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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343359/characterization-of-pm2-5-chemical-composition-at-the-demokritos-suburban-station-in-athens-greece-the-influence-of-saharan-dust
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Vasiliki Vasilatou, Evangelia Diapouli, Dimitrios Abatzoglou, Evangelos B Bakeas, Michael Scoullos, Konstantinos Eleftheriadis
The aim of this work is to study the atmospheric concentrations of selected major and trace elements and ions found in PM2.5, at a suburban site in Athens, Greece, and discuss on the impact of the different sources. Special focus is given to the influence of Saharan dust episodes. The seasonal variability in the metal and ion concentrations is also examined. The results show that PM2.5 mass concentrations are significantly influenced by Saharan dust events; it is observed that when the PM2.5 concentration is higher than 25 μg/m(3), five out of six times, the air mass crossed North Africa at an altitude within the boundary layer...
March 25, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343244/a-new-reactive-1-8-naphthalimide-derivative-for-highly-selective-and-sensitive-detection-of-hg-2
#2
Feng Lv, Yufen Chen, Tengxuan Tang, Yuhua Chen, Dongmei Xu
A 1,8-naphthalimide derivative with a reactive aliphatic hydroxyl was designed and synthesized as a fluorescent probe. Its structure was characterized by IR, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, LC-MS and HPLC. The probe showed high selectivity and sensitivity to Hg(2+) over other metal ions such as Pb(2+), Na(+), K(+), Cd(2+), Cr(3+), Zn(2+), Cu(2+), Ni(2+), Ca(2+), Fe(3+), Fe(2+), Co(2+), Mn(2+) and Mg(2+) in MeCN/H2O (15/85, v/v). The increase in fluorescence intensity was linearly proportional to the concentration of Hg(2+) in the range of 18-40 μM with a detection limit of 1...
March 25, 2017: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343065/interaction-of-a-chelating-agent-5-hydroxy-2-hydroxymethyl-pyridin-4-1h-one-with-al-iii-cu-ii-and-zn-ii-ions
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Massimiliano Peana, Serenella Medici, Valeria Marina Nurchi, Joanna I Lachowicz, Guido Crisponi, Eugenio Garribba, Daniele Sanna, Maria Antonietta Zoroddu
5-Hydroxy-2-(hydroxymethyl)pyridin-4(1H)-one ligand, an iron chelator, was evaluated for its coordination ability toward Al(III), Cu(II) and Zn(II) ions by using potentiometric, NMR, EPR and UV-Vis techniques. The behavior of the ligand with the non-essential Al(III) ion has been examined, as well as its potential influence on the homeostatic equilibria of the essential Cu(II) and Zn(II) ions. Structural information on the complex formation equilibria have been obtained from 1D and 2D NMR study. The donor atoms involved in the coordination of Al(III), Cu(II) and Zn(II) ions are (O, O) the same as for Fe(III) at physiological pH value, even if from the complexation competition study the ligand appears to be more selective toward Fe(III) ions supporting that it can be used as an iron chelating agent...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343050/photocatalytic-efficiency-of-fe2o3-tio2-for-the-degradation-of-typical-dyes-in-textile-industries-effects-of-calcination-temperature-and-uv-assisted-thermal-synthesis
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Mohsen Nasirian, Ciro Fernando Bustillo-Lecompte, Mehrab Mehrvar
The inadequate management practices in industrial textile effluents have a considerable negative impact on the environment and human health due to the indiscriminate release of dyes. Photocatalysis is one of the diverse advance oxidation processes (AOPs) and titanium dioxide (TiO2) is recognized for its high oxidation and reduction power. A composite photocatalyst of Fe2O3/TiO2 is synthesized using different mass ratios of Fe:TiO2 to improve its photoactivity. The composite photocatalyst is calcined at 300-900 °C...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343042/in-situ-determination-of-trace-elements-in-fucus-spp-by-field-portable-xrf
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Andrew Turner, Hiu Poon, Alex Taylor, Murray T Brown
Fresh and freeze-dried sample sections of the coastal macroalgae, Fucus serratus and F. vesiculosus, and the brackish water macroalga, F. ceranoides, have been analysed for trace elements by field-portable-X-ray fluorescence (FP-XRF) spectrometry using a Niton XL3t in a low density mode with thickness correction. When analysed fresh in a laboratory accessory stand for a period of 200 seconds, As, Br, Fe and Zn were registered in the apex, mid-frond and lower stipe of all species, with detection limits of a few μg g(-1) (As) or a few tens of μg g(-1) (Br, Fe, Zn); when analysed dry under the same conditions, concentrations returned were systematically higher and Cu and Pb were detected in a number of F...
March 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343039/study-of-trace-metal-imbalances-in-the-blood-scalp-hair-and-nails-of-oral-cancer-patients-from-pakistan
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Muhammad Abdul Qayyum, Munir H Shah
Oral cancer is an important cause of cancer morbidity and mortality globally and exposure to trace metals alongside tobacco, alcohol and HPV are the important etiological factors in its development. Selected essential and toxic trace metals (Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni, Pb and Zn) were measured in the blood, scalp hair and nails of oral cancer patients and counterpart controls by atomic absorption spectrometry. Mean concentrations of Cd, Ni and Pb were found to be significantly higher (p<0.05) and those of Cu, Fe and Zn were considerably lower in the blood, scalp hair and nails of the patients than the controls...
March 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343038/physicochemical-characterization-of-ambient-pm2-5-in-tehran-air-and-its-potential-cytotoxicity-in-human-lung-epithelial-cells-a549
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Anoushiravan MohseniBandpi, Akbar Eslami, Abbas Shahsavani, Fariba Khodagholi, Abdolazim Alinejad
As air pollution is a major problem in Tehran, this study aimed to investigate the physicochemical characterization of the water-soluble and organic contents of ambient PM2.5 in Tehran and determine its in vitro toxicological impact on human lung epithelial cells (A549). A total of 11 sampling stations were selected, including three categories: traffic, urban, and suburban. All sampling was carried out in the spring and summer of 2015. Ion chromatography (IC), inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES), and GC-MS were used to analyze ionic compounds, heavy metals, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), respectively, and an ELISA reader was used for cytotoxicity analysis...
March 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342586/biomechanical-analysis-of-the-fixation-systems-for-anterior-column-and-posterior-hemi-transverse-acetabular-fractures
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Jianyin Lei, Pengfei Dong, Zhiqiang Li, Feng Zhu, Zhihua Wang, Xianhua Cai
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the biomechanical properties of common fixation systems for complex acetabular fractures. METHODS: A finite element (FE) pelvic model with anterior column and posterior hemi-transverse acetabular fractures was created. Three common fixation systems were used to fix the posterior wall acetabular fractures: 1. Anterior column plate combined with posterior column screws (group I), 2. Anterior column plate combined with quadrilateral area screws (group II) and 3...
March 22, 2017: Acta Orthopaedica et Traumatologica Turcica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342548/in-situ-reactive-zone-with-modified-mg-oh-2-for-remediation-of-heavy-metal-polluted-groundwater-immobilization-and-interaction-of-cr-iii-pb-ii-and-cd-ii
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Jun Dong, Bowen Li, Qiburi Bao
Mg(OH)2 dissolves slowly and can provide a long-term source of alkalinity, thus a promising alternative reagent for the in situ remediation of heavy metal polluted groundwater. However, the application of Mg(OH)2 on in situ reactive zone (IRZ) for heavy metal polluted groundwater has never been investigated. In this study, the behaviors of heavy metals in a Mg(OH)2 IRZ were monitored for 45d. The heavy metals show a sequential precipitation by modified Mg(OH)2 due to the difference of Ksp. Column tests were conducted to investigate the temporal and spatial distribution of heavy metals in Mg(OH)2 IRZ and evaluate the stabilization effect for multi-heavy metal polluted groundwater...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342427/spectroscopic-studies-of-the-interaction-mechanisms-between-mono-caffeoylquinic-acids-and-transferrin
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Yanqing Guan, Jing Dong, Shizhong Chen, Meixian Liu, Daidong Wang, Xiaotian Zhang, Hong Wang, Zongtao Lin
Transferrin (Tf) is an important protein responsible for circulating and transporting iron into cytoplasm. Tf can be taken into cells through endocytosis mediated by Tf receptor, which usually overexpresses in cancer cells. The Tf-Tf receptor pathway opens a possible avenue for novel targeted cancer therapy by utilizing Tf-binding active compounds. Among which, anti-cancer active caffeoylquinic acids (CQAs) were recently found to be promising Tf-binders by our group. For better understanding the anti-cancer activities of CQAs, it is important to unveil the binding mechanisms between CQAs and Tf...
March 7, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342414/impacts-of-soil-incorporation-of-pre-incubated-silica-rich-rice-residue-on-soil-biogeochemistry-and-greenhouse-gas-fluxes-under-flooding-and-drying
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Madison Y Gutekunst, Rodrigo Vargas, Angelia L Seyfferth
Incorporation of silica-rich rice husk residue into flooded paddy soil decreases arsenic uptake by rice. However, the impact of this practice on soil greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and elemental cycling is unresolved particularly as amended soils experience recurrent flooding and drying cycles. We evaluated the impact of pre-incubated silica-rich rice residue incorporation to soils on pore water chemistry and soil GHG fluxes (i.e., CO2, CH4, N2O) over a flooding and drying cycle typical of flooded rice cultivation...
March 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342358/insight-into-highly-efficient-co-removal-of-p-nitrophenol-and-lead-by-nitrogen-functionalized-magnetic-ordered-mesoporous-carbon-performance-and-modelling
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Yaoyu Zhou, Xiaocheng Liu, Lin Tang, Fengfeng Zhang, Guangming Zeng, Xiangqi Peng, Lin Luo, Yaochen Deng, Ya Pang, Jiachao Zhang
Highly efficient simultaneous removal of Pb(II) and p-nitrophenol (PNP) contamination from water was accomplished by nitrogen-functionalized magnetic ordered mesoporous carbon (N-Fe/OMC). The mutual effects and inner mechanisms of their adsorption onto N-Fe/OMC were systematically investigated by sole and binary systems, and thermodynamic, sorption isotherm and adsorption kinetics models. The liquid-film diffusion step might be the rate-limiting step for PNP and Pb(II). The fitting of experimental data with Temkin model indicates that the adsorption process of PNP and Pb(II) involve physisorption and chemisorption...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342311/lengthy-one-dimensional-magnetite-fe3o4-sub-microfibers-with-excellent-electrochemical-performance
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Jianchao Ma, Jiali Chang, Hongzhu Ma, Duoduo Zhang, Qingliang Ma, Shaobin Wang
One dimensional Fe3O4 sub-microfibers with an average diameter of about 920nm and length of about 25μm were prepared by hydrothermal synthesis in the presence of sodium citrate (Na3cit). The physicochemical properties were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). It was found that Fe3O4 crystal nuclei were generated from different Fe(2+)-citrate complexes under hydrothermal conditions and Na3cit as a capping agent promoted the formation of Fe3O4 microfibers...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340527/synthesis-and-adsorption-properties-of-4-vinylpyridine-and-styrene-copolymer-in-situ-immobilized-on-silica-surface
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E S Yanovska, L O Vretik, O A Nikolaeva, Y Polonska, D Sternik, O Yu Kichkiruk
Copolymer of 4-vinylpyridine with styrene was in situ immobilized on silica gel surface via the heterogeneous radical polymerization. Anchorage of the copolymer on the surface layer was confirmed by IR spectroscopy. The quantity of copolymer on the silica gel surface was evaluated as 25.73 wt.% by TG and DSC-MS analysis. "Islet" location of polymer layer on the silica surface was confirmed by the scanning electron microscopy. A high adsorption activity of silica gel with immobilized copolymer towards microquantitatives of Cu(II), Cd(II), Pb(II), Fe(III), and Ni(II) ions in steady state conditions as well as of Ni(II) ions in dynamic regime was found...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340434/potentially-direct-interspecies-electron-transfer-of-methanogenesis-for-syntrophic-metabolism-under-sulfate-reducing-conditions-with-stainless-steel
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Yue Li, Yaobin Zhang, Yafei Yang, Xie Quan, Zhiqiang Zhao
Direct interspecies electron transfer (DIET) is an alternative to syntrophic metabolism in natural carbon cycle as well as in anaerobic digesters, but its function in anaerobic treatment of sulfate-containing wastewater have not yet to be described. Here, conductive stainless steel was added into anaerobic digesters for treating sulfate-containing wastewater to investigate the potential role of DIET in the response to the sulfate impact. Results showed that adding the conductive stainless steel made the anaerobic digestion less affected by the sulfate reduction than adding insulative plastic material...
March 12, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340395/a-quint-wavelength-uv-spectroscopy-for-simultaneous-determination-of-dichlorobenzene-chlorobenzene-and-benzene-in-simulated-water-reduced-by-nanoscale-zero-valent-fe-ni-bimetal
#16
Xiaofang Wan, Yu Liu, Xin-Sheng Chai, Youming Li, Congbao Guo
A quint-wavelength UV spectroscopy for rapid determination of dichlorobenzene (DCB), chlorobenzene (CB) and benzene (B) was developed for the dechlorination process of DCB reduced by nanoscale zero-valent Fe/Ni bimetal. Based on the absorbance measurements at 260, 269, 277, 290 and 300nm, the equations for calculating the concentration of DCB and CB and B were established, in which the spectral interference from the nanoparticles could be effectively minimized. The results show that the present method has a good measurement precision (the relative standard deviations are within 2...
March 18, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340363/benchmark-integral-neutron-experiments-for-fe-be-and-c-with-dt-neutron-by-liquid-scintillation-detector
#17
He Tie, Zheng Pu, Xiao Jun, Zhu Chuanxin, Yang Jian, Guo Haiping
The measurements of iron, beryllium and carbon sphere neutron leakage spectra using BC501A detector by DT neutron source are presented. The experiments were carried out in Institute of Nuclear Physics and Chemistry (INPC), China. Neutron leakage spectra in a wide energy range at angles of 0° and 30° from the direction of incident deuteron beam were obtained. The results show the leakage neutron flux decreases notably with the spherical shell increasing when neutron energy >10MeV. When neutron energy <6MeV the leakage neutron distribution tends to lower energy side with the shell increase...
December 20, 2016: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339969/the-quality-of-eggs-organic-and-nutraceutical-vs-conventional-and-their-technological-properties
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Agnieszka Filipiak-Florkiewicz, Katarzyna Deren, Adam Florkiewicz, Kinga Topolska, Leslaw Juszczak, Ewa Cieslik
The aim of the study was to compare the quality of commercially available eggs: organic (attested organic farm) - OE, nutraceutical (enriched in n-3 fatty acids) - NE, vs. conventional (cage raising system) - CE and their technological (emulsifying) properties. Their basic chemical composition (i.e., moisture, protein, fat, ash) as well as mineral (Na, K, Ca, Mg, Zn, Fe, Mn, Cu) contents were assessed, and fatty acid profiles were determined. Next, the suitability of the eggs for mayonnaise production was assessed...
February 23, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339744/determining-the-analytical-specificity-of-pcr-based-assays-for-the-diagnosis-of-ia-what-is-aspergillus
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C Oliver Morton, P Lewis White, Rosemary A Barnes, Lena Klingspor, Manuel Cuenca-Estrella, Katrien Lagrou, Stéphane Bretagne, Willem Melchers, Carlo Mengoli, Angela M Caliendo, Massimo Cogliati, Yvette Debets-Ossenkopp, Rebecca Gorton, Ferry Hagen, Catriona Halliday, Petr Hamal, Kathleen Harvey-Wood, Katia Jaton, Gemma Johnson, Sarah Kidd, Martina Lengerova, Cornelia Lass-Florl, Chris Linton, Laurence Millon, C Orla Morrissey, Melinda Paholcsek, Alida Fe Talento, Markus Ruhnke, Birgit Willinger, J Peter Donnelly, Juergen Loeffler
A wide array of PCR tests has been developed to aid the diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis (IA), providing technical diversity but limiting standardisation and acceptance. Methodological recommendations for testing blood samples using PCR exist, based on achieving optimal assay sensitivity to help exclude IA. Conversely, when testing more invasive samples (BAL, biopsy, CSF) emphasis is placed on confirming disease, so analytical specificity is paramount. This multicenter study examined the analytical specificity of PCR methods for detecting IA by blind testing a panel of DNA extracted from a various fungal species to explore the range of Aspergillus species that could be detected, but also potential cross reactivity with other fungal species...
October 7, 2016: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339236/effect-of-biaxial-strain-on-the-phase-transitions-of-ca-fe_-1-x-co_-x-_-2-as_-2
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A E Böhmer, A Sapkota, A Kreyssig, S L Bud'ko, G Drachuck, S M Saunders, A I Goldman, P C Canfield
We study the effect of applied strain as a physical control parameter for the phase transitions of Ca(Fe_{1-x}Co_{x})_{2}As_{2} using resistivity, magnetization, x-ray diffraction, and ^{57}Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy. Biaxial strain, namely, compression of the basal plane of the tetragonal unit cell, is created through firm bonding of samples to a rigid substrate via differential thermal expansion. This strain is shown to induce a magnetostructural phase transition in originally paramagnetic samples, and superconductivity in previously nonsuperconducting ones...
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
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