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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445028/enhanced-electrocatalytic-activity-of-ethanol-oxidation-reaction-on-palladium-silver-nanoparticles-via-removable-surface-ligands
#1
Hucheng Zhang, Yingying Shang, Jing Zhao, Jianji Wang
This work developed a facile colloidal route to synthesize BH4--capped PdxAgy nanoparticles (NPs) in water using the reducing ionic liquids of [Cnmim]BH4, and the resulting NPs were prone to form the nanocomposites with [amim]+-modified reduced graphene (RG). The removal of the metal-free inorganic ions of BH4- can create the profoundly exposed interfaces on the PdxAgy NPs during the electrooxidation, and favor the ethanol oxidation reaction (EOR) in lowering energy barrier. The counterions of [Cnmim]+ can gather ethanol, OH- ions, and the reaction intermediates on catalysts, and synergistically interact with RG to facilitate the charge transfer in nanocomposites...
April 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444591/biotechnological-application-of-sustainable-biogas-production-through-dry-anaerobic-digestion-of-napier-grass
#2
Natthawud Dussadee, Rameshprabu Ramaraj, Tapana Cheunbarn
Napier grass (Pennisetum purpureum), represents an interesting substrate for biogas production. The research project evaluated biogas potential production from dry anaerobic digestion of Napier grass using batch experiment. To enhance the biogas production from ensiled Napier grass, thermal and alkaline pre-treatments were performed in batch mode. Alkali hydrolysis of Napier grass was performed prior to batch dry anaerobic digestion at three different mild concentrations of sodium hydroxide (NaOH). The study results confirmed that NaOH pretreated sample produced high yield of biogas than untreated (raw) and hot water pretreated samples...
May 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443361/the-effect-of-alkali-on-the-product-distribution-from-black-liquor-conversion-under-supercritical-water
#3
Y Hawangchu, D Atong, V Sricharoenchaikul
Lignin in chemical pulping waste, or black liquor (BL), can be converted into various products via supercritical water gasification (SCWG). However, the inherited alkaline contents from the pulping chemicals may affect the product yields and properties. In this research, the influence of the residual alkali on the product distribution via SCWG of soda BL and kraft BL was evaluated. The SCWG was performed in a batch quartz reactor for 10 min at various temperatures (673, 773 and 873 K) and pressures (250, 300 and 400 bar)...
April 26, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440269/ruthenium-cobalt-nanoalloys-encapsulated-in-nitrogen-doped-graphene-as-active-electrocatalysts-for-producing-hydrogen-in-alkaline-media
#4
Jianwei Su, Yang Yang, Guoliang Xia, Jitang Chen, Peng Jiang, Qianwang Chen
The scalable production of hydrogen could conveniently be realized by alkaline water electrolysis. Currently, the major challenge confronting hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is lacking inexpensive alternatives to platinum-based electrocatalysts. Here we report a high-efficient and stable electrocatalyst composed of ruthenium and cobalt bimetallic nanoalloy encapsulated in nitrogen-doped graphene layers. The catalysts display remarkable performance with low overpotentials of only 28 and 218 mV at 10 and 100 mA cm(-2), respectively, and excellent stability of 10,000 cycles...
April 25, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439551/single-layer-nanosheets-with-exceptionally-high-and-anisotropic-hydroxyl-ion-conductivity
#5
Pengzhan Sun, Renzhi Ma, Xueyin Bai, Kunlin Wang, Hongwei Zhu, Takayoshi Sasaki
When the dimensionality of layered materials is reduced to the physical limit, an ultimate two-dimensional (2D) anisotropy and/or confinement effect may bring about extraordinary physical and chemical properties. Layered double hydroxides (LDHs), bearing abundant hydroxyl groups covalently bonded within 2D host layers, have been proposed as inorganic anion conductors. However, typical hydroxyl ion conductivities for bulk or lamellar LDHs, generally up to 10(-3) S cm(-1), are considered not high enough for practical applications...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436692/rhizospheric-soil-enzyme-activities-and-phytominimg-potential-of-aeluropus-lagopoides-and-cyperus-conglomeratus-growing-in-contaminated-soils-at-the-banks-of-artificial-lake-of-reclaimed-wastewater
#6
Zahid Khorshid Abbas
This work investigates the phytoremediation potential of Aeluropus lagopoides and Cyperus conglomeratus, growing indigenously in the vicinity of artificial lake of reclaimed water in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. The sampling sites were located at different distance from the waste water treatment plants. Trace metal contents were higher in roots than shoots in both these plants. Soil urease activity in rhizophere increased linearly along the sampling sites, however, soil alkaline phosphatase and β-glucosidase activities was greater at site 2 but were declined at site 3...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Phytoremediation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433886/controlled-release-of-metformin-from-chitosan-based-nanocomposite-films-containing-mesoporous-mcm-41-nanoparticles-as-novel-drug-delivery-systems
#7
Zahra Shariatinia, Zahra Zahraee
Biocompatible nanocomposite films based on blended chitosan and poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(propylene glycol)-block-poly(ethylene glycol) (BP) polymers containing metformin (MET) drug and MCM-41 or MCM-41-APS (APS=aminopropylsilane) nanoparticles (NPs) were designed and fabricated in order to prepare novel drug delivery systems which are useful for controlled drug release purposes. The total pore volume and mesopore volume of MCM-41 were measured equal to 1.08 and 1.05 cm(3)/g but those of MCM-41-APS were 0...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433169/effectiveness-of-n-o-carboxymethyl-chitosan-on-destabilization-of-marine-diesel-diesel-and-marine-2t-oil-for-oil-spill-treatment
#8
Bhairavi Doshi, Eveliina Repo, Juha P Heiskanen, Juho Antti Sirviö, Mika Sillanpää
Oil spills are the significant sources of hydrocarbons entering in the receiving aquatic environment. An efficient method to remove hydrocarbons from water resources is adsorption. In this study, water soluble N,O-carboxymethyl chitosan (NO-CS) was synthesized by carboxymethylation of chitosan in a hydro-alcoholic medium at 50°C by chloroacetic acid. The polymer was characterized through degree of deacetylation, degree of substitution, FTIR and (1)H NMR. Effectiveness of NO-CS as an adsorbent was studied as a function of dosage, salinity and pH to destabilize the Marine diesel (Oil-1), Diesel (Oil-2) and Marine-2T oil (Oil-3) into small oil droplets of less than 100μm...
July 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431350/characteristics-and-components-of-poly-aluminum-chloride-coagulants-that-enhance-arsenate-removal-by-coagulation-detailed-analysis-of-aluminum-species
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Yoshihiko Matsui, Nobutaka Shirasaki, Takuro Yamaguchi, Kenta Kondo, Kaori Machida, Taiga Fukuura, Taku Matsushita
We evaluated 51 poly-aluminum chloride (PACl) coagulants to determine the coagulant characteristics that were responsible for effective arsenate removal from contaminated river water by means of experiments involving coagulation, settling, and microfiltration. Some of the high-basicity PACls exhibited high arsenate removal percentages, particularly under alkaline conditions, and we investigated various relevant properties and characteristics of these high-basicity PACls. Effective arsenate removal was correlated with the content of polymeric and colloidal aluminum species (Alb and Alc) in the PACls but was not well correlated with colloid charge or zeta potential...
April 15, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430375/electrochemical-water-oxidation-catalyzed-by-an-in-situ-generated-%C3%AE-co-oh-2-film-on-zeolite-y-surface
#10
Samar Kumar Das, Suranjana Bose, Joyashish Debgupta, Rani Ramsundar
The design and synthesis of an efficient and robust water oxidation catalyst (WOC) with inexpensive materials remain an important challenge in the context of 'artificial photosynthesis'. Herein, we report a simple but unique technique to generate in situ a thin-film of α-Co(OH)2 on the surface of zeolite-Y [hereafter named as Y-α-Co(OH)2] that acts as an efficient and stable catalyst for electrochemical water oxidation in an alkaline pH. Catalyst Y-α-Co(OH)2 is so stable that it retains its catalytic activity even after 2000 cyclic voltammetric cycles of water oxidation...
April 21, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429831/one-step-fabrication-of-monolithic-electrodes-comprising-co9s8-particles-supported-on-cobalt-foam-for-efficient-and-durable-oxygen-evolution-reaction
#11
Dehua Xiong, Qingqing Zhang, Sitaramanjaneya Mouli Thalluri, Junyuan Xu, Wei Li, Xiuli Fu, Lifeng Liu
We report a very easy and cost-effective approach to the fabrication of monolithic Co9S8 water oxidation electrodes (Co@Co9S8), which is fabricated by one-step hydrothermal treatment of commercially available cobalt foam in the presence of thiourea. The morphology, crystal structure, microstructure, and composition of as-fabricated Co@Co9S8 electrodes are examined using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and their electrochemical properties are investigated by cyclic voltammetry (CV), chronopotentiometry (CP), chronoamperometry (CA), and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS)...
April 21, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428134/use-of-physiological-biomarkers-in-diagnosis-along-with-field-trials-of-different-trypanisidal-drugs-in-camels-of-cholistan-desert
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Aneela Zameer Durrani, Zubair Bashir, Khalid Mehmood, Muhammad Avais, Haroon Akbar, Waqas Ahmad, Muhammad Azeem
The point prevalence of trypanosomiasis with different physiological biomarkers along with evaluation of the most responsive trypanosidal drug against trypanosomiasis under field conditions was studied. For this purpose a total of 300 free range camels were selected at different grazing and watering point in Cholistan desert. The study population of camels included 150 clinically suspected camels for trypanosomiasis and 150 healthy camels with normal temperature, pulse and respiration. For therapeutic trials 36 positively diagnosed animals were randomly divided into three experimental groups for therapeutic trials...
April 17, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428133/epidemiological-study-of-common-diseases-and-their-risk-factors-in-camels-in-south-punjab-pakistan
#13
Aneela Zameer Durrani, Zubair Bashir, Imran Rasheed, Noor-Ul-Ain Sarwar
Bacteriological study of mastitis along with common blood protozoan diseases were studied in dromedary camels in Cholistan, Dera Ismail Khan and Rahim Yar Khan districts in South Punjab, Pakistan. For this purpose 300 camels were sampled randomly at different common grazing and watering point. For study of blood parasites clinically suspected and apparently healthy camels, 150 each, were sampled. An overall prevalence of 15%and 5% was recorded for trypanosomiasis and Anaplasmosis respectively. Trypanosoma evansi was identified with 280 bp product on polymerase chain reaction test...
April 17, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427668/synthesis-of-hydroxyapatite-nanorods-for-application-in-water-defluoridation-and-optimization-of-process-variables-advantage-of-ultrasonication-with-precipitation-method-over-conventional-method
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Dhiraj Mehta, Poonam Mondal, Virendra Kumar Saharan, Suja George
This research work presents the synthesis of hydroxyapatite (Hap) nanorods for defluoridation of drinking water by using both conventional (CM) and ultrasonication with precipitation (USPM) methods. Calcium nitrate was reacted with potassium phosphate in presence of ammonia for controlled pH to synthesize Hap nanorods, which was characterized using FTIR, XRD, SEM, TG-DTA, and TEM/EDS for determining its phase composition, structural and thermal decomposition behavior. When USPM method was used for synthesis, the yield of the Hap nanorods was improved from 83...
July 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427642/improvement-of-sonochemical-degradation-of-brilliant-blue-r-in-water-using-periodate-ions-implication-of-iodine-radicals-in-the-oxidation-process
#15
Oualid Hamdaoui, Slimane Merouani
In this paper, the effect of periodate (IO4(-)) on the ultrasonic degradation at 300kHz of Brilliant Blue R (BBR), an organic dye pollutant, was investigated. The experiments were realized in the absence and presence of periodate for various operating conditions including initial solution pH (2-8) and delivered ultrasonic power (20-80W). It was found that periodate greatly enhanced the sonochemical degradation of BBR. The degradation rate increased significantly with increasing IO4(-) concentration up to 10mM and decreased afterward...
July 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426060/hierarchically-scaffolded-cop-cop2-nanoparticles-controllable-synthesis-and-their-application-as-a-well-matched-bifunctional-electrocatalyst-for-overall-water-splitting
#16
Wan Li, Shilin Zhang, Qining Fan, Fazhi Zhang, Sailong Xu
Transition metal phosphide (TMP) nanostructures have stimulated increasing interest for use in water splitting owing to their abundant natural sources and high activity for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) and oxygen evolution reaction (OER). Typically, the preparation of hierarchical TMPs involves the utilization of expensive or dangerous phosphorus sources, and, in particular, the understanding of topotactic transformations of the precursors to crystalline phases-which could be utilized to enhance electrocatalytic performance-remains very limited...
April 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426038/evaluation-of-the-dgt-technique-for-selective-measurement-of-aluminium-and-trace-metal-concentrations-in-an-acid-drainage-impacted-coastal-waterway
#17
Amir Houshang Shiva, Peter R Teasdale, David T Welsh, William W Bennett
The performance of DGT-Chelex, DGT-Metsorb and DGT-MBL (Chelex-Metsorb mixed binding layer) with open and restricted diffusive layers for trace metal (Al, Cd, Co, Cu, Mn, Ni, Pb, Zn) and oxyanion (As, Mo, Sb, V) measurements, was evaluated in four natural waters with different pH (range 3.29-7.81). In moderately acidic (pH ≈ 5) and circumneutral (pH ≈ 6.3) waters, all three binding layers measured relatively similar concentrations of Al, while in more alkaline waters (pH ≈ 8) DGT-MBL measured higher concentrations than the other two binding layers...
April 20, 2017: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425950/diversity-analysis-and-bioresource-characterization-of-halophilic-bacteria-isolated-from-a-south-african-saltpan
#18
Ramganesh Selvarajan, Timothy Sibanda, Memory Tekere, Hlengilizwe Nyoni, Stephen Meddows-Taylor
Though intensive research has been channeled towards the biotechnological applications of halophiles and other extremophilic microbes, these studies have not been, by any means, exhaustive. Saline environments still offer a vast diversity of microbes with potential to produce an array of natural products which can only be unlocked by concerted research efforts. In this study, a combination of culture and molecular approaches were employed to characterize halophilic bacteria from saltpan water samples and profile their potential biotechnological applications...
April 20, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422477/core-shell-nife-ldh-nife-bi-nanoarray-in-situ-electrochemical-surface-derivation-preparation-toward-efficient-water-oxidation-electrocatalysis-in-near-neutral-media
#19
Lin Yang, Lisi Xie, Ruixiang Ge, Rong-Mei Kong, Zhiang Liu, Gu Du, Abdullah M Asiri, Yadong Yao, Yonglan Luo
The corrosion issue with acidic and alkaline water electrolysers can be avoided by developing water oxidation catalysts performing efficiently under benign conditions. In this Letter, we report that NiFe-borate layer can be generated on NiFe-layered double hydroxide nanosheet array hydrothermally grown on carbon cloth via in-situ electrochemical surface derivation process in potassium borate (K-Bi) solution. The resulting 3D NiFe-LDH@NiFe-Bi nanoarray (NiFe-LDH@NiFe-Bi/CC) demonstrates high activity for water oxidation, demanding overpotentials of 444 and 363 mV to achieve 10 mA cm-2 in 0...
April 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419580/liquid-liquid-interfacial-synthesis-of-click-nanosheet
#20
Amalia Rapakousiou, Ryo Shiotsuki, Ryota Sakamoto, Ryota Matsuoka, Ukyo Nakajima, Tigmansu Pal, Rintaro Shimada, Md Amran Hossain, Hiroyasu Masunaga, Satoshi Horike, Yasutaka Kitagawa, Sono Sasaki, Kenichi Kato, Takeaki Ozawa, Didier Astruc, Hiroshi Nishihara
A liquid/liquid interfacial synthesis is employed for the first time to synthesize a covalent two-dimensional polymer nanosheet. Copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC) between three-way terminal alkyne and azide at a water/dichloromethane interface generates a 1,2,3-triazole-linked nanosheet. The resultant nanosheet with a flat and smooth texture has a maximum domain size of 20 μm and minimum thickness of 5.3 nm. The starting monomers in the organic phase and the copper catalyst in the aqueous phase can meet together only at the liquid/liquid interface as a two-dimensional reaction space, which allows them to form the two-dimensional polymer...
April 18, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
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