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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738578/a-simple-method-for-the-multi-elemental-analysis-of-beer-using-total-reflection-x-ray-fluorescence
#1
Ednilton M Gama, Clésia C Nascentes, Roberta P Matos, Gabrielle de C Rodrigues, Guilherme D Rodrigues
A method of direct analysis for quantification of 15 inorganic elements (P, S, Cl, K, Ca, Mn, Fe, Ni, Cu, Zn, Br, As, Rb, Sr and Pb) in beers by Total Reflection X-Ray Fluorescence (TXRF) was developed. The experimental conditions were optimized. Direct analysis was compared with the acid digestion procedure to evaluate the effect matrix and the results were satisfactory. The evaluation of the accuracy and precision was realized by analysis of two certified reference materials of natural and waste water. For the majority of the elements, good agreement was achieved between the certified value and the value measured in the CRM´s...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738546/a-new-method-for-the-simultaneous-enhancement-of-methane-yield-and-reduction-of-hydrogen-sulfide-production-in-the-anaerobic-digestion-of-waste-activated-sludge
#2
Xiaohu Dai, Chongliang Hu, Dong Zhang, Yinguang Chen
The biogas generated from anaerobic digestion (AD) also includes undesirable by-product such as hydrogen sulfide (H2S), which must be removed before the biogas can be used as a clean energy source. Therefore, it is necessary to find an appropriate strategy to simultaneously enhance the methane yield and reduce H2S production. An efficient strategy-pretreating sludge at pH 10 for 8d and adjusting the system at neutral pH to produce methane for 20d-is reported for the synchronous enhancement of methane production and reduction of H2S production during AD...
July 8, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738529/nitrogen-functionalization-biochars-derived-from-wheat-straws-via-molten-salt-synthesis-an-efficient-adsorbent-for-atrazine-removal
#3
Fan Yang, Lili Sun, Weiling Xie, Qun Jiang, Yan Gao, Wei Zhang, Ying Zhang
N-doped porous carbon sheets (NPCS) resulted from wheat straws are fabricated through using molten salts via the carbonization-functionalization progress, which show unique hierarchical structure, large pore volume and high surface area with affluent micropores. Results indicate that there exist many hierarchical pores consisting of the single carbon sheet with ultrathin nature, owing to the template role of molten salt mixtures at high temperature. Such superior structure can bring about desired performance of adsorption capacity of 82...
July 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738510/degradation-kinetics-and-mechanism-of-sulfadiazine-and-sulfamethoxazole-in-an-agricultural-soil-system-with-manure-application
#4
Yu Zhang, Shuangqing Hu, Hongchang Zhang, Genxiang Shen, Zhejun Yuan, Wei Zhang
Recently, under the application of waste-water, manure and biosolids, antibiotics have been used massively in agriculture resulted in antibiotic resistance and potential environmental risks. In the present study, the removal of sulfadiazine (SDZ) and sulfamethoxazole (SMX) in an agricultural soil system was explored. All the experiments were conducted under different incubation conditions for 49days. The experimental results indicated that all the degradation processes could effectively follow a first-order kinetic model...
July 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738058/establishing-a-library-of-resources-to-help-people-understand-key-concepts-in-assessing-treatment-claims-the-critical-thinking-and-appraisal-resource-library-carl
#5
John C Castle, Iain Chalmers, Patricia Atkinson, Douglas Badenoch, Andrew D Oxman, Astrid Austvoll-Dahlgren, Lena Nordheim, L Kendall Krause, Lisa M Schwartz, Steven Woloshin, Amanda Burls, Paola Mosconi, Tammy Hoffmann, Leila Cusack, Loai Albarqouni, Paul Glasziou
BACKGROUND: People are frequently confronted with untrustworthy claims about the effects of treatments. Uncritical acceptance of these claims can lead to poor, and sometimes dangerous, treatment decisions, and wasted time and money. Resources to help people learn to think critically about treatment claims are scarce, and they are widely scattered. Furthermore, very few learning-resources have been assessed to see if they improve knowledge and behavior. OBJECTIVES: Our objectives were to develop the Critical thinking and Appraisal Resource Library (CARL)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737228/promising-thermoelectric-bulk-materials-with-2d-structures
#6
REVIEW
Yiming Zhou, Li-Dong Zhao
Given that more than two thirds of all energy is lost, mostly as waste heat, in utilization processes worldwide, thermoelectric materials, which can directly convert waste heat to electricity, provide an alternative option for optimizing energy utilization processes. After the prediction that superlattices may show high thermoelectric performance, various methods based on quantum effects and superlattice theory have been adopted to analyze bulk materials, leading to the rapid development of thermoelectric materials...
July 24, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737181/poly-methylhydrosiloxane-as-a-green-reducing-agent-in-organophosphorus-catalysed-amide-bond-formation
#7
Daan F J Hamstra, Danny C Lenstra, Tjeu J Koenders, Floris P J T Rutjes, Jasmin Mecinović
Development of catalytic amide bond formation reactions has been the subject of the intensive investigations in the past decade. Herein we report an efficient organophosphorus-catalysed amidation reaction between unactivated carboxylic acids and amines. Poly(methylhydrosiloxane), a waste product of the silicon industry, is used as an inexpensive and green reducing agent for in situ reduction of phosphine oxide to phosphine. The reported method enables the synthesis of a wide range of secondary and tertiary amides in very good to excellent yields...
July 24, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737177/a-metal-free-cascade-reaction-of-%C3%AE-halo-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-unsaturated-aldehydes-and-1-4-dithiane-2-5-diols-synthesis-of-polycyclic-2-formylthiophenes
#8
Limi Goswami, Kashmiri Neog, Kumud Sharma, Pranjal Gogoi
A metal-free cascade reaction strategy has been developed for the synthesis of novel polycyclic 2-formylthiophenes from β-halo-α,β-unsaturated aldehydes and 1,4-dithiane-2,5-diols. A recyclable polymer supported organic base was used to perform the reaction process. This synthetic protocol was applied to synthesize several novel polycyclic thiophenes including steroidal D-ring annelated thiophene. Our synthetic strategy provides a high yield of thiophenes, avoids a tedious work-up procedure and minimizes the formation of waste...
July 24, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737079/menstrual-education-and-personal-hygiene-supplies-to-empower-young-women-in-haiti
#9
Patricia Coker-Bolt, Annika Jansson, Sherridan Bigg, Elizabeth Hammond, Harmony Hudson, Sarah Hunkler, Jana Kitch, Heather Richardson, Erica Tiedemann, Janet O'Flynn, Marie Dominque Laurent
Recent studies report that Haitian women are concerned about unmet women's health issues. The Days for Girls (DfG) International program features women's health education and personal hygiene kits to ensure women understand the process of menstruation and sanitary hygiene practices. The aim was to train Haitian seamstresses to produce the DfG kits during an in-country workshop and investigate the perceived benefit of the DfG program in young women who used the DfG kits. Posttest only design was used to measure the effectiveness of DfG workshop and postsurvey to study perception of women using DfG kits...
July 1, 2017: OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737078/effect-heating-dwell-time-has-on-the-retention-of-heavy-metals-in-the-structure-of-lightweight-aggregates-manufactured-from-wastes
#10
Beatriz González-Corrochano, Jacinto Alonso-Azcárate, Luis Rodríguez, Agripino Pérez Lorenzo, María Fernández Torío, Juan José Tejado Ramos, María Dolores Corvinos, Carlos Muro
The main objective of this paper was to study how effective thermal treatment is in the retention of different heavy metals (HMs) within the structure of artificial lightweight aggregates (LWAs). These LWAs were manufactured by washing aggregate sludge and sewage sludge. The consequence of increasing the heating dwell time whilst manufacturing these LWAs was also determined. Partitioning of the HMs (Cr, Ni, Cu, Zn, Cd and Pb) in both the waste raw materials and in the LWAs was studied by means of the optimized BCR sequential extraction procedure with lithium metaborate in the final fusion...
July 24, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736906/dental-pulp-stem-cells-and-the-management-of-neurological-diseases-an-update
#11
REVIEW
Ibrahim Mortada, Rola Mortada, Mohamad Al Bazzal
Medical research in regenerative medicine has brought promising perspectives for the use of stem cells in clinical trials. Stem cells are undifferentiated cells capable of multilineage differentiation and available in numerous sources in the human body. Dental pulp constitutes an attractive source of these cells since collecting mesenchymal stem cells from this site is a noninvasive practice that can be performed after a common surgical extraction of supernumerary or wisdom teeth. Thus, tissue sacrifice is very low and several cytotypes can be obtained owing to these cells' multipotency, in addition to the fact that they can be cryopreserved and stored for long periods...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736905/bacterial-and-fungal-communities-and-contribution-of-physicochemical-factors-during-cattle-farm-waste-composting
#12
Huhe, Chao Jiang, Yanpei Wu, Yunxiang Cheng
During composting, the composition of microbial communities is subject to constant change owing to interactions with fluctuating physicochemical parameters. This study explored the changes in bacterial and fungal communities during cattle farm waste composting and aimed to identify and prioritize the contributing physicochemical factors. Microbial community compositions were determined by high-throughput sequencing. While the predominant phyla in the bacterial and fungal communities were largely consistent during the composting, differences in relative abundances were observed...
July 24, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736901/food-waste-conversion-to-microbial-polyhydroxyalkanoates
#13
REVIEW
Chad Nielsen, Asif Rahman, Asad Ur Rehman, Marie K Walsh, Charles D Miller
Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) are biopolymers with desirable material properties similar to petrochemically derived plastics. PHAs are naturally produced by a wide range of microorganisms as a carbon storage mechanism and can accumulate to significantly high levels. PHAs are an environmentally friendly alternative to their petroleum counterparts because they can be easily degraded, potentially reducing the burden on municipal waste systems. Nevertheless, widespread use of PHAs is not currently realistic due to a variety of factors...
July 24, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736695/comparative-evaluation-of-wastewater-treatment-microbial-fuel-cells-in-terms-of-organics-removal-waste-sludge-production-and-electricity-generation
#14
Yusuke Asai, Morio Miyahara, Atsushi Kouzuma, Kazuya Watanabe
Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) are devices that exploit living microbes for electricity generation coupled to organics degradation. MFCs are expected to be applied to energy-saving wastewater treatment (WWT) as alternatives to activated-sludge reactors (ASRs). Although extensive laboratory studies have been performed to develop technologies for WWT-MFCs, limited information is available for comparative evaluation of MFCs and ASRs in terms of organics removal and waste-sludge production. In the present study, laboratory WWT experiments were performed using cassette-electrode MFCs and ASRs that were continuously supplied either with artificial domestic wastewater (ADW) containing starch and peptone or with artificial industrial wastewater (AIW) containing methanol as the major organic matter...
2017: Bioresources and Bioprocessing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736451/assessing-musculoskeletal-disorders-among-municipal-waste-loaders-of-mumbai-india
#15
Pradeep Salve, Praveen Chokhandre, Dhananjay Bansod
OBJECTIVES: The study aims to assess the impact of municipal waste loading occupation upon developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and thereby disabilities among waste loaders. Additionally, the study has identified the potential risk factors raising MSDs and disabilities. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A cross-sectional case-control design survey was conducted in 6 out of 24 municipal wards of Mumbai during March-September 2015. The study population consisted of municipal waste loaders (N = 180) and a control group (N = 180)...
July 14, 2017: International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736409/putting-the-community-back-into-community-health-needs-assessments-maximizing-partnerships-via-community-based-participatory-research
#16
Chris Michael Kirk, Sharon Johnson-Hakim, Ashley Anglin, Catherine Connelly
THE PROBLEM: The community health needs assessment (CHNA) mandate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has the potential to make significant and sustainable change in the health of communities. However, to date many hospital-led assessments have used traditional, top-down data collection approaches that overemphasize individualized community member deficits and underutilize collaboration across sectors. PURPOSE: The purpose of this paper is to present the principles of community-based participatory research (CBPR) as a framework for conducting CHNAs in a way that mitigates the potential for harm, waste, and misrepresentation of community assets and needs that characterizes many existing CHNA processes, illustrating the power of applying CBPR partnerships to this process...
2017: Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736147/novel-multifunctional-plant-growth-promoting-bacteria-in-co-compost-of-palm-oil-industry-waste
#17
Clament Fui Seung Chin, Yoshihide Furuya, Mohd Huzairi Mohd Zainudin, Norhayati Ramli, Mohd Ali Hassan, Yukihiro Tashiro, Kenji Sakai
Previously, a unique co-compost produced by composting empty fruit bunch with anaerobic sludge from palm oil mill effluent, which contributed to establishing a zero-emission industry in Malaysia. Little was known about the bacterial functions during the composting process and fertilization capacity of this co-compost. We isolated 100 strains from the co-compost on 7 types of enumeration media and screened 25 strains using in vitro tests for 12 traits, grouping them according to three functions: plant growth promoting (fixation of nitrogen; solubilization of phosphorus, potassium, and silicate; production of 3-indoleacetic acid, ammonia, and siderophore), biocontrolling (production of chitinase and anti-Ganoderma activity), and composting (degradation of lignin, xylan, and cellulose)...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736146/lipid-accumulation-potential-of-oleaginous-yeasts-a-comparative-evaluation-using-food-waste-leachate-as-a-substrate
#18
Davidraj Johnravindar, Obulisamy Parthiba Karthikeyan, Ammaiyappan Selvam, Kumarasamy Murugesan, Jonathan W C Wong
In present study, the efficiency of three oleaginous yeasts i.e., Yarrowia lipolytica, Rhodotorula glutinis and Cryptococcus curvatus were compared for their lipid assimilation capacities using three different FW-leachates as a medium. The FW-leachates were collected from dry anaerobic digesters and diluted to achieve carbohydrate content of 25gL(-1) prior to yeast inoculations. Around 5% of yeast cultures were individually mixed in three different FW-leachate mediums and incubated under 30°C and 150rpm agitation for 6days...
June 29, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736145/the-thermochemical-conversion-of-non-lignocellulosic-biomass-to-form-biochar-a-review-on-characterizations-and-mechanism-elucidation
#19
REVIEW
De-Chang Li, Hong Jiang
Biochar obtained from non-lignocellulosic biomass (NLBM) has attracted wide interests in various fields like pollutants removal, catalysis, and energy storage. However, the thermochemical conversion processes from NLBM to non-lignocellulosic biochar (NLBC) have not been well summarized until now. To fill the knowledge gap, this review presents a systematical summary of NLBM characteristics, thermochemical behaviors of main components (e.g., C, O, N, P and metals), characterization methods for NLBC and conversion process, and the main applications of NLBC...
July 8, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736144/evaluating-the-potential-impact-of-hydrochar-on-the-production-of-short-chain-fatty-acid-from-sludge-anaerobic-digestion
#20
Xiaolin Wang, Jianwei Zhao, Qi Yang, Jian Sun, Chuan Peng, Fei Chen, Qiuxiang Xu, Shana Wang, Dongbo Wang, Xiaoming Li, Guangming Zeng
In this study, waste activated sludge (WAS) was used as feedstock to generate hydrochars at different temperatures (220°C and 260°C) and their effect on sludge anaerobic digestion was evaluated. Experimental results showed that the maximum yield of short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) enhanced by hydrochar (220°C) and hydrochar (260°C) were 507.33 and 270.80mg chemical oxygen demand (COD)/L respectively, which were much higher than that in blank (141.49mg COD/L). Mechanism investigation confirmed that hydrochar remarkably accelerated the solubilization and hydrolysis of organic matters, enhanced the acidification of hydrolyzed products, and inhibited the activity of methanogenic bacteria as well as promoted the activities of key enzymes...
July 11, 2017: Bioresource Technology
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