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Rui Liu, Xu Cong, Yingshi Song, Tao Wu, Min Zhang
The aim of this investigation was to improve the barrier and mechanical properties of gluten films and further explore their application in the packaging of seasonings. The effects of flaxseed gum (FG), oligomeric procyanidins (OPCs), and lauric acid (LA) on the water vapor permeability (WVP), mechanical properties, and peroxide value (POV) were determined. FG and OPCs improved the WVP properties of the gluten films, whereas LA significantly improved the oxygen-barrier properties. The FG/OPCs/LA/GP composite film was then optimized, and the morphological, microstructural, and thermal properties of the composite gluten film were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, surface hydrophobicity analysis; Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy; thermal gravimetric analysis, respectively...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Food Science
Taekyung Kim, Jongsik Park, Haneul Jin, Aram Oh, Hionsuck Baik, Sang Hoon Joo, Kwangyeol Lee
Highly active and durable electrocatalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) may play a pivotal role in commercial success of electrolytic water splitting technology. Among various material classes, binary metal sulphides show a great promise as HER catalysts because of their tunable energy levels conducive to a high catalytic activity and high robustness under harsh operating conditions. On the other hand, facet-controlled nanoparticles with controlled surface energies have gained great recent popularity as active and selective catalysts...
May 22, 2018: Nanoscale
Xueping Zhang, Qingqing Wang, Jing Li, Liang Huang, Dengbin Yu, Shaojun Dong
In this work, a novel electrochemical sensor for Cd(ii) detection with differential pulse anodic stripping voltammetry (DPASV) is fabricated based on hollow ZnO@nitrogen-doped carbon (H-ZnO@NC) polyhedra, which are prepared from ZIF-8 via in situ tannic acid etching and a subsequent calcination process. The as-obtained H-ZnO@NC exhibits a polyhedral morphology with a well-defined hollow structure and a uniform distribution of elements C, N, O, and Zn in the shell. The unique structure of H-ZnO@NC can provide an enlarged surface area and abundant active sites...
May 22, 2018: Analyst
Longfei Zhang, Shaoyi Lyu, Zhilin Chen, Siqun Wang
Flexible 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl radical (TEMPO)-oxidized nanofibrillated cellulose (ONFC) films with long afterglow luminescence containing modified SrAl₂O₄: Eu2+ , Dy3+ (SAOED) phosphors were fabricated by a template method. Tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) and (3-aminopropyl) trimethoxy-silane (APTMS) were employed cooperatively to improve the water resistance and compatibility of the SAOED particles in the ONFC suspension. The structure and morphology after modification evidenced the formation of a superior SiO₂ layer and coarse amino-compounds on the surface of the phosphors...
May 22, 2018: Nanomaterials
Stefano Cappai, Federica Loi, Annamaria Coccollone, Marino Contu, Paolo Capece, Michele Fiori, Simona Canu, Cipriano Foxi, Sandro Rolesu
Bluetongue (BT) is a vector-borne disease transmitted by species of Culicoides midges (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae). Many studies have contributed to clarifying various aspects of its aetiology, epidemiology and vector dynamic; however, BT remains a disease of epidemiological and economic importance that affects ruminants worldwide. Since 2000, the Sardinia region has been the most affected area of the Mediterranean basin. The region is characterised by wide pastoral areas for sheep and represents the most likely candidate region for the study of Bluetongue virus (BTV) distribution and prevalence in Italy...
July 1, 2018: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
Tao Gao, Zheng-Min Zhang, Le Li, Rui-Ying Bao, Zhengying Liu, Bang-Hu Xie, Ming-Bo Yang, Wei Yang
In this work, high melting point poly(L-lactide) fiber (hPLLA fiber) with high-efficiency nucleation activity was prepared and introduced into PLLA matrix to prepare fully biodegradable PLLA biocomposites. The highly active nucleating surfaces of hPLLA fiber induced chain ordering and lamellar organization, leading to preferable formation of well-organized PLLA transcrystallinity at the surface of hPLLA fiber in quiescent conditions. The construction of such compact transcrystallinity increased the crystallinity and enhanced the interfacial adhesion, which largely promoted the heat resistance, tensile strength, and barrier property of PLLA biocomposites at a low content of hPLLA fiber...
May 22, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Maodian Liu, Qianru Zhang, Yao Luo, Robert P Mason, Shidong Ge, Yipeng He, Chenghao Yu, Rina Sa, Hanlin Cao, Xuejun Wang, Long Chen
Terrestrial mercury (Hg) transport, induced by water erosion and exacerbated by human activities, constitutes a major disturbance of the natural Hg cycle, but the processes are still not well understood. In this study, we modeled these processes using detailed information on erosion and Hg in soils and found that vast quantities of total Hg (THg) are being removed from land surfaces in China as a result of water erosion, which were estimated at 420 Mg/yr around 2010. This was significantly higher than the 240 Mg/yr mobilized around 1990...
May 22, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
Andrian P Gajigan, Aletta T Yñiguez, Cesar L Villanoy, Maria Lourdes San Diego-McGlone, Gil S Jacinto, Cecilia Conaco
Microbes are central to the structuring and functioning of marine ecosystems. Given the remarkable diversity of the ocean microbiome, uncovering marine microbial taxa remains a fundamental challenge in microbial ecology. However, there has been little effort, thus far, to describe the diversity of marine microorganisms in the region of high marine biodiversity around the Philippines. Here, we present data on the taxonomic diversity of bacteria and archaea in Benham Rise, Philippines, Western Pacific Ocean, using 16S V4 rRNA gene sequencing...
2018: PeerJ
Xia Wang, Wan-Ru Sheng, Xiao-Yun Jiao, Ru-Song Zhao, Ming-Lin Wang, Jin-Ming Lin
Metal-organic nanotubes (MONTs) have great potential for solid phase microextraction (SPME) on account of high specific surface area, tunable pore sizes, and exceptional thermal and chemical stability. In this work, zinc (II)-based metal-organic nanotubes (Zn-MONTs) were used as an adsorbent for the SPME of nitro-polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (NPAHs) at trace levels from environmental water samples. Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry was used for sample analysis and key factors were investigated and optimized...
August 15, 2018: Talanta
Victoria Osorio, Merijn Schriks, Dennis Vughs, Pim de Voogt, Annemieke Kolkman
A novel sample preparation procedure relying on Solid Phase Extraction (SPE) combining different sorbent materials on a sequential-based cartridge was optimized and validated for the enrichment of 117 widely diverse contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) from surface waters (SW) and further combined chemical and biological analysis on subsequent extracts. A liquid chromatography coupled to high resolution tandem mass spectrometry LC-(HR)MS/MS protocol was optimized and validated for the quantitative analysis of organic CECs in SW extracts...
August 15, 2018: Talanta
Sumeng Zou, Lingwei Ma, Jianghao Li, Zheng Xie, Dongliang Zhao, Yunhan Ling, Zhengjun Zhang
The chemical quantitative analysis at trace level has been widely explored by means of various techniques. While it still remains challenging to achieve ultrasensitive but facile, rapid, and inexpensive detection methods. In this paper, the possibility of employing surface-enhanced Raman scattering technique on a portable Raman system for rapid and accurate quantitative analysis of target chemicals in unknown systems was investigated. This detection approach contains 3 steps: (1) adding target chemicals with different amount to the initial unknown solution, leading to new solutions with target molecules of various concentrations; (2) Obtaining different samples' SERS spectra and capturing featured SERS peaks whose intensity grew up with the addition of target chemicals; (3) examining the relationship between featured peak intensity increment after adding target chemicals and its corresponding addition amount, and thus we could perform quantitative analysis of the chemical in an unknown solution and obtain its initial concentration...
August 15, 2018: Talanta
Marcin Wieczorek, Maria Madej, Karolina Starzec, Paweł Knihnicki, Anna Telk, Jolanta Kochana, Paweł Kościelniak
The paper presents a novel analytical method for electrochemical potassium determination using gold electrodes with self-assembled thiol monolayers (SATMs) deposited on its surface. The whole analytical procedure was carried out in a dedicated flow manifold using capacitance detection mode. The terminal functional groups on the surface of the dielectric monolayer interacts selectively with the analyte, changing the thickness of the layer depending on the amount of the analyte and the applied voltage, resulting in a change in the registered dielectric capacitance...
August 15, 2018: Talanta
Cristian Encina, Gloria Márquez-Ruiz, Francisca Holgado, Begoña Giménez, Cristina Vergara, Paz Robert
Fish-oil (FO) was encapsulated with hydroxypropylcelullose (HPC) by conventional spray-drying with water (FO-water) and solvent spray-drying with ethanol (FO-EtOH), methanol (FO-MeOH) and acetone (FO-Acet) in order to study the effect of the solvent on the encapsulation efficiency (EE), microparticle properties and stability of FO during storage at 40 °C. Results showed that FO-Acet presented the highest EE of FO (92.0%), followed by FO-EtOH (80.4%), FO-MeOH (75.0%) and FO-water (71.1%). A decrease of the dielectric constant increased the EE of FO, promoting triglyceride-polymer interactions instead of oil-in-water emulsion retention...
October 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
Emre Yavuz, Şerife Tokalıoğlu, Şaban Patat
In the present study, core-shell Fe3 O4 polydopamine nanoparticles were synthesized and used for the first time as an adsorbent for the vortex assisted magnetic dispersive solid phase extraction of copper from food samples. After elution, copper in the solutions was determined by FAAS. The adsorbent was characterized using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface area, and zeta potential measurements...
October 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
Monica Primacella, Tao Fei, Nuria Acevedo, Tong Wang
This study demonstrates technological advances in preventing yolk gelation during freezing and thawing. Gelation negatively affects yolk functionality in food formulation. Preventing gelation using 10% salt or sugar limits the application of the yolk. Novel food additives were tested to prevent gelation induced by freezing. Significant reduction (p < 0.05) in gel hardness of frozen-thawed yolk (45 h freezing at -20 °C) indicates that hydrolyzed carboxymethyl cellulose (HCMC), proline, and hydrolyzed egg white and yolk (HEW and HEY) are effective gelation inhibitors...
October 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
Lucas M Morrison, Justin B Renaud, Lyne Sabourin, Mark W Sumarah, Ken K C Yeung, David R Lapen
Background : Neonicotinoids are among the most widely used insecticides. Recently, there has been concern associated with unintended adverse effects on honeybees and aquatic invertebrates at low parts-per-trillion levels. Objective : There is a need for LC-MS/MS methods that are capable of high-throughput measurements of the most widely used neonicotinoids at environmentally relevant concentrations in surface water. Methods : This method allows for quantitation of acetamiprid, clothianidin, imidacloprid, dinotefuran, nitenpyram, thiacloprid, and thiamethoxam in surface water...
May 21, 2018: Journal of AOAC International
Sergio Dominguez, Michela Cangiotti, Alberto Fattori, Timo Aaritalo, Pia Damlin, Maria Francesca Ottaviani, Carita Kvarnstrom
Aggregation of cationic isothiouronium polythiophenes with alkoxy-spacers of different lengths at the 3-position of the thiophene ring was studied in solvents of different polarity. Hydrogen bonding capacity was assessed by steady-state absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy, while the aggregation in aqueous solutions was studied by electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy, using paramagnetic probes of different polarities. The two polymers displayed similar features in respect to conformation, effect of co-solvents on aggregation, unstructured absorption/fluorescence spectra, Stokes shifts when aggregated, solvatochromic effect and self-quenching concentration...
May 22, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Khin Aye San, Young-Seok Shon
Evaluation of metal nanoparticle catalysts functionalized with well-defined thiolate ligands can be potentially important because such systems can provide a spatial control in the reactivity and selectivity of catalysts. A synthetic method utilizing Bunte salts (sodium S -alkylthiosulfates) allows the formation of metal nanoparticles (Au, Ag, Pd, Pt, and Ir) capped with alkanethiolate ligands. The catalysis studies on Pd nanoparticles show a strong correlation between the surface ligand structure/composition and the catalytic activity and selectivity for the hydrogenation/isomerization of alkenes, dienes, trienes, and allylic alcohols...
May 18, 2018: Nanomaterials
Eiichiro Takada, Shuichi Mizuno
Articular cartilage is compressed with joint-loading and weight-bearing stresses, followed by a bulging of the tissue during times of off-loading. This loading and off-loading causes changes in water content, and thus alterations in osmotic pressure. Another unique characteristic of articular cartilage is that it has longitudinal depth: surface, middle, and deep zones. Since each zone is composed of unique components of highly negative extracellular matrices, each zone has a different level of osmotic pressure...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Wu-Jian Long, Changle Fang, Jingjie Wei, Haodao Li
Graphene oxide (GO) is a potential material to be used as a nano-reinforcement in cement matrix. However, a prerequisite for GO to fulfill its function in the cement matrix is homogeneous dispersion. In this study, the effects of three different dispersing agents (DAs), including polycarboxylate-based high range water reducer (P-HRWR), naphthalene-based high range water reducer (N-HRWR), and air entraining agent (AEA) on the dispersion of GO in aqueous solution, simulated concrete pore solution (SCPS), and suspension of cement pastes were sequentially investigated...
May 18, 2018: Materials
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