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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245177/microplastics-as-an-emerging-threat-to-terrestrial-ecosystems
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Anderson Abel de Souza Machado, Werner Kloas, Christiane Zarfl, Stefan Hempel, Matthias C Rillig
Microplastics (plastics < 5 mm, including nanoplastics which are < 0.1 μm) originate from the fragmentation of large plastic litter or from direct environmental emission. Their potential impacts in terrestrial ecosystems remain largely unexplored despite numerous reported effects on marine organisms. Most plastics arriving in the oceans were produced, used, and often disposed on land. Hence, it is within terrestrial systems that microplastics might first interact with biota eliciting ecologically relevant impacts...
December 15, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245149/organorelease-a-framework-for-modeling-the-release-of-organic-chemicals-from-the-use-and-post-use-of-consumer-products
#2
Mengya Tao, Dingsheng Li, Runsheng Song, Sangwon Suh, Arturo A Keller
Chemicals in consumer products have become the focus of recent regulatory developments including California's Safer Consumer Products Act. However, quantifying the amount of chemicals released during the use and post-use phases of consumer products is challenging, limiting the ability to understand their impacts. Here we present a comprehensive framework, OrganoRelease, for estimating the release of organic chemicals from the use and post-use of consumer products given limited information. First, a novel Chemical Functional Use Classifier estimates functional uses based on chemical structure...
December 12, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245145/comparative-leaching-of-six-toxic-metals-from-raw-and-chemically-stabilized-mswi-fly-ash-using-citric-acid
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Huawei Wang, Xinxiu Fan, Ya-Nan Wang, Weihua Li, Yingjie Sun, Meili Zhan, Guizhi Wu
The leaching behavior of six typical toxic metals (Pb, Zn, Cr, Cd, Cu and Ni) from raw and chemically stabilized (phosphate and chelating agent) municipal solid waste incineration (MSWI) fly ash were investigated using citric acid. Leaching tests indicated that phosphate stabilization can effectively decrease the leaching of Zn, Cd and Cr; whereas chelating agent stabilization shows a strong ability to lower the release of Pb, Cd and Cu, but instead increases the solubility of Zn and Cr at low pH conditions...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245144/the-myorobot-a-novel-automated-biomechatronics-system-to-assess-voltage-ca2-biosensors-and-active-passive-biomechanics-in-muscle-and-biomaterials
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M Haug, B Reischl, G Prölß, C Pollmann, T Buckert, C Keidel, S Schürmann, M Hock, S Rupitsch, M Heckel, T Pöschel, T Scheibel, C Haynl, L Kiriaev, S I Head, O Friedrich
We engineered an automated biomechatronics system, MyoRobot, for robust objective and versatile assessment of muscle or polymer materials (bio-)mechanics. It covers multiple levels of muscle biosensor assessment, e.g. membrane voltage or contractile apparatus Ca2+ ion responses (force resolution 1µN, 0-10mN for the given sensor; [Ca2+] range ~ 100nM-25µM). It replaces previously tedious manual protocols to obtain exhaustive information on active/passive biomechanical properties across various morphological tissue levels...
December 7, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245135/acidogenic-fermentation-of-iron-enhanced-primary-sedimentation-sludge-under-different-ph-conditions-for-production-of-volatile-fatty-acids
#5
Lin Lin, Xiao-Yan Li
Iron-based chemically enhanced primary sedimentation (CEPS) is increasingly adopted for wastewater treatment in mega cities, producing a large amount of sludge (Fe-sludge) with a high content of organics for potential organic resource recovery. In this experimental study, acidogenic fermentation was applied treat FeCl3-based CEPS sludge for production of volatile fatty acids (VFAs) at different pHs. Batch fermentation tests on the Fe-sludge with an organic content of 10 g-COD/L showed that the maximum VFAs production reached 2782...
December 6, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245134/phosphorus-recovery-and-reuse-by-pyrolysis-applications-for-agriculture-and-environment
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REVIEW
Daquan Sun, Lauren Hale, Gourango Kar, Raju Soolanayakanahally, Sina Adl
Phosphorus ore extraction for soil fertilization supports the demand of modern agriculture, but extractable resource limitations, due to scarcity, impose a P reuse and recycling research agenda. Here we propose to integrate biochar production (pyrogenic carbon) with municipal and agricultural waste management systems, to recover and reuse phosphorous that would otherwise be lost from the ecological food web. A meta-analysis and available data on total P in biochar indicated that P-enriched feedstocks include animal manure, human excreta, and plant-biomass collected from P-polluted sites...
December 7, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245116/human-lung-epithelial-cells-a549-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-induced-by-pva-collagen-nanofiber
#7
Xiuchun Li, Shanshan Yan, Jing Dai, Yi Lu, Yiqun Wang, Man Sun, Jinkang Gong, Yuan Yao
Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a process by which epithelial cells lose their cell-cell contact to become mesenchymal stem cells, which is important on development and embryogenesis, wound healing, and cancer metastasis. This research aims to investigate the effect of topological cue as modulating factor on the EMT by tuning the diameter of electrospinning nanofiber. The cell-nanofiber interaction between human lung epithelial cell A549 and electrospinning nanofibers composed of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and type I collagen were investigated...
December 11, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245075/evidence-of-coexisting-microemulsion-droplets-in-oil-in-water-emulsions-revealed-by-2d-dosy-1h-nmr
#8
Tarek S Awad, Dalal Asker, Laurence S Romsted
Optimizing the macroscopic properties, shelf-life and stability of emulsion products requires a better understanding of the microstructural characteristics such as the type (nano, micro and macro) and the relative distribution of components (i.e., oil and surfactant) within the emulsion droplets. We used Diffusion-Ordered NMR Spectroscopy (DOSY NMR) to evaluate these characteristics in model oil-in-water emulsion containing Tween 80 and medium chain triglycerides (MCT). At low MCT concentrations, the solutions were transparent but from 1 to 5 wt% MCT, they became translucent then opaque...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245074/fabrication-characterization-and-photoelectrochemical-activity-of-tungsten-copper-co-sensitized-tio2-nanotube-composite-photoanodes
#9
Mohamad Mohsen Momeni, Yousef Ghayeb, Farzaneh Ezati
Tungsten-copper co-sensitized TiO2 nanotube films on titanium substrate, used as photoanodes in photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting to produce hydrogen, have been synthesized via anodization and chemical bath deposition (CBD) methods. Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were used to study the morphology and elemental composition of the synthetic samples. UV-Vis diffuse reflection spectroscopy (UV-Vis DRS) was sued to investigate the optical features of the samples...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245036/inhibition-of-microbial-fuel-cell-operation-for-municipal-wastewater-treatment-by-impact-loads-of-free-ammonia-in-bench-and-45l-scale
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Heinz Hiegemann, Manfred Lübken, Patrick Schulte, Karl-Georg Schmelz, Sylvia Gredigk-Hoffmann, Marc Wichern
A 45-liter microbial fuel cell (MFC) system was integrated into a full-scale wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). The system was operated under practical conditions with supernatant of a pre-thickener for 50days in order to identify, whether higher power output and energy recovery is possible compared to the use of primary clarifier effluent, as used in a previous study. The higher COD (chemical oxygen demand) loading rates of supernatant neither increased power densities, nor energy recovery, but impact loads of total ammonia nitrogen (TAN) in concentrations >800mg/L (free ammonia nitrogen (FAN)>40mg/L) led to an instant collapse of power output and nutrient removal, which was reversed when ammonia concentrations decreased...
December 12, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244950/bio-inspired-assembly-of-carbon-nanotube-into-graphene-aerogel-with-cabbage-like-hierarchical-porous-structure-for-highly-efficient-organic-pollutants-cleanup
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Wenwei Zhan, Siruo Yu, Liang Gao, Feng Wang, Xue Fu, Gang Sui, Xiaoping Yang
Nowadays, physical absorption has become a feasible method offering an efficient and green route to remove organic pollutants from the industrial wastewater. Inspired by polydopamine (PDA) chemistry, one dimensional PDA functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT-PDA) were creatively introduced into graphene aerogel framework to synthesis a robust graphene/MWCNT-PDA composite aerogel (GCPCA). The whole forming process needed no additional reducing agents, significantly reducing the contamination emissions to the environment...
December 15, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244907/pleading-for-a-dual-molecular-orbital-valence-bond-culture
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Philippe Charles Hiberty
The history of the two main theories of chemical bonding, Valence Bond and Molecular Orbital theories, with their respective localized and delocalized visions of the electron pairs, is briefly recalled with an emphasis on their equivalence at comparable computational levels. The delocalized/localized alternative also exists in the very framework of MO theory, since localized MOs can be obtained through unitary transformations which leave Slater determinants invariant. In particular, the use of hybrid orbitals in chemical interpretations is thus perfectly justified...
December 15, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244887/carbon-fiber-framework-for-full-arch-implant-supported-fixed-dental-prostheses-supporting-resin-based-composite-and-lithium-disilicate-ceramic-crowns-case-report-and-description-of-features
#13
Giuseppe Castorina
This case report presents a new approach for shock-absorbing carbon-fiber composite frameworks for full-arch implant-supported fixed dental prostheses supporting resin-based and lithium disilicate ceramic crowns. It describes the characteristics of the materials used, the procedures for implementing the framework, and the requirements to achieve the best mechanical and clinical properties. The result is a full-arch prosthesis with masticatory load shock-absorption capacities, chemical bonding between materials, good esthetics, and wear similar to natural enamel...
December 15, 2017: International Journal of Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244856/in-vitro-anthelmintic-effects-of-spigelia-anthelmia-protein-fractions-against-haemonchus-contortus
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Sandra Alves Araújo, Alexandra Martins Dos Santos Soares, Carolina Rocha Silva, Eduardo Bezerra Almeida Júnior, Cláudia Quintino Rocha, André Teixeira da Silva Ferreira, Jonas Perales, Livio M Costa-Júnior
Gastrointestinal nematodes are a significant concern for animal health and well-being, and anthelmintic treatment is mainly performed through the use of chemical products. However, bioactive compounds produced by plants have shown promise for development as novel anthelmintics. The aim of this study is to assess the anthelmintic activity of protein fractions from Spigelia anthelmia on the gastrointestinal nematode Haemonchus contortus. Plant parts were separated into leaves, stems and roots, washed with distilled water, freeze-dried and ground into a fine powder...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244848/surface-modified-nanoparticles-as-anti-biofilm-filler-for-dental-polymers
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Nathan Zaltsman, Andrei C Ionescu, Ervin I Weiss, Eugenio Brambilla, Shaul Beyth, Nurit Beyth
The objective of the study was to synthesis silica nanoparticles modified with (i) a tertiary amine bearing two t-cinnamaldehyde substituents or (ii) dimethyl-octyl ammonium, alongside the well-studied quaternary ammonium polyethyleneimine nanoparticles. These were to be evaluated for their chemical and mechanical properties, as well for antibacterial and antibiofilm activity. Samples were incorporated in commercial dental resin material and the degree of monomer conversion, mechanical strength, and water contact angle were tested to characterize the effect of the nanoparticles on resin material...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244761/study-of-separation-and-fouling-of-reverse-osmosis-membranes-during-model-hydrolysate-solution-filtration
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Olumoye Ajao, Mohamed Rahni, Mariya Marinova, Hassan Chadjaa, Oumarou Savadogo
Prehydrolysate, a dilute solution consisting mainly of pentoses, hexoses, and lesser quantities of organic acids, furfural and phenolics, is generated in the Kraft dissolving pulp process. An obstacle facing the valorization of the solution in hemicellulose biorefineries, by conversion of the sugars into bioproducts such as furfural, is the low sugar concentration. Membrane filtration is typically proposed in several hemicellulose based biorefineries for concentrating the solution, although they are usually generated using different wood species, pretreatment methods, and operating conditions...
December 15, 2017: Membranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244756/recent-progress-in-biosensors-for-environmental-monitoring-a-review
#17
REVIEW
Celine I L Justino, Armando C Duarte, Teresa A P Rocha-Santos
The environmental monitoring has been one of the priorities at the European and global scale due to the close relationship between the environmental pollution and the human health/socioeconomic development. In this field, the biosensors have been widely employed as cost-effective, fast, in situ, and real-time analytical techniques. The need of portable, rapid, and smart biosensing devices explains the recent development of biosensors with new transduction materials, obtained from nanotechnology, and for multiplexed pollutant detection, involving multidisciplinary experts...
December 15, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244753/identification-of-a-multicomponent-traditional-herbal-medicine-by-hplc-ms-and-electron-and-light-microscopy
#18
Ju-Han Liu, Yung-Yi Cheng, Chen-Hsi Hsieh, Tung-Hu Tsai
BACKGROUND: Commercial pharmaceutical herbal products have enabled people to take traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in a convenient and accessible form. However, the quantity and quality should be additionally inspected. To address the issue, a combination of chemical and physical inspection methods were developed to evaluate the amount of an herbal formula, Xiang-Sha-Liu-Jun-Zi-Tang (XSLJZT), in clinical TCM practice. METHODS: A high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS) method with electrospray ionization was developed to measure the herbal biomarkers of guanosine, atractylenolide III, glycyrrhizic acid, dehydrocostus lactone, hesperidin, and oleanolic acid from XSLJZT...
December 15, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244741/fluorescent-and-colorimetric-electrospun-nanofibers-for-heavy-metal-sensing
#19
REVIEW
Idelma A A Terra, Luiza A Mercante, Rafaela S Andre, Daniel S Correa
The accumulation of heavy metals in the human body and/or in the environment can be highly deleterious for mankind, and currently, considerable efforts have been made to develop reliable and sensitive techniques for their detection. Among the detection methods, chemical sensors appear as a promising technology, with emphasis on systems employing optically active nanofibers. Such nanofibers can be obtained by the electrospinning technique, and further functionalized with optically active chromophores such as dyes, conjugated polymers, carbon-based nanomaterials and nanoparticles, in order to produce fluorescent and colorimetric nanofibers...
December 15, 2017: Biosensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244738/design-of-an-air-pollution-monitoring-campaign-in-beijing-for-application-to-cohort-health-studies
#20
REVIEW
Sverre Vedal, Bin Han, Jia Xu, Adam Szpiro, Zhipeng Bai
No cohort studies in China on the health effects of long-term air pollution exposure have employed exposure estimates at the fine spatial scales desirable for cohort studies with individual-level health outcome data. Here we assess an array of modern air pollution exposure estimation approaches for assigning within-city exposure estimates in Beijing for individual pollutants and pollutant sources to individual members of a cohort. Issues considered in selecting specific monitoring data or new monitoring campaigns include: needed spatial resolution, exposure measurement error and its impact on health effect estimates, spatial alignment and compatibility with the cohort, and feasibility and expense...
December 15, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
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