situ-denitrification
#19
Xiaojie Sun, Hongxia Zhang, Zhaowen Cheng
High concentrations of nitrate-nitrogen (NO3(-)-N) derived from ex situ nitrification phase can inhibit methane production during ex situ nitrification and in situ denitrification bioreactor landfill. A combined process comprised of ex situ simultaneous nitrification-denitrification (SND) in an aged refuse bioreactor (ARB) and in situ denitrification in a fresh refuse bioreactor (FRB) was conducted to reduce the negative effect of high concentrationsof NO3(-)-N. Ex situ SND can be achieved because NO3(-)-N concentration can be reduced and the removal rate of ammonium-nitrogen (NH4(+)-N) remains largely unchanged when the ventilation rate of ARB-A2 is controlled...
April 19, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433036/an-eqt-based-cdft-approach-for-thermodynamic-properties-of-confined-fluid-mixtures
#20
M H Motevaselian, N R Aluru
We present an empirical potential-based quasi-continuum theory (EQT) to predict the structure and thermodynamic properties of confined fluid mixtures. The central idea in the EQT is to construct potential energies that integrate important atomistic details into a continuum-based model such as the Nernst-Planck equation. The EQT potentials can be also used to construct the excess free energy functional, which is required for the grand potential in the classical density functional theory (cDFT). In this work, we use the EQT-based grand potential to predict various thermodynamic properties of a confined binary mixture of hydrogen and methane molecules inside graphene slit channels of different widths...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
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