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Minori Uchimiya, Joseph J Pignatello, Jason C White, Szu-Tung Hu, Paulo J Ferreira
Pyrogenic carbon is widespread in soil due to wildfires, soot deposition, and intentional amendment of pyrolyzed waste biomass (biochar). Interactions between engineered carbon nanoparticles and natural pyrogenic carbon (char) are unknown. This study first employed transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) to interpret the superstructure composing aqueous fullerene C60 nanoparticles prepared by prolonged stirring of commercial fullerite in water (nC60-stir). The nC60-stir was a superstructure composed of face-centered cubic (fcc) close-packing of near-spherical C60 superatoms...
September 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
Qianqian Liu, Shaojian Wang, Wenzhong Zhang, Dongsheng Zhan, Jiaming Li
Environmental pollution has aroused extensive concern worldwide. Existing literature on the relationship between foreign direct investment (FDI) and environmental pollution has, however, seldom taken into account spatial effects. Addressing this gap, this paper investigated the spatial agglomeration effects and dynamics at work in FDI and environmental pollution (namely, in waste soot and dust, sulfur dioxide, and wastewater) in 285 Chinese cities during the period 2003-2014, using global and local measures of spatial autocorrelation...
September 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Laurie E Hopkins, Emilia A Laing, Janice L Peake, Dale Uyeminami, Savannah M Mack, Xueting Li, Suzette Smiley-Jewell, Kent E Pinkerton
Particulate exposure has been implicated in the development of a number of neurological maladies such as multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, and idiopathic Parkinson's disease. Only a few studies have focused on the olfactory pathway as a portal through which combustion-generated particles may enter the brain. The primary objective of this study was to define the deposition, uptake, and transport of inhaled ultrafine iron-soot particles in the nasal cavities of mice to determine whether combustion-generated nanoparticles reach the olfactory bulb via the olfactory epithelium and nerve fascicles...
January 1, 2017: Toxicologic Pathology
Yu Hao, Shaoqing Zheng
With the development of China's economy, the problem of environmental pollution has become increasingly more serious, affecting the sustained and healthy development of Chinese cities and the willingness of residents to invest in fixed assets. In this paper, a panel data set of 70 of China's key cities from 2003 to 2014 is used to study the effect of environmental pollution on home prices in China's key cities. In addition to the static panel data regression model, this paper uses the generalized method of moments (GMM) to control for the potential endogeneity and introduce the dynamics...
September 13, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Jacques Lefebvre, Jianfu Ding, Zhao Li, Paul Finnie, Gregory Lopinski, Patrick R L Malenfant
Semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes (sc-SWCNTs) are emerging as a promising material for high-performance, high-density devices as well as low-cost, large-area macroelectronics produced via additive manufacturing methods such as roll-to-roll printing. Proof-of-concept demonstrations have indicated the potential of sc-SWCNTs for digital electronics, radiofrequency circuits, radiation hard memory, improved sensors, and flexible, stretchable, conformable electronics. Advances toward commercial applications bring numerous opportunities in SWCNT materials development and characterization as well as fabrication processes and printing technologies...
September 13, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
Yang Li, Stephen J Klippenstein, Chong-Wen Zhou, Henry J Curran
As the simplest conjugated hydrocarbon, 1,3-butadiene oxidation chemistry can provide a first step in understanding the role of poly-unsaturated hydrocarbons in combustion and, in particular, an understanding of their contribution towards soot formation. Based on our previous work on propene and the butene isomers (1-, 2- and isobutene), it was found that the reaction kinetics of H-atom addition to the C=C double bond plays a significant role in fuel consumption kinetics and influences the predictions of high-temperature ignition delay times, product species concentrations and flame speed measurements...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
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On a television show, a pre-cooled bare-skinned person (TV host) passed through engulfing kerosene flames. The assumption was that a water film should protect him during 0.74 s flame exposure in an environment of 86 kW/m² heat flux. The TV host got light burn inflammation on the back, arms and legs. The present work studies skin temperatures and burn damage integral of such dangerous flame exposure. The skin temperature distribution during water spray pre-cooling, transport to the flames, flame exposure, transport to the water pool, and final water pool cooling is modelled numerically...
September 7, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Jian Li, Zhihong Zhao, Dianming Li, Haifeng Tian, Fei Zha, Hua Feng, Lin Guo
Oil/water separation is of great importance for the treatment of oily wastewater, including immiscible light/heavy oil-water mixtures, oil-in-water or water-in-oil emulsions. Smart surfaces with responsive wettability have received extensive attention especially for controllable oil/water separation. However, traditional smart membranes with a switchable wettability between superhydrophobicity and superhydrophilicity are limited to certain responsive materials and continuous external stimuli, such as pH, electrical field or light irradiation...
September 21, 2017: Nanoscale
Deshetti Jampaiah, Vijay Kumar Velisoju, Perala Venkataswamy, Victoria E Coyle, Ayman Nafady, Benjaram Mahipal Reddy, Suresh K Bhargava
In the present work, nanowire morphologies of α-MnO2, cobalt mono-doped α-MnO2, Cu and Co bi-doped α-MnO2, and Ni and Co bi-doped α-MnO2 samples were prepared by a facile hydrothermal synthesis. The structural, morphological, surface and redox properties of all the as-prepared samples were investigated by various characterization techniques, namely scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission and high resolution electron microscopy (TEM and HR-TEM), powder X-ray diffraction (XRD), N2 sorption surface area measurements, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), hydrogen-temperature programmed reduction (H2-TPR), and oxygen-temperature programmed desorption (O2-TPD)...
September 1, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Ying Cheng, Jian Liu, Zhen Zhao, Weiyu Song, Yuechang Wei
A new 3DOM material was designed and synthesized for the simultaneous removal of PM (soot particulates) and NOx from diesel engine exhausts. The catalytic purification taking place over the material with double efficacy is cost-efficient. The contact between solid PM and catalyst active site has been process intensified by 3DOM unique structure. 3DOM Ce0.7Fe0.2Ti0.1O2 catalyst possess a high SCR activity and an excellent selectivity to N2, giving a maximum concentration of CO2 at 385°C for PM combustion and 100% NO conversion in the temperature range of 281-425°C...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Michelle Plusquin, Florence Guida, Silvia Polidoro, Roel Vermeulen, Ole Raaschou-Nielsen, Gianluca Campanella, Gerard Hoek, Soterios A Kyrtopoulos, Panagiotis Georgiadis, Alessio Naccarati, Carlotta Sacerdote, Vittorio Krogh, H Bas Bueno-de-Mesquita, W M Monique Verschuren, Sergi Sayols-Baixeras, Tommaso Panni, Annette Peters, Dennie G A J Hebels, Jos Kleinjans, Paolo Vineis, Marc Chadeau-Hyam
Long-term exposure to air pollution has been associated with several adverse health effects including cardiovascular, respiratory diseases and cancers. However, underlying molecular alterations remain to be further investigated. The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of long-term exposure to air pollutants on (a) average DNA methylation at functional regions and, (b) individual differentially methylated CpG sites. An assumption is that omic measurements, including the methylome, are more sensitive to low doses than hard health outcomes...
August 23, 2017: Environment International
Ayman Alhamdow, Christian Lindh, Maria Albin, Per Gustavsson, Håkan Tinnerberg, Karin Broberg
Occupational exposure to soot, rich in polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), has been associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, our knowledge about PAH exposure and early markers of CVD remains limited. In this cross-sectional study of 151 chimney sweeps and 152 controls, we investigated occupational exposure to PAH and early markers of CVD. Blood pressure (BP) (chimney sweeps only), urinary PAH metabolites and serum biomarkers were measured (C-reactive protein, homocysteine, gamma-glutamyltransferase, cholesterol, HDL, LDL, and triglycerides)...
August 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
Venkatesh Tavareppa Lamani, Ajay Kumar Yadav, Kumar Narayanappa Gottekere
Nitrogen oxides and smoke are the substantial emissions for the diesel engines. Fuels comprising high-level oxygen content can have low smoke emission due to better oxidation of soot. The objective of the paper is to assess the potential to employ oxygenated fuel, i.e., n-butanol and its blends with the neat diesel from 0 to 30% by volume. The experimental and computational fluid dynamic (CFD) simulation is carried out to estimate the performance, combustion, and exhaust emission characteristics of n-butanol-diesel blends for various injection timings (9°, 12°, 15°, and 18°) using modern twin-cylinder, four-stroke, common rail direct injection (CRDI) engine...
August 25, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
R Iqbal, B Majhy, A K Sen
We report a simple, inexpensive, rapid, and one-step method for the fabrication of a stable and biocompatible superhydrophobic and superhemophobic surface. The proposed surface comprises candle soot particles embedded in a mixture of PDMS+n-hexane serving as the base material. The mechanism responsible for the superhydrophobic behavior of the surface is explained, and the surface is characterized based on its morphology and elemental composition, wetting properties, mechanical and chemical stability, and biocompatibility...
September 13, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Charles G Bardeen, Rolando R Garcia, Owen B Toon, Andrew J Conley
Climate simulations that consider injection into the atmosphere of 15,000 Tg of soot, the amount estimated to be present at the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary, produce what might have been one of the largest episodes of transient climate change in Earth history. The observed soot is believed to originate from global wildfires ignited after the impact of a 10-km-diameter asteroid on the Yucatán Peninsula 66 million y ago. Following injection into the atmosphere, the soot is heated by sunlight and lofted to great heights, resulting in a worldwide soot aerosol layer that lasts several years...
August 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Kun Bu, Zhen-Zhen Li, Jian-Tao Wang
We identify by ab initio calculations a new simple cubic carbon phase in Pa3¯ symmetry, which has a 48-atom unit cell in all-sp(3) bonding networks, thus termed SC48 carbon. It can be viewed as a crystalline form of C12 clusters or a combined structure of SC24 and BC12 carbon, but it is energetically more stable than the recently reported cubic carbon phases such as BC8, SC24, BC12, and fcc-C12. The structural stability is verified by phonon mode analysis. Electronic band and density of state calculations reveal that SC48 carbon is an insulator with a large direct band gap of 4...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
Hongjian Zhu, Jing Xu, Yuge Yichuan, Zhongpeng Wang, Yibo Gao, Wei Liu, Henan Yin
Mesoporous ceria and transition metal-doped ceria (M0.1Ce0.9O2 (M=Mn, Fe, Co, Cu)) catalysts were synthesized via CTAB-assisted method. The physicochemical properties of the prepared catalysts were characterized by XRD, DLS analysis, SEM, BET, Raman, H2-TPR and in situ DRIFT techniques. The catalytic activity tests for soot oxidation were performed under tight contact of soot/catalyst mixtures in the presence of O2 and NO+O2, respectively. The obtained results show that mesoporous ceria-based solid solutions can be formed with large surface areas and small crystallite size...
July 31, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Talal F Qahtan, Mohammed A Gondal, Ibrahim O Alade, Mohammed A Dastageer
A facile synthesis method for highly stable carbon nanoparticle (CNP) dispersion in acetone by incomplete combustion of paraffin candle flame is presented. The synthesized CNP dispersion is the mixture of graphitic and amorphous carbon nanoparticles of the size range of 20-50 nm and manifested the mesoporosity with an average pore size of 7 nm and a BET surface area of 366 m(2)g(-1). As an application of this material, the carbon nanoparticle dispersion was spray coated (spray-based coating) on a glass surface to fabricate superhydrophobic (water contact angle > 150° and sliding angle < 10 °) surfaces...
August 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
Senlin Lu, Zhengying Tan, Pinwei Liu, Hui Zhao, Dingyu Liu, Shang Yu, Ping Cheng, Myat Sandar Win, Jiwen Hu, Linwei Tian, Minghong Wu, Shinich Yonemochi, Qingyue Wang
Coal combustion particles (CCPs) are linked to the high incidence of lung cancer in Xuanwei and in Fuyuan, China, but studies on the chemical composition of the CCPs are still limited. Single particle aerosol mass spectrometry (SPAMS) was recently developed to measure the chemical composition and size of single particles in real-time. In this study, SPAMS was used to measure individual combustion particles emitted from Xuanwei and Fuyuan coal samples and the results were compared with those by ICP-MS and transmission electron microscopy (TEM)...
November 2017: Chemosphere
Andriy A Konchits, Bela D Shanina, Serhii V Krasnovyd, Alexander I Burya, Olga Yu Kuznetsova
The evolution of paramagnetic properties of the fullerene soot (FS), fullerene black (FB), and their polymer composites Phenylon C-2/FS, FB has been studied using the electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) method. For the first time, a drastic growth of the EPR signals in the FB, FS, and composite samples was observed under pumping out at temperatures T = 20 ÷ 300 °C, which is attributed to the interaction between carbon defects and adsorbed gas molecules, mainly oxygen.It is shown that the ensemble of paramagnetic centers in the FB, FS, and the composite is heterogeneous...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
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