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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28745617/influence-of-swift-heavy-ion-irradiation-on-the-photoluminescence-of-si-nanoparticles-and-defects-in-sio-sub-2-sub
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Thawatchart Chulapakorn, Ilya Sychugov, Sethu Saveda Suvanam, Jan Linnros, Daniel Primetzhofer, Anders Hallen
The influence of swift heavy ion (SHI) irradiation on the photoluminescence (PL) of silicon nanoparticles (SiNPs) and defects in SiO<sub>2</sub>-film is investigated. SiNPs were formed by implantation of 70 keV Si<sup>+</sup> and subsequent thermal annealing to produce optically active SiNPs and to remove implantation-induced defects. Seven different ion species with energy between 3-36 MeV and fluence from 10<sup>11</sup>-10<sup>14</sup> cm<sup>-2</sup> were employed for irradiation of the implanted samples prior to the thermal annealing...
July 26, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741678/recent-advances-of-microbial-breeding-via-heavy-ion-mutagenesis-at-imp
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REVIEW
Wei Hu, Wenjian Li, Jihong Chen
Nowadays, the value of heavy ion mutagenesis has been accepted as a novel powerful mutagen technique to generate new microbial mutants due to its high linear energy transfer (LET) and high relative biological effectiveness (RBE). This paper briefly reviews recent progress in developing a more efficient mutagenesis technique for microbial breeding using heavy-ion mutagenesis, and also presents the outline of the beam line for microbial breeding in Heavy Ion Research Facility of Lanzhou (HIRFL). Then, new insights into microbial biotechnology via heavy-ion mutagenesis are also further explored...
July 25, 2017: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738631/a-review-aptamer-based-analytical-strategies-using-the-nanomaterials-for-environmental-and-human-monitoring-of-toxic-heavy-metals
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REVIEW
Leila Farzin, Mojtaba Shamsipur, Shahab Sheibani
Recent developments in biotechnology offer the new methods for the sensitive detection of heavy metals based on the affinity and specificity of aptamers, as nucleic acid ligands selected from random sequence pools in vitro. Heavy metals have received considerable importance as the most toxic metallic pollutants which may cause serious environmental damages. They are classified as trace elements because of their presence in trace concentrations in various environmental matrices. Thus, the precise and sensitive methods to detect heavy metals are important to ensure human and environment safety...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738624/multiplexed-analysis-combining-distinctly-sized-cdte-mpa-quantum-dots-and-chemometrics-for-multiple-mutually-interfering-analyte-determination
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Dayana B Bittar, David S M Ribeiro, Ricardo N M J Páscoa, José X Soares, S Sofia M Rodrigues, Rafael C Castro, Leonardo Pezza, Helena R Pezza, João L M Santos
Semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) have demonstrated a great potential as fluorescent probes for heavy metals monitoring. However, their great reactivity, whose tunability could be difficult to attain, could impair selectivity yielding analytical results with poor accuracy. In this work, the combination in the same analysis of multiple QDs, each with a particular ability to interact with the analyte, assured a multi-point detection that was not only exploited for a more precise analyte discrimination but also for the simultaneous discrimination of multiple mutually interfering species, in the same sample...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737720/a-simple-and-highly-sensitive-thymine-sensor-for-mercury-ion-detection-based-on-surface-enhanced-raman-spectroscopy-and-the-mechanism-study
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Hao Yang, Sui-Bo Ye, Yu Fu, Weihong Zhang, Fangyan Xie, Li Gong, Ping-Ping Fang, Jian Chen, Yexiang Tong
Mercury ion (Hg(2+)) is recognized as one of the most toxic metal ions for the environment and for human health. Techniques utilized in the detection of Hg(2+) are an important factor. Herein, a simple thymine was successfully employed as the surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy sensor for Hg(2+) ion detection. The limit of detection (LOD) of the developed sensor is better than 0.1 nM (0.02 ppb). This sensor can also selectively distinguish Hg(2+) ions over 7 types of alkali, heavy metal and transition-metal ions...
July 24, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737385/a-synthetic-circuit-for-mercury-bioremediation-using-self-assembling-functional-amyloids
#6
Pei Kun Richie Tay, Peter Q Nguyen, Neel S Joshi
Synthetic biology approaches to bioremediation are a key sustainable strategy to leverage the self-replicating and programmable aspects of biology for environmental stewardship. The increasing spread of anthropogenic mercury pollution into our habitats and food chains is a pressing concern. Here, we explore the use of programmed bacterial biofilms to aid in the sequestration of mercury. We demonstrate that by integrating a mercury-responsive promoter and an operon encoding a mercury-absorbing self-assembling extracellular protein nanofiber, we can engineer bacteria that can detect and sequester toxic Hg2+ ions from the environment...
July 24, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737010/carbonate-ooids-of-the-mesoarchaean-pongola-supergroup-south-africa
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M Siahi, A Hofmann, S Master, C W Mueller, A Gerdes
Ooids from the Mesoarchaean Chobeni Formation, Pongola Supergroup, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa are older than any ooids reported to date. They are made of dolomite and ankerite and show concentric, radial-concentric, micritic, and radial fabrics. Radial ooids are interpreted to have originated from high-Mg-calcite and probably formed by microbial activity in a low-energy regime, while concentric ooids had an aragonite precursor and formed biotically under agitated/high-energy environmental conditions. Micritic ooids formed via the recrystallization of concentric ooids...
July 24, 2017: Geobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735891/versatile-nature-of-hetero-chitosan-based-derivatives-as-biodegradable-adsorbent-for-heavy-metal-ions-a-review
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REVIEW
Mudasir Ahmad, Kaiser Manzoor, Saiqa Ikram
The polyfunctional chitosan can act as the biological macromolecule ligand not only for the adsorption and the recovery of metal ions from an aqueous media, but also for the fabrication of novel adsorbents which shows selectivity and better adsorption properties. The unmodified chitosan itself, a single cationic polysaccharide, has hydroxyl and amine groups carrying complex properties with the metal ions. In addition, the selectivity of metal ions, the adsorption efficiency and adsorption capacity of the adsorbent can be modified chemically...
July 20, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735112/evaluation-of-the-accuracy-of-mono-energetic-electron-and-beta-emitting-isotope-dose-point-kernels-using-particle-and-heavy-ion-transport-code-system-phits
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Takuro Shiiba, Naoya Kuga, Yasuyoshi Kuroiwa, Tatsuhiko Sato
We assessed the accuracy of mono-energetic electron and beta-emitting isotope dose-point kernels (DPKs) calculated using the particle and heavy ion transport code system (PHITS) for patient-specific dosimetry in targeted radionuclide treatment (TRT) and compared our data with published data. All mono-energetic and beta-emitting isotope DPKs calculated using PHITS, both in water and compact bone, were in good agreement with those in literature using other MC codes. PHITS provided reliable mono-energetic electron and beta-emitting isotope scaled DPKs for patient-specific dosimetry...
July 15, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733018/sono-assisted-preparation-of-bio-nanocomposite-for-removal-of-pb-2-ions-study-of-morphology-thermal-and-wettability-properties
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Shadpour Mallakpour, Vajiheh Behranvand
Multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) loaded poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) composites, with different CNT contents, were fabricated through an ultrasound assisted method as a fast and green way. Then, the obtained composites were fully characterized via FT-IR, UV-Vis, XRD, TGA, FE-SEM and TEM, etc. For this purpose, PET bottle was recycled and applied as matrix of nanocomposites (NC)s. Then, we dispersed the covalent functionalization of MWCNTs with a protein dispersant and obtained a powder of protein-functionalized CNTs...
November 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733004/study-on-thermal-mechanical-and-adsorption-properties-of-amine-functionalized-mcm-41-pmma-and-mcm-41-ps-nanocomposites-prepared-by-ultrasonic-irradiation
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Gholamhossein Mohammadnezhad, Saeed Abad, Roozbeh Soltani, Mohammad Dinari
In this study, two common industrial polymers, poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and polystyrene (PS), were incorporated into amine-functionalized MCM-41 mesoporous silica as reinforcement agents via an ultrasonic assisted method as a facile, fast, eco-friendly, and versatile synthetic tool. Amino functionalization of MCM-41 were performed by 3-aminopropyl triethoxysilane as a coupling agent and it is denoted as APTS-MCM-41. The obtained nanocomposites (NCs), APTS-MCM-41/PMMA and APTS-MCM-41/PS, were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning and transmission electron microscopies (SEM and TEM), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA)...
November 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732965/facile-and-cost-effective-preparation-of-pva-modified-calcium-carbonate-nanocomposites-via-ultrasonic-irradiation-application-in-adsorption-of-heavy-metal-and-oxygen-permeation-property
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Shadpour Mallakpour, Elham Khadem
This work is focused on the fabrication and determination of physicochemical behaviors of new poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) nanocomposites (NCs) containing various contents of calcium carbonate (CC) nanoparticles modified with γ-aminopropyl triethoxy silane (ATS) (henceforth designated as CC-ATS) which could be a crucial treatment for their application as gas barrier to O2 gas and uptake of metal ions in waste waters. Samples were produced through the solution casting method under ultrasound irradiation. Thermal and mechanical performances were also evaluated for all ultrasonically synthesized nanocomposites and the results indicated that thermal and mechanical stability are dramatically enhanced by addition of a small amount of modified CC-ATS within PVA up to 5wt% and higher amounts has low effect on the composite properties...
November 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731750/coupling-constant-corrections-in-a-holographic-model-of-heavy-ion-collisions
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Sašo Grozdanov, Wilke van der Schee
We initiate a holographic study of coupling-dependent heavy ion collisions by analyzing, for the first time, the effects of leading-order, inverse coupling constant corrections. In the dual description, this amounts to colliding gravitational shock waves in a theory with curvature-squared terms. We find that, at intermediate coupling, nuclei experience less stopping and have more energy deposited near the light cone. When the decreased coupling results in an 80% larger shear viscosity, the time at which hydrodynamics becomes a good description of the plasma created from high energy collisions increases by 25%...
July 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731305/the-role-of-lead-ii-in-nucleic-acids
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Joana Palou-Mir, Miquel Barceló-Oliver, Roland K O Sigel
Although lead(II) is naturally not associated with nucleic acids, this metal ions has been applied with DNA and RNA in various contexts. Pb2+ is an excellent hydrolytic metal ion for nucleic acids, which is why it is mainly used as probing agent for secondary structure and to determine metal ion binding sites both in vitro and in vivo. A further application of lead(II) is in structural studies, i.e., NMR, but also in X-ray crystallography, mostly using this heavy metal to solve the phase problem in the latter method...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731297/smart-capsules-for-lead-removal-from-industrial-wastewater
#15
Bartosz Tylkowski, Renata Jastrząb
Ground and especially drinking water could be contaminated by heavy metal ions such as lead and chromium, or the metalloid arsenic, discarded from industrial wastewater. These heavy metal ions are regarded as highly toxic pollutants which could cause a wide range of health problems in case of a long-term accumulation in the body. Thus, there have been many efforts to reduce the concentration of lead ions in effluent wastewater. They have included the establishment of stringent permissible discharge levels and management policies, the application of various pollution-control technologies, and the development of adsorbent materials for lead reduction...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730213/magnetic-separation-its-application-in-mining-waste-purification-medicine-biochemistry-and-chemistry
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REVIEW
M Iranmanesh, J Hulliger
The use of strong magnetic field gradients and high magnetic fields generated by permanent magnets or superconducting coils has found applications in many fields such as mining, solid state chemistry, biochemistry and medical research. Lab scale or industrial implementations involve separation of macro- and nanoparticles, cells, proteins, and macromolecules down to small molecules and ions. Most promising are those attempts where the object to be separated is attached to a strong magnetic nanoparticle. Here, all kinds of specific affinity interactions are used to attach magnetic carrier particles to mainly objects of biological interest...
July 21, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728113/catalase-based-hydrogen-peroxide-biosensor-for-mercury-determination-by-inhibition-measurements
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Basant Elsebai, Mariana Emilia Ghica, Mohammed Nooredeen Abbas, Christopher M A Brett
A new amperometric hydrogen peroxide enzyme inhibition biosensor for the indirect determination of toxic mercury ions, Hg(2+), based on catalase immobilized on a glassy carbon electrode surface by cross-linking with glutaraldehyde and bovine serum albumin, is reported. The parameters influencing biosensor performance were optimized, including enzyme loading, the amount of hydrogen peroxide, the applied potential and electrolyte pH. It was shown that the inhibition of catalase by Hg(2+) species is irreversible, with a linear inhibition response between 5×10(-11) and 5×10(-10)M...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728109/zero-valent-aluminum-for-reductive-removal-of-aqueous-pollutants-over-a-wide-ph-range-performance-and-mechanism-especially-at-near-neutral-ph
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Shiying Yang, Di Zheng, Tengfei Ren, Yixuan Zhang, Jia Xin
Zero-valent aluminum (ZVAl) draws much attention due to its strong reducibility. However, under neutral pH conditions, the reduction ability of ZVAl for pollutant removal has still been suspected because of the formed compact surface film of Al-(hydr)oxide. In this study, unmodified ZVAl was employed to reductively remove aqueous pollutants over a wide pH range, and its performance and mechanism, especially at near-neutral pH, were systematically studied for the first time. Results demonstrated that ZVAl had a wide range of pH applicability from 2 to 12, even in neutral environment...
July 6, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726710/using-amine-functionalized-magnetite-hollow-nanospheres-amhns-as-adsorbents-for-heavy-metal-ions
#19
Sen Lin, Lili Liu, Yong Yang, Wei Zhang, Meng Xu, Kuangfei Lin
In this paper, the amine-functionalized magnetite hollow nanospheres (AMHNs), prepared through a facile one-pot synthesis, were used as heavy metal ion adsorbents, whose morphology and physicochemical features were exploring by transmission electron microscopy, vibrating sample magnetometer, X-ray diffraction and Fourier-transform infrared analyses. Its adsorption performances for Pb(2+), Cu(2+), Zn(2+), Ni(2+) and Cd(2+) were studied in detail. The adsorption increased with the increase of initial pH value of the solution and could be obviously affected by ionic strength...
July 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723118/valence-states-modulation-strategy-for-picomole-level-assay-of-hg-2-in-drinking-and-environmental-water-by-directional-self-assembly-of-gold-nanorods
#20
Lu Chen, Linlin Lu, Sufan Wang, Yunsheng Xia
In this study, we present a valence states modulation strategy for picomole level assay of Hg(2+) using directional self-assembly of gold nanorods (AuNRs) as signal readout. Hg(2+) ions are first controllably reduced to Hg(+) ions by appropriate ascorbic acid, and the reduced Hg(+) ions react with the tips of the preadded AuNRs and form gold amalgam. Such Hg(+) decorated AuNRs then end-to-end self-assemble into one-dimensional architectures by the bridging effects of lysine based on the high affinity of NH2-Hg(+) interactions...
June 23, 2017: ACS Sensors
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