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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740979/transport-of-water-molecules-through-noncylindrical-pores-in-multilayer-nanoporous-graphene
#1
Majid Shahbabaei, Daejoong Kim
In this study, molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are used to examine the water transport properties through asymmetric hourglass-shaped pores in multilayer nanoporous graphene with a constant interlayer separation of 6 Å. The properties of the tested asymmetric hourglass-shaped pores [with the models having long cone (l1, -P) and short cone (l2, +P) entrances] are compared to a symmetric pore model. The study findings indicate that the water occupancy increases across the asymmetric pore (l1, -P) compared to (l2, +P), because of the length effect...
July 25, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739106/drilling-discharges-reduce-sediment-reworking-of-two-benthic-species
#2
Hilde Cecilie Trannum
Effects of water-based drill cuttings on sediment reworking activity were studied on two important benthic bioturbators (the bivalve Abra segmentum and the brittle star Amphiura filiformis) using thin aquaria, fluorescent-dyed sediment particles (luminophores), time lapse photography and image analysis. In the present context, sediment reworking activity was measured as maximum mixing depth and total amount of luminophores transported below the sediment-water interface. There was a significant reduction in the amount of downward transported luminophores in drill cuttings treatments compared to controls with added natural sediments for both species, which also was true regarding maximum mixing depth for A...
July 21, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738513/mitigation-of-nonpoint-source-pollution-in-rural-areas-from-control-to-synergies-of-multi-ecosystem-services
#3
Yonghong Wu, Junzhuo Liu, Renfang Shen, Bojie Fu
Nonpoint source (NPS) pollution produced by human activities in rural areas has induced excessive nutrient input into surface waters and the decline of water quality. The essence of NPS pollution is the transport of nutrients between soil and water. Traditional NPS pollution control strategies, however, are mainly based on the solid and liquid phases, with little focus on the bio-phase between water and soil. The pollutants produced from NPS can be regarded as a resource if recycled or reused in an appropriate way in the agricultural ecosystem...
July 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738271/heterogeneous-photocatalysis-of-tris-2-chloroethyl-phosphate-by-uv-tio2-degradation-products-and-impacts-on-bacterial-proteome
#4
Jinshao Ye, Juan Liu, Chongshu Li, Pulin Zhou, Shuang Wu, Huase Ou
The widespread, persistent and toxic organophosphorus esters (OPEs) have become one category of emerging environmental contaminants. Thus, it is in urgent need to develop a cost-effective and safe treatment technology for OPEs control. The current study is a comprehensive attempt to use UV/TiO2 heterogeneous photocatalysis for the degradation of a water dissolved OPEs, tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP). A pseudo-first order degradation reaction with a kobs of 0.3167 min(-1) was observed, while hydroxyl radical may be the dominating reactive oxidative species...
July 18, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738200/global-distribution-of-dissolved-organic-matter-along-the-aquatic-continuum-across-rivers-lakes-and-oceans
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Philippe Massicotte, Eero Asmala, Colin Stedmon, Stiig Markager
Based on an extensive literature survey containing more than 12,000 paired measurements of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentrations and absorption of chromophoric dissolved organic matter (CDOM) distributed over four continents and seven oceans, we described the global distribution and transformation of dissolved organic matter (DOM) along the aquatic continuum across rivers and lakes to oceans. A strong log-linear relationship (R(2)=0.92) between DOC concentration and CDOM absorption at 350nm was observed at a global scale, but was found to be ecosystem-dependent at local and regional scales...
July 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738143/sustained-high-nutrient-supply-as-an-allelopathic-trigger-between-periphytic-biofilm-and-microcystis-aeruginosa
#6
Yonghong Wu, Jun Tang, Junzhuo Liu, Bruce Graham, Philip G Kerr, Hong Chen
Allelopathy among aquatic organisms, especially microorganisms, has received growing attention in recent years for its role in shaping interactions with bloom-forming algae. Many studies have shown that allelopathy occurs and increases under nutrient limiting conditons. However, to date there is no reported direct evidence to indicate allelopathy occurs under the condition of constant high nutrient supply. Here we report the allelopathic action of periphytic biofilm on bloom-forming cyanobacteria (Microcystis aeruginosa), which was triggered by the stress of high nutrient conditions, and continues while nutrients are sustained at high levels (trophic state index at 159 and 171)...
July 24, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737039/effect-of-solvent-quality-on-laminar-slip-flow-penetration-of-poly-n-isopropylacrylamide-films-with-an-exploration-of-the-mass-transport-mechanism
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Huan Wang, Jeanne E Pemberton
The effect of solvent quality on the slip flow penetration of polymer films was evaluated by monitoring small-molecule mass transport under varying laminar flow rates using Förster resonance energy transfer in combination with total internal reflectance fluorescence microscopy (FRET-TIRFM). For thin films of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (pNIPAM), solvents with solvent quality ranging from good to poor were studied. The solvents used were composed of varying mole ratios of methanol and water in order to take advantage of the unique cononsolvency phenomenon of pNIPAM such that differences in the physicochemical properties of these solvents were insignificant for fluorescence detection...
July 24, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735534/investigation-and-application-of-a-new-passive-sampling-technique-for-in-situ-monitoring-of-illicit-drugs-in-waste-waters-and-rivers
#8
Changsheng Guo, Tingting Zhang, Song Hou, Jiapei Lv, Yuan Zhang, Fengchang Wu, Zhendong Hua, Wei Meng, Hao Zhang, Jian Xu
Illicit drugs constitute a class of emerging contaminants that has been drawing significant concern due to its potent pharmacological and biological activities. In this study, an in situ passive sampling approach that uses diffusive gradients in thin films (DGT) was successfully tested for measuring ketamine (KET), methamphetamine (METH), and amphetamine (AMP) in water. The diffusion coefficients of KET, METH, and AMP in diffusive gel were (8.13±0.12)×10-6, (8.55±0.14)×10-6, and (7.72±0.18)×10-6 cm2 s-1 at 22 °C, respectively...
July 24, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735170/effects-of-different-solvents-on-the-conformations-of-apoptotic-cytochrome-c-structural-insights-from-molecular-dynamics-simulation
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Gurusamy Muneeswaran, Subramanian Kartheeswaran, Kaliappan Muthukumar, Christopher D Dharmaraj, Chandran Karunakaran
Cytochrome c (cyt-c) upon binding with cardiolipin acquires peroxidase activity and is strictly connected to the pathogenesis of many human diseases including neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases. Interaction of cyt-c with cardiolipin mimics partial unfolding/conformational changes of cyt-c in different solvent environments. Dynamic pictures of these conformational changes of cyt-c are crucial in understanding their physiological roles in mitochondrial functions. Therefore, atomistic molecular dynamics (MD) simulations have been carried out to investigate the effect of different solvents (water, urea/water, MeOH and DMSO) on the structure and conformations of apoptotic cyt-c (Fe(3+))...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735112/evaluation-of-the-accuracy-of-mono-energetic-electron-and-beta-emitting-isotope-dose-point-kernels-using-particle-and-heavy-ion-transport-code-system-phits
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Takuro Shiiba, Naoya Kuga, Yasuyoshi Kuroiwa, Tatsuhiko Sato
We assessed the accuracy of mono-energetic electron and beta-emitting isotope dose-point kernels (DPKs) calculated using the particle and heavy ion transport code system (PHITS) for patient-specific dosimetry in targeted radionuclide treatment (TRT) and compared our data with published data. All mono-energetic and beta-emitting isotope DPKs calculated using PHITS, both in water and compact bone, were in good agreement with those in literature using other MC codes. PHITS provided reliable mono-energetic electron and beta-emitting isotope scaled DPKs for patient-specific dosimetry...
July 15, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734214/effects-of-damming-on-the-distribution-and-methylation-of-mercury-in-wujiang-river-southwest-china
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Lei Zhao, Yanna Guo, Bo Meng, Heng Yao, Xinbin Feng
Newly built reservoirs are regarded as sensitive ecosystem for mercury (Hg) methylation. A comprehensive study was conducted to understand the influence of damming on the distribution and methylation of Hg within a river-reservoir ecosystem in Wujiang River Basin (WRB), Southwest China. Hg species in inflow-outflow rivers of six cascade reservoirs were analyzed each month during 2006. Mean concentrations of total Hg (THg) and methylmercury (MeHg) in river water in WRB were 3.41 ± 1.98 ng L(-1) and 0.15 ± 0...
July 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733616/capturing-3d-water-flow-in-rooted-soil-by-ultra-fast-neutron-tomography
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Christian Tötzke, Nikolay Kardjilov, Ingo Manke, Sascha E Oswald
Water infiltration in soil is not only affected by the inherent heterogeneities of soil, but even more by the interaction with plant roots and their water uptake. Neutron tomography is a unique non-invasive 3D tool to visualize plant root systems together with the soil water distribution in situ. So far, acquisition times in the range of hours have been the major limitation for imaging 3D water dynamics. Implementing an alternative acquisition procedure we boosted the speed of acquisition capturing an entire tomogram within 10 s...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733603/sediment-transport-drives-tidewater-glacier-periodicity
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Douglas Brinkerhoff, Martin Truffer, Andy Aschwanden
Most of Earth's glaciers are retreating, but some tidewater glaciers are advancing despite increasing temperatures and contrary to their neighbors. This can be explained by the coupling of ice and sediment dynamics: a shoal forms at the glacier terminus, reducing ice discharge and causing advance towards an unstable configuration followed by abrupt retreat, in a process known as the tidewater glacier cycle. Here we use a numerical model calibrated with observations to show that interactions between ice flow, glacial erosion, and sediment transport drive these cycles, which occur independent of climate variations...
July 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733585/robust-hierarchical-3d-carbon-foam-electrode-for-efficient-water-electrolysis
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Tung Ngoc Pham, Tiva Sharifi, Robin Sandström, William Siljebo, Andrey Shchukarev, Krisztian Kordas, Thomas Wågberg, Jyri-Pekka Mikkola
Herein we report a 3D heterostructure comprising a hierarchical macroporous carbon foam that incorporates mesoporous carbon nanotubes decorated with cobalt oxide nanoparticles as an unique and highly efficient electrode material for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in electrocatalytic water splitting. The best performing electrode material showed high stability after 10 h, at constant potential of 1.7 V vs. RHE (reversible hydrogen electrode) in a 0.1 M KOH solution and high electrocatalytic activity in OER with low overpotential (0...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733452/chronic-hypertension-increases-aortic-endothelial-hydraulic-conductivity-by-upregulating-endothelial-aquaporin-1-expres-sion
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Jimmy Deon Toussaint, Chirag Bharavi Raval, Tieuvi Nguyen, Hadi Fadaifard, Shripad Joshi, George Wolberg, Steven Quarfordt, Kung-Ming Jan, David S Rumschitzki
Numerous studies examine aquaporins' role in osmotic water transport in various systems but virtually none focus on aquaporins' role in hydrostatically-driven water transport involving mammalian cells save for our laboratory's recent study of aortic endothelial cells. Here we inves-tigate aquaporin-1 expression and function in the aortic endothelium in two high-renin rat mod-els of hypertension, the spontaneously hypertensive genetically altered Wystar-Kyoto rat variant and Sprague-Dawley rats made hypertensive by two kidney, one clip Goldblatt surgery...
July 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732436/downregulation-of-aquaporin3-in-systemic-sclerosis-dermal-fibroblasts
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Bahman Yousefi, Mahdi Mahmoudi, Abdolfattah Sarafnejad, Elham Karimizadeh, Elham Farhadi, Ahmad Reza Jamshidi, Hoda Kavosi, Saeed Aslani, Farhad Gharibdoost
Skin dryness and thickening are hallmarks of systemic sclerosis (SSc) disease. Aquaporins (AQPs) are plasma membrane proteins that transport glycerol and water, resulting in water retention and skin hydration. Expression of AQPs has been evaluated in human normal skin. However, expression of these proteins in SSc dermal fibroblasts has not yet been reported. The aim of this study was to assess the expression profile of AQPs in dermal fibroblasts of SSc patients. Fibroblast cells were extracted from SSc and healthy skin biopsies and characterized using fibroblast surface protein antibody...
June 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732396/role-of-dams-in-the-phase-transfer-of-antibiotics-in-an-urban-river-receiving-wastewater-treatment-plant-effluent
#17
Xiaoyu Guo, Chenghong Feng, Jianhong Zhang, Chenhao Tian, Jingling Liu
Dams are universally constructed to change hydrodynamic forces and impound water in urban rivers, but few efforts have been made to expound the impact of dams on the transport of antibiotics in rivers. In this study, the main object and focus was to elucidate the intercept effect of rubber dam and the gate dam on the sediment-water phase redistribution of eight typical antibiotics along an urban river with the water replenished from wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). The results show that the eight antibiotics were widely detected in the whole river segment, and the WWTPs were found to be the main sources...
July 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732329/an-experimental-study-on-the-influence-of-water-stagnation-and-temperature-change-on-water-quality-in-a-full-scale-domestic-drinking-water-system
#18
Lj Zlatanović, J P van der Hoek, J H G Vreeburg
The drinking water quality changes during the transport through distribution systems. Domestic drinking water systems (DDWSs), which include the plumbing between the water meter and consumer's taps, are the most critical points in which water quality may be affected. In distribution networks, the drinking water temperature and water residence time are regarded as indicators of the drinking water quality. This paper describes an experimental research on the influence of stagnation time and temperature change on drinking water quality in a full-scale DDWS...
July 10, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732155/relating-redox-properties-of-polyvinylamine-g-tempo-laccase-hydrogel-complexes-to-cellulose-oxidation
#19
Qiang Fu, Alexander Sutherland, Emil Gustafsson, Md Monsur Ali, Leyla Soleymani, Robert H Pelton
The structure and electrochemical properties of adsorbed complexes based on mixtures of polyvinylamine-g-TEMPO (PVAm-T) and laccase were related to the ability of the adsorbed complexes to oxidize cellulose. PVAm-T10 with 10% of the amines bearing TEMPO moieties (i.e. DS= 10%), adsorbed onto gold-sulfonate EQCM-D sensor surfaces giving a hydrogel film, 7 nm thick, 89% water and encasing laccase (200 mM) and TEMPO moieties (33 mM). For DS values >10% all of the TEMPOs in the hydrogel film were redox-active, in that they could be oxidized by the electrode...
July 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731348/proton-transport-in-hierarchical-structured-nafion-membranes-a-nmr-study
#20
Hengrui Yang, Jin Zhang, Jingliang Li, San Ping Jiang, Maria Forsyth, Haijin Zhu
It is known that hierarchical structure plays a key role in many unique material properties such as self-cleaning effect of lotus leaves and the anti-fogging property of the compound eyes of mosquitoes. This study reports a series of highly ordered meso-porous Nafion membranes with unique hierarchical structural features at the nanometre scale. Using NMR, we show for the first time that at low RH conditions, the proton in the ionic domains migrates via a surface diffusion mechanism and exhibits approximately two orders of magnitude faster transport than that in the nano-pores, whereas the nano-pores play a role of reservoir and maintain water and thereby conductivity at higher temperature and lower humidities...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
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