Sample records for acid gases carbon

  1. Chemistry of Carbon Gases in Volcanic Gases on Io

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Schaefer, L.; Fegley, B., Jr.

    2004-11-01

    We use chemical equilibrium calculations to model the chemistry of carbon in volcanic gases on Io (Schaefer and Fegley 2004, ApJ, in review). The calculations covered temperatures from 500 - 2000 K, pressures from 10-8 to 10+2 bars, and bulk O/S atomic ratios from ˜ 0 to 3. These conditions overlap the nominal conditions at Pele, where T = 1760 K, P = 0.01 bar, and O/S ˜ 1.5. Bulk C/S atomic ratios ranging from 10-4 to 10-1 are used in the equilibrium calculations, with a nominal value of 10-3 based upon upper limits for carbon on Io from Voyager observations of the Loki plume. Carbon monoxide and CO2 are the two major carbon gases under nearly all conditions studied. Carbonyl sulfide and CS2 are orders of magnitude less abundant. Consideration of different loss processes including photolysis, condensation, and kinetic reactions in the plume indicates that photolysis is probably the major loss process for all gases. Both CO and CO2 should be observable in volcanic plumes and in Io's atmosphere at abundances of several hundred parts per million by volume for a bulk C/S atomic ratio of 10-3. This work is supported by the NASA Planetary Atmospheres program.

  2. Clostridium strain which produces acetic acid from waste gases

    DOEpatents

    Gaddy, J.L.

    1997-01-14

    A method and apparatus are disclosed for converting waste gases from industrial processes such as oil refining, carbon black, coke, ammonia, and methanol production, into useful products. The method includes introducing the waste gases into a bioreactor where they are fermented to various organic acids or alcohols by anaerobic bacteria within the bioreactor. These valuable end products are then recovered, separated and purified. In an exemplary recovery process, the bioreactor raffinate is passed through an extraction chamber into which one or more non-inhibitory solvents are simultaneously introduced to extract the product. Then, the product is separated from the solvent by distillation. Gas conversion rates can be maximized by use of centrifuges, hollow fiber membranes, or other means of ultrafiltration to return entrained anaerobic bacteria from the bioreactor raffinate to the bioreactor itself, thus insuring the highest possible cell concentration. 4 figs.

  3. Clostridium stain which produces acetic acid from waste gases

    DOEpatents

    Gaddy, James L. (2207 Tall Oaks Dr., Fayetteville, AR 72703)

    1997-01-01

    A method and apparatus for converting waste gases from industrial processes such as oil refining, carbon black, coke, ammonia, and methanol production, into useful products. The method includes introducing the waste gases into a bioreactor where they are fermented to various organic acids or alcohols by anaerobic bacteria within the bioreactor. These valuable end products are then recovered, separated and purified. In an exemplary recovery process, the bioreactor raffinate is passed through an extraction chamber into which one or more non-inhibitory solvents are simultaneously introduced to extract the product. Then, the product is separated from the solvent by distillation. Gas conversion rates can be maximized by use of centrifuges, hollow fiber membranes, or other means of ultrafiltration to return entrained anaerobic bacteria from the bioreactor raffinate to the bioreactor itself, thus insuring the highest possible cell concentration.

  4. Method of scrubbing acid gases containing polymerizable organic components

    SciTech Connect

    Baur, K.; Dannhorn, E.

    1982-08-10

    A process for scrubbing acid gases in which carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide, for example, are scrubbed from gas mixtures which also contain polymerizable organic components, in which an aqueous alkanolamine, such as ethanolamine, is used as the scrubbing liquid. The scrubbing liquid is heated, regenerated, cooled and returned to the scrubber and the polymerizable component or the polymer formed therefrom is removed by treating the scrubbing liquid with an organic solvent which is water immiscible. The extraction treatment by the organic solvent, according to the invention, is carried out after the heating and before the regeneration of the charged scrubbing liquid at a temperature of the latter which is just below the boiling point of the liquid mixture formed by the scrubbing liquid and the organic extracting solvent.

  5. Method and compositions for reducing corrosion in the removal of acidic gases from gaseous mixtures

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. S. DuPart; D. C. Cringle; B. D. Oakes

    1984-01-01

    A corrosion inhibited composition containing a gas conditioning solution such as an alkanol amine with water or with organic solvents and with small amounts of soluble thiocyanate compounds, soluble trivalent bismuth compounds with or without soluble divalent nickel or cobalt compounds. The compositions are useful to separate acid gases such as carbon dioxide from hydrocarbon feed streams in gas conditioning

  6. Method for removing acid gases from a gaseous stream

    DOEpatents

    Gorin, Everett (San Rafael, CA); Zielke, Clyde W. (McMurray, PA)

    1981-01-01

    In a process for hydrocracking a heavy aromatic polynuclear carbonaceous feedstock containing reactive alkaline constituents to produce liquid hydrocarbon fuels boiling below about 475.degree. C. at atmospheric pressure by contacting the feedstock with hydrogen in the presence of a molten metal halide catalyst, thereafter separating a gaseous stream containing hydrogen, at least a portion of the hydrocarbon fuels and acid gases from the molten metal halide and regenerating the molten metal halide, thereby producing a purified molten metal halide stream for recycle to the hydrocracking zone, an improvement comprising; contacting the gaseous acid gas, hydrogen and hydrocarbon fuels-containing stream with the feedstock containing reactive alkaline constituents to remove acid gases from the acid gas containing stream. Optionally at least a portion of the hydrocarbon fuels are separated from gaseous stream containing hydrogen, hydrocarbon fuels and acid gases prior to contacting the gaseous stream with the feedstock.

  7. 21 CFR 201.161 - Carbon dioxide and certain other gases.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

    ...2013-04-01 2013-04-01 false Carbon dioxide and certain other gases. 201.161...LABELING Other Exemptions § 201.161 Carbon dioxide and certain other gases. (a) Carbon dioxide, cyclopropane, ethylene,...

  8. Arterial Blood Carbonic Acid Inversely Determines Lactic and Organic Acids

    PubMed Central

    Aiken, Christopher Geoffrey Alexander

    2013-01-01

    Objective: To establish that arterial blood carbonic acid varies inversely with lactic acid in accordance with bicarbonate exchanging for lactate across cell membranes through the anion exchange mechanism to maintain the Gibbs-Donnan equilibrium. Study Design: Over 5 years, lactate was measured on all blood gases taken from neonatal admissions, as well as organic acid whenever electrolytes were required. Results: Arterial blood gases from 63 infants given high calcium TPN were analyzed. Twenty two needed continuous positive airways pressure (CPAP) only and 31 intermittent positive pressure ventilation (IPPV) and surfactant followed by CPAP to treat respiratory distress syndrome in 51 and meconium aspiration syndrome in 2. All survived and were free of infection. Excluded gases were those with high and falling lactate soon after delivery representing perinatal asphyxia, and those on dexamethasone. Strong inverse relations between carbonic and lactic acids were found at all gestational ages and, independent of glomerular filtration, between carbonic and organic acids. Lactate (mmol/L) = 62.53 X PCO2 -0.96(mmHg) r2 0.315, n 1232, p <0.001. Sixty divided by PCO2 is a convenient measure of physiological lactate at any given PCO2. In the first week, 9.13 ± 2.57% of arterial gases from infants on IPPV had lactates above 120/PCO2, significantly more than 4.74 ± 2.73% on CPAP (p<0.05) and 2.47 ± 2.39% on no support. Conclusion: Changes in arterial blood carbonic acid cause immediate inverse changes in lactic acid, because their anions interchange across cell membranes according to the Gibbs –Donnan equilibrium. Increasing PCO2 from 40 to 120 mmHg decreased lactate from 1.5 mmol/L to 0.5 mmol/L, so that the sum of carbonic and lactic acids increased from 2.72 mmol/L to only 4.17 mmol/L. This helps explain the neuroprotective effect of hypercapnoea and highlights the importance of avoiding any degree of hypocapnoea in infants on IPPV. PMID:24392387

  9. Predicted Abundances of Carbon Compounds in Volcanic Gases on IO

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Schaefer, Laura; Fegley, Bruce, Jr.

    2005-01-01

    We use chemical equilibrium calculations to model the speciation of carbon in volcanic gases on Io. The calculations cover wide temperature (500-2000 K), pressure (10-8 to 10+2 bars), and composition ranges (bulk O/S atomic ratios ~0 to 3), which overlap the nominal conditions at Pele (1760 K, 0.01 bars, O/S~1.5). Bulk C/S atomic ratios ranging from 10-6 to 10-1 in volcanic gases are used with a nominal value of 10-3 based on upper limits from Voyager for carbon in the Loki plume on Io. Carbon monoxide and CO2 are the two major carbon gases under all conditions studied. Carbonyl sulfide and CS2 are orders of magnitude less abundant. Consideration of different loss processes (photolysis, condensation, kinetic reactions in the plume) indicates that photolysis is probably the major loss process for all gases. Both CO and CO2 should be observable in volcanic plumes and in Io's atmosphere at abundances of several hundred parts per million by volume for a bulk C/S ratio of 10-3.

  10. THE SOLUBILITY OF ACID GASES IN METHANOL

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report describes a thermodynamic model developed to predict phase-equilibrium behavior in a methanol/carbon-dioxide/nitrogen/hydrogen-sulfide system based on parameters determined from binary vapor/liquid equilibrium data available in the literature. Model predictions are com...

  11. 21 CFR 201.161 - Carbon dioxide and certain other gases.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-04-01

    ...Other Exemptions § 201.161 Carbon dioxide and certain other gases. (a) Carbon dioxide, cyclopropane, ethylene, helium, and nitrous oxide gases intended for drug use are exempted from the requirements of § 201.100(b) (2), (3),...

  12. 21 CFR 201.161 - Carbon dioxide and certain other gases.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-04-01

    ...Other Exemptions § 201.161 Carbon dioxide and certain other gases. (a) Carbon dioxide, cyclopropane, ethylene, helium, and nitrous oxide gases intended for drug use are exempted from the requirements of § 201.100(b) (2), (3),...

  13. 21 CFR 201.161 - Carbon dioxide and certain other gases.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-04-01

    ...Other Exemptions § 201.161 Carbon dioxide and certain other gases. (a) Carbon dioxide, cyclopropane, ethylene, helium, and nitrous oxide gases intended for drug use are exempted from the requirements of § 201.100(b) (2), (3),...

  14. Fullerenes: An extraterrestrial carbon carrier phase for noble gases

    PubMed Central

    Becker, Luann; Poreda, Robert J.; Bunch, Ted E.

    2000-01-01

    In this work, we report on the discovery of naturally occurring fullerenes (C60 to C400) in the Allende and Murchison meteorites and some sediment samples from the 65 million-year-old Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary layer (KTB). Unlike the other pure forms of carbon (diamond and graphite), fullerenes are extractable in an organic solvent (e.g., toluene or 1,2,4-trichlorobenzene). The recognition of this unique property led to the detection and isolation of the higher fullerenes in the Kratschmer/Huffmann arc evaporated graphite soot and in the carbon material in the meteorite and impact deposits. By further exploiting the unique ability of the fullerene cage structure to encapsulate and retain noble gases, we have determined that both the Allende and Murchison fullerenes and the KTB fullerenes contain trapped noble gases with ratios that can only be described as extraterrestrial in origin. PMID:10725367

  15. 40 CFR 62.14103 - Emission limits for municipal waste combustor metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ...combustor metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides. 62.14103 Section 62...metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides. (a) The emission limits...affected facility any gases that contain nitrogen oxides in excess of the emission...

  16. 40 CFR 62.14103 - Emission limits for municipal waste combustor metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ...combustor metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides. 62.14103 Section 62...metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides. (a) The emission limits...affected facility any gases that contain nitrogen oxides in excess of the emission...

  17. 40 CFR 62.14103 - Emission limits for municipal waste combustor metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...combustor metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides. 62.14103 Section 62...metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides. (a) The emission limits...affected facility any gases that contain nitrogen oxides in excess of the emission...

  18. 40 CFR 62.14103 - Emission limits for municipal waste combustor metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ...combustor metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides. 62.14103 Section 62...metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides. (a) The emission limits...affected facility any gases that contain nitrogen oxides in excess of the emission...

  19. Carbonic Acid Pretreatment of Biomass

    SciTech Connect

    G. Peter van Walsum; Kemantha Jayawardhana; Damon Yourchisin; Robert McWilliams; Vanessa Castleberry

    2003-05-31

    This project sought to address six objectives, outlined below. The objectives were met through the completion of ten tasks. 1) Solidify the theoretical understanding of the binary CO2/H2O system at reaction temperatures and pressures. The thermodynamics of pH prediction have been improved to include a more rigorous treatment of non-ideal gas phases. However it was found that experimental attempts to confirm theoretical pH predictions were still off by a factor of about 1.8 pH units. Arrhenius experiments were carried out and the activation energy for carbonic acid appears to be substantially similar to sulfuric acid. Titration experiments have not yet confirmed or quantified the buffering or acid suppression effects of carbonic acid on biomass. 2) Modify the carbonic acid pretreatment severity function to include the effect of endogenous acid formation and carbonate buffering, if necessary. It was found that the existing severity functions serve adequately to account for endogenous acid production and carbonate effects. 3) Quantify the production of soluble carbohydrates at different reaction conditions and severity. Results show that carbonic acid has little effect on increasing soluble carbohydrate concentrations for pretreated aspen wood, compared to pretreatment with water alone. This appears to be connected to the release of endogenous acids by the substrate. A less acidic substrate such as corn stover would derive benefit from the use of carbonic acid. 4) Quantify the production of microbial inhibitors at selected reaction conditions and severity. It was found that the release of inhibitors was correlated to reaction severity and that carbonic acid did not appear to increase or decrease inhibition compared to pretreatment with water alone. 5) Assess the reactivity to enzymatic hydrolysis of material pretreated at selected reaction conditions and severity. Enzymatic hydrolysis rates increased with severity, but no advantage was detected for the use of carbonic acid compared to water alone. 6) Determine optimal conditions for carbonic acid pretreatment of aspen wood. Optimal severities appeared to be in the mid range tested. ASPEN-Plus modeling and economic analysis of the process indicate that the process could be cost competitive with sulfuric acid if the concentration of solids in the pretreatment is maintained very high (~50%). Lower solids concentrations result in larger reactors that become expensive to construct for high pressure applications.

  20. Carbonic Acid Retreatment of Biomass

    SciTech Connect

    Baylor university

    2003-06-01

    This project sought to address six objectives, outlined below. The objectives were met through the completion of ten tasks. (1) Solidify the theoretical understanding of the binary CO{sub 2}/H{sub 2}O system at reaction temperatures and pressures. The thermodynamics of pH prediction have been improved to include a more rigorous treatment of non-ideal gas phases. However it was found that experimental attempts to confirm theoretical pH predictions were still off by a factor of about 1.8 pH units. Arrhenius experiments were carried out and the activation energy for carbonic acid appears to be substantially similar to sulfuric acid. Titration experiments have not yet confirmed or quantified the buffering or acid suppression effects of carbonic acid on biomass. (2) Modify the carbonic acid pretreatment severity function to include the effect of endogenous acid formation and carbonate buffering, if necessary. It was found that the existing severity functions serve adequately to account for endogenous acid production and carbonate effects. (3) Quantify the production of soluble carbohydrates at different reaction conditions and severity. Results show that carbonic acid has little effect on increasing soluble carbohydrate concentrations for pretreated aspen wood, compared to pretreatment with water alone. This appears to be connected to the release of endogenous acids by the substrate. A less acidic substrate such as corn stover would derive benefit from the use of carbonic acid. (4) Quantify the production of microbial inhibitors at selected reaction conditions and severity. It was found that the release of inhibitors was correlated to reaction severity and that carbonic acid did not appear to increase or decrease inhibition compared to pretreatment with water alone. (5) Assess the reactivity to enzymatic hydrolysis of material pretreated at selected reaction conditions and severity. Enzymatic hydrolysis rates increased with severity, but no advantage was detected for the use of carbonic acid compared to water alone. (6) Determine optimal conditions for carbonic acid pretreatment of aspen wood. Optimal severities appeared to be in the mid range tested. ASPEN-Plus modeling and economic analysis of the process indicate that the process could be cost competitive with sulfuric acid if the concentration of solids in the pretreatment is maintained very high ({approx}50%). Lower solids concentrations result in larger reactors that become expensive to construct for high pressure applications.

  1. Biological production of acetic acid from waste gases with Clostridium ljungdahlii

    DOEpatents

    Gaddy, J.L.

    1998-09-15

    A method and apparatus are disclosed for converting waste gases from industrial processes such as oil refining, carbon black, coke, ammonia, and methanol production, into useful products. The method includes introducing the waste gases into a bioreactor where they are fermented to various organic acids or alcohols by anaerobic bacteria within the bioreactor. These valuable end products are then recovered, separated and purified. In an exemplary recovery process, the bioreactor raffinate is passed through an extraction chamber into which one or more non-inhibitory solvents are simultaneously introduced to extract the product. Then, the product is separated from the solvent by distillation. Gas conversion rates can be maximized by use of centrifuges, hollow fiber membranes, or other means of ultrafiltration to return entrained anaerobic bacteria from the bioreactor raffinate to the bioreactor itself, thus insuring the highest possible cell concentration. 5 figs.

  2. Nadir Sounding of Carbon Gases using SCIAMACHY Near Infrared Channels

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gimeno García, Sebastián; Schreier, Franz; Lichtenberg, Günter; Slijkhuis, Sander; Hess, Michael; Aberle, Bernd

    The Beer InfraRed Retrieval Algorithm (BIRRA) and Column EstimatoR Vertical InfraRed Sounding Atmosphere (CERVISA) codes have been designed to retrieve vertical column den-sities (VCDs) of atmospheric gases in the near and thermal infrared (NIR,TIR) region of the electromagnetic spectrum by means of non-linear least squares fitting of radiances. As part of the operational SCIAMACHY level 1-2 processor, BIRRA is currently used for the specific retrieval of carbon monoxide (CO) VCDs exploiting the fitting window 4282-4301 cm-1 within the SCIAMACHY channel 8. Using appropriate fitting windows in channel 6, BIRRA also allows to gain information on greenhouse gases such as methane and carbon dioxide. Unfortunately, the increasing number of dead and bad pixels -specially in the NIR channels -reduces the available spectral information and consequently makes the VCDs retrieval more and more challenging. The proper choice of the pixel mask, fitting window, auxiliary fit parameters, as well as the filtering of the Level 2 data is crucial for obtaining a high quality atmospheric product. For validation of BIRRA the closely related CERVISA code is used to retrieve CO and CH4 from nadir infrared sounding data of AIRS, IASI, or TES. BIRRA and CERVISA share a large portion of modules, e.g., for line-by-line absorption and the nonlinear least squares solver; the essential difference is the part of the forward model devoted to radiative transfer through the atmosphere, i.e., Beer's law for the NIR versus Schwarzschild's equation for the TIR. CERVISA retrieval results are compared both to the operational products of the TIR sounder and to the SCIAMACHY-BIRRA product. In this work, we present recent results of carbon monoxide and methane retrievals.

  3. Carbonation and other super saturated gases as solution modifiers for improved sensitivity in solvent assisted ionization inlet (SAII) and ESI.

    PubMed

    Pagnotti, Vincent S; Chakrabarty, Shubhashis; McEwen, Charles N

    2013-02-01

    Solvent Assisted Ionization Inlet (SAII) produces ions in a heated inlet to a mass spectrometer from aqueous and aqueous/organic solutions with high sensitivity. However, the use of acid modifiers, which typically aids electrospray ionization, generally results in ion suppression in SAII. Here we demonstrate that the use of carbonation and other super-saturated gases as solution modifiers increases analyte ion abundance and reduces metal cation adduction in SAII. Carbonation is also found to enhance electrospray ionization. The mechanistic and practical utility of carbonation in mass spectrometry is addressed. PMID:23296909

  4. 40 CFR 60.54a - Standard for municipal waste combustor acid gases.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ...for municipal waste combustor acid gases. 60.54a Section...for municipal waste combustor acid gases. (a)-(b) [Reserved...corrected to 7 percent oxygen (dry basis), whichever is less stringent...corrected to 7 percent oxygen (dry basis), whichever is less...

  5. 40 CFR 60.54a - Standard for municipal waste combustor acid gases.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ...for municipal waste combustor acid gases. 60.54a Section...for municipal waste combustor acid gases. (a)-(b) [Reserved...corrected to 7 percent oxygen (dry basis), whichever is less stringent...corrected to 7 percent oxygen (dry basis), whichever is less...

  6. 40 CFR 60.54a - Standard for municipal waste combustor acid gases.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...for municipal waste combustor acid gases. 60.54a Section...for municipal waste combustor acid gases. (a)-(b) [Reserved...corrected to 7 percent oxygen (dry basis), whichever is less stringent...corrected to 7 percent oxygen (dry basis), whichever is less...

  7. 40 CFR 60.54a - Standard for municipal waste combustor acid gases.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ...for municipal waste combustor acid gases. 60.54a Section...for municipal waste combustor acid gases. (a)-(b) [Reserved...corrected to 7 percent oxygen (dry basis), whichever is less stringent...corrected to 7 percent oxygen (dry basis), whichever is less...

  8. 40 CFR 60.54a - Standard for municipal waste combustor acid gases.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ...for municipal waste combustor acid gases. 60.54a Section...for municipal waste combustor acid gases. (a)-(b) [Reserved...corrected to 7 percent oxygen (dry basis), whichever is less stringent...corrected to 7 percent oxygen (dry basis), whichever is less...

  9. Simultaneous stripping and solvent extraction for the recovery of ammonia and acid gases from wastewaters

    Microsoft Academic Search

    P. D. Mackenzie; C. J. King

    1984-01-01

    A processing approach is proposed which has the potential for reducing energy requirements for the recovery of ammonia and acid gases (e.g. COâ and HâS) from wastewaters. Two separation processes, solvent extraction and steam stripping, are carried out simultaneously. One process preferentially removes the acid gases, the other the basic gas (NHâ). The key to the process is the identification

  10. Carbon Compounds in Pyrolysates and Amino Acids in Extracts of Apollo 14 Lunar Samples

    Microsoft Academic Search

    VINCENT E. MODZELESKI; JUDITH E. MODZELESKI; M. A. JABBAR MOHAMMED; LOIS ANNE NAGY; BARTHOLOMEW NAGY; WILLIAM S. McEWAN; HAROLD C. UREY; PAUL B. HAMILTON

    1973-01-01

    The analysis of seven samples brought back by the Apollo 14 astronauts is described. Carbon was present in the gases evolved to between 76 and 161 p.p.m. Glycine, aspartic acid, glutamic acid and serine were among the most abundant amnio acids found.

  11. Experimental equilibrium between acid gases and ethanolamine solutions

    SciTech Connect

    Bhairi, A.M.

    1984-01-01

    The general subject area of this study is equilibrium solubility of carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide in solutions of some common ethanolamines. The amines studied are most widely used in the area of gas sweetening. They include monoethanolamine, diglycolamine, diethanolamine and methyldiethanolamine. Only limited data are available for some of these amines. The process involved developing simple apparatus and procedure for investigating the equilibrium solubility of carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide in aqueous alkanolamine solutions. The procedure uses a single equilibrium cell. No gas chromatograph nor liquid chemical analysis is required. Measurements of the solubility were made in different amine solution concentrations at acid gas partial pressures to 1000 psia and temperatures from 77 to 240{degree}F. The method used was found to be sound as indicated by the consistency and reproducibility of the data.

  12. Electrochemical formation of hydroxide for enhancing carbon dioxide and acid gas uptake by a solution

    DOEpatents

    Rau, Gregory Hudson (Castro Valley, CA)

    2012-05-15

    A system is described for forming metal hydroxide from a metal carbonate utilizing a water electrolysis cell having an acid-producing anode and a hydroxyl-producing cathode immersed in a water solution of sufficient ionic content to allow an electric current to pass between the hydroxyl-producing cathode and the acid-producing anode. A metal carbonate, in particular water-insoluble calcium carbonate or magnesium carbonate, is placed in close proximity to the acid-producing anode. A direct current electrical voltage is provided across the acid-producing anode and the hydroxyl-producing cathode sufficient to generate acid at the acid-producing anode and hydroxyl ions at the hydroxyl-producing cathode. The acid dissolves at least part of the metal carbonate into metal and carbonate ions allowing the metal ions to travel toward the hydroxyl-producing cathode and to combine with the hydroxyl ions to form the metal hydroxide. The carbonate ions travel toward the acid-producing anode and form carbonic acid and/or water and carbon dioxide. Among other uses, the metal hydroxide formed can be employed to absorb acid gases such as carbon dioxide from a gas mixture. The invention can also generate hydrogen and oxidative gases such as oxygen or chlorine.

  13. OPERATION OF A SULFURIC ACID PLANT USING BLENDED COPPER SMELTER GASES

    EPA Science Inventory

    A high degree of control of SOx emissions at copper smelters can be obtained by blending reverberatory furnace gases with gases from roasters and converters and using the combined stream as feed to a sulfuric acid plant. The Bor Copper Smelter in Bor, Yugoslavia, experimented wit...

  14. Atmospheric Trace Gases from the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC)

    DOE Data Explorer

    CDIAC products are indexed and searchable through a customized interface powered by ORNL's Mercury search engine. Products include numeric data packages, publications, trend data, atlases, models, etc. and can be searched for by subject area, keywords, authors, product numbers, time periods, collection sites, spatial references, etc. Some of the collections may also be included in the CDIAC publication, Trends Online: A Compendium of Global Change Data. Most data sets, many with numerous data files, are free to download from CDIAC's ftp area. The collections under the CDIAC heading of Atmospheric Trace Gases include: Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide, Atmospheric Methane, Atmospheric Carbon Monoxide, Atmospheric Hydrogen, Isotopes in Greenhouse Gases, Radionuclides, Aerosols, and Other Trace Gases.

  15. Effects of Biochar and Basalt Additions on Carbon Sequestration and Fluxes of Greenhouse Gases in Soils

    E-print Network

    Vallino, Joseph J.

    Effects of Biochar and Basalt Additions on Carbon Sequestration and Fluxes of Greenhouse Gases Emissions--Carbon Dioxide Emissions--Sequestration and Storage--Biochar--Basalt--Organic Fertilizers, this investigation focuses on the range of potential of different soil additives to enhance sequestration and storage

  16. Stable carbon isotope distributions of thermocatalytically generated low molecular weight hydrocarbon gases

    Microsoft Academic Search

    McCarty; H. B. Jr

    1984-01-01

    Laboratory simulations of petroleum formation were examined by stable carbon isotope studies of five cryogenic distillation fractions of the gases produced by thermal treatment of organic substrate. Simple heat treatment of substrates was contrasted with heat treatment in the presence of nickel and vanadium sulfides, ammonia, and water. Other reactions examined the effects of clay and carbonate on the isotopic

  17. Radiolysis gases from nitric acid solutions containing HSA and HAN

    SciTech Connect

    Smith, J.R.

    1994-10-28

    The concentration of hydrogen (H{sub 2}) in the radiolytically produced off-gas from 2.76-4.25M HNO{sub 3}/PU solutions has been found to be greatly reduced in the presence of sulfamic acid (HSA) and hydroxylamine nitrate (HAN). The H{sub 2} concentration ([H{sub 2}]) is reduced from 35 percent to about 4 percent by dilution caused from an increase in the production rates of nitrogen (N{sub 2}), nitrous oxide (N{sub 2}O), and oxygen (O{sub 2}) gases. The generation rate of H{sub 2} was not affected by HSA or HAN giving a measured radiolytic yield, G(H{sub 2}), value of 0.201 molecules/100 eV for 2.765M NO{sub 3}{sup -} solution (a value of 0.213 is predicted from previous data). The G(H{sub 2}) values are dependent on the solution nitrate concentration ([NO{sub 3}{sup -}]). The generation rates of N{sub 2}, N{sub 2}O, and O{sub 2} are not dependent on the [NO{sub 3}{sup -}] in this narrow range, but are dependent on the presence of HSA and the concentration of HAN. The percentage [H{sub 2}] for the 2.5 to 3.0M NO{sub 3}{sup -} range expected in the off- from the FB-Line Pu{sup +3} Hold Tanks is conservatively estimated to be about 3.5 to 4.5 % for Pu + 3 solutions initially containing 0.023M HAN/0.165M HSA. The upper limit [H{sub 2}] may actually be about 4.1 % (4.3 % at 90 % confidence limits) but more {open_quotes}initial{close_quotes} off-gas rate data is needed at about 2.9M [NO{sub 3}{sup -}] in Pu{sup +3} solution for verification. Addition of ascorbic acid had no effect on the off-gas rate of Pu{sup +3} solutions containing HSA and NO{sub 3}{sup -} concentrations higher than those expected in the hold tanks. The maximum {open_quotes}hold time{close_quotes} for 50 grams/liter Pu{sup +3}/0.165M HSA/0.023M HAN/2.5-3.0M HNO{sub 3} solution is 20.3{+-}2.1 days. After this time the HSA initially present will become exhausted and the [H{sub 2}] will increase to 35 %. This hold time may be longer in [NO{sub 3}{sup -}] < 3.0M, but again more study is needed.

  18. Prediction of Effective Acid Penetration and Acid Volume for Matrix Acidizing Treatments in Naturally Fractured Carbonates

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Xiong Hongjie

    1994-01-01

    This paper discusses a new method and a corresponding computer model developed to investigate matrix acidizing in naturally fractured carbonates. With this method, the effective acid penetration distance and acid volume needed for acid treatments in naturally fractured carbonates can be predicted. The new model simulates acid flowing in the natural fracture network and the acid\\/rock reaction. During the simulation,

  19. Influence of acidic surface oxides of activated carbon on gas adsorption characteristics

    Microsoft Academic Search

    H. Tamon; M. Okazaki

    1996-01-01

    An activated carbon was oxidized by HNO3 at boiling temperature. The influence of acidic surface oxides of the activated carbon was experimentally studied on the adsorption characteristics of eleven different gases or vapors. In the adsorption of cyclohexane, benzene, 2-propanol and 2-butanol, the adsorption capacity decreased greatly with oxidizing the carbon by 13.2 N HNO3. This was because the surface

  20. Relation of Hydrogen and Methane to Carbon Monoxide in Exhaust Gases from Internal-Combustion Engines

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Gerrish, Harold C; Tessmann, Arthur M

    1935-01-01

    The relation of hydrogen and methane to carbon monoxide in the exhaust gases from internal-combustion engines operating on standard-grade aviation gasoline, fighting-grade aviation gasoline, hydrogenated safety fuel, laboratory diesel fuel, and auto diesel fuel was determined by analysis of the exhaust gases. Two liquid-cooled single-cylinder spark-ignition, one 9-cylinder radial air-cooled spark-ignition, and two liquid-cooled single-cylinder compression-ignition engines were used.

  1. Acid sorption regeneration process using carbon dioxide

    DOEpatents

    King, C. Judson (Kensington, CA); Husson, Scott M. (Anderson, SC)

    2001-01-01

    Carboxylic acids are sorbed from aqueous feedstocks onto a solid adsorbent in the presence of carbon dioxide under pressure. The acids are freed from the sorbent phase by a suitable regeneration method, one of which is treating them with an organic alkylamine solution thus forming an alkylamine-carboxylic acid complex which thermally decomposes to the desired carboxylic acid and the alkylamine.

  2. Carbon dioxide sequestration by direct mineral carbonation with carbonic acid

    SciTech Connect

    O'Connor, William K.; Dahlin, David C.; Nilsen, David N.; Walters, Richard P.; Turner, Paul C.

    2000-01-01

    The Albany Research Center (ARC) of the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) has been conducting a series of mineral carbonation tests at its Albany, Oregon, facility over the past 2 years as part of a Mineral Carbonation Study Program within the DOE. Other participants in this Program include the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Arizona State University, Science Applications International Corporation, and the DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory. The ARC tests have focused on ex-situ mineral carbonation in an aqueous system. The process developed at ARC utilizes a slurry of water mixed with a magnesium silicate mineral, olivine [forsterite end member (Mg2SiO4)], or serpentine [Mg3Si2O5(OH)4]. This slurry is reacted with supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) to produce magnesite (MgCO3). The CO2 is dissolved in water to form carbonic acid (H2CO3), which dissociates to H+ and HCO3 -. The H+ reacts with the mineral, liberating Mg2+ cations which react with the bicarbonate to form the solid carbonate. The process is designed to simulate the natural serpentinization reaction of ultramafic minerals, and for this reason, these results may also be applicable to in-situ geological sequestration regimes. Results of the baseline tests, conducted on ground products of the natural minerals, have been encouraging. Tests conducted at ambient temperature (22 C) and subcritical CO2 pressures (below 73 atm) resulted in very slow conversion to the carbonate. However, when elevated temperatures and pressures are utilized, coupled with continuous stirring of the slurry and gas dispersion within the water column, significant reaction occurs within much shorter reaction times. Extent of reaction, as measured by the stoichiometric conversion of the silicate mineral (olivine) to the carbonate, is roughly 90% within 24 hours, using distilled water, and a reaction temperature of 185?C and a partial pressure of CO2 (PCO2) of 115 atm. Recent tests using a bicarbonate solution, under identical reaction conditions, have achieved roughly 83% conversion of heat treated serpentine and 84% conversion of olivine to the carbonate in 6 hours. The results from the current studies suggest that reaction kinetics can be improved by pretreatment of the mineral, catalysis of the reaction, or some combination of the two. Future tests are intended to examine a broader pressure/temperature regime, various pretreatment options, as well as other mineral groups.

  3. Helium, Argon, and Carbon in Some Natural Gases

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. E. Zartman; G. J. Wasserburg; J. H. Reynolds

    1961-01-01

    Thirty-nine samples of natural gases representing varied chemical compositions and geological occurrences were analyzed for their helium, radiogenic argon, and atmospheric argon contents. The total range in the (He\\/A)rd ratio was found to be 1.6 to 130 with most samples having values between 6 and 25. This range of values is essentially equal to the production ratio from the uranium,

  4. Determination of low molecular weight monocarboxylic Acid gases in the atmosphere by parallel plate diffusion scrubber-ion chromatography.

    PubMed

    Lee, Bokyoung; Hwangbo, Yown; Lee, Dong Soo

    2009-08-01

    A method has been developed for the determination of the concentration of low molecular weight monocarboxylic acid gases in the atmosphere. The method involves quantitative collection of analyte gases using a parallel plate diffusion scrubber and subsequent ion analysis by ion chromatography. Among the gases are formic acid, acetic acid, propionic acid, n-butyric acid, and n-valeric acid. Method detection limits are on the order of sub to low parts-per-trillion by volume. The method has been successfully applied to ambient air analysis. PMID:19772719

  5. Process for recovery of sulfur from acid gases

    DOEpatents

    Towler, Gavin P. (Kirkbymoorside, GB2); Lynn, Scott (Pleasant Hill, CA)

    1995-01-01

    Elemental sulfur is recovered from the H.sub.2 S present in gases derived from fossil fuels by heating the H.sub.2 S with CO.sub.2 in a high-temperature reactor in the presence of a catalyst selected as one which enhances the thermal dissociation of H.sub.2 S to H.sub.2 and S.sub.2. The equilibrium of the thermal decomposition of H.sub.2 S is shifted by the equilibration of the water-gas-shift reaction so as to favor elemental sulfur formation. The primary products of the overall reaction are S.sub.2, CO, H.sub.2 and H.sub.2 O. Small amounts of COS, SO.sub.2 and CS.sub.2 may also form. Rapid quenching of the reaction mixture results in a substantial increase in the efficiency of the conversion of H.sub.2 S to elemental sulfur. Plant economy is further advanced by treating the product gases to remove byproduct carbonyl sulfide by hydrolysis, which converts the COS back to CO.sub.2 and H.sub.2 S. Unreacted CO.sub.2 and H.sub.2 S are removed from the product gas and recycled to the reactor, leaving a gas consisting chiefly of H.sub.2 and CO, which has value either as a fuel or as a chemical feedstock and recovers the hydrogen value from the H.sub.2 S.

  6. Effect of Foams Used During Carbonate Acidizing

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. G. Bernadiner; K. E. Thompson; H. S. Fogler

    1992-01-01

    Although acidization has been used successfully for many years to increase the productivity of petroleum wells in carbonate formations, demands on the performance and application of the acidizing process are increasing. This paper investigates a method of in-situ foam generation that allows deeper wormhole penetration yet uses less acid than conventional methods. The dissolution patterns were imaged with neutron radiography,

  7. Process for desulfurization of gases with molten mineral baths during gasification of carbon products

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. Kunicki; M. Roussel

    1985-01-01

    A process for desulfurization of gases with molten mineral baths during gasification of carbon products comprises the replacement of limestone or calcomagnesium materials by metallurgical slags, such as blast-furnace or steel-furnace slags, having a high basicity index. By means of this replacement, substantial savings in material and energy are achieved. Moreover, the use of residual slags for production of mineral

  8. The origins and concentrations of water, carbon, nitrogen and noble gases on Earth

    E-print Network

    Paris-Sud XI, Université de

    for subsequent loss. Doing so, the I-Pu-Xe age of the Earth becomes 50 Ma after start of solar system formation1 The origins and concentrations of water, carbon, nitrogen and noble gases on Earth Bernard Marty@crpg.cnrs-nancy.fr Submitted as a Frontiers article to Earth and Planetary Science Letters revised version, October 10, 2011

  9. Steam Production from Waste Stack Gases in a Carbon Black Plant 

    E-print Network

    Istre, R. I.

    1981-01-01

    Waste stack gases from carbon black plant bag filters are used as fuel to produce superheated steam - G25 PSIG and 7500F. This steam is out into a steam header that serves Conoco plants in the Lake Charles, Louisiana area. Combustion of the waste...

  10. SOLUBILITIES OF ACID GASES AND NITROGEN IN METHANOL

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report describes a thermodynamic model, developed to predict the equilibrium behavior of carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, nitrogen, and methanol mixtures. The model uses the four-suffix Margules equation to describe liquid-phase nonidealities and the Soave modification of th...

  11. 40 CFR 60.52b - Standards for municipal waste combustor metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ...combustor metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides. 60.52b Section 60.52b...metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides. (a) The limits for municipal...percent oxygen. (d) The limits for nitrogen oxides are specified in...

  12. 40 CFR 60.52b - Standards for municipal waste combustor metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...combustor metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides. 60.52b Section 60.52b...metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides. (a) The limits for municipal...percent oxygen. (d) The limits for nitrogen oxides are specified in...

  13. 40 CFR 60.52b - Standards for municipal waste combustor metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ...combustor metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides. 60.52b Section 60.52b...metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides. (a) The limits for municipal...percent oxygen. (d) The limits for nitrogen oxides are specified in...

  14. 40 CFR 60.52b - Standards for municipal waste combustor metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ...combustor metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides. 60.52b Section 60.52b...metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides. (a) The limits for municipal...percent oxygen. (d) The limits for nitrogen oxides are specified in...

  15. 40 CFR 60.33b - Emission guidelines for municipal waste combustor metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ...combustor metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides. 60.33b Section 60.33b...metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides. (a) The emission limits...plan shall include emission limits for nitrogen oxides at least as protective as...

  16. 40 CFR 60.33b - Emission guidelines for municipal waste combustor metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ...combustor metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides. 60.33b Section 60.33b...metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides. (a) The emission limits...plan shall include emission limits for nitrogen oxides at least as protective as...

  17. 40 CFR 60.33b - Emission guidelines for municipal waste combustor metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...combustor metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides. 60.33b Section 60.33b...metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides. (a) The emission limits...plan shall include emission limits for nitrogen oxides at least as protective as...

  18. 40 CFR 60.33b - Emission guidelines for municipal waste combustor metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ...combustor metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides. 60.33b Section 60.33b...metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides. (a) The emission limits...plan shall include emission limits for nitrogen oxides at least as protective as...

  19. 40 CFR 60.52b - Standards for municipal waste combustor metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ...combustor metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides. 60.52b Section 60.52b...metals, acid gases, organics, and nitrogen oxides. (a) The limits for municipal...percent oxygen. (d) The limits for nitrogen oxides are specified in...

  20. A Ni-Doped Carbon Nanotube Sensor for Detecting Oil-Dissolved Gases in Transformers

    PubMed Central

    Lu, Jia; Zhang, Xiaoxing; Wu, Xiaoqing; Dai, Ziqiang; Zhang, Jinbin

    2015-01-01

    C2H2, C2H4, and C2H6 are important oil-dissolved gases in power transformers. Detection of the composition and content of oil-dissolved gases in transformers is very significant in the diagnosis and assessment of the state of transformer operations. The commonly used oil-gas analysis methods have many disadvantages, so this paper proposes a Ni-doped carbon nanotube (Ni-CNT) gas sensor to effectively detect oil-dissolved gases in a transformer. The gas-sensing properties of the sensor to C2H2, C2H4, and C2H6 were studied using the test device. Based on the density functional theory (DFT) the adsorption behaviors of the three gases on intrinsic carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and Ni-CNTs were calculated. The adsorption energy, charge transfer, and molecular frontier orbital of the adsorption system were also analyzed. Results showed that the sensitivity of the CNT sensor to the three kinds of gases was in the following order: C2H2 > C2H4 > C2H6. Moreover, the doped Ni improved the sensor response, and the sensor response and gas concentration have a good linear relationship. PMID:26066989

  1. A Ni-Doped Carbon Nanotube Sensor for Detecting Oil-Dissolved Gases in Transformers.

    PubMed

    Lu, Jia; Zhang, Xiaoxing; Wu, Xiaoqing; Dai, Ziqiang; Zhang, Jinbin

    2015-01-01

    C2H2, C2H4, and C2H6 are important oil-dissolved gases in power transformers. Detection of the composition and content of oil-dissolved gases in transformers is very significant in the diagnosis and assessment of the state of transformer operations. The commonly used oil-gas analysis methods have many disadvantages, so this paper proposes a Ni-doped carbon nanotube (Ni-CNT) gas sensor to effectively detect oil-dissolved gases in a transformer. The gas-sensing properties of the sensor to C2H2, C2H4, and C2H6 were studied using the test device. Based on the density functional theory (DFT) the adsorption behaviors of the three gases on intrinsic carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and Ni-CNTs were calculated. The adsorption energy, charge transfer, and molecular frontier orbital of the adsorption system were also analyzed. Results showed that the sensitivity of the CNT sensor to the three kinds of gases was in the following order: C2H2 > C2H4 > C2H6. Moreover, the doped Ni improved the sensor response, and the sensor response and gas concentration have a good linear relationship. PMID:26066989

  2. Carbon and hydrogen isotopic compositions of New Zealand geothermal gases

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lyon, G. L.; Hulston, J. R.

    1984-06-01

    Carbon and hydrogen isotopic compositions are reported for methane, hydrogen and carbon dioxide from four New Zealand geothermal areas: Ngawha, Wairakei, Broadlands and Tikitere. Carbon-13 contents are between -24.4 and -29.5%. (PDB) for methane, and between -3.2 and -9.1%. for carbon dioxide. Deuterium contents are between -142 and -197%. (SMOW) for methane and between -310 and -600%. for hydrogen. The different areas have different isotopic compositions with some general relationships to reservoir temperature. The isotopic exchange of hydrogen with water indicates acceptable reservoir temperatures of 180-260°C from most spring samples but often higher than measured temperatures in well samples. Indicated temperatures assuming 13C equilibria between CH 4 and CO 2 are 100-200°C higher than measured maxima. This difference may be due to partial isotopic equilibration or may reflect the origin of the methane. Present evidence cannot identify whether the methane is primordial, or from decomposing sediments or from reduction of magmatic CO 2. The isotopic equilibria between CH 4, CO 2, H 2 and H 2O are reviewed and a new semi-empirical temperature scale proposed for deuterium exchange between methane and water.

  3. Sorption of noble gases by solids, with reference to meteorites. II - Chromite and carbon. III - Sulfides, spinels, and other substances; on the origin of planetary gases

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Yang, J.; Anders, E.

    1982-01-01

    The trapping of noble gases by chromite and carbon, two putative carriers of primordial noble gases in meteorites, was studied by synthesizing 19 samples in a Ne-Ar-Kr-Xe atmosphere at 440-720 K. Noble gas contents are found to approximately obey Henry's Law, but only slight correlations are found with composition, surface area, or adsorption temperature. Geometric mean distribution coefficients for bulk samples and HCl residues in 10 cu cm STP/g atm are: Xe 100, Kr 15, Ar 3.5, and Ne 0.62. Elemental fractionation data support the suggestion of Lewis et al. (1977) that chromite and carbon in C2 and C3 chondrites were formed by the reaction: Fe, Cr + 4CO yields (Fe, Cr)3O4 + 4C + carbides. In contrast to meteoritic minerals, the synthetic specimens show no isotopic fractionation of noble gases. In a subsequent study, attention is given to the cases of sulfides and spinels, on the way to consideration of the origin of planetary gases. Sulfides showed three distinctive trends relative to chromite or magnetite. The elemental fractionation pattern of Ar, Kr and Xe in meteorites, terrestrial rocks and planets resembles the adsorption patterns on the carbons, spinels, sulfides, and other solids studied. The high release temperature of meteoritic noble gases may be explained by transformation of the physisorbed or chemisorbed gas. The ready loss of meteoritic heavy gases on surficial oxidation is consistent with adsorption, as is the high abundance.

  4. Sorption of noble gases by solids, with reference to meteorites. II - Chromite and carbon. III - Sulfides, spinels, and other substances; on the origin of planetary gases

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yang, J.; Anders, E.

    1982-06-01

    The trapping of noble gases by chromite and carbon, two putative carriers of primordial noble gases in meteorites, was studied by synthesizing 19 samples in a Ne-Ar-Kr-Xe atmosphere at 440-720 K. Noble gas contents are found to approximately obey Henry's Law, but only slight correlations are found with composition, surface area, or adsorption temperature. Geometric mean distribution coefficients for bulk samples and HCl residues in 10 cu cm STP/g atm are: Xe 100, Kr 15, Ar 3.5, and Ne 0.62. Elemental fractionation data support the suggestion of Lewis et al. (1977) that chromite and carbon in C2 and C3 chondrites were formed by the reaction: Fe, Cr + 4CO yields (Fe, Cr)3O4 + 4C + carbides. In contrast to meteoritic minerals, the synthetic specimens show no isotopic fractionation of noble gases. In a subsequent study, attention is given to the cases of sulfides and spinels, on the way to consideration of the origin of planetary gases. Sulfides showed three distinctive trends relative to chromite or magnetite. The elemental fractionation pattern of Ar, Kr and Xe in meteorites, terrestrial rocks and planets resembles the adsorption patterns on the carbons, spinels, sulfides, and other solids studied. The high release temperature of meteoritic noble gases may be explained by transformation of the physisorbed or chemisorbed gas. The ready loss of meteoritic heavy gases on surficial oxidation is consistent with adsorption, as is the high abundance.

  5. Prediction of thermal resistances and heat conduction of carbon nanotube aerogels in various permeated gases

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gong, Feng; Tam, Yong Siang; Nguyen, Son T.; Duong, Hai M.

    2015-05-01

    Heat conduction in single-walled carbon nanotube (SWNT) aerogels is investigated by an off-lattice Monte Carlo method. Thermal boundary resistances (TBRs) between the SWNT and four permeated gases of argon, nitrogen, neon and hydrogen are reported from fitting simulation results with experimental data. It is found that the TBRs between the SWNT and the permeated gases decrease with larger gas molecular masses. Effects of volume fractions and complex morphologies of SWNTs on thermal conductivities of SWNT aerogels are also quantified. The effective thermal conductivities of SWNT aerogels increase with the larger volume fraction, the greater length and the smaller diameter of the SWNTs.

  6. Steam Production from Waste Stack Gases in a Carbon Black Plant

    E-print Network

    Istre, R. I.

    1981-01-01

    was rrovided because the po~lu? tants in tlle ~'Iaste stack gases are burned to prq duce less toxic gases - carbon dioxide, nater v~por, and sulfur dioxide. i ! A substantial reduction in energy has occurred dince the boilers started operation in 1977... sitated duct, fan repairs and significant changes made to the boiler waste gas system. We also in stalled a continuous monitoring oXY0en analyzer to assist in controlling the oxygen level in the waste gas. After changing operating conditions...

  7. Immersing carbon nano-tubes in cold atomic gases

    E-print Network

    C. T. Weiß; P. V. Mironova; J. Fortágh; W. P. Schleich; R. Walser

    2013-10-01

    We investigate the sympathetic relaxation of a free-standing, vibrating carbon nano-tube that is mounted on an atom chip and is immersed in a cloud of ultra-cold atoms. Gas atoms colliding with the nano-tube excite phonons via a Casimir-Polder potential. We use Fermi's Golden Rule to estimate the relaxation rates for relevant experimental parameters and develop a fully dynamic theory of relaxation for the multi-mode phononic field embedded in a thermal atomic reservoir. Based on currently available experimental data, we identify the relaxation rates as a function of atom density and temperature that are required for sympathetic ground state cooling of carbon nano-tubes.

  8. ARM Carbon Cycle Gases Flasks at SGP Site

    DOE Data Explorer

    Biraud, Sebastien

    Data from flasks are sampled at the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program ARM, Southern Great Plains Site and analyzed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA, Earth System Research Laboratory ESRL. The SGP site is included in the NOAA Cooperative Global Air Sampling Network. The surface samples are collected from a 60 m tower at the ARM SGP Central Facility, usually once per week in the afternoon. The aircraft samples are collected approximately weekly from a chartered aircraft, and the collection flight path is centered over the tower where the surface samples are collected. The samples are collected by the ARM and LBNL Carbon Project.

  9. ARM Carbon Cycle Gases Flasks at SGP Site

    SciTech Connect

    Biraud, Sebastien

    2013-03-26

    Data from flasks are sampled at the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Program ARM, Southern Great Plains Site and analyzed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA, Earth System Research Laboratory ESRL. The SGP site is included in the NOAA Cooperative Global Air Sampling Network. The surface samples are collected from a 60 m tower at the ARM SGP Central Facility, usually once per week in the afternoon. The aircraft samples are collected approximately weekly from a chartered aircraft, and the collection flight path is centered over the tower where the surface samples are collected. The samples are collected by the ARM and LBNL Carbon Project.

  10. ARM-LBNL-NOAA Flask Sampler for Carbon Cycle Gases

    DOE Data Explorer

    Torn, Margaret

    Data from ccg-flasks are sampled at the ARM SGP site and analyzed by the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) as part of the NOAA Cooperative Global Air Sampling Network. Surface samples are collected from a 60m tower at the SGP Central Facility, usually once per week on one afternoon. The aircraft samples are collected approximately weekly from a chartered aircraft, and the collection flight path is centered over the tower where the surface samples are collected. Samples are collected by the ARM/LBNL Carbon Project. CO2 flask data contains measurements of CO2 concentration and CO2 stable isotope ratios (13CO2 and C18OO) from flasks collected at the SGP site. The flask samples are collected at 2m, 4m, 25m, and 60m along the 60m tower.

  11. Adsorption behavior of ternary mixtures of noble gases inside single-walled carbon nanotube bundles

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Foroutan, Masumeh; Nasrabadi, Amir Taghavi

    2010-09-01

    In order to study the gas-storage and gas-filtering capability of carbon nanotube (CNT) bundles simultaneously, we considered the adsorption behavior of a ternary mixture of noble gases, including Argon (Ar), Krypton (Kr), and Xenon (Xe), i.e., Ar-Kr-Xe mixture, on (10, 10) single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) bundles. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations at different temperatures of (75, 100, 150, 200, 250, and 300) K were performed, and adsorption energies, self-diffusion coefficients, activation energies, and radial distribution functions (RDFs) were computed to analyze the thermodynamics, transport and structural properties of the adsorption systems. It is observed that the SWCNT bundles have larger contents of heavier noble gases compared to the lighter ones. This interesting behavior of SWCNT bundles makes them proper candidates for gas-storage and gas molecular-sieving processes.

  12. Method and apparatus for separating gases based on electrically and magnetically enhanced monolithic carbon fiber composite sorbents

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. R. Judkins; T. D. Burchell

    1999-01-01

    A method for separating gases or other fluids involves placing a magnetic field on a monolithic carbon fiber composite sorption material to more preferentially attract certain gases or other fluids to the sorption material to which a magnetic field is applied. This technique may be combined with the known pressure swing adsorption'' technique utilizing the same sorption material. 1 fig.

  13. Method and apparatus for separating gases based on electrically and magnetically enhanced monolithic carbon fiber composite sorbents

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Roddie R. Judkins; Timothy D. Burchell

    1999-01-01

    A method for separating gases or other fluids involves placing a magnetic field on a monolithic carbon fiber composite sorption material to more preferentially attract certain gases or other fluids to the sorption material to which a magnetic field is applied. This technique may be combined with the known \\

  14. Method and apparatus for separating gases based on electrically and magnetically enhanced monolithic carbon fiber composite sorbents

    DOEpatents

    Judkins, R.R.; Burchell, T.D.

    1999-07-20

    A method for separating gases or other fluids involves placing a magnetic field on a monolithic carbon fiber composite sorption material to more preferentially attract certain gases or other fluids to the sorption material to which a magnetic field is applied. This technique may be combined with the known pressure swing adsorption'' technique utilizing the same sorption material. 1 fig.

  15. Method and apparatus for separating gases based on electrically and magnetically enhanced monolithic carbon fiber composite sorbents

    DOEpatents

    Judkins, Roddie R. (9917 Rainbow Dr., Knoxville, TN 37922); Burchell, Timothy D. (109 Greywood Pl., Oak Ridge, TN 37830)

    1999-01-01

    A method for separating gases or other fluids involves placing a magnetic field on a monolithic carbon fiber composite sorption material to more preferentially attract certain gases or other fluids to the sorption material to which a magnetic field is applied. This technique may be combined with the known "pressure swing adsorption" technique utilizing the same sorption material.

  16. Molecular equilibria and condensation sequences in carbon rich gases

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Sharp, C. M.; Wasserburg, G. J.

    1993-01-01

    Chemical equilibria in stellar atmospheres have been investigated by many authors. Lattimer, Schramm, and Grossman presented calculations in both O rich and C rich environments and predicted possible presolar condensates. A recent paper by Cherchneff and Barker considered a C rich composition with PAH's included in the calculations. However, the condensation sequences of C bearing species have not been investigated in detail. In a carbon rich gas surrounding an AGB star, it is often assumed that graphite (or diamond) condenses out before TiC and SiC. However, Lattimer et al. found some conditions under which TiC condenses before graphite. We have performed molecular equilibrium calculations to establish the stability fields of C(s), TiC(s), and SiC(s) and other high temperature phases under conditions of different pressures and C/O. The preserved presolar interstellar dust grains so far discovered in meteorites are graphite, diamond, SiC, TiC, and possibly Al2O3.

  17. Effect of different carrier gases and their flow rates on the growth of carbon nanotubes

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    Tewari, Aarti; Sharma, Suresh C.

    2015-04-01

    The present paper examines the effect of different carrier gases and their flow rates on the growth of carbon nanotubes (CNTs). A theoretical model is developed incorporating the charging rate of the carbon nanotube, kinetics of all the plasma species, and the growth rate of the CNTs because of diffusion and accretion of ions on the catalyst nanoparticle. The three different carrier gases, i.e., argon (Ar), ammonia, and nitrogen, are considered in the present investigation, and flow rates of all the three carrier gases are varied individually (keeping the flow rates of hydrocarbon and hydrogen gas constant) to investigate the variations in the number densities of hydrocarbon and hydrogen ions in the plasma and their consequent effects on the height and radius of CNT. Based on the results obtained, it is concluded that Ar favors the formation of CNTs with larger height and radius whereas ammonia contributes to better height of CNT but decreases the radius of CNT, and nitrogen impedes both the height and radius of CNT. The present work can serve to the better understanding of process parameters during growth of CNTs by a plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition process.

  18. Study of Acid Response of Qatar Carbonate Rocks 

    E-print Network

    Wang, Zhaohong

    2012-02-14

    reservoirs. Recently papers published from industry discussed the techniques, planning, and optimization of acid stimulation for Qatar carbonate. To the best of author’s knowledge, no study has focused on the acid reaction to Qatar carbonates. The lack...

  19. Utilization of carbon dioxide in industrial flue gases for the cultivation of microalga Chlorella sp.

    PubMed

    Kao, Chien-Ya; Chen, Tsai-Yu; Chang, Yu-Bin; Chiu, Tzai-Wen; Lin, Hsiun-Yu; Chen, Chun-Da; Chang, Jo-Shu; Lin, Chih-Sheng

    2014-08-01

    The biomass and lipid productivity of Chlorella sp. MTF-15 cultivated using aeration with flue gases from a coke oven, hot stove or power plant in a steel plant of the China Steel Corporation in Taiwan were investigated. Using the flue gas from the coke oven, hot stove or power plant for cultivation, the microalgal strain obtained a maximum specific growth rate and lipid production of (0.827 d(-1), 0.688 g L(-1)), (0.762 d(-1), 0.961 g L(-1)), and (0.728 d(-1), 0.792 g L(-1)), respectively. This study demonstrated that Chlorella sp. MTF-15 could efficiently utilize the CO?, NOX and SO? present in the different flue gases. The results also showed that the growth potential, lipid production and fatty acid composition of the microalgal strain were dependent on the composition of the flue gas and on the operating strategy deployed. PMID:24950094

  20. Laboratory simulation of meteoritic noble gases. III - Sorption of neon, argon, krypton, and xenon on carbon - Elemental fractionation

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Wacker, John F.

    1989-01-01

    The sorption of Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe was studied in carbon black, acridine carbon, and diamond in an attempt to understand the origin of trapped noble gases in meteorites. The results support a model in which gases are physically adsorbed on interior surfaces formed by a pore labyrinth within amorphous carbons. The data show that: (1) the adsorption/desorption times are controlled by choke points that restrict the movement of noble gas atoms within the pore labyrinth, and (2) the physical adsorption controls the temperature behavior and elemental fractionation patterns.

  1. Laboratory simulation of meteoritic noble gases. III - Sorption of neon, argon, krypton, and xenon on carbon - Elemental fractionation

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wacker, J. F.

    1989-06-01

    The sorption of Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe was studied in carbon black, acridine carbon, and diamond in an attempt to understand the origin of trapped noble gases in meteorites. The results support a model in which gases are physically adsorbed on interior surfaces formed by a pore labyrinth within amorphous carbons. The data show that: (1) the adsorption/desorption times are controlled by choke points that restrict the movement of noble gas atoms within the pore labyrinth, and (2) the physical adsorption controls the temperature behavior and elemental fractionation patterns.

  2. Detection of Inert Gases by Cold Electron Emission from Carbon Nanotube Emitters

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    Kim, Seongjeen

    In this work, different from the typical gas sensors responding by gas adsorption on their surface, a new gas sensor using carbon nanotubes (CNTs) as electron emitters is introduced for detecting inert gases which hardly possess chemical or electrical adsorption in normal conditions. The proposed sensor works by figuring out the variation of the dark current and the initial breakdown voltage on Paschen's law under applied high voltage. As they depend on the gas composition and the pressure in a sealed chamber, it is possible to detect the identity and the concentration of unknown inert gas species.

  3. Impact of carbon dioxide, trace gases, and climate change on global agriculture

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    Not Available

    1990-01-01

    Global climate change is one of several important issues that will command the attention of policymakers and scientist in the 1990s. The evidence that concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}), and other gases are increasing in the atmosphere is irrefutable. The evidence, and the knowledge that CO{sub 2} and trace gases may absorb thermal radiation sufficient to warm the atmosphere, has prompted much speculation that ensuing atmospheric warming may lead to changes in the distribution of precipitation, and of crop adaptation and productivity, that would alter the world supply of food and fiber. The implications of this speculation are compelling for agronomists, because agronomists are stewards of the world's food supply and of the natural resources that are used to produce food. Agronomists have a pivotal role in conducting the research needed to anticipate crop response to climate changes, and in informing policymakers and the general public about the adequacy of our knowledge. In this publication agronomists assess the current status of scientific knowledge about the putative role of greenhouse gases in global climate change and report their findings.

  4. Laboratory simulation of meteoritic noble gases. I - Sorption of xenon on carbon: Trapping experiments

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    Wacker, J. F.; Zadnik, M. G.; Anders, E.

    1985-04-01

    The sorption of Xe-127 at 5 x 10 to the -7th atm onto carbon black, pyrolyzed polyvinylidene chloride, and pyrolyzed acridine at 100-1000 C for 5 min-240 h is measured experimentally by gamma spectrometry. The results are presented in tables and graphs and characterized in detail. The tightly bound Xe remaining in the samples after 4000 min pumping at temperatures above 100 C is found to comprise two components: a low-temperature component attributed to physisorption within an atomic-scale labyrinth of micropores, and a high-temperature component due to volume diffusion. The implications for the trapping of noble gases near grain surfaces of amorphous carbon in meteorites are considered.

  5. Formation of iron carbonyl between a 1\\/2% Mo steel and high-pressure gases containing carbon monoxide

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    H. Inouye; J. H. DeVan

    1978-01-01

    An atomic absorption spectrophotometer was used to measure the formation of iron carbonyl between ¹\\/â% Mo steel pipes and flowing high-pressure gases (to 6.9 MPa) containing carbon monoxide. The net formation rate, r, of iron carbonyl was measured as a function of the velocity, temperature, and pressure of the gases to determine the conditions that prevent its formation. These variables

  6. Formation of iron carbonyl between a 1\\/2 pct Mo steel and high-pressure gases containing carbon monoxide

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    H. Inouye; J. H. DeVan

    1979-01-01

    An atomic absorption spectrophotometer was used to measure the formation of iron carbonyl between 1\\/2 pct Mo steel pipes and\\u000a flowing high-pressure gases (to 6.9 MPa) containing carbon monoxide. The net formation rate, r, of iron carbonyl was measured\\u000a as a function of the velocity, temperature, and pressure of the gases to determine the conditions that prevent its formation.\\u000a These

  7. Biogeochemical cycling of carbon, water, energy, trace gases, and aerosols in Amazonia: The LBA-EUSTACH experiments

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    M. O. Andreae; P. Artaxo; C. Brandão; F. E. Carswell; P. Ciccioli; A. L. da Costa; A. D. Culf; J. L. Esteves; J. H. C. Gash; J. Grace; P. Kabat; J. Lelieveld; Y. Malhi; A. O. Manzi; F. X. Meixner; A. D. Nobre; C. A. Nobre; M. d. L. P. Ruivo; M. A. F. da Silva-Dias; P. Stefani; R. Valentini; J. von Jouanne; M. J. Waterloo

    2002-01-01

    The biogeochemical cycling of carbon, water, energy, aerosols, and trace gases in the Amazon Basin was investigated in the project European Studies on Trace Gases and Atmospheric Chemistry as a Contribution to the Large-Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia (LBA-EUSTACH). We present an overview of the design of the project, the measurement sites and methods, and the meteorological conditions during the

  8. Experimental High Velocity Acid Jetting in Limestone Carbonates 

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    Holland, Christopher

    2014-04-30

    Acid jetting is a well stimulation technique that is used in carbonate reservoirs. It typically involves injecting acid down hole at high flow rates through small orifices which cause high velocities of acid to strike the borehole wall...

  9. Biological production of products from waste gases

    DOEpatents

    Gaddy, James L. (Fayetteville, AR)

    2002-01-22

    A method and apparatus are designed for converting waste gases from industrial processes such as oil refining, and carbon black, coke, ammonia, and methanol production, into useful products. The method includes introducing the waste gases into a bioreactor where they are fermented to various products, such as organic acids, alcohols, hydrogen, single cell protein, and salts of organic acids by anaerobic bacteria within the bioreactor. These valuable end products are then recovered, separated and purified.

  10. Greenhouse gases, climate change and the transition from coal to low-carbon electricity

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    Myhrvold, N. P.; Caldeira, K.

    2012-03-01

    A transition from the global system of coal-based electricity generation to low-greenhouse-gas-emission energy technologies is required to mitigate climate change in the long term. The use of current infrastructure to build this new low-emission system necessitates additional emissions of greenhouse gases, and the coal-based infrastructure will continue to emit substantial amounts of greenhouse gases as it is phased out. Furthermore, ocean thermal inertia delays the climate benefits of emissions reductions. By constructing a quantitative model of energy system transitions that includes life-cycle emissions and the central physics of greenhouse warming, we estimate the global warming expected to occur as a result of build-outs of new energy technologies ranging from 100 GWe to 10 TWe in size and 1-100 yr in duration. We show that rapid deployment of low-emission energy systems can do little to diminish the climate impacts in the first half of this century. Conservation, wind, solar, nuclear power, and possibly carbon capture and storage appear to be able to achieve substantial climate benefits in the second half of this century; however, natural gas cannot.

  11. Activated carbon catalytic ozonation of oxamic and oxalic acids

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    P. C. C. Faria; J. J. M. Órfão; M. F. R. Pereira

    2008-01-01

    The oxidation of hazardous organic compounds leads to the formation of several by-products, being oxalic acid and oxamic acid final oxidation products refractory to ozonation. The present work aimed to study the ozonation of those carboxylic acids in the presence of activated carbon at different solution pH. For comparative purposes, experiments of adsorption on activated carbon, ozonation, and ozonation in

  12. Foliage plants for indoor removal of the primary combustion gases carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide

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    Wolverton, B. C.; Mcdonald, R. C.; Mesick, H. H.

    1985-01-01

    Foliage plants were evaluated for their ability to sorb carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide, the two primary gases produced during the combustion of fossil fuels and tobacco. The spider plant (Chlorophytum elatum var. vittatum) could sorb 2.86 micrograms CO/sq cm leaf surface in a 6 h photoperiod. The golden pothos (Scindapsus aureus) sorbed 0.98 micrograms CO/sq cm leaf surface in the same time period. In a system with the spider plant, greater than or equal to 99 percent of an initial concentration of 47 ppm NO2 could be removed in 6 h from a void volume of approximately 0.35 cu m. One spider plant potted in a 3.8 liter container can sorb 3300 micrograms CO and effect the removal of 8500 micrograms NO2/hour, recognizing the fact that a significant fraction of NO2 at high concentrations will be lost by surface sorption, dissolving in moisture, etc.

  13. Carbon Dioxide Separation from Flue Gases: A Technological Review Emphasizing Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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    Songolzadeh, Mohammad; Soleimani, Mansooreh; Takht Ravanchi, Maryam; Songolzadeh, Reza

    2014-01-01

    Increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs) such as CO2 in the atmosphere is a global warming. Human activities are a major cause of increased CO2 concentration in atmosphere, as in recent decade, two-third of greenhouse effect was caused by human activities. Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is a major strategy that can be used to reduce GHGs emission. There are three methods for CCS: pre-combustion capture, oxy-fuel process, and post-combustion capture. Among them, post-combustion capture is the most important one because it offers flexibility and it can be easily added to the operational units. Various technologies are used for CO2 capture, some of them include: absorption, adsorption, cryogenic distillation, and membrane separation. In this paper, various technologies for post-combustion are compared and the best condition for using each technology is identified. PMID:24696663

  14. Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center and World Data Center for Atmospheric Trace Gases, Fiscal Year 2002 Annual Report

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    Cushman, R.M.

    2003-08-28

    The Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC), which includes the World Data Center (WDC) for Atmospheric Trace Gases, is the primary global change data and information analysis center of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). More than just an archive of data sets and publications, CDIAC has, since its inception in 1982, enhanced the value of its holdings through intensive quality assurance, documentation, and integration. Whereas many traditional data centers are discipline-based (for example, meteorology or oceanography), CDIAC's scope includes potentially anything and everything that would be of value to users concerned with the greenhouse effect and global climate change, including atmospheric concentrations and atmospheric emissions of carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) and other radiatively active gases; the role of the terrestrial biosphere and the oceans in the biogeochemical cycles of greenhouse gases; long-term climate trends; the effects of elevated CO{sub 2} on vegetation; and the vulnerability of coastal areas to rising sea levels.

  15. Detection of a CO and NH3 gas mixture using carboxylic acid-functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes

    PubMed Central

    2013-01-01

    Carbon nanotubes (CNT) are extremely sensitive to environmental gases. However, detection of mixture gas is still a challenge. Here, we report that 10 ppm of carbon monoxide (CO) and ammonia (NH3) can be electrically detected using a carboxylic acid-functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes (C-SWCNT). CO and NH3 gases were mixed carefully with the same concentrations of 10 ppm. Our sensor showed faster response to the CO gas than the NH3 gas. The sensing properties and effect of carboxylic acid group were demonstrated, and C-SWCNT sensors with good repeatability and fast responses over a range of concentrations may be used as a simple and effective detection method of CO and NH3 mixture gas. PMID:23286690

  16. Isotope composition of carbon in amino acids of solid bitumens

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    Shanina, S. N.; Bushnev, D. A.

    2014-06-01

    Primary data are presented on the isotope composition of carbon in individual amino acids from solid bitumens and several biological objects. The amino acids of biological objects are characterized by wide variations of the isotope composition of carbon. This fact occurs owing to the difference in biochemical paths of metabolism resulting in the synthesis of individual amino acids. The ?13C values are somewhat decreased for individual amino acids in asphaltenes, varying from -7.7 to -31.7‰. The carbon of amino acids is weighted in kerits from Bad'el' compared to asphaltenes. All the natural bitumens retain the characteristic trend for natural substances: the isotopically heavy and light amino acids by carbon are glycine and leucine, respectively. The isotope composition of amino-acid carbon is lightened compared to natural bitumens in the samples formed under a pronounced thermal impact (asphalt-like crust and kirishite).

  17. The Perils of Carbonic Acid and Equilibrium Constants.

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    Jencks, William P.; Altura, Rachel A.

    1988-01-01

    Discusses the effects caused by small amounts of carbon dioxide usually present in water and acid-base equilibria of dilute solutions. Notes that dilute solutions of most weak acids and bases undergo significant dissociation or protonation. (MVL)

  18. Safe processes for hard dielectric coatings: Growth of silicon-carbon alloy films from organosilicon gases

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    Loboda, M.J. [Dow Corning Corp., Midland, MI (United States)

    1995-12-31

    Silicon-carbon (Si-C) alloy thin films are recognized as hard, chemically inert materials. Si-C films are most often deposited by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) techniques using gas mixtures of SiH{sub 4} and hydrocarbons (such as methane or propane). Alternatively, environmentally safe organosilicon molecules can be used as a source material. These nonpyrophoric molecules contain multiple Si-C bonds, and these bonds are maintained during molecular decomposition involved in the CVD process. Proper selection of the precursor molecule allows delivery to the growth chamber using standard chemical vapor deposition equipment and allows the ``engineering`` of Si-C film composition and physical characteristics. Growth, properties and performance of organosilicon based Si-C films will be discussed and compared with materials such as silicon nitride and diamond-like carbon. Experimental results indicate that Si-C films grown from organosilicon based source gases offer hermetic-like performance when used to protect surfaces from mechanical abrasion and corrosion.

  19. Oceanic Trace Gases Numeric Data Packages from the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC)

    DOE Data Explorer

    CDIAC products include numeric data packages, publications, trend data, atlases, models, etc. and can be searched for by subject area, keywords, authors, product numbers, time periods, collection sites, spatial references, etc. Most data sets or packages, many with numerous data files, are free to download from CDIAC's ftp area. CDIAC lists the following numeric data packages under the broad heading of Oceanic Trace Gases: Carbon Dioxide, Hydrographic, and Chemical Data Obtained during the R/V Ronald H. Brown Repeat Hydrography Cruise in the Atlantic Ocean: CLIVAR CO2 Section A16S_2005 ( 01/11/05 - 022405) • Determination of Carbon Dioxide, Hydrographic, and Chemical Parameters during the R/V Nathaniel B. Palmer Cruise in the Southern Indian Ocean (WOCE Section S04I, 050396 - 070496) • Inorganic Carbon, Nutrient, and Oxygen Data from the R/V Ronald H. Brown Repeat Hydrography Cruise in the Atlantic Ocean: CLIVAR CO2 Section A16N_2003a (060403 – 081103) • Carbon Dioxide, Hydrographic, and Chemical Data Obtained During the R/V Maurice Ewing Cruise in the Atlantic Ocean (WOCE Section A17, 010494 - 032194) • Global Ocean Data Analysis Project GLODAP: Results and Data • Carbon Dioxide, Hydrographic, and Chemical Data Obtained During the R/V Knorr Cruises in the North Atlantic Ocean on WOCE Sections AR24 (1102 – 120596) and A24, A20, and A22 (053097 – 090397) • Carbon Dioxide, Hydrographic and Chemical Data Obtained During the Nine R/V Knorr Cruises Comprising the Indian Ocean CO2 Survey (WOCE Sections I8SI9S, I9N, I8NI5E, I3, I5WI4, I7N, I1, I10, and I2; 120 194 – 012296) • Carbon Dioxide, Hydrographic, and Chemical Data Obtained During the R/V Meteor Cruise 28/1 in the South Atlantic Ocean (WOCE Section A8, 032994 - 051294) • Carbon Dioxide, Hydrographic, and Chemical Data Obtained During the R/V Knorr Cruise 138-3, -4, and -5 in the South Pacific Ocean (WOCE Sections P6E, P6C, and P6W, 050292 - 073092) • Global Distribution of Total Inorganic Carbon and Total Alkalinity below the deepest winter mixed layer depths • Carbon Dioxide, Hydrographic, and Chemical Data Obtained During the R/V John V. Vickers Cruise in the Pacific Ocean (WOCE Section P13, NOAA CGC92 Cruise, 080492 – 102192) • Carbon Dioxide, Hydrographic, and Chemical Data Obtained During the R/V Hesperides Cruise in the Atlantic Ocean (WOCE Section A5, 071492 - 081592) • Carbon Dioxide, Hydrographic, and Chemical Data Obtained During the R/V Thomas G. Thompson Cruise in the Pacific Ocean (WOCE Section P10, 100593 – 111093) • The International Intercomparison Exercise of Underway fCO2 Systems during the R/V Meteor Cruise 36/1 in the North Atlantic Ocean • Carbon Dioxide, Hydrographic, and Chemical Data Obtained during the R/V Meteor Cruise 22/5 in the South Atlantic Ocean (WOCE Section A10, Dec. 1992-Jan, 1993) • Carbon Dioxide, Hydrographic, and Chemical Data Obtained in the South Pacific Ocean (WOCE Sections P16A/P17A, P17E/P19S, and P19C, R/V Knorr , Oct. 1992-April 1993) • Surface Water and Atmospheric Underway Carbon Data Obtained During the World Ocean Circulation Experiment Indian Ocean Survey Cruises (R/V Knorr, Dec. 1994 – Jan, 1996) • Carbon Dioxide, Hydrographic, and Chemical Data Obtained During the R/V Akademik Ioffe Cruise in the South Pacific Ocean (WOCE Section S4P, Feb.-April 1992) • Carbon Dioxide, Hydrographic, and Chemical Data Obtained During the R/V Thomas Washington Cruise TUNES-1 in the Equatorial Pacific Ocean (WOCE section P17C) • Carbon Dioxide, Hydrographic, and Chemical Data Obtained During the R/V Thomas Washington Cruise TUNES-3 in the Equatorial Pacific Ocean (WOCE section P16C) • Carbon-14 Measurements in Surface Water CO2 from the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans, 1965-1994 • Carbon Dioxide, Hydrographic, and Chemical Data Obtained During R/V Meteor Cruise 18/1 in the North Atlantic Ocean (WOCE Section A1E) • Carbon Dioxide, Hydrographic, and Chemical Data Obtained in the Central South Pacific Ocean (WOCE Sections P17S and P16S) during the TUNES-2 Expedition of the R/V Th

  20. Spectroscopic detection of isolated carbonic acid.

    PubMed

    Mori, Tetsuya; Suma, Kohsuke; Sumiyoshi, Yoshihiro; Endo, Yasuki

    2009-05-28

    Carbonic acid (cis-trans H(2)CO(3)) in the gas phase has been successfully produced in a supersonic jet using a pulsed discharge nozzle, and pure rotational transitions of this molecule have been observed by Fourier-transform microwave spectroscopy. Although the observed cis-trans conformer is not the global minimum structure, it is an important conformer as a starting point of its dissociation to CO(2) and H(2)O. Three deuterated isotopologues of the cis-trans conformer (cis-trans HDCO(3), cis-trans DHCO(3), and cis-trans D(2)CO(3)) have also been observed, yielding the r(0) structure of cis-trans H(2)CO(3). The present result is accurate enough to be used in radio astronomical observations. PMID:19485450

  1. Colloidally separated samples from Allende residues - Noble gases, carbon and an ESCA-study

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    Ott, U.; Kronenbitter, J.; Flores, J.; Chang, S.

    1984-01-01

    Results are presented which strengthen the hypothesis of heterogeneity among the carbon- and nitrogen-bearing phases of the Allende meteorite. These data also highlight the possibility of performing physical separations yielding samples in which some of the noble gas- and carbon-bearing phases are extraordinarily predominant over others. The conclusion, based on mass and isotope balance arguments, that a significant portion of the carbonaceous matter in Allende is likely to be gas-poor or gas-free need not weaken the case for carbonaceous carriers for the major noble gas components. The concept that acid-soluble carbonaceous phases contain a multiplicity of components, each of which may have formed under a multiplicity of different physical-chemical conditions, is reemphasized by the results of the present study.

  2. Equivalent Circuit Modeling for Carbon Nanotube Schottky Barrier Modulation in Polarized Gases

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    Yamada, Toshishige

    2005-01-01

    We study the carbon nanotube Schottky barrier at the metallic electrode interface in polarized gases using an equivalent circuit model. The gas-nanotube interaction is often weak and very little charge transfer is expected [l]. This is the case with'oxygen, but the gas-electrode interaction is appreciable and makes the oxygen molecules negatively charged. In the closed circuit condition, screening positive charges appear in the nanotube as well as in the electrode, and the Schottky barrier is modulated due to the resultant electrostatic effects [2]. In the case of ammonia, both the gas-nanotube and gas-electrode interactions are weak, but the Schottky barrier can still be modulated since the molecules are polarized and align in the preferred orientation within the gap between the electrode and nanotube in the open circuit condition (dipole layer formation). In the closed circuit condition, an electric field appears in the gap and strengthens or weakens the preferred dipole alignment reflecting the nanotube Fermi level. The modulation is visible when the nanotube depletion mode is involved, and the required dipole density is as low as 2 x 10(exp 13) dipoles/sq cm, which is quite feasible experimentally,

  3. The Role of Carbon Management Technologies in Addressing Atmospheric Stabilization of Greenhouse Gases

    SciTech Connect

    Edmonds, James A. (BATTELLE (PACIFIC NW LAB)); Freund, Paul F. (WASTE MANAGEMENT); Dooley, James J. (BATTELLE (PACIFIC NW LAB)); David Williams, Bob Durie, et. al.

    2002-08-10

    Recent progress in decarbonization processes and engineered storage systems for CO2, together with preliminary cost estimates for these technologies, indicate that capture and storage of CO2 will have a major role to play in achieving deep reductions in emissions. These technologies hold the potential to reduce the cost of stabilizing the concentration of greenhouse gases, the ultimate objective of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC). Their value rises as the allowable level of cumulative carbon emissions declines. The value of these technologies is robust regardless of whether the world's economically recoverable oil and gas resources are eventually found to be large or small. This paper considers the economic implication of those advances in the context of long-term, global climate change mitigation strategies. This indicates the need for a broad, robust research and development strategy to reduce the cost of separating CO2 and to make accessible the widest range of storage reservoirs. It is also important to demonstrate excellent security of storage, in order to win public acceptance of the use of capture and storage techniques.

  4. Comparison of Carbonate and Uricase-Carbonate Methods for the Determination of Uric Acid in Serum

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    Wendell T. Caraway; Herman Marable

    1965-01-01

    A colorimetric carbonate procedure for the determination of uric acid has been modi- fied to include incubation of serum with uricase to destroy uric acid. Residual non- urate chromogens are subtracted from total chromogens to obtain the concentration of \\

  5. Impact of oxy-fuel combustion gases on mercury retention in activated carbons from a macroalgae waste: effect of water.

    PubMed

    Lopez-Anton, M A; Ferrera-Lorenzo, N; Fuente, E; Díaz-Somoano, M; Suarez-Ruíz, I; Martínez-Tarazona, M R; Ruiz, B

    2015-04-01

    The aim of this study is to understand the different sorption behaviors of mercury species on activated carbons in the oxy-fuel combustion of coal and the effect of high quantities of water vapor on the retention process. The work evaluates the interactions between the mercury species and a series of activated carbons prepared from a macroalgae waste (algae meal) from the agar-agar industry in oxy-combustion atmospheres, focussing on the role that the high concentration of water in the flue gases plays in mercury retention. Two novel aspects are considered in this work (i) the impact of oxy-combustion gases on the retention of mercury by activated carbons and (ii) the performance of activated carbons prepared from biomass algae wastes for this application. The results obtained at laboratory scale indicate that the effect of the chemical and textural characteristics of the activated carbons on mercury capture is not as important as that of reactive gases, such as the SOx and water vapor present in the flue gas. Mercury retention was found to be much lower in the oxy-combustion atmosphere than in the O2+N2 (12.6% O2) atmosphere. However, the oxidation of elemental mercury (Hg0) to form oxidized mercury (Hg2+) amounted to 60%, resulting in an enhancement of mercury retention in the flue gas desulfurization units and a reduction in the amalgamation of Hg0 in the CO2 compression unit. This result is of considerable importance for the development of technologies based on activated carbon sorbents for mercury control in oxy-combustion processes. PMID:25585865

  6. Sources of greenhouse gases and carbon monoxide in central London (UK)

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    Helfter, Carole; Tremper, Anja; Zazzeri, Giulia; Barlow, Janet F.; Nemitz, Eiko

    2015-04-01

    Biosphere-atmosphere exchange of carbon dioxide (CO2) has been on the scientific agenda for several decades and new technology now also allows for high-precision, continuous monitoring of fluxes of methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O). Compared to the natural environment, flux measurements in the urban environment, which is home to over 50% of the population globally, are still rare despite high densities of anthropogenic sources of pollutants. We report on over three years of measurements atop a 192 m tower in central London (UK), Europe's largest city, which started in October 2011. Fluxes of methane, carbon monoxide (CO) and carbon dioxide are measured by eddy-covariance (EC) at the British Telecom tower (51° 31' 17.4' N 0° 8' 20.04' W). In addition to the long-term measurements, EC fluxes of nitrous oxide (N2O) were measured in February 2014. All four trace gases exhibit diurnal trends consistent with anthropogenic activities with minimum emissions at night and early afternoon maxima. Segregating emissions by wind direction reveals heterogeneous source distributions with temporal patterns and source strengths that differ between compounds. The lowest emissions for CO, CO2 and CH4 were recorded for NW winds. The highest emissions of methane were in the SE sector, in the NE for CO2 and in the W for CO. Fluxes of all 3 gases exhibited marked seasonal trends characterised by a decrease in emissions in summer (63% reduction for CO, 36% for CO2 and 22% for CH4). Monthly fluxes of CO and CO2 were linearly correlated to air temperature (R2 = 0.7 and 0.59 respectively); a weaker dependence upon temperature was also observed for CH4 (R2 = 0.31). Diurnal and seasonal emissions of CO and CO2 are mainly controlled by local fossil fuel combustion and vehicle cold starts are thought to account for 20-30% of additional emissions of CO during the winter. Fugitive emissions of CH4 from the natural gas distribution network are thought to be substantial, which is consistent with the weaker seasonality of CH4 fluxes compared with CO and CO2. Annual estimates of CO2 emissions (41 kt km-2) obtained by EC were consistent with data upscaled from the London Atmospheric Emissions Inventory (LAEI; 46 kt km-2). Good agreement between measurements and inventory data was also found for CO (measured 156 t km-2; LAEI 145 t km-2) and for N2O (measured 0.36 t km-2; LAEI 0.42 t km-2), although based on a much shorter measurement period. By contrast, a two-fold difference was found between inventory and measured CH4 fluxes (measured 75 t km-2; LAEI 34 t km-2), which could indicate an underestimation by the inventory of CH4 emissions from anthropogenic sources or the existence of unaccounted biogenic sources. Measurements of isotopic CH4 taken 2 km SE of the tower near the banks of the river Thames reveal multiple episodes of 13C-depleted morning peaks consistent with biogenic sources. We speculate that the Thames can act as an additional significant source of biogenic methane especially at low tide and after heavy rainfall, which could explain the large emissions observed in the S-SE sector.

  7. Fluorescent Carbon Dots Capped with PEG 200 and Mercaptosuccinic Acid

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Helena Gonçalves; Joaquim C. G. Esteves da Silva

    2010-01-01

    The synthesis and functionalization of carbon nanoparticles with PEG200 and mercaptosuccinic acid, rendering fluorescent carbon dots, is described. Fluorescent carbon dots (maximum excitation and\\u000a emission at 320 and 430 nm, respectively) with average dimension 267 nm were obtained. The lifetime decay of the functionalized\\u000a carbon dots is complex and a three component decay time model originated a good fit with the following

  8. Acid Diversion in Carbonate Reservoirs Using Polymer-Based In-Situ Gelled Acids 

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    Gomaa, Ahmed Mohamed Mohamed

    2012-07-16

    Diversion in carbonates is more difficult than in sandstones because of the ability of acid to significantly increase the permeability in carbonates as it reacts in the pore spaces and flow channels of matrix. In-situ gelled acids that are based...

  9. Comparative Climate Responses of Anthropogenic Greenhouse Gases, All Major Aerosol Components, Black Carbon, and Methane, Accounting for the Evolution of the Aerosol Mixing State and of Clouds/Precipitation from Multiple Aerosol Size Distributions

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    Jacobson, M. Z.

    2005-12-01

    Several modeling studies to date have simulated the global climate response of anthropogenic greenhouse gases and bulk (non-size-resolved) sulfate or generic aerosol particles together, but no study has examined the climate response of greenhouse gases simultaneously with all major size- and composition resolved aerosol particle components. Such a study is important for improving our understanding of the effects of anthropogenic pollutants on climate. Here, the GATOR-GCMOM model is used to study the global climate response of (a) all major greenhouse gases and size-resolved aerosol components, (b) all major greenhouse gases alone, (c) fossil-fuel soot (black carbon, primary organic matter, sulfuric acid, bisulfate, sulfate), and (d) methane. Aerosol components treated in all simulations included water, black carbon, primary organic carbon, secondary organic carbon, sulfuric acid, bisulfate, sulfate, nitrate, chloride, ammonium, sodium, hydrogen ion, soil dust, and pollen/spores. Fossil-fuel soot (FFS) was emitted into its own size distribution. All other components, including biofuel and biomass soot, sea-spray, soil dust, etc., were emitted into a second distribution (MIX). The FFS distribution grew by condensation of secondary organic matter and sulfuric acid, hydration of water, and dissolution of nitric acid, ammonia, and hydrochloric acid. It self-coagulated and heterocoagulated with the MIX distribution, which also grew by condensation, hydration, and dissolution. Treatment of separate distributions for FFS allowed FFS to evolve from an external mixture to an internal mixture. In both distributions, black carbon was treated as a core component for optical calculations. Both aerosol distributions served as CCN during explicit size-resolved cloud formation. The resulting clouds grew by coagulation and condensation, coagulated with interstitial aerosol particles, and fell to the surface as rain and snow, carrying aerosol constituents with them. Thus, cloud evolution accounted for the first and second indirect effects and the mixing state of aerosol particles. The optical properties of clouds were found by treating black carbon inclusions surrounded by a shell of water. The albedos of snow, sea ice, and water were calculated with radiative transfer solutions, assuming black carbon inclusions in the case of snow and sea ice. The simulations accounted for 3-D energy diffusion to the deep ocean and 2-D ocean circulation. Major conclusions are (a) the most important constituents of global warming, in terms of climate response, appear to be, in order, carbon dioxide, black carbon, and methane, (b) aerosol particles (all together) appear to act on top of greenhouse gases to enhance extremes in both regional cooling and regional warming, (b) the combination of important greenhouse gases and aerosol particles can explain observed major regions of historic warming and cooling, and (d) eliminating all anthropogenic aerosol emission could more than double current global warming but would have less of an effect than independently doubling carbon dioxide.

  10. Thermal and near infrared sensor for carbon observation Fourier-transform spectrometer on the Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite for greenhouse gases monitoring.

    PubMed

    Kuze, Akihiko; Suto, Hiroshi; Nakajima, Masakatsu; Hamazaki, Takashi

    2009-12-10

    The Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite (GOSAT) monitors carbon dioxide (CO(2)) and methane (CH(4)) globally from space using two instruments. The Thermal and Near Infrared Sensor for Carbon Observation Fourier-Transform Spectrometer (TANSO-FTS) detects gas absorption spectra of the solar short wave infrared (SWIR) reflected on the Earth's surface as well as of the thermal infrared radiated from the ground and the atmosphere. TANSO-FTS is capable of detecting three narrow bands (0.76, 1.6, and 2.0 microm) and a wide band (5.5-14.3 microm) with 0.2 cm(-1) spectral resolution (interval). The TANSO Cloud and Aerosol Imager (TANSO-CAI) is an ultraviolet (UV), visible, near infrared, and SWIR radiometer designed to detect cloud and aerosol interference and to provide the data for their correction. GOSAT is placed in a sun-synchronous orbit 666 km at 13:00 local time, with an inclination angle of 98 degrees . A brief overview of the GOSAT project, scientific requirements, instrument designs, hardware performance, on-orbit operation, and data processing is provided. PMID:20011012

  11. Analysis of ammonia, ammonium aerosols and acid gases in the atmosphere at a commercial hog farm in eastern North Carolina, USA

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Ronald B. McCulloch; G. Stephen Fewa; George C. Murray; Viney P. Anejab

    1998-01-01

    Measurements of atmospheric ammonia, acid gases, and ammonium aerosols were made at a commercial hog farm in Eastern North Carolina, USA, during September through December of 1997. Annular denuder systems (ADS) were used to sample gaseous (hydrogen chloride, nitrous acid, nitric acid, sulfur dioxide and ammonia) and fine aerosol (ammonium, chloride, nitrate, and sulfate) species. Ammonia and ammonium concentrations were

  12. Adsorption and dissociation of acidic trace gases on ice surfaces - caught in the act with core level spectroscopy

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Waldner, Astrid; Orlando, Fabrizio; Ammann, Markus; Kleibert, Armin; Huthwelker, Thomas; Peter, Thomas; Bartels-Rausch, Thorsten

    2015-04-01

    Chemistry and physical processes in Earth's ice and snow cover can change the composition of the atmosphere and the contaminant content of the cryosphere. They have thus direct impacts on geochemical cycles and the climate system. Our ability to predict the fate of chemicals in snow or air masses in exchange with the cryosphere on a regional scale or to model those in snow chemistry models is currently hampered by our limited understanding of the underlying mechanisms on a molecular level. So far, direct experimental observations under environmentally relevant conditions of the ice surface and of the adsorption of trace gases to it are very limited. The unique approach of this study is to combine two surface sensitive spectroscopic methods to directly probe the hydrogen-bonding network at the ice surface ( ~1 nm depth) and the concentration, depth profile (~1 to 10 nm), and dissociation degree of the dopant. We present first core-electron photoemission (XPS) and partial electron yield X-ray absorption (NEXAFS) measurements of formic acid adsorbed to ice at 240 K. The analysis of oxygen NEXAFS spectra reveals information on changes in the hydrogen-bonding network of the ice surface upon adsorption of formic acid. Depth profiles based on XPS measurements indicate that the adsorbed acid stays at the ice surface. Furthermore we obtained a preliminary estimation of the degree of formic acid dissociation at the ice surface. Results are compared to earlier core-electron studies of several trace gases adsorbed to ice at 240 K and compared to results from more traditional method to and snow to reveal fundamental aspects of the ice surface and how it interacts with dopants. Even with the focus on adsorption of acidic trace gases to ice, results of this study will thus be of high relevance also for other chemical processes in ice and snow. This is of interest not only in environmental science but also in material science, cryobiology, and astrophysics.

  13. Biological production of ethanol from waste gases with Clostridium ljungdahlii

    DOEpatents

    Gaddy, James L. (Fayetteville, AR)

    2000-01-01

    A method and apparatus for converting waste gases from industrial processes such as oil refining, carbon black, coke, ammonia, and methanol production, into useful products is disclosed. The method includes introducing the waste gases into a bioreactor where they are fermented to various product, such as organic acids, alcohols H.sub.2, SCP, and salts of organic acids by anaerobic bacteria within the bioreactor. These valuable end products are then recovered, separated and purified.

  14. Sorption of acid dyes from effluents using activated carbon

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Keith K. H. Choy; Gordon McKay; John F. Porter

    1999-01-01

    The sorption of three acid dyes, namely, Acid Red 114, Polar Yellow and Polar Blue RAWL, onto activated carbon, has been studied. Equilibrium isotherms have been measured for three single component systems (AB, AR, AY) and one binary component system (AB+AY). The isotherms were determined by shaking 0.05 g activated carbon, particle size range 500–710 ?m, with 0.05 dm3 dye

  15. The origins and concentrations of water, carbon, nitrogen and noble gases on Earth

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Marty, Bernard

    2012-01-01

    The isotopic compositions of terrestrial hydrogen and nitrogen are clearly different from those of the nebular gas from which the solar system formed, and also differ from most of cometary values. Terrestrial N and H isotopic compositions are in the range of values characterizing primitive meteorites, which suggests that water, nitrogen, and other volatile elements on Earth originated from a cosmochemical reservoir that also sourced the parent bodies of primitive meteorites. Remnants of the proto-solar nebula (PSN) are still present in the mantle, presumably signing the sequestration of PSN gas at an early stage of planetary growth. The contribution of cometary volatiles appears limited to a few percents at most of the total volatile inventory of the Earth. The isotope signatures of H, N, Ne and Ar can be explained by mixing between two end-members of solar and chondritic compositions, respectively, and do not require isotopic fractionation during hydrodynamic escape of an early atmosphere. The terrestrial inventory of 40Ar (produced by the decay of 40K throughout the Earth's history) suggests that a significant fraction of radiogenic argon may be still trapped in the silicate Earth. By normalizing other volatile element abundances to this isotope, it is proposed that the Earth is not as volatile-poor as previously thought. Our planet may indeed contain up to ~ 3000 ppm water (preferred range: 1000-3000 ppm), and up to ~ 500 ppm C, both largely sequestrated in the solid Earth. This volatile content is equivalent to an ~ 2 (± 1) % contribution of carbonaceous chondrite (CI-CM) material to a dry proto-Earth, which is higher than the contribution of chondritic material advocated to account for the platinum group element budget of the mantle. Such a (relatively) high contribution of volatile-rich matter is consistent with the accretion of a few wet planetesimals during Earth accretion, as proposed by recent dynamical models. The abundance pattern of major volatile elements and of noble gases is also chondritic, with two notable exceptions. Nitrogen is depleted by one order of magnitude relative to water, carbon and most noble gases, which is consistent with either N retention in a mantle phase during magma generation, or trapping of N in the core. Xenon is also depleted by one order of magnitude, and enriched in heavy isotopes relative to chondritic or solar Xe (the so-called "xenon paradox"). This depletion and isotope fractionation might have taken place due to preferential ionization of xenon by UV light from the early Sun, either before Earth's formation on parent material, or during irradiation of the ancient atmosphere. The second possibility is consistent with a recent report of chondritic-like Xe in Archean sedimentary rocks that suggests that this process was still ongoing during the Archean eon (Pujol et al., 2011). If the depletion of Xe in the atmosphere was a long-term process that took place after the Earth-building events, then the amounts of atmospheric 129Xe and 131-136Xe, produced by the short-lived radioactivities of 129I (T 1/2 = 16 Ma) and 244Pu (T 1/2 = 82 Ma), respectively, need to be corrected for subsequent loss. Doing so, the I-Pu-Xe age of the Earth becomes ? 50 Ma after start of solar system formation, instead of ~ 120 Ma as computed with the present-day atmospheric Xe inventory.

  16. Greenhouse gases, climate change and the transition from coal to low-carbon electricity

    Microsoft Academic Search

    N P Myhrvold; K Caldeira

    2012-01-01

    A transition from the global system of coal-based electricity generation to low-greenhouse-gas-emission energy technologies is required to mitigate climate change in the long term. The use of current infrastructure to build this new low-emission system necessitates additional emissions of greenhouse gases, and the coal-based infrastructure will continue to emit substantial amounts of greenhouse gases as it is phased out. Furthermore,

  17. Enhanced photochemical loss of organic carbon in acidic waters

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Chad Gennings; Lewis A. Molot; Peter J. Dillon

    2001-01-01

    Previous studies have shown that (a) a large portion of theannual total organic carbon (TOC) inputs to central Ontario lakes iseither lost to sediments or degraded and lost via evasion to theatmosphere, (b) the partitioning of organic carbon between sediments andthe atmosphere appears to be a function of acidity and (c) UVirradiation can account for observed long-term loss of TOC

  18. The Effect of Acid Additives on Carbonate Rock Wettability and Spent Acid Recovery in Low Permeability Gas Carbonates 

    E-print Network

    Saneifar, Mehrnoosh

    2012-10-19

    Spent acid retention in the near-wellbore region causes reduction of relative permeability to gas and eventually curtailed gas production. In low-permeability gas carbonate reservoirs, capillary forces are the key parameters that affect the trapping...

  19. Arterial blood gases and acid-base status of dogs during graded dynamic exercise.

    PubMed

    Musch, T I; Friedman, D B; Haidet, G C; Stray-Gundersen, J; Waldrop, T G; Ordway, G A

    1986-11-01

    The objective of this study was to determine whether arterial PCO2 (PaCO2) decreases or remains unchanged from resting levels during mild to moderate steady-state exercise in the dog. To accomplish this, O2 consumption (VO2) arterial blood gases and acid-base status, arterial lactate concentration ([LA-]a), and rectal temperature (Tr) were measured in 27 chronically instrumented dogs at rest, during different levels of submaximal exercise, and during maximal exercise on a motor-driven treadmill. During mild exercise [35% of maximal O2 consumption (VO2 max)], PaCO2 decreased 5.3 +/- 0.4 Torr and resulted in a respiratory alkalosis (delta pHa = +0.029 +/- 0.005). Arterial PO2 (PaO2) increased 5.9 +/- 1.5 Torr and Tr increased 0.5 +/- 0.1 degree C. As the exercise levels progressed from mild to moderate exercise (64% of VO2 max) the magnitude of the hypocapnia and the resultant respiratory alkalosis remained unchanged as PaCO2 remained 5.9 +/- 0.7 Torr below and delta pHa remained 0.029 +/- 0.008 above resting values. When the exercise work rate was increased to elicit VO2 max (96 +/- 2 ml X kg-1 X min-1) the amount of hypocapnia again remained unchanged from submaximal exercise levels and PaCO2 remained 6.0 +/- 0.6 Torr below resting values; however, this response occurred despite continued increases in Tr (delta Tr = 1.7 +/- 0.1 degree C), significant increases in [LA-]a (delta [LA-]a = 2.5 +/- 0.4), and a resultant metabolic acidosis (delta pHa = -0.031 +/- 0.011). The dog, like other nonhuman vertebrates, responded to mild and moderate steady-state exercise with a significant hyperventilation and respiratory alkalosis.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:3096950

  20. Biosynthesis of 2-hydroxyisobutyric acid (2-HIBA) from renewable carbon

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Thore Rohwerder; Roland H Müller

    2010-01-01

    Nowadays a growing demand for green chemicals and cleantech solutions is motivating the industry to strive for biobased building blocks. We have identified the tertiary carbon atom-containing 2-hydroxyisobutyric acid (2-HIBA) as an interesting building block for polymer synthesis. Starting from this carboxylic acid, practically all compounds possessing the isobutane structure are accessible by simple chemical conversions, e. g. the commodity

  1. A Widely Tunable Infrared Laser Spectrometer for Measurements of Isotopic Ratios of Carbon Cycle Gases

    SciTech Connect

    Joanne H. Shorter; J. Barry McManus; David D. Nelson; Charles E. Kolb; Mark S. Zahniser; Ray Bambha; Uwe Lehmann; Tomas Kulp; Stanley C. Tyler

    2005-01-31

    The atmospheric abundances of carbon dioxide and methane have increased dramatically during the industrial era. Measurements of the isotopic composition of these gases can provide a powerful tool for quantifying their sources and sinks. This report describes the development of a portable instrument for isotopic analysis CO{sub 2} and CH{sub 4} using tunable infrared laser absorption spectroscopy. This instrument combines novel optical design and signal processing methods with a widely tunable mid-infrared laser source based on difference frequency generation (DFG) which will can access spectral regions for all the isotopes of CO{sub 2} and CH{sub 4} with a single instrument. The instrument design compensates for the large difference in concentration between major and minor isotopes by measuring them with path lengths which differ by a factor of 100 within the same multipass cell. During Phase I we demonstrated the basic optical design and signal processing by determining {sup 13}CO{sub 2} isotopic ratios with precisions as small as 0.2{per_thousand} using a conventional lead salt diode laser. During Phase II, the DFG laser source was coupled with the optical instrument and was demonstrated to detect {sup 13}CH{sub 4}/{sup 12}CH{sub 4} ratios with a precision of 0.5{per_thousand} and an averaging time of 20 s using concentrated methane in air with a mixing ratio of 2700 ppm. Methods for concentrating ambient air for isotopic analysis using this technique have been evaluated. Extensions of this instrument to other species such as {sup 13}CO{sub 2}, C{sup 18}OO, and CH{sub 3}D are possible by substituting lasers at other wavelengths in the DFG source module. The immediate commercial application of this instrument will be to compete with existing mass spectrometric isotope instruments which are expensive, large and relatively slow. The novel infrared source developed in this project can be applied to the measurement of many other gas species and will have wide application in atmospheric monitoring, industrial process control, and medical research and diagnostic development.

  2. Field evaluation of gelled acid for carbonate formations

    SciTech Connect

    Church, D.C.; Quisenberry, J.L.; Fox, K.B.

    1981-12-01

    A new gelled acid was evaluated in the west Texas, southeast New Mexico, and Oklahoma areas. The purpose of this evaluation was to determine how successful a gelled acid, prepared from xanthan polymer, would be in several carbonate formations. Several types of acidizing techniques were employed. These treatments vary from one to nine stages, with and without diverting agents. More than 20 treatments are summarized. Production figures for the wells treated are discussed, as well as pertinent related information. 5 refs.

  3. Anaerobic Carbon Metabolism by the Tricarboxylic Acid Cycle 1

    PubMed Central

    Vanlerberghe, Greg C.; Horsey, Anne K.; Weger, Harold G.; Turpin, David H.

    1989-01-01

    Nitrogen-limited cells of Selenastrum minutum (Naeg.) Collins are able to assimilate NH4+ in the dark under anaerobic conditions. Addition of NH4+ to anaerobic cells results in a threefold increase in tricarboxylic acid cycle (TCAC) CO2 efflux and an eightfold increase in the rate of anaplerotic carbon fixation via phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase. Both of these observations are consistent with increased TCAC carbon flow to supply intermediates for amino acid biosynthesis. Addition of H14CO3? to anaerobic cells assimilating NH4+ results in the incorporation of radiolabel into the ?-carboxyl carbon of glutamic acid. Incorporation of radiolabel into glutamic acid is not simply a short-term phenomenon following NH4+ addition as the specific activity of glutamic acid increases over time. This indicates that this alga is able to maintain partial oxidative TCAC carbon flow while under anoxia to supply ?-ketoglutarate for glutamate production. During dark aerobic NH4+ assimilation, no radiolabel appears in fumarate or succinate and only a small amount occurs in malate. During anaerobic NH4+ assimilation, these metabolites contain a large proportion of the total radiolabel and radiolabel accumulates in succinate over time. Also, the ratio of dark carbon fixation to NH4+ assimilation is much higher under anaerobic than aerobic conditions. These observations suggest the operation of a partial reductive TCAC from oxaloacetic acid to malate, fumarate, and succinate. Such a pathway might contribute to redox balance in an anaerobic cell maintaining partial oxidative TCAC activity. PMID:16667215

  4. Characterization of carbon black modified by maleic acid

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Asokan, Vijayshankar; Kosinski, Pawel; Skodvin, Tore; Myrseth, Velaug

    2013-09-01

    We present here a method for modifying the surface of carbon black (CB) using a simple heat treatment in the presence of a carboxylic acid as well as water or ethylene glycol as a solvent. CB was mixed with maleic acid and either water or ethylene glycol, and heated at 250°C. Unlike the traditional surface modification processes which use heat treatment of carbon with mineral acids the present modification method using a carboxylic acid proved to be simple and time efficient. CB from two different vendors was used, and the modified samples were characterized by TGA, BET surface area measurement, XRD, particle size and zeta potential measurements, and FTIR. It was found that several material properties, including thermal stability and surface area, of the modified CB are significantly altered relative to the parental carbon samples. This method provides a rapid and simple route to tailor new materials with desired properties.

  5. Fluorecently labeled bionanotransporters of nucleic acid based on carbon nanotubes

    E-print Network

    Novopashina, D S; Venyaminova, A G

    2012-01-01

    Here we propose the approach to design of the new type of hybrids of oligonucleotides with fluorescein-functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes. The approach is based on stacking interactions of functionalized nanotubes with pyrene residues in conjugates of oligonucleotides. The amino- and fluorescein-modified single-walled carbon nanotubes were obtained, and their physico-chemical properties were investigated. The effect of carbon nanotubes functionalization type on the efficacy of sorption of pyrene conjugates of oligonucleotides was examined. Proposed non-covalent hybrids of fluorescein-labeled carbon nanotubes with oligonucleotides may be used for intracellular transport of functional nucleic acids.

  6. REACTIVE FLOW IN VUGGY CARBONATES: METHODS AND MODELS APPLIED TO MATRIX ACIDIZING OF CARBONATES 

    E-print Network

    Izgec, Omer

    2010-07-14

    Carbonates invariably have small (micron) to large (centimeter) scale heterogeneities in flow properties that may cause the effects of injected acids to differ greatly from what is predicted by a model based on a homogenous ...

  7. REACTIVE FLOW IN VUGGY CARBONATES: METHODS AND MODELS APPLIED TO MATRIX ACIDIZING OF CARBONATES

    E-print Network

    Izgec, Omer

    2010-07-14

    Carbonates invariably have small (micron) to large (centimeter) scale heterogeneities in flow properties that may cause the effects of injected acids to differ greatly from what is predicted by a model based on a homogenous formation. To the best...

  8. Potential effects of clean coal technologies on acid precipitation, greenhouse gases, and solid waste disposal

    SciTech Connect

    Blasing, T.J.; Miller, R.L.; McCold, L.N.

    1993-11-01

    The US Department of Energy`s (DOE`s) Clean Coal Technology Demonstration Program (CCTDP) was initially funded by Congress to demonstrate more efficient, economically feasible, and environmentally acceptable coal technologies. Although the environmental focus at first was on sulfur dioxide (SO{sub 2}) and nitrogen oxides (NO{sub x}) because their relationship to acid precipitation, the CCTDP may also lead to reductions in carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) emissions and in the volume of solid waste produced, compared with conventional technologies. The environmental effects of clean coal technologies (CCTs) depend upon which (if any) specific technologies eventually achieve high acceptance in the marketplace. In general, the repowering technologies and a small group of retrofit technologies show the most promise for reducing C0{sub 2} emissions and solid waste. These technologies also compare favorably with other CCTs in terms of SO{sub 2} and NO{sub x} reductions. The upper bound for CO{sup 2} reductions in the year 2010 is only enough to reduce global ``greenhouse`` warming potential by about 1%. However, CO{sub 2} emissions come from such variety of sources around the globe that no single technological innovation or national policy change could realistically be expected to reduce these emissions by more than a few percent. Particular CCTs can lead to either increases or decreases in the amount of solid waste produced. However, even if decreases are not achieved, much of the solid waste from clean coal technologies would be dry and therefore easier to dispose of than scrubber sludge.

  9. Anodic oxidation of 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid on carbon electrodes in acetic acid solutions

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Slawomir Michalkiewicz; Agata Skorupa

    2010-01-01

    The electrochemical oxidation of 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC) on a carbon fiber microelectrode (CF) and a glassy carbon macroelectrode (GC) in glacial acetic acid solutions was investigated using voltammetric techniques. Voltammograms recorded at these electrodes show well-defined single waves or peaks. The proposed mechanism of the anodic oxidation of DOPAC consists of two successive one-electron one-proton steps. The loss of the

  10. Helium and carbon isotopic compositions of hot spring gases in the Tibetan Plateau

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Tetsuya Yokoyama; Shun'ichi Nakai; Hiroshi Wakita

    1999-01-01

    The Tibetan Plateau is one of the most active geothermal areas in the Himalayan Geothermal Belt. However, the heat source of the geothermal manifestation is unknown because of a lack of Quaternary volcanoes in this area, except in western Yunnan and northern Tibet. In order to unravel the heat source and the origin of volatile components in hot spring gases

  11. Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center and World Data Center-A for atmospheric trace gases: FY 1993 activities

    SciTech Connect

    Cushman, R.M. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States). Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center; Stoss, F.W. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States). Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center]|[Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States). Energy, Environment, and Resources Center

    1994-01-01

    During the course of a fiscal year, Oak Ridge National Laboratory`s Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC) distributes thousands of specialty publications-numeric data packages (NDPs), computer model packages (CMPs), technical reports, public communication publications, newsletters, article reprints, and reference books-in response to requests for information related to global environmental issues, primarily those pertaining to climate change. CDIAC`s staff also provide technical responses to specific inquiries related to carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}), other trace gases, and climate. Hundreds of referrals to other researchers, policy analysts, information specialists, or organizations are also facilitated by CDIAC`s staff. This report provides an account of the activities accomplished by CDIAC (including World Data Center-A for Atmospheric Trace Gases) during the period October 1, 1992, to September 30, 1993. An organizational overview of CDIAC and its staff is supplemented by a detailed description of inquiries received and CDIAC`s response to those inquiries. An analysis and description of the preparation and distribution of NDPS, CMPS, technical reports, newsletters, fact sheets, specialty publications, and reprints are provided. Comments and descriptions of CDIAC`s information management systems, professional networking, and special bilateral agreements are also presented.

  12. Nucleophilic ?-Carbon Activation of Propionic Acid as a 3-Carbon Synthon by Carbene Organocatalysis.

    PubMed

    Jin, Zhichao; Jiang, Ke; Fu, Zhenqian; Torres, Jaume; Zheng, Pengcheng; Yang, Song; Song, Bao-An; Chi, Yonggui Robin

    2015-06-22

    Direct ?-carbon activation of propionic acid (C2 H5 CO2 H) by carbene organocatalysis has been developed. This activation affords the smallest azolium homoenolate intermediate (without any substituent) as a 3-carbon nucleophile for enantioselective reactions. Propionic acid is an excellent raw material because it is cheap, stable, and safe. This approach provides a much better solution to azolium homoenolate synthesis than the previously established use of acrolein (enal without any substituent), which is expensive, unstable, and toxic. PMID:26013883

  13. PREDICTING TEMPERATURE BEHAVIOR IN CARBONATE ACIDIZING TREATMENTS 

    E-print Network

    Tan, Xuehao

    2010-01-16

    To increase the successful rate of acid stimulation, a method is required to diagnose the effectiveness of stimulation which will help us to improve stimulation design and decide whether future action, such as diversion, ...

  14. Determination of carbon monoxide, methane and carbon dioxide in refinery hydrogen gases and air by gas chromatography

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Marian Kami?ski; Rafa? Kartanowicz; Daniel Jastrz?bski; Marcin M. Kami?ski

    2003-01-01

    This paper illustrates a method for determining trace amounts of CO, CH4 and CO2 with the detection limit of 0.15, 0.15 and 0.20 ?g\\/l, respectively, in refinery hydrogen gases or in air. A simple modification of a gas chromatograph equipped with a flame-ionization detector is presented. A Porapak Q column, additionally connected with a short molecular sieve 5A packed column

  15. Sea salt aerosols as a reactive surface for inorganic and organic acidic gases in the arctic troposphere

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Chi, J. W.; Li, W. J.; Zhang, D. Z.; Zhang, J. C.; Lin, Y. T.; Shen, X. J.; Sun, J. Y.; Chen, J. M.; Zhang, X. Y.; Zhang, Y. M.; Wang, W. X.

    2015-06-01

    Sea salt aerosols (SSA) are dominant particles in the arctic atmosphere and determine the polar radiative balance. SSA react with acidic pollutants that lead to changes of physical and chemical properties of their surface, which in turn alter their hygroscopic and optical properties. Transmission electron microscopy with energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry was used to analyze morphology, composition, size, and mixing state of individual SSA at Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard in summertime. Individual fresh SSA contained cubic NaCl coated by certain amounts of MgCl2 and CaSO4. Individual partially aged SSA contained irregular NaCl coated by a mixture of NaNO3, Na2SO4, Mg(NO3)2, and MgSO4. The comparison suggests the hydrophilic MgCl2 coating in fresh SSA likely intrigued the heterogeneous reactions at the beginning of SSA and acidic gases. Individual fully aged SSA normally had Na2SO4 cores and an amorphous coating of NaNO3. Elemental mappings of individual SSA particles revealed that as the particles ageing Cl gradually decreased but the C, N, O, and S content increased. 12C14N- mapping from nanoscale secondary ion mass spectrometry indicates that organic matter increased in the aged SSA compared with the fresh SSA. 12C14N- line scans further show that organic matter was mainly concentrated on the aged SSA surface. These new findings indicate that this mixture of organic matter and NaNO3 on particle surfaces determines their hygroscopic and optical properties. These abundant SSA, whose reactive surfaces absorb inorganic and organic acidic gases in the arctic troposphere, need to be incorporated into atmospheric chemical models.

  16. Anaerobic carbon metabolism by the tricarboxylic acid cycle

    SciTech Connect

    Vanlerberghe, G.C.; Horsey, A.K.; Weger, H.G.; Turpin, D.H. (Queen's Univ., Kingston, Ontario (Canada))

    1989-12-01

    Nitrogen-limited cells of Selenastrum minutum (Naeg.) Collins are able to assimilate NH{sub 4}{sup +} in the dark under anaerobic conditions. Addition of NH{sub 4}{sup +} to anaerobic cells results in a threefold increase in tricarboxylic acid cycle (TCAC) CO{sub 2} efflux and an eightfold increase in the rate of anaplerotic carbon fixation via phosphoenspyruvate carboxylase. Both of these observations are consistent with increased TCAC carbon flow to supply intermediates for amino acid biosynthesis. Addition of H{sup 14}CO{sub 3}{sup {minus}} to anaerobic cells assimilating NH{sub 4}{sup +} results in the incorporation of radiolabel into the {alpha}-carboxyl carbon of glutamic acid. Incorporation of radiolabel into glutamic acid is not simply a short-term phenomenon following NH{sub 4}{sup +} addition as the specific activity of glutamic acid increases over time. This indicates that this alga is able to maintain partial oxidative TCAC carbon flow while under anoxia to supply {alpha}ketoglutarate for glutamate production. During dark aerobic NH{sub 4}{sup +} assimilation, no radiolabel appears in fumarate or succinate and only a small amount occurs in malate. During anaerobic NH{sub 4}{sup +} assimilation, these metabolites contain a large proportion of the total radiolabel and radiolabel accumulates in succinate over time. Also, the ratio of dark carbon fixation to NH{sub 4}{sup +} assimilation is much higher under anaerobic than aerobic conditions. These observations suggest the operation of a partial reductive TCAC from oxaloacetic acid to malate, fumarate, and succinate. Such a pathway might contribute to redox balance in an anaerobic cell maintaining partial oxidative TCAC activity.

  17. Carbon dioxide production from combustion exhaust gases with nitrogen and argon by-product recovery

    SciTech Connect

    Krishnamurthy, R.; Andrecovich, M.J.

    1992-03-31

    This patent describes a method for producing carbon dioxide and nitrogen from combustion exhaust gas containing less than about 10% oxygen by weight. It comprises treating the exhaust gas to remove particulate matter; compressing the exhaust gas to a pressure in the range from about 25 psia to about 200 psia; purifying the exhaust gas to remove trace contaminants; separating the exhaust gas to produce a carbon dioxide rich fraction and a nitrogen rich fraction; liquefying the carbon dioxide rich fraction and distilling off components that are more volatile than carbon dioxide; purifying the nitrogen rich fraction to remove carbon dioxide; and cryogenically fractionally distilling the nitrogen rich fraction to remove oxygen and argon therefrom.

  18. Nature of the carbon and sulfur phases and inorganic gases in the Kenna ureilite

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Gibson, E. K., Jr.

    1976-01-01

    Abundances of carbon and sulfur in the Kenna ureilite are 2.219 plus or minus 0.060 wt. % C and 0.179 plus or minus 0.008 wt. % S. Secondary carbonates resulting from terrestrial weathering account for 0.25 plus or minus 0.02 wt. % C. No hydrocarbons were detected during gas release measurements. Most of the carbon is in graphite, diamond, or lonsdaleite. The sample of Kenna contained 0.95 plus or minus 0.05 wt.% H2O. Total carbon and sulfur measurements were made on three additional ureilites: Havero, Dingo Pup Donga, and North Haig. Ureilite carbon abundances are similar to those of C-2 chondrites, whereas sulfur abundances are a factor of 10 less than C-2 chondrites and ordinary chondrites. The elemental abundances, ratios, and phases present in the ureilites rule out a direct genetic relationship between the ureilites and the carbonaceous chondrites.

  19. FIELD METHOD COMPARISON FOR THE CHARACTERIZATION OF ACID AEROSOLS AND GASES

    EPA Science Inventory

    This paper presents findings from two intercomparison studies of acid aerosol measurement systems, which were conducted in Uniontown and State College, PA, during the summers of 1990 and 1991, respectively. s part of these studies, acid aerosol and gas concentrations (NH3, HNO3, ...

  20. Surface functional groups on acid-activated nutshell carbons

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Christopher A. Toles; Wayne E. Marshall; Mitchell M. Johns

    1999-01-01

    Nutshells from agriculturally important nut crops (almond, black walnut, English walnut, macadamia nut and pecan) were converted to granular activated carbon using phosphoric acid activation in nitrogen or air. Surface functional groups (carbonyl, phenols, lactones, carboxyl) were quantified by titration with bases of different ionization potential. The degree of copper uptake was correlated with the presence of various functional groups

  1. ELEMENTAL MERCURY ADSORPTION BY ACTIVATED CARBON TREATED WITH SULFURIC ACID

    EPA Science Inventory

    The paper gives results of a study of the adsorption of elemental mercury at 125 C by a sulfuric-acid (H2S04, 50% w/w/ solution)-treated carbon for the removal of mercury from flue gas. The pore structure of the sample was characterized by nitrogen (N2) at -196 C and the t-plot m...

  2. Experimental equilibrium and modeling for the absorption of acid gases in diethanolamine solutions at low and high partial pressures

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    Elizondo-Villarreal, E.M.

    1989-01-01

    This study was undertaken to develop an experimental apparatus that would allow direct measurements of gas equilibrium solubility in aqueous alkanolamine solutions at low gas partial pressures. Carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide solubility in 20, 35 and 50% by weight diethanolamine aqueous solutions was measured. The measurements were made at acid gas partial pressures between 0.003 and 10.9 psia and temperatures of 80, 150 and 240{degree}F. The experimental data at low partial pressure were used in a procedure to correlate them with literature data at high partial pressures and establish a model for carbon dioxide-hydrogen sulfide-aqueous diethanolamine systems. An experimental apparatus was developed to measure the equilibrium solubility of acid gas in diethanolamine solutions at low acid gas partial pressures. The experimental procedure does not require that vapor liquid samples be withdrawn for analysis, so equilibrium in the experimental apparatus is never disturbed. A consistency test for evaluation of experimental acid gas-ethanolamine equilibrium data was developed. The test was shown to apply in the full range of partial pressures where chemical reactions dominate. Predictions of acid gas partial pressures were substantially improved and application to model an integrated high pressure natural gas plant gave good results. The experimental apparatus and the consistency test should be used for other amines of industrial interest to improve the modeling.

  3. Carbon, Nitrogen, and Noble Gases in the Diamond Fractions of the Novo Urei Ureilite

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    Fisenko, A. V.; Verchovsky, A. B.; Semjonova, L. F.; Pillinger, C. T.

    2004-09-01

    We measured the contents and isotopic compositions for C, N, and noble gases in the diamond fractions separated in a heavy liquid (? = 2.9 g/cm3) from a sample enriched with diamond from the Novo Urei ureilite. The results show that the concentrations of nitrogen and noble gases in the diamond fraction isolated from the supernatant (the fraction is named DNU-1) are more than a factor of 1.5 higher than those in the diamond fraction from the residue (DNU-2). This difference is probably caused by smaller sizes of grains and (or) clusters of smaller grains as well as by larger defectiveness of the crystal lattice of the diamond in the DNU-1 fraction as compared to DNU-2. Both fractions are similar in the isotopic composition of C and N and in the ratios of trapped chemical elements. The results obtained and the published data concerning C, N, and noble gases in different fractions of other ureilites allow us to conclude the following. (1) The ureilite diamond was most likely formed from graphite and the fine-grained crystalline (or semiamorphous) carbonaceous phase as a result of shock transformation in the parent bodies. (2) The negative result in the search for the isotopically light component of nitrogen (?15N is about -100‰) in the Antarctic unshocked ureilite ALH 78019 (Rai et al., 2002), which introduced serious difficulties for explaining the origin of the ureilite diamond in the parent bodies during the impact, is most likely caused by the absorption of atmospheric nitrogen by the carbonaceous material in the processes of terrestrial weathering. (3) The source of light nitrogen (?15N ~ -100‰) in the ureilite diamond was probably the presolar diamond in the initial carbonaceous material of the ureilite parent bodies, because the impurity elements, including nitrogen (?15N < -350‰), in this diamond could be trapped in the magmatic processes by the carbonaceous material, which became a precursor of the ureilite diamond in the shock event.

  4. Synthesis and acid catalysis of cellulose-derived carbon-based solid acid

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Suganuma, Satoshi; Nakajima, Kiyotaka; Kitano, Masaaki; Yamaguchi, Daizo; Kato, Hideki; Hayashi, Shigenobu; Hara, Michikazu

    2010-06-01

    SO 3H-bearing amorphous carbon, prepared by partial carbonization of cellulose followed by sulfonation in fuming H 2SO 4, was applied as a solid catalyst for the acid-catalyzed hydrolysis of ?-1,4 glucan, including cellobiose and crystalline cellulose. Structural analyses revealed that the resulting carbon material consists of graphene sheets with 1.5 mmol g -1 of SO 3H groups, 0.4 mmol g -1 of COOH, and 5.6 mmol g -1 of phenolic OH groups. The carbon catalyst showed high catalytic activity for the hydrolysis of ?-1,4 glycosidic bonds in both cellobiose and crystalline cellulose. Pure crystalline cellulose was not hydrolyzed by conventional strong solid Brønsted acid catalysts such as niobic acid, Nafion ® NR-50, and Amberlyst-15, whereas the carbon catalyst efficiently hydrolyzes cellulose into water-soluble saccharides. The catalytic performance of the carbon catalyst is due to the large adsorption capacity for hydrophilic reactants and the adsorption ability of ?-1,4 glucan, which is not adsorbed to other solid acids.

  5. Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center and World Data Center for Atmospheric Trace Gases Fiscal Year 1999 Annual Report

    SciTech Connect

    Cushman, R.M.

    2000-03-31

    The Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC), which includes the World Data Center (WDC) for Atmospheric Trace Gases, is the primary global-change data and information analysis center of the Department of Energy (DOE). More than just an archive of data sets and publications, CDIAC has--since its inception in 1982--enhanced the value of its holdings through intensive quality assurance, documentation, and integration. Whereas many traditional data centers are discipline-based (for example, meteorology or oceanography), CDIAC's scope includes potentially anything and everything that would be of value to users concerned with the greenhouse effect and global climate change, including concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) and other radiatively active gases in the atmosphere; the role of the terrestrial biosphere and the oceans in the biogeochemical cycles of greenhouse gases; emissions of CO{sub 2} and other trace gases to the atmosphere; long-term climate trends; the effects of elevated CO{sub 2} on vegetation; and the vulnerability of coastal areas to rising sea level. CDIAC is located within the Environmental Sciences Division (ESD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. CDIAC is co-located with ESD researchers investigating global-change topics, such as the global carbon cycle and the effects of carbon dioxide on vegetation. CDIAC staff are also connected with current ORNL research on related topics, such as renewable energy and supercomputing technologies. CDIAC is supported by the Environmental Sciences Division (Jerry Elwood, Acting Director) of DOE's Office of Biological and Environmental Research. CDIAC's FY 1999 budget was 2.2M dollars. CDIAC represents the DOE in the multi-agency Global Change Data and Information System. Bobbi Parra, and Wanda Ferrell on an interim basis, is DOE's Program Manager with responsibility for CDIAC. CDIAC comprises three groups, Global Change Data, Computer Systems, and Information Services, with seventeen full-time and part-time staff. The Global Change Data group is responsible for identifying and obtaining databases important to global-change research, analyzing data, compiling needed databases, providing data management support to specific programs (e.g., NARSTO), and preparing documentation to ensure the long-term utility of CDIAC's data holdings. The Computer Systems group provides computer system support for all CDIAC and WDC activities, including designing and maintaining CDIAC's computing system network; ensuring compliance with ORNL/DOE computing security regulations; ensuring long-term preservation of CDIAC data holdings through systematic backups; evaluating, developing, and implementing software; ensuring standards compliance; generating user statistics; providing Web design, development, and oversight; and providing systems analysis and programming assistance for scientific data projects. The Information Services group responds to data and information requests; maintains records of all request activities; assists in Web development and maintenance; and produces CDIAC's newsletter, CDIAC Communications, catalog, glossary, and educational materials. The following section provides further details on CDIAC's organization.

  6. Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center and World Data Center for Atmospheric Trace Gases Fiscal Year 2001 Annual Report

    SciTech Connect

    Cushman, R.M.

    2002-10-15

    The Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC), which includes the World Data Center (WDC) for Atmospheric Trace Gases, is the primary global change data and information analysis center of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). More than just an archive of data sets and publications, CDIAC has, since its inception in 1982, enhanced the value of its holdings through intensive quality assurance, documentation, and integration. Whereas many traditional data centers are discipline-based (for example, meteorology or oceanography), CDIAC's scope includes potentially anything and everything that would be of value to users concerned with the greenhouse effect and global climate change, including concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO{sub 2}) and other radiatively active gases in the atmosphere; the role of the terrestrial biosphere and the oceans in the biogeochemical cycles of greenhouse gases; emissions of CO{sub 2} and other trace gases to the atmosphere; long-term climate trends; the effects of elevated CO{sub 2} on vegetation; and the vulnerability of coastal areas to rising sea levels. CDIAC is located within the Environmental Sciences Division (ESD) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. CDIAC is co-located with ESD researchers investigating global-change topics, such as the global carbon cycle and the effects of carbon dioxide on climate and vegetation. CDIAC staff are also connected with current ORNL research on related topics, such as renewable energy and supercomputing technologies. CDIAC is supported by the Environmental Sciences Division (Jerry Elwood, Director) of DOE's Office of Biological and Environmental Research. CDIAC represents DOE in the multi-agency Global Change Data and Information System (GCDIS). Wanda Ferrell is DOE's Program Manager with overall responsibility for CDIAC. Roger Dahlman is responsible for CDIAC's AmeriFlux tasks, and Anna Palmisano for CDIAC's Ocean Data tasks. CDIAC is made up of three groups: Data Systems, Information Services, and Computer Systems, with nineteen full-time or part-time staff. The following section provides details on CDIAC's staff and organization. The Data Systems Group identifies and obtains databases important to global-change research; analyzes data; compiles needed databases; provides data management and support to specific programs [e.g., NARSTO, Free-Air CO{sub 2} Enrichment (FACE), AmeriFlux, Oceans]; and prepares documentation to ensure the long-term utility of CDIAC's data holdings. The Information Services Group responds to data and information requests; maintains records of all request activities; analyzes user statistics; assists in Web development and maintenance; and produces CDIAC's newsletter (CDIAC Communications), the fiscal year annual reports, and various information materials. The Computer Systems Group provides computer system support for all CDIAC and WDC activities; designs and maintains CDIAC's computing system network; ensures compliance with ORNL/DOE computing security regulations; ensures long-term preservation of CDIAC data holdings through systematic backups; evaluates, develops, and implements software; ensures standards compliance; generates user statistics; provides Web design, development, and oversight; and provides systems analysis and programming assistance for scientific data projects.

  7. CARBON CONTRIBUTION AND CHARACTERISTICS OF HUMIC ACID, FULVIC ACID, PARTICULATE ORGANIC MATTER AND GLOMALIN IN DIVERSE ECOSYSTEMS

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Global climate change and soil carbon sequestration issues are entering the forefront of public policy, and emphasis is growing for research on carbon sinks and long-term terrestrial carbon stabilization. Humic acid (HA), fulvic acid (FA), humin and particulate organic matter (POM) have traditionall...

  8. Sorption of noble gases by solids, with reference to meteorites. I - Magnetite and carbon

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Yang, J.; Lewis, R. S.; Anders, E.

    1982-06-01

    The trapping of meteoritic noble gases by solids is simulated through the synthesis of 18 Fe3O4 samples at 350-720 K in a noble gas atmosphere, by means of the reactions: (1) 3Fe + 4H2O yields Fe3O4 + 4H2, using Ne, Ar, Kr and Xe; and (2) 3Fe + 4CO yields Fe3O4 + 4C + carbides, using Xe. Etching experiments suggest an analogy with 'Phase Q' in meteorites. Adsorbed atmospheric gases are present in all samples, and dominate whenever the noble gas partial pressure in the atmosphere is greater than that in the synthesis. While many of the results of Lancet and Anders (1973) appear to have been dominated by such an atmospheric component, others are suspect. When the doubtful samples of Lancet and Anders are corrected or eliminated, the fractionation pattern no longer peaks at Ar, but rather, as in the present sample, rises monotonically from Ne to Xe. No evidence is found for the earlier study's claim of a strong temperature dependence.

  9. A Pilot-Scale Evaluation of a New Technology to Control NO(x) Emissions from Boilers at KSC: Hydrogen Peroxide Injection into Boiler Flue Gases Followed by Wet Scrubbing of Acid Gases

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Cooper, C. David

    1997-01-01

    Emissions of nitrogen oxides NO(x) are a significant problem in the United States. NO(x) are formed in any combustion process, therefore it is not surprising that NO(x) are emitted from the boilers at KSC. Research at UCF has shown (in the laboratory) that injecting H2O2 into hot simulated flue gases can oxidize the NO and NO2 to their acid gas forms, HNO2 and HNO3, respectively. These acid gases are much more water soluble than their counterparts, and theoretically can be removed easily by wet scrubbing. This technology was of interest to NASA, both for their boilers at KSC, and for their combustion sources elsewhere. However, it was necessary to field test the technology and to provide pilot-scale data to aid in design of full-scale facilities. Hence this project was initiated in May of 1996.

  10. Interference of anesthetic gases at skin surface sensors for oxygen and carbon dioxide.

    PubMed

    Eberhard, P; Mindt, W

    1981-10-01

    Several variables may account for the response of electrochemical skin surface PO2 sensors to anesthetic gases: cathode material and size, pH of the electrolyte and membrane material. These variables cannot be chosen arbitrarily and their influence has been tested with two types of sensors. In one type (LSC), a large size cathode (mm range) and a membrane with low permeability for oxygen such as mono-axially oriented polyethylene is used. The other type (MC) contains one or more microcathodes (micron range) and a membrane which is highly permeable for oxygen such as Teflon PTFE. With the LSC sensor, the N2O interference current is smaller than 5% of the air current when the sensor is polarized at --600 mV. The interference current with 2% halothane is smaller than 3% of the air current. With the MC sensor, the N2O interference may be up to 40% of the current in air when the sensor is polarized at --800 mV. The magnitude of this interference depends considerably on the silver deposition on the platinum cathode. At --600 mV the N2O interference is negligible. However, at this polarization voltage, the sensor is not operated within the limiting current plateau of oxygen. The interference current with 2% halothane may be up to 30% of the current in air. With both types of sensors there was no measurable interference by 2% enflurane. The authors conclude that to reduce the interference of anesthetic gases at skin surface sensors for oxygen to a reasonable level, it is necessary to use a membrane with low permeability for oxygen and a polarization voltage of approximately --600 mV. These two conditions can be fulfilled optimally only with a sensor design in which a large size cathode is used. At Stowe-Severinghaus type skin surface sensors for PCO2, there is no measurable interference by N2O, halothane or enflurane. PMID:6793310

  11. Effect of citric acid to carbon nanotube growth

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    Jiang, Q.; He, Z. W.; Du, B.; Zhao, X. F.; Zhao, Y.

    2009-03-01

    Carbon nanotube (CNT) was synthesized by catalytic chemical vapor deposition using LaNiO3 as the catalyst precursor, where LaNiO3 was prepared by citric acid complexometry. The results show that the catalyst precursors prepared with different citric acid dosages could all grow CNT, but the CNT yield and patterns obtained with these catalyst precursors were different. Different citric acid dosages could result in different (111) crystal face contents of Ni particle in the catalysts (the products obtained from catalyst precursors reduced by the H2) and thus affected the CNT yield and patterns, which is the result of the complexation between the carboxyl (came from citric acid) and metal ions in lower temperature (80°C) during the catalyst precursor preparation.

  12. Acid composition of particles and gases in a ponderosa pine forest during the BEACHON-RoMBAS campaign

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Stark, H.; Yatavelli, L.; Thompson, S.; Kimmel, J. R.; Palm, B. B.; Day, D. A.; Campuzano-Jost, P.; Cubison, M. J.; Jayne, J.; Worsnop, D. R.; Thornton, J. A.; Jimenez, J. L.

    2012-12-01

    We present results from the high mass-resolution analysis of gas-phase and aerosol spectra collected with a chemical ionization high-resolution time-of-flight mass spectrometer, equipped with a micro-orifice volatilization impactor ("MOVI-HRToF-CIMS", Yatavelli and Thornton AS&T, 2010; Yatavelli et al., AS&T, 2012) during the 2011 Bio-hydro-atmosphere interactions of Energy, Aerosols, Carbon, H2O, Organics & Nitrogen - Rocky Mountain Biogenic Aerosol Study ("BEACHON-RoMBAS"). The study was conducted during July - August 2011 in a ponderosa pine forest in Colorado. Choosing acetate (CH3C(O)O-) as the reagent ion and developing analysis tools for formula identification and elemental analysis allowed us to identify hundreds of individual acids in aerosol spectra. Positive Matrix Factorization (PMF) analysis of the ion time series is useful to account for backgrounds in the different modes of operation and to separate several gas-phase and particulate factors with different volatility and composition. Results on aerosol composition, including nitrogen- and sulfur-containing species as well as information about elemental ratios (e.g. O:C, H:C) and average carbon oxidation state are presented. Most of the acids detected have between 1 and 10 carbons and average carbon oxidation states (OsC) between -1 and 1. This suggests the importance of monoterpenes and MBO as precursors of the measured acids. We will discuss these results with special consideration of fragmentation on the heated surfaces of the instrument.

  13. Kinetics of vibrational energy transfer in carbon dioxide and its mixtures with other gases

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. A. Losev

    1976-01-01

    The paper reviews various types of vibrational energy transfer in carbon dioxide and mixtures which contain it, with emphasis on experimental results. Techniques for measuring vibrational energy transfer are discussed: ultrasonic, laser-fluorescence and gasdynamic methods. The following types of vibrational energy transfer are considered: (1) transfer between symmetric vibrations; (2) vibrational-translational transfer; (3) transfer between asymmetric and symmetric vibrations, and

  14. Poly(carbonate ester)s Based on Units of 6-Hydroxyhexanoic Acid and Glycerol

    E-print Network

    Poly(carbonate ester)s Based on Units of 6-Hydroxyhexanoic Acid and Glycerol Jesse B. Wolinsky materials. These include linear polyesters based on amino acids,9,10 sugars,11,12 or modified hydroxy acids(glycolic acid) and poly(lactic acid).26 Herein we report new copolymers based on 6-hydroxyhexanoic acid

  15. Photochemistry of biogenic gases

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Levine, Joel S.

    1989-01-01

    The relationship between the biosphere and the atmosphere is examined, emphasizing the composition and photochemistry and chemistry of the troposphere and stratosphere. The reactions of oxygen, ozone, and hydroxyl are reviewed and the fate of the biogenic gases ammonia, methane, reduced sulfur species, reduced halogen species, carbon monoxide, nitric oxide, nitrous oxide, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide are described. A list is given of the concentration and sources of the various gases.

  16. Acetylene-mediated alkylation of monoalkyl carbonates and carbamic acids with tert-amines

    SciTech Connect

    Sasaki, Yoshiyuki [National Institute for Resources and Environment, Onogawa, Tsukuba-shi (Japan)

    1996-12-31

    Carbonic acid diesters and carbamic acid esters are useful organic substances as intermediates for the syntheses of several chemicals. They are currently synthesized in industry using the processes based on phosgene or carbon monoxide. On the other hand, since carbon dioxide is an abundant and cheap carbonyl carbon source, and is much less toxic than those raw materials, substantial efforts have been focused on its fixation into carbonyl compounds including carbonic acid diesters and carbamic acid esters. However, their syntheses based on carbon dioxide reported so far require rather expensive substrates like alkyl halides, and are not competitive with the currently adopted industrial processes.

  17. Experimental Investigation for the Effect of the Core Length on the Optimum Acid Flux in Carbonate Acidizing 

    E-print Network

    Dong, Kai

    2012-10-19

    Matrix acidizing is commonly used to stimulate wells in carbonate reservoirs. Large amounts of lab tests indicate an optimum acid interstitial velocity (Vi-opt, injection rate over flow area and porosity) exists, which ...

  18. Enhancement of acidic gases in biomass burning impacted air masses over Canada

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Lefer, B. L.; Talbot, R. W.; Harriss, R. C.; Bradshaw, J. D.; Sandholm, S. T.; Olson, J. O.; Sachse, G. W.; Collins, J.; Shipham, M. A.; Blake, D. R.

    1994-01-01

    Biomass-burning impacted air masses sampled over central and eastern Canada during the summer of 1990 as part of ABLE 3B contained enhanced mixing ratios of gaseous HNO3, HCOOH, CH3COOH, and what appears to be (COOH)2. These aircraft-based samples were collected from a variety of fresh burning plumes and more aged haze layers from different source regions. Values of the enhancement factor, delta X/delta CO, where X represents an acidic gas, for combustion-impacted air masses sampled both near and farther away from the fires, were relatively uniform. However, comparison of carboxylic acid emission ratios measured in laboratory fires to field plume enhancement factors indicates significant in-plume production of HCOOH. Biomass-burning appears to be an important source of HNO3, HCOOH, and CH3COOH to the troposphere over subarctic Canada.

  19. Equilibrium solubility of acid gases in diethanolamine and monoethanolamine solutions at low partial pressures

    SciTech Connect

    Lal, D.; Isaacs, E.E.; Mather, A.E.; Otto, F.D.

    1980-01-01

    Aqueous monoethanolamine (MEA) and diethanolamine (DEA) solutions are used extensively for the removal of H/sub 2/S and CO/sub 2/ from gas streams. Advantages of the use of these particular chemical solvents include high reactivity, low cost, ease of reclamation, low absorption of hydrocarbons, and relatively high capacity at low acid gas partial pressures. The rational design and operation of MEA and DEA treating processes requires data for the equilibrium solubility of H/sub 2/S and CO/sub 2/ in the treating solutions over the wide range of acid gas partial pressures encountered in operating units. There has been a lack of data for low acid gas loadings. Low partial pressure data determined for the equilibrium solubility of H/sub 2/S, CO/sub 2/, and their mixtures in 2.0 kmol M/sup -3/ (20.5% by wt) DEA and 2.5 kmol M/sup -3/ (15.3% by wt) MEA solutions are presented. 20 references.

  20. Effects of Gases on Field Emission from Single and Multi-Wall Carbon Nanotubes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Wadhawan, A.; Stephens, K.; Stallcup, R., II; Perez, J.; Physics Department Collaboration

    2001-03-01

    We report the effects of O_2, H_2, and Ar exposure on the field emission properties of single and multi-wall carbon nanotubes. The field emission current vs. voltage curves and field emission current vs. time were measured as a function of gas exposure at 10-8 Torr over a period of approximately 8 hours. The data were collected using an automated system running under Labview. We find that H2 and Ar exposure do not significantly affect the field emission properties of either single or multi-walled carbon nanotubes. However, O2 exposure degrades the field emission properties of multi-wall tubes more than those of single-wall tubes. After O2 exposure, the turn-on voltage for multi-wall tubes increased fromm 300 to 500 volts, while the turn-on voltage for single-wall tubes increased from 200 to 250 volts. An explanation of these results will be discussed.

  1. [Accidental carbon monoxide poisoning caused by incomplete combustion of liquid gases].

    PubMed

    Gujer, H R

    1982-02-01

    Amongst mortal accidents by carbon monoxide intoxication, an incomplete combustion of liquid gas consists a frequent CO-source. In Switzerland, during the last two years, at least seventeen persons died from such intoxications. Non conform installation of gas apparatus, for example the placing of a five-liter boiler without evacuation pipes in a small room, lack of fresh air conduction, or deficient installation of the apparatus, are the principal causes. Even professionals are not sufficiently aware of the danger of this kind of apparatus. Since a carbon monoxide intoxication is difficult to diagnose, it should be thought of at once if a CO-source is present. Information of the public on one hand, technical measures on the other hand could help avoiding such accidents. PMID:7072383

  2. Karstification without carbonic acid: bedrock dissolution by gypsum- driven dedolomitization

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Bischoff, J.L.; Julia, R.; Shanks, Wayne C.; Rosenbauer, R.J.

    1994-01-01

    The primary karst-forming process at Lake Banyoles is dedolomitization of basement rocks driven by gypsum dissolution. Karstification takes place along the subsurface contact between the gypsiferous Beuda Formation and the dolomitic Perafita Formation. This process is here recognized for the first time to cause karstification on a large scale; this is significant because it proceeds without the addition of soil-generated carbonic acid. -from Authors

  3. Nitric acid oxidation of vapor grown carbon nanofibers

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Priya V. Lakshminarayanan; Hossein Toghiani; Charles U. Pittman Jr.

    2004-01-01

    Vapor grown carbon nanofibers (Pyrograf III™) with 100–300 nm diameters and ?10–100 ?m lengths were oxidized in 69–71 wt.% nitric acid (115 °C) for various times (10 min to 24 h). These fibers were remarkably oxidation-resistant. XPS (O1s) showed that the surface atomic oxygen percent increased from 6.3 to 18.3–22.5% for 10–90 min oxidations followed by a drop to 14–15%

  4. Adsorption of 6-aminopenicillanic acid on activated carbon

    Microsoft Academic Search

    M. Dutta; R. Baruah; N. N. Dutta

    1997-01-01

    The adsorption and desorption of 6-aminopenicillanic acid (6-APA) in aqueous solution has been studied using activated carbon as the adsorbent. The extent of adsorption was found to be strongly dependent on the aqueous phase pH and this dependence could be interpreted from a model for neutral species adsorption. Desorptionstudies suggest that a small fraction of 6-APA adsorbs irreversibly on activated

  5. Carburisation of ferritic Fe–Cr alloys by low carbon activity gases

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Thomas Gheno; Daniel Monceau; Jianqiang Zhang; David J. Young

    2011-01-01

    Model Fe–Cr alloys were exposed to Ar–CO2–H2O gas mixtures at 650 and 800°C. At equilibrium, these atmospheres are oxidising to the alloys, but decarburising (aC?10?15 to 10?13). In addition to developing external oxide scales, however, the alloys also carburised. Carbon supersaturation at the scale\\/alloy interface relative to the gas reflects local equilibrium: a low oxygen potential corresponds to a high

  6. Modeling of the carbon nanotube chemical vapor deposition process using methane and acetylene precursor gases

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Andrew C Lysaght; Wilson K S Chiu

    2008-01-01

    Chemical vapor deposition of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in a horizontal tube-flow reactor has been investigated with a fully coupled reactor-scale computational model. The model combined conservation of mass, momentum, and energy equations with gas-phase and surface chemical reactions to describe the evolution of a hydrogen and hydrocarbon feed-stream as it underwent heating and reactions throughout the reactor. Investigation was directed

  7. Analysis of PD-generated SF6 decomposition gases adsorbed on carbon nanotubes

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Weidong Ding; Ryota Hayashi; Kohei Ochi; Junya Suehiro; Kiminobu Imasaka; Masanori Hara; Noriaki Sano; Eiichi Nagao; Tadao Minagawa

    2006-01-01

    Chemical byproducts analysis has been recognized as a powerful diagnosis method for SF6 gas-insulated switchgear (GIS). The authors have previously demonstrated that a carbon nanotube (CNT) gas sensor could detect partial discharge (PD) generated in SF6 gas. However, PD-generated decomposition gas species, which were responsible for the CNT gas sensor response, have not been identified yet. In this paper, two

  8. Partitioning and removal of dioxin-like congeners in flue gases treated with activated carbon adsorption

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Kai Hsien Chi; Shu Hao Chang; Chia Hua Huang; Hung Chi Huang; Moo Been Chang

    2006-01-01

    Activated carbon adsorption is commonly used to control dioxin-like congener (PCDD\\/Fs and PCBs) emissions. Partitioning of PCDD\\/Fs and PCBs between vapor and solid phases and their removal efficiencies achieved with existing air pollution control devices (APCDs) at a large-scale municipal waste incinerator (MWI) and an industrial waste incinerator (IWI) are evaluated via intensive stack sampling and analysis. Those two facilities

  9. Carbon nanoparticles with tosyl functional group for distinguishing voltammetric peaks of ascorbic acid and uric acid.

    PubMed

    Amiri, Mandana; Imanzadeh, Hamideh; Banaei, Alireza

    2015-02-01

    In this approach, electro-oxidation of a mixture of uric acid and ascorbic acid at the surface of tosyl surface carbon nanoparticles/glassy carbon electrode has been performed. The electro-oxidation of these compounds at bare electrode is sluggish and there is no suitable peak separation between them. However, using functionalized carbon nanoparticles, two well-defined anodic peaks with a considerable enhancement in the peak current and a remarkable peak potential separation near 452 mV is obtained. The porous interfacial layer of the carbon nanoparticles modified electrode with a high specific surface area increases the conductive area; molecules can penetrate through the conductive porous channels onto the electrode more easily so leading to higher sensitivity and selectivity. The dynamic linear ranges of 1.0 × 10(-5) to 3.0 × 10(-3)M and 1.0 × 10(-7) to 1.0 × 10(-4)M with detection limits 1.0 × 10(-5)M and 2.0 × 10(-8)M (for S/N=3) were obtained for ascorbic acid and uric acid, respectively. Analytical utility of the modified electrode has been examined successfully using human urine samples and vitamin C commercial tablets. PMID:25492188

  10. Oxidation of low carbon steel in multicomponent gases. Part 2: Reaction mechanisms during reheating

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    Abuluwefa, H.T.; Guthrie, R.I.L. [McGill Univ., Montreal, Quebec (Canada); Ajersch, F. [Ecole Polytechnique, Montreal, Quebec (Canada). Dept. of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering

    1997-08-01

    Oxidation behavior of low carbon steel during reheating in an industrial walking-beam steel reheat furnace was investigated. It was observed that scaling (oxidation) rates were reduced by reducing the input air/fuel ratio to the furnace, thereby lowering concentrations of free oxygen in the combustion products from about 3 to 1.5 pct. Laboratory experiments involving isothermal and nonisothermal oxidation were carried out in atmospheres consisting of oxygen, carbon dioxide, water vapor, and nitrogen. A general equation for the prediction of weight gains due to oxidation during reheating, using isothermal oxidation rate constants, was developed. The prediction of weight gains from nonisothermal oxidation conducted in the laboratory was poor, owing to a separation of the scale from the metal substrate which took place at about 900 C. The predicted weight gains during reheating in the industrial reheat furnace indicated that oxidation rats during reheating were intermediate between linear and parabolic, especially during reheating with high air/fuel ratio. However, the linear mechanism predominated. Laboratory isothermal experiments for oxidation in atmospheres containing fee oxygen showed that the magnitude of the linear oxidation rates were determined by the oxygen concentration in the atmosphere. It was concluded that the observed reduction in scaling rates during reheating of low carbon steel in the industrial reheat furnace was a result of the lower free oxygen level in the furnace atmosphere.

  11. Determination of carbon monoxide, methane and carbon dioxide in refinery hydrogen gases and air by gas chromatography.

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    Kami?ski, Marian; Kartanowicz, Rafal; Jastrzebski, Daniel; Kami?ski, Marcin M

    2003-03-14

    This paper illustrates a method for determining trace amounts of CO, CH4 and CO2 with the detection limit of 0.15, 0.15 and 0.20 microg/l, respectively, in refinery hydrogen gases or in air. A simple modification of a gas chromatograph equipped with a flame-ionization detector is presented. A Porapak Q column, additionally connected with a short molecular sieve 5A packed column and a catalytic hydrogenation reactor on the Ni catalyst have been applied. The principle of the analytical method proposed is the separation of CO from O2 before the introduction of CO to the methanizer. The analytical procedure and examples of the results obtained have been presented. The modification applied makes it possible to use the GC instrument for other determinations, requiring utilization of the Porapak Q column and the flame-ionization detector. In such cases, the short molecular sieve 5A column and the methanizer can be by-passed. PMID:12650260

  12. Carbon Isotope Ratios in Crassulacean Acid Metabolism Plants

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    Szarek, Stan R.; Troughton, John H.

    1976-01-01

    A year round study of photosynthesis and carbon isotope fractionation was conducted with plants of Opuntia phaeacantha Engelm. and Yucca baccata Torr. occurring in natural stands at elevations of 525, 970, 1450 and 1900 m. Plant water potentials and the daytime pattern of 14CO2 photosynthesis were similar for all cacti along the elevational gradient, despite significant differences in temperature regime and soil water status. Carbon isotope ratios of total tissue and soluble extract fractions were relatively constant throughtout the entire year. Additionally, the ?13C values were similar in all plants of the same species along the elevational gradient, i.e. ?12.5 ± 0.86 ‰ for O. phaeacantha and ?15.7 ± 0.95 ‰ for Y. baccata. The results of this study indicate Crassulacean acid metabolism predominates as the major carbon pathway of these plants, which do not facultatively utilize the reductive pentose phosphate cycle of photosynthesis as the primary carboxylation reaction. PMID:16659680

  13. Biosynthesis of 2-hydroxyisobutyric acid (2-HIBA) from renewable carbon.

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    Rohwerder, Thore; Müller, Roland H

    2010-01-01

    Nowadays a growing demand for green chemicals and cleantech solutions is motivating the industry to strive for biobased building blocks. We have identified the tertiary carbon atom-containing 2-hydroxyisobutyric acid (2-HIBA) as an interesting building block for polymer synthesis. Starting from this carboxylic acid, practically all compounds possessing the isobutane structure are accessible by simple chemical conversions, e. g. the commodity methacrylic acid as well as isobutylene glycol and oxide. During recent years, biotechnological routes to 2-HIBA acid have been proposed and significant progress in elucidating the underlying biochemistry has been made. Besides biohydrolysis and biooxidation, now a bioisomerization reaction can be employed, converting the common metabolite 3-hydroxybutyric acid to 2-HIBA by a novel cobalamin-dependent CoA-carbonyl mutase. The latter reaction has recently been discovered in the course of elucidating the degradation pathway of the groundwater pollutant methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) in the new bacterial species Aquincola tertiaricarbonis. This discovery opens the ground for developing a completely biotechnological process for producing 2-HIBA. The mutase enzyme has to be active in a suitable biological system producing 3-hydroxybutyryl-CoA, which is the precursor of the well-known bacterial bioplastic polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB). This connection to the PHB metabolism is a great advantage as its underlying biochemistry and physiology is well understood and can easily be adopted towards producing 2-HIBA. This review highlights the potential of these discoveries for a large-scale 2-HIBA biosynthesis from renewable carbon, replacing conventional chemistry as synthesis route and petrochemicals as carbon source. PMID:20184738

  14. Adsorption of naphthenic acids on high surface area activated carbons.

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    Iranmanesh, Sobhan; Harding, Thomas; Abedi, Jalal; Seyedeyn-Azad, Fakhry; Layzell, David B

    2014-01-01

    In oil sands mining extraction, water is an essential component; however, the processed water becomes contaminated through contact with the bitumen at high temperature, and a portion of it cannot be recycled and ends up in tailing ponds. The removal of naphthenic acids (NAs) from tailing pond water is crucial, as they are corrosive and toxic and provide a substrate for microbial activity that can give rise to methane, which is a potent greenhouse gas. In this study, the conversion of sawdust into an activated carbon (AC) that could be used to remove NAs from tailings water was studied. After producing biochar from sawdust by a slow-pyrolysis process, the biochar was physically activated using carbon dioxide (CO2) over a range of temperatures or prior to producing biochar, and the sawdust was chemically activated using phosphoric acid (H3PO4). The physically activated carbon had a lower surface area per gram than the chemically activated carbon. The physically produced ACs had a lower surface area per gram than chemically produced AC. In the adsorption tests with NAs, up to 35 mg of NAs was removed from the water per gram of AC. The chemically treated ACs showed better uptake, which can be attributed to its higher surface area and increased mesopore size when compared with the physically treated AC. Both the chemically produced and physically produced AC provided better uptake than the commercially AC. PMID:24766592

  15. Suicidal carbon monoxide poisoning by combining formic acid and sulfuric acid within a confined space.

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    Lin, Peter T; Dunn, William A

    2014-01-01

    Suicide by inhalation of carbon monoxide produced by mixing formic acid and sulfuric acid within a confined space is a rare method of suicide. This method is similar to the so-called "detergent suicide" method where an acid-based detergent is mixed with a sulfur source to produce hydrogen sulfide. Both methods produce a toxic gas that poses significant hazards for death investigators, first responders and bystanders. Carbon monoxide is an odorless gas, while hydrogen sulfide has a characteristic rotten eggs odor, so the risks associated with carbon monoxide are potentially greater due to lack of an important warning signal. While detergent suicides have become increasingly common in the USA, suicide with formic acid and sulfuric acid is rare with only three prior cases being reported. Greater awareness of this method among death investigators is warranted because of the special risks of accidental intoxication by toxic gas and the possibility that this method of suicide will become more common in the future. PMID:24328850

  16. Manure Gases

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    ... The gases of most concern are ammonia and hydrogen sulfide. Other gases of concern include methane and ... present? Since most of these gases in particular hydrogen sulfide are heavier-than-air, they tend to ...

  17. Carbonate-containing apatite (CAP) synthesis under moderate conditions starting from calcium carbonate and orthophosphoric acid.

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    Pham Minh, Doan; Tran, Ngoc Dung; Nzihou, Ange; Sharrock, Patrick

    2013-07-01

    The synthesis of carbonate-containing apatite (CAP) from calcium carbonate and orthophosphoric acid under moderate conditions was investigated. In all cases, complete precipitation of orthophosphate species was observed. The reaction temperature influenced strongly the decomposition of calcium carbonate and therefore the composition of formed products. The reaction temperature of 80 °C was found to be effective for the complete decomposition of calcium carbonate particles after 48 h of reaction. Infra-red spectroscopy (IR), nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), thermogravimetry/mass spectroscopy (TG-MS) coupling, and X-ray diffraction (XRD) characterizations allowed the identification of the composition of formed products. By increasing the reaction temperature from 20 °C to 80 °C, the content of A-type CAP increased and that of B-type CAP decreased, according to the favorable effect of temperature on the formation of A-type CAP. The total amount of carbonate content incorporated in CAP's structure, which was determined by TG-MS analysis, increased with the reaction temperature and reached up to 4.1% at 80 °C. At this temperature, the solid product was mainly composed of apatitic components and showed the typical flat-needle-like structure of CAP particles obtained in hydrothermal conditions. These results show an interesting one-step synthesis of CAP from calcium carbonate and orthophosphoric acid as low cost but high purity starting materials. PMID:23623121

  18. Surface tension of water and acid gases from Monte Carlo simulations

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    Ghoufi, A.; Goujon, F.; Lachet, V.; Malfreyt, P.

    2008-04-01

    We report direct Monte Carlo (MC) simulations on the liquid-vapor interfaces of pure water, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen sulfide. In the case of water, the recent TIP4P/2005 potential model used with the MC method is shown to reproduce the experimental surface tension and to accurately describe the coexistence curves. The agreement with experiments is also excellent for CO2 and H2S with standard nonpolarizable models. The surface tensions are calculated by using the mechanical and the thermodynamic definitions via profiles along the direction normal to the surface. We also discuss the different contributions to the surface tension due to the repulsion-dispersion and electrostatic interactions. The different profiles of these contributions are proposed in the case of water.

  19. Robust IR Remote Sensing Technique of the Total Column of Trace Gases Including Carbon Dioxide and Methane

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    Georgieva, E. M.; Heaps, W. S.

    2011-01-01

    Progress on the development of a differential radiometer based upon the Fabry-Perot interferometer (FPI) for methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (C02) detection in the atmosphere is presented. Methane measurements are becoming increasingly important as a component of NASA's programs to understand the global carbon cycle and quantifY the threat of global warming. Methane is the third most important greenhouse gas in the Earth's radiation budget (after water vapor and carbon dioxide) and the second most important anthropogenic contributor to global warming. The importance of global warming and air quality to society caused the National Research Council to recommend that NASA develop the following missions [1]: ASCENDS (Active Sensing of C02 Emissions over Nights, Days, and Seasons), GEOCAPE (Geostationary Coastal and Air Pollution Events), and GACM (Global Atmosphere Composition Mission). Though methane measurements are not specifically called out in these missions, ongoing environmental changes have raised the importance of understanding the methane budget. In the decadal survey is stated that "to close the carbon budget, we would also address methane, but the required technology is not obvious at this time. If appropriate and cost-effective methane technology becomes available, we strongly recommend adding a methane capability". In its 2007 report the International Panel on Climate Change identified methane as a key uncertainty in our understanding saying that the causes of recent changes in the growth rate of atmospheric CH4 are not well understood. What we do know is that methane arises from a number of natural sources including wet lands and the oceans plus man made sources from agriculture, as well as coal and petroleum production and distribution. It has recently been pointed out that large amount of methane are frozen in the permafrost of Canada and Siberia. There is a fear that melting of this permafrost driven by global warming may release large amounts of methane very suddenly further exacerbating climate change [2]. Last year our group began a joint effort with Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory to investigate the possibility of developing a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) equipped to measure greenhouse gases-particularly methane. Although we are targeting our system for smaller UAV's the instrument will be directly applicable to missions involving larger NASA UAV's such as Global Hawk or even on missions utilizing manned aircraft. Because of its small size, inherent ruggedness and simplicity some version of our proposed instrument may find a role as a satellite instrument for NASA or NOAA.

  20. Electrochemical investigations of naphthenic acid corrosion for carbon steel and the inhibitive effect by some ethoxylated fatty acids

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    M. A. Deyab; H. A. Abo Dief; E. A. Eissa; A. R. Taman

    2007-01-01

    The electrochemical behavior and corrosion of carbon steel in various types of naphthenic acid solutions have been studied by using cyclic voltammetry technique. The data reveal that the anodic excursion spans of carbon steel in naphthenic acid solution are characterized by the occurrence of a well-defined anodic peak (peak A), followed by a passive region. The passivation may be related

  1. Laboratory simulation of meteoritic noble gases. II - Sorption of xenon on carbon: Etching and heating experiments

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    Zadnik, M. G.; Wacker, J. F.; Lewis, R. S.

    1985-04-01

    The release of trapped Xe from amorphous-C phases of meteorites is simulated experimentally by HNO3 etching of carbon-black and pyrolyzed polyvinylidene chloride samples exposed to Xe-127 for 0.5-240 h at 100-1000 C and then degassed for 9 h or more at the same temperatures, as reported by Wacker et al. (1985). The results are presented in tables and graphs and characterized in detail. Samples exposed at 100-200 C are found to lose most of their Xe after etching to a depth of only about 20 pm, while those exposed at 800-1000 C exhibit a second more tightly bound component extending to a depth of 3 nm, indicative of diffusion of Xe during exposure and resembling planetary Xe. The higher noble-gas concentrations measured in meteorites are attributed to rate-controlled Xe uptake over a long period in the solar nebula.

  2. Production of sulfur gases and carbon dioxide by synthetic weathering of crushed drill cores from the Santa Cruz porphyry copper deposit near Casa Grande, Pinal County, Arizona

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    Hinkle, M.E.; Ryder, J.L.; Sutley, S.J.; Botinelly, T.

    1990-01-01

    Samples of ground drill cores from the southern part of the Santa Cruz porphyry copper deposit, Casa Grande, Arizona, were oxidized in simulated weathering experiments. The samples were also separated into various mineral fractions and analyzed for contents of metals and sulfide minerals. The principal sulfide mineral present was pyrite. Gases produced in the weathering experiments were measured by gas chromatography. Carbon dioxide, oxygen, carbonyl sulfide, sulfur dioxide and carbon disulfide were found in the gases; no hydrogen sulfide, organic sulfides, or mercaptans were detected. Oxygen concentration was very important for production of the volatiles measured; in general, oxygen concentration was more important to gas production than were metallic element content, sulfide mineral content, or mineral fraction (oxide or sulfide) of the sample. The various volatile species also appeared to be interactive; some of the volatiles measured may have been formed through gas reactions. ?? 1990.

  3. Fullerenes: A New Carrier Phase for Noble Gases in Meteorites

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    Becker, Luann

    2004-01-01

    The major focus of our research effort has been to measure the noble gases encapsulated within fullerenes, a new carbon carrier phase and compare it to the myriad of components found in the bulk meteorite acid residues. We have concentrated on the carbonaceous chondrites (Allende, Murchison and Tagish Lake) since they have abundant noble gases, typically with a planetary signature that dominates the stepped-release of the meteorite bulk acid residue. They also contain an extractable fullerene component that can be isolated and purified from the same bulk material.

  4. Genetic Analysis of Central Carbon Metabolism Unveils an Amino Acid Substitution That Alters Maize NAD-

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    Flint-Garcia, Sherry

    was the NAD-dependent isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH, E.C. 1.1.1.41), in which we identified a novel amino-acidGenetic Analysis of Central Carbon Metabolism Unveils an Amino Acid Substitution That Alters Maize Carbon Metabolism Unveils an Amino Acid Substitution That Alters Maize NAD-Dependent Isocitrate

  5. Electrochemical Determination of Glycoalkaloids Using a Carbon Nanotubes-Phenylboronic Acid Modified Glassy Carbon Electrode

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    Wang, Huiying; Liu, Mingyue; Hu, Xinxi; Li, Mei; Xiong, Xingyao

    2013-01-01

    A versatile strategy for electrochemical determination of glycoalkaloids (GAs) was developed by using a carbon nanotubes-phenylboronic acid (CNTs-PBA) modified glassy carbon electrode. PBA reacts with ?-solanine and ?-chaconine to form a cyclic ester, which could be utilized to detect GAs. This method allowed GA detection from 1 ?M to 28 ?M and the detection limit was 0.3 ?M. Affinity interaction of GAs and immobilized PBA caused an essential change of the peak current. The CNT-PBA modified electrodes were sensitive for detection of GAs, and the peak current values were in quite good agreement with those measured by the sensors. PMID:24287539

  6. Abundance and isotope systematics of carbon in subglacial basalts, geothermal gases and fluids from Iceland's rift zones

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    Barry, P. H.; Hilton, D. R.; Fueri, E.; Halldorsson, S. A.; Fischer, T. P.; Gronvold, K.

    2010-12-01

    P. H. BARRY1*, D. R. HILTON1, E. FÜRI1, S.A. HALLDÓRSON1, T.P. FISCHER2, K. GRONVOLD3 1 Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, La Jolla, California 92093, USA (*Correspondence: pbarry@ucsd.edu). 2University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131, USA. 3University of Iceland, Askja, Sturlugata 7, IS-101, Reykjavik, Iceland Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the dominant non-aqueous volatile species found in oceanic basalts and geothermal fluids and serves as the carrier gas for trace volatiles such as He and other noble gases. The aim of this study is to identify the superimposed effects of degassing and crustal contamination on the CO2 systematics of the Icelandic hotspot in order to reveal and characterize the carbon abundance and isotopic features of the underlying mantle source. Our approach involves coupling CO2 with He, utilizing the sensitivity of 3He/4He ratios to reveal mantle and crustal inputs. We report new C-isotope (?13C) and abundance characteristics for a suite of 47 subglacial basalts and 50 geothermal gases and fluids from Iceland. CO2 contents in hyaloclastite glasses are extremely low (10-100 ppm) and likely residual following extensive degassing whereas geothermal fluids are dominated by CO2 (>90 %). C-isotopes range from -27.2 to -3.6 ‰ (vs. PDB) for basalts and from -18.8 to 2.86 ‰ (vs. PDB) for geothermal samples (mean = -4.2 ± 3.6 ‰). CO2/3He ratios range from 108 to 1012 for basalts and from 105 to 1012 for geothermal samples: In both cases, our results extend He-CO2 relationships over a much broader range than reported previously [1]. Taken together, these data suggest that several processes including mixing, degassing, and/or syn- or post-eruptive crustal contamination may act to modify CO2 source characteristics. Equilibrium degassing models are compatible with ~75 % of the basalt data, and preliminary results indicate that initial Icelandic source characteristics are ~500 ppm CO2 and ?13C ~ -5 ‰ (vs. PDB). These values are high compared to N-MORB mantle source estimates (72-134 ppm) based upon CO2/Nb ratios [2, 3]; however, they are in good agreement with those from submarine glasses on adjacent segments from the Reykjanes and Kolbeinsey ridges [4,5]. Significantly, the model-derived ?13C estimate is close to the mean Icelandic geothermal value, implying that fluids closely resemble source values, i.e. they likely represent the exsolved component. Integrating the estimated source CO2 content with magma production values of 0.079 km3/yr [6] yields a CO2 flux of ~1.2 x 1011 mol CO2 yr-1for Iceland, representing ~ 5.4 % of the total carbon ridge flux of 2.2 x 1012 mol CO2 yr-1 [7]. Thus, the average CO2 flux estimate for Iceland is ~2.2 x 108 mol CO2 yr-1km-1 strike of ridge axis, which compares to an overall ridge flux (including Iceland) of ~2.9 x 107 mol CO2 yr-1km-1. This difference highlights both heterogeneity in source volatile contents and magma production rates as important controls for determining mantle CO2 fluxes. [1] Poreda et al., 1992 [2] Saal et al., 2002. [3] Shaw et al., 2010. [4] de Leeuw, 2007 [5] Macpherson et al., 2005. [6] Thordarson et al., 2007 [7] Marty et al., 1998.

  7. Gases in Seawater

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    P. D. Nightingale; P. S. Liss

    2003-01-01

    The annual gross and net primary productivity of the surface oceans is similar in size to that on land (IPCC, 2001). Marine productivity drives the cycling of gases such as oxygen (O2), dimethyl sulfide (DMS), carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2), and methyl iodide (CH3I) which are of fundamental importance in studies of marine productivity, biogeochemical cycles, atmospheric chemistry, climate,

  8. Incorporation of Eulerian–Eulerian CFD framework in mathematical modeling of chemical absorption of acid gases into methyl diethanol amine on sieve trays

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    M. Baniadam; J. Fathikalajahi; M. R. Rahimpour

    2009-01-01

    A two-dimensional mathematical model for removal of acid gases (H2S and CO2) by methyl diethanol amine in a commercial sieve tray column has been developed. The velocity profile in the liquid both in radial and axial directions of each plate has been calculated by Eulerian–Eulerian computational fluid dynamics framework. In order to establish the temperature and concentration profiles in radial

  9. Formic acid oxidation by carbon-supported palladium catalysts in direct formic acid fuel cell

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    Jae Ho Choi; Soon Young Noh; Sam Duck Han; Soo Kyung Yoon; Chang-Soo Lee; Taek-Sung Hwang; Young Woo Rhee

    2008-01-01

    The oxidation of formic acid by the palladium catalysts supported on carbon with high surface area was investigated. Pd\\/C\\u000a catalysts were prepared by using the impregnation method. 30 wt% and 50 wt% Pd\\/C catalysts had a high BET surface area of\\u000a 123.7 m2\\/g and 89.9 m2\\/g, respectively. The fuel cell performance was investigated by changing various parameters such as anode

  10. Tracer Fluid Flow through Porous Media: Theory Applied to Acid Stimulation Treatments in Carbonate Rocks 

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    Zakaria Mohamed Reda, Ahmed

    2014-07-29

    Most carbonate rocks are heterogeneous at multiple length scales. These heterogeneities strongly influence the outcome of the acid stimulation treatments which are routinely performed to improve well productivity. At the pore scale, carbonate rocks...

  11. Reductive dechlorination of carbon tetrachloride using buffered alkaline ascorbic acid.

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    Lin, Ya-Ting; Liang, Chenju

    2015-10-01

    Alkaline ascorbic acid (AA) was recently discovered as a novel in-situ chemical reduction (ISCR) reagent for remediating chlorinated solvents in the subsurface. For this ISCR process, the maintenance of an alkaline pH is essential. This study investigated the possibility of the reduction of carbon tetrachloride (CT) using alkaline AA solution buffered by phosphate and by NaOH. The results indicated that CT was reduced by AA, and chloroform (CF) was a major byproduct at a phosphate buffered pH of 12. However, CT was completely reduced by AA in 2M NaOH without CF formation. In the presence of iron/soil minerals, iron could be reduced by AA and Fe(2+) tends to precipitate on the mineral surface to accelerate CT degradation. A simultaneous transfer of hydrogenolysis and dichloroelimination would occur under phosphate buffered pH 12. This implies that a high alkaline environment is a crucial factor for maintaining the dominant pathway of two electron transfer from dianionic AA to dehydroascorbic acid, and to undergo dichloroelimination of CT. Moreover, threonic acid and oxalic acid were identified to be the major AA decomposition products in alkaline solutions. PMID:25912910

  12. Helium and carbon isotope systematics of Rungwe geothermal gases and fluids; southern Tanzania

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    Barry, P. H.

    2009-12-01

    P. H. BARRY1*, D. R. HILTON1, T. P. FISCHER2, J. M. DE MOOR2, F. MANGASINI3 C. RAMIREZ4 1 Geosciences Research Division, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, La Jolla, California 92093-0244, USA (*Correspondence: pbarry@ucsd.edu) 2 Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, MSC 03 2040, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-0001, USA. 3 Department of Mining and Mineral Processing Engineering, University of Dar Es Salaam, PO Box 35131, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. 4 Centro de Investigaciones en Ciencias Geologicas, Escuela Centroamericana de Geologia, Universidad de Costa Rica. The East African Rift (EAR) is the largest modern example of continental rifting, extending from the Afar depression in the north to the Rungwe region in southern Tanzania. EAR volcanism is attributed to the presence of one or more mantle plumes [1]. Late Miocene to recent volcanism and geothermal activity mark the Rungwe region [2], with mafic eruptions as recently as 200 years ago. Our aim is to delineate the southern geographical extent of plume influence on the propagating EAR by investigating the He-CO2 characteristics of geothermal fluids in the Rungwe region. We report new helium (He) and carbon (C) isotopes (3He/4He, ?13C) and relative abundance (CO2/3He) characteristics for a suite of 20 geothermal gas and fluid samples from 11 different localities in the Rungwe region. He-isotopes are in good agreement with previous reports [3], and range from ~1 RA to ~7 RA (MORB-like values), indicating admixture between upper mantle He and variable proportions of radiogenic He. C-isotopes ranges from -2.8 to -6.5 ‰ (vs. PDB) with all falling in the MORB range (~4.5 ± 2‰). CO2/3He ratios vary over 5 orders of magnitude from ~3 x 10^9 (MORB-like) to higher values (up to ~3 x 10^13) normally associated with crustal lithologies. Taken together, the He-CO2 data can be explained by 2-component mixing of a deep-seated mantle source with crustal component(s). There are no observed latitudinal isotopic trends in He-CO2. However, the two localities with MORB-like 3He/4He ratios ~6 to 7 RA, ?13C ~ -4 to -5 ‰ and CO2/3He ~ 4 x10^9 are both cold temperature (~ 15°C) CO2 gas vents. The MORB-like characteristics of these cold vents are comparable to MORB-like values observed at Oldoinyo Lengai in northern Tanzania [4], suggesting that both Rungwe region and Oldoinyo Lengai may derive their volatile compositions from a homogeneous (MORB-like) mantle source common to the entire segment of the southern EAR. [1] Furman (2007) Journal of African Earth Sciences 48, 147-160. [2] Ebinger et al. (1989) Journal of Geophysical Research 94, 15,785-15,803. [3] Pik et al. (2006) Chemical Geology 226, 100-114. [4] Fisher et al. (2009) Nature 459, 77-80.

  13. Carbon composite micro- and nano-tubes-based electrodes for detection of nucleic acids

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    2011-01-01

    The first aim of this study was to fabricate vertically aligned multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). MWCNTs were successfully prepared by using plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition. Further, three carbon composite electrodes with different content of carbon particles with various shapes and sizes were prepared and tested on measuring of nucleic acids. The dependences of adenine peak height on the concentration of nucleic acid sample were measured. Carbon composite electrode prepared from a mixture of glassy and spherical carbon powder and MWCNTs had the highest sensitivity to nucleic acids. Other interesting result is the fact that we were able to distinguish signals for all bases using this electrode. PMID:21711910

  14. Carbon composite micro- and nano-tubes-based electrodes for detection of nucleic acids.

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    Prasek, Jan; Huska, Dalibor; Jasek, Ondrej; Zajickova, Lenka; Trnkova, Libuse; Adam, Vojtech; Kizek, Rene; Hubalek, Jaromir

    2011-01-01

    The first aim of this study was to fabricate vertically aligned multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs). MWCNTs were successfully prepared by using plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition. Further, three carbon composite electrodes with different content of carbon particles with various shapes and sizes were prepared and tested on measuring of nucleic acids. The dependences of adenine peak height on the concentration of nucleic acid sample were measured. Carbon composite electrode prepared from a mixture of glassy and spherical carbon powder and MWCNTs had the highest sensitivity to nucleic acids. Other interesting result is the fact that we were able to distinguish signals for all bases using this electrode. PMID:21711910

  15. Amino acids of the Murchison meteorite. I - Six carbon acyclic primary alpha-amino alkanoic acids

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    Cronin, J. R.; Gandy, W. E.; Pizzarello, S.

    1981-01-01

    Six of the seven chain isomers of six-carbon acyclic primary alpha-amino alkanoic acids (leucine isomers) have been either identified or confirmed in hot-water extracts of the Murchison meteorite using combined gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and ion exchange chromatography. 2-Amino-2-ethylbutyric acid, 2-amino-2,3-dimethylbutyric acid, pseudoleucine, and 2-methylnorvaline were positively identified by GC-MS. These amino acids have not been previously reported to occur in natural materials and may be uniquely meteoritic in origin. The presence of leucine and isoleucine (including the diastereoisomer, alloisoleucine) was confirmed. Peaks corresponding to norleucine were seen by ion-exchange and gas chromatography but characteristic mass spectra were not obtained. The alpha-branched chain isomers in this series are quantitatively the most significant. These results are compared with literature data on amino acid synthesis by electrical discharge and Fischer-Tropsch-type catalysis. Neither model system produces an amino acid suite that is completely comparable to that found in the Murchison meteorite.

  16. Increased fracture penetration and productivity using xanthan gelled acid in massive carbonate formations

    SciTech Connect

    Molon, J.P.; Fox, K.B.

    1983-03-01

    A measurable improvement in productivity can be achieved using xanthan gelled acid to stimulate carbonate formations. Well productivity results were compared to conventional acid fracture treatments. The significant improvements over classical acid fracturing techniques are due to the improved control of acid leakoff rates, retarded reaction rate and improved fracture width maintenance. The difficulties involved in acid fracturing massive Middle East carbonate formations are discussed and solutions are proposed using gelled acid technology. Some limitations in computer predictions of acid fracturing results are also discussed.

  17. Preparation, morphology and properties of acid and amine modified multiwalled carbon nanotube\\/polyimide composite

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Siu-Ming Yuen; Chen-Chi M. Ma; Yao-Yu Lin; Hsu-Chiang Kuan

    2007-01-01

    The precursor of polyimide, polyamic acid, was prepared by reacting 4,4?-oxydianiline (ODA) with 3,3?,4,4?-benzophenone tetracarboxylic dianhydride (BTDA). Unmodified, acid-modified and amine-modified multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) were separately added to the polyamic acid and heated to 300°C to produce polyimide\\/carbon nanotube composite. Scanning electron microscopic (SEM) and transmission electron microscopic (TEM) microphotographs reveal that acid-modified MWCNT and amine-modified MWCNT were dispersed

  18. A novel ceria–activated carbon composite for the catalytic ozonation of carboxylic acids

    Microsoft Academic Search

    P. C. C. Faria; J. J. M. Órfão; M. F. R. Pereira

    2008-01-01

    Ceria (Ce–O) and a novel ceria–activated carbon composite (AC0–Ce–O) were prepared and tested as catalysts in the ozonation of two selected carboxylic acids, oxalic acid and oxamic acid, at acid pH. Ce–O showed an interesting catalytic effect, especially in the ozonation of oxalic acid. A strong synergic effect was observed for the AC0–Ce–O composite in the case of oxalic acid,

  19. The application of activated carbon enhanced lime for controlling acid gases, mercury, and dioxins from MWCs

    Microsoft Academic Search

    A. Licata; M. Babu; W. Carlson

    1996-01-01

    Environmental control agencies have sought to reduce Municipal Waste Combustor (MWC) emission rates by the implementation of new regulations. Examples of these regulations are Germany`s 17th Federal Regulation on Emission Protection; the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990; EPA`s New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) and Emission Guidelines; and recent regulatory actions in Minnesota, New Jersey, and Florida to adopt Hg

  20. In situ synthesis carbonated hydroxyapatite layers on enamel slices with acidic amino acids by a novel two-step method.

    PubMed

    Wu, Xiaoguang; Zhao, Xu; Li, Yi; Yang, Tao; Yan, Xiujuan; Wang, Ke

    2015-09-01

    In situ fabrication of carbonated hydroxyapatite (CHA) remineralization layer on an enamel slice was completed in a novel, biomimetic two-step method. First, a CaCO3 layer was synthesized on the surface of demineralized enamel using an acidic amino acid (aspartic acid or glutamate acid) as a soft template. Second, at the same concentration of the acidic amino acid, rod-like carbonated hydroxyapatite was produced with the CaCO3 layer as a sacrificial template and a reactant. The morphology, crystallinity and other physicochemical properties of the crystals were characterized using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), Fourier transform infrared spectrometry (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and energy-dispersive X-ray analysis (EDAX), respectively. Acidic amino acid could promote the uniform deposition of hydroxyapatite with rod-like crystals via absorption of phosphate and carbonate ions from the reaction solution. Moreover, compared with hydroxyapatite crystals coated on the enamel when synthesized by a one-step method, the CaCO3 coating that was synthesized in the first step acted as an active bridge layer and sacrificial template. It played a vital role in orienting the artificial coating layer through the template effect. The results show that the rod-like carbonated hydroxyapatite crystals grow into bundles, which are similar in size and appearance to prisms in human enamel, when using the two-step method with either aspartic acid or acidic glutamate (20.00mmol/L). PMID:26046278

  1. Remote Sensing Observations of Greenhouse Gases from space based and airborne platforms: from SCIAMACHY and MaMap to CarbonSat

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Burrows, John P.; Schneising, Oliver; Buchwitz, Michael; Bovensmann, Heinrich; Heymann, Jens; Gerilowski, Konstantin; Krings, Thomas; Krautwurst, Sven; Dickerson, Russ

    2015-04-01

    Methane, CH4, e and carbon dioxide, CO2, play an important role in the earth carbon cycle. They are the two most important long lived greenhouse gases produced by anthropogenic fossil fuel combustion. In order to assess accurately the surface fluxes of CH4 or CO2. The Scanning Imaging Absorption Spectrometer for Atmospheric ChartographY, SCIAMACHY, was a national contribution to the ESA Envisat platform: the latter being launched on the 28th February 2002 and operating successfully until April 2012. The SCIAMACHY measurements of the up-welling radiation have been used to retrieve the dry mole fraction of XCH4 and XCO2, providing a unique 10 year record at the spatial resolution of 60 kmx30 km. This data has been used to observe the changing CH4 abundance in the atmosphere and identify anthropogenic such as Fracking and natural sources such as wetlands. The Methane and carbon dioxide Mapper, MaMap, was developed as an aircraft demonstration instrument for our CarbonSat and CarbonSat Constellation concepts. CarbonSat is in Phase A B1 studies as one of two candidate missions for ESA's Earth Explorer 8 Mission. Selected results from SCIAMACHY and Mamap will be presented with a focus on methane and the perspective for CarbonSat.

  2. NOBLE GASES

    EPA Science Inventory

    The Noble Gases symposium, on which this report is based, provided comprehensive coverage of the noble gases. The coverage included, but was not limited to, the properties, biokinetics, bioeffects, production and release to the environment, detection techniques, standards, and ap...

  3. A Bio-Inspired Two-Layer Sensing Structure of Polypeptide and Multiple-Walled Carbon Nanotube to Sense Small Molecular Gases

    PubMed Central

    Wang, Li-Chun; Su, Tseng-Hsiung; Ho, Cheng-Long; Yang, Shang-Ren; Chiu, Shih-Wen; Kuo, Han-Wen; Tang, Kea-Tiong

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, we propose a bio-inspired, two-layer, multiple-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT)-polypeptide composite sensing device. The MWCNT serves as a responsive and conductive layer, and the nonselective polypeptide (40 mer) coating the top of the MWCNT acts as a filter into which small molecular gases pass. Instead of using selective peptides to sense specific odorants, we propose using nonselective, peptide-based sensors to monitor various types of volatile organic compounds. In this study, depending on gas interaction and molecular sizes, the randomly selected polypeptide enabled the recognition of certain polar volatile chemical vapors, such as amines, and the improved discernment of low-concentration gases. The results of our investigation demonstrated that the polypeptide-coated sensors can detect ammonia at a level of several hundred ppm and barely responded to triethylamine. PMID:25751078

  4. A bio-inspired two-layer sensing structure of polypeptide and multiple-walled carbon nanotube to sense small molecular gases.

    PubMed

    Wang, Li-Chun; Su, Tseng-Hsiung; Ho, Cheng-Long; Yang, Shang-Ren; Chiu, Shih-Wen; Kuo, Han-Wen; Tang, Kea-Tiong

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, we propose a bio-inspired, two-layer, multiple-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT)-polypeptide composite sensing device. The MWCNT serves as a responsive and conductive layer, and the nonselective polypeptide (40 mer) coating the top of the MWCNT acts as a filter into which small molecular gases pass. Instead of using selective peptides to sense specific odorants, we propose using nonselective, peptide-based sensors to monitor various types of volatile organic compounds. In this study, depending on gas interaction and molecular sizes, the randomly selected polypeptide enabled the recognition of certain polar volatile chemical vapors, such as amines, and the improved discernment of low-concentration gases. The results of our investigation demonstrated that the polypeptide-coated sensors can detect ammonia at a level of several hundred ppm and barely responded to triethylamine. PMID:25751078

  5. Origin of nitrogen-rich natural gases in the California Great Valley: Evidence from helium, carbon and nitrogen isotope ratios

    Microsoft Academic Search

    P. D. Jenden; I. R. Kaplan; R. J. Poreda; H. Craig

    1988-01-01

    Dry natural gases produced from the Sacramento and northern San Joaquin basins contain up to 87% nitrogen. δ¹⁵N measurements for gases with Nâ ⥠8% vary from 0.9{per thousand} to 3.5{per thousand}; methane δ¹³C values vary from -61{per thousand} to -15{per thousand}. ³He\\/⁴He ratios indicate the presence of mantle-derived helium in addition to radiogenic crustal helium and suggest that the

  6. Sorption of boric acid and borax by activated carbon impregnated with various compounds

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Lj. V. Rajakovi?; M. Dj. Risti?

    1996-01-01

    The separation of boron compounds, boric acid and borax from aqueous solution by activated carbon before and after impregnation with various compounds was studied. A series of activated carbons was prepared from coconut shell impregnated with calcium and barium chlorides, citric and tartaric acids. The examined processes were performed in batch and continuous systems under equilibrium and dynamic conditions. Impregnation

  7. Corrosion-resistant Ni?Cr?Mo alloys in hot concentrated sulphuric acid with active carbon

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Yoshio Takizawa; Katsuo Sugahara

    1995-01-01

    Dewpoint corrosion by sulphuric acid has often been observed in the heat exchangers of coal-burning plants. If ashes contain active carbon, corrosion becomes particularly serious. Various nickel-base alloys with high corrosion resistance in such environments have been designed. The corrosion behaviour of these alloys was examined in hot concentrated sulphuric acid with and without active carbon. The corrosion resistance of

  8. Adsorption of lignite-derived humic acids on coal-based mesoporous activated carbons

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Ewa Lorenc-Grabowska; Gra?yna Gryglewicz

    2005-01-01

    The adsorption by a coal-based mesoporous activated carbon of humic acids (HAs) isolated from two Polish lignites was studied. For comparison, a commercial Aldrich humic acid was also included into this study. The differences in chemical structure and functional groups of HAs were determined by elemental analysis and infrared spectroscopy DRIFT. Two activated carbons used differed in terms of mesopore

  9. Functionalization of single-walled carbon nanotubes with ribonucleic acids

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Park, June; Kim, Sejin; Seong, Maeng-Je; Kim, Yu Jin; Go, Hayoung; Lee, Kangseok

    2013-12-01

    The optical properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) dispersed in aqueous solutions of ribonucleic acids (RNA) purified from Escherichia coli were studied using photoluminescence (PL), Raman, and absorption spectroscopy. SWCNT-RNA complexes, down to a single isolated nanotube level, were successfully synthesized. SWCNT signatures in Raman, PL, and absorption spectroscopy were observed from the SWCNT-RNA complexes. Observation of two distinct PL peaks, one at 1.248 eV and the other at 1.392 eV, confirmed the existence of isolated (6,5) and (6,4) SWCNTs, respectively. Atomic force microscope images and height profiles also showed evidence of isolated SWCNT-RNA complex.

  10. Electrochemical formation of hydroxide for enhancing carbon dioxide and acid gas uptake by a solution

    DOEpatents

    Rau, Gregory Hudson

    2014-07-01

    A system for forming metal hydroxide from a metal carbonate utilizes a water electrolysis cell having an acid-producing anode and a hydroxyl-producing cathode immersed in a water solution of sufficient ionic content to allow an electric current to pass between the hydroxyl-producing cathode and the acid-producing anode. A metal carbonate is placed in close proximity to the acid-producing anode. A direct current electrical voltage is provided across the acid-producing anode and the hydroxyl-producing cathode sufficient to generate acid at the acid-producing anode and hydroxyl ions at the hydroxyl-producing cathode. The acid dissolves at least part of the metal carbonate into metal and carbonate ions allowing the metal ions to travel toward the hydroxyl-producing cathode and to combine with the hydroxyl ions to form the metal hydroxide. The carbonate ions travel toward the acid-producing anode and form carbonic acid and/or water and carbon dioxide.

  11. Investigating the Effects of Core Length on Pore Volume to Breakthrough (PVBT) Behavior in Carbonate Core Samples during Matrix Acidizing with Hydrochloric Acid 

    E-print Network

    Nour, Mohamed

    2014-05-06

    Most literature contains Hydrochloric acid (HCl) carbonate acidizing experiments performed on short (2 - 6 inch) cores. These cores do not accurately represent reservoir conditions, as spent acid is not propagated for any appreciable distance along...

  12. Catalytic ozonation of p-chlorobenzoic acid by activated carbon and nickel supported activated carbon prepared from petroleum coke

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Xukai Li; Qiuyun Zhang; Lili Tang; Ping Lu; Fengqiang Sun; Laisheng Li

    2009-01-01

    The aim of this research was to investigate catalytic activity of petroleum coke, activated carbon (AC) prepared from this material, Ni supported catalyst on activated carbon (Ni\\/AC) in the ozonation of aqueous phase p-chlorobenzoic acid (p-CBA). Activated carbon and Ni\\/AC catalyst were characterized by XRD and SEM. The presence of petroleum coke did not improve the degradation of p-CBA compared

  13. Binary diffusion coefficient, partition ratio, and partial molar volume for docosahexaenoic acid, eicosapentaenoic acid and ?-linolenic acid at infinite dilution in supercritical carbon dioxide

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Toshitaka Funazukuri; Chang Yi Kong; Seiichiro Kagei

    2003-01-01

    A tracer response technique with a poly(ethylene glycol) coated capillary column was employed to measure binary diffusion coefficient and partition ratio for the ?3 group of long chain unsaturated fatty acids such as docosahexaenoic acid, eicosapentaenoic acid and ?-linolenic acid at infinite dilution in supercritical (SC) carbon dioxide at temperatures from 308.15 to 343.15K and pressures from 9 to 30MPa.

  14. Novel graphene flowers modified carbon fibers for simultaneous determination of ascorbic acid, dopamine and uric acid.

    PubMed

    Du, Jiao; Yue, Ruirui; Ren, Fangfang; Yao, Zhangquan; Jiang, Fengxing; Yang, Ping; Du, Yukou

    2014-03-15

    A novel and sensitive carbon fiber electrode (CFE) modified by graphene flowers was prepared and used to simultaneously determine ascorbic acid (AA), dopamine (DA) and uric acid (UA). SEM images showed that beautiful and layer-petal graphene flowers homogeneously bloomed on the surface of CFE. Moreover, sharp and obvious oxidation peaks were found at the obtained electrode when compared with CFE and glassy carbon electrode (GCE) for the oxidation of AA, DA and UA. Also, the linear calibration plots for AA, DA and UA were observed, respectively, in the ranges of 45.4-1489.23 ?M, 0.7-45.21 ?M and 3.78-183.87 ?M in the individual detection of each component. By simultaneously changing the concentrations of AA, DA and UA, their oxidation peaks appeared at -0.05 V, 0.16 V and 2.6 V, and the good linear responses ranges were 73.52-2305.53 ?M, 1.36-125.69 ?M and 3.98-371.49 ?M, respectively. In addition, the obtained electrode showed satisfactory results when applied to the determination of AA, DA and UA in urine and serum samples. PMID:24140872

  15. Separation of gases through gas enrichment membrane composites

    DOEpatents

    Swedo, R.J.; Kurek, P.R.

    1988-07-19

    Thin film composite membranes having as a permselective layer a film of a homopolymer of certain vinyl alkyl ethers are useful in the separation of various gases. Such homopolymers have a molecular weight of greater than 30,000 and the alkyl group of the vinyl alkyl monomer has from 4 to 20 carbon atoms with branching within the alkyl moiety at least at the carbon atom bonded to the ether oxygen or at the next adjacent carbon atom. These membranes show excellent hydrolytic stability, especially in the presence of acidic or basic gaseous components.

  16. Separation of gases through gas enrichment membrane composites

    DOEpatents

    Swedo, Raymond J. (Mt. Prospect, IL); Kurek, Paul R. (Schaumburg, IL)

    1988-01-01

    Thin film composite membranes having as a permselective layer a film of a homopolymer of certain vinyl alkyl ethers are useful in the separation of various gases. Such homopolymers have a molecular weight of greater than 30,000 and the alkyl group of the vinyl alkyl monomer has from 4 to 20 carbon atoms with branching within the alkyl moiety at least at the carbon atom bonded to the ether oxygen or at the next adjacent carbon atom. These membranes show excellent hydrolytic stability, especially in the presence of acidic or basic gaseous components.

  17. Hydrophobic Catalysts For Removal Of NOx From Flue Gases

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Sharma, Pramod K.; Hickey, Gregory S.; Voecks, Gerald E.

    1995-01-01

    Improved catalysts for removal of nitrogen oxides (NO and NO2) from combustion flue gases formulated as composites of vanadium pentoxide in carbon molecular sieves. Promotes highly efficient selective catalytic reduction of NOx at relatively low temperatures while not being adversely affected by presence of water vapor and sulfur oxide gases in flue gas. Apparatus utilizing catalyst of this type easily integrated into exhaust stream of power plant to remove nitrogen oxides, generated in combustion of fossil fuels and contribute to formation of acid rain and photochemical smog.

  18. Sequestering CO(2) by mineral carbonation: stability against acid rain exposure.

    PubMed

    Allen, Daniel J; Brent, Geoff F

    2010-04-01

    Mineral carbonation is a potentially attractive alternative to storage of compressed CO(2) in underground repositories, known as geosequestration. Processes for the conversion of basic ores, such as magnesium silicates, to carbonates have been proposed by various researchers, with storage of the carbonate as backfill in the original mine representing a solid carbon sink. The stability of such carbon sinks against acid rain and other sources of strong acids is examined here. It is acknowledged that in the presence of strong acid, carbonates will dissolve and release carbon dioxide. A sensitivity analysis covering annual average rainfall and pH that may be encountered in industrialized areas of the United States, China, Europe, and Australia was conducted to determine maximum CO(2) rerelease rates from mineral carbonation carbon sinks. This analysis is based on a worst-case premise that is equivalent to assuming infinitely rapid kinetics of dissolution of the carbonate. The analysis shows that under any likely conditions of pH and rainfall, leakage rates of stored CO(2) are negligible. This is illustrated in a hypothetical case study under Australian conditions. It is thus proposed that sequestration by mineral carbonation can be considered to be permanent on practical human time scales. Other possible sources of acid have also been considered. PMID:20199068

  19. Electron microscopy of carbonaceous matter in Allende acid residues

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Lumpkin, G. R.

    1982-01-01

    On the basis of characteristic diffuse ring diffraction patterns, much of the carbonaceous matter in a large suite of Allende acid residues has been identified as a variety of turbostratic carbon. Crystallites of this phase contain randomly stacked sp(2) hybridized carbon layers and diffraction patterns resemble those from carbon black and glassy carbon. Carbynes are probably absent, and are certainly restricted to less than 0.5% of these acid residues. The work of Ott et al. (1981) provides a basis for the possibility that turbostratic carbon is a carrier of noble gases, but an additional component - amorphous carbon - may be necessary to explain the high release temperatures of noble gases as well as the glassy character of many of the carbonaceous particles. Carbynes are considered to be questionable as important carriers of noble gases in the Allende acid residues.

  20. Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse Gases

    EIA Publications

    2011-01-01

    The Voluntary Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Program was suspended May 2011. It was a mechanism by which corporations, government agencies, individuals, voluntary organizations, etc., could report to the Energy Information Administration, any actions taken that have or are expected to reduce/avoid emissions of greenhouse gases or sequester carbon.

  1. Electronegative gases

    SciTech Connect

    Christophorou, L.G.

    1981-01-01

    Recent knowledge on electronegative gases essential for the effective control of the number densities of free electrons in electrically stressed gases is highlighted. This knowledge aided the discovery of new gas dielectrics and the tailoring of gas dielectric mixtures. The role of electron attachment in the choice of unitary gas dielectrics or electronegative components in dielectric gas mixtures, and the role of electron scattering at low energies in the choice of buffer gases for such mixtures is outlined.

  2. Atmospheric Chemistry, Carbon Cycle, and Climate (AC4): Observational Constraints on Sources and Sinks of Aerosols and Greenhouse Gases

    E-print Network

    of aerosols and greenhouse gases, and (4) measure emissions from oil and gas extraction of the following: 1. Greenhouse gas emissions from oil and gas extraction 2. Emissions of aerosols, greenhouse uncertain. Recent increases in emissions from oil and gas extraction are becoming significant

  3. Automated gas chromatographic system for rapid analysis of the atmospheric trace gases methane, carbon dioxide, and nitrous oxide

    Microsoft Academic Search

    N. Loftfield; H. Flessa; F. Beese; J. Augustin

    1997-01-01

    To study the fluxes of the radiative active trace gases CHâ, COâ, and NâO, a gas sampling and analytical device was developed. It is a useful tool for accurate gas sampling in the field and enables the subsequent fully automated analysis of the gas samples in the laboratory. The computer-controlled analytical system consists of a gas chromatograph equipped with a

  4. The Formation and Stability of Carbonic Acid on Outer Solar System Bodies

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Peeters, Z.; Hudson, R. L.; Moore, M. H.; Lewis, Ariel

    2009-01-01

    The radiation chemistry, thermal stability, and vapor pressure of solid-phase carbonic acid (H2CO3) have been studied with mid-infrared spectroscopy. A new procedure for measuring this molecule's radiation stability has been used to obtain intrinsic IR band strengths and half-lives for radiolytic destruction. Results are compared to literature values. We report, for the first time, measurements of carbonic acid's vapor pressure and its heat of sublimation. We also report the first observation of a chemical reaction involving solid-phase carbonic acid. Possible applications of these findings are discussed, with an emphasis on the outer Solar System.

  5. Effect of Acid Oxidation on the Dispersion Property of Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Goh, P. S.; Ismail, A. F.; Aziz, M.

    2009-06-01

    A means of dispersion of multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) via mixed acid (HNO3 and H2SO4) oxidation with different treatment durations was investigated through the solubility study of the treated carbon nanotubes in some common solvents. Fourier transformed infrared (FTIR) characterization of the reaction products revealed that the surface of MWCNTs was successfully functionalized with surface acidic groups. The acid-base titration demonstrated that the amount of surface acidic groups increased in parallel with the refluxing duration. The acid modified MWCNTs were found to be well dispersed in polar solvents, such as ethanol and water due to the presence of the hydrophilic acid functional groups on the surface of raw MWCNTs. Such chemical modification of carbon nanotube properties will pave the way towards the realistic applications in the nanotechnology world.

  6. Composites of manganese oxide with carbon materials as catalysts for the ozonation of oxalic acid.

    PubMed

    Orge, C A; Órfão, J J M; Pereira, M F R

    2012-04-30

    Manganese oxide and manganese oxide-carbon composites were prepared and tested as catalysts for the removal of oxalic acid by ozonation. Their performances were compared with the parent carbon material (activated carbon or carbon xerogel) used to prepare the composites. Oxalic acid degradation by carbon materials is slower than that attained with manganese oxide or manganese oxide-carbon composites. A complete degradation after 90 and 45 min of reaction was obtained for carbon materials and for the catalysts containing manganese, respectively. The ozonation in the presence of the prepared composites are supposed to occur mainly by surface reactions, following a direct oxidation mechanism by molecular ozone and/or surface oxygenated radicals. PMID:22341747

  7. The natural flux of greenhouse gases in the case of monitoring the flux of juvenile carbon dioxide in the Hranice Karst

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Geršl, Milan; Stepišnik, Uroš; Mare?ek, Jan; Geršlová, Eva; Hammerschmiedt, Michal

    2015-04-01

    Located in the Teplice nad Bečvou district 40 km SE of Olomouc (Czech Republic), the hydrothermal Hranice Karst with the Zbrašov Aragonite Caves has been developed in the sequence of Palaeozoic limestones as a result of deep influx of thermal water charged with subcrustal carbon dioxide (CO2). This area of discharge of juvenile carbon dioxide is a unique place where one can study the long-term natural production of a greenhouse gas and confront it with the anthropogenic production. As a result, the continuous measurements of the properties of the cave microclimate with additional seasonal measurements of flux of carbon dioxide give rise to a rare pool of data that cover natural routes of greenhouse gases. Repeated seasonal analysis of the ratio of stable carbon isotopes in carbon dioxide (d13C around -5 ) (Meyberg - Rinne, 1995)has suggested the juvenile (mantle) origin of this gas. Isotopic analyses in the mineral water of dissolved gases (He) show that some part of these gases come from the upper mantle of the Earth. The lower floors of the caves are filled with carbon dioxide producing so-called gas lakes in the area. Concentrations of the gas commonly reach 40 % by volume. In 1999, for example, the average concentration in the Gallas dome was 84.9 % by volume. Flux of CO2 (g.m-2.d-1) was measured on the surface and in the cave. The homogenisation chamber and the pumping test were applied to evaluate the CO2 flux. The average CO2 flux in the soil ranged from 74 to 125 g.m-2.d-1, reflecting the venting of subcrustal CO2 in the Hranice area (Geršl et al., 2012). In the Zbrašov Aragonite Caves the CO2 concentration in the atmosphere fluctuates from 0,X to 85 % with the measured constant flux being 32 894 g.m-2.d-1. Since 2005, the CO2 concentrations in the cave area have been reported by an automatic monitoring system at 10 cave sites. CO2 concentrations are recorded in 5-min intervals. Interpretation can be put into the context of measuring concentrations of Rn, groundwater levels, and influence of the ambient conditions on the cave system and the operation of the visitor trail. The data obtained are an exceptional source of information about the behaviour of natural emissions of a greenhouse gas in the form of juvenile carbon dioxide. The hydrothermal speleothems carry unique information about production of carbon dioxide in the studied area. Based on their dating using the 230Th/234U method it can be deduced indirectly that the carbon dioxide emissions occurred as early as 84-127 thousand years ago in the area. The research was conducted with the support of the project entitled "Postdoc contracts at MENDELU technical and ekonomical research' (CZ.1.07/2.3.00/30.0031). Geršl, M. - Geršlová, E. - Šimečková, B. (2012): Subcrustal CO2 flux measurement in the Hranice hydrothermal Karst, methodology and first results. - Geoscience research reports for 2011, 45, D, 162-166. Praha. Meyberg, M. - Rinne, B. (1995): Messung des 3He/4He-Isotopenverhältnisses im Hranicka Propast (Tschechische Republik). - Die Höhle. Zeitschrift für Karst- und Höhlenkunde, 46, 1, 5-8. Wien.

  8. Carbon nanotubes induced gelation of unmodified hyaluronic acid.

    PubMed

    Zamora-Ledezma, Camilo; Buisson, Lionel; Moulton, Simon E; Wallace, Gordon; Zakri, Cécile; Blanc, Christophe; Anglaret, Eric; Poulin, Philippe

    2013-08-13

    This work reports an experimental study of the kinetics and mechanisms of gelation of carbon nanotubes (CNTs)-hyaluronic acid (HA) mixtures. These materials are of great interest as functional biogels for future medical applications and tissue engineering. We show that CNTs can induce the gelation of noncovalently modified HA in water. This gelation is associated with a dynamical arrest of a liquid crystal phase separation, as shown by small-angle light scattering and polarized optical microscopy. This phenomenon is reminiscent of arrested phase separations in other colloidal systems in the presence of attractive interactions. The gelation time is found to strongly vary with the concentrations of both HA and CNTs. Near-infrared photoluminescence reveals that the CNTs remain individualized both in fluid and in gel states. It is concluded that the attractive forces interplay are likely weak depletion interactions and not strong van der Waals interactions which could promote CNT rebundling, as observed in other biopolymer-CNT mixtures. The present results clarify the remarkable efficiency of CNT at inducing the gelation of HA, by considering that CNTs easily phase separate as liquid crystals because of their giant aspect ratio. PMID:23848357

  9. Toxicity of pyrolysis gases from polypropylene

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Hilado, C. J.; Schneider, J. E.; Brauer, D. F.

    1979-01-01

    A sample of polypropylene was evaluated for toxicity of pyrolysis gases, using the toxicity screening test method developed at the University of San Francisco. The gases from this sample appeared to be equivalent or less toxic than the gases from a sample of polyethylene under these particular test conditions. Carbon monoxide appeared to be the principal toxicant.

  10. Molten Carbonate and Phosphoric Acid Stationary Fuel Cells: Overview and Gap Analysis

    SciTech Connect

    Remick, R.; Wheeler, D.

    2010-09-01

    This report describes the technical and cost gap analysis performed to identify pathways for reducing the costs of molten carbonate fuel cell (MCFC) and phosphoric acid fuel cell (PAFC) stationary fuel cell power plants.

  11. Physicochemical properties of carbons prepared from pecan shell by phosphoric acid activation

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Yanping Guo; David A. Rockstraw

    2007-01-01

    Activated carbons were prepared from pecan shell by phosphoric acid activation. The pore structure and acidic surface groups of these carbons were characterized by nitrogen adsorption, Boehm titration and transmittance Fourier infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) techniques. The characterization results demonstrated that the development of pore structure was apparent at temperatures ?250°C, and reached 1130m2\\/g and 0.34cm3\\/g, respectively, at 500°C. Impregnation ratio

  12. Carbon-supported Pd–Ir catalyst as anodic catalyst in direct formic acid fuel cell

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Xin Wang; Yawen Tang; Ying Gao; Tianhong Lu

    2008-01-01

    It was reported for the first time that the electrocatalytic activity of the Carbon-supported Pd–Ir (Pd–Ir\\/C) catalyst with the suitable atomic ratio of Pd and Ir for the oxidation of formic acid in the direct formic acid fuel cell (DFAFC) is better than that of the Carbon-supported Pd (Pd\\/C) catalyst, although Ir has no electrocatalytic activity for the oxidation of

  13. A model for matrix acidizing of long horizontal well in carbonate reservoirs

    E-print Network

    Mishra, Varun

    2009-06-02

    A MODEL FOR MATRIX ACIDIZING OF LONG HORIZONTAL WELL IN CARBONATE RESERVOIRS A Thesis by VARUN MISHRA Submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies of Texas A&M University in partial fulfillment of the requirements... for the degree of MASTER OF SCIENCE August 2007 Major Subject: Petroleum Engineering A MODEL FOR MATRIX ACIDIZING OF LONG HORIZONTAL WELL IN CARBONATE RESERVOIRS A Thesis by VARUN MISHRA Submitted to the Office...

  14. Calcium stimulation of gastrin and gastric acid secretion: effect of small doses of calcium carbonate

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J Behar; M Hitchings; R D Smyth

    1977-01-01

    Oral calcium carbonate (0-5 g, pH 9-4) increased serum gastrin and gastric acid output with slight but insignificant change in serum calcium. A similar rise in serum calcium during an intravenous infusion of calcium gluconate failed to increase serum gastrin and gastric acid output. Both intragastric calcium actions were abolished by acidification of the calcium carbonate solution (pH 1-0). The

  15. Removal of Acid Dyes from Aqueous Solutions using Chemically Activated Carbon

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Özgül Gerçel; H. Ferdi Gerçel

    2009-01-01

    Textile dyes (Acid Yellow 17 and Acid Orange 7) were removed from its aqueous solution in batch and continuous packed bed adsorption systems by using thermally activated Euphorbia macroclada carbon with respect to contact time, initial dye concentration, and temperature. The activated carbon was prepared using a cheap plant-based material called Euphorbia macroclada, which was chemically modified with K2CO3. Lagergren-first-order

  16. Electrocatalytic oxidation of 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid at a glassy carbon electrode modified with single-wall carbon nanotubes

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Jianxiu Wang; Meixian Li; Zujin Shi; Nanqiang Li; Zhennan Gu

    2001-01-01

    The voltammetric behavior of 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC) was studied at a glassy carbon (GC) electrode modified with single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs). In 0.1 M HAc–NaAc buffer solution (pH 4.4), the SWNT-modified electrode shows high electrocatalytic activity toward oxidation of DOPAC. One well-defined redox couple is obtained. The peak current increases linearly with the concentration of DOPAC in the range of

  17. Degradation and removal of naphthalenesulphonic acids by means of adsorption and ozonation catalyzed by activated carbon in water

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. Rivera-Utrilla; M. Sánchez-Polo

    2003-01-01

    Studies were conducted on the efficiency of systems based on the use of ozone, activated carbon, and ozone\\/activated carbon in the treatment of waters containing 1-naphthalenesulphonic acid, 1,5-naphthalenedisulphonic acid, and 1,3,6-naphthalenetrisulphonic acid. In the removal of these acids by adsorption on activated carbon the elevated heights of the mass transfer zone columns and the low values of the breakthrough volumes

  18. Carbon 40 (2002) 12491254 Oxidation protection of carbon materials by acid phosphate

    E-print Network

    Chung, Deborah D.L.

    2002-01-01

    materials (polycrystalline graphite and pitch-based carbon fiber), as shown by weight measurement in air up Science Ltd. All rights reserved. Keywords: A. Carbon fibers, Synthetic graphite; B. Oxidation carbon fibers, provides oxidation protection in a lower temperature range carbon­carbon composites

  19. Process of selectively desulfurizing gases

    SciTech Connect

    Doerges, A.; Kempf, G.; Schlauer, J.

    1981-10-27

    In a process of selectively desulfurizing gases which contain hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide comprising scrubbing the gases with an aqueous potassium carbonate solution under superatmospheric pressure and at temperatures of about 100* C., regenerating the laden scrubbing solution and recycling the regenerated scrubbing solution, the improvement wherein the gases to be purified are scrubbed with an aqueous potassium carbonate solution so as to maintain a mass ratio of 1.0 to 3.0 vals (Gram equivalents) of alkali in the solution per mole of co2 and h2s in the gases to be purified, the laden scrubbing liquor is subsequently regenerated by being stripped with a gas in which a co2 partial pressure above 0.2 bar is maintained, and the so regenerated scrubbing solution is recycled.

  20. Process of selectively desulfurizing gases

    SciTech Connect

    Schlauer, J.; Kempf, G.; Doerges, A.

    1981-10-27

    This process selectively desulfurizes gases which contain hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide. It is comprised of scrubbing the gases with an aqueous potassium carbonate solution under superatmospheric pressure and at temperatures of ca. 100 c. The laden scrubbing solution is regenerated and the regenerated scrubbing solution is recycled. In turn, the gases to be purified are scrubbed with an aqueous potassium carbonate solution so as to maintain a mass ratio of 1.0 to 3.0 vals (gram equivalents) of alkali in the solution per mole of CO/sub 2/ and H/sub 2/S in the gases to be purified. The laden scrubbing liquor is subsequently regenerated by being stripped with a gas in which a CO/sub 2/ partial pressure above 0.2 bar is maintained, and the regenerated scrubbing solution is recycled. 7 claims.

  1. Removing of fulvic acids by ozonation and biological active carbon filtration

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Nataliya A. Klymenko; Ivan P. Kozyatnyk; Liudmyla A. Savchyna

    2010-01-01

    It was studied the effect of the content of biodegradable organic carbon (BDOC) after the processes of aeration and ozonation of the fulvic acid (FA) solutions on the efficiency of its adsorption and biofiltration. It was found that the change of free energy of adsorption of the FA oxidation products correlated with the part of biodegradable organic carbon in total

  2. Activated Carbon from Peach Stones Using Phosphoric Acid Activation at Medium Temperatures

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Dong-Su Kim

    2004-01-01

    In the present study, the activation features of phosphoric acid have been investigated using waste peach stones as the raw material in the production of granular activated carbon. Thermogravimetry\\/differential thermal analysis was conducted to characterize the thermal behavior of peach stone and titration method was used to evaluate the adsorption capacity of the produced activated carbon. It was observed that

  3. Chemical modification of carbon fiber surfaces by nitric acid oxidation followed by reaction with tetraethylenepentamine

    Microsoft Academic Search

    C. U. Pittman; G.-R. He; B. Wu; S. D. Gardner

    1997-01-01

    Amino groups react rapidly with both isocyanates and epoxides. Thus, to prepare carbon fibers which might exhibit enhanced adhesion to both polyurethanes and epoxy resin matrices, attempts were made to introduce a high surface amine concentration onto high-strength carbon fibers (derived from PAN) by nitric acid oxidation followed by reaction with excess tetraethylenepentamine (TEPA). Fibers were oxidized with concentrated (70%)

  4. The Effect of Heterogeneity on Matrix Acidizing of Carbonate Rocks 

    E-print Network

    Keys, Ryan S.

    2010-07-14

    In matrix acidizing, the goal is to dissolve minerals in the rock to increase well productivity. This is accomplished by injecting an application-specific solution of acid into the formation at a pressure between the pore ...

  5. Controlled Exposures of Volunteers to Respirable Carbon and Sulf uric Acid Aerosols

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Karen R. Anderson; Edward L. Avol; Scott A. Edwards; Deborah A. Shamoo; Ru-Chuan Peng; William S. Linn; Jack D. Hackney

    1992-01-01

    Respirable carbon or fly ash particles are suspected to increase the respiratory toxicity of coexisting acidic air pollutants, by concentrating acid on their surfaces and so delivering it efficiently to the lower respiratory tract. To investigate this issue, we exposed 15 healthy and 15 asthmatic volunteers in a controlled- environment chamber (21°C, 50 percent relative humidity) to four test atmospheres:

  6. Pyruvic Acid Removal from Water by the Simultaneous Action of Ozone and Activated Carbon

    Microsoft Academic Search

    F. J. Beltrán; B. Acedo; F. J. Rivas; O. Gimeno

    2005-01-01

    Activated carbon (AC) has been used to catalyze the ozonation of pyruvic acid in water. Pyruvic acid conversions were found to be 9 and 37% after 90 min of single ozonation and single adsorption with 40 gL AC, respectively, while 82% was reached at the same conditions during the AC catalytic ozonation. Also, for similar conditions, mineralization reached values of

  7. PERFORMANCE AND MODELING OF A HOT POTASSIUM CARBONATE ACID GAS REMOVAL SYSTEM IN TREATING COAL GAS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report discusses the performance and modeling of a hot potassium carbonate (K2CO3) acid gas removal system (AGRS) in treating coal gas. Aqueous solutions of K2CO3, with and without amine additive, were used as the acid gas removal solvent in the Coal Gasification/Gas Cleaning...

  8. Fracture Toughness of Carbon Nanofiber Reinforced Polylactic Acid at Room and Elevated Temperatures

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Y. Shimamura; Y. Shibata; K. Tohgo; H. Araki

    2008-01-01

    Summary Polylactic acid (PLA) is a biodegradable plastic made from lactic acid, and can be produced by renewable raw materials. The mechanical properties of PLA are, however, not sufficient for structural materials. In our study,carbon nanofiber rein- forced PLA was fabricated to overcome the deficiency of PLA and the mechanical properties were measured at room and elevated temperatures. Vapor grown

  9. Research Paper An Examination of the Carbon Isotope Effects Associated with Amino Acid Biosynthesis

    Microsoft Academic Search

    JAMES H. SCOTT; DIANE M. O'BRIEN; DAVID EMERSON; HENRY SUN; GENE D. McDONALD; ANTONIO SALGADO; MARILYN L. FOGEL

    Stable carbon isotope ratios (? 13C) were determined for alanine, proline, phenylalanine, valine, leucine, isoleucine, aspartate (aspartic acid and asparagine), glutamate (glutamic acid and glu- tamine), lysine, serine, glycine, and threonine from metabolically diverse microorganisms. The microorganisms examined included fermenting bacteria, organotrophic, chemolithotrophic, phototrophic, methylotrophic, methanogenic, acetogenic, acetotrophic, and naturally occurring cryptoendolithic communities from the Dry Valleys of Antarctica. Here

  10. Polyvinylpyrrolidone and polyethylenimine as inhibitors for the corrosion of a low carbon steel in phosphoric acid

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Y. Jianguo; W. Lin; V. Otieno-Alego; D. P. Schweinsberg

    1995-01-01

    Polarization and weight loss studies showed that both polyvinylpyrrolidonc and polyethylenimine are effective for the inhibition of low carbon steel over a wide concentration range of aqueous phosphoric acid (H3PO4) solutions. Both polymers retard the anodic and cathodic corrosion reactions with emphasis on the former. The results for uninhibited acid confirm the kinetic expression proposed by Mathur and Vasudevan.

  11. Carbonic Acid as a Reserve of Carbon Dioxide on Icy Moons: The Formation of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in a Polar Environment

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Jones, Brant M.; Kaiser, Ralf I.; Strazzulla, Giovanni

    2014-06-01

    Carbon dioxide (CO2) has been detected on the surface of several icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn via observation of the ?3 band with the Near-Infrared Mapping Spectrometer on board the Galileo spacecraft and the Visible-Infrared Mapping Spectrometer on board the Cassini spacecraft. Interestingly, the CO2 band for several of these moons exhibits a blueshift along with a broader profile than that seen in laboratory studies and other astrophysical environments. As such, numerous attempts have been made in order to clarify this abnormal behavior; however, it currently lacks an acceptable physical or chemical explanation. We present a rather surprising result pertaining to the synthesis of carbon dioxide in a polar environment. Here, carbonic acid was synthesized in a water (H2O)-carbon dioxide (CO2) (1:5) ice mixture exposed to ionizing radiation in the form of 5 keV electrons. The irradiated ice mixture was then annealed, producing pure carbonic acid which was then subsequently irradiated, recycling water and carbon dioxide. However, the observed carbon dioxide ?3 band matches almost exactly with that observed on Callisto; subsequent temperature program desorption studies reveal that carbon dioxide synthesized under these conditions remains in solid form until 160 K, i.e., the sublimation temperature of water. Consequently, our results suggest that carbon dioxide on Callisto as well as other icy moons is indeed complexed with water rationalizing the shift in peak frequency, broad profile, and the solid state existence on these relatively warm moons.

  12. Integrated 3D Acid Fracturing Model for Carbonate Reservoir Stimulation 

    E-print Network

    Wu, Xi

    2014-06-23

    . In order to study the effect of this stochastic nature on acid fracturing, a fully 3D acid reaction model was developed based on the geostatistical parameters of the formation. It is possible to describe local conductivity distribution related to acid...

  13. Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center and World Data Center - A for atmospheric trace gases. Fiscal year 1996, annual report

    SciTech Connect

    Cushman, R.M.; Boden, T.A.; Jones, S.B. [and others

    1997-02-01

    Fiscal year 1996 was especially productive for the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). This report describes publications and statistical data from the CDIAC.

  14. Use of activated carbons prepared from sawdust and rice-husk for adsorption of acid dyes: a case study of Acid Yellow 36

    Microsoft Academic Search

    P. K. Malik

    2003-01-01

    Activated carbons, prepared from low-cost mahogany sawdust and rice husk have been utilized as the adsorbents for the removal of acid dyes from aqueous solution. An acid dye, Acid Yellow 36 has been used as the adsorbate. Results show that a pH value of 3 is favourable for the adsorption of acid dye. The isothermal data could be well described

  15. The Periplasmic  Carbonic Anhydrase Activity of Helicobacter pylori Is Essential for Acid Acclimation

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Elizabeth A. Marcus; Amiel P. Moshfegh; George Sachs; David R. Scott

    2005-01-01

    The role of the periplasmic -carbonic anhydrase (-CA) (HP1186) in acid acclimation of Helicobacter pylori was investigated. Urease and urea influx through UreI have been shown to be essential for gastric colonization and for acid survival in vitro. Intrabacterial urease generation of NH3 has a major role in regulation of periplasmic pH and inner membrane potential under acidic conditions, allowing

  16. Stable carbon isotope ratios of fatty acids in seagrass and redhead ducks

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Beth Trust Hammer; Marilyn L. Fogel; Thomas C. Hoering

    1998-01-01

    Fatty acids were extracted from roots and rhizomes of the seagrass, Halodule wrightii, and from subcutaneous fat tissues of eight redhead ducks (Aythya americana) collected either in Texas or South Dakota. Stable carbon isotope ratios (?13C) of individual fatty acids were measured by gas chromatography\\/combustion\\/isotope ratio mass spectrometry (GC\\/C\\/IRMS). In cases where individual fatty acids were not completely resolved by

  17. A tabulation of meterorological variables and concentrations of helium, carbon dioxide, oxygen, and nitrogen in soil gases collected regularly from four sites at the Roosevelt Hot Springs Known Geothermal Resources Area, Utah

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Hinkle

    1989-01-01

    A U.S. Geological Survey report is presented giving a tabulation of meterorological variables and concentrations of helium, carbon dioxide, oxygen, and nitrogen in soil gases collected regularly from four sites at the Roosevelt Hot Springs Known Geothermal Resources Area, Utah.

  18. Effect of Mild Nitric Acid Oxidation on Dispersability, Size, and Structure of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

    E-print Network

    Resasco, Daniel

    Effect of Mild Nitric Acid Oxidation on Dispersability, Size, and Structure of Single-Walled Carbon) with nitric acid increases their dispersability in water, methanol, and N,N-dimethylformamide. Two oxidation conditions carefully. Nitric acid has been the most frequently utilized agent for oxidation of carbon

  19. The Adsorption of Gold, Palladium, and Platinum from Acidic Chloride Solutions on Mesoporous Carbons

    SciTech Connect

    Peter R. Zalupski; Rocklan McDowell

    2014-10-01

    Studies on the adsorption characteristics of gold, palladium, and platinum on mesoporous carbon (CMK-3) and sulfur-impregnated mesoporous carbon (CMK-3/S) evaluated the benefits/drawbacks of the presence of a layer of elemental sulfur inside mesoporous carbon structures. Adsorption isotherms collected for Au(III), Pd(II), and Pt(IV) on those materials suggest that sulfur does enhance the adsorption of those metal ions in mildly acidic environment (pH 3). The isotherms collected in 1 M HCl show that the benefit of sulfur disappears due to the competing influence of large concentration of chloride ions on the ion-exchanging mechanism of metal ions sorption on mesoporous carbon surfaces. The collected acid dependencies illustrate similar adsorption characteristics for CMK-3 and CMK-3/S in 1-5MHCl concentration range. Sorption of metal ions from diluted aqueous acidic mixtures of actual leached electronic waste demonstrated the feasibility of recovery of gold from such liquors.

  20. Computational and experimental studies of the interaction between single-walled carbon nanotubes and folic acid

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Castillo, John J.; Rozo, Ciro E.; Castillo-León, Jaime; Rindzevicius, Tomas; Svendsen, Winnie E.; Rozlosnik, Noemi; Boisen, Anja; Martínez, Fernando

    2013-03-01

    This Letter involved the preparation of a conjugate between single-walled carbon nanotubes and folic acid that was obtained without covalent chemical functionalization using a simple 'one pot' synthesis method. Subsequently, the conjugate was investigated by a computational hybrid method: our own N-layered Integrated Molecular Orbital and Molecular Mechanics (B3LYP(6-31G(d):UFF)). The results confirmed that the interaction occurred via hydrogen bonding between protons of the glutamic moiety from folic acid and ? electrons from the carbon nanotubes. The single-walled carbon nanotube-folic acid conjugate presented herein is believed to lead the way to new potential applications as carbon nanotube-based drug delivery systems.

  1. Development of poly(aspartic acid-co-malic acid) composites for calcium carbonate and sulphate scale inhibition.

    PubMed

    Mithil Kumar, N; Gupta, Sanjay Kumar; Jagadeesh, Dani; Kanny, K; Bux, F

    2015-05-01

    Polyaspartic acid (PSI) is suitable for the inhibition of inorganic scale deposition. To enhance its scale inhibition efficiency, PSI was modified by reacting aspartic acid with malic acid (MA) using thermal polycondensation polymerization. This reaction resulted in poly(aspartic acid-co-malic acid) (PSI-co-MA) dual polymer. The structural, chemical and thermal properties of the dual polymers were analysed by using scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry and gel permeation chromatography. The effectiveness of six different molar ratios of PSI-co-MA dual polymer for calcium carbonate and calcium sulphate scale inhibition at laboratory scale batch experiments was evaluated with synthetic brine solution at selected doses of polymer at 65-70°C by the static scale test method. The performance of PSI-co-MA dual polymer for the inhibition of calcium carbonate and calcium sulphate precipitation was compared with that of a PSI single polymer. The PSI-co-MA exhibited excellent ability to control inorganic minerals, with approximately 85.36% calcium carbonate inhibition and 100% calcium sulphate inhibition at a level of 10?mg/L PSI-co-MA, respectively. Therefore, it may be reasonably concluded that PSI-co-MA is a highly effective scale inhibitor for cooling water treatment applications. PMID:25371160

  2. Liquefaction and storage of thermal treatment off-gases

    SciTech Connect

    Stull, D.M. (EG and G Rocky Flats, Inc., Golden, CO (United States). Rocky Flats Plant); Golden, J.O. (Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (United States))

    1992-09-08

    A fluidized bed catalytic oxidation unit is being developed for use in the destruction of mixed waste at the Rocky Flats Plant. Cyclones, filters, in situ neutralization of acid gases, and a catalytic converter are used to meet emission standards. Because there is concern by the public that these measures may not be adequate, two off-gas capture systems were evaluated. Both systems involve liquefaction of carbon dioxide produced in the oxidation process. The carbon dioxide would be released only after analysis proved that all appropriate emission standards are met.

  3. Measurement of fossil fuel carbon dioxide and other anthropogenic trace gases from MEGAPOLI intensive campaign in Paris during winter 2010.

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lopez, M.; Schmidt, M.; Delmotte, M.; Gros, V.; Mondelain, D.; Lehman, S. J.; Ramonet, M.; Vuillemin, C.; Xueref-Remy, I.

    2012-04-01

    The Paris agglomeration is the third biggest megacity in Europe (12 million inhabitants) and according to national emission inventories, is responsible for 15 % of the French anthropogenic CO2 emissions mainly originating from road transport, and residential and industrial energy consumption. The objective of our feasibility study was to design an efficient monitoring strategy in order to quantify future trends in anthropogenic CO2 emission in Paris area. During the winter campaign of the European project MEGAPOLI and the French project CO2-MEGAPARIS, we performed measurements of CO2 and related trace gases from January to February 2010. The RAMCES (Atmospheric Network for Greenhouse Gases Monitoring) team at LSCE monitored CO2 and CO mixing ratio with high temporal resolution using instruments based on Cavity Ring Down Spectroscopy (CRDS) in the thirteenth arrondissement of Paris (south). We also sampled air in more than fifty flasks covering three full days at the same place. Flask were analysed in the RAMCES central laboratory with a Gas Chromatograph system for CO2, CO, CH4, N2O, SF6 and H2 mixing ratios and also by Mass Spectroscopy for CO2 isotopic ratios (?13C and ?18O). In order to quantify the fossil fuel CO2 (CO2ff) most flasks were analysed at INSTAAR for ?14C in CO2. In addition, 13CO2 isotopic ratio and total CO2 concentration were measured at high temporal resolution (< 1 min) over three days at Paris with the SIMCO instrument developed at LPMAA. In parallel with the Paris measurements, in-situ CO2, CO and other trace gases were monitored at Gif-sur-Yvette, a semi urban station 20km south west of Paris and also at the Trainou tower, 100 km south of Paris. Similar synoptic variations of CO2and CO mixing ratios were found in Paris and Gif with maximum mixing ratio up to 495 ppm CO2 and 1000 ppb CO downtown Paris. The mean diurnal variation during this winter period shows a peak to peak amplitude of 15 ppm CO2 and 150 ppb CO at Paris and 10 ppm CO2 and 40 CO ppb at Gif station. Using the MEGAPOLI database we will test different tracers (CO, VOCs, NOx) as possible candidate to quantify CO2ff (fossil fuel) based on calibration of these tracers against CO2ff estimates based on D14C. These results from the campaign will be compared to the emission inventories from EDGAR 4.2 (global inventories) and the national ones from CITEPA and AirParif.

  4. Adsorption of perfluoroalkyl acids by carbonaceous adsorbents: Effect of carbon surface chemistry.

    PubMed

    Zhi, Yue; Liu, Jinxia

    2015-07-01

    Adsorption by carbonaceous sorbents is among the most feasible processes to remove perfluorooctane sulfonic (PFOS) and carboxylic acids (PFOA) from drinking and ground waters. However, carbon surface chemistry, which has long been recognized essential for dictating performance of such sorbents, has never been considered for PFOS and PFOA adsorption. Thus, the role of surface chemistry was systematically investigated using sorbents with a wide range in precursor material, pore structure, and surface chemistry. Sorbent surface chemistry overwhelmed physical properties in controlling the extent of uptake. The adsorption affinity was positively correlated carbon surface basicity, suggesting that high acid neutralizing or anion exchange capacity was critical for substantial uptake of PFOS and PFOA. Carbon polarity or hydrophobicity had insignificant impact on the extent of adsorption. Synthetic polymer-based Ambersorb and activated carbon fibers were more effective than activated carbon made of natural materials in removing PFOS and PFOA from aqueous solutions. PMID:25827692

  5. Production and characterization of methyl ester sophorolipids with 22-carbon-fatty acids.

    PubMed

    Shin, Jae Dong; Lee, Jeongmi; Kim, Yong Bum; Han, In-Sun; Kim, Eun-Ki

    2010-05-01

    In this study, various fatty acids of 18 and 22 carbons were used as substrates to produce sophorolipids in Candida bombicola ATCC 22214. Methyl esterification of erucic acid and C22-enriched rapeseed oil generated mainly acidic sophorolipids with different degrees of saturation in the fatty acid chain, which was demonstrated by structural analysis using HPLC, LC-MS and NMR spectroscopy. Regardless of methyl esterification, the rapeseed oil served as the best substrate for high production of sophorolipids among the tested. Methyl esterification also had no noticeable effect on the interfacial properties of sophorolipids. However, 22 carbons introduced in the fatty acid chain increased the hydrophobicity of sophorolipids, and therefore improved surface-active properties and biodegradability. PMID:20053555

  6. Using carbon and water isotopes and noble gases to assess the origin of methane in fresh water aquifers in the south of the Netherlands

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Broers, Hans Peter; de Weert, Jasperien; Vonhof, Hubert; Janssen, Renee; Sueltenfuss, Juergen; Aeschbach-Hertig, Werner; Castelijns, Jeroen

    2015-04-01

    Groundwater in the Dutch subsurface is known to contain substantial concentrations of methane of which the origin is not always clear. The Dutch subsurface contains relatively high organic matter contents which makes a biogenic origin plausible, however few studies have used water and carbon isotopes to deduce the origin of methane. In relation to possible future exploitation of deep shale gas resources, it is now considered important to assess base line quality of fresh groundwater in overlying aquifers from which drinking water is produced. Therefore, we sampled the raw water of 41 large public supply well fields in the south of the Netherlands which represents a mixture of groundwater of different ages and used the a discrete travel time distribution model (DTTDM, Visser et al. 2013, WRR) in order to quantify the age distribution of the mixture. Measurements included major ion chemistry, 3H, 3He, 4He, 18O, 2H, 14C, 13C-DIC and 13C-CH4 and the full range of noble gases. 13C-CH4 measurements were carried out using a Picarro G2201-i CRDS analyser. The heavier noble gases enable the calculation of the Noble Gas Temperature (NGT) which characterizes the temperature of past recharge conditions. The 14C apparent age of each mixture was derived correcting for dead carbon sources and included carbonate dissolution and methanogenesis as the defining processes. The 13C-CH4 measurements showed a range of ?-values between -70 and -100‰, which give a clear indication for biogenic methane. No clear relations between 13C-CH4 and 13C-DIC or the 4He/CH4 ratio were observed. However, clear spatial patterns indicated that more depleted values are grouped in specific areas. The 13?CH4 values did not show a clear relation with the age distribution of the pumped water, even though a large range of age distributions was observed including old water with an age of > 25 k yrs. We believe that spatial differences in organic matter contents, origin of the geological deposits and/or the methanogenesis process itself determine the methane isotope ratios in this part of the Netherlands.

  7. Stimulation of Carbonate Reservoirs Using a New Emulsified Acid System 

    E-print Network

    Sayed, Mohammed Ali Ibrahim

    2013-05-15

    The scope of work can be divided into; the measurement of the rheological properties of a new emulsified acid system that can be suitable for high temperature applications, a study of the performance of the new emulsified acid in stimulating both...

  8. Spectroscopic detection of the most stable carbonic acid, cis-cis H2CO3.

    PubMed

    Mori, Tetsuya; Suma, Kohsuke; Sumiyoshi, Yoshihiro; Endo, Yasuki

    2011-01-28

    Carbonic acid had not been detected by any spectroscopic means for a long period. Recently, we have reported the detection of its second most stable conformer, cis-trans H(2)CO(3), as the first spectroscopic detection of the isolated carbonic acid molecule. In the present work, the most stable conformer of carbonic acid, cis-cis H(2)CO(3), in the gas phase has been successfully produced in a supersonic jet using a pulsed discharge nozzle, and pure rotational transitions of this molecule have been observed by a Fourier-transform microwave spectrometer. In addition to cis-cis H(2)CO(3), its deuterated isotopologue, cis-cis D2CO3, has been observed, yielding the r(0) structure of the cis-cis conformer. Furthermore, hyperfine constants of the deuterated cis-trans conformers were also determined. The two structures for the stable isolated carbonic acid molecule, those of the cis-cis and cis-trans conformers, are considered to provide basic information for the understanding of chemical reactions involving carbonic acid The present result is accurate enough to be used in radio astronomical observations, where the ortho?para ratio of cis-cis H(2)CO(3) may be used as an important probe of interstellar chemistry. PMID:21280737

  9. Chemical and biological consequences of using carbon dioxide versus acid additions in ocean acidification experiments

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Yates, Kimberly K.; DuFore, Christopher M.; Robbins, Lisa L.

    2013-01-01

    Use of different approaches for manipulating seawater chemistry during ocean acidification experiments has confounded comparison of results from various experimental studies. Some of these discrepancies have been attributed to whether addition of acid (such as hydrochloric acid, HCl) or carbon dioxide (CO2) gas has been used to adjust carbonate system parameters. Experimental simulations of carbonate system parameter scenarios for the years 1766, 2007, and 2100 were performed using the carbonate speciation program CO2SYS to demonstrate the variation in seawater chemistry that can result from use of these approaches. Results showed that carbonate system parameters were 3 percent and 8 percent lower than target values in closed-system acid additions, and 1 percent and 5 percent higher in closed-system CO2 additions for the 2007 and 2100 simulations, respectively. Open-system simulations showed that carbonate system parameters can deviate by up to 52 percent to 70 percent from target values in both acid addition and CO2 addition experiments. Results from simulations for the year 2100 were applied to empirically derived equations that relate biogenic calcification to carbonate system parameters for calcifying marine organisms including coccolithophores, corals, and foraminifera. Calculated calcification rates for coccolithophores, corals, and foraminifera differed from rates at target conditions by 0.5 percent to 2.5 percent in closed-system CO2 gas additions, from 0.8 percent to 15 percent in the closed-system acid additions, from 4.8 percent to 94 percent in open-system acid additions, and from 7 percent to 142 percent in open-system CO2 additions.

  10. Influence of acid functionalization on the cardiopulmonary toxicity of carbon nanotubes and carbon black particles in mice

    SciTech Connect

    Tong Haiyan [Human Studies Division, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, US Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711 (United States)], E-mail: tong.haiyan@epa.gov; McGee, John K. [Experimental Toxicology Division, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, US Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711 (United States); Saxena, Rajiv K. [School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 110067 (India); Kodavanti, Urmila P. [Experimental Toxicology Division, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, US Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711 (United States); Devlin, Robert B. [Human Studies Division, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, US Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711 (United States); Gilmour, M. Ian [Experimental Toxicology Division, National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, US Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711 (United States)

    2009-09-15

    Engineered carbon nanotubes are being developed for a wide range of industrial and medical applications. Because of their unique properties, nanotubes can impose potentially toxic effects, particularly if they have been modified to express functionally reactive chemical groups on their surface. The present study was designed to evaluate whether acid functionalization (AF) enhanced the cardiopulmonary toxicity of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT) as well as control carbon black particles. Mice were exposed by oropharyngeal aspiration to 10 or 40 {mu}g of saline-suspended single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs), acid-functionalized SWCNTs (AF-SWCNTs), ultrafine carbon black (UFCB), AF-UFCB, or 2 {mu}g LPS. 24 hours later, pulmonary inflammatory responses and cardiac effects were assessed by bronchoalveolar lavage and isolated cardiac perfusion respectively, and compared to saline or LPS-instilled animals. Additional mice were assessed for histological changes in lung and heart. Instillation of 40 {mu}g of AF-SWCNTs, UFCB and AF-UFCB increased percentage of pulmonary neutrophils. No significant effects were observed at the lower particle concentration. Sporadic clumps of particles from each treatment group were observed in the small airways and interstitial areas of the lungs according to particle dose. Patches of cellular infiltration and edema in both the small airways and in the interstitium were also observed in the high dose group. Isolated perfused hearts from mice exposed to 40 {mu}g of AF-SWCNTs had significantly lower cardiac functional recovery, greater infarct size, and higher coronary flow rate than other particle-exposed animals and controls, and also exhibited signs of focal cardiac myofiber degeneration. No particles were detected in heart tissue under light microscopy. This study indicates that while acid functionalization increases the pulmonary toxicity of both UFCB and SWCNTs, this treatment caused cardiac effects only with the AF-carbon nanotubes. Further experiments are needed to understand the physico-chemical processes involved in this phenomenon.

  11. Degradation and removal of naphthalenesulphonic acids by means of adsorption and ozonation catalyzed by activated carbon in water

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    Rivera-Utrilla, J.; SáNchez-Polo, M.

    2003-09-01

    Studies were conducted on the efficiency of systems based on the use of ozone, activated carbon, and ozone/activated carbon in the treatment of waters containing 1-naphthalenesulphonic acid, 1,5-naphthalenedisulphonic acid, and 1,3,6-naphthalenetrisulphonic acid. In the removal of these acids by adsorption on activated carbon the elevated heights of the mass transfer zone columns and the low values of the breakthrough volumes indicated that a system exclusively based on the use of activated carbon is not appropriate for the removal of these pollutants. In the ozonation of these acids the reactivity of naphthalenesulphonic acid with ozone is low. In addition, the initial concentration of total organic carbon (TOC) was not reduced during naphthalenesulphonic acids ozonation. These results indicate that a system exclusively based on the use of ozone is not adequate to decontaminate water where these acids are present. These ozonation processes were also studied in the presence of activated carbon. The presence of activated carbon enhanced the elimination rate, probably by enhancing ozone decomposition in aqueous phase in highly oxidative species. These catalytic properties seem to be favored by both the basicity of the carbon surface and the higher macropore volume. The catalytic properties of activated carbon were reduced by ozonation. New acid groups such as anhydride, lactones, and carboxylic acid were generated on the activated carbon surface during ozone treatment. This effect reduced the reactivity of the activated carbon to ozone and therefore the capacity to enhance ozone decomposition in aqueous phase. The presence of activated carbon during naphthalenesulphonic acid ozonation produced a reduction in the TOC concentration and in the genotoxicity of the degradation products. All these results indicate that this novel combined system is very promising for the treatment of water polluted with organic matter.

  12. Measurement of fossil fuel derived carbon dioxide and other anthropogenic trace gases above Sacramento, California in Spring 2009

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    J. C. Turnbull; A. Karion; M. L. Fischer; I. C. Faloona; T. P. Guilderson; S. J. Lehman; B. R. Miller; J. B. Miller; S. A. Montzka; T. Sherwood; S. Saripalli; C. Sweeney; P. P. Tans

    2010-01-01

    Direct quantification of fossil fuel CO2 (CO2ff) in atmospheric samples can be used to examine several carbon cycle and air quality questions. We collected in situ CO2, CO, and CH4 measurements and flask samples in the boundary layer and free troposphere over Sacramento, California, USA, during two aircraft flights over and downwind of this urban area during spring of 2009.

  13. Measurement of fossil fuel derived carbon dioxide and other anthropogenic trace gases above Sacramento, California in Spring 2009

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. C. Turnbull; A. Karion; M. L. Fischer; I. Faloona; T. Guilderson; S. J. Lehman; B. R. Miller; J. B. Miller; S. Montzka; T. Sherwood; S. Saripalli; C. Sweeney; P. P. Tans

    2010-01-01

    Direct quantification of fossil fuel CO2 (CO2ff) in atmospheric samples can be used to examine several carbon cycle and air quality questions. We collected in-situ CO2, CO, and CH4 measurements and flask samples in the boundary layer and free troposphere over Sacramento, California, USA, during two aircraft flights over and downwind of this urban area during spring of 2009. The

  14. Studies of the terrestrial O{sub 2} and carbon cycles in sand dune gases and in biosphere 2

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    Severinghaus, J.P.

    1995-12-31

    Molecular oxygen in the atmosphere is coupled tightly to the terrestrial carbon cycle by the processes of photosynthesis, respiration, and burning. This dissertation examines different aspects of this coupling in four chapters. Chapter 1 explores the feasibility of using air from sand dunes to reconstruct atmospheric O{sub 2} composition centuries ago. Such a record would reveal changes in the mass of the terrestrial biosphere, after correction for known fossil fuel combustion, and constrain the fate of anthropogenic CO{sub 2}.

  15. Carbon Dioxide Analysis Center and World Data Center-A for Atmospheric Trace Gases fiscal year 1997 annual report

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    Burtis, M.D. [comp.; Cushman, R.M.; Boden, T.A.; Jones, S.B.; Kaiser, D.P.; Nelson, T.R.

    1998-03-01

    Fiscal year (FY) 1997 was another exciting and productive one for the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. During FY 1997, CDIAC launched the Quality Systems Science Center for the North American Research Strategy for Tropospheric Ozone (NARSTO). The purpose of NARSTO--a US-Canada-Mexico initiative of government agencies, industry, and the academic research community--is to improve the understanding of the formation and transport of tropospheric ozone.

  16. Conversion of carbon dioxide to resorcylic acid under ultrasonication by Kolbe-Schmitt reaction.

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    Shanthi, B; Palanivelu, K

    2015-11-01

    The present work focuses on a new approach for the synthesis of ?-resorcylic acid based on Kolbe-Schmitt reaction using carbon dioxide under ultrasonic and mild condition. The Kolbe-Schmitt reaction is a process for the synthesis of ?-resorcylic acid (2,4-dihydroxybenzoic acid) from resorcinol in aqueous potassium hydroxide solution with gaseous CO2. The influences of carbonation time, flow rate of CO2 and the molar ratio of resorcinol/potassium hydroxide on the yield percentage of resorcylic acid were investigated. The study was assessed with the conventional thermal method (non ultrasonic method) for Kolbe-Schmitt reaction and it was observed that applying ultrasound to save more than 95% and 38.6% energy as shown by energy consumption calculations in bath type and horn type sonicator respectively. ?-Resorcylic acid formed was characterized by (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, DEPT NMR and FTIR spectroscopy. The amount of CO2 utilized in the reaction was evaluated from the yield percentage of ?-resorcylic acid yield. The maximum yield of resorcylic acid of 30% and 65% was obtained at the resorcinol/potassium hydroxide ratio of 1:3, carbonation time of 150min and the CO2 flow rate of 2L/min in bath type and horn type ultrasonicator, respectively. The applicability of the research work was examined in two different positional isomers of resorcinol under optimum conditions. PMID:26186845

  17. Field evaluation of gelled acid for carbonate formations

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    Church, D.C.; Quisenberry, J.L.; Fox, K.B.

    1981-01-01

    A new gelled acid was evaluated in W. Texas, S.E. New Mexico, and Oklahoma. The evaluation determined how successful a gelled acid, prepared from xanthan polymer, would be in the following formations: Ellenburger, Blinebry, San Andres, Clearfork, Canyon Lime, Strawn Lime, Grayburg, Devonian, Drinkard Dolomite, Viola and Chester. Treatment depths vary from 4000 to 22,000 ft. Treatment temperatures vary from 70 to 310 F. Treatments were performed on both oil and gas wells. The age of the wells stimulated varies from new to 30 yr old. The concentration of gelled acid remained constant at 15% HCl. The concentration of gelling agent remained constant at 60 lb/1000 gal. The size of the treatments varied from 5000 to 80,000 gal of gelled acid. More than 20 treatments are summarized. Production figures for the well treated are summarized. Production figures for the wells treated are discussed, as well as pertinent related information.

  18. Zevenhoven & Kilpinen Greenhouse Gases, Ozone-Depleting Gases 19.6.2001 9-1 Figure 9.1 Increasing world population

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    Laughlin, Robert B.

    Zevenhoven & Kilpinen Greenhouse Gases, Ozone-Depleting Gases 19.6.2001 9-1 Figure 9.1 Increasing Greenhouse gases, ozone-depleting gases 9.1 Introduction By the end of the 20th century it was widely (Ponting, 1991, Göttlicher, 1999). So-called greenhouse gases (GHGs), most importantly carbon dioxide (CO2

  19. Study on high-temperature naphthenic acid corrosion and erosion-corrosion of aluminized carbon steel

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    X. Q. Wu; H. M. Jing; Y. G. Zheng; Z. M. Yao; W. Ke

    2004-01-01

    High-temperature naphthenic acid corrosion (NAC) and erosion-corrosion (NAEC) behaviors of pack-aluminized carbon steel have been investigated in laboratory to evaluate the resistance of aluminized layer to the NAC and NAEC. A field erosion-corrosion test of 700 days was also performed in an oil refinery. Parallel tests were carried out for carbon steel. It was found that the aluminized steel exhibited

  20. Examining the Microbial Degradation of Naphthenic Acids Using Stable Isotope Analysis of Carbon and Nitrogen

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    Patricia P. Videla; Andrea J. Farwell; Barbara J. Butler; D. George Dixon

    2009-01-01

    Naphthenic acids (NAs) are a complex group of naturally occurring oil sands constituents that constitute a significant portion\\u000a of the dissolved organic carbon (DOC) pool available for microbial degradation in the process-related waste water associated\\u000a with oil sands mine sites. One approach to understanding the biological fate of oil sands process-derived carbon and nitrogen\\u000a in aquatic reclamation of the mine

  1. Covalent functionalization of single walled carbon nanotubes with peptide nucleic acid: Nanocomponents for molecular level electronics

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    Krishna V. Singh; Rajeev R. Pandey; Xu Wang; Roger Lake; Cengiz S. Ozkan; Kang Wang; Mihrimah Ozkan

    2006-01-01

    Imparting molecular recognition to carbon nanotubes (CNTs) by conjugating them with bio-molecules has been an area of great interest as the resulting highly functionalized CNT-bioconjugates find their applications in various fields like molecular level electronics, pharmaceuticals, drug delivery, novel materials and many others. In this work we demonstrate the synthesis of functionally engineered single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs)-peptide nucleic acid

  2. The effect of acetic acid and acetate on CO2 corrosion of carbon steel

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    Dong Liu; ZhenYu Chen; XingPeng Guo

    2008-01-01

    Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to consider the effect of acetic acid and acetate on the anodic and cathodic reactions of carbon steel present in CO2 corrosion. Design\\/methodology\\/approach – The corrosion behaviour of carbon steel (N80) in CO2-saturated 1% NaCl solution at 50°C and 0.1 MPa was investigated by using weight-loss tests, electrochemical methods (polarization curves and

  3. Catalytic ozonation of oxalic acid using carbon nanofibres on macrostructured supports.

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    Restivo, J; Órfão, J J M; Pereira, M F R; Vanhaecke, E; Rönning, M; Iouranova, T; Kiwi-Minsker, L; Armenise, S; Garcia-Bordejé, E

    2012-01-01

    Carbon nanofibres (CNFs) were grown on different macrostructured supports such as cordierite monoliths, carbon felts and sintered metal fibres. The resulting composites exhibited excellent resistance to attrition/corrosion and its porosity is mainly due to mesoporous structures. The CNF/structured materials were tested in the ozonation of oxalic acid in a conventional semi-batch reactor after being crushed to powder form, and in a newly designed reactor that may operate in semi-batch or continuous operation. The CNFs supported on the different structured materials exhibited high catalytic activity in the mineralization of oxalic acid. PMID:22546802

  4. Catalytic ozonation of p-chlorobenzoic acid by activated carbon and nickel supported activated carbon prepared from petroleum coke.

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    Li, Xukai; Zhang, Qiuyun; Tang, Lili; Lu, Ping; Sun, Fengqiang; Li, Laisheng

    2009-04-15

    The aim of this research was to investigate catalytic activity of petroleum coke, activated carbon (AC) prepared from this material, Ni supported catalyst on activated carbon (Ni/AC) in the ozonation of aqueous phase p-chlorobenzoic acid (p-CBA). Activated carbon and Ni/AC catalyst were characterized by XRD and SEM. The presence of petroleum coke did not improve the degradation of p-CBA compared to ozonation alone, but it was advantageous for p-CBA mineralization (total organic carbon, TOC, reduction), indicating the generation of highly oxidant species (*OH) in the medium. The presence of either activated carbon or Ni/AC considerably improves TOC removal during p-CBA ozonation. Ni/AC catalyst shows the better catalytic activity and stability based on five repeated tests during p-CBA ozonation. During the ozonation (50 mg/h ozone flow rate) of a 10 mg/L p-CBA (pH 4.31), it can be more mineralized in the presence of Ni/AC catalyst (5.0 g/L), TOC removal rate is over 60% in 60 min, 43% using activated carbon as catalyst, only 30% with ozonation alone. PMID:18667273

  5. Linking dynamics of soil microbial phospholipid fatty acids to carbon mineralization in a 13C natural abundance experiment: Impact of heavy metals and acid rain

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    Michael Stemmer; Andrea Watzinger; Karl Blochberger; Georg Haberhauer; Martin H. Gerzabek

    2007-01-01

    A 13C natural abundance experiment including GC-c-IRMS analysis of phospholipid fatty acids (PLFAs) was conducted to assess the temporal dynamics of the soil microbial community and carbon incorporation during the mineralization of plant residues under the impact of heavy metals and acid rain. Maize straw was incorporated into (i) control soil, (ii) soil irrigated with acid rain, (iii) soil amended

  6. Effect of acid rain on calcium carbonate saturation in the Albemarle sound of North Carolina

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    Rudolph, K.A.; Burgess, S.K.; Willey, J.D.; Kieber, R.J. [Univ. of North Carolina, Wilmington, NC (United States)

    1996-10-01

    The effects of acidic rainwater additions on calcium carbonate solubility and alkalinity in the poorly buffered, biologically active and commercially important waters of the Albemarle Sound, NC are reported. Samples collected monthly at four sites were analyzed for salinity, pK total alkalinity, and calcium concentrations. Five percent and 10% dilutions of sulfuric acid at pH 4, mimicking acid rain additions, were added and total alkalinity and calcium concentrations again determined. The addition of acid decreased the alkalinity in the Albemarle samples by as much as 15%, although the magnitude of the impact depended both on site and season. The effects of acid additions on dissolved calcium concentrations were more variable,. and also displayed a site and season dependency. Calcium concentrations, alkalinity, and pH values were also determined during controlled laboratory experiments, where 25 mg/L Callinectes sapidus shells were added to Albemarle Sound water. All three analytes increased significantly upon acid additions relative to controls.

  7. Carbon isotopic fractionation in the biosynthesis of bacterial fatty acids. Ozonolysis of unsaturated fatty acids as a means of determining the intramolecular distribution of carbon isotopes

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    Monson, K. David; Hayes, J. M.

    1982-02-01

    Methods for the determination of 13C abundances at individual olefinic carbon positions have been developed, tested, and shown to perform accurately. (1) The double bond is oxidized with ozone; (2) silver oxide is used to cleave the resulting ozonide quantitatively to carboxylic-acid fragments; (3) a modified Schmidt decarboxylation is used to produce CO 2 quantitatively from the carboxyl groups of the separated cleavage products; (4) the CO 2 is utilized for mass spectrometric analysis. The results of intramolecular isotopic analyses are combined with molecular-average isotopic compositions determined by total combustion in order to show that fatty acids biosynthesized by Escherichia coli grown aerobically with glucose as the sole carbon source and harvested at late log phase are depleted by approximately 3%. in 13C relative to the glucose. This fractionation arises in the formation of acetylcoenzyme A by pyruvate dehydrogenase and is localized at the carboxyl position in the acetyl-CoA product. The isotopic order in that two-carbon subunit is carried through the biosynthesis of fatty acids so that alternate positions in the fatty-acid chains are depleted in 13C by an amount equal to twice the molecular-average depletion. The kinetic isotope effect at C-2 for pyruvate dehydrogenase in vivo is shown to be approximately 2.3%. While it appears that no other fractionation mechanism has controlled the overall depletion of 13C in these fatty acids, a separate process responsible for control of isotopic abundances in the carboxyl groups has been identified and described elsewhere [Monson K.D. and Hayes J.M. (1980) J. Biol. Chem. 255, 11435-11441]. It is concluded that kinetic, rather than thermodynamic, factors have controlled isotopic distributions in these cells and that kinetic factors will be dominant in most biological reactions.

  8. Stable carbon isotopic compositions of organic acids in total suspended particles and dusts from Guangzhou, China

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    Ma, Shexia; Peng, Ping'an; Song, Jianzhong; Zhao, Jinping; He, Lulu; Sheng, Guoying; Fu, Jiamo

    2010-10-01

    Stable carbon isotopic compositions of individual organic acids were determined in total suspended particles and dusts from Guangzhou. The ? 13C values of high molecular weight n-alkanoic acids (C 20-C 28) varied from -34.1‰ to -32.4‰ and tended to be heavier in summer and lighter in winter. These ? 13C values indicate that high molecular weight n-alkanoic acids were derived mainly from emission by C 3 plants. Reduced biological synthesis of high molecular weight n-alkanoic acids in winter may be the reason for the light carbon isotopic composition. The ? 13C values of low molecular weight n-alkanoic acids (C 10-C 18) changed from -31.7‰ to -30.3‰ and exhibited a reverse seasonal trend, i.e., heavier in winter and lighter in summer. Slightly heavier ? 13C values of low molecular weight n-alkanoic acids than those of high molecular weight n-alkanoic acids suggested that they may be emitted from blended sources, e.g., anthropogenic sources and vegetation waxes. Lighter ? 13C values in summer may be attributed to relatively low anthropogenic sources and high botanic sources in summer. Dicarboxylic acids and aromatic acids have been proposed as secondary products from photochemical degradation. The average ? 13C values of dicarboxylic acids and aromatic acids were heavier, and ranged from -25.2‰ to -22.9‰ and from -30.0‰ to -27.6‰, respectively. Both dicarboxylic acids and aromatic acids displayed the same temporal variations in the ? 13C values, i.e., negative ? 13C in the summer samples and positive in the winter samples, which may be controlled by photochemical reactions; they are generally severe in winter in Guangzhou under the monsoon weather system. The heaviest ? 13C values were observed in dicarboxylic acids, indicating that dicarboxylic acids were formed by fast and more complete oxidation reactions. These results indicate that the stable carbon isotopic composition of organic acids may provide important information about sources and photochemical reactions of organic matter in the atmosphere.

  9. Total organic carbon concentrations in acidic lakes in southern Norway

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Arne Henriksen; David F. Brakke; Stephen A. Norton

    1988-01-01

    Regional surveys in Norway demonstrate that most of the lakes have low concentrations of total organic carbon (TOC); 60% of the lakes had TOC < 2 mg\\/L and 90% had TOC < 6 mg\\/L. There was no apparent relationship between lake water pH and TOC. For the 1005 lakes sampled throughout Norway in 1986, organic anions represent <10% of the

  10. Carbon supported PtBi catalysts for direct formic acid fuel cells

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Xingwen Yu; Peter G. Pickup

    2011-01-01

    Carbon supported PtBi bimetallic catalysts (PtBi\\/C) prepared by depositing Bi on a commercial Pt\\/C catalyst and by codeposition of Pt and Bi have been compared for formic acid oxidation in a multi-anode direct formic acid fuel cell. Both types of catalyst gave much higher cell performances than the Pt\\/C, with only low amounts of Bi (Pt to Bi mole ratios

  11. Performance characterization of direct formic acid fuel cell using porous carbon-supported palladium anode catalysts

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Sam Duck Han; Jae Ho Choi; Soon Young Noh; Soo Kyung Yoon; Young Woo Rhee

    2009-01-01

    Palladium particles supported on porous carbon of 20 and 50 nm pore diameters were prepared and applied to the direct formic\\u000a acid fuel cell (DFAFC). Four different anode catalysts with Pd loading of 30 and 50 wt% were synthesized by using impregnation\\u000a method and the cell performance was investigated with changing experimental variables such as anode catalyst loading, formic\\u000a acid

  12. Metabolically engineered Escherichia coli for biotechnological production of four-carbon 1,4-dicarboxylic acids

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Yujin Cao; Yugang Cao; Xiangzhi Lin

    2011-01-01

    Confronted with inescapable exhaustion of the earth’s fossil energy resources, the bio-based process to produce industrial\\u000a chemicals is receiving significant interest. Biotechnological production of four-carbon 1,4-dicarboxylic acids (C4 diacids)\\u000a from renewable plant biomass is a promising and attractive alternative to conventional chemistry routes. Although the C4 diacids\\u000a pathway is well characterized and microorganisms able to convert biomass to these acids

  13. Oxidation and reduction rates for organic carbon in the Amazon mainstream tributary and floodplain, inferred from distributions of dissolved gases

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    Richey, Jeffrey E.; Devol, Allan H.; Wofsy, Steven C.; Victoria, Reynaldo; Riberio, Maria N. G.

    1986-01-01

    Concentrations of CO2, O2, CH4, and N2O in the Amazon River system reflect an oxidation-reduction sequence in combination with physical mixing between the floodplain and the mainstem. Concentrations of CO2 ranged from 150 microM in the Amazon mainstem to 200 to 300 microM in aerobic waters of the floodplain, and up to 1000 microM in oxygen-depleted environments. Apparent oxygen utilization (AOU) ranged from 80 to 250 microM. Methane was highly supersaturated, with concentrations ranging from 0.06 microM in the mainstem to 100 microM on the floodplain. Concentrations of N2O were slightly supersaturated in the mainstem, but were undersaturated on the floodplain. Fluxes calculated from these concentrations indicated decomposition of 1600 g C sq m y(-1) of organic carbon in Amazon floodplain waters. Analysis of relationships between CH4, O2, and CO2 concentrations indicated that approximately 50 percent of carbon mineralization on the floodplain is anaerobic, with 20 percent lost to the atmoshphere as CH4. The predominance of anaerobic metabolism leads to consumption of N2O on the flood plane. Elevated concentrations of CH4 in the mainstem probably reflect imput from the floodplain, while high levels of CO2 in the mainstem are derived from a combination of varzea drainage and in situ respiration.

  14. Enantioselective Small Molecule Synthesis by Carbon Dioxide Fixation using a Dual Brønsted Acid/Base Organocatalyst.

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    Vara, Brandon A; Struble, Thomas J; Wang, Weiwei; Dobish, Mark C; Johnston, Jeffrey N

    2015-06-17

    Carbon dioxide exhibits many of the qualities of an ideal reagent: it is nontoxic, plentiful, and inexpensive. Unlike other gaseous reagents, however, it has found limited use in enantioselective synthesis. Moreover, unprecedented is a tool that merges one of the simplest biological approaches to catalysis-Brønsted acid/base activation-with this abundant reagent. We describe a metal-free small molecule catalyst that achieves the three component reaction between a homoallylic alcohol, carbon dioxide, and an electrophilic source of iodine. Cyclic carbonates are formed enantioselectively. PMID:26039818

  15. Optimization of carbon-nitrogen ratio for production of gibberellic acid by Pseudomonas sp.

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    Ba?iaçik Karakoç, Safak; Aksöz, Nilufer

    2004-01-01

    In this study, favorable carbon-nitrogen ratio for high yields of gibberellic acid (GA3) production from Pseudomonas sp. was investigated. First of all, optimum carbon (glucose, maltose, sucrose, fructose, lactose) and nitrogen (KNO3, NH4Cl, NaNO3, urea, glycine) sources among the others were chosen. The highest yield of GA3 productivity was found in growth medium supplemented with fructose (168.5 mg/L). NaNO3 was found as a suitable nitrogen source (141 mg/L). Then, in order to determine the optimum carbon-nitrogen ratio, different concentrations of carbon (from 50 mM to 150 mM) and nitrogen (from 17 mM to 47 mM) sources were added in culture media. As a result, optimum carbon-nitrogen ratio for GA3 production from Pseudomonas sp. was found to be 100:17 mM. PMID:15478357

  16. Noble Gases

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    Podosek, F. A.

    2003-12-01

    The noble gases are the group of elements - helium, neon, argon, krypton, xenon - in the rightmost column of the periodic table of the elements, those which have "filled" outermost shells of electrons (two for helium, eight for the others). This configuration of electrons results in a neutral atom that has relatively low electron affinity and relatively high ionization energy. In consequence, in most natural circumstances these elements do not form chemical compounds, whence they are called "noble." Similarly, much more so than other elements in most circumstances, they partition strongly into a gas phase (as monatomic gas), so that they are called the "noble gases" (also, "inert gases"). (It should be noted, of course, that there is a sixth noble gas, radon, but all isotopes of radon are radioactive, with maximum half-life a few days, so that radon occurs in nature only because of recent production in the U-Th decay chains. The factors that govern the distribution of radon isotopes are thus quite different from those for the five gases cited. There are interesting stories about radon, but they are very different from those about the first five noble gases, and are thus outside the scope of this chapter.)In the nuclear fires in which the elements are forged, the creation and destruction of a given nuclear species depends on its nuclear properties, not on whether it will have a filled outermost shell when things cool off and nuclei begin to gather electrons. The numerology of nuclear physics is different from that of chemistry, so that in the cosmos at large there is nothing systematically special about the abundances of the noble gases as compared to other elements. We live in a very nonrepresentative part of the cosmos, however. As is discussed elsewhere in this volume, the outstanding generalization about the geo-/cosmochemistry of the terrestrial planets is that at some point thermodynamic conditions dictated phase separation of solids from gases, and that the Earth and the rest of the inner solar were made by collecting the solids, to the rather efficient exclusion of the gases. In this grand separation the noble gases, because they are noble, were partitioned strongly into the gas phase. The resultant generalization is that the noble gases are very scarce in the materials of the inner solar system, whence their common synonym "rare gases."This scarcity is probably the most important single feature to remember about noble-gas cosmochemistry. As illustration of the absolute quantities, for example, a meteorite that contains xenon at a concentration of order 10 -10 cm3STP g -1 (4×10-15 mol g-1) would be considered relatively rich in xenon. Yet this is only 0.6 ppt (part per trillion, fractional abundance 10-12) by mass. In most circumstances, an element would be considered efficiently excluded from some sample if its abundance, relative to cosmic proportions to some convenient reference element, were depleted by "several" orders of magnitude. But a noble gas would be considered to be present in quite high concentration if it were depleted by only four or five orders of magnitude (in the example above, 10-10 cm3STP g-1 of xenon corresponds to depletion by seven orders of magnitude), and one not uncommonly encounters noble-gas depletion of more than 10 orders of magnitude.The second most important feature to note about noble-gas cosmochemistry is that while a good deal of the attention given to noble gases really is about chemistry, traditionally a good deal of attention is also devoted to nuclear phenomena, much more so than for most other elements. This feature is a corollary of the first feature noted above, namely scarcity. A variety of nuclear transmutation processes - decay of natural radionuclides and energetic particle reactions - lead to the production of new nuclei that are often new elements. Most commonly, the quantity of new nuclei originating in nuclear transmutation is very small compared to the quantity already present in the sample in question,

  17. Incorporation of C14 From Carbon Dioxide into Sugar Phosphates, Carboxylic Acids, and Amino Acids by Clostridium thermoaceticum

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    Ljungdahl, Lars; Wood, Harland G.

    1965-01-01

    Ljungdahl, Lars (Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio), and Harland G. Wood. Incorporation of C14 from carbon dioxide into sugar phosphates, carboxylic acids, and amino acids by Clostridium thermoaceticum. J. Bacteriol. 89:1055–1064. 1965.—The mechanism of synthesis of acetate from carbon dioxide by Clostridium thermoaceticum was investigated by incubating cells with glucose or xylose in the presence of C14O2. Sugar phosphates, amino acids, and carboxylic acids were isolated and the specific radioactivities were determined; the distributions of C14 were also determined in some of the compounds. Only fructose-1,6-diphosphate, formate, and lactate had higher specific activities than the acetate. The specific activities and distribution of C14 in the fructose-6-phosphate and ribose-5-phosphate were such that we conclude that the synthesis of acetate does not occur via a pathway involving the sugar phosphates as direct intermediates. Likewise, it is shown that pathways including lactate, aspartate, serine, glycine, malate, and succinate are not of importance in the synthesis of acetate from CO2. The methyl group of free methionine was unlabeled and is not a precursor of the methyl group of acetate. PMID:14276095

  18. Electrical detection of hybridization and threading intercalation of deoxyribonucleic acid using carbon nanotube network field-effect

    E-print Network

    Rogers, John A.

    Electrical detection of hybridization and threading intercalation of deoxyribonucleic acid using carbon nanotube network field-effect transistors Ee-Ling Gui, Lain-Jong Li,a P. S. Lee, Anup Lohani deoxyribonucleic acid DNA sensing characteristics of carbon nanotube network field-effect transistors CNNFETs

  19. The influence of type and concentration of the carbon source on production of citric acid by Aspergillus niger

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    Ding-Bang Xu; Cynthia P. Madrid; Max Rfihr; Christian P. Kubicek

    1989-01-01

    The influence of various carbon sources and their concentration on the production of citrate by Aspergillus niger has been investigated. The sugars maltose, sucrose, glucose, mannose and fructose (in the given order) were carbon sources giving high yields of citric acid. Optimal yields were observed at sugar concentrations of 10% (w\\/v), with the exception of glucose (7.5%). No citric acid

  20. Acid rain damage to carbonate stone: a quantitative assessment based on the aqueous geochemistry of rainfall runoff from stone

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    Reddy, M.M.

    1988-01-01

    An onsite experimental procedure was used to identify and quantify acid rain damage to carbonate stone, based on the change in rain runoff chemical composition. Onsite data obtained during the summer and fall of 1984 at three locations in the northeastern United States indicate that carbonate stone surface recession is related to acid deposition. -from Author

  1. Improvement of a retrieval method of the column-averaged dry air mole fractions of carbon dioxide and methane from Greenhouse gases Observing SATellite (GOSAT) observation

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    Yoshida, Y.; Eguchi, N.; Ota, Y.; Morino, I.; Uchino, O.; Watanabe, H.; Yokota, T.

    2010-12-01

    Column-averaged dry air mole fractions of carbon dioxide and methane (XCO2 and XCH4) are retrieved globally from the short-wavelength infrared spectrum data observed by the Greenhouse gases Observing SATellite (GOSAT). When we use only the carbon dioxide 1.6 ? m band or methane 1.67 ? m band in the retrievals, the retrieved XCO2 and XCH4 values show large variabilities (-35% to +15% from the average) due to aerosol and cloud influences. Equivalent optical path length changes due to cloud and aerosol have two contrary effects; the multiple-scattering of cloud and aerosol extends the equivalent optical path length, while the scattering event at high altitude shortens it. The former effect is obvious over the Sahara desert and its surroundings where the dust particles are rich, and the latter effect is spread over the tropics where the frequency of cirrus occurrence is high. Overestimated (underestimated) equivalent optical path length brings negative (positive) biases in the retrieved XCO2 and XCH4 values. In order to minimize these biases, pre-processed cloud screening criterion is optimized to detect and exclude relatively thin cirrus case, and the observed spectrum at the oxygen A-band (0.76 ? m) is utilized in the retrieval to correct the optical path modification. These improvements eliminate most of the largely deviated retrieval results and make the variabilities of the retrieved XCO2 and XCH4 smaller (-7% to +5% from the average). Data products retrieved with the improved method (GOSAT SWIR L2 V01.xx Products) are available to get via https://data.gosat.nies.go.jp.

  2. Synergistic effect of self-assembled carboxylic acid-functionalized carbon nanotubes and carbon fiber for improved electro-activated polymeric shape-memory nanocomposite

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    Lu, Haibao; Min Huang, Wei

    2013-06-01

    The present work studies the synergistic effect of self-assembled carboxylic acid-functionalized carbon nanotube (CNT) and carbon fiber on the electrical property and electro-activated recovery behavior of shape memory polymer (SMP) nanocomposites. The combination of CNT and carbon fiber results in improved electrical conductivity in the SMP nanocomposites. Carboxylic acid-functionalized CNTs are grafted onto the carbon fibers and then self-assembled by deposition to significantly enhance the reliability of the bonding between carbon fiber and SMP via van der Waals and covalent crosslink. Furthermore, the self-assembled carboxylic acid-functionalized CNTs and carbon fibers enable the SMP nanocomposites for Joule heating triggered shape recovery.

  3. Influence of cosolvent on solubilities of fatty acids and higher alcohols in supercritical carbon dioxide

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Yoshio Koga; Yoshio Iwai; Yoshiaki Hata; Morio Yamamoto; Yasuhiko Arai

    1996-01-01

    Influences of cosolvents on the solubilities of fatty acids (palmitic acid (C15H31COOH) and stearic acid (C17H35COOH)) and higher alcohols (cetyl alcohol (C16H33OH) and stearyl alcohol (C18H37OH)) in supercritical carbon dioxide were measured by using a flow-type apparatus. Experiments were carried out at 308.2 K under 9.9, 14.8 and 19.7 MPa. Ethanol and octane were used as cosolvents. The concentration of

  4. Pd-loaded carbon felt as the cathode for selective dechlorination of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid in aqueous solution

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    Tsyganok, A.I.; Yamanaka, Ichiro; Otsuka, Kiyoshi [Tokyo Inst. of Tech. (Japan). Dept. of Chemical Engineering

    1998-11-01

    Electrocatalytic reductive dehalogenation of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) to phenoxyacetic acid in aqueous solution containing MeOH, trifluoroacetic acid, and tetraalkylammonium salt was studied. A Teflon-made two-compartment flow-through cell with a permeable carbon felt cathode and a platinum foil anode was employed. Several noble metals were tested as electrocatalysts. Palladium-loaded carbon felt was found to be the most suitable significantly enhanced its electrocatalytic activity toward 2,4-D dechlorination. The reaction was hypothesized to proceed at carbon-palladium interface areas through 4-chlorine cleavage to form 2-chlorophenoxyacetic acid as the main reaction intermediate.

  5. Solubilities of salicylic acid in supercritical carbon dioxide with ethanol cosolvent

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Jie Ke; Can Mao; Minghong Zhong; Buxing Han; Haike Yan

    1996-01-01

    A circulation apparatus for simultaneously measuring the solubilities of solids in supercritical fluids and the densities of supercritical phases has been constructed. The apparatus can be used at pressures up to 20 MPa. The solubilities of salicylic acid in supercritical carbon dioxide with ethanol cosolvent and the densities of the fluid phase have been measured at 308.15 K and 318.15

  6. Adsorption of acid dyes on to granular activated carbon in fixed beds

    Microsoft Academic Search

    G. M. Walker; L. R. Weatherley

    1997-01-01

    This work involved the treatment of industrial wastewater from a nylon-carpet printing plant in Northern Ireland which currently receives no treatment and is discharged straight to sea. As nylon is particularly difficult to dye, acid dyes are required for successful colouration, but they cause major problems with the plant's effluent disposal. Granular activated carbon Filtrasorb 400 was used to treat

  7. Simultaneous requirement of carbon dioxide and abscisic acid for stomatal closing in Xanthium strumarium L

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Klaus Raschke

    1975-01-01

    Open stomata of detached leaves of Xanthium strumarium L. closed only when carbon dioxide and abscisic acid (ABA) were presented simultaneously. Three parameters of stomatal closing were determined after additions of ABA to the irrigation water of detached leaves, while the leaves were exposed to various CO2 concentrations ([CO2]s) in the air; a) the delay between addition of ABA and

  8. Polymerization of euphorbia oil with Lewis acid in carbon dioxide media

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Boron trifluoride diethyl etherate (BF3-OEt2) Lewis acid catalyzed ring-opening polymerization of euphorbia oil (EO), a natural epoxy oil, in liquid carbon dioxide was conducted in an effort to develop useful vegetable oil based polymers. The resulting polymers (RPEO) were characterized by FTIR, 1H-...

  9. Microbial mediated formation of Fe-carbonate minerals under extreme acidic conditions.

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    Sánchez-Román, Mónica; Fernández-Remolar, David; Amils, Ricardo; Sánchez-Navas, Antonio; Schmid, Thomas; San Martin-Uriz, Patxi; Rodríguez, Nuria; McKenzie, Judith A; Vasconcelos, Crisogono

    2014-01-01

    Discovery of Fe-carbonate precipitation in Rio Tinto, a shallow river with very acidic waters, situated in Huelva, South-western Spain, adds a new dimension to our understanding of carbonate formation. Sediment samples from this low-pH system indicate that carbonates are formed in physico-chemical conditions ranging from acid to neutral pH. Evidence for microbial mediation is observed in secondary electron images (Fig. 1), which reveal rod-shaped bacteria embedded in the surface of siderite nanocrystals. The formation of carbonates in Rio Tinto is related to the microbial reduction of ferric iron coupled to the oxidation of organic compounds. Herein, we demonstrate for the first time, that Acidiphilium sp. PM, an iron-reducing bacterium isolated from Rio Tinto, mediates the precipitation of siderite (FeCO3) under acidic conditions and at a low temperature (30°C). We describe nucleation of siderite on nanoglobules in intimate association with the bacteria cell surface. This study has major implications for understanding carbonate formation on the ancient Earth or extraterrestrial planets. PMID:24755961

  10. Microbial mediated formation of Fe-carbonate minerals under extreme acidic conditions

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    Sánchez-Román, Mónica; Fernández-Remolar, David; Amils, Ricardo; Sánchez-Navas, Antonio; Schmid, Thomas; Martin-Uriz, Patxi San; Rodríguez, Nuria; McKenzie, Judith A.; Vasconcelos, Crisogono

    2014-04-01

    Discovery of Fe-carbonate precipitation in Rio Tinto, a shallow river with very acidic waters, situated in Huelva, South-western Spain, adds a new dimension to our understanding of carbonate formation. Sediment samples from this low-pH system indicate that carbonates are formed in physico-chemical conditions ranging from acid to neutral pH. Evidence for microbial mediation is observed in secondary electron images (Fig. 1), which reveal rod-shaped bacteria embedded in the surface of siderite nanocrystals. The formation of carbonates in Rio Tinto is related to the microbial reduction of ferric iron coupled to the oxidation of organic compounds. Herein, we demonstrate for the first time, that Acidiphilium sp. PM, an iron-reducing bacterium isolated from Rio Tinto, mediates the precipitation of siderite (FeCO3) under acidic conditions and at a low temperature (30°C). We describe nucleation of siderite on nanoglobules in intimate association with the bacteria cell surface. This study has major implications for understanding carbonate formation on the ancient Earth or extraterrestrial planets.

  11. Adsorption of clofibric acid and ketoprofen onto powdered activated carbon: effect of natural organic matter.

    PubMed

    Gao, Yaohuan; Deshusses, Marc A

    2011-12-01

    The adsorption of two acidic pharmaceutically active compounds (PhACs), clofibric acid and ketoprofen, onto powdered activated carbon (PAC) was investigated with a particular focus on the influence of natural organic matter (NOM) on the adsorption of the PhACs. Suwannee River humic acids (SRHAs) were used as a substitute for NOM. Batch adsorption experiments were conducted to obtain adsorption kinetics and adsorption isotherms with and without SRHAs in the system. The adsorption isotherms and adsorption kinetics showed that the adsorption ofclofibric acid was not significantly affected by the presence of SRHAs at a concentration of 5 mg (as carbon) L(-1). An adsorption capacity of 70 to 140 mg g(-1) was observed and equilibrium was reached within 48 h. In contrast, the adsorption of ketoprofen was markedly decreased (from about 120 mg g(-1) to 70-100 mg g(-1)) in the presence of SRHAs. Higher initial concentrations of clofibric acid than ketoprofen during testing may explain the different behaviours that were observed. Also, the more hydrophobic ketoprofen molecules may have less affinity for PAC when humic acids (which are hydrophilic) are present. The possible intermolecular forces that could account for the different behaviour of clofibric acid and ketoprofen adsorption onto PAC are discussed. In particular, the relevance of electrostatic forces, electron donor-acceptor interaction, hydrogen bonding and London dispersion forces are discussed PMID:22439557

  12. Solubility of Small-Chain Carboxylic Acids in Supercritical Carbon Dioxide

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    Sparks, Darrell L.; Estevez, L. Antonio; Hernandez, Rafael; McEwen, Jason; French, Todd

    2010-11-11

    The solubility of heptanoic acid and octanoic acid in supercritical carbon dioxide has been determined at temperatures of (313.15, 323.15, and 333.15) K over a pressure range of (8.5 to 30.0) MPa, depending upon the solute. The solubility of heptanoic acid ranged from a solute concentration of (0.08 ± 0.03) kg • m -3 (T = 323.15 K, p = 8.5 MPa) to (147 ± 0.2) kg • m -3 (T = 323.15 K, p = 20.0 MPa). The lowest octanoic acid solubility obtained was a solute concentration of (0.40 ± 0.1) kg • m -3 (T = 333.15 K, p = 10.0 MPa), while the highest solute concentration was (151 ± 2) kg • m -3 (T = 333.15 K, p = 26.7 MPa). Additionally, solubility experiments were performed for nonanoic acid in supercritical carbon dioxide at 323.15 K and pressures of (10.0 to 30.0) MPa to add to the solubility data previously published by the authors. In general, carboxylic acid solubility increased with increasing solvent density. The results also showed that the solubility of the solutes decreased with increasing molar mass at constant supercritical-fluid density. Additionally, the efficacy of Chrastil's equation and other density-based models was evaluated for each fatty acid.

  13. Solubility of Small-Chain Carboxylic Acids in Supercritical Carbon Dioxide

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    Sparks, Darrell L.; Estevez, L. Antonio; Hernandez, Rafael; McEwen, Jason; French, Todd

    2010-11-11

    The solubility of heptanoic acid and octanoic acid in supercritical carbon dioxide has been determined at temperatures of (313.15, 323.15, and 333.15) K over a pressure range of (8.5 to 30.0) MPa, depending upon the solute. The solubility of heptanoic acid ranged from a solute concentration of (0.08 ± 0.03) kg • m -3 (T = 323.15 K, p = 8.5 MPa) to (147 ± 0.2) kg • m -3 (T = 323.15 K, p = 20.0 MPa). The lowest octanoic acid solubility obtained was a solute concentration of (0.40 ± 0.1) kg • m -3 (T = 333.15 K,more »p = 10.0 MPa), while the highest solute concentration was (151 ± 2) kg • m -3 (T = 333.15 K, p = 26.7 MPa). Additionally, solubility experiments were performed for nonanoic acid in supercritical carbon dioxide at 323.15 K and pressures of (10.0 to 30.0) MPa to add to the solubility data previously published by the authors. In general, carboxylic acid solubility increased with increasing solvent density. The results also showed that the solubility of the solutes decreased with increasing molar mass at constant supercritical-fluid density. Additionally, the efficacy of Chrastil's equation and other density-based models was evaluated for each fatty acid.« less

  14. Activated carbon with excellent chromium(VI) adsorption performance prepared by acid-base surface modification.

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    Liu, S X; Chen, X; Chen, X Y; Liu, Z F; Wang, H L

    2007-03-01

    In the present work, activated carbon (AC) with excellent Cr(VI) adsorption performance especially at low concentrations was prepared by an acid-base surface modification method. Raw activated carbon (AC(0)) was first oxidized in boiling HNO(3) (AC(1)), then treated with a mixture of NaOH and NaCl (AC(2)). Batch equilibrium and continuous column adsorption were conducted to evaluate the adsorption performance. Boehm titration, elemental analysis, and N(2)/77K adsorption isotherm methods were used to characterize the surface properties and pore structure of modified ACs. The results revealed that the modified AC exhibited excellent Cr(VI) adsorption performance in terms of adsorption capacity and adsorption rate: AC(2)>AC(1)>AC(0). Modification caused S(BET) to decrease and the total number of surface oxygen acidic groups to increase. HNO(3) oxidization produced positive acid groups, and subsequently NaOH treatment replaced H(+) of surface acid groups by Na(+), and the acidity of AC decreased. The main cause of higher Cr(VI) adsorption capacity and rate for AC(2) was the presence of more oxygen surface acidic groups and suitable surface acidity. HNO(3)-NaOH modification shows potential for the preparation of high quality AC for the effective removal of low concentrations of Cr(VI). PMID:16914264

  15. Use of molecular modeling to determine the interaction and competition of gases within coal for carbon dioxide sequestration

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    Jeffrey D. Evanseck; Jeffry D. Madura; Jonathan P. Mathews

    2006-04-21

    Molecular modeling was employed to both visualize and probe our understanding of carbon dioxide sequestration within a bituminous coal. A large-scale (>20,000 atoms) 3D molecular representation of Pocahontas No. 3 coal was generated. This model was constructed based on a the review data of Stock and Muntean, oxidation and decarboxylation data for aromatic clustersize frequency of Stock and Obeng, and the combination of Laser Desorption Mass Spectrometry data with HRTEM, enabled the inclusion of a molecular weight distribution. The model contains 21,931 atoms, with a molecular mass of 174,873 amu, and an average molecular weight of 714 amu, with 201 structural components. The structure was evaluated based on several characteristics to ensure a reasonable constitution (chemical and physical representation). The helium density of Pocahontas No. 3 coal is 1.34 g/cm{sup 3} (dmmf) and the model was 1.27 g/cm{sup 3}. The structure is microporous, with a pore volume comprising 34% of the volume as expected for a coal of this rank. The representation was used to visualize CO{sub 2}, and CH{sub 4} capacity, and the role of moisture in swelling and CO{sub 2}, and CH{sub 4} capacity reduction. Inclusion of 0.68% moisture by mass (ash-free) enabled the model to swell by 1.2% (volume). Inclusion of CO{sub 2} enabled volumetric swelling of 4%.

  16. Improving stable carbon and oxygen isotope geochemical measurements in dolomite: reference material and acid fractionation factor

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    Vandeginste, V.; John, C. M.; Jourdan, A.; Davis, S.

    2010-12-01

    The analysis of stable carbon and oxygen isotope composition is one of the most commonly used techniques in stratigraphic and diagenetic research of carbonate rocks. The wide-spread use and easy access of this long-established method has the side effect that little attention is paid to fundamental calibrations. Dolomite is often measured against a calcite standard (NBS19), and the acid fractionation factor used to calibrate is based on the one for calcite. To date, no reference material exists for dolomite. In this study, which is part of dolomite research in the Qatar Carbonates and Carbon Storage Research Centre project, we focus on two main goals. First, we characterize a current standard of dolomite used for major and minor elemental geochemistry, and assess its suitability as a new dolomite standard for ?18O and ?13C. Second, we attempt to better constrain the acid fractionation factor for dolomite and assess the influence of different dolomite types on this fractionation factor. As only two third of the total oxygen in the carbonate is released in the form of CO2 during acid reaction, a fractionation between the reacting carbonate and the resulting gas will occur. A recent study by Kim et al. (2007) improved on the acid fractionation factors for calcite and aragonite. Often, the acid fractionation factor for dolomite is used to calculate ?18O and ?13C from the values obtained by calibration with the calcite standard. Only two studies (from the 1980’s) have attempted to constrain the acid fractionation factor for dolomite, of which only Rosenbaum and Sheppard (1986) did experiments not only at 25°C, but also at 50 and 100°C. The dataset of the latter authors is, however, very limited and contains only two dolomite samples. We aim at improving the constraints on the acid fractionation factor of dolomite by reacting a wide range of different types of dolomite at a wide range of acid temperature, and compare this to the absolute isotopic composition of the samples measured on a fluorination line.

  17. The healing effect of stearic acid applied on amorphous carbon film with dispersed nanodiamonds

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    Yamazaki, T.; Shoji, K.; Ikeshoji, T.-T.; Suzumura, A.

    2012-08-01

    Diamond-like carbon (DLC) films have been shown to improve the friction and wear properties of applications with severe loads. Hydrogenated amorphous carbon films (a-C:H), a type of DLC film, were coated onto 440C stainless steel disk surfaces. The plasma enhanced chemical vapour deposition method was used as a coating process, and nanodiamond (ND) particles were dispersed into the film during the deposition process. Stearic acid was expected to affect the lubricating properties of the film because of its reported effectiveness on diamond surfaces. A lubricated reciprocal sliding friction test with 10,000 cycles confirmed that stearic acid improved the friction and wear properties of the ND dispersed a-C:H film. Furthermore, film wear caused by a sliding test without stearic acid could be healed by sliding with stearic acid as long as the level of critical damage was not reached. Raman spectra for the worn tracks revealed the healing effect of the stearic acid on the film because the spectra for the worn tracks after 10,000 cycles were identical to those of the control film, which was not worn. In contrast, the spectra for the worn tracks or debris showed a broad D band peak and no G peak, which was consistent with disordered amorphous carbon.

  18. Synthesis of sulfonated porous carbon nanospheres solid acid by a facile chemical activation route

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    Chang, Binbin; Guo, Yanzhen; Yin, Hang; Zhang, Shouren; Yang, Baocheng

    2015-01-01

    Generally, porous carbon nanospheres materials are usually prepared via a template method, which is a multi-steps and high-cost strategy. Here, we reported a porous carbon nanosphere solid acid with high surface area and superior porosity, as well as uniform nanospheical morphology, which prepared by a facile chemical activation with ZnCl2 using resorcinol-formaldehyde (RF) resins spheres as precursor. The activation of RF resins spheres by ZnCl2 at 400 °C brought high surface area and large volume, and simultaneously retained numerous oxygen-containing and hydrogen-containing groups due to the relatively low processing temperature. The presence of these functional groups is favorable for the modification of -SO3H groups by a followed sulfonation treating with sulphuric acid and organic sulfonic acid. The results of N2 adsorption-desorption and electron microscopy clearly showed the preservation of porous structure and nanospherical morphology. Infrared spectra certified the variation of surface functional groups after activation and the successful modification of -SO3H groups after sulfonation. The acidities of catalysts were estimated by an indirect titration method and the modified amount of -SO3H groups were examined by energy dispersive spectra. The results suggested sulfonated porous carbon nanospheres catalysts possessed high acidities and -SO3H densities, which endowed their significantly catalytic activities for biodiesel production. Furthermore, their excellent stability and recycling property were also demonstrated by five consecutive cycles.

  19. Enhancing adsorption efficiency of dichloroacetic acid onto mesoporous carbons: Procedure optimization, mechanism and characterization.

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    Ding, Ying; Zhu, Jianzhong; Ji, Dongliang; Cao, Yang; Ling, Xiaojia; Chen, Wei

    2015-08-15

    Highly ordered mesoporous carbon may be directly synthesized via supramolecular self-assembly with in situ evaporation-induced crystallization process by controlling thermal reaction temperatures and carbon mass loading. In the present study, the effects of thermal reaction temperatures on the structural characterization and adsorption capacity of mesoporous carbon have been investigated and analyzed with orthogonal test experiments. The results show the carbonization temperature (R=32.1) plays a more important role than the self-assembly temperature (R=8.5) and thermal polymerization temperature (R=10.1) in manipulating the pore texture structures. The optimization grouping temperature was 40-110-500°C. The optimum mesoporous carbon sample hadthe highest BET specific surface area (474m(2)/g), the largest pore volume (0.46cm(3)/g), and with reasonable uniform pore size distribution. The adsorption evaluation also shows the adsorption capacity is strongly correlated with theporestructureof mesoporous carbon, the optimized mesoporous carbon sample displayed the largest adsorption capacity (350mg/g) at an initial concentration of 20.0mg/L of dichloroacetic acid. The study results indicate optimization of thermal reaction parameters isan effective approach for synthesis of ordered mesoporous carbons. PMID:25935284

  20. Stable carbon isotopic compositions of total carbon, dicarboxylic acids and glyoxylic acid in the tropical Indian aerosols: Implications for sources and photochemical processing of organic aerosols

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    Pavuluri, Chandra Mouli; Kawamura, Kimitaka; Swaminathan, T.; Tachibana, Eri

    2011-09-01

    The tropical Indian aerosols (PM10) collected on day- and nighttime bases in winter and summer, 2007 from Chennai (13.04°N; 80.17°E) were studied for stable carbon isotopic compositions (?13C) of total carbon (TC), individual dicarboxylic acids (C2-C9) and glyoxylic acid (?C2). ?13C values of TC ranged from -23.9‰ to -25.9‰ (-25.0 ± 0.6‰; n = 49). Oxalic (C2) (-17.1 ± 2.5‰), malonic (C3) (-20.8 ± 1.8‰), succinic (C4) (-22.5 ± 1.5‰) and adipic (C6) (-20.6 ± 4.1‰) acids and ?C2 acid (-22.4 ± 5.5‰) were found to be more enriched with 13C compared to TC. In contrast, suberic (C8) (-29.4 ± 1.8‰), phthalic (Ph) (-30.1 ± 3.5‰) and azelaic (C9) (-28.4 ± 5.8‰) acids showed smaller ?13C values than TC. Based on comparisons of ?13C values of TC in Chennai aerosols to those (-24.7 ± 2.2‰) found in unburned cow-dung samples collected from Chennai and isotopic signatures of the particles emitted from point sources, we found that biofuel/biomass burning are the major sources of carbonaceous aerosols in South and Southeast Asia. The decrease in ?13C values of C9 diacid by about 5‰ from winter to summer suggests that tropical plant emissions also significantly contribute to organic aerosol in this region. Significant increase in ?13C values from C4 to C2 diacids in Chennai aerosols could be attributed for their photochemical processing in the tropical atmosphere during long-range transport from source regions.

  1. Matrix Isolation Studies of Carbonic Acid—The Vapor Phase above the ?-Polymorph

    PubMed Central

    2013-01-01

    Twenty years ago two different polymorphs of carbonic acid, ?- and ?-H2CO3, were isolated as thin, crystalline films. They were characterized by infrared and, of late, by Raman spectroscopy. Determination of the crystal structure of these two polymorphs, using cryopowder and thin film X-ray diffraction techniques, has failed so far. Recently, we succeeded in sublimating ?-H2CO3 and trapping the vapor phase in a noble gas matrix, which was analyzed by infrared spectroscopy. In the same way we have now investigated the ?-polymorph. Unlike ?-H2CO3, ?-H2CO3 was regarded to decompose upon sublimation. Still, we have succeeded in isolation of undecomposed carbonic acid in the matrix and recondensation after removal of the matrix here. This possibility of sublimation and recondensation cycles of ?-H2CO3 adds a new aspect to the chemistry of carbonic acid in astrophysical environments, especially because there is a direct way of ?-H2CO3 formation in space, but none for ?-H2CO3. Assignments of the FTIR spectra of the isolated molecules unambiguously reveal two different carbonic acid monomer conformers (C2v and Cs). In contrast to the earlier study on ?-H2CO3, we do not find evidence for centrosymmetric (C2h) carbonic acid dimers here. This suggests that two monomers are entropically favored at the sublimation temperature of 250 K for ?-H2CO3, whereas they are not at the sublimation temperature of 210 K for ?-H2CO3. PMID:23631554

  2. Collagen tissue treated with chitosan solutions in carbonic acid for improved biological prosthetic heart valves.

    PubMed

    Gallyamov, Marat O; Chaschin, Ivan S; Khokhlova, Marina A; Grigorev, Timofey E; Bakuleva, Natalia P; Lyutova, Irina G; Kondratenko, Janna E; Badun, Gennadii A; Chernysheva, Maria G; Khokhlov, Alexei R

    2014-04-01

    Calcification of bovine pericardium dramatically shortens typical lifetimes of biological prosthetic heart valves and thus precludes their choice for younger patients. The aim of the present work is to demonstrate that the calcification is to be mitigated by means of treatment of bovine pericardium in solutions of chitosan in carbonic acid, i.e. water saturated with carbon dioxide at high pressure. This acidic aqueous fluid unusually combines antimicrobial properties with absolute biocompatibility as far as at normal pressure it decomposes spontaneously and completely into H2O and CO2. Yet, at high pressures it can protonate and dissolve chitosan materials with different degrees of acetylation (in the range of 16-33%, at least) without any further pretreatment. Even exposure of the bovine pericardium in pure carbonic acid solution without chitosan already favours certain reduction in calcification, somewhat improved mechanical properties, complete biocompatibility and evident antimicrobial activity of the treated collagen tissue. The reason may be due to high extraction ability of this peculiar compressed fluidic mixture. Moreover, exposure of the bovine pericardium in solutions of chitosan in carbonic acid introduces even better mechanical properties and highly pronounced antimicrobial activity of the modified collagen tissue against adherence and biofilm formation of relevant Gram-positive and Gram-negative strains. Yet, the most important achievement is the detected dramatic reduction in calcification for such modified collagen tissues in spite of the fact that the amount of the thus introduced chitosan is rather small (typically ca. 1wt.%), which has been reliably detected using original tritium labelling method. We believe that these improved properties are achieved due to particularly deep and uniform impregnation of the collagen matrix with chitosan from its pressurised solutions in carbonic acid. PMID:24582232

  3. Hydrogen-bond acidic functionalized carbon nanotubes (CNTs) with covalently-bound hexafluoroisopropanol groups

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    Fifield, Leonard S.; Grate, Jay W.

    2010-06-01

    Fluorinated hydrogen-bond acidic groups are directly attached to the backbone of single walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) without the introduction of intermediate electron donating surface groups. Hexafluoroalcohol functional groups are exceptionally strong hydrogen bond acids, and are added to the nanotube surface using the aryl diazonium approach to create hydrogen-bond acidic carbon nanotube (CNT) surfaces. These groups can promote strong hydrogen-bonding interactions with matrix materials in composites or with molecular species to be concentrated and sensed. In the latter case, this newly developed material is expected to find useful application in chemical sensors and in CNT-based preconcentrator devices for the detection of pesticides, chemical warfare agents and explosives.

  4. Enhanced in vitro and in vivo toxicity of poly-dispersed acid-functionalized single-wall carbon nanotubes

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    Rajiv K. Saxena; Wanda Williams; John K. Mcgee; Mary J. Daniels; Elizabeth Boykin; M. Ian Gilmour

    2007-01-01

    Many potential applications in nanotechnology envisage the use of better-dispersed and functionalized preparations of carbon nanotubes. Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) were treated with 1:1 mixtures of concentrated nitric and sulfuric acids for 3 min in a microwave oven under 20 psi pressure followed by extensive dialysis to remove the acids. This treatment resulted in acid functionalized SWCNTs (AF-SWCNTs) that had

  5. USE OF MOLECULAR MODELING TO DETERMINE THE INTERACTION AND COMPETITION OF GASES WITHIN COAL FOR CARBON DIOXIDE SEQUESTRATION

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    Jeffrey D. Evanseck; Jeffry D. Madura; Jonathan P. Mathews

    2005-05-27

    We have made progress in carrying out large scale molecular dynamics simulations using the CHARMM force field in order to refine our coal/guest interactions. There have been two issues facing us over the last year. First, we have had to create a completely new topology and parameter definition for coal. Since we are using a classical force field, we have adopted the strategy of treating coal composed of individual common fragments based upon a distribution of mass, composition, and bonding. Our procedure is similar to treating a protein as being composed of the discrete set of amino acids. Second, we have had to incorporate the quality CO{sub 2} parameters that we have developed over the last two years. There are the geometric and arithmetic procedures, which we have successfully implemented. We have utilized computational molecular modeling to generate a state-of-the-art large scale structural representation of a bituminous coal of low volatile bituminous rank. This structure(s) has been used to investigate the molecular forces between the bituminous coal structure (or idealized pores) and the molecular species CH{sub 4} and CO{sub 2}. We are close to carrying out molecular dynamics simulations, which will allow us to explore and test the newly created model of coal.

  6. Hepatoprotective effect of Matrine salvianolic acid B salt on Carbon Tetrachloride-Induced Hepatic Fibrosis

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    2012-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the hepatoprotective effect of Matrine salvianolic acid B salt on carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced hepatic fibrosis in rats. Salvianolic acid B and Matrine has long been used to treat liver fibrosis. Matrine salvianolic acid B salt is a new compound containing Salvianolic acid B and Matrine. Hepatic fibrosis induced by CCl4 was studied in animal models using Wistar rats. Organ coefficient, serum aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), hexadecenoic acid (HA), laminin (LN), hydroxyproline (Hyp), and glutathione (GSH), malondialdehyde (MDA), superoxide dismutase (SOD) in liver tissues were measured, respectively. Histopathological changes in the livers were studied by hematoxylin-eosin (H&E) staining and Masson Trichrome (MT) examination. The expression of transforming growth factor-?1 (TGF-?1) and ?-smooth muscle actin (?-SMA) was observed by immunohistochemical analysis. A significant reduction in serum levels of AST, ALT, HA, LN and Hyp was observed in the Matrine salvianolic acid B salt treated groups, suggesting that the salt had hepatoprotective effects. The depletion of GSH and SOD, as well as MDA accumulation in liver tissues was suppressed by Matrine salvianolic acid B salt too. The expression of TGF-?1 and ?-SMA measured by immunohistology was significantly reduced by Matrine salvianolic acid B salt in a dose-dependent manner. Matrine salvianolic acid B salt treatment attenuated the necro-inflammation and fibrogenesis induced by CCl4 injection, and thus it is promising as a therapeutic anti-fibrotic agent against hepatic fibrosis. PMID:22559721

  7. Toxicity of pyrolysis gases from polyoxymethylene

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    Hilado, C. J.; Schneider, J. E.; Brauer, D. P.

    1979-01-01

    A sample of polyoxymethylene was evaluated for toxicity of pyrolysis gases, using the toxicity screening test method developed at the University of San Francisco. Under several test conditions, this material gave shorter times to death than many other synthetic polymers. Carbon monoxide appeared to be the principal toxicant in the pyrolysis gases.

  8. Planetary rover robotics experiment in education: carbonate rock collecting experiment of the Husar-5 rover of the Szechenyistvan high school, Sorpon, Hungary

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    Lang, A.; Prajczer, P.; Bérczi, Sz.

    2013-09-01

    The new experiment for the Husar-5 educational space probe rover consists of steps of the technology of procedure of finding carbonate specimens among the rocks on the field. 3 main steps were robotized: 1) identification of carbonate by acid test, 2) measuring the gases liberated by acid, and 3)magnetic test.

  9. Sulfated Carbon Quantum Dots as Efficient Visible-Light Switchable Acid Catalysts for Room-Temperature Ring-Opening Reactions.

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    Li, Haitao; Sun, Chenghua; Ali, Muataz; Zhou, Fengling; Zhang, Xinyi; MacFarlane, Douglas R

    2015-07-13

    Acid catalytic processes play a classic and important role in modern organic synthesis. How well the acid can be controlled often plays the key role in the controllable synthesis of the products with high conversion yield and selectivity. The preparation of a novel, photo-switchable solid-acid catalyst based on carbon quantum dots is described. The carbon quantum dots are decorated with small amounts of hydrogensulfate groups and thus exhibit a photogenerated acidity that produces a highly efficient acid catalysis of the ring opening of epoxides with methanol and other primary alcohols. This reversible, light-switchable acidity is shown to be due to photoexcitation and charge separation in the carbon quantum dots, which create an electron withdrawing effect from the acidic groups. The catalyst is easily separated by filtration, and we demonstrate multiple cycles of its recovery and reuse. PMID:26032183

  10. Analysis of the stable carbon isotope composition of formic and acetic acids.

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    Lee, Xinqing; Zhang, Like; Huang, Daikuan; An, Ning; Yang, Fang; Jiang, Wei; Fang, Bin

    2013-05-15

    Formic and acetic acids are ubiquitous in the environment and in many biological processes. Analysis of the stable carbon isotope composition (?(13)C) of formic and acetic acids is important to understanding their biogeochemical cycles. However, it has been faced with poor accuracy and high detection limits due to their low carbon number, high hydrophilicity, and semi-volatility. Here we developed an analytical technique by needle trap and gas chromatography-isotope ratio mass spectrometry (GC-IRMS). The organic acids in aqueous solution were extracted using a NeedlEx needle through purge-and-trap and were analyzed by GC-IRMS for ?(13)C. The procedures incur no isotope fractionation. Defined as the point at which the mean ?(13)C is statistically the same as the given value and the analytical error starts rising, the method's detection limits are 200 and 100 mg/L for formic and acetic acids, respectively, with an uncertainty of approximately 0.5‰ in direct extraction and analysis. They were lowered to 1 mg/L with precision of 0.9‰ after samples were subjected to preconcentration. The method was successfully applied to natural samples as diverse as precipitation, vinegars, ant plasma, and vehicle exhaust, which vary considerably in concentration and matrix of the organic acids. It is applicable to the organic acids in not only aqueous solution but also gaseous phase. PMID:23395975

  11. Effects of Acid Additives on Spent Acid Flowback through Carbonate Cores 

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    Nasir, Ehsaan Ahmad

    2012-07-16

    Matrix acidizing is a well stimulation technique used to remove formation damage in the near wellbore region. But it comes with an associated set of challenges such as corrosion of the tubulars and iron precipitation in the formation. To counter...

  12. Neutralizing Carbonic Acid in Deep Carbonate Strata below the North Atlantic

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    Daniel P. Schrag

    2005-12-01

    Our research is aimed at investigating several technical issues associated with carbon dioxide sequestration in calcium carbonate sediments below the sea floor through laboratory experiments and chemical transport modeling. Our goal is to evaluate the basic feasibility of this approach, including an assessment of optimal depths, sediment types, and other issues related to site selection. Through laboratory and modeling efforts, we are studying the flow of liquid carbon dioxide and carbon dioxide-water mixtures through calcium carbonate sediments to better understand the geomechanical and structural stability of the sediments during and after injection. Our modeling efforts in the first year show that the idea is feasible, but requires more sophisticated analysis of fluid flow at high pressure in deep sea sediments. In addition, we are investigating the kinetics of calcium carbonate dissolution in the presence of CO{sub 2}-water fluids, which is a critical feature of the system as it allows for increased permeability during injection. Our experimental results from the first year of work have shown that the kinetics are likely to be fast enough to create dissolution which will affect permeability. However, additional experiments are needed at high pressures, which will be a focus for years 2 and 3. We are also investigating the possibility of carbon dioxide hydrate formation in the pore fluid, which might complicate the injection procedure by reducing sediment permeability but might also provide an upper seal in the sediment-pore fluid system, preventing release of CO{sub 2} into the deep ocean, particularly if depth and temperature at the injection point rule out immediate hydrate formation. Finally, we are in the beginning stages of an economic analysis to estimate costs of drilling and gas injection, site monitoring as well as the availability of potential disposal sites with particular emphasis on those sites that are within the 200-mile economic zone of the United States.

  13. The adsorption of gold, palladium and platinum from acidic chloride solutions on mesoporous carbons.

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    Peter Zalupski; Rocklan McDowell; Guy Dutech

    2014-10-01

    Studies on the adsorption characteristics of gold, palladium and platinum on mesoporous carbon (CMK-3) and sulfur-impregnated mesoporous carbon (CMK-3/S) evaluated the benefits/drawbacks of the presence of a layer of elemental sulfur inside mesoporous carbon structures. Adsorption isotherms collected for Au(III), Pd(II) and Pt(IV) on those materials suggest that sulfur does enhance the adsorption of those metal ions in mildly acidic environment (pH 3). The isotherms collected in 1 M HCl show that the benefit of sulfur disappears due to the competing influence of large concentration of hydrogen ions on the ion-exchanging mechanism of metal ions sorption on mesoporous carbon surfaces. The collected acid dependencies illustrate similar adsorption characteristics for CMK-3 and CMK-3/S in 1-5 M HCl concentration range. Sorption of metal ions from diluted aqueous acidic mixtures of actual leached electronic waste demonstrated the feasibility of recovery of gold from such liquors.

  14. Carbon isotope and abundance systematics of Icelandic geothermal gases, fluids and subglacial basalts with implications for mantle plume-related CO2 fluxes

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    Barry, P. H.; Hilton, D. R.; Füri, E.; Halldórsson, S. A.; Grönvold, K.

    2014-06-01

    We report new carbon dioxide (CO2) abundance and isotope data for 71 geothermal gases and fluids from both high-temperature (HT > 150 °C at 1 km depth) and low-temperature (LT < 150 °C at 1 km depth) geothermal systems located within neovolcanic zones and older segments of the Icelandic crust, respectively. These data are supplemented by CO2 data obtained by stepped heating of 47 subglacial basaltic glasses collected from the neovolcanic zones. The sample suite has been characterized previously for He-Ne (geothermal) and He-Ne-Ar (basalt) systematics (Füri et al., 2010), allowing elemental ratios to be calculated for individual samples. Geothermal fluids are characterized by a wide range in carbon isotope ratios (?13C), from -18.8‰ to +4.6‰ (vs. VPDB), and CO2/3He values that span eight orders of magnitude, from 1 × 104 to 2 × 1012. Extreme geothermal values suggest that original source compositions have been extensively modified by hydrothermal processes such as degassing and/or calcite precipitation. Basaltic glasses are also characterized by a wide range in ?13C values, from -27.2‰ to -3.6‰, whereas CO2/3He values span a narrower range, from 1 × 108 to 1 × 1012. The combination of both low ?13C values and low CO2 contents in basalts indicates that magmas are extensively and variably degassed. Using an equilibrium degassing model, we estimate that pre-eruptive basaltic melts beneath Iceland contain ?531 ± 64 ppm CO2 with ?13C values of -2.5 ± 1.1‰, in good agreement with estimates from olivine-hosted melt inclusions (Metrich et al., 1991) and depleted MORB mantle (DMM) CO2 source estimates (Marty, 2012). In addition, pre-eruptive CO2 compositions are estimated for individual segments of the Icelandic axial rift zones, and show a marked decrease from north to south (Northern Rift Zone = 550 ± 66 ppm; Eastern Rift Zone = 371 ± 45 ppm; Western Rift Zone = 206 ± 24 ppm). Notably, these results are model dependent, and selection of a lower ?13C fractionation factor will result in lower source estimates and larger uncertainties associated with the initial ?13C estimate. Degassing can adequately explain low CO2 contents in basalts; however, degassing alone is unlikely to generate the entire spectrum of observed ?13C variations, and we suggest that melt-crust interaction, involving a low ?13C component, may also contribute to observed signatures. Using representative samples, the CO2 flux from Iceland is estimated using three independent methods: (1) combining measured CO2/3He values (in gases and basalts) with 3He flux estimates (Hilton et al., 1990), (2) merging basaltic emplacement rates of Iceland with pre-eruptive magma source estimates of ?531 ± 64 ppm CO2, and (3) combining fluid CO2 contents with estimated regional fluid discharge rates. These methods yield CO2 flux estimates from of 0.2-23 × 1010 mol a-1, which represent ?0.1-10% of the estimated global ridge flux (2.2 × 1012 mol a-1; Marty and Tolstikhin, 1998).

  15. Fabrication and characterization of polylactic acid and polylactic acid/multi-walled carbon nanotube nanofibers through centrifugal spinning

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    Patlan, Richard

    Biocompatible polymer nanofibers hold great potential in the biomedical engineering field. Their biodegradable nature and enhanced properties could help solve a wide array of health related problems, particularly in the areas of tissue regeneration, drug delivery, and biosensor design. The novel Forcespinning™ method allows the production of submicron fibers without many of the drawbacks found in electrospinning, while also providing a substantial increase in fiber production. The aim of the study was to utilize this method to fabricate non-woven nanofibrous mats composed of polylactic acid (PLA) and polylactic acid/multi-walled carbon nanotube composite fibers. The morphology, thermal properties, and crystalline structure of the resulting nanofibers were then characterized using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD).

  16. Sources of Black Carbon Aerosols in South Asia and Surrounding Regions During the Integrated Campaign for Aerosols, Gases and Radiation Budget (ICARB)

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    Kumar, R.; Barth, M. C.; Nair, V. S.; Pfister, G.; Babu, S. S.; Satheesh, S. K.; Krishnamoorthy, K.; Carmichael, G. R.

    2014-12-01

    The dominant sources of black carbon (BC) in South Asia and surrounding regions are inferred during March-May 2006 (Integrated Campaign for Aerosols, Gases and Radiation Budget (ICARB)) by introducing BC tracers in the Weather Research and Forecasting Model coupled with Chemistry. Model results show that ICARB measurements were fairly well representative of the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal during the pre-monsoon season. The model reproduced well the magnitude, temporal and spatial variability of BC concentrations observed during the ICARB ship-cruise. Average and standard deviation (representing the spatial and temporal variability) in observed and modeled BC mass concentrations along the ship-track are estimated as 755±734 ng m-3 and 732±913 ng m-3 respectively, where the standard deviation represents the spatial and temporal variability in the region. Average modeled values at most of the inland stations were also found to fall within the range of observed values. Results show that anthropogenic and biomass burning emissions, respectively, accounted for 70% and 28% of the BC mass concentration in South Asia. BC emissions from residential (49%) and industrial (37%) sectors appear to be the major anthropogenic sources, except in the Himalayas where vehicular emissions dominate. We find that, while all parts of continental India contributed to anthropogenic BC over Bay of Bengal, contribution over the Arabian Sea came mostly from southern Peninsula. We also show that long-range transport of anthropogenic emissions contribute up to 30% of BC concentrations in western and eastern India, suggesting that it is important to consider non-local sources along with the local emissions while designing strategies for mitigating BC emissions.

  17. Trihalomethane formation potential of aquatic and terrestrial fulvic and humic acids: Sorption on activated carbon.

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    Abouleish, Mohamed Y Z; Wells, Martha J M

    2015-07-15

    Humic substances (HSs) are precursors for the formation of hazardous disinfection by-products (DBPs) during chlorination of water. Various surrogate parameters have been used to investigate the generation of DBPs by HS precursors and the removal of these precursors by activated carbon treatment. Dissolved organic carbon (DOC)- and ultraviolet absorbance (UVA254)-based isotherms are commonly reported and presumed to be good predictors of the trihalomethane formation potential (THMFP). However, THMFP-based isotherms are rarely published such that the three types of parameters have not been compared directly. Batch equilibrium experiments on activated carbon were used to generate constant-initial-concentration sorption isotherms for well-characterized samples obtained from the International Humic Substances Society (IHSS). HSs representing type (fulvic acid [FA], humic acid [HA]), origin (aquatic, terrestrial), and geographical source (Nordic, Suwannee, Peat, Soil) were examined at pH6 and pH9. THMFP-based isotherms were generated and compared to determine if DOC- and UVA254-based isotherms were good predictors of the THMFP. The sorption process depended on the composition of the HSs and the chemical nature of the activated carbon, both of which were influenced by pH. Activated carbon removal of THM-precursors was pH- and HS-dependent. In some instances, the THMFP existed after UVA254 was depleted. PMID:25847173

  18. Preparation of iron oxide-impregnated spherical granular activated carbon-carbon composite and its photocatalytic removal of methylene blue in the presence of oxalic acid.

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    Kadirova, Zukhra C; Hojamberdiev, Mirabbos; Katsumata, Ken-Ichi; Isobe, Toshihiro; Matsushita, Nobuhiro; Nakajima, Akira; Sharipov, Khasan; Okada, Kiyoshi

    2014-01-01

    The spherical granular activated carbon-carbon composites (GAC-Fe) with different iron oxide contents (Fe mass% = 0.6-10) were prepared by a pore volume impregnation method. The X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and N2-adsorption results confirm the presence of amorphous iron oxide, pyrolytic carbon, and graphitized globular carbon nanoparticles covered with amorphous carbon in the CAG-Fe. The rate of photodegradation of methylene blue (MB) in aqueous solution under UV light in the presence of oxalic acid correlates with porosity of the prepared materials. The total MB removal includes the combination of adsorption and photodegradation without the addition of H2O2. The results of total organic carbon (TOC) analysis reveal that the decolorization of MB in aqueous solution containing oxalic acid corresponds to the decomposition of organic compounds to CO2 and H2O. PMID:24679083

  19. Glucagon, insulin, and gluconeogenesis in fasted odd carbon fatty acid-enriched rats.

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    Pi-Sunyer, F X; Conway, J M; Lavau, M; Campbell, G; Eisenstein, A B

    1976-08-01

    Forty-eight male rats were fed a nutritionally complete diet containing 30% of dietary energy as fat. For 24 animals (control) the fat source was corn oil, for the remaining 24 rats (experimental) the fat source was a triundecanoin-corn oil mixture (7:3, wt/wt). After 6 wk, groups of control and experimental rats were killed after 0, 24, and 48 h of fasting. In the experimental group, adipose tissue fatty acids contained, on average, 280 mmol undecanoate/mol fatty acid. In the control group, no odd-numbered fatty acids were present. During fasting, the experimental groups had higher plasma glucose and alanine levels, higher plasma insulin-to-glucagon ration, and lower liver phosphenol pyruvate caboxykinase. The results suggest that the terminal propionate residues generated when odd carbon fatty acids are oxidized become gluconeogenic precursors and cause a reduced need for gluconeogenesis from protein. PMID:961887

  20. Trade-off in emissions of acid gas pollutants and of carbon dioxide in fossil fuel power plants with carbon capture

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    Evangelos Tzimas; Arnaud Mercier; Calin-Cristian Cormos; Stathis D. Peteves

    2007-01-01

    This paper investigates the impact of capture of carbon dioxide (CO2) from fossil fuel power plants on the emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOX) and sulphur oxides (SOX), which are acid gas pollutants. This was done by estimating the emissions of these chemical compounds from natural gas combined cycle and pulverized coal plants, equipped with post-combustion carbon capture technology for the

  1. Extraction of palladium from acidic solutions with the use of carbon adsorbents

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    O.N. Kononova; N.G. Goryaeva; N.B. Dostovalova; S.V. Kachin; A.G. Kholmogorov [Krasnoyarsk State University, Krasnoyarsk (Russian Federation)

    2007-08-15

    We studied the sorption of palladium(II) on LKAU-4, LKAU-7, and BAU carbon adsorbents from model hydrochloric acid solutions and the solutions of spent palladium-containing catalysts. It was found that sorbents based on charcoal (BAU) and anthracite (LKAU-4) were characterized by high sorption capacities for palladium. The kinetics of the saturation of carbon adsorbents with palladium(II) ions was studied, and it was found that more than 60% of the initial amount of Pd(II) was recovered in a 1-h contact of an adsorbent with a model solution. This value for the solutions of spent catalysts was higher than 35%.

  2. Fatty acid and stable carbon isotope characterization of Camelina sativa oil: implications for authentication.

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    Hrastar, Robert; Petrisic, Marinka G; Ogrinc, Nives; Kosir, Iztok Joze

    2009-01-28

    The importance of authenticity characterization is an increasing and pressing requirement for all foods. Vegetable oil is one of the most studied foods because of its nutritional and medicinal properties in a correct diet. In this study, a total of 53 Camelina sativa samples, from all known growing areas, were chemically and isotopically characterized. The fatty acid content of camelina oil was determined by gas chromatography (GC), and the ratios of stable carbon isotopes ((13)C/(12)C) of individual fatty acids and seed/bulk oil were determined by gas chromatography-combustion-stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry (GC/C/IRMS) and elemental analysis-stable isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS). A total of 17 different fatty acids were detected by GC, with omega3 R-linolenic acid (C(18:3n3)) being the most abundant (29.7-40.0 wt %). Oleic acid (C(18:1n9)), linoleic acid (C(18:2n6)) and eicosenoic acid (C(20:1n9)) all belong to the second group of major fatty acids. The stable carbon isotopic values (delta(13)C) fell into a range typical for C(3) plants. The use of delta(13)C(18:2n6) vs delta(13)C(18:3n3) correlation could show cases where impurity or adulteration is suspected, whereas principal component analysis clearly separates oil samples from different continents. Preliminary results on the camelina oil authentication procedure provide a basis for the investigation of geographical origin and the further distinction between camelina and camelina refined or other, less expensive oils. PMID:19123821

  3. Preliminary simulations of planned experiments to study the impact of trace gases on the capacity of the Weyburn-Midale field to store carbon dioxide

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    Carroll, S; Hao, Y

    2009-11-13

    The CO{sub 2} stream injecting into the Weyburn-Midale field can be generally classified as a reducing stream with residual H{sub 2}S and low-molecular weight hydrocarbons. The composition of the CO{sub 2} gas stream from the Dakota Gasification Company is reported to be 95% CO{sub 2}, 4% hydrocarbons, and 1% H{sub 2}S by volume (Huxley 2006). In addition to the H{sub 2}S introduced at the injection wells, significant concentrations of H{sub 2}S are thought to have been produced in-situ by sulfate reducing bacteria from previous water floods for enhanced oil production. Produced gas compositions range in H{sub 2}S concentrations from 1 to 6 volume percent. The produced gas, including the trace impurities, is re-injected into the field. Although there is no evidence for inorganic reduction of SO{sub 4}{sup 2-} to H{sub 2}S at the Weyburn-Midale field, Sitchler and Kazuba (2009) suggest that SO{sub 4}{sup 2-} can be inorganically reduced to elemental sulfur in highly reducing environments based on a natural analog study of the Madison Formation in Wyoming. They propose that elevated concentrations of CO{sub 2} dissolve anhydrite to produce the sulfate that is then reduced. Oxidizing CO{sub 2} streams with residual O{sub 2} and SO{sub 2} typical of streams captured from oxyfuel and post combustion processes are not presently an issue at the Weyburn-Midale field. However it is possible that the oxidizing CO{sub 2} streams may be injected in the future in carbonate reservoirs similar to the Weyburn-Midale field. To date there are few modeling and experimental studies that have explored the impact of impurity gases in CO{sub 2} streams targeted for geologic storage (Gale 2009). Jacquemet et al (2009) reviewed select geochemical modeling studies that explored the impact of SO{sub 2} and H{sub 2}S impurities in the waste streams (Gunter et al., 2000, Knauss et al., 2005, Xu et al., 2007). These studies collectively show that SO{sub 2} significantly reduces the pH when oxidized to H{sub 2}SO{sub 4} causing enhanced dissolution of carbonate minerals and some sulfate mineral precipitation. Low pH results in higher mineral solubility and faster dissolution rates and is thought to enhance porosity and permeability near the injection well when trace amounts of SO{sub 2} is injected with CO{sub 2}. The impact of H{sub 2}S on storage reservoir performance appears to more subtle. Knauss et al (2005) report no significant impacts of injection of CO{sub 2} gas streams with and without H{sub 2}S (1 M Pascal H{sub 2}S + 8.4 M Pascal CO{sub 2}) in simulations of CO{sub 2} storage in the Frio sandstone formation. Geochemical reactions for H{sub 2}S impurities include enhance field alkalinity and reaction with iron bearing minerals that may delay breakthrough of H{sub 2}S relative to CO{sub 2}. Emberley et al. (2005) report that half of the alkalinity measured at monitoring wells at the Weyburn-Midale field is due to HS{sup -}. Schoonen and Xu (2004) report that H{sub 2}S can be sequestered as pyrite in sandstones and carbonates by dissolving iron hydroxides and iron-bearing clays. Similarly, Gunter et al (2000) propose the that siderite converts to iron sulfides when it is reacted with H{sub 2}S. The geochemical reactions between H{sub 2}S and iron bearing minerals together with the high solubility of H{sub 2}S relative to CO{sub 2} may contribute to the delayed break though of H{sub 2}S in experiments. A few core flood experiments have shown that the injection of supercritical CO{sub 2} into carbonate aquifers has the potential to significantly alter the porosity in the absence of trace gases such as SO{sub 2} and H{sub 2}S. Luquot and Gouze (2009) documented a 2% porosity increase in carbonate cores when rock-water interactions were transport limited and solution concentrations were closer to equilibrium and a 4% porosity increase when rock-water interactions were reaction limited and solution compositions were further from equilibrium. Similarly Le Guen et al (2007) used x-ray micro-tomography and geochemistry to show that porosity signific

  4. Colloidal methods for the fabrication of carbon nanotube-manganese dioxide and carbon nanotube-polypyrrole composites using bile acids.

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    Ata, M S; Zhitomirsky, I

    2015-09-15

    Nature inspired strategies have been developed for the colloidal processing of advanced composites for supercapacitor applications. New approach was based on the use of commercially available bile acid salts, such as sodium cholate (ChNa) and taurocholic acid sodium salt (TChNa). It was demonstrated that cholic acid (ChH) films can be obtained by electrophoretic deposition (EPD) from ChNa solutions. The analysis of deposition yield, quartz crystal microbalance and cyclic voltammetry data provided an insight into the anodic deposition mechanism. The outstanding suspension stability of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT), achieved using bile acids as anionic dispersants, allowed the fabrication of MWCNT films by EPD. The use of ChNa for EPD offered advantages of binding and film forming properties of this material. Composite MnO2-MWCNT films, prepared using ChNa as a dispersant and film forming agent for EPD, showed promising capacitive behavior. In another colloidal strategy, TChNa was used as a dispersant for MWCNT for the fabrication of polypyrrole (PPy) coated MWCNT. The use of PPy coated MWCNT allowed the fabrication of electrodes with high active mass loading, high capacitance and excellent capacitance retention at high charge-discharge rates. PMID:26001135

  5. Effects of dietary polyunsaturated fatty acids and nucleotides on tissue fatty acid profiles of rats with carbon tetrachloride-induced liver damage

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    L. Fontana; E. Moreira; M. I. Torres; J. L. Periago; F. Sánchez De Medina; A. Gil

    1999-01-01

    The deficiency of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) that occurs in plasma of patients with liver cirrhosis has been assessed in rats with severe steatosis and mild liver necrosis induced by repeated administration of low doses of carbon tetrachloride (CCI4). The contribution of both dietary (n-3) long-chain PUFA and nucleotides to the recovery of the altered fatty acid profiles of tissue

  6. Characterization of nano-lead-doped active carbon and its application in lead-acid battery

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    Hong, Bo; Jiang, Liangxing; Xue, Haitao; Liu, Fangyang; Jia, Ming; Li, Jie; Liu, Yexiang

    2014-12-01

    In this paper, nano-lead-doped active carbon (nano-Pb/AC) composite with low hydrogen evolution current for lead-acid battery was prepared by ultrasonic-absorption and chemical-precipitate method. The nano-Pb/AC composite was characterized by SEM, EDS and TEM. The electrochemical characterizations are performed by linear sweep voltammetry (LSV), electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and cyclic voltammetry (CV) in a three-electrode system. Since intermediate adsorption is the rate-determining step, the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is markedly inhibited as the intermediate adsorption impedance of nano-Pb/AC increased. Meanwhile, the working potential of nano-Pb/AC is widened to the whole potential region of Pb negative plate (from -1.36 V to -0.86 V vs. Hg/HgSO4) in lead-acid battery. In addition, nano-Pb can improve the interfacial compatibility between AC and Pb paste, accordingly relieve the symptoms of carbon floatation. Finally, 2.0 V single-cell flooded lead-acid batteries with 1.0 wt.% nano-Pb/AC or 1.0 wt.% AC addition in negative active materials are assembled. The cell performances test results show that the 3 h rate capacity, quick charging performance, high current discharging performance and cycling performance of nano-Pb/AC modified battery are all improved compared with regular lead-acid battery and AC modified lead-acid battery.

  7. Isotopic composition of Murchison organic compounds: Intramolecular carbon isotope fractionation of acetic acid. Simulation studies of cosmochemical organic syntheses

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    Yuen, G. U.; Cronin, J. R.; Blair, N. E.; Desmarais, D. J.; Chang, S.

    1991-01-01

    Recently, in our laboratories, samples of Murchison acetic acid were decarboxylated successfully and the carbon isotopic composition was measured for the methane released by this procedure. These analyses showed significant differences in C-13/C-12 ratios for the methyl and carboxyl carbons of the acetic acid molecule, strongly suggesting that more than one carbon source may be involved in the synthesis of the Murchison organic compounds. On the basis of this finding, laboratory model systems simulating cosmochemical synthesis are being studied, especially those processes capable of involving two or more starting carbon sources.

  8. Optimization of modified carbon paste electrode with multiwalled carbon nanotube/ionic liquid/cauliflower-like gold nanostructures for simultaneous determination of ascorbic acid, dopamine and uric acid.

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    Afraz, Ahmadreza; Rafati, Amir Abbas; Najafi, Mojgan

    2014-11-01

    We describe the modification of a carbon paste electrode (CPE) with multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) and an ionic liquid (IL). Electrochemical studies by using a D-optimal mixture design in Design-Expert software revealed an optimized composition of 60% graphite, 14.2% paraffin, 10.8% MWCNT and 15% IL. The optimal modified CPE shows good electrochemical properties that are well matched with model prediction parameters. In the next step, the optimized CPE was modified with gold nanostructures by applying a double-pulse electrochemical technique. The resulting electrode was characterized by scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. It gives three sharp and well-separated oxidation peaks for ascorbic acid (AA), dopamine (DA), and uric acid (UA). The sensor enables simultaneous determination of AA, DA and UA with linear responses from 0.3 to 285, 0.08 to 200, and 0.1 to 450 ?M, respectively, and with 120, 30 and 30 nM detection limits (at an S/N of 3). The method was successfully applied to the determination of AA, DA, and UA in spiked samples of human serum and urine. PMID:25280680

  9. Achieving high efficiency silicon-carbon nanotube heterojunction solar cells by acid doping.

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    Jia, Yi; Cao, Anyuan; Bai, Xi; Li, Zhen; Zhang, Luhui; Guo, Ning; Wei, Jinquan; Wang, Kunlin; Zhu, Hongwei; Wu, Dehai; Ajayan, P M

    2011-05-11

    Various approaches to improve the efficiency of solar cells have followed the integration of nanomaterials into Si-based photovoltaic devices. Here, we achieve 13.8% efficiency solar cells by combining carbon nanotubes and Si and doping with dilute HNO(3). Acid infiltration of nanotube networks significantly boost the cell efficiency by reducing the internal resistance that improves fill factor and by forming photoelectrochemical units that enhance charge separation and transport. Compared to conventional Si cells, the fabrication process is greatly simplified, simply involving the transfer of a porous semiconductor-rich nanotube film onto an n-type crystalline Si wafer followed by acid infiltration. PMID:21452837

  10. Scalable, Non-Invasive Glucose Sensor Based on Boronic Acid Functionalized Carbon Nanotube Transistors

    E-print Network

    Lerner, Mitchell B; Mendoza, Ryan; Villechenon, Romain; Lopez, Manuel A Bonilla; Johnson, A T Charlie

    2013-01-01

    We developed a scalable, label-free all-electronic sensor for D-glucose based on a carbon nanotube transistor functionalized with pyrene-1-boronic acid. This sensor responds to glucose in the range 1 uM - 100 mM, which includes typical glucose concentrations in human blood and saliva. Control experiments establish that functionalization with the boronic acid provides high sensitivity and selectivity for glucose. The devices show better sensitivity than commercial blood glucose meters and could represent a general strategy to bloodless glucose monitoring by detecting low concentrations of glucose in saliva.

  11. Scalable, non-invasive glucose sensor based on boronic acid functionalized carbon nanotube transistors

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    Lerner, Mitchell B.; Kybert, Nicholas; Mendoza, Ryan; Villechenon, Romain; Bonilla Lopez, Manuel A.; Charlie Johnson, A. T.

    2013-05-01

    We developed a scalable, label-free all-electronic sensor for D-glucose based on a carbon nanotube transistor functionalized with pyrene-1-boronic acid. This sensor responds to glucose in the range 1 ?M-100 mM, which includes typical glucose concentrations in human blood and saliva. Control experiments establish that functionalization with the boronic acid provides high sensitivity and selectivity for glucose. The devices show better sensitivity than commercial blood glucose meters and could represent a general strategy to bloodless glucose monitoring by detecting low concentrations of glucose in saliva.

  12. Investigating the Effect of Oil Saturation on Acid Propagation during Matrix Acidization of Carbonate Rocks 

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    Kumar, Rahul Pradeep

    2014-01-02

    Coupled Plasma–Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES) and the effluent samples were titrated to determine the concentration of the acid. HCl was effective in creating wormholes with minimal branches for cores with residual oil (Sor=0.4-0.5) at injection...

  13. Contributions of modern and dead organic carbon to individual fatty acid homologues in spring aerosols collected from northern Japan

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    Kawamura, Kimitaka; Matsumoto, Kohei; Uchida, Masao; Shibata, Yasuyuki

    2010-11-01

    Radiocarbon (14C) and stable carbon isotope ratios (?13C) have been used as proxies to evaluate the contributions of modern/fossil carbon and marine/terrestrial organic matter, respectively, in geochemical samples. However, there are few such studies in atmospheric aerosols. Here, we measured 14C contents and ?13C of individual n-fatty acids in an aerosol sample collected from northern Japan in spring 2001 during Asian dust season. Our results show that the distribution of fatty acids in the spring aerosols was characterized by a strong even/odd carbon number predominance with two maxima at C16 and C26. Their ?13C (range: -30.6 to -20.5‰) showed higher values (average: -24.5‰) for lower molecular weight (LMW) fatty acids (C16 - C19) and lower values (average: -29.7‰) for higher MW (HMW) fatty acids (C20 - C32). This difference suggests that LMW acids are mainly derived from lacustrine and/or marine algal sources whereas HMW acids are predominantly from terrestrial C3 higher plants. ?14C values of fatty acids were found to range from -96.9 to +122.9‰ with lower values for HMW acids and higher values for LMW acids. LMW acids in the aerosols contain only modern carbon. In contrast, HMW acids ?C24 were found to contain up to 9.7 wt% dead carbon, although their major portion (up to 92.3%) is composed of modern carbon. Backward trajectory analyses indicated that the source regions of the spring aerosols were dominated by central and north China (62%). This study suggests that the old fatty acids in the spring aerosols are most likely originated from the loess deposits in China via long-range atmospheric transport over the western North Pacific, although their contribution to the aerosols was relatively small.

  14. ZnO/carbon nano composite: Effective catalyst for the photo degradation of Acid Blue 113

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    Sunitha, S.; Rao, A. Nageswara; Karthikeyan, J.; Krithiga, T.

    2013-06-01

    Zinc oxide carbon composite (ZnO/C) was synthesized by self - propagating solution combustion method. This method enabled the addition of carbon insitu to the metal oxide. The composite synthesized were characterised by XRD, SEM and BET analysis. This composite was used for the removal of organic pollutants such as the dye Acid blue 113 by UV irradiation performed in a batch reactor. The influence of various experimental parameters such as the initial concentration of the dye, Concentration of the photocatalyst and the pH on the photo catalytic degradation under UV irradiation was studied. It has been observed that the degradation of the dye to be more pronounced in neutral medium. The degradation of acid blue 113 was found to increase with ZnO/C composites loading and decreases with decrease in concentration of the composite.

  15. The erosion of carbonate stone by acid rain: Laboratory and field investigations

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    Baedecker, P.A.; Reddy, M.M.

    1993-01-01

    One of the goals of research on the effects of acidic deposition on carbonate stone surfaces is to define the incremental impact of acidic deposition relative to natural weathering processes on the rate of carbonate stone erosion. If rain that impacts carbonate stone surfaces is resident on the surface long enough to approach chemical equilibrium, the incremental effect of hydrogen ion is expected to be small (i.e., 6% for a rain of pH 4.0). Under nonequilibrium (i.e., high flow rate) conditions, kinetic considerations suggest that the incremental effect of hydrogen ion deposition could be quite significant. Field run-off experiments involving the chemical analysis of rain collected from inclined stone slabs have been used to evaluate stone dissolution processes under ambient conditions of wet and dry deposition of acidic species. The stoichiometry of the reaction of stone with hydrogen ion is difficult to define from the field data due to scatter in the data attributed to hydrodynamic effects. Laboratory run-off experiments show that the stoichiometry is best defined by a reaction with H+ in which CO2 is released from the system. The baseline effect caused by water in equilibrium with atmospheric CO2 is identical in the field and in laboratory simulation. The experiments show that the solutions are close enough to equilibrium for the incremental effect of hydrogen ion to be minor (i.e., 24% for marble for a rain of pH 4.0) relative to dissolution due to water and carbonic acid reactions. Stone erosion rates based on physical measurement are approximately double the recession rates that are due to dissolution (estimated from the observed calcium content of the run-off solutions). The difference may reflect the loss of granular material not included in recession estimates based on the run-off data. Neither the field nor the laboratory run-off experiments indicate a pH dependence for the grain-removal process.

  16. 13C NMR shielding tensors of carboxyl carbon in amino acids calculated by ONIOM method

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Anmin Zheng; Minghui Yang; Yong Yue; Chaohui Ye; Feng Deng

    2004-01-01

    Our-own-N-layered integrated molecular orbital+molecular mechanics (ONIOM) method has been applied to calculate 13C chemical shift shielding tensor of the carboxyl carbon in three amino acid crystals. The calculated shielding tensors are in good agreement with the experimental values. The root mean square (RMS) has dramatically decreased to 5.9 ppm compared to that (35.5 ppm) previously reported in reference. The present

  17. Deactivation of carbon supported palladium catalyst in direct formic acid fuel cell

    Microsoft Academic Search

    A. Mikolajczuk; A. Borodzinski; P. Kedzierzawski; L. Stobinski; B. Mierzwa; R. Dziura

    2011-01-01

    A new carbon black supported palladium catalyst for direct formic acid fuel cell applications has been prepared and characterized by X-ray diffraction. Bi-modal distribution of Pd crystallite sizes was observed. The average Pd size for crystallites in small size and large size ranges were about 2.7nm and 11.2nm, respectively. The initial activity of the catalyst in the oxidation of formic

  18. Carbon supported platinum–gold alloy catalyst for direct formic acid fuel cells

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    J. B. Xu; T. S. Zhao; Z. X. Liang

    2008-01-01

    The Pt–Au nanoparticles with 1:1 atomic ratio supported on carbon powder were prepared by the co-reduction method using N,N-dimethylformamide coordinated Pt–Au complex as a precursor. Cyclic voltammetry results demonstrated that the PtAu\\/C catalyst exhibited a higher activity for the formic acid oxidation reaction than did the commercial Pt\\/C catalyst, reflected by its lower onset potential and higher peak current. The

  19. Study on elution ability of salicylic acid on ion exchange resins in supercritical carbon dioxide

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Ping Yuan; Jianguo Cai; Junjie Gong; Xiu Deng

    2009-01-01

    The elution ability of salicylic acid on ion exchange resins in supercritical carbon dioxide has been studied. Some factors\\u000a influencing elution recovery, including entrainer, temperature, pressure and the flow rate of supercritical fluid CO2 are discussed in this work. The addition of a small amount of entrainer, such as ethanol, triethanolamine and their mixture\\u000a to supercritical CO2 can cause dramatic

  20. The effect of phosphoric acid on the absorption of carbon dioxide into solutions of methyldiethanolamine 

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    Cordi, Eric Marshall

    1991-01-01

    used for this project was generously donated by Texaco Chemical Company. TABLE OF CONTENTS CHAFER Page I INTRODUCTION II LITERATURE REVIEW Gas Sweetening Technology. Physical Pmperties of MDEA, Chemical Reactions in the MDEA Process... containing acidic impurities, such as carbon dioxide (COz) and hydrogen sulfide (HzS), has continued to evolve over several decades. R. R. Bottoms obtained the first patent in 1930 for the treatment of natural gas with a liquid alkanolamine solution. Since...

  1. Isotopic fractionations associated with phosphoric acid digestion of carbonate minerals: Insights from first-principles theoretical modeling and clumped isotope measurements

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Weifu Guo; Jed L. Mosenfelder; William A. Goddard III; John M. Eiler

    2009-01-01

    Phosphoric acid digestion has been used for oxygen- and carbon-isotope analysis of carbonate minerals since 1950, and was recently established as a method for carbonate ‘clumped isotope’ analysis. The CO2 recovered from this reaction has an oxygen isotope composition substantially different from reactant carbonate, by an amount that varies with temperature of reaction and carbonate chemistry. Here, we present a

  2. Free nitrous acid pretreatment of wasted activated sludge to exploit internal carbon source for enhanced denitrification.

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    Ma, Bin; Peng, Yongzhen; Wei, Yan; Li, Baikun; Bao, Peng; Wang, Yayi

    2015-03-01

    Using internal carbon source contained in waste activated sludge (WAS) is beneficial for nitrogen removal from wastewater with low carbon/nitrogen ratio, but it is usually limited by sludge disintegration. This study presented a novel strategy based on free nitrous acid (FNA) pretreatment to intensify the release of organic matters from WAS for enhanced denitrification. During FNA pretreatment, soluble chemical oxygen demand (SCOD) production kept increasing when FNA increased from 0 to 2.04 mg HNO2-N/L. Compared with untreated WAS, the internal carbon source production increased by 50% in a simultaneous fermentation and denitrification reactor fed with WAS pretreated by FNA for 24 h at 2.04 mg HNO2-N/L. This also increased denitrification efficiency by 76% and sludge reduction by 87.5%. More importantly, greenhouse gas nitrous oxide production in denitrification was alleviated since more electrons could be provided by FNA pretreated WAS. PMID:25514398

  3. Pseudo-capacitance on exfoliated carbon fiber in sulfuric acid electrolyte

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    Soneda, Y.; Yamashita, J.; Kodama, M.; Hatori, H.; Toyoda, M.; Inagaki, M.

    2006-03-01

    The specific capacitance of exfoliated carbon fibers (ExCF) which were synthesized from pitch-based carbon fibers showed a strong dependence with the concentration of sulfuric acid electrolyte and reached 1.4 F/m2 in 18 M H2SO4 solution. Since the capacitance value is quite large compared with the case of conventional activated carbons, faradic reactions (charge transfer reactions) are the cause of pseudo-capacitance. ExCF, however, gave a featureless cyclic voltammogram in 18 M H2SO4 solution. In the case of exfoliated natural graphite, the intercalation of H2SO4 molecules is evidenced by redox peaks observed in the voltammograms in the same conditions. Therefore, a strong interaction between the H2SO4 molecules and the ExCF surface might be the reason for the origin of pseudo-capacitance with ExCF in H2SO4 electrolyte.

  4. Amino acid diagenesis, organic carbon and nitrogen mineralization in surface sediments from the inner Oslofjord, Norway

    SciTech Connect

    Haugen, J.E. (National Inst. of Public Health, Oslo (Norway)); Lichtentaler, R. (Norwegian Inst. for Water Research, Oslo (Norway))

    1991-06-01

    Total hydrolyzed amino acids (THAA), total organic carbon (TOC), and total nitrogen (TN) have been measured in an oxic and anoxic surface sediment from the inner Oslofjord. Downcore variations of these parameters are ascribed to both diagenesis and changes in organic matter supply, the latter being most important. These changes are most prominent in the anoxic sediment, which reflects the eutrophication history of the innermost part of the fjord. Downcore, THAA content decreased from 3.8 to 2.0 mg/g (salt-free dry weight) in the oxic sediment and from 22.3 to 3.8 mg/g in the anoxic sediment. Total amino acid nitrogen varied between 17 and 34% of total nitrogen in the oxic, and 25 and 54% in the anoxic, sediment. Organic carbon and organic nitrogen accumulation rates and depth integrated mineralization rates are about three times higher in the anoxic sediment than in the oxic sediment. Recycling of amino acids accounted for 4 to 12% of the total organic carbon and 13 to 40% of the total organic nitrogen regenerated in these sediments.

  5. Characterization of the origin of coalbed gases in southeastern Illinois Basin by compound-specific carbon and hydrogen stable isotope ratios

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    Strapoc, D.; Mastalerz, Maria; Eble, C.; Schimmelmann, A.

    2007-01-01

    Coalbed gases and waters from exploratory and production gas wells in the southeastern Illinois Basin were sampled to assess geochemically the origin of coalbed gases, with an emphasis on the Springfield and Seelyville Coal Members that are commercially targeted for coalbed methane production in Indiana. On-line analyses of hydrocarbon gases methane to butanes (C1, C2, C3, n-C4, i-C4) and CO2 yielded gas concentrations, plus ??D and ??13C values. The low thermal maturity of Indiana coals with vitrinite reflectance R0 ??? 0.6% is in agreement with an overwhelmingly biogenic isotopic signature of coalbed gases containing ???96% methane generated via bacterial CO2-reduction. In contrast, thermogenic gas was generated in the stratigraphically equivalent coal beds in western Kentucky's Rough Creek Graben zone where higher maturities of up to R0 ??? 0.8% were reached owing to tectonic and hydrothermal activity. No secondary biogenic methane was observed in more mature western Kentucky coal beds where greater burial depth limits the recharge of meteoric water. Biogenic and thermogenic coalbed gases represent two end-members that are compositionally and isotopically distinct. Microbial biodegradation of thermogenic C2+ hydrocarbon gases in Indiana coal beds preferentially targets C3 and introduces isotope fractionation whereby remaining C3 is enriched in deuterium and 13C.

  6. Process for separating, especially in multiple stages, acid components such as CO/sub 2/, HCN and specifically H/sub 2/S, from gases, especially from coke oven gases, by means of ammonia recirculation scrubbing

    SciTech Connect

    Bauer, H.K.; Otte, E.A.W.

    1984-10-16

    A process of separating in multiple stages acid components in coke oven gas such as CO/sub 2/, HCN and particularly H/sub 2/S by ammonia scrubbing wherein the ammonia used in scrubbing is deacidified to remove the acid components and is recirculated to the scrubbing process at least in part as substantially pure liquid ammonia.

  7. Deactivation of carbon supported palladium catalyst in direct formic acid fuel cell

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    Miko?ajczuk, A.; Borodzinski, A.; Kedzierzawski, P.; Stobinski, L.; Mierzwa, B.; Dziura, R.

    2011-07-01

    A new carbon black supported palladium catalyst for direct formic acid fuel cell applications has been prepared and characterized by X-ray diffraction. Bi-modal distribution of Pd crystallite sizes was observed. The average Pd size for crystallites in small size and large size ranges were about 2.7 nm and 11.2 nm, respectively. The initial activity of the catalyst in the oxidation of formic acid tested in a fuel cell was similar to a commercial well dispersed 20 wt.% Pd/Vulcan. The rates of the fuel cell power decay were measured for formic acid of two purities for various current loadings. The results showed that various mechanisms contribute to the decrease of cell power with time. In direct formic acid fuel cell (DFAFC) fed with a very pure HCOOH accumulation of CO 2 gas bubbles in anode catalyst layer is responsible for observed power decay. In DFAFC fed with a pure for analysis (p.a.) grade formic acid the formation of CO ads poison from the formic acid impurities is the main deactivation reason.

  8. Supported zirconium sulfate on carbon nanotubes as water-tolerant solid acid catalyst

    SciTech Connect

    Juan, Joon Ching [Institute of Modern Catalysis, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, Ministry of Education, Beijing 100029 (China); Advanced Catalysis Technology Laboratory, School of Chemical Sciences and Food Technology, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi 43600 (Malaysia); Jiang Yajie [Institute of Modern Catalysis, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, Ministry of Education, Beijing 100029 (China); Meng Xiujuan [Institute of Modern Catalysis, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, Ministry of Education, Beijing 100029 (China); Cao Weiliang [Institute of Modern Catalysis, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, Ministry of Education, Beijing 100029 (China); Yarmo, Mohd Ambar [Advanced Catalysis Technology Laboratory, School of Chemical Sciences and Food Technology, Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi 43600 (Malaysia); Zhang Jingchang [Institute of Modern Catalysis, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, State Key Laboratory of Chemical Resource Engineering, Ministry of Education, Beijing 100029 (China)]. E-mail: zhangjc1@mail.buct.edu.cn

    2007-07-03

    A new solid acid of zirconium sulfate (CZ) was successfully supported on carbon nanotube (CNT) for esterification reaction. Preparation conditions of the supported CZ have been investigated, to obtain highest catalytic activity for esterification reaction. XRD, TEM, BET, X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS) and in situ FTIR analysis has also been carried out to understand the characteristics of the catalyst. In the esterification of acrylic acid with n-octanol, the supported CZ exhibited high catalytic activity and stability. The catalytic activity was nearly unchanged during four times of reuse. XRD and TEM analysis indicated that CZ was finely dispersed on CNT. XPS analysis shows that the CZ species was preserved and the chemical environment of the CZ has changed after loaded on CNT. This finding show that CNT as CZ support is an efficient water-tolerant solid acid.

  9. AIR INFILTRATION MEASUREMENTS USING TRACER GASES: A LITERATURE REVIEW

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of a literature review of air filtration measurements using tracer gases, including sulfur hexafluoride, hydrogen, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and radioactive argon and krypton. Sulfur hexafluoride is the commonest tracer gas of choice...

  10. Oleic acid adsorption-desorption isotherms on the surface of high-dispersity ferrites from a solution in carbon tetrachloride

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    Balmasova, O. V.; Korolev, V. V.; Yashkova, V. I.

    2010-01-01

    The equilibrium adsorption method was used to comparatively study the adsorption-desorption isotherms of oleic acid on the surfaces of manganese and copper ferrites from a solution in carbon tetrachloride. The adsorption isotherms of the fatty acid were described in terms of the theory of volume filling of micropores. The theory was used to calculate the limiting adsorption values, characteristic energy, and porous space volumes. The isotherm of oleic acid adsorption on the surface of manganese ferrite from a solution in carbon tetrachloride was similar to the isotherms of fatty acid adsorption from solutions in heptane, whereas the isotherm of adsorption on the surface of copper ferrite was similar to the isotherms of fatty acid adsorption from hexane. The limiting adsorption from carbon tetrachloride was higher on the surface of manganese ferrite than on the surface of copper ferrite. The adsorption-desorption isotherms contained hysteresis loops.

  11. Abating environmentally harmful waste gases

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    Sridhar, S.; Sichen, Du; Pal, U. B.; Seetharaman, S.

    2002-05-01

    A gas-purification method, based on the condensation of nitrogen, sulfur, and carbon-containing environmentally hazardous gases produced from industrial processes, is proposed in this article. The method, which utilizes the cooling capacity of waste nitrogen in the oxygen plant to condense the hazardous gases, is capable of removing hazardous impurities up to 99.98%. Theoretical calculations underlying the condensation process are presented employing gases produced in a blast furnace and coke oven in an integrated steel plant. The cooling power required for the condensation process is calculated using the waste nitrogen generated from an oxygen plant that generates captive oxygen for the steel plant. Design modifications that need to be made to the oxygen plant in order to utilize the cooling power of the waste nitrogen gas are also presented. As a case study, the advantages of the method are illustrated with purification of coke-oven gas. The economic impact and the investment aspects are also discussed.

  12. Greenhouse gases emission and carbon sequestration in agro-ecosystems under long-term no-till: implications for global warming mitigation

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    Jacinthe, P.; Dick, W. A.; Lal, R.; Shrestha, R. K.; Bilen, S.

    2011-12-01

    No-till (NT) management has gained wide acceptance in US agriculture, and could contribute to global warming mitigation by offsetting fossil fuel emission. While C sequestration in NT systems is fairly well documented, the dynamics of greenhouse gases (GHG) emission is less well understood. However, the literature abounds with viewpoints and assumptions. Because of crop residue accumulation on NT surface and generally higher soil moisture, it is often assumed that production of carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrous oxide (N2O) and methane (CH4) is greater in NT systems compared to conventional tillage (MP). But it is also possible that long-term implementation of NT could increase soil macro-porosity, lead to the evolution of an active population of methanotrophs, and ultimately result in enhanced CH4 uptake. Field data are needed to reconcile these conflicting assumptions. A 2-year (2009-2011) study was conducted to quantify C sequestration, and compare GHG fluxes in adjacent forest and cropland under MP and long-term NT (9, 13, 36 and 48 years). The study sites were located across Ohio on soil series with similar drainage characteristics (moderately well drained, MWD) so that duration of NT management is the experimental factor. We also included a site under NT for 48 years but located on somewhat poorly-drained soil (SPD) in order to assess the impact of soil drainage. Results revealed marked effect of NT duration and soil drainage characteristics on GHG fluxes. As hypothesized, we found a positive impact of NT on CH4 uptake, but significant difference with MP management was noted at sites under NT for > 10 years. At the sites under NT for 48 years, CH4 uptake rate was 10-12 times higher in MWD than in SPD soils. When data from all sites were pooled, N2O fluxes were significantly higher under MP (2.01 mg N2O-N m-2 d-1) than under NT (0.73), but the trend varied with NT duration. While at recent (<10 y) NT sites, N2O emission was significantly lower than under MP, the reverse was observed at sites under NT for > 30 years. At these older NT sites, N2O emissions accounted for 40-60 % of the global warming potential (GWP, sum of all GHG expressed as CO2 equivalents). These findings suggest that the viability of NT farming as a climate warming mitigation strategy hinges on the adoption of N fertilizer management practices (timing, amount, type and method of application) that minimize N2O emissions from cropland under long-term NT.

  13. STABLE CARBON ISOTOPE ANALYSIS OF NUCLEIC ACIDS TO TRACE SOURCES OF DISSOLVED SUBSTRATES USED BY ESTUARINE BACTERIA

    EPA Science Inventory

    The natural abundance of stable carbon isotopes measured in bacterial nucleic acids that were extracted from estuarine bacterial concentrates were used to trace sources of organic matter for bacteria in.aquatic environments. he stable carbon isotope ratios of P. aeruginosa and nu...

  14. Six Sigma review of root causes of corrosion incidents in hot potassium carbonate acid gas removal plant

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. J. Harjac; A. Atrens; C. J. Moss

    2008-01-01

    This paper is a summary of a desktop review, using the Six Sigma methodology, of root causes for corrosion incidents in Hot Potassium Carbonate acid gas removal plant. These corrosion incidents involve rapid localised corrosion of carbon steel vessel walls by the CO2 containing process solution. The possible root causes are identified as (1) inadequate concentration of anodic inhibitor, (2)

  15. Uranium sorption onto activated carbon prepared from rice straw: Competition with humic acids

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    Yakout, S. M.; Metwally, S. S.; El-Zakla, T.

    2013-09-01

    Adsorptive competition between uranium (VI) and humic acids (HA) was investigated using Rice Straw activated carbon modified with KOH (RSK carbon). The investigations were conducted for individual components adsorption along with simultaneous and sequential adsorption of both components. The experimental results showed that the equilibrium data fit well Langmuir equation. It was found that, for single component system, RSK carbon can achieve adsorption of U(VI) ion at 100 mg/g, and HA at 21.1 mg/g, respectively. Adsorption isotherms for multi-component systems were studied. U(VI) showed a decreased adsorbability when it coexisted with HA from the start (41.5 mg/g in simultaneous) compared with the case when U(VI) was added after equilibrium adsorption of HA on activated carbon (11.9 mg/g in sequential). The interactions between uranium ions and HA caused the formation of U-HA complexes that changed the surface interactions of both uranium ions and HA with carbon surface. The underlying mechanism of the difference in the uranium sorption was discussed in the view of absence and presences (sequential and Simultaneous) of HA. It could be concluded that, humic substance is strong inhibitor of uranium binding and should be removed before from waste water treatment for uranium.

  16. One-pot synthesis of boron-doped mesoporous carbon with boric acid as a multifunction reagent

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Shilei Ding; Sujuan Zheng; Mingjiang Xie; Luming Peng; Xuefeng Guo; Weiping Ding

    2011-01-01

    An effective method for modification of ordered mesoporous carbons is to dope boron incorporated into carbon network for improving their properties in many aspects. A one-pot synthesis is proposed with the combination of boron doping and fabrication of mesoporous carbon through sol–gel method using boric acid as the catalyst, dopant and pore-forming agent. The as-prepared materials were characterized by TEM,

  17. The Effect of Arylboronic Acid Treatment of Carbon Fiber on the Mechanical and Tribological Properties of PA66 Composites

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Gang Tang; Daofang Chang; Gaofeng Wei; Houjun Lu; Wei Yan; Bingsheng Liu

    2012-01-01

    PA66 composites filled with surface-treated carbon fiber were prepared by twin-screw extruder in order to study the influence of carbon fiber surface arylboronic acid treatment on the mechanical and tribological behavior of the PA66 composites (CF\\/PA66). The mechanical property, friction and wear tests of the composites with untreated and treated carbon fiber were performed and the worn surface morphology was

  18. [Effects of carbon and nitrogen sources on 5-keto-gluconic acid production].

    PubMed

    Tan, Zhilei; Wang, Hongcui; Wei, Yuqiao; Li, Yanyan; Zhong, Cheng; Jia, Shiru

    2014-01-01

    Gluconobacter oxydans is known to oxidize glucose to gluconic acid (GA), and subsequently, to 2-keto-gluconic acid (2KGA) and 5-keto-gluconic acid (5KGA), while 5KGA can be converted to L-(+)-tartaric acid. In order to increase the production of 5KGA, Gluconobacter oxydans HGI-1 that converts GA to 5KGA exclusively was chosen in this study, and effects of carbon sources (lactose, maltose, sucrose, amylum and glucose) and nitrogen sources (yeast extract, fish meal, corn steep liquor, soybean meal and cotton-seed meal) on 5KGA production were investigated. Results of experiment in 500 mL shake-flask show that the highest yield of 5KGA (98.20 g/L) was obtained using 100 g/L glucose as carbon source. 5KGA reached 100.20 g/L, 109.10 g/L, 99.83 g/L with yeast extract, fish meal and corn steep liquor as nitrogen source respectively, among which the optimal nitrogen source was fish meal. The yield of 5KGA by corn steep liquor is slightly lower than that by yeast extract. For the economic reason, corn steep liquor was selected as nitrogen source and scaled up to 5 L stirred-tank fermentor, and the final concentration of 5KGA reached 93.80 g/L, with its maximum volumetric productivity of 3.48 g/(L x h) and average volumetric productivity of 1.56 g/(L x h). The result obtained in this study showed that carbon and nitrogen sourses for large-scale production of 5KGA by Gluconobacter oxydans HGI-1 were glucose and corn steep liquor, respectively, and the available glucose almost completely (85.93%) into 5KGA. PMID:24818481

  19. Modeling of dissolution patterns for carbonate acidizing in the porous media

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    Samadi, Fereshteh; Esmaeilzadeh, Feridun; Mowla, Dariush

    2012-05-01

    Matrix acidizing is a common technique to stimulate wells for improving well inflow performance. In this treatment that is widely used in the oil industry, acid solution is injected into the formation to dissolve some minerals to increase permeability of carbonate near the wellbore. The aim of the treatment is to create empty channels called wormholes. Wormholing in carbonate rocks is a complex 3-D phenomenon. Matrix acidizing generally should be applied when a well has a high skin factor that cannot be attributed to partial penetration, perforation efficiency or other mechanical aspects of the completion. Obviously, it is of extreme importance to quantify the skin factor to evaluate the effectiveness of stimulation treatments. When wormholes extend beyond the damaged zone or connect with natural fissures in the formation, a negative skin effect is obtained. An ideal matrix treatment restores the permeability in the near wellbore region to a value at least as high as the original undamaged permeability; it accomplishes this over the entire completed interval and it leaves the formation in the treated region with high relative permeability to the oil and/or gas phase. Designing a treatment should strive to achieve this ideal at the lowest possible cost, which requires consideration of the many physical and chemical interactions taking place between the injected fluids and the reservoir minerals and fluids. In this work, a threescale continuum model is used to model reactive dissolution of carbonate rocks in radial flow. Both the Darcy and pore scale physics such as mass transfer of acid molecules to the mineral surface and subsequent reaction at the surface, changing pore structure and variations in reservoir permeability are included in this model. Partial differential equations obtained from the model, have been solved by numerical method. The influence of reservoir temperature on optimum injection rate is investigated. Results show that optimum injection rate increases with temperature.

  20. Neutralizing Carbonic Acid in Deep Carbonate Strata below the North Atlantic

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    Klaus Lackner; Charles Harvey; Bruce Watson

    2008-01-14

    Carbon dioxide injection into deep sea sediments below 2700 m water depth and a few hundred meters to fifteen hundred meters deep in the sediment column may provide permanent geologic storage by gravitational trapping. At high pressures and low temperatures common in deep sea sediments a few hundred meters below sea floor, CO{sub 2} will be in its liquid phase and will be denser than the overlying pore fluid. The lower density of the pore fluid provides a cap to the denser CO{sub 2} and ensures gravitational trapping in the short term. The overall storage capacity for CO{sub 2} in such deep sea formations below the ocean floor is primarily determined by the permeability, and will vary with seafloor depth, geothermal gradient, porosity, and pore water salinity. Furthermore, the dissemination of the injected CO{sub 2} in the sediments and potential chemical reactions between CO{sub 2}, pore fluid and sediments will define its fate in the storage reservoir. The main objectives of our research was to evaluate the potential for sub-seabed CO{sub 2} storage in deep sea sediments using a range of approaches including experiments, permeability analysis, and modeling. Over the course of the three-year award, our results support an important role for sub-seabed storage in a diverse portfolio of carbons sequestration options. Our analysis has shown the feasibility of this type of storage, and also emphasizes that escape or leakage from such sites would be negligible. The most difficult challenge is to overcome the low permeability of typical deep-sea sediments, and a variety of approaches are suggested for future research.

  1. Carbon and hydrogen isotopic evidence for the origin of combustible gases in water-supply wells in north-central Pennsylvania

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    Révész, K. M.; Breen, K.J.; Baldassare, A.J.; Burruss, R.C.

    2010-01-01

    The origin of the combustible gases in groundwater from glacial-outwash and fractured-bedrock aquifers was investigated in northern Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Thermogenic methane (CH4) and ethane (C2H6) and microbial CH4 were found. Microbial CH4 is from natural in situ processes in the shale bedrock and occurs chiefly in the bedrock aquifer. The ?13C values of CH4 and C2H6 for the majority of thermogenic gases from water wells either matched or were between values for the samples of non-native storage-field gas from injection wells and the samples of gas from storage-field observation wells. Traces of C2H6 with microbial CH4 and a range of C and H isotopic compositions of CH4 indicate gases of different origins are mixing in sub-surface pathways; gas mixtures are present in groundwater. Pathways for gas migration and a specific source of the gases were not identified. Processes responsible for the presence of microbial gases in groundwater could be elucidated with further geochemical study.

  2. RAPID ANALYSIS OF CYNANURIC ACID IN SWIMMING POOL WATERS BY HIGH PERFORMANCE LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPHY USING POROUS GRAPHITIC CARBON COLUMN

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    An innovative approach is presented for reducing analysis times of cyanuric acid in swimming pool waters by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The HPLC method exploits the unique selectivity of porous graphitic carbon (PGC) to fully resolve cyanuric acid from other p...

  3. Thresholds for Survival of Brown Trout during the Spring Flood Acid Pulse in Streams High in Dissolved Organic Carbon

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    Ignacio Serrano; Ishi Buffam; Daniel Palm; Eva Brännäs; Hjalmar Laudon

    2008-01-01

    The survival of brown trout Salmo trutta embryos and first-year juveniles was studied using in situ bioassays during the snowmelt-driven spring flood in 12 streams in northern Sweden. Unlike in most previous studies on the impact of acidity on brown trout, the streams in this study were high in dissolved organic carbon (DOC), and as a result organic acids play

  4. Laboratory Experiments on the Investigation of the Effects of Sulphuric Acid on the Deterioration of Carbonate Stones and Surface Corrosion

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    Lokman Tecer

    1999-01-01

    In this study, the effect of sulphuric acid, the major constituent of acid rain, on carbonate stones has been investigated. For this purpose, samples from historical buildings of Sivas city have been collected. The minerological composition of the samples has been analysed by X-RD analysis and it was found that the major constituent of these stones was calcite. Loss of

  5. Duodenal carbonic anhydrase: mucosal protection, luminal chemosensing, and gastric acid disposal.

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    Kaunitz, Jonathan D; Akiba, Yasutada

    2006-09-01

    The duodenum serves as a buffer zone between the stomach and jejunum. Over a length of only 25 cm, large volumes of strong acid secreted by the stomach must be converted to the neutral-alkaline chyme of the hindgut lumen, generating large volumes of CO2, which the duodenum then absorbs. The duodenal mucosa consists of epithelial cells connected by low-resistance tight junctions, forming a leaky epithelial barrier. Despite this high permeability, the epithelial cells, under intense stress from luminal mineral acid and highly elevated P(CO2), maintain normal functioning. Furthermore, the duodenum plays an active role in foregut acid-base homeostasis, absorbing large amounts of H+ and CO2 that are recycled by the gastric parietal cells. Prompted by the high expression of cytosolic and membrane carbonic anhydrase (CAs) in duodenal epithelial cells, and the intriguing observation that CA activity appears to augment cellular acid stress, we formulated a novel hypothesis regarding the role of CA in duodenal acid absorption, epithelial protection, and chemosensing. In this review, we will describe how luminal CO2/H+ traverses the duodenal epithelial cell brush border membrane, acidifies the cytoplasm, and is sensed in the subepithelium. PMID:17008801

  6. Biometrics from the carbon isotope ratio analysis of amino acids in human hair.

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    Jackson, Glen P; An, Yan; Konstantynova, Kateryna I; Rashaid, Ayat H B

    2015-01-01

    This study compares and contrasts the ability to classify individuals into different grouping factors through either bulk isotope ratio analysis or amino-acid-specific isotope ratio analysis of human hair. Using LC-IRMS, we measured the isotope ratios of 14 amino acids in hair proteins independently, and leucine/isoleucine as a co-eluting pair, to provide 15 variables for classification. Multivariate analysis confirmed that the essential amino acids and non-essential amino acids were mostly independent variables in the classification rules, thereby enabling the separation of dietary factors of isotope intake from intrinsic or phenotypic factors of isotope fractionation. Multivariate analysis revealed at least two potential sources of non-dietary factors influencing the carbon isotope ratio values of the amino acids in human hair: body mass index (BMI) and age. These results provide evidence that compound-specific isotope ratio analysis has the potential to go beyond region-of-origin or geospatial movements of individuals-obtainable through bulk isotope measurements-to the provision of physical and characteristic traits about the individuals, such as age and BMI. Further development and refinement, for example to genetic, metabolic, disease and hormonal factors could ultimately be of great assistance in forensic and clinical casework. PMID:25577006

  7. Nanocrystalline intermetallics on mesoporous carbon for direct formic acid fuel cell anodes.

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    Ji, Xiulei; Lee, Kyu Tae; Holden, Reanne; Zhang, Lei; Zhang, Jiujun; Botton, Gianluigi A; Couillard, Martin; Nazar, Linda F

    2010-04-01

    Shape- and size-controlled supported metal and intermetallic nanocrystallites are of increasing interest because of their catalytic and electrocatalytic properties. In particular, intermetallics PtX (X = Bi, Pb, Pd, Ru) are very attractive because of their high activity as fuel-cell anode catalysts for formic acid or methanol oxidation. These are normally synthesized using high-temperature techniques, but rigorous size control is very challenging. Even low-temperature techniques typically produce nanoparticles with dimensions much greater than the optimum <6 nm required for fuel cell catalysis. Here, we present a simple and robust, chemically controlled process for synthesizing size-controlled noble metal or bimetallic nanocrystallites embedded within the porous structure of ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC). By using surface-modified ordered mesoporous carbon to trap the metal precursors, nanocrystallites are formed with monodisperse sizes as low as 1.5 nm, which can be tuned up to ?3.5 nm. To the best of our knowledge, 3-nm ordered mesoporous carbon-supported PtBi nanoparticles exhibit the highest mass activity for formic acid oxidation reported to date, and over double that of Pt-Au. PMID:21124509

  8. Nanocrystalline intermetallics on mesoporous carbon for direct formic acid fuel cell anodes

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    Ji, Xiulei; Lee, Kyu Tae; Holden, Reanne; Zhang, Lei; Zhang, Jiujun; Botton, Gianluigi A.; Couillard, Martin; Nazar, Linda F.

    2010-04-01

    Shape- and size-controlled supported metal and intermetallic nanocrystallites are of increasing interest because of their catalytic and electrocatalytic properties. In particular, intermetallics PtX (X = Bi, Pb, Pd, Ru) are very attractive because of their high activity as fuel-cell anode catalysts for formic acid or methanol oxidation. These are normally synthesized using high-temperature techniques, but rigorous size control is very challenging. Even low-temperature techniques typically produce nanoparticles with dimensions much greater than the optimum <6 nm required for fuel cell catalysis. Here, we present a simple and robust, chemically controlled process for synthesizing size-controlled noble metal or bimetallic nanocrystallites embedded within the porous structure of ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC). By using surface-modified ordered mesoporous carbon to trap the metal precursors, nanocrystallites are formed with monodisperse sizes as low as 1.5 nm, which can be tuned up to ~3.5 nm. To the best of our knowledge, 3-nm ordered mesoporous carbon-supported PtBi nanoparticles exhibit the highest mass activity for formic acid oxidation reported to date, and over double that of Pt-Au.

  9. Physicochemical pretreatments and hydrolysis of furfural residues via carbon-based sulfonated solid acid.

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    Ma, Bao Jun; Sun, Yuan; Lin, Ke Ying; Li, Bing; Liu, Wan Yi

    2014-03-01

    Potential commercial physicochemical pretreatment methods, NaOH/microwave and NaOH/ultrasound were developed, and the carbon-based sulfonated solid acid catalysts were prepared for furfural residues conversion into reducing sugars. After the two optimum pretreatments, both the content of cellulose increased (74.03%, 72.28%, respectively) and the content of hemicellulose (94.11%, 94.17% of removal rate, respectively) and lignin (91.75%, 92.09% of removal rate, respectively) decreased in furfural residues. The reducing sugar yields of furfural residues with the two physicochemical pretreatments on coal tar-based solid acid reached 33.94% and 33.13%, respectively, higher than that pretreated via NaOH alone (27%) and comparable to that pretreated via NaOH/H2O2 (35.67%). The XRD patterns, IR spectra and SEM images show microwave and ultrasound improve the pretreatment effect. The results demonstrate the carbon-based sulfonated solid acids and the physicochemical pretreatments are green, effective, low-cost for furfural residues conversion. PMID:24508657

  10. Electrocatalytic oxidation of formic acid and formaldehyde on nanoparticle decorated single walled carbon nanotubes.

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    Selvaraj, V; Grace, A Nirmala; Alagar, M

    2009-05-01

    A potent catalyst has been prepared consisting of platinum (Pt), and platinum-palladium (Pt-Pd) nanoparticles supported on purified single-walled carbon nanotubes (Pt/CNT and Pt-Pd/CNT). Electrochemical characteristics of formic acid and formaldehyde oxidation on these catalysts are investigated via cyclic voltammetric analysis in mixed 0.5 M HCOOH (or 0.5 M HCHO) and 0.5 M H(2)SO(4) solutions. The results imply that the Pt-Pd/CNT electrodes exhibit a better activity than the corresponding Pt nanoparticles modified SWCNT electrodes. The modified electrode exhibits significant electrocatalytic activity towards formic acid and formaldehyde oxidation, which may be attributed due to the uniform dispersion of nanoparticles on SWCNTs and the efficacy of Pd species in Pt-Pd system. Such nanoparticles modified CNT electrodes exhibit better catalytic behavior towards formic acid and formaldehyde than the corresponding carbon electrodes, indicating that the system studied in the present work is the more promising system for use in fuel cells. PMID:19243782

  11. First-principles Study of Physisorption of Nucleic Acid Bases on Small-Diameter Carbon Nanotube

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    S. Gowtham; Ralph H. Scheicher; Ravindra Pandey; Shashi P. Karna; Rajeev Ahuja

    2007-09-14

    We report the results of our first-principles study based on density functional theory on the interaction of the nucleic acid base molecules adenine (A), cytosine (C), guanine (G), thymine (T), and uracil (U), with a single-walled carbon nanotube (CNT). Specifically, the focus is on the physisorption of base molecules on the outer wall of a (5,0) metallic CNT possessing one of the smallest diameters possible. Compared to CNTs with large diameters, the physisorption energy is found to be reduced in the high-curvature case. The base molecules exhibit significantly different interaction strengths, and the calculated binding energies follow the hierarchy G > A > T > C > U, which appears to be independent of the tube curvature. The stabilizing factor in the interaction between the base molecule and CNT is dominated by the molecular polarizability that allows a weakly attractive dispersion force to be induced between them. The present study provides an improved understanding of the role of the base sequence in deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) or ribonucleic acid (RNA) on their interactions with carbon nanotubes of varying diameters.

  12. CORROSION TESTING OF CARBON STEEL IN OXALIC ACID CHEMICAL CLEANING SOLUTIONS

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    Wiersma, B.; Mickalonis, J.; Subramanian, K.; Ketusky, E.

    2011-10-14

    Radioactive liquid waste has been stored in underground carbon steel tanks for nearly 60 years at the Savannah River Site. The site is currently in the process of removing the waste from these tanks in order to place it into vitrified, stable state for longer term storage. The last stage in the removal sequence is a chemical cleaning step that breaks up and dissolves metal oxide solids that cannot be easily pumped out of the tank. Oxalic acid has been selected for this purpose because it is an effective chelating agent for the solids and is not as corrosive as other acids. Electrochemical and immersion studies were conducted to investigate the corrosion behavior of carbon steel in simulated chemical cleaning environments. The effects of temperature, agitation, and the presence of sludge solids in the oxalic acid on the corrosion rate and the likelihood of hydrogen evolution were determined. The testing showed that the corrosion rates decreased significantly in the presence of the sludge solids. Corrosion rates increased with agitation, however, the changes were less noticeable.

  13. Simultaneous determination of dopamine, sertonin and ascorbic acid at a glassy carbon electrode modified with carbon-spheres.

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    Zhou, Jianqing; Sheng, Meili; Jiang, Xueyue; Wu, Guozhi; Gao, Feng

    2013-01-01

    A novel glassy carbon electrode (GCE) modi?ed with carbon-spheres has been fabricated through a simple casting procedure. The modified GCE displays high selectivity and excellent electrochemical catalytic activities towards dopamine (DA), serotonin (5-HT), and ascorbic acid (AA). In the co-existence system, the peak separations between AA and DA, DA and 5-HT, and AA and 5-HT are large up to 230, 180, and 410 mV, respectively. Differential pulse voltammetry (DPV) has been employed to simultaneously detect DA, 5-HT, and AA, and the linear calibration curves for DA, 5-HT, and AA are obtained in the range of 20.0-150.0 ?M, 40.0-750.0 ?M and 300.0-2,000.0 ?M with detection limits (S/N = 3) of 2.0 ?M, 0.7 ?M and 0.6 ?M, respectively. The proposed electrode has been applied to detect DA, 5-HT, and AA in real samples using standard addition method with satisfactory results. PMID:24135993

  14. N, S co-doped carbon dots with orange luminescence synthesized through polymerization and carbonization reaction of amino acids

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    Zeng, Ya-Wen; Ma, De-Kun; Wang, Wei; Chen, Jing-Jing; Zhou, Lin; Zheng, Yi-Zhou; Yu, Kang; Huang, Shao-Ming

    2015-07-01

    For practical application, it is highly desirable to obtain carbon dots (CDs) through environmentally benign synthetic route, using green raw materials. On the other hand, at present, most of CDs reported in the literature showed blue, green and yellow emission. Therefore it is still necessary to develop new strategy to obtain CDs with longer wavelength emission in order to expand their application range. Toward this end, in this study, N, S co-doped CDs were synthesized through one-pot condensation polymerization and carbonization reactions under hydrothermal conditions, using two different amino acids as raw materials. Taking the reaction of L-serine with L-cystine as an example, the as-obtained products were characterized by various techniques such as transmission electron microscopy, elemental analysis, Fourier-transform infrared spectrum, X-ray photoelectron spectra, and so on. Interestingly, N, S co-doped CDs displayed unique orange emission at room temperature. The possible photoluminescence mechanism of N, S co-doped CDs was proposed. Furthermore, the as-synthesized N, S co-doped CDs were directly applied in the imaging of peritoneal macrophages of mice.

  15. Artificial photosynthesis of. beta. -ketocarboxylic acids from carbon dioxide and ketones via enolate complexes of aluminum porphyrin

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    Hirai, Yasuhiro; Aida, Takuzo; Inoue, Shohei (Univ. of Tokyo (Japan))

    1989-04-12

    Photochemical fixation of carbon dioxide is of much interest in connection with biological photosynthesis by green plants as well as from the viewpoint of carbon resource utilization. One of the important steps in the assimilation of carbon dioxide is the carboxylation of a carbonyl compound into ketocarboxylic acid, where the reaction proceeds via an enolate species as reactive intermediate. For example, in four carbon (C{sub 4}) pathway and Crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) processes, pyruvate is converted with the aid of ATP into phosphoenolpyruvate, which is subsequently carboxylated to give oxaloacetate by the action of pyruvate carboxylase. In relation to this interesting biological process, some artificial systems have been exploited for the synthesis of {beta}-ketocarboxylic acid derivatives from carbon dioxide and ketones using nucleophiles such as metal carbonates, thiazolates, phenolates, alkoxides, and strong organic as well as inorganic basis, which promote the enolization of ketones in the intermediate step. We wish to report here a novel, visible light-induced fixation of carbon dioxide with the enolate complex of aluminum porphyrin, giving {beta}-ketocarboxylic acid under mild conditions.

  16. Catalyst for purifying exhaust gases

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    Fujitani, Y.; Kondoh, S.; Muraki, H.; Nakamura, T.; Sobukawa, H.; Tomita, M.; Yokota, K.

    1982-02-23

    A catalyst for reducing nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons, the noxious components in exhaust gases from internal combustion engines, etc., is disclosed comprising: a porous carrier of ceramic selected from the group consisting of alumina and alumina-magnesia spinel; and a catalyst ingredient supported thereon consisting essentially of zirconium oxide, cerium oxide and a metal selected from the group consisting of platinum, palladium and mixtures thereof.

  17. A Comparing Study on Copper Adsorption on Nanoscale Carbon Black Modified by Different Kinds of Acid

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    Cheng, Jiemin; Yu, Yaqin; Li, Tong; Liu, Yuzhen; Lu, Chengxiu

    2014-01-01

    Considerable attention has been focused on the nanoscale carbon black development and application in wastewater treatment. But the CB is a hydrophobic and nonpolar adsorbent, and it has strong adsorption ability to nonpolar organic compounds and poor adherence to heavy metal ions. The nanoscale carbon black modified by appropriate physical and chemical treatments could improve their adsorption capacities for heavy metal ions. In this study, a surface-modified nanoscale carbon black was prepared by oxidizing the carbon black with 65% HNO3 (B), 0.05 mol?L-1HAc (C), 20% HNO3+ 1.58% K2MnO4 (D) and 50% H2SO4 (E), respectively. Batch experiments showed that the adsorption quantities of Cu(II) on the nanoscale carbon black modified by different kind of acids (MCBs) were significantly increased compared with those on the parent one, and the maximum adsorption quantities of Cu(II) were 48.92 mg?g-1 (D), 30.15 mg?g-1 (B), 12.33 mg?g-1 (A), 13.51 mg?g- (C) and 5.47 mg?g-1 (E), respectively. The Langmuir isotherm provided a better fit to the experimental data of the parent one and the MCBs fitted well into Freundlich adsorption isotherm. The adsorption kinetic model of Cu(II) on all sorbents followed pseudo second order model well. It is clear from this work that the nanoscale carbon black modified by 65% HNO3 (B) and 20% HNO3+ 1.58% K2MnO4 (D) had very good adsorption properties for the metal ions.

  18. The effects of nitric acid and silane surface treatments on carbon fibers and carbon\\/vinyl ester composites before and after seawater exposure

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    Tye A. Langston

    2008-01-01

    This research focuses on carbon fiber treatment by nitric acid and 3-(trimethoxysilyl)propyl methacrylate silane, and how this affects carbon\\/vinyl ester composites. These composites offer great benefits, but it is difficult to bond the fiber and matrix together, and without a strong interfacial bond, composites fall short of their potential. Silanes work well with glass fiber, but do not bond directly

  19. Preparation of intercalation compounds of carbon fibers through electrolysis using phosphoric acid electrolyte and their exfoliation

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    Toyoda, Masahiro; Yoshinaga, Aya; Amao, Yutaka; Takagi, Hideyuki; Soneda, Yasushi; Inagaki, Michio

    2006-05-01

    Preparation of intercalation compounds using H3PO4 electrolyte solution in mesophase-pitch-based carbon fibers successfully carried out by electrolysis in less than 10 mol/dm3 of its electrolyte solution. Structural changes with preparation of intercalation compounds of carbon fibers were confirmed by a peak appeared around 2?=8° observed after electrolysis, which corresponds to an interlayer spacing of about 0.9 nm through XRD pattern (anticathode: Cu K?). This new peak was reasonably supposed to be due to the intercalation into interspacing of carbon layers. Suitable synthesis condition of the intercalation compounds was determined to be the concentration of electrolyte of 5 mol/dm3 at the electrolysis. It was also confirmed by morphology changes through SEM, that is carbon fibers, which treated low electrolyte concentration synthesized the intercalation compounds easily, and then it revealed markedly morphology changes such as fibrils. It could become exfoliation as well as them treated by other acid treatment through rapid heat-treatment. The formation of graphite oxide was suggested when the kind of intercalate was analyzed with elementary and TPD analysis.

  20. Improvement of electrocatalytic performance of carbon supported Pd anodic catalyst in direct formic acid fuel cell by ethylenediamine-tetramethylene phosphonic acid

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    Lu, Liang; Li, Huanzhi; Hong, Yujie; Luo, Yafen; Tang, Yawen; Lu, Tianhong

    2012-07-01

    The direct formic acid fuel cell (DFAFC) has two major shortcomings that limit its lifespan and performance: (i) the poor electrocatalytic stability of the carbon supported Pd (Pd/C) catalyst for the oxidation of formic acid and (ii) rapid decomposition of formic acid over the Pd/C catalyst. To solve the problems, the Pd/C catalyst is modified with ethylenediamine-tetramethylene phosphonic acid (EDTMP). The resulting catalyst is designated as Pd/C-E catalyst. It is found that the Pd/C-E catalyst can inhibit the decomposition of formic acid and promote the oxidation of formic acid through the direct pathway. Consistently, the Pd/C-E catalyst is significantly protected from CO poisoning. As compared to the Pd/C catalyst, the electrocatalytic performance of the Pd/C-E catalyst is significantly superior. These results provide the first proof of the concept that DFAFC can be significantly improved by Pd/C-E catalyst.

  1. Adsorption of Off?Gases from Steam Methane Reforming (H2, CO2, CH4, CO and N2) on Activated Carbon

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    Carlos A. Grande; Filipe V. S. Lopes; Ana M. Ribeiro; José M. Loureiro; Alírio E. Rodrigues

    2008-01-01

    Hydrogen is the energy carrier of the future and could be employed in stationary sources for energy production. Commercial sources of hydrogen are actually operating employing the steam reforming of hydrocarbons, normally methane. Separation of hydrogen from other gases is performed by Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) units where recovery of high?purity hydrogen does not exceed 80%.In this work we report

  2. Morphological effects of alkylated multiwalled carbon nanotubes on poly(L-lactic acid)-based composites

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    Young Soo Yun; Ha Il Kwon; Hyeonseong Bak; Eun Ju Lee; Jin-San Yoon; Hyoung-Joon Jin

    2010-01-01

    This study examined the reinforcing effects of multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) with different morphologies in a poly(L-lactic\\u000a acid) (PLLA) matrix. The surfaces of the MWCNTs were modified using linear alkyl chains to disperse the MWCNTs homogeneously\\u000a in the polymer matrix. The morphology of the MWCNTs was determined from numerical values for the D\\u000a \\u000a b\\u000a , l\\u000a \\u000a sp\\u000a and I\\u000a \\u000a G

  3. Preparation and characterization of aligned carbon nanotubes/polylactic acid composite fibers

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    Kong, Yuxia; Yuan, Jie; Qiu, Jun

    2012-07-01

    Aligned functionalized multiwalled carbon nanotubes/polylactic acid (MWNTs-PCL/PLA) composite fibers were successfully prepared by electrospinning processing. The MWNTs bonded with the polycaprolactone chains exhibited excellent uniform dispersion in PLA solution by comparing with the acid-functionalized MWNTs and amino-functionalized MWNTs. Optical microscopy was used to study the aligned degree of the fibers and to investigate the influences of the electrodes distance on the alignment and structure of the fibers, and results showed that the best quality of aligned fibers with dense structure and high aligned degree were obtained at an electrodes distance of 3 cm. Moreover, the MWNTs embedded inside the MWNTs-PCL/PLA fibers displayed well orientation along the axes of the fibers, which was demonstrated by field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy.

  4. Carbon nanofiber supported bimetallic PdAu nanoparticles for formic acid electrooxidation

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    Qin, Yuan-Hang; Jiang, Yue; Niu, Dong-Fang; Zhang, Xin-Sheng; Zhou, Xing-Gui; Niu, Li; Yuan, Wei-Kang

    2012-10-01

    Carbon nanofiber (CNF) supported PdAu nanoparticles are synthesized with sodium citrate as the stabilizing agent and sodium borohydride as the reducing agent. High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) characterization indicates that the synthesized PdAu particles are well dispersed on the CNF surface and X-ray diffraction (XRD) characterization indicates that the alloying degree of the synthesized PdAu nanoparticles can be improved by adding tetrahydrofuran to the synthesis solution. The results of electrochemical characterization indicate that the addition of Au can promote the electrocatalytic activity of Pd/C catalyst for formic acid oxidation and the CNF supported high-alloying PdAu catalyst possesses better electrocatalytic activity and stability for formic acid oxidation than either the CNF supported low-alloying PdAu catalyst or the CNF supported Pd catalyst.

  5. The determination of chlorophenoxy acid herbicides by liquid chromatography using carbon-14 tracers

    SciTech Connect

    Merriweather, R.; Caldwell, W.M.; Maskarinec, M.P.; Caton, J.E.

    1987-01-01

    The extractive recovery of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) and 2-(2,4,5-trichloro)phenoxypropionic acid (Silvex) from environmental samples was evaluated using carbon-14 tracers of the acid form of both herbicides. Recoveries using methylene chloride or 1:1 methylene chloride:acetone for solids exceeded 75% when the material being extracted was maintained at an acid pH (pH less than or equal to2). Following extraction, the extract is taken to dryness and then dissolved in the solution being used for HPLC elution. Two slightly different isocratic elutions with reversed phase columns were studied. In the first system studied a heavily loaded (18% carbon by weight), completely endcapped C18 reversed phase column was eluted with an aqueous solution of 30% (v/v) acetonitrile that contained 0.001 M concentration of a pH 4.6 acetate buffer. The effluent from this column was monitored at 280 nm. The minimum amount detected, when monitoring at 280 nm, is 100 ng of either Silvex or 2,4-D in the injected sample. A second isocratic elution system avoided the use of a buffered eluent by utilizing a high performance reversed phase column and an aqueous methanol (20% v/v) eluent. This second column has been monitored at multiple wavelengths with a diode array detector. The sensitivity of detection can be greatly increased at wavelengths below 240 nm; however, any real sample must be very ''clean'' in order to avoid interferences when monitoring below 230 nm. Thus monitoring at 280 nm is probably optimal for real environmental samples. At this wavelength the detectable concentration of either herbicide in the solution being injected is 5 ppM for a 20 ..mu..l injection.

  6. Snails from heavy-metal polluted environments have reduced sensitivity to carbon dioxide-induced acidity.

    PubMed

    Lefcort, Hugh; Cleary, David A; Marble, Aaron M; Phillips, Morgan V; Stoddard, Timothy J; Tuthill, Lara M; Winslow, James R

    2015-01-01

    Anthropogenic atmospheric CO2 reacts with water to form carbonic acid (H2CO3) which increases water acidity. While marine acidification has received recent consideration, less attention has been paid to the effects of atmospheric carbon dioxide on freshwater systems-systems that often have low buffering potential. Since many aquatic systems are already impacted by pollutants such as heavy metals, we wondered about the added effect of rising atmospheric CO2 on freshwater organisms. We studied aquatic pulmonate snails (Physella columbiana) from both a heavy-metal polluted watershed and snails from a reference watershed that has not experienced mining pollution. We used gaseous CO2 to increase water acidity and we then measured changes in antipredatory behavior and also survival. We predicted a simple negative additive effect of low pH. We hypothesized that snails from metal-polluted environments would be physiologically stressed and impaired due to defense responses against heavy metals. Instead, snails from populations that acclimated or evolved in the presence of heavy metal mining pollution were more robust to acidic conditions than were snails from reference habitats. Snails from mining polluted sites seemed to be preadapted to a low pH environment. Their short-term survival in acidic conditions was better than snails from reference sites that lacked metal pollution. In fact, the 48 h survival of snails from polluted sites was so high that it did not significantly differ from the 24 h survival of snails from control sites. This suggests that the response of organisms to a world with rising anthropogenic carbon dioxide levels may be complex and difficult to predict. Snails had a weaker behavioral response to stressful stimuli if kept for 1 month at a pH that differed from their lake of origin. We found that snails raised at a pH of 5.5 had a weaker response (less of a decrease in activity) to concentrated heavy metals than did snails raised at their natal pH of 6.5. Furthermore, snails raised a pH of 5.5, 6.0, and 7.0 all had a weaker antipredatory response to an extract of crushed snail cells than did the pH 6.5 treatment snails. PMID:26090314

  7. Assembly of Acid-Functionalized Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes at Oil/Water Interfaces

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    Feng, Tao; Hoagland, David; Russell, Thomas

    2014-03-01

    The segregation of water-soluble acid-functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) at the oil/water interface was induced by dissolving low-molecular-weight amine-terminated polystyrene (PS-NH2) in the oil phase. Salt-bridge interactions between carboxylic acid groups of SWCNTs and amine groups of PS drove assembly of a mixed interfacial film, monitored by pendant drop tensiometry and laser scanning confocal microscopy. The influence of PS end-group functionality, PS and SWCNT concentrations, and degree of SWCNT acid modification on interfacial activity were assessed, and a sharp drop in interfacial tension was observed above a critical SWCNT concentration. Interfacial tensions were low enough to support stable oil/water emulsions. Further experiments, including potentiometric titrations and replacement of SWCNTs by other carboxyl-containing species, demonstrated that the interfacial tension drop reflects the loss of SWCNT charge as pH falls near/below the intrinsic carboxyl dissociation constant; species lacking multivalent carboxylic acid groups are inactive. The interfacial assemblies of SWCNTs appear neither ordered nor oriented. Research Advisor.

  8. Assembly of acid-functionalized single-walled carbon nanotubes at oil/water interfaces.

    PubMed

    Feng, Tao; Hoagland, David A; Russell, Thomas P

    2014-02-01

    The efficient segregation of water-soluble, acid-functionalized, single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) at the oil/water interface was induced by dissolving low-molecular-weight amine-terminated polystyrene (PS-NH2) in the oil phase. Salt-bridge interactions between carboxylic acid groups of SWCNTs and amine groups of PS drove the assembly of SWCNTs at the interface, monitored by pendant drop tensiometry and laser scanning confocal microscopy. The impact of PS end-group functionality, PS and SWCNT concentrations, and the degree of SWCNT acid modification on the interfacial activity was assessed, and a sharp drop in interfacial tension was observed above a critical SWCNT concentration. Interfacial tensions were low enough to support stable oil/water emulsions. Further experiments, including potentiometric titrations and the replacement of SWCNTs by other carboxyl-containing species, demonstrated that the interfacial tension drop reflects the loss of SWCNT charge as the pH falls near/below the intrinsic carboxyl dissociation constant; species lacking multivalent carboxylic acid groups are inactive. The trapped SWCNTs appear to be neither ordered nor oriented. PMID:24443769

  9. Emissions of organic aerosol mass, black carbon, particle number, and regulated and unregulated gases from scooters and light and heavy duty vehicles with different fuels

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    Chirico, R.; Clairotte, M.; Adam, T. W.; Giechaskiel, B.; Heringa, M. F.; Elsasser, M.; Martini, G.; Manfredi, U.; Streibel, T.; Sklorz, M.; Zimmermann, R.; DeCarlo, P. F.; Astorga, C.; Baltensperger, U.; Prevot, A. S. H.

    2014-06-01

    A sampling campaign with seven different types of vehicles was conducted in 2009 at the vehicle test facilities of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in Ispra (Italy). The vehicles chosen were representative of some categories circulating in Europe and were fueled either with standard gasoline or diesel and some with blends of rapeseed methyl ester biodiesel. The aim of this work was to improve the knowledge about the emission factors of gas phase and particle-associated regulated and unregulated species from vehicle exhaust. Unregulated species such as black carbon (BC), primary organic aerosol (OA) content, particle number (PN), monocyclic and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and a~selection of unregulated gaseous compounds, including nitrous acid (N2O), ammonia (NH3), hydrogen cyanide (HCN), formaldehyde (HCHO), acetaldehyde (CH3CHO), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and methane (CH4), were measured in real time with a suite of instruments including a high-resolution aerosol time-of-flight mass spectrometer, a resonance enhanced multi-photon ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometer, and a high resolution Fourier transform infrared spectrometer. Diesel vehicles, without particle filters, featured the highest values for particle number, followed by gasoline vehicles and scooters. The particles from diesel and gasoline vehicles were mostly made of BC with a low fraction of OA, while the particles from the scooters were mainly composed of OA. Scooters were characterized by super high emissions factors for OA, which were orders of magnitude higher than for the other vehicles. The heavy duty diesel vehicle (HDDV) featured the highest nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions, while the scooters had the highest emissions for total hydrocarbons and aromatic compounds due to the unburned and partially burned gasoline and lubricant oil mixture. Generally, vehicles fuelled with biodiesel blends showed lower emission factors of OA and total aromatics than those from the standard fuels. The scooters were the main emitters of aromatic compounds, followed by the gasoline vehicle, the diesel vehicles and the HDDV.

  10. Carbon isotopes in otolith amino acids identify residency of juvenile snapper (Family: Lutjanidae) in coastal nurseries

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    McMahon, K. W.; Berumen, M. L.; Mateo, I.; Elsdon, T. S.; Thorrold, S. R.

    2011-12-01

    This study explored the potential for otolith geochemistry in snapper (Family: Lutjanidae) to identify residency in juvenile nursery habitats with distinctive carbon isotope values. Conventional bulk otolith and muscle stable isotope analyses (SIA) and essential amino acid (AA) SIA were conducted on snapper collected from seagrass beds, mangroves, and coral reefs in the Red Sea, Caribbean Sea, and Pacific coast of Panama. While bulk stable isotope values in otoliths showed regional differences, they failed to distinguish nursery residence on local scales. Essential AA ?13C values in otoliths, on the other hand, varied as a function of habitat type and provided a better tracer of residence in different juvenile nursery habitats than conventional bulk otolith SIA alone. A strong linear relationship was found between paired otolith and muscle essential AA ?13C values regardless of species, geographic region, or habitat type, indicating that otolith AAs recorded the same dietary information as muscle AAs. Juvenile snapper in the Red Sea sheltered in mangroves but fed in seagrass beds, while snapper from the Caribbean Sea and Pacific coast of Panama showed greater reliance on mangrove-derived carbon. Furthermore, compound-specific SIA revealed that microbially recycled detrital carbon, not water-column-based new phytoplankton carbon, was the primary carbon source supporting snapper production on coastal reefs of the Red Sea. This study presented robust tracers of juvenile nursery residence that will be crucial for reconstructing ontogenetic migration patterns of fishes among coastal wetlands and coral reefs. This information is key to determining the importance of nursery habitats to coral reef fish populations and will provide valuable scientific support for the design of networked marine-protected areas.

  11. Elaidate, an 18-carbon trans-monoenoic fatty acid, but not physiological fatty acids increases intracellular Zn(2+) in human macrophages.

    PubMed

    Zacherl, Janelle R; Tourkova, Irina; St Croix, Claudette M; Robinson, Lisa J; Peck Palmer, Octavia M; Mihalik, Stephanie J; Blair, Harry C

    2015-04-01

    Artificial trans fatty acids promote atherosclerosis by blocking macrophage clearance of cell debris. Classical fatty-acid response mechanisms include TLR4-NF-?B activation, and Erk1/2 phosphorylation, but these may not indicate long-term mechanisms. Indeed, nuclear NF-?B was increased by 60?min treatment by 30??M of the 18 carbon trans unsaturated fatty acid elaidic acid (elaidate), the physiological cis-unsaturated fatty acid oleic acid (oleate), and the 18 or 16 carbon saturated fatty acids stearic and palmitic acid (stearate or palmitate). However, except for stearate, effects on related pathways were minimal at 44?h. To determine longer term effects of trans fatty acids, we compared mRNA expression profiles of (trans) elaidate to (cis) oleate, 30??M, at 44?h in human macrophages. We found that elaidate changed Zn(2+) -homeostasis gene mRNAs markedly. This might be important because Zn(2+) is a major regulator of macrophage activity. Messenger RNAs of seven Zn(2+) -binding metallothioneins decreased 2-4-fold; the zinc importer SLC39A10 increased twofold, in elaidate relative to oleate-treated cells. Results were followed by quantitative PCR comparing cis, trans, and saturated fatty acid effects on Zn(2+) -homeostasis gene mRNAs. This confirmed that elaidate uniquely decreased metallothionein expression and increased SLC39A10 at 44?h. Further, intracellular Zn(2+) was measured using N-(carboxymethyl)-N-[2-[2-[2(carboxymethyl) amino]-5-(2,7,-difluoro-6-hydroxy-3-oxo-3H-xanthen-9-yl)-phenoxy]-ethoxy]-4-methoxyphenyl]glycine, acetoxymethyl ester (FluoZin-3-AM). This showed that, at 44?h, only cells treated with elaidate had increased Zn(2+) . The durable effect of elaidate on Zn(2+) activation is a novel and specific effect of trans fatty acids on peripheral macrophage metabolism. PMID:25358453

  12. Recovery of calcium carbonate from waste gypsum and utilization for remediation of acid mine drainage from coal mines.

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    Mulopo, J; Radebe, V

    2012-01-01

    The recovery of calcium carbonate from waste gypsum (a waste product of the reverse osmosis (RO) desalination process) was tested using sodium carbonate. Batch recovery of calcium carbonate from waste gypsum slurries by reacting with sodium carbonate under ambient conditions was used to assess the technical feasibility of CaCO(3) recovery and its use for pre-treatment of acid mine drainage (AMD) from coal mines. The effect of key process parameters, such as the slurry concentration (%) and the molar ratio of sodium carbonate to gypsum were considered. It was observed that batch waste gypsum conversion significantly increased with decrease in the slurry concentration or increase in the molar ratio of sodium carbonate to gypsum. The CaCO(3) recovered from the bench-scale batch reactor demonstrated effective neutralization ability during AMD pre-treatment compared with commercial laboratory grade CaCO(3). PMID:22828309

  13. Biomediated Precipitation of Calcium Carbonate and Sulfur in a Faintly Acidic Hot Spring

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    Jiang, L.; Peng, X.; Qiao, H.

    2014-12-01

    A faintly acidic hot spring named "female Tower" (T=73.5 ?, pH=6.64 ) is located in the Jifei Geothermal Field?Yunnan province, Southwest China. The precipitates in the hot spring are composed of large amounts of calcite and sulfur, as reveals by XRD analysis. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis show the microbial mats are formed of various coccoid, rod and filamentous microbes. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis show that intracellular sulfur granules are commonly associated with these microbes. Energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDS) analysis shows that the surface of microbes are mainly composed of Ca, C, O and S. A culture-independent molecular phylogenetic analysis demonstrates the majority of bacteria in the spring are sulfur-oxidizing bacteria. In the spring water, H2S concentration was up to 60 ppm, while SO42- concentration was only about 10 ppm. We suggest that H2S might be utilized by sulfur-oxidizing bacteria in this hot spring water, leading to the formation of sulfur granules intracellularly and extracellularly. In the meantime, this reaction increases the pH in ambient environments, which fosters the precipitation of calcium carbonate precipitation in the microbial mats. This study suggests that the sulfur-oxidizing bacteria could play an important role in calcium carbonate precipitation in faintly acidic hot spring environments.

  14. Semicontinuous measurements of organic carbon and acidity during the Pittsburgh Air Quality Study: implications for acid-catalyzed organic aerosol formation.

    PubMed

    Takahama, S; Davidson, C I; Pandis, S N

    2006-04-01

    Laboratory evidence suggests that inorganic acid seed particles may increase secondary organic aerosol yields secondary organic aerosol (SOA) through heterogeneous chemistry. Additional laboratory studies, however, report that organic acidity generated in the same photochemical process by which SOA is formed may be sufficient to catalyze these heterogeneous reactions. Understanding the interaction between inorganic acidity and SOA mass is important when evaluating emission controls to meet PM2.5 regulations. We examine semicontinuous measurements of organic carbon (OC), elemental carbon (EC), and inorganic species from the Pittsburgh Air Quality Study to determine if we can detect coupling in the variations of inorganic acidity and OC. We were not able to detect significant enhancements of SOA production due to inorganic acidity in Western Pennsylvania most of the time, but its signal might have been lost in the noise. If we assume a causal relationship between inorganic acidity and OC, reductions in OC for Western Pennsylvania that might result from drastic reductions in inorganic acidity were estimated to be 2 +/- 4% by a regression technique, and an upper bound for this geographic area was estimated to be 5 +/- 8% based on calculations from laboratory measurements. PMID:16646452

  15. Enzymatic synthesis of fatty acid ethyl esters by utilizing camellia oil soapstocks and diethyl carbonate.

    PubMed

    Wang, Yingying; Cao, Xuejun

    2011-11-01

    This study was reported on a novel process for fatty acid ethyl esters preparation by transesterification and esterification from renewable low-cost feedstock camellia oil soapstocks and friendly acyl acceptor diethyl carbonate. The main components of product were 83.9% ethyl oleate, 8.9% ethyl palmitate, 4.7% ethyl linoleate and 2.1% ethyl stearate, which could be used as eco-friendly renewable resources or additives of industrial solvent and fossil fuel. The effects of molar ratio of diethyl carbonate to soapstocks oil, lipases, organic solvent, reaction temperature and time were investigated, and process conditions were optimized. The yield was up to 98.4% in solvent-free system with molar ratio of diethyl carbonate to soapstocks oil 3:1 and 5% Novozym 435 (based on the weight of soapstocks oil) at 50 °C and 180 rpm for 24 h. Moreover, there was no obvious loss in the yield after lipases were reused for 10 batches without treatment under optimized conditions. PMID:21958524

  16. Wine wastes as carbon source for biological treatment of acid mine drainage.

    PubMed

    Costa, M C; Santos, E S; Barros, R J; Pires, C; Martins, M

    2009-05-01

    Possible use of wine wastes containing ethanol as carbon and energy source for sulphate-reducing bacteria (SRB) growth and activity in the treatment of acid mine drainage (AMD) is studied for the first time. The experiments were performed using anaerobic down-flow packed bed reactors in semi-continuous systems. The performance of two bioreactors fed with wine wastes or ethanol as carbon sources is compared in terms of sulphate reduction, metals removal and neutralization. The results show that efficient neutralization and high sulphate removal (>90%) were attained with the use of wine wastes as substrate allowing the production of effluents with concentrations below the required local legislation for irrigation waters. This is only possible provided that the AMD and wine wastes are contacted with calcite tailing, a waste material that neutralizes and provides buffer capacity to the medium. The removal of metals using wine wastes as carbon source was 61-91% for Fe and 97% for both Zn and Cu. The lower removal of iron, when wine waste is used instead of ethanol, may be due to the presence of iron-chelating compounds in the waste, which prevent the formation of iron sulphide, and partial unavailability of sulphide because of re-oxidation to elemental sulphur. However, that did not affect significantly the quality of the effluent for irrigation. This work demonstrates that wine wastes are a potential alternative to traditional SRB substrates. This finding has direct implication to sustainable operation of SRB bioreactors for AMD treatment. PMID:19201010

  17. Formation of calcium carbonate films on chitosan substrates in the presence of polyacrylic acid

    SciTech Connect

    He, Linghao; Xue, Rui [Zhengzhou University of Light Industry Henan Provincial Key Laboratory of Surface and Interface Science, Henan, Zhengzhou 450002 (China); Song, Rui, E-mail: rsong@gucas.ac.c [Zhengzhou University of Light Industry Henan Provincial Key Laboratory of Surface and Interface Science, Henan, Zhengzhou 450002 (China); College of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China)

    2009-05-15

    In this investigation, chitosan membranes with different surface average degrees of deacetylation (DA) are prepared and then are employed as the support matrix to culture calcium carbonate (CaCO{sub 3}). In the presence of high concentration of polyacrylic acid (PAA), the CaCO{sub 3} films obtained on the surface of all chitosan films mainly consisted of vaterite, which suggests the presence of bulk PAA plays an overwhelming part in stabilizing the vaterite. As a comparison, the influences of active groups indicate that only in case of low concentration PAA the thin CaCO{sub 3} films grown on chitosan with 8% DA mainly consisted of vaterite owing to the strong nucleation ability of -NH{sub 2} group, whereas, for those grown on chitosan with 80% DA the CaCO{sub 3} films mainly consisted of aragonite. A more complex scenario revealed that in the case of intermediate concentration of PAA the formed polymorphs behave as mixtures of vaterite and aragonite. - Graphical abstract: Chitosan membranes with different degrees of deacetylation (DA) are employed as support to culture calcium carbonate (CaCO{sub 3}). In high concentration of polyacrylic acid (PAA), the CaCO{sub 3} films obtained consisted of vaterite. However, the CaCO{sub 3} film grown on chitosan with 8% DA mainly consisted of vaterite as opposed to aragonite for chitosan with 8% DA. The schematic presentation of the formation of calcium carbonate on chitosan films with different degrees of acetylation in the presence of PAA with low-, mid- and high concentrations.

  18. Evaluation of microwave acid digestion for determination of fiber-volume contents in carbon-epoxy composites

    SciTech Connect

    Siegel, M.C.; McLaughlin, V.N.; El-Amin, L.; Ilias, S. [North Carolina A and T State Univ., Greensboro, NC (United States)

    1995-06-01

    The analysis of carbon-epoxy composites for fiber-volume contents is significant in determining the quality and strength of a given composite. The method commonly being used is acid digestion in a hot water bath, which takes about 2.5 hours for digestion alone. A study has been done using a new technique, what is known as Microwave Acid Digestion (MAD) for quick determination of fiber-volume contents of carbon-epoxy composites. This technique uses a specially designed teflon bomb for digestion. The bomb allows for temperatures up to 250 C and pressures up to 1,200 psi. Under such operating conditions, the MAD technique reduces digestion time to about 70 seconds. The study demonstrated that the microwave acid digestion (MAD) is an efficient means for determination of fiber-volume contents of carbon-epoxy composites.

  19. Electrical breakdown of gases

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. M. Meek; J. D. Craggs

    1978-01-01

    A collection of individual works on electrical discharges is presented. Topics covered include: fundamental processes in the electrical breakdown of gases; vacuum breakdown; spark breakdown in uniform fields; corona discharge; spark breakdown in non-uniform fields; breakdown voltage characteristics; irradiation and time lags; high-frequency breakdown of gases; laser-induced electrical breakdown of gases; spark channels; and electrode phenomena. (GHT)

  20. High Sensitive Sensor Based on Carbon Nanotube Electrode for Determination of Lanthanum in the Presence of Calcon Carboxylic Acid

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Sayed Mehdi Ghoreishi; Mohsen Behpour; Samaneh Mazaheri; Mohammadhassan Motaghedifard

    2012-01-01

    In this paper we have investigated the electrochemical activity of lanthanum chloride (La (III)) in the presence of calcon carboxylic acid (CCA) using a multi-walled carbon nano tube\\/carbon paste electrode (CNT\\/CPE). The peak current increases linearly with increasing of the La (III) concentration. For this purpose, a few electrochemical methods such as cyclic, differential pulse voltammetry, linear sweep and hydrodynamic

  1. Effects of filtration through activated carbons on peroxide, thiobarbituric acid and carbonyl values of autoxidized soybean oil

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Keito Boki; Tetsuyuki Wada; Shinsaku Ohno

    1991-01-01

    Effects of filtration bleaching on peroxide value (PV), thiobarbituric acid value (TAV) and carbonyl value (CV) of autoxidized\\u000a soybean oil were investigated by using twenty-three kinds of activated carbon in order to improve oil quality. From the decreases\\u000a in PV, TAV and CV and from the physical and chemical properties of activated carbons, it was suggested that hydroperoxides,\\u000a aldehydes and

  2. Hollow core\\/mesoporous shell carbon as a highly efficient catalyst support in direct formic acid fuel cell

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Baizeng Fang; Minsik Kim; Jong-Sung Yu

    2008-01-01

    Spherical carbon capsules with a hollow macroporous core of ca. 260nm and a ca. 40nm thick mesoporous shell were explored for the first time as an anode catalyst support in direct formic acid fuel cell (DFAFC). Hollow core\\/mesoporous shell carbon (HCMSC) possesses fantastic structural characteristics such as uniform particle size, well-developed three-dimensionally interconnected bimodal porosity, and large specific surface area

  3. Reducing defects on multi-walled carbon nanotube surfaces induced by low-power ultrasonic-assisted hydrochloric acid treatment

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Qing-Qing Fan; Zong-Yi Qin; Xia Liang; Li Li; Wen-Hua Wu; Mei-Fang Zhu

    2010-01-01

    A simple method to prepare multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) with high purity, high-aspect ratio and especially minimal defects is presented by low-power ultrasonic-assisted treatment of raw carbon nanotubes in hot concentrated hydrochloric acid under continuous reflux conditions. The evolution of surface morphology of MWCNTs during the treatment is evaluated by transmission electron microscopy, and microstructure is characterised by Fourier transform

  4. Electrochemical determination of dopamine in the presence of ascorbic acid based on the gold nanorods\\/carbon nanotubes composite film

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Chunyan Deng; Jinzhuo Chen; Minghui Yang; Zhou Nie; Shihui Si

    2011-01-01

    In this paper, the gold nanorods (GNRs)\\/multiwalled carbon nanotubes (CNT) composite film-modified glassy carbon (GC) electrode was fabricated simply by the electrostatic interaction between the positively charged GNRs and the negatively charged CNT. And the GNRs\\/CNT\\/GC electrode was used for the selective and sensitive determination of dopamine (DA) in the presence of ascorbic acid (AA). It was found that the

  5. Field assessment of yeast- and oxalic Acid-generated carbon dioxide for mosquito surveillance.

    PubMed

    Harwood, James F; Richardson, Alec G; Wright, Jennifer A; Obenauer, Peter J

    2014-12-01

    Carbon dioxide (CO2) sources improve the efficacy of mosquito traps. However, traditional CO2 sources (dry ice or compressed gas) may be difficult to acquire for vector surveillance during military contingency operations. For this reason, a new and convenient source of CO2 is required. Two novel CO2 generators were evaluated in order to address this capability gap: 1) an electrolyzer that converts solid oxalic acid into CO2 gas, and 2) CO2 produced by yeast as it metabolizes sugar. The flow rate and CO2 concentration produced by each generator were measured, and each generator's ability to attract mosquitoes to BG-Sentinel™ traps during day surveillance and to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention light traps with incandescent bulbs during night surveillance was compared to dry ice and compressed gas in Jacksonville, FL. The electrolyzed oxalic acid only slightly increased the number of mosquitoes captured compared to unbaited traps. Based on the modest increase in mosquito collection for traps paired with the oxalic acid, it is not a suitable stand-in for either of the 2 traditional CO2 sources. Conversely, the yeast-generated CO2 resulted in collections with mosquito abundance and species richness more closely resembling those of the traditional CO2 sources, despite achieving a lower CO2 flow rate. Therefore, if dry ice or compressed gas cannot be acquired for vector surveillance, yeast-generated CO2 can significantly improve trap capability. PMID:25843133

  6. Removal of boron from aqueous solution using magnetic carbon nanotube improved with tartaric acid.

    PubMed

    Zohdi, Nima; Mahdavi, Fariba; Abdullah, Luqman Chuah; Choong, Thomas Sy

    2014-01-01

    Boron removal capacity of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) modified with tartaric acid was investigated in this study. Modification of MWCNTs with tartaric acid was confirmed by Boehm surface chemistry method and fourier transform infra-red (FT-IR) spectroscopy. Experiments were performed to determine the adsorption isotherm and adsorption thermodynamic parameters of boron adsorption on tartaric acid modified MWCNTs (TA-MWCNTs). The effect of variables including initial pH, dosage of adsorbent, contact time and temperature was investigated. Analysis of data showed that adsorption equilibrium could be better described by Freundlich isotherm and the maximum adsorption capacities obtained at the pH of 6.0 was 1.97 mg/g. The estimated thermodynamic values of free energy (?G°), entropy (?S°) and enthalpy (?H°) indicated a spontaneous and an endothermic process. Furthermore, the TA-MWCNTs was magnetized for separation of boron-contaminated adsorbent from aqueous solution by applying magnetic field. The results showed that magnetic TA-MWCNTs particles were separated effectively after adsorption from contaminated water. PMID:24393401

  7. Removal of boron from aqueous solution using magnetic carbon nanotube improved with tartaric acid

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    Boron removal capacity of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) modified with tartaric acid was investigated in this study. Modification of MWCNTs with tartaric acid was confirmed by Boehm surface chemistry method and fourier transform infra-red (FT-IR) spectroscopy. Experiments were performed to determine the adsorption isotherm and adsorption thermodynamic parameters of boron adsorption on tartaric acid modified MWCNTs (TA-MWCNTs). The effect of variables including initial pH, dosage of adsorbent, contact time and temperature was investigated. Analysis of data showed that adsorption equilibrium could be better described by Freundlich isotherm and the maximum adsorption capacities obtained at the pH of 6.0 was 1.97 mg/g. The estimated thermodynamic values of free energy (?G°), entropy (?S°) and enthalpy (?H°) indicated a spontaneous and an endothermic process. Furthermore, the TA-MWCNTs was magnetized for separation of boron-contaminated adsorbent from aqueous solution by applying magnetic field. The results showed that magnetic TA-MWCNTs particles were separated effectively after adsorption from contaminated water. PMID:24393401

  8. Greenhouse Gases in Intensive Agriculture: Contributions of Individual Gases to the Radiative Forcing of the Atmosphere

    Microsoft Academic Search

    G. Philip Robertson; Eldor A. Paul; Richard R. Harwood

    2000-01-01

    Agriculture plays a major role in the global fluxes of the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and methane. From 1991 to 1999, we measured gas fluxes and other sources of global warming potential (GWP) in cropped and nearby unmanaged ecosystems. Net GWP (grams of carbon dioxide equivalents per square meter per year) ranged from 110 in our conventional tillage

  9. Interactions between acidic matrix macromolecules and calcium phosphate ester crystals: relevance to carbonate apatite formation in biomineralization.

    PubMed

    Moradian-Oldak, J; Frolow, F; Addadi, L; Weiner, S

    1992-01-22

    Control over crystal growth by acidic matrix macromolecules is an important process in the formation of many mineralized tissues. Earlier studies on the interactions between acidic macromolecules and carboxylate- and carbonate-containing crystals showed that the proteins recognize a specific stereochemical motif on the interacting plane. Here we show that a similar stereochemical motif is recognized by acidic mollusc shell macromolecules interacting with four different organic calcium phosphate-containing crystals. In addition, an acidic protein from vertebrate tooth dentin was also observed to recognize a similar structural motif in one of the crystals. The characteristic motif recognized is composed of rows of calcium ions and phosphates arranged in a plane defined by two free oxygens and a phosphorus atom emerging perpendicular to the affected face. These observations may have a direct bearing on the manner in which control over crystal growth is exerted on carbonate apatite crystals commonly found in vertebrate tissues. PMID:1348121

  10. Possible role for abscisic acid in regulation of photosynthetic and photorespiratory carbon metabolism in barley leaves. [Hordeum vulgare

    SciTech Connect

    Popova, L.P.; Tsonev, T.D.; Vaklinova, S.G.

    1987-04-01

    The influence of abscisic acid (ABA) on carbon metabolism, rate of photorespiration, and the activity of the photorespiratory enzymes ribulose bisphosphate oxygenase and glycolate oxidase in 7-day-old barley seedlings (Hordeum vulgare L. var. Alfa) was investigated. Plants treated with ABA had enhanced incorporation of labeled carbon from /sup 14/CO/sub 2/ into glycolic acid, glycine, and serine, while /sup 14/C incorporation into 3-phosphoglyceric acid and sugarphosphate esters was depressed. Parallel with this effect, treated plants showed a rise in activity of RuBP oxygenase and glycolic acid oxidase. The rate of photorespiration was increased twofold by ABA treatment at IO/sup -6/ molar while the CO/sub 2/-compensation point increased 46% and stomatal resistance increased more than twofold over control plants.

  11. Gluconeogenic carbon flow of tricarboxylic acid cycle intermediates is critical for Mycobacterium tuberculosis to establish and maintain infection

    PubMed Central

    Marrero, Joeli; Rhee, Kyu Y.; Schnappinger, Dirk; Pethe, Kevin; Ehrt, Sabine

    2010-01-01

    Metabolic adaptation to the host niche is a defining feature of the pathogenicity of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). In vitro, Mtb is able to grow on a variety of carbon sources, but mounting evidence has implicated fatty acids as the major source of carbon and energy for Mtb during infection. When bacterial metabolism is primarily fueled by fatty acids, biosynthesis of sugars from intermediates of the tricarboxylic acid cycle is essential for growth. The role of gluconeogenesis in the pathogenesis of Mtb however remains unaddressed. Phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase (PEPCK) catalyzes the first committed step of gluconeogenesis. We applied genetic analyses and 13C carbon tracing to confirm that PEPCK is essential for growth of Mtb on fatty acids and catalyzes carbon flow from tricarboxylic acid cycle–derived metabolites to gluconeogenic intermediates. We further show that PEPCK is required for growth of Mtb in isolated bone marrow–derived murine macrophages and in mice. Importantly, Mtb lacking PEPCK not only failed to replicate in mouse lungs but also failed to survive, and PEPCK depletion during the chronic phase of infection resulted in mycobacterial clearance. Mtb thus relies on gluconeogenesis throughout the infection. PEPCK depletion also attenuated Mtb in IFN?-deficient mice, suggesting that this enzyme represents an attractive target for chemotherapy. PMID:20439709

  12. Separation of polar gases from nonpolar gases

    DOEpatents

    Kulprathipanja, S.

    1986-08-19

    The separation of polar gases from nonpolar gases may be effected by passing a mixture of nonpolar gases over the face of a multicomponent membrane at separation conditions. The multicomponent membrane which is used to effect the separation will comprise a mixture of a glycol plasticizer having a molecular weight of from about 200 to about 600 and an organic polymer cast on a porous support. The porous support is pretreated prior to casting of the mixture thereon by contact with a polyhydric alcohol whereby the pores of the support are altered, thus adding to the increased permeability of the polar gas.

  13. A carbon-supported PdP catalyst as the anodic catalyst in a direct formic acid fuel cell

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    Lingling Zhang; Yawen Tang; Jianchun Bao; Tianhong Lu; Cun Li

    2006-01-01

    In this paper, it is reported for the first time that a carbon-supported Pd-P (Pd-P\\/C) catalyst for the anodic catalyst in the direct formic acid fuel cell (DFAFC) can be prepared. The Pd-P\\/C catalyst shows that its electrocatalytic activity and especially its stability for the oxidation of formic acid are much higher than that of a Pd\\/C catalyst. Therefore, the

  14. Anaerobic biotransformation of four3-carbon compounds (acrolein, acrylic acid, allyl alcohol and n-propanol) in UASB reactors

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    G. N. Demirer; R. E. Speece

    1998-01-01

    Anaerobic biotransformation of the 3-carbon compounds, namely acrolein, acrylic acid, allyl alcohol, and n-propanol was investigated in upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactors containing granular cultures. The toxic effects of acrolein, acrylic acid, and allyl alcohol on an acetate-enriched Methanosarcina culture were determined. Furthermore, process staging, effect of operational parameters such as influent concentration, F\\/M ratio and loading rate were

  15. Biodistribution and Dosimetry of Carbon11- Methoxyprogabidic Acid, a Possible Ligand for GABA-Receptors in the Brain

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    Patrick Santens; Filip De Vos; Hubert Thierens; Danny Decoo; Guido Siegers; Rudi A. Dierckx; Jacques De Reuck

    1998-01-01

    Carbon-11 -methoxyprogabidic acid (11C-MPGA)was recently syn- thetized as a possible ligand for PET studies of gamma-amino- butyric acid (GABA) receptors in the brain. The data for human absorbed dose estimates are calculated based on the biodistribu- tion of 11C-MPGA in mice and humans. Methods: Eighteen mice were killed at preset time intervals after an intravenous bolus injection of 3.7 MBq

  16. A comparative study on properties of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) modified with acids and oxyfluorination

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    Shin Dong Kim; Ju Wan Kim; Ji Sun Im; Young Ho Kim; Young Seak Lee

    2007-01-01

    In this study, the surface modification of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) with acid and oxyfluorination has been examined. Acid treatment of multi-walled CNTs produces many functionalized groups on the surface of MWCNTs, such as C–N stretching and the asymmetric carboxylate group (–COO–). It can be concluded that nitrogen doping of the graphite sheets may take place and a C–N bond

  17. Carbon Footprint

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    Carbon Footprint Ltd

    This website has interactive tools to calculate your carbon footprint, which is a way to measure how much carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are produced by your activities. This site also contains specific recommendations for reducing and off-setting your carbon footprint, as well as links to news and information about global warming.

  18. Arachidonic acid-dependent carbon-eight volatile synthesis from wounded liverwort (Marchantia polymorpha).

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    Kihara, Hirotomo; Tanaka, Maya; Yamato, Katsuyuki T; Horibata, Akira; Yamada, Atsushi; Kita, Sayaka; Ishizaki, Kimitsune; Kajikawa, Masataka; Fukuzawa, Hideya; Kohchi, Takayuki; Akakabe, Yoshihiko; Matsui, Kenji

    2014-11-01

    Eight-carbon (C8) volatiles, such as 1-octen-3-ol, octan-3-one, and octan-3-ol, are ubiquitously found among fungi and bryophytes. In this study, it was found that the thalli of the common liverwort Marchantia polymorpha, a model plant species, emitted high amounts of C8 volatiles mainly consisting of (R)-1-octen-3-ol and octan-3-one upon mechanical wounding. The induction of emission took place within 40min. In intact thalli, 1-octen-3-yl acetate was the predominant C8 volatile while tissue disruption resulted in conversion of the acetate to 1-octen-3-ol. This conversion was carried out by an esterase showing stereospecificity to (R)-1-octen-3-yl acetate. From the transgenic line of M. polymorpha (des6(KO)) lacking arachidonic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid, formation of C8 volatiles was only minimally observed, which indicated that arachidonic and/or eicosapentaenoic acids were essential to form C8 volatiles in M. polymorpha. When des6(KO) thalli were exposed to the vapor of 1-octen-3-ol, they absorbed the alcohol and converted it into 1-octen-3-yl acetate and octan-3-one. Therefore, this implied that 1-octen-3-ol was the primary C8 product formed from arachidonic acid, and further metabolism involving acetylation and oxidoreduction occurred to diversify the C8 products. Octan-3-one was only minimally formed from completely disrupted thalli, while it was formed as the most abundant product in partially disrupted thalli. Therefore, it is assumed that the remaining intact tissues were involved in the conversion of 1-octen-3-ol to octan-3-one in the partially disrupted thalli. The conversion was partly promoted by addition of NAD(P)H into the completely disrupted tissues, suggesting an NAD(P)H-dependent oxidoreductase was involved in the conversion. PMID:25174554

  19. Reduced folic acid, vitamin B12 and docosahexaenoic acid and increased homocysteine and cortisol in never-medicated schizophrenia patients: implications for altered one-carbon metabolism.

    PubMed

    Kale, Anvita; Naphade, Nilesh; Sapkale, Swati; Kamaraju, Marellasv; Pillai, Anilkumar; Joshi, Sadhana; Mahadik, Sahebarao

    2010-01-30

    Abnormal one-carbon metabolism has long been suggested as one of the mechanisms for neuropathology and psychopathology of schizophrenia. Variable levels of components of one-carbon metabolism (folic acid and vitamin B12) and consequent altered levels of homocysteine and phospholipid docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) have been independently reported, mostly in medicated patients. This study examined the simultaneous levels of these key components of one-carbon metabolism and its consequences in unique, medication-naïve first-episode psychotic patients (FEP, n=31) and healthy controls (HC, n=48) matched for confounds such as race, diet and lifestyle to reduce the variability. Significantly lower levels of folate and vitamin B12 in plasma and folate in red blood cells were observed in FEP compared to HC. These reductions paralleled the significant increase in plasma homocysteine and cortisol levels. Significantly reduced levels of membrane DHA were also observed in FEP compared to HC. This study, using a unique cohort, provided a broader mechanism (disturbed folic acid-vitamin B12-DHA balance) of altered one-carbon metabolism and one of its key consequential components, an increased homocysteine level that together with cortisol, can contribute to the neuropathology of psychosis. These data may have important implications for the amelioration of psychopathology in schizophrenia. PMID:19969375

  20. Carbonic acid ionization and the stability of sodium bicarbonate and carbonate ion pairs to 200 °C - A potentiometric and spectrophotometric study

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    Stefánsson, Andri; Bénézeth, Pascale; Schott, Jacques

    2013-11-01

    Carbonic acid ionization and sodium bicarbonate and carbonate ion pair formation constants have been experimentally determined in dilute hydrothermal solutions to 200 °C. Two experimental approaches were applied, potentiometric acid-base titrations at 10-60 °C and spectrophotometric pH measurements using the pH indicators, 2-napthol and 4-nitrophenol, at 25-200 °C. At a given temperature, the first and second ionization constants of carbonic acid (K1, K2) and the ion pair formation constants for NaHCO(aq)(K) and NaCO3-(aq)(K) were simultaneously fitted to the data. Results of this study compare well with previously determined values of K1 and K2. The NaHCO(aq) and NaCO3-(aq) ion pair formation constants vary between 25 and 200 °C having values of logK=-0.18 to 0.58 and logK=1.01 to 2.21, respectively. These ion pairs are weak at low-temperatures but become increasingly important with increasing temperature under neutral to alkaline conditions in moderately dilute to concentrated NaCl solutions, with NaCO3-(aq) predominating over CO32-(aq) in ?0.1 M NaCl solution at temperatures above 100 °C. The results demonstrate that NaCl cannot be considered as an inert (non-complexing) electrolyte in aqueous carbon dioxide containing solutions at elevated temperatures.

  1. Source gases: Concentrations, emissions, and trends

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    Fraser, Paul J.; Harriss, Robert; Penkett, Stuart A.; Makide, Yoshihiro; Sanhueza, Eugenio; Alyea, Fred N.; Rowland, F. Sherwood; Blake, Don; Sasaki, Toru; Cunnold, Derek M.

    1991-01-01

    Source gases are defined as those gases that influence levels of stratospheric ozone (O3) by transporting species containing halogen, hydrogen, and nitrogen to the stratosphere. Examples are the CFC's, methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O). Other source gases that also come under consideration in an atmospheric O3 context are those that are involved in the O3 or hydroxyl (OH) radical chemistry of the troposphere. Examples are CH4, carbon monoxide (CO), and nonmethane hydrocarbons (NMHC's). Most of the source gases, along with carbon dioxide (CO2) and water vapor (H2O), are climatically significant and thus affect stratospheric O3 levels by their influence on stratospheric temperatures. Carbonyl sulphide (COS) could affect stratospheric O3 through maintenance of the stratospheric sulphate aerosol layer, which may be involved in heterogeneous chlorine-catalyzed O3 destruction. The previous reviews of trends and emissions of source gases, either from the context of their influence on atmospheric O3 or global climate change, are updated. The current global abundances and concentration trends of the trace gases are given in tabular format.

  2. Mechanical characterization and morphology of polylactic acid /liquid natural rubber filled with multi walled carbon nanotubes

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    Ali, Adilah Mat; Ahmad, Sahrim Hj.

    2013-11-01

    In this paper the polymer nanocomposite of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) nanoparticles was incorporated with polylactic acid (PLA) and liquid natural rubber (LNR) as compatibilizer were prepared via melt blending method. The effect of MWCNTs loading on the tensile and impact properties of nanocomposites was investigated. The result has shown that the sample with 3.5 wt % of MWCNTs exhibited higher tensile strength, Young's modulus and impact strength. The elongation at break decreased with increasing percentage of MWCNTs. The SEM micrographs confirmed the effect of good dispersion of MWCNTs and their interfacial bonding in PLA/LNR composites. The improved dispersion of MWCNTs can be obtained due to altered interparticle interactions, MWCNTs-MWCNTs and MWCNTs-matrix networks are well combined to generate the synergistic effect of the system as shown by SEM micrographs which is improved the properties significantly.

  3. Modified Carbon Nanotube Paste Electrode for Voltammetric Determination of Carbidopa, Folic Acid, and Tryptophan

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    Esfandiari Baghbamidi, Sakineh; Beitollahi, Hadi; Karimi-Maleh, Hassan; Soltani-Nejad, Somayeh; Soltani-Nejad, Vahhab; Roodsaz, Sara

    2012-01-01

    A simple and convenient method is described for voltammetric determination of carbidopa (CD), based on its electrochemical oxidation at a modified multiwall carbon nanotube paste electrode. Under optimized conditions, the proposed method exhibited acceptable analytical performances in terms of linearity (over the concentration range from 0.1 to 700.0??M), detection limit (65.0?nM), and reproducibility (RSD = 2.5%) for a solution containing CD. Also, square wave voltammetry (SWV) was used for simultaneous determination of CD, folic acid (FA), and tryptophan (TRP) at the modified electrode. To further validate its possible application, the method was used for the quantification of CD, FA, and TRP in urine samples. PMID:22666634

  4. Removal of chlorophenols from wastewater using commercial acid washed activated carbon.

    PubMed

    El-Dars, Farida M S E; Sayed, Said A; Khalifa, Mohammed G; Alotieby, Abdel Rahman M S; Shalabi, Mohamed E H

    2013-07-01

    The presence of chlorophenols in wastewater represents a serious challenge for its treatment and its further reuse. In this study, the use of commercial acid washed activated carbon as sorbent material for the removal of 2 chlorophenol, 2,4 dichlorophenol and 2,4,6 trichlorophenol from synthetic. aqueous solutions is evaluated. Variables affecting the uptake of these compounds (weight of sorbent material, pH, temperature and shaking time) are investigated to achieve the optimum conditions of removal process. The kinetics of the uptake process indicated that the process was best explained using a pseudo-second order model. As well, the adsorption of the studied chlorophenols on commercially available AC followed the Freundlich isotherm. The thermodynamic parameters further indicated the favorability of the process and that the adsorption was primarily physical in nature enhanced by chemisorptions. PMID:25509944

  5. Synthesis of highly dispersed and active palladium/carbon nanofiber catalyst for formic acid electrooxidation

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    Qin, Yuan-Hang; Yue-Jiang; Yang, Hou-Hua; Zhang, Xin-Sheng; Zhou, Xing-Gui; Niu, Li; Yuan, Wei-Kang

    2011-05-01

    Highly dispersed and active palladium/carbon nanofiber (Pd/CNF) catalyst is synthesized by NaBH4 reduction with trisodium citrate as the stabilizing agent. The obtained Pd/CNF catalyst is characterized by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The results show that the Pd nanoparticles with an average particle size of ca. 3.8 nm are highly dispersed on the CNF support even with a small ratio of citrate to Pd precursor, which is believed to be due to the pH adjustment of citrate stabilized colloidal Pd nanoparticles. The cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry techniques show that the obtained Pd/CNF catalyst exhibits good catalytic activity and stability for the electrooxidation of formic acid.

  6. Gases in Seawater

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    Nightingale, P. D.; Liss, P. S.

    2003-12-01

    The annual gross and net primary productivity of the surface oceans is similar in size to that on land (IPCC, 2001). Marine productivity drives the cycling of gases such as oxygen (O2), dimethyl sulfide (DMS), carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2), and methyl iodide (CH3I) which are of fundamental importance in studies of marine productivity, biogeochemical cycles, atmospheric chemistry, climate, and human health, respectively. For example, ˜30% of the world's population (1,570 million) is thought to be at risk of iodine-deficiency disorders that impair mental development (WHO, 1996). The main source of iodine to land is the supply of volatile iodine compounds produced in the ocean and then transferred to the atmosphere via the air-surface interface. The flux of these marine iodine species to the atmosphere is also thought to be important in the oxidation capacity of the troposphere by the production of the iodine oxide radical ( Alicke et al., 1999). A further example is that the net flux of CO2 from the atmosphere to the ocean, ˜1.7±0.5 Gt C yr-1, represents ˜30% of the annual release of anthropogenic CO2 to the atmosphere (IPCC, 2001). This net flux is superimposed on a huge annual flux (90 Gt C yr-1) of CO2 that is cycled "naturally" between the ocean and the atmosphere. The long-term sink for anthropogenic CO2 is recognized as transfer to the ocean from the atmosphere. A final example is the emission of volatile sulfur, in the form of DMS, from the oceans. Not only is an oceanic flux from the oceans needed to balance the loss of sulfur (a bioessential element) from the land via weathering, it has also been proposed as having a major control on climate due to the formation of cloud condensation nuclei (Charlson et al., 1987). Indeed, the existence of DMS and CH3I has been used as evidence in support of the Gaia hypothesis (Lovelock, 1979).There are at least four main processes that affect the concentration of gases in the water column: biological production and consumption, photochemistry, air-sea exchange, and vertical mixing. We will not discuss the effect of vertical mixing on gases in seawater and instead refer the reader to Chapter 6.08. Nor will we consider the deeper oceans as this region is discussed in chapters on benthic fluxes and early diagenesis (Chapter 6.11), the biological pump (Chapter 6.04), and the oceanic calcium carbonate cycle (Chapter 6.19) all in this volume. We will discuss the cycling of gases in surface oceans, including the thermocline, and in particular concentrate on the exchange of various volatile compounds across the air-sea interface.As we will show, while much is known about the cycling of gases such as CO2 and DMS in the water column, frustratingly little is known about many of the chemical species for which the ocean is believed to be a significant source to the atmosphere. We suspect the passage of time will reveal that the cycling of volatile compounds containing selenium and iodine may well prove as complex as that of DMS. Early studies of DMS assumed that it was produced from a precursor compound, dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP), known to be present in some species of phytoplankton, and that the main sink in the water column was exchange across the air-sea interface. We now know that DMSP and DMS are both rapidly cycled in water column by a complex interaction between phytoplankton, microzooplankton, bacteria, and viruses (see Figure 1). Some detailed process experiments have revealed that only ˜10% of the total DMS produced (and less than 1.3% of the DMSP produced) is transferred to the atmosphere, with the bulk of the DMS and DMSP, either being recycled in the water column or photo-oxidized (Archer et al., 2002b).

  7. Identification and yield of carbonic acid and formaldehyde in irradiated ices

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    Dellorusso, Neil; Khanna, R. K.; Moore, M. H.

    1993-01-01

    Carbonic acid, (OH)2CO, was tentatively identified in the IR spectrum of a proton irradiated CO2 + H2O ice mixture. In this report, we present additional evidence for a more definitive identification of (OH)2CO with (1) the infrared spectrum of a residue obtained by proton irradiation of CO2 + D2O ice mixture, and (2) the IR spectra of solid phases of formaldehyde (H2CO), acetone (CH3)2CO, and dimethyl carbonate (OCH3)2CO, which are structurally similar to (OH)2CO. IR characteristics (peak frequencies and complex refractive indices of the compounds in point 2) are also reported. In particular, the integrated absorption coefficients for the C-O band for the compounds in point 2 do not vary by more than 20 percent. Based on these values, we estimate the yields of H2CO and (OH)2CO by proton irradiation or ice mixtures. Both H2CO and (OH)2CO are possible irradiation products of cometary and planetary ices.

  8. Mechanisms of enhanced total organic carbon elimination from oxalic acid solutions by electro-peroxone process.

    PubMed

    Wang, Huijiao; Yuan, Shi; Zhan, Juhong; Wang, Yujue; Yu, Gang; Deng, Shubo; Huang, Jun; Wang, Bin

    2015-09-01

    Electro-peroxone (E-peroxone) is a novel electrocatalytic ozonation process that combines ozonation and electrolysis process to enhance pollutant degradation during water and wastewater treatment. This enhancement has been mainly attributed to several mechanisms that increase O3 transformation to OH in the E-peroxone system, e.g., electro-generation of H2O2 from O2 at a carbon-based cathode and its subsequent peroxone reaction with O3 to OH, electro-reduction of O3 to OH at the cathode, and O3 decomposition to OH at high local pH near the cathode. To get more insight how these mechanisms contribute respectively to the enhancement, this study investigated total organic carbon (TOC) elimination from oxalic acid (OA) solutions by the E-peroxone process. Results show that the E-peroxone process significantly increased TOC elimination rate by 10.2-12.5 times compared with the linear addition of the individual rates of corresponding ozonation and electrolysis process. Kinetic analyses reveal that the electrochemically-driven peroxone reaction is the most important mechanism for the enhanced TOC elimination rate, while the other mechanisms contribute minor to the enhancement by a factor of 1.6-2.5. The results indicate that proper selection of electrodes that can effectively produce H2O2 at the cathode is critical to maximize TOC elimination in the E-peroxone process. PMID:25989593

  9. POLYMERIZATION OF L-ASPARTIC ACID TO POLYSUCCINIMIDE AND COPOLY(SUCCINIMIDE-ASPARTATE) IN SUPERCRITICAL CARBON DIOXIDE

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    We have two polymeric materials for L-aspartic acid in supercritical carbon dioxide, polysuccinimide and copoly(succinimide-aspartate). The polysuccinimide was characterized by IR spectroscopy and GPC analysis. The copoly(succinimide-aspartate) product was also characterized by titration analysis....

  10. Resistivity reduction of boron-doped multiwalled carbon nanotubes synthesized from a methanol solution containing boric acid

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    Ishii, Satoshi; Watanabe, Tohru; Ueda, Shinya; Tsuda, Shunsuke; Yamaguchi, Takahide; Takano, Yoshihiko

    2008-05-01

    Boron-doped multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) were synthesized using a methanol solution of boric acid as a source material. Accurate measurements of the electrical resistivity of an individual boron-doped MWNT was performed with a four-point contact, which was fabricated using an electron beam lithography technique. The doped boron provides conduction carriers, which reduces the resistivity of the MWNT.

  11. Boric acid corrosion of carbon and low-alloy steel pressure-boundary components in PWRs: Final report

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    A. S. ONeill; J. F. Hall

    1988-01-01

    This report presents the results of a literature survey of the effects of borated water leakage on carbon and low-alloy steel components (other than fasteners) in PWR applications. Boric acid corrosion field experience and laboratory test results are addressed. The report reviews and summarizes corrosion events that have occurred in PWRs and provides, for each event, plant identification, year of

  12. RAPID ANALYSIS OF CYANURIC ACID IN SWIMMING POOL WATERS BY HIGH PERFORMANCE LIQUID CHROMATOGRAPHY USING POROUS GRAPHITIC CARBON

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    An innovative approach is presented for reducing analysis times of cynuric acid in swimming pool waters by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The HPLC method exploits the unique selectivity of porous graphitic carbon (PGC) to fully resolve within 10 minutes cyanuric ...

  13. CORROSION INHIBITION OF CARBON STEEL DURING ACID CLEANING PROCESS BY A NEW SYNTHESIZED POLYAMIDE BASED ON THIOUREA

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    A. M. Al-Sabagh; M. A. Migahed; M. Abd El-Raouf

    2012-01-01

    In this work, a new polyamide (PA) based on thiourea and tartaric acid was synthesized and characterized by FT-IR spectroscopy. The efficiency of the new synthesized compound was evaluated as a corrosion inhibitor for carbon steel in 1 M HCl solution using weight loss, potentiodynamic polarization, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy techniques (EIS). The results show that PA is a good corrosion

  14. Effects of Temperature and Acidic Pre-Treatment on Fenton-Driven Oxidation of MTBE-Spent Granular Activated Carbon

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    Temperature-dependent mechanisms in the Fenton-driven chemical oxidation of methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE)-spent granular activated carbon (GAC) was investigated. Prior to iron (Fe) amendment to the GAC, acid-treatment altered the surface chemistry of the GAC and lowered the pH ...

  15. Effects on temperature and acidic pre-treatment on Fenton-driven oxidation of MTBE-spent granular activated carbon

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    Temperature-dependent mechanisms in the Fenton-driven chemical oxidation of methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE)-spent granular activated carbon (GAC) was investigated. Prior to iron (Fe) amendment to the GAC, acid-treatment altered the surface chemistry of the GAC and lowered the p...

  16. Capture of carbon dioxide from ethanol fermentation by liquid absorption for use in biological production of succinic acid.

    PubMed

    Nghiem, Nhuan P; Senske, Gerard E

    2015-02-01

    Previously, it was shown that the gas produced in an ethanol fermentor using either corn or barley as feedstock could be sparged directly into an adjacent fermentor as a feedstock for succinic acid fermentation using Escherichia coli AFP184. In the present investigation, it was demonstrated that the CO2 produced in a corn ethanol fermentor could be absorbed in a base solution and the resultant carbonate solution used both for pH control and supply of the CO2 requirement in succinic acid fermentation. Thus, the CO2 produced in a 5-L corn mash containing 30 wt% total solids was absorbed in a packed column containing 2 L of either 5 M NaOH, 5 M KOH, or 15 wt% NH4OH, and the resultant carbonate solutions were used for pH control in a succinic acid fermentor. The results obtained indicated no significant differences between succinic acid production in these experiments and when 2.5 M solutions of Na2CO3, K2CO3, and (NH4)2CO3 from commercial sources were used. In a commercial setting, the demonstrated capture of CO2 in liquid form will allow transportation of the carbonate solutions to locations not in the immediate vicinity of the ethanol plant, and excess carbonate salts can also be recovered as value-added products. PMID:25448631

  17. Analysis of Various Experimental Methods and Preparation of Mesoporous Activated Carbon Powders from Sawdust Using Phosphoric Acid

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    C. Srinivasakannan; N. Balasubramaniam

    2007-01-01

    A critical analysis of various reported experimental methods utilized for preparation of activated carbon using phosphoric acid was attempted to identify the right choice of experimental method. The various experimental methods were grouped into three major categories; of these, a two-stage activation process with the precursor exposed to preset furnace temperature in a self-generated atmosphere was identified to be a

  18. Lewis acid catalyzed ring-opening polymerization of natural epoxy oil (Euphorbia oil) in carbon dioxide media

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    In an attempt to build up useful application of plant oil based polymers, natural epoxy oil (euphorbia oil-EuO) was polymerized in liquid carbon dioxide in the presence of Lewis acid catalyst [Boron trifluoride diethyl etherate (BF3•OEt2)]. The resulting polymers (RPEuO) were characterized by FTIR ...

  19. Preparation and Electrochemical Characterization of a Carbon Ceramic Electrode Modified with Ferrocenecarboxylic Acid

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    Skeika, Tatiane; Zuconelli, Cristiane R.; Fujiwara, Sergio T.; Pessoa, Christiana A.

    2011-01-01

    The present paper describes the characterization of a carbon ceramic electrode modified with ferrocenecarboxylic acid (designated as CCE/Fc) by electrochemical techniques and its detection ability for dopamine. From cyclic voltammetric experiments, it was observed that the CCE/Fc presented a redox pair at Epa = 405 mV and Epc = 335 mV (?E = 70 mV), related to the ferrocene/ferrocenium process. Studies showed a considerably increase in the redox currents at the same oxidation potential of ferrocene (Epa = 414 mV vs. Ag/AgCl) in the presence of dopamine (DA), differently from those observed when using only the unmodified CCE, in which the anodic peak increase was considerably lower. From SWV experiments, it was observed that the AA (ascorbic acid) oxidation at CCE/Fc occurred in a different potential than the DA oxidation (with a peak separation of approximately 200 mV). Moreover, CCE/Fc did not respond to different AA concentrations, indicating that it is possible to determine DA without the AA interference with this electrode. PMID:22319356

  20. Electrochemistry of acids on platinum. Application to the reduction of carbon dioxide in the presence of pyridinium ion in water.

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    Costentin, Cyrille; Canales, Juan Carlos; Haddou, Baptiste; Savéant, Jean-Michel

    2013-11-27

    A detailed cyclic voltammetric investigation of the reduction of moderately weak acids on platinum reveals that they are reduced in two steps: one involving the hydrated protons initially present at equilibrium and the second the reduction of the acid through its prior conversion into hydrated protons. The reduction of pyridinium ions (protonated pyridine) follows this reaction scheme as does any other acid of similar pK (e.g., acetic acid). Rather than being catalytically reduced, CO2 plays a similar role through its prior conversion to carbonic acid. No trace of methanol or formate could be detected upon preparative-scale electrolysis of CO2 on the same electrode in the presence of pyridinium ions. PMID:24134536

  1. Nitrogen doped carbon nanotubes with encapsulated ferric carbide as excellent electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction reaction in acid and alkaline media

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    Zhong, Guoyu; Wang, Hongjuan; Yu, Hao; Peng, Feng

    2015-07-01

    Nitrogen doped carbon nanotubes (NCNTs) with encapsulated Fe3C nanoparticles (Fe3C@NCNTs) are synthesized by a simple direct pyrolysis of melamine and ferric chloride. The characterization results reveal that Fe3C is mainly encapsulated in the interior of NCNTs and N species is mainly distributed on the outside surface of NCNTs. Iron and iron carbide catalyze the growth of NCNTs and are wrapped by carbon to form Fe3C@NCNTs. The as-prepared Fe3C@NCNTs catalyst exhibits superior oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity, excellent methanol tolerance and long-term stability in both acid and alkaline media. It is proven that the doped N is the main active site for ORR and the inner Fe3C with outside carbon form the synergetic active site to enhance ORR activity. The ORR mechanism of direct four electron transfer pathway is proved in acid and alkaline media.

  2. Direct synthesis of H 2O 2 acid solutions on carbon cathode prepared from activated carbon and vapor-growing-carbon-fiber by a H 2\\/O 2 fuel cell

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    Ichiro Yamanaka; Toshikazu Hashimoto; Ryo Ichihashi; Kiyoshi Otsuka

    2008-01-01

    Direct synthesis of H2O2 acid solutions was studied using a gas-diffusion cathode prepared from activated carbon (AC), vapor-growing-carbon-fiber (VGCF) and poly-tetra-fluoro-ethylene (PTFE) powders, with a new H2\\/O2 fuel cell reactor. O2 reduction to H2O2 was remarkably enhanced at the three-phase boundary (O2(g)–electrode(s)–acid(l)) at the [AC+VGCF] cathode. Fast diffusion processes of O2 to the active surface and of H2O2 to the

  3. Reaction of CO2 and Carbonate Mineral in Seawater for Mitigation of CO2 and Ocean Acidity

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    Rau, G. H.

    2010-12-01

    A lab-scale seawater/mineral carbonate gas scrubber was found to remove up to 97% of CO2 in a simulated flue gas stream at ambient temperature and pressure, with a large fraction of this carbon ultimately converted to dissolved calcium bicarbonate. Contrary to predictions based on classical carbonate chemistry, up to 85% of the captured carbon was retained in solution, i.e., it did not degas or precipitate, even after full equilibration with air. This is because abiotic precipitation of CaCO3 from seawater is chemically inhibited up to dissolved concentrations approaching 20X supersaturation. Thus, above-ground CO2 hydration with seawater, reaction with mineral carbonate, and conversion to dissolved Ca(HCO3)2 may provide a relatively simple point-source CO2 capture and storage scheme at coastal locations. This approach is analogous to wet limestone scrubbing of flue gas that is commonly used for SO2 removal. Such low-tech CO2 mitigation could be especially relevant for retrofitting to existing coastal power plants and for deployment in the developing world, the primary source of future CO2 emissions. An electrochemically powered version of the preceding has been demonstrated for air capture of CO2. In any case, the addition of the resulting alkaline solution to the ocean would benefit marine ecosystems that are currently challenged by acidification. This is indicated by the widespread use of miniature CO2/carbonate mineral/seawater reactors in saltwater aquaria to generate alkalinity for preserving or enhancing coral and shellfish growth. Large-scale applications would thus allow use of the planet’s largest saline reservoir, the ocean, to safely and effectively store anthropogenic carbon in a form other than molecular CO2 or carbonic acid. This approach in essence hastens Nature's own very effective but slow CO2 mitigation process; carbonate mineral weathering is a major consumer of excess atmospheric CO2 and ocean acidity on geologic times scales.

  4. Crassulacean acid metabolism in the context of other carbon-concentrating mechanisms in freshwater plants: a review.

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    Klavsen, Signe Koch; Madsen, Tom V; Maberly, Stephen C

    2011-09-01

    Inorganic carbon can be in short supply in freshwater relative to that needed by freshwater plants for photosynthesis because of a large external transport limitation coupled with frequent depleted concentrations of CO(2) and elevated concentrations of O(2). Freshwater plants have evolved a host of avoidance, exploitation and amelioration strategies to cope with the low and variable supply of inorganic carbon in water. Avoidance strategies rely on the spatial variation in CO(2) concentrations within and among lakes. Exploitation strategies involve anatomical and morphological features that take advantage of sources of CO(2) outside of the water column such as the atmosphere or sediment. Amelioration strategies involve carbon-concentrating mechanisms based on uptake of bicarbonate, which is widespread, C(4)-fixation, which is infrequent, and crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM), which is of intermediate frequency. CAM enables aquatic plants to take up inorganic carbon in the night. Furthermore, daytime inorganic carbon uptake is generally not inhibited and therefore CAM is considered to be a carbon-conserving mechanism. CAM in aquatic plants is a plastic mechanism regulated by environmental variables and is generally downregulated when inorganic carbon does not limit photosynthesis. CAM is regulated in the long term (acclimation during growth), but is also affected by environmental conditions in the short term (response on a daily basis). In aquatic plants, CAM appears to be an ecologically important mechanism for increasing inorganic carbon uptake, because the in situ contribution from CAM to the C-budget generally is high (18-55%). PMID:21308411

  5. Climate change and trace gases BY JAMES HANSEN

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    Ford, Andrew

    Climate change and trace gases BY JAMES HANSEN 1,*, MAKIKO SATO 1 , PUSHKER KHARECHA 1 , GARY climate change that could run out of our control, with great dangers for humans and other creatures and the global environment. Keywords: climate change; trace gases; climate feedbacks; black carbon; sea level

  6. Effect of organic acid on CO{sub 2} corrosion of carbon and Cr bearing steels

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    Ueda, Masakatsu; Takabe, Hideki [Sumitomo Metal Industries, Ltd., Wakayama (Japan). Wakayama Steel Works

    1998-12-31

    The effect of organic acid on CO{sub 2} corrosion of carbon and Cr bearing steels was investigated. Acetic acid was considered as the organic acid. The temperature(T{sub max}), which gave a maximum corrosion rate, was observed on pure iron, and 1 and 2%Cr steels in the CO{sub 2} environment with 0.5% CH{sub 3}COOH as well as in the CO{sub 2} environment without CH{sub 3}COOH. The corrosion rate of these steels at T{sub max} extremely increased due to the addition of 0.5% CH{sub 3}COOH, but the T{sub max} did not change. In 9 and 13% Cr steels, the T{sub max} was observed in the CO{sub 2} environment without CH{sub 3}COOH, but did not in the CO{sub 2} environment with 5% CH{sub 3}COOH, and those corrosion rates continued to increase at the temperature above the T{sub max} in the CO{sub 2} environment without CH{sub 3}COOH. These corrosion behaviors were discussed from a viewpoint of pH and FeCO{sub 3} formation condition which was led from the calculated-equilibrium volubility of FeCO{sub 3} at elevated temperatures. Then, those were related to the acceleration of corrosion at the steel surface with heterogeneous FeCO{sub 3} film in pure iron, and 1 and 2% Cr steels, and the different formation behavior of corrosion products at the temperatures below and above 200 C in 9 and 13% Cr steels.

  7. Solution of Gases in Polyethylene Terephthalate

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    Alan S. Michaels; Wolf R. Vieth; James A. Barrie

    1963-01-01

    The solubilities of helium, nitrogen, oxygen, argon, methane, carbon dioxide, and ethane in glassy amorphous and crystalline polyethylene terephthalate have been studied by time-lag and?or static sorption methods. Solubilities of all the gases but ethane were also determined in the rubbery crystalline polymer. The only deviations from Henry's law were displayed by ethane at 25°C and carbon dioxide at 25°

  8. Influence of porous texture and surface chemistry on the CO? adsorption capacity of porous carbons: acidic and basic site interactions.

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    Sánchez-Sánchez, Angela; Suárez-García, Fabián; Martínez-Alonso, Amelia; Tascón, Juan M D

    2014-12-10

    Doped porous carbons exhibiting highly developed porosity and rich surface chemistry have been prepared and subsequently applied to clarify the influence of both factors on carbon dioxide capture. Nanocasting was selected as synthetic route, in which a polyaramide precursor (3-aminobenzoic acid) was thermally polymerized inside the porosity of an SBA-15 template in the presence of different H3PO4 concentrations. The surface chemistry and the porous texture of the carbons could be easily modulated by varying the H3PO4 concentration and carbonization temperature. Porous texture was found to be the determinant factor on carbon dioxide adsorption at 0 °C, while surface chemistry played an important role at higher adsorption temperatures. We proved that nitrogen functionalities acted as basic sites and oxygen and phosphorus groups as acidic ones toward adsorption of CO2 molecules. Among the nitrogen functional groups, pyrrolic groups exhibited the highest influence, while the positive effect of pyridinic and quaternary functionalities was smaller. Finally, some of these N-doped carbons exhibit CO2 heats of adsorption higher than 42 kJ/mol, which make them excellent candidates for CO2 capture. PMID:25347795

  9. Hydrogen, Oxygen, and Carbon Isotope Ratios of Cellulose from Submerged Aquatic Crassulacean Acid Metabolism and Non-Crassulacean Acid Metabolism Plants

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    Sternberg, Leonel; Deniro, Michael J.; Keeley, Jon E.

    1984-01-01

    Isotope ratios of cellulose and cellulose nitrate from aquatic Crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM) and non-CAM plants were determined. Cellulose oxygen istope ratios for all plants that grew together were virtually identical, whereas large differences were observed for hydrogen isotope ratios of cellulose nitrate between CAM and non-CAM plants. Carbon isotope ratios of cellulose nitrate did not differentiate CAM from non-CAM plants. PMID:16663824

  10. Toxicity of pyrolysis gases from polyether sulfone

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    Hilado, C. J.; Olcomendy, E. M.

    1979-01-01

    A sample of polyether sulfone was evaluated for toxicity of pyrolysis gases, using the toxicity screening test method developed at the University of San Francisco. Animal response times were relatively short at pyrolysis temperatures of 600 to 800 C, with death occurring within 6 min. The principal toxicant appeared to be a compound other than carbon monoxide.

  11. Carbon isotope effects associated with mixed-acid fermentation of saccharides by Clostridium papyrosolvens

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    Penning, Holger; Conrad, Ralf

    2006-05-01

    In anoxic environments, microbial fermentation is the first metabolic process in the path of organic matter degradation. Since little is known about carbon isotope fractionation during microbial fermentation, we studied mixed-acid fermentation of different saccharides (glucose, cellobiose, and cellulose) in Clostridium papyrosolvens. The bacterium was grown anaerobically in batch under different growth conditions, both in pure culture and in co-culture with Methanobacterium bryantii utilizing H 2/CO 2 or Methanospirillum hungatei utilizing both H 2/CO 2 and formate. Fermentation products were acetate, lactate, ethanol, formate, H 2, and CO 2 (and CH 4 in methanogenic co-culture), with acetate becoming dominant at low H 2 partial pressures. After complete conversion of the saccharides, acetate was 13C-enriched ( ?sacc/ac = 0.991-0.997), whereas lactate ( ?sacc/lac = 1.001-1.006), ethanol ( ?sacc/etoh = 1.007-1.013), and formate ( ?sacc/form = 1.007-1.011) were 13C-depleted. The total inorganic carbon produced was only slightly enriched in 13C, but was more enriched, when formate was produced in large amounts, as 12CO 2 was preferentially converted with H 2 to formate. During biomass formation, 12C was slightly preferred ( ?sacc/biom ? 1.002). The observations in batch culture were confirmed in glucose-limited chemostat culture at growth rates of 0.02-0.15 h -1 at both low and high hydrogen partial pressures. Our experiments showed that the carbon flow at metabolic branch points in the fermentation path governed carbon isotope fractionation to the accumulated products. During production of pyruvate, C isotopes were not fractionated when using cellulose, but were fractionated to different extents depending on growth conditions when using cellobiose or glucose. At the first catabolic branch point (pyruvate), the produced lactate was depleted in 13C, whereas the alternative product acetyl-CoA was 13C enriched. At the second branch point (acetyl-CoA), the ethanol formed was 15.6-18.6‰ depleted in 13C compared to the alternative product acetate. At low hydrogen partial pressures, as normally observed under environmental conditions, fermentation of saccharides should mainly result in the production of acetate that is only slightly enriched in 13C (<3‰).

  12. Trace Gases, CO2, Climate, and the Greenhouse Effect.

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    Aubrecht, Gordon J., II

    1988-01-01

    Reports carbon dioxide and other trace gases can be the cause of the Greenhouse Effect. Discusses some effects of the temperature change and suggests some solutions. Included are several diagrams, graphs, and a table. (YP)

  13. 30 CFR 75.322 - Harmful quantities of noxious gases.

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    2010-07-01

    ...of noxious or poisonous gases, other than carbon dioxide, shall not exceed the threshold limit values (TLV) as specified and applied...of Governmental Industrial Hygienists in “Threshold Limit Values for Substance in...

  14. 30 CFR 75.322 - Harmful quantities of noxious gases.

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    2012-07-01

    ...of noxious or poisonous gases, other than carbon dioxide, shall not exceed the threshold limit values (TLV) as specified and applied...of Governmental Industrial Hygienists in “Threshold Limit Values for Substance in...

  15. 30 CFR 75.322 - Harmful quantities of noxious gases.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ...of noxious or poisonous gases, other than carbon dioxide, shall not exceed the threshold limit values (TLV) as specified and applied...of Governmental Industrial Hygienists in “Threshold Limit Values for Substance in...

  16. 30 CFR 75.322 - Harmful quantities of noxious gases.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ...of noxious or poisonous gases, other than carbon dioxide, shall not exceed the threshold limit values (TLV) as specified and applied...of Governmental Industrial Hygienists in “Threshold Limit Values for Substance in...

  17. 30 CFR 75.322 - Harmful quantities of noxious gases.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ...of noxious or poisonous gases, other than carbon dioxide, shall not exceed the threshold limit values (TLV) as specified and applied...of Governmental Industrial Hygienists in “Threshold Limit Values for Substance in...

  18. Are we overestimating organic carbon concentrations in soils containing inorganic carbon?

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    Cunliffe, Andrew; Brazier, Richard; Vernon, Ian

    2014-05-01

    The concentration of carbon in soils is often measured via chromatographic analysis of elemental gases following dry combustion of a soil sample. This quantifies total carbon (TC), and, in soils which can be assumed to contain no inorganic carbon (IC), TC can be interpreted as organic carbon (OC). Soils containing IC are commonly subjected to an acid digestion to remove IC, prior to analysis for OC concentration; with IC being assigned as the difference between TC and OC. However, the removal of IC reduces the sample mass. Therefore, analysing acid-washed samples reveals the carbon concentration of the non-inorganic carbon sample mass, rather than the actual sample mass, as is generally assumed. This results in the overestimation of OC concentrations and consequent underestimation of IC concentrations, although TC concentrations are correct. The magnitude of the error is proportional to both IC concentration, and the ratio OC/IC, and consequently is greater in carbonate-rich samples. We present a revised protocol for accurately calculating OC and IC concentrations, using the carbon concentrations of the total sample and the acid-washed sample. The revised protocol is easily applicable to existing data, and corrects a known bias in apportioning carbon between organic and inorganic pools. Propagating the error through an example dataset from a semiarid environment, we find it can make a substantial (>10%) difference to estimated total OC pools. We recommend that this new protocol is used whenever elemental analysers are used to quantify OC concentrations in acid-washed sediments.

  19. Carbon scrubber

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    Frant, M. S.

    1981-01-01

    Inorganic carbon is removed from samples to be analyzed for "total organic carbon". In automated water analysis systems, semipermeable membrane separates two sample streams, one treated with acid, other with base. Carbonate and bicarbonated ions are converted to dissolved CO2 by acid; reverse process occurs in basic stream. Only CO2 is passed by membrane, from acid treated stream to base treated stream. Acidic stream emerges free of all inorganic carbon.

  20. A simplified model for evaluating the response of the climate system to the increase of greenhouse gases including the simulation of the global carbon cycle

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    M. Mazzini; F. Vantaggiato

    1995-01-01

    A simplified climate model which links a Box Advection Diffusion Model and a Global Carbon Cycle Model, has been set-up at DCMN of the University of PISA. The biosphere is represented by six ecosystems: tropical and temperate forests, grassland, land used for agriculture, urban areas, tundra and semi-desertic areas. In the vertical direction the model considers four fields: terrestrial surface,

  1. Porous carbon-coated silica macroparticles as anode materials for lithium ion batteries: Effect of boric acid

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    Kim, Young-Kuk; Moon, Jong-Woo; Lee, Jung-Goo; Baek, Youn-Kyung; Hong, Seong-Hyun

    2014-12-01

    We report carbon-coated porous silica macroparticles (SiO2@C) prepared using polymeric templates and subsequent carbonization with sucrose for improved electrochemical energy storage in lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). In addition, boron is introduced to improve the stability of electrochemical cells by pyrolyzing mixtures of sucrose and boric acid (SiO2@C + B) under inert atmosphere. The initially large surface area of porous SiO2 (SBET ? 658 m2 g-1) is reduced to 102 m2 g-1 after carbonization and introduction of boric acid. Surface of both SiO2@C and SiO2@C + B are covered with amorphous carbon. In particular, SiO2@C + B particles containing borosilicate (Si-O-B) phase and B-O bondings and Si-C-O bondings are also detected from the X-ray photoelectron spectra. The SiO2@C + B macroparticles shows high reversible charge capacity up to 503 mAh g-1 after 103 cycles of Li intercalation/de-intercalation although initial capacity was 200 mAh g-1. The improved charge capacity of SiO2@C + B is attributed to formation of advantageous microstructures induced from boric acid.

  2. Poly(carbonate–amide)s Derived from Bio-Based Resources: Poly(ferulic acid-co-tyrosine)

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    2015-01-01

    Ferulic acid (FA), a bio-based resource found in fruits and vegetables, was coupled with a hydroxyl-amino acid to generate a new class of monomers to afford poly(carbonate–amide)s with potential to degrade into natural products. l-Serine was first selected as the hydroxyl-amino partner for FA, from which the activated p-nitrophenyl carbonate monomer was synthesized. Unfortunately, polymerizations were unsuccessful, and the elimination product was systematically obtained. To avoid elimination, we revised our strategy and used l-tyrosine ethyl ester, which lacks an acidic proton on the ? position of the ethyl ester. Four new monomers were synthesized and converted into the corresponding poly(carbonate–amide)s with specific regioselectivities. The polymers were fully characterized through thermal and spectroscopic analyses. Preliminary fluorescent studies revealed interesting photophysical properties for the monomers and their corresponding poly(carbonate–amide)s, beyond the fluorescence characteristics of l-tyrosine and FA, making these materials potentially viable for sensing and/or imaging applications, in addition to their attractiveness as engineering materials derived from renewable resources. PMID:24839309

  3. Effects of inherent/enhanced solid acidity and morphology of diatomite templates on the synthesis and porosity of hierarchically porous carbon.

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    Liu, Dong; Yuan, Peng; Tan, Daoyong; Liu, Hongmei; Fan, Mingde; Yuan, Aihua; Zhu, Jianxi; He, Hongping

    2010-12-21

    The inherent or enhanced solid acidity of raw or activated diatomite is found to have significant effects on the synthesis of hierarchically porous diatomite-templated carbon with high surface area and special porous structure. The solid acidity makes raw/activated diatomite a catalyst for the generation of porous carbon, and the porous parameters of the carbon products are strongly dependent on the solid acidity of diatomite templates. The morphology of diatomite also dramatically affects the textural structure of porous carbon. Two types of macroporous structures in the carbon product, the partially solid pillars and the ordered hollow tubes, derive from the replication of the central and the edge pores of diatom shell, respectively. The hierarchically porous carbon shows good capability for the adsorption of solvent naphtha and H(2), enabling potential applications in adsorption and gas storage. PMID:21080632

  4. Noble gases in meteorites

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    Donald D. Bogard

    1971-01-01

    The measurement of isotopic abundances of the noble gases in meteorites and other extraterrestrial samples became a large and active field during the past decade, especially within the last four years. The five stable noble gases proved to be excellent keys for unlocking the secrets of past physical events in the solar system and are used in studies of such

  5. Reduction of fatty acid methyl esters to fatty alcohols to improve volatility for isotopic analysis without extraneous carbon.

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    Corso, T N; Lewis, B A; Brenna, J T

    1998-09-15

    Carbon in derivatization groups cannot be distinguished from analyte carbon by chromatography-based high-precision compound-specific or position-specific isotope analysis. We report the reduction of fatty acid methyl esters to fatty alcohols to facilitate high-quality chromatographic separation, without addition of extraneous carbon, with subsequent high-precision position-specific isotope analysis. Methyl palmitate is quantitatively reduced to 1-hexadecanol by LiAlH4 in a one-step reaction. Gas-phase pyrolysis of 1-hexadecanol results in a series of monounsaturated alcohols and alpha-olefins analogous to fragmentation found for methyl palmitate, as well as an additional peak corresponding to the pyrolytic dehydration product, 1-hexadecene. Carbon isotope analysis of the fragments yielded precision of SD (delta 13C) < 0.4/1000. Results of position-specific analysis of very low enrichment [1-13C]-1-hexadecanol (delta 13C = -4.00/1000) showed no evidence of scrambling of the C1 position, and isotope ratios in accord with expectations. The pyrolysis product 1-hexadecene was isotopically enriched relative to 1-hexadecanol, which may cause minor depletion of other pyrolysis products that can be taken into account by routine calibration. The procedure is general and can be extended to compound-specific and position-specific analysis of moderate molecular weight, low-volatility analytes containing acid groups that would otherwise be blocked with methyl, ethyl, acetyl, or trimethyl silyl groups containing extraneous carbon. PMID:9751019

  6. On the neutralization of acid rock drainage by carbonate and silicate minerals

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    E. J. Sherlock; R. W. Lawrence; R. Poulin

    1995-01-01

    The net result of acid-generating and-neutralizing reactions within mining wastes is termed acid rock drainage (ARD). The oxidation of sulfide minerals is the major contributor to acid generation. Dissolution and alteration of various minerals can contribute to the neutralization of acid. Definitions of alkalinity, acidity, and buffer capacity are reviewed, and a detailed discussion of the dissolution and neutralizing capacity

  7. Experimental studies of oxygen isotope fractionation in the carbonic acid system at 15, 25, and 40 (degrees)C

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    Beck, William Cory

    2004-11-15

    the evolution the Earth?s past climate, oceans, and atmosphere. For instance, Urey (1947), McCrea (1950), Epstein et al. (1953) and many others have shown that temperature and the oxygen isotope composition of the water in which carbonate minerals precipitate...) ' 12) a much better fit is achieved (Fig. 8b). This further substantiates the argument that CO2(aq) plays a major role in the oxygen isotope exchange kinetics between H 2O and the carbonic acid species (Mills and Urey, 1940). 18 Fig. 6...

  8. Direct electrochemistry and electrocatalysis of horseradish peroxidase immobilized in hyaluronic acid and single walled carbon nanotubes composite film

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    Qi Wang; Jianbin Zheng

    2010-01-01

    Direct electrochemistry and electrocatalysis of horseradish peroxidase (HRP) immobilized on a hyaluronic acid (HA)-single\\u000a walled carbon nanotubes (SCNs) composite film coated glassy carbon electrode (GCE) was studied for the first time. HRP entrapped\\u000a in the SCNs-HA composite film exhibited a pair of well-defined, quasi-reversible cyclic voltammetric peaks in a 0.1 M phosphate\\u000a buffer solution (pH 7.0). Formal potential vs. standard

  9. Effects of carbon in negative plates on cycle-life performance of valve-regulated lead/acid batteries

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    Shiomi, Masaaki; Funato, Takayuki; Nakamura, Kenji; Takahashi, Katsuhiro; Tsubota, Masaharu

    Increasing amounts of carbon in the negative plates of valve-regulated lead/acid batteries reduced the PbSO 4 accumulation and extended the life performance in the simulated cycle-life test using the operational pattern of hybrid electric vehicles and photovoltaic power systems. It improved also the rechargeability of large batteries and cycle-life performance when operated in the condition of a small overcharge. Carbon formed a conductive network on PbSO 4 particles of the discharged negative plates.

  10. Effect of additive gases on synthesis of organic compounds from carbon dioxide using non-thermal plasma produced by atmospheric surface discharges

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    Nobuya Hayashi; Tsutomu Yamakawa; Seiji Baba

    2006-01-01

    Reduction and recycling of carbon dioxide (CO2) were performed using a non-thermal plasma produced by a surface discharge at atmospheric pressure. Useful hydrocarbons (CHs) such as dimethyl ether and methane were produced at the discharge voltage of 11kV, when hydrogen (H2) gas was mixed with CO2 and the mixture ratio was 50%. The conversion of CO2 to the CHs mixing

  11. Experimental Investigation for the Effects of the Core Geometry on the Optimum Acid Flux in Carbonate Acidizing 

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    Jin, Xiao

    2013-11-21

    inches diameter cores that varied in length. The lengths of the cores are 4 inches, 6 inches, and 8 inches long. The acid concentration used for these experiments was 15 wt% HCl. A pressure drop plot was created as the acid penetrates through the core...

  12. Glycyrrhizic acid inhibits apoptosis and fibrosis in carbon-tetrachloride-induced rat liver injury

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    Liang, Bo; Guo, Xiao-Ling; Jin, Jing; Ma, Yong-Chun; Feng, Zheng-Quan

    2015-01-01

    AIM: To investigate anti-apoptotic effects of glycyrrhizic acid (GA) against fibrosis in carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced liver injury and its contributing factors. METHODS: Liver fibrosis was induced by administration of CCl4 for 8 wk. Pathological changes in the liver of rats were examined by hematoxylin-eosin staining. Collagen fibers were detected by Sirius red staining. Hepatocyte apoptosis was determined by TUNEL assay and the expression levels of cleaved caspase-3, Bax, ?-SMA, connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) 2 and MMP9 proteins were evaluated by western blot analysis, and ?-SMA mRNA, collagen type?I?and III mRNA were estimated by real-time PCR. RESULTS: Treatment with GA significantly improved the pathological changes in the liver and markedly decreased the positive area of Sirius red compared with rats in the CCl4-treated group. TUNEL assay showed that GA significantly reduced the number of TUNEL-positive cells compared with the CCl4-treated group. The expression levels of cleaved caspase-3, Bax, ?-SMA, CTGF, MMP2 and MMP9 proteins, and ?-SMA mRNA, collagen type?I?and III mRNA were also significantly reduced by GA compared with the CCl4-treated group (P < 0.05). CONCLUSION: GA treatment can ameliorate CCl4-induced liver fibrosis by inhibiting hepatocyte apoptosis and hepatic stellate cell activation. PMID:25954100

  13. Sorption of humic acid to functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes.

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    Wang, Fei; Yao, Jun; Chen, Huilun; Yi, Zhengji; Xing, Baoshan

    2013-09-01

    The environmental behavior of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and humic acid (HA) is a prominent concern, but effect of functionalities on their sorption is not clear yet. Functionalized multi-walled CNTs (MCNT15) and HA were used to study their sorption behavior. Sorption rate of HA to MCNTs was dominantly controlled by its diffusion from liquid-MCNT boundary to MCNT surfaces. The sorption is in the sequence of MCNT15 > MCNT15-NH2 > MCNT15-OH > MCNT15-COOH > MCNT15-Ni, which was dependent on their surface area and meso- and macro-pore volume. The functionalities of MCNTs regulated the sorption by affecting their interaction mechanisms (i.e., H-bonding, ?-?, and hydrophobic interaction). Additionally, the amount of these functionalities on the MCNT surface reduced indirectly the sorption sites due to the steric hindrance. Electrostatic repulsion deceased the sorption of HA by MCNTs with increasing pH. This study demonstrated the importance of functionalities on the MCNTs for the sorption of HA. PMID:23711903

  14. Constancy of blood carbonic acid pK' in patients during cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

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    Kruse, J A; Hukku, P; Carlson, R W

    1988-06-01

    Previous studies have suggested that the apparent dissociation constant of blood carbonic acid (pK') may actually vary in acutely ill patients. We prospectively compared the pK' of healthy control subjects to that of patients undergoing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Arterial blood obtained from 20 patients undergoing CPR and from 30 healthy volunteers was analyzed for Na+, pH, PCO2, and total CO2 content (tCO2). pK' was calculated from this data, using the Henderson-Hasselbalch equation. Total CO2 was then calculated in the CPR patients, using this equation and the control pK'. Mean pK' was 6.109 +/- 0.004 (SEM) for the control group and 6.123 +/- 0.007 for the CPR group (p = NS). In the CPR group, calculated tCO2 was not significantly different from measured from tCO2, and the correlation between calculated and measured tCO2 was 0.99. In patients undergoing CPR, pK' does not differ significantly from normal, and tCO2 can be accurately estimated with the Henderson-Hasselbalch equation. PMID:3371102

  15. Relationship between the apparent dissociation constant of blood carbonic acid and severity of illness.

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    Kruse, J A; Hukku, P; Carlson, R W

    1989-11-01

    The Henderson-Hasselbalch equation is commonly used to calculate plasma bicarbonate and CO2 content (tCO2) from blood gas measurements and an assumed constant value of the apparent dissociation constant of blood carbonic acid (pK'). Several studies have reported pK' to be variable in critically ill patients. We prospectively compared the pK' of patients in an intensive care unit to their severity of illness. Blood specimens were analyzed for pH, Pco2, and tCO2, and the results were used to calculate pK'. The tCO2 was also calculated from this equation by means of the measured pH and Pco2 and from an assumed constant pK'. Severity of illness was evaluated with the acute physiology score and the Therapeutic Intervention Scoring System. A total of 2004 specimens were analyzed; they had a mean pK' of 6.126. A strong correlation was shown between calculated and measured tCO2; however, there was essentially no correlation between disease severity and pK'. We conclude that bicarbonate and tCO2 can be accurately calculated in critically ill patients. PMID:2809399

  16. Dynamic Rheological Studies of Poly(p-phenyleneterephthalamide) and Carbon Nanotube Blends in Sulfuric Acid

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    Cao, Yutong; Liu, Zhaofeng; Gao, Xianghua; Yu, Junrong; Hu, Zuming; Liang, Ziqi

    2010-01-01

    We have studied the dynamic scanning of liquid-crystalline (LC) poly(p-phenyleneterephthalamide) sulfuric acid (PPTA-H2SO4) solution, and its blend with single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs), by using a flat plate rotational rheometer. The effects of weight concentration and molecular weight of PPTA, as well as operating temperature, on dynamic viscoelasticity of the PPTA-H2SO4 LC solution system are discussed. The transition from a biphasic system to a single-phase LC occurs in the weight concentration range of SWNTs from 0.1% to 0.2%, in which complex viscosity reaches the maximum at 0.2 wt% and the minimum at 0.1 wt%, respectively, of SWNTs. With increasing SWNT weight concentration, the endothermic peak temperature increases from 73.6 to 79.9 °C. The PPTA/SWNT/H2SO4 solution is in its plateau zone and storage modulus (G?) is a dominant factor within the frequency (?) range of 0.1–10 rad/s. As ? increases, the G? rises slightly, in direct proportion to the ?. The loss modulus (G?) does not rise as a function of ? when ? < 1 s?1, then when ? > 1 s?1 G? increases faster than G?, yet not in any proportion to the ?. PMID:20480024

  17. Morphology dependent field emission of acid-spun carbon nanotube fibers.

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    Fairchild, S B; Boeckl, J; Back, T C; Ferguson, J B; Koerner, H; Murray, P T; Maruyama, B; Lange, M A; Cahay, M M; Behabtu, N; Young, C C; Pasquali, M; Lockwood, N P; Averett, K L; Gruen, G; Tsentalovich, D E

    2015-03-13

    Acid spun carbon nanotube (CNT) fibers were investigated for their field emission properties and performance was determined to be dependent on fiber morphology. The fibers were fabricated by wet-spinning of pre-made CNTs. Fiber morphology was controlled by a fabrication method and processing conditions, as well as purity, size, and type of the CNT starting material. The internal fiber structure consisted of CNT fibrils held together by van der Waals forces. Alignment and packing density of the CNTs affects the fiber's electrical and thermal conductivity. Fibers with similar diameters and differing morphology were compared, and those composed of the most densely packed and well aligned CNTs were the best field emitters as exhibited by a lower turn-on voltage and a larger field enhancement factor. Fibers with higher electrical and thermal conductivity demonstrated higher maximum current before failure and longer lifetimes. A stable emission current at 3 mA was obtained for 10 h at a field strength of <1 V ?m(-1). This stable high current operation makes these CNT fibers excellent candidates for use as low voltage electron sources for vacuum electronic devices. PMID:25694166

  18. Dynamics of greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4, N2O) along the Zambezi River and major tributaries, and their importance in the riverine carbon budget

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    Teodoru, C. R.; Nyoni, F. C.; Borges, A. V.; Darchambeau, F.; Nyambe, I.; Bouillon, S.

    2015-04-01

    Spanning over 3000 km in length and with a catchment of approximately 1.4 million km2, the Zambezi River is the fourth largest river in Africa and the largest flowing into the Indian Ocean from the African continent. We present data on greenhouse gas (GHG: carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O)) concentrations and fluxes, as well as data that allow for characterization of sources and dynamics of carbon pools collected along the Zambezi River, reservoirs and several of its tributaries during 2012 and 2013 and over two climatic seasons (dry and wet) to constrain the interannual variability, seasonality and spatial heterogeneity along the aquatic continuum. All GHG concentrations showed high spatial variability (coefficient of variation: 1.01 for CO2, 2.65 for CH4 and 0.21 for N2O). Overall, there was no unidirectional pattern along the river stretch (i.e., decrease or increase towards the ocean), as the spatial heterogeneity of GHGs appeared to be determined mainly by the connectivity with floodplains and wetlands as well as the presence of man-made structures (reservoirs) and natural barriers (waterfalls, rapids). Highest CO2 and CH4 concentrations in the main channel were found downstream of extensive floodplains/wetlands. Undersaturated CO2 conditions, in contrast, were characteristic of the surface waters of the two large reservoirs along the Zambezi mainstem. N2O concentrations showed the opposite pattern, being lowest downstream of the floodplains and highest in reservoirs. Among tributaries, highest concentrations of both CO2 and CH4 were measured in the Shire River, whereas low values were characteristic of more turbid systems such as the Luangwa and Mazoe rivers. The interannual variability in the Zambezi River was relatively large for both CO2 and CH4, and significantly higher concentrations (up to 2-fold) were measured during wet seasons compared to the dry season. Interannual variability of N2O was less pronounced, but higher values were generally found during the dry season. Overall, both concentrations and fluxes of CO2 and CH4 were well below the median/average values for tropical rivers, streams and reservoirs reported previously in the literature and used for global extrapolations. A first-order mass balance suggests that carbon (C) transport to the ocean represents the major component (59%) of the budget (largely in the form of dissolved inorganic carbon, DIC), while 38% of the total C yield is annually emitted into the atmosphere, mostly as CO2 (98%), and 3% is removed by sedimentation in reservoirs.

  19. Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center and World Data Center-A for atomspheric trace gases: Catalog of data bases and reports

    SciTech Connect

    Burtis, M.D. [comp.

    1995-04-01

    This document provides information about the many reports and other materials made available by the US Department of Energy`s Global Change Research Program (GCRP). Section A provides information about the activities, scope, and direction of the GCRP; Sections B,C, D, and E contain information about research that has been sponsered by GCRP; Sections F and G contains information about the numeric data packages and computer model pa kages the have been compiled by the GCRP; Section H describes reports about research dealing with the responses of vegetation to carbon dioxide; and Section I conatins reports from various workshops, symposia, and reviews.

  20. [Studies on the effects of carbon:nitrogen ratio, inoculum type and yeast extract addition on jasmonic acid production by Botryodiplodia theobromae Pat. strain RC1].

    PubMed

    Eng Sánchez, Felipe; Gutiérrez-Rojas, Mariano; Favela-Torres, Ernesto

    2008-09-30

    Jasmonic acid is a native plant growth regulator produced by algae, microorganisms and higher plants. This regulator is involved in the activation of defence mechanisms against pathogens and wounding in plants. Studies concerning the effects of carbon: nitrogen ratio (C/Nr: 17, 35 and 70), type of inoculum (spores or mycelium) and the yeast extract addition in the media on jasmonic acid production by Botryodiplodia theobromae were evaluated. Jasmonic acid production was stimulated at the carbon: nitrogen ratio of 17. Jasmonic acid productivity was higher in the media inoculated with mycelium and in the media with yeast extract 1.7 and 1.3 times, respectively. PMID:18785793