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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822249/en-masse-pyrolysis-of-flexible-printed-circuit-board-wastes-quantitatively-yielding-environmental-resources
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Jang Won Kim, Albert S Lee, Seunggun Yu, Jeong Whan Han
This paper reports the recycling of flexible printed circuit board (FPCB) waste through carbonization of polyimide by dual pyrolysis processes. The organic matter was recovered as pyrolyzed oil at low temperatures, while valuable metals and polyimide-derived carbon were effectively recovered through secondary high temperature pyrolysis. The major component of organics extracted from FPCB waste comprised of epoxy resins were identified as pyrolysis oils containing bisphenol-A. The valuable metals (Cu, Ni, Ag, Sn, Au, Pd) in waste FPCB were recovered as granular shape and quantitatively analyzed via ICP-OES...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821111/a-facile-sodium-alginate-based-approach-to-improve-the-mechanical-properties-of-recycled-fibers
#2
Yuan-Yuan Bai, Yan-Hao Lei, Xiao-Jun Shen, Jing Luo, Chun-Li Yao, Run-Cang Sun
The application of recycled fibers is steadily increasing in various paper products recently. It is necessary to improve the mechanical properties of paper products made from these fibers. An eco-friendly polymeric additive, sodium alginate (SA), was prepared from waste seaweeds and developed as functional additives. The properties of SA were characterized by proton nuclear magnetic resonance, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermal gravity analysis, gel permeation chromatography, and compared with the commercial SA...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818399/nano-carbons-from-waste-tyre-rubber-an-insight-into-structure-and-morphology
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Samane Maroufi, Mohannad Mayyas, Veena Sahajwalla
This study reports on the novel and sustainable synthesis of high value carbon nanoparticles (CNPs) from waste tyre rubber (WTR), using an innovative high temperature approach. As waste tyres are composed, primarily, of carbon - accounting for some 81.2wt% - they represent a promising source of carbon for many potential applications. However, cost-effective options for their processing are limited and, consequently, billions of waste tyres have accumulated in landfills and stockpiles, posing a serious global environmental threat...
August 14, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806563/alteration-of-the-number-and-percentage-of-innate-immune-cells-in-preschool-children-from-an-e-waste-recycling-area
#4
Yu Zhang, Xijin Xu, Di Sun, Junjun Cao, Yuling Zhang, Xia Huo
Heavy metal lead (Pb) and cadmium (Cd) are widespread environmental contaminants and exert detrimental effects on the immune system. We evaluated the association between Pb/Cd exposures and innate immune cells in children from an electronic waste (e-waste) recycling area. A total number of 294 preschool children were recruited, including 153 children from Guiyu (e-waste exposed group), and 141 from Haojiang (reference group). Pb and Cd levels in peripheral blood were measured by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrophotometer, NK cell percentages were detected by flow cytometer, and other innate immune cells including monocytes, eosinophils, neutrophils and basophils were immediately measured by automated hematology analyzer...
August 11, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805712/health-risks-awareness-of-electronic-waste-workers-in-the-informal-sector-in-nigeria
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Chimere M Ohajinwa, Peter M Van Bodegom, Martina G Vijver, Willie J G M Peijnenburg
Insight into the health risk awareness levels of e-waste workers is important as it may offer opportunities for better e-waste recycling management strategies to reduce the health effects of informal e-waste recycling. Therefore, this study assessed the knowledge, attitude, and practices associated with occupational health risk awareness of e-waste workers compared with a control group (butchers) in the informal sector in Nigeria. A cross-sectional study was used to assess health risk awareness of 279 e-waste workers (repairers and dismantlers) and 221 butchers from the informal sector in three locations in Nigeria in 2015...
August 13, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804701/application-of-methanol-and-sweet-potato-vine-hydrolysate-as-enhancers-of-citric-acid-production-by-aspergillus-niger
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Daobing Yu, Yanke Shi, Qun Wang, Xin Zhang, Yuhua Zhao
BACKGROUND: Agricultural waste is as an alternative low-cost carbon source or beneficial additives which catch most people's eyes. In addition, methanol and sweet potato vine hydrolysate (SVH) have been reported as the efficient enhancers of fermentation according to some reports. The objective of the present study was to confirm SVH as an efficient additive in CA production and explore the synergistic effects of methanol and SVH in fermentation reactions. RESULTS: The optimal fermentation conditions resulted in a maximum citric acid concentration of 3...
2017: Bioresources and Bioprocessing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803763/laboratory-simulations-of-the-mixed-solvent-extraction-recovery-of-dominate-polymers-in-electronic-waste
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Yi-Bo Zhao, Xu-Dong Lv, Wan-Dong Yang, Hong-Gang Ni
The recovery of four dominant plastics from electronic waste (e-waste) using mixed solvent extraction was studied. The target plastics included polycarbonate (PC), polystyrene (PS), acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), and styrene acrylonitrile (SAN). The extraction procedure for multi-polymers at room temperature yielded PC, PS, ABS, and SAN in acceptable recovery rates (64%, 86%, 127%, and 143%, respectively, where recovery rate is defined as the mass ratio of the recovered plastic to the added standard polymer)...
August 10, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802247/effect-of-lead-speciation-on-its-oral-bioaccessibility-in-surface-dust-and-soil-of-electronic-wastes-recycling-sites
#8
Takashi Fujimori, Masaya Taniguchi, Tetsuro Agusa, Kenji Shiota, Masaki Takaoka, Aya Yoshida, Atsushi Terazono, Florencio C Ballesteros, Hidetaka Takigami
We measured bioaccessible lead (Pb) in simulated gastrointestinal fluids containing Pb-contaminated soil or dust from electronic waste (e-waste) recycling sites to assess the risk of Pb ingestion. The physiologically based extraction test (PBET) was used as in vitro bioaccessibility assay. Pb speciation was determined using X-ray absorption spectroscopy. The total Pb concentrations in dusts (n=8) and soils (n=4) were in the range of 1630-131,000 and 239-7800mg/kg, respectively. Metallic Pb, a common component of e-waste, was ubiquitous in the samples...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801216/a-novel-process-for-separation-of-hazardous-poly-vinyl-chloride-from-mixed-plastic-wastes-by-froth-flotation
#9
Jianchao Wang, Hui Wang, Chongqing Wang, Lingling Zhang, Tao Wang, Long Zheng
A novel method, calcium hypochlorite (CHC) treatment, was proposed for separation of hazardous poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) plastic from mixed plastic wastes (MPWs) by froth flotation. Flotation behavior of single plastic indicates that PVC can be separated from poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET), poly(acrylonitrile-co-butadiene-co-styrene) (ABS), polystyrene (PS), polycarbonate (PC) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) by froth flotation combined with CHC treatment. Mechanism of CHC treatment was examined by contact angle measurement, scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy...
August 8, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800486/the-influence-of-e-waste-recycling-on-the-molecular-ecological-network-of-soil-microbial-communities-in-pakistan-and-china
#10
Longfei Jiang, Zhineng Cheng, Dayi Zhang, Mengke Song, Yujie Wang, Chunling Luo, Hua Yin, Jun Li, Gan Zhang
Primitive electronic waste (e-waste) recycling releases large amounts of organic pollutants and heavy metals into the environment. As crucial moderators of geochemical cycling processes and pollutant remediation, soil microbes may be affected by these contaminants. We collected soil samples heavily contaminated by e-waste recycling in China and Pakistan, and analyzed the indigenous microbial communities. The results of this work revealed that the microbial community composition and diversity, at both whole and core community levels, were affected significantly by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and heavy metals (e...
August 8, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799041/synergistic-interface-behavior-of-strontium-adsorption-using-mixed-microorganisms
#11
Wenyuan Hu, Faqin Dong, Guangmin Yang, Xin Peng, Xiaojun Huang, Mingxue Liu, Jing Zhang
The proper handling of low-level radioactive waste is crucial to promote the sustainable development of nuclear power. Research into the mechanism for interactions between bacterium and radionuclides is the starting point for achieving successful remediation of radionuclides with microorganisms. Using Sr(II) as a simulation radionuclide and the mixed microorganisms of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Bacillus subtilis as the biological adsorbent, this study investigates behavior at the interface between Sr(II) and the microorganisms as well as the mechanisms governing that behavior...
August 10, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797950/a-comparative-study-on-denitrifying-sludge-granulation-with-different-electron-donors-sulfide-thiosulfate-and-organics
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Jin Qian, Li Wei, Yaoguo Wu, Qilin Wang, Xiaoying Fu, Xiaochao Zhang, Xing Chang, Lianlian Wang, Xiangjun Pei
A comparative study on denitrifying sludge granulation with different electron donors (sulfide, thiosulfate and organics) was carried out. Longer time was spent on sulfide-denitrifying granular sludge (DGS) cultivation (88 days) than thiosulfate- and organics-DGS cultivations (57 days). All the three DGS were characterized in terms of particle size distribution, sludge settling ability (indicated by sludge volume index and settling velocity), permeability (indicated by fractal dimension) and extracellular polymeric substances (EPS, including polysaccharide and protein) secretion...
July 19, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797942/high-calcium-fly-ash-geopolymer-stabilized-lateritic-soil-and-granulated-blast-furnace-slag-blends-as-a-pavement-base-material
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Itthikorn Phummiphan, Suksun Horpibulsuk, Runglawan Rachan, Arul Arulrajah, Shui-Long Shen, Prinya Chindaprasirt
Granulated Blast Furnace Slag (GBFS) was used as a replacement material in marginal lateritic soil (LS) while class C Fly Ash (FA) was used as a precursor for the geopolymerization process to develop a low-carbon pavement base material at ambient temperature. Unconfined Compression Strength (UCS) tests were performed to investigate the strength development of geopolymer stabilized LS/GBFS blends. Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-ray Diffraction analysis were undertaken to examine the role of the various influencing factors on UCS development...
July 31, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793402/excellent-waste-biomass-degrading-performance-of-trichoderma-asperellum-t-1-during-submerged-fermentation
#14
Qun Wang, Liang Chen, Daobing Yu, Hui Lin, Qi Shen, Yuhua Zhao
The random disposal and incineration of agricultural residues cause resources waste and environmental pollution. The potential of waste biomass for the production of alternative liquid fuels is increasing and the bioconversion of lignocellulose to fermentable monomeric sugars is essential for second-generation biofuel production. Here, natural and pretreated switch grass or rice straw were fermented by both Trichoderma asperellum T-1 and Trichoderma reesei QM6a, with the fermentation results highlighted the potential of T...
August 5, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792530/sorption-of-tetracycline-on-biochar-derived-from-rice-straw-under-different-temperatures
#15
Hua Wang, Yixuan Chu, Chengran Fang, Fang Huang, Yali Song, Xiangdong Xue
Biochars produced from the pyrolysis of waste biomass under limited oxygen conditions could serve as adsorbents in environmental remediation processes. Biochar samples derived from rice straw that were pyrolyzed at 300 (R300), 500 (R500) and 700°C (R700) were used as adsorbents to remove tetracycline from an aqueous solution. Both the Langmuir and Freundlich models fitted the adsorption data well (R2 > 0.919). The adsorption capacity increased with pyrolysis temperature. The R500 and R700 samples exhibited relative high removal efficiencies across a range of initial tetracycline concentrations (0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783004/sorption-behavior-of-eu-iii-from-an-aqueous-solution-onto-modified-hydroxyapatite-kinetics-modeling-and-thermodynamics
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H M H Gad, M A Youssef
Nano-pore hydroxyapatite (HAP) was prepared using physical activation of raw and chemically modified [using Acid; HNO3 (HAPA) or Base; NaOH (HAPB)] bone char (BC) by heating at 900°C for 1 hr to obtain HAP9, HAPA9 and HAPB9, respectively. Investigation the effects of thermal and chemical treatment of prepared nano-hydroxyapatite on elemental analysis, FTIR, scanning electron microscopy, surface area and consequently, the sorption behavior of Eu (III) ions onto the prepared nano-pore hydroxyapatite. Batch adsorption technique was used and the obtained results revealed that the optimum pH = 5...
August 16, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782955/quantification-of-the-partitioning-ratio-of-minor-actinide-surrogates-between-zirconolite-and-glass-in-glass-ceramic-for-nuclear-waste-disposal
#17
Chang-Zhong Liao, Chengshuai Liu, Minhua Su, Kaimin Shih
Zirconolite-based glass-ceramic is considered a promising wasteform for conditioning minor actinide-rich nuclear wastes. Recent studies on this wasteform have sought to enhance the partitioning ratio (PR) of minor actinides in zirconolite crystal. To optimize the PR in the SiO2-Al2O3-CaO-TiO2-ZrO2 system, a novel conceptual approach, which can be derived from the chemical composition and quantity of zirconolite crystal in glass-ceramic, was introduced based on the results of Rietveld quantitative X-ray diffraction analysis and transmission electron microscopy energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy...
August 7, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780689/can-radiation-chemistry-supply-a-highly-efficient-ao-r-p-process-for-organics-removal-from-drinking-and-waste-water-a-review
#18
Marek Trojanowicz, Anna Bojanowska-Czajka, Andrea G Capodaglio
The increasing role of chemistry in industrial production and its direct and indirect impacts in everyday life create the need for continuous search and efficiency improvement of new methods for decomposition/removal of different classes of waterborne anthropogenic pollutants. This review paper addresses a highly promising class of water treatment solutions, aimed at tackling the pressing problem of emerging contaminants in natural and drinking waters and wastewater discharges. Radiation processing, a technology originating from radiation chemistry studies, has shown encouraging results in the treatment of (mainly) organic water pollution...
August 5, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775265/silk-hydrogel-lenses-for-light-emitting-diodes
#19
Rustamzhon Melikov, Daniel Aaron Press, Baskaran Ganesh Kumar, Itir Bakis Dogru, Sadra Sadeghi, Mariana Chirea, İskender Yılgör, Sedat Nizamoglu
Today the high demand for electronics leads to massive production of waste, thus green materials based electronic devices are becoming more important for environmental protection and sustainability. The biomaterial based hydrogels are widely used in tissue engineering, but their uses in photonics are limited. In this study, silk fibroin protein in hydrogel form is explored as a bio-friendly alternative to conventional polymers for lens applications in light-emitting diodes. The concentration of silk fibroin protein and crosslinking agent had direct effects on optical properties of silk hydrogel...
August 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28773929/applications-of-graphene-modified-electrodes-in-microbial-fuel-cells
#20
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Fei Yu, Chengxian Wang, Jie Ma
Graphene-modified materials have captured increasing attention for energy applications due to their superior physical and chemical properties, which can significantly enhance the electricity generation performance of microbial fuel cells (MFC). In this review, several typical synthesis methods of graphene-modified electrodes, such as graphite oxide reduction methods, self-assembly methods, and chemical vapor deposition, are summarized. According to the different functions of the graphene-modified materials in the MFC anode and cathode chambers, a series of design concepts for MFC electrodes are assembled, e...
September 29, 2016: Materials
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