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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330266/biosorption-of-lead-copper-and-cadmium-using-the-extracellular-polysaccharides-eps-of-bacillus-sp-from-solar-salterns
#1
Syed Shameer
Extracellular Polysaccharides (EPS) from both prokaryotes and eukaryotes have a great deal of research interest as they protect the producer from different stresses including antibiotics, ionic stress, desiccation and assist in bio-film formation, pathogenesis, adhesion, etc. In this study haloalkaliphilic Bacillus sp., known to cope with osmophilic stress, was selected and screened for EPS production. The EPS were isolated, partially purified and chemical characteristics were documented using liquid FT-IR followed by assessment of heavy metal biosorption (lead, copper and cadmium) using Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS)...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330186/a-comprehensive-study-of-one-step-selenization-process-for-cu-in1-x-ga-x-se2-thin-film-solar-cells
#2
Shih-Chen Chen, Sheng-Wen Wang, Shou-Yi Kuo, Jenh-Yih Juang, Po-Tsung Lee, Chih Wei Luo, Kaung-Hsiung Wu, Hao-Chung Kuo
In this work, aiming at developing a rapid and environmental-friendly process for fabricating CuIn1-x Ga x Se2 (CIGS) solar cells, we demonstrated the one-step selenization process by using selenium vapor as the atmospheric gas instead of the commonly used H2Se gas. The photoluminescence (PL) characteristics indicate that there exists an optimal location with superior crystalline quality in the CIGS thin films obtained by one-step selenization. The energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) reveals that the Ga lateral distribution in the one-step selenized CIGS thin film is intimately correlated to the blue-shifted PL spectra...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330109/biomass-production-and-identification-of-suitable-harvesting-technique-for-chlorella-sp-mj-11-11-and-synechocystis-pcc-6803
#3
Amrit Lal, Debabrata Das
Microalgae that can grow fast and convert solar energy into chemical energy efficiently are being considered as a promising feedstock of renewable biofuel. Mass production of microalgal oil faces a number of technical barriers that make the current production of biodiesel economically unfeasible. Small size (≈1-20 μm) and negatively charged surface of the microalgal cells pose difficulties in the process of harvesting. This leads to significant increase in the overall cost of biomass production. The present study explored different methods and conditions for harvesting of Chlorella sp...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329662/the-preneoplastic-genome-transcriptomic-drivers-of-squamous-cell-carcinoma-development
#4
Kenneth Y Tsai
Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cuSCC) comprises 15-20% of all skin cancers, accounting for over 700,000 cases in the U.S. annually. Most cuSCC arise in association with a distinct precancerous lesion, the actinic keratosis (AK). In order to identify potential targets for molecularly targeted chemoprevention, we performed integrated cross-species genomic analysis of cuSCC development through the preneoplastic AK stage using matched human samples and a solar UV- driven Hairless mouse model. We performed RNA-seq and microRNA-seq on samples from both patients undergoing Mohs surgery and the mouse model...
September 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329465/youtube-as-a-source-of-health-information-analysis-of-sun-protection-and-skin-cancer-prevention-related-issues
#5
Linda Ruppert, Brian Køster, Anna Maria Siegert, Christian Cop, Lindsay Boyers, Chante Karimkhani, Helena Winston, Jessica Mounessa, Robert P Dellavalle, Daphne Reinau, Thomas Diepgen, Christian Surber
Although social media ubiquitously supplementstraditional information sources such as newspapers,magazines, radio, and television, investigation of onlinehealth information related to sun protection and skincancer prevention has been scarce and largely limitedto English language sources. Using the search terms"sun protection," "sunscreen," "skin cancer prevention,"tanning bed" and "vitamin D," we investigated 281YouTube videos presented in 6 languages: English,German, French, Spanish, Swedish, and Danish. Foreach video, we used a four-sectioned checklist toassess general information, popularity, expert drivenmeasures, and heuristic driven measures...
January 15, 2017: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329023/hydro-wind-and-solar-power-as-a-base-for-a-100-renewable-energy-supply-for-south-and-central-america
#6
Larissa de Souza Noel Simas Barbosa, Dmitrii Bogdanov, Pasi Vainikka, Christian Breyer
Power systems for South and Central America based on 100% renewable energy (RE) in the year 2030 were calculated for the first time using an hourly resolved energy model. The region was subdivided into 15 sub-regions. Four different scenarios were considered: three according to different high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission grid development levels (region, country, area-wide) and one integrated scenario that considers water desalination and industrial gas demand supplied by synthetic natural gas via power-to-gas (PtG)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328709/the-clinical-and-histological-effect-of-a-low-fluence-q-switched-1-064-nm-neodymium-yttrium-aluminum-garnet-laser-for-the-treatment-of-melasma-and-solar-lentigo-in-asians-prospective-randomized-and-split-face-comparative-study
#7
Chikako Kaminaka, Fukumi Furukawa, Yuki Yamamoto
BACKGROUND: The low-fluence Q-switched 1,064-nm neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser (QSNYL) is popular for melasma treatment among Asians. OBJECTIVE: This study was to evaluate the clinical and histological effects of the low-fluence QSNYL for treatment of melasma and solar lentigo. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this randomized split-face clinical study, 22 patients with melasma or solar lentigo received low-fluence QSNYL weekly for 10 sessions on one cheek...
March 21, 2017: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328193/novel-g-c3n4-coo-nanocomposites-with-significantly-enhanced-visible-light-photocatalytic-activity-for-h2-evolution
#8
Zhiyong Mao, Jingjing Chen, Yanfang Yang, Dajian Wang, Li-Jian Bie, Bradley D Fahlman
Novel g-C3N4/CoO nanocomposites application for photocatalytic H2 evolution were designed and fabricated for the first time in this work. The structure and morphology of g-C3N4/CoO were investigated by a wide range of characterization methods. The obtained g-C3N4/CoO composites exhibited more efficiency utilization of solar energy than pure g-C3N4, resulting in higher photocatalytic activity for H2 evolution. The optimum photoactivity in H2 evolution under visible light irradiation for g-C3N4/CoO composites with a CoO mass content of 0...
March 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326952/latin-american-guidelines-for-cancer-pain-management
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Argelia Lara-Solares, Marisol Ahumada Olea, Amparito de Los Ángeles Basantes Pinos, Sara Bistre Cohén, Patricia Bonilla Sierra, Eva Rossina Duarte Juárez, Omar A Símon Escudero, Juan Guillermo Santacruz Escudero, José Alberto Flores Cantisani
Cancer is a major public health issue. Poor pain management has devastating consequences that seriously affect quality of life, diminish functionality and place a huge emotional burden on patients and their relatives. A group of Latin American opinion leaders were invited to participate in a meeting to discuss areas associated with cancer pain. The expert panel reviewed the latest literature to draft region-specific guidelines for effective pain management. The guidelines make recommendations on tailoring treatment to the specific type of pain and provide local physicians with the state-of-the art findings in the field...
March 13, 2017: Pain Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326678/rational-engineering-of-bodipy-bridged-trisindole-derivatives-for-solar-cell-applications
#10
Nicolas Leclerc, Ibrahim Bulut, Quentin Huaulmé, Antoine Mirloup, Patricia Chávez, Sadiara Fall, Anne Hébraud, Stéphane Méry, Benoit Heinrich, Thomas Heiser, Patrick Lévêque
Boron dipyrromethene (Bodipy) are known to be efficient photon harvesting chromophores. However, their study as active materials in bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells is still scarce. In this paper, we developed new synthetic ways to design original Bodipy-based dumbbell-shape molecules, including a first 2,3,5,6-tetravinyl aromatic Bodipy molecule. We demonstrated that high fill factors can be obtained in BHJ solar cells when blended with a fullerene derivative, leading to a new Bodipy-based record power conversion efficiency of 5...
March 21, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326235/study-of-the-surface-properties-of-zno-nanocolumns-used-for-thin-film-solar-cells
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Neda Neykova, Jiri Stuchlik, Karel Hruska, Ales Poruba, Zdenek Remes, Ognen Pop-Georgievski
Densely packed ZnO nanocolumns (NCs), perpendicularly oriented to the fused-silica substrates were directly grown under hydrothermal conditions at 90 °C, with a growth rate of around 0.2 μm/h. The morphology of the nanostructures was visualized and analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The surface properties of ZnO NCs and the binding state of present elements were investigated before and after different plasma treatments, typically used in plasma-enhanced CVD solar cell deposition processes, by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)...
2017: Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326097/different-proteome-profiles-between-male-and-female-populus-cathayana-exposed-to-uv-b-radiation
#12
Yunxiang Zhang, Lihua Feng, Hao Jiang, Yuanbin Zhang, Sheng Zhang
With increasing altitude, solar UV-B radiation is enhanced. Based on the phenomenon of male-biased sex ratio of Populus cathayana Rehder in high altitude alpine area, we hypothesized that males have a faster and more sophisticated responsive mechanism to high UV-B radiation than that of females. Our previous studies have shown sexually different responses to high UV-B radiation were existed in P. cathayana at the morphological, physiological, and transcriptomic levels. However, the responses at the proteomic level remain unclear...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325048/photoinduced-single-and-multiple-electron-dynamics-processes-enhanced-by-quantum-confinement-in-lead-halide-perovskite-quantum-dots
#13
Dayton Jon Vogel, Andrei Kryjevski, Talgat M Inerbaev, Dmitri S Kilin
Methyl-ammonium lead iodide perovskite (MAPbI3) is a promising material for photovoltaic devices. A modification of the MAPbI3 into confined nanostructures is expected to further increase efficiency of solar energy conversion. Photo-excited dynamic processes in a MAPbI3 quantum dot (QD) have been modeled by many-body perturbation theory and nonadiabatic dynamics. A photoexcitation is followed by either exciton cooling (EC), its radiative (RR) or non-radiative recombination (NRR), or multi-exciton generation (MEG) processes...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324174/combining-climatic-and-soil-properties-better-predicts-covers-of-brazilian-biomes
#14
Daniel M Arruda, Elpídio I Fernandes-Filho, Ricardo R C Solar, Carlos E G R Schaefer
Several techniques have been used to model the area covered by biomes or species. However, most models allow little freedom of choice of response variables and are conditioned to the use of climate predictors. This major restriction of the models has generated distributions of low accuracy or inconsistent with the actual cover. Our objective was to characterize the environmental space of the most representative biomes of Brazil and predict their cover, using climate and soil-related predictors. As sample units, we used 500 cells of 100 km(2) for ten biomes, derived from the official vegetation map of Brazil (IBGE 2004)...
April 2017: Die Naturwissenschaften
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323482/constraints-on-the-early-terrestrial-surface-uv-environment-relevant-to-prebiotic-chemistry
#15
Sukrit Ranjan, Dimitar D Sasselov
The UV environment is a key boundary condition to abiogenesis. However, considerable uncertainty exists as to planetary conditions and hence surface UV at abiogenesis. Here, we present two-stream multilayer clear-sky calculations of the UV surface radiance on Earth at 3.9 Ga to constrain the UV surface fluence as a function of albedo, solar zenith angle (SZA), and atmospheric composition. Variation in albedo and latitude (through SZA) can affect maximum photoreaction rates by a factor of >10.4; for the same atmosphere, photoreactions can proceed an order of magnitude faster at the equator of a snowball Earth than at the poles of a warmer world...
March 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323413/designing-morphology-in-epitaxial-silicon-nanowires-the-role-of-gold-surface-chemistry-and-phosphorus-doping
#16
Seokhyoung Kim, David J Hill, Christopher W Pinion, Joseph D Christesen, James R McBride, James F Cahoon
Vertically-aligned semiconductor nanowires (NWs) have many potential applications for NW-based technologies, ranging from solar cells to intracellular sensors. Aligned NWs can be fabricated by top-down etching of planar wafers or synthesized from the bottom-up using the vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) mechanism to induce epitaxial growth on lattice-matched substrates. The VLS process permits the modulation of dopants along the NW growth axis, which, if combined with dopant-dependent wet-chemical etching, can be used to encode precise morphology...
March 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323409/high-quality-lavo3-films-as-solar-energy-conversion-material
#17
Hai-Tian Zhang, Matthew J Brahlek, Xiaoyu Ji, Shiming Lei, Jason Lapano, John W Freeland, Venkatraman Gopalan, Roman Engel-Herbert
Mott insulating oxides and their heterostructures have recently been identified as potential photovoltaic materials with favorable absorption properties and an intrinsic built-in electric field that can efficiently separate excited electron-hole pairs. At the same time, they are predicted to overcome the Shockley-Queisser limit due to strong electron-electron interaction present. Despite these premises a high concentration of defects commonly observed in Mott insulating films acting as recombination centers can derogate the photovoltaic conversion efficiency...
March 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323376/highly-active-gan-stabilized-ta3-n5-thin-film-photoanode-for-solar-water-oxidation
#18
Miao Zhong, Takashi Hisatomi, Yutaka Sasaki, Sayaka Suzuki, Katsuya Teshima, Mamiko Nakabayashi, Naoya Shibata, Hiroshi Nishiyama, Masao Katayama, Taro Yamada, Kazunari Domen
Ta3 N5 is a very promising photocatalyst for solar water splitting because of its wide spectrum solar energy utilization up to 600 nm and suitable energy band position straddling the water splitting redox reactions. However, its development has long been impeded by poor compatibility with electrolytes. Herein, we demonstrate a simple sputtering-nitridation process to fabricate high-performance Ta3 N5 film photoanodes owing to successful synthesis of the vital TaOδ precursors. An effective GaN coating strategy is developed to remarkably stabilize Ta3 N5 by forming a crystalline nitride-on-nitride structure with an improved nitride/electrolyte interface...
March 21, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323352/efficient-semitransparent-solar-cells-with-high-nir-responsiveness-enabled-by-a-small-bandgap-electron-acceptor
#19
Feng Liu, Zichun Zhou, Cheng Zhang, Jianyun Zhang, Qin Hu, Thomas Vergote, Feng Liu, Thomas P Russell, Xiaozhang Zhu
Inspired by the remarkable promotion of power conversion efficiency (PCE), commercial applications of organic photovoltaics (OPVs) can be foreseen in near future. One of the most promising applications is semitransparent (ST) solar cells that can be utilized in value-added applications such as energy-harvesting windows. However, the single-junction STOPVs utilizing fullerene acceptors show relatively low PCEs of 4%-6% due to the limited sunlight absorption because it is a dilemma that more photons need to be harvested in UV-vis-near-infrared (NIR) region to generate high photocurrent, which leads to the significant reduction of device transparency...
March 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322248/quantification-of-the-impact-of-aerosol-on-broadband-solar-radiation-in-north-china
#20
Bo Hu, Xiujuan Zhao, Hui Liu, Zirui Liu, Tao Song, Yuesi Wang, Liqin Tang, Xiangao Xia, Guiqian Tang, Dongsheng Ji, Tianxue Wen, Lili Wang, Yang Sun, Jinyuan Xin
PM2.5 plays a key role in the solar radiation budget and air quality assessments, but observations and historical data are relatively rare for Beijing. Based on the synchronous monitoring of PM2.5 and broadband solar radiation (Rs), a logarithmic function was developed to describe the quantitative relationship between these parameters. This empirical parameterization was employed to calculate Rsn from PM2.5 with normalized mean bias (NMB) -0.09 and calculate PM2.5 concentration from Rsn with NMB -0.12. Our results indicate that this parameterization provides an efficient and straightforward method for estimating PM2...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
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