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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107609/carbon-nanodot-solar-cells-from-renewable-precursors
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Maria-Magdalena Titirici, Adam Marinovic, Steve Dunn, Lim Swee Kiat, Joe Briscoe
It has recently been shown that waste biomass can be converted into a wide range of functional materials, including those with desirable optical and electronic properties, offering the opportunity to find new uses for these renewable resources. Photovoltaics is one area where finding the combination of abundant, low-cost and non-toxic materials with the necessary functionality can be challenging. In this paper we compare the performance of carbon nanodots derived from a wide range of biomaterials obtained from different biomass sources as sensitizers for TiO2-based nanostructured solar cells; polysaccharides (chitosan and chitin), monosaccharide (D-glucose), amino acids (L-arginine and L-cysteine) and raw lobster shells are all used to produce carbon nanodots via hydrothermal carbonisation...
January 20, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098022/system-dynamics-research-of-remanufacturing-closed-loop-supply-chain-dominated-by-the-third-party
#2
Shidi Miao, Tengfei Wang, Deyun Chen
With the rapid development of the electronic information industry in recent years, electronic products are being updated faster and faster, and e-waste recycling has become a common problem around the world. Firstly, this article contrasts recycling at home and abroad using the predicament of Midea Corp. Based on a closed-loop supply chain with the system dynamics method, a model is constructed and simulated. In this model, the collection point coverage rate is introduced to adjust the e-waste recycling rate dynamically...
January 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094923/effect-of-e-waste-recycling-on-urinary-metabolites-of-organophosphate-flame-retardants-and-plasticizers-and-their-association-with-oxidative-stress
#3
Shaoyou Lu, Yanxi Li, Tao Zhang, Dan Cai, Jujun Ruan, Mingzhi Huang, Lei Wang, JianQing Zhang, Rong-Liang Qiu
In this study, three chlorinated (Cl-mOPs) and five nonchlorinated (NCl-mOPs) organophosphate metabolites were determined in urine samples collected from participants living in electronic waste (e-waste) dismantling area (n = 175) and two reference areas (rural: n = 29; urban: n = 17) in southern China. Bis(2-chloroethyl) phosphate [BCEP, geometric mean (GM): 0.72 ng/mL] was the most abundant Cl-mOP, and diphenyl phosphate (DPHP, 0.55 ng/mL) was the most abundant NCl-mOP. The GM concentrations of mOPs in the e-waste dismantling sites were higher than those in the rural control site...
January 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094158/the-mass-flow-and-proposed-management-of-bisphenol-a-in-selected-norwegian-waste-streams
#4
Hans Peter H Arp, Nicolas A O Morin, Sarah E Hale, Gudny Okkenhaug, Knut Breivik, Magnus Sparrevik
Current initiatives for waste-handling in a circular economy favor prevention and recycling over incineration or landfilling. However, the impact of such a transition on environmental emissions of contaminants like bisphenol A (BPA) during waste-handling is not fully understood. To address this, a material flow analysis (MFA) was constructed for selected waste categories in Norway, for which the amount recycled is expected to increase in the future; glass, vehicle, electronic, plastic and combustible waste...
January 13, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091997/comparative-assessment-of-metallurgical-recovery-of-metals-from-electronic-waste-with-special-emphasis-on-bioleaching
#5
Anshu Priya, Subrata Hait
Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) or electronic waste (e-waste) is one of the fastest growing waste streams in the urban environment worldwide. The core component of printed circuit board (PCB) in e-waste contains a complex array of metals in rich quantity, some of which are toxic to the environment and all of which are valuable resources. Therefore, the recycling of e-waste is an important aspect not only from the point of waste treatment but also from the recovery of metals for economic growth...
January 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089400/selective-sequential-separation-of-abs-hips-and-pvc-from-automobile-and-electronic-waste-shredder-residue-by-hybrid-nano-fe-ca-cao-assisted-ozonisation-process
#6
Srinivasa Reddy Mallampati, Byoung Ho Lee, Yoshiharu Mitoma, Cristian Simion
The separation of plastics containing brominated flame retardants (BFR) like (acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS), high-impact polystyrene (HIPS), and polyvinyl chloride (PVC)) from automobile and electronic waste shredder residue (ASR/ESR) are a major concern for thermal recycling. In laboratory scale tests using a hybrid nano-Fe/Ca/CaO assisted ozonation treatment has been found to selectively hydrophilize the surface of ABS/HIPS and PVC plastics, enhancing ABS wettability and thereby promoting its separation from ASR/ESR by means of froth flotation...
January 12, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089397/challenges-for-critical-raw-material-recovery-from-weee-the-case-study-of-gallium
#7
Maximilian Ueberschaar, Sarah Julie Otto, Vera Susanne Rotter
Gallium and gallium compounds are more frequently used in future oriented technologies such as photovoltaics, light diodes and semiconductor technology. In the long term the supply risk is estimated to be critical. Germany is one of the major primary gallium producer, recycler of gallium from new scrap and GaAs wafer producer. Therefore, new concepts for a resource saving handling of gallium and appropriate recycling strategies have to be designed. This study focus on options for a possible recycling of gallium from waste electric and electronic equipment...
January 12, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088570/achillea-millefolium-l-extract-mediated-green-synthesis-of-waste-peach-kernel-shell-supported-silver-nanoparticles-application-of-the-nanoparticles-for-catalytic-reduction-of-a-variety-of-dyes-in-water
#8
Bahar Khodadadi, Maryam Bordbar, Mahmoud Nasrollahzadeh
In this paper, silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) are synthesized using Achillea millefolium L. extract as reducing and stabilizing agents and peach kernel shell as an environmentally benign support. FT-IR spectroscopy, UV-Vis spectroscopy, X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS), Thermo gravimetric-differential thermal analysis (TG-DTA) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) were used to characterize peach kernel shell, Ag NPs, and Ag NPs/peach kernel shell...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088542/interaction-of-earthworms-microbe-facilitating-biofilm-dewaterability-performance-during-wasted-activated-sludge-reduction-and-stabilization
#9
Yadan Zheng, Meiyan Xing, Luziyu Cai, Tao Xiao, Yufan Lu, Jinzhou Jiang
Sludge dewaterability was chemically and morphologically explored during sewage sludge treatment by vermifiltration. The results, with a conventional biofilter (BF, no earthworms) as a control, demonstrated that the capillary suction time(CST) and specific resistance of filtration(SRF) of vermifilter (VF, with earthworms) treated sludge were 64.9±1.7s and (23.1±1.3)×10(12)m/kg,16.8% and 36.0% lower than that of the BF, respectively. Additionally, the VF could efficiently decompose loosely bound extracellular polymeric substances (LB-EPS), releasing more water trapped inside biofilm...
January 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081458/multistage-bioassociation-of-uranium-onto-an-extremely-halophilic-archaeon-revealed-by-a-unique-combination-of-spectroscopic-and-microscopic-techniques
#10
Miriam Bader, Katharina Müller, Harald Foerstendorf, Björn Drobot, Matthias Schmidt, Niculina Musat, Juliet S Swanson, Donald T Reed, Thorsten Stumpf, Andrea Cherkouk
The interactions of two extremely halophilic archaea with uranium were investigated at high ionic strength as a function of time, pH and uranium concentration. Halobacterium noricense DSM-15987 and Halobacterium sp. putatively noricense, isolated from the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant repository, were used for these investigations. The kinetics of U(VI) bioassociation with both strains showed an atypical multistage behavior, meaning that after an initial phase of U(VI) sorption, an unexpected interim period of U(VI) release was observed, followed by a slow reassociation of uranium with the cells...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078883/flexible-multistate-data-storage-devices-fabricated-using-natural-lignin-at-room-temperature
#11
Youngjun Park, Jang-Sik Lee
The growing interests for bioinspired and sustainable electronics have induced research for biocompatible and biodegradable materials. However, conventional electronic devices have been restricted due to its non-biodegradable and sometimes harmful and toxic material, which even cause environmental issues. Here, we report resistive switching memory (ReRAM) device based on lignin, which is a biodegradable waste product of the paper industry. The active layer of the device can be easily formed using a simple solution process on a plastic substrate...
January 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078809/three-year-analysis-of-repeated-laboratory-tests-for-the-markers-total-cholesterol-ferritin-vitamin-d-vitamin-b12-and-folate-in-a-large-research-and-teaching-hospital-in-italy
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Monica Lanzoni, Marco Fornili, Irene Felicetta, Rita Maiavacca, Elia Biganzoli, Silvana Castaldi
RATIONALE, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The increasing number of diagnostic tests requests all over the world is a problem that can partially be explained by inappropriate testing. Impact on the total costs of health systems becomes relevant when tests are performed in a large amount. In this paper, retesting of total cholesterol, ferritin, vitamin B12 , vitamin D, and folate is assessed. METHODS: The Quality Unit of Fondazione IRCCS Ca' Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico di Milano (Fondazione) decided to perform a first assessment of the appropriate use of the laboratory tests cholesterol, ferritin, vitamin B12 , vitamin D, and folate focusing on the retesting interval for the same patient in the time period January 1, 2012, to December 31, 2014, in every care setting...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074718/pyrolysis-catalysis-of-waste-plastic-using-a-nickel-stainless-steel-mesh-catalyst-for-high-value-carbon-products
#13
Yeshui Zhang, Mohamad A Nahil, Chunfei Wu, Paul T Williams
A stainless steel mesh loaded with nickel catalyst was produced and used for the pyrolysis-catalysis of waste high density polyethylene with the aim of producing high value carbon products, including carbon nanotubes. The catalysis temperature and plastic to catalyst ratio were investigated to determine the influence on the formation of different types of carbon deposited on the nickel-stainless steel mesh catalyst. Increasing temperature from 700 to 900 °C resulted in an increase in the carbon deposited on the nickel loaded stainless steel mesh catalyst from 32...
January 11, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070695/barth-syndrome-connecting-cardiolipin-to-cardiomyopathy
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Nikita Ikon, Robert O Ryan
The Barth syndrome (BTHS) is caused by an inborn error of metabolism that manifests characteristic phenotypic features including altered mitochondrial membrane phospholipids, lactic acidosis, organic acid-uria, skeletal muscle weakness and cardiomyopathy. The underlying cause of BTHS has been definitively traced to mutations in the tafazzin (TAZ) gene locus on chromosome X. TAZ encodes a phospholipid transacylase that promotes cardiolipin acyl chain remodeling. Absence of tafazzin activity results in cardiolipin molecular species heterogeneity, increased levels of monolysocardiolipin and lower cardiolipin abundance...
January 9, 2017: Lipids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067226/syntrophic-anaerobic-photosynthesis-via-direct-interspecies-electron-transfer
#15
Phuc T Ha, Stephen R Lindemann, Liang Shi, Alice C Dohnalkova, James K Fredrickson, Michael T Madigan, Haluk Beyenal
Microbial phototrophs, key primary producers on Earth, use H2O, H2, H2S and other reduced inorganic compounds as electron donors. Here we describe a form of metabolism linking anoxygenic photosynthesis to anaerobic respiration that we call 'syntrophic anaerobic photosynthesis'. We show that photoautotrophy in the green sulfur bacterium Prosthecochloris aestaurii can be driven by either electrons from a solid electrode or acetate oxidation via direct interspecies electron transfer from a heterotrophic partner bacterium, Geobacter sulfurreducens...
January 9, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064843/challenges-and-opportunities-of-biodegradable-plastics-a-mini-review
#16
Maja Rujnić-Sokele, Ana Pilipović
The concept of materials coming from nature with environmental advantages of being biodegradable and/or biobased (often referred to as bioplastics) is very attractive to the industry and to the consumers. Bioplastics already play an important role in the fields of packaging, agriculture, gastronomy, consumer electronics and automotive, but still they have a very low share in the total production of plastics (currently about 1% of the about 300 million tonnes of plastic produced annually). Biodegradable plastics are often perceived as the possible solution for the waste problem, but biodegradability is just an additional feature of the material to be exploited at the end of its life in specific terms, in the specific disposal environment and in a specific time, which is often forgotten...
January 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063833/the-hibernating-mobile-phone-dead-storage-as-a-barrier-to-efficient-electronic-waste-recovery
#17
Garrath T Wilson, Grace Smalley, James R Suckling, Debra Lilley, Jacquetta Lee, Richard Mawle
Hibernation, the dead storage period when a mobile phone is still retained by the user at its end-of-life, is both a common and a significant barrier to the effective flow of time-sensitive stock value within a circular economic model. In this paper we present the findings of a survey of 181 mobile phone owners, aged between 18-25years old, living and studying in the UK, which explored mobile phone ownership, reasons for hibernation, and replacement motives. This paper also outlines and implements a novel mechanism for quantifying the mean hibernation period based on the survey findings...
January 4, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057419/highly-efficient-and-selective-leaching-of-silver-from-electronic-scrap-in-the-base-activated-persulfate-ammonia-system
#18
Wojciech Hyk, Konrad Kitka
A system composed of persulfate salt and ammonia in highly alkaline aqueous solution is developed and examined for leaching metallic silver from elements of the electronic waste materials (e-scrap). Strong base activates persulfate ions providing in situ generation of highly reactive oxygen molecules. The oxidized metal forms then well soluble complex ions with ammonia ligands. The kinetic studies of the leaching process were performed for pure metallic silver. They revealed that the efficiency of the process is affected by the type of the persulfate salt...
January 2, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052201/rice-husk-silica-derived-nanomaterials-for-battery-applications-a-literature-review
#19
Yafei Shen
Silica-rich rice husk (RH) is an abundant and sustainable agricultural waste. The recovery of value added products from RH or its ash to explore an economic way for the valorization of agricultural wastes have attracted wide attention. For instance, RH can be converted to biofuels and biochars simultaneously via thermochemical processes. In general, the applications of RH biochars include soil remediation, pollutants removal, silicon battery materials, etc. This review article concludes recent progresses in the synthesis of RH-derived silicon materials for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) applications...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050844/microbial-nitrate-removal-by-waste-iron-shavings-from-the-biological-and-catalytic-ozonation-treated-dyeing-and-finishing-wastewater
#20
Jieting Ma, Yunlu Chen, Gang Luo, Jianxin Nie, Zhigang Guo, Yan Liu, Luming Ma
The concentration of total nitrogen (TN) (between 40 and 60 mg/L, mainly nitrate) in the biological and catalytic ozonation treated dyeing and finishing wastewater needs to be reduced before discharge. The present study investigated the feasibility of using waste iron shavings as electron donor for nitrogen removal by biological denitrification. Two anoxic sequencing batch reactors (AnSBR) were continuously operated for more than 100 days. The results showed that the TN removal efficiency increased from 12% in the control reactor (AnSBR-C) to 20% in the reactor with waste iron shavings (AnSBR-Fe)...
December 2017: AMB Express
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