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Rayssa Ferreira Zanatta, Maria Ângela Lacerda Rangel Esper, Marcia Carneiro Valera, Renata Marques Melo, Eduardo Bresciani
This study aimed to evaluate the effect of beers on the bovine enamel microhardness. Fifty rectangular (1 x 3 x 1 mm-height x width x thickness) enamel specimens were obtained from permanent bovine incisors, and divided into five groups (n = 10) according to the treatment employed: Saliva, Coke, Brahma, Heineken, and Budweiser. Microhardness (Knoop) were obtained before; after 5, 30 and 60 min of immersion in each solution. The data were analyzed using repeated two-way ANOVA and Tukey´s test (p<0.05). Coke decreased the microhardness in all immersion times, and Heineken, showed low values after 60 minutes...
2016: PloS One
Jie Zhang, Shuzhong Wang, Yanhui Li, Jinling Lu, Senlin Chen, XingQi Luo
In this work, we studied the supercritical water oxidation (SCWO) of the textile sludge, the hydrothermal conversion of typical textile compounds and the corrosion properties of stainless steel 316. Moreover, the influence mechanisms of NaOH during these related processes were explored. The results show that decomposition efficiency for organic matter in liquid phase of the textile sludge was improved with the increment of reaction temperature or oxidation coefficient. However, the organic substance in solid phase can be oxidized completely in supercritical water...
October 17, 2016: Environmental Technology
Vijay M Vulava, D Syreeta Vaughn, Larry D McKay, Steven G Driese, Lee W Cooper, Fu-Min Menn, Norman S Levine, Gary S Sayler
We assessed whether coal tar present in contaminated streambed sediments can be mobilized by flood events and be re-deposited in an adjacent floodplain. The study was conducted within a contaminated urban stream where coal tar wastes were released into a 4-km reach from a coke plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. Sediments containing visible amounts of coal tar were dredged from the streambed in 1997-98 and 2007 as part of a cleanup effort. However, post-dredging sampling indicated that very high concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) remained in streambed sediments...
October 12, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Jaiprakash, Amrita Singhai, Gazala Habib, Ramya Sunder Raman, Tarun Gupta
Fine aerosol fraction (particulate matter with aerodynamic diameter <= 1.0 μm (PM)1.0) over the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi campus was monitored day and night (10 h each) at 30 m height from November 2009 to March 2010. The samples were analyzed for 5 ions (NH4(+), NO3(-), SO4(2-), F(-), and Cl(-)) and 12 trace elements (Na, K, Mg, Ca, Pb, Zn, Fe, Mn, Cu, Cd, Cr, and Ni). Importantly, secondary aerosol (sulfate and nitrate) formation was observed during dense foggy events, supporting the fog-smog-fog cycle...
October 10, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Wang Hailei, Li Ping, Wang Ying, Liu Lei, Yao Jianming
Phanerochaete chrysosporium was seeded to a sequencing batch reactor treating phenol wastewater. Compared to the contrast reactor (R1), the bioaugmented reactor (R2) exhibits better performance in sludge settling ability, as well as biomass and phenol removal, even though the added fungus is not persistently surviving in the reactor. Bioaugmentation improved bacterial population, growing up to 10,000 times higher than that of eukaryotes. Metagenomic sequencing results show the bioaugmentation finally increases bacterial and eukaryotic richness, but reduces their community diversity...
October 1, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Yongjun Liu, Jing Liu, Aining Zhang, Zhe Liu
The removal effects of main toxic organic pollutants in semi-coking wastewater by combined treatment process were investigated, while the genotoxicity relevance of wastewater from different treatment units were monitored by using Vicia faba bioassays. Results showed that 37 kinds of toxic organic pollutants were detected in the crude sewage, most of them were removed by physicochemical pretreatment, and the total concentration of organic pollutants decreased from 4826 mg L(-1) to 546 mg L(-1). After pretreatment, benzenes, phenols, quinolines and indoles in the wastewater were mainly removed by anaerobic/aerobic biodegradation, but the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were removed mainly by advanced treatment, total concentration of toxic organic pollutants was lower than 0...
October 1, 2016: Environmental Pollution
A Retamero, D Conde-Estévez
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October 3, 2016: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
Emee Grace Tabares Suarnaba, Yi Fuan Lee, Hiroshi Yamada, Tomohiko Tagawa
An ultraviolet visible (UV-Vis) microspectroscopic system was designed for the in situ characterization of the activity of the silica supported platinum (Pt) catalyst toward the dehydrogenation of 1-methyl-1,4-cyclohexadiene carried out in a custom-designed catalytic microreactor cell. The in situ catalytic microreactor cell (ICMC) with inlet/outlet ports was prepared using quartz cover as the optical window to facilitate UV-Vis observation. A fabricated thermometric stage was adapted to the UV-Vis microspectrophotometer to control the reaction temperature inside the ICMC...
October 3, 2016: Applied Spectroscopy
X L Li, Q F Deng, X Zhang, T Wang, Z W Chen, Y S Bai, S H Wang, T C Wu, H Guo
Objective: To investigate the association and interaction of heat shock proteins B1(HSPB1)gene rs2868371 and tumor-suppressor protein p53(TP53)gene rs1042522 polymorphisms with chromosome damage levels among coke oven workers. Methods: We recruited 1 333 male workers from a state-run coke oven plant in Wuhan in September-October 2010. Among them, 949 who had worked in coke oven workplaces, including auxiliary facilities and bottom, side, and top ovens, were nominated as coke oven workers(i.e., exposed), and 384 administrative or medical staff whose workplaces were offices were used as controls...
October 6, 2016: Zhonghua Yu Fang Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Preventive Medicine]
Riyang Shu, Qi Zhang, Longlong Ma, Ying Xu, Pengru Chen, Chenguang Wang, Tiejun Wang
The aim of this study is to explore the reaction mediums and conditions for producing high yield of valuable monomers from concentrated sulfuric acid hydrolyzed lignin. The solvent, temperature and time effects on the hydrogenolysis of hydrolyzed lignin were investigated under the catalysis of Pd/C and CrCl3. Supercritical methanol exhibits the best depolymerization performance, because of its unique diffusion, dissolution and acid-base properties. Afterwards, the influence of reaction temperature and time on depolymerization, repolymerization and coking during hydrogenolysis was examined in methanol...
December 2016: Bioresource Technology
Siauw H Ng, Yu Shi, Nicole E Heshka, Yi Zhang, Edward Little
The work is based on a reported study which investigates the processability of canola oil (bio-feed) in the presence of bitumen-derived heavy gas oil (HGO) for production of transportation fuels through a fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) route. Cracking experiments are performed with a fully automated reaction unit at a fixed weight hourly space velocity (WHSV) of 8 hr(-1), 490-530 °C, and catalyst/oil ratios of 4-12 g/g. When a feed is in contact with catalyst in the fluid-bed reactor, cracking takes place generating gaseous, liquid, and solid products...
2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Tammie R Jones, Lola Coke
This study, implemented on 2 medical-surgical units, evaluated the impact of a standardized, evidence-based new medication education program. Outcomes evaluated included patient postdischarge knowledge of new medication purpose and side effects, patient satisfaction with new medication, and Medicare reimbursement earn-back potential. As a result, knowledge scores for new medication purpose and side effects were high post intervention. Patient satisfaction with new medication education increased. Value-based purchasing reimbursement earn-back potential improved...
October 2016: Journal of Nursing Administration
Wenbo Deng, Xuxiang Li, Zhisheng An, Liu Yang
Economic reforms in China since 1978 have promoted nationwide socioeconomic advancement but led to a considerable amount of environmental pollution. The distribution and sources of Pb in a typical peri-urban industrial part of Baoji, China, were assessed by determining the Pb contents and isotopic compositions in 52 topsoil samples from the study area. The topsoil samples were polluted averagely with 40.88 mg Pb kg(-1), was 1.86 times higher than the Pb content of local background soil (22.04 mg kg(-1)). Pb isotopic compositions were determined by analyzing samples prepared using total digestion and acid extraction methods...
September 23, 2016: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Liséte Celina Lange, Alison Frederico Medeiros Ferreira
This study assessed the effects of adding plastics and waste vegetable oil on the quality of coke in the coking process, on a pilot scale. A typical composition of the main plastics found in municipal solid waste was prepared using 33% HDPE, 5% LDPE, 10% PP, 21% PET, 24.8% PS, 5.2% PVC, 1% cellulose and also a 0.5% waste vegetable oil was added. The wastes were added to the coal blends in the proportions of 1%, 2% and 3% for plastics and 0.5% for vegetable oil. Two types of experiments were performed. The first was carried out in a hearth heating furnace (HHF) at temperatures of up to 900°C for a 7 h period...
September 19, 2016: Waste Management
Lasun T Ogundele, Oyediran K Owoade, Felix S Olise, Philip K Hopke
To identify the potential sources responsible for the particulate matter emission from secondary iron and steel smelting factory environment, PM2.5 and PM2.5-10 particles were collected using the low-volume air samplers twice a week for a year. The samples were analyzed for the elemental and black carbon content using x-ray fluorescence spectrometer and optical transmissometer, respectively. The average mass concentrations were 216.26, 151.68, and 138. 62 μg/m(3) for PM2.5 and 331.36, 190.01, and 184.60 μg/m(3) for PM2...
October 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Jinguo Li, Yi Zheng, Xiaolin Luo, Zhongrong Lin, Wei Zhang, Xuejun Wang
To improve its air quality, Beijing, the capital of China, has implemented high-cost pollution control measures mainly focused on shifting its energy mix. However, the effectiveness of these measures has long been questioned, especially given the recent problem of severe haze. The main study objectives are to achieve independent, although indirect, information on Beijing's air pollution by measuring the level of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) contamination in topsoil and to examine how soil contamination reflects energy consumption...
2016: Scientific Reports
Josefine Schnee, Eric M Gaigneaux
Characterizing catalysts under working conditions is crucial to understand and to optimize their behavior and performance. However, when Raman spectroscopy is used, attention has to be paid to laser-induced artefacts. While laser irradiation is often claimed to lead to a temperature gradient between the integral catalyst bed and the sampling point, neither the circumstances when such effect appears, nor if it systematically occurs or not, are really explored in details. The present paper shows that the sensitivity of a catalyst to laser-induced heating largely depends on the gas composition under which the analysis is done, in particular that it depends whether the catalyst has adsorbed reactant molecules or not...
September 7, 2016: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Joanna Zając, Ewa Gomółka, Barbara Maziarz, Wojciech Szot
Assessment of occupational exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) is an urgent and important task to prevent workers' illnesses. 1-Hydroxypyrene is one of the most commonly used biomarkers. The presented study assessed exposure to PAHs molecules among 619 individuals, men working in coke plant. Average number of years spent on working posts in exposition to PAHs was 31.5 years with standard deviation = 5.3. About 35% were smokers with 14.7 cigarettes per day. For each individual, 1-hydroxypyrene concentration in urine samples was measured...
September 12, 2016: Annals of Occupational Hygiene
Julie A D Dela Cruz, Tricia Coke, Richard J Bodnar
This study uses cellular c-fos activation to assess effects of novel ingestion of fat and sugar on brain dopamine (DA) pathways in rats. Intakes of sugars and fats are mediated by their innate attractions as well as learned preferences. Brain dopamine, especially meso-limbic and meso-cortical projections from the ventral tegmental area (VTA), has been implicated in both of these unlearned and learned responses. The concept of distributed brain networks, wherein several sites and transmitter/peptide systems interact, has been proposed to mediate palatable food intake, but there is limited evidence empirically demonstrating such actions...
August 24, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Anna Zielińska, Patryk Oleszczuk
The objective of this study was to estimate the effectiveness of application of sewage sludge-derived biochars for the immobilisation of freely dissolved (Cfree) and bioaccessible (Cbioacc) polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in contaminated soils. Soil SL-COK collected from the area of a coking plant and soil SL-BIT collected from the area of a plant producing bituminous materials were chosen for the study. The biochars were produced from sewage sludge at temperatures of 500 °C (BC500) or 700 °C (BC700)...
November 2016: Chemosphere
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