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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145136/lead-cadmium-and-arsenic-in-human-milk-and-their-socio-demographic-and-lifestyle-determinants-in-lebanon
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Maya Bassil, Farah Daou, Hussein Hassan, Osama Yamani, Joelle Abi Kharma, Zouheir Attieh, Jomana Elaridi
INTRODUCTION: Exposure of newborns to toxic metals is of special interest due to their reported contamination in breast milk and potential harm. The aim of this study was to assess the occurrence and factors associated with lead, cadmium and arsenic contamination in breast milk collected from lactating mothers in Lebanon. METHODS: A total of 74 breast milk samples were collected from primaparas according to guidelines set by the World Health Organization. A survey was administered to determine the demographic and anthropometric characteristics of participating lactating mothers...
October 27, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145100/environmental-assessment-of-microwaves-and-the-effect-of-european-energy-efficiency-and-waste-management-legislation
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Alejandro Gallego-Schmid, Joan Manuel F Mendoza, Adisa Azapagic
More than 130 million microwaves are affected by European Union (EU) legislation which is aimed at reducing the consumption of electricity in the standby mode ('Standby Regulation') and at more sustainable management of end-of-life electrical and electronic waste ('WEEE Directive'). While legislation focuses on these two life cycle stages, there is little information on the environmental impacts of the entire life cycle of microwaves. To address this gap, this paper presents a comprehensive life cycle assessment of microwaves and assesses the environmental implications of the Standby Regulation and the WEEE Directive at the EU level...
November 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145056/environmental-life-cycle-assessment-of-marine-sediment-decontamination-by-citric-acid-enhanced-microwave-heating
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Pietro P Falciglia, Carlo Ingrao, Guido De Guidi, Alfio Catalfo, Guglielmo Finocchiaro, Marcello Farina, Maria Liali, Giuseppe Lorenzano, Gaetano Valastro, Federico G A Vagliasindi
The potential ability of microwave heating (MWH) for the remediation of marine sediments affected by severe hydrocarbon (HC) contamination was investigated. Decontamination effectiveness and environmental sustainability through a comparative Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) were addressed. Main results revealed that the application of a 650-W MWH treatment resulted in a rapid (15min) HC removal. A citric acid (CA) dose of 0.1M led to enhanced-HC removals of 76.9, 96.5 and 99.7% after 5, 10 and 15min of MW irradiation, respectively...
November 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143440/use-of-innovative-micro-extraction-techniques-to-characterise-harpagophytum-procumbens-root-and-its-commercial-food-supplements
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Alina Diuzheva, Simone Carradori, Vasil Andruch, Marcello Locatelli, Elisa De Luca, Matteo Tiecco, Raimondo Germani, Luigi Menghini, Alessio Nocentini, Paola Gratteri, Cristina Campestre
INTRODUCTION: For the determination of harpagoside and the wide phenolic pattern in Harpagophytum procumbens root and its commercial food supplements, dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (DLLME), ultrasound-assisted DLLME (UA-DLLME), and sugaring-out liquid-liquid extraction (SULLE) were tested and compared. OBJECTIVES: In order to optimise the extraction efficiency, DLLME and UA-DLLME were performed in different solvents (water and aqueous solutions of glucose, β-cyclodextrin, (2-hydroxypropyl)-β-cyclodextrin, sodium chloride, natural deep eutectic solvent, and ionic liquid)...
November 16, 2017: Phytochemical Analysis: PCA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143160/solvent-free-synthesis-and-anticancer-activity-evaluation-of-benzimidazole-and-perimidine-derivatives
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Anuj Kumar, Somesh Banerjee, Partha Roy, S M Sondhi, Anuj Sharma
Benzimidazoles and perimidines are subsidiary structures for research and development of new biologically active molecules and have established prominence because of their promising biological activities. Two series of diversified heterocyclic molecules, tetracyclic benzimidazole derivatives, tetracyclic and pentacyclic perimidine derivatives have been synthesized in good yields by condensation of acid anhydrides and diacids with various diamines using microwave irradiation. All synthesized derivatives were fully characterized and evaluated for in vitro antiproliferative activity against five human cancer cell lines...
November 15, 2017: Molecular Diversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143006/cooperative-supramolecular-polymerization-of-a-perylene-diimide-derivative-and-its-impact-on-electron-transporting-properties
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Dipankar Basak, Deep Sankar Pal, Tsuneaki Sakurai, Satoru Yoneda, Shu Seki, Suhrit Ghosh
H-bonding-promoted supramolecular polymerization of a perylene diimide (PDI) building block and its impact on charge carrier mobility were studied. PDI-1, containing a carboxylic acid group, exhibits H-aggregation in a non-polar solvent decalin while in THF or chloroform it remains in the monomeric form. In contrast, the control molecule PDI-2, containing an ester group does not show aggregation even in decalin, indicating that H-bonding among the carboxylic acid is primarily responsible for H-aggregation, which is further verified by the FT-IR study...
November 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142648/comparison-of-the-optical-properties-of-pre-colored-dental-monolithic-zirconia-ceramics-sintered-in-a-conventional-furnace-versus-a-microwave-oven
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Hee-Kyung Kim, Sung-Hun Kim
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to compare the optical properties of pre-colored dental monolithic zirconia ceramics of various thicknesses sintered in a microwave and those in a conventional furnace. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A2-shade of pre-colored monolithic zirconia ceramic specimens (22.0 mm × 22.0 mm) in 3 thickness groups of 0.5, 1.0, and 1.5 mm were divided into 2 subgroups according to the sintering methods (n=9): microwave and conventional sintering...
October 2017: Journal of Advanced Prosthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141926/ectopic-acth-syndrome-complicated-by-multiple-opportunistic-infections-treated-with-percutaneous-ablation-of-the-adrenal-glands
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Chrystal Chan, James Mark Roberts
Ectopic adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)-related Cushing's syndrome can lead to multiple complications including severe immunosuppression. If the ACTH-secreting tumour cannot be found, definitive treatment is surgical adrenalectomy, typically followed by glucocorticoid replacement. Here, we present a case of fulminant respiratory failure secondary to coinfection with Pneumocystis jirovecii and cytomegalovirus in a patient with ectopic ACTH-dependent Cushing's syndrome with occult primary. Due to significant deconditioning, she was unable to undergo definitive adrenalectomy and instead underwent percutaneous microwave ablation of the adrenal glands...
November 14, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140685/heterogeneous-ti3sic2-c-containing-na2ti7o15-architecture-for-high-performance-sodium-storage-at-elevated-temperatures
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Guodong Zou, Qingrui Zhang, Carlos Fernandez, Gang Huang, Jianyu Huang, Qiuming Peng
Rational design of heterogeneous electrode materials with hierarchical architecture is a potential approach to significantly improve their energy densities. Herein, we report a tailored microwave-assisted synthetic strategy to create heterogeneous hierarchical Ti3SiC2@ C-containing Na2Ti7O15 (MAX@C-NTO) composites as potential anode materials for high performance sodium storage in a wide temperature range from 25 to 80 oC. This composite delivers first reversible capacities of 230 mAh g-1 at 200 mA g-1 and 149 mAh g-1 at 3000 mA g-1 at 25oC...
November 15, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140348/photonically-assisted-microwave-waveform-generation-by-gain-transparent-sbs-induced-carrier-processing-erratum
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Jie Liu, Chaoran Huang, Chester Shu
In our previous work [Opt. Lett.42, 3852 (2017)OPLEDP0146-959210.1364/OL.42.003852], there is an error in Fig. 1. That error is addressed here.
November 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140330/all-optimized-integrated-rf-photonic-notch-filter
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Yang Liu, Jason Hotten, Amol Choudhary, Benjamin J Eggleton, David Marpaung
We report a silicon nitride chip-based radio-frequency photonic notch filter with an unprecedented performance including an RF gain of 8 dB, a record-low noise figure of 15.6 dB, and a spurious-free dynamic range of 116  dB·Hz(2/3), with a stop band rejection of 50 dB. This level of performance is achieved by using on-chip resonators' unique phase responses, and thorough optimizations of the photonic link. These record results will potentially stimulate future implementations of integrated microwave photonic subsystems for real-world applications...
November 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140304/ultra-fast-microwave-synthesis-of-zno-nanorods-on-cellulose-substrates-for-uv-sensor-applications
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Ana Pimentel, Ana Samouco, Daniela Nunes, Andreia Araújo, Rodrigo Martins, Elvira Fortunato
In the present work, tracing and Whatman papers were used as substrates to grow zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures. Cellulose-based substrates are cost-efficient, highly sensitive and environmentally friendly. ZnO nanostructures with hexagonal structure were synthesized by hydrothermal under microwave irradiation using an ultrafast approach, that is, a fixed synthesis time of 10 min. The effect of synthesis temperature on ZnO nanostructures was investigated from 70 to 130 °C. An Ultra Violet (UV)/Ozone treatment directly to the ZnO seed layer prior to microwave assisted synthesis revealed expressive differences regarding formation of the ZnO nanostructures...
November 15, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140076/direct-analysis-of-lignin-phenols-in-freshwater-dissolved-organic-matter
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Hendrik Reuter, Julia Gensel, Marcus Elvert, Dominik Zak
A novel approach for the analysis of dissolved lignin in freshwaters is presented. Lignin concentrations in natural waters are low and a lignin extraction is usually required to obtain sufficient sample for analysis. In this method, extraction and dry down of the dissolved lignin are omitted and alkaline CuO oxidation is directly performed using 15 mL water sample in a microwave digestion system, thus reducing the required amount of sample and its preparation time considerably. Low procedural blank values are obtained by solid phase extraction (SPE) of the oxidized lignin phenols on HLB sorbents...
November 15, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140072/novel-aerosol-phase-extraction-method-for-the-determination-of-ca-k-mg-and-na-in-biodiesel-through-inductively-coupled-plasma-atomic-emission-spectrometry
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Raquel Sanchez, Salvador Maestre, Maria Soledad Prats Moya, José Luis Todoli
A novel extraction method was developed, optimized and validated for the elemental analysis of organic samples. The method, called aerosol phase extraction (APE), was based on the nebulization of the extracting aqueous solution (0.1 mol L-1 nitric acid) on the sample. The extraction was performed at the interface of each generated extractant droplets as they entered in contact with the samples. Afterwards, the phases were allowed to separate and Ca, K, Na and Mg were determined in aqueous phase by means of inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES)...
November 15, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139298/sic-nanofiber-mat-a-broadband-microwave-absorber-and-the-alignment-effect
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Yi Hou, Laifei Cheng, Yani Zhang, Yong Yang, Chaoran Deng, Zhihong Yang, Qi Chen, Xiaoqing Du, Lianxi Zheng
Fiber alignment is a key factor that determines the physical properties of nanofiber mats. In this work, SiC nanofiber mats with or without fiber alignment are fabricated via electrospinning and the microwave electromagnetic (EM) properties of their silicone resin composites (5wt.%) are investigated in 2-18 GHz. By comparing with the composite containing smashed nanofiber, it is found that the nanofiber mats show superior dielectric loss and a minimal reflection loss (RL) of around -49 dB at 8.6 GHz and 4.3 mm thickness, associated with a broad effective absorption (<-10 dB) bandwidth (EAB) of about 7...
November 15, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139260/-study-on-distribution-of-five-heavy-metal-elements-in-different-parts-of-cordyceps-sinensis-by-microwave-digestion-icp-ms
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Li Zhou, Qing-Xiu Hao, Sheng Wang, Quan Yang, Chuan-Zhi Kang, Wan-Zhen Yang, Lan-Ping Guo
The contents of five heavy metals (Cu, Pb, As, Cd, Hg) in 17 batches of Cordyceps sinensis were determined by microwave digestion-ICP-MS, and their distribution in C. sinensis were analyzed. The results showed that the contents of Cu, Pb, Cd and Hg in all batches were in accordance with the international standards of Chinese Medicine-Chinese Herbal Medicine Heavy Metal Limit, with their contents in the stroma higher than that in the caterpillar body, and the excess rate of As, which mainly concentrated in the caterpillar body part of C...
August 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138495/thermoelectric-effects-in-graphene-at-high-bias-current-and-under-microwave-irradiation
#17
Grigory Skoblin, Jie Sun, August Yurgens
We use a split top gate to induce doping of opposite signs in different parts of a graphene field-effect transistor, thereby effectively forming a graphene thermocouple. The thermocouple is sensitive to the electronic temperature in graphene, which can be several hundred kelvin higher than the ambient one at sufficiently high bias current. Combined with the high thermoelectric power of graphene, this allows for i) simple measurements of the electronic temperature and ii) building thermoelectric radiation detectors...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137752/microwave-and-ultrasound-assisted-synthesis-of-poly-vinyl-chloride-riboflavin-modified-mwcnts-examination-of-thermal-mechanical-and-morphology-properties
#18
Amir Abdolmaleki, Shadpour Mallakpour, Faezeh Azimi
This study focused on the preparation and investigation of physicochemical features of new poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) nanocomposites (NCs) including different amounts of carboxylated multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs-COOH) functionalized with riboflavin (RIB). Firstly, to increase the hydrophilicity of MWCNTs, the surface of them was functionalized by incorporating and formation of ester groups with RIB as a low cost and environmentally friendly biomolecule through ultrasound and microwave irradiations...
March 2018: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136903/multivariate-optimization-of-a-procedure-employing-microwave-assisted-digestion-for-the-determination-of-nickel-and-vanadium-in-crude-oil-by-icp-oes
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Shirlei L Dos Anjos, Jeferson C Alves, Sarah A Rocha Soares, Rennan G O Araujo, Olivia M C de Oliveira, Antonio F S Queiroz, Sergio L C Ferreira
This work presents the optimization of a sample preparation procedure using microwave-assisted digestion for the determination of nickel and vanadium in crude oil employing inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP OES). The optimization step was performed utilizing a two-level full factorial design involving the following factors: concentrated nitric acid and hydrogen peroxide volumes, and microwave-assisted digestion temperature. Nickel and vanadium concentrations were used as responses...
February 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135942/morphological-transition-in-diamond-thin-films-induced-by-boron-in-a-microwave-plasma-deposition-process
#20
Paul A Baker, David R Goodloe, Yogesh K Vohra
The purpose of this study is to understand the basic mechanisms responsible for the synthesis of nanostructured diamond films in a microwave plasma chemical vapor deposition (MPCVD) process and to identify plasma chemistry suitable for controlling the morphology and electrical properties of deposited films. The nanostructured diamond films were synthesized by MPCVD on Ti-6Al-4V alloy substrates using H₂/CH₄/N₂ precursor gases and the plasma chemistry was monitored by the optical emission spectroscopy (OES)...
November 14, 2017: Materials
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