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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918281/distribution-of-vocs-in-urban-and-rural-atmospheres-of-subtropical-india-temporal-variation-source-attribution-ratios-ofp-and-risk-assessment
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Amit Kumar, Deepak Singh, Krishan Kumar, Braj Bihari Singh, Vinod Kumar Jain
This paper reports the first study which comprises the seasonal, diurnal variability, source characterization, ozone forming potential and risk assessment of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) at three sites (two urban and one rural) in the National Capital Territory of Delhi, India. The study was performed during three seasons of the year 2013-14 and two different categories of VOCs (aromatics and halogenated) have been selected. The study used the sampling and analytical procedures of NIOSH methods. Results showed that the mean concentration of sum of VOCs (∑VOC) is significantly higher at urban sites (110...
September 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918273/volatile-and-semivolatile-emissions-from-the-pyrolysis-of-almond-shell-loaded-with-heavy-metals
#2
M A Martín-Lara, N Ortuño, J A Conesa
Heavy metal-loaded almond shell was subjected to pyrolysis to understand the effect of the presence of different heavy metals on its thermal degradation. Pyrolysis behavior of native and metal-loaded samples was studied by thermogravimetric analysis. Similar shapes of thermogravimetric curves indicate that the presence of cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), copper (Cu), nickel (Ni) and lead (Pb) did not change the main degradation pathways of almond shell. However, the temperature at which the decomposition in each stage takes place at a higher rate and char yield was considerably modified by the presence of Cr and Ni...
September 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918122/pre-harvest-uv-c-irradiation-triggers-vocs-accumulation-with-alteration-of-antioxidant-enzymes-and-phytohormones-in-strawberry-leaves
#3
Yanqun Xu, Zisheng Luo, Marie Thérèse Charles, Daniel Rolland, Dominique Roussel
Recent studies have highlighted the biological and physiological effects of pre-harvest ultraviolet (UV)-C treatment on growing plants. However, little is known about the involvement of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and their response to this treatment. In this study, strawberry plants were exposed to three different doses of UV-C radiation for seven weeks (a low dose: 9.6kJm(-2); a medium dose: 15kJm(-2); and a high-dose: 29.4kJm(-2)). Changes in VOC profiles were investigated and an attempt was made to identify factors that may be involved in the regulation of these alterations...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917787/gas-chromatographic-mass-spectrometric-analysis-of-urinary-volatile-organic-metabolites-optimization-of-the-hs-spme-procedure-and-sample-storage-conditions
#4
Tanja Živković Semren, Irena Brčić Karačonji, Toni Safner, Nataša Brajenović, Blanka Tariba Lovaković, Alica Pizent
Non-targeted metabolomics research of human volatile urinary metabolome can be used to identify potential biomarkers associated with the changes in metabolism related to various health disorders. To ensure reliable analysis of urinary volatile organic metabolites (VOMs) by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), parameters affecting the headspace-solid phase microextraction (HS-SPME) procedure have been evaluated and optimized. The influence of incubation and extraction temperatures and times, coating fibre material and salt addition on SPME efficiency was investigated by multivariate optimization methods using reduced factorial and Doehlert matrix designs...
January 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917778/determination-of-volatile-organic-compounds-in-eucalyptus-fast-pyrolysis-bio-oil-by-full-evaporation-headspace-gas-chromatography
#5
Nathalya Kosinski Lima, André Romualdo Lopes, Palimecio Gimenes Guerrero, Carlos Itsuo Yamamoto, Fabricio Augusto Hansel
This paper reports a full evaporation (FE) headspace gas chromatographic (HS-GC) method for the determination of the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in bio-oil (i.e. methanol, ethanol, acetone, acetic acid and furfural). The method uses a 4μL sample of bio-oil in a headspace vial (ca. 20mL). Complete evaporation of the compounds was achieved after seven minutes at 90°C. The method showed good precision and accuracy for methanol, ethanol, acetone and acetic acid. The recovery of furfural was low (74.3%)...
January 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917166/omi-satellite-observed-formaldehyde-column-from-2006-to-2015-over-xishuangbanna-southwest-china-and-validation-using-ground-based-zenith-sky-doas
#6
Rui Liu, Tao Feng, Shanshan Wang, Chanzhen Shi, Yanlin Guo, Jialiang Nan, Yun Deng, Bin Zhou
Formaldehyde (HCHO) provides a proxy to reveal the isoprene and biogenic volatile organic compounds emission which plays important roles in atmospheric chemical process and climate change. The ground-based observation with zenith-sky DOAS is carried out in order to validate the HCHO columns from OMI. It has a good correlation of 0.71678 between the HCHO columns from two sources. Then we use the OMI HCHO columns from January 2006 to December 2015 to indicate the interannual variation and spatial distribution in Xishuangbanna...
September 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916282/chlorate-origin-and-fate-in-shallow-groundwater-below-agricultural-landscapes
#7
Micòl Mastrocicco, Dario Di Giuseppe, Fabio Vincenzi, Nicolò Colombani, Giuseppe Castaldelli
In agricultural lowland landscapes, intensive agricultural is accompanied by a wide use of agrochemical application, like pesticides and fertilizers. The latter often causes serious environmental threats such as N compounds leaching and surface water eutrophication; additionally, since perchlorate can be present as impurities in many fertilizers, the potential presence of perchlorates and their by-products like chlorates and chlorites in shallow groundwater could be a reason of concern. In this light, the present manuscript reports the first temporal and spatial variation of chlorates, chlorites and major anions concentrations in the shallow unconfined aquifer belonging to Ferrara province (in the Po River plain)...
September 12, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916131/chemical-exposures-in-recently-renovated-low-income-housing-influence-of-building-materials-and-occupant-activities
#8
Robin E Dodson, Julia O Udesky, Meryl D Colton, Martha McCauley, David E Camann, Alice Y Yau, Gary Adamkiewicz, Ruthann A Rudel
Health disparities in low-income communities may be linked to residential exposures to chemicals infiltrating from the outdoors and characteristics of and sources in the home. Indoor sources comprise those introduced by the occupant as well as releases from building materials. To examine the impact of renovation on indoor pollutants levels and to classify chemicals by predominant indoor sources, we collected indoor air and surface wipes from newly renovated "green" low-income housing units in Boston before and after occupancy...
August 14, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915496/solid-phase-microextraction-coupled-to-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-followed-by-multivariate-data-analysis-for-the-identification-of-volatile-organic-compounds-as-possible-biomarkers-in-lung-cancer-tissues
#9
Federica Bianchi, Nicolò Riboni, Paolo Carbognani, Letizia Gnetti, Enrico Dalcanale, Luca Ampollini, Maria Careri
Solid-phase microextraction and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry followed by multivariate data analysis were used to analyze lung tissues from both healthy and carcinogenic patients. A total of 78 volatile compounds belonging to different chemical classes were identified, seven of which were able to discriminate between the two groups. Discriminant analysis allowed to correctly classify 98.3% of the cases. By using the leave-one-method, 100% of the cross-validated samples belonging to the "tumor" group was correctly classified, whereas 2 cross-validated healthy samples out of 48 were erroneously allocated in the "tumor" group...
September 6, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913850/hyphenation-of-proton-transfer-reaction-mass-spectrometry-with-thermal-analysis-tg-ptr-ms-for-monitoring-the-thermal-degradation-of-retinyl-acetate
#10
Irene Peinado, Marco Mason, Franco Biasioli, Matteo Scampicchio
RATIONALE: The processing of retinyl acetate, a vitamin and biomarker, at high temperatures causes significant decomposition of the compound and thus loss of its activity. The rate of mass loss can be conveniently studied by thermogravimetry (TG). However, this technique generally fails to reveal which compounds have been evolved from the compound. In this work we propose a new hyphenation approach to continuously monitor the thermal decomposition of retinyl acetate and follow the evolution of specific volatile organic compounds (VOCs)...
September 14, 2017: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911223/direct-sampling-and-analysis-of-atmospheric-particulate-organic-matter-by-proton-transfer-reaction-mass-spectrometry
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Markus Muller, Philipp Eichler, Barbara D'Anna, Wen Tan, Armin Wisthaler
We report on a new method for analyzing atmospheric submicrometer particulate organic matter which combines direct particle sampling and volatilization with on-line chemical ionization mass spectrometric analysis. Technically, the method relies on the combined use of a CHARON ("Chemical Analysis of Aerosol On-line") particle inlet and a proton-transfer-reaction time-of-flight mass spectrometer (PTR-ToF-MS). Laboratory studies on target analytes showed that the ionization conditions in the PTR-ToF-MS lead to extensive fragmentation of levoglucosan and cis-pinonic acid, while protonated oleic acid and 5-cholestane molecules remain intact...
September 15, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910648/biochar-for-volatile-organic-compound-voc-removal-sorption-performance-and-governing-mechanisms
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Xueyang Zhang, Bin Gao, Yulin Zheng, Xin Hu, Anne Elise Creamer, Michael D Annable, Yuncong Li
Sorption is one of the most efficient and low cost strategies for volatile organic compound (VOC) removal, but VOC sorption by biochar has seen limited research. In this work, gas phase sorption experiments were conducted to determine the sorption potential and mechanisms of VOCs onto biochar. A total of 15 biochars produced from 5 common feedstocks at 300, 450, and 600°C were evaluated as sorbents. Three common VOCs (acetone, cyclohexane, and toluene) were chosen as sorbates. The results showed that all the tested biochars had VOC sorption capacity in the range of 5...
September 5, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910626/long-term-modelling-of-fly-ash-and-radionuclide-emissions-as-well-as-deposition-fluxes-due-to-the-operation-of-large-oil-shale-fired-power-plants
#13
Taavi Vaasma, Marko Kaasik, Jüri Loosaar, Madis Kiisk, Alan H Tkaczyk
Two of the world's largest oil shale-fired power plants (PPs) in Estonia have been operational over 40 years, emitting various pollutants, such as fly ash, SOx, NOx, heavy metals, volatile organic compounds as well as radionuclides to the environment. The emissions from these PPs have varied significantly during this period, with the maximum during the 1970s and 1980s. The oil shale burned in the PPs contains naturally occurring radionuclides from the (238)U and (232)Th decay series as well as (40)K. These radionuclides become enriched in fly ash fractions (up to 10 times), especially in the fine fly ash escaping the purification system...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910585/analysis-of-glycols-glycol-ethers-and-other-volatile-organic-compounds-present-in-household-water-based-hand-pump-sprays
#14
Tsuyoshi Kawakami, Kazuo Isama, Toshiko Tanaka-Kagawa, Hideto Jinnno
The aim of this investigation is to clarify the types and concentrations of VOCs present in various commercial household water-based hand pump spray products used in Japan, and to estimate their average concentrations in indoor air when the spray product is used. We selected glycol and glycol ethers as the main target compounds, as these chemicals were detected at high frequencies and concentrations in a national survey of Japanese indoor air pollution. The extraction of these chemicals using graphite carbon cartridges was examined, with good recoveries and reproducibilities being obtained...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910313/a-detailed-comparison-of-analysis-processes-for-mcc-ims-data-in-disease-classification-automated-methods-can-replace-manual-peak-annotations
#15
Salome Horsch, Dominik Kopczynski, Elias Kuthe, Jörg Ingo Baumbach, Sven Rahmann, Jörg Rahnenführer
MOTIVATION: Disease classification from molecular measurements typically requires an analysis pipeline from raw noisy measurements to final classification results. Multi capillary column-ion mobility spectrometry (MCC-IMS) is a promising technology for the detection of volatile organic compounds in the air of exhaled breath. From raw measurements, the peak regions representing the compounds have to be identified, quantified, and clustered across different experiments. Currently, several steps of this analysis process require manual intervention of human experts...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904262/biodegradation-of-volatile-organic-compounds-and-their-effects-on-biodegradability-under-co-existing-conditions
#16
Miho Yoshikawa, Ming Zhang, Koki Toyota
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are major pollutants that are found in contaminated sites, particularly in developed countries such as Japan. Various microorganisms that degrade individual VOCs have been reported, and genomic information related to their phylogenetic classification and VOC-degrading enzymes is available. However, the biodegradation of multiple VOCs remains a challenging issue. Practical sites, such as chemical factories, research facilities, and illegal dumping sites, are often contaminated with multiple VOCs...
September 12, 2017: Microbes and Environments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902038/removal-of-hazardous-surgical-smoke-using-a-built-in-filter-trocar-a-study-in-laparoscopic-rectal-resection
#17
Koo Yong Hahn, Dong Woo Kang, Zairul Azwan Mohd Azman, Se-Young Kim, Seon-Hahn Kim
BACKGROUND: Surgical smoke containing potentially carcinogenic and harmful materials is an inevitable consequence of surgical energy devices, and constitutes a substantial occupational hazard in the operating room. This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of a built-in-filter trocar in eliminating hazardous surgical smoke during laparoscopic and robotic rectal surgery. METHODS: Ten patients who underwent rectal cancer resection were enrolled. Five patients underwent surgery utilizing a nonfiltered trocar, and the remaining 5 utilized a built-in-filter trocar...
September 8, 2017: Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895924/artificial-turf-contested-terrains-for-precautionary-public-health-with-particular-reference-to-europe
#18
Andrew Watterson
Millions of adults, children and teenagers use artificial sports pitches and playgrounds globally. Pitches are artificial grass and bases may be made up of crumb rubber from recycled tires or new rubber and sand. Player injury on pitches was a major concern. Now, debates about health focus on possible exposure and uptake of chemicals within pitch and base materials. Research has looked at potential risks to users from hazardous substances such as metals, volatile organic compounds, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons including benzo (a) (e) pyrenes and phthalates: some are carcinogens and others may be endocrine disruptors and have developmental reproductive effects...
September 12, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895888/health-effects-of-ambient-air-pollution-in-developing-countries
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REVIEW
Pier Mannuccio Mannucci, Massimo Franchini
The deleterious effects of ambient air pollution on human health have been consistently documented by many epidemiologic studies worldwide, and it has been calculated that globally at least seven million deaths are annually attributable to the effects of air pollution. The major air pollutants emitted into the atmosphere by a number of natural processes and human activities include nitrogen oxides, volatile organic compounds, and particulate matter. In addition to the poor ambient air quality, there is increasing evidence that indoor air pollution also poses a serious threat to human health, especially in low-income countries that still use biomass fuels as an energy resource...
September 12, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895389/study-of-nutritional-value-of-dried-tea-leaves-and-infusions-of-black-green-and-white-teas-from-chinese-plantations
#20
Maria Czernicka, Grzegorz Zaguła, Marcin Bajcar, Bogdan Saletnik, Czesław Puchalski
Background: The processing of tea leaves determines the contents of bioactive ingredients, hence it should be expected that each variety of tea, black, red or green, will represent a different package of compounds of physiological importance. Taste and aroma, as well as price and brand are the main factors impacting consumers’ preferences with regard to tea of their choice; on the other hand consumers less frequently pay attention to the chemical composition and nutritional value of tea...
2017: Roczniki Państwowego Zakładu Higieny
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