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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538653/development-of-diamond-and-silicon-mems-sensor-arrays-with-integrated-readout-for-vapor-detection
#1
Maira Possas-Abreu, Farbod Ghassemi, Lionel Rousseau, Emmanuel Scorsone, Emilie Descours, Gaelle Lissorgues
This paper reports on the development of an autonomous instrument based on an array of eight resonant microcantilevers for vapor detection. The fabricated sensors are label-free devices, allowing chemical and biological functionalization. In this work, sensors based on an array of silicon and synthetic diamond microcantilevers are sensitized with polymeric films for the detection of analytes. The main advantage of the proposed system is that sensors can be easily changed for another application or for cleaning since the developed gas cell presents removable electrical connections...
May 24, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538204/non-volatile-extractable-analysis-of-prefilled-syringes-for-parenteral-administration-of-drug-products
#2
Noemí Dorival-García, Iben Larsson, Jonathan Bones
The determination of extractable profiles for single-use technologies represents an important aspect of pharmaceutical production to minimize any possible compromise in drug product quality or potential risk to patients by identifying substances that may potentially leach from such devices. An approach for the extractable assessment of prefilled syringes, a promising alternative for parenteral administration of pharmaceutical products, is described herein. Four extraction solvents were selected: a mixture 2-propanol:water (1:1), was intended to represent aggressive conditions to extract a broad spectrum of extractables, including organic additives and substances which are poorly water-soluble...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537706/sodium-rivals-silver-as-single-atom-active-centers-for-catalyzing-abatement-of-formaldehyde
#3
Yaxin Chen, Jiayi Gao, Zhiwei Huang, Meijuan Zhou, Junxiao Chen, Chao Li, Zhen Ma, Jianmin Chen, Xingfu Tang
The development of efficient alkali-based catalysts for the abatement of formaldehyde (HCHO), a ubiquitous air pollutant, is economically desirable. Here we comparatively study the catalytic performance of two single-atom catalysts, Na1/HMO and Ag1/HMO (HMO = Hollandite manganese oxide), in the complete oxidation of HCHO at low temperatures, in which the products are only CO2 and H2O. These catalysts are synthesized by anchoring single sodium ions or silver atoms on HMO(001) surfaces. Synchrotron X-ray diffraction patterns with structural refinement together with transmission electron microscopy images demonstrate that single sodium ions on the HMO(001) surfaces of Na1/HMO have the same local structures as silver atoms of Ag1/HMO...
May 24, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535600/new-approach-to-resolve-the-humidity-problem-in-voc-determination-in-outdoor-air-samples-using-solid-adsorbent-tubes-followed-by-td-gc-ms
#4
Alba Maceira, Laura Vallecillos, Francesc Borrull, Rosa Maria Marcé
This study describes the humidity effect in the sampling process by adsorbent tubes followed by thermal desorption and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (TD-GC-MS) for the determination of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in air samples and evaluates possible solutions to this problem. Two multi-sorbent bed tubes, Tenax TA/Carbograph 1TD and Carbotrap B/Carbopack X/Carboxen 569, were tested in order to evaluate their behaviour in the presence of environmental humidity. Humidity problems were demonstrated with carbon-based tubes, while Tenax-based tubes did not display any influence...
May 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535590/emission-of-volatile-organic-compounds-and-production-of-secondary-organic-aerosol-from-stir-frying-spices
#5
Tengyu Liu, Qianyun Liu, Zijun Li, Lei Huo, ManNin Chan, Xue Li, Zhen Zhou, Chak K Chan
Cooking is an important source of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and a potential source of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) both indoors and outdoors. In this study, VOC emissions from heating corn oil and stir-frying spices (i.e. garlic, ginger, myrcia and zanthoxylum piperitum (Sichuan pepper)) were characterized using an on-line membrane inlet vacuum ultraviolet single-photon ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometer (VUV-SPI-TOFMS). VOC emissions from heating corn oil were dominated by aldehydes, which were enhanced by factors of one order of magnitude when stir-frying spices...
May 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535479/adsorption-of-vocs-onto-engineered-carbon-materials-a-review
#6
REVIEW
Xueyang Zhang, Bin Gao, Anne Elise Creamer, Chengcheng Cao, Yuncong Li
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) severely threaten human health and the ecological environment because most of them are toxic, mutagenic, and carcinogenic. The persistent increase of VOCs together with the stringent regulations make the reduction of VOC emissions more imperative. Up to now, numerous VOC treatment technologies have emerged, such as incineration, condensation, biological degradation, absorption, adsorption, and catalysis oxidation et al. Among them, the adsorption technology has been recognized as an efficient and economical control strategy because it has the potential to recover and reuse both adsorbent and adsorbate...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534494/airborne-observations-reveal-elevational-gradient-in-tropical-forest-isoprene-emissions
#7
Dasa Gu, Alex B Guenther, John E Shilling, Haofei Yu, Maoyi Huang, Chun Zhao, Qing Yang, Scot T Martin, Paulo Artaxo, Saewung Kim, Roger Seco, Trissevgeni Stavrakou, Karla M Longo, Julio Tóta, Rodrigo Augusto Ferreira de Souza, Oscar Vega, Ying Liu, Manish Shrivastava, Eliane G Alves, Fernando C Santos, Guoyong Leng, Zhiyuan Hu
Isoprene dominates global non-methane volatile organic compound emissions, and impacts tropospheric chemistry by influencing oxidants and aerosols. Isoprene emission rates vary over several orders of magnitude for different plants, and characterizing this immense biological chemodiversity is a challenge for estimating isoprene emission from tropical forests. Here we present the isoprene emission estimates from aircraft eddy covariance measurements over the Amazonian forest. We report isoprene emission rates that are three times higher than satellite top-down estimates and 35% higher than model predictions...
May 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534028/mechanisms-affecting-the-gut-of-preterm-infants-in-enteral-feeding-trials
#8
Nicholas D Embleton, Janet E Berrington, Jon Dorling, Andrew K Ewer, Edmund Juszczak, John A Kirby, Christopher A Lamb, Clare V Lanyon, William McGuire, Christopher S Probert, Stephen P Rushton, Mark D Shirley, Christopher J Stewart, Stephen P Cummings
Large randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in preterm infants offer unique opportunities for mechanistic evaluation of the risk factors leading to serious diseases, as well as the actions of interventions designed to prevent them. Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) a serious inflammatory gut condition and late-onset sepsis (LOS) are common feeding and nutrition-related problems that may cause death or serious long-term morbidity and are key outcomes in two current UK National Institutes for Health Research (NIHR) trials...
2017: Frontiers in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525576/profiling-of-volatile-organic-compounds-produced-by-clinical-aspergillus-isolates-using-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry
#9
M G Gerritsen, P Brinkman, N Escobar, L D Bos, K de Heer, M Meijer, H-G Janssen, H de Cock, H A B Wösten, C E Visser, M H J van Oers, P J Sterk
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in exhaled breath may identify the presence of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis. We aimed to detect VOC profiles emitted by in vitro cultured, clinical Aspergillus isolates using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Three clinical Aspergillus isolates and a reference strain were cultured while conidiation was prevented. Headspace samples were analyzed using a standardized method. Breath samples of patients from which the cultures were obtained were checked for the presence of the VOCs found in vitro...
May 18, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524743/nanoparticle-exposures-from-nano-enabled-toner-based-printing-equipment-and-human-health-state-of-science-and-future-research-needs
#10
Sandra Vanessa Pirela, John Martin, Dhimiter Bello, Philip Demokritou
Toner formulations used by laser printers (LP) and photocopiers (PC), collectively called "toner-based printing equipment" (TPE), are nano-enabled products (NEP) because they contain several engineered nanomaterials (ENM) that improve toner performance. It has been shown that during consumer use (printing), these ENM are released in the air, together with other semi-volatile organic nanoparticles, and newly formed gaseous co-pollutants such as volatile organic compounds (VOC). The aim of this review is to detail and analyze physico-chemical and morphological (PCM), as well as the toxicological properties of particulate matter (PM) emissions from TPE...
May 19, 2017: Critical Reviews in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518086/ptr-tof-ms-coupled-with-an-automated-sampling-system-and-tailored-data-analysis-for-food-studies-bioprocess-monitoring-screening-and-nose-space-analysis
#11
Vittorio Capozzi, Sine Yener, Iuliia Khomenko, Brian Farneti, Luca Cappellin, Flavia Gasperi, Matteo Scampicchio, Franco Biasioli
Proton Transfer Reaction (PTR), combined with a Time-of-Flight (ToF) Mass Spectrometer (MS) is an analytical approach based on chemical ionization that belongs to the Direct-Injection Mass Spectrometric (DIMS) technologies. These techniques allow the rapid determination of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), assuring high sensitivity and accuracy. In general, PTR-MS requires neither sample preparation nor sample destruction, allowing real time and non-invasive analysis of samples. PTR-MS are exploited in many fields, from environmental and atmospheric chemistry to medical and biological sciences...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516245/municipal-solid-waste-derived-biochar-for-the-removal-of-benzene-from-landfill-leachate
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Yohan Jayawardhana, S S Mayakaduwa, Prasanna Kumarathilaka, Sewwandi Gamage, Meththika Vithanage
The potential of biochar, produced from fibrous organic fractions of municipal solid waste (MSW), for remediation of benzene, one of the frequently found toxic volatile organic compounds in landfill leachate, was investigated in this study based on various environmental conditions such as varying pH, benzene concentration, temperature and time. At the same time, landfill leachate quality parameters were assessed at two different dump sites in Sri Lanka: Gohagoda and Kurunegala. MSW biochar (MSW-BC) was produced by slow temperature pyrolysis at 450 °C, and the physiochemical characteristics of the MSW-BC were characterized...
May 17, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515887/bottom-up-and-top-down-effects-of-tree-species-diversity-on-leaf-insect-herbivory
#13
Bastien Castagneyrol, Damien Bonal, Maxime Damien, Hervé Jactel, Céline Meredieu, Evalyne W Muiruri, Luc Barbaro
The diversity of plant neighbors commonly results in direct, bottom-up effects on herbivore ability to locate their host, and in indirect effects on herbivores involving changes in plant traits and a top-down control by their enemies. Yet, the relative contribution of bottom-up and top-down forces remains poorly understood. We also lack knowledge on the effect of abiotic constraints such as summer drought on the strength and direction of these effects. We measured leaf damage on pedunculate oak (Quercus robur), alone or associated with birch, pine or both in a long-term tree diversity experiment (ORPHEE), where half of the plots were irrigated while the other half remained without irrigation and received only rainfall...
May 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513175/effect-of-voc-emissions-from-vegetation-on-air-quality-in-berlin-during-a-heatwave
#14
Galina Churkina, Friderike Kuik, Boris Bonn, Axel Lauer, Rüdiger Grote, Karolina Tomiak, Tim M Butler
The potential of emissions from urban vegetation combined with anthropogenic emissions to produce ozone and particulate matter has long been recognized. This potential increases with rising temperatures and may lead to severe problems with air quality in densely populated areas during heat waves. Here, we investigate how heat waves affect emissions of volatile organic compounds from urban/suburban vegetation and corresponding ground-level ozone and particulate matter. We use the Weather Research and Forecasting Model with atmospheric chemistry (WRF-Chem) with emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from vegetation simulated with MEGAN to quantify some of these feedbacks in Berlin, Germany, during the heat wave in 2006...
May 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513156/quantum-chemical-investigation-on-photochemical-reactions-of-nonanoic-acids-at-air-water-interface
#15
Pin Xiao, Qian Wang, Wei-Hai Fang, Ganglong Cui
Photoinduced chemical reactions of organic compounds at the marine boundary layer have recently attracted significant experimental attention because this kind of photoreactions have been proposed to have substantial impact on local new particle formation (NPF) and their photoproducts could be as a source of secondary organic aerosols (SOA). In this work, we have employed first-principles density functional theory (DFT) method combined with cluster models to systematically explore photochemical reaction pathways of nonanoic acids (NAs) to form volatile saturated and unsaturated C9 and C8 aldehydes at air-water interfaces...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512342/a-gas-sensor-array-for-the-simultaneous-detection-of-multiple-vocs
#16
Yumin Zhang, Jianhong Zhao, Tengfei Du, Zhongqi Zhu, Jin Zhang, Qingju Liu
Air quality around the globe is declining and public health is seriously threatened by indoor air pollution. Typically, indoor air pollutants are composed of a series of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are generally harmful to the human body, especially VOCs with low molecular weights (less than 100 Da). Moreover, in some situations, more than one type of VOC is present; thus, a device that can detect one or more VOCs simultaneously would be most beneficial. Here, we synthesized a sensor array with 4 units to detect 4 VOCs: acetone (unit 1), benzene (unit 2), methanol (unit 3) and formaldehyde (unit 4) simultaneously...
May 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511042/controllable-synthesis-of-hierarchical-mnox-tio2-composite-nanofibers-for-complete-oxidation-of-low-concentration-acetone
#17
Xuecheng Zhu, Shuo Zhang, Xinning Yu, Xinbo Zhu, Chenghang Zheng, Xiang Gao, Zhongyang Luo, Kefa Cen
A novel hierarchical MnOx/TiO2 composite nanofiber was fabricated by combining the electrospinning technique and hydrothermal growth method. The synthesized nanomaterial, which comprised primary TiO2 nanofibers and secondary MnOx nanoneedles, was further investigated for complete catalytic oxidation of volatile organic compounds for the first time, and this presented high-oxidation performance on low-concentration acetone. The morphological, structural, physicochemical characterization, and catalytic performance analyses demonstrated that the highest catalytic activity was achieved from the obtained MnOx/TiO2 nanofiber catalyst with 30wt...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509546/growth-of-nitrosococcus-related-ammonia-oxidizing-bacteria-coincides-with-extremely-low-ph-values-in-high-strength-nitrogen-wastewater
#18
Alexandra Fumasoli, Helmut Buergmann, David G Weissbrodt, George F Wells, Karin Beck, Joachim Mohn, Eberhard Morgenroth, Kai M Udert
Ammonia oxidation decreases the pH in wastewaters where the alkalinity is limited relative to the total ammonia. The activity of ammonia oxidizing bacteria (AOB), however, typically decreases with pH and often ceases completely in slightly acidic wastewaters. Nevertheless, low pH nitrification has been reported in reactors treating human urine, but it is not clear which organisms are involved. In this study, we followed the population dynamics of ammonia oxidizing organisms and reactor performance in synthetic, synthetic fully hydrolysed urine as the pH decreased over time in response to a decrease in the loading rate...
May 16, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508885/first-characterisation-of-volatile-organic-compounds-emitted-by-banana-plants
#19
Chadi Berhal, Caroline De Clerck, Marie-Laure Fauconnier, Carolina Levicek, Antoine Boullis, Amine Kaddes, Haïssam M Jijakli, François Verheggen, Sébastien Massart
Banana (Musa sp.) ranks fourth in term of worldwide fruit production, and has economical and nutritional key values. The Cavendish cultivars correspond to more than 90% of the production of dessert banana while cooking cultivars are widely consumed locally around the banana belt production area. Many plants, if not all, produce Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) as a means of communication with their environment. Although flower and fruit VOCs have been studied for banana, the VOCs produced by the plant have never been identified despite their importance in plant health and development...
May 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507202/determination-of-volatile-organic-compounds-exhaled-by-cell-lines-derived-from-hematological-malignancies
#20
Hongxia Tang, Yan Lu, Lulu Zhang, Zhonghui Wu, Xiaofang Hou, Hailong Xia
Background: The gas human exhaled contains many volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which is related to the health status of body. Analysis of VOCs has been proposed as a noninvasive diagnostic tool for certain cancers. Detailed research on the VOCs in gas exhaled by cell can characterize cell type specific metabolites and may be helpful to detect the cancer markers in clinical practice. Methods: Solid phase microextraction-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry was used to detect VOCs in the headspace of tissue culture flask in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cell line JEKO and acute mononuclear leukemia cell line SHI-1, to elaborate the characteristic gaseous biomarkers of hematological malignancies...
May 15, 2017: Bioscience Reports
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