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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108022/evaluation-of-a-method-for-removing-cesium-and-reducing-the-volume-of-leaf-litter-from-broad-leaved-trees-contaminated-by-the-fukushima-daiichi-nuclear-accident-during-the-great-east-japan-earthquake
#1
Shigeki Harada, Mitsunori Yanagisawa
The town of Marumori in southern Miyagi Prefecture borders on Fukushima Prefecture, and following the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, there were concerns about cesium deposition in forested areas. One of the authors of this paper has continually surveyed leaf litter from the forested areas. As leaf litter may be a source of cesium contamination from the forest to downstream areas, we considered a simplified version of wet oxidation, a method previously presented by one of the authors of this study, as a technology to reduce leaf litter weight and cesium concentration, separating radioactive nuclides from non-radioactive ones, in leaf litter...
January 12, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107001/systemic-stress-and-recovery-patterns-of-rice-roots-in-response-to-graphene-oxide-nanosheets
#2
Qixing Zhou, Xiangang Hu
The interactions between nanomaterials and plants have attracted increasing attention. However, the systemic stress and recovery patterns of plants in response to nanomaterials and the connections between the molecular responses and phenotypes remain unclear. Herein, rice was exposed to graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets at 0.01-1 mg/L for 7 days under hydroponic exposure, followed by a 7-day post-exposure (GO-free). The significant upregulation (p<0.05) of phenylalanine metabolism, secondary metabolism and heme peroxidase reflected the stress and recovery patterns of rice roots exposed to GO...
January 20, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106979/li-ion-localization-and-energetics-as-a-function-of-anode-structure
#3
Nicholas William McNutt, Marshall T McDonnell, Orlando Rios, David J Keffer
In this work, we study the effect of carbon composite anode structure on the localization and energetics of Li-ions. A computational molecular dynamics study is combined with experimental results from neutron scattering experiments to understand the effect of composite density, crystallite size, volume fraction of crystalline carbon, and ion loading on the nature of ion storage in novel, lignin-derived composite materials. In a recent work1, we demonstrated that these carbon composites display a fundamentally different mechanism for Li-ion storage than traditional graphitic anodes...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106742/mechanochemical-lignin-mediated-strecker-reaction
#4
Saumya Dabral, Mathias Turberg, Andrea Wanninger, Carsten Bolm, José G Hernández
A mechanochemical Strecker reaction involving a wide range of aldehydes (aromatic, heteroaromatic and aliphatic), amines, and KCN afforded a library of α-aminonitriles upon mechanical activation. This multicomponent process was efficiently activated by lignocellulosic biomass as additives. Particularly, commercially available Kraft lignin was found to be the best activator for the addition of cyanide to the in situ formed imines. A comparative study of the (31)P-NMR (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance) along with IR (Infrared) data analysis for the Kraft lignin and methylated Kraft lignin samples ascertained the importance of the free hydroxyl groups in the activation of the mechanochemical reaction...
January 17, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104369/fractionation-and-physicochemical-characterization-of-lignin-from-waste-jute-bags-effect-of-process-parameters-on-yield-and-thermal-degradation
#5
Dheeraj Ahuja, Anupama Kaushik, Ghanshyam S Chauhan
In this work lignin was extracted from waste jute bags using soda cooking method and effect of varying alkali concentration and pH on yield, purity, structure and thermal degradation of lignin were studied. The Lignin yield, chemical composition and purity were assessed using TAPPI method and UV-vis spectroscopy. Yield and purity of lignin ranged from 27 to 58% and 50 to 94%, respectively for all the samples and was maximum for 8% alkali concentration and at pH 2 giving higher thermal stability. Chemical structure, thermal stability and elementary analysis of lignin were studied using FTIR, (H)NMR, thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA) and Elemental analyzer...
January 16, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102938/low-energy-catalytic-electrolysis-for-simultaneously-hydrogen-evolution-and-lignin-depolymerization
#6
Xu Du, Wei Liu, Zhe Zhang, Arie Mulyadi, Alex Brittain, Jian Gong, Yulin Deng
Hereby we present a novel proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysis process in which lignin was used as the hydrogen source at anode for hydrogen production. Either polyoxometalate (POM) or FeCl3 was used as the catalysts and charge transfer agents in anode. Over 90% Faraday efficiency was achieved. In a thermal insulation reactor, the heat energy can be maintained at a very low stage for continuous operation. Compared to the best alkaline water electrolysis reported in literature, the electrical energy consumption could be 40% lower with novel lignin electrolysis method...
January 19, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102075/molecular-features-of-humic-acids-and-fulvic-acids-from-contrasting-environments
#7
Judith Schellekens, Peter Buurman, Karsten Kalbitz, Andre van Zomeren, Pablo Vidal-Torrado, Chiara Cerli, Rob N J Comans
Insight in the molecular structure of humic acid (HA) and fulvic acid (FA) can contribute to identify relationships between their molecular properties, and further our quantitative abilities to model important organic matter functions such as metal complexation and association with mineral surfaces. Pyrolysis gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (Py-GC-MS) is used to compare the molecular composition of HA and FA. A systematic comparison was obtained by using samples from different environmental sources, including solid and aqueous samples from both natural and waste sources...
January 19, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101142/exploring-accessibility-of-pretreated-poplar-cell-walls-by-measuring-dynamics-of-fluorescent-probes
#8
Gabriel Paës, Anouck Habrant, Jordane Ossemond, Brigitte Chabbert
BACKGROUND: The lignocellulosic cell wall network is resistant to enzymatic degradation due to the complex chemical and structural features. Pretreatments are thus commonly used to overcome natural recalcitrance of lignocellulose. Characterization of their impact on architecture requires combinatory approaches. However, the accessibility of the lignocellulosic cell walls still needs further insights to provide relevant information. RESULTS: Poplar specimens were pretreated using different conditions...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099889/evaluation-of-organosolv-pretreatment-on-the-structural-characteristics-of-lignin-polymers-and-follow-up-enzymatic-hydrolysis-of-the-substrates-from-eucalyptus-wood
#9
Bing Wang, Xiao-Jun Shen, Jia-Long Wen, Lin Xiao, Run-Cang Sun
In the present study, Eucalyptus was subjected to organosolv pretreatment processes with aqueous 2-propanol at 200 to 220°C to obtain lignin with benign characters for its valorization and digestible substrates for bioethanol production. Results showed that different delignification ratios (64.00%-81.26%) and molecular weights (Mw=610-2680g/mol) of lignin fractions were dissociated from various pretreatment conditions, and the glucose yields of all the pretreated substrates significantly increased to 54.65-88...
January 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098960/a-hollow-spherical-carbon-derived-from-the-spray-drying-of-corncob-lignin-for-high-rate-performance-supercapacitors
#10
Zheng-Ze Pan, Liubing Dong, Wei Lv, Dequn Zheng, Zhengjie Li, Chong Luo, Cheng Zheng, Quan-Hong Yang, Feiyu Kang
Controlling the microstructure of biomass-derived carbon is of essential importance for directing its use. Herein, a hollow spherical carbon (HSC) was prepared from corncob lignin through spray drying and the subsequent heat treatment. The HSC, which is characterized by the hierarchically porous structure, delivers high rate capability when it is directly used as the electrode material for supercapacitors. This strategy that uses lignin as the precursor avoids the intrinsic difficulty in tuning the micro-structure of the biomass-derived carbons and is suitable for mass production for practical use...
January 18, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092137/isolation-and-characterization-of-rhizobium-sp-strain-ys-1r-that-degrades-lignin-in-plant-biomass
#11
Colin A Jackson, Matthew B Couger, Madhu Prabhakaran, Karthikeyan D Ramachandriya, Patricia Canaan, Babu Z Fathepure
AIMS: The aim of this work was to isolate novel lignin degrading organisms. METHODS AND RESULTS: Several pure cultures of bacteria that degrade lignin were isolated from bacterial consortia developed from decaying biomass. Among the isolates, Rhizobium sp. strain YS-1r (closest relative of Rhizobium petrolearium Strain SL-1) was explored for its lignin degrading ability. Microcosm studies showed that strain YS-1r was able to degrade a variety of lignin monomers, dimers, and also native lignin in switchgrass and alfalfa...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087936/fungal-ligninolytic-enzymes-and-their-applications
#12
Miia R Mäkelä, Erin L Bredeweg, Jon K Magnuson, Scott E Baker, Ronald P de Vries, Kristiina Hildén
The global push toward an efficient and economical biobased economy has driven research to develop more cost-effective applications for the entirety of plant biomass, including lignocellulosic crops. As discussed elsewhere (Karlsson M, Atanasova L, Funck Jensen D, Zeilinger S, in Heitman J et al. [ed], Tuberculosis and the Tubercle Bacillus, 2nd ed, in press), significant progress has been made in the use of polysaccharide fractions from lignocellulose, cellulose, and various hemicellulose types. However, developing processes for use of the lignin fraction has been more challenging...
December 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086804/comparative-analysis-of-the-root-transcriptomes-of-cultivated-sweetpotato-ipomoea-batatas-l-lam-and-its-wild-ancestor-ipomoea-trifida-kunth-g-don
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Sathish K Ponniah, Jyothi Thimmapuram, Ketaki Bhide, Venu Kal Kalavacharla, Muthusamy Manoharan
BACKGROUND: The complex process of formation of storage roots (SRs) from adventitious roots affects sweetpotato yield. Identifying the genes that are uniquely expressed in the SR forming cultivated species, Ipomoea batatas (Ib), and its immediate ancestral species, Ipomoea trifida (It), which does not form SRs, may provide insights into the molecular mechanisms underlying SR formation in sweetpotato. RESULTS: Illumina paired-end sequencing generated ~208 and ~200 million reads for Ib and It, respectively...
January 13, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081526/phosphomolybdic-acid-and-ferric-iron-as-efficient-electron-mediators-for-coupling-biomass-pretreatment-to-produce-bioethanol-and-electricity-generation-from-wheat-straw
#14
Yi Ding, Bo Du, Xuebing Zhao, J Y Zhu, Dehua Liu
Phosphomolybdic acid (PMo12) was used as an electron mediator and proton carrier to mediate biomass pretreatment for ethanol production and electricity generation from wheat straw. In the pretreatment, lignin was oxidized anaerobically by PMo12 with solubilization of a fraction of hemicelluloses, and the PMo12 was simultaneously reduced. In an external liquid flow cell, the reduced PMo12 was re-oxidized with generation of electricity. The effects of several factors on pretreatment were investigated for optimizing the conditions...
January 3, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081524/effects-of-acidified-aqueous-glycerol-and-glycerol-carbonate-pretreatment-of-rice-husk-on-the-enzymatic-digestibility-structural-characteristics-and-bioethanol-production
#15
Majid Ebrahimi, Oliver B Villaflores, Emma E Ordono, Alvin R Caparanga
Rice husk as an abundant biomass was used in this study, and it contained 30.1% glucan and 13.5% xylan, 22.4% lignin. The pretreated rice husk with glycerol carbonate and acidified aqueous glycerol (10% water) at 90°C and 130°C for 60min had the maximum yield of glucan digestibility which was 78.2% and 69.7% respectively, using cellulase for 72h. The simultaneous saccharification and fermentation was conducted anaerobically at 37°C with Saccharomyces cerevisiae, 5% w/v glucan and 10FPU/g glucan of cellulase...
January 4, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081523/enhanced-enzymatic-hydrolysis-and-acetone-butanol-ethanol-fermentation-of-sugarcane-bagasse-by-combined-diluted-acid-with-oxidate-ammonolysis-pretreatment
#16
Hailong Li, Lian Xiong, Xuefang Chen, Can Wang, Gaoxiang Qi, Chao Huang, Mutan Luo, Xinde Chen
This study aims to propose a biorefinery pretreatment technology for the bioconversion of sugarcane bagasse (SB) into biofuels and N-fertilizers. Performance of diluted acid (DA), aqueous ammonia (AA), oxidate ammonolysis (OA) and the combined DA with AA or OA were compared in SB pretreatment by enzymatic hydrolysis, structural characterization and acetone-butanol-ethanol (ABE) fermentation. Results indicated that DA-OA pretreatment improves the digestibility of SB by sufficiently hydrolyzing hemicellulose into fermentable monosaccharides and oxidating lignin into soluble N-fertilizer with high nitrogen content (11...
January 4, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081462/in%C3%A2-vitro-evaluation-of-biodegradable-lignin-based-nanoparticles-for-drug-delivery-and-enhanced-antiproliferation-effect-in-cancer-cells
#17
Patrícia Figueiredo, Kalle Lintinen, Alexandros Kiriazis, Ville Hynninen, Zehua Liu, Tomás Bauleth-Ramos, Antti Rahikkala, Alexandra Correia, Tomáš Kohout, Bruno Sarmento, Jari Yli-Kauhaluoma, Jouni Hirvonen, Olli Ikkala, Mauri A Kostiainen, Hélder A Santos
Currently, nanosystems have been developed and applied as promising vehicles for different biomedical applications. We have developed three lignin nanoparticles (LNPs): pure lignin nanoparticles (pLNPs), iron(III)-complexed lignin nanoparticles (Fe-LNPs), and Fe3O4-infused lignin nanoparticles (Fe3O4-LNPs) with round shape, narrow size distribution, reduced polydispersity and good stability at pH 7.4. The LNPs showed low cytotoxicity in all the tested cell lines and hemolytic rates below 12% after 12 h of incubation...
January 2, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081140/bnlate-a-cys2-his2-type-zinc-finger-protein-enhances-silique-shattering-resistance-by-negatively-regulating-lignin-accumulation-in-the-silique-walls-of-brassica-napus
#18
Zhangsheng Tao, Yi Huang, Lida Zhang, Xinfa Wang, Guihua Liu, Hanzhong Wang
Silique shattering resistance is one of the most important agricultural traits in oil crop breeding. Seed shedding from siliques prior to and during harvest causes devastating losses in oilseed yield. Lignin biosynthesis in the silique walls is thought to affect silique-shattering resistance in oil crops. Here, we identified and characterized B. napus LATE FLOWERING (BnLATE), which encodes a Cys2/His2-type zinc-finger protein. Heterologous expression of BnLATE under the double enhanced CaMV 35S promoter (D35S) in wild-type Arabidopsis plants resulted in a marked decrease in lignification in the replum, valve layer (carpel) and dehiscence zone...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078883/flexible-multistate-data-storage-devices-fabricated-using-natural-lignin-at-room-temperature
#19
Youngjun Park, Jang-Sik Lee
The growing interests for bioinspired and sustainable electronics have induced research for biocompatible and biodegradable materials. However, conventional electronic devices have been restricted due to its non-biodegradable and sometimes harmful and toxic material, which even cause environmental issues. Here, we report resistive switching memory (ReRAM) device based on lignin, which is a biodegradable waste product of the paper industry. The active layer of the device can be easily formed using a simple solution process on a plastic substrate...
January 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078400/characterization-of-four-endophytic-fungi-as-potential-consolidated-bioprocessing-hosts-for-conversion-of-lignocellulose-into-advanced-biofuels
#20
Weihua Wu, Ryan W Davis, Mary Bao Tran-Gyamfi, Alan Kuo, Kurt LaButti, Sirma Mihaltcheva, Hope Hundley, Mansi Chovatia, Erika Lindquist, Kerrie Barry, Igor V Grigoriev, Bernard Henrissat, John M Gladden
Recently, several endophytic fungi have been demonstrated to produce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) with properties similar to fossil fuels, called "mycodiesel," while growing on lignocellulosic plant and agricultural residues. The fact that endophytes are plant symbionts suggests that some may be able to produce lignocellulolytic enzymes, making them capable of both deconstructing lignocellulose and converting it into mycodiesel, two properties that indicate that these strains may be useful consolidated bioprocessing (CBP) hosts for the biofuel production...
January 12, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
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