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Alkaline water

Tao Cheng, Lu Wang, Boris V Merinov, William A Goddard
Hydrogen oxidation reaction (HOR) and hydrogen evolution reac-tion (HER) are both two orders slower in alkaline electrolyte than in acidic electrolyte, but no explanation has been provided. The first step towards understanding this dramatic pH-dependent HOR/HER performance is to explain the pH-dependent hydrogen binding to the electrode, a perplexing behavior observed experimentally. In this work, we carried out Quantum Mechanics Molecular Dynam-ics (QMMD) with explicit considerations of solvent and applied voltage (U) to in situ simulate water/Pt (100) interface in the condi-tion of under-potential adsorption of hydrogen (HUPD)...
May 24, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Haitao Wu, Wang Sun, Junrong Shen, David W Rooney, Zhenhua Wang, Kening Sun
The oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER) are both fundamental and essential processes for various energy conversion and storage systems. The kinetics of ORR and OER play a critical role in their energy efficiency and practicality. Here, flower-like ultrathin Co3O4 nanosheets synthesized through a facile solvothermal technique were studied as a bifunctional catalyst for both water splitting and non-aqueous Li-O2 batteries. Due to the novel structure and highly active {110} and {100} exposed facets, which can effectively facilitate mass transfer and enhance catalytic capability, Co3O4 nanosheets exhibit better stability and higher ORR/OER activity than Co3O4 nanoparticles, Co3O4 bulks, Pt/C, and RuO2 in alkaline solution...
May 23, 2018: Nanoscale
Luiza Helena S Almeida, Rafael R Moraes, Renata D Morgental, Sérgio S Cava, Wellington Luiz O Rosa, Patrícia Rodrigues, Anderson S Ribeiro, Marcus Só, Fernanda G Pappen
OBJECTIVE: To synthetize calcium aluminate (C3A) and silver-containing C3A particles (C3A+Ag) testing their effects on the properties of a MTA-based endodontic sealer in comparison to an epoxy resin- and a calcium silicate-based sealer. METHODS: Pure C3A and C3A+Ag particles were synthesized by a chemical method and characterized using XRD to identify crystalline phases. SEM/EDS analysis investigated morphology, particle size, and elemental composition of particles...
May 19, 2018: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
Fang Song, Lichen Bai, Aliki Moysiadou, Seunghwa Lee, Chao Hu, Laurent Liardet, Xile Hu
Water splitting is the essential chemical reaction to enable the storage of intermittent energies such as solar and wind in the form of hydrogen fuel. The oxygen evolution reaction (OER) is often considered as the bottleneck in water split-ting. While metal oxides had been reported as OER electrocatalysts more than half a century ago, the recent interest in renewable energy storage has spurred a renaissance of the studies of transition metal oxides as Earth-abundant and non-precious OER catalysts. This perspective presents major progress in several key areas of the field such as theoreti-cal understanding, activity trend, in situ and operando characterization, active site determination, and novel materi-als...
May 22, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Md Shahjahan, Md Helal Uddin, Victor Bain, Md Mahfuzul Haque
The increase of water temperature due to global warming is a great concern of aquaculturists and fishery biologists. In the present study, we examined the effects of high temperature on hematological parameters and blood glucose levels in striped catfish, Pangasianodon hypophthalmus exposed to three temperature conditions (28, 32, and 36 °C) for 7 days. Fish were sacrificed at days 1, 3, and 7. Erythroblasts (Ebs), erythrocytic cellular abnormalities (ECA), and erythrocytic nuclear abnormalities (ENA) were assayed using peripheral erythrocytes of the sampled fishes...
May 21, 2018: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
Yujie Han, You Yu, Lingling Zhang, Liang Huang, Junfeng Zhai, Shaojun Dong
The transition metal oxides based catalysts have drawn great attention for their application in the electrolysis of water for renewable energy generation. Although manganese oxides were rarely used as oxygen evolution reaction (OER) catalysts, they were still considered as active and efficient OER catalysts due to the earth-abundant and low toxic nature of manganese. In this work, we proposed a facile method for the synthesis of high-performance electrochemical OER catalyst by magnetically stirring the mixture of 1,3,4-thiadiazole-2,5-dithiol (DMTD), Ni2+ and MnO2 nanowires (NWs) in ethanol at room temperature, noted as Ni/DMTD/MnO2 ...
August 15, 2018: Talanta
Sanjay Mahato, Asmita Mahato, Pankaj Kumar Karna, Nisha Balmiki
OBJECTIVE: This study aims at assessing the groundwater quality of the three districts of Eastern Terai region of Nepal viz. Morang, Jhapa, Sunsari using physicochemical characteristics and statistical approach so that possible contamination of water reservoir can be understood. pH, temperature, conductivity, turbidity, color, total dissolved solids, fluorides, ammonia, nitrates, chloride, total hardness, calcium hardness, calcium, magnesium, total alkalinity, iron, manganese, arsenic have to be analyzed to know the present status of groundwater quality...
May 21, 2018: BMC Research Notes
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
Theodoric A Mattes, Jorge C Escalante-Semerena
Alpha-ribazole (α-R) is a unique riboside found in the nucleotide loop of coenzyme B12 (CoB12 ). α-R is not an intermediate of the de novo biosynthetic pathway of coenzyme B12 , but some bacteria of the phylum Firmicutes have evolved a two-protein system (transporter, kinase) that scavenges α-R from the environment and converts it to the pathway intermediate α-RP. Since α-R is not commercially available, one must either synthesize α-R, or isolate it from hydrolysates of vitamin B12 (cyano-B12 , CNB12 ), so the function of the above-mentioned proteins can be studied...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Zhengju Zhu, Huajie Yin, Chun-Ting He, Mohammad Al-Mamun, Porun Liu, Lixue Jiang, Yong Zhao, Yun Wang, Hua-Gui Yang, Zhiyong Tang, Dan Wang, Xiao-Ming Chen, Huijun Zhao
The vast majority of the reported hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) electrocatalysts perform poorly under alkaline conditions due to the sluggish water dissociation kinetics. Herein, a hybridization catalyst construction concept is presented to dramatically enhance the alkaline HER activities of catalysts based on 2D transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) (MoS2 and WS2 ). A series of ultrathin 2D-hybrids are synthesized via facile controllable growth of 3d metal (Ni, Co, Fe, Mn) hydroxides on the monolayer 2D-TMD nanosheets...
May 21, 2018: Advanced Materials
Izabela Pawlaczyk-Graja
The polyphenolic-polysaccharide conjugates were isolated from flowers and fruits of medicinal plant Crataegus monogyna Jacq. (Lindm.) by the alkaline extraction, followed by neutralization, partitioning with organic solvents and dialysis against water. The isolates from flowers as well as from fruits were homogenous macromolecular compounds, with a molecular weight over 760 × 103  g/mol and 970 × 103  g/mol, respectively, what was assessed in HPGPC analysis. Both products were characterized spectrophotometrically, and by GLC-MS, FT-IR and NMR techniques...
May 16, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Tran Dieu Hang, Minh Tho Nguyen
(Abstract) Interaction, dissociation and dehydrogenation reactions of water monomer and dimer with pure and mixed tetrameric silicon clusters Si3X with X = Si, Be, Mg, Ca were investigated using high accuracy quantum chemical calculations. While geometries were optimized using the DFT/B3LYP functional with the aug-cc-pVTZ basis set, reaction energy profiles were constructed making use of the coupled-cluster theory with extrapolation to complete basis set, CCSD(T)/CBS. Cleavage of the O-H bond in water dimer is found to be more favored than that of water monomer in the reaction with Si4...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Ming Tang, Monica Erdman, Graham Eldridge, Cin-Ty A Lee
The two most important magmatic differentiation series on Earth are the Fe-enriching tholeiitic series, which dominates the oceanic crust and island arcs, and the Fe-depleting calc-alkaline series, which dominates the continental crust and continental arcs. It is well known that calc-alkaline magmas are more oxidized when they erupt and are preferentially found in regions of thick crust, but why these quantities should be related remains unexplained. We use the redox-sensitive behavior of europium (Eu) in deep-seated, plagioclase-free arc cumulates to directly constrain the redox evolution of arc magmas at depth...
May 2018: Science Advances
Qiaoling Sun, Yanyan Hu, Hongwei Zhou, Lingbin Shu, Hanyu Wang, Zixian Huang, Rong Zhang
A third plasmid-mediated colistin resistance gene, mcr-3 , is increasingly being reported in Enterobacteriaceae and Aeromonas spp. from animals and humans. To investigate the molecular epidemiology of mcr in the gut flora of Chinese outpatients, 152 stool specimens were randomly collected from outpatients in our hospital from May to June, 2017. Stool specimens enriched in alkaline peptone water or Luria-Bertani (LB) broth were screened for mcr-1, mcr-2 , and mcr-3 using polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based assays...
2018: Frontiers in Medicine
Shaolong Sun, Lidan Zhang, Fang Liu, Xiaolin Fan, Run-Cang Sun
Background: To increase the production of bioethanol, a two-step process based on hydrothermal and dilute alkaline treatment was applied to reduce the natural resistance of biomass. However, the process required a large amount of water and a long operation time due to the solid/liquid separation before the alkaline treatment, which led to decrease the pure economic profit for production of bioethanol. Therefore, four one-step processes based on order of hydrothermal and alkaline treatment have been developed to enhance concentration of glucose of wheat straw by enzymatic saccharification...
2018: Biotechnology for Biofuels
Francesca E Ciraldo, Elena Boccardi, Virginia Melli, Fabian Westhauser, Aldo R Boccaccini
Bioactive glasses (BGs) are being increasingly considered for biomedical applications in bone and soft tissue replacement approaches thanks to their ability to form strong bonding with tissues. However, due to their high reactivity once in contact with water-based solutions BGs rapidly exchange ions with the surrounding environment leading in most cases to an undesired increase of the pH under static in vitro conditions (due to alkaline ion "burst release"), making difficult or even impossible to perform cell culture studies...
May 14, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
Guoqiang Zhao, Peng Li, Kun Rui, Yaping Chen, Shi Xue Dou, Wenping Sun
Transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) are promising electrocatalysts toward hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in acid media, but they show significantly inferior activity in alkaline media due to the extremely sluggish water dissociation kinetics. Herein, CoSe2/MoSe2 heterostructures with CoSe2 quantum dots anchored on MoSe2 nanosheets are synthesized towards enhanced alkaline HER catalytic activity. The incorporation of CoSe2 is intended to construct additional water adsorption sites on the basal planes of MoSe2 to promote water dissociation...
May 17, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
Cagla Temiz, Gokhan Cayci
Alkali soils have undesirable properties for crop production. However, these problematic areas can be reclaimed and regained for cultivation. Mulch materials have been used in the past to decrease salinity damage in saline soils. But information about using mulch materials for alkali soil reclamation is rare. The aim of this study was to determine the combined effects of different levels of gypsum applied with straw or pumice mulch materials on the reclamation of an alkali soil. Results obtained from soil extracts during the leaching water cycles showed that gypsum and mulch materials caused significant differences in sodium adsorption ratio (SAR) and electrical conductivity (EC) values...
May 17, 2018: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Craig F Morris
Noodles are a leading food in the world, and color is a key determinant of consumer acceptance. In this review the two prominent forms of wheat noodles are considered, white salted and alkaline. Many of the preparation and evaluation strategies are the same for both, with prominence placed on 'brightness' (L*) or a lack of discoloration (ΔL*), and the absence of 'specks'. All raw noodles darken over time. Increasing protein content of flours almost always translates into darker noodles. Greater discoloration is also associated with higher flour extraction rates, higher ash contents and higher starch damage...
May 16, 2018: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Yasuki Higashimura, Yasunori Baba, Ryo Inoue, Tomohisa Takagi, Kazuhiko Uchiyama, Katsura Mizushima, Yasuko Hirai, Chihiro Ushiroda, Yoshinori Tanaka, Yuji Naito
Increasing evidence indicates that molecular hydrogen-dissolved alkaline electrolyzed water (AEW) has various physiological activities such as antioxidative activity. Gut microbiota are deeply associated with our health through a symbiotic relationship. Recent reports have described that most gastrointestinal microbial species encode the genetic capacity to metabolize molecular hydrogen, meaning that molecular hydrogen might affect the gut microbial composition. Nevertheless, AEW effects on gut microbiota remain unknown...
January 2018: Medical Gas Research
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