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Franziska D H Wilke, Georg Schettler, Andrea Vieth-Hillebrand, Michael Kühn, Heike Rothe
The production of gas from unconventional resources became an important position in the world energy economics. In 2012, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre estimate 16 trillion cubic meters (Tcm) of technically recoverable shale gas in Europe. Taking into account that the exploitation of unconventional gas can be accompanied by serious health risks due to the release of toxic chemical components and natural occurring radionuclides into the return flow water and their near-surface accumulation in secondary precipitates, we investigated the release of U, Th and Ra from black shales by interaction with drilling fluids containing additives that are commonly employed for shale gas exploitation...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
Yinxiang Xu, Yuanyuan Fang, Zhenhua Wang, Dan Guo, Yi Liu, Yuan Huang, Pengbo Fu, Juehui Jin, Chenwen Wei, Hualin Wang, Tao Zeng
The long-term performance of an anoxic-oxic-hydrocyclone (AOH) process with an in-situ hydrocyclone treatment unit in the mixed liquid return line for sludge reduction and carbon reuse has been observed, in comparison with a conventional anoxic-oxic (AO) process. Three parallel side-stream systems, including one AOH25 system with a 25-mm hydrocyclone, one AOH35 system with a 35-mm hydrocyclone and one AO system, were built and fed with real wastewater for a comparative study in a wastewater treatment plant...
May 9, 2018: Water Research
Yuanxing Wang, Cailing Niu, Dunwei Wang
How to effectively and efficiently reduce carbon dioxide (CO2 ) to value-added chemicals represent a frontier in catalysis research. Due to the high activation energy needs and the endothermic nature of CO2 reduction, the reactions are difficult to carry out. When H2 O is present, hydrogen evolution reactions (HER) often compete favorably with CO2 reduction reactions. For these reactions, catalysts are of critical importance to CO2 reduction. In this article, we review the various metal nanocatalysts for electrochemical CO2 reduction (ECR) reactions...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Songying Qu, Yuhan Xiong, Jun Zhang
Non-metallic graphene oxide (GO) and carbon nanodots (CDots) co-doped BiOBr ternary system (GO/CDots/BiOBr) were successfully synthesized via a simple one-step solvothermal process. The compositional characterization, optical and electrical properties of photocatalysts were investigated in detail. The prepared ternary photocatalysts possessed the excellent visible-light driven photocatalytic 4-chlorophenol (4-CP) degradation. Additionally, the 4-CP removal efficiencies decreased in the order of GO/CDots/BiOBr (88...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Moez Ben Boubaker, Donald Picard, Carl Duchesne, Jayson Tessier, Houshang Alamdari, Mario Fafard
This paper reports on the application of an acousto-ultrasonic (AU) scheme for the inspection of industrial-size carbon anode blocks used in the production of primary aluminium by the Hall-Héroult process. A frequency-modulated wave is used to excite the anode blocks at multiple points. The collected attenuated AU signals are decomposed using the Discrete Wavelet Transform (DTW) after which vectors of features are calculated. Principal Component Analysis (PCA) is utilized to cluster the AU responses of the anodes...
May 17, 2018: Ultrasonics
Dong-Min Yin, Maria Westerholm, Wei Qiao, Shao-Jie Bi, Simon M Wandera, Run Fan, Meng-Meng Jiang, Ren-Jie Dong
The impact of temperature on the anaerobic digestion of chicken manure was investigated by studying the process performance and pathway for continuously-fed digesters under mesophilic and thermophilic conditions. The mesophilic digester obtained a 15% higher methane yield compared with the thermophilic digester. Mesophilic and thermophilic digester had free ammonia of 31 and 145 mg/L, respectively. The stable carbon isotope analysis indicated that 41% and 50% of acetate was converted to methane through the syntrophic acetate oxidation and hydrogenotrophic methanogenesis (SAO-HM) pathway under mesophilic and thermophilic conditions, respectively...
May 18, 2018: Bioresource Technology
Eric Garshick, Stephanie T Grady, Jaime E Hart, Brent A Coull, Joel D Schwartz, Francine Laden, Marilyn L Moy, Petros Koutrakis
RATIONALE: Evidence linking traffic-related particle exposure to systemic effects in chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD) patients is limited. OBJECTIVES: Assess relationships between indoor black carbon (BC), a tracer of traffic-related particles, and plasma biomarkers of systemic inflammation and endothelial activation. METHODS: BC was measured by reflectance in fine particle samples over a mean of 7.6 days in homes of 85 COPD patients up to 4 times seasonally over a year...
May 18, 2018: Environmental Research
Falan Li, Yemin Guo, Xiangyou Wang, Xia Sun
A dual-target electrochemical aptasensor was developed for the simultaneous detection of multiple antibiotics based on metal ions as signal tracers and nanocomposites as signal amplification strategy. Metal ions such as Cd2+ and Pb2+ could generate distinct differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) peaks. When targets were present, kanamycin (KAN) and streptomycin (STR) as models, the KAN aptamer (KAP) and STR aptamer (STP) were released from their complementary strands, with more change of Cd2+ and Pb2+ corresponding to peak currents...
April 13, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Xiang Xia, Shuhuan Lan, Xudong Li, Yifei Xie, Yajie Liang, Peihan Yan, Zhengyang Chen, Yunxiao Xing
Klebsiella variicola B16, a microbial bioflocculant (MBF-B16)-producing bacteria, was isolated and identified by its 16S rRNA sequence, biochemical properties, and physiological characteristics. The effects of culture conditions on MBF-B16 production, including carbon source, nitrogen source, C/N ratio, initial pH, and culture temperature, were investigated in this study. Results showed that 6.96 g of MBF-B16 could be extracted from a 1-L culture broth under optimized conditions. Chemical analysis showed that polysaccharide and protein were the main components...
April 30, 2018: Chemosphere
Jussara F Carneiro, José M Aquino, Adilson J Silva, Juliana C Barreiro, Quezia B Cass, Romeu C Rocha-Filho
The role of the supporting electrolyte - SE (Na2 SO4 ; NaCl; Na2 CO3 ; NaNO3 ; Na3 PO4 - 0.1 M ionic strength) in the galvanostatic (10 mA cm-2 ) electrochemical degradation of the fluoroquinolone antibiotic enrofloxacin (ENRO; 100 mg L-1 ) using a filter-press flow cell with a boron-doped diamond anode was investigated (flow rate, solution volume, and temperature were kept fixed at 420 L h-1 , 1.0 L, and 25 °C, respectively). The electrochemical degradation performance with the different SEs was assessed by following up [ENRO], total organic carbon concentration (TOC), oxidation intermediates (detected by LC and LC-QqTOF), and antimicrobial activity towards Escherichia coli as the electrolyses progressed...
May 10, 2018: Chemosphere
Miao Guo, Hong-Xia Wang, Wen-Jun Chen
Diabetic cardiomyopathy is a cascade of complex events leading to eventual heart failure in diabetes. JQ1, one of Bromodomain and extra-terminal domain (BET) protein inhibitors, has exerted therapeutic effects on cancer proliferation, inflammation and cardiovascular disease. Recently, JQ1 was reported to protect mice from bleomycin-induced lung fibrosis and reverse the fibrotic response in carbon tetrachloride-induced liver fibrosis. However, its role in diabetic cardiomyopathy remains to be clarified. Our results indicated that JQ1 treatment suppressed cardiac fibrosis and improved cardiac function in a STZ-induced diabetic mouse model...
May 18, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Yuhan Peng, Zhigang Geng, Songtao Zhao, Liangbing Wang, Hongliang Li, Xu Wang, XuSheng Zheng, Junfa Zhu, Zhenyu Li, Rui Si, Jie Zeng
Single-atom catalysts exhibit high selectivity in hydrogenation due to their isolated active sites which ensure uniform adsorption configurations of substrate molecules. Compared with the achievement in catalytic selectivity, there is still a long way to go in exploiting the catalytic activity of single-atom catalysts. Herein, we developed highly active and selective catalysts in selective hydrogenation by embedding Pt single atoms in the surface of Ni nanocrystals (denoted as Pt1/Ni nanocrystals). During the hydrogenation of 3-nitrostyrene, the TOF numbers based on surface Pt atoms of Pt1/Ni nanocrystals reached ~1800 h-1 under 3 atm of H2 at 40 oC, much higher than that of Pt single atoms supported on active carbon, TiO2, SiO2, and ZSM-5...
May 21, 2018: Nano Letters
Misaki Ota, Yuichiro Hirota, Yoshiaki Uchida, Yasuhiro Sakamoto, Norikazu Nishiyama
Carbon dioxide (CO2 ) capture and storage (CCS) technologies have been attracted attention in terms of tackling with global warming. To date, various CO2 capture technologies including solvents, membranes, cryogenics and solid adsorbents have been proposed. Currently, a liquid adsorption method for CO2 using amine solution (monoethanolamine) has been practically used. However, this liquid phase CO2 adsorption process requires heat regeneration, and it can cause many problems such as corrosion of equipment and degradation of the solution...
May 21, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Tao Wang, Dong Zhang, Lingling Dai, Bin Dong, Xiaohu Dai
At present, high-solids anaerobic digestion of sewage sludge has drawn great attention due to the superiority of its small land area footprint and low energy consumption. However, a high organic loading rate may cause acids accumulation and ammonia inhibition, thus leading to an inhibited pseudo-steady state in which electron transfer through interspecies hydrogen transfer (IHT) between acetogens and methanogens is blocked. In this study, adding 50 mg/g TS (total solid) magnetite clearly reduced the accumulation of short-chain fatty acids and accelerated methane production by 26...
May 21, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
Koji Miki, Kenzo Saiki, Tomokazu Umeyama, Jinseok Baek, Takeru Noda, Hiroshi Imahori, Yuta Sato, Kazu Suenaga, Kouichi Ohe
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) interlocked by cyclic compounds through supramolecular interaction are promising rotaxane-like materials applicable as 2D and 3D networks of nanowires and disease-specific theranostic agents having multifunctionalities. Supramolecular complexation of CNTs with cyclic compounds in a "ring toss'' manner is a straightforward method to prepare interlocked CNTs; however, to date, this has not been reported on. Here, the "ring toss" method to prepare interlocked CNTs by using π-conjugated carbon nanorings: [8]-, [9]-, and [10]cycloparaphenyleneacetylene (CPPA) is reported...
May 21, 2018: Small
Ashim Datta, Biswapati Mandal
In a recent article, Zamanian et al. (2018) made an interesting assessment for CO2 efflux to atmosphere from inorganic carbon in soils on N-fertilization induced acidity (7.48 × 1012 g CO2 C/year) and also from liming of acid soils (273 × 1012 g CO2 C/year) using global database of soil CaCO3 stock, acid soil coverage, N-fertilizer use and associated quantity of protons produced etc. We have the following few non-convergent points of views on the issues.Firstly, stoichiometry of protonation (H+ ) in soils out of N-fertilization through urea, and other sources is known and the resultant annual changes in soil pH are also reported by many, including those who used long-term experiments (Stewart et al...
May 21, 2018: Global Change Biology
Tanyuan Wang, Gyutae Nam, Yue Jin, Xingyu Wang, Pengju Ren, Min Gyu Kim, Jiashun Liang, Xiaodong Wen, Haeseong Jang, Jiantao Han, Yunhui Huang, Qing Li, Jaephil Cho
A facile H2 O2 oxidation treatment to tune the properties of metal disulfides for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) activity enhancement is introduced. With this method, the degree of oxidation can be readily controlled and the effect of surface S residues in the resulted metal (oxy)hydroxides for the OER is revealed for the first time. The developed NiFe (oxy)hydroxide catalyst with residual S demonstrates an extraordinarily low OER overpotential of 190 mV at the current density of 10 mA cm-2 after coupling with carbon nanotubes, and outstanding performance in Zn-air battery tests...
May 21, 2018: Advanced Materials
Jianzhu Wang, Duane Chapman, Jun Xu, Yang Wang, Binhe Gu
Stable carbon and nitrogen isotope values (δ13C and δ15N) were used to evaluate trophic niche overlap between two filter-feeding fishes (known together as bigheaded carp) native to China, silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix) and bighead carp (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis), and three native filter-feeding fish including bigmouth buffalo (Ictiobus cyprinellus), gizzard shad (Dorosoma cepedianum) and paddlefish (Polyodon spathula) in the lower Missouri River, USA, using the Bayesian Stable Isotope in R statistics...
2018: PloS One
Darach Miller, Nathan Brandt, David Gresham
Cellular responses to changing environments frequently involve rapid reprogramming of the transcriptome. Regulated changes in mRNA degradation rates can accelerate reprogramming by clearing or stabilizing extant transcripts. Here, we measured mRNA stability using 4-thiouracil labeling in the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae during a nitrogen upshift and found that 78 mRNAs are subject to destabilization. These transcripts include Nitrogen Catabolite Repression (NCR) and carbon metabolism mRNAs, suggesting that mRNA destabilization is a mechanism for targeted reprogramming of the transcriptome...
May 21, 2018: PLoS Genetics
Joana Caetano, Filipe S Paula, Marta Amaral, Susana Oliveira, José D Alves
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the association of nailfold videocapillaroscopy (NVC) changes with the presence and severity of interstitial lung disease (ILD) in systemic sclerosis. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional analysis of 48 systemic sclerosis patients (21 patients with ILD). The NVC characteristics considered were capillary organization, capillary loss (CL), avascular areas, enlarged and giant capillaries, hemorrhages, abnormally shaped capillaries, edema, and intermittent flux...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
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