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Zabin K Bagewadi, Sikandar I Mulla, Yogesh Shouche, Harichandra Z Ninnekar
The present study reports the production of high-level cellulase-free xylanase from Penicillium citrinum isolate HZN13. The variability in xylanase titers was assessed under both solid-state (SSF) and submerged (SmF) fermentation. SSF was initially optimized with different agro-waste residues, among them sweet sorghum bagasse was found to be the best substrate that favored maximum xylanase production (9643 U/g). Plackett-Burman and response surface methodology employing central composite design were used to optimize the process parameters for the production of xylanase under SSF...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
Keke Zhi, Lulu Wang, Yagang Zhang, Xuemin Zhang, Letao Zhang, Li Liu, Jun Yao, Wei Xiang
Molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) were designed and prepared via bulk thermal polymerization with gossypol as the template molecule and dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate as the functional monomer. The morphology and microstructures of MIPs were characterized by scanning electron microscope and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller surface areas. Static adsorption tests were performed to evaluate adsorption behavior of gossypol by the MIPs. It was found that adsorption kinetics and adsorption isotherms data of MIPs for gossypol were fit well with the pseudo-second-order model and Freundlich model, respectively...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Molecular Recognition: JMR
Zhitao Xu, Adel Elomri, Shaligram Pokharel, Qin Zhang, X G Ming, Wenjie Liu
The emergence of concerns over environmental protection, resource conservation as well as the development of logistics operations and manufacturing technology has led several countries to implement formal collection and recycling systems of solid waste. Such recycling system has the benefits of reducing environmental pollution, boosting the economy by creating new jobs, and generating income from trading the recyclable materials. This leads to the formation of a global reverse supply chain (GRSC) of solid waste...
March 17, 2017: Waste Management
Ming-Chen Xia, Ya-Ping Wang, Tang-Jian Peng, Li Shen, Run-Lan Yu, Yuan-Dong Liu, Miao Chen, Jiao-Kun Li, Xue-Ling Wu, Wei-Min Zeng
To seek a feasible technique for processing waste printed circuit boards (PCBs), pretreatment of PCBs by table separation and further bioleached by moderate thermophiles in a stirred tank reactor were investigated. The shaking table separation, conducted after grinding and sieving of PCBs, produced two fractions: metal-rich parts (RPCBs), which is more suitable for pyrometallurgy process than untreated PCBs, and metal-poor parts (PPCBs) with only 8.83% metals was then bioleached by a mixed culture of moderate thermophiles effectively...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering
Xose Manuel González, Miguel Rodríguez, Yolanda Pena-Boquete
One goal of the new European legislation set out in WEEE Directive 2012/19/UE is the promotion of WEEE re-use schemes. However, some authors are rather sceptical about the contribution of WEEE re-use schemes to improve resource efficiency. In order to evaluate and to design adequate policy instruments, some authors recommend the cost-benefit analysis (CBA) as a compulsory first step. In this context, the main contribution of this paper is to enlarge the empirical literature by providing a CBA of re-use schemes versus recycling processes of PCs...
March 16, 2017: Waste Management
Adam E Jakus, Katie D Koube, Nicholas R Geisendorfer, Ramille N Shah
Here, we present a comprehensive approach for creating robust, elastic, designer Lunar and Martian regolith simulant (LRS and MRS, respectively) architectures using ambient condition, extrusion-based 3D-printing of regolith simulant inks. The LRS and MRS powders are characterized by distinct, highly inhomogeneous morphologies and sizes, where LRS powder particles are highly irregular and jagged and MRS powder particles are rough, but primarily rounded. The inks are synthesized via simple mixing of evaporant, surfactant, and plasticizer solvents, polylactic-co-glycolic acid (30% by solids volume), and regolith simulant powders (70% by solids volume)...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
Manning Y Huang, Aaron P Mitchell
We describe here a new approach to marker recycling, a controlled sequence of steps in which a genetic marker is selected and then lost. Marker recycling is important for genetic manipulation, because it allows a single selection marker to be used repeatedly. Our approach relies upon the ability of the CRISPR-Cas9 system to make a targeted double-strand break in DNA and the expectation that a double-strand break within a selection marker may promote recombination between directly repeated sequences that flank the marker...
March 2017: MSphere
Yury Nikolaev, Anna Kallistova, Marina Kevbrina, Alexander Dorofeev, Anton Agarev, Andrey Mardanov, Nikolay Ravin, Michail Kozlov, Nikolay Pimenov
Although anammox process is extensively applied to the treatment of high-strength ammonium wastewater, new technical solutions overcoming the operational difficulties remain an important task. In this study, an innovative design of anammox-based setup was employed to improve sludge settling under high ammonium load (up to 1000 mg NH4-N/l/d). The setup treated the filtrate of digested sludge and included a completely mixed constant flow bioreactor with suspended and immobilised activated sludge. Suspended sludge was recycled via a settler...
March 17, 2017: Environmental Technology
Maria Laura Mastellone, Raffaele Cremiato, Lucio Zaccariello, Roberta Lotito
Most of the integrated systems for municipal solid waste management aim to increase the recycling of secondary materials by means of physical processes including sorting, shredding and reprocessing. Several restrictions prevent from reaching a very high material recycling efficiency: the variability of the composition of new-marketed materials used for packaging production and its shape and complexity are critical issues. The packaging goods are in fact made of different materials (aluminium, polymers, paper, etc...
March 14, 2017: Waste Management
Joanna K Hodges, Libo Tan, Michael H Green, A Catharine Ross
Background: Vitamin A (VA; retinol) supplementation is used to reduce child mortality in countries with high rates of malnutrition. Existing research suggests that neonates (<1 mo old) may have a limited capacity to store VA in organs other than the liver; however, knowledge about VA distribution and kinetics in individual, nonhepatic organs is limited.Objective: We examined retinol uptake and turnover in nonhepatic organs, including skin, brain, and adipose tissue, in neonatal rats without and after VA supplementation...
March 15, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Jared Bozich, Mimi Hang, Robert Hamers, Rebecca Klaper
Lithium intercalation compounds such as lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide (NMC) and lithium cobalt oxide (LCO) are used extensively in lithium batteries. Because there is currently little economic incentive for recycling, chances are greater that batteries will end up in landfills or waste in the environment. In addition, the toxicity of these battery materials has not been traditionally part of the design process. Therefore, to determine the environmental impact and the possibility of alternative battery materials, representative complex battery nanomaterials, LCO and NMC, were synthesized and toxicity was assessed in Daphnia magna...
March 11, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Guifen Jie, Lu Tan, Yang Zhao, Xiaochun Wang
In this work, a novel silver nanoclusters (AgNCs) were in situ synthesized and used as versatile electrochemiluminescence (ECL) and electrochemical (EL) signal probes for thrombin detection by using DNAzyme-assisted target recycling and hybridization chain reaction (HCR) multiple amplification strategy. The presence of target thrombin firstly opened the hairpin DNA, followed by DNAzyme-catalytic recycling cleavage of excess substrates, which could generate large number of substrate fragments (s1). Then these s1 fragments were captured by SH-DNA on the Au nanoparticle-modified electrode, which further triggered the subsequent HCR of the hairpin DNA probes (H1 and H2) to form the long dsDNA...
March 7, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Yuan Zhao, Yaodong Luo, Xuan Yang, Yaxin Yang, Qijun Song
Ruthenium (Ru) featured with an unusual catalytic behavior is of great significance in several heterogeneous and electro-catalytic reactions. The preparation of tractable Ru nanocatalysts and the building of highly active catalytic system at ambient temperature remains a grand challenge. Herein, a facile strategy is developed for the controllable preparation of Ru nanoparticles (NPs) with the sizes ranging from 2.6 to 51.5nm. Ru NPs show superior size-dependent catalytic performance with the best kinetic rate constant as high as -1...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Kian Ping Chan, Yang Gao, Jeremy Xianwei Goh, Dewi Susanti, Eugenia Li Ling Yeo, Sheng-Hao Chao, James Chen Yong Kah
This study describes the use of DNA functionalized gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) to enhance the synthesis of proteins in cell lysate and examines the mechanisms behind the enhanced mRNA translation. With an appropriate DNA oligomer sequence that hybridizes to the 3'-untranslated region of two mRNA of interest: insulin and green fluorescent protein (GFP), we found that these DNA conjugated AuNPs (AuNP-DNA) introduced into HeLa cell lysate enhanced the synthesis of insulin and GFP by up to 2.18 and 1.80-fold respectively over baseline production with just the mRNA present...
March 9, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Wenzhi Fu, Zhuqing Zhang, Peiyuan Zhuang, Jianfeng Shen, Mingxin Ye
A facile, green, economical approach was designed to deposit palladium nanoparticles on magnetic reduced graphene oxide nanosheets (Pd-Fe3O4/rGO) via a one-pot hydrothermal synthesis method. The prepared Pd-Fe3O4/rGO nanocomposites were thoroughly characterized by Transmission electron microscopy, Scanning electron microscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and Raman spectroscopy. Importantly, the highly efficient catalytic property of the as-obtained Pd-Fe3O4/rGO catalyst was demonstrated for the Suzuki-Miyaura coupling reaction and Mizoroki-Heck coupling reaction...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Xiuru Xue, Yanhua Wang, Fu-She Han
The design and preparation of a chiral Pt nanocatalyst system possessing thermoregulated phase-separation property and its application in recyclable asymmetric hydrogenation of α-ketoesters are presented.
March 6, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Weilin Wang, Zhaofeng Wang, Jingjing Liu, Zhengguo Zhang, Luyi Sun
Millions of tons of wastewater containing both inorganic and organic pollutants are generated every day, leading to significant social, environmental, and economic issues. Herein, we designed a graphene foam/TiO2 nanosheet hybrid, which is able to effectively remove both chromium (VI) cations and organic pollutants simultaneously. This graphene foam/TiO2 nanosheet hybrid was synthesized via a facile single-step one-pot hydrothermal method. The structure of the hybrid was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM)...
March 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
Yanchao Yuan, Yanxiao Sun, Shijing Yan, Jianqing Zhao, Shumei Liu, Mingqiu Zhang, Xiaoxing Zheng, Lei Jia
Nondestructive retrieval of expensive carbon fibres (CFs) from CF-reinforced thermosetting advanced composites widely applied in high-tech fields has remained inaccessible as the harsh conditions required to recycle high-performance resin matrices unavoidably damage the structure and properties of CFs. Degradable thermosetting resins with stable covalent structures offer a potential solution to this conflict. Here we design a new synthesis scheme and prepare a recyclable CF-reinforced poly(hexahydrotriazine) resin matrix advanced composite...
March 2, 2017: Nature Communications
Jingwen Chen, Zhiguo Zhang, Zongbi Bao, Ye Su, Huabin Xing, Qiwei Yang, Qilong Ren
Mimicking a biocatalytic system has been one of the prevalent strategies for the design of novel and efficient chemical transformations. Among the enzyme-catalyzed reactions, the cooperative interplay of Lewis- and Brønsted-acidic functionalities at active sites represents a common feature in activating reactants. Employing MIL-101(Cr) as a biomimetic platform, we customize a sulfonic group (SO3H) into its hierarchical pores to generate a heterogeneous catalyst for transfer hydrogenation of imines by using Hantzsch ester as the reductant...
March 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Xiaoying Dong, Xiao Zhuo, Jie Wei, Gang Zhang, Yongfeng Li
Solid wood materials and wood-plastic composites as two kinds of lightweight materials are attracting great interest from academia and industry due to their green and recycling nature. However, the relatively lower specific strength limits their wider applications. In particular, solid wood is vulnerable to moisture and decay fungi in nature, resulting in its poor durability for effectively long-term utilization. Inspired from the porous structure of wood, we propose a new design to build a wood-based nanocomposite with higher specific strength and satisfactory durability by in situ generation of organic-inorganic hybrid polymer within wood via a sol-gel method...
March 6, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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