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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820933/surface-chemistry-of-la0-99sr0-01nbo4-d-and-its-implication-for-proton-conduction
#1
Cheng Li, Stevin S Pramana, Na Ni, John A Kilner, Stephen J Skinner
Acceptor doped LaNbO4 is a promising electrolyte material for proton conducting fuel cell (PCFC) applications. As charge transfer processes govern device performance, the outermost surface of acceptor doped LaNbO4 will play an important role in determining the overall cell performance. However, the surface composition is poorly characterized, and the understanding of its impact on the proton exchange process is rudimentary. In this work, the surface chemistry of 1 at% Sr doped LaNbO4 (La0.99Sr0.01NbO4-d, denoted as LSNO) proton conductor is characterized using LEIS and SIMS...
August 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819808/mir398-and-mir395-are-involved-in-response-to-so2-stress-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
#2
Lihong Li, Huilan Yi, Meizhao Xue, Min Yi
Sulfur dioxide (SO2) is a common air pollutant that has adverse effects on plants. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small noncoding RNA that play critical roles in plant development and stress response. In this study, we found that two miRNAs, miR398 and miR395, were differentially expressed in Arabidopsis shoots under SO2 stress. The expression of miR398 was down-regulated, and the transcript levels of its target genes, Cu/Zn superoxide dismutases (CSD1 and CSD2), were increased during SO2 exposure. The activity of superoxide dismutase (SOD), one of the major antioxidant enzymes, was enhanced with the increase in the CSD transcript level, suggesting an important role of miR398 in response to SO2-induced oxidative stress...
August 17, 2017: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818812/airborne-ultrafine-particles-in-a-pacific-island-country-characteristics-sources-and-implications-for-human-exposure
#3
C F Isley, P F Nelson, M P Taylor, M Mazaheri, L Morawska, A J Atanacio, E Stelcer, D D Cohen, Anthony L Morrison
The Pacific Islands carry a perception of having clean air, yet emissions from transport and burning activities are of concern in regard to air quality and health. Ultrafine particle number concentrations (PNCs), one of the best metrics to demonstrate combustion emissions, have not been measured either in Suva or elsewhere in the Islands. This work provides insight into PNC variation across Suva and its relationship with particle mass (PM) concentration and composition. Measurements over a short monitoring campaign provide a vignette of conditions in Suva...
August 14, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815734/long-term-mortality-in-patients-with-stemi-transported-primary-or-secondary-to-the-cardiac-center-and-treated-by-primary-pci
#4
Abdulwasya Almawiri, Vojacek Jan, Albahri Ziad, Jakl Martin, Stasek Josef
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to compare long-term outcomes of primary transport (PT) and secondary transport (ST) in patients with STEMI. METHOD: We assigned consecutive 869 patients referred for STEMI during a 2-year period (2008-2009). The primary endpoint was to compare long-term outcomes and mortality of PT to a catheterization laboratory and ST from regional hospitals to a catheterization laboratory. Six hundred seventy-seven patients (77.9%) were enrolled for the final evaluation, 192 (22...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808693/the-simulated-air-flow-pattern-around-a-moving-animal-transport-vehicle-as-the-basis-for-a-prospective-biosecurity-risk-assessment
#5
Jens Seedorf, Ralf-Gunther Schmidt
Research that investigates bioaerosol emissions from animal transport vehicles (ATVs) and their importance in the spread of harmful airborne agents while the ATVs travel on roads is limited. To investigate the dynamical behaviour of theoretically released particles from a moving ATV, the open-source computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software OpenFOAM was used to calculate the external and internal air flow fields with passive and forced ventilated openings of a common ATV moving at a speed of 80 km/h. In addition to a computed flow rate of approximately 40,000 m(3)/h crossing the interior of the ATV, the visualization of the trajectories has demonstrated distinct patterns of the spatial distribution of potentially released bioaerosols in the vicinity of the ATV...
August 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807416/phthalates-heavy-metals-and-pahs-in-an-overpopulated-coastal-region-inferences-from-abruzzo-central-italy
#6
Francesco Stoppa, Mariangela Schiazza, Jacopo Pellegrini, Francesco Antonio Ambrosio, Gianluigi Rosatelli, Maria R D'Orsogna
Phthalates are an emerging class of environmental pollutants whose distribution and effects in aquatic environments are not well characterized. We analyzed intertidal and emerged beach sediments from the Abruzzo coastline, along the Adriatic Sea, finding significant phthalate concentrations in marine sediments. Phthalate baseline levels in the intertidal environment, marked by substantial interplay of sediment, water and air, were determined. We used statistical rank methods to select representative phthalate compositions, for which we derived risk levels for ingestion, dermal absorption and inhalation...
August 11, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806676/occurrence-and-air-soil-exchange-of-organochlorine-pesticides-and-polychlorinated-biphenyls-at-a-cawnet-background-site-in-central-china-implications-for-influencing-factors-and-fate
#7
Lingxi Zhan, Tian Lin, Zuwu Wang, Zhineng Cheng, Gan Zhang, Xiaopu Lyu, Hairong Cheng
Ambient air and soil samples were collected between March 2012 and March 2013 at Jinsha, a regional background site in central China, to measure the concentrations of organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The average concentrations of total OCPs and total PCBs were 191 ± 107 and 39.4 ± 27.1 pg/m(3) in air (gaseous and particulate phase) and 0.585 ± 0.437 and 0.083 ± 0.039 ng/g in soil, respectively. The higher concentrations of p,p'-dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (p,p'-DDT) and p,p'-DDT/p,p'-DDE ratios in the soil indicated recent p,p'-DDT input to the soil...
August 4, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806671/characterization-and-health-risk-assessment-of-pm2-5-bound-organics-inside-and-outside-of-chinese-smoking-lounges
#8
Lijuan Li, Steven Sai Hang Ho, Judith C Chow, John G Watson, Frank S C Lee, Long Cui, Yuan Gao, Wenting Dai, Kin Fai Ho, Yu Huang, Junji Cao
PM2.5 samples were collected at six indoor public places that contained dedicated smoking lounges. Samples were taken in the smoking lounges, at two indoor locations outside of the lounges, and in outdoor air near the venues. Organic carbon (OC), elemental carbon (EC), and non-polar organic compounds including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), n-alkanes (n-C16 to n-C40), iso/anteiso-alkanes (C29 to C33), hopanes and phthalate esters (PAEs) were quantified. Average PM2.5 levels of 170.2 ± 85.9 μg/m(3) in the lounges exceeded limits of 25 μg/m(3) set by World Health Organization (WHO); these levels were 5...
August 4, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806520/tailoring-the-doping-mechanisms-at-oxide-interfaces-in-nanoscale
#9
Weitao Dai, Ming Yang, Hyungwoo Lee, Jung-Woo Lee, Chang-Beom Eom, Cheng Cen
Here, we demonstrate the nanoscale manipulations of two types of charge transfer to the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interfaces: one from surface adsorbates and another from oxygen vacancies inside LaAlO3 films. This method can be used to produce multiple insulating and metallic interface states with distinct carrier properties that are highly stable in air. By reconfiguring the patterning and comparing interface structures formed from different doping sources, effects of extrinsic and intrinsic material characters on the transport properties can be distinguished...
August 16, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805364/laser-direct-writing-of-tree-shaped-hierarchical-cones-on-a-superhydrophobic-film-for-high-efficiency-water-collection
#10
Meng Wang, Qian Liu, Haoran Zhang, Chuang Wang, Lei Wang, Bingxi Xiang, Yongtao Fan, Chuan Fei Guo, Shuangchen Ruan
Directional water collection has stimulated a great deal of interest because of its potential applications in the field of microfluidics, liquid transportation, fog harvesting, and so forth. There have been some bio or bioinspired structures for directional water collection, from one-dimensional spider silk to two-dimensional star-like patterns to three-dimensional Nepenthes alata. Here we present a simple way for the accurate design and highly controllable driving of tiny droplets: by laser direct writing of hierarchical patterns with modified wettability and desired geometry on a superhydrophobic film, the patterned film can precisely and directionally drive tiny water droplets and dramatically improve the efficiency of water collection with a factor of ∼36 compared with the original superhydrophobic film...
August 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804697/evaluation-of-satellite-and-reanalysis-based-global-net-surface-energy-flux-and-uncertainty-estimates
#11
Chunlei Liu, Richard P Allan, Michael Mayer, Patrick Hyder, Norman G Loeb, Chris D Roberts, Maria Valdivieso, John M Edwards, Pier-Luigi Vidale
The net surface energy flux is central to the climate system yet observational limitations lead to substantial uncertainty. A combination of satellite-derived radiative fluxes at the top of atmosphere adjusted using the latest estimation of the net heat uptake of the Earth system, and the atmospheric energy tendencies and transports from the ERA-Interim reanalysis are used to estimate surface energy flux globally. To consider snowmelt and improve regional realism, land surface fluxes are adjusted through a simple energy balance approach at each grid point...
June 27, 2017: Journal of Geophysical Research. Atmospheres: JGR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803746/air-bubbles-and-hemolysis-of-blood-samples-during-transport-by-pneumatic-tube-systems
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Garrett R Mullins, David E Bruns
BACKGROUND: Transport of blood samples through pneumatic tube systems (PTSs) generates air bubbles in transported blood samples and, with increasing duration of transport, the appearance of hemolysis. We investigated the role of air-bubble formation in PTS-induced hemolysis. METHODS: Air was introduced into blood samples for 0, 1, 3 or 5min to form air bubbles. Hemolysis in the blood was assessed by (H)-index, lactate dehydrogenase (LD) and potassium in plasma. In an effort to prevent PTS-induced hemolysis, blood sample tubes were completely filled, to prevent air bubble formation, and compared with partially filled samples after PTS transport...
August 10, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803206/transport-of-hexabromocyclododecane-hbcd-into-the-soil-water-and-sediment-from-a-large-producer-in-china
#13
Yueqing Zhang, Yonglong Lu, Pei Wang, Qifeng Li, Meng Zhang, Andrew C Johnson
Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) is used as a flame retardant with extensive industrial applications, which is mainly produced at facilities on the coast of China. Radially distributed soil samples and equidistant paired water and sediment samples were taken around one of the biggest HBCD production enterprises to reflect its environmental behavior via air deposition and wastewater discharge of HBCD diastereoisomers (α-, β- and γ-HBCD). Worldwide high concentrations of HBCD (11,700ng/g in the soil, 5080ng/L in the water and 6740ng/g in the sediment) were detected in these environmental samples...
August 10, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801623/social-contact-patterns-relevant-to-the-spread-of-respiratory-infectious-diseases-in-hong-kong
#14
Kathy Leung, Mark Jit, Eric H Y Lau, Joseph T Wu
The spread of many respiratory infections is determined by contact patterns between infectious and susceptible individuals in the population. There are no published data for quantifying social contact patterns relevant to the spread of respiratory infectious diseases in Hong Kong which is a hotspot for emerging infectious diseases due to its high population density and connectivity in the air transportation network. We adopted a commonly used diary-based design to conduct a social contact survey in Hong Kong in 2015/16 using both paper and online questionnaires...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800484/characteristics-of-elemental-and-pb-isotopic-compositions-in-aerosols-pm10-2-5-at-the-ieodo-ocean-research-station-in-the-east-china-sea
#15
Sanghee Lee, Changhee Han, Daechol Shin, Soon Do Hur, Seong Joon Jun, Young-Taeg Kim, Do-Seong Byun, Sungmin Hong
A total of 82 aerosol samples (PM10-2.5) were collected from June 18, 2015 to October 1, 2016 at the remote sea site, the Ieodo Ocean Research Station (IORS), in the East China Sea. Samples were analyzed for 10 elements (Al, Fe, Cu, Zn, As, Mo, Cd, Sb, Tl, and Pb) as well as Pb isotopic composition to characterize temporal variations in elemental concentration levels, and to identify the potential source regions of atmospheric pollutants transported over the remote East China Sea. The results showed that the annual average element concentrations were lowest compared to those at different sites in East Asia, suggesting a very clean background area of IORS, with values ranging from 114 ng m(-3) for Al to 0...
August 8, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799617/long-range-transport-clusters-and-positive-matrix-factorization-source-apportionment-for-investigating-transboundary-pm2-5-in-gothenburg-sweden
#16
Peter Molnár, Lin Tang, Karin Sjöberg, Janine Wichmann
Source apportionment studies of particulate matter are common and have been performed either as source region analyses using air mass back trajectories or by source type using source apportionment techniques. By combining the two approaches, it is possible to estimate the relative importance of emitters in different regions. PM2.5 samples were collected in Gothenburg between September 2008 and September 2009. The mean daily PM2.5 level was 6.1 μg m(-3) (range 0.79-30.91 μg m(-3)). Elemental analyses were done using Energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) spectroscopy...
August 11, 2017: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798972/diagnostic-precision-of-triage-algorithms-for-mass-casualty-incidents-english-version
#17
A R Heller, N Salvador, M Frank, J Schiffner, R Kipke, C Kleber
BACKGROUND: Regarding survival and quality of life recent mass casualty incidents again emphasize the importance of early identification of the correct degree of injury/illness to enable prioritization of treatment amongst patients and their transportation to an appropriate hospital. The present study investigated existing triage algorithms in terms of sensitivity (SE) and specificity (SP) as well as its process duration in a relevant emergency patient cohort. METHODS: In this study 500 consecutive air rescue missions were evaluated by means of standardized patient records...
August 10, 2017: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798864/temporal-variations-in-methane-emissions-from-emergent-aquatic-macrophytes-in-two-boreonemoral-lakes
#18
Per Milberg, Lina Törnqvist, Lars M Westerberg, David Bastviken
Methane (CH4) emissions via emergent aquatic macrophytes can contribute substantially to the global CH4 balance. We addressed temporal variability in CH4 flux by using the static chamber approach to quantify fluxes from plots dominated by two species considered to differ in flux transport mechanisms (Phragmites australis, Carex rostrata). Temporal variability in daily mean emissions from early June to early October was substantial. The variable that best explained this variation was air temperature. Regular and consistent diel changes were absent and therefore less relevant to include when estimating or modelling CH4 emissions...
July 2017: AoB Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796442/total-environmental-impacts-of-biofuels-from-corn-stover-using-a-hybrid-life-cycle-assessment-lca-model-combining-process-lca-and-economic-input-output-lca
#19
Changqi Liu, Yaji Huang, Xinye Wang, Yang Tai, Lingqin Liu, Hao Liu
Studies on the environmental analysis of biofuels by fast pyrolysis and hydroprocessing (BFPH) have so far only focused on the environmental impacts from direct emissions and included few indirect emissions. The influence of ignoring some indirect emissions on the environmental performance of BFPH has not been well investigated and hence is not really understood. In addition, in order to avoid shifting environmental problems from one media to another, a comprehensive assessment of environmental impacts caused by the processes must quantify the environmental emissions to all media (air, water, and land) in relation to each life cycle stage...
August 10, 2017: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794576/effective-rheology-of-two-phase-flow-in-three-dimensional-porous-media-experiment-and-simulation
#20
Santanu Sinha, Andrew T Bender, Matthew Danczyk, Kayla Keepseagle, Cody A Prather, Joshua M Bray, Linn W Thrane, Joseph D Seymour, Sarah L Codd, Alex Hansen
We present an experimental and numerical study of immiscible two-phase flow of Newtonian fluids in three-dimensional (3D) porous media to find the relationship between the volumetric flow rate (Q) and the total pressure difference ([Formula: see text]) in the steady state. We show that in the regime where capillary forces compete with the viscous forces, the distribution of capillary barriers at the interfaces effectively creates a yield threshold ([Formula: see text]), making the fluids reminiscent of a Bingham viscoplastic fluid in the porous medium...
2017: Transport in Porous Media
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