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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651318/fate-of-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-from-the-north-pacific-to-the-arctic-field-measurements-and-fugacity-model-simulation
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Hongwei Ke, Mian Chen, Mengyang Liu, Meng Chen, Mengshan Duan, Peng Huang, Jiajun Hong, Yan Lin, Shayen Cheng, Xuran Wang, Mengxue Huang, Minggang Cai
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) have accumulated ubiquitously inArctic environments, where re-volatilization of certain organic pollutants as a result of climate change has been observed. To investigate the fate of semivolatile organic compounds in the Arctic, dissolved PAHs in the surface seawaters from the temperate Pacific Ocean to the Arctic Ocean, as well as a water column in the Arctic Ocean, were collected during the 4th Chinese National Arctic Research Expedition in summer 2010. The total concentrations of seven dissolved PAHs in surface water ranged from 1...
June 16, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651313/defect-engineered-oxides-for-enhanced-mechanochemical-destruction-of-halogenated-organic-pollutants
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Giovanni Cagnetta, Jun Huang, Mengnan Lu, Bin Wang, Yujue Wang, Shubo Deng, Gang Yu
Mechanochemical activation of metal oxides is studied by a novel methodology based on solid state reaction with a stable radical specie. Such approach corroborates that vacancy formation by high energy ball milling, also in nonreducible oxides, is responsible for electron release on particles' surfaces. This finding suggests a new defect engineering strategy to improve effectiveness of metal oxides as co-milling reagent for halogenated organic pollutant destruction. Results prove that high valent metal doping of a commonly employed co-milling reagent such as CaO determines 2...
June 19, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651203/carbon-coated-zno-mat-passivation-by-atomic-layer-deposited-hfo2-as-an-anode-material-for-lithium-ion-batteries
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Mi-Hee Jung
ZnO has had little consideration as an anode material in lithium-ion batteries compared with other transition-metal oxides due to its inherent poor electrical conductivity and large volume expansion upon cycling and pulverization of ZnO-based electrodes. A logical design and facile synthesis of ZnO with well-controlled particle sizes and a specific morphology is essential to improving the performance of ZnO in lithium-ion batteries. In this paper, a simple approach is reported that uses a cation surfactant and a chelating agent to synthesize three-dimensional hierarchical nanostructured carbon-coated ZnO mats, in which the ZnO mats are composed of stacked individual ZnO nanowires and form well-defined nanoporous structures with high surface areas...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651200/nanostructured-micro-raspberries-from-superparamagnetic-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-studying-agglomeration-degree-and-redispersibility-of-nanoparticulate-powders-via-magnetisation-measurements
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Claudia Stauch, Stephan Späth, Thomas Ballweg, Robert Luxenhofer, Karl Mandel
Surface modified superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles are assembled into nanostructured micro-raspberry particles via spray drying. The micro-raspberry powder is readily redispersed to individual nanoparticles or nanostructured sub-units, depending on the initially adjusted nanoparticle modification. In this work, it is demonstrated how the technique of magnetic zero-field-cooled/field-cooled (ZFC/FC) measurements can be used to judge the degree of agglomeration, i.e. the extent of hard-agglomerates and soft-agglomerates in a system and predict the redispersibility of the powder particles...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651177/particle-size-distribution-psd-of-pulverized-hair-a-quantitative-approach-of-milling-efficiency-and-its-correlation-with-drug-extraction-efficiency
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Aline Garcia da Rosa Chagas, Eliani Spinelli, Sorele Batista Fiaux, Adriana da Silva Barreto, Silvana Vianna Rodrigues
Different types of hair were submitted to different milling procedures and their resulting powders were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and laser diffraction (LD). SEM results were qualitative whereas LD results were quantitative and accurately characterized the hair powders through their particle size distribution (PSD). Different types of hair were submitted to an optimized milling conditions and their PSD was quite similar. A good correlation was obtained between PSD results and ketamine concentration in a hair sample analyzed by LC-MS/MS...
June 15, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651142/fast-pyrolysis-of-durian-durio-zibethinus-l-shell-in-a-drop-type-fixed-bed-reactor-pyrolysis-behavior-and-product-analyses
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Y L Tan, A Z Abdullah, B H Hameed
Durian shell (DS) was pyrolyzed in a drop-type fixed-bed reactor to study the physicochemical properties of the products. The experiment was carried out with different particle sizes (up to 5mm) and reaction temperatures (250-650°C). The highest bio-oil yield was obtained at 650°C (57.45wt%) with DS size of 1-2mm. The elemental composition and higher heating value of the feedstock, bio-oil (650°C), and bio-char (650°C) were determined and compared. The compositions of product gases were determined via gas chromatography with thermal conductivity detector...
June 23, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651090/spatio-temporal-variability-of-particulate-matter-in-the-key-part-of-gansu-province-western-china
#7
Qingyu Guan, Ao Cai, Feifei Wang, Liqin Yang, Chuanqi Xu, Zeyu Liu
To investigate the spatial and temporal behaviors of particulate matter in Lanzhou, Jinchang and Jiayuguan during 2014, the hourly concentrations of PM2.5 and PM10 were collected from the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) in this study. The analysis indicated that the mean annual PM10 (PM2.5) concentrations during 2014 were 115 ± 52 μg/m(3) (57 ± 28 μg/m(3)), 104 ± 75 μg/m(3) (38 ± 22 μg/m(3)) and 114 ± 72 μg/m(3) (32 ± 17 μg/m(3)) in Lanzhou, Jinchang and Jiayuguan, respectively, all of which exceeded the Chinese national ambient air quality II standards for PM...
June 23, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651087/effects-of-terrestrial-and-marine-organic-matters-on-deposition-of-dechlorane-plus-dp-in-marine-sediments-from-the-southern-yellow-sea-china-evidence-from-multiple-biomarkers
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Guoguang Wang, Jialin Peng, Ting Hao, Lijuan Feng, Qiaoling Liu, Xianguo Li
As an emerging halogenated organic contaminant, Dechlorane Plus (DP) was scarcely reported in marine environments, especially in China. In this work, 35 surface sediments and a sediment core were collected across the Southern Yellow Sea (SYS) to comprehensively explore the spatio-temporal distribution and possible migration pathway of DP. DP concentrations ranged from 14.3 to 245.5 pg/g dry weight in the surface sediments, displaying a seaward increasing trend with the high levels in the central mud zone. This spatial distribution pattern was ascribed to that fine particles with the elevated DP levels were preferentially transported to the central mud zone under hydrodynamic forcing and/or via long-range atmospheric transportation and deposition...
June 23, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651065/the-removal-of-particle-reactive-radionuclides-in-shallow-water-bottom-scavenging-versus-particle-settling-of-iodine-131-and-beryllium-7
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Michael P Montenero, Elizabeth K Dilbone, James T Waples
In pelagic waters, the removal of particle-reactive radionuclides is controlled by nuclide sorption to particles and subsequent settling by gravity. However, in shallow nearshore waters, the dominant mechanism of nuclide scavenging is not so clear. Understanding how particle-reactive radionuclides are scavenged from the water column is critical if these tracers are to be used as proxies of particle flux in shallow aquatic systems. In this study, we present evidence that the removal of particle-reactive radionuclides in nearshore and turbulent waters is primarily controlled by bottom scavenging...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651057/how-to-identify-plasmons-from-the-optical-response-of-nanostructures
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Runmin Zhang, Luca Bursi, Joel D Cox, Yao Cui, Caroline M Krauter, Alessandro Alabastri, Alejandro Manjavacas, Arrigo Calzolari, Stefano Corni, Elisa Molinari, Emily A Carter, F Javier Garcia de Abajo, Hui Zhang, Peter Nordlander
A promising trend in plasmonics involves shrinking the size of plasmon-supporting structures down to a few nanometers, thus enabling control over light-matter interaction at extreme-subwavelength scales. In this limit, quantum-mechanical effects, such as nonlocal screening and size quantization, strongly affect the plasmonic response, rendering it substantially different from classical predictions. For very small clusters and molecules, collective plasmonic modes are hard to distinguish from other excitations such as single-electron transitions...
June 26, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651044/the-atmospheric-fate-of-monoethanolamine-enhancing-new-particle-formation-of-sulfuric-acid-as-an-important-removal-process
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Hong-Bin Xie, Jonas Elm, Roope Halonen, Nanna Myllys, Theo Kurtén, Markku Kulmala, Hanna Vehkamaki
Monoethanolamine (MEA), a potential atmospheric pollutant from capture unit of a leading CO2 capture technology, could be removed by participating H2SO4-based new particle formation (NPF) as simple amines. Here we evaluated the enhancing potential of MEA on H2SO4-based NPF by examining the formation of molecular clusters of MEA and H2SO4 using a combined quantum chemistry calculations and kinetics modeling. The results indicate that MEA at ppt-level can enhance H2SO4-based NPF. The enhancing potential of MEA is < dimethylamine (DMA), one of the strongest enhancing agents, and ≫ methylamine (MA), in contrast to the order suggested solely by their basicity (MEA < MA < DMA)...
June 26, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651043/visualizing-the-contributions-of-virtual-states-to-two-photon-absorption-cross-sections-by-natural-transition-orbitals-of-response-transition-density-matrices
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Kaushik D Nanda, Anna I Krylov
Observables such as two-photon absorption cross-sections cannot be computed from the wave functions of the initial and final states alone because of their nonlinear nature. Rather, they depend on the entire manifold of the excited states, which follows from the familiar sum-over-states expressions of second- and higher-order properties. Consequently, the interpretation of the computed nonlinear optical properties in terms of molecular orbitals is not straightforward and usually relies on approximate few-states models...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651016/enhanced-light-microscopy-visualization-of-virus-particles-from-zika-virus-to-filamentous-ebolaviruses
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George G Daaboul, David S Freedman, Steven M Scherr, Erik Carter, Alexandru Rosca, David Bernstein, Chad E Mire, Krystle N Agans, Thomas Hoenen, Thomas W Geisbert, M Selim Ünlü, John H Connor
Light microscopy is a powerful tool in the detection and analysis of parasites, fungi, and prokaryotes, but has been challenging to use for the detection of individual virus particles. Unlabeled virus particles are too small to be visualized using standard visible light microscopy. Characterization of virus particles is typically performed using higher resolution approaches such as electron microscopy or atomic force microscopy. These approaches require purification of virions away from their normal millieu, requiring significant levels of expertise, and can only enumerate small numbers of particles per field of view...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651004/a-human-endogenous-retrovirus-derived-gene-that-can-contribute-to-oncogenesis-by-activating-the-erk-pathway-and-inducing-migration-and-invasion
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Cécile Lemaître, Jhen Tsang, Caroline Bireau, Thierry Heidmann, Marie Dewannieux
Endogenous retroviruses are cellular genes of retroviral origin captured by their host during the course of evolution and represent around 8% of the human genome. Although most are defective and transcriptionally silenced, some are still able to generate retroviral-like particles and proteins. Among these, the HERV-K(HML2) family is remarkable since its members have amplified relatively recently and many of them still have full length coding genes. Furthermore, they are induced in cancers, especially in melanoma, breast cancer and germ cell tumours, where viral particles, as well as the envelope protein (Env), can be detected...
June 26, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650959/peridomestic-aedes-malayensis-and-aedes-albopictus-are-capable-vectors-of-arboviruses-in-cities
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Ian H Mendenhall, Menchie Manuel, Mahesh Moorthy, Theodore T M Lee, Dolyce H W Low, Dorothée Missé, Duane J Gubler, Brett R Ellis, Eng Eong Ooi, Julien Pompon
BACKGROUND: Dengue and chikungunya are global re-emerging mosquito-borne diseases. In Singapore, sustained vector control coupled with household improvements reduced domestic mosquito populations for the past 45 years, particularly the primary vector Aedes aegypti. However, while disease incidence was low for the first 30 years following vector control implementation, outbreaks have re-emerged in the past 15 years. Epidemiological observations point to the importance of peridomestic infection in areas not targeted by control programs...
June 26, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650846/dosimetric-verification-in-water-of-a-monte-carlo-treatment-planning-tool-for-proton-helium-carbon-and-oxygen-ion-beams-at-the-heidelberg-ion-beam-therapy-center
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Thomas Tessonnier, Till Tobias Boehlen, Francesco Cerutti, Alfredo Ferrari, Paola Roberta Sala, Stephan Brons, Thomas Haberer, Juergen Debus, Katia Parodi, Andrea Mairani
The introduction of "new" ion species in particle therapy needs to be supported by a thorough assessment of their dosimetric properties and by treatment planning comparisons with clinically used proton and carbon ion beams. In addition to the latter two ions, helium and oxygen ion beams are foreseen at the Heidelberg Ion beam Therapy (HIT) center as potential assets for improving clinical outcomes in the near future. We present in this study a dosimetric validation of a FLUKA-based Monte Carlo Treatment Planning tool (MCTP) for protons, helium, carbon and oxygen ions for spread-out Bragg peaks...
June 26, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650835/a-new-representation-in-pso-for-discretization-based-feature-selection
#17
Binh Tran, Bing Xue, Mengjie Zhang
In machine learning, discretization and feature selection (FS) are important techniques for preprocessing data to improve the performance of an algorithm on high-dimensional data. Since many FS methods require discrete data, a common practice is to apply discretization before FS. In addition, for the sake of efficiency, features are usually discretized individually (or univariate). This scheme works based on the assumption that each feature independently influences the task, which may not hold in cases where feature interactions exist...
June 23, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650832/committee-based-active-learning-for-surrogate-assisted-particle-swarm-optimization-of-expensive-problems
#18
Handing Wang, Yaochu Jin, John Doherty
Function evaluations (FEs) of many real-world optimization problems are time or resource consuming, posing a serious challenge to the application of evolutionary algorithms (EAs) to solve these problems. To address this challenge, the research on surrogate-assisted EAs has attracted increasing attention from both academia and industry over the past decades. However, most existing surrogate-assisted EAs (SAEAs) either still require thousands of expensive FEs to obtain acceptable solutions, or are only applied to very low-dimensional problems...
June 22, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650820/terahertz-channel-model-and-link-budget-analysis-for-intrabody-nanoscale-communication
#19
Hadeel Elayan, Raed M Shubair, Josep M Jornet, Pedram Johari
Nanosized devices operating inside the human body open up new prospects in the healthcare domain. In vivo wireless nanosensor networks (iWNSNs) will result in a plethora of applications ranging from intrabody health-monitoring to drug- delivery systems. With the development of miniature plasmonic signal sources, antennas and detectors, wireless communications among intrabody nanodevices will expectedly be enabled at both the Terahertz Band (0.1-10 THz) as well as optical frequencies (400-750 THz). This result motivates the analysis of the phenomena affecting the propagation of electromagnetic signals inside the human body...
June 22, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650664/the-dynamical-transition-of-lipid-multi-lamellar-bilayers-as-a-matter-of-cooperativity
#20
Judith Peters, Jérémie Marion, Francesca Natali, Efim Kats, Dominique J Bicout
The present study is the application of a two-state model formerly developed by Bicout, D.J. and and Zaccai, G., Biophys J 2001, 80 (3), 1115-23 1 to describe the dynamical transition exhibited in the atomic mean square displacements of biological samples in terms of dynamic and thermodynamic parameters. Data were obtained by elastic incoherent neutron scattering on 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine lipid membranes in various hydration states and on one partially per-deuterated lipid membrane. Fitting the data with the model allowed investigating which parts of lipid molecules were mainly involved in the dynamical transition, heads, tails or both...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
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