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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103491/chemically-activated-carbon-from-lignocellulosic-wastes-for-heavy-metal-wastewater-remediation-effect-of-activation-conditions
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Arunima Nayak, Brij Bhushan, Vartika Gupta, P Sharma
Chemical activation is known to induce specific surface features of porosity and functionality which play a definite role in enhancing the adsorptive potential of the developed activated carbons. Different conditions of temperature, time, reagent type and impregnation ratio were applied on sawdust precursor and their effect on the physical, surface chemical features and finally on the adsorption potential of the developed activated carbons were analysed. Under activation conditions of 600°C, 1hr, 1:0.5 ratio, ZnCl2 impregnated carbon (CASD_ZnCl2) resulted in microporosity while KOH impregnation (CASD_KOH) yielded a carbon having a wider pore size distribution...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092003/validated-electrochemical-and-chromatographic-quantifications-of-some-antibiotic-residues-in-pharmaceutical-industrial-waste-water
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Heba K Ibrahim, Mona M Abdel-Moety, Sherif A Abdel-Gawad, Medhat A Al-Ghobashy, Mohamed Abdel Kawy
Realistic implementation of ion selective electrodes (ISEs) into environmental monitoring programs has always been a challenging task. This could be largely attributed to difficulties in validation of ISE assay results. In this study, the electrochemical response of amoxicillin trihydrate (AMX), ciprofloxacin hydrochloride (CPLX), trimethoprim (TMP), and norfloxacin (NFLX) was studied by the fabrication of sensitive membrane electrodes belonging to two types of ISEs, which are polyvinyl chloride (PVC) membrane electrodes and glassy carbon (GC) electrodes...
January 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089203/carbon-footprint-and-energy-use-of-food-waste-management-options-for-fresh-fruit-and-vegetables-from-supermarkets
#3
Mattias Eriksson, Johanna Spångberg
Food waste is a problem with economic, environmental and social implications, making it both important and complex. Previous studies have addressed food waste management options at the less prioritised end of the waste hierarchy, but information on more prioritised levels is also needed when selecting the best available waste management options. Investigating the global warming potential and primary energy use of different waste management options offers a limited perspective, but is still important for validating impacts from the waste hierarchy in a local context...
January 11, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078392/carbon-footprint-assessment-of-western-australian-groundwater-recycling-scheme
#4
Andrew Simms, Stacey Hamilton, Wahidul K Biswas
This research has determined the carbon footprint or the carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2 eq) of potable water production from a groundwater recycling scheme, consisting of the Beenyup wastewater treatment plant, the Beenyup groundwater replenishment trial plant and the Wanneroo groundwater treatment plant in Western Australia, using a life cycle assessment approach. It was found that the scheme produces 1300 tonnes of CO2 eq per gigalitre (GL) of water produced, which is 933 tonnes of CO2 eq higher than the desalination plant at Binningup in Western Australia powered by 100% renewable energy generated electricity...
January 11, 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066511/biomass-waste-to-energy-valorisation-technologies-a-review-case-for-banana-processing-in-uganda
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REVIEW
Robert Gumisiriza, Joseph Funa Hawumba, Mackay Okure, Oliver Hensel
BACKGROUND: Uganda's banana industry is heavily impeded by the lack of cheap, reliable and sustainable energy mainly needed for processing of banana fruit into pulp and subsequent drying into chips before milling into banana flour that has several uses in the bakery industry, among others. Uganda has one of the lowest electricity access levels, estimated at only 2-3% in rural areas where most of the banana growing is located. In addition, most banana farmers have limited financial capacity to access modern solar energy technologies that can generate sufficient energy for industrial processing...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063759/biochar-as-potential-sustainable-precursors-for-activated-carbon-production-multiple-applications-in-environmental-protection-and-energy-storage
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REVIEW
Xiao-Fei Tan, Shao-Bo Liu, Yun-Guo Liu, Yan-Ling Gu, Guang-Ming Zeng, Xin-Jiang Hu, Xin Wang, Shao-Heng Liu, Lu-Hua Jiang
There is a growing interest of the scientific community on production of activated carbon using biochar as potential sustainable precursors pyrolyzed from biomass wastes. Physical activation and chemical activation are the main methods applied in the activation process. These methods could have significantly beneficial effects on biochar chemical/physical properties, which make it suitable for multiple applications including water pollution treatment, CO2 capture, and energy storage. The feedstock with different compositions, pyrolysis conditions and activation parameters of biochar have significant influences on the properties of resultant activated carbon...
March 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040589/production-of-demineralized-water-for-use-in-thermal-power-stations-by-advanced-treatment-of-secondary-wastewater-effluent
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Ioannis A Katsoyiannis, Petros Gkotsis, Massimo Castellana, Fabricio Cartechini, Anastasios I Zouboulis
The operation and efficiency of a modern, high-tech industrial full-scale water treatment plant was investigated in the present study. The treated water was used for the supply of the boilers, producing steam to feed the steam turbine of the power station. The inlet water was the effluent of municipal wastewater treatment plant of the city of Bari (Italy). The treatment stages comprised (1) coagulation, using ferric chloride, (2) lime softening, (3) powdered activated carbon, all dosed in a sedimentation tank...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038758/nanosponge-cyclodextrin-polyurethanes-and-their-modification-with-nanomaterials-for-the-removal-of-pollutants-from-waste-water-a-review
#8
REVIEW
Anny Leudjo Taka, Kriveshini Pillay, Xavier Yangkou Mbianda
Water is a worldwide vital resource for sustaining life and due to the pollution of water by different classes of pollutants (inorganic, organic and pathogens), many ongoing studies in water purification remain a critical issue to governments, scientists and industries. The challenge is to develop a water purification technology which will be effective at removing these contaminants simultaneously and reducing their concentrations to ultra low levels from waste water. This review article serves to give an overview on cyclodextrin nanosponge adsorbents which have already been used for water treatment...
March 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033494/forward-osmosis-as-an-approach-to-manage-oil-sands-tailings-water-and-on-site-basal-depressurization-water
#9
Shu Zhu, Mingyu Li, Mohamed Gamal El-Din
As the volume of oil sands process-affected water (OSPW) stored in tailings ponds increases, it is urgent to seek for water management approaches to alleviate the environmental impact caused by large quantity of toxic water. Forward osmosis (FO) utilizes osmotic pressure difference between two solutions, thereby giving a potential to manage two wastewaters. In this study, FO was proposed to manage OSPW, using on-site waste basal depressurization water (BDW) as draw solution. To investigate its feasibility, both short and long-term OSPW desalination experiments were carried out...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031695/mitigating-climate-change-at-the-carbon-water-nexus-a-call-to-action-for-the-environmental-engineering-community
#10
Andres F Clarens, Catherine A Peters
Environmental engineers have played a critical role in improving human and ecosystem health over the past several decades. These contributions have focused on providing clean water and air as well as managing waste streams and remediating polluted sites. As environmental problems have become more global in scale and more deeply entrenched in sociotechnical systems, the discipline of environmental engineering must grow to be ready to respond to the challenges of the coming decades. Here we make the case that environmental engineers should play a leadership role in the development of climate change mitigation technologies at the carbon-water nexus (CWN)...
October 1, 2016: Environmental Engineering Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018482/algae-based-biofilm-productivity-utilizing-dairy-wastewater-effects-of-temperature-and-organic-carbon-concentration
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Zachary T Fica, Ronald C Sims
BACKGROUND: Biofilm-based microalgal growth was determined as functions of organic chemical loading and water temperature utilizing dairy wastewater from a full-scale dairy farm. The dairy industry is a significant source of wastewater worldwide that could provide an inexpensive and nutrient rich feedstock for the cultivation of algae biomass for use in downstream processing of animal feed and aquaculture applications. Algal biomass was cultivated using a Rotating Algal Biofilm Reactor (RABR) system...
2016: Journal of Biological Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28006710/predicting-scale-formation-during-electrodialytic-nutrient-recovery
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Emma Thompson Brewster, Andrew J Ward, Chirag M Mehta, Jelena Radjenovic, Damien J Batstone
Electro-concentration of nutrients from waste streams is a promising technology to enable resource recovery, but has several operational concerns. One key concern is the formation of inorganic scale on the concentrate side of cation exchange membranes when recovering nutrients from wastewaters containing calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and carbonate, commonly present in anaerobic digester rejection water. Electrodialytic nutrient recovery was trialed on anaerobic digester rejection water in a laboratory scale electro-concentration unit without treatment (A), following struvite recovery (B), and following struvite recovery as well as concentrate controlled at pH 5 for scaling control (C)...
November 30, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984793/sludge-from-paper-mill-effluent-treatment-as-raw-material-to-produce-carbon-adsorbents-an-alternative-waste-management-strategy
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Guilaine Jaria, Carla Patrícia Silva, Catarina I A Ferreira, Marta Otero, Vânia Calisto
Pulp and paper industry produces massive amounts of sludge from wastewater treatment, which constitute an enormous environmental challenge. A possible management option is the conversion of sludge into carbon-based adsorbents to be applied in water remediation. For such utilization it is important to investigate if sludge is a consistent raw material originating reproducible final materials (either over time or from different manufacturing processes), which is the main goal of this work. For that purpose, different primary (PS) and biological sludge (BS) batches from two factories with different operation modes were sampled and subjected to pyrolysis (P materials) and to pyrolysis followed by acid washing (PW materials)...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27979284/geographical-characterization-by-mae-hplc-and-nir-methodologies-and-carbonic-anhydrase-inhibition-of-saffron-components
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Riccardo Nescatelli, Simone Carradori, Federico Marini, Vicky Caponigro, Remo Bucci, Celeste De Monte, Adriano Mollica, Luisa Mannina, Mariangela Ceruso, Claudiu T Supuran, Daniela Secci
A microwave-assisted extraction method was optimised for the recovery of bioactive compounds from Crocus sativus L. stigmas with the use of water/ethanol mixture. HPLC-DAD was employed to evaluate the extraction parameters, in particular, solvent type and volume, and the duration of the procedure. Microwave-assisted extraction enhanced the recovery of the active principles, limiting extraction time and solvent waste. Moreover, NIR experiments were performed in order to compare spectra in pseudo-absorbance of Saffron samples with different geographical origins through the application of the chemometric techniques...
April 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27955705/production-of-biodegradable-plastic-by-polyhydroxybutyrate-phb-accumulating-bacteria-using-low-cost-agricultural-waste-material
#15
Anteneh Getachew, Fantahun Woldesenbet
BACKGROUND: Polyhydroxybutyrates (PHBs) are macromolecules synthesized by bacteria. They are inclusion bodies accumulated as reserve materials when the bacteria grow under different stress conditions. Because of their fast degradability under natural environmental conditions, PHBs are selected as alternatives for production of biodegradable plastics. The aim of this work was to isolate potential PHB producing bacteria, evaluate PHB production using agro-residues as carbon sources. RESULT: Among fifty bacterial strains isolated from different localities, ten PHB accumulating strains were selected and compared for their ability to accumulate PHB granules inside their cells...
December 12, 2016: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911906/adsorptive-removal-of-toxic-chromium-from-waste-water-using-wheat-straw-and-eupatorium-adenophorum
#16
Dagang Song, Kaiwen Pan, Akash Tariq, Azizullah Azizullah, Feng Sun, Zilong Li, Qinli Xiong
Environmental pollution with heavy metals is a serious issue worldwide posing threats to humans, animals and plants and to the stability of overall ecosystem. Chromium (Cr) is one of most hazardous heavy metals with a high carcinogenic and recalcitrant nature. Aim of the present study was to select low-cost biosorbent using wheat straw and Eupatorium adenophorum through simple carbonization process, capable of removing Cr (VI) efficiently from wastewater. From studied plants a low cost adsorbent was prepared for removing Cr (VI) from aqueous solution following very simple carbonization method excluding activation process...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895707/fungal-fermentation-on-anaerobic-digestate-for-lipid-based-biofuel-production
#17
Yuan Zhong, Zhiguo Liu, Christine Isaguirre, Yan Liu, Wei Liao
BACKGROUND: Anaerobic digestate is the effluent from anaerobic digestion of organic wastes. It contains a significant amount of nutrients and lignocellulosic materials, even though anaerobic digestion consumed a large portion of organic matters in the wastes. Utilizing the nutrients and lignocellulosic materials in the digestate is critical to significantly improve efficiency of anaerobic digestion technology and generate value-added chemical and fuel products from the organic wastes...
2016: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895626/a-proposal-for-formation-of-archaean-stromatolites-before-the-advent-of-oxygenic-photosynthesis
#18
John F Allen
Stromatolites are solid, laminar structures of biological origin. Living examples are sparsely distributed and formed by cyanobacteria, which are oxygenic phototrophs. However, stromatolites were abundant between 3.4 and 2.4 Gyr, prior to the advent of cyanobacteria and oxygenic photosynthesis. Here I propose that many Archaean stromatolites were seeded at points of efflux of hydrogen sulfide from hydrothermal fields into shallow water, while their laminar composition arose from alternating modes of strictly anoxygenic photosynthetic metabolism...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889343/an-efficient-removal-of-crystal-violet-dye-from-waste-water-by-adsorption-onto-tlac-chitosan-composite-a-novel-low-cost-adsorbent
#19
H Jayasantha Kumari, P Krishnamoorthy, T K Arumugam, S Radhakrishnan, D Vasudevan
A composite of Typha latifolia activated carbon (TLAC) (a novel, low cost absorbent) and chitosan (TLAC/Chitosan composite) was prepared. The composite was characterised using IR spectra, XRD, FESEM and Pore size studies. Its effectivity was tested for the removal of crystal violet dye from aqueous solutions. The effect of pH, dose rate and initial dye concentration was evaluated. The adsorption isotherm, kinetics and thermodynamic parameters were studied. Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm models were found fit effectively for the dye adsorption data in the present study...
November 23, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869542/treatment-challenge-of-a-cyanobacterium-romeria-elegans-bloom-in-a-south-australian-wastewater-treatment-plant-a-case-study
#20
Radisti A Praptiwi, Carlos J Pestana, Emma T Sawade, Nick Swain, Gretchen Schroeder, Gayle Newcombe
A bloom of the non-toxic cyanobacterium Romeria elegans in waste stabilisation ponds (WSPs) within Angaston waste water treatment plant (WWTP) has posed an unprecedented treatment challenge for the local water utility. The water from the WSPs is chlorinated for safety prior to reuse on nearby farmland. Cyanobacteria concentrations of approximately 1.2 × 106 cells mL(-1) increased the chlorine demand dramatically. Operators continuously increased the disinfectant dose up to 50 mg L(-1) to achieve operational guideline values for combined chlorine (0...
December 11, 2016: Environmental Technology
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