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Sijie Guo, Siqi Zhao, Jin Gao, Cheng Zhu, Xiuqin Wu, Yijun Fu, Hui Huang, Yang Liu, Zhenhui Kang
Electrochemical reduction of CO2 is a key component of many prospective artificial technologies for renewable carbon-containing fuels, but it still suffers from the high overpotentials required to drive the process, low selectivity for diversiform products and the high cost of the catalyst. Here, we report that Cu-CDots nanocorals is a highly efficient, low-cost and stable electrocatalyst for CO2 reduction in aqueous solution. The major product of CO2 reduction on the Cu-CDots nanocorals is HCOOH with an inconceivable low overpotential of 0...
December 2, 2016: Nanoscale
Suparna Tambe, Henning Blott, Annabelle Fülöp, Nils Spang, Dirk Flottmann, Stefan Bräse, Carsten Hopf, Hans-Dieter Junker
A key aspect for the further development of matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI)-mass spectrometry (MS) is a better understanding of the working principles of MALDI matrices. To address this issue, a chemical compound library of 59 structurally related cinnamic acid derivatives was synthesized. Potential MALDI matrices were evaluated with sulfatides, a class of anionic lipids which are abundant in complex brain lipid mixtures. For each matrix relative mean S/N ratios of sulfatides were determined against 9-aminoacridine as a reference matrix using negative ion mass spectrometry with 355 and 337 nm laser systems...
December 1, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Xingbao Gao, Bingjing Ji, Dahai Yan, Qifei Huang, Xuemei Zhu
Degradation of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans in municipal solid waste incinerator fly ash is beneficial to its risk control. Fly ash was treated in a full-scale thermal degradation system (capacity 1 t d(-1)) to remove polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans. Apart from the confirmation of the polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxin and dibenzofuran decomposition efficiency, we focused on two major issues that are the major obstacles for commercialising this decomposition technology in China, desorption and regeneration of dioxins and control of secondary air pollution...
November 30, 2016: Waste Management & Research
J Zou, C Wu, W D Robertson, L V Zhigilei, R J D Miller
Molecular dynamics simulations were performed to characterize the ablation process induced by a picosecond infrared laser (PIRL) operating in the regime of desorption by impulsive vibrational excitation (DIVE) of a model peptide (lysozyme)/counter-ion system in aqueous solution. The simulations were performed for ablation under typical experimental conditions found within a time-of-flight mass spectrometer (TOF-MS), that is in vacuum with an applied electric field (E = ± 10(7) V/m), for up to 2 ns post-ablation and compared to the standard PIRL-DIVE ablation condition (E = 0 V/m)...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Zhihong Wang, Chengzhang Wang, Jiaojiao Yuan, Changwei Zhang
In this study, the adsorption properties of nine resins including polyamide resin (30-60), polyamide resin (60-100) AB-8, S-8, D-101, NKA-9, NKA-II, XDA-1 and XDA-4 for enrichment phenolics of the olive waste were investigated. XDA-1 and NKA-II were chosen for further study due to their outstanding adsorption and desorption capacity. XDA-1 and NKA-II had similar adsorption and desorption behaviors for phenolics of olive waste. The adsorption mechanism could be better explained by pseudo second-order kinetics model and Freundlich isotherm model, and the adsorption processes were spontaneously and exothermic...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Atanu Ghosh, Debasmita Ghosh, Esma Khatun, Papri Chakraborty, Thalappil Pradeep
We report the synthesis and unique reactivity of a new green dithiol protected cluster (DTPC), Ag51(BDT)19(TPP)3 (BDT and TPP are 1,3-benzenedithiol and triphenylphosphine, respectively). The cluster composition was confirmed by electrospray ionization (ESI) and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI) mass spectrometric studies as well as by other supporting data. Surprisingly, the chemical reactivity between this DTPC and Au25(SR)18 involves only metal ion exchange in Au25(SR)18 without any ligand exchange, while reactions between monothiol protected clusters (MTPCs) show both metal and ligand exchange, an example being the reaction between Ag25DMBT18 and Au25PET18 (where DMBT and PET are 2,4-dimethylbenzenethiol and phenylethanethiol, respectively)...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
Nicole Willems, Dirk J Houwers, Yvette M Schlotter, Bart Theelen, Teun Boekhout
BACKGROUND: The reports on disseminated candidiasis in dogs so far describe at least one predisposing factor. This case report, however, highlights candidiasis in a dog without any known predisposition. PATIENT: A 1.5-year-old intact female Hovawart dog was presented with subcutaneous nodules and polyuria/polydipsia. An excisional biopsy revealed a chronic pyogranulomatous and necrotizing inflammation with mycotic structures. The patient became febrile and lethargic, and developed lameness...
November 30, 2016: Mycopathologia
Alejandro García-Arredondo, Alejandra Rojas-Molina, César Ibarra-Alvarado, Fernando Lazcano-Pérez, Roberto Arreguín-Espinosa, Judith Sánchez-Rodríguez
BACKGROUND: Scleractinian corals (stony corals) are the most abundant reef-forming cnidarians found in coral reefs throughout the world. Despite their abundance and ecological importance, information about the diversity of their toxins and their biological activities is very scarce. In this study, the chemical composition and the biological activities of the aqueous extracts of Pseudodiploria strigosa, Porites astreoides and Siderastrea siderea, three scleractinian corals from the Mexican Caribbean, have been assessed for the first time...
2016: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
Xinjie Sun, Yingqin Wei, Baojuan Hou, Guowei Zhou
A new nanocomposite membrane was used to clean up impurities from complex samples and the obvious synergy was obtained in this paper. The nanocomposite membrane was prepared by dispersing TiO2 nanoparticles in chloroform and filled in the pores and lumen of polyether sulfone membrane fiber. The novel microextraction method showed the ideal selective extraction effect for alkaloids in the formulae composed of Rhizoma coptidis and the excellent clean-up efficiency compared with the single membrane method. The optimum extraction conditions were as follows: chloroform as accepted phase; the number of nanocomposite membrane fiber bars, 7; extraction time, 30 min; pH of the sample solution, 10...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Chromatographic Science
Lingjun Kong, Mingxiang Liu, Zenghui Diao, Diyun Chen, Xiangyang Chang, Ya Xiong
Hierarchical nanoporous carbon (NPC) with great surface area and developed pore size distribution has been intently concerned. Herein, we report a facile method coupling template nanocasting and self-activation to fabricate nanoporous carbon with continuous micro, meso and macro pores, in which CaCO3 acted as template and activation reagent while the flour was the carbon precursor. Effects of mass ratio of CaCO3 to flour and carbonized temperature on the pore structures of NPC were investigated by nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms and SEM analysis...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
Yury Kostyukevich, Ludmila Borisova, Alexey Kononikhin, Igor Popov, Eugene Kukaev, Eugene Nikolaev
We report an approach to study volatile organic compounds based on thermal desorption combined with atmospheric pressure photo ionization. The approach allows the sequential evaporation of different fractions of the sample, which simplifies the mass spectrum. We have applied the developed method for the detection of petroleum in vegetable oil. We have shown that in the negative mode, ions of fatty acids corresponding to vegetable oil dominates, while in the positive mode under relatively low temperature the light fraction of petroleum rapidly evaporates making it easy detectable...
2016: European Journal of Mass Spectrometry
Jianying Chen, Xiaohu Li, Mengyu Feng, Kun Luo, Juan Yang, Bo Zhang
Development of novel materials for enrichment of glycopeptides is the key to a comprehensive analysis of the glycoproteome, which is closely related to several major diseases and biomarker findings. We synthesized phenylboronic acid (PBA) bound to SiO2 microspheres by a thiol-ene click chemistry method (this material was denoted as click PBA) and used it to separate cis-diol-containing molecules and enrich glycopeptides in hydrophilic interaction chromatography mode. Successful preparation of click PBA was confirmed by elemental analysis, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms, and high-resolution scanning electron microscopy...
November 29, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Timothée Stassin, Helge Reinsch, Ben Van de Voorde, Stefan Wuttke, Dana D Medina, Norbert Stock, Thomas Bein, Rob Ameloot, Dirk De Vos
Biomass-derived lactic acid (LA) is an important platform chemical towards the sustainable production of numerous materials. However, the fermentation process currently in use is limited by the difficult recovery of the LA product from the fermentation broth and results in the generation of stoichiometric amounts of gypsum waste. Herein, we show that metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) of the UiO-66(Zr) type are effective adsorbents for the separation of LA from aqueous (buffer) solutions. These frameworks based on zirconium clusters and terephthalic acid derivatives display a tremendous uptake (up to 42 wt %) and a high affinity for LA...
November 29, 2016: ChemSusChem
Katarzyna Pietrzak, Sława Glińska, Magdalena Gapińska, Tomasz Ruman, Adriana Nowak, Egemen Aydin, Beata Gutarowska
Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are widely used in all branches of industry. However, their mechanisms of action towards moulds have not been studied yet. Thus we conducted this study in which we have used laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (LDI-ToF-MS) analysis to determine metabolomic changes, and microscopic analysis (transmission electron microscopy, fluorescent microscopy) to observe changes in mould cells. The AgNP treatment caused the downregulation of 162 (15 ppm) and 284 (62 ppm), and 19 (15 ppm) and 29 (62 ppm) metabolites of Aspergillus niger and Penicillium chrysogenum, respectively...
November 29, 2016: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
David G Madden, Hayley S Scott, Amrit Kumar, Kai-Jie Chen, Rana Sanii, Alankriti Bajpai, Matteo Lusi, Teresa Curtin, John J Perry, Michael J Zaworotko
Sequestration of CO2, either from gas mixtures or directly from air (direct air capture), is a technological goal important to large-scale industrial processes such as gas purification and the mitigation of carbon emissions. Previously, we investigated five porous materials, three porous metal-organic materials (MOMs), a benchmark inorganic material, ZEOLITE 13X: and a chemisorbent, TEPA-SBA-15: , for their ability to adsorb CO2 directly from air and from simulated flue-gas. In this contribution, a further 10 physisorbent materials that exhibit strong interactions with CO2 have been evaluated by temperature-programmed desorption for their potential utility in carbon capture applications: four hybrid ultramicroporous materials, SIFSIX-3-CU: , DICRO-3-NI-I: , SIFSIX-2-CU-I: and MOOFOUR-1-NI: ; five microporous MOMs, DMOF-1: , ZIF-8: , MIL-101: , UIO-66: and UIO-66-NH2: ; an ultramicroporous MOM, NI-4-PYC: The performance of these MOMs was found to be negatively impacted by moisture...
January 13, 2017: Philosophical Transactions. Series A, Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
Providencia González-Hernández, Manuel Hernández-Padrón, Verónica Pino, Ana M Afonso, Juan H Ayala
A simple and efficient method has been developed for the extraction and determination of sixteen common volatile halogenated disinfection by-products (DBPs) in blending desalinated waters, using headspace solid-phase microextraction and gas chromatography with flame-ionization detection (HS-SPME/GC-FID). The DBPs determined included 4 trihalomethanes, 6 haloacetonitriles and 6 halonitromethanes. After the optimization using factorial designs of the HS-SPME parameters (optimum: carboxen/polydimethylsiloxane (CAR/PDMS) fiber, extraction time of 60 min at 30 °C, pH 7, addition of 40% (w/v) of sodium chloride, and desorption time of 2 min at 250 °C), quantification limits ranged from 3...
November 28, 2016: Environmental Technology
E Rangel, E Sansores, E Vallejo, A Hernández-Hernández, P A López-Pérez
The hydrogen spill-over mechanism was studied by applying Density Functional Theory. We used small palladium clusters to act as the catalyst supported on the substrate (comprised of pyridinic and pyrrolic nitrogen doped graphene), in order to study hydrogen dissociation, migration and diffusion. Charge transfer and strong binding between the catalyst and the substrate lead to dissociated states of H2 and prevent clusters from detaching and coalescing. In dissociated cases of H2 on Pd clusters, energy barriers below 0...
November 28, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Romain K Fossou, Dominik Ziegler, Adolphe Zézé, François Barja, Xavier Perret
In smallholder farms of Côte d'Ivoire, particularly in the northeast of the country, Cajanus cajan (pigeonpea) has become an important crop because of its multiple beneficial facets. Pigeonpea seeds provide food to make ends meet, are sold on local markets, and aerial parts serve as forage for animals. Since it fixes atmospheric nitrogen in symbiosis with soil bacteria collectively known as rhizobia, C. cajan also improves soil fertility and reduces fallow time. Yet, seed yields remain low mostly because farmers cannot afford chemical fertilizers...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Hanna Siwek, Artur Bartkowiak, Małgorzata Włodarczyk, Katarzyna Sobecka
Binding phosphate at participation of alginate/FeCl3 capsules was studied with laboratory experiments. The hydrogel microcapsules were obtained with the dropping-in method, by gelation of sodium alginate water solution by iron (III) chloride solution. Phosphate adsorption characteristics were studied in a static batch system with respect to changes in contact time, initial phosphates concentration, pH of solution, and temperature. After 24 h of the tests, average 87.5% of phosphate ions were removed from the natural water solutions; after 48 h, an equilibrium was reached...
2016: Water, Air, and Soil Pollution
Verena Saller, Julia Matilainen, Christian Rothkopf, Daniel Serafin, Karoline Bechtold-Peters, Hanns-Christian Mahler, Wolfgang Friess
Significant loss of preservative was observed during filling of drug products during filling line stops. This study evaluated the losses of three commonly used preservatives in protein drugs, i.e. benzyl alcohol, phenol, and m-cresol. Concentration losses during static incubation were quantified and interpreted with regard to the potential driving forces for the underlying sorption, diffusion, and desorption steps. Partitioning from the solution into the silicone polymer was identified as the most decisive parameter for the extent of preservative loss...
November 23, 2016: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
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