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Chris E Freye, Robert E Synovec
A high temperature diaphragm valve-based two-dimensional (2D) gas chromatography (GC×GC) with time-of-flight mass spectrometry (TOFMS) instrument, with the valve mounted directly in the GC oven, is demonstrated with separations up to 325°C. Use of the diaphragm valve allowed for the use of uncoupled carrier gas flows for (1)D (first column dimension) and (2)D (second column dimension), with a (1)D flow rate of 1ml/min, and a (2)D flow rate 3ml/min. The 3ml/min flow rate on (2)D was selected to ensure compatibility with most TOFMS detectors...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Jefferson Luis Vieira, Francisco Yuri Macedo, Alexandre Miguel Benjo, Guilherme V Guimarães, Johanna Paola Contreras, Edimar A Bocchi
INTRODUCTION: Ambient air pollution is associated with adverse cardiovascular events. This meta-analysis aimed to investigate the short-term association between air pollution and cardiovascular effects on healthy volunteers. METHODS: We searched databases to identify randomized trials with controlled human exposures to either of two models for studying ambient particulate matter: diesel-exhaust or concentrated ambient particles. Estimates of size effect were performed using standardized mean difference (SMD)...
October 20, 2016: Annals of Medicine
A G Balliana, B B Moura, R C Inckot, C Bona
Hydrocarbons are the main components of diesel oil and are toxic for the majority of plants. A few plant species, known as phytoremediators, are tolerant of hydrocarbons and can survive the stressful conditions of soils contaminated with diesel oil. Canavalia ensiformis, a plant species that is well distributed throughout the tropics, possesses advantageous features for a potential resistance to soil contamination, such as fast growth and a deep root system. Thus, the aim of the present study was to evaluate the tolerance of C...
October 20, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
J C Vidal-Quist, F Ortego, B N Lambrecht, P Castañera, P Hernández-Crespo
The expression of allergen genes in house dust mites is influenced by temperature and relative humidity, but little is known of the impacts of other environmental factors that may alter the repertoire of allergens released by mites in home microhabitats. Bioassays were conducted in concave microscope slides in combination with real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) to analyse gene expression of 17 allergens of Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus (Acariformes: Pyroglyphidae) exposed to three chemical stressors that can be present in domestic environments...
October 18, 2016: Medical and Veterinary Entomology
Ting Dong, Shengbin Cao, Guangbiao Xu
A depth filtrating system with rotatable and taper-shaped filter column was reported to highly remove and recover oil from wastewater. In the work, structure filters made of kapok fibers were prepared by air-laying-bonding method. The oil removed from wastewater was then recovered from the oil-loaded filter by rotating the filter column, and the resulted filter was reused. The filtrating system demonstrated extremely high oil/water separation in which oil was completely retained by the filter at the first 20-100min while water passed through the filter's body with a flow rate of 560mL/min using 11,500-13,150mg/L vegetable oil or diesel polluted water...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Debananda Roy, Gurdeep Singh, Pankaj Yadav
Source apportionment study of PM10 (Particulate Matter) in a critically polluted area of Jharia coalfield, India has been carried out using Dispersion model, Principle Component Analysis (PCA) and Chemical Mass Balance (CMB) techniques. Dispersion model Atmospheric Dispersion Model (AERMOD) was introduced to simplify the complexity of sources in Jharia coalfield. PCA and CMB analysis indicates that monitoring stations near the mining area were mainly affected by the emission from open coal mining and its associated activities such as coal transportation, loading and unloading of coal...
October 2016: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
Guiqian Tang, Na Chao, Yuesi Wang, Jiashan Chen
Vehicular emissions in China in 2006 and 2010 were calculated at a high spatial resolution based on the data released by the National Bureau of Statistics, by taking the emission standards into consideration. China's vehicular emissions of carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxides (NOx), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), ammonia (NH3), fine particulate matters (PM2.5), inhalable particulate matters (PM10), black carbon (BC), and organic carbon (OC) were 30,113.9, 4593.7, 6838.0, 20.9, 400.2, 430.5, 285.6, and 105...
October 2016: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
Panu Karjalainen, Leonidas Ntziachristos, Timo Murtonen, Hugo Wihersaari, Pauli Simonen, Fanni Myllari, Nils-Olof Nylund, Jorma Keskinen, Topi Rönkkö
This study reports high numbers of exhaust emissions particles during engine motoring. Such particles were observed in the exhaust of two heavy duty vehicles with no diesel particle filter (DPF), driven on speed ramp tests and transient cycles. A significant fraction of these particles was non-volatile in nature. The number-weighted size distribution peak was below 10 nm when a thermodenuder was used to remove semivolatile material, growing up to 40 nm after semivolatile species condensation. These particles were found to contribute to 9-13% of total particle number emitted over a complete driving cycle...
October 13, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Duckshin Park, Taejeong Lee, Yongil Lee, Wonseog Jeong, Soon-Bark Kwon, Dongsool Kim, Kiyoung Lee
Emission reduction is one of the most efficient control measures in fuel-powered locomotives. The purpose of this study was to determine the reduction in particulate matter (PM) and black carbon (BC) emissions following the installation of a fuel activation device (FAD). The FAD was developed to enhance fuel combustion by atomizing fuel and to increase the surface area per unit volume of injected fuel. Emission reduction by the FAD was evaluated by installing a FAD in an operating diesel locomotive in Mongolia...
October 9, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
N A Abdelwahab, N Shukry, S F El-Kalyoubi
Sugarcane bagasse (B), a low cost agricultural waste, was modified via esterification and coating with polyacrylonitrile (PAN) and evaluated as a hydrophobic sorbent for diesel oil removal from artificial seawater. Esterification was carried out using stearic acid (SA) and CaO, the reaction conditions including B:SA mass ratio, CaO concentration, reaction time and temperature were optimized. Additional hydrophobicity was achieved by coating the esterified bagasse (EB) with a hydrophobic polymer (PAN). The advantages of hydrophobicity were clearly addressed by reduction of water absorption capacity (WAC) and increased oil adsorption capacity (OAC)...
October 12, 2016: Environmental Technology
S Levent Kuzu
Conventional air pollutants (PM10, CO, NOx) gradually increased from fall to winter during 2015 in Istanbul. Several air pollution episodes were observed during this period. This study was made in order to determine polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) levels, identify the sources of air pollution, and make toxicity assessment based on Benzo(a)pyrene equivalent concentrations. The sampling took 14 sequential days during winter. High-pressure weather conditions prevailed at the start of the sampling. The conditions were then changed to low-pressure condition towards the end of the sampling...
October 11, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Massimo Delogu, Francesco Del Pero, Lorenzo Berzi, Marco Pierini, Davide Bonaffini
The railway system represents one of the most resource-efficient answer to our ever-growing demand for transport service and the development trends for the following years forecast a substantial increase in this sector. Considering the European Union, rolling stock realizes a significant share of both goods and passengers carriage while it is responsible for a derisory quota of environmental impact and energy consumption involved by transportation. Contrary to the low environmental impact, the amount of End-of-Life (EoL) waste generated by rolling stocks in relation to the number of vehicles is notable, much greater than in the case of road vehicles...
October 7, 2016: Waste Management
L D Zhu, Z H Li, E Hiltunen
In response to the energy crisis, global warming, and climate changes, microalgae have received a great deal of attention as a biofuel feedstock. Due to a high lipid content in microalgal cells, microalgae present as a promising alternative source for the production of biodiesel. Environmental and culturing condition variations can alter lipid production as well as chemical compositions of microalgae. Therefore, application of the strategies to activate lipid accumulation opens the door for lipid overproduction in microalgae...
2016: BioMed Research International
Galina Reshetnikova, Viktoriya S Sidorenko, Terry Whyard, Mark Lukin, Wayne Waltzer, Takeji Takamura-Enye, Victor Romanov
3-Nitrobenzanthrone (3-NBA), a potential human carcinogen, is present in diesel exhaust. The main metabolite of 3-NBA, 3-aminobenzanthrone, was detected in urine of miners occupationally exposed to diesel emissions. Environmental and occupational factors play an important role in development of bladder cancer (BC), one of the most frequent malignancies. It is expected that exposure of urothelium to 3-NBA and its metabolites may induce BC initiation and/or progression. To test this hypothesis, we studied geno- and cytotoxicity of 3-NBA using an in vitro BC model...
October 5, 2016: Experimental Cell Research
Yongzhen Wang, Songquan Wu, Xingru Yan, Tao Ma, Lu Shao, Yuyan Liu, Zhanhu Guo
A series of alkyl bicarbamates supramolecular organogelators were synthesized with different structures and lengths of alkyl chains. The driving forces for the self-assembly of small molecules, including the intermolecular H bonding, π-π stacking and van der Waals interactions, played an important role in the formation of different 3D network structures, i.e., fibers, ribbons, sheets, and prisms. And a probable formation process of the gel networks was proposed. Furthermore, the phase-selective gelling performances were investigated for oil removal from aqueous solution...
October 5, 2016: Chemosphere
R Miandad, A S Nizami, M Rehan, M A Barakat, M I Khan, A Mustafa, I M I Ismail, J D Murphy
This paper aims to investigate the effect of temperature and reaction time on the yield and quality of liquid oil produced from a pyrolysis process. Polystyrene (PS) type plastic waste was used as a feedstock in a small pilot scale batch pyrolysis reactor. At 400°C with a reaction time of 75min, the gas yield was 8% by mass, the char yield was 16% by mass, while the liquid oil yield was 76% by mass. Raising the temperature to 450°C increased the gas production to 13% by mass, reduced the char production to 6...
October 4, 2016: Waste Management
Junfeng Jim Zhang, Ki-Bum Lee, Linchen He, Joanna Seiffert, Prasad Subramaniam, Letao Yang, Shu Chen, Pierce Maguire, Gediminas Mainelis, Stephan Schwander, Teresa Tetley, Alexandra Porter, Mary Ryan, Milo Shaffer, Sheng Hu, Jicheng Gong, Kian Fan Chung
Nanoceria (i.e., CeO2 nanoparticles) fuel additives have been used in Europe and elsewhere to improve fuel efficiency. Previously we have shown that the use of a commercial fuel additive Envirox™ in a diesel-powered electricity generator reduced emissions of diesel exhaust particle (DEP) mass and other pollutants. However, such additives are currently not permitted for use in on-road vehicles in North America, largely due to limited data on the potential health impact. In this study, we characterized a variety of physicochemical properties of DEPs emitted from the same engine...
October 12, 2016: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
Yi Cao, Jimin Long, Yuejia Ji, Gui Chen, Yuexin Shen, Yu Gong, Juan Li
Increasing evidence suggests that exposure of particulate matter (PM) from traffic vehicles, e.g., diesel exhaust particles (DEP), was associated with adverse vascular effects, e.g., acceleration of atherosclerotic plaque progression. By analogy, engineered nanoparticles (NPs) could also induce similar effects. The formation of lipid laden foam cells, derived predominately from macrophages and vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC), is closely associated with the development of atherosclerosis and adverse vascular effects...
October 6, 2016: Inhalation Toxicology
Hongbin Cao, Sihong Chao, Li Qiao, Yanxue Jiang, Xiancai Zeng, Xiaoting Fan
Urbanization, which is characterized by population aggregation, industrial development, and increased traffic load, may change local polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) emissions and their associated health risks. To investigate these changes, we collected soil samples in 2009 and 2014 in a rapidly developing small town in Southern Jiangsu (China) and measured the concentrations of 16 PAHs via gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Although the total PAHs decreased from 4586.6 to 640.6ng/g, the concentrations of the high-molecular-weight PAHs benzo(b)fluoranthene and benzo(a)pyrene increased due to changes in the PAH sources...
September 30, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Brandon Michael Graver, H Christopher Frey, Jiangchuan Hu
Few data are available regarding the effect of biodiesel on exhaust emission rates of two-stroke engines used in many passenger locomotives. Using a portable emissions measurement system (PEMS), duty cycle average nitrogen oxides (NOx), hydrocarbons (HC), carbon monoxide (CO), particulate matter (PM), and carbon dioxide (CO2) emission rates were measured for three locomotives operating on ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) and soy-based B10, B20, and B40 biodiesel blends. Measurements were conducted in the rail yard (RY) and over-the-rail (OTR) during passenger service...
October 3, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
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