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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550747/investigation-of-solvation-of-iron-nanoclusters-in-ionic-liquid-1-butyl-1-1-1-trimethylammonium-methane-sulfonate-using-molecular-dynamics-simulations-effect-of-cluster-size-at-different-temperatures
#1
Mohsen Abbaspour, Hamed Akbarzadeh, Parnian Yousefi, Mohammad Razmkhah
The systems composed of metal nanoclusters in ionic liquids are relevant for applications in lubrication, electrochemical devices, catalysis, and chemical processes. The mechanism of solvation and interactions of these systems are not understood at present. In this work, we have simulated iron nanoclusters with different sizes in ionic liquid 1-butyl-1,1,1-trimethylammonium methane sulfonate [N1114][C1SO3] at two temperatures (300 and 500K) and at atmospheric pressure. We have investigated the effects of cluster size and the temperature on some of the thermodynamics, structural and dynamical properties of the systems...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550281/decadal-variations-in-eastern-canada-s-taiga-wood-biomass-production-forced-by-ocean-atmosphere-interactions
#2
Etienne Boucher, Antoine Nicault, Dominique Arseneault, Yves Bégin, Mehdi Pasha Karami
Across Eastern Canada (EC), taiga forests represent an important carbon reservoir, but the extent to which climate variability affects this ecosystem over decades remains uncertain. Here, we analyze an extensive network of black spruce (Picea mariana Mill.) ring width and wood density measurements and provide new evidence that wood biomass production is influenced by large-scale, internal ocean-atmosphere processes. We show that while black spruce wood biomass production is primarily governed by growing season temperatures, the Atlantic ocean conveys heat from the subtropics and influences the decadal persistence in taiga forests productivity...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550063/an-environment-friendly-engineered-azotobacter-can-replace-substantial-amount-of-urea-fertilizer-and-yet-sustain-same-wheat-yield
#3
Umesh K Bageshwar, Madhulika Srivastava, Pedisetty Pardha-Saradhi, Sangeeta Paul, Sellamuthu Gothandapani, Ranjeet S Jaat, Prabha Shankar, Rajbir Yadav, Dipak R Biswas, Polumetla A Kumar, Jasdeep C Padaria, Pranab K Mandal, Kannepalli Annapurna, Hirendra K Das
In our endeavor to improve upon nitrogen fixation efficiency of a soil diazotroph that would be unaffected by synthetic nitrogenous fertilizers, we have deleted a part of the negative regulatory gene nifL and constitutively expressed the positive regulatory gene nifA in the chromosome of Azotobacter chroococcum CBD15, a strain isolated from the local field soil. No antibiotic resistance gene or other foreign gene was there in the chromosome of the engineered strain. Wheat seeds inoculated with this engineered strain, which we have named Azotobacter chroococcum HKD15, were tested for three years in pots and one year in the field...
May 26, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549741/association-between-weather-seasonality-and-blood-parameters-in-riverine-populations-of-the-brazilian-amazon
#4
Poliany C O Rodrigues, Eliane Ignotti, Sandra S Hacon
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the seasonality of blood parameters related to iron homeostasis, inflammation, and allergy in two riverine populations from the Brazilian Amazon. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study of 120 children and adolescents of school age, living in riverine communities of Porto Velho, Rondonia, Brazil, describing the hematocrit, hemoglobin, ferritin, serum iron, total white blood cell count, lymphocytes, eosinophils, C-reactive protein, and immunoglobulin E levels in the dry and rainy seasons...
May 23, 2017: Jornal de Pediatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549332/synthesis-and-characterization-of-fullerene-modified-znalti-ldo-in-photo-degradation-of-bisphenol-a-under-simulated-visible-light-irradiation
#5
Liting Ju, Pingxiao Wu, Xiaolin Lai, Shanshan Yang, Beini Gong, Meiqing Chen, Nengwu Zhu
In this study, ZnAlTi layered double hydroxide (ZnAlTi-LDH) combined with fullerene (C60) was fabricated by the urea method, and calcined under vacuum atmosphere to obtain nanocomposites of C60-modified ZnAlTi layered double oxide (ZnAlTi-LDO). The morphology, structure and composition of the nanocomposites were analyzed by Scanning Electron Microscopy, High-resolution transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction patterns, Fourier transform infrared and specific surface area. The UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectra indicated that the incorporation of C60 expanded the absorption of ZnAlTi-LDO to visible-light region...
May 23, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549272/acute-toxicity-of-emerging-atmospheric-pollutants-from-wood-lignin-due-to-biomass-burning
#6
Maryline Pflieger, Ana Kroflič
Guaiacol (2-methoxyphenol) is an important atmospheric pollutant. It is the major component of wood lignin and is essentially emitted to the atmosphere during biomass burning. Its aging in the tropospheric aqueous phase leads to the generation of the following ring-retaining transformation products, also during nighttime: 4-nitroguaiacol, 6-nitroguaiacol, and dinitroguaiacol. This study presents the first toxicological data of guaiacol and its nitro derivatives and reveals their harmful potential for the ecosystem...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549212/synthesis-of-four-monoterpene-derived-organosulfates-and-their-quantification-in-atmospheric-aerosol-samples
#7
Yuchen Wang, Jingyun Ren, X H Hilda Huang, Rongbiao Tong, Jian Zhen Yu
Monoterpenes, a major class of biogenic volatile organic compounds, are known to produce oxidation products that further react with sulfate to form organosulfates. The accurate quantification of monoterpene-derived organosulfates (OSs) is necessary for quantifying this controllable aerosol source; however, it has been hampered by a lack of authentic standards. Here we report a unified synthesis strategy starting from the respective monoterpene through Upjohn dihydroxylation or Sharpless asymmetric dihydroxylation followed by mono-sulfation with sulfur trioxide-pyridine complex...
May 26, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548863/visible-light-promoted-synthesis-of-indoles-by-single-photosensitizer-under-aerobic-conditions
#8
Wen-Qiang Liu, Tao Lei, Zi-Qi Song, Xiu-Long Yang, Cheng-Juan Wu, Xin Jiang, Bin Chen, Chen-Ho Tung, Li-Zhu Wu
The construction of substituted indole skeletons is always an important concern of synthetic chemists because of its prevalent structure found in natural products and biological molecules. Here, we succeeded in preparing indoles and their derivatives from a wide variety of simple enamines via radical cyclization only with catalytic amounts of an iridium(III) photosensitizer (PS) in DMSO solution under air atmosphere. The mechanistic investigation suggests that the reaction involves a radical course to accomplish the conversion of enamines to indoles under visible light irradiation...
May 26, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548823/atmosphere-and-voltage-dependent-electronic-conductivity-of-oxide-ion-conducting-zr1-xyxo2-x-2-ceramics
#9
Marc Jovaní, Héctor Beltrán-Mir, Eloisa Cordoncillo, Anthony R West
Cubic, fluorite-structured solid solutions Zr1-xYxO2-x/2 (YSZ; x = 0.4-0.7) were prepared by sol-gel synthesis. Impedance measurements on pellets of 85% approximate density sintered at 1300 °C for 24 h showed strong evidence of oxide ion conduction with an inclined Warburg spike at low frequencies and capacitance values of ∼10(-6) F cm(-1) at 40 Hz. Arrhenius plots of total pellet conductivities were linear with activation energies of 1.4-1.56 eV. The conductivity decreased with x and was 2-4 orders of magnitude lower than that with optimized YSZ, x = 0...
May 26, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548155/silver-mediated-radical-5-exo-dig-cyclization-of-2-alkynylbenzonitriles-synthesis-of-phosphinylated-1-indenones
#10
Xiao-Tong Zhu, Qi Zhao, Feng Liu, Ai-Fang Wang, Pei-Jun Cai, Wen-Juan Hao, Shu-Jiang Tu, Bo Jiang
A new silver-mediated 5-exo-dig cyclization of 2-alkynylbenzonitriles with disubstituted phosphine oxide and H2O has been developed. The reaction enables multiple bond-forming events including C-P, C-C and C-O bonds under atmospheric conditions, leading to the concise and direct formation of 28 examples of phosphorus-containing 1-indenones with generally good yields.
May 26, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547369/air-protection-programmes-in-poland-in-the-context-of-the-low-emission
#11
Janusz Adamczyk, Arkadiusz Piwowar, Maciej Dzikuć
The protection of the air against pollutants from individual boiler plants is a big challenge in Poland. It results mainly from the preference for coal, the national energy carrier, the use of old low-efficiency boilers and the location of Poland in a temperate climate where the heating period lasts at least 5 months. This article presents a wide range of activities aimed at the reduction of the environmental impact of the emissions of pollutants from individual heat sources-the so-called low emission. The article presents the extent of the national legislation resulting from the European Union regulations...
May 25, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546206/jupiter-s-interior-and-deep-atmosphere-the-initial-pole-to-pole-passes-with-the-juno-spacecraft
#12
S J Bolton, A Adriani, V Adumitroaie, M Allison, J Anderson, S Atreya, J Bloxham, S Brown, J E P Connerney, E DeJong, W Folkner, D Gautier, D Grassi, S Gulkis, T Guillot, C Hansen, W B Hubbard, L Iess, A Ingersoll, M Janssen, J Jorgensen, Y Kaspi, S M Levin, C Li, J Lunine, Y Miguel, A Mura, G Orton, T Owen, M Ravine, E Smith, P Steffes, E Stone, D Stevenson, R Thorne, J Waite, D Durante, R W Ebert, T K Greathouse, V Hue, M Parisi, J R Szalay, R Wilson
On 27 August 2016, the Juno spacecraft acquired science observations of Jupiter, passing less than 5000 kilometers above the equatorial cloud tops. Images of Jupiter's poles show a chaotic scene, unlike Saturn's poles. Microwave sounding reveals weather features at pressures deeper than 100 bars, dominated by an ammonia-rich, narrow low-latitude plume resembling a deeper, wider version of Earth's Hadley cell. Near-infrared mapping reveals the relative humidity within prominent downwelling regions. Juno's measured gravity field differs substantially from the last available estimate and is one order of magnitude more precise...
May 26, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545892/technical-feasibility-and-carbon-footprint-of-biochar-co-production-with-tomato-plant-residue
#13
Pere Llorach-Massana, Elisa Lopez-Capel, Javier Peña, Joan Rieradevall, Juan Ignacio Montero, Neus Puy
World tomato production is in the increase, generating large amounts of organic agricultural waste, which are currently incinerated or composted, releasing CO2 into the atmosphere. Organic waste is not only produced from conventional but also urban agricultural practices due recently gained popularity. An alternative to current waste management practices and carbon sequestration opportunity is the production of biochar (thermally converted biomass) from tomato plant residues and use as a soil amendment. To address the real contribution of biochar for greenhouse gas mitigation, it is necessary to assess the whole life cycle from the production of the tomato biomass feedstock to the actual distribution and utilisation of the biochar produced in a regional context...
May 22, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545330/carbon-isotopic-signature-reveals-the-geographical-trend-in-methane-consumption-and-production-pathways-in-alpine-ecosystems-over-the-qinghai-tibetan-plateau
#14
Tomomichi Kato, Keita Yamada, Yanhong Tang, Naohiro Yoshida, Eitaro Wada
On the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, isotopic signatures in soil-atmosphere CH4 fluxes were investigated in nine grasslands and three wetlands. In the grasslands, the fractionation factor for soil CH4 uptake, αsoil, was much smaller than the usually reported value of 0.9975-1.0095. Stepwise multiple variation analysis indicates that αsoil is higher for higher soil water contents but is lower for higher C/N ratios of soil surface biomass. In the three wetlands, the soil-emitted δ(13)C-CH4 was similar (-55.3 ± 5...
May 25, 2017: Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545231/atmospheric-sampling-on-ascension-island-using-multirotor-uavs
#15
Colin Greatwood, Thomas S Richardson, Jim Freer, Rick M Thomas, A Rob MacKenzie, Rebecca Brownlow, David Lowry, Rebecca E Fisher, Euan G Nisbet
As part of an NERC-funded project investigating the southern methane anomaly, a team drawn from the Universities of Bristol, Birmingham and Royal Holloway flew small unmanned multirotors from Ascension Island for the purposes of atmospheric sampling. The objective of these flights was to collect air samples from below, within and above a persistent atmospheric feature, the Trade Wind Inversion, in order to characterise methane concentrations and their isotopic composition. These parameters allow the methane in the different air masses to be tied to different source locations, which can be further analysed using back trajectory atmospheric computer modelling...
May 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545217/a-miniature-bird-borne-passive-air-sampler-for-monitoring-halogenated-flame-retardants
#16
Manon Sorais, Ali Rezaei, Joseph O Okeme, Miriam L Diamond, Ricardo Izquierdo, Jean-François Giroux, Jonathan Verreault
Birds have been used intensively as biomonitors of halogenated flame retardants (HFRs), and several studies have reported elevated tissue concentrations and inter-individual variability for these contaminants. While diet is known to be an important exposure pathway for HFRs in birds, it has been suggested that exposure through air may represent an underestimated source of HFRs for certain species. However, a method was not available for measuring the atmospheric exposure of individual birds to HFRs or other semi-volatile contaminants...
May 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545214/sediment-carbon-and-nutrient-fluxes-from-cleared-and-intact-temperate-mangrove-ecosystems-and-adjacent-sandflats
#17
Richard H Bulmer, Luitgard Schwendenmann, Andrew M Lohrer, Carolyn J Lundquist
The loss of mangrove ecosystems is associated with numerous impacts on coastal and estuarine function, including sediment carbon and nutrient cycling. In this study we compared in situ fluxes of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the sediment to the atmosphere, and fluxes of dissolved inorganic nutrients and oxygen across the sediment-water interface, in intact and cleared mangrove and sandflat ecosystems in a temperate estuary. Measurements were made 20 and 25months after mangrove clearance, in summer and winter, respectively...
May 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545049/first-cloned-bactrian-camel-camelus-bactrianus-calf-produced-by-interspecies-somatic-cell-nuclear-transfer-a-step-towards-preserving-the-critically-endangered-wild-bactrian-camels
#18
Nisar Ahmad Wani, Binoy S Vettical, Seung B Hong
Studies were conducted to explore the possibility of employing dromedary camel (Camelus dromedarius) oocytes as recipient cytoplasts for the development of interspecies somatic cell nuclear transfer (iSCNT) embryos using skin fibroblast cells of an adult Bactrian camel (Camelus bactrianus) and Llama (Llama glama) as donor nuclei. Also, the embryos reconstructed with Bactrian cells were transferred into the uterus of synchronized dromedary camel recipients to explore the possibility of using them as surrogate mothers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544977/environmental-radiation-dosimetry-at-argentine-antarctic-marambio-base-64%C3%A2-13-s-56%C3%A2-43-w-preliminary-results
#19
Alba Zanini, Vicente Ciancio, Monica Laurenza, Marisa Storini, Adolfo Esposito, Juan Carlos Terrazas, Paolo Morfino, Alessandro Liberatore, Gustavo Di Giovan
The preliminary results obtained in the first environmental radiation dosimetry campaign performed in the Antarctic region are presented. This experiment is carried out in the framework of CORA (COsmic Rays in Antarctica) Project, a collaboration between Argentine and Italian institutions. After a feasibility study performed in the Antarctic summer 2013, a new campaign has been carried out, started in March 2015, to measure various components of cosmic ray induced secondary atmospheric radiation at the Argentine Marambio Base (Antarctica; 196 m a...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544976/long-range-transport-of-xe-133-emissions-under-convective-and-non-convective-conditions
#20
J Kuśmierczyk-Michulec, M Krysta, M Kalinowski, E Hoffmann, J Baré
To investigate the transport of xenon emissions, the Provisional Technical Secretariat (PTS) operates an Atmospheric Transport Modelling (ATM) system based on the Lagrangian Particle Dispersion Model FLEXPART. The air mass trajectory ideally provides a "link" between a radionuclide release and a detection confirmed by radionuclide measurements. This paper investigates the long-range transport of Xe-133 emissions under convective and non-convective conditions, with special emphasis on evaluating the changes in the simulated activity concentration values due to the inclusion of the convective transport in the ATM simulations...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
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