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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935100/a-critical-review-on-the-prospect-of-polyaniline-grafted-biodegradable-nanocomposite
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REVIEW
Mohammad Shahadat, Mohammad Zain Khan, Parveen Fatemeh Rupani, Asha Embrandiri, Saima Sultana, Shaikh Ziauddin Ahammad, S Wazed Ali, T R Sreekrishnan
Among the various electrically conducting polymers, polyaniline (PANI) has gained attentions due to its unique properties and doping chemistry. A number of electrically conducting biodegradable polymers has been synthesized by incorporating a biodegradable content of cellulose, chitin, chitosan, etc. in the matrix of PANI. The hybrid materials are also employed as photocatalysts, antibacterial agents, sensors, fuel cells and as materials in biomedical applications. Furthermore, these biodegradable and biocompatible conducting polymers are employed in tissue engineering, dental implants and targeted drug delivery...
September 6, 2017: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934653/mixed-sulfate-reducing-bacteria-enriched-microbial-fuel-cells-for-the-treatment-of-wastewater-containing-copper
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Waheed Miran, Jiseon Jang, Mohsin Nawaz, Asif Shahzad, Sang Eun Jeong, Che Ok Jeon, Dae Sung Lee
Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) have been widely investigated for organic-based waste/substrate conversion to electricity. However, toxic compounds such as heavy metals are ubiquitous in organic waste and wastewater. In this work, a sulfate reducing bacteria (SRB)-enriched anode is used to study the impact of Cu(2+) on MFC performance. This study demonstrates that MFC performance is slightly enhanced at concentrations of up to 20 mg/L of Cu(2+), owing to the stimulating effect of metals on biological reactions...
September 13, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934608/chemical-free-fabrication-of-n-p-dual-doped-honeycomb-like-carbon-as-an-efficient-electrocatalyst-for-oxygen-reduction
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Lianwen Zhu, Jun Wu, Qiao Zhang, Xiangkui Li, Yiming Li, Xuebo Cao
Heteroatom-doped nanoporous carbons are now emerging as alternatives to platinum and its alloys as electrocatalysts to facilitate oxygen reduction reaction in metal-air batteries and fuel cells. However, the synthesis of nanoporous carbons usually involve in complicated procedures and intensive chemicals, which may dramatically raise their manufacture cost that even surpasses that of precious platinum. Herein, we demonstrate the single-step, chemical-free fabrication of N, P dualdoped honeycomb carbon that has hierarchically porous structure and oxygen electrocatalysis activity close to the benchmark Pt/C...
August 23, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933825/the-surface-chemistry-of-perovskite-type-electrodes-during-high-temperature-co2-electrolysis-investigated-by-operando-photoelectron-spectroscopy
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Alexander Karl Opitz, Andreas Nenning, Christoph Rameshan, Markus Kubicek, Thomas Götsch, Raoul Blume, Michael Hävecker, Axel Knop-Gericke, Gunther Rupprechter, Bernhard Klötzer, Juergen Fleig
Any substantial move of energy sources from fossil fuels to renewable resources requires large scale storage of excess energy, for example via power to fuel processes. In this respect electrochemical reduction of CO2 may become very important, since it offers a method of sustainable CO production, which is a crucial prerequisite for synthesis of sustainable fuels. Carbon dioxide reduction in solid oxide electrolysis cells (SOECs) is particularly promising owing to the high operating temperature, which leads to both improved thermodynamics and fast kinetics...
September 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933496/amphoteric-water-as-acid-and-base-for-protic-ionic-liquids-and-their-electrochemical-activity-when-used-as-fuel-cell-electrolytes
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Muhammed Shah Miran, Tomohiro Yasuda, Ryoichi Tatara, Md Abu Bin Hasan Susan, Masayoshi Watanabe
Amphoteric water was mixed with equimolar amounts of a super-strong acid, trifluoromethanesulfonic acid (TfOH), and a super-strong base, 1,8-diazabicyclo[5.4.0]-7-undecene (DBU). Bulk physicochemical and electrochemical properties of the mixtures were compared with those of the best ever reported protic ionic liquid (PIL), diethylmethylammonium trifluoromethanesulfonate ([dema][TfO]), which has excellent physicochemical properties as a fuel cell electrolyte. The acidic mixture ([H3O][TfO]) behaved as a protic ionic liquid, while the basic mixture ([DBU]OH) showed incomplete proton transfer...
September 21, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932852/mechanism-of-c-c-and-c-h-bond-cleavage-in-ethanol-oxidation-reaction-on-cu2o-111-a-dft-d-and-dft-u-study
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Han Xu, Bei Miao, Minhua Zhang, Yifei Chen, Lichang Wang
The performance of transition metal catalysts for ethanol oxidation reaction (EOR) in direct ethanol fuel cells (DEFCs) may be greatly affected by their oxidation. However, the specific effect and catalytic mechanism for EOR of transition metal oxides are still unclear and deserve in-depth exploitation. Copper as a potential anode catalyst can be easily oxidized in air. Thus, in this study, we investigated C-C and C-H bond cleavage reactions of CHxCO (x = 1, 2, 3) species in EOR on Cu2O(111) using PBE+U calculations, as well as the specific effect of +U correction on the process of adsorption and reaction on Cu2O(111)...
September 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932848/exploration-of-significant-influences-of-the-operating-conditions-on-the-local-o2-transport-in-proton-exchange-membrane-fuel-cells-pemfcs
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Shuiyun Shen, Xiaojing Cheng, Chao Wang, Xiaohui Yan, Changchun Ke, Jiewei Yin, Junliang Zhang
A drastic reduction of the Pt loading in the cathode catalyst layers (CCLs) of proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) is much desired. However, a decrease in Pt loading inevitably leads to an unexpected increase of local O2 transport resistance (rLocal) and severely weakens the fuel cell performance, particularly at high current densities. Thus, it is both urgent and meaningful to explore the impacts of the operating conditions on rLocal in CCLs and therefore to clarify the intrinsic mechanism. Herein, we systematically explore the influences of the operating conditions, in terms of the dry O2 mole fraction, the relative humidity, the operating pressure and the temperature on rLocal using limiting current measurements combined with mathematical calculations...
September 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932075/role-of-tissue-microenvironment-resident-adipocytes-in-colon-cancer
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EDITORIAL
Maria Tabuso, Shervanthi Homer-Vanniasinkam, Raghu Adya, Ramesh P Arasaradnam
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a multifactorial disease characterized by several genetic and epigenetic alterations occurring in epithelial cells. It is increasingly recognized that tumour progression is also regulated by tumour microenvironment (TME). The bidirectional cross-talk between tumour resident adipocytes and cancer cells within TME has been proposed as active contributor to carcinogenesis. Tumour resident adipocytes exhibit an activated phenotype characterized by increased secretion of pro-tumorigenic factors (angiogenic/inflammatory/immune) which contribute to cancer cell proliferation, invasion, neoangiogenesis, evasion of immune surveillance and therapy resistance...
August 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931208/treatment-of-palm-oil-mill-effluent-using-combination-system-of-microbial-fuel-cell-and-anaerobic-membrane-bioreactor
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Sze Pin Tan, Hong Feng Kong, Mohammed J K Bashir, Po Kim Lo, Chii-Dong Ho, Choon Aun Ng
It was found that the operational temperature and the incorporation of microbial fuel cell (MFC) into anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR) have significant effect on AnMBRs' filtration performance. This paper addresses two issues (i) effect of temperature on AnMBR; and (ii) effect of MFC on AnMBRs' performance. The highest COD removal efficiency was observed in mesophilic condition (45°C). It was observed that the bioreactors operated at 45°C had the highest filtration resistance compared to others, albeit the excellent performance in removing the organic pollutant...
September 1, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930611/biomass-breakdown-a-review-on-pretreatment-instrumentations-and-methods
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Preeti Vyas, Ashwani Kumar, Suren Singh
Enzymatic breakdown of lignocellulosic biomass for liquid fuel production is a viable alternative to fossil fuels, due to its renewable and environmental friendly nature. Naturally, plants protect their cell wall polysaccharides by giving limited access to the cell wall degrading enzymes. Lignocellulose breakdown requires proper pretreatments that disrupt the close inter-component association between the constituents of the plant cell wall. For efficient biomass conversion, the choice of the correct pretreatment is important for removing the barriers to enhance access to microbial enzymes...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Elite Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930449/o2-reduction-in-enzymatic-biofuel-cells
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Nicolas Mano, Anne de Poulpiquet
Catalytic four-electron reduction of O2 to water is one of the most extensively studied electrochemical reactions due to O2 exceptional availability and high O2/H2O redox potential, which may in particular allow highly energetic reactions in fuel cells. To circumvent the use of expensive and inefficient Pt catalysts, multicopper oxidases (MCOs) have been envisioned because they provide efficient O2 reduction with almost no overpotential. MCOs have been used to elaborate enzymatic biofuel cells (EBFCs), a subclass of fuel cells in which enzymes replace the conventional catalysts...
September 20, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926984/n-doped-carbon-xerogels-as-pt-support-for-the-electro-reduction-of-oxygen
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Cinthia Alegre, David Sebastián, María E Gálvez, Estela Baquedano, Rafael Moliner, Antonino S Aricò, Vincenzo Baglio, María J Lázaro
Durability and limited catalytic activity are key impediments to the commercialization of polymer electrolyte fuel cells. Carbon materials employed as catalyst support can be doped with different heteroatoms, like nitrogen, to improve both catalytic activity and durability. Carbon xerogels are nanoporous carbons that can be easily synthesized in order to obtain N-doped materials. In the present work, we introduced melamine as a carbon xerogel precursor together with resorcinol for an effective in-situ N doping (3-4 wt % N)...
September 17, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925584/quorum-sensing-improves-current-output-with-acidithiobacillus-ferrooxidans
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Nicolas Chabert, Violaine Bonnefoy, Wafa Achouak
Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans is a strict acidophilic chemolithoautotrophic bacterium that obtains its energy from reduced inorganic sulfur species or ferrous iron oxidation under aerobic conditions. Carbon felt electrodes were pre-colonized by A. ferrooxidansATCC 23270(T) using ferrous iron or sulfur as electron donors, via the addition (or not) of a mixture of C14 acyl-homoserine lactones (C14-AHLs). Electrode coverage during pre-colonization was sparse regardless of the electron donor source, whereas activation of quorum sensing significantly enhanced it...
September 19, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925581/advanced-materials-based-on-polymers-and-ionic-liquids
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REVIEW
Yuzo Kitazawa, Kazuhide Ueno, Masayoshi Watanabe
Ionic liquids (ILs) are ambient temperature molten salts, which have attracted considerable attention owing to their unique properties. In this contribution, we review advanced materials composed of ILs and polymers for the basis of a new design protocol to fabricate novel materials. As electrolytes for electrochemical devices, cross-linked polymers containing ILs (ion gels) are endowed with functional properties inherited from ILs and mechanical consistency derived from polymers. To create such materials, micro-phase separation of block copolymers and colloidal arrays in the ILs are utilized...
September 19, 2017: Chemical Record: An Official Publication of the Chemical Society of Japan ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923062/tissue-resident-stem-cell-activity-a-view-from-the-adult-drosophila-gastrointestinal-tract
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REVIEW
Qiang Liu, Li Hua Jin
The gastrointestinal tract serves as a fast-renewing model for unraveling the multifaceted molecular mechanisms underlying remarkably rapid cell renewal, which is exclusively fueled by a small number of long-lived stem cells and their progeny. Stem cell activity is the best-characterized aspect of mucosal homeostasis in mitotically active tissues, and the dysregulation of regenerative capacity is a hallmark of epithelial immune defects. This dysregulation is frequently associated with pathologies ranging from chronic enteritis to malignancies in humans...
September 18, 2017: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922594/dose-dependent-response-to-3-nitrobenzanthrone-exposure-in-human-urothelial-cancer-cells
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Mario Pink, Nisha Verma, Anna Zerries, Simone Schmitz-Spanke
A product of incomplete combustion of diesel fuel, 3-nitrobenzanthrone (3-NBA), has been classified as a cancer-causing substance. It first gained attention as a potential urinary bladder carcinogen due to the presence of its metabolite in urine and formation of DNA adducts. The aim of the present study was to characterise the dose-response relationship of 3-NBA in human urothelial cancer cell line (RT4) exposed to concentrations ranging from 0.0003 µM (environmentally relevant) to 80 µM by utilising toxicological and metabolomic approaches...
September 18, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922576/anion-exchange-membranes-for-alkaline-fuel-cell-applications-the-effects-of-cations
#17
Zhe Sun, Bencai Lin, Feng Yan
Alkaline anion exchange membrane fuel cells (AEMFCs) are attracting great attention, because of their potential use of non-precious electrocatalysts. Anion exchange membrane (AEM) is one of the key components of AEMFCs. An ideal AEM should possess high hydroxide conductivity and sufficient long-term durability at elevated temperatures in high pH solutions. This review provides recent progresses of alkaline stability behavior of cations (including quaternary ammonium, imidazolium, guanidinium, pyridinium, tertiary sulfonium, phosphonium, benzimidazolium and pyrrolidinium) and their analogous AEMs, which have been investigated by both experimental studies and theoretical calculations...
September 18, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922486/conducting-polymer-based-materials-for-electrochemical-energy-conversion-and-storage
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REVIEW
Jianfeng Wang, Jinrong Wang, Zhuang Kong, Kuilin Lv, Chao Teng, Ying Zhu
To alleviate the current energy crisis and environmental pollution, sustainable and ecofriendly energy conversion and storage systems are urgently needed. Due to their high conductivity, promising catalytic activity, and excellent electrochemical properties, conducting polymers have been attracting intense attention for use in electrochemical energy conversion and storage. Here, the latest advances regarding the utilization of conducting polymers for fuel cells and supercapacitors are introduced. The strategies employed to improve the electrocatalytic and electrochemical performances of conducting-polymer-based materials are presented...
September 18, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920975/correction-visible-light-enhanced-power-generation-in-microbial-fuel-cells-coupling-with-3d-nitrogen-doped-graphene
#19
Dan Guo, Rong-Bin Song, Hao-Hua Shao, Jian-Rong Zhang, Jun-Jie Zhu
Correction for 'Visible-light-enhanced power generation in microbial fuel cells coupling with 3D nitrogen-doped graphene' by Dan Guo et al., Chem. Commun., 2017, DOI: .
September 18, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920603/controlling-cation-segregation-in-perovskite-based-electrodes-for-high-electro-catalytic-activity-and-durability
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REVIEW
Yifeng Li, Wenqiang Zhang, Yun Zheng, Jing Chen, Bo Yu, Yan Chen, Meilin Liu
Solid oxide cell (SOC) based energy conversion systems have the potential to become the cleanest and most efficient systems for reversible conversion between electricity and chemical fuels due to their high efficiency, low emission, and excellent fuel flexibility. Broad implementation of this technology is however hindered by the lack of high-performance electrode materials. While many perovskite-based materials have shown remarkable promise as electrodes for SOCs, cation enrichment or segregation near the surface or interfaces is often observed, which greatly impacts not only electrode kinetics but also their durability and operational lifespan...
September 18, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
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