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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516417/microbial-lipid-production-from-enzymatic-hydrolysate-of-pecan-nutshell-pretreated-by-combined-pretreatment
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Lizhen Qin, Hanyu Qian, Yucai He
Biodiesel is a fuel composed of monoalkyl esters of long-chain fatty acids derived from renewable biomass sources. In this study, biomass waste pecan nutshell (PS) was attempted to be converted into microbial oil. For effective utilization of PS, sequential pretreatment with ethylene glycol-H2SO4-water (78:2:20, wt:wt:wt) at 130 °C for 30 min and aqueous ammonia (25 wt%) at 50 °C for 24 h was used to enhance its enzymatic saccharification. Significant linear correlation was obtained about delignification-saccharification (R (2) = 0...
May 17, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514712/nitrogen-doped-carbon-dots-derived-from-sargassum-fluitans-as-fluorophore-for-dna-detection
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S Godavarthi, K Mohan Kumar, E Vázquez Vélez, A Hernandez-Eligio, M Mahendhiran, N Hernandez-Como, M Aleman, L Martinez Gomez
This work focused on the use of waste seaweed Sargassum fluitans (S. fluitans) as carbon source precursor to prepare nitrogen doped carbon dots (NCDs) by hydrothermal method. High resolution transmission electron microscopic (HR-TEM) studies revealed that the synthesized water soluble NCDs are in the size range of 2-8nm and exhibits excellent fluorescent properties with a quantum yield of 18.2%. Elemental nitrogen in NCDs was evidenced by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Fourier transformed infrared spectrum (FT-IR)...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510421/converting-carbohydrates-to-carbon-based-photocatalysts-for-environmental-treatment
#3
Zhuofeng Hu, Zhurui Shen, Jimmy Chai Mei Yu
Carbohydrates in biomass can be converted to semiconductive hydrothermal carbonation carbon (HTCC), a material that contains plenty of sp2-hybridization structures. Under solar light illumination, HTCC generates photoexcited electrons, holes and hydroxyl radicals. These species can be used for photocatalytic treatment such as water disinfection and degradation of organic pollutants. The photocatalytic activity of HTCC can be significantly enhanced by iodine doping. The enhancement mechanism is investigated by density functional theoretical calculations and electrochemical measurements...
May 16, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501201/waste-derivitized-blue-luminescent-carbon-quantum-dots-for-selenite-sensing-in-water
#4
Pooja Devi, Gurvinder Kaur, Anupma Thakur, Navneet Kaur, Anita Grewal, Praveen Kumar
Herein, we report an environmental friendly, facile, and completely green synthetic method for producing carbon quantum dots (CQDs) from whey, a major dairy waste. The as-prepared monodispersed diameter CQDs exhibit blue luminescence with noteworthy quantum yield (~11.4%) and excitation dependent emission behaviour. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) analysis reveals the presence of aromatized carbon peaks, leading to polymerized CQDs diameter architecture during whey pyrolysis. The X-ray and selected area electron diffraction patterns confirm their amorphous nature...
August 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490815/flexible-and-self-healing-aqueous-supercapacitors-for-low-temperature-applications-polyampholyte-gel-electrolytes-with-biochar-electrodes
#5
Xinda Li, Li Liu, Xianzong Wang, Yong Sik Ok, Janet A W Elliott, Scott X Chang, Hyun-Joong Chung
A flexible and self-healing supercapacitor with high energy density in low temperature operation was fabricated using a combination of biochar-based composite electrodes and a polyampholyte hydrogel electrolyte. Polyampholytes, a novel class of tough hydrogel, provide self-healing ability and mechanical flexibility, as well as low temperature operation for the aqueous electrolyte. Biochar is a carbon material produced from the low-temperature pyrolysis of biological wastes; the incorporation of reduced graphene oxide conferred mechanical integrity and electrical conductivity and hence the electrodes are called biochar-reduced-graphene-oxide (BC-RGO) electrodes...
May 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489344/in-situ-engineering-toward-core-regions-a-smart-way-to-make-applicable-fef3-carbon-nanoreactor-cathodes-for-li-ion-batteries
#6
Linpo Li, Jianhui Zhu, Maowen Xu, Jian Jiang, Chang Ming Li
Iron fluorides (FeFx) have attracted great interest in Li-ion batteries due to their high theoretical capacity, low cost, and preferable cell safety. However, their practical utilization is severely impeded by inferior electrode kinetics, leading to poor electrode cyclability and rate capabilities. The major bottleneck should be lack of any effective engineering techniques to make reliable encapsulation and conducting matrix on soluble FeFx species. Herein, we propose an applicable synthetic strategy where the massive production of FeF3@carbon nanoreactors (total size: ∼60 nm) can be easily achieved by in situ engineering toward the core regions in hybrids, with the iron rust wastes and common solvents as raw materials...
May 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488705/ni-co-ti-layered-double-hydroxide-for-highly-efficient-photocatalytic-degradation-of-rhodamine-b-and-acid-red-g-a-comparative-study
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Priyadarshi Roy Chowdhury, Krishna G Bhattacharyya
Optically responsive, luminescent Ni/Co/Ti layered double hydroxide (LDH), synthesized by a single step hydrothermal route, exhibits highly efficient photodegradation of cationic and anionic dyes, Rhodamine B (∼99.8%) and Acid Red G (∼99.6%) respectively, better than that of commercial catalysts like NiO, CoO and TiO2. The LDH has been characterized by using XRD, XPS, PL, TRES, EIS, TEM, SEM-EDX, AFM, UV-visible DRS, N2-sorption desorption, ξ-potential, FT-IR and TG techniques. The characterized results indicate that the LDH possesses hexagonal morphology, a high surface area, a narrow band gap, defect states and oxygen vacancies within its layered framework...
May 10, 2017: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28462684/integrated-gasification-combined-cycle-using-egyptian-maghara-coal-rice-straw-feedstock
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A Hegazy, A O Ghallab, F H Ashour
Rice straw is an agricultural waste that causes an annoying problem in Egypt if it is not well exploited. This study focuses on using this waste in power generation by co-gasification of Egyptian Maghara coal and rice straw blends using entrained flow gasifier technology. Aspen Plus was used to conduct a parametric study for investigation of the effect of changing the inputs to the gasifier on the produced gas composition. Three different input parameters, influencing the performance of the gasifier, including the percentage of coal to rice straw in the blend, the fraction of added water to the blend, and the mass percentage of oxygen with respect to the mass of the blend fed to the gasifier were analysed...
April 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448911/adsorption-of-polar-organic-molecules-on-sediments-case-study-on-callovian-oxfordian-claystone
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S Rasamimanana, G Lefèvre, R V H Dagnelie
The release and transport of anthropogenic organic matter through the geosphere is often an environmental criterion of safety. Sedimentary rocks are widely studied in this context as geological barriers for waste management. It is the case of Callovian-Oxfordian claystone (COx), for which several studies report adsorption of anthropogenic organic molecules. In this study, we evaluated and reviewed adsorption data of polar organic molecules on COx claystone. Experiments were performed on raw claystone, decarbonated and clay fractions...
April 21, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443361/the-effect-of-alkali-on-the-product-distribution-from-black-liquor-conversion-under-supercritical-water
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Y Hawangchu, D Atong, V Sricharoenchaikul
Lignin in chemical pulping waste, or black liquor (BL), can be converted into various products via supercritical water gasification (SCWG). However, the inherited alkaline contents from the pulping chemicals may affect the product yields and properties. In this research, the influence of the residual alkali on the product distribution via SCWG of soda BL and kraft BL was evaluated. The SCWG was performed in a batch quartz reactor for 10 min at various temperatures (673, 773 and 873 K) and pressures (250, 300 and 400 bar)...
May 11, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442173/analysis-of-tar-compounds-and-quantification-of-naphthalene-from-thermal-treatment-of-household-biowaste
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S Vakalis, F Patuzzi, K Moustakas, A Sotiropoulos, D Malamis, M Baratieri
Household biowaste represent the organic fraction of municipal solid waste and are an underutilized resource. Although previous studies have performed pyrolysis of organic waste, the vast majority has been on specific presorted feedstock or conventional lignocellulosic streams. Therefore, there is a lack of pyrolysis applications on representative food waste as retrieved from households and this can be attributed primarily to their high water content and their degradability. But via the intermediate step of drying, long-term storage and thermal treatment have become possible...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436604/solvent-free-mechanochemical-synthesis-of-nitrogen-doped-nanoporous-carbon-for-electrochemical-energy-storage
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Christina Schneidermann, Nicolas Jaeckel, Steffen Oswald, Lars Giebeler, Volker Presser, Lars Borchardt
Nitrogen-doped nanoporous carbons have been synthesized by a solvent-free mechanochemically-induced one-pot synthesis. This facile approach involves the mechanochemical treatment and carbonization of three solid materials: potassium carbonate, urea, and lignin, which is a waste product from pulp industry. The resulting nitrogen-doped porous carbons offer a very high specific surface area up to 3000 m2 g-1 and large pore volume up to 2 cm3 g-1. The mechanochemical reaction and the impact of activation and functionalization are investigated by nitrogen- and water physisorption and high-resolution X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)...
April 24, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434529/stochastic-multicomponent-reactive-transport-analysis-of-low-quality-drainage-release-from-waste-rock-piles-controls-of-the-spatial-distribution-of-acid-generating-and-neutralizing-minerals
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Daniele Pedretti, K Ulrich Mayer, Roger D Beckie
In mining environmental applications, it is important to assess water quality from waste rock piles (WRPs) and estimate the likelihood of acid rock drainage (ARD) over time. The mineralogical heterogeneity of WRPs is a source of uncertainty in this assessment, undermining the reliability of traditional bulk indicators used in the industry. We focused in this work on the bulk neutralizing potential ratio (NPR), which is defined as the ratio of the content of non-acid-generating minerals (typically reactive carbonates such as calcite) to the content of potentially acid-generating minerals (typically sulfides such as pyrite)...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433819/environmentally-and-economically-efficient-utilization-of-coal-processing-waste
#14
Margarita A Dmitrienko, Pavel A Strizhak
High concentrations of hazardous anthropogenic emissions (sulfur, nitrogen and carbon oxides) from solid fuel combustion in coal burning plants cause environmental problems that have been especially pressing over the last 20-30 years. A promising solution to these problems is a switch from conventional pulverized coal combustion to coal-water slurry fuel. In this paper, we pay special attention to the environmental indicators characterizing the combustion of different coal ranks (gas, flame, coking, low-caking, and nonbaking coals) and coal-water slurry fuels based on the coal processing waste - filter cakes...
April 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414913/life-cycle-assessment-harmonization-and-soil-science-ranking-results-on-food-waste-management-methods
#15
Jeffrey Morris, Sally Brown, Matthew Cotton, H Scott Matthews
This study reviewed 147 life cycle studies, with 28 found suitable for harmonizing food waste management methods' climate and energy impacts. A total of 80 scientific soil productivity studies were assessed to rank management method soil benefits. Harmonized climate impacts per kilogram of food waste range from -0.20 kg of carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e) for anaerobic digestion (AD) to 0.38 kg of CO2e for landfill gas-to-energy (LFGTE). Aerobic composting (AC) emits -0.10 kg of CO2e. In-sink grinding (ISG) via a food-waste disposer and flushing for management with other sewage at a wastewater treatment plant emits 0...
May 1, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401386/a-comprehensive-review-on-removal-of-arsenic-using-activated-carbon-prepared-from-easily-available-waste-materials
#16
Monoj Kumar Mondal, Ravi Garg
Arsenic contamination in water bodies is a serious problem and causes various health problems due to which US Environment Protection Agency (USEPA) set its maximum permissible limit of 10 ppb. The present review article starts with the removal of toxic arsenic using adsorbents prepared from easily available waste materials. Adsorbent either commercial or low-cost adsorbent can be used for arsenic removal but recent research was focused on the low-cost adsorbent. Preparation and activation of various adsorbents were discussed...
April 11, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398534/filth-fly-activity-associated-with-composted-and-noncomposted-beef-cadavers-and-laboratory-studies-on-volatile-organic-compounds
#17
T R Dubie, J L Talley, J B Payne, A W Wayadande, J Dillwith, C Richards
Commercial livestock facilities are faced with the challenge of managing large amounts of waste including manure and animal mortalities. One method of disposing of dead animals is composting. The cadavers are enveloped in carbon material that creates a barrier between the dead tissue and the surrounding environment. Dead tissue can release materials that not only contaminate the soil but also the groundwater and nearby surface water. Animal cadaver composting is designed to facilitate decomposition without the aid of carrion-feeding insects and reduce the presence of common pathogens associated with animal waste and dead tissue...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395163/electrochemical-preparation-of-activated-graphene-oxide-for-the-simultaneous-determination-of-hydroquinone-and-catechol
#18
Murugan Velmurugan, Natarajan Karikalan, Shen-Ming Chen, Yi-Hui Cheng, Chelladurai Karuppiah
This paper describes the electrochemical preparation of highly electrochemically active and conductive activated graphene oxide (aGO). Afterwards, the electrochemical properties of aGO was studied towards the simultaneous determination of hydroquinone (HQ) and catechol (CC). This aGO is prepared by the electrochemical activation of GO by various potential treatments. The resultant aGOs are examined by various physical and electrochemical characterizations. The high potential activation (1.4 to -1.5) process results a highly active GO (aGO1), which manifest a good electrochemical behavior towards the determination of HQ and CC...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391459/preparation-characterization-and-dye-removal-study-of-activated-carbon-prepared-from-palm-kernel-shell
#19
Juan Rafael García, Ulises Sedran, Muhammad Abbas Ahmad Zaini, Zainul Akmar Zakaria
Palm oil mill wastes (palm kernel shell (PKS)) were used to prepare activated carbons, which were tested in the removal of colorants from water. The adsorbents were prepared by 1-h impregnation of PKS with ZnCl2 as the activating agent (PKS:ZnCl2 mass ratios of 1:1 and 2:1), followed by carbonization in autogenous atmosphere at 500 and 550 °C during 1 h. The characterization of the activated carbons included textural properties (porosity), surface chemistry (functional groups), and surface morphology. The dye removal performance of the different activated carbons was investigated by means of the uptake of methylene blue (MB) in solutions with various initial concentrations (25-400 mg/L of MB) at 30 °C, using a 0...
April 8, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384612/a-review-on-thermal-and-catalytic-pyrolysis-of-plastic-solid-waste-psw
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REVIEW
S M Al-Salem, A Antelava, A Constantinou, G Manos, A Dutta
Plastic plays an important role in our daily lives due to its versatility, light weight and low production cost. Plastics became essential in many sectors such as construction, medical, engineering applications, automotive, aerospace, etc. In addition, economic growth and development also increased our demand and dependency on plastics which leads to its accumulation in landfills imposing risk on human health, animals and cause environmental pollution problems such as ground water contamination, sanitary related issues, etc...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
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