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Qi Sui, Peng Li, Ning-Ning Yang, Teng Gong, Ran Bu, En-Qing Gao
Since amines have high toxicity and exist widely, the development of selective sensing materials for amine detection has received considerable attentions. In this article, we demonstrate for the first time that a degree of discriminative detection of alkylamines can be achieved by a metal-organic coordination material. The material is derived from CdII and 4,4'-bipyridinium-1,1'-bis(phenylene-3-carboxylate), shows 1D channels lined with electron-deficient viologen chromophores, and exhibits different colors upon contact with amine vapors of different molecular sizes and types (primary, secondary and tertiary)...
March 16, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Jialiang Xu, Huijun Wu, Zhiwei Wang, Fuping Zheng, Xin Lu, Zhenpeng Li, Qing Ren
Chinese rice wine (CRW) is the oldest kind of wine in China and is mainly fermented by wheat Qu and yeast with rice, millet, etc. This gives CRW a unique quality, but the flavor components are complex. Its formation is related to microorganisms, but the link between CRW and microorganisms is poorly understood. Here, we used two kinds of sorghum (JZ22 and JB3, of which JZ22 has a higher tannin content) as the raw materials to brew and determined the structural and functional dynamics of the microbiota by metagenomics and flavor analyses...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Chao Yang, Yan Qi, Jiayi Zheng, X U Fan, Peixin Liang, Cunjiang Song
Uncontrolled bacterial growth and metabolic activities are responsible for the short shelf life of raw pork. Culture-independent analysis by 16S ribosome cDNA could reveal viable bacteria in raw pork. This study investigated microbial growth and volatile organic compounds of raw pork supplemented with various preservatives. Vacuum-packaged raw pork was stored at 4°C, after soaking in solutions of potassium sorbate, ε-poly-l-lysine, kojic acid (KA), or sodium diacetate, individually. Spoilage of raw pork was monitored by determining pH and total volatile basic nitrogen, whereas bacterial growth was determined by culture-dependent and culture-independent analyses...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Food Protection
Jianping Cao, Xu Zhang, Yinping Zhang
Dermal exposure to indoor gas-phase semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) has recently received a great deal of attention, and this has included evaluating the role of clothing in this process. Several models have been developed to assess dermal exposure to SVOCs, based on the transient mass transfer of SVOCs from air to dermal capillaries. However, these models assume either that clothing completely retards SVOC transport, or that there is an air gap of constant thickness between the clothing and the surface of the skin, leading to significant errors in the model calculations...
March 15, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
Liqun Xing, Lichao Wang, Rui Zhang
It has become a great habit for driving to work in people's daily life in China. In order to understand the concentration of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in vehicles and the health risks related to inhalation exposure to VOCs, this study investigated the pollution characteristics and health risks posed by VOCs emitted from interior materials in vehicles. A total of 47 of 62 VOCs were studied, using 23 randomly selected vehicles of different brands in Nanjing city, China. The potential cancer and non-cancer health risks associated with VOC inhalation were assessed based on conventional approaches proposed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)...
March 14, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
F L Chan, R House, I Kudla, J C Lipszyc, N Rajaram, S M Tarlo
Background: 3D printers emit potentially hazardous ultrafine particles and volatile organic compounds. Workers using 3D printing technologies may be at risk of respiratory illness from occupational exposure. Aims: To assess whether 3D printing is associated with health effects in occupational users. Methods: This was a preliminary survey. Workers in 17 companies using 3D printing, including commercial prototyping businesses, educational institutions and public libraries, in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada, were asked to complete survey questionnaires concerning demographic, occupational and health information...
March 10, 2018: Occupational Medicine
Tunga Salthammer, Yinping Zhang, Jinhan Mo, Holger M Koch, Charles J Weschler
There is an ongoing probing of the role of chemicals in the indoor environment. The majority of potential target substances are so-called very volatile, volatile and semi volatile organic compounds (VVOCs, VOCs and SVOCs). Depending on their physical properties and mass transfer conditions, they distribute in or between the gas phase, particle phase, settled house dust, surface films, clothing and other fabrics as well as the exposed skin and hair of the occupants themselves. Therefore, inhalation, ingestion and dermal uptake all must be considered as relevant pathways for the exposure assessment in human habitats...
March 14, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
Md Aynul Bari, Warren B Kindzierski
Exposure to ambient volatile organic compound (VOCs) in urban areas is of interest because of their potential chronic and acute adverse effects to public health. Limited information is available about VOC sources in urban areas in Canada. An investigation of ambient VOCs levels, their potential sources and associated risks to public health was undertaken for the urban core of Alberta's largest city (downtown Calgary) for the period 2010-2015. Twenty-four hour arithmetic and geometric mean concentrations of total VOCs were 42μg/m3 and 39μg/m3 , respectively and ranged from 16 to 160μg/m3 , with winter levels about two-fold higher than summer...
March 10, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Detlef Ulrich, Steffen Kecke, Klaus Olbricht
The strawberry, with its unique aroma, is one of the most popular fruits worldwide. The demand for specific knowledge of metabolism in strawberries is increasing. This knowledge is applicable for genetic studies, plant breeding, resistance research, nutritional science, and the processing industry. The molecular basis of strawberry aroma has been studied for more than 80 years. Thus far, hundreds of volatile organic compounds (VOC) have been identified. The qualitative composition of the strawberry volatilome remains controversial though considerable progress has been made during the past several decades...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Hao Wang, William P Lustig, Jing Li
Toxic and hazardous chemical species are ubiquitous, predominantly emitted by anthropogenic activities, and pose serious risks to human health and the environment. Thus, the sensing and subsequent capture of these chemicals, especially in the gas or vapor phase, are of extreme importance. To this end, metal-organic frameworks have attracted significant interest, as their high porosity and wide tunability make them ideal for both applications. These tailorable framework materials are particularly promising for the specific sensing and capture of targeted chemicals, as they can be designed to fit a diverse range of required conditions...
March 13, 2018: Chemical Society Reviews
Eri Matsubara, Shuichi Kawai
BACKGROUND: Wood is a valuable material for interiors, and the psychophysiological relaxation effects of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from wood chips and essential oils have been reported. However, few studies have identified the odors in full-scale wooden environment, and also, differences in gender have not been clarified. In this study, we aimed to confirm the effects of VOCs emitted from interior wood walls in both human male and female participants. METHODS: We used Japanese cedar timber and analyzed VOCs in the experimental rooms with and without Japanese cedar timber by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS)...
March 12, 2018: Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine
Luisa Lucattini, Giulia Poma, Adrian Covaci, Jacob de Boer, Marja H Lamoree, Pim E G Leonards
As many people spend a large part of their life indoors, the quality of the indoor environment is important. Data on contaminants such as flame retardants, pesticides and plasticizers are available for indoor air and dust but are scarce for consumer products such as computers, televisions, furniture, carpets, etc. This review presents information on semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) in consumer products in an attempt to link the information available for chemicals in indoor air and dust with their indoor sources...
February 27, 2018: Chemosphere
Kun Li, Junling Li, Weigang Wang, Jiangjun Li, Chao Peng, Dong Wang, Maofa Ge
The formation of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) contains partitioning processes of the oxidation products between gas and particle phase, which could change the particle-phase composition when particles grow. However, the effects of these processes on the optical properties of SOA remain poorly understood. In this study, we performed smog chamber experiments to investigate the effects of gas-particle partitioning (GPP) on the refractive index (RI) and chemical composition of the m-xylene SOA. Here, we show that the GPP processes, as organic mass increases, can increase the proportions of semi- and intermediate volatile organic compounds (SVOCs and IVOCs) in the particle phase and result in the decrease of SOA RI real part for 0...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Gaetano Rocco, Giorgio Pennazza, Marco Santonico, Filippo Longo, Raffaele Rocco, Pierfilippo Crucitti, Raffaele Antonelli Incalzi
The electronic nose (e-nose) is a promising technology to be used as a useful addition to the currently available modalities to achieve lung cancer diagnosis. The e-nose can assess the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) detected in the breath and derived from the cellular metabolism. VOCs can be analyzed to identify either the individual chemical elements as well as their pattern of expression to reproduce a sensorial combination similar to a fingerprint (breathprint). The e-nose can be used alone, mimicking the combinatorial selectivity of the human olfactory system, or as part of a multisensorial platform...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
Ariel Fontana, Isaac Rodríguez, Rafael Cela
The suitability of dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (DLLME) and gas chromatography accurate mass spectrometry (GC-MS), based on a time-of-flight (TOF) MS analyzer and using electron ionization (EI), for the characterization of volatile and semi-volatile profiles of grape marc distillates (grappa) are evaluated. DLLME conditions are optimized with a selection of compounds, from different chemical families, present in the distillate spirit. Under final working conditions, 2.5 mL of sample and 0.5 mL of organic solvents are consumed in the sample preparation process...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. A
Qian Li, Longteng Zhang, Yongkang Luo
This study investigated sensory scores, quality attributes and microbial communities in white muscle and dark muscle of common carp (Cyprinus carpio) during chilled (4 °C) and freeze-chilled (-20 °C for 4 weeks prior to 4 °C) storage. Compared to the samples at the end of storage, fresh samples and frozen-thawed samples on day 0 showed greater bacterial diversity and more differences in microbiota. Initially, Aeromonas was the prevalent genus in fresh white muscle and dark muscle. As time progressed, Aeromonas followed by Pseudomonas predominated in white muscle, while Aeromonas, Pseudomonas, and Lactococcus dominated in dark muscle...
August 2018: Food Microbiology
Oscar van Mastrigt, Tjakko Abee, Søren K Lillevang, Eddy J Smid
During food fermentation processes like cheese ripening, lactic acid bacteria (LAB) encounter long periods of nutrient limitation leading to slow growth. Particular LAB survive these periods while still contributing to flavour formation in the fermented product. In this study the dairy Lactococcus lactis biovar diacetylactis FM03-V1 is grown in retentostat cultures to study its physiology and aroma formation capacity at near-zero growth rates. During the cultivations, the growth rate decreased from 0.025 h-1 to less than 0...
August 2018: Food Microbiology
Mohsen Ghafari, John D Atkinson
A novel one-step hyper-cross-linking method, using 1,2-dichloroethane (DCE) and 1,6-dichlorohexane (DCH) cross-linkers, expands the micropore volume of commercial styrenic polymers. Performance of virgin and modified polymers was evaluated by measuring hexane, toluene, and methyl-ethyl-ketone (MEK) adsorption capacity, adsorption/desorption kinetics, and desorption efficiency. Hyper-cross-linked polymers have up to 128% higher adsorption capacity than virgin polymers at P/P0  = 0.05 due to micropore volume increases up to 330%...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Paul O Wennberg, Kelvin H Bates, John D Crounse, Leah G Dodson, Renee C McVay, Laura A Mertens, Tran B Nguyen, Eric Praske, Rebecca H Schwantes, Matthew D Smarte, Jason M St Clair, Alexander P Teng, Xuan Zhang, John H Seinfeld
Isoprene carries approximately half of the flux of non-methane volatile organic carbon emitted to the atmosphere by the biosphere. Accurate representation of its oxidation rate and products is essential for quantifying its influence on the abundance of the hydroxyl radical (OH), nitrogen oxide free radicals (NOx ), ozone (O3 ), and, via the formation of highly oxygenated compounds, aerosol. We present a review of recent laboratory and theoretical studies of the oxidation pathways of isoprene initiated by addition of OH, O3 , the nitrate radical (NO3 ), and the chlorine atom...
March 9, 2018: Chemical Reviews
Anja Püschel, Rasmus Ebel, Patricia Fuchs, Janet Hofmann, Jochen K Schubert, Jan P Roesner, Stefan Bergt, Andreas Wree, Brigitte Vollmar, Ernst Klar, Carsten M Bünger, Sabine Kischkel
BACKROUND: Paraplegia due to spinal cord ischemia (SCI) is a serious complication after repair of thoraco-abdominal aortic aneurysms. For prevention and early treatment of spinal ischemia intraoperative monitoring of spinal cord integrity is essential. This study was intended to improve recognition of SCI through a combination of transcranial motor-evoked potentials (tc-MEPs), serum markers and innovative breath analysis. METHODS: In nine female German landrace pigs, tc-MEPs were captured, markers of neuronal damage were determined in blood and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were analysed in exhaled air...
March 5, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
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