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V Di Cecco, M Di Musciano, A A D'Archivio, A R Frattaroli, L Di Martino
This work aims to study the seeds of the endemic species Astragalus aquilanus from four different populations of Central Italy. We investigated the seed morpho-colorimetric features (shape and size) and chemical differences (through infrared spectroscopy) among populations and between dark and light seeds. Seed morpho-colorimetric quantitative variables, describing shape, size and colour seed traits, were measured using image analysis techniques. Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy was used to attempt seed chemical characterization...
May 20, 2018: Plant Biology
Jiuping Wu, Linlong Li, Chuan Fu, Fan Yang, Zixue Jiao, Xincui Shi, Yoshihiro Ito, Zongliang Wang, Qinyi Liu, Peibiao Zhang
Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) is a high-performance semicrystalline thermoplastic polymer that is widely used in the orthopedics treatment. However, due to its biological inertness, the surface modification of PEEK using different methods to improve the biocompatibility remains a significant challenge. Herein, we attempted to use the covalently coating of phosphorylated gelatin loaded with bone morphogenetic protein 2 (BMP-2) on hydroxylated micro-porous PEEK films for enhancing the biological activity. Environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM), fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and water contact angle measurements were applied to characterize the surface of modified or untreated PEEK films...
May 15, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Xiaoming Peng, Min Wang, Fengping Hu, Fengxian Qiu, Tao Zhang, Hongling Dai, Zan Cao
In this work, a series of flower-like CuAl layered double hydroxides (LDHs) and hierarchical CuAl/carbon fiber-LDH (CuAl/CF-LDH) materials were synthesized, and these materials were used as catalysts for the degradation of ammonia nitrogen from simulated wastewater. The morphologies and structures of the materials were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy (RS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) technique...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
Tooba Siddiqui, Mohammad Khalid Zia, Syed Saqib Ali, Haseeb Ahsan, Fahim Halim Khan
Hypochlorous acid, an active bleaching agent is one of the major oxidants produced by neutrophils under physiological conditions. It is a potent reactive oxygen species (ROS) which causes oxidation of biomolecules. Treatment of proteins with hypochlorite results in direct oxidative damage to proteins. Alpha-2-macroglobulin is a major proteinase inhibitor and it can inhibit proteinase of any kind regardless of specificity and catalytic mechanism. The proteinase-antiproteinase balance plays an important role in mediating inflammation associated tissue destruction...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Andrew Turner
Black products constitute about 15% of the domestic plastic waste stream, of which the majority is single-use packaging and trays for food. This material is not, however, readily recycled owing to the low sensitivity of black pigments to near infrared radiation used in conventional plastic sorting facilities. Accordingly, there is mounting evidence that the demand for black plastics in consumer products is partly met by sourcing material from the plastic housings of end-of-life waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE)...
May 17, 2018: Environment International
Lei Yan, Muhammad Riaz, Xiuwen Wu, Chenqing Du, Yalin Liu, Cuncang Jiang
Aluminum (Al) phytotoxicity is a major limitation in the production of crops in the soils with pH ≤ 5. Boron (B) is indispensable nutrient for the development of higher plants and B role has been reported in the alleviation Al toxicity. Trifoliate orange rootstock was grown in two B and two Al concentrations. The results of the present study showed that Al toxicity adversely inhibited root elongation and exhibited higher oxidative stress in terms of H2 O2 and O2 - under B-deficiency. Additionally, the X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis confirmed the increase of the cellulose crystallinity in the cell wall (CW)...
May 17, 2018: Environmental Pollution
Wenying Tian, Renlong Liu, Wenjia Wang, Zhaosen Yin, Xuewen Yi
In this study, the effects of reaction temperature, holding time, algae/water ratio and catalyst dosage on the yield and quality of bio-oil produced via the HTL of Spirulina were investigated. The maximum bio-oil yield (43.05 wt%) and energy recovery (ER) value (64.62%) were obtained at 260 °C for 30 min, with an algae/water ratio of 1/4 and a catalyst dosage of 5 wt%. The bio-oil samples were characterized by elemental analysis, Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS), Fourier Transform Infrared (FI-IR), and Thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA)...
May 4, 2018: Bioresource Technology
S Olsztyńska-Janus, Z Kiełbowicz, M A Czarnecki
Near infrared (NIR) radiation has been widely used in medicine and biomedical engineering. In spite of numerous studies the molecular mechanism of NIR radiation on biological systems has not been established as yet. The objective of this work was examination of the effect of NIR irradiation on the skin components. Modifications of lipid organization after NIR exposure vs. temperature (from 20 to 90 °C) have been investigated using Attenuated Total Reflectance Infrared (ATR-IR) spectroscopy. This work is a continuation of our previous studies on the temperature effect on skin components [1]...
May 11, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Muhammad Nadeem Arshad, Abdulhadi Salih Birinji, Muhammad Khalid, Abdullah M Asiri, Khalid A Al-Amry, Faisal M S Aqlan, Ataualpa A C Braga
Pyrazoline are widely being studied due to their potential applications in chemical field. Herein, five pyrazolines compounds were synthesized and characterized spectroscopically using nuclear magnetic resonance techniques (1 H NMR &13 C NMR) to determine the structures of molecules along-with UV-Visible and infrared (FT-IR) studies for additional spectroscopic support in characterization of entitle synthesized molecules. Unit cells, specific space groups, bond lengths, bond angles and hydrogen bonding interactions were determined by the x-ray diffraction studies...
May 16, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
A J Bucci, D L Van Hekken, M H Tunick, J A Renye, P M Tomasula
This work examines the use of mild heat treatments in conjunction with 2-pass microfluidization to generate cheese milk for potential use in soft cheeses, such as Queso Fresco. Raw, thermized, and high temperature, short time pasteurized milk samples, standardized to the 3% (wt/wt) fat content used in cheesemaking, were processed at 4 inlet temperature and pressure conditions: 42°C/75 MPa, 42°C/125 MPa, 54°C/125 MPa, and 54°C/170 MPa. Processing-induced changes in the physical, chemical, and microbial properties resulting from the intense pressure, shear, and cavitation that milk experiences as it is microfluidized were compared with nonmicrofluidized controls...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
Ankita Bedi, Braj Raj Singh, Sunil K Deshmukh, Nisha Aggarwal, Colin J Barrow, Alok Adholeya
In this study, an ecofriendly and economically viable waste management approach have been attempted towards the biosynthesis of agriculturally important nanoparticles from jarosite waste. Aspergillus terreus strain J4 isolated from jarosite (waste from Debari Zinc Smelter, Udaipur, India), showed good leaching efficiency along with nanoparticles (NPs) formation under ambient conditions. Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) confirmed the formation of NPs...
May 2018: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
Ya Liu, Peng Qian, Yang Yu, Bo Yu, Yongliang Wang, Shufeng Ye, Yunfa Chen
The discharge of heavy metal ions such as Cu2+ and Pb2+ poses a severe threat to public health and the environment owing to their extreme toxicity and bioaccumulation through food chains. Herein, we report a novel organic-inorganic hybrid adsorbent, Al(OH)3 -poly(acrylamide-dimethyldiallylammonium chloride)-graft-dithiocarbamate (APD), for rapid and effective removal of Cu2+ and Pb2+ . In this adsorbent, the "star-like" structure of Al(OH)3 -poly(acrylamide-dimethyldiallylammonium chloride) served as the support of dithiocarbamate (DTC) functional groups for easy access of heavy metal ions and assisted development of large and compact floccules...
May 2018: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
Lian Yu, Long Wang, Weicheng Xu, Limin Chen, Mingli Fu, Junliang Wu, Daiqi Ye
A modified Hummer's method was adopted for the synthesis of graphene oxide (GO) and reduced graphene oxide (rGO). It was revealed that the modified method is effective for the production of GO and rGO from graphite. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) images of GO and rGO showed a sheet-like morphology. Because of the presence of oxygenated functional groups on the carbon surface, the interlayer spacing of the prepared GO was higher than that of rGO. The presence of OH and CO groups in the Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR) spectrum and G-mode and 2D-mode in Raman spectra confirmed the synthesis of GO and rGO...
May 2018: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
Congbin Xu, Wenjie Yang, Weijiang Liu, Hongliang Sun, Chunlei Jiao, Ai-Jun Lin
Zero-valent iron (ZVI) was loaded on expanded graphite (EG) to produce a composite material (EG-ZVI) for efficient removal of hexavalent chromium (Cr(VI)). EG and EG-ZVI were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) analysis. EG-ZVI had a high specific surface area and contained sub-micron sized particles of zero-valent iron. Batch experiments were employed to evaluate the Cr(VI) removal performance...
May 2018: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
Wei Yu, Yawen Wang, Aimin Li, Hu Yang
The development of phosphorus-free and biodegradable scale inhibitors has been paid considerable attention. Two series of starch-graft-poly(acrylic acid) (St-g-PAA) samples with different grafting ratios and grafted-chain distributions, that is, the number and length of grafted PAA chains on the starch backbone, were designed and prepared in this study. Fourier transform infrared and 1 H nuclear magnetic resonance spectra were used to further characterize the molecular structures of the St-g-PAAs. In addition to dose, the effects of the structural morphologies of St-g-PAA, namely, grafting ratio and grafted-chain distribution, on the scale-inhibition performance against calcium carbonate were investigated systematically...
April 9, 2018: Water Research
Bin Wu, Dinghua Peng, Siyu Hou, Bicong Tang, Can Wang, Heng Xu
In this study, the dynamic Cr(VI) removal process from water by the synthesized multilayer material coated nanoscale zerovalent iron (SBC-nZVI) was systematically discussed at different treatment conditions. The results showed that initial pH, contact time, Cr(VI) concentration and the dosage of SBC-nZVI were important parameters that influenced the Cr(VI) removal efficiency. The major Cr(VI) removal occurred within 60 min and gradually tend to equilibrium with consistent treatment. The removal efficiency was highly depended on pH values and the adsorption kinetics agreed well with the pseduo-second-order model (PSO)...
May 16, 2018: Environmental Pollution
Leandro S A Pereira, Fernanda L C Lisboa, José Coelho Neto, Frederico N Valladão, Marcelo M Sena
Several new psychoactive substances (NPS) have reached the illegal drug market in recent years, and ecstasy-like tablets are one of the forms affected by this change. Cathinones and tryptamines have increasingly been found in ecstasy-like seized samples as well as other amphetamine type stimulants. A presumptive method for identifying different drugs in seized ecstasy tablets (n=92) using ATR-FTIR (attenuated total reflectance - Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy) and PLS-DA (partial least squares discriminant analysis) was developed...
May 9, 2018: Forensic Science International
Bin Tang, Peixiao Tang, Jiawei He, Hongqin Yang, Hui Li
Ibrutinib (IBR) is a novel Bruton's tyrosine kinase inhibitor and shows good efficacy for several B-cell malignancies. In the current study, the molecular mechanism of the interaction between IBR and the transport protein human serum albumin (HSA) was ascertained by spectroscopic, calorimetric, and docking studies. Detailed investigations on affinity parameter, binding model, conformational change, and site selectivity were implemented by receptor-based and ligand-based analysis. An unusual fluorescence co-quenching (mutual quenching) was observed in the binding of IBR to HSA, followed by a static mechanism...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
Yan-Zhen Ma, Yun-Fan Yang, Wei Shi, Yu-Zhi Song, Yong-Qing Li
Dolores Reyman et al. found the norharmane (9H-pyrido [3,4-b] indole) (NHM) and two acetic acid molecules can form the ternary complex (NHM-2A) in component solvent of dichloromethane and acetic acid via the hydrogen bond chain (J. Lumin. 2014, 148, 64). But the specific reaction details during this process were rarely reported. In this study, we will give an insight into the reasons which promote the occurrence of this reaction as well as its reaction order. The hydrogen bond enhancing behavior in first excited state (S1 ) is verified through the analysis of geometric configurations, infrared spectra, frontier molecular orbitals and potential energy curves...
May 9, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Nicole Proulx, Ali-Akbar Samadani, Tom Chau
Event-related potentials (ERPs) have previously been used to confirm the existence of the fast optical signal (FOS) but validation methods have mainly been limited to exploring the temporal correspondence of FOS peaks to those of ERPs. The purpose of this study was to systematically quantify the relationship between FOS and ERP responses to a visual oddball task in both time and frequency domains. Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and electroencephalography (EEG) sensors were co-located over the prefrontal cortex while participants performed a visual oddball task...
May 16, 2018: NeuroImage
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