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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646780/sem-eds-and-optical-microscopy-analyses-of-microplastics-in-ocean-trawl-and-fish-guts
#1
Zhong-Min Wang, Jeff Wagner, Sutapa Ghosal, Gagandeep Bedi, Stephen Wall
Microplastic particles from Atlantic and Pacific Ocean trawls, lab-fed fish guts and ocean fish guts have been characterized using optical microscopy and SEM/EDS in terms of size, morphology, and chemistry. We assessed whether these measurements could serve as a rapid screening process for subsequent identification of the likely microplastic candidates by micro-spectroscopy. Optical microscopy enabled morphological classification of the types of particles or fibers present in the sample, as well as the quantification of particle size ranges and fiber lengths...
June 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646311/removal-of-arsenic-iii-v-by-a-granular-mn-oxide-doped-al-oxide-adsorbent-surface-characterization-and-performance
#2
Kun Wu, Jin Zhang, Bing Chang, Ting Liu, Furong Zhang, Pengkang Jin, Wendong Wang, Xiaochang Wang
In order to remove arsenic (As) from contaminated water, granular Mn-oxide-doped Al oxide (GMAO) was fabricated using the compression method with the addition of organic binder. The analysis results of XRD, SEM, and BET indicated that GMAO was microporous with a large specific surface area of 54.26 m(2/)g, and it was formed through the aggregation of massive Al/Mn oxide nanoparticles with an amorphous pattern. EDX, mapping, FTIR, and XPS results showed the uniform distribution of Al/Mn elements and numerous hydroxyl groups on the adsorbent surface...
June 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646309/influence-of-polymethyl-acrylate-additive-on-the-formation-of-particulate-matter-and-nox-emission-of-a-biodiesel-diesel-fueled-engine
#3
Islam Mohammad Monirul, Haji Hassan Masjuki, Mohammad Abdul Kalam, Nurin Wahidah Mohd Zulkifli, Islam Shancita
The aim of this study is to investigate the effect of the polymethyl acrylate (PMA) additive on the formation of particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxide (NOX) emission from a diesel coconut and/or Calophyllum inophyllum biodiesel-fueled engine. The physicochemical properties of 20% of coconut and/or C. inophyllum biodiesel-diesel blend (B20), 0.03 wt% of PMA with B20 (B20P), and diesel fuel were measured and compared to ASTM D6751, D7467, and EN 14214 standard. The test results showed that the addition of PMA additive with B20 significantly improves the cold-flow properties such as pour point (PP), cloud point (CP), and cold filter plugging point (CFPP)...
June 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645068/fracture-roughness-and-phase-transformation-in-cad-cam-milling-and-subsequent-surface-treatments-of-lithium-metasilicate-disilicate-glass-ceramics
#4
Abdur-Rasheed Alao, Richard Stoll, Xiao-Fei Song, John R Abbott, Yu Zhang, Jaafar Abduo, Ling Yin
This paper studied surface fracture, roughness and morphology, phase transformations, and material removal mechanisms of lithium metasilicate/disilicate glass ceramics (LMGC/LDGC) in CAD/CAM-milling and subsequent surface treatments. LMGC (IPS e.max CAD) blocks were milled using a chairside dental CAD/CAM milling unit and then treated in sintering, polishing and glazing processes. X-ray diffraction was performed on all processed surfaces. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was applied to analyse surface fracture and morphology...
June 15, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645066/hydrothermal-co-carbonization-of-sewage-sludge-and-pinewood-sawdust-for-nutrient-rich-hydrochar-production-synergistic-effects-and-products-characterization
#5
Xiaojuan Zhang, Lei Zhang, Aimin Li
The aim of this study is to explore the synergistic effects of hydrothermal co-carbonization of sewage sludge and pinewood sawdust on hydrochar production. Firstly, the effects of mixing ratios on hydrothermal carbonization were investigated, and then, the hydrochar was characterized by diverse analytical techniques. The mass balance results indicated that a significant synergistic enhancement occurred in terms of the increased hydrochar yield, organic and carbon retentions. By combining sewage sludge and pinewood sawdust at the mass ratio of 1:1, 58...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644997/first-episode-psychosis-moderates-the-effect-of-gray-matter-volume-on-cognition
#6
Luis F S Castro-de-Araujo, Richard A A Kanaan
Patients with first episode psychosis (FEP) present with cognitive deficits and volume differences in certain brain areas. Brain volumetric information further correlates with cognitive testing, and multiple brain areas shows different strengths of correlation with the cognitive functions being tested. Traditionally, these cognitive functions are independently related to volumetric differences, but these functions share variance. Failing to account for this aspect of cognition hinders the proper representation of cognition in neuroimaging studies...
June 15, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644912/biofilm-formation-and-disinfectant-resistance-of-salmonella-spp-in-mono-and-dual-species-with-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
#7
Xinyi Pang, Yishan Yang, Hyun-Gyun Yuk
AIMS: This study aimed to evaluate the biofilm formation and disinfectant resistance of Salmonella cells in mono- and dual-species biofilms with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and to investigate the role of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) in protection of biofilms against disinfection treatment. METHODS AND RESULTS: The populations of Salmonella in mono- or dual-species biofilms with P. aeruginosa on stainless steel (SS) coupons were determined before and after exposure to commercial disinfectant, 50 μg ml(-1) chlorine or 200 μg ml(-1) Ecolab(®) Whisper(™) V (a blend of four effective quaternary ammonium compounds)...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644811/applying-pattern-recognition-to-high-resolution-images-to-determine-cellular-signaling-status
#8
Michael F Lohrer, Darrin M Hanna, Yang Liu, Kang-Hsin Wang, Fu-Tong Liu, Ted A Laurence, Gang-Yu Liu
Two frequently used tools to acquire high-resolution images of cells are scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). The former provides a nanometer resolution view of cellular features rapidly and with high throughput, while the latter enables visualizing hydrated and living cells. In current practice, these images are viewed by eye to determine cellular status, e.g. activated versus resting. Automatic and quantitative data analysis is lacking. This work develops an algorithm of pattern recognition that works very effectively for AFM and SEM images...
June 21, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644500/in-situ-nanomechanical-characterization-of-multi-layer-mos2-membranes-from-intraplanar-to-interplanar-fracture
#9
Peifeng Li, Chenchen Jiang, Shang Xu, Yu Zhuang, Libo Gao, Alice Hu, Hongtao Wang, Yang Lu
Layered molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) exhibits rich electronic and optical properties and possesses vastly differing characteristic dimensions. A multi-layer MoS2 membrane represents the critical hierarchical structure which bridges the length-scale of monolayer and bulk material architectures. In this study, the in-plane mechanical properties of MoS2 membranes were investigated by in situ SEM tensile testing. Under the uniaxial tensile loading, brittle fracture caused failure in a highly localized region of the MoS2 membranes and their mechanical properties showed a thickness effect: the strengths of the relatively thicker MoS2 membranes (thickness around hundreds of nanometers) distribute from ∼100 to ∼250 MPa, while the corresponding values of the MoS2 nanosheets (thickness around tens of nanometers) increase significantly to more than 1 GPa...
June 23, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643906/in-vitro-evaluation-of-surface-properties-of-pro-seal-%C3%A2-and-opal-%C3%A2-seal-tm-in-preventing-white-spot-lesions
#10
T S Premaraj, N Rohani, D Covey, S Premaraj
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the surface properties of two commercially available sealants (Pro Seal(®) (PS) and Opal(®) Seal(TM) (OS)) in terms of fluoride(F) release, biofilm formation of Streptococcus mutans and Lactobacillus and the ability to resist acid penetration. SETTING: University of Nebraska Medical Center. MATERIAL & METHODS: Discs of similar diameter and thickness were made from OS and PS. Discs were soaked in double-distilled water, and F released was measured with fluoride meter daily for 14 consecutive days, then at 21 and 28 days...
June 2017: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643834/understanding-the-remarkable-luminescence-enhancement-via-sio2-coating-on-tio2-eu-3-nanofibers
#11
Meiqi Chang, Yanhua Song, Ye Sheng, Jie Chen, Haifeng Zou
TiO2:Eu(3+) nanofibers diameters can be tuned by changing the mixed solvent ratio are synthesized via the electrospinning technique. Concentration quenching phenomena and the relationship of the PL intensity ratio I((5)D0-(7)F2)/I((5)D0-(7)F1) with the Eu doping concentration are discussed. Notably, the luminescence intensity is enhanced by about 7.8 fold by coating SiO2 gel layer on the TiO2:Eu(3+) nanofibers, which is successfully performed via a sol-gel process followed by calcination. Furthermore, these fibers are characterized systematically via X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-vis DRS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy...
June 23, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643380/microscopy-visualisation-confirms-multi-species-biofilms-are-ubiquitous-in-diabetic-foot-ulcers
#12
Khalid Johani, Matthew Malone, Slade Jensen, Iain Gosbell, Hugh Dickson, Honhua Hu, Karen Vickery
Increasing evidence within the literature has identified the presence of biofilms in chronic wounds and proposed that they contribute to delayed wound healing. This research aimed to investigate the presence of biofilm in diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) using microscopy and molecular approaches and define if these are predominantly mono- or multi-species. Secondary objectives were to correlate wound observations against microscopy results in ascertaining if clinical cues are useful in detecting wound biofilm. DFU tissue specimens were obtained from 65 subjects...
June 23, 2017: International Wound Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643306/-laparoscopy-and-endoscopy-cooperative-surgery-for-colorectal-tumors
#13
Pinghong Zhou, Yunshi Zhong, Tao Chen
Laparoscopy and endoscopy cooperative surgery (LECS) for colorectal tumors is not only a minimally invasive treatment, but also a safer therapy. It mainly includes laparoscopy-assisted colonoscopic resection and colonoscopy-assisted laparoscopic surgery. Laparoscopy-assisted colonoscopic procedure can make endoscopic resection more "aggressive". Performers can directly observe to ensure normal intestinal wall, and the intestinal defect can be directly repaired. If suspected malignant tumor can not be removed by colonoscopy, the laparoscopic surgery can be performed...
June 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643279/highly-efficient-biosorptive-removal-of-lead-from-industrial-effluent
#14
Kajal Sao, Madhurima Pandey, Piyush Kant Pandey, Fahmida Khan
This study has been focused on the efficient removal of Pb (II) from contaminated waters by biosorption using plant derived material. Accordingly an indigenous shrub, Tinospora cordifolia has been identified as the most suitable biosorbent. The plant biomass was subjected to optimization of various parameters such as the pH, equilibrium time, dosage, concentration, temperature and the applicable adsorption models. The optimum pH identified was 4.0 with a contact time of 60 min at room temperature (27 ± 2 °C)...
June 22, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643064/study-of-self-expandable-metallic-stent-placement-intraluminal-125-i-seed-strands-brachytherapy-of-malignant-biliary-obstruction
#15
Dechao Jiao, Gang Wu, Jianzhuang Ren, Xinwei Han
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of self-expandable metallic stent placement combined with or without intraluminal (125)I seed strands brachytherapy in patients with malignant biliary obstruction. METHODS: Participants were randomly assigned to receive treatment with a self-expandable metallic stent (SEMS) placement combined with intraluminal (125)I seed strands brachytherapy (brachytherapy group) or a SEMS without brachytherapy (control group). The outcomes were measured in terms of technical success, clinical success, stent patency, complications related to the procedure, and patient survival...
June 22, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642921/fracture-behavior-of-single-structure-fiber-reinforced-composite-restorations
#16
Kohji Nagata, Sufyan K Garoushi, Pekka K Vallittu, Noriyuki Wakabayashi, Hidekazu Takahashi, Lippo V J Lassila
Objective: The applications of single-structure fiber-reinforced composite (FRC) in restorative dentistry have not been well reported. This study aimed to clarify the static mechanical properties of anterior crown restorations prepared using two types of single-structure FRC. Materials and methods: An experimental crown restoration was designed for an upper anterior incisor. The restorations were made from IPS Empress CAD for CEREC (Emp), IPS e.max(®) CAD (eMx), experimental single-structure all-FRC (a-FRC), Filtek™ Supreme XTE (XTE), and commercially available single-structure short-FRC (everX Posterior™) (n = 8 for each material) (s-FRC)...
December 2016: Acta Biomaterialia Odontologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642713/benefits-of-substituting-sitting-with-standing-and-walking-in-free-living-conditions-for-cardiometabolic-risk-markers-cognition-and-mood-in-overweight-adults
#17
Bernard M F M Duvivier, Nicolaas C Schaper, Annemarie Koster, Linh van Kan, Harry P F Peters, Jos J Adam, Timo Giesbrecht, Esther Kornips, Martine Hulsbosch, Paul Willems, Matthijs K C Hesselink, Patrick Schrauwen, Hans H C M Savelberg
Background: We investigated whether substituting sitting with standing and self-perceived light walking in free-living conditions would improve cardiometabolic risk factors, mood, and cognition in overweight/obese adults. Methods: In a randomized, cross-over study, 24 (m/f: 13/11) sedentary overweight/obese participants (64 ± 7 years, BMI 29 ± 2 kg/m(2)) followed two activity regimens of each 4 days in free-living conditions: "Sit": sitting 13.5 h/day, standing 1.4 h/day, self-perceived light-intensity walking 0...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642163/perianal-structures-in-myrmecophilous-subterranean-aphids-insecta-hemiptera-aphididae-comparative-morphology-of-trophobiotic-organ-with-its-first-description-in-lachninae
#18
Mariusz Kanturski, Jagna Karcz, Natalia Kaszyca, Łukasz Depa
Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and light stereoscopic microscopy (LSM) were used for the first time to elucidate the external morphology of the so called "trophobiotic organ" on the end of abdomen of apterous viviparous females of six aphid species (Insecta: Hemiptera: Aphididae), representatives of the myrmecophilous, subterranean aphids from the subfamilies Anoeciinae (Anoecia furcata), Eriosomatinae (Forda formicaria, Geoica utricularia, Tetraneura ulmi), and Lachninae (Protrama flavescens, Trama troglodytes)...
June 19, 2017: Arthropod Structure & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641745/long-term-stability-of-an-injection-molded-zirconia-bone-level-implant-a-testing-protocol-considering-aging-kinetics-and-dynamic-fatigue
#19
Benedikt C Spies, Madeleine E Maass, Erik Adolfsson, Valter Sergo, Tobias Kiemle, Christoph Berthold, Elisa Gurian, Stefano Fornasaro, Kirstin Vach, Ralf-Joachim Kohal
OBJECTIVE: Separately addressing the fatigue resistance (ISO 14801, evaluation of final product) and aging behavior (ISO 13356, standardized sample) of oral implants made from yttria-stabilized zirconia proved to be insufficient in verifying their long-term stability, since (1) implant processing is known to significantly influence transformation kinetics and (2) aging, up from a certain level, is liable to decrease fatigue resistance. Therefore, the aim of this investigation was to apply a new testing protocol considering environmental conditions adequately inducing aging during dynamic fatigue...
June 19, 2017: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641675/the-application-of-solar-cells-in-the-electrokinetic-remediation-of-metal-contaminated-sediments
#20
Natasa S Varga, Bozo D Dalmacija, Miljana Dj Prica, Djurdja V Kerkez, Milena Dj Becelic-Tomin, Jelena M Spasojevic, Dejan S Krcmar
  In this study, solar cells were used to generate an electric field for the electrokinetic remediation of metal contaminated sediment (Nickel, Cadmium, Zinc). For determination of metals mobility, bioavailability and potential toxicity, sequential extraction procedure, simultaneously extracted metals (SEM) and acid-volatile sulphide ratios (AVS) were performed before, during and after treatment.After 21 days of treatment, 63% Ni, 82% Cd and 58% Zn was removed from the anode region. The application of the electric field changed the chemical composition of the sediments...
July 1, 2017: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
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