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Xiuhua Luo, Lin Yu, Changzhao Wang, Xianqiang Yin, Ahmed Mosa, Jialong Lv, Huimin Sun
Batch sorption kinetics and isothermal characteristics of V(V) were investigated on three natural soil colloids (manual loessial soil colloid (MSC), aeolian sandy soil colloid (ASC), and cultivated loessial soil colloid (CSC)) under various solution pH and ionic strength (IS) conditions. Colloids were characterized by atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). AFM micrographs showed CSC with an aggregated shape with larger particle diameter as compared with ASC and MSC...
November 29, 2016: Chemosphere
Celha Borges Costa Alves, Márcio Nunes Segurado, Miriam Cristina Leandro Dorta, Fátima Ribeiro Dias, Maurício Guilherme Lenza, Marcos Augusto Lenza
Objective: To evaluate and compare in vitro cytotoxicity and corrosion resistance of mini-implants from three different commercial brands used for orthodontic anchorage. Methods: Six mini-implants (Conexão(tm), Neodent(tm) and SIN(tm)) were separately immersed in artificial saliva (pH 6.76) for 30 and 60 days. The cytotoxicity of the corrosion extracts was assessed in L929 cell cultures using the violet crystal and MTT assays, as well as cell morphology under light microscopy...
September 2016: Dental Press Journal of Orthodontics
Hyounduk Jung, Eunseuk Park, Minsu Kim, Jongsoo Jurng
The removal of NOx by catalytic technology at low temperatures is significant for treatment of flue gas in waste incineration plants, especially at temperatures below 200°C. A novel highly active TiO2-supported vanadium oxide catalyst at low temperatures (200-250°C) has been developed for the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) de-NOx process with ammonia. The catalyst was evaluated in a pilot-scale equipment, and the results were compared with those obtained in our previous work using laboratory scale (small volume test) equipment as well as bench-scale laboratory equipment...
November 26, 2016: Waste Management
M J Loveridge, M J Lain, I D Johnson, A Roberts, S D Beattie, R Dashwood, J A Darr, R Bhagat
Lithium iron phosphate, LiFePO4 (LFP) has demonstrated promising performance as a cathode material in lithium ion batteries (LIBs), by overcoming the rate performance issues from limited electronic conductivity. Nano-sized vanadium-doped LFP (V-LFP) was synthesized using a continuous hydrothermal process using supercritical water as a reagent. The atomic % of dopant determined the particle shape. 5 at. % gave mixed plate and rod-like morphology, showing optimal electrochemical performance and good rate properties vs...
November 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
Mirzeta Hadžibrahimović, Desanka Sužnjević, Ferenc Pastor, Tijana Cvetić Antić, Milan Žižić, Joanna Zakrzewska, Miroslav Živić
The possibility of reduction of vanadate monomer in the mycelium of fungus Phycomyces blakesleeanus was investigated in this study by means of polarography. Control experiments were performed with vanadyl [V(IV)] and vanadate [V(V)] in 10 mM Hepes, pH 7.2. Addition of P. blakesleeanus mycelium resulted in disappearance of all V(IV) polarographic waves recorded in the control. This points to the uptake of all available V(IV) by the mycelium, up to 185 µmol/gFW, and suggests P. blakesleeanus as a potential agent in V(IV) bioremediation...
November 28, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Balasubramanyam Annangi, Stefano Bonassi, Ricard Marcos, Alba Hernández
Various metals have demonstrated genotoxic and carcinogenic potential via different mechanisms. Until now, biomonitoring and epidemiological studies have been carried out to assess the genotoxic risk to exposed human populations. In this sense, the use of the micronucleus assay in peripheral blood lymphocytes has proven to be a useful tool to determine increased levels of DNA damage, as a surrogate biomarker of cancer risk. Here we review those biomonitoring studies focused on people exposed to arsenic, chromium, nickel, vanadium and complex mixtures of metals...
October 2016: Mutation Research
Johannes G Rebelein, Martin T Stiebritz, Chi Chung Lee, Yilin Hu
The iron (Fe) proteins of molybdenum (Mo) and vanadium (V) nitrogenases mimic carbon monoxide (CO) dehydrogenase in catalyzing the interconversion between CO2 and CO under ambient conditions. Catalytic reduction of CO2 to CO is achieved in vitro and in vivo upon redox changes of the Fe-protein-associated [Fe4S4] clusters. These observations establish the Fe protein as a model for investigation of CO2 activation while suggesting its biotechnological adaptability for recycling the greenhouse gas into useful products...
November 28, 2016: Nature Chemical Biology
Junho Jeong, Zheng Yong, Arash Joushaghani, Alexander Tsukernik, Suzanne Paradis, David Alain, Joyce K S Poon
Vanadium dioxide (VO2) exhibits a reversible insulator-metal phase transition that is of significant interest in energy-efficient nanoelectronic and nanophotonic devices. In these applications, crystalline materials are usually preferred for their superior electrical transport characteristics as well as spatial homogeneity and low surface roughness over the device area for reduced scattering. Here, we show applied electrical currents can induce a permanent reconfiguration of polycrystalline VO2 nanowires into crystalline nanowires, resulting in a dramatically reduced hysteresis across the phase transition and reduced resistivity...
November 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
Elisa Bellomo, Kshetrimayum Birla Singh, Alberto Massarotti, Christer Hogstrand, Wolfgang Maret
A new paradigm in metallobiochemistry describes the activation of inactive metalloenzymes by metal ion removal. Protein tyrosine phosphatases (PTPs) do not seem to require a metal ion for enzymatic activity. However, both metal cations and metal anions modulate their enzymatic activity. One binding site is the phosphate binding site at the catalytic cysteine residue. Oxyanions with structural similarity to phosphate, such as vanadate, inhibit the enzyme with nanomolar to micromolar affinities. In addition, zinc ions (Zn(2+)) inhibit with picomolar to nanomolar affinities...
November 15, 2016: Coordination Chemistry Reviews
Adriana Giangrande, Margherita Licciano, Michela Del Pasqua, Francesco Paolo Fanizzi, Danilo Migoni, Loredana Stabili
The present work analyzed three hard-bottom and two soft-bottom species of sabellid polychaetes to determine the content of several heavy metals in their branchial crown and body. The highest concentrations of heavy metals were recorded in the hard-bottom species Branchiomma bairdi, a recent Mediterranean introduction. Differences in the metal concentrations were most notable in the high trace metal levels of the branchial crown for all the studied species. Statistical analysis showed that the Mediterranean hard-bottom species were similar each other in their heavy metal content in the body as well as in the branchial crown and appeared separated from all the other species...
November 26, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Haiqiang Wang, Penglu Wang, Xiongbo Chen, Zhongbiao Wu
In this work, protonated titanate nanotubes was performed as a potential useful support and different vanadium precursors (NH4VO3 and VOSO4) were used to synthesize deNOx catalysts. The results showed that VOSO4 exhibited better synergistic effect with titanate nanotubes than NH4VO3, which was caused by the ion-exchange reaction. Then high loading content of vanadium, uniformly active phase distribution, better dispersion of vanadium, more acid sites, better V(5+)/V(4+) redox cycles and superior oxygen mobility were achieved...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Wen Huang, Lennard P A Mooij, Sotirios A Droulias, Heikki Palonen, Ola Hartmann, Gunnar K Pálsson, Max Wolff, Björgvin Hjörvarsson
The chemical diffusion coefficient of hydrogen in a 50 nm thin film of vanadium (0 0 1) is measured as a function of concentration and temperature, well above the known phase boundaries. Arrhenius analysis of the tracer diffusion constants reveal large changes in the activation energy with concentration: from 0.10 at 0.05 in H V(-1) to 0.5 eV at 0.2 in H V(-1). The results are consistent with a change from tetrahedral to octahedral site occupancy, in that concentration range. The change in site occupancy is argued to be caused by the uniaxial expansion of the film originating from the combined hydrogen induced expansion and the clamping of the film to the substrate...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Diana L Salcedo, Luis A Soto, Alejandro Estradas-Romero, Alfonso V Botello
A 3-year research program was undertaken to assess potential environmental disturbance caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to the soft-bottom macrobenthic communities within Mexican waters of the northwestern Gulf of Mexico. Community properties and temporal/spatial variability were analyzed besides toxicant parameters such as hydrocarbons and trace-metals. Overall infaunal density increased, taxa proportion changed, and small-size opportunistic organisms prevailed throughout the study. Annual abundance-biomass comparison (ABC) curves revealed progressive stress scenarios from moderate to severe...
November 19, 2016: Marine Pollution Bulletin
Stephanie Schiffer, Karsten Liber
Vanadium (V) is an abundant trace metal present in bitumen from the Athabasca Oil Sands (AOS) region in Alberta, Canada. The upgrading of bitumen can result in the production of large volumes of a carbonaceous material referred to as petroleum coke that contains V at elevated levels compared to the native bitumen. Previous studies have shown that coke has the capacity to leach ecotoxicologically relevant levels of V into water it contacts, yet limited data are available on the toxicity of aqueous V to planktonic organisms...
November 18, 2016: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
J P Wang, K R He, X M Ding, S P Bai, Q F Zeng, K Y Zhang
This experiment examined the egg quality of hens fed vanadium (V) and vitamin C (VC) during storage, as well as the V and VC withdrawal on egg quality and V residual in egg. A total of 360 laying hens (31 weeks old) were randomly allotted into a 3 × 2 factorial arrangement treatments (6 replicates and 10 chicks per replicate) with three levels of dietary V (0, 5, and 10 mg/kg) and two levels of VC (0 and 100 mg/kg) for 19 weeks (feeding V and VC 12 weeks, recovery 7 weeks). The V residual in eggs at 4, 8, and 12th weeks were increased (linear effect, P ≤ 0...
November 19, 2016: Biological Trace Element Research
Gonzalo Scalese, Isabel Correia, Julio Benítez, Santiago Rostán, Fernanda Marques, Filipa Mendes, António Pedro Matos, João Costa Pessoa, Dinorah Gambino
Searching for prospective vanadium-based drugs for cancer treatment, a new series of structurally related [V(IV)O(L-2H)(NN)] compounds (1-8) was developed. They include a double deprotonated salicylaldimine Schiff base ligand (L-2H) and different NN-polypyridyl co-ligands having DNA intercalating capacity. Compounds were characterized in solid state and in solution. EPR spectroscopy suggests that the NN ligands act as bidentate and bind through both nitrogen donor atoms in an axial-equatorial mode. The cytotoxicity was evaluated in human tumoral cells (ovarian A2780, breast MCF7, prostate PC3)...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
Leon Shaw, Jack Shamie, Caihong Liu, Vincent Sprenkle
In this study, a new mechanism for the reduction of vanadyl acetylacetonate, VO(acac)2, to vanadium acetylacetonate, V(acac)3, is introduced. V(acac)3 has been studied for use in redox flow batteries for some time, however contamination by moisture leads to the formation of VO(acac)2. In previous work, once this transformation occurs, it is no longer reversible because there is a requirement of extreme low potentials for the reduction to occur. Here, we propose that with the presence of excess acetylacetone (Hacac) and free protons (H+) the reduction can take place between 2...
November 15, 2016: ChemSusChem
Xiumei Yu, Yangxin Li, Yanmei Li, Chaohua Xu, Yongliang Cui, Quanju Xiang, Yunfu Gu, Ke Zhao, Xiaoping Zhang, Petri Penttinen, Qiang Chen
Mine tailings contain high concentrations of metal contaminants and only little nutrients, making the tailings barren for decades after the mining has been terminated. Effective phytoremediation of mine tailings calls for deep-rooted, metal accumulating, and soil fertility increasing plants with tolerance against harsh environmental conditions. We assessed the potential of the biofuel leguminous tree Pongamia pinnata inoculated with plant growth promoting rhizobia to remediate iron-vanadium-titanium oxide (V-Ti magnetite) mine tailing soil by pot experiment and in situ remediation test...
November 17, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Arjun Dey, Manish Kumar Nayak, A Carmel Mary Esther, Maurya Sandeep Pradeepkumar, Deeksha Porwal, A K Gupta, Parthasarathi Bera, Harish C Barshilia, Anoop Kumar Mukhopadhyay, Ajoy Kumar Pandey, Kallol Khan, Manjima Bhattacharya, D Raghavendra Kumar, N Sridhara, Anand Kumar Sharma
Vanadium oxide-molybdenum oxide (VO-MO) thin (21-475 nm) films were grown on quartz and silicon substrates by pulsed RF magnetron sputtering technique by altering the RF power from 100 to 600 W. Crystalline VO-MO thin films showed the mixed phases of vanadium oxides e.g., V2O5, V2O3 and VO2 along with MoO3. Reversible or smart transition was found to occur just above the room temperature i.e., at ~45-50 °C. The VO-MO films deposited on quartz showed a gradual decrease in transmittance with increase in film thickness...
November 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
Peter N Eze, Valiant S Mosokomani, Theophilus K Udeigwe, Opeoluwa F Oyedele, Adeniyi F Fagbamigbe
Geospatial dataset of trace elements including manganese (Mn), iron (Fe), titanium (Ti), rubidium (Rb), strontium (Sr), thorium (Th), Vanadium (V) and Zirconium (Zr) of near-surface soils in a Cu-Ni prospecting field at Airstrip North, Central Botswana were statistically analysed. Grid sampling method was used in the field data collection. The relatively new portable X-ray fluorescence spectrometer (Delta Premium, 510890, USA) technology in a "soil" mode was used to measure the concentrations of trace elements in the soils...
December 2016: Data in Brief
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