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  1. Chemical reactions at aqueous interfaces

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    Vecitis, Chad David

    2009-12-01

    Interfaces or phase boundaries are a unique chemical environment relative to individual gas, liquid, or solid phases. Interfacial reaction mechanisms and kinetics are often at variance with homogeneous chemistry due to mass transfer, molecular orientation, and catalytic effects. Aqueous interfaces are a common subject of environmental science and engineering research, and three environmentally relevant aqueous interfaces are investigated in this thesis: 1) fluorochemical sonochemistry (bubble-water), 2) aqueous aerosol ozonation (gas-water droplet), and 3) electrolytic hydrogen production and simultaneous organic oxidation (water-metal/semiconductor). Direct interfacial analysis under environmentally relevant conditions is difficult, since most surface-specific techniques require relatively `extreme' conditions. Thus, the experimental investigations here focus on the development of chemical reactors and analytical techniques for the completion of time/concentration-dependent measurements of reactants and their products. Kinetic modeling, estimations, and/or correlations were used to extract information on interfacially relevant processes. We found that interfacial chemistry was determined to be the rate-limiting step to a subsequent series of relatively fast homogeneous reactions, for example: 1) Pyrolytic cleavage of the ionic headgroup of perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoate (PFOA) adsorbed to cavitating bubble-water interfaces during sonolysis was the rate-determining step in transformation to their inorganic constituents carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and fluoride; 2) ozone oxidation of aqueous iodide to hypoiodous acid at the aerosol-gas interface is the rate-determining step in the oxidation of bromide and chloride to dihalogens; 3) Electrolytic oxidation of anodic titanol surface groups is rate-limiting for the overall oxidation of organics by the dichloride radical. We also found chemistry unique to the interface, for example: 1) Adsorption of dilute PFOS(aq) and PFOA(aq) to acoustically cavitating bubble interfaces was greater than equilibrium expectations due to high-velocity bubble radial oscillations; 2) Relative ozone oxidation kinetics of aqueous iodide, sulfite, and thiosulfate were at variance with previously reported bulk aqueous kinetics; 3) Organics that directly chelated with the anode surface were oxidized by direct electron transfer, resulting in immediate carbon dioxide production but slower overall oxidation kinetics. Chemical reactions at aqueous interfaces can be the rate-limiting step of a reaction network and often display novel mechanisms and kinetics as compared to homogeneous chemistry.

  2. Aqueous chemical wash compositions

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    Bannister, C.E.

    1987-07-21

    This patent describes an aqueous, substantially unfoamed chemical wash composition having properties making it suitable for use as a pre-flush in well cementing operations and/or for removal of drilling mud from a borehole at a temperature of from about 150/sup 0/F to about 270/sup 0/F, the wash a. being predominantly composed of water, b. containing an active surfactant component comprising a combination of (1) from about 0.1 to about 1.5 weight percent (total weight basis) of a water soluble anionic surfactant; (2) from about 0.1 to about 1.5 weight percent (total weight basis) of a nonionic surfactant; and (3) from about 0.05 to about 0.54 weight percent (total weight basis) of at least one water soluble amphoteric surfactant, and c. having dispersed therein a heterogeneous mixture of distinct particles comprising both a first particulate oil soluble resin which is friable and a second particulate oil soluble resin which is pliable and where the size of the friable resin particles ranges from about 0.5 to about 300 microns and the size of the pliable resin particles ranges from about 0.05 to about 30 microns. The amount of the friable-pliable resin mixture is sufficient to impart effective fluid loss control to the chemical wash composition.

  3. Chemical constraints governing the origin of metabolism: the thermodynamic landscape of carbon group transformations under mild aqueous conditions

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    Weber, Arthur L.

    2002-01-01

    The thermodynamics of organic chemistry under mild aqueous conditions was examined in order to begin to understand its influence on the structure and operation of metabolism and its antecedents. Free energies (deltaG) were estimated for four types of reactions of biochemical importance carbon-carbon bond cleavage and synthesis, hydrogen transfer between carbon groups, dehydration of alcohol groups, and aldo-keto isomerization. The energies were calculated for mainly aliphatic groups composed of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. The energy values showed (1) that generally when carbon-carbon bond cleavage involves groups from different functional group classes (i.e., carboxylic acids, carbonyl groups, alcohols, and hydrocarbons), the transfer of the shared electron-pair to the more reduced carbon group is energetically favored over transfer to the more oxidized carbon group, and (2) that the energy of carbon-carbon bond transformation is primarily determined by the functional group class of the group that changes oxidation state in the reaction (i.e., the functional group class of the group that donates the shared electron-pair during cleavage, or that accepts the incipient shared electron-pair during synthesis). In contrast, the energy of hydrogen transfer between carbon groups is determined by the functional group class of both the hydrogen-donor group and the hydrogen-acceptor group. From these and other observations we concluded that the chemistry involved in the origin of metabolism (and to a lesser degree modern metabolism) was strongly constrained by (1) the limited redox-based transformation energy of organic substrates that is readily dissipated in a few energetically favorable irreversible reactions; (2) the energy dominance of a few transformation half-reactions that determines whether carbon-carbon bond transformation (cleavage or synthesis) is energetically favorable (deltaG < -3.5 kcal/mol), reversible (deltaG between +/-3.5 kcal/mol), or unfavorable (deltaG > +3.5 kcal/mol); and (3) the dependence of carbon group transformation energy on the functional group class (i.e., oxidation state) of participating groups that in turn is contingent on prior reactions and precursors in the synthetic pathway.

  4. Chemical Reactions of Portland Cement with Aqueous CO2 and Their Impacts on Cement's Mechanical Properties under Geologic CO2 Sequestration Conditions.

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    Li, Qingyun; Lim, Yun Mook; Flores, Katharine M; Kranjc, Kelly; Jun, Young-Shin

    2015-05-19

    To provide information on wellbore cement integrity in the application of geologic CO2 sequestration (GCS), chemical and mechanical alterations were analyzed for cement paste samples reacted for 10 days under GCS conditions. The reactions were at 95 °C and had 100 bar of either N2 (control condition) or CO2 contacting the reaction brine solution with an ionic strength of 0.5 M adjusted by NaCl. Chemical analyses showed that the 3.0 cm × 1.1 cm × 0.3 cm samples were significantly attacked by aqueous CO2 and developed layer structures with a total attacked depth of 1220 μm. Microscale mechanical property analyses showed that the hardness and indentation modulus of the carbonated layer were 2-3 times greater than for the intact cement, but those in the portlandite-dissolved region decreased by ∼50%. The strength and elastic modulus of the bulk cement samples were reduced by 93% and 84%, respectively. The properties of the microscale regions, layer structure, microcracks, and swelling of the outer layers combined to affect the overall mechanical properties. These findings improve understanding of wellbore integrity from both chemical and mechanical viewpoints and can be utilized to improve the safety and efficiency of CO2 storage. PMID:25893278

  5. Plasmon-driven sequential chemical reactions in an aqueous environment

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    Zhang, Xin; Wang, Peijie; Zhang, Zhenglong; Fang, Yurui; Sun, Mengtao

    2014-01-01

    Plasmon-driven sequential chemical reactions were successfully realized in an aqueous environment. In an electrochemical environment, sequential chemical reactions were driven by an applied potential and laser irradiation. Furthermore, the rate of the chemical reaction was controlled via pH, which provides indirect evidence that the hot electrons generated from plasmon decay play an important role in plasmon-driven chemical reactions. In acidic conditions, the hot electrons were captured by the abundant H+ in the aqueous environment, which prevented the chemical reaction. The developed plasmon-driven chemical reactions in an aqueous environment will significantly expand the applications of plasmon chemistry and may provide a promising avenue for green chemistry using plasmon catalysis in aqueous environments under irradiation by sunlight. PMID:24958029

  6. Plasmon-driven sequential chemical reactions in an aqueous environment

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    Zhang, Xin; Wang, Peijie; Zhang, Zhenglong; Fang, Yurui; Sun, Mengtao

    2014-06-01

    Plasmon-driven sequential chemical reactions were successfully realized in an aqueous environment. In an electrochemical environment, sequential chemical reactions were driven by an applied potential and laser irradiation. Furthermore, the rate of the chemical reaction was controlled via pH, which provides indirect evidence that the hot electrons generated from plasmon decay play an important role in plasmon-driven chemical reactions. In acidic conditions, the hot electrons were captured by the abundant H+ in the aqueous environment, which prevented the chemical reaction. The developed plasmon-driven chemical reactions in an aqueous environment will significantly expand the applications of plasmon chemistry and may provide a promising avenue for green chemistry using plasmon catalysis in aqueous environments under irradiation by sunlight.

  7. CHEMICAL TRANSFORMATIONS USING NON-TRADITIONAL APPROACHES: MICROWAVE-ASSISTED GREENER SYNTHESES IN AQUEOUS MEDIA OR UNDER SOLVENT-FREE CONDITIONS

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    Microwave (MW) irradiation in conjunction with water as reaction media has proven to be a 'greener' chemical approach for expeditious N-alkylation reactions of amines and hydrazines wherein the reactions under mildly basic conditions afford tertiary amines and double N<...

  8. Chemical Equilibrium Composition of Aqueous Systems

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    1996-12-30

    MINEQL is a subroutine package to calculate equilibrium composition of an aqueous system, accounting for mass transfer. MINEQL-EIR contains an additional base on enthalpy and heat capacity data and has the option to do calculations at temperatures different from 25 degrees C.

  9. CHEMICAL SYNTHESES IN AQUEOUS MEDIA USING MICROWAVES

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    The development of efficient, selective and eco-friendly synthetic methods has remained a major focus of our research group. Microwave (MW) irradiation as alternative energy source in conjunction with water as reaction media has proven to be a successful 'greener' chemical appro...

  10. Physical-chemical conditions of ore deposition

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    Barton, P.B., Jr.

    1981-01-01

    Ore deposits form under a wide range of physical and chemical conditions, but those precipitating from hot, aqueous fluids-i.e. the hydrothermal deposits-form generally below 700??C and at pressures of only 1 or 2 kbar or less. Natural aqueous fluids in rocks may extract metal and sulfur from a variety of rock types or may acquire them as a residual heritage from a crystallizing silicate magma. Ore-forming hydrothermal fluids never appear as hot springs (except in deep, submarine situations) because they boil, mix with surface waters, and cool, thereby losing their ore-bearing ability before reaching the surface. Mineral systems function as chemical buffers and indicators just as buffers and indicators function in a chemical laboratory. By reading the record written in the buffer/indicator assemblages of minerals one can reconstruct many aspects of the former chemical environment. By studying the record of changing conditions one may deduce information regarding the processes functioning to create the succession of chemical environments and the ore deposits they represent. The example of the OH vein at Creede, Colorado, shows a pH buffered by the K-feldspar + muscovite + quartz assemblage and the covariation of S2 and O2 buffered by the assemblage chlorite + pyrite + quartz. Boiling of the ore fluid led to its oxidation to hematite-bearing assemblages and simultaneously produced an intensely altered, sericitic capping over the vein in response to the condensation of vapors bearing acidic components. The solubility of metals as calculated from experimental and theoretical studies of mineral solubility appears too low by at least one or two powers of ten to explain the mineralization at Creede. In contrast to Creede where the mineral stabilities all point to a relatively consistent chemistry, the Mississippi Valley type deposits present a puzzle of conflicting chemical clues that are impossible to reconcile with any single equilibrium situation. Thus we must seriously consider metastable equilibria; those most likely involve redox disequilibrium among the sulfur species in solution and perhaps also involve organic compounds. ?? 1981.

  11. Application of chemically modified rice husk for the removal of heavy metals from aqueous solution.

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    Kayal, N; Sinhia, P K; Kundu, D

    2010-01-01

    The removal efficiency of lead, cadmium and zinc from aqueous solution on adsorption by using rice husk, a non-conventional material in its natural and chemically modified form has been presented in this paper. It has been observed that rate of adsorption is dependent on the nature of the adsorbent, adsorbent dose, particle size of the adsorbent, concentration, pH, contact time, temperature, etc. Under identical experimental condition chemically modified rice husk was found to possess greater adsorption capacity for all metals than untreated rice husk and chemically modified rice husk ash. Chemically modified rice husk could remove 99.8% Pb, 95% Cd and 97% Zn from aqueous solution at room temperature. PMID:21114100

  12. Thermodynamics of Water and Aqueous Solutions under Mantle Conditions

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    Brown, J. M.; Vance, S.; Bollengier, O.; Shaw, G. H.; Abramson, E.

    2014-12-01

    Interactions between aqueous solutions and rocks extending from the surface and through the deep mantle control the state and evolution of Earth. The accurate representation of the fluid chemical energy as a function of pressure, temperature and composition over a wide range of conditions is prerequisite in understanding phase equilibria and solubilities in multicomponent systems. End-member thermodynamic properties of water (densities, specific heats, sound speeds, and more) have been extensively explored in a regime below about 100 MPa and an available complex formulation for the Helmholtz free energy (IAPWS-95) accurately represents these data and a smaller number of measurements extending to 1 GPa. However, this parameterization systematically misfits higher pressure data and is not easily adjusted to provide a better description. To address these points, we developed a flexible framework for the acquisition and description of Gibbs' free energy of water and aqueous solutions. Through use of local basis functions, the thermodynamic state surface can be adjusted to account for improved experimental constraints or for results in new regimes of pressure and temperature. Based on our experimental work on pure water, MgSO4(aq), Na2SO4(aq), and ammonia-water mixtures, new insights are provided on the volumetric behavior of fluids at high pressure. For the ionic solutions, where the partial molar volume at infinite dilution, Vo, is dominated by electrostriction at low pressure, the initial pressure derivative of Vo is large. At high pressure, where Vo is more related to the "size" of the ions, it is only weakly pressure dependent. The non-ideal behavior of these ionic solutions over an extended range of pressures and temperatures is successfully described using a standard three-term parameterization representing solvent (Debye-Hckel), solvent-ion, and ion-ion interactions. The solvent-ion and ion-ion interaction parameters show less dependence on pressure and temperature than Vo or the Debye-Hckel term and non-ideal behavior is generally suppressed at higher pressures.

  13. FBX aqueous chemical dosimeter for measurement of dosimetric parameters.

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    Moussous, O; Medjadj, T; Benguerba, M

    2011-02-01

    We investigated the ferrous sulphate-benzoic acid-xylenol orange (FBX) aqueous chemical dosimeter for measurement of dosimetric parameters such as the output factor, backscatter factor and lateral beam profiles for different square fields sizes for (60)Co γ-rays. A water phantom was employed to measure these parameters. An ionization chamber (IC) was used for calibration and comparison. A comparison of the resulting measurements with an ionization chamber's measured parameters showed good agreement. We thus believe that the tissue equivalent FBX dosimetry system can measure the dosimetric parameters for (60)Co with reasonable accuracy. PMID:21036054

  14. INTEK Decon Solutions: An Aqueous Based Chemical Decontamination Process

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    Durante, R.W.

    2006-07-01

    The planned construction of new nuclear power plants and fuel storage facilities and the decommissioning of nuclear weapons facilities have created a need for safer, more efficient decontamination processes. Chelant based chemical compounds present an attractive alternate to traditional means of decontamination such as acid cleaning, sandblasting, and other physical methods. There is now available a family of polydentate chelant chemical compounds, designated INTEK Decon Solutions, that is aqueous based and operates at a neutral pH that can be sprayed on and washed off with water. A major advantage of this process is that it minimizes waste volume and makes the waste easier to handle. This process has been demonstrated to produce very effective decontamination in a wide variety of situations. This paper will review the procedures used for three specific applications in projects undertaken for the DOE and industry. (authors)

  15. Aqueous photolysis of the organic ultraviolet filter chemical octyl methoxycinnamate.

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    MacManus-Spencer, Laura A; Tse, Monica L; Klein, Jacob L; Kracunas, Alison E

    2011-05-01

    Organic UV filter chemicals are the active ingredients in personal care products designed to protect the skin from UV radiation, and hundreds of tons are estimated to be produced annually. Despite their entrance into the aquatic environment by both direct and indirect routes and their detection in surface waters and fish, little is known about their environmental fate. UV filter chemicals are designed to be photostable, but some undergo transformation upon exposure to UV light. Octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC), a commonly used UV filter chemical, degrades rapidly by direct photolysis; previous studies have focused on its photoisomerization, and a few investigators have reported the formation of cyclodimers. Here, we present the kinetics and quantum efficiency of the direct photolysis of OMC and confirm that dimerization occurs as a result of direct photolysis in aqueous solution. Likely identities of the dimers are offered based on comparison to reported results for other cinnamate derivatives. We have identified additional products of direct photolysis that have not been previously reported and investigated their photostability, as well as the mechanism of product formation. There is also some evidence of indirect photolysis in the presence of dissolved natural organic matter. PMID:21476541

  16. First experimental determination of iron isotope fractionation between hematite and aqueous solution at hydrothermal conditions

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    Saunier, Galle; Pokrovski, Gleb S.; Poitrasson, Franck

    2011-11-01

    Although iron isotopes provide a new powerful tool for tracing a variety of geochemical processes, the unambiguous interpretation of iron isotope ratios in natural systems and the development of predictive theoretical models require accurate data on equilibrium isotope fractionation between fluids and minerals. We investigated Fe isotope fractionation between hematite (Fe 2O 3) and aqueous acidic NaCl fluids via hematite dissolution and precipitation experiments at temperatures from 200 to 450 C and pressures from saturated vapor pressure ( Psat) to 600 bar. Precipitation experiments at 200 C and Psat from aqueous solution, in which Fe aqueous speciation is dominated by ferric iron (Fe III) chloride complexes, show no detectable Fe isotope fractionation between hematite and fluid, ? 57Fe fluid-hematite = ? 57Fe fluid - ? 57Fe hematite = 0.01 0.08 (2 standard error, 2SE). In contrast, experiments at 300 C and Psat, where ferrous iron chloride species (FeCl 2 and FeCl +) dominate in the fluid, yield significant fluid enrichment in the light isotope, with identical values of ? 57Fe fluid-hematite = -0.54 0.15 (2SE) both for dissolution and precipitation runs. Hematite dissolution experiments at 450 C and 600 bar, in which Fe speciation is also dominated by ferrous chloride species, yield ? 57Fe fluid-hematite values close to zero within errors, 0.15 0.17 (2SE). In most experiments, chemical, redox, and isotopic equilibrium was attained, as shown by constancy over time of total dissolved Fe concentrations, aqueous Fe II and Fe III fractions, and Fe isotope ratios in solution, and identical ? 57Fe values from dissolution and precipitation runs. Our measured equilibrium ? 57Fe fluid-hematite values at different temperatures, fluid compositions and iron redox state are within the range of fractionations in the system fluid-hematite estimated using reported theoretical ?-factors for hematite and aqueous Fe species and the distribution of Fe aqueous complexes in solution. These theoretical predictions are however affected by large discrepancies among different studies, typically 1 for the ? 57Fe Fe(aq)-hematite value at 200 C. Our data may thus help to refine theoretical models for ?-factors of aqueous iron species. This study provides the first experimental calibration of Fe isotope fractionation in the system hematite-saline aqueous fluid at elevated temperatures; it demonstrates the importance of redox control on Fe isotope fractionation at hydrothermal conditions.

  17. DERMAL ABSORPTION OF CHEMICALS: EFFECT OF APPLICATION OF CHEMICAL AS A SOLID, AQUEOUS PASTE, SUSPENSION OR IN VOLATILE VEHICLE

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    The purpose of this study was to investigate the dermal absorption of chemicals applied to female F344 rats in different physical forms. hese forms included chemical as a solid, aqueous paste, suspension or dissolved in the volatile vehicle ethanol. he chemicals investigated were...

  18. Aqueous Alteration on Mars: Estimating the Duration of Chemical Weathering of the Wishstone-Watchtower Weathering Sequence

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    Sutter, B.; Hausrath, E.; Golden, D.; Ming, D.

    2008-12-01

    Mineralogical abundance of primary minerals versus secondary minerals, chemical mixing relationships, and elemental ratios have been used assess aqueous alteration at Gusev Crater and Meridiani Planum. However, limited work has used chemical data to quantify the duration of aqueous alteration on Mars. The objectives of this work are to combine laboratory dissolution rates with Ti-normalized mass-balance analysis of APXS and Mossbauer data to estimate aqueous alteration times on Mars. Wishstone rocks are candidate parent materials for the Watchtower materials. Mass-balance analysis of the Wishstone-Watchtower sequence indicated that chemical alteration caused 37% loss of Na from Wishstone in forming the Watchtower materials. Mineralogy assumed from the APXS indicated Na loss was attributed to oligoclase dissolution. Laboratory dissolution rates of oligoclase under arguably Mars relevant conditions (25 C pH 4) and assuming a particle size of 1mm were used to calculate an aqueous alteration time of 2200 years. The Mossbauer and APXS data were combined to calculate Fe losses from olivine and pyroxene dissolution in the same Wishstone-Watchtower sequence. Lower aqueous alteration times of 150 and 800 years were calculated for olivine and pyroxene, respectively. If all three minerals were exposed to similar aqueous conditions, then similar dissolution times would be expected for all minerals. A possible explanation for the variation of dissolution times between the three minerals will be provided below. Calculated aqueous alteration times are minimum times because laboratory rates are measured under high water to rock ratios, low ionic strength, and do not consider the formation of surface precipitates. Field conditions can have low water:rock ratios, higher ionic strengths, and surface precipitates that inhibit mineral dissolution. The high concentration of nano-phase iron oxides (npFeOx) in Watchtower could be derived from Fe release from olivine and pyroxene. The formation of surface npFeOx could inhibit dissolution and extend the aqueous alteration times of the olivine and pyroxene particles. Secondary precipitates derived from oligoclase dissolution at pH 4 are not likely for oligoclase surfaces. This hypothesis suggests that the calculated olivine and pyroxene dissolution times would then increase and possibly approach the calculated oligoclase time. Despite the disparities in the dissolution times, this work demonstrates the value of combining Ti-normalized mass-balance with laboratory dissolution rates in assessing duration of aqueous activity on Mars. Results from this work will serve as the foundation for developing more sophisticated kinetic dissolution calculations that will provide improved estimates of aqueous alteration times on Mars.

  19. 'GREENER' CHEMICAL SYNTHESES USING ALTERNATE REACTION CONDITIONS

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    Microwave (MW) irradiation in conjunction with water as reaction media has proven to be a greener chemical approach for expeditious N-alkylation reactions of amines and hydrazines wherein the reactions under mildly basic conditions afford tertiary amines and double N-alkylation t...

  20. Influence of aqueous chemistry on the chemical composition of fog water and interstitial aerosol in Fresno

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    Kim, Hwajin; Ge, Xinlei; Collier, Sonya; Xu, Jianzhong; Sun, Yele; Wang, Youliang; Herckes, Pierre; Zhang, Qi

    2015-04-01

    A measurement study was conducted in the Central Valley (Fresno) of California in January 2010, during which radiation fog events were frequently observed. Fog plays important roles in atmospheric chemistry by scavenging aerosol particles and trace gases and serving as a medium for various aqueous-phase reactions. Understanding the effects of fog on the microphysical and chemical processing of aerosol particles requires detailed information on their chemical composition. In this study, we characterized the chemical composition of fog water and interstitial aerosol particles to study the effects of fog processing on aerosol properties. Fog water samples were collected during the 2010 Fresno campaigns with a Caltech Active Strand Cloud water Collector (CASCC) while interstitial submicron aerosols were characterized in real time with an Aerodyne High-Resolution Time-of-Flight Aerosol Mass Spectrometer (HR-ToF-AMS) and a scanning Mobility Particle Sizer (SMPS). The fog water samples were later analyzed using the HR-ToF-AMS, ion chromatography, and a total carbon analyzer. The chemical composition and characteristics of interstitial particles during the fog events were compared to those of dissolved inorganic and organic matter in fog waters. Compared to interstitial aerosols, fog water is composed of a higher fraction of ammonium nitrate and oxygenated organics, due to aqueous formation of secondary aerosol species as well as enhanced gas-to-particle partitioning of water soluble species under water rich conditions. Sulfate is formed most efficiently in fog water although its contribution to total dissolved mass is relatively low. The HR-ToF-AMS mass spectra of organic matter in fog water (FOM) are very similar to that of oxygenated organic aerosols (OOA) derived from positive matrix factorization (PMF) of the HR-ToF-AMS spectra of ambient aerosol (r2 = 0.96), but FOM appears to contain a large fraction of acidic functional groups than OOA. FOM is also enriched of organic nitrogen compounds, with an average N/C ratio ~3.8 times that of OOA. Most strikingly is the enhancement of the CxHyN2+ family ions in FOM spectra, indicating the presence of imidazole compounds, which commonly result from the aqueous phase reactions of tropospheric aldehyde such as glyoxal, formaldehyde or acetaldehyde with amino compounds. The results of this study demonstrate that aqueous phase reactions in fog water lead to the formation of some oxidized and nitrogen-containing compounds. Details and the environmental implications of results will be discussed.

  1. Chemical characterization and anaerobic biodegradability of hydrothermal liquefaction aqueous products from mixed-culture wastewater algae.

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    Tommaso, Giovana; Chen, Wan-Ting; Li, Peng; Schideman, Lance; Zhang, Yuanhui

    2015-02-01

    This study examined the chemical characteristics and the anaerobic degradability of the aqueous product from hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL-ap) from the conversion of mixed-culture algal biomass grown in a wastewater treatment system. The effects of the HTL reaction times from 0 to 1.5 h, and reaction temperatures from 260 C to 320 C on the anaerobic degradability of the HTL-ap were quantified using biomethane potential assays. Comparing chemical oxygen demand data for HTL-ap from different operating conditions, indicated that organic matter may partition from organic phase to aqueous phase at 320 C. Moderate lag phase and the highest cumulative methane production were observed when HTL-ap was obtained at 320 C. The longest lag phase and the smallest production rate were observed in the process fed with HTL-ap obtained at 300 C. Nevertheless, after overcoming adaptation issues, this HTL-ap led to the second highest accumulated specific methane production. Acetogenesis was identified as a possible rate-limiting pathway. PMID:25455086

  2. Cementation and Aqueous Alteration of a Sandstone Unit Under Acidic Conditions in Gale Crater, Mars

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    Yen, A. S.; Blake, D. F.; Ming, D. W.; Morris, R. V.; Gellert, R.; Clark, B.; Vaniman, D. T.; Chipera, S. J.; Thompson, L. M.; Bristow, T. F.; Rampe, E. B.; Crisp, J. A.

    2016-01-01

    The Curiosity rover landed on Mars in August 2012 to explore the sedimentary history and to assess the habitability of Gale Crater. After 1200 sols of surface operations and over 12 km of traverse distance, the mineralogy of 10 samples has been determined by the CheMin X-ray diffractometer (XRD) and the chemical composition of nearly 300 targets has been established by the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS). Light-toned fracture zones containing elevated concentrations of silica have been studied by Curiosity's instruments to determine the nature of the fluids that resulted in the enrichment of SiO2. Multiple fluid exposures are evident, and the chemistry and mineralogy data indicate at least two aqueous episodes may have occurred under acidic conditions.

  3. Evolution of chemical gardens in aqueous solutions of polymers

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    Bormashenko, Edward; Bormashenko, Yelena; Stanevsky, Oleg; Pogreb, Roman

    2006-01-01

    We report the formation of chemical gardens grown in water solutions of polymers. Evolution of the chemical garden depends dramatically on the polymer molecular weight. Solution/air interface plays an important role in the process. Inverse, down-directed growth of the chemical garden in the polymer solutions, based on polymers of high molecular weight, was observed.

  4. Pulse radiolysis of tetrazolium violet in aqueous and aqueous-alcoholic solutions under oxidative and reductive conditions

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    Kovács, A.; Wojnárovits, L.; Pálfi, T.; Emi-Reynolds, G.; Fletcher, J.

    2008-09-01

    The radiolytic reduction of colourless tetrazolium salts to coloured formazans in liquid and solid state is suggested for dosimetry purposes. In order to clarify the reaction mechanism, a pulse radiolysis study was conducted in aqueous and aqueous-alcoholic solutions under oxidative and reductive conditions. Under reducing conditions, fast formation of the electron adduct tetrazolinyl radical was observed: coloured formazan final product formed during the decay of electron adduct. Both the decay of the tetrazolinyl radical and the formation of the formazan were found to be second order. The spectra of the formazan were similar in neutral and alkaline solutions, but with higher absorbance in the latter solutions due to the higher molar absorption coefficient. Under oxidative conditions formazan did not form; hydroxylated products through OH-adducts were observed in the pH range studied.

  5. Aqueous germanate ion solution promoted synthesis of worm-like crystallized Ge nanostructures under ambient conditions.

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    Jing, Chengbin; Zang, Xiaodan; Bai, Wei; Chu, Junhao; Liu, Aiyun

    2009-12-16

    This work demonstrates that it is possible to synthesize crystallized Ge nanostructures directly in an aqueous medium under ambient conditions by using widely available GeO2 (in the form of germanate ions) as a precursor. The reaction of germanate ions with NaBH4 in an aqueous medium resulted in highly hydrogenated Ge that could be transformed into crystallized Ge after an air-drying treatment. The NaBH4/GeO2 molar ratio, reaction time and drying temperature were optimized for the synthesis of crystallized Ge products. Furthermore, the reaction time has an influence on the size and shape of the final crystallized Ge products. A reaction time of 12 h could result in crystallized Ge powder samples that contain ultra-small (5-20 nm) particles and larger (50-100 nm) particles. By controlling the reaction time to 24 h, a Ge powder product consisting of worm-like crystallized Ge nanostructures with diameters of 10-80 nm and lengths up to 1000 nm was obtained. The possible reaction and growth mechanisms involved in this method were investigated. This new synthetic route may be a good candidate for synthesizing a wide variety of crystallized Ge nanomaterials and devices due to its low cost, low safety risk, facileness, high yield (above 70% and in gram scale) and convenience for adding other chemicals (i.e. dopants or morphology modifying agents) into the reaction system. PMID:19934484

  6. Adsorption of anionic dyes in aqueous solution using chemically modified barley straw.

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    Ibrahim, Shariff; Fatimah, Is; Ang, Ha-Ming; Wang, Shaobin

    2010-01-01

    An agricultural waste derived adsorbent was prepared by chemically modified barley straw with NaOH and a cationic surfactant hexadecylpyridinium chloride monohydrate (CPC). The prepared adsorbent, BMBS, was used for removal of anionic dyes; Acid Blue (AB40) and Reactive Blue 4 (RB4) from aqueous solution in a batch adsorption system. The adsorbent was characterized by FT-IR and elemental composition. The stability of CPC adsorbed on straw surface was also evaluated by exposing to aqueous solution. In adsorption tests, influence of operation parameters such as contact time, initial concentration and pH of solution on AB40 and RB4 uptake were investigated and discussed. The CPC was observed strongly attached to straw surface and removal percentage of AB40 and RB4 was increased with increasing in contact time. The adsorption of dyes on modified straw surface was favorable at high acidic condition and desorption was found relatively low upon exposing to the desorption agent (i.e water). Dynamic experiment revealed that the kinetic data fitted well to the pseudo-second-order model for both of the dyes. The isotherm study also indicated that RB4 and AB40 adsorption suited well with the Langmuir model, The maximum adsorption capacity determined from the Langmuir isotherm at 25 degrees C was 51.95 mg g(-1) and 31.5 for AB40 and RB4, respectively. PMID:20818062

  7. Conditions of aqueous alteration of 9 CM chondrites estimated from mineralogy and compositional variations of matrix

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    Yoshioka, K.; Nakamura, T.; Fujimaki, H.

    2011-12-01

    CM chondrites have undergone prevailed aqueous alteration in the parent asteroids and the alteration changed mineralogical and isotope signatures of water-bearing C-type asteroids.[1,2] In the previous studies, classification schemes of CM chondrites by the alteration degree were proposed by )[3,4] In the present study, we have performed a mineralogical study of 9 CM chondrites found in Antarctica in order to estimatie the nature and extents of aqueous alteration reactions. At first, small pieces (200 microns in size) of matrix were picked up and analyzed by synchroton radiation X-ray diffraction to identify minerals and relative abundances. The results of the X-ray diffraction analysis and SEM observations indicate that serpentine is present in the matrix of all samples as a major phase, suggesting that all samples have undergone aqueous alteration and have not been heated to temperature enough to dehydrate serpentine. Two out of 9 samples (LEW85311 and LAP03178 hereafter GroupA) contain Fe-Ni metal grains in both chondrule and matrix and anhydrous silicates (olivine and pyroxene) in matrix. Five of 9 samples (GRA06172, MET01072, LEW87022, LAP02269 and GRO95566 hereafter GroupB) contain fine-grained PCPs and anhydrous silicates but no metallic phases in matrix. In addition their chondrules are altered only in glassy parts and in limited parts of anhydrous silicates. The rest two of 9 samples (LAP031166 and MAC88100 hereafter GroupC) don't contain Fe-Ni metal and PCPs and contain little anhydrous silicates in matrix. In addition chondrules are almost completely altered. Since metallic phases are more susceptible to aqueous alteration than anhydrous silicates, the results suggest that the alteration degree is in the order of GroupA< GrouB< GroupC. The EPMA analysis indicates that most data of matrix composition fall within the triangle area defined by [1]: the area is enclosed by the composition of PCPs and two serpentines (the serpentin compositions are defined by those from Murry and Nogoya meteorites) in a Mg-Fe-Si ternary diagram. Nine samples have different compositional trends and PCP/(PCP+serpentine) ratios, suggesting that these 9 samples have suffered various extents of aqueous alteration. The matrix compositions reflect the conditions of aqueous alteration, because of its fine-grained nature. Therefore, it is expected that, for instance, GroupA samples show compositional trends similar within the Group, but different from other Groups. However, GroupA sample (LAP03178) has the same trend as GroupB sample (GRO95566), and GroupB sample (MET01072) has the same trend as GroupC sample (MAC88100).This suggests that aqueous alteration process is very complex: the starting matrix compositions are variable, and the resultant matrix compositions are also different. This indicates that matrix chemical composition alone is not enough to define the alteration degree. [1]McSween (1986), GCA 51, 2469-2477 [2]Clayton and Mayeda (1984) Earth and Planetary Science Letters 67, 151-161 [3]Zolensky et.al (1997) GCA 61, 5099-5115 [4]Rubin et al. (2007) GCA 71, 2361-2382

  8. Aqueous Fluid Connectivity in Pyrope Aggregates at Upper Mantle Conditions

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    Ono, S.

    2002-12-01

    Owing to their ability to influence the melting behavior and physical properties of mantle rocks, mantle fluids have been a longstanding topic of interest among geoscientists. The stability of hydrous minerals has been widely studied at high pressures and temperatures. It is commonly believed that a significant amount of water could be recycled into the mantle at subduction zones. However, a part of the water in the slab is released as a result of the breakdown of some hydrous phases in these materials. If the released water from lawsonite and phengite in the MORB layer cannot flow on the grain-edge, it would be trapped in the subducted oceanic crust and then transported into the deep mantle without any hydrous minerals. On dehydration of lawsonite and phengite, the host rock of basaltic composition consists mainly of majoritic garnet. Therefore, it is important to investigate the wetting properties of garnet and aqueous fluids. The starting materials were prepared by mixing oxide reagents. High-pressure experiments were carried out with a 6-8 type multianvil apparatus. Experiments were performed on a water-pyrope system in over the pressure and temperature ranges of 4 to 13 GPa and 900 to 1200 C, respectively. The samples were investigated by a scanning electron microscope (SEM). The photomicrographs were scanned and examined using the image analysis software, and the apparent dihedral angles were measured using the protractor provided in the analysis package. The dihedral angle of the fluid in contact with the pyrope exhibited a significant change at pressures around 8-9 GPa. The dihedral angles increased with increasing pressure up to 9 GPa. At higher pressures above 9 GPa, the dihedral angles were greater than 60 deg. at temperatures below 1000 C. Therefore, the efficient percolation of aqueous fluid in a pyrope matrix is not feasible in the upper mantle and the transition zone. We conclude that a part of the aqueous fluid released from the hydrous minerals may be retained in the subducted oceanic crust, and transferred into the deep mantle by the subduction process.

  9. CHEMICAL ACCUMULATION IN PLANT TISSUES FROM AQUEOUS EXPOSURE

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    Predictive models have been designed to investigate plant-water distribution coefficients and to study the dynamics of chemical accumulation in aquatic plant organs. nitial model testing has been completed in laboratory studies using two chlorinated benzenes and three species of ...

  10. Aqueous organic chemistry in the atmosphere: sources and chemical processing of organic aerosols.

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    McNeill, V Faye

    2015-02-01

    Over the past decade, it has become clear that aqueous chemical processes occurring in cloud droplets and wet atmospheric particles are an important source of organic atmospheric particulate matter. Reactions of water-soluble volatile (or semivolatile) organic gases (VOCs or SVOCs) in these aqueous media lead to the formation of highly oxidized organic particulate matter (secondary organic aerosol; SOA) and key tracer species, such as organosulfates. These processes are often driven by a combination of anthropogenic and biogenic emissions, and therefore their accurate representation in models is important for effective air quality management. Despite considerable progress, mechanistic understanding of some key aqueous processes is still lacking, and these pathways are incompletely represented in 3D atmospheric chemistry and air quality models. In this article, the concepts, historical context, and current state of the science of aqueous pathways of SOA formation are discussed. PMID:25609552

  11. Investigation of acyl migration in mono- and dicaffeoylquinic acids under aqueous basic, aqueous acidic, and dry roasting conditions.

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    Deshpande, Sagar; Jaiswal, Rakesh; Matei, Marius Febi; Kuhnert, Nikolai

    2014-09-17

    Acyl migration in chlorogenic acids describes the process of migration of cinnamoyl moieties from one quinic acid alcohol group to another, thus interconverting chlorogenic acid regioisomers. It therefore constitutes a special case of transesterification reaction. Acyl migration constitutes an important reaction pathway in both coffee roasting and brewing, altering the structure of chlorogenic acid initially present in the green coffee bean. In this contribution we describe detailed and comprehensive mechanistic studies comparing inter- and intramolecular acyl migration involving the seven most common chlorogenic acids in coffee. We employe aqueous acidic and basic conditions mimicking the brewing of coffee along with dry roasting conditions. We show that under aqueous basic conditions intramolecular acyl migration is fully reversible with basic hydrolysis competing with acyl migration. 3-Caffeoylquinic acid was shown to be most labile to basic hydrolysis. We additionally show that the acyl migration process is strongly pH dependent with increased transesterification taking place at basic pH. Under dry roasting conditions acyl migration competes with dehydration to form lactones. We argue that acyl migration precedes lactonization, with 3-caffeoylquinic acid lactone being the predominant product. PMID:25116442

  12. Chemical-equilibrium calculations for aqueous geothermal brines

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    Kerrisk, J.F.

    1981-05-01

    Results from four chemical-equilibrium computer programs, REDEQL.EPAK, GEOCHEM, WATEQF, and SENECA2, have been compared with experimental solubility data for some simple systems of interest with geothermal brines. Seven test cases involving solubilities of CaCO/sub 3/, amorphous SiO/sub 2/, CaSO/sub 4/, and BaSO/sub 4/ at various temperatures from 25 to 300/sup 0/C and in NaCl or HCl solutions of 0 to 4 molal have been examined. Significant differences between calculated results and experimental data occurred in some cases. These differences were traced to inaccuracies in free-energy or equilibrium-constant data and in activity coefficients used by the programs. Although currently available chemical-equilibrium programs can give reasonable results for these calculations, considerable care must be taken in the selection of free-energy data and methods of calculating activity coefficients.

  13. ENDOCRINE DISRUPTING CHEMICALS - DEVELOPING LRPCD SOPS FOR AQUEOUS, BIOSOLIDS, AND SOLID SAMPLES

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    As part of research in the risk management of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs), analytical techniques to measure EDCs are needed. This project will result in 6 LRPCD SOPs: analysis of steroid hormones in aqueous samples, analysis of alkylphenol ethoxylates and bisphenol A i...

  14. Aqueous phase oligomerization of methyl vinyl ketone through photooxidation - Part 2: Development of the chemical mechanism and atmospheric implications

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    Ervens, B.; Renard, P.; Ravier, S.; Clément, J.-L.; Monod, A.

    2014-08-01

    We developed a chemical mechanism based on laboratory experiments that have shown efficient oligomerization from methyl vinyl ketone (MVK) in the bulk aqueous phase. Kinetic data are applied (if known) or fitted to the observed MVK decay and oligomer mass increase. The mechanism is then implemented into a multiphase box model that simulates (i) oligomer formation upon uptake of MVK from the gas phase, and (ii) SOA formation from isoprene, as a precursor of MVK and methacrolein (MACR) in the aqueous and gas phases. Model results show that under atmospheric conditions, the oligomer formation rate strongly depends on the availability of dissolved oxygen. If oxygen is consumed too quickly or its solubility is kinetically or thermodynamically limited, oligomerization is accelerated, in agreement with the laboratory studies. The comparison of predicted oligomer formation shows that for most model assumptions (e.g. depending on the assumed partitioning of MVK and MACR), SOA formation from isoprene in the gas phase exceeds aqueous SOA formation by a factor 3-4. However, at high aerosol liquid water content and potentially high partitioning of oligomer precursors into the aqueous phase, SOA formation in both phases might be equally efficient.

  15. Aqueous alteration of VHTR fuels particles under simulated geological conditions

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    Ait Chaou, Abdelouahed; Abdelouas, Abdesselam; Karakurt, Gkhan; Grambow, Bernd

    2014-05-01

    Very High Temperature Reactor (VHTR) fuels consist of the bistructural-isotropic (BISO) or tristructural-isotropic (TRISO)-coated particles embedded in a graphite matrix. Management of the spent fuel generated during VHTR operation would most likely be through deep geological disposal. In this framework we investigated the alteration of BISO (with pyrolytic carbon) and TRISO (with SiC) particles under geological conditions simulated by temperatures of 50 and 90 C and in the presence of synthetic groundwater. Solid state (scanning electron microscopy (SEM), micro-Raman spectroscopy, electron probe microanalyses (EPMA) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)) and solution analyses (ICP-MS, ionique chromatography (IC)) showed oxidation of both pyrolytic carbon and SiC at 90 C. Under air this led to the formation of SiO2 and a clay-like Mg-silicate, while under reducing conditions (H2/N2 atmosphere) SiC and pyrolytic carbon were highly stable after a few months of alteration. At 50 C, in the presence and absence of air, the alteration of the coatings was minor. In conclusion, due to their high stability in reducing conditions, HTR fuel disposal in reducing deep geological environments may constitute a viable solution for their long-term management.

  16. Iron oxide functionalized graphene nano-composite for dispersive solid phase extraction of chemical warfare agents from aqueous samples.

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    Chinthakindi, Sridhar; Purohit, Ajay; Singh, Varoon; Tak, Vijay; Goud, D Raghavender; Dubey, D K; Pardasani, Deepak

    2015-05-15

    Present study deals with the preparation and evaluation of graphene based magnetic nano-composite for dispersive solid phase extraction of Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) relevant chemicals from aqueous samples. Nano-composite, Fe3O4@SiO2-G was synthesized by covalently bonding silica coated Fe3O4 onto the graphene sheets. Nerve agents (NA), Sulfur mustard (SM) and their non-toxic environmental markers were the target analytes. Extraction parameters like amount of sorbent, extraction time and desorption conditions were optimized. Dispersion of 20 milligram of sorbent in 200mL of water sample for 20min. followed by methanol/chloroform extraction produced average to good recoveries (27-94%) of targeted analytes. Recoveries of real agents exhibited great dependency upon sample pH and ionic strength. Sarin produced maximum recovery under mild acidic conditions (56% at pH 5) while VX demanded alkaline media (83% at pH 9). Salts presence in the aqueous samples was found to be advantageous, raising the recoveries to as high as 94% for SM. Excellent limits of detection (LOD) for sulphur mustard and VX (0.11ngmL(-1) and 0.19ngmL(-1) respectively) proved the utility of the developed method for the off-site analysis of CWC relevant chemicals. PMID:25828545

  17. Tetrahedrally bonded carbonates and aqueous carbonate anions under extreme conditions

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    Pan, Ding; Galli, Giulia; Deep Carbon Observatory Collaboration

    The carbonate ion, CO32- , has a trigonal planar structure composed of carbon bonded with three oxygen atoms. The existence of tetrahedrally bonded carbonate units, CO4, analogous to SiO4 in silicates, has long been under debate. Using a combination of first-principles calculations and in situ infrared spectroscopy measurements, we provided definitive evidence that in magnesite, at pressures above 80 GPa, sp2 bonded CO3 trigonal groups transforms into sp3 bonded CO4 tetrahedral units. These units were found to be asymmetric, with two longer and two shorter C-O bonds. In addition, using first principles molecular dynamics we investigated carbonate anions in water at high temperature and pressure, corresponding to Earth's upper mantle conditions. We found significant quantities of bicarbonate ions dissolved in the liquid. The relevance of our simulation results for geophysical models of hydrous carbonates in the Earth will be discussed. Supported by the Sloan Foundation through the Deep Carbon Observatory.

  18. FACILITATED CHEMICAL SYNTHESIS UNDER ALTERNATE REACTION CONDITIONS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The chemical research in the late 1990's witnessed a paradigm shift towards "environmentally-friendly chemistry" more popularly known as "green chemistry" due to the increasing environmental concerns and legislative requirements to curb the release of chemical waste into the atmo...

  19. Exploring Atmospheric Aqueous Chemistry (and Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation) through OH Radical Oxidation Experiments, Droplet Evaporation and Chemical Modeling

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    Turpin, B. J.; Kirkland, J. R.; Lim, Y. B.; Ortiz-Montalvo, D. L.; Sullivan, A.; Hkkinen, S.; Schwier, A. N.; Tan, Y.; McNeill, V. F.; Collett, J. L.; Skog, K.; Keutsch, F. N.; Sareen, N.; Carlton, A. G.; Decesari, S.; Facchini, C.

    2013-12-01

    Gas phase photochemistry fragments and oxidizes organic emissions, making water-soluble organics ubiquitous in the atmosphere. My group and others have found that several water-soluble compounds react further in the aqueous phase forming low volatility products under atmospherically-relevant conditions (i.e., in clouds, fogs and wet aerosols). Thus, secondary organic aerosol can form as a result of gas followed by aqueous chemistry (aqSOA). We have used aqueous OH radical oxidation experiments coupled with product analysis and chemical modeling to validate and refine the aqueous chemistry of glyoxal, methylglyoxal, glycolaldehyde, and acetic acid. The resulting chemical model has provided insights into the differences between oxidation chemistry in clouds and in wet aerosols. Further, we conducted droplet evaporation experiments to characterize the volatility of the products. Most recently, we have conducted aqueous OH radical oxidation experiments with ambient mixtures of water-soluble gases to identify additional atmospherically-important precursors and products. Specifically, we scrubbed water-soluble gases from the ambient air in the Po Valley, Italy using four mist chambers in parallel, operating at 25-30 L min-1. Aqueous OH radical oxidation experiments and control experiments were conducted with these mixtures (total organic carbon ? 100 ?M-C). OH radicals (3.5E-2 ?M [OH] s-1) were generated by photolyzing H2O2. Precursors and products were characterized using electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS), ion chromatography (IC), IC-ESI-MS, and ultra high resolution Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FT-ICR-MS). Chemical modeling suggests that organic acids (e.g., oxalate, pyruvate, glycolate) are major products of OH radical oxidation at cloud-relevant concentrations, whereas organic radical - radical reactions result in the formation of oligomers in wet aerosols. Products of cloud chemistry and droplet evaporation have effective vapor pressures that are orders of magnitude lower when ammonium hydroxide is present (pH 7) than without (at lower pH). In Po Valley experiments, nitrogen-containing organics were prominent precursors and intermediates. Pyruvate and oxalate were among the products. Importantly, formation of aqSOA helps to explain the high O/C ratios found in atmospheric aerosols. While uncertainties remain large, global modeling suggests that aqSOA is comparable in magnitude to SOA formed through gas phase chemistry and vapor pressure driven partitioning (gasSOA).

  20. Phytotoxic activity and chemical composition of aqueous volatile fractions from Eucalyptus species.

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    Zhang, Jinbiao; An, Min; Wu, Hanwen; Liu, De Li; Stanton, Rex

    2014-01-01

    The essential oils from four Eucalyptus species (E. spathulata, E. salubris, E. brockwayii and E. dundasii) have been previously confirmed to have stronger inhibitory effects on germination and seedling growth of silverleaf nightshade (Solanum elaeagnifolium Cav.). The aqueous volatile fractions (AVFs) were the water soluble volatile fractions produced together with the essential oils (water insoluble fractions) during the steam distillation process. The aim of this study was to further assess the phytotoxicity of AVFs from the four Eucalyptus species and their chemical composition. The fresh leaves of the four Eucalyptus species were used for the extraction of AVFs. The AVFs were tested for their phytotoxic effects on the perennial weed, silverleaf nightshade under laboratory conditions. The chemical compositions of the AVFs were determined by gas chromatograph-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Our results showed that the AVFs had strong inhibition on the germination and seedling growth of silverleaf nightshade. The inhibition index increased with the increasing concentrations of AVFs. The inhibitory effects of the AVFs varied between different Eucalyptus species. The AVF from E. salubris demonstrated the highest inhibitory activity on the weed tested, with complete inhibition on germination and seedling growth at a concentration of 75%. The GC-MS analysis revealed that 1,8-cineole, isopentyl isovalerate, isomenthol, pinocarvone, trans-pinocarveol, alpha-terpineol and globulol were the main compounds in the AVFs. These results indicated that all AVFs tested had differential inhibition on the germination and seedling growth of silverleaf nightshade, which could be due to the joint effects of compounds present in the AVFs as these compounds were present in different quantities and ratio between Eucalyptus species. PMID:24681490

  1. Regioselective Fluorination of Imidazo[1,2-a]pyridines with Selectfluor in Aqueous Condition.

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    Liu, Ping; Gao, Yongyuan; Gu, Weijin; Shen, Ziyan; Sun, Peipei

    2015-11-20

    A regioselective synthesis of 3-fluorinated imidazo[1,2-a]pyridines using 1-chloromethyl-4-fluoro-1,4-diazoniabi cyclo[2.2.2]octane bis(tetrafluoroborate) (Selectfluor) as the fluorinating reagent in aqueous condition is described. In the presence of DMAP, the reaction mainly gave monofluorinated product via electrophilic fluorinated process in moderate to good yields. PMID:26523829

  2. Single step signal group-imidazole labeling of organic phosphate groups under aqueous conditions

    DOEpatents

    Giese, Roger W. (Quincy, MA); Wang, Poguang (Medford, MA)

    1996-01-01

    Compounds and methods for single step, covalent labeling of the phosphate group of an organic substance under aqueous conditions are described. The labeling compound includes any kind of detectable signal group covalently bound to an imidazole moiety, which can be imidazole or a substituted imidazole. A preferred labeling compound has the formula ##STR1##

  3. Single step signal group-imidazole labeling of organic phosphate groups under aqueous conditions

    DOEpatents

    Giese, R.W.; Wang, P.

    1996-04-30

    Compounds and methods for single step, covalent labeling of the phosphate group of an organic substance under aqueous conditions are described. The labeling compound includes any kind of detectable signal group covalently bound to an imidazole moiety, which can be imidazole or a substituted imidazole. A preferred labeling compound has the formula shown in the accompanying diagram. 4 figs.

  4. GREEN CHEMICAL SYNTHESIS THROUGH CATALYSIS AND ALTERNATE REACTION CONDITIONS

    EPA Science Inventory

    Green chemical synthesis through catalysis and alternate reaction conditions

    Encompassing green chemistry techniques and methodologies, we have initiated several projects at the National Risk Management Research laboratory that focus on the design and development of chemic...

  5. Chemical modification of amino acids by atmospheric-pressure cold plasma in aqueous solution

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    Takai, Eisuke; Kitamura, Tsuyoshi; Kuwabara, Junpei; Ikawa, Satoshi; Yoshizawa, Shunsuke; Shiraki, Kentaro; Kawasaki, Hideya; Arakawa, Ryuichi; Kitano, Katsuhisa

    2014-07-01

    Plasma medicine is an attractive new research area, but the principles of plasma modification of biomolecules in aqueous solution remain elusive. In this study, we investigated the chemical effects of atmospheric-pressure cold plasma on 20 naturally occurring amino acids in aqueous solution. High-resolution mass spectrometry revealed that chemical modifications of 14 amino acids were observed after plasma treatment: (i) hydroxylation and nitration of aromatic rings in tyrosine, phenylalanine and tryptophan; (ii) sulfonation and disulfide linkage formation of thiol groups in cysteine; (iii) sulfoxidation of methionine and (iv) amidation and ring-opening of five-membered rings in histidine and proline. A competitive reaction experiment using 20 amino acids demonstrated that sulfur-containing and aromatic amino acids were preferentially decreased by the plasma treatment. These data provide fundamental information for elucidating the mechanism of protein inactivation for biomedical plasma applications.

  6. A combined chemical-enzymatic method to remove selected aromatics from aqueous streams

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    Xu, X.; John, V.T.; McPherson, G.L.

    1995-12-31

    Aromatics are major pollutants found in aqueous environments and in sediments. Although there are many chemical and biochemical processes to remove and/or treat these contaminants, they have to be considered in light of the economics and the time scales for treatment. We describe our initial work on a hybrid chemical-enzymatic technique to remove aromatics from aqueous streams. The aromatic is first converted to the corresponding phenol through classical Fenton-type chemistry involving catalysis by Fe(II). The phenol is subsequently polymerized through an enzymatic mechanism, using horseradish peroxidase as the oxidative enzyme. The polymer is insoluble in water and can be easily recovered. In addition, such phenolic polymers are useful products with varied applications in coatings and resins technologies. Thus, the pollutants can be eventually converted to useful products.

  7. Chemical Potentials, Activity Coefficients, and Solubility in Aqueous NaCl Solutions: Prediction by Polarizable Force Fields.

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    Mou?ka, Filip; Nezbeda, Ivo; Smith, William R

    2015-04-14

    We describe a computationally efficient molecular simulation methodology for calculating the concentration dependence of the chemical potentials of both solute and solvent in aqueous electrolyte solutions, based on simulations of the salt chemical potential alone. We use our approach to study the predictions for aqueous NaCl solutions at ambient conditions of these properties by the recently developed polarizable force fields (FFs) AH/BK3 of Kiss and Baranyai ( J. Chem. Phys. 2013 , 138 , 204507 ) and AH/SWM4-DP of Lamoureux and Roux ( J. Phys. Chem. B 2006 , 110 , 3308 - 3322 ) and by the nonpolarizable JC FF of Joung and Cheatham tailored to SPC/E water ( J. Phys. Chem. B 2008 , 112 , 9020 - 9041 ). We also consider their predictions of the concentration dependence of the electrolyte activity coefficient, the crystalline solid chemical potential, the electrolyte solubility, and the solution specific volume. We first highlight the disagreement in the literature concerning calculations of solubility by means of molecular simulation in the case of the JC FF and provide strong evidence of the correctness of our methodology based on recent independently obtained results for this important test case. We then compare the predictions of the three FFs with each other and with experiment and draw conclusions concerning their relative merits, with particular emphasis on the salt chemical potential and activity coefficient vs concentration curves and their derivatives. The latter curves have only previously been available from Kirkwood-Buff integrals, which require approximate numerical integrations over system pair correlation functions at each concentration. Unlike the case of the other FFs, the AH/BK3 curves are nearly parallel to the corresponding experimental curves at moderate and higher concentrations. This leads to an excellent prediction of the water chemical potential via the Gibbs-Duhem equation and enables the activity coefficient curve to be brought into excellent agreement with experiment by incorporating an appropriate value of the standard state chemical potential in the Henry Law convention. PMID:26574385

  8. Changes in the color, chemical stability and antioxidant capacity of thermally treated anthocyanin aqueous solution over storage.

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    Sui, Xiaonan; Bary, Solène; Zhou, Weibiao

    2016-02-01

    Many anthocyanin-containing foods are thermally processed to ensure their safety, and stored for some time before being consumed. However, the combination of thermal processing and subsequent storage has a significant impact on anthocyanins. This study aimed to investigate the color, chemical stability, and antioxidant capacity of thermally treated anthocyanin aqueous solutions during storage at 4, 25, 45, and 65 °C, respectively. Anthocyanin aqueous solutions were thermally treated before storage. Results showed that the degradation rate of anthocyanins in aqueous solutions was much faster than those in real food. The color of the anthocyanin aqueous solutions changed dramatically during storage. The anthocyanin aqueous solutions stored at 4 °C showed the best chemical stability. Interestingly, the antioxidant capacity of the anthocyanin aqueous solutions stored at lower temperatures remained the same; however, the antioxidant capacity of those thermally treated at 120 or 140 °C and stored at 45 or 65 °C significantly decreased. PMID:26304379

  9. Chemical characterization of some aqueous leachates from crop residues in 'CELSS'

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    Madsen, Brooks C.

    1992-01-01

    Aqueous leachate samples prepared from crop residues that are produced as a component of the Controlled Ecological Life Support System program designed to support long duration space missions have been compared and general chemical characterization has been accomplished. Solid phase extraction and high performance liquid chromatography were used to accomplish comparisons based on chromatographic and ultraviolet absorption properties of the components that are present. Specific compounds were not identified, however, general composition related to the presence of phenol-like compounds was explored.

  10. Surface plasmon differential ellipsometry of aqueous solutions for bio-chemical sensing

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Stewart, C. E.; Hooper, I. R.; Sambles, J. R.

    2008-05-01

    A differential surface plasmon ellipsometry technique is presented which allows the sensing of refractive index changes in aqueous solutions at the level of better than 5 10-7 refractive index units. This level of sensitivity is comparable to the best currently available surface plasmon based sensing systems and can be implemented as a bio-chemical sensor. The technique has the additional advantage of being ideally suited to the development of a multi-channel array sensor.

  11. Dermal absorption of neat and aqueous volatile organic chemicals in the Fischer 344 rat

    SciTech Connect

    Morgan, D.L.; Cooper, S.W.; Carlock, D.L.; Sykora, J.J.; Sutton, B.; Mattie, D.R.; McDougal, J.N. )

    1991-06-01

    Quantification of dermal absorption of volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) from aqueous solutions is required to understand the potential health hazards resulting from skin exposure to these chemicals in contaminated water. Male Fischer 344 rats were dermally exposed (3.1-cm2 dorsal skin) to neat, one-third saturated, two-thirds saturated, or saturated aqueous solutions of 14 VOCs for 24 hr. Blood samples were obtained via indwelling jugular catheters during exposure (0, 0.5, 1, 2, 4, 8, 12, and 24 hr), and analyzed for the VOCs by gas chromatography using headspace analysis. Absorption of the neat VOCs in this series of chemicals decreased as water solubility decreased. Peak blood levels of VOCs attained during exposure for 24 hr to neat chemicals were: 1,2-dichloroethane (135.1 micrograms/ml), bromochloromethane (113.3 micrograms/ml), chloroform (51.0 micrograms/ml), benzene (24.2 micrograms/ml), tetrachloroethylene (21.1 micrograms/ml), dibromomethane (18.2 micrograms/ml), trichloroethylene (11.6 micrograms/ml), toluene (9.5 micrograms/ml), xylene (8.8 micrograms/ml), hexane (8.0 micrograms/ml), ethylbenzene (5.6 micrograms/ml), styrene (5.3 micrograms/ml), carbon tetrachloride (5.0 micrograms/ml), and 1,1,1-trichloroethane (3.4 micrograms/ml). Blood levels of 1,2-dichloroethane and benzene continued to increase during the 24-hr exposure to neat chemical, while blood levels of the other neat VOCs peaked within 4 hr and then either decreased or remained about the same for the duration of the exposure. Absorption of VOCs from one-third, two-thirds, or saturated aqueous solutions was rapid, and resulted in depletion of the chemical from the solution although only a small amount of water was absorbed. Blood levels of each VOC were directly related to the exposure concentrations.

  12. KEMOD: A mixed chemical kinetic and equilibrium model of aqueous and solid phase geochemical reactions

    SciTech Connect

    Yeh, G.T.; Iskra, G.A.; Szecsody, J.E.; Zachara, J.M.; Streile, G.P.

    1995-01-01

    This report presents the development of a mixed chemical Kinetic and Equilibrium MODel in which every chemical species can be treated either as a equilibrium-controlled or as a kinetically controlled reaction. The reaction processes include aqueous complexation, adsorption/desorption, ion exchange, precipitation/dissolution, oxidation/reduction, and acid/base reactions. Further development and modification of KEMOD can be made in: (1) inclusion of species switching solution algorithms, (2) incorporation of the effect of temperature and pressure on equilibrium and rate constants, and (3) extension to high ionic strength.

  13. Tannin (Polyphenol) Stability in Aqueous Solutions

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Understanding the chemical stability of tannins (polyphenolics) in soils is critical to understanding their biological activities and fate. We examined the stability of chemically defined tannins in aqueous solutions under conditions simulating natural and laboratory conditions. We evaluated tanni...

  14. Modelling the multiphase chemical processing of Monoethanolamine from industrial CCS processes in tropospheric aqueous particles and clouds

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    Tilgner, Andreas; Bruer, Peter; Wolke, Ralf; Herrmann, Hartmut

    2013-04-01

    Using amine based solvent technology is an option to realise CO2 capture from the exhaust of power plants. Amines such as Monoethanolamine (MEA) may potentially be released in trace amounts during the carbon capture and storage (CCS) process. In order to investigate the tropospheric chemical fate of MEA from CO2 capturing processes and their oxidation products, multiphase modelling was performed and a reduced mechanism for future 3D model applications was developed in the present study. Based on former laboratory investigations and mechanism developments, an up-to-date multiphase mechanism describing the gas and aqueous phase chemistry of MEA has been developed in the present study. The developed multiphase phase oxidation scheme of MEA and its oxidation products, incl. nitrosamines, nitramines and amides, was coupled to the existing multiphase chemistry mechanism (RACM-MIM2ext-CAPRAM3.0i-red, Deguillaume et al. 2010) and the CAPRAM Halogen Module 2.0. Overall, the multiphase mechanism comprises 1276 chemical processes including 668 gas and 518 aqueous phase reactions as well as 90 phase transfers. The multiphase amine module contains in total 138 processes. The final mechanism was used in the Lagrangian parcel model SPACCIM (Wolke et al., 2005) to investigate e.g. the main oxidation pathways, the formation of hazardous oxidation products and seasonal differences. Simulations were performed using a meteorological scenario with non-permanent clouds, different environmental trajectories and seasonal conditions. The simulations revealed the importance of both cloud droplets and deliquescent particles to be an important compartment for the multiphase processing of MEA and its products. Due to the shifted partitioning of MEA towards the aqueous phase, the model investigations implicated that aqueous phase oxidation by OH radicals represents the main sink for MEA under daytime cloud summer conditions. Reaction flux analyses have shown that under deliquescent particle conditions, the Cl radical represents an important oxidant. Moreover, the simulations showed that MEA oxidations are quite restricted under low photochemical winter conditions leading to much longer tropospheric residence times. Additionally, the model simulations implicated that the aqueous phase reduces substantially the formation of harmful compounds such as MEA-nitramine in the gas phase. Furthermore, simulations revealed that the aqueous formation of N-nitrosoamines is not a relevant process under tropospheric conditions. In order to provide a condensed mechanism applicable for regional scale dispersion modelling, a mechanism reduction was performed based on comprehensive reaction flux investigations. The developed reduced mechanism contains just 303 gas and 112 aqueous phase reactions and 32 phase transfers. The reduced mechanism describes adequately the multiphase chemistry of MEA and its key oxidation products. The required computational costs are reduced by about 45 % compared to the full MEA mechanism. Thus, the reduced mechanism provides the basis for further regional dispersion model studies. References Deguillaume L., Tilgner A., Schrdner R., Wolke R., Chaumerliac N., Herrmann H.: Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry 64 (1), pp 1-35 (2010). Wolke R., Sehili A. M., Simmel M., Knoth O., Tilgner A., Herrmann H.: Atmospheric Environment 39, 4375-4388 (2005).

  15. Influence of formulation properties on chemical stability of captopril in aqueous preparations.

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    Kristensen, S; Lao, Y E; Brustugun, J; Braenden, J U

    2008-12-01

    The influence of various formulation properties on the chemical stability of captopril in aqueous media at pH 3 was investigated, in order to reformulate and increase the shelf-life of an oral mixture of the drug. At this pH, chemical stability is improved by an increase in drug concentration (1-5 mg/ml) and a decrease in temperature (5-36 degrees C), the latter demonstrated by a linear Arrhenius-plot. The activation energy is low (Ea = 10.2 kcal/mol), thus the Q10 value is only 1.8 in pure aqueous solutions. The degradation at the lowest concentration investigated in pure aqueous solution apparently follows zero order kinetics. The reaction order is changed at higher concentrations. We are presenting a hypothesis of intramolecular proton transfer from the thiol to the ionized carboxylic group as the initial step in the oxidative degradation pathways of captopril. Long-term stability of 1 mg/ml captopril in aqueous solutions at pH 3, stored at 36 degrees C for one year, shows that the sugar alcohol sorbitol accelerates degradation of the drug while Na-EDTA at a concentration as low as 0.01% is sufficient to stabilize these samples. Purging with N2-gas prior to storage is not essential for drug stability, as long as Na-EDTA is present. Only at a low level of Na-EDTA (0.01%) combined with a high level of sorbitol (35%), purging with N2-gas appears to have a small effect. The destabilizing effect of sugar alcohols is confirmed by accelerated degradation also in the presence of glycerol. The efficient stabilization in the presence of Na-EDTA at a low concentration indicates that the metal-ion-catalyzed oxidation pathway dominates the chemical degradation process at low pH, although several mechanisms seem to be involved depending on excipients present. PMID:19177902

  16. Short-Term dermal absorption and penetration of chemicals from aqueous solutions: theory and experiment.

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    McDougal, J N; Jurgens-Whitehead, J L

    2001-08-01

    Dermal penetration of organic chemical-contaminated water from showering and bathing scenarios is a concern of regulatory agencies that have been tasked with determining safe exposure levels. During household showering and bathing, nearly the entire surface area of the body is exposed for short periods of time (5-15 minutes). The primary means of predicting body burden during brief exposures is to estimate total chemical penetrated from the steady-state penetration rate using a skin permeability coefficient. A variety of approaches has been recommended to estimate "body burden." The purpose of this investigation was to collect experimental data from short-term exposures to an organic chemical (dibromomethane [DBM]) in aqueous solution so that methods for estimating body burden could be compared. Rat skins were exposed in vitro to saturated aqueous solutions of DBM for 20 minutes and the amount of chemical in the receptor solution and the skin was analyzed. The total DBM mass in the receptor solution and the skin was taken to represent an in vivo body burden. These results were compared with the estimates of penetration from steady-state calculations, square root of time calculations, and a biologically based mathematical model. Results indicated that the amount of chemical in the skin and its fate during short exposures is important. The square root of time approach predicted total amount of chemical absorbed and penetrated better than did the steady-state approach. The biologically based mathematical model accurately predicted total body burden and could be used to distinguish between the amount of chemical in the skin and the amount of chemical that penetrated through the skin, which would be useful for understanding local toxicity. PMID:11726022

  17. Improved Decontamination: Interfacial, Transport, and Chemical Properties of Aqueous Surfactant Cleaners

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    DePaoli, David W.; Counce, Robert M.; Hu, Michael Z.-C.; Tsouris, Costas; Keffer, David J.

    2001-06-01

    This investigation is focused on decontamination using environmentally benign aqueous solutions, specifically the removal of organics and associated radionuclide contaminants by synthetic surfactants. Facilities throughout DOE have need for removal of organics (oils, PCBs, etc.) and associated contaminants from solid substrates, particularly metals surfaces such as ductwork, pumps, tools, gloveboxes, etc. Aqueous-based solutions are attractive alternatives to chlorinated/fluorinated solvents that have been banned or are being phased out. They promise several advantages for decontamination processes, including low hazard potential, low cost, and reduced secondary waste volume through solvent recycle, solvent degradation, and/or incineration. The work aims at gaining an understanding of interfacial, transport, and chemical processes that govern the effectiveness of aqueous-based surfactant solutions for decontamination of surfaces. In addition, efficient means for separation of waste materials from aqueous-based cleaners will be investigated. It is intended that the understanding developed in this work will be directly applied to decontamination tasks by testing on materials characteristic of DOE contaminated sites and that the tests will provide the basis for improved approaches for removal of organic contamination.

  18. Improved Decontamination: Interfacial, Transport, and Chemical Properties of Aqueous Surfactant Cleaners

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    DePaoli, David W.; Counce, Robert M.; Hu, Michael Z.-C.

    2000-06-01

    This investigation is focused on decontamination using environmentally benign aqueous solutions, specifically the removal of organics and associated radionuclide contaminants by synthetic surfactants. Facilities throughout DOE have need for removal of organics (oils, PCBs, etc.) and associated contaminants from solid substrates, particularly metals surfaces such as ductwork, pumps, tools, gloveboxes, etc. Aqueous-based solutions are attractive alternatives to chlorinated/fluorinated solvents that have been banned or are being phased out. They promise several advantages for decontamination processes, including low hazard potential, low cost, and reduced secondary waste volume through solvent recycle, solvent degradation, and/or incineration. The work aims at gaining an understanding of interfacial, transport, and chemical processes that govern the effectiveness of aqueous-based surfactant solutions for decontamination of surfaces. In addition, efficient means for separation of waste materials from aqueous-based cleaners will be investigated. It is intended that the understanding developed in this work will be directly applied to decontamination tasks by testing surface samples from DOE contaminated sites and that the tests will provide the basis for improved approaches for removal of organic contamination.

  19. Asian dust particles converted into aqueous droplets under remote marine atmospheric conditions

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    Tobo, Yutaka; Zhang, Daizhou; Matsuki, Atsushi; Iwasaka, Yasunobu

    2010-01-01

    The chemical history of dust particles in the atmosphere is crucial for assessing their impact on both the Earths climate and ecosystem. So far, a number of studies have shown that, in the vicinity of strong anthropogenic emission sources, Ca-rich dust particles can be converted into aqueous droplets mainly by the reaction with gaseous HNO3 to form Ca(NO3)2. Here we show that other similar processes have the potential to be activated under typical remote marine atmospheric conditions. Based on field measurements at several sites in East Asia and thermodynamic predictions, we examined the possibility for the formation of two highly soluble calcium salts, Ca(NO3)2 and CaCl2, which can deliquesce at low relative humidity. According to the results, the conversion of insoluble CaCO3 to Ca(NO3)2 tends to be dominated over urban and industrialized areas of the Asian continent, where the concentrations of HNO3 exceed those of HCl ([HNO3/HCl]>?1). In this regime, CaCl2 is hardly detected from dust particles. However, the generation of CaCl2 becomes detectable around the Japan Islands, where the concentrations of HCl are much higher than those of HNO3 ([HNO3/HCl]

  20. Dermal absorption of neat and aqueous volatile organic chemicals in the Fischer 344 rat.

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    Morgan, D L; Cooper, S W; Carlock, D L; Sykora, J J; Sutton, B; Mattie, D R; McDougal, J N

    1991-06-01

    Quantification of dermal absorption of volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) from aqueous solutions is required to understand the potential health hazards resulting from skin exposure to these chemicals in contaminated water. Male Fischer 344 rats were dermally exposed (3.1-cm2 dorsal skin) to neat, one-third saturated, two-thirds saturated, or saturated aqueous solutions of 14 VOCs for 24 hr. Blood samples were obtained via indwelling jugular catheters during exposure (0, 0.5, 1, 2, 4, 8, 12, and 24 hr), and analyzed for the VOCs by gas chromatography using headspace analysis. Absorption of the neat VOCs in this series of chemicals decreased as water solubility decreased. Peak blood levels of VOCs attained during exposure for 24 hr to neat chemicals were: 1,2-dichloroethane (135.1 micrograms/ml), bromochloromethane (113.3 micrograms/ml), chloroform (51.0 micrograms/ml), benzene (24.2 micrograms/ml), tetrachloroethylene (21.1 micrograms/ml), dibromomethane (18.2 micrograms/ml), trichloroethylene (11.6 micrograms/ml), toluene (9.5 micrograms/ml), xylene (8.8 micrograms/ml), hexane (8.0 micrograms/ml), ethylbenzene (5.6 micrograms/ml), styrene (5.3 micrograms/ml), carbon tetrachloride (5.0 micrograms/ml), and 1,1,1-trichloroethane (3.4 micrograms/ml). Blood levels of 1,2-dichloroethane and benzene continued to increase during the 24-hr exposure to neat chemical, while blood levels of the other neat VOCs peaked within 4 hr and then either decreased or remained about the same for the duration of the exposure. Absorption of VOCs from one-third, two-thirds, or saturated aqueous solutions was rapid, and resulted in depletion of the chemical from the solution although only a small amount of water was absorbed. Blood levels of each VOC were directly related to the exposure concentrations. The rapid appearance of VOCs in the blood from aqueous solutions demonstrates that detectable amounts of VOCs were absorbed during exposure of only about 1% of the skin surface area of the rat. PMID:1855490

  1. Chemical relaxation and equilibrium studies of association in aqueous solutions of bolaform detergents. Part 3

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    Zana, R.; Yiv, S.; Kale, K.M.

    1980-10-01

    Micelle formation in aqueous solutions of docasane-1,22-bis(trimethylammonium bromide) (C22ME6) has been investigated by means of conductivity, EMF (concentration cell and bromide ion and detergent ion specific electrodes), density, light scattering, fluorescence, and chemical relaxation (p-jump, t-jump, shock tube, ultrasonic absorption). The CMC, micelle ionization degree, micelle ionization degree, micelle aggregation number, and volume change upon micellization were calculated. The slope of the plot log CMC vs. number m of carbon atoms in the alkyl chain of bolaforms of the CMME6 type as well as several other results reveal that these bolaforms behave like detergents with 2 charged groups on the first carbon of the alkyl chain. The conclusion is that the bolaform alkyl chain may be somewhat folded both in aqueous solution and in the micellized state. 25 references.

  2. Zero-valent iron removal rates of aqueous Cr(VI) measured under flow conditions

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    Kaplan, Daniel I.; Gilmore, Tyler J.

    2004-06-30

    The rates of Cr(VI) removal from the aqueous phase by zero-valent iron Fe(0) was measured under flow conditions. The intent of this work was to generate removal rate coefficients that would be applicable to the Reactive Well Technology, a gournwater remediation technology that replaces the sand in a filter pack of a conventioanl well with a reactive material, such as Fe(0).

  3. Removal of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in aqueous environment by chemical treatments: a review.

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    Rubio-Clemente, Ainhoa; Torres-Palma, Ricardo A; Peuela, Gustavo A

    2014-04-15

    Due to their carcinogenic, mutagenic and teratogenic potential, the removal of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from aqueous environment using physical, biological and chemical processes has been studied by several researchers. This paper reviews the current state of knowledge concerning PAHs including their physico-chemical properties, input sources, occurrence, adverse effects and conventional and alternative chemical processes applied for their removal from water. The mechanisms and reactions involved in each treatment method are reported, and the effects of various variables on the PAH degradation rate as well as the extent of degradation are also discussed. Extensive literature analysis has shown that an effective way to perform the conversion and mineralization of this type of substances is the application of advanced oxidation processes (AOPs). Furthermore, combined processes, particularly AOPs coupled with biological treatments, seem to be one of the best solutions for the treatment of effluents containing PAHs. PMID:24552655

  4. Kinetics of carbonate dissolution in CO2-saturated aqueous system at reservoir conditions

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    Peng, Cheng; Crawshaw, John P.; Maitland, Geoffrey; Trusler, J. P. Martin

    2014-05-01

    In recent years, carbon capture and storage (CCS) has emerged as a key technology for limiting anthropogenic CO2 emissions while allowing the continued utilisation of fossil fuels. The most promising geological storage sites are deep saline aquifers because the capacity, integrity and injection economics are most favourable, and the environmental impact can be minimal. Many rock-fluid chemical reactions are known to occur both during and after CO2 injection in saline aquifers. The importance of rock-fluid reactions in the (CO2 + H2O) system can be understood in terms of their impact on the integrity and stability of both the formation rocks and cap rocks. The chemical interactions between CO2-acidified brines and the reservoir minerals can influence the porosity and permeability of the formations, resulting in changes in the transport processes occurring during CO2 storage. Since carbonate minerals are abundant in sedimentary rocks, one of the requirements to safely implement CO2 storage in saline aquifers is to characterise the reactivity of carbonate minerals in aqueous solutions at reservoir conditions. In this work, we reported measurements of the intrinsic rate of carbonate dissolution in CO2-saturated water under high-temperature high-pressure reservoir conditions extending up to 373 K and 14 MPa. The rate of carbonate dissolution in CO2-free HCl(aq) was also measured at ambient pressure at temperatures up to 353 K. Various pure minerals and reservoir rocks were investigated in this study, including single-crystals of calcite and magnesite, and samples of dolomite, chalks and sandstones. A specially-designed batch reactor system, implementing the rotating disc technique, was used to obtain the intrinsic reaction rate at the solid/liquid interface, free of mass transfer effects. The effective area and mineralogy of the exposed surface was determined by a combination of surface characterisation techniques including XRD, SEM, EDX and optical microscopy. The results of the study indicate that the rotating disc technique can allow accurate measurement of the carbonate dissolution rate under surface-reaction-controlled conditions, and that the carbonate dissolution rate typically increases with the increase of temperature, CO2 partial pressure and solution acidity. The study shows that the dissolution of carbonate in CO2-free acidic solutions can be described as a first order heterogeneous reaction; however, this model is not sufficient to describe the reaction kinetics of carbonate minerals in the (CO2 + H2O) system, particularly for high reactivity carbonates, such as calcite, at reservoir conditions. For these systems, both pH and the activity of CO2(aq) influence the dissolution rate. Based on the experimental results, kinetic models have been developed and parameterised to describe the dissolution of different carbonate minerals. The results of this study should facilitate more rigorous modelling of mineral dissolution in deep saline aquifers used for CO2 storage. We gratefully acknowledge the funding of QCCSRC provided jointly by Qatar Petroleum, Shell, and the Qatar Science & Technology Park. Keywords: Carbon Dioxide, Carbonate, High Pressure, High Temperature, Reaction Kinetics.

  5. Biosorption of heavy metal ions from aqueous solutions by short hemp fibers: Effect of chemical composition.

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    Pejic, Biljana; Vukcevic, Marija; Kostic, Mirjana; Skundric, Petar

    2009-05-15

    Sorption potential of waste short hemp fibers for Pb(2+), Cd(2+) and Zn(2+) ions from aqueous media was explored. In order to assess the influence of hemp fiber chemical composition on their heavy metals sorption potential, lignin and hemicelluloses were removed selectively by chemical modification. The degree of fiber swelling and water retention value were determined in order to evaluate the change in accessibility of the cell wall components to aqueous solutions due to the fiber modification. The effects of initial ion concentration, contact time and cosorption were studied in batch sorption experiments. The obtained results show that when the content of either lignin or hemicelluloses is progressively reduced by chemical treatment, the sorption properties of hemp fibers are improved. Short hemp fibers are capable of sorbing metal ions (Pb(2+), Cd(2+) and Zn(2+)) from single as well as from ternary metal ion solutions. The maximum total uptake capacities for Pb(2+), Cd(2+) and Zn(2+) ions from single solutions are the same, i.e. 0.078mmol/g, and from ternary mixture 0.074, 0.035 and 0.035mmol/g, respectively. PMID:18778893

  6. Unblocked statistical-coil tetrapeptides in aqueous solution: quantum-chemical computation of the carbon-13 NMR chemical shifts.

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    Vila, Jorge A; Baldoni, Hctor A; Ripoll, Daniel R; Scheraga, Harold A

    2003-06-01

    We recently reported a theoretical characterization of representative ensembles of statistical-coil conformations for tetrapeptides with unblocked termini in aqueous solution, at pH 7. The results showed good agreement between the computed Boltzmann-averaged and experimentally-determined values for both the vicinal coupling constants (3)J(NHalpha) and the alpha-proton chemical shifts. Here, we carry out a cluster analysis of the ensembles of conformations generated in that study, and use them to compute the Boltzmann-averaged values of the quantum-chemical (13)C chemical shifts for different amino acids in the unblocked tetrapeptides GGXA (where X stands for Phe, Arg, His, Glu, Ile, Lys, Gln, Tyr, Leu, Thr, Ala, Gly and Val). The values of the (13)C chemical shifts in these thirteen amino acids (for which experimental data are available) were computed by using Density Functional Theory with a 6-311+G(2d,p) basis set. Good agreement is found in terms of both the correlation coefficient (R) and standard deviations of the difference between the computed Bolztmann-averaged and the NMR-determined values for the (13)C chemical shifts. These results suggest that it may be possible to build a reliable theoretically-derived database of chemical shifts for statistical-coil residues. The results of the current study contribute to our understanding of the relations between chemical shifts, dihedral angles and vicinal coupling constants, (3)J(NHalpha). In addition, they can shed light as to how the statistical-coil conformation is related to the conformational preference of more structured states, such as the alpha-helical conformation. PMID:12766407

  7. Process for preparing chemically modified micas for removal of cesium salts from aqueous solution

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    Yates, Stephen Frederic (1539 S. Kennicott Dr., Arlington Heights, IL 60005); DeFilippi, Irene (208 E. Edgewood La., Palatine, IL 60067); Gaita, Romulus (6646 Davis Rd., Morton Grove, IL 60053); Clearfield, Abraham (Department of Chemistry, Texas A& M University, College Station, TX 77843); Bortun, Lyudmila (Department of Chemistry, Texas A& M University, College Station, TX 77843); Bortun, Anatoly (Department of Chemistry, Texas A& M University, College Station, TX 77843)

    2000-09-05

    A chemically modified mica composite formed by heating a trioctahedral mica in an aqueous solution of sodium chloride having a concentration of at least 1 mole/liter at a temperature greater than 180 degrees Centigrade for at least 20 hours, thereby replacing exchangeable ions in the mica with sodium. Formation is accomplished at temperatures and pressures which are easily accessed by industrial equipment. The reagent employed is inexpensive and non-hazardous, and generates a precipitate which is readily separated from the modified mica.

  8. Intrinsic formation of nanocrystalline neptunium dioxide under neutral aqueous conditions relevant to deep geological repositories.

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    Husar, Richard; Hübner, René; Hennig, Christoph; Martin, Philippe M; Chollet, Mélanie; Weiss, Stephan; Stumpf, Thorsten; Zänker, Harald; Ikeda-Ohno, Atsushi

    2015-01-25

    The dilution of aqueous neptunium carbonate complexes induces the intrinsic formation of nanocrystalline neptunium dioxide (NpO2) particles, which are characterised by UV/Vis and X-ray absorption spectroscopies and transmission electron microscopy. This new route of nanocrystalline NpO2 formation could be a potential scenario for the environmental transport of radionuclides from the waste repository (i.e. under near-field alkaline conditions) to the geological environment (i.e. under far-field neutral conditions). PMID:25479067

  9. Aqueous Chemical Modeling of Sedimentation on Early Mars with Application to Surface-Atmosphere Evolution

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    Catling, David C.

    2004-01-01

    This project was to investigate models for aqueous sedimentation on early Mars from fluid evaporation. Results focused on three specific areas: (1) First, a fluid evaporation model incorporating iron minerals was developed to compute the evaporation of a likely solution on early Mars derived from the weathering of mafic rock. (2) Second, the fluid evaporation model was applied to salts within Martian meteorites, specifically salts in the nakhlites and ALH84001. Evaporation models were found to be consistent with the mineralogy of salt assemblages-anhydrite, gypsum, Fe-Mg-Ca carbonates, halite, clays-- and the concentric chemical fractionation of Ca-to Mg-rich carbonate rosettes in ALH84001. We made progress in further developing our models of fluid concentration by contributing to updating the FREZCHEM model. (3) Third, theoretical investigation was done to determine the thermodynamics and kinetics involved in the formation of gray, crystalline hematite. This mineral, of probable ancient aqueous origin, has been observed in several areas on the surface of Mars by the Thermal Emission Spectrometer on Mars Global Surveyor. The "Opportunity" Mars Exploration Rover has also detected gray hematite at its landing site in Meridiani Planum. We investigated how gray hematite can be formed via atmospheric oxidation, aqueous precipitation and subsequent diagenesis, or hydrothermal processes. We also studied the geomorphology of the Aram Chaos hematite region using Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) images.

  10. Alumino-silicate speciation in aqueous fluids at deep crustal conditions

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    Mookherjee, M.; Keppler, H.; Manning, C. E.

    2014-12-01

    Alumina and silica are major oxides in most crustal rocks. While SiO2 is quite soluble in aqueous fluids at metamorphic conditions, behavior of Al2O3 in crustal metamorphic fluids has been poorly understood. It is known that alumina is dramatically less soluble in aqueous fluids and hence it is difficult to explain the common occurrence of quartz with aluminous minerals in metamorphic veins. In order to understand this complex behavior of alumina, we investigated aluminum speciation in aqueous fluids in equilibrium with corundum using in situ Raman spectroscopy in hydrothermal diamond anvil cells to 20 kbar and 1000 oC. In order to better understand the spectral features of the aqueous fluids, we used first principles simulations based on density functional theory to calculate and predict the energetics and vibrational spectra for various aluminum species that are likely to be present in aqueous solutions. The Raman spectra of pure water in equilibrium with Al2O3 are devoid of any characteristic spectral features. In contrast, aqueous fluids with KOH solution in equilibrium with Al2O3 show a sharp band at ~620 cm-1 which could be attributed to the [Al(OH)4]1- species. The band grows in intensity with temperature along an isochore. In the limited pressure, temperature and density explored in the present study, we do not find any evidence for the polymerization of the [Al(OH)4]1- species to dimers [(OH)2-Al-O2-Al(OH)2]2- or [(OH)3-Al-O-Al(OH)3]2-. This is likely due to the relatively low concentration of Al in the solutions and does not rule out significant polymerization at higher pressures and temperatures. We are also investigating the effect of SiO2 on the solubility of Al2O3 and the relative energetics of formation of pure alumina dimer [(OH)3-Al-O-Al(OH)3]2- vs. the aluminosilicate dimers, [(OH)3-Al-O-Si(OH)3]2- at deep crustal conditions. Acknowledgement- MM is supported by the US National Science Foundation grant (EAR-1250477).

  11. 49 CFR 219.11 - General conditions for chemical tests.

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    2012-10-01

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  12. 49 CFR 219.11 - General conditions for chemical tests.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false General conditions for chemical tests. 219.11 Section 219.11 Transportation Other Regulations Relating to Transportation (Continued) FEDERAL RAILROAD... for chemical tests. (a) Any employee who performs covered service for a railroad is deemed to...

  13. 49 CFR 219.11 - General conditions for chemical tests.

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    2011-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 4 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false General conditions for chemical tests. 219.11 Section 219.11 Transportation Other Regulations Relating to Transportation (Continued) FEDERAL RAILROAD... for chemical tests. (a) Any employee who performs covered service for a railroad is deemed to...

  14. 49 CFR 219.11 - General conditions for chemical tests.

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    2013-10-01

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  15. 49 CFR 219.11 - General conditions for chemical tests.

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    2014-10-01

    ... 49 Transportation 4 2014-10-01 2014-10-01 false General conditions for chemical tests. 219.11 Section 219.11 Transportation Other Regulations Relating to Transportation (Continued) FEDERAL RAILROAD... for chemical tests. (a) Any employee who performs covered service for a railroad is deemed to...

  16. Luminescence enhancement after adding organic salts to nanohybrid under aqueous condition.

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    Yang, Daqing; Wang, Yige; Wang, Yu; Li, Zhiqiang; Li, Huanrong

    2015-01-28

    Lanthanide-based organic-inorganic hybrid materials (LnOIH) are of immense importance for various applications nowadays, while it still remains a significant challenge to achieve high luminescence efficiency in aqueous environment. Herein we present a simple and environmentally friendly two-step strategy to prepare strongly red-light emitting nano-LnOIH by first in situ forming Eu(3+)-?-dikeonate complexes on Laponite platelets and subsequently increasing the coordination number of the complexes via the modification with a silane-functionalized imidazolium salt, which can fully protect Eu(3+) ions from the water molecule quenching. The mechanism of how the imidazolium salt favors the formation of Eu(3+)-?-dikeonate complex with large coordination number was elucidated. The result is that the removal of the abundant protons on the Laponite platelets through a mechanism of synergic effect of ion exchange and neutralization drives the formation of Eu(3+)-?-diketonate complexes with high coordination number. The high efficiency of the resulting luminescent nano-LnOIH in water endows the nanohybrid with good aqueous solution processability and opens the possibility of using them under complicated aqueous conditions for biorelated applications. PMID:25557418

  17. Comprehensive study of the chemical reactions resulting from the decomposition of chloroform in alkaline aqueous solution

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    Estevez Mews, Jorge

    Chloroform (CHCl3) is a volatile liquid, which has a rather slow rate of decomposition in ground water. It is a known carcinogen and one of the most common contaminants found at toxic waste sites. The dominant degradation process for chloroform in both the atmosphere and the groundwater is the reaction with the hydroxyl radical or hydroxide ion. This process triggers a sequence of reactions which ultimately yield carbon monoxide, hydrogen chloride, and formic acid. The rate of chloroform degradation is considerably larger in solution than that in the gas phase and it increases dramatically with increasing pH. However, only one of the viable reactions had been studied previously at a high level of theory in solution. It is of great interest to gain a deeper understanding of the decomposition reaction mechanism. Quantum mechanical methods are well suited for studying the mechanism of organic reactions. However, a full quantum mechanical treatment of the entire fluid system is not computationally feasible. In this work, combined quantum mechanical and molecular mechanical (QM/MM) methods are used for studying chemical reactions in condensed phases. In these calculations, the solute molecules are treated quantum mechanically (QM), whereas the solvent molecules are approximated by empirical (MM) potential energy functions. The use of quantum mechanics and statistical sampling simulation is necessary to determine the reaction free energy profile. In the present study, the ab initio Hartree-Fock theory along with the 3-21G basis set was used in the quantum mechanical calculations to elucidate the reaction pathways of chloroform decomposition, with a focus on basic reaction conditions. Statistical mechanical Monte Carlo approach was then applied in molecular mechanical simulations, employing the empirical TIP3P model for water. We employed state-of-the-art electronic structure methods to determine the gas-phase inter-nuclear potential energy profile for all the relevant reactions. Each gas-phase potential energy profile obtained at a high level of theory was used as a post-correction of the corresponding reaction free energy profile in aqueous solution. A detailed picture of the actual mechanism driving the decomposition pathway of chloroform has emerged from these simulations.

  18. Aqueous fluid composition in CI chondritic materials: Chemical equilibrium assessments in closed systems

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    Zolotov, Mikhail Yu.

    2012-08-01

    Solids of nearly solar composition have interacted with aqueous fluids on carbonaceous asteroids, icy moons, and trans-neptunian objects. These processes altered mineralogy of accreted materials together with compositions of aqueous and gaseous phases. We evaluated chemistry of aqueous solutions coexisted with CI-type chondritic solids through calculations of chemical equilibria in closed water-rock-gas systems at different compositions of initial fluids, water/rock mass ratios (0.1-1000), temperatures (<350 C), and pressures (<2 kbars). The calculations show that fluid compositions are mainly affected by solubilities of solids, the speciation of chlorine in initial water-rock mixtures, and the occurrence of Na-bearing secondary minerals such as saponite. The major species in modeled alkaline solutions are Na+, Cl-, CO32-,HCO3-, K+, OH-, H2, and CO2. Aqueous species of Mg, Fe, Ca, Mn, Al, Ni, Cr, S, and P are not abundant in these fluids owing to low solubility of corresponding solids. Typical NaCl type alkaline fluids coexist with saponite-bearing mineralogy that usually present in aqueously altered chondrites. A common occurrence of these fluids is consistent with the composition of grains emitted from Enceladus. Na-rich fluids with abundant CO32-,HCO3-, and OH- anions coexist with secondary mineralogy depleted in Na. The Na2CO3 and NaHCO3 type fluids could form via accretion of cometary ices. NaOH type fluids form in reduced environments and may locally occur on parent bodies of CR carbonaceous chondrites. Supposed melting of accreted HCl-bearing ices leads to early acidic fluids enriched in Mg, Fe and other metals, consistent with signs of low-pH alteration in chondrites. Neutralization of these solutions leads to alkaline Na-rich fluids. Sulfate species have negligible concentrations in closed systems, which remain reduced, especially at elevated pressures created by forming H2 gas. Hydrogen, CO2, and H2O dominate in the gaseous phase, though the abundance of methane cannot be fairly estimated.

  19. Sulfur removal from Gediz lignite using aqueous sodium hydroxide solutions under mild oxidative conditions

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    Yaman, S.; Kuecuekbayrak, S.

    1999-11-01

    Sulfur removal from a high-sulfur Turkish lignite (Gediz) using aqueous sodium hydroxide solutions having dissolved oxygen was investigated under mild oxidative conditions. Effects of the parameters such as sodium hydroxide/lignite weight ratio, temperature, and partial pressure of oxygen were investigated within the ranges of 0.05--0.8, 423--498 K, and 1--2 MPa, respectively. Optimum values of these parameters were determined regarding sulfur removal and coal recovery. Influences of dry oxidation of the lignite sample as a pretreatment at 573 K and subsequent washing of some treated lignite samples with 1 N HCl were investigated.

  20. CO₂ carbonation under aqueous conditions using petroleum coke combustion fly ash.

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    González, A; Moreno, N; Navia, R

    2014-12-01

    Fly ash from petroleum coke combustion was evaluated for CO2 capture in aqueous medium. Moreover the carbonation efficiency based on different methodologies and the kinetic parameters of the process were determined. The results show that petroleum coke fly ash achieved a CO2 capture yield of 21% at the experimental conditions of 12 g L(-1), 363°K without stirring. The carbonation efficiency by petroleum coke fly ash based on reactive calcium species was within carbonation efficiencies reported by several authors. In addition, carbonation by petroleum coke fly ash follows a pseudo-second order kinetic model. PMID:25000300

  1. Chemically modified biochar produced from conocarpus waste increases NO3 removal from aqueous solutions.

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    Usman, Adel R A; Ahmad, Mahtab; El-Mahrouky, Mohamed; Al-Omran, Abdulrasoul; Ok, Yong Sik; Sallam, Abdelazeem Sh; El-Naggar, Ahmed H; Al-Wabel, Mohammad I

    2016-04-01

    Biochar has emerged as a universal sorbent for the removal of contaminants from water and soil. However, its efficiency is lower than that of commercially available sorbents. Engineering biochar by chemical modification may improve its sorption efficiency. In this study, conocarpus green waste was chemically modified with magnesium and iron oxides and then subjected to thermal pyrolysis to produce biochar. These chemically modified biochars were tested for NO3 removal efficiency from aqueous solutions in batch sorption isothermal and kinetic experiments. The results revealed that MgO-biochar outperformed other biochars with a maximum NO3 sorption capacity of 45.36 mmol kg(-1) predicted by the Langmuir sorption model. The kinetics data were well described by the Type 1 pseudo-second-order model, indicating chemisorption as the dominating mechanism of NO3 sorption onto biochars. Greater efficiency of MgO-biochar was related to its high specific surface area (391.8 m(2) g(-1)) and formation of strong ionic complexes with NO3. At an initial pH of 2, more than 89 % NO3 removal efficiency was observed for all of the biochars. We conclude that chemical modification can alter the surface chemistry of biochar, thereby leading to enhanced sorption capacity compared with simple biochar. PMID:26100325

  2. EVALUATION OF CHEMICAL AMENDMENTS FOR PH AND REDOX STABILIZTION IN AQUEOUS SUSPENSIONS OF THREE CALIFORNIA SOILS

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    Many chemically and biologically important trace element, heavy metal, and organic contaminant reactions in soils are constrained by pH and redox conditions and changes in these conditions can significantly affect reaction rates. Although closed-system, batch methods have been used for many years to...

  3. Chemical and Isotopic Study of Lab-formed Carbonates Under Cryogenic and Hydrothermal Conditions

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    Niles, P. B.; Leshin, L. A.; Socki, R. A.; Guan, Y.; Golden, D. C.; Ming, D. W.; Gibson, E. K.

    2004-01-01

    Aqueous environments on early Mars were probably relatively short-lived and localized, as evidenced by the lack of abundant secondary minerals detected by the TES instrument. In order to better understand the aqueous history of early Mars we need to be able to interpret the evidence preserved in secondary minerals formed during these aqueous events. Carbonate minerals, in particular, are important secondary minerals for interpreting past aqueous environments as illustrated by the carbonates preserved in ALH84001. Carbonates formed in short-lived, dynamic aqueous events often preserve kinetic rather than equilibrium chemical and isotopic processes, and predicting the behavior of such systems is facilitated by empirical data.

  4. Chemical speciation of inorganic compounds under hydrothermal conditions. 1998 annual progress report

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    Stern, E.A.; Fulton, J.L.; Darab, J.G.; Steidler, G.T.

    1998-06-01

    'To obtain the chemistry of metallic solute ions under aqueous and hydrothermal conditions in order to obtain key insights pertinent to the removal of toxic wastes. Elements present in Hanford tank wastes will be investigated to get a better understanding of how the high temperatures involved in vitrification will affect the hydrolysis-polymerization reaction. In the following summary of the x-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) measurements under aqueous and hydrothermal conditions, most measurements below the critical temperature (375 C) were taken at about 200 bar pressure, while at supercritical temperatures the pressure was about 600 bar. Chemistry of Na{sub 2} WO{sub 4} Under Aqueous and Hydrothermal Conditions Tungsten, molybdenum, vanadium and, to a lesser agree, chromium, niobium and tantalum form isopolymetallates, polymeric species of rather complicated structure and complex chemical equilibria, in aqueous solution upon acidification. Except Tantalum, all of these elements are present in the Hanford tank wastes and it is not well understood how the high temperatures involved in vitrification will affect the hydrolysis-polymerization reaction. In March 1998, the authors launched a series of XAFS experiments to resolve these questions. Measurements were obtained for 0.2 molal tungstate solutions as a function of temperature (to 200 C) and as a function of starting pH. The outcome of these measurements is providing key insights into this chemistry as follows: (1) A change from tetrahedral to octahedral coordination of the oxygen atoms around the tungsten center atom can be detected upon increasing extent of polymerization. (2) At least one new feature shows up in the Fourier Transform of the k-weighted Chi plot (closely related to a radial distribution function) which is unambiguously attributed to a tungsten-tungsten scattering path, only present in the polymeric species. (3) Perhaps most interestingly, the XAFS data indicate a higher extent of polymerization at higher temperatures for a given starting pH.'

  5. Chemical characterization of the main products formed through aqueous-phase photonitration of guaiacol

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    Kitanovski, Z.; ?usak, A.; Grgi?, I.; Claeys, M.

    2014-08-01

    Guaiacol (2-methoxyphenol) and its derivatives can be emitted into the atmosphere by thermal degradation (i.e., burning) of wood lignins. Due to its volatility, guaiacol is predominantly distributed atmospherically in the gaseous phase. Recent studies have shown the importance of aqueous-phase reactions in addition to the dominant gas-phase and heterogeneous reactions of guaiacol, in the formation of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) in the atmosphere. The main objectives of the present study were to chemically characterize the main products of the aqueous-phase photonitration of guaiacol and examine their possible presence in urban atmospheric aerosols. The aqueous-phase reactions were carried out under simulated sunlight and in the presence of hydrogen peroxide and nitrite. The formed guaiacol reaction products were concentrated by solid-phase extraction and then purified with semi-preparative high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The fractionated individual compounds were isolated as pure solids and further analyzed with liquid-state proton, carbon-13 and two-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, and direct infusion negative ion electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry ((-)ESI-MS/MS). The NMR and product ion (MS2) spectra were used for unambiguous product structure elucidation. The main products of guaiacol photonitration are 4-nitroguaiacol (4NG), 6-nitroguaiacol (6NG), and 4,6-dinitroguaiacol (4,6DNG). Using the isolated compounds as standards, 4NG and 4,6DNG were unambiguously identified in winter PM10 aerosols from the city of Ljubljana (Slovenia) by means of HPLC/(-)ESI-MS/MS. Owing to the strong absorption of ultraviolet and visible light, 4,6DNG could be an important constituent of atmospheric "brown" carbon, especially in regions affected by biomass burning.

  6. Chemical Characterization of Secondary Organic Aerosol Formed from Atmospheric Aqueous-phase Reactions of Phenolic Compounds

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    Yu, L.; Smith, J.; Anastasio, C.; Zhang, Q.

    2012-12-01

    Phenolic compounds, which are released in significant amounts from biomass burning, may undergo fast aqueous-phase reactions to form secondary organic aerosol (SOA) in the atmosphere. Understanding the aqueous-phase reaction mechanisms of these compounds and the composition of their reaction products is thus important for constraining SOA sources and predicting organic aerosol properties in models. In this study, we investigate the aqueous-phase reactions of three phenols (phenol, guaiacol and syringol) with two oxidants - excited triplet states (3C*) of non-phenolic aromatic carbonyls and hydroxyl radical (OH). By employing four analytical methods including high-resolution aerosol mass spectrometry, total organic carbon analysis, ion chromatography, and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, we thoroughly characterize the chemical compositions of the low volatility reaction products of phenols and propose formation mechanisms based on this information. Our results indicate that phenolic SOA is highly oxygenated, with O/C ratios in the range of 0.83-1.03, and that the SOA of phenol is usually more oxidized than those of guaiacol and syringol. Among the three precursors, syringol generates the largest fraction of higher molecular weight (MW) products. For the same precursor, the SOA formed via reaction with 3C* is less oxidized than that formed via reaction with OH. In addition, oxidation by 3C* enhances the formation of higher MW species, including phenolic dimers, higher oligomers and hydroxylated products, compared to reactions initiated by OH, which appear to favor the formation of organic acids. However, our results indicate that the yields of small organic acids (e.g., formate, acetate, oxalate, and malate) are low for both reaction pathways, together accounting for less than 5% of total SOA mass.

  7. Characterizing photochemical transformation of aqueous nC60 under environmentally relevant conditions.

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    Hwang, Yu Sik; Li, Qilin

    2010-04-15

    Engineered nanomaterials may undergo transformation upon interactions with various environmental factors. In this study, photochemical transformation of aqueous nC60 was investigated under UVA irradiation. nC60 underwent photochemical transformation in the presence of dissolved O2, resulting in surface oxygenation and hydroxylation as demonstrated by XPS and ATR-FTIR analyses. The reaction followed a pseudo-first order rate law with the apparent reaction rate constant of 2.2 x 10(-2) h(-1). However, the core of the nanoparticles remained intact over 21 days of irradiation. Although no mineralization or dissolution of nC60 was observed, experiments using fullerol as a reference fullerene derivative suggested likely dissolution and partial mineralization of nC60 under long-term UVA exposure. Aquatic humic acid reduced nC60 transformation kinetics presumably due to scavenging of reactive oxygen species. Results from this study imply that photochemical transformation is an important factor controlling nC60 physical and chemical properties as well as its fate and transport in the natural aqueous environment. In addition, changes in nC60 surface chemistry drastically reduced C60 extraction efficiency by toluene, suggesting that the existing analytical method for C60 may not be applicable to environmental samples. PMID:20337472

  8. Use of silica-immobilized humin for heavy metal removal from aqueous solution under flow conditions.

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    de la Rosa, G; Gardea-Torresdey, J L; Peralta-Videa, J R; Herrera, I; Contreras, C

    2003-10-01

    Humin extracted from Sphagnum peat moss was immobilized in a silica matrix and column experiments were performed in order to evaluate the removal and recovery of metal ions from aqueous solution under flow conditions. These experiments also allowed testing the recycling capacity of the column. Single-element solutions of Cu(II) and Pb(II), and a multi-metal solution containing Cd(II), Cu(II), Pb(II), Ni(II), and Cr(III) were passed through the columns at a flow rate of 2 ml/min. A 0.5 M sodium citrate solution was used as the stripping agent in the metal-ion recovery process. Humin immobilized in the silica matrix exhibited a similar, and in some cases, even a higher capacity than other biosorbents for the removal of metal ions from aqueous solutions under flow conditions. The sodium citrate was effective in removing Cu(II), Pb(II), Cd(II), and Ni(II) from the metal saturated column. The selectivity of the immobilized biomass was as follows: Cr(III)>Pb(II)>Cu(II)>Cd(II)>Ni(II). This investigation provides a new, environmentally friendly and cost-effective possibility to clean up heavy-metal contaminated wastewaters by using the new silica-immobilized humin material. PMID:12835051

  9. Promoted oxidation of phenol in aqueous solution using molecular oxygen at mild conditions

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    Vogel, F.; Harf, J.; Hug, A.; Rohr, P.R. von

    1999-05-01

    Wet oxidation with molecular oxygen at mild conditions (temperature < 200 C, pressure {le} 2 MPa) is an economically attractive pretreatment step for non-biodegradable aqueous waste streams. In order to overcome the low reactivity of molecular oxygen towards organic molecules at these mild process conditions, an initiator was used in combination with ferrous ions in the acidic range. The promoted oxidation of phenol in aqueous solution was investigated in a 4 liters stirred autoclave. It was possible to degrade the phenol at temperatures as low as 100 C without observing an induction time. The remaining solution contained mainly acetic and formic acid and was well biodegradable. The oxidative behavior of the oxygen/phenol system could be explained using the well-known autoxidation mechanism for aliphatic molecules. 4-hydroperoxy-phenol is suggested as a key intermediate. Measured products are p-benzoquinone, hydroquinone, catechol, maleic, oxalic, pyruvic, formic, and acetic acid. Dimers could also be identified in sample extracts. A global pathway including all identified products is presented.

  10. Inhibition of methemoglobin formation in aqueous solutions under aerobic conditions by the addition of amino acids.

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    Wei, Yuping; Li, Chunlong; Zhang, Liang; Su, Zhiguo; Xu, Xia

    2014-03-01

    Hemoglobin (Hb) as an important iron-containing oxygen-transport protein is easily oxidized to the ferric met-form, methemoglobin (metHb), and loses the capacity of binding oxygen during storage. In this study, the experimental data indicate that the presence of Tyr and Glu significantly suppress the metHb formation in the Hb solutions in aqueous environment under aerobic conditions at the temperature of 25 and 37 °C, respectively. At pO2 of 144Torr the metHb percentage in the Hb solutions was the lowest with less than 10% at day 7 after incubation with Tyr at the ratio of 24 at pH 9.5 at 25 °C. At 37 °C, the metHb percentage did not reach 5% after 12h of incubation with Glu at the ratio of 24 at pH 9. Molecular simulation analysis suggest that the presence of Tyr or Glu may contribute to the formation of the breakwater network, the stabilization of distal histidine, the changes in the size of heme pocket, and eventually result in the inhibition of metHb formation. This study provides insight into a new design for Hb-oxygen based carriers with strongly inhibition of metHb formation in aqueous environment under aerobic conditions, even at physiological temperature in vitro. PMID:24342540

  11. Physical and chemical interactions at the interface between atmospheric pressure plasmas and aqueous solutions

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    Lindsay, Alexander; Byrns, Brandon; Knappe, Detlef; Graves, David; Shannon, Steven

    2014-10-01

    Transport and reactions of charged species, neutrals, and photons at the interface between plasmas and liquids must be better quantified. The work presented here combines theoretical and experimental investigations of conditions in the gas and liquid phases in proximity to the interface for various discharges. OES is used to determine rotational and vibrational temperatures of OH, NO, and N2+; the relationship between these temperatures that characterize the distribution of internal energy states and gas and electron kinetic temperatures is considered. The deviation of OH rotational states from equilibrium under high humidity conditions is also presented. In contradiction with findings of other groups, high energy rotational states appear to become underpopulated with increasing humidity. In the aqueous phase, concentrations of longer-lived species such as nitrate, nitrite, hydrogen peroxide, and ozone are determined using ion chromatography and colorimetric methods. Spin-traps and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) are investigated for characterization of short-lived aqueous radicals like OH, O2-, NO, and ONOO-. Finally, experimental results are compared to a numerical model which couples transport and reactions within and between the bulk gas and liquid phases.

  12. Evaluation of chemical and diastereoisomeric stability of S-adenosylmethionine in aqueous solution by capillary electrophoresis.

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    Desiderio, Claudia; Cavallaro, Rosaria A; De Rossi, Antonella; D'Anselmi, Fabrizio; Fuso, Andrea; Scarpa, Sigfrido

    2005-07-01

    Capillary electrophoresis was used for monitoring the stability of S-adenosylmethionine in aqueous solution under different conditions of storage and incubation used for "in vitro" and "in vivo" experiments, by evaluating both the entity of degradation and the possibility of epimerization at the sulfonium group. The determination of S,S-S-adenosylmethionine in presence of its R,S-epimer and degradation products was performed in uncoated capillary of 50 microm ID using 150 mM sodium phosphate buffer at pH 2.5. The analyses were performed in short or long-end injection modes depending if a fast monitoring of the degradation products or the evaluation of the diastereoisomeric ratio were carried out, respectively. In the long-end injection mode the baseline separation of S-adenosylmethionine diastereoisomeric forms and degradation products was obtained in less than 10 min with efficiency values in the range of 172,520-311,439 number of theoretical plates per meter. The results showed that freezing was the optimum storage mode for S-adenosylmethionine aqueous solutions preserving from degradation and diastereoisomeric ratio alterations. Under incubation conditions at 38 degrees C during 14 days period S-adenosylmethionine showed a strong degradation and the formation of three main increasing degradation products. After 7 and 14 days only the 52% and 32% of the initial drug concentration were available and the active S,S-S-adenosylmethionine form was the most affected. PMID:15925246

  13. Resistance to chemical disinfection under conditions of microgravity

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    Marchin, George L.

    1998-01-01

    In unit gravity, bacteria and disinfecting resin beads co-sediment to the septum in a fluid processing apparatus (FPA) resulting in effective chemical disinfection. In microgravity bacteria in suspension have access to a larger volume of the FPA because of a lack of sedimentation. Further, when disinfecting resin beads are added to the FPA they also remain in suspension reducing their effective concentration. Typically, therefore, disinfection experiments in microgravity return larger numbers of viable bacteria than ground-based controls. Preliminary experiments aboard the MIR Space Station with Pseudomonas aeruginosa additionally suggest that the longer bacteria are retained in microgravity the more resistant they become to chemical disinfection. This phenomenon is probably due to additional time to develop resistant biofilms on the interior of the FPA. To partially solve these problems we have developed additional disinfecting materials to use in conjunction with polyiodide containing resin beads. One of these materials carbon beads coated with 3-trimethoxy silylpropyl dimethyloctadecyl ammonium chloride (Dow-Corning 5700®), acts synergistically with polyiodide resin disinfectants. Carbon beads so treated are still able to remove aqueous iodine from the water stream while providing an additional level of chemical disinfection. This additional capability prevents contamination of the carbon beads with heterotrophic bacteria and insures that bacteria surviving iodine disinfection are efficiently devitalized.

  14. Prediction of aqueous solubility, vapor pressure and critical micelle concentration for aquatic partitioning of perfluorinated chemicals.

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    Bhhatarai, Barun; Gramatica, Paola

    2011-10-01

    The majority of perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) are of increasing risk to biota and environment due to their physicochemical stability, wide transport in the environment and difficulty in biodegradation. It is necessary to identify and prioritize these harmful PFCs and to characterize their physicochemical properties that govern the solubility, distribution and fate of these chemicals in an aquatic ecosystem. Therefore, available experimental data (10-35 compounds) of three important properties: aqueous solubility (AqS), vapor pressure (VP) and critical micelle concentration (CMC) on per- and polyfluorinated compounds were collected for quantitative structure-property relationship (QSPR) modeling. Simple and robust models based on theoretical molecular descriptors were developed and externally validated for predictivity. Model predictions on selected PFCs were compared with available experimental data and other published in silico predictions. The structural applicability domains (AD) of the models were verified on a bigger data set of 221 compounds. The predicted properties of the chemicals that are within the AD, are reliable, and they help to reduce the wide data gap that exists. Moreover, the predictions of AqS, VP, and CMC of most common PFCs were evaluated to understand the aquatic partitioning and to derive a relation with the available experimental data of bioconcentration factor (BCF). PMID:20958003

  15. Blue-shifted and picosecond amplified UV emission from aqueous chemical grown ZnO microrods

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    Empizo, Melvin John F.; Yamanoi, Kohei; Santos-Putungan, Alexandra B.; Arita, Ren; Minami, Yuki; Luong, Mui Viet; Shimizu, Toshihiko; Estacio, Elmer S.; Somintac, Armando S.; Salvador, Arnel A.; Sarmago, Roland V.; Sarukura, Nobuhiko

    2015-10-01

    Room-temperature amplified spontaneous emission (ASE) has been observed from aqueous chemical grown zinc oxide (ZnO) microrods. The well-faceted microrods have only a single narrow ultraviolet (UV) emission at 390 nm (3.2 eV) with average lifetimes as fast as 85-100 ps. The characteristic ASE also exhibits blue-shifted peaks and shortened lifetimes. At present, the peak shifting and the lifetime shortening are attributed to the band filling and photo-induced screening effects and to the nonradiative relaxation process, respectively. Results indicate that the ZnO microrods have good structural and optical quality which leads to their suitable use for optoelectronic applications.

  16. Validity conditions for moment closure approximations in stochastic chemical kinetics

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    Schnoerr, David; Sanguinetti, Guido; Grima, Ramon

    2014-08-28

    Approximations based on moment-closure (MA) are commonly used to obtain estimates of the mean molecule numbers and of the variance of fluctuations in the number of molecules of chemical systems. The advantage of this approach is that it can be far less computationally expensive than exact stochastic simulations of the chemical master equation. Here, we numerically study the conditions under which the MA equations yield results reflecting the true stochastic dynamics of the system. We show that for bistable and oscillatory chemical systems with deterministic initial conditions, the solution of the MA equations can be interpreted as a valid approximation to the true moments of the chemical master equation, only when the steady-state mean molecule numbers obtained from the chemical master equation fall within a certain finite range. The same validity criterion for monostable systems implies that the steady-state mean molecule numbers obtained from the chemical master equation must be above a certain threshold. For mean molecule numbers outside of this range of validity, the MA equations lead to either qualitatively wrong oscillatory dynamics or to unphysical predictions such as negative variances in the molecule numbers or multiple steady-state moments of the stationary distribution as the initial conditions are varied. Our results clarify the range of validity of the MA approach and show that pitfalls in the interpretation of the results can only be overcome through the systematic comparison of the solutions of the MA equations of a certain order with those of higher orders.

  17. Influences of solution chemical conditions on mobilization of TNT from contaminated soil

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    Dante, D.A.; Tiller, C.L.; Pennell, K.D.

    1996-12-31

    2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) and its byproducts are common contaminants on US military installations. Many potential remediation processes are in part limited by the transfer of TNT from the contaminated soil into the aqueous phase. The purpose of this research is to assess the release of TNT from contaminated soil under varying solution chemical conditions. In particular, influences of pH, aquatic natural organic matter, and addition of two surfactants is investigated. Uncontaminated soil was collected from a near-surface site at the Alabama Army Ammunition Plant and was artificially contaminated with TNT prior to the mobilization experiments. Results for the pH experiments show that more TNT is mobilized at neutral pH conditions than at low pH conditions. The presence of dissolved organic matter enhances the release of TNT from soil, but not by a large amount. Surfactant addition has the most significant effect on TNT mobilization.

  18. Secondary organic aerosol (trans)formation through aqueous phase guaiacol photonitration: chemical characterization of the products

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    Grgi?, Irena; Kitanovski, Zoran; Krofli?, Ana; ?usak, Alen

    2014-05-01

    One of the largest primary sources of organic aerosol in the atmosphere is biomass burning (BB) (Laskin et al. 2009); in Europe its contribution to annual mean of PM10 is between 3 and 14 % (Maenhaut et al. 2012). During the process of wood burning many different products are formed via thermal degradation of wood lignin. Hardwood burning produces mainly syringol (2,6-dimetoxyphenol) derivatives, while softwood burning exclusively guaiacol (2-methoxyphenol) and its derivatives. Taking into account physical properties of methoxyphenols only, their concentrations in atmospheric waters might be underestimated. So, their aqueous phase reactions can be an additional source of SOA, especially in regions under significant influence of wood combustion. An important class of compounds formed during physical and chemical aging of the primary BBA in the atmosphere is nitrocatechols, known as strong absorbers of UV and Vis light (Claeys et al. 2012). Very recently, methyl-nitrocatechols were proposed as suitable markers for highly oxidized secondary BBA (Iinuma et al. 2010, Kitanovski et al. 2012). In the present work, the formation of SOA through aqueous phase photooxidation and nitration of guaiacol was examined. The key objective was to chemically characterize the main low-volatility products and further to check their possible presence in the urban atmospheric aerosols. The aqueous phase reactions were performed in a thermostated reactor under simulated sunlight in the presence of H2O2 and nitrite. Guaiacol reaction products were first concentrated by solid-phase extraction (SPE) and then subjected to semi-preparative liquid chromatography.The main product compounds were fractionated and isolated as pure solids and their structure was further elucidated by using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H, 13C and 2D NMR) and direct infusion negative ion electro-spray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (( )ESI-MS/MS). The main photonitration products of guaiacol (4-nitroguaiacol, 6-nitroguaiacol and 4,6-dinitroguaiacol) were examined for their presence in winter aerosol samples by using an optimized HPLC-(-)ESI-MS/MS. 4-nitroguaiacol and 4,6-dinitroguaiacol were unambiguously identified in winter PM10 from Ljubljana, Slovenia, whereas the absence of 6-nitroguaiacol was further explained with the help of long-term reaction monitoring. To our knowledge, our study represents the first report on the identification of 4,6-dinitroguaiacol in ambient aerosols. Laskin, A. et al. (2009) Environ. Sci. Technol. 43, 3764-3771. Maenhaut, W. et al. (2012) Sci. Tot. Environ. 437, 226-236. Claeys, M. et al. (2012) Environ. Chem. 9, 273-284. Iinuma, Y. et al. (2010) Environ. Sci. Technol. 44, 8453-8459. Kitanovski, Z. et al. (2012)J. Chromatogr. A 1268, 35-43.

  19. Identification of the chemical constituents in aqueous extract of Zhi-Qiao and evaluation of its antidepressant effect.

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    Wu, Ming; Zhang, Hongwu; Zhou, Chao; Jia, Hongmei; Ma, Zhuo; Zou, Zhongmei

    2015-01-01

    The immature fruit of Citrus aurantium L. (Zhi-Qiao, ZQ) has been used as a traditional medicine in China. Our previous study has shown that ZQ decoction may contribute to the antidepressant-like action of Chaihu-Shu-Gan-San. However, there are no reports on the chemical constituents of ZQ aqueous extract or its anti-depression effects. Firstly, this research reported the on-line identification of the chemical constituents in the aqueous extract of ZQ by coupling ultra-performance liquid chromatography/time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC-Q-TOF/MS). A total of 31 chemical constituents were identified in ZQ aqueous extract, including one tannic acid, five flavones, 13 flavanones, one limonoid, three coumarins, three cyclic peptides, and five polymethoxylated flavonoids. The antidepressant effect of ZQ aqueous extract was evaluated in vivo and the results indicated that the mice immobility time during the forced swimming test and the tail suspension test were significantly reduced with ZQ treatment. MTT assays showed both ZQ aqueous extract and its major constituents (naringin, hesperidin, neohesperidin, and nobiletin) had neuroprotective effect on corticosterone-induced neurotoxicity in PC12 cells. The in vivo and in vitro results suggest that ZQ has an antidepressant effect. PMID:25913931

  20. Kinetic studies of Cd (II) and Pb (II) ions biosorption from aqueous media using untreated and chemically treated biosorbents.

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    Bakyayita, G K; Norrstrm, A C; Nalubega, M; Kulabako, R N

    2014-01-01

    Untreated and chemically treated Albizia coriaria, Erythrina abyssinica and Musa spp. were studied in batch for uptake of Cd(2+) and Pb(2+) ions at pH 2.0-9.0 and agitation time of 30-390 min. Optimum biosorption conditions were pH 4 for Pb(2+) ions and pH 5 for Cd(2+) ions, contact time was 3.5 hours at 24 1 C for 10 mg/L biosorbent dosage and initial metal ions concentration of 20 mg/L. Chemical treatment had a 10-17% biosorption efficiency enhancement for Cd(2+) ions and a 1.6-2.3% reduction effect for Pb(2+) ions. The sorption capacities for Cd(2+) and Pb(2+) ions for treated biosorbents were 1.760-1.738 mg g(-1) compared to 1.415-1.539 mg g(-1) for untreated materials. The pseudo second-order model suitably fitted the Cd(2+) and Pb(2+) ions biosorption data with regression coefficients (R(2)) of 0.9784-0.9999. Fitting of the Ho model to the experimental data showed that the biosorption mechanism for both metal ions studied was mainly a chemisorption process. Therefore, treated A. coriaria, E. abyssinica and Musa spp. were potential biosorbents for remediation of Cd(2+) ions and the untreated materials suitable for removing Pb(2+) ions from contaminated aqueous media. PMID:24901616

  1. ZERO-VALENT IRON REMOVAL RATES OF AQUEOUS Cr(VI) MEASURED UNDER FLOW CONDITIONS

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    Kaplan, Daniel I.; Gilmore, Tyler J.

    2004-06-01

    The rates of Cr(VI) removal from the aqueous phase by zero-valent iron, Fe(0), was measured under flow conditions. The intent of this work was to generate removal rate coefficients that would be applicable to the Reactive Well Technology, a groundwater remediation technology that replaces the sand in a filter pack of a conventional well with a reactive material, such as Fe(0). Dissolved Cr(VI) concentration, dissolved O2 concentration, and Eh data indicated that Cr(VI) removal from the aqueous phase was mass-transfer limited. All pseudo-first-order regression fits to the data were significant (P?0.05), however, they did not capture many of the salient aspects of the data, including that the removal rate often decreased as contact time increased. As such, application of these rate coefficients to predict long-term Cr(VI) removal were compromised. The rate coefficients measured under flow conditions were comparable to those measured previously under batch conditions with significantly greater solution:solid ratios. Between the range of 20 and 100 wt-% Fe(0) in the column, there was little measurable change in the reaction kinetics. Thus, it may be possible to include sand into the reactive filter packs in the event it is necessary to increase filter pack porosity or to decrease the accumulation of secondary reaction products that may lead to filter pack plugging. Background water chemistry (0.2 M NaHCO3, distilled water, and a carbonate-dominated groundwater) had only marginal, if any, effects on reaction rate coefficients. The reaction rates measured in this study indicated that an Fe(0) filter pack could be used to lower Cr(VI) concentrations by several orders of magnitude in a once-through mode of operation of the Reactive Well Technology.

  2. IMPROVED DECONTAMINATION: INTERFACIAL, TRANSPORT, AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES OF AQUEOUS SURFACTANT CLEANERS

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    This investigation is focused on decontamination using environmentally benign aqueous solutions, specifically the removal of organics and associated radionuclide and heavy metal contaminants by synthetic surfactants. Aqueous-based solutions promise several advantages for deconta...

  3. Aqueous dispersions of few-layer-thick chemically modified magnesium diboride nanosheets by ultrasonication assisted exfoliation.

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    Das, Saroj Kumar; Bedar, Amita; Kannan, Aadithya; Jasuja, Kabeer

    2015-01-01

    The discovery of graphene has led to a rising interest in seeking quasi two-dimensional allotropes of several elements and inorganic compounds. Boron, carbon's neighbour in the periodic table, presents a curious case in its ability to be structured as graphene. Although it cannot independently constitute a honeycomb planar structure, it forms a graphenic arrangement in association with electron-donor elements. This is exemplified in magnesium diboride (MgB2): an inorganic layered compound comprising boron honeycomb planes alternated by Mg atoms. Till date, MgB2 has been primarily researched for its superconducting properties; it hasn't been explored for the possibility of its exfoliation. Here we show that ultrasonication of MgB2 in water results in its exfoliation to yield few-layer-thick Mg-deficient hydroxyl-functionalized nanosheets. The hydroxyl groups enable an electrostatically stabilized aqueous dispersion and create a heterogeneity leading to an excitation wavelength dependent photoluminescence. These chemically modified MgB2 nanosheets exhibit an extremely small absorption coefficient of 2.9 ml mg(-1) cm(-1) compared to graphene and its analogs. This ability to exfoliate MgB2 to yield nanosheets with a chemically modified lattice and properties distinct from the parent material presents a fundamentally new perspective to the science of MgB2 and forms a first foundational step towards exfoliating metal borides. PMID:26041686

  4. Aqueous dispersions of few-layer-thick chemically modified magnesium diboride nanosheets by ultrasonication assisted exfoliation

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    Das, Saroj Kumar; Bedar, Amita; Kannan, Aadithya; Jasuja, Kabeer

    2015-01-01

    The discovery of graphene has led to a rising interest in seeking quasi two-dimensional allotropes of several elements and inorganic compounds. Boron, carbon’s neighbour in the periodic table, presents a curious case in its ability to be structured as graphene. Although it cannot independently constitute a honeycomb planar structure, it forms a graphenic arrangement in association with electron-donor elements. This is exemplified in magnesium diboride (MgB2): an inorganic layered compound comprising boron honeycomb planes alternated by Mg atoms. Till date, MgB2 has been primarily researched for its superconducting properties; it hasn’t been explored for the possibility of its exfoliation. Here we show that ultrasonication of MgB2 in water results in its exfoliation to yield few-layer-thick Mg-deficient hydroxyl-functionalized nanosheets. The hydroxyl groups enable an electrostatically stabilized aqueous dispersion and create a heterogeneity leading to an excitation wavelength dependent photoluminescence. These chemically modified MgB2 nanosheets exhibit an extremely small absorption coefficient of 2.9 ml mg−1 cm−1 compared to graphene and its analogs. This ability to exfoliate MgB2 to yield nanosheets with a chemically modified lattice and properties distinct from the parent material presents a fundamentally new perspective to the science of MgB2 and forms a first foundational step towards exfoliating metal borides. PMID:26041686

  5. Chemical Treatment Effects on Si(111) Surfaces in Aqueous NaF Solution

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    Tomita, Noriko; Adachi, Sadao

    2001-12-01

    Chemically treated Si(111) surfaces in aqueous NaF solution have been investigated using spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE), atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and wettability measurements. The SE data indicate that the solution causes the removal of the native oxide upon immersing the sample in the solution. After the native oxide is etched away completely, the SE data yield the spectrum of a slightly roughened surface. The SE-estimated roughness is ˜ 0.64 nm, which is considerably larger than the AFM determined rms value (˜ 0.26 nm); the difference is considered to be due to the SE technique being sensitive not only to the surface microroughness but also to the adsorbed chemical species. The XPS data support the fact that the native oxide is removed upon immersing the sample in the solution. It is also shown that the Si LMM signal at ˜ 1160 eV can provide direct information regarding the relative quality of surface regions prepared by different methods. The wettability measurements show that the as-degreased surface is hydrophilic (θ˜ 35\\circ), while the NaF-etched surface is hydrophobic (θ˜ 70\\circ).

  6. Temporal Changes in Aqu/C60 Physical-Chemical, Deposition, and Transport Characteristics in Aqueous Systems

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    Little is known about how temporal changes in the physicalchemical properties of C60 aggregates formed in aqueous systems (termed aqu/C60) can impact transport pathways contributing to ecological exposures. In this study three aqu/C60 suspensions of short-term (100 days), interm...

  7. Temporal Changes in Aqu/C60 Physical-Chemical, Deposition, and Transport Characteristics in Aqueous Systems

    EPA Science Inventory

    Little is known about how temporal changes in the physical–chemical properties of C60 aggregates formed in aqueous systems (termed aqu/C60) can impact transport pathways contributing to ecological exposures. In this study three aqu/C60 suspensions of short-term (100 days), interm...

  8. An in situ ATR-IR spectroscopy study of aluminas under aqueous phase reforming conditions.

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    Koichumanova, K; Sai Sankar Gupta, K B; Lefferts, L; Mojet, B L; Seshan, K

    2015-10-01

    High temperature/pressure in situ Attenuated Total Reflection Infrared (ATR-IR) spectroscopy was used to investigate the phase transformation of support ?-Al2O3 into boehmite (AlO(OH)) under the hydrothermal conditions of aqueous phase reforming (APR). Activation energy barriers of boehmite formation in hot compressed water at temperatures between 150 and 180 C were calculated to be 15.9 4.8 kJ mol(-1) for ?-Al2O3 and 43.2 4.3 kJ mol(-1) for Pt/?-Al2O3. The influence of Pt particles is suggested to slow down the phase transformation by selective blockage of the surface nucleation sites. The presence of ethylene glycol has also an inhibiting effect on the transformation due to the carbon deposits formed on the oxide surface. Post-mortem analysis using Raman spectroscopy, (1)H and (27)Al MAS NMR confirms the formation of boehmite. PMID:26305344

  9. Aqueous Dissolution of Silver Iodide and Associated Iodine Release Under Reducing Conditions with Sulfide

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    Yaohiro Inagaki; Toshitaka Imamura; Kazuya Idemitsu; Tatsumi Arima; Osamu Kato; Hidekazu Asano; Tsutomu Nishimura

    2007-07-01

    Aqueous dissolution tests of silver iodide (AgI) were performed in Na{sub 2}S solutions in order to evaluate, empirically, dissolution of AgI to release iodine under reducing conditions with sulfide. The results indicated that AgI dissolves to release iodine being controlled by mainly precipitation of Ag{sub 2}S. However, the dissolution of AgI can be depressed to proceed, and the thermodynamic equilibrium cannot be attained easily. Solid phase analysis for the reacted AgI suggested that a thin layer of solid silver forming at AgI surface may evolve to be protective against transportation of reactant species, which can lead to the depression in the dissolution of AgI. (authors)

  10. Optimization of nickel adsorption from aqueous solution by using activated carbon prepared from waste apricot by chemical activation

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    Erdoğan, S.; Önal, Y.; Akmil-Başar, C.; Bilmez-Erdemoğlu, S.; Sarıcı-Özdemir, Ç.; Köseoğlu, E.; İçduygu, G.

    2005-12-01

    Waste apricot supplied by Malatya apricot plant (Turkey) was activated by using chemical activation method and K 2CO 3 was chosen for this purpose. Activation temperature was varied over the temperature range of 400-900 °C and N 2 atmosphere was used with 10 °C/min heat rate. The maximum surface area (1214 m 2/g) and micropore volume (0.355 cm 3/g) were obtained at 900 °C, but activated carbon was predominantly microporous at 700 °C. The resulting activated carbons were used for removal of Ni(II) ions from aqueous solution and adsorption properties have been investigated under various conditions such as pH, activation temperature, adsorbent dosage and nickel concentration. Adsorption parameters were determined by using Langmuir model. Optimal condition was determined as; pH 5, 0.7 g/10 ml adsorbent dosage, 10 mg/l Ni(II) concentration and 60 min contact time. The results indicate that the effective uptake of Ni(II) ions was obtained by activating the carbon at 900 °C.

  11. Influence of the Type of Chemical Lateral Boundary Condition on Regional Chemical Transport Model Forecasts

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    Samaali, M.; Pavlovic, R.; Moran, M. D.; Cousineau, S.; Bouchet, V. S.; Gong, W.; Makar, P. A.; Zhang, J.

    2006-12-01

    The evaluation of sources of uncertainty in regional chemical transport models is an essential step for improving air quality forecasts. Emission inventories and chemical and physical parameterizations are obvious candidates, but the treatment of chemical lateral boundary conditions (LBCs) has also been shown to be a significant source of uncertainty (e.g., Brost, 1988; Warner et al., 1997; Hogrefe et al., 2004; Tong and Mauzerall, 2006). There are a number of types or forms of chemical LBCs available, and the type of chemical LBC employed can lead to a number of problems, especially for longer and larger-scale (regional and continental) limited-area simulations. This talk will review the chemical LBCs that are used in a number of current regional chemical transport models and will then provide examples of problems that have been encountered with some types of chemical lateral boundary conditions for species such as ozone. The examples are drawn from the effects of zero-gradient and time-independent LBCs implemented in one regional chemical transport model (AURAMS). The different ways that these LBCs impact on both concentration spatial patterns and temporal trends as well their main limitations will be discussed.

  12. Removal Rates of Aqueous Cr(VI) by Zero-Valent Iron Measured Under Flow Conditions

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    Kaplan, D.I.

    2002-05-10

    Studies were undertaken to measure the rate of Cr(VI) removal from the aqueous phase by zero-valent iron, Fe(0), under flow conditions. The intent of this work was to generate removal rate coefficients that would be applicable to the Reactive Well Technology, a groundwater remediation technology that replaces the sand in a filter pack of a conventional well with a reactive material, such as Fe(0). The pseudo-first-order rate coefficients measured under flow conditions were comparable to those previously measured under batch conditions that had significantly greater ratios of solution volume to Fe(0) surface area. Between the range of 20 and 100 weight percent Fe(0), there was little measurable change in the reaction kinetics. Thus, it may be possible to include sand into the reactive filter packs in the event it is necessary to increase filter pack porosity or to decrease the accumulation of secondary reaction products that may lead to filter pack plugging. Background water chemistry had only marginal effects on reaction rate coefficients. The reaction rates measured in this study indicated that an Fe(0) filter pack could be used to lower Cr(VI) concentrations by several orders of magnitude in a once-through mode of operation of the Reactive Well Technology.

  13. Chemical behavior of phthalates under abiotic conditions in landfills.

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    Huang, Jingyu; Nkrumah, Philip N; Li, Yi; Appiah-Sefah, Gloria

    2013-01-01

    The phthalates comprise a family of phthalic acid esters that are used primarily as plasticizers in polymeric materials to impart flexibility during the manufacturing process and to the end product. It is estimated that the annual worldwide production of phthalate esters exceeds five million tons. Plasticizers are one of the most prominent classes of chemicals, but unfortunately, they possess endocrine-disrupting chemical properties. As endocrine-disrupting chemicals, plasticizers have produced adverse developmental and reproductive effects in mammalian animal models.Phthalates are easily transported into the environment during manufacture, disposal,and leaching from plastic materials, because they are not covalently bound to the plastics of which they are a component. Because of their fugitive nature and widespread use, the phthalates are commonly detected in air, water, sediment/soil, and biota, including human tissue. Large amounts of phthalic acid esters are often leached from the plastics that are dumped at municipal landfills.Phthalate esters undergo chemical changes when released into the environment.The primary processes by which they are transformed include hydrolysis, photolysis,and biodegradation. It is noteworthy that all of these degradation processes are greatly influenced by the local physical and chemical conditions. Hence, in the present review, we have sought to ascertain from the literature how the phthalate esters undergo transformation when they are released into lower landfill layers.Within the upper landfill layers, biodegradation prevails as the major degradation mechanism by which the phthalates are dissipated. Generally, biodegradation pathways for the phthalates consist of primary biodegradation from phthalate diesters to phthalate monoesters, then to phthalic acid, and ultimately biodegradation of phthalic acid to form C02 and/or CH4 We have noted that the phthalate esters are also degraded through abiotic means,which proceeds via both hydrolysis and photolysis. Photodegradation generally involves reactions of the phthalates in the atmosphere with hydroxyl radicals. The hydrolysis of phthalate diesters produces the corresponding monoesters, which are subsequently converted to phthalic acid. Phthalic acid has been observed to accumulate within landfill zones where phthalate contamination exists.Hydrolysis is usually not an important fate process for phthalate esters in the environment, including in upper landfill layers. However, the conditions prevalent at lower landfill layers are generally suitable for phthalate transformation via hydrolysis.The conditions in this zone include high temperatures and pressures, presence of chemical catalysts, as well as wide pH fluctuations. Such conditions foster hydrolysis that may be either acid- or base-catalyzed by metal ions, anions, or organic materials catalysts. In addition, research indicates that the propensity for ongoing hydrolysis increases as landfill depth increases.We can be emphatic in asserting that hydrolysis of phthalate esters in lower landfill layers is the dominant process for transforming these esters; in contrast,biodegradation is the predominant process in the upper landfill layers.We recommend that future research be performed to expand the understanding of what influence each reaction condition (high temperature, presence of chemical catalysts, etc.) has on the rate of chemical transformation of the phthalates in lower landfill zones. We also recommend that the combined effects of all conditions on the rate of chemical transformation at lower landfill layers be assessed for the phthalates.Such research could be achieved under simulated conditions. PMID:23232918

  14. Effects of pressure on aqueous chemical equilibria at subzero temperatures with applications to Europa

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    Marion, G.M.; Kargel, J.S.; Catling, D.C.; Jakubowski, S.D.

    2005-01-01

    Pressure plays a critical role in controlling aqueous geochemical processes in deep oceans and deep ice. The putative ocean of Europa could have pressures of 1200 bars or higher on the seafloor, a pressure not dissimilar to the deepest ocean basin on Earth (the Mariana Trench at 1100 bars of pressure). At such high pressures, chemical thermodynamic relations need to explicitly consider pressure. A number of papers have addressed the role of pressure on equilibrium constants, activity coefficients, and the activity of water. None of these models deal, however, with processes at subzero temperatures, which may be important in cold environments on Earth and other planetary bodies. The objectives of this work were to (1) incorporate a pressure dependence into an existing geochemical model parameterized for subzero temperatures (FREZCHEM), (2) validate the model, and (3) simulate pressure-dependent processes on Europa. As part of objective 1, we examined two models for quantifying the volumetric properties of liquid water at subzero temperatures: one model is based on the measured properties of supercooled water, and the other model is based on the properties of liquid water in equilibrium with ice. The relative effect of pressure on solution properties falls in the order: equilibrium constants(K) > activity coefficients (??) > activity of water (aw). The errors (%) in our model associated with these properties, however, fall in the order: ?? > K > aw. The transposition between K and ?? is due to a more accurate model for estimating K than for estimating ??. Only activity coefficients are likely to be significantly in error. However, even in this case, the errors are likely to be only in the range of 2 to 5% up to 1000 bars of pressure. Evidence based on the pressure/temperature melting of ice and salt solution densities argue in favor of the equilibrium water model, which depends on extrapolations, for characterizing the properties of liquid water in electrolyte solutions at subzero temperatures, rather than the supercooled water model. Model-derived estimates of mixed salt solution densities and chemical equilibria as a function of pressure are in reasonably good agreement with experimental measurements. To demonstrate the usefulness of this low-temperature, high-pressure model, we examined two hypothetical cases for Europa. Case 1 dealt with the ice cover of Europa, where we asked the question: How far above the putative ocean in the ice layer could we expect to find thermodynamically stable brine pockets that could serve as habitats for life? For a hypothetical nonconvecting 20 km icy shell, this potential life zone only extends 2.8 km into the icy shell before the eutectic is reached. For the case of a nonconvecting icy shell, the cold surface of Europa precludes stable aqueous phases (habitats for life) anywhere near the surface. Case 2 compared chemical equilibria at 1 bar (based on previous work) with a more realistic 1460 bars of pressure at the base of a 100 km Europan ocean. A pressure of 1460 bars, compared to 1 bar, caused a 12 K decrease in the temperature at which ice first formed and a 11 K increase in the temperature at which MgSO4. 12H2O first formed. Remarkably, there was only a 1.2 K decrease in the eutectic temperatures between 1 and 1460 bars of pressure. Chemical systems and their response to pressure depend, ultimately, on the volumetric properties of individual constituents, which makes every system response highly individualistic. Copyright ?? 2005 Elsevier Ltd.

  15. Evaluation of an evanescent fiber optic chemical sensor for monitoring aqueous volatile organic compounds

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    Blair, D.S.

    1997-04-01

    Linear chemometric algorithms were used to model the quantitative response of an evanescent fiber optic chemical sensor in aqueous mixtures with concentrations between 20 and 300 ppm. Four data sets were examined with two different experimental arrangements. Two data sets contained trichloroethene, 1,1,2 trichloroethane, and toluene. Partial Least Squares, PLS, and Principal Component Regression, PCR, algorithms performed comparably on these calibration sets with cross-validated root mean squared errors of prediction (RMSEP) for trichloroethene, 1,1,1 trichloroethane, and toluene of approximately 26, 29 and 22 ppm, respectively. The third data set contained trichloroethene, 1,1,2 trichloroethane, toluene, and chloroform and the fourth contained these four analytes as well as tetrachloroethene. Again, both chemometric algorithms performed comparably on a given data set with RMSEP for trichloroethene, 1,1,2 trichloroethane, toluene, and chloroform of approximately 6, 6, 9, and 16 ppm from the first set, and 7, 11, 13, and 31 ppm from the second set with tetrachloroethene RMSEP of 31 ppm. The decrease in the quantitative performance of the sensor for modeling toluene and chloroform upon addition of tetrachloroethene to the sample solutions is due to increased cladding absorption features in the spectral response matrix. These features overlap with the analyte absorption features of toluene and chloroform. These results suggest one of the limitations with this type of sensing format.

  16. The radiolysis of aqueous acetonitrile - Compounds of interest to chemical evolution studies

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    Draganic, I.G.; Jovanovic, S.

    1980-07-01

    Oxygen free aqueous solutions of CH3CN (0.1 M, pH 6) were exposed to gamma rays from a Co-60 source, the mixtures of nonvolatile radiolytic products was fractionated and the fractions were analysed. Succinic, maleic, fumaric, malonic and pyruvic acids were identified. Glycol aldehyde, glucose and probably ribose were observed in the hydrolysate of fractionated material. It has been suggested that an oligomer is formed which has a fragment with the polyhydroxy structure and on hydrolysis releases the carbohydrates. Radiolytic products which release amino acids on hydrolysis were found in several fractions. The amino acid contents of the hydrolysates were up to about 2.8% of the fraction mass. The presence of several protein and nonprotein amino acids suggests that their origin should be in a peptidic structure, which is probably a fragment of an oligomer radiolytically produced. A direct analysis of the irradiated solution shows the presence of acetaldehyde, propionaldehyde, glyoxal and of biacetyl. Experimental findings are discussed and a free-radical mechanism is proposed to account for the chemical changes observed.

  17. Contact Antimicrobial Surface Obtained by Chemical Grafting of Microfibrillated Cellulose in Aqueous Solution Limiting Antibiotic Release.

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    Saini, Seema; Belgacem, Naceur; Mendes, Joana; Elegir, Graziano; Bras, Julien

    2015-08-19

    Contact active surfaces are an innovative tool for developing antibacterial products. Here, the microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) surface was modified with the ?-lactam antibiotic benzyl penicillin in aqueous medium to prepare antimicrobial films. Penicillin was grafted on the MFC surface using a suspension of these nanofilaments or directly on films. Films prepared from the penicillin-modified MFC were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, contact angle measurements, elemental analysis, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and tested for antibacterial activity against the Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus and Gram-negative Escherichia coli. Penicillin-grafted MFC films exhibited successful killing effect on Gram-positive bacteria with 3.5-log reduction whereas bacteriostatic efficiency was found in penicillin-grafted MFC suspension. The zone of inhibition test and leaching dynamic assay demonstrated that penicillin was not diffused into the surrounding media, thus proving that the films were indeed contact active. Thus, penicillin can be chemically bound to the modified substrate surface to produce promising nonleaching antimicrobial systems. PMID:26218855

  18. Hydrogen from ethanol reforming with aqueous fraction of pine pyrolysis oil with and without chemical looping.

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    Zin, R Md; Ross, A B; Jones, J M; Dupont, V

    2015-01-01

    Reforming ethanol ('EtOH') into hydrogen rich syngas using the aqueous fraction from pine bio-oil ('AQ') as a combined source of steam and supplementary organic feed was tested in packed bed with Ni-catalysts 'A' (18wt%/?-Al2O3) and 'B' (25wt%/?-Al2O3). The catalysts were initially pre-reduced by H2, but this was followed by a few cycles of chemical looping steam reforming, where the catalysts were in turn oxidised in air and auto-reduced by the EtOH/AQ mixture. At 600C, EtOH/AQ reformed similarly to ethanol for molar steam to carbon ratios (S/C) between 2 and 5 on the H2-reduced catalysts. At S/C of 3.3, 90% of the carbon feed converted on catalyst A to CO2 (58%), CO (30%) and CH4 (2.7%), with 17wt% H2 yield based on dry organic feedstock, equivalent to 78% of the equilibrium value. Catalyst A maintained these outputs for four cycles while B underperformed due to partial reduction. PMID:25461011

  19. Neutron Diffraction of Aqueous Tetramethylammonium Chloride (TMA) Solutions and TMA Intercalated Swelling Clays Under Burial Conditions

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    Patel, R.; Howard, C. A.; Greenwell, C.; Youngs, T.; Soper, A. K.; Skipper, N. T.

    2014-12-01

    There is a need for the improvement and optimisation of clay swelling inhibitors for the enhancement of oil and gas exploration. The hydration region of both ions and the possibility of ion pairing in 1 molar aqueous solution of clay swelling inhibitor, tetramethylammonium chloride (TMACl), in D2O, under elevated hydrostatic-pressures and temperatures has been determined with unprecedented detail using a combination of neutron diffraction and small-angle scattering in conjunction with hydrogen/deuterium isotopic labeling. The O-H correlation function (H-bonds) for the water in the 1.0M solution is measured and compared with that for pure D2O. Also investigated is the effect of burial conditions on the d-spacing of TMA-intercalated vermiculite. Contrary to expectations, no aggregation of TMA ions due to hydrophobic interactions is observed, nor are any ionic pairs of TMA+ and Cl- at these burial conditions. The data revealed a more ordered water-water structure with the addition of TMACl from bulk D2O. There is no change in the hydration structure measured at the applied elevated conditions. This is in remarkable contrast to pure water at the same conditions which is well known to be compressible. The dry d-spacing of the TMA-exchanged Eucatex vermiculite is measured at 13.66 which increases to 14.03 with the addition of D2O. Beyond this, there is no change in d-spacing with increasing pressure and temperature indicating the strength of the TMA ions binding to the clay interlayers and therefore its performance as a clay-swelling inhibitor.

  20. Fate of hydraulic fracturing chemicals under down-hole conditions

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    Blotevogel, J.; Kahrilas, G.; Corrin, E. R.; Borch, T.

    2013-12-01

    Hydraulic fracturing is a method to increase the yield of oil and natural gas extraction from unconventional rock formations. The process of hydrofracturing occurs via injecting water, sand, and chemicals into the production well and subjecting this mixture to high pressures to crack the rock shale, allowing increased amounts of gas and oil to seep out of the target formation. Typical constituents of the chemical mixtures are biocides, which are applied to inhibit growth of sulfate reducing bacteria in order to prevent pipe corrosion and production of hazardous gases. However, very little is known about the persistence, fate, and activity of biocides when subjected to the high temperatures and pressures of down-hole conditions. Thus, the objective of this talk is to present data from ongoing experiments focused on determining the fate of biocides commonly used for hydraulic fracturing under conditions simulating down-hole environments. Using stainless steel reactors, the high pressures and temperatures of down-hole conditions in the Marcellus shale are simulated, while concentration, speciation, and degradation of priority biocides are observed as a function of time, using primarily LC/MS techniques. The impact of water quality, shale, temperature, and pressure on the transformation kinetics and pathways of biocides will be discussed. Finally, field samples (both sediments and flowback brine) from the Marcellus shale are analyzed to verify that our lab simulations mirror real-life conditions and results.

  1. Improved Decontamination: Interfacial Transport, and Chemical Properties of Aqueous Surfactant Cleaners

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    Robert M. Counce

    2003-05-30

    The aqueous cleaning parameter of interest in this series of studies was the pH of the aqueous cleaning solution. A sessile droplet of industrial quench oil was analyzed to determine the effect of varied solution pH its removal from a stainless steel surface.

  2. Radiolysis of pyridoxine (vitamin B 6) in aqueous solution under different conditions

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    Albarrn, Guadalupe; Ramrez-Cahero, Fernando; Aliev, Roustam

    2008-05-01

    Aqueous solutions of pyridoxine (1 mM) without or with additive of K 3[Fe(CN) 6] (2.5 mM) were gamma-irradiated at different doses and dose rate of 2.16 kGy/h in the absence of air, in the presence of air or by their saturation with N 2O. The radiolytic products were analyzed with HPLC, mass spectrometry and UV spectroscopy. 2,4,5-Trihydroxymethyl-3-pyridinol, pyridoxal, isopyridoxal and 6-hydroxypyridoxine were formed by radiolysis in the absence of K 3[Fe(CN) 6], and their concentrations were much higher in samples saturated with N 2O. Pyridoxi-3,6-quinone was found by radiolysis under all the above-mentioned conditions but only in the presence of K 3[Fe(CN) 6]. Besides, the pyridoxal formation increased in the presence of this oxidizing agent. G values of pyridoxal formation and pyridoxine degradation were quantified. Some details of the radiolytic product formation were discussed.

  3. Hierarchically organized silica-titania monoliths prepared under purely aqueous conditions.

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    Flaig, Sylvia; Akbarzadeh, Johanna; Dolcet, Paolo; Gross, Silvia; Peterlik, Herwig; Hsing, Nicola

    2014-12-22

    Hierarchically organized silica-titania monoliths were synthesized under purely aqueous conditions by applying a new ethylene glycol-modified single-source precursor, such as 3-[3-{tris(2-hydroxyethoxy)silyl}propyl]acetylacetone coordinated to a titanium center. The influence of the silicon- and titanium-containing single-source precursor, the novel glycolated organofunctional silane, and the addition of tetrakis(2-hydroxyethyl)orthosilicate on the formation of the final porous network was investigated by SEM, TEM, nitrogen sorption, and SAXS/WAXS. In situ SAXS measurements were performed to obtain insight into the development of the mesoporous network during sol-gel transition. IR-ATR, UV/Vis, XPS, and XAFS measurements showed that up to a Si/Ti ratio of 35:1, well-dispersed titanium centers in a macro-/mesoporous SiO2 network with a specific surface area of up to 582?m(2) ?g(-1) were obtained. An increase in Ti content resulted in a decrease in specific surface area and a loss of the cellular character of the macroporous network. With a 1:1 Si/Ti ratio, silica-titania powders with circa 100?m(2) ?g(-1) and anatase domains within the SiO2 matrix were obtained. PMID:25367386

  4. Diverse Aqueous Conditions on Mars from New Orbital Detections of Carbonate and Sulfate

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    Wray, James J.; Squyres, S. W.

    2010-10-01

    Diverse aqueous environments on ancient Mars have been a key inference from the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has identified many alteration minerals in a range of settings [e.g., 1-4]. Here we report two new minerals detected using CRISM. In the southern highlands northwest of the Hellas basin, a mid-sized crater exposes carbonate in its central uplift. Spectral absorptions at 1, 2.33, and 2.53 microns are most consistent with Fe-carbonate, distinct from the Mg-carbonates identified from orbit by [5]. Fe-carbonate is associated with Mg-phyllosilicate in fractured materials formerly buried kilometers beneath the surface, and--like the Mg/Fe-carbonate found by the Spirit rover [6]--suggests a reducing, neutral-to-alkaline alteration environment. One of the largest phyllosilicate exposures on Mars occurs in the Mawrth Vallis region [e.g., 7]. We identify bassanite (Ca-sulfate hemihydrate) in layers underlying the phyllosilicate-bearing beds [8], a stratigraphy distinct from that predicted by global models of martian aqueous history [9]. Bassanite could have formed via acid-sulfate alteration of Ca-carbonate, through dehydration of gypsum, or under hydrothermal conditions [10]. These detections expand the known mineralogic diversity of Mars and the range of environments to explore for past habitability. [1] Mustard, J. F. et al. (2008) Nature 454, 305-309. [2] Murchie, S. L. et al. (2009) J. Geophys. Res. 114, E00D06. [3] Ehlmann, B. L. et al. (2009) J. Geophys. Res. 114, E00D08. [4] Wray, J. J. et al. (2009) Geology 37, 1043-1046. [5] Ehlmann, B. L. et al. (2008) Science 322, 1828-1832. [6] Morris, R. V. et al. Science, in press, doi:10.1126/science.1189667. [7] Poulet, F. et al. (2005) Nature 438, 623-627. [8] Wray, J. J. et al. Icarus, in press, doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2010.06.001. [9] Bibring, J.-P. et al. (2006) Science 312, 400-404. [10] Vaniman, D. T. et al. (2009) LPSC 40, 1654.

  5. Optimization for the removal of orthophosphate from aqueous solution by chemical precipitation using ferrous chloride.

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    An, Ju-Suk; Back, Ye-Ji; Kim, Ki-Chul; Cha, Ran; Jeong, Tae-Young; Chung, Hyung-Keun

    2014-08-01

    The precipitation reaction between the orthophosphate and Fe2+ ions was studied to describe the optimum condition for the removal of orthophosphate from the aqueous solution. The effects of pH, Fe:P molar ratio, and alkalinity were evaluated for the initial orthophosphate concentrations in the range from 1.55 to 31.00 mg/L - PO4(3-) -P. The optimum pH was found to be 8.0 in all orthophosphate concentration ranges. When the stoichiometric moles of Fe2+ were added, the removal efficiencies were significantly less than the theoretical values. It is likely that the precipitation of Fe(OH)2(s) is partially formed. For the initial orthophosphate concentration of 3.10 mg/L PO4(3-) -P or greater, the removal efficiencies with the Fe:P molar ratio of 3.0:1.0 approached to the theoretical values, yielding greater than 98.5%. If the molar ratio of Fe:P was great enough, the precipitation reaction was completed within 1 h. As the alkalinity increases, the experimental removal efficiencies were significantly greater than the theoretical values. This is because the formation of vivianite is favoured over FeCO3(s). Finally, it was demonstrated that the orthophosphate (1.40-6.80 mg/L PO4(3-) -P) in the secondary effluents from wastewater treatment plants was effectively removed by dosing sufficient amount of Fe2+ ions. PMID:24956757

  6. Chemical cleaning of Slovak brown coal by GACL (Grinding and Aqueous Caustic Leaching)

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    Balaz, P.; Turcaniova, L.; Frommel, E.A.; Martello, D.V.; Kern, D.G.; LaCount, R.B.

    1998-12-31

    The desulfuration of coal by chemical methods is accomplished by different reagents of acid or alkaline character. The study of the processes applying hot alkaline solutions to purification of coal is not a recent development. As early as during the second World War this process was used in Germany on purpose to prepare from coal a low-ash product suited to production of electrode carbon. It has been stated in a paper published by U.S. Bureau of Mines that one can reduce the content of ash in coal from original 98% to 0.7% by using 10% NaOH at increased pressure and temperature of 225 C. The application of NaOH solutions at increased temperatures (150--250 C) and pressures (0.6--2.5 MPa) were investigated in several laboratories. Another possibility of using alkaline medium for cleaning of coal involves atmospheric pressure. Molten NaOH (or its mixture with KOH) is used and the effective temperature is about 400 C. The ability of molten NaOH to desulfurate coal has been known for more than three decades. The liberation of the pyritic sulfur starts at temperatures above 150 C while the organic sulfur is released from the coal matrix at temperatures above 200 C. The process known as MCL (Molten Caustic Leaching) was for the first time tested by TRW in cooperation with US Department of Energy in the Seventies. The objective was to remove mineral components, pyritic and organic sulfur by using the reaction of coal with a mixture of molten sodium and potassium hydroxide. For leaching time of 60--180 min and temperatures of 370--400 C the effectiveness of MCL process of removal of individual components was as follows: 90--95% of pyritic sulfur, 70--90% of organic sulfur and 90--99% of ash. The MCL process was also effectively applied for treatment of Slovak brown coal in previous work. Because of the presence of sulfidic admixtures in coal and the fact that organic sulfur is built in the matrix of coal and from the view-point of chemical cleaning also exhibits refractory character, the possibility of verifying the principle of such pretreatment offers itself for coal as well. The aim of this work is to apply the new GACL process (Grinding and Aqueous Caustic Leaching) to brown coal Novaky, and to determine how effectively this process lowers ash, sulfur and arsenic levels.

  7. Chemical reactions in viscous liquids under space conditions

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    Kondyurin, A.; Lauke, B.; Richter, E.

    A long-term human flight needs a large-size space ships with artificial self-regulating ecological life-support system. The best way for creation of large-size space ship is a synthesis of light construction on Earth orbit, that does not need a high energy transportation carriers from Earth surface. The construction can be created by the way of chemical polymerisation reaction under space environment. But the space conditions are very specific for chemical reactions. A high vacuum, high energy particles, X-rays, UV- and VUV-irradiations, atomic oxygen, microgravity have a significant influence on chemical reactions. Polymerisation reactions in liquid active mixture were studied in simulated space environment. The epoxy resins based on Bisphenol A and amine curing agents were investigated under vacuum, microwave plasma discharge and ion beam. An acceleration of polymerisation reaction with free radicals formation was observed. The polymerisation reaction can be carried out under space environment. The study was supported by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (A. Kondyurin) and European Space Agency, ESTEC (contract 17083/03/NL/Sfe "Space Environmental Effects on the Polymerisation of Composite Structures").

  8. PROJECT SUMMARY. IMPROVED DECONTAMINATION: INTERFACIAL, TRANSPORT, AND CHEMICAL PROPERTIES OF AQUEOUS SURFACTANT CLEANERS

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    This investigation is focused on decontamination using environmentally benign aqueous solutions, specifically the removal of organics and associated radionuclide contaminants by synthetic surfactants. Facilities throughout DOE have need for removal of organics (oils, PCBs, etc.) ...

  9. Benzyl-penicillin (Penicillin G) transformation in aqueous solution at low temperature under controlled laboratory conditions.

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    Bergheim, Marlies; Helland, Tone; Kallenborn, Roland; Kmmerer, Klaus

    2010-12-01

    Antibiotics are released into the environment in a variety of ways: via wastewater effluent as a result of incomplete metabolism in the body after use in human therapy, as runoff after use in agriculture, through improper disposal by private households or hospitals or through insufficient removal by water treatment plants. Unlike in most European countries, in Arctic regions effluents are not suitably treated prior to their release into the aquatic environment. Also, many of the scattered human settlements in remote regions of the Arctic do not possess sewage treatment facilities and pharmaceutical residues therefore enter the aqueous environment untreated. Only limited data are available on the biodegradation of antibiotics under Arctic conditions. However, such information is needed to estimate the potential harm of antibiotics for the environment. Pen-G is used in this study since it is a widely prescribed antibiotic compound whose environmental properties have not yet been investigated in detail. Thus, for a very first assessment, the OECD approved biodegradation Zahn-Wellens test (ZWT, OECD 302 B) was used to study biodegradation and non-biotic elimination of the antibiotic Benzyl-penicillin (Pen-G) at different temperatures (5C, 12.5C and 20C). The testing period was extended from the OECD standard of 28-42d. In addition to dissolved organic carbon (DOC), Pen-G levels and major transformation products were recorded continuously by LC-ion-trap-MS/MS. DOC monitoring revealed considerable temperature dependence for the degradation process of Pen-G. DOC loss was slowest at 5C and considerably faster at 12.5C and 20C. In the initial step of degradation it was found that Pen-G was hydrolyzed. This hydrolyzed Pen-G was subsequently further degraded by decarboxylation, the result of which was 2-(5,5-dimethyl-1,3-thiazolidin-2-yl)-2-(2-phenylacetamido)acetic acid. Furthermore, direct elimination of 2-phenyl-acetaldehyde from the hydrolyzed and decarboxylated Pen-G also led to the formation of 2-[amino(carboxy)methyl]-5,5-dimethyl-1,3-thiazolidone-4-carboxylic acid. Since biodegradation slows down considerably at a low temperature, the resulting transformation products had considerably longer residence times at 5C compared to higher temperature conditions within the 42-d experiment. The results presented here clearly demonstrate that a risk assessment for pharmaceuticals present in low ambient temperature environments (i.e. the Arctic) cannot be based on test results obtained under standard laboratory conditions (i.e. 20C ambient temperatures). PMID:20926113

  10. Experimental study of the influence of chemical reactions on convective dissolution of CO2 in aqueous solutions.

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    Thomas, Carelle; Lemaigre, Lorena; Haudin, Florence; Zalts, Anita; D'Onofrio, Alejandro; De Wit, Anne

    2014-05-01

    Within the global context of climate change, carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestration into deep saline aquifers is one of the technologies being considered in order to tackle the accumulation of anthropogenic CO2 in the atmosphere. Upon injection of CO2 into these porous geological formations, the less dense CO2 rises above the aqueous phase, spreads laterally under the upper impermeable cap rock and starts to dissolve into the underlying brine. This leads to a buoyantly unstable stratification of denser CO2-enriched brine on top of less dense brine, which can give rise to density-driven convective fingering in the fluid. This hydrodynamic instability is a favorable process for CO2 sequestration as it accelerates the mixing of CO2 into the aqueous phase and therefore enhances the safety of the storage in the saline aquifer (by reducing the risks of leaks of CO2 to the atmosphere). The influence of chemical reactions and of the physico-chemical characteristics of the geological reservoir on the development of this instability is, however, still not completely understood. In this context, we study experimentally in a laboratory-scale reactor the influence of chemical reactions on convective fingering occurring during dissolution of CO2 in reactive aqueous solutions. Experiments are performed in Hele-Shaw cells (constructed of two vertical transparent plates separated by a thin gap) in which gaseous CO2 at atmospheric pressure flows above aqueous solutions containing chemical reactants. Dynamics occurring within the transparent fluids are visualized by Schlieren techniques, which track dynamical changes in refractive index related to density gradients in the solutions. We show that in some cases the convection can be enhanced by chemical reactions as they accelerate the development of the fingers, shorten their onset time and increase the number of fingers. In particular, we show that the presence of a color indicator (for instance bromocresol green) in the aqueous solution can affect the fingering dynamics. Color indicators should therefore be used with caution in this kind of study.

  11. Kinetics of Organic Transformations Under Mild Aqueous Conditions: Implications for the Origin of Life and Its Metabolism

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    Weber, Arthur L.

    2003-01-01

    The rates of thermal transformation of organic molecules containing carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen were systematically examined in order to identify the kinetic constraints that governed origin-of-life organic chemistry under mild aqueous conditions. Arrhenius plots of the kinetic data were used to estimate the reaction half-life at 50 C, and to reveal the effect of functional groups on reactivity. This survey showed that hydrocarbons and organic substances containing a single oxygenated group were kinetically the most stable (i. e. acetate decarboxylation half-life was l0(exp 18) years at 50 C); whereas, organic substances containing two oxygenated groups in which one group was a beta-positioned carbonyl group were the most reactive (i. e. acetoacetate decarboxylation half-life was l0(exp-2) years at 50 C). Of all functional groups the beta-positioned carbonyl group (aldehyde or ketone) was the strongest activating group, giving rates of reaction that were up to 10(exp 24)-times faster than rates of similar molecules lacking the beta-carbonyl group. From this knowledge of organic reactivity and the inherent constraints of autocatalytic processes, we concluded that an origins-of-life process based on autocatalytic transformation of C,H,O-substrates was constrained to using the most reactive organic molecules that contain alpha- or beta-carbonyl groups, since small autocatalytic domains of plausible catalytic power that used less reactive substrates could not carry out chemical transformations fast enough to prevent catastrophic efflux (escape) of reaction intermediates. Knowledge of the kinetics of organic transformations is useful, not only in constraining the chemistry of the earliest autocatalytic process related to the origin of life, but also in establishing the relative reactivity of organic molecules on the early Earth and other planets that may or may not be related to the origin of life.

  12. Optimum conditions for composites fiber coating by chemical vapor infiltration

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    Griffiths, S.K.; Nilson, R.H.

    1997-04-01

    A combined analytical and numerical method is employed to optimize process conditions for composites fiber coating by chemical vapor infiltration (CVI). For a first-order deposition reaction, the optimum pressure yielding the maximum deposition rate at a preform center is obtained in closed form and is found to depend only on the activation energy of the deposition reaction, the characteristic pore size, and properties of the reactant and product gases. It does not depend on the preform specific surface area, effective diffusivity or preform thickness, nor on the gas-phase yield of the deposition reaction. Further, this optimum pressure is unaltered by the additional constraint of a prescribed deposition uniformity. Optimum temperatures are obtained using an analytical expression for the optimum value along with numerical solutions to the governing transport equations. These solutions account for both diffusive and advective transport, as well as both ordinary and Knudsen diffusion. Sample calculations are presented for coating preform fibers with boron nitride.

  13. Epoxidized natural rubber toughened aqueous resole type liquefied EFB resin: Physical and chemical characterization

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    Amran, Umar Adli; Zakaria, Sarani; Chia, Chin Hua

    2013-11-01

    A preliminary study on the reaction between aqueous resole type resinified liquefied palm oil empty fruit bunches fibres (RLEFB) with epoxidized natural rubber (ENR). Liquefaction of empty fruit bunches (EFB) is carried out at different ratio of phenol to EFB (P:EFB). Resole type phenolic resin is prepared using sodium hydroxide (NaOH) as the catalyst with the ratio of liquefied EFB (LEFB) to formaldehyde (LEFB:F) of 1:1.8. 50% epoxidation of epoxidized natural rubber (ENR-50) is used to react with resole resin by mixing with ENR with aqueous resole resin. The cured resin is characterized with FT-IR and SEM. Aqueous system have been found to be unsuitable medium in the reaction between resin and ENR. This system produced a highly porous product when RLEFB/ENR resin is cured.

  14. FINAL REPORT. CHEMICAL SPECIATION OF INORGANIC COMPOUNDS UNDER HYDROTHERMAL CONDITIONS

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    We have conducted measurements at 400 degrees C of the oxidation of Cr (III) to Cr (VI) by
    NO3-/NO2-. These spectra are to the best of our knowledge the first reported in situ spectroscopic observation of homogeneous aqueous redox chemistry at temperatures beyond the critical...

  15. Development of linear free energy relationships for aqueous phase radical-involved chemical reactions.

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    Minakata, Daisuke; Mezyk, Stephen P; Jones, Jace W; Daws, Brittany R; Crittenden, John C

    2014-12-01

    Aqueous phase advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) produce hydroxyl radicals (HO) which can completely oxidize electron rich organic compounds. The proper design and operation of AOPs require that we predict the formation and fate of the byproducts and their associated toxicity. Accordingly, there is a need to develop a first-principles kinetic model that can predict the dominant reaction pathways that potentially produce toxic byproducts. We have published some of our efforts on predicting the elementary reaction pathways and the HO rate constants. Here we develop linear free energy relationships (LFERs) that predict the rate constants for aqueous phase radical reactions. The LFERs relate experimentally obtained kinetic rate constants to quantum mechanically calculated aqueous phase free energies of activation. The LFERs have been applied to 101 reactions, including (1) HO addition to 15 aromatic compounds; (2) addition of molecular oxygen to 65 carbon-centered aliphatic and cyclohexadienyl radicals; (3) disproportionation of 10 peroxyl radicals, and (4) unimolecular decay of nine peroxyl radicals. The LFERs correlations predict the rate constants within a factor of 2 from the experimental values for HO reactions and molecular oxygen addition, and a factor of 5 for peroxyl radical reactions. The LFERs and the elementary reaction pathways will enable us to predict the formation and initial fate of the byproducts in AOPs. Furthermore, our methodology can be applied to other environmental processes in which aqueous phase radical-involved reactions occur. PMID:25368975

  16. CHEMICAL TRANSFORMATION MODULES FOR EULERIAN ACID DEPOSITION MODELS. VOLUME 2. THE AQUEOUS-PHASE CHEMISTRY

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    This study focuses on the review and evaluation of mechanistic and kinetic data for aqueous-phase reactions that lead to the production of acidic substances in the environment. The intent of this research is to provide a framework that can be used to develop a state-of-the-art aq...

  17. Effectiveness of chemical dispersants under breaking wave conditions

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    Mackay, D.

    1995-06-01

    A study is described in which the effectiveness of Corexit 9527 on Alaskan North Slope crude oil was assessed by conducting laboratory and wave basin tests. Three laboratory dispersant test systems were used: the MNS, Labofina and EXDET procedures. It was concluded that for the present purposes the EXDET system was most suitable, and it was used for subsequent tests. The dependence of effectiveness on dispersant to oil ratio, extent of weathering, temperature, water salinity, energy level and the presence of emulsified water (mousse) were determined. The results were used to guide a subsequent program of tests at the Esso Resources Canada Ltd. Wave Basin in Calgary in which the effectiveness was determined under breaking wave conditions. From the results a correlating equation was developed to express effectiveness as a function of dispersant to oil ratio and delay time between dispersant application and the onset of breaking waves. Significant quantities of oil were dispersed under breaking wave conditions, even at what are conventionally regarded as low dispersant to oil ratios. The implications of the results for assessing the actual and potential extent of chemical dispersion following the Exxon Valdez spill in March 1989 are discussed. Assuming that the dispersion efficiencies from the wave basin could have been achieved at the incident, it is believed that because of the onset of the storm with breaking wave conditions some 60 hours after the grounding, approximately 38% of the spilled oil could have been dispersed had available dispersants been applied to the spilled oil in the days following the grounding.

  18. Parameterizing the equilibrium distribution of chemicals between the dissolved, solid particulate matter, and colloidal matter compartments in aqueous systems

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    Pankow, J.F.; McKenzie, S.W.

    1991-01-01

    The manner in which a chemical material partitions among the dissolved (D), participate (P), and colloidal (C) phases affects both its chemical and physical behavior in the aquatic environment. The fractions of the chemical that are present in each of these three phases will be determined by the values of two simple parameters, KpSp/??w and KcSc/??w. The variables Kp and Kc are the particle/water and colloid/water partition constants (mL/g), respectively, Sp and Sc are the volume concentrations of particulate and colloidal material (mg/L), respectively, and ??w is the fractional volume of the system that is aqueous. This parameterization allows a rapid overview of how partitioning (1) changes as a function of chemical partitioning properties and water type, (2) affects apparent partition constants (i.e., Kpapp values) computed between the particulate phase and the remainder of the system, and (3) causes Kpapp values to become independent of chemical properties at high values of KcSc/??w. ?? 1991 American Chemical Society.

  19. Hydrolysis and photolysis of diacylhydrazines-type insect growth regulator JS-118 in aqueous solutions under abiotic conditions.

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    Hu, J-Y; Liu, C; Zhang, Y-C; Zheng, Z-X

    2009-05-01

    JS-118 is a diacylhydrazines-type insect growth regulator which is now used extensively in China. The hydrolysis and photolysis of the pesticide JS-118 in aqueous solutions have been assessed under natural and controlled conditions in this project. Hydrolysis experimental results show that JS-118 is quite stable in aqueous solutions in dark, with no significant variations be observed in degradation under various conditions. Abiotic hydrolysis is relatively unimportant compared to photolysis. The rate of photodecomposition of JS-118 in aqueous solutions follows first-order kinetics both in UV radiation and natural sunlight. The degradation rates are faster under UV light than sunlight, with the half-lives (t (1/2) = ln2/k) of 6.00-10.85 min and 6.63-10.16 day, respectively. Under UV light, two major photoproducts are detected, and tentatively identified according to HPLC-MS spectral information as N-t-butyl-N-(3,5-dimethylbenzoyl) and 3,7-dimethyl-benzoatedihydrofuran. The corresponding photolysis pathways of JS-118 are also proposed. The results obtained indicate that direct photoreaction is an important dissipation pathway of JS-118 in natural water systems. PMID:19165405

  20. Nature of the chemical bond of aqueous Fe2+ probed by soft X-ray spectroscopies and ab initio calculations.

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    Atak, Kaan; Bokarev, Sergey I; Gotz, Malte; Golnak, Ronny; Lange, Kathrin M; Engel, Nicholas; Dantz, Marcus; Suljoti, Edlira; Khn, Oliver; Aziz, Emad F

    2013-10-17

    Aqueous iron(II) chloride is studied by soft X-ray absorption, emission, and resonant inelastic Raman scattering techniques on the Fe L-edge and O K-edge using the liquid-jet technique. Soft X-ray spectroscopies allow in situ and atom-specific probing of the electronic structure of the aqueous complex and thus open the door for the investigation of chemical bonding and molecular orbital mixing. In this work, we combine theoretical ab initio restricted active space self-consistent field and local atomic multiplet calculations with experimental soft X-ray spectroscopic methods for a description of the local electronic structure of the aqueous ferrous ion complex. We demonstrate that the atomic iron valence final states dominate the resonant inelastic X-ray scattering spectra of the complex over the ligand-to-metal charge transfer transitions, which indicates a weak interaction of Fe(2+) ion with surrounding water molecules. Moreover, the oxygen K-edge also shows only minor changes due to the presence of Fe(2+) implying a small influence on the hydrogen-bond network of water. PMID:24063525

  1. CHEMICAL SYNTHESIS USING 'GREENER' ALTERNATIVE REACTION CONDITIONS AND MEDIA

    EPA Science Inventory

    The chemical research during the last decade has witnessed a paradigm shift towards "environmentally-friendly chemistry" more popularly known as "green chemistry" due to the increasing environmental concerns and legislative requirements to curb the release of chemical waste into ...

  2. Quantum-Chemical Calculations of Carbon-Isotope Fractionation in CO2(g), Aqueous Carbonate Species, and Carbonate Minerals

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    Rustad, James R.; Nelmes, Sierra L.; Jackson, Virgil E.; Dixon, David A.

    2008-01-24

    Quantum chemical calculations on large supermolecular carbonate-water and carbonate mineral clusters are used to predict equilibrium constants for 13,12C-isotope-exchange reactions between CO2(g), aqueous carbonate species, and the common carbonate minerals. For the aqueous species, we evaluate the influence of the size and conformational variability of the solvation shell, the exchange-correlation functional, and the basis set. The choice of exchange-correlation functional (PBE vs B3LYP), the basis set (6-31G* vs aug-cc-pVDZ), and solvation shell size (first shell only vs first shell and a partial second shell) each produce changes of ~5-10 per mil in the reduced partition function ratio. Conformational variability gives rise to a standard error of ~0.5 per mil using ~10 solute-solvent conformations. The best results are obtained with the B3LYP/ aug-cc-pVDZ combination, but because the improvements in the basis set and exchange correlation functional drive the reduced partition function ratios in opposite directions, reasonably good results are also obtained with the PBE/6-31G* combination. To construct molecular clusters representative of mineral environments, a new method is introduced on the basis of conservation of Pauling bond strength. Using these clusters as models for minerals, calculations of mineral-gas and mineral-aqueous carbon-isotope fractionation factors, are in good agreement with experimental measurements. Carbon-isotope fractionation factors for gas, aqueous, and mineral phases are thus integrated into a single theoretical/computational framework.

  3. Chemical passivation of InSb (100) substrates in aqueous solutions of sodium sulfide

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    Lvova, T. V. Dunaevskii, M. S.; Lebedev, M. V.; Shakhmin, A. L.; Sedova, I. V.; Ivanov, S. V.

    2013-05-15

    The elemental composition and electronic structure of both native-oxide-covered InSb (100) substrates and substrates treated in aqueous solutions of sodium sulfide are analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. It is found that, as a result of treatment in a 1 M aqueous solution of Na{sub 2}S and subsequent annealing in vacuum at 150 Degree-Sign C, the surface layer consisting of complex antimony and indium oxides of nonstoichiometric composition is removed completely with the formation of a continuous layer of chemisorbed sulfur atoms coherently bound to indium atoms. According to atomic-force microscopy data, no etching of the host substrate material occurs during sulfide passivation. A shift (by 0.37 eV) of the In-Sb bulk photoemission towards higher binding energies is found, which indicates that the surface Fermi level shifts deeper into the conduction band.

  4. Improved removal of malachite green from aqueous solution using chemically modified cellulose by anhydride.

    PubMed

    Zhou, Yanmei; Min, Yinghao; Qiao, Han; Huang, Qi; Wang, Enze; Ma, Tongsen

    2015-03-01

    Cellulose modified with maleic (M) and phthalic (P) anhydride, to be named CMA and CPA, were tested as feasible adsorbents for the removal of malachite green from aqueous solution. At the same time, the uptake ability of natural cellulose was also studied for comparison. The structure of material was characterized by FT-IR and XRD. The effects of solution pH, initial dye concentration, contact time and temperature were investigated in detail by batch adsorption experiments. The kinetic and isotherm studies suggested that the adsorption followed the pseudo-second-order model and Langmuir isotherm. The maximum adsorption capacity on CMA and CPA were 370 mg g(-1) and 111 mg g(-1), respectively. Furthermore, the thermodynamics studies indicated the spontaneous nature of adsorption of malachite green on adsorbents. All the studied results showed that the modified cellulose could be used as effective adsorption material for the removal of malachite green from aqueous solutions. PMID:25542168

  5. Radiation chemical behavior of aqueous butanal oxime solutions irradiated with helium ion beams

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    Costagliola, A.; Venault, L.; Deroche, A.; Garaix, G.; Vermeulen, J.; Omnee, R.; Duval, F.; Blain, G.; Vandenborre, J.; Fattahi-Vanani, M.; Vigier, N.

    2016-02-01

    Samples of butanal oxime in aqueous solution have been irradiated with the helion (4He2+) beam of the ARRONAX (Nantes) and the CEMHTI (Orléans) cyclotrons. The consumption yield of butanal oxime has been measured by gas-chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry. Yields of gaseous products (mainly H2) have also been measured by micro-gas-chromatography. Butanal oxime can react with H• radicals by abstraction mechanism to enhance H2 production. Yields of liquid phase products (hydrogen peroxide and nitrite ion) have been measured by colorimetric methods. Butanal oxime acts as a scavenger of OH• radical to inhibit the production of H2O2. The observation of the radiolytic products allows then to discuss a degradation mechanism of butanal oxime in aqueous solutions.

  6. Waste treatment process for removal of contaminants from aqueous, mixed-waste solutions using sequential chemical treatment and crossflow microfiltration, followed by dewatering

    DOEpatents

    Vijayan, S.; Wong, C.F.; Buckley, L.P.

    1994-11-22

    In processes of this invention aqueous waste solutions containing a variety of mixed waste contaminants are treated to remove the contaminants by a sequential addition of chemicals and adsorption/ion exchange powdered materials to remove the contaminants including lead, cadmium, uranium, cesium-137, strontium-85/90, trichloroethylene and benzene, and impurities including iron and calcium. Staged conditioning of the waste solution produces a polydisperse system of size enlarged complexes of the contaminants in three distinct configurations: water-soluble metal complexes, insoluble metal precipitation complexes, and contaminant-bearing particles of ion exchange and adsorbent materials. The volume of the waste is reduced by separation of the polydisperse system by cross-flow microfiltration, followed by low-temperature evaporation and/or filter pressing. The water produced as filtrate is discharged if it meets a specified target water quality, or else the filtrate is recycled until the target is achieved. 1 fig.

  7. Waste treatment process for removal of contaminants from aqueous, mixed-waste solutions using sequential chemical treatment and crossflow microfiltration, followed by dewatering

    DOEpatents

    Vijayan, Sivaraman; Wong, Chi F.; Buckley, Leo P.

    1994-01-01

    In processes of this invention aqueous waste solutions containing a variety of mixed waste contaminants are treated to remove the contaminants by a sequential addition of chemicals and adsorption/ion exchange powdered materials to remove the contaminants including lead, cadmium, uranium, cesium-137, strontium-85/90, trichloroethylene and benzene, and impurities including iron and calcium. Staged conditioning of the waste solution produces a polydisperse system of size enlarged complexes of the contaminants in three distinct configurations: water-soluble metal complexes, insoluble metal precipitation complexes, and contaminant-bearing particles of ion exchange and adsorbent materials. The volume of the waste is reduced by separation of the polydisperse system by cross-flow microfiltration, followed by low-temperature evaporation and/or filter pressing. The water produced as filtrate is discharged if it meets a specified target water quality, or else the filtrate is recycled until the target is achieved.

  8. Localized Chemical Redistribution During Aqueous Alteration in CR2 Carbonaceous Chondrites EET 87770 and EET 92105

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    Burger, Paul V.; Brearley, Adrian J.

    2005-01-01

    Carbonaceous chondrites are primitive meteorites that are valuable because they preserve evidence of processes that occurred in the solar nebula and on asteroidal parent bodies. Among the carbonaceous chondrite groups, the CR group appears to contain a particularly pristine record of early solar system processes. Distinguishing characteristics of CR2 chondrites include a high abundance of chondrules (50-60 vol.%) and Fe, Ni metal (5-8 vol. %). These meteorites preserve evidence for varying degrees of aqueous alteration, manifested by progressive replacement of chondrule mesostasis by phyllosilicates. Recent studies have suggested that even in weakly altered chondrites, mass transfer occurred between chondrules and fine-grained matrices, implying that aqueous alteration must have followed lithification of the final meteorite parent body. Although petrographic characteristics of alteration in CR chondrites have been documented, mechanisms of alteration are still only poorly understood. For example, the relative rates and scales of elemental mobility as well as the sources and sinks for key elements are currently not constrained. An improved knowledge of these issues will contribute to an increased understanding of aqueous alteration reactions on meteorite parent bodies. This study expands on research conducted on Type IIA chondrules and chondrule fragments from two CR2 chondrites, EET 87770 and EET 92105. These chondrites have been weakly altered; chondrule mesostases show incipient alteration primarily where they are in direct contact with fine-grained matrices.

  9. Tuning the luminescence and UV photosensing properties of ZnO nanorods by strategic aqueous chemical growth

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    Sett, Dipanwita; Basak, Durga

    2015-10-01

    Surface-adsorbed species play an important role in the photophysical properties of one-dimensional (1D) ZnO providing a scope to comprehend the change in these properties with growth techniques as well as parameters. We have shown an unprecedented change in the photoluminescence properties of aqueous chemically grown (ACG) ZnO nanorods (NRs) by positioning the substrate at different precursor column heights by exploiting a simple phenomenon of different amounts of dissolved O2 along the depth of a precursor solution with its surface exposed to air. As anticipated, the NRs grown at the bottom of the reaction vessel show more OH-related defects and/or adsorbed O2 than those grown nearer to the liquid-air interface, resulting in better crystalline quality, ultraviolet (UV)/visible (Vis) photoluminescence intensity and UV photocurrent properties in the latter. Therefore, one can easily tune the photophysical properties of similar 1D oxide NRs simply by varying the substrate position in a columnar reaction vessel used in aqueous chemical growth.

  10. Transformations of biomass-derived platform molecules: from high added-value chemicals to fuels via aqueous-phase processing.

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    Serrano-Ruiz, Juan Carlos; Luque, Rafael; Seplveda-Escribano, Antonio

    2011-11-01

    Global warming issues and the medium-term depletion of fossil fuel reserves are stimulating researchers around the world to find alternative sources of energy and organic carbon. Biomass is considered by experts the only sustainable source of energy and organic carbon for our industrial society, and it has the potential to displace petroleum in the production of chemicals and liquid transportation fuels. However, the transition from a petroleum-based economy to one based on biomass requires new strategies since the petrochemical technologies, well-developed over the last century, are not valid to process the biomass-derived compounds. Unlike petroleum feedstocks, biomass derived platform molecules possess a high oxygen content that gives them low volatility, high solubility in water, high reactivity and low thermal stability, properties that favour the processing of these resources by catalytic aqueous-phase technologies at moderate temperatures. This tutorial review is aimed at providing a general overview of processes, technologies and challenges that lie ahead for a range of different aqueous-phase transformations of some of the key biomass-derived platform molecules into liquid fuels for the transportation sector and related high added value chemicals. PMID:21713268

  11. Structure sensitive chemical reactivity by palladium concave nanocubes and nanoflowers synthesised by a seed mediated procedure in aqueous medium

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    Sreedhala, S.; Sudheeshkumar, V.; Vinod, C. P.

    2014-06-01

    Palladium nanocubes and their transformation to concave nanocubes and nanoflowers are realised by a seed mediated procedure in aqueous medium and at room temperature using cationic surfactants. The concave nanocubes and nanoflowers were found to be enclosed by high index facets. The under co-ordinated atoms present on the high index facets make these nanostructures chemically more active towards Suzuki coupling and Heck coupling reactions compared to the conventional nanocubes and spherical nanoparticles of similar size.Palladium nanocubes and their transformation to concave nanocubes and nanoflowers are realised by a seed mediated procedure in aqueous medium and at room temperature using cationic surfactants. The concave nanocubes and nanoflowers were found to be enclosed by high index facets. The under co-ordinated atoms present on the high index facets make these nanostructures chemically more active towards Suzuki coupling and Heck coupling reactions compared to the conventional nanocubes and spherical nanoparticles of similar size. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Additional HRTEM images, UV-Vis spectra and details of TOF calculation. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr01283f

  12. Modeling the transport of organic chemicals between polyethylene passive samplers and water in finite and infinite bath conditions.

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    Tcaciuc, A Patricia; Apell, Jennifer N; Gschwend, Philip M

    2015-12-01

    Understanding the transfer of chemicals between passive samplers and water is essential for their use as monitoring devices of organic contaminants in surface waters. By applying Fick's second law to diffusion through the polymer and an aqueous boundary layer, the authors derived a mathematical model for the uptake of chemicals into a passive sampler from water, in finite and infinite bath conditions. The finite bath model performed well when applied to laboratory observations of sorption into polyethylene (PE) sheets for various chemicals (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls [PCBs], and dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane [DDT]) and at varying turbulence levels. The authors used the infinite bath model to infer fractional equilibration of PCB and DDT analytes in field-deployed PE, and the results were nearly identical to those obtained using the sampling rate model. However, further comparison of the model and the sampling rate model revealed that the exchange of chemicals was inconsistent with the sampling rate model for partially or fully membrane-controlled transfer, which would be expected in turbulent conditions or when targeting compounds with small polymer diffusivities and small partition coefficients (e.g., phenols, some pesticides, and others). The model can be applied to other polymers besides PE as well as other chemicals and in any transfer regime (membrane, mixed, or water boundary layer-controlled). Lastly, the authors illustrate practical applications of this model such as improving passive sampler design and understanding the kinetics of passive dosing experiments. PMID:26109238

  13. Reactions of the Re(CO)3(H2O)3(+) synthon with monodentate ligands under aqueous conditions.

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    Franklin, Brenton R; Herrick, Richard S; Ziegler, Christopher J; Cetin, Anil; Barone, Natalie; Condon, Laura R

    2008-07-01

    The reactions of ammonia, pyridine (py), N-methyl imidazole (N-MeIm), tetrahydrothiophene (tht), and piperidine (pip) with Re(CO) 3(H 2O) 3 (+), 1 ( + ), were investigated employing aqueous conditions under atmospheric dioxygen. The reaction of [ 1]Br in aqueous ammonia led to [Re(CO) 3(NH 3) 3]Br ([ 2]Br) as the only product isolated. For the aqueous reactions of [ 1]Br with py, N-MeIm, and tht, mixtures of products are formed because of competition between the bromide and added ligand, even when the ligand is present in excess. Substitution of the PF 6 (-) anion for Br (-) leads to the clean formation of [Re(CO) 3L 3][PF 6] ([ 3][PF 6]-[ 5][PF 6]) for py, N-MeIm, and tht, respectively, as the only products observed. Reaction of [ 1][PF 6] with pip produces the dimeric species, (pip)(CO) 3Re(micro-OH) 2Re(CO) 3(pip), 6. Reactions of [ 1]Br were also performed in methanol for comparison purposes. The reaction with pip in this solvent led to the analogous dimer, (pip)(CO) 3Re(micro-OMe) 2Re(CO) 3(pip), 7; however, reactions with py, N-MeIm, and tht gave Re(CO) 3L 2Br, 8- 10, respectively, as the only products. The crystal structures of compounds [ 2]Br- 10 are reported. PMID:18510286

  14. The effect of precipitation conditions and aging upon characteristics of particles precipitated from aqueous solutions

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    Rard, J.A.

    1989-10-01

    Precipitation of a dissolved species from aqueous solutions is one of the techniques used to grow particles with certain size or composition characteristics. Various factors affecting the particle properties for sparingly soluble substances are briefly discussed here, including homogeneous versus heterogeneous nucleation, the effect of relative supersaturation on the number of nuclei and their relative size, particle growth by way of Ostwald Ripening, the Ostwald Step Rule and nucleation of metastable phases, diffusion-controlled versus surface reaction-controlled growth, incorporation of dopants into the precipitate, and dendritic growth. 13 refs.

  15. Organic chemical degradation by remote study of the redox conditions

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    Fernandez, P. M.; Revil, A.; Binley, A. M.; Bloem, E.; French, H. K.

    2014-12-01

    Monitoring the natural (and enhanced) degradation of organic contaminants is essential for managing groundwater quality in many parts of the world. Contaminated sites often have limited access, hence non-intrusive methods for studying redox processes, which drive the degradation of organic compounds, are required. One example is the degradation of de-icing chemicals (glycols and organic salts) released to the soil near airport runways during winter. This issue has been broadly studied at Oslo airport, Gardermoen, Norway using intrusive and non-intrusive methods. Here, we report on laboratory experiments that aim to study the potential of using a self-potential, DCresistivity, and time-domain induced polarization for geochemical characterization of the degradation of Propylene Glycol (PG). PG is completely miscible in water, does not adsorb to soil particles and does not contribute to the electrical conductivity of the soil water. When the contaminant is in the unsaturated zone near the water table, the oxygen is quickly consumed and the gas exchange with the surface is insufficient to ensure aerobic degradation, which is faster than anaerobic degradation. Since biodegradation of PG is highly oxygen demanding, anaerobic pockets can exist causing iron and manganese reduction. It is hypothesised that nitrate would boost the degradation rate under such conditions. In our experiment, we study PG degradation in a sand tank. We provide the system with an electron highway to bridge zones with different redox potential. This geo-battery system is characterized by self-potential, resistivity and induced polarization anomalies. An example of preliminary results with self-potential at two different times of the experiment can be seen in the illustration. These will be supplemented with more direct information on the redox chemistry: in-situ water sampling, pH, redox potential and electrical conductivity measurements. In parallel, a series of batch experiments have been performed to study anoxic microbial degradation using gas and resistivity measurements.

  16. Layered Sediments, Rampart Craters, and Potential Fluvio-Lacustrine Activity in S.W. Arabia Terra, Mars: Support for a History of Aqueous Conditions

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    Oehler, D. Z.; Allen, C. C.; Venechuk, E. M.; Paris, K. N.

    2007-03-01

    Rampart craters, along with possible fluvio-lacustrine sediments in Vernal Crater (S.W. Arabia Terra), add to regional considerations and spectroscopic data suggesting that this region has had a considerable history of aqueous conditions.

  17. A purge and trap integrated microGC platform for chemical identification in aqueous samples.

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    Akbar, Muhammad; Narayanan, Shree; Restaino, Michael; Agah, Masoud

    2014-07-01

    The majority of current micro-scale gas chromatography (?GC) systems focus on air sampling to detect volatile organic compounds (VOCs). However, purging the VOCs from a water sample using microsystems is an unchartered territory. Various organic compounds used in everyday life find their way to water bodies. Some of these water organic compounds (WOCs) persist or degrade slowly, threatening not just human existence but also aquatic life. This article reports the first micro-purge extractor (?PE) chip and its integration with a micro-scale gas chromatography (?GC) system for the extraction and analysis of water organic compounds (WOCs) from aqueous samples. The 2 cm 3 cm ?PE chip contains two inlet and outlet ports and an etched cavity sealed with a Pyrex cover. The aqueous sample is introduced from the top inlet port while a pure inert gas is supplied from the side inlet to purge WOCs from the ?PE chip. The outlets are assigned for draining water from the chip and for directing purged WOCs to the micro-thermal preconcentrator (?TPC). The trapped compounds are desorbed from the ?TPC by resistive heating using the on-chip heater and temperature sensor, are separated by a 2 m long, 80 ?m wide, and 250 ?m deep polydimethylsiloxane (OV-1) coated ?GC separation column, and are identified using a micro-thermal conductivity detector (?TCD) monolithically integrated with the column. Our experiments indicate that the combined system is capable of providing rapid chromatographic separation (<1.5 min) for quaternary WOCs namely toluene, tetrachloroethylene (PCE), chlorobenzene and ethylbenzene with a minimum detection concentration of 500 parts-per-billion (ppb) in aqueous samples. The proposed method is a promising development towards the future realization of a miniaturized system for sensitive, on-site and real-time field analysis of organic contaminants in water. PMID:24837988

  18. Solvent effects in chemical processes. water-assisted proton transfer reaction of pterin in aqueous environment.

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    Jaramillo, Paula; Coutinho, Kaline; Canuto, Sylvio

    2009-11-12

    Pterins are members of a family of heterocyclic compounds present in a wide variety of biological systems and may exist in two forms, corresponding to an acid and a basic tautomer. In this work, the proton transfer reaction between these tautomeric forms was investigated in the gas phase and in aqueous solution. In gas phase, the intramolecular mechanism was carried out for the isolated pterin by quantum mechanical second-order Mller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP2/aug-cc-pVDZ) calculations and it indicates that the acid form is more stable than the basic form by -1.4 kcal/mol with a barrier of 34.2 kcal/mol with respect to the basic form. In aqueous solution, the role of the water molecules in the proton transfer reaction was analyzed in two separated parts, the direct participation of one water molecule in the reaction path, called water-assisted mechanism, and the complementary participation of the aqueous solvation. The water-assisted mechanism was carried out for one pterin-water cluster by quantum mechanical calculations and it indicates that the acid form is still more stable by -3.3 kcal/mol with a drastic reduction of 70% of the barrier. The bulk solution effect on the intramolecular and water-assisted mechanisms was included by free energy perturbation implemented on Monte Carlo simulations. The bulk water effect is found to be substantial and decisive when the reaction path involves the water-assisted mechanism. In this case, the free energy barrier is only 6.7 kcal/mol and the calculated relative Gibbs free energy for the two tautomers is -11.2 kcal/mol. This value is used to calculate the pK(a) value of 8.2 +/- 0.6 that is in excellent agreement with the experimental result of 7.9. PMID:19754044

  19. Chemical Speciation of Inorganic Compounds under Hydrothermal Conditions

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    Edward A Stern; John Fulton

    2002-02-21

    Measurements of oxidation. These spectra are to the best of our knowledge the first reported in situ spectroscopic observation of homogeneous aqueous redox chemistry at temperatures beyond the critical temperature of waste. We also observed a time-dependence for the growth of the Cr(VI) XANES peak and have therefore obtained both kinetic information as well as structural information on the reactants and products at the reaction temperature. We feel that these new techniques, when employed on actual waste components will elucidate the underlying chemistry.

  20. Multispecies reactive tracer test in an aquifer with spatially variable chemical conditions

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    Davis, J.A.; Kent, D.B.; Coston, J.A.; Hess, K.M.; Joye, J.L.

    2000-01-01

    A field investigation of multispecies reactive transport was conducted in a well-characterized, sand and gravel aquifer on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The aquifer is characterized by regions of differing chemical conditions caused by the disposal of secondary sewage effluent. Ten thousand liters of groundwater with added tracers (Br, Cr(VI), and BDTA complexed with Pb, Zn, Cu, and Ni) were injected into the aquifer and distributions of the tracers were monitored for 15 months. Most of the tracers were transported more than 200 m; transport was quantified using spatial moments computed from the results of a series of synoptic samplings. Cr(VI) transport was retarded relative to Br; the retardation factor varied from 1.1 to 2.4 and was dependent on chemical conditions. At 314 days after the injection, dissolved Cr(VI) mass in the tracer cloud had decreased 85%, with the likely cause being reduction to Cr(III) in a suboxic region of the aquifer. Transport of the metal-EDTA complexes was affected by aqueous complexation, adsorption, and dissolution-precipitation reactions of Fe oxyhydroxide minerals in the aquifer sediments. Dissolved Pb-EDTA complexes disappeared from the tracer cloud within 85 days, probably due to metal exchange reactions with Fe and adsorbed Zn (present prior to the injection from contamination by the sewage effluent). About 30% of the Cu-EDTA complexes remained within the tracer cloud 314 days after injection, even though the thermodynamic stability of the Pb-EDTA complex is greater than Cu-EDTA. It is hypothesized that stronger adsorption of Pb2+ to the aquifer sediments causes the Pb-EDTA complex to disassociate to a greater degree than the Cu-EDTA complex. The mass of dissolved Zn-EDTA increased during the first 175 days of the tracer test to 140% of the mass injected, with the increase due to desorption of sewage-derived Zn. Dissolved Ni-EDTA mass remained nearly constant throughout the tracer test, apparently only participating in reversible adsorption reactions. The results of the field experiment provide a chemically complex data set that can be used in the testing of reactive transport models of flow coupled with chemical reactions.

  1. CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL TREATMENT OF THERMALLY CONDITIONED SLUDGE RECYCLE LIQUORS

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    The objective of this research project was to demonstrate and evaluate the feasibility of treating undiluted heat treatment liquor prior to its rerouting back to the head of the sewage treatment plant. Chemical and biological treatment processes were studied. Chemical treatment w...

  2. Calculations of physical and chemical reactions with DNA in aqueous solution from Auger cascades

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    Wright, H.A.; Hamm, R.N.; Turner, J.E.; Howell, R.W.; Rao, D.V.; Sastry, K.S.R.

    1989-01-01

    Monte Carlo calculations are performed of the physical and chemical interactions in liquid water by electrons produced during Auger cascades resulting from the decay of various radionuclides. Estimates are also made of the number of direct physical and indirect chemical interactions that would be produced on DNA located near the decay site. 13 refs., 8 figs.

  3. Comparison of the chemical composition and pharmacological effects of the aqueous and ethanolic extracts from a Tibetan "Snow Lotus" (Saussurea laniceps) herb.

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    Yi, Tao; Lo, Hongwing; Zhao, Zhongzhen; Yu, Zhiling; Yang, Zhijun; Chen, Hubiao

    2012-01-01

    To understand the impacts of different processing methods on the composition and effects of the herb Saussurea laniceps (SL), the present study report the first comparison of the chemical constituents of aqueous and ethanolic SL extracts using chromatographic analysis, and to compare their pharmacological effects in a mouse anti-inflammatory, anti-nociceptive model and an in vitro anti-oxidant test. Chemical comparison demonstrated that the types of chemicals in the two extracts were identical, but the contents of the main constituents in the aqueous extract were lower than those of the ethanolic extract. A transesterification of dicaffeoylquinic acids took place in the aqueous extract during boiling. As for pharmacological effects, oral administration of aqueous and ethanolic SL extracts significantly inhibited croton oil-induced mice ear edema, and significantly inhibited acetic acid-induced mice writhings, respectively. In the DPPH anti-oxidant activity test, the IC50 values were calculated as 409.6 mg/L and 523.4 mg/L for the ethanolic and aqueous extracts, respectively. The inhibitory effects of the ethanolic extract were more potent than those of the aqueous extract in all pharmacological tests, although there was no significant difference. This study suggests that the two preparations should be distinguished when used. PMID:22692242

  4. The aqueous root extract of Aristolochia ringens (Vahl.) Aristolochiaceae inhibits chemically-induced inflammation in rodents.

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    Ruth, Aigbe Flora; Olaide, Adeyemi Olufunmilayo; Oluwatoyin, Sofidiya Margaret

    2014-11-01

    The potential of the aqueous root extract of Aristolochia ringens (AR) (10-100 mg/kg p.o) to inhibit inflammation induced by phlogistics was evaluated using the carrageenan and egg albumin induced rat paw oedema, formaldehyde induced arthritic inflammation and xylene induced mouse ear oedema models. AR (10-50 mg/kg) dose-dependently decreased rat paw oedema in the carrageenan and egg albumin induced inflammation, producing comparable inhibition of 57.1% and 65.6% to the 57.9% and 63.9% of indomethacin and diclofenac (10 mg/kg p.o) respectively at 50 mg/kg. AR (10-50 mg/kg) also dose dependently inhibited formaldehyde-induced arthritic paw oedema over the 10 day observation period, with a greater inhibition of 50% at 50 mg/kg than the 40.8% inhibition by diclofenac (10 mg/kg i.p). AR (50 mg/kg) also produced greater inhibition of 84.78% than the 65.21% by dexamethasone (1 mg/kg) in xylene-induced ear oedema. Results show that the aqueous root extract of Aristolochia ringens possesses antiinflammatory activity. PMID:25362593

  5. Oxidation of 1,4-dichloro-2-butene by aqueous sodium hypochlorite under phase transfer conditions

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    Grigoryan, G.S.; Karoyan, I.L.; Malkhasyan, A.Ts.; Martirosyan, G.T.; Artamkina, G.A.; Beletskaya, I.P.

    1987-11-10

    In the industrial process for the production of chloroprene from butadiene, the problem of reducing the organic impurities in the waste water to 2000 mg/liter has not yet been solved. A method has been patented for the oxidation of organic compounds by sodium hypochlorite at high temperatures and high pressure but this method is limited by the oxidation of soluble organic compounds. The oxidation of 1,4-dichloro-2-butene by aqueous sodium hypochlorite was studied. A sharp increase in the reaction rate was found in the presence of phase transfer catalysts and surfactants. The involvement of oxygen as a cooxiant and the effect of surfactants on the absorption of atmospheric oxygen by the reaction system were demonstrated.

  6. Composition and freezing of aqueous H2SO4/HNO3 solutions under polar stratospheric conditions

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    Beyer, K. D.; Seago, S. W.; Chang, H. Y.; Molina, M. J.

    1994-01-01

    The results of laboratory investigations of the freezing behavior of aqueous acid solutions indicate that in the stratosphere H2SO/H2O aerosol droplets would not freeze at temperatures above the ice frost point in the absence of HNO3; however, in the presence of typical levels of HNO3 liquid sulfuric acid aerosols take up significant amounts of HNO3 and H2O vapors and freeze much more readily. This is a consequence of the very rapid change in composition of the liquid droplets as the temperature drops to within two to three degrees of the equilibrium temperature at which HNO3 and H2O vapors would co-condense to form a liquid solution. In the high latitude stratosphere this HNO3/H2O 'dew point' is typically around 192-194 K at 100 mbar.

  7. Chemical characterization of the main secondary organic aerosol (SOA) products formed through aqueous-phase photonitration of guaiacol

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    Kitanovski, Z.; ?usak, A.; Grgi?, I.; Claeys, M.

    2014-04-01

    Guaiacol (2-methoxyphenol) and its derivatives can be emitted into the atmosphere by thermal degradation (i.e. burning) of wood lignins. Due to its volatility, guaiacol is predominantly distributed in the atmospheric gaseous phase. Recent studies have shown the importance of aqueous-phase reactions in addition to the dominant gas-phase and heterogeneous reactions of guaiacol, in the formation of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) in the atmosphere. The main objectives of the present study were to chemically characterize the low-volatility SOA products of the aqueous-phase photonitration of guaiacol and examine their possible presence in urban atmospheric aerosols. The aqueous-phase reactions were carried out under simulated sunlight and in the presence of H2O2 and nitrite. The formed guaiacol reaction products were concentrated by using solid-phase extraction (SPE) and then purified by means of semi-preparative high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). The fractionated individual compounds were isolated as pure solids and further analyzed with liquid-state 1H, 13C and 2D nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and direct infusion negative ion electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry ((-)ESI-MS/MS). The NMR and product ion (MS2) spectra were used for unambiguous product structure elucidation. The main products of guaiacol photonitration are 4-nitroguaiacol (4NG), 6-nitroguaiacol (6NG), and 4,6-dinitroguaiacol (4,6DNG). Using the isolated compounds as standards, 4NG and 4,6DNG were unambiguously identified in winter PM10 aerosols from the city of Ljubljana (Slovenia) by means of HPLC/(-)ESI-MS/MS. Owing to the strong absorption of UV and visible light, 4,6DNG could be an important constituent of atmospheric "brown" carbon, especially in regions affected by biomass burning.

  8. Diffusion behavior of lysozyme in aqueous ammonium sulfate solutions under varying solution conditions as determined by dynamic light scattering

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    Fornefeld, U.M.; Kuehner, D.E.; Blanch, H.W.; Prausnitz, J.M. . Dept. of Chemical Engineering Lawrence Berkeley Lab., CA . Chemical Sciences Div.)

    1994-12-01

    As proteins gain significance in commercial applications such as pharmaceuticals, detergents, organic waste management and cosmetics, efficient and economical recovery of these valuable biomolecules is of increasing importance. the salting-out process has found widespread application in the area of protein separations. To date, salt-induced precipitation of proteins from complex aqueous solutions remains largely an empirical process; no comprehensive model exists to predict salting-out phase equilibria in protein solutions. Rational predictive models for salt-induced precipitation will therefore be of great value in protein purification, both on the preparative and the analytical scale. Any attempt to model theoretically salt-induced protein precipitation must include the known physics of protein interactions in aqueous solution. With this in mind, it is crucial to acknowledge that protein precipitation is fundamentally an aggregation process. In order to incorporate aggregation effects into ongoing efforts to model salting out of proteins, it is necessary to quantify the degree of aggregation as a function of solution conditions. Therefore, dynamic light scattering measurements were performed with a well-studied protein, hen-egg-white lysozyme, under several solution conditions.

  9. Physical and chemical effects of direct aqueous advanced oxidation processing on green sand foundry mold materials

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    Clobes, Jason Kenneth

    Iron foundries using the common green sand molding process have increasingly been incorporating aqueous advanced oxidation (AO) systems to reduce the consumption of sand system bentonite clay and coal raw materials by and to decrease their volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. These AO systems typically use a combination of sonication, ozone aeration, and hydrogen peroxide to treat and recycle slurries of sand system baghouse dust, which is rich in clay and coal. While the overall effects of AO on raw material consumption and organic emissions are known, the mechanisms behind these effects are not well understood. This research examined the effects of bench-scale direct aqueous AO processing on green sand mold materials at the micro level. Bench-scale AO processing, including acoustic sonication, ozone/oxygen aeration, and hydrogen peroxide dramatically decreased the particle sizes of both western bentonite and foundry sand system baghouse dust. Bench-scale AO processing was shown to effectively separate the clay material from the larger silica and coal particles and to extensively break up the larger clay agglomerates. The acoustic sonication component of AO processing was the key contributor to enhanced clay recovery. Acoustic sonication alone was slightly more effective than combined component AO in reducing the particle sizes of the baghouse dust and in the recovery of clay yields in the supernatant during sedimentation experiments. Sedimentation separation results correlated well with the increase in small particle concentrations due to AO processing. Clay suspension viscosity decreased with AO processing due to enhanced dispersion of the particles. X-ray diffraction of freeze-dried baghouse dust indicated that AO processing does not rehydrate calcined montmorillonite and does not increase the level of interlayer water hydration in the dry clays. Zeta potential measurements indicated that AO processing also does not produce any large changes in the surface charge of the small clay particles upon AO treatment.

  10. Dissolution of barite for the analysis of strontium isotopes and other chemical and isotopic variations using aqueous sodium carbonate

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    Breit, G.N.; Simmons, E.C.; Goldhaber, M.B.

    1985-01-01

    A simple procedure for preparing barite samples for chemical and isotopic analysis is described. Sulfate ion, in barite, in the presence of high concentrations of aqueous sodium carbonate, is replaced by carbonate. This replacement forms insoluble carbonates with the cations commonly in barite: Ba, Sr, Ca and Pb. Sulfate is released into the solution by the carbonate replacement and is separated by filtration. The aqueous sulfate can then be reprecipitated for analysis of the sulfur and oxygen isotopes. The cations in the carbonate phase can be dissolved by acidifying the solid residue. Sr can be separated from the solution for Sr isotope analysis by ion-exchange chromatography. The sodium carbonate used contains amounts of Sr which will affect almost all barite 87Sr 86Sr ratios by less than 0.00001 at 1.95?? of the mean. The procedure is preferred over other techniques used for preparing barite samples for the determination of 87Sr 86Sr ratios because it is simple, rapid and enables simultaneous determination of many compositional parameters on the same material. ?? 1985.

  11. Aqueous phototransformation of zinc pyrithione Degradation kinetics and byproduct identification by liquid chromatography--atmospheric pressure chemical ionisation mass spectrometry.

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    Sakkas, V A; Shibata, K; Yamaguchi, Y; Sugasawa, S; Albanis, T

    2007-03-16

    The photochemical behavior of the antifouling agent zinc pyrithione (ZnPT) was studied in aqueous media of different composition under simulated solar irradiation using a xenon light source. The influence of important constituents of natural water (dissolved organic matter and nitrate) was also examined using a multivariate kinetic model. It was found that photodegradation proceeds via a pseudo first-order reaction. Kinetic experiments were monitored by LC-MS and photolytic half-lives ranging between 9.2 and 15.1 min have been observed. The increasing concentration of dissolved organic matter (DOM) accelerates the photolysis reaction, while the effect of nitrate ions was also positive since it increased the degradation rate, but to a lesser extent. Irradiation of the aqueous ZnPT solutions gave rise to several transformation products that were isolated by means of solid-phase extraction using poly(styrene-divinylbenzene) extraction disks. These byproducts were identified using liquid chromatography-atmospheric pressure chemical ionisation mass spectrometry. Besides 2-pyridinesulfonic-acid, other degradation products formed included pyridine-N-oxide, 2-mercaptopyridine, 2,2'-dithiobis(pyridine-N-oxide), 2,2-dipyridyl disulfide and the pyridine/pyrithione mixed disulfide, 2,2'-dithiobispyridine mono-N-oxide (PPMD). PMID:17291515

  12. Chemical Analysis and Aqueous Solution Properties of Charged Amphiphilic Block Copolymers PBA-b-PAA Synthesized by MADIX

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    Jacquin,M.; Muller, P.; Talingting-Pabalan, R.; Cottet, H.; Berret, J.; Futterer, T.; Theodoly, O.

    2007-01-01

    We have linked the structural and dynamic properties in aqueous solution of amphiphilic charged diblock copolymers poly(butyl acrylate)-b-poly(acrylic acid), PBA-b-PAA, synthesized by controlled radical polymerization, with the physico-chemical characteristics of the samples. Despite product imperfections, the samples self-assemble in melt and aqueous solutions as predicted by monodisperse microphase separation theory. However, the PBA core are abnormally large; the swelling of PBA cores is not due to AA (the Flory parameter ?PBA/PAA, determined at 0.25, means strong segregation), but to h-PBA homopolymers (content determined by liquid chromatography at the point of exclusion and adsorption transition, LC-PEAT). Beside the dominant population of micelles detected by scattering experiments, capillary electrophoresis CE analysis permitted detection of two other populations, one of h-PAA, and the other of free PBA-b-PAA chains, that have very short PBA blocks and never self-assemble. Despite the presence of these free unimers, the self-assembly in solution was found out of equilibrium: the aggregation state is history dependant and no unimer exchange between micelles occurs over months (time-evolution SANS). The high PBA/water interfacial tension, measured at 20 mN/m, prohibits unimer exchange between micelles. PBA-b-PAA solution systems are neither at thermal equilibrium nor completely frozen systems: internal fractionation of individual aggregates can occur.

  13. Chemical effects induced by gamma-irradiation in solid and in aqueous methanol solutions of 4-iodophenol

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    Mahfouz, R. M.; Siddiqui, M. R. H.; Al-Wassil, A. I.; Al-Resayes, S. I.; Al-Otaibi, A. M.

    2005-05-01

    The present work is a study on radiolyses of 4-iodophenol in aqueous methanol solutions. The radiolysis products are separated and identified using spectrophotometric and chromatographic techniques. The radiolytic products (I-2, I- and IO3-) formed in aerated solutions at room temperature were identified and the yields are investigated as a function of absorbed gamma-ray dose. The formation of I-2 is mainly dependent on the acidity of solution and produced via the pathway of secondary free radical reactions. Aromatic products of lower and higher molecular weight than the corresponding investigated compound were analysed and separated by HPLC. The results have been discussed in view of mechanisms based on free radicals and ion-molecule interactions. The chemical effects induced by gamma-irradiation in solid 4-iodophenol have also been investigated and the degradation products were identified in solid state by NMR, GC/MS experiments and HPLC after dissolution in aqueous methanol. The results were evaluated and compared with radiolysis data.

  14. Aqueous-phase oligomerization of methyl vinyl ketone through photooxidation - Part 2: Development of the chemical mechanism and atmospheric implications

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    Ervens, B.; Renard, P.; Tlili, S.; Ravier, S.; Clément, J.-L.; Monod, A.

    2015-08-01

    Laboratory experiments of efficient oligomerization from methyl vinyl ketone (MVK) in the bulk aqueous phase were simulated in a box model. Kinetic data are applied (if known) or fitted to the observed MVK decay and oligomer mass increase. Upon model sensitivity studies, in which unconstrained rate constants were varied over several orders of magnitude, a set of reaction parameters was found that could reproduce laboratory data over a wide range of experimental conditions. This mechanism is the first that comprehensively describes such radical-initiated oligomer formation. This mechanism was implemented into a multiphase box model that simulates secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation from isoprene, as a precursor of MVK and methacrolein (MACR) in the aqueous and gas phases. While in laboratory experiments oxygen limitation might occur and lead to accelerated oligomer formation, such conditions are likely not met in the atmosphere. The comparison of predicted oligomer formation shows that MVK and MACR likely do negligibly contribute to total SOA as their solubilities are low and even reduced in aerosol water due to ionic strength effects (Setchenov coefficients). Significant contribution by oligomers to total SOA might only occur if a substantial fraction of particulate carbon acts as oligomer precursors and/or if oxygen solubility in aerosol water is strongly reduced due to salting-out effects.

  15. Chemical and structural evaluation of activated carbon prepared from jute sticks for Brilliant Green dye removal from aqueous solution.

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    Asadullah, Mohammad; Asaduzzaman, Mohammad; Kabir, Mohammad Shajahan; Mostofa, Mohammad Golam; Miyazawa, Tomohisa

    2010-02-15

    Activated carbons have been prepared from jute sticks by chemical activation using ZnCl(2) and physical activation using steam for the removal of Brilliant Green dye from aqueous solution. The activated carbons and charcoal prepared from jute sticks were characterized by evaluating the surface chemistry, structural features and surface morphology. The maximum BET surface area was obtained to be 2304 m(2)/g for chemical activated carbon (ACC) while it is 730 and 80 m(2)/g for steam activated carbon (ACS) and charcoal, respectively. The FT-IR spectra exhibited that the pyrolysis and steam activation of jute sticks resulted in the release of aliphatic and O-containing functional groups by thermal effect. However, the release of functional groups is the effect of chemical reaction in the ZnCl(2) activation process. A honeycomb-type carbon structure in ACC was formed as observed on SEM images. Although charcoal and ACC were prepared at 500 degrees C the ACC exhibited much lower Raman sensitivity due to the formation of condensed aromatic ring systems. Due to high surface area and high porous structure with abundance of functional groups, the ACC adsorbed dye molecules with much higher efficiency than those of ACS and charcoal. PMID:19815339

  16. Chemical enrichment and physical conditions in I Zw 18

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    Lebouteiller, V.; Heap, S.; Hubeny, I.; Kunth, D.

    2013-05-01

    Context. Low-metallicity star-forming dwarf galaxies are prime targets to understand the chemical enrichment of the interstellar medium. The H i region contains the bulk of the mass in blue compact dwarfs, and it provides important constraints on the dispersal and mixing of heavy elements released by successive star-formation episodes. The metallicity of the H i region is also a critical parameter to investigate the future star-formation history, as metals provide most of the gas cooling that will facilitate and sustain star formation. Aims: Our primary objective is to study the enrichment of the H i region and the interplay between star-formation history and metallicity evolution. Our secondary objective is to constrain the spatial- and time-scales over which the H i and H ii regions are enriched, and the mass range of stars responsible for the heavy element production. Finally, we aim to examine the gas heating and cooling mechanisms in the H i region. Methods: We observed the most metal-poor star-forming galaxy in the Local Universe, I Zw 18, with the Cosmic Origin Spectrograph onboard Hubble. The abundances in the neutral gas are derived from far-ultraviolet absorption-lines (H i, C ii, C ii*, N i, O i, ...) and are compared to the abundances in the H ii region. Models are constructed to calculate the ionization structure and the thermal processes. We investigate the gas cooling in the H i region through physical diagnostics drawn from the fine-structure level of C+. Results: We find that H i region abundances are lower by a factor of ~2 as compared to the H ii region. There is no differential depletion on dust between the H i and H ii region. Using sulfur as a metallicity tracer, we calculate a metallicity of 1/46 Z? (vs. 1/31 Z? in the H ii region). From the study of the C/O, [O/Fe], and N/O abundance ratios, we propose that C, N, O, and Fe are mainly produced in massive stars. We argue that the H i envelope may contain pockets of pristine gas with a metallicity essentially null. Finally, we derive the physical conditions in the H i region by investigating the C ii* absorption line. The cooling rate derived from C ii* is consistent with collisions with H0 atoms in the diffuse neutral gas. We calculate the star-formation rate from the C ii* cooling rate assuming that photoelectric effect on dust is the dominant gas heating mechanism. Our determination is in good agreement with the values in the literature if we assume a low dust-to-gas ratio (~2000 times lower than the Milky Way value). Appendix A is available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org

  17. Chemical Enrichment and Physical Conditions in IZw18*

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    Lebouteiller, V.; Heap, S.; Hubeny, I.; Kunth, D.

    2013-01-01

    Low-metallicity star-forming dwarf galaxies are prime targets to understand the chemical enrichment of the interstellar medium. The H I region contains the bulk of the mass in blue compact dwarfs, and it provides important constraints on the dispersal and mixing of heavy elements released by successive star-formation episodes. The metallicity of the H I region is also a critical parameter to investigate the future star-formation history, as metals provide most of the gas cooling that will facilitate and sustain star formation. Aims. Our primary objective is to study the enrichment of the H I region and the interplay between star-formation history and metallicity evolution. Our secondary obje ctive is to constrain the spatial- and time-scales over which the HI and H II regions are enriched, and the mass range of stars responsible for the heavy element production. Finally, we aim to examine the gas heating and cooling mechanisms in the H I region. Methods. We observed the most metal-poor star-forming galaxy in the Local Universe, I Zw 18, with the Cosmic Origin Spectrograph onboard Hubble. The abundances in the neutral gas are derived from far-ultraviolet absorption-lines (H I, CIII, CIIi*, N I, OI,...) and are compared to the abundances in the H II region. Models are constructed to calculate the ionization structure and the thermal processes. We investigate the gas cooling in the HIi region through physical diagnostics drawn from the fine-structure level of C+. Results. We find that H I region abundances are lower by a factor of approx 2 as compared to the H II region. There is no differential depletion on dust between the H I and H II region. Using sulfur as a metallicity tracer, we calculate a metallicity of 1/46 Z(solar) (vs. 1/31 Z(solar) in the H II region). From the study of the C/O, [O/Fe], and N/O abundance ratios, we propose that C, N, O, and Fe are mainly produced in massive stars. We argue that the H I envelope may contain pockets of pristine gas with a metallicity essentially null. Finally, we derive the physical conditions in the H I region by investigating the C II* absorption line. The cooling rate derived from C II* is consistent with collisions with H(sup 0) atoms in the diffuse neutral gas. We calculate the star-formation rate from the CII* cooling rate assuming that photoelectric effect on dust is the dominant gas heating mechanism. Our determination is in good agreement with the values in the literature if we assume a low dust-to-gas ratio (approx 2000 times lower than the Milky Way value).

  18. Chemical Composition of Meridiani Sediments: Traces of Aqueous Past on Martian Surface

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    Brueckner, J.; Gellert, R.; D'Uston, C.; Treguier, E.; Squyres, S. W.

    2007-12-01

    Measurements of outcrop samples by the Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer (APXS), onboard the NASA Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity at Meridiani, showed strong sulfur peaks in the x-ray spectra. Sulfur concentrations increased from natural (as is) rock surfaces over brushed to abraded rocks that turned out to be sulfur-loaded sediments. Along the 11-kilometer traverse of the rover many abraded surfaces could be measured by the APXS because the softness of the outcrops permitted grinding by the Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT) until today. All outcrop samples exhibited high sulfur concentrations of more than 6 weight percent; some samples exceeded 10 wt-% making S a major element and indicating a special history of these sediments. Element concentrations of all abraded rocks along the traverse were studied as function of sulfur content. A linear relationship with a negative slope was found for the silicon-sulfur pair. A similar relation holds for Al, Na, K, P, Ti, and Cr versus S. Iron shows a weak correlation with S (only a slight negative slope). Constant concentrations are exhibited by Mn and Ni. Calcium, Mg, and Zn, reveal a slight increase with increasing S contents (positive slope). During the first half of the traverse Mg and S are strongly correlated, later almost none. The formation of the sediments can be described by a two-component mixing model, where sulfur is mainly present in one component. The composition of the other component, the siliciclastic material, was extrapolated from above sample compositions to low S contents. The derived siliciclastic composition differs from encountered basaltic material, such as 'Bounce Rock' at Meridiani or the Adirondack Class rocks at Gusev crater, but, is similar to rocks discovered near Home Plate (Gusev). Best compositional matches are found for 'Masada Clod', 'Raquelme3', and others, which are significantly altered from an original basaltic composition. Apparently this composition type is wider spread on the Martian surface. The other mixing component contains various sulfates. Assuming large volcanic exhalations of sulfur, any original aqueous solution became very acidic. 'Normal' rocks were rapidly leached and gradually dissolved to form new compounds and large quantities of sulfates in an aqueous system. To bring the two components together, either wind and/or water did the transport. The small scatter of the concentration data points (mostly around a straight line) suggests that there was a concentration gradient in bodies of standing water on a kilometer-wide scale at least for a short period of time. The concentrations of many elements (Si, Al, Na, K, P, Ti, and Cr) are diluted by increasing sulfur contents. Hence, these elements were mainly part of the siliciclastic component. On the other hand, elements whose concentrations increase with increasing S (e.g. Ca, Mg, and Zn) were part of sulfates and of mafic minerals (in the siliciclastic component). Iron showing some dilution by sulfur was determined by Mssbauer spectroscopy to be present also as ferric sulfate. The above observations reveal that several elements formed sulfates in these sediments: Mg, Ca, Fe, and Zn. An aqueous system existed during the period of sediment formation and left unique traces in the sedimentary composition.

  19. Abiotic Formation of Hydrocarbons Under Hydrothermal Conditions: Constraints from Chemical and Isotope Data

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    Fu, Q.; Lollar, Barbara Sherwood; Horita, Juske; Lacrampe-Couloume, Georges; Seyfried, W. E.

    2007-01-01

    To understand reaction pathways and isotope systematics during mineral-catalyzed abiotic synthesis of hydrocarbons under hydrothermal conditions, experiments involving magnetite and CO{sub 2} and H{sub 2}-bearing aqueous fluids were conducted at 400 C and 500 bars. A robust technique for sample storage and transfer from experimental apparatus to stable isotope mass spectrometer provides a methodology for integration of both carbon and hydrogen isotope characterization of reactants and products generated during abiogenic synthesis experiments. Experiments were performed with and without pretreatment of magnetite to remove background carbon associated with the mineral catalyst. Prior to experiments, the abundance and carbon isotope composition of all carbon-bearing components were determined. Time-series samples of the fluid from all experiments indicated significant concentrations of dissolved CO and C{sub 1}-C{sub 3} hydrocarbons and relatively large changes in dissolved CO{sub 2} and H{sub 2} concentrations, consistent with formation of additional hydrocarbon components beyond C{sub 3}. The existence of relatively high dissolved alkanes in the experiment involving non-pretreated magnetite in particular, suggests a complex catalytic process, likely involving reinforcing effects of mineral-derived carbon with newly synthesized hydrocarbons at the magnetite surface. Similar reactions may be important mechanisms for carbon reduction in chemically complex natural hydrothermal systems. In spite of evidence supporting abiotic hydrocarbon formation in all experiments, an 'isotopic reversal' trend was not observed for {sup 13}C values of dissolved alkanes with increasing carbon number. This may relate to the specific mechanism of carbon reduction and hydrocarbon chain growth under hydrothermal conditions at elevated temperatures and pressures. Over time, significant {sup 13}C depletion in CH{sub 4} suggests either depolymerization reactions occurring in addition to synthesis, or reactions between the C{sub 1}-C{sub 3} hydrocarbons and carbon species absorbed on mineral surfaces and in solution.

  20. 'GREENER' CHEMICAL SYNTHESES USING MICROWAVES UNDER SOLVENT-FREE CONDITIONS OR AQUEOUS MEDIA

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    A solvent-free approach that involves microwave (MW) exposure of neat reactants (undiluted) catalyzed by the surfaces of recyclable mineral supports such as alumina, silica, clay, or 'doped' surfaces is presented which is applicable to a wide range of cleavage, condensation, cycl...

  1. "GREENER" CHEMICAL SYNTHESES USING AN ALTERNATE REACTION CONDITIONS OR AQUEOUS MEDIA

    EPA Science Inventory

    A solvent-free approach that involves microwave (MW) exposure of neat reactants (undiluted) catalyzed by the surfaces of recyclable mineral supports such as alumina, silica, clay, or 'doped' surfaces is presented which is applicable to a wide range of cleavage, condensation, cycl...

  2. Photochemical processing of aldrin and dieldrin in frozen aqueous solutions under arctic field conditions.

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    Rowland, Glenn A; Bausch, Alexandra R; Grannas, Amanda M

    2011-05-01

    Organochlorine (OC) contaminants are transported to the Polar Regions, where they have the potential to bioaccumulate, presenting a threat to the health of wildlife and indigenous communities. They deposit onto snowpack during winter, and accumulate until spring, when they experience prolonged solar irradiation until snowmelt occurs. Photochemical degradation rates for aldrin and dieldrin, in frozen aqueous solution made from MilliQ water, 500?M hydrogen peroxide solution or locally-collected melted snow were measured inafield campaign near Barrow, AK, during spring-summer 2008. Significant photoprocessing of both pesticides occurs; the reactions depend on temperature, depth within the snowpack and whether the predominant phase is ice or liquid water. The effect of species present in natural snowpack is comparable to 500?M hydrogen peroxide, pointing to the potential significance of snowpack-mediated reactions. Aldrin samples frozen at near 0C were more reactive than comparable liquid samples, implying that the microenvironments experienced on frozen ice surfaces are an important consideration. PMID:21396757

  3. Molecular Dynamics Simulation of the Aggregation Patterns in Aqueous Solutions of Bile Salts at Physiological Conditions.

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    Mustan, Fatmegyul; Ivanova, Anela; Madjarova, Galia; Tcholakova, Slavka; Denkov, Nikolai

    2015-12-24

    Classical molecular dynamics simulations are employed to monitor the aggregation behavior of six bile salts (nonconjugated and glycine- and taurine-conjugated sodium cholate and sodium deoxycholate) with concentration of 10 mM in aqueous solution in the presence of 120 mM NaCl. There are 150 ns trajectories generated to characterize the systems. The largest stable aggregates are analyzed to determine their shape, size, and stabilizing forces. It is found that the aggregation is a hierarchical process and that its kinetics depends both on the number of hydroxyl groups in the steroid part of the molecules and on the type of conjugation. The micelles of all salts are similar in shape-deformed spheres or ellipsoids, which are stabilized by hydrophobic forces, acting between the steroid rings. The differences in the aggregation kinetics of the various conjugates are rationalized by the affinity for hydrogen bond formation for the glycine-modified salts or by the longer time needed to achieve optimum packing for the tauro derivatives. Evidence is provided for the hypothesis from the literature that the entirely hydrophobic core of all aggregates and the enhanced dynamics of the molecules therein should be among the prerequisites for their pronounced solubilization capacity for hydrophobic substances in vivo. PMID:26605858

  4. Oxidative weathering chemical migration under variably saturated conditions and supergene copper enrichment

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    Xu, Tianfu; Pruess, K.; Brimhall, G.

    1999-04-01

    Transport of oxygen gas from the land surface through an unsaturated zone has a strong influence on oxidative weathering processes. Oxidation of sulfide minerals such as pyrite (FeS{sub 2}), one of the most common naturally occurring minerals, is the primary source of acid drainage from mines and waste rock piles. Here we present a detailed numerical model of supergene copper enrichment that involves the oxidative weathering of pyrite (FeS{sub 2}) and chalcopyrite (CuFeS{sub 2}), and acidification that causes mobilization of metals in the unsaturated zone, with subsequent formation of enriched ore deposits of chalcocite (CuS) and covellite (Cu{sub 2}S) in the reducing conditions below the water table. We examine and identify some significant conceptual and computational issues regarding the oxidative weathering processes through the modeling tool. The dissolution of gaseous oxygen induced by the oxidation reduces oxygen partial pressure, as well as the total pressure of the gas phase. As a result, the gas flow is modified, then the liquid phase flow. Results indicate that this reaction effect on the fluid flow may not be important under ambient conditions, and gas diffusion can be a more important mechanism for oxygen supply than gas or liquid advection. Acidification, mobilization of metals, and alteration of primary minerals mostly take place in unsaturated zone (oxidizing), while precipitation of secondary minerals mainly occurs in saturated zone (reducing). The water table may be considered as an interface between oxidizing and reducing zones. Moving water table due to change of infiltration results in moving oxidizing zone and redistributing aqueous chemical constitutes and secondary mineral deposits. The oxidative weathering processes are difficult to model numerically, because concentrations of redox sensitive chemical species such as O{sub 2}(aq), SO{sub 4}{sup 2-} and HS{sup -} may change over tens of orders of magnitude between oxidizing and reducing conditions. In order to simulate substantial reaction progress over geologic time, one can benefit from the quasi-stationary state (QSS) approximation. A significant saving of computing time using QSS is demonstrated through the example. In addition, changes in porosity and permeability due to mineral dissolution and precipitation are also addressed in some degree. Even though oxidative weathering is sensitive to many factors, this work demonstrates that our model provides a comprehensive suite of process modeling capabilities, which could serve as a prototype for oxidative weathering processes with broad significance for geoscientific, engineering, and environmental applications.

  5. CHEMICAL SPECIATION OF INORGANIC COMPOUNDS UNDER HYDROTHERMAL CONDITIONS

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    This research will utilize the high-intensity x-rays available at the Advance Photon Source (APS) to study the inorganic chemistry occurring during the hydrothermal oxidation of tank waste and the chemistry associated with tank waste vitrification. Although the chemical conversio...

  6. EFFICIENT CHEMICAL TRANSFORMATIONS USING ALTERNATIVE REACTION CONDITIONS AND MEDIA

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    The diverse nature of chemical entities requires various green' strategic pathways in our quest towards attaining sustainability. A solvent-free approach that involves microwave (MW) exposure of neat reactants (undiluted) catalyzed by the surfaces of less-expensive and recyclable...

  7. Aqueous chemical growth of alpha-Fe2O3-alpha-Cr203 nanocompositethin films

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    Vayssieres, Lionel; Guo, Jinghua; Nordgren, Joseph

    2001-06-30

    We are reporting here on the inexpensive fabrication and optical properties of an iron(III) oxide chromium(III) oxide nanocomposite thin film of corundum crystal structure. Its novel and unique-designed architecture consists of uniformed, well-defined and oriented nanorods of Hematite (alpha-Fe2O3) of 50 nm in diameter and 500nm in length and homogeneously distributed nonaggregated monodisperse spherical nanoparticles of Eskolaite (alpha-Cr2O3) of 250 nm in diameter. This alpha-Fe2O3 alpha-Cr2O3 nanocomposite thin film is obtained by growing, directly onto transparent polycrystalline conducting substrate, an oriented layer of hematite nanorods and growing subsequently, the eskolaite layer. The synthesis is carried out by a template-free, low-temperature, multilayer thin film coating process using aqueous solution of metal salts as precursors. Almost 100 percent of the light is absorbed by the composite film between 300 and 525 nm and 40 percent at 800 nm which yields great expectations as photoanode materials for photovoltaic cells and photocatalytic devices.

  8. Radiation Chemical and MR Studies of Aqueous Agarose Gels Containing Ferrous Ions.

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    Leghrouz, Amin Ahmad

    Aqueous agarose gels containing ferrous ions, in 0.05 N sulfuric acid have been studied after irradiation with 6-18 MeV electrons or ^{137} Cs gamma-rays. Such gels can sustain a radiolytic chain reaction, producing Fe ^{3+} with G(Fe^ {3+})-values up to 100 having been observed. The Fe^{3+} production is independent of dose rate between 0.434 and 3.74 Gy min ^{-1}. Dissolved oxygen is needed to maintain the chain reaction, and initial ferric yields are increased if the gel is oxygen saturated or if the ferrous concentration is decreased below 1 mM. The oxidation of ferrous to ferric alters the magnetic moment of the ion and its electron spin relaxation time, which in turn affects its ability to promote proton spin relaxation rates. Longitudinal proton magnetic relaxation rates are increased in proportion to ferric production, permitting visualization of dose levels in these gels by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques. Non-uniform dose distribution images of electron irradiated ferrous/agarose (FA) systems have been obtained using MRI. Images of radiation doses surrounding capillary tubes filled with radioactive material embedded in FA systems have also been obtained. In this work, another new method of using the ferrous/agarose gel system doped with xylenol orange to visualize the radiation dose distribution directly by eye has been developed. The color change developed depends both quantitatively and qualitatively on the concentrations of solutes in the gel.

  9. [Studies on chemical constituents of aqueous extract of Lonicera japonica flower buds].

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    Yu, Yang; Song, Wei-xia; Guo, Qing-lan; Lin, Sheng; Wang, Su-juan; Yang, Yong-chun; Shi, Jian-gong

    2015-09-01

    From an aqueous extract of Lonicera japonica flower buds, sixteen compounds were isolated by a combination of various chromatographic techniques including column chromatography over macroporous resin, MCI gel, silica gel, and sephadex LH-20 and reversed-phase HPLC. Their structures were elucidated by spectroscopic data analysis as 6'-O-acetylvogeloside (1), 6'-O-acetylsecoxyloganin (2), dichlorogelignate (3), guanosinyl-(3' --> 5')-adenosine monophosphate(GpA,4) , 5'-O-methyladenosine (5), 2'-O-methyladenosine (6), adenosine (7), syringin (8), methyl 4-O-β-D-glucopyranosyl caffeate (9), (-)-dihydrophaseic acid 4'-O-β-D-glucopyranoside (10), ketologanin (11), 7α-morroniside (12), 7β-morroniside (13), kingiside (14), cryptochlorogenic acid methyl ester (15), and 6-hydroxymethyl-3-pyridinol (16). All the compounds were obtained from this plant for the first time, compounds 1 and 2 are new compounds, 3 and 5 are new natural products, and 4 is the first example of dinucleoside monophosphate isolated from a plant extract. PMID:26978994

  10. Biosorption of Zinc from Aqueous Solution Using Chemically Treated Rice Husk

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    Zheng, Ru; Zhao, Jiaying; Zhang, Yingchao; Wong, Po-keung; Ma, Fang

    2013-01-01

    In this study, adsorption of zinc onto the adsorbent (untreated rice husk and NaOH-treated rice husk) was examined. During the removal process, batch technique was used, and the effects of pH and contact time were investigated. Langmuir isotherm was applied in order to determine the efficiency of NaOH-treated rice husk used as an adsorbent. The zinc adsorption was fast, and equilibrium was attained within 30?min. The maximum removal ratios of zinc for untreated rice husk and NaOH-treated rice husk after 1.5?h were 52.3% and 95.2%, respectively, with initial zinc concentration of 25?mg/L and optimum pH of 4.0. Data obtained from batch adsorption experiments fitted well with the Langmuir isotherm model. Maximum adsorption capacity of zinc onto untreated rice husk and NaOH-treated rice husk was 12.41?mg/g, and 20.08?mg/g respectively, at adsorbent dosage of 1?g/L at 25C. The nature of functional groups (i.e., amino, carboxyl, and hydroxyl) and metal ion interactions was examined by the FT-IR technique. It was concluded that the NaOH-treated rice husk had stronger adsorption capacity for Zn2+ compared with the untreated rice husk. The NaOH-treated rice husk is an inexpensive and environmentally friendly adsorbent for Zn2+ removal from aqueous solutions. PMID:23841065

  11. Dermal absorption of neat and aqueous volatile organic chemicals in the Fischer 344 rat. (Reannouncement with new availability information). Final report, July 1986-December 1990

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    Morgan, D.L.; Cooper, S.W.; Carlock, D.L.; Sykora, J.J.; Sutton, B.

    1991-12-31

    Quantification of dermal absorption of volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) from aqueous solutions is required to understand the potential health hazards resulting from skin exposure to these chemicals in contaminated water. Male Fischer 344 rats were dermally exposed to neat, one-third saturated, two-thirds saturated, or saturated aqueous solutions of 14 VOCs for 24 hr. Blood samples were obtained via indwelling jugular catheters during exposure and analyzed for the VOCs by gas chromatography using headspace analysis. Absorption of the neat VOCs in this series of chemicals decreased as water solubility decreased. Peak blood levels of VOCs attained during exposure for 24 hr to neat chemical were: 1,2-dichloroethane, bromochloromethane, chloroform, benzene, tetrachloroethylene, dibromomethane, trichloroethylene, toluene, xylene, hexane, ethylbenzene, styrene, carbon tetrachloride, and 1,1,1-trichloroethane. Blood levels of 1,2-dichloroethane and benzene continued to increase during the 24-hr exposure to neat chemical, while blood levels of 1,2-dichloroethane and benzene continued to increase during the 24 hr exposure to neat chemical, while blood levels of the other neat VOCs peaked within 4 hr and then either decreased or remained about the same for the duration of the exposure. Absorption of VOCs from one-third, two-thirds, or saturated aqueous solutions was rapid, and resulted in depletion of the chemical from the solution although only a small amount of water was absorbed. Blood levels of each VOC were directly related to the exposure concentrations.

  12. Structural, chemical and optical evaluation of Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles synthesized by an aqueous solution method

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    Iribarren, A.; Hernández-Rodríguez, E.; Maqueira, L.

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles obtained by chemical synthesis. • Substitutional or interstitial Cu into ZnO lead specific structural, chemical, and optical changes. • Incorporation efficiency of Cu atoms in ZnO as a function of the Cu concentration in the precursor dissolution. - Abstract: In this work a study of ZnO and Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles obtained by chemical synthesis in aqueous media was carried out. Structural analysis gave the dominant presence of wurtzite ZnO phase forming a solid solution Zn{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}O. For high Cu doping CuO phase is also present. For low Cu concentration the lattice shrinks due to Cu atoms substitute Zn atoms. For high Cu concentration the lattice enlarges due to predominance of interstitial Cu. From elemental analysis we determined and analyzed the incorporation efficiency of Cu atoms in Zn{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}O as a function of the Cu concentration in the precursor dissolution. Combining structural and chemical results we described the Cu/Zn precursor concentrations r{sub w} in which the solid solution of Cu in ZnO is predominant. In the region located at r{sub w} ≈ 0.2–0.3 it is no longer valid. For Cu/Zn precursor concentration r{sub w} > 0.3 interstitial Cu dominates, and some amount of copper oxide appears. As the Cu concentration increases, the effective size of nanoparticles decreases. Photoluminescence (PL) measurements of the Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles were carried out and analyzed.

  13. Photochemical decomposition of dissolved hydroxylated polybrominated diphenyl ethers under various aqueous conditions.

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    Bastos, Patricia Moreira; Eriksson, Johan; Bergman, Ake

    2009-10-01

    The area of fire protection has grown over the last decades with an increasing use of brominated flame retardants (BFRs). Some of the BFRs are phenolic compounds as applied, e.g. tetrabromobisphenol A and 2,4,6-tribromophenol. Others, like the polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), can be metabolized to phenolic compounds, i.e. polybrominated phenoxyphenols (OH-PBDEs). OH-PBDEs, have to our knowledge never been commercially produced, but some are well known natural products, and found in high concentrations in biota. The present study is aimed to determine the susceptibility of OH-PBDEs to undergo photolysis when dissolved in water and to compare their reactivity with a couple of PBDE congeners. A previously developed method for studies of photolysis was applied and adapted to include OH-PBDEs in water at pH 7 and 11, water/methanol and water/hydrogen peroxide. The results indicate a change in reaction rates for the photolysis of OH-PBDE in different aqueous media and pH dependence. The results from the present study show that hydroxylated compounds rapidly undergo photolytic transformations in water. The OH-PBDEs are more rapidly transformed then PBDE congeners with similar numbers of bromine substituents. All the OH-PBDEs, independent of structure, are rapidly transformed, with approx. the same rate, when hydrogen peroxide is present, indicating another route of reaction. Polybrominated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PBDDs) are indicated as transformation products upon photolysis of OH-PBDEs with a favorable bromine substitution pattern. PMID:19726071

  14. The decay of chemical weapons agents under environmental conditions

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    McGuire, R.R.; Haas, J.S.; Eagle, R.J.

    1993-04-09

    The rate and mechanism of decay of chemical agents in the environment was studied via live agent field trials at the chemical and Biological Defence Establishment, Porton Down, UK. The plan was to deposit the agents GD (Soman), VX, and H (sulfur mustard) on separate l-m{sup 2} plots on three successive days; i.e., Tuesday through Thursday. The depositions were to be made so as to give an areal concentration of 10 g/m{sup 2}. Four felt pads of approximately 25 cm{sup 2} each were placed at the corners of each of the test plots. These were subsequently extracted and analyzed by CBDE to determine the actual agent concentration. Samples for LLNL (two different types of soil, disks of silicone rubber gasket material, and short cylinders of concrete were to be contaminated and analyzed. Results are described.

  15. Laser-induced chemical liquid phase deposition of copper from aqueous solutions without reducing agents

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    Kochemirovsky, V A; Tumkin, I I; Logunov, L S; Safonov, S V; Menchikov, Leonid G

    2012-08-31

    Laser-induced chemical liquid phase deposition of copper without a traditional reducing agent has been used for the first time to obtain conductive patterns on a dielectric surface having a reducing ability. It is shown that phenol-formaldehyde binder of the dielectric (glass fibre) can successfully play the role of a reducing agent in this process. The resulting copper sediments have low electrical resistance and good topology. (interaction of laser radiation with matter. laser plasmas)

  16. Destruction of VX by aqueous-phase oxidation using peroxydisulfate (direct chemical oxidation)

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    Cooper, J.F.; Krueger, R.; Farmer, J.C.

    1995-10-11

    Chemical warfare agents may be completely destroyed (converted to H{sub 2}O, CO{sub 2}, salts) by oxidation at 90--100 C using acidified ammonium peroxydisulfate, with recycle of NH{sub 4}SO{sub 4} byproduct. The process requires no toxic or expended catalysts and produces no secondary wastes other than the precipitated inorganic content of the agents. To determine oxidative capability of peroxydisulfate at low reductant contents, we measured rate data for oxidation of 20 diverse compounds with diverse functional groups; 4 of these have bonds similar to those found in VX, HD, and GB. On an equivalence basis, integral first-order rate constants for 100 C oxidation are 0.012{plus_minus}0.005 min{sup {minus}1} for di-isopropyl-methyl-phosphonate, methyl phosphonic acid, triethylamine, and 2,2{prime}-thiodiethanol at low initial concentrations of 50 ppM(as carbon) and pH 1.5. To provide scale-up equations for a bulk chemical agent destruction process, we measured time-dependent oxidation of bulk model chemicals at high concentrations (0.5 N) and developed and tested a quantitative model. A practical process for bulk VX destruction would begin with chemical detoxification by existing techniques (eg, hydrolysis or mild oxidation using oxone), followed by mineralization of the largely detoxified products by peroxydisulfate. Secondary wastes would be avoided by use of commercial electrolysis equipment to regenerate the oxidant. Reagent requirements, mass balance and scaleup parameters are given for VX destruction, using peroxydisulfate alone, or supplemented with hydrogen peroxide. For the use of 2.5 N peroxydisulfate as the oxidant, a 1 m{sup 3} digester will process about 200 kg (as C) per day. The process may be extended to total destruction of HD and hydrolysis products of G agents.

  17. Removal of Pb2+ from aqueous solution by adsorption on chemically modified muskmelon peel.

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    Huang, Kai; Zhu, Hongmin

    2013-07-01

    A cost-effective biosorbent was prepared by a green chemical modification process from muskmelon peel by saponification with alkaline solution of Ca(OH)2. Its adsorption behavior for lead ions was investigated and found to exhibit excellent adsorption properties. Results showed that the optimal equilibrium pH range for 100% adsorption is from 4 up to 6.4. Adsorption equilibrium was attained within 10 min. The adsorption process can be described well by Langmuir model and pseudo-second-order kinetics equation, respectively. The maximum adsorption capacity for lead ions was found to be 0.81 mol/kg. Pectic acid contained in the muskmelon peel is the main factor responsible for the uptake of lead ions onto the gel, and the chemical modification process presented in this study can be assumed effective to prepare other similar biomaterials. The large adsorption capacity and the fast adsorption rate indicated that chemically saponified muskmelon peel gel in present study has great potential to be used as a cost-effective adsorbent for the removal of lead ions from the water. PMID:23212270

  18. Radiation-chemical and MR studies of aqueous agarose gels containing ferrous ions

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    Leghrous, A.A.

    1989-01-01

    Aqueous agarose gels containing ferrous ions, in 0.05 N sulfuric acid have been studied after irradiation with 6-18 MeV electrons or {sup 137}Cs {gamma}-rays. Such gels can sustain a radiolytic chain reaction, producing Fe{sup 3+} with G (Fe{sup 3+})-values up to 100 having been observed. The Fe{sup 3+} production is independent of dose rate between 0.434 and 3.74 Gy min{sup {minus}1}. Dissolved oxygen is needed to maintain the chain reaction, and initial ferric yields are increased if the gel is oxygen saturated or if the ferrous concentration is decreased below 1 mM. The oxidation of ferrous to ferric alters the magnetic moment of the ion and its electron spin relaxation time, which in turn affects its ability to promote proton spin relaxation rates. Longitudinal proton magnetic relaxation rates are increased in proportion to ferric production, permitting visualization of dose levels in these gels by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques. Non-uniform dose distribution images of electron irradiated ferrous/agarose (FA) systems have been obtained using MRI. Images of radiation doses surrounding capillary tubes filled with radioactive material embedded in PA systems have also been obtained. In this work, another new method of using the ferrous/agarose gel system doped with xylenol orange to visualize the radiation dose distribution directly by eye has been developed. The color change developed depends both quantitatively and qualitatively on the concentrations of solutes in the gel.

  19. Optimization of Aqueous Extraction Conditions for Recovery of Phenolic Content and Antioxidant Properties from Macadamia (Macadamia tetraphylla) Skin Waste

    PubMed Central

    Dailey, Adriana; Vuong, Quan V.

    2015-01-01

    The macadamia is native to Australia and is now grown commercially around the world. Macadamia skin, known as waste, has been generated abundantly, but this ample source has had limited uses as a byproduct. The aim of this study was to develop optimal aqueous extraction conditions for the recovery of phenolic compounds and antioxidant properties from macadamia skin using Response Surface Methodology (RSM). Water was selected for optimizing the extraction conditions because it is a cheap, safe, and environmentally friendly solvent. The results showed that the RSM models were reliable for the prediction and evaluation of the tested variables. Within the tested ranges, temperature (°C), time (min), and sample-to-solvent ratio (g/100 mL), and their interactions, did not significantly affect phenolic compound (TPC), flavonoid, proanthocyanidin, CUPRAC, and FRAP contents. However, the time and the sample-to-solvent ratio significantly affected DPPH antioxidant activity and the ratio significantly affected ABTS antioxidant capacity. The optimal extraction conditions for the recovery of phenolic compounds and antioxidant properties were predicted and validated at a temperature of 90 °C, a time of 20 min, and a sample-to-solvent ratio of 5 g/100 mL. At these conditions, an extract with TPC of 86 mg GAE/g, flavonoids of 30 mg RUE/g, and proanthocyanidins of 97 mg CAE/g could be prepared with potent antioxidant capacity. PMID:26783954

  20. Optimization of Aqueous Extraction Conditions for Recovery of Phenolic Content and Antioxidant Properties from Macadamia (Macadamia tetraphylla) Skin Waste.

    PubMed

    Dailey, Adriana; Vuong, Quan V

    2015-01-01

    The macadamia is native to Australia and is now grown commercially around the world. Macadamia skin, known as waste, has been generated abundantly, but this ample source has had limited uses as a byproduct. The aim of this study was to develop optimal aqueous extraction conditions for the recovery of phenolic compounds and antioxidant properties from macadamia skin using Response Surface Methodology (RSM). Water was selected for optimizing the extraction conditions because it is a cheap, safe, and environmentally friendly solvent. The results showed that the RSM models were reliable for the prediction and evaluation of the tested variables. Within the tested ranges, temperature (°C), time (min), and sample-to-solvent ratio (g/100 mL), and their interactions, did not significantly affect phenolic compound (TPC), flavonoid, proanthocyanidin, CUPRAC, and FRAP contents. However, the time and the sample-to-solvent ratio significantly affected DPPH antioxidant activity and the ratio significantly affected ABTS antioxidant capacity. The optimal extraction conditions for the recovery of phenolic compounds and antioxidant properties were predicted and validated at a temperature of 90 °C, a time of 20 min, and a sample-to-solvent ratio of 5 g/100 mL. At these conditions, an extract with TPC of 86 mg GAE/g, flavonoids of 30 mg RUE/g, and proanthocyanidins of 97 mg CAE/g could be prepared with potent antioxidant capacity. PMID:26783954

  1. DEFINITIVE SOX CONTROL PROCESS EVALUATIONS: AQUEOUS CARBONATE AND WELLMAN-LORD (ACID, ALLIED CHEMICAL, AND RESOX) FGD (FLUE GAS DESULFURIZATION) TECHNOLOGIES

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of economic evaluations of two processes: the Rockwell International aqueous carbonate process (ACP) and the Wellman-Lord process, the latter applied to a sulfuric acid plant, the Foster Wheeler Resox process, and the Allied Chemical coal reduction proces...

  2. APPLICATION OF STIR BAR SORPTIVE EXTRACTION TO ANALYSIS OF VOLATILE AND SEMIVOLATILE ORGANIC CHEMICALS OF POTENTIAL CONCERN IN SOLIDS AND AQUEOUS SAMPLES FROM THE HANFORD SITE

    SciTech Connect

    FRYE JM; KUNKEL JM

    2009-03-05

    Stir bar sorptive extraction was applied to aqueous and solid samples for the extraction and analysis of organic compounds from the Hanford chemicals of potential concern list, as identified in the vapor data quality objectives. The 222-S Laboratory analyzed these compounds from vapor samples on thermal desorption tubes as part of the Hanford Site industrial hygiene vapor sampling effort.

  3. Computational Study of the Cation-Modified GSH Peptide Interactions With Perovskite-Type BFO-(111) Membranes Under Aqueous Conditions.

    PubMed

    Bian, Liang; Dong, Fa-Qin; Song, Mian-Xin; Xu, Jin-Bao; Zhang, Xiao-Yan

    2015-12-01

    We elucidated a number of facets regarding glutathione (GSH)-bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3, BFO) interactions and reactivity that have previously remained unexplored on a molecular level. In this approach, the cation-modified reduced GSH (or oxidised glutathione (GS·)) formed on the (111)-oriented BiFeO3 membrane (namely BFO-(111)) can serve as an efficient quencher, and the luminescence mechanism is explained in aqueous conditions. Notably, we suggest the use of Fe(2+)↓ ion as an electron donor and K(+) ion as an electron acceptor to exert a "gluing" effect on the glutamic acid (Glu) and glycine (Gly) side chains, producing an exposed sulfhydryl (-SH) configuration. This method may enable the rational design of a convenient platform for biosensors. PMID:26061445

  4. Hydrothermal diamond anvil cell for XAFS studies of first-row transition elements in aqueous solutions up to supercritical conditions

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    Bassett, William A.; Anderson, Alan J.; Mayanovic, Robert A.; Chou, I.-Ming

    2000-01-01

    A hydrothermal diamond anvil cell (HDAC) has been modified by drilling holes with a laser to within 150 ??m of the anvil face to minimize the loss of X-rays due to absorption and scatter by diamond. This modification enables acquisition of K-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectra from first-row transition metal ions in aqueous solutions at temperatures ranging from 25??C to 660??C and pressures up to 800 MPa. These pressure-temperature (P-T) conditions are more than sufficient for carrying out experimental measurements that can provide data valuable in the interpretation of fluid inclusions in minerals found in ore-forming hydrothermal systems as well as other important lithospheric processes involving water. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

  5. Computational Study of the Cation-Modified GSH Peptide Interactions With Perovskite-Type BFO-(111) Membranes Under Aqueous Conditions

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    Bian, Liang; Dong, Fa-qin; Song, Mian-xin; Xu, Jin-bao; Zhang, Xiao-yan

    2015-06-01

    We elucidated a number of facets regarding glutathione (GSH)-bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3, BFO) interactions and reactivity that have previously remained unexplored on a molecular level. In this approach, the cation-modified reduced GSH (or oxidised glutathione (GS)) formed on the (111)-oriented BiFeO3 membrane (namely BFO-(111)) can serve as an efficient quencher, and the luminescence mechanism is explained in aqueous conditions. Notably, we suggest the use of Fe2+? ion as an electron donor and K+ ion as an electron acceptor to exert a "gluing" effect on the glutamic acid (Glu) and glycine (Gly) side chains, producing an exposed sulfhydryl (-SH) configuration. This method may enable the rational design of a convenient platform for biosensors.

  6. Sorption of nickel (II) from aqueous system by chemically modified pungan (pongamia pinnata) seedpod carbon

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    Senthil, M.; Arulanantham, A.

    2013-06-01

    The adsorption of Ni (II) on chemically modified bicarbonate impregnated sulphuric acid treated pungan (pongamia pinnata) seedpod carbon (BSPAC) was investigated as a function of equilibrium time, solution pH and carbon dosage. The adsorption of nickel (II) was also studied by using Freundlich, Langmuir and Temkin isotherm models. Kinetic studies were conducted using reversible-first-order, pseudo-first-order and pseudo-second-order kinetic equations. The results obtained were compared with commercially available activated carbon (CAC) of same 20-50 ASTM mesh size.

  7. Effect of the glass composition on the chemical durability of zinc-phosphate-based glasses in aqueous solutions

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    Massera, J.; Bourhis, K.; Petit, L.; Couzi, M.; Hupa, L.; Hupa, M.; Videau, J. J.; Cardinal, T.

    2013-01-01

    The chemical durability of glasses with the composition 40P2O5-55ZnO-1Ga2O3-4Ag2O and 41P2O5-51ZnO-8Ga2O3 (mol%) was studied by measuring the rates of aqueous dissolution in neutral, acidic and alkaline aqueous solutions and discussed as a function of the glass composition. The change in the pH of the solutions as a function of the immersion time of the samples was used to study the dissolution mechanism. Using XRD and SEM/EDXA, we showed that the dissolution in deionized (DI) water and HCl consists of the leaching of the phosphate chains into the medium along with (i) the formation of a hydrated layer with the composition Zn2P2O73H2O and also of AgCl agglomerates when immersed in HCl and (ii) a leaching out of P, Ga and Ag when immersed for more than 180 min in DI water and for more than 60 min in HCl. The dissolution in NaOH-Na2CO3 consists of a net consumption of the OH- along with the formation of layers of Zn3(PO4)2(H2O)4 and Zn(H2PO2)2H2O with no apparent diffusion of P, Ga and Ag when immersed for as long as 240 min. Increasing the Ga2O3 concentration in zinc-phosphate glass at the expense of Ag2O lowers the dissolution rate when immersed in DI water, HCl and NaOH-Na2CO3 probably due to a reinforcement of the glass network.

  8. Chemical processing in high-pressure aqueous environments; 3: Batch reactor process development experiments for organics destruction

    SciTech Connect

    Elliot, D.C.; Sealock, L.J. Jr.; Baker, E.G. )

    1994-03-01

    A high-pressure (20 MPa) and high-temperature (350 C) liquid water processing environment was used to treat various wastewaters and model compounds. Organics were converted to methane and carbon dioxide in the presence of catalysts. Functional types included hydrocarbons, both aliphatic and aromatic; phenolics and other oxygenates; chlorinated hydrocarbon solvents; and sodium salts of organic acids. Tests with aqueous nickel ion showed negligible catalytic activity. Noncatalytic hydrolysis of sodium cyanide, carbon tetrachloride, and chloroform was also demonstrated. Ammonium destruction was proven by reaction with nitrate at these processing conditions. Several examples of test results with actual industrial waste streams showed that this process can be effectively used with catalysts to clean wastewater and recover waste organics as useful fuel gas.

  9. Chemically and biologically modified activated carbon sorbents for the removal of lead ions from aqueous media.

    PubMed

    Mahmoud, Mohamed E; Abdel-Fattah, Tarek M; Osman, Maher M; Ahmed, Somia B

    2012-01-01

    A method is described for hybridization of the adsorption and biosorption characteristics of chemically treated commercial activated carbon and baker's yeast, respectively, for the formation of environmental friendly multifunctional sorbents. Activated carbon was loaded with baker's yeast after acid-base treatment. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy were used to characterize these sorbents. Moreover, the sorption capabilities for lead (II) ions were evaluated. A value of 90 ?mol g(-1) was identified as the maximum sorption capacity of activated carbon. Acid-base treatment of activated carbon was found to double the sorption capacity (140-180 ?mol g(-1)). Immobilization of baker's yeast on the surface of activated carbon sorbents was found to further improve the sorption capacity efficiency of lead to 360, 510 and 560 ?mol g(-1), respectively. Several important factors such as pH, contact time, sorbent dose, lead concentration and interfering ions were examined. Lead sorption process was studied and evaluated by several adsorption isotherms and found to follow the Langmuir and BET models. The potential applications of various chemically and biologically modified sorbents and biosorbents for removal of lead from real water matrices were also investigated via multistage micro-column technique and the results referred to excellent recovery values of lead (95.0-99.0 3.0-5.0 %). PMID:22217091

  10. Achieving Chemical Equilibrium: The Role of Imposed Conditions in the Ammonia Formation Reaction

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    Tellinghuisen, Joel

    2006-01-01

    Under conditions of constant temperature T and pressure P, chemical equilibrium occurs in a closed system (fixed mass) when the Gibbs free energy G of the reaction mixture is minimized. However, when chemical reactions occur under other conditions, other thermodynamic functions are minimized or maximized. For processes at constant T and volume V,

  11. Achieving Chemical Equilibrium: The Role of Imposed Conditions in the Ammonia Formation Reaction

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    Tellinghuisen, Joel

    2006-01-01

    Under conditions of constant temperature T and pressure P, chemical equilibrium occurs in a closed system (fixed mass) when the Gibbs free energy G of the reaction mixture is minimized. However, when chemical reactions occur under other conditions, other thermodynamic functions are minimized or maximized. For processes at constant T and volume V,…

  12. Experimental investigation and modeling of uranium (VI) transport under variable chemical conditions

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    Kohler, M.; Curtis, G.P.; Kent, D.B.; Davis, J.A.

    1996-01-01

    The transport of adsorbing and complexing metal ions in porous media was investigated with a series of batch and column experiments and with reactive solute transport modeling. Pulses of solutions containing U(VI) were pumped through columns filled with quartz grains, and the breakthrough of U(VI) was studied as a function of variable solution composition (pH, total U(VI) concentration, total fluoride concentration, and pH-buffering capacity). Decreasing p H and the formation of nonadsorbing aqueous complexes with fluoride increased U(VI) mobility. A transport simulation with surface complexation model (SCM) parameters estimated from batch experiments was able to predict U(VI) retardation in the column experiments within 30%. SCM parameters were also estimated directly from transport data, using the results of three column experiments collected at different pH and U(VI) pulse concentrations. SCM formulations of varying complexity (multiple surface types and reaction stoichiometries) were tested to examine the trade-off between model simplicity and goodness of fit to breakthrough. A two-site model (weak- and strong-binding sites) with three surface complexation reactions fit these transport data well. With this reaction set the model was able to predict (1) the effects of fluoride complexation on U(VI) retardation at two different pH values and (2) the effects of temporal variability of pH on U(VI) transport caused by low p H buffering. The results illustrate the utility of the SCM approach in modeling the transport of adsorbing inorganic solutes under variable chemical conditions.

  13. Solubility of AmOHCO{sub 3} in aqueous solution under atmospheric conditions

    SciTech Connect

    Nitsche, H.

    1987-12-01

    Modeling calculations on the solubility of americium have indicated that basic americium carbonate, and not americium trihydroxide, is the solubility-controlling solid in the pH range from 6 to 10 under the influence of atmospheric CO{sub 2}. The solubility of crystalline {sup 243}AmOHCO{sup 3} has been investigated in batch experiments in near-neutral and basic solutions as a function of dissolution time in 0.1 M NaClO{sup 4} at room temperature under oxic conditions. After the solutions reached steady-state conditions, the influence of dissolved solids on the americium concentration in the supernatant solution was studied by utilizing several experimental methods to separate the solution phase from the solid. The solids were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction analysis.

  14. Solubility of AmOHCO sub 3 in aqueous solution under atmospheric conditions

    SciTech Connect

    Nitsche, H.

    1987-12-01

    Modeling calculations on the solubility of americium have indicated that basic americium carbonate, and not americium trihydroxide, is the solubility-controlling solid in the pH range from 6 to 10 under the influence of atmospheric CO{sub 2}. The solubility of crystalline {sup 243}AmOHCO{sup 3} has been investigated in batch experiments in near-neutral and basic solutions as a function of dissolution time in 0.1 M NaClO{sup 4} at room temperature under oxic conditions. After the solutions reached steady-state conditions, the influence of dissolved solids on the americium concentration in the supernatant solution was studied by utilizing several experimental methods to separate the solution phase from the solid. The solids were characterized by X-ray powder diffraction analysis.

  15. Coordinating Chiral Ionic Liquids: Design, Synthesis, and Application in Asymmetric Transfer Hydrogenation under Aqueous Conditions

    PubMed Central

    Vasiloiu, Maria; Gaertner, Peter; Zirbs, Ronald; Bica, Katharina

    2015-01-01

    Hydrophilic coordinating chiral ionic liquids with an amino alcohol substructure were developed and efficiently applied to the asymmetric reduction of ketones. Their careful design and adaptability to the desired reaction conditions allow for these chiral ionic liquids to be used as the sole source of chirality in a ruthenium-catalyzed transfer hydrogenation reaction of aromatic ketones. When used in this reaction system, these chiral ionic liquids afforded excellent yields and high enantioselectivities. PMID:26279638

  16. Determination of the optimum conditions for boric acid extraction with carbon dioxide gas in aqueous media from colemanite containing arsenic

    SciTech Connect

    Ata, O.N.; Colak, S.; Copur, M.; Celik, C.

    2000-02-01

    The Taguchi method was used to determine optimum conditions for the boric acid extraction from colemanite ore containing As in aqueous media saturated by CO{sub 2} gas. After the parameters were determined to be efficient on the extraction efficiency, the experimental series with two steps were carried out. The chosen experimental parameters for the first series of experiments and their ranges were as follows: (1) reaction temperature, 25--70 C; (2) solid-to-liquid ratio (by weight), 0.091 to 0.333; (3) gas flow rate (in mL/min), 66.70--711; (4) mean particle size, {minus}100 to {minus}10 mesh; (5) stirring speed, 200--600 rpm; (6) reaction time, 10--90 min. The optimum conditions were found to be as follows: reaction temperature, 70 C; solid-to-liquid ratio, 0.091; gas flow rate, 711 (in mL/min); particle size, {minus}100 mesh; stirring speed, 500 rpm; reaction time, 90 min. Under these optimum conditions, the boric acid extraction efficiency from the colemanite containing As was approximately 54%. Chosen experimental parameters for the second series of experiments and their ranges were as follows: (1) reaction temperature, 60--80 C; (2) solid-to-liquid ratio (by weight), 0.1000 to 0.167; (3) gas pressure (in atm), 1.5; 2.7; (4) reaction time, 45--120 min. The optimum conditions were found to be as follows: reaction temperature, 70 C; solid-to-liquid ratio, 0.1; gas pressure, 2.7 atm; reaction time, 120 min. Under these optimum conditions the boric acid extraction efficiency from the colemanite ore was approximately 75%. Under these optimum conditions, the boric acid extraction efficiency from calcined colemanite ore was approximately 99.55%.

  17. Evaluation of uncertainties in solid-aqueous-gas chemical equilibrium calculations

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    Novoselov, Alexey A.; Popov, Serguei; de Souza Filho, Carlos Roberto

    2015-06-01

    Thermodynamic calculations are traditionally carried out under the assumption of specified input parameters. Errors associated to the results are not often estimated. Here, we propose a novel algorithm that propagates the uncertainty intervals on thermodynamic constants to the uncertainty in chemical equilibrium compositions. The computing uses a dataset of uncertainties on thermodynamic parameters for minerals, solution species and gases consistent with the SUPCRT92 database. Also the algorithm of nonlinear optimization is thoroughly described and realized on a base of the CRONO software. This code can be incorporated into reactive mass transport models as a core for calculating equilibrium compositions. The performance of the algorithm is tested in an experimental system involving Mont Terri's Opalinus Clay interacting with pore water. Its effectiveness is also evaluated against Monte Carlo simulations and Latin Hypercube sampling.

  18. Removal of sparingly soluble organic chemicals from aqueous solutions with surfactant-coated ferrihydrite

    SciTech Connect

    Holsen, T.M.; Taylor, E.R.; Yong-Chan Seo; Anderson, P.R. )

    1991-09-01

    A surfactant, sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), was adsorbed onto ferrihydrite at low pH and desorbed at high pH. Adsorption isotherms of SDS on ferrihydrite yielded an S-shaped curve typical for surfactant adsorption on mineral surfaces. This behavior is due to the surfactant forming aggregate structures on the solid surface. SDS adsorption and desorption experiments revealed that both processes were fast, with equilibrium being reached within 1 h. Toluene, p-xylene, and trichloroethylene sorption experiments demonstrated that the SDS-coated ferrihydrite was able to remove these sparingly soluble organic chemicals (SSOCs) from solution. The amount of SSOC sorbed was directly related to the amount of SDS coating the ferrihydrite. The SSOC with the lowest solubility (p-xylene) had higher removals than the high-solubility SSOC (TCE).

  19. NMR-based analysis of the chemical composition of Japanese persimmon aqueous extracts.

    PubMed

    Ryu, Shoraku; Furihata, Kazuo; Koda, Masanori; Wei, Feifei; Miyakawa, Takuya; Tanokura, Masaru

    2016-03-01

    Japanese persimmon (Diospyros kaki L.) is recognized as an outstanding source of biologically active compounds relating to many health benefits. In the present study, NMR spectroscopy provided a comprehensive metabolic overview of Japanese persimmon juice. Detailed signal assignments of Japanese persimmon juice were carried out using various 2D NMR techniques incorporated with broadband water suppression enhanced through T1 effects (BB-WET) or WET sequences, and 26 components, including minor components, were identified. In addition, most components were quantitatively evaluated by the integration of signals using conventional (1) H NMR and BB-WET NMR. This is the first detailed analysis combined with quantitative characterization of chemical components using NMR for Japanese persimmon. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26482562

  20. Kinetics and corrosion products of aqueous nitrate reduction by iron powder without reaction conditions control.

    PubMed

    Fan, Xiaomeng; Guan, Xiaohong; Ma, Jun; Ai, Hengyu

    2009-01-01

    Although considerable research has been conducted on nitrate reduction by zero-valent iron powder (Fe0), these studies were mostly operated under anaerobic conditions with invariable pH that was unsuitable for practical application. Without reaction conditions (dissolved oxygen or reaction pH) control, this work aimed at subjecting the kinetics of denitrification by microscale Fe0 (160-200 mesh) to analysis the factors affecting the denitrification of nitrate and the composition of iron reductive products coating upon the iron surface. Results of the kinetics study have indicated that a higher initial concentration of nitrate would yield a greater reaction rate constant. The reduction rate of nitrate increased with increasing Fe0 dosage. The reaction can be described as a pseudo-first order reaction with respect to nitrate concentration or Fe0 dosage. Experimental results also suggested that nitrate reduction by microscale Fe0 without reaction condition control primarily was an acid-driven surface-mediated process, and the reaction order was 0.65 with respect to hydrogen ion concentration. The analyses of X-ray diffractometry and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy indicated that a black coating, consisted of Fe2O3, Fe3O4 and FeO(OH), was formed on the surface of iron grains as an iron corrosion product when the system initial pH was lower than 5. The proportion of FeO(OH) increased as reaction time went on, whereas the proportion of Fe3O4 decreased. PMID:19862914

  1. Transparent ZnO Films Deposited by Aqueous Solution Process Under Various pH Conditions

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    Hong, Jeong Soo; Wagata, Hajime; Ohashi, Naoki; Katsumata, Ken-ichi; Okada, Kiyoshi; Matsushita, Nobuhiro

    2015-08-01

    ZnO films were deposited using a spin-spray method with the source solution containing zinc nitrate and an oxidizing solution containing trisodium citrate onto glass substrates under various pH conditions. A ZnO film with a columnar structure was obtained at pH higher than 7.0, while no ZnO film was formed at a mixed solution pH of 6.7. The transparent and conductive ZnO film obtained from a mixed solution with pH 10.7 exhibited the lowest resistivity of 9.9 10-3 ? cm with a high transmittance above 90%.

  2. Inhibited Cr(VI) reduction by aqueous Fe(II) under hyperalkaline conditions.

    PubMed

    He, Y Thomas; Chen, Chia-Chen; Traina, Samuel J

    2004-11-01

    This study investigated Cr(VI) reduction by dissolved Fe(II) in hyperalkaline pH conditions as found in fluid wastes associated with the U.S. nuclear weapons program. The results show that Cr(VI) reduction by Fe(II) at alkaline pH solutions proceeds very quickly. The amount of Cr(VI) removed from solution and the amount reduced increases with Fe(II):Cr(VI) ratio. However, the Cr(VI) reduction under alkaline pH condition is nonstoichiometric, probably due to Fe(II) precipitation and mixed iron(III)-chromium-(III) (oxy)hydroxides blocking Fe(II) surface sites, as well as removing Fe(II) from solution through O2 oxidation. After Cr(VI) was reduced to Cr(III), it precipitated out as mixed Fe(x)Cr1-xO3(solids) and various Fe(III) precipitates with an overall Cr:Fe ratio of 1:3; all Cr remaining in the solution phase was unreduced Cr(VI). EXAFS data showed that Cr-O and Cr-Cr distances in the precipitates equal to 1.98 and 3.01 A, respectively, consistent with the spinel-type structure as chromite. PMID:15575269

  3. Immobilization of selenate by iron in aqueous solution under anoxic conditions and the influence of uranyl

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    Puranen, Anders; Jonsson, Mats; Dähn, Rainer; Cui, Daqing

    2009-08-01

    In proposed high level radioactive waste repositories a large part of the spent nuclear fuel (SNF) canisters are commonly composed of iron. Selenium is present in spent nuclear fuel as a long lived fission product. This study investigates the influence of iron on the uptake of dissolved selenium in the form of selenate and the effect of the presence of dissolved uranyl on the above interaction of selenate. The iron oxide, and selenium speciation on the surfaces was investigated by Raman spectroscopy. X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy was used to determine the oxidation state of the selenium and uranium on the surfaces. Under the simulated groundwater conditions (10 mM NaCl, 2 mM NaHCO 3, <0.1 ppm O 2) the immobilized selenate was found to be reduced to oxidation states close to zero or lower and uranyl was found to be largely reduced to U(IV). The near simultaneous reduction of uranyl was found to greatly enhance the rate of selenate reduction. These findings suggest that the presence of uranyl being reduced by an iron surface could substantially enhance the rate of reduction of selenate under anoxic conditions relevant for a repository.

  4. 21 CFR 522.144 - Arsenamide sodium aqueous injection.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-04-01

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  5. 21 CFR 522.144 - Arsenamide sodium aqueous injection.

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  6. The Chemical Impact of Physical Conditions in the Interstellar Medium

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    Rimmer, Paul Brandon

    2012-09-01

    We examine the role cosmic rays, X-rays and ultra-violet (UV) photons play in the chemical evolution of the interstellar medium, and how astrophysical processes like massive star formation can change the fluxes of these energetic particles. We connect star formation rates to interstellar chemistry. We first explore the basic effects of cosmic-ray and X-ray ionization and UV photodissociation on the chemistry. For cosmic-ray and X-ray ionization, increasing the ionization rates enriches the chemistry, up to a value of 10 -14 s-1, whereupon molecules and ions are quickly destroyed due to the high electron fraction. Isolated from other effects, the UV field tends to dissociate species much more efficiently than ionizing them, and generally reduces molecular abundances, especially those of complex molecules. The combination of a high ionization rate and a high UV field can enhance the production of some molecular species, such as small hydrocarbons. We investigate the role of cosmic rays and UV photons in the Horsehead Nebula, and determine the impact a column-dependent cosmic ray ionization rate makes on photodissociation region (PDR) chemistry. The column-dependence of cosmic rays is solved using a three-dimensional two-fluid magnetohydrodynamics model, treating the cosmic rays as a fluid governed by the relativistic Boltzmann Transport Equation, and treating the interstellar medium as a second fluid, governed by the standard non-relativistic magnetohydrodynamics equations. We then utilize a modified version of the Morata-Herbst time-dependent PDR model, incorporating our function for cosmic ray ionization. Our results help solve a chemical mystery concerning high abundances of small hydrocarbons at the edge of the nebula. We discuss predictions the model makes for species currently unobserved in the Horsehead Nebula. Finally, we examine the role of star formation on interstellar astrochemistry in the Orion KL region. We develop a new astrochemical gas-grain PDR model with a time-dependent UV radiation field and X-ray and cosmic ray flux, scaled to the star formation rate and radiative contributions of different spectral-type stars. The results provide an explanation for OH+, H2O + and water observations, and H3O+ non-detection in the region, as well as make unique predictions for HCO+ and other molecules. These results allow us to constrain the age of the Orion KL region. We predict an age for Orion KL of one hundred thousand to one million years after OB star formation.

  7. The Chemical Impact of Physical Conditions in the Interstellar Medium

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    Rimmer, Paul B.

    2012-03-01

    We examine the role cosmic rays, X-rays and ultra-violet (UV) photons play in the chemical evolution of the interstellar medium, and how astrophysical processes like massive star formation can change the fluxes of these energetic particles. We connect star formation rates to interstellar chemistry. We first explore the basic effects of cosmic-ray and X-ray ionization and UV photodissociation on the chemistry. For cosmic-ray and X-ray ionization, increasing the ionization rates enriches the chemistry, up to a value of 10(-14) s-1, whereupon molecules and ions are quickly destroyed due to the high electron fraction. Isolated from other effects, the UV field tends to dissociate species much more efficiently than ionizing them, and generally reduces molecular abundances, especially those of complex molecules. The combination of a high ionization rate and a high UV field can enhance the production of some molecular species, such as small hydrocarbons. We investigate the role of cosmic rays and UV photons in the Horsehead Nebula, and determine the impact a column-dependent cosmic ray ionization rate makes on photodissociation region (PDR) chemistry. The column-dependence of cosmic rays is solved using a three-dimensional two-fluid magnetohydrodynamics model, treating the cosmic rays as a fluid governed by the relativistic Boltzmann Transport Equation, and treating the interstellar medium as a second fluid, governed by the standard non-relativistic magnetohydrodynamics equations. We then utilize a modified version of the Morata-Herbst time-dependent PDR model, incorporating our function for cosmic ray ionization. Our results help solve a chemical mystery concerning high abundances of small hydrocarbons at the edge of the nebula. We discuss predictions the model makes for species currently unobserved in the Horsehead Nebula. Finally, we examine the role of star formation on interstellar astrochemistry in the Orion KL region. We develop a new astrochemical gas-grain PDR model with a time-dependent UV radiation field and X-ray and cosmic ray flux, scaled to the star formation rate and radiative contributions of different spectral-type stars. The results provide an explanation for OH+, H2O+ and water observations, and H3O+ non-detection in the region, as well as make unique predictions for HCO+ and other molecules. These results allow us to constrain the age of the Orion KL region. We predict an age for Orion KL of one hundred thousand to one million years after OB star formation.

  8. Chemical water/rock interaction under reservoir condition

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    Watanabe, K.; Tanifuji, K.; Takahashi, H.; Wang, Y.; Yamasaki, N.; Nakatsuka, K.

    1995-01-26

    A simple model is proposed for water/rock interaction in rock fractures through which geothermal water flows. Water/rock interaction experiments were carried out at high temperature and pressure (200-350 C, 18 MPa) in order to obtain basic solubility and reaction rate data. Based on the experimental data, changes of idealized fracture apertures with time are calculated numerically. The results of the calculations show that the precipitation from water can lead to plugging of the fractures under certain conditions. Finally, the results are compared with the experimental data.

  9. Uniting Cheminformatics and Chemical Theory To Predict the Intrinsic Aqueous Solubility of Crystalline Druglike Molecules

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    We present four models of solution free-energy prediction for druglike molecules utilizing cheminformatics descriptors and theoretically calculated thermodynamic values. We make predictions of solution free energy using physics-based theory alone and using machine learning/quantitative structure–property relationship (QSPR) models. We also develop machine learning models where the theoretical energies and cheminformatics descriptors are used as combined input. These models are used to predict solvation free energy. While direct theoretical calculation does not give accurate results in this approach, machine learning is able to give predictions with a root mean squared error (RMSE) of ∼1.1 log S units in a 10-fold cross-validation for our Drug-Like-Solubility-100 (DLS-100) dataset of 100 druglike molecules. We find that a model built using energy terms from our theoretical methodology as descriptors is marginally less predictive than one built on Chemistry Development Kit (CDK) descriptors. Combining both sets of descriptors allows a further but very modest improvement in the predictions. However, in some cases, this is a statistically significant enhancement. These results suggest that there is little complementarity between the chemical information provided by these two sets of descriptors, despite their different sources and methods of calculation. Our machine learning models are also able to predict the well-known Solubility Challenge dataset with an RMSE value of 0.9–1.0 log S units. PMID:24564264

  10. Removal of heavy metals from aqueous phases using chemically modified waste Lyocell fiber.

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    Bediako, John Kwame; Wei, Wei; Kim, Sok; Yun, Yeoung-Sang

    2015-12-15

    In this study, an outstanding performance of chemically modified waste Lyocell for heavy metals treatment is reported. The sorbent, which was prepared by a simple and concise method, was able to bind heavy metals such as Pb(II), Cu(II) and Cd(II), with very high efficiencies. The binding mechanisms were studied through adsorption and standard characterization tests such as scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and X-ray diffraction analyses. Adsorption kinetics was very fast and attained equilibrium within 5min in all metals studied. The maximum single metal uptakes were 531.290.28mg/g, 505.640.21mg/g, and 123.080.26mg/g for Pb(II), Cd(II) and Cu(II), respectively. In ternary metal systems, Cu(II) selectivity was observed and the underlying factors were discussed. The sorbent by its nature, could be very effective in treating large volumes of wastewater with the contact of very little amount. PMID:26257295

  11. Interactions of silicate glasses with aqueous environments under conditions of prolonged contact and flow

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    Barkatt, Aaron; Saad, E. E.; Adiga, R. B.; Sousanpour, W.; Barkatt, AL.; Feng, X.; O'Keefe, J. A.; Alterescu, S.

    1988-01-01

    This paper discusses mechanisms involving saturation and reactions that lead to the formation of altered phases in silicate glasses considered for use in geologic repositories for nuclear waste. It is shown that the rate of dissolution of silicate glasses exposed to a broad range of contact times, leachant compositions, and surface-to-volume ratios is strongly affected by the presence of reactive species such as Al, Mg, and Fe. The reactive materials may originate in the leachant or, under conditions of high surface-to-volume ratio, in the glass itself. The effects of glass composition on the course of the corrosion process can be viewed in terms of the formation of a surface layer on the leached glass; the type, composition, and structure of this layer control the dissolution behavior of the glass.

  12. Binding Selectivity of Macrocycle Ionophores in Ionic Liquids versus Aqueous Solution and Solvent-free Conditions.

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    Gámez, Francisco; Hortal, Ana R; Hurtado, Paola; Avilés-Moreno, Juan R; Hamad, Said; Martínez-Haya, Bruno

    2015-12-01

    The understanding of supramolecular recognition in room-temperature ionic liquids (RTILs) is key to develop the full potential of these materials. In this work, we provide insights into the selectivity of the binding of alkali metal cations by standard cyclodextrin and calixarene macrocycles in RTILs. A direct laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry approach is employed to determine the relative abundances of the inclusion complexes formed through competitive binding in RTIL solutions. The results are compared with the binding selectivities measured under solvent-free conditions and in water/methanol solutions. Cyclodextrins and calixarenes in which the peripheral OH groups are substituted by bulkier side groups preferentially bind to Cs(+) . Such specific ionophoric behavior is substantially enhanced by solvation effects in the RTIL. This finding is rationalized with the aid of quantum mechanical calculations, in terms of the conformational features and steric interactions that drive the solvation of the inclusion complexes by the bulky RTIL counterions. PMID:26346407

  13. Chemical speciation of the uranyl ion under alkaline conditions. Synthesis, structures, and oxo ligand exchange dynamics

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    Clark, D.L.; Conradson, S.D.; Donohoe, R.J.; Keogh, D.W.; Morris, D.E.; Palmer, P.D.; Tait, C.D.; Rogers, R.D.

    1999-04-05

    The aqueous chemistry of the uranyl(VI) ion (UO{sub 2}{sup 2+}) under acidic conditions is relatively well-known, and uranyl chemistry in near-neutral solutions has received considerable attention due to its importance in radioactive waste isolation and disposal. In contrast, aqueous solution chemistry of the uranyl ion under strongly alkaline conditions, such as those found in aging waste tanks within the DOE complex, is only poorly understood. The tetramethylammonium counterion was used to suppress formation of insoluble uranate salts, M{sub 2}U{sub 2}O{sub 7}, and allow for a detailed structural and spectroscopic characterization of UO{sub 2}(OH){sub n}{sup 2{minus}n} (n = 4, 5) under highly alkaline aqueous solution conditions. Single crystals of [Co(NH{sub 3}){sub 6}]{sub 2}[UO{sub 2}(OH){sub 4}]{sub 3}{center_dot}H{sub 2}O were obtained by cooling a dilute solution of Co(NH{sub 3}){sub 6}Cl{sub 3} and UO{sub 2}(NO{sub 3}){sub 2}{center_dot}6H{sub 2}O in 3.5 M (Me{sub 4}N)OH to 5 C.

  14. Flow and morphological conditions associated with the directional solidification of aqueous ammonium chloride

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    Magirl, C.S.; Incropera, F.P.

    1993-01-01

    Using 27% aq. NH[sub 4]Cl solutions as transparent analog, shadowgraphy and dye injection were used to observe flow and morphology in unidirectional solidification (UDS) from below. Dendritic crystals that form at the cold surface reject lighter, solute-deficient fluid, and instability is shown by finger-type double-diffusive convection. As the mushy two-phase region grows, perturbations at the liquidus interface cause localized remelting and downward development of channels. Solsutal plumes emanate from the channels, and in time, double-diffusive convection layers also form in the melt. When the solution is chilled at the sides as well as at the bottom, conditions are influenced by detachment and settling of crystals from the sidewall and by plumes from slanted channels. When a slow, oscillatory rocking motion is imposed on UDS, the freckle-type segregates in the final cast is suppressed. Within the melt, plumes and double-diffusive convection are eliminated. Inertially induced convection mixes the melt and produces a dense slurry. Although channels are eliminated from the bottom mushy region, overall heat transfer and macrosegregation in the cavity are unaffected by the slow rocking. Numerical simulations qualitatively predict trends in the field variables and provide insights on interdendritic flows and macrosegregation (freckle-, A-type segregates), although its quantitative predictions are hampered by simplifying assumptions.

  15. Flow and morphological conditions associated with the directional solidification of aqueous ammonium chloride. Annual performance report

    SciTech Connect

    Magirl, C.S.; Incropera, F.P.

    1993-01-01

    Using 27% aq. NH{sub 4}Cl solutions as transparent analog, shadowgraphy and dye injection were used to observe flow and morphology in unidirectional solidification (UDS) from below. Dendritic crystals that form at the cold surface reject lighter, solute-deficient fluid, and instability is shown by finger-type double-diffusive convection. As the mushy two-phase region grows, perturbations at the liquidus interface cause localized remelting and downward development of channels. Solsutal plumes emanate from the channels, and in time, double-diffusive convection layers also form in the melt. When the solution is chilled at the sides as well as at the bottom, conditions are influenced by detachment and settling of crystals from the sidewall and by plumes from slanted channels. When a slow, oscillatory rocking motion is imposed on UDS, the freckle-type segregates in the final cast is suppressed. Within the melt, plumes and double-diffusive convection are eliminated. Inertially induced convection mixes the melt and produces a dense slurry. Although channels are eliminated from the bottom mushy region, overall heat transfer and macrosegregation in the cavity are unaffected by the slow rocking. Numerical simulations qualitatively predict trends in the field variables and provide insights on interdendritic flows and macrosegregation (freckle-, A-type segregates), although its quantitative predictions are hampered by simplifying assumptions.

  16. The influence of pH and temperature on the aqueous geochemistry of neodymium in near surface conditions.

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    Cetiner, Ziya S

    2009-04-01

    Geochemical calculations were employed for the solubility and speciation of neodymium in a model soil solution as a function of pH. The calculations were based on the recently determined stability constants for Nd and solubility product for the Nd end-member of mineral monazite (NdPO(4)). Simulations were carried out at near neutral pH (pH 6.0 to pH 7.5) and 25 degrees C at the atmospheric CO(2) partial pressure. Additional calculations were also performed to assess Nd mobility at the extreme temperature conditions (300 degrees C) at neutral pH. Our results suggest that relatively dilute (Ionic Strength, I = 0.1), low-temperature waters may transport very small quantities of rare earth elements and actinides to the surficial environment at near neutral pH conditions. Evidently, higher temperature or extreme fluid composition may have a greater potential for mobilization of these elements. The results are pertinent to researchers interested in engineering applications for the precipitation of Nd and surrogate actinides from aqueous nuclear wastes. PMID:18463986

  17. Photo- and radiation-chemical formation and electrophilic and electron transfer reactivities of enolether radical cations in aqueous solution.

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    Bernhard, K; Geimer, J; Canle-Lopez, M; Reynisson, J; Beckert, D; Gleiter, R; Steenken, S

    2001-11-01

    In aqueous solution, enolether radical cations (EE.+) were generated by photoionization (lambda < or = 222 nm) or by electron transfer to radiation-chemically produced oxidizing radicals. Like other radical cations, the EE.+ exhibit electrophilic reactivity with respect to nucleophiles such as water or phosphate as well as electron transfer reactivity, for example, towards one-electron reductants such as phenols, amines, vitamins C and E, and guanine nucleosides. The reactivity of these electron donors with the radical cation of cis-1,2-dimethoxyethene.+ (DME.+) can be described by the Marcus equation with the reorganization energy lambda = 16.5 kcalmol(-1). By equilibrating DME.+ with the redox standard 1,2,4-trimethoxybenzene, the reduction potential of DME.+ is determined to be 1.08 +/- 0.02 V/NHE. The oxidizing power of the radical cation of 2,3-dihydrofuran, which can be considered a model for the enolether formed on strand breakage of DNA, is estimated to be in the range 1.27-1.44 V/NHE. PMID:11757656

  18. Passivation of Zn{sub 3}P{sub 2} substrates by aqueous chemical etching and air oxidation

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    Kimball, Gregory M.; Bosco, Jeffrey P.; Mueller, Astrid M.; Tajdar, Syed F.; Brunschwig, Bruce S.; Atwater, Harry A.; Lewis, Nathan S.

    2012-11-15

    Surface recombination velocities measured by time-resolved photoluminescence and compositions of Zn{sub 3}P{sub 2} surfaces measured by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) have been correlated for a series of wet chemical etches of Zn{sub 3}P{sub 2} substrates. Zn{sub 3}P{sub 2} substrates that were etched with Br{sub 2} in methanol exhibited surface recombination velocity values of 2.8 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 4} cm s{sup -1}, whereas substrates that were further treated by aqueous HF-H{sub 2}O{sub 2} exhibited surface recombination velocity values of 1.0 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 4} cm s{sup -1}. Zn{sub 3}P{sub 2} substrates that were etched with Br{sub 2} in methanol and exposed to air for 1 week exhibited surface recombination velocity values of 1.8 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 3} cm s{sup -1}, as well as improved ideality in metal/insulator/semiconductor devices.

  19. A phantom study on bladder and rectum dose measurements in brachytherapy of cervix cancer using FBX aqueous chemical dosimeter.

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    Bansal, Anil K; Semwal, Manoj K; Arora, Deepak; Sharma, D N; Julka, P K; Rath, G K

    2013-06-01

    The ferrous sulphate-benzoic acid-xylenol orange (FBX) chemical dosimeter, due to its aqueous form can measure average volume doses and hence may overcome the limitations of point dosimetry. The present study was undertaken to validate the use of FBX dosimeter for rectum and bladder dose measurement during intracavitary brachytherapy (ICBT) and transperineal interstitial brachytherapy (TIB). We filled cylindrical polypropylene tubes (PT) and Foley balloons (FB) with FBX solution and used them as substitutes for rectum and bladder dose measurements respectively. A water phantom was fabricated with provision to place the Fletcher-type ICBT and MUPIT template applicators, and FBX filled PT and FB within the phantom. The phantom was then CT scanned for treatment planning and subsequent irradiation. Our results show that the average difference between DVH derived dose value and FBX measured dose is 3.5% (PT) and 13.7% (FB) for ICBT, and 9% (PT) and 9.9% (FB) for TIB. We believe that the FBX system should be able to provide accuracy and precision sufficient for routine quality assurance purposes. The advantage of the FBX system is its water equivalent composition, average volume dose measuring capability, and energy and temperature independent response as compared to TLD or semiconductor dosimeters. However, detailed studies will be needed with regards to its safety before actual in-vivo dose measurements are possible with the FBX dosimeter. PMID:22687710

  20. Development of a functionalized polymeric ionic liquid monolith for solid-phase microextraction of polar endocrine disrupting chemicals in aqueous samples coupled to high-performance liquid chromatography.

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    Feng, Juanjuan; Sun, Min; Bu, Yanan; Luo, Chuannan

    2015-09-01

    Ionic liquids (ILs) have been efficiently used as a "designer sorbent" in sample preparation. A novel 1-(3-aminopropyl)-3-(4-vinylbenzyl)imidazolium 4-styrenesulfonate IL monomer was synthesized and copolymerized with 1,6-di(3-vinylimidazolium) hexane bishexafluorophosphate IL as cross-linking agent to prepare a cross-linked polymeric ionic liquids (PILs) monolith. Coupled to high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), the PILs monolith was used as a solid-phase microextraction (SPME) sorbent to extract some polar endocrine disrupting chemical (EDCs) such as estrogens, bisphenol A, and phthalate esters in aqueous samples. Preparation and extraction conditions were investigated and optimized to obtain satisfactory extraction efficiency. Limits of detection (LODs) of the proposed method for three steroid estrogens and bisphenol A were 0.25 and 0.2 μg L(-1), respectively, which were lower than or comparable to some other sample preparation methods. Intra- and inter-day repeatability for all the analytes was 2.2-12%. The monolith-to-monolith repeatability was 7.4-15%. The extraction performance of the method for analysis of target estrogens in treated domestic wastewater was investigated and compared with a dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (DLLME) method. The proposed SPME method provided better sensitivity and higher resistance to matrix interferences. PMID:26220716

  1. Effect of O3 and Aqueous Ammonia on Crystallization of MgO Thin Film Grown by Mist Chemical Vapor Deposition

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    Kawaharamura, Toshiyuki; Mori, Kazuharu; Orita, Hiroyuki; Shirahata, Takahiro; Fujita, Shizuo; Hirao, Takashi

    2013-03-01

    Mist chemical vapor deposition (CVD) has been applied to fabricate MgO thin films under atmospheric pressure. In this work, to fabricate highly crystalline MgO thin films at low temperature, the effects of ozone gas (O3), aqueous ammonia (NH3), and a combination of O3 and NH3 on the crystallization temperature were studied by comparing samples grown under a standard condition of inactive gas such as argon (Ar). It was clarified that the crystallization temperature was decreased from 450 to 400 C by the assistance of O3 and the crystallinity was improved by the addition of NH3. The growth of higher crystallinity MgO thin films at temperatures above 400 C was possible by the combination of O3 and NH3, which caused stronger enhancement of the crystallization temperature and crystallinity. The causes of these effects were analyzed thermodynamically, and it was clarified that the results were due to the activated oxygen sources and the stability level of precursor materials in the solution.

  2. CHEMICAL TRANSFORMATIONS IN ACID RAIN. VOLUME 2. INVESTIGATION OF KINETICS AND MECHANISM OF AQUEOUS-PHASE PEROXIDE FORMATION

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    The aqueous-phase reactions of O3 with a number of species have been studied in an effort to identify pathways leading to the production of hydrogen peroxide in solution. The aqueous-phase systems studied included the decomposition of O3 in pure water and the interaction of O3 wi...

  3. Evaluation of chemical seed treatments for control of stripe rust in wheat under controlled conditions

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    The study was conducted under controlled conditions in a greenhouse in Pullman, WA. Seed of winter wheat PS 279 and spring wheat Lemhi were treated by chemical companies with various chemicals. Seed of the two susceptible cultivars without treatment were used as non-treated controls. Five seeds ...

  4. SIMULATION OF ECOLOGICALLY CONSCIOUS CHEMICAL PROCESSES: FUGITIVE EMISSIONS VERSUS OPERATING CONDITIONS: JOURNAL ARTICLE

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    NRMRL-CIN-1531A Mata, T.M., Smith*, R.L., Young*, D., and Costa, C.A.V. "Simulation of Ecologically Conscious Chemical Processes: Fugitive Emissions versus Operating Conditions." Paper published in: CHEMPOR' 2001, 8th International Chemical Engineering Conference, Aveiro, Portu...

  5. Mars aqueous chemistry experiment

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    Clark, Benton C.; Mason, Larry W.

    1993-01-01

    The Mars Aqueous Chemistry Experiment (MACE) is designed to conduct a variety of measurements on regolith samples, encompassing mineral phase analyses, chemical interactions with H2O, and physical properties determinations. From these data, much can be learned or inferred regarding the past weathering environment, the contemporaneous soil micro-environments, and the general chemical and physical state of the Martian regolith. By analyzing both soil and duricrust samples, the nature of the latter may become more apparent. Sites may be characterized for comparative purposes and criteria could be set for selection of high priority materials on future sample return missions. Progress for the first year MACE PIDDP is reported in two major areas of effort: (1) fluids handling concepts, definition, and breadboard fabrication and (2) aqueous chemistry ion sensing technology and test facility integration. A fluids handling breadboard was designed, fabricated, and tested at Mars ambient pressure. The breadboard allows fluid manipulation scenarios to be tested under the reduced pressure conditions expected in the Martian atmosphere in order to validate valve operations, orchestrate analysis sequences, investigate sealing integrity, and to demonstrate efficacy of the fluid handling concept. Additional fluid manipulation concepts have also been developed based on updated MESUR spacecraft definition. The Mars Aqueous Chemistry Experiment Ion Selective Electrode (ISE) facility was designed as a test bed to develop a multifunction interface for measurements of chemical ion concentrations in aqueous solution. The interface allows acquisition of real time data concerning the kinetics and heats of salt dissolution, and transient response to calibration and solubility events. An array of ion selective electrodes has been interfaced and preliminary calibration studies performed.

  6. Detection of native protein ions in aqueous solution under ambient conditions by electrospray laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry.

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    Shiea, Jentaie; Yuan, Cheng-Hui; Huang, Min-Zong; Cheng, Sy-Chyi; Ma, Ya-Lin; Tseng, Wei-Lung; Chang, Hui-Chiu; Hung, Wen-Chun

    2008-07-01

    Liquid electrospray laser desorption/ionization (ELDI) mass spectrometry allows desorption and ionization of proteins directly from aqueous solutions and biological fluids under ambient conditions. Native protein ions such as those of myoglobin, cytochrome c, and hemoglobin were obtained. A droplet (ca. 5 microL) containing the protein molecules and micrometer-sized particles (e.g., carbon graphite powder) is irradiated with a pulsed UV laser. The laser energy adsorbed by the inert particles is transferred to the surrounding solvent and protein molecules, leading to their desorption; the desorbed gaseous molecules are then postionized within an electrospray (ESI) plume to generate the ESI-like protein ions. With the use of this technique, we detected only the protonated protein ions in various biological fluids (including human tears, cow milk, serum, and bacterial extracts) without interference from their corresponding sodiated or potassiated adduct ions. In addition, we rapidly quantified the levels of glycosylated hemoglobin present in drops of whole blood obtained from diabetic patients without the need of sample pretreatment. PMID:18510347

  7. XAFS measurements on zinc chloride aqueous solutions from ambient to supercritical conditions using the diamond anvil cell

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    Mayanovic, Robert A.; Anderson, Alan J.; Bassett, William A.; Chou, I.-Ming

    1999-01-01

    The structure and bonding properties of metal complexes in subcritical and supercritical fluids are still largely unknown. Conventional high pressure and temperature cell designs impose considerable limitations on the pressure, temperature, and concentration of metal salts required for measurements on solutions under supercritical conditions. In this study, we demonstrate the first application of the diamond anvil cell, specially designed for x-ray absorption studies of first-row transition metal ions in supercritical fluids. Zn K-edge XAFS spectra were measured from aqueous solutions of 1-2m ZnCl2 and up to 6m NaCl, at temperatures ranging from 25-660 ??C and pressures up to 800 MPa. Our results indicate that the ZnCl42- complex is predominant in the 1m ZnCl2/6m NaCl solution, while ZnCl2(H2O)2 is similarly predominant in the 2m ZnCl2 solution, at all temperatures and pressures. The Zn-Cl bond length of both types of chlorozinc(II) complexes was found to decrease at a rate of about 0.01 A??/100 ??C.

  8. Kinetics of organic transformations under mild aqueous conditions: implications for the origin of life and its metabolism

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    Weber, Arthur L.

    2004-01-01

    The rates of thermal transformation of organic molecules containing carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen were systematically examined in order to identify the kinetic constraints that governed origin-of-life organic chemistry under mild aqueous conditions. Arrhenius plots of the kinetic data were used to estimate the reaction of half-lifes at 50 degrees C. This survey showed that hydrocarbons and organic substances containing a single oxygenated group were kinetically the most stable; whereas organic substances containing two oxygenated groups in which one group was an alpha- or beta-positioned carbonyl group were the most reactive. Compounds with an alpha- or beta-positioned carbonyl group (aldehyde or ketone) had rates of reaction that were up to 10(24)-times faster than rates of similar molecules lacking the carbonyl group. This survey of organic reactivity, together with estimates of the molecular containment properties of lipid vesicles and liquid spherules, indicates that an origins process in a small domain that used C,H,O-intermediates had to be catalytic and use the most reactive organic molecules to prevent escape of its reaction intermediates.

  9. Polymerization of amino acids under high-pressure conditions: Implication to chemical evolution on the early Earth

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    Kakegawa, T.; Ohara, S.; Ishiguro, T.; Abiko, H.; Nakazawa, H.

    2008-12-01

    Prebiotic polymerization of amino acids is the most fundamental reaction to promote the chemical evolution for origin of life. Polymerization of amino acids is the dehydration reaction. This questions as to if submarine hydrothermal conditions, thus hydrated enironments, were appropreate for peptide formations. Our previous experiments implied that non-aqueous and high-pressure environments (more than 20 MPa) would be suitable for polymerization of amino acids (Ohara et al., 2006). This leads to the hypothesis that the first peptides may have formed in the Hadean oceanic crustal environments, where dehydration proceeded with availability of appropriate temperatures and pressures. In the present study, experiments simulating the crustal conditions were performed with various pressures (1-175 MPa) and temperatures (100- 200 C degree) using autoclaves. Purified powders (100 mg) of alanine, glycine, valine and aspartic acid were used in the experiments without mixing water in order to examine the solid-solid reactions. The products were analyzed using HPLC and LC-MS. Results indicate that: (1) longer time is required to form peptide compared to those of previous aqueous experiments; (2) pressure has a role to limit the production of melanoidine and cyclic amino acids, which are inhibitors for elongation of peptides; (3) glycine was polymerized up to 11-mer, which was not formed in any previous experiments without catalyses; (4) valine was polymerized up to 3-mer; and (5) aspartic acid was polymerized to 4-mer, accompanied with production of other amino acids. It is noteworthy that high-pressure environments favor all examined polymerization reactions. Such situations would have happened inside of deep oceanic crusts of the early Earth.

  10. Chemical Compositional Indications of Aqueous Alteration for Whitewater Lake Boxworks, Veneers and Veins at Cape York, Mars

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    Clark, Benton; Gellert, R.; Squyres, S.; Arvidson, R.; Yen, A.; Rice, J.; Athena Science Team

    2013-10-01

    An area of partially-veneered, flat-lying rocks which also includes boxwork and linear veins contains a variety of compositions which are each indicative of minor to major aqueous alteration processes in the Cape York rim of Endeavour Crater. As analyzed by APXS x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, the sets of unique elemental compositions correspond variously to Al-Si rich clays in boxwork veins, with Fe- and Cl-enriched salt veneers (Esperance samples); swarms of Ca sulfate veins (Ortiz samples); and, as indicated by remote sensing, mafic smectite alteration products in veneers (Chelmsford covering Azilda samples). Multiple offset analyses by APXS reveal clear trends and associations of certain elements, allowing inferences of mineralogies. In contrast to the acidic environment deduced for the genesis of the multiple-sulfate Burns formation sediments and shallow ferric-rich sulfate deposits beneath soils, these alteration products formed at more near-neutral pH, often with major chemical segregations and requiring high water-rock ratios comparable to a wide range of eminently habitable terrestrial environments. Several of these compositions are also rated high with respect to their potential for preservation of organic materials and biomarkers. Within distances of just tens of meters inside this so-called Whitewater Lake unit, this broad diversity exemplifies the tantalizing opportunities as well as challenges for future sample return missions to the red planet, which in this case could also be expanded to include nearby samples of Burns Fm sandstones, hematite concretions, light-toned spherules (Kirkwood), large gypsum veins (Homestake), martian global soils and surface dust.

  11. Transport of Chemical Vapors from Subsurface Sources to Atmosphere as Affected by Shallow Subsurface and Atmospheric Conditions

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    Rice, A. K.; Smits, K. M.; Hosken, K.; Schulte, P.; Illangasekare, T. H.

    2012-12-01

    Understanding the movement and modeling of chemical vapor through unsaturated soil in the shallow subsurface when subjected to natural atmospheric thermal and mass flux boundary conditions at the land surface is of importance to applications such as landmine detection and vapor intrusion into subsurface structures. New, advanced technologies exist to sense chemical signatures at the land/atmosphere interface, but interpretation of these sensor signals to make assessment of source conditions remains a challenge. Chemical signatures are subject to numerous interactions while migrating through the unsaturated soil environment, attenuating signal strength and masking contaminant source conditions. The dominant process governing movement of gases through porous media is often assumed to be Fickian diffusion through the air phase with minimal or no quantification of other processes contributing to vapor migration, such as thermal diffusion, convective gas flow due to the displacement of air, expansion/contraction of air due to temperature changes, temporal and spatial variations of soil moisture and fluctuations in atmospheric pressure. Soil water evaporation and interfacial mass transfer add to the complexity of the system. The goal of this work is to perform controlled experiments under transient conditions of soil moisture, temperature and wind at the land/atmosphere interface and use the resulting dataset to test existing theories on subsurface gas flow and iterate between numerical modeling efforts and experimental data. Ultimately, we aim to update conceptual models of shallow subsurface vapor transport to include conditionally significant transport processes and inform placement of mobile sensors and/or networks. We have developed a two-dimensional tank apparatus equipped with a network of sensors and a flow-through head space for simulation of the atmospheric interface. A detailed matrix of realistic atmospheric boundary conditions was applied in a series of experiments. Water saturation, capillary pressure, air and soil temperature, and relative humidity were continuously monitored. Aqueous TCE was injected into the tank below the water table and allowed to volatilize. TCE concentration exiting the tank head space was measured through interval sampling by direct injection into a gas chromatograph. To quantify the transient concentration of TCE vapor in the soil pore space a novel use of Solid Phase Micro-Extraction (SPME) was developed. Results from our numerical simulations were compared with the experimental data, which demonstrated the importance of considering the interaction of the atmosphere with the subsurface in conceptualization and numerical model development. Results also emphasize that soil saturation and transient sorption have a significant effect on vapor transport through the vadose zone. Follow-up tests and detailed analyses are still underway. Additional applications of this work include carbon sequestration leakage, methane contamination in the shallow subsurface and environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing.

  12. Influence of Variable Environmental Conditions on Presence and Concentration of Energetic Chemicals Near Soil Surface in the Vadoze Zone

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    Anaya, A. A.; Padilla, I. Y.

    2008-12-01

    Many explosive-related compounds (ERCs) are found near the soil-atmospheric surface in sites containing buried explosive devices, such as landmines and unexploded ordnance, detonation-residual, and munitions residues from explosive manufacturing facilities. Accurate assessment of the fate and transport processes is essential for predicting their movement to the surface, groundwater, or any other important environmental compartment. The transport processes controlling the direction and magnitude of the movement, and chemical and physical processes controlling the fate of the chemicals vary with environmental conditions. This research addresses the effect of variable rainfall, evaporation, temperature, and solar radiation on fate and transport of 2,4,6-Trinitrotoluene (TNT), 2,4-Dinitrotoluene (DNT), and other related chemicals in partially saturated soil. Experiments have been conducted in a laboratory-scale 3D SoilBed placed inside an environmental chamber equipped with rainfall and solar radiation simulators, and temperature control settings. The SoilBed was packed with a sandy soil. Experiments have been conducted by burying a TNT/DNT source, simulating a landmine, and applying different rainfall and light radiation cycles while monitoring DNT, TNT, and other related ERCs solute concentrations temporally and spatially within the SoilBed. Experiments include different source characteristics, rainfall intensities, temperatures, and radiation cycles to evaluate their effect on the detection and movement of ERC in soils in both aqueous and vapor phases. Temporal and spatial data has been analyzed comparatively and quantitatively. Comparative analysis was developed using surfer- and voxler-generated images and 3D visualization models applying spatial interpolation and masking methods. Single and multi-variable statistical analysis has been employed to determine the most important factors affecting the fate, transport and detection of ERC near soil-atmospheric surfaces. Results show that rainfall, radiation, and temperature variations influence the presence, transport, and concentrations of TNT and DNT near the soil surface. Higher concentrations are observed near the end of rainfall events, both in the aqueous and gaseous phases. Higher rainfall intensity results in higher presence and concentrations. Lower TNT and DNT concentrations than their solubility limit indicate rate-limited mass transfer, dissolution limitations, and dilution processes. Radiation events and higher atmospheric temperatures result in greater presence and concentrations of DNT and TNT, indicating influence of these factors on fate and transport processes. TNT degradation by-products measured mostly in the upper segments of the SoilBed, suggest degradation processes resulting from radiation-induced conditions near the soil-atmospheric surface. Although the ERC source consists of equal mass of TNT and DNT, greater detection density and concentrations are observed for DNT. A generalized linear mixed statistical model has been applied to quantify the effect of environmental conditions on ERC detection and concentrations. The statistical analysis indicates that rainfall events and related water contents are the most influential factors affecting the presence and concentrations of ERCs in the aqueous and gaseous phase. Solar radiation, and related heat flux, is the second most influential parameter. Although atmospheric temperature influence the presence and concentration of ERCs in soils, it is the least influential parameter.

  13. Serpentinization, iron oxidation, and aqueous conditions in an ophiolite: Implications for hydrogen production and habitability on Mars

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    Greenberger, Rebecca N.; Mustard, John F.; Cloutis, Edward A.; Pratt, Lisa M.; Sauer, Peter E.; Mann, Paul; Turner, Kathryn; Dyar, M. Darby; Bish, David L.

    2015-04-01

    Molecular hydrogen produced through iron oxidation during formation of serpentine and magnetite can sustain terrestrial subsurface ecosystems. The Fe3+ in serpentine partitions into octahedral and tetrahedral sites differently as serpentinization proceeds, and tetrahedral Fe3+ is present toward the end of serpentinization. We map Fe oxidation states in a serpentinite to determine the degree to which serpentinization progressed and where hydrogen production has been maximized to assess habitability at an abandoned chrysotile mine in Norbestos, Quebec, in association with the Canadian Space Agency's Mars Methane Analogue Mission. We also analyzed stable isotopes of carbon and oxygen in carbonates to constrain the conditions of water-rock interaction during serpentinization. Iron oxidation and coordination was determined through field imaging of rock walls with a visible hyperspectral imager (420-720 nm), and samples collected from imaged rocks and elsewhere in the mine were imaged in the laboratory (420-1100 nm). Sample chemistry, mineralogy, and oxidation state were determined with laboratory measurements of visible through mid-infrared reflectance spectra, major element chemistry, mineralogy, and Mössbauer spectroscopy. Mapping with hyperspectral imaging of outcrops and hand samples shows that tetrahedral Fe3+ is common in serpentinites at this site, and results are confirmed through other measurements. Major element chemistry and mineralogy are consistent with serpentine plus minor carbonate. Carbonate samples show an exceptional range in δ13C (-13.14 to + 16.12 ‰ VPDB) and δ18O (-15.48 to - 3.20 ‰ VPDB) that vary with location in the mine. Carbonates south of a shear zone (δ13C more positive) likely formed during periods of serpentinization in a carbon-limited reservoir closed to carbon addition but open to methane escape. Carbonates in a shear zone (δ13C more negative) probably formed later at low temperatures through CO2-metasomatism or atmospheric weathering, and isotopic trends are consistent with kinetic fractionation. The extensive presence of tetrahedral Fe3+ in serpentine shows the system liberally produced H2 while the isotope systematics have implications for preservation of indicators of the aqueous conditions that formed serpentinites on Mars and their habitability.

  14. Photoinduced chemical reactions on natural single crystals and synthesized crystallites of mercury(II) sulfide in aqueous solution containing naturally occurring amino acids.

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    Pal, Bonamali; Ikeda, Shigeru; Ohtani, Bunsho

    2003-03-10

    Photoirradiation at >300 nm of aqueous suspensions of several natural crystal specimens and synthesized crystallites of mercury(II) sulfide (HgS) induced deaminocyclization of optically active or racemic lysine into pipecolinic acid (PCA) under deaerated conditions. This is the first example, to the best of our knowledge, of photoinduced chemical reactions of natural biological compounds over natural minerals. It was found that the natural HgS crystals had activity higher than those of synthesized ones but lower than those of other sulfides of transition metals, e.g., CdS and ZnS, belonging to the same II-IV chalcogenides. In almost all of the photoreactions, decompostion of HgS occurred to liberate hydrogen sulfide (H(2)S) and Hg(2+), and the latter seemed to have undergone in-situ reductive deposition on HgS as Hg(0) after a certain induction period (24-70 h) during the photoirradiation, as indicated by the darkened color of the suspensions. The formation of PCA, presumably through combination of oxidation of lysine and reduction of an intermediate, cyclic Schiff base, could also be seen after a certain induction time of the Hg(0) formation. This was supported by the fact that the addition of small amount of Hg(2+) (0.5 wt % of HgS) increased the PCA yield by almost 2-fold. We also tried to elucidate certain aspects of the plausible stereochemical reactions in relation to the chiral crystal structure of HgS. Although, in some experiments, slight enantiomeric excess of the product PCA was observed, the excess was below or equal to the experimental error and no other supporting analytical data could not be obtained; we cannot conclude the enantiomeric photoproduction of PCA by the natural chiral HgS specimen. PMID:12611518

  15. Effects of physical conditioning on heat tolerance in chemical-defense gear. Master's thesis

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    Nauss, M.M.

    1986-06-01

    Today the threat of chemical warfare is real. The only effective defense is the use of chemical defense gear and gas masks. Since they render chemical-warfare gases and liquids impermeable to penetration, they also prohibit sweat evaporation in conditions of thermal stress and thus, contribute to heat illness development. Historically, it has been the hot, humid tropics where United Nation's peacekeeping forces have been called, thus the use of chemical-defense gear in these regions is a realistic possibility and heat illness could affect the outcome of any mission carried out there. The human body only operates within a narrow range of core temparatures, and heat illness is the result of a breakdown in homeostasis. Many factors influence heat tolerance, thus maintaining core temperature within a safe range. Adequate hydration, acclimitization to heat, low body weight, young age, low alcohol intake, and physical fitness all contribute to heat tolerance. This proposal attempts to look specifically at the effect of physical conditioning on heat tolerance in chemical-defense gear as a possible solution to the heat-stress problem noted in this gear. Trainee graduates attending technical training schools at Lackland AFB, Texas, will be tested for maximum oxygen uptake (VO/2max) and heat tolerance time (HTT) in chemical defense gear on bicycle ergometers at Brooks AFB, Texas. Half of these subjects will be physically conditioned for 12 weeks.

  16. Sampling of Organic Solutes in Aqueous and Heterogeneous Environments Using Oscillating Excess Chemical Potentials in Grand Canonical-like Monte Carlo-Molecular Dynamics Simulations

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    2015-01-01

    Solute sampling of explicit bulk-phase aqueous environments in grand canonical (GC) ensemble simulations suffer from poor convergence due to low insertion probabilities of the solutes. To address this, we developed an iterative procedure involving Grand Canonical-like Monte Carlo (GCMC) and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Each iteration involves GCMC of both the solutes and water followed by MD, with the excess chemical potential (μex) of both the solute and the water oscillated to attain their target concentrations in the simulation system. By periodically varying the μex of the water and solutes over the GCMC-MD iterations, solute exchange probabilities and the spatial distributions of the solutes improved. The utility of the oscillating-μex GCMC-MD method is indicated by its ability to approximate the hydration free energy (HFE) of the individual solutes in aqueous solution as well as in dilute aqueous mixtures of multiple solutes. For seven organic solutes: benzene, propane, acetaldehyde, methanol, formamide, acetate, and methylammonium, the average μex of the solutes and the water converged close to their respective HFEs in both 1 M standard state and dilute aqueous mixture systems. The oscillating-μex GCMC methodology is also able to drive solute sampling in proteins in aqueous environments as shown using the occluded binding pocket of the T4 lysozyme L99A mutant as a model system. The approach was shown to satisfactorily reproduce the free energy of binding of benzene as well as sample the functional group requirements of the occluded pocket consistent with the crystal structures of known ligands bound to the L99A mutant as well as their relative binding affinities. PMID:24932136

  17. Chemical insights, explicit chemistry, and yields of secondary organic aerosol from OH radical oxidation of methylglyoxal and glyoxal in the aqueous phase

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    Lim, Y. B.; Tan, Y.; Turpin, B. J.

    2013-09-01

    Atmospherically abundant, volatile water-soluble organic compounds formed through gas-phase chemistry (e.g., glyoxal (C2), methylglyoxal (C3), and acetic acid) have great potential to form secondary organic aerosol (SOA) via aqueous chemistry in clouds, fogs, and wet aerosols. This paper (1) provides chemical insights into aqueous-phase OH-radical-initiated reactions leading to SOA formation from methylglyoxal and (2) uses this and a previously published glyoxal mechanism (Lim et al., 2010) to provide SOA yields for use in chemical transport models. Detailed reaction mechanisms including peroxy radical chemistry and a full kinetic model for aqueous photochemistry of acetic acid and methylglyoxal are developed and validated by comparing simulations with the experimental results from previous studies (Tan et al., 2010, 2012). This new methylglyoxal model is then combined with the previous glyoxal model (Lim et al., 2010), and is used to simulate the profiles of products and to estimate SOA yields. At cloud-relevant concentrations (~ 10-6 - ~ 10-3 M; Munger et al., 1995) of glyoxal and methylglyoxal, the major photooxidation products are oxalic acid and pyruvic acid, and simulated SOA yields (by mass) are ~ 120% for glyoxal and ~ 80% for methylglyoxal. During droplet evaporation oligomerization of unreacted methylglyoxal/glyoxal that did not undergo aqueous photooxidation could enhance yields. In wet aerosols, where total dissolved organics are present at much higher concentrations (~ 10 M), the major oxidation products are oligomers formed via organic radical-radical reactions, and simulated SOA yields (by mass) are ~ 90% for both glyoxal and methylglyoxal. Non-radical reactions (e.g., with ammonium) could enhance yields.

  18. Estimation of octanol/water partition coefficient and aqueous solubility of environmental chemicals using molecular fingerprints and machine learning methods

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    Octanol/water partition coefficient (logP) and aqueous solubility (logS) are two important parameters in pharmacology and toxicology studies, and experimental measurements are usually time-consuming and expensive. In the present research, novel methods are presented for the estim...

  19. Chemical Kinetic Study of Toluene Oxidation Under Premixed and Nonpremixed Conditions

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    Costa, I D; Bozzelli, J W; Seiser, R; Pitz, W J; Westbrook, C K; Chen, C -; Fournet, R; Seshadri, K; Battin-Leclerc, F; Billaud, F

    2003-12-10

    A study was performed to elucidate the chemical-kinetic mechanism of combustion of toluene. A detailed chemical-kinetic mechanism for toluene was improved by adding a more accurate description of the phenyl + O{sub 2} reaction channels, toluene decomposition reactions and the benzyl + O reaction. Results of the chemical kinetic mechanism are compared with experimental data obtained from premixed and non-premixed systems. Under premixed conditions, predicted ignition delay times are compared with new experimental data obtained in shock tube. Also, calculated species concentration histories are compared to experimental flow reactor data from the literature. Under non-premixed conditions, critical conditions of extinction and autoignition were measured in strained laminar flows in the counterflow configuration. Numerical calculations are performed using the chemical-kinetic mechanism at conditions corresponding to those in the experiments. Critical conditions of extinction and autoignition are predicted and compared with the experimental data. Comparisons between the model predictions and experimental results of ignition delay times in shock tube, and extinction and autoignition in non-premixed systems show that the chemical-kinetic mechanism predicts that toluene/air is overall less reactive than observed in the experiments. For both premixed and non-premixed systems, sensitivity analysis was used to identify the reaction rate constants that control the overall rate of oxidation in each of the systems considered. Under shock tube conditions, the reactions that influence ignition delay time are H + O{sub 2} chain branching, the toluene decomposition reaction to give an H atom, and the toluene + H abstraction reaction. The reactions that influence autoignition in non-premixed systems involve the benzyl + HO{sub 2} reaction and the phenyl + O{sub 2} reaction.

  20. QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS OF AQUEOUS SPECIES USING RAMAN SPECTROMETRY AND EQUILIBRIUM MODEL CALCULATIONS

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    An analytical approach of quantifying various chemical species, using Raman spectrometry in conjunction with equilibrium modeling, has been tested on aqueous solutions containing Nd, Cu, and dipicolinic acid. Equilibrium modeling was used to select optimum conditions in simple so...

  1. Chemistry of the system: Al2O3(c)minus HCL aqueous. [chemical reactions resulting from propellant combustion of rocket propellants

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    Tyree, S. Y., Jr.

    1975-01-01

    In order to study exhaust gas chemistry for the space shuttle, the vapor pressure of 2 to 1 weight mixtures of 3-M hydrochloric acid and Al2O3 was studied over a l80 minute reaction period at 31 C. The Al2O3 sample was one of high surface area furnished by NASA Langley Research Center. A brief review is given for aqueous aluminum chemistry, and the chemical reactions of combustion products (exhaust gases) of aluminum propellant binders for the space shuttle are listed.

  2. ACCURACY OF PESTICIDE REFERENCE STANDARD SOLUTIONS. PART II. CHEMICAL STABILITY UNDER FOUR STORAGE CONDITIONS

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    A study was undertaken to assess the long-term chemical stability of dilute standard pesticide solutions of 4 compound classes. The solutions were studied under 4 storage conditions: freezer at -15C; refrigerator at 3C; ambient temperature in the dark; and ambient temperature on ...

  3. Effects of biomass types and carbonization conditions on the chemical characteristics of hydrochar

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    Effects of biomass types (sugar beet pulp vs. bark mulch) and hydrothermal carbonization (HTC) processing conditions (temperature, residence time, and the phase of reaction medium) on the chemical characteristics of hydrochars were examined by elemental analysis, advanced solid-state nuclear magneti...

  4. Universal reaction mechanism of boronic acids with diols in aqueous solution: kinetics and the basic concept of a conditional formation constant.

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    Furikado, Yuki; Nagahata, Tomomi; Okamoto, Takuya; Sugaya, Tomoaki; Iwatsuki, Satoshi; Inamo, Masahiko; Takagi, Hideo D; Odani, Akira; Ishihara, Koji

    2014-10-01

    To establish a detailed reaction mechanism for the condensation between a boronic acid, RB(OH)2, and a diol, H2L, in aqueous solution, the acid dissociation constants (Ka(BL)) of boronic acid diol esters (HBLs) were determined based on the well-established concept of conditional formation constants of metal complexes. The pKa values of HBLs were 2.30, 2.77, and 2.00 for the reaction systems, 2,4-difluorophenylboronic acid and chromotropic acid, 3-nitrophenylboronic acid and alizarin red?S, and phenylboronic acid and alizarin red?S, respectively. A general and precise reaction mechanism of RB(OH)2 with H2L in aqueous solution, which can serve as a universal reaction mechanism for RB(OH)2 and H2L, was proposed on the basis of (a)?the relative kinetic reactivities of the RB(OH)2 and its conjugate base, that is, the boronate ion, toward H2L, and (b)?the determined pKa values of HBLs. The use of the conditional formation constant, K', based on the main reaction: RB(OH)2 + H2L (K1)? RB(L)(OH)(-) + H3O(+) instead of the binding constant has been proposed for the general reaction of uncomplexed boronic acid species (B') with uncomplexed diol species (L') to form boronic acid diol complex species (esters, BL') in aqueous solution at pH?5-11: B' + L' (K')? BL'. The proposed reaction mechanism explains perfectly the formation of boronic acid diol ester in aqueous solution. PMID:25169423

  5. Biodegradation of chemicals in a standardized test and in environmental conditions.

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    Ahtiainen, Jukka; Aalto, Miia; Pessala, Piia

    2003-05-01

    The estimation of biodegradation rates is an important source of uncertainty in chemical risk assessment. The existing OECD tests for ready biodegradability have been developed to devise screening methods to determine whether a chemical is potentially easily biodegradable, rather than to predict the actual rate, of biodegradation in the environment. However, risk assessment needs degradation rates. In practice these rates are often estimated (default values) from ready biodegradability tests. These tests have many compromising arbitrary features compared to the situation in the real environment. One important difference is the concentration of the chemical. In wastewater treatment or in the environment many chemicals are present at ng l(-1) to microg l(-1) levels whereas in the tests the concentrations exceed 10-400 mg carbon per litre. These different concentrations of the chemical will lead to different growth kinetics and hence different biodegradation rates. At high concentrations the chemical, if it is degradable, can serve as a primary substrate and competent microorganisms will grow exponentially, resulting in a sigmoid biodegradation curve. At low environmental concentrations the chemical does not serve as a primary substrate, and therefore does not support significant growth of the degraders, and the substrate has a linear biodegradation rate. In this study the biodegradation rates of two reference chemicals, aniline and 4-chloroaniline, were compared in a standard method and in more realistic conditions at low concentrations, using 14C-labelled substances and different sources of inocula. Biomass evolution during the tests was monitored by adenosine triphosphate measurement and also on the basis of the residual 14C-activity in the particulate matter. The results partly support the thesis that low concentrations lead to different biodegradation kinetics compared to the concentrations used in the standard tests. Furthermore the biodegradation rates of the chemicals studied, particularly of 4-chloroaniline, in Finnish natural waters appeared to be lower than those reported in some other countries. PMID:12615106

  6. Establishing physico-chemical reference conditions in Mediterranean streams according to the European Water Framework Directive.

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    Snchez-Montoya, Mara del Mar; Arce, Maria Isabel; Vidal-Abarca, Mara Rosario; Surez, Mara Luisa; Prat, Narcs; Gmez, Rosa

    2012-05-01

    Type-specific physico-chemical reference conditions are required for the assessment of ecological status in the Water Framework Directive context, similarly to the biological and hydro-morphological elements. This directive emphasises that natural variability of quality elements in high status (reference condition) needs to be quantified. Mediterranean streams often present a marked seasonal pattern in hydrological, biological and geochemical processes which could affect physico-chemical reference conditions. This study establishes general physico-chemical reference conditions (oxygenation, nutrient, salinity and acidification conditions) for different Mediterranean stream types. 116 potential reference sites located in 23 Mediterranean catchments in Spain were sampled in spring, summer and autumn in 2003. All sites were subjected to a screening method for the selection of reference sites in Mediterranean streams (Mediterranean Reference Criteria) and classified using a pre-established stream typology that establishes five different stream types (temporary streams, evaporite-calcareous at medium altitude, siliceous headwaters, calcareous headwaters and large watercourses). Reference conditions (reference value and reference threshold equivalents to high-good class boundary) were calculated using two different methods according to the availability of reference sites: the reference site 75th percentile approach of all reference sites and the 25th percentile of the population approach. The majority of the studied potential reference sites (76 out of 116) were selected as reference sites. Regarding type-specific reference conditions, only siliceous headwaters could be considered different from the rest of stream types because lower conductivity and pH. All reference stream types presented seasonal differences as regards some parameters, except for temporary streams due to the high natural variation of this stream type. For those parameters which presented seasonal differences in a specific stream type, the least restrictive values were proposed as reference conditions. PMID:22386888

  7. [Influence of hazardous work conditions of chemical production on health state of the aged workers].

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    Kaliaganov, P I; Troshin, V V; Smetanina, O I; Gobeeva, O V; Frolova, S V; Ashirova, S A

    2009-01-01

    Influence of hazardous work conditions of chemical production on health state of the aged workers. When compared with the group aged under 45 years, prevalence of nervous, cardiovascular and locomotor diseases is 1.5-4 times higher in workers aged over 45 and engaged into main occupations (device operators, operators, fitters) in production of organic glass, dichloroethane, polyurethane foam and subjected continuously to chemicals 2 and more times exceeding MAC. The authors suggest ways to reduce risk of occupationally mediated diseases in aged workers presenting 30-60% of the workshop staffers in the industries studied. PMID:19663179

  8. Quantum chemical analysis of the energy of proton transfer from phenol and chlorophenols to H2O in the gas phase and in aqueous solution

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    Schrmann, Gerrit

    1998-12-01

    Proton transfer energies of phenol and 14 chlorophenols with H2O as a base are analyzed in the gas phase and in solution using quantum chemical methods at the semiempirical and ab initio level of computation. The effect of aqueous solution was accounted for by applying the density functional theory (DFT) implementation of the conductor-like screening model (COSMO) as well as semiempirical continuum-solvation models. The results reveal substantial and systematic overestimations of the free energies of proton transfer as derived from experimental solution-phase pKa data. This can be traced back to both deficiencies in the current model parameterization as well as to limitations of the underlying gas-phase quantum chemical models, which is further illustrated by additional complete-basis-set (CBS) calculations for the proton transfer reaction with phenol. In contrast, the relative pKa trend is reflected well by COSMO-DFT calculations with correlation coefficients (adjusted for degrees of freedom) of 0.96. Decomposition of the dissociation energy in aqueous solution into a gas-phase term and a term summarizing the solvation contributions provides new insights into the effect of solvation on proton transfer energies, and yields mechanistic explanations for the observed differences in the gas-phase and solution-phase acidity orders of various subgroups of the compounds.

  9. Relaxation of the structure of simple metal ion complexes in aqueous solutions at up to supercritical conditions

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    Mayanovic, Robert A.; Jayanetti, Sumedha; Anderson, Alan J.; Bassett, William A.; Chou, I.-Ming

    2003-01-01

    Recently x-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) studies of various ions in aqueous solutions showed a variation of cation-ligand bond lengths, often coupled with other structure changes, with increasing temperatures. Thus, the variations of the structure of several metal ion complexes with temperature based on observations from the X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) studies in the hope that it will stimulate the development of either first- principles theory or molecular dynamics simulations that might adequately describes these results are discussed.

  10. Modeling the kinetics of microbial degradation of deicing chemicals in porous media under flow conditions.

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    Wehrer, Markus; Jaesche, Philipp; Totsche, Kai Uwe

    2012-09-01

    A quantitative knowledge of the fate of deicing chemicals in the subsurface can be provided by joint analysis of lab experiments with numerical simulation models. In the present study, published experimental data of microbial degradation of the deicing chemical propylene glycol (PG) under flow conditions in soil columns were simulated inversely to receive the parameters of degradation. We evaluated different scenarios of an advection-dispersion model including different terms for degradation, such as zero order, first order and inclusion of a growing and decaying biomass for their ability to explain the data. The general break-through behavior of propylene glycol in soil columns can be simulated well using a coupled model of solute transport and degradation with growth and decay of biomass. The susceptibility of the model to non-unique solutions was investigated using systematical forward and inverse simulations. We found that the model tends to equifinal solutions under certain conditions. PMID:22609860

  11. Chemically transferable coarse-grained potentials from conditional reversible work calculations

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    Brini, E.; van der Vegt, N. F. A.

    2012-10-01

    The representability and transferability of effective pair potentials used in multiscale simulations of soft matter systems is ill understood. In this paper, we study liquid state systems composed of n-alkanes, the coarse-grained (CG) potential of which may be assumed pairwise additive and has been obtained using the conditional reversible work (CRW) method. The CRW method is a free-energy-based coarse-graining procedure, which, by means of performing the coarse graining at pair level, rigorously provides a pair potential that describes the interaction free energy between two mapped atom groups (beads) embedded in their respective chemical environments. The pairwise nature of the interactions combined with their dependence on the chemically bonded environment makes CRW potentials ideally suited in studies of chemical transferability. We report CRW potentials for hexane using a mapping scheme that merges two heavy atoms in one CG bead. It is shown that the model is chemically and thermodynamically transferable to alkanes of different chain lengths in the liquid phase at temperatures between the melting and the boiling point under atmospheric (1 atm) pressure conditions. It is further shown that CRW-CG potentials may be readily obtained from a single simulation of the liquid state using the free energy perturbation method, thereby providing a fast and versatile molecular coarse graining method for aliphatic molecules.

  12. APPLICATION OF THE TRADESCANTIA MICRONUCLEUS ASSAY FOR THE GENETIC EVALUATION OF CHEMICAL MIXTURES IN SOIL AND AQUEOUS MEDIA

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    Genotoxic evaluation of nine binary and one tertiary mixtures of arsenic trioxide, dieldrin, and lead tetraacetate were performed using the Tradescantia micronucleus (Trad-MN) assay. he chemical mixtures were either (I) mixed into soil, and chemical exposure to the target cells w...

  13. Relative toxicity of pyrolysis gases from materials - Effects of chemical composition and test conditions

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    Hilado, C. J.; Cumming, H. J.

    1978-01-01

    Relative toxicity test data on 270 materials are presented, based on test procedures developed at the University of San Francisco. The effects of chemical composition, using data on 13 types of synthetic polymers and eight types of fabrics, are discussed. Selected materials were evaluated using nine test conditions with the USF method, and using methods developed at the FAA Civil Aeromedical Institute, Douglas Aircraft Company and San Jose State University.

  14. One-pot synthesis of surface roughness controlled hollow silica spheres with enhanced drug loading and release profile under ambient conditions in aqueous solutions

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    Li, Dong; Zhu, Ye

    2013-01-01

    A green one-pot approach is used to synthesize surface morphology controlled hollow silica spheres in aqueous solution under ambient conditions. Using cationic polystyrene particles as a template and aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES) as a structural directing agent, the surface roughness and wall thickness could be easily controlled by varying the concentration of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS). Smooth surface of hollow silica spheres with different wall thickness was obtained using anionic polystyrene particles. The resulted hollow silica spheres with rough surface had better performance in carrying and releasing a model drug. PMID:24244868

  15. Effect of ethylene and temperature conditioning on sensory attributes and chemical composition of 'Comice' pears.

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    Makkumrai, Warangkana; Sivertsen, Hanne; Sugar, David; Ebeler, Susan E; Negre-Zakharov, Florence; Mitcham, Elizabeth J

    2014-06-01

    'Comice' is among the pear varieties most difficult to ripen after harvest. Ethylene, cold temperature, and intermediate (10 C) temperature conditioning have been successfully used to stimulate the ability of 'Comice' pears to ripen. However, the sensory quality of pears stimulated to ripen by different conditioning treatments has not been evaluated. In this study, a descriptive sensory analysis of 'Comice' pears conditioned to soften to 27, 18, and 9 N firmness with ethylene exposure for 3 or 1 days, storage at 0 C for 25 or 15 days, or storage at 10 C for 10 days was performed. Sensory attributes were then related to changes in chemical composition, including volatile components, water-soluble polyuronides, soluble solids content (SSC), and titratable acidity (TA). The sensory profile of fruit conditioned with ethylene was predominant in fibrous texture and low in fruity and pear aroma. Fruit conditioned at 0 C was described as crunchy at 27 and 18 N firmness and became juicy at 9 N firmness. Fruit conditioned at 0 C produced the highest quantity of alcohols and fewer esters than fruit conditioned at 10 C, and they had higher fruity and pear aroma than fruit conditioned with ethylene, but lower than fruit conditioned at 10 C. Fruit held at 10 C were predominant in fruity and pear aroma and had the highest concentration of esters. Water-soluble polyuronides were strongly, positively correlated (r > 0.9) with sensory attributes generally associated with ripeness, including juiciness, butteriness, and sweetness and negatively correlated (r > -0.9) with sensory attributes generally associated with the unripe stage, such as firmness and crunchiness. However, water-soluble polyuronides were not significantly different among conditioning treatments. Sensory sweetness was not significantly correlated with SSC, but TA and SSC/TA were significantly correlated with sensory tartness. However, there were no significant differences among the conditioning treatments in sweet or sour taste perception when the fruit fully softened. The results indicate that the various methods of conditioning 'Comice' pear fruits for ripening had different effects on their sensory and chemical properties that may influence their sensory quality. PMID:24844943

  16. Aqueous-phase photooxidation of levoglucosan - a mechanistic study using aerosol time-of-flight chemical ionization mass spectrometry (Aerosol ToF-CIMS)

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    Zhao, R.; Mungall, E. L.; Lee, A. K. Y.; Aljawhary, D.; Abbatt, J. P. D.

    2014-09-01

    Levoglucosan (LG) is a widely employed tracer for biomass burning (BB). Recent studies have shown that LG can react rapidly with hydroxyl (OH) radicals in the aqueous phase despite many mass balance receptor models assuming it to be inert during atmospheric transport. In the current study, aqueous-phase photooxidation of LG by OH radicals was performed in the laboratory. The reaction kinetics and products were monitored by aerosol time-of-flight chemical ionization mass spectrometry (Aerosol ToF-CIMS). Approximately 50 reaction products were detected by the Aerosol ToF-CIMS during the photooxidation experiments, representing one of the most detailed product studies yet performed. By following the evolution of mass defects of product peaks, unique trends of adding oxygen (+O) and removing hydrogen (-2H) were observed among the products detected, providing useful information for determining potential reaction mechanisms and sequences. Additionally, bond-scission reactions take place, leading to reaction intermediates with lower carbon numbers. We introduce a data analysis framework where the average oxidation state (OSc) is plotted against a novel molecular property: double-bond-equivalence-to-carbon ratio (DBE/#C). The trajectory of LG photooxidation on this plot suggests formation of polycarbonyl intermediates and their subsequent conversion to carboxylic acids as a general reaction trend. We also determined the rate constant of LG with OH radicals at room temperature to be 1.08 ± 0.16 × 109 M-1 s-1. By coupling an aerosol mass spectrometer (AMS) to the system, we observed a rapid decay of the mass fraction of organic signals at mass-to-charge ratio 60 (f60), corresponding closely to the LG decay monitored by the Aerosol ToF-CIMS. The trajectory of LG photooxidation on a f44-f60 correlation plot matched closely to literature field measurement data. This implies that aqueous-phase photooxidation might be partially contributing to aging of BB particles in the ambient atmosphere.

  17. Aqueous-phase photooxidation of levoglucosan - a mechanistic study using Aerosol Time of Flight Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry (Aerosol-ToF-CIMS)

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    Zhao, R.; Mungall, E. L.; Lee, A. K. Y.; Aljawhary, D.; Abbatt, J. P. D.

    2014-04-01

    Levoglucosan (LG) is a widely employed tracer for biomass burning (BB). Recent studies have shown that LG can react rapidly with hydroxyl (OH) radicals in the aqueous phase, despite many mass balance receptor models assuming it to be inert during atmospheric transport. In the current study, aqueous-phase photooxidation of LG by OH radicals was performed in the laboratory. The reaction kinetics and products were monitored by Aerosol Time of Flight Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry (Aerosol-ToF-CIMS). Approximately 50 reaction products were detected by the Aerosol-ToF-CIMS during the photooxidation experiments, representing one of the most detailed product studies yet performed. By following the evolution of mass defects of product peaks, unique trends of adding oxygen (+O) and removing hydrogen (-2H) were observed among the products detected, providing useful information to determine potential reaction mechanisms and sequences. As well, bond scission reactions take place, leading to reaction intermediates with lower carbon numbers. We introduce a data analysis framework where the average oxidation state (OSc) is plotted against a novel molecular property: double bond equivalence to carbon ratio (DBE / #C). The trajectory of LG photooxidation on this plot suggests formation of poly-carbonyl intermediates and their subsequent conversion to carboxylic acids as a general reaction trend. We also determined the rate constant of LG with OH radicals at room temperature to be 1.08 ± 0.16 × 109 M-1 s-1. By coupling an Aerosol Mass Spectrometer (AMS) to the system, we observed a rapid decay of the mass fraction of organic signals at mass-to-charge ratio 60 (f60), corresponding closely to the LG decay monitored by the Aerosol-ToF-CIMS. The trajectory of LG photooxidation on a f44-f60 correlation plot matched closely to literature field measurement data. This implies that aqueous-phase photooxidation might be partially contributing to aging of BB particles in the ambient atmosphere.

  18. Process for the conversion of and aqueous biomass hydrolyzate into fuels or chemicals by the selective removal of fermentation inhibitors

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    Hames, Bonnie R. (Westminster, CO); Sluiter, Amie D. (Arvada, CO); Hayward, Tammy K. (Broomfield, CO); Nagle, Nicholas J. (Broomfield, CO)

    2004-05-18

    A process of making a fuel or chemical from a biomass hydrolyzate is provided which comprises the steps of providing a biomass hydrolyzate, adjusting the pH of the hydrolyzate, contacting a metal oxide having an affinity for guaiacyl or syringyl functional groups, or both and the hydrolyzate for a time sufficient to form an adsorption complex; removing the complex wherein a sugar fraction is provided, and converting the sugar fraction to fuels or chemicals using a microorganism.

  19. Structure and antioxidant activity of β-lactoglobulin-glycoconjugates obtained by high-intensity-ultrasound-induced Maillard reaction in aqueous model systems under neutral conditions.

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    Stanic-Vucinic, Dragana; Prodic, Ivana; Apostolovic, Danijela; Nikolic, Milan; Velickovic, Tanja Cirkovic

    2013-05-01

    Sonication is a new processing technology in the dairy industry. The aim of this study was to test glycation of β-lactoglobulin (BLG) in Maillard reaction (MR) induced by high-intensity ultrasound in aqueous solution under neutral conditions at 10-15 °C, which is not favourable for the MR. BLG was sonicated in the presence of glucose, galactose, lactose, fructose, ribose and arabinose. Formation of Maillard reaction products (MRPs) was monitored by mass spectrometry, spectrophotometry and fluorimetry. Ultrasound treatment resulted in formation of MRPs with all tested carbohydrates. Ribose induced the highest degree of modification resulting in 76% of BLG modified and an average of three anhydroribose units attached. Circular dichroism spectra analyses indicated only minor alterations in secondary and tertiary structures. MRP obtained by ultrasound exhibited 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) scavenging activity and possessed increased iron-chelating activity and reducing power. High-intensity ultrasound efficiently promotes BLG-glycoconjugates formation by MR in aqueous solutions under non-denaturing conditions. PMID:23265528

  20. Phenanthrene removal from aqueous solutions using well-characterized, raw, chemically treated, and charred malt spent rootlets, a food industry by-product.

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    Valili, Styliani; Siavalas, George; Karapanagioti, Hrissi K; Manariotis, Ioannis D; Christanis, Kimon

    2013-10-15

    Malt spent rootlets (MSR) are biomaterials produced in big quantities by beer industry as by-products. A sustainable solution is required for their management. In the present study, MSR are examined as sorbents of a hydrophobic organic compound, phenanthrene, from aqueous solutions. Raw MSR sorb phenanthrene but their sorptive properties are not competitive with the respective properties of commercial sorbents (e.g., activated carbons). Organic petrography is used as a tool to characterize MSR after treatment in order to produce an effective sorbent for phenanthrene. Chemical and thermal (at low temperature under nitrogen atmosphere) treatments of MSR did not result in highly effective sorbents. Based on organic petrography characterization, the pores of the treated materials were filled with humic colloids. When pyrolysis at 800C was used to treat MSR, a sorbent with new and empty pores was produced. Phenanthrene sorption capacity was 2 orders of magnitude higher for the pyrolized MSR than for raw MSR. PMID:23764506

  1. Chemical and structural properties of Jordanian zeolitic tuffs and their admixtures with urea and thiourea: Potential scavengers for phenolics in aqueous medium

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    Yousef, R.I.; Tutunji, M.F.; Derwish, G.A.W.; Musleh, S.M.

    1999-08-15

    Native Jordanian zeolitic tuffs, rich in phillipsite, were treated with urea and thiourea. The chemical and structural properties of the tuffs and their urea and thiourea admixtures were studied using SEM, XRF, XRD, and FTIR techniques, and their adsorption capacities were estimated by the methylene blue method. The urea and thiourea treatment has not affected the mineral constitution of the tuffs. The results revealed that urea and thiourea were linked by hydrogen bonding through the NH{sub 2} moiety to the zeolite substrate, with urea showing the strongest effect. Experiments were carried out to investigate the possible use of the prepared materials for the removal of phenol and chlorinated phenols from aqueous solutions. Although thiourea caused a reduction in the relative surface area, both urea and thiourea admixtures were more effective than the free zeolitic tuff in the removal of phenol and chlorinated phenols from water, with urea admixture displaying the largest removal capacity.

  2. On the formation and structure of rare-earth element complexes in aqueous solutions under hydrothermal conditions with new data on gadolinium aqua and chloro complexes

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    Mayanovic, Robert A.; Anderson, Alan J.; Bassett, William A.; Chou, I.-Ming

    2007-01-01

    Synchrotron X-ray spectroscopy experiments were made on the Gd(III) aqua and chloro complexes in low pH aqueous solutions at temperatures ranging from 25 to 500????C and at pressures up to 480??MPa using a hydrothermal diamond anvil cell. Analysis of fluorescence Gd L3-edge X-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectra measured from a 0.006m Gd/0.16m HNO3 aqueous solution at temperatures up to 500????C and at pressures up to 260??MPa shows that the Gd-O distance of the Gd3+ aqua ion decreases steadily at a rate of ??? 0.007??A??/100????C whereas the number of coordinated H2O molecules decreases from 9.0 ?? 0.5 to 7.0 ?? 0.4. The loss of water molecules in the Gd3+ aqua ion inner hydration shell over this temperature range (a 22% reduction) is smaller than exhibited by the Yb3+ aqua ion (42% reduction) indicating that the former is significantly more stable than the later. We conjecture that the anomalous enrichment of Gd reported from measurement of REE concentrations in ocean waters may be attributed to the enhanced stability of the Gd3+ aqua ion relative to other REEs. Gd L3-edge XAFS measurements of 0.006m and 0.1m GdCl3 aqueous solutions at temperatures up to 500????C and pressures up to 480??MPa reveal that the onset of significant Gd3+-Cl- association occurs around 300????C. Partially-hydrated stepwise inner-sphere complexes most likely of the type Gd(H2O)??-nCln+3-n occur in the chloride solutions at higher temperatures, where ?? ??? 8 at 300????C decreasing slightly to an intermediate value between 7 and 8 upon approaching 500????C. This is the first direct evidence for the occurrence of partially-hydrated REE Gd (this study) and Yb [Mayanovic, R.A., Jayanetti, S., Anderson, A.J., Bassett, W.A., Chou, I-M., 2002a. The structure of Yb3+ aquo ion and chloro complexes in aqueous solutions at up to 500 ??C and 270 MPa. J. Phys. Chem. A 106, 6591-6599.] chloro complexes in hydrothermal solutions. The number of chlorides (n) of the partially-hydrated Gd(III) chloro complexes increases steadily with temperature from 0.4 ?? 0.2 to 1.7 ?? 0.3 in the 0.006m chloride solution and from 0.9 ?? 0.7 to 1.8 ?? 0.7 in the 0.1m GdCl3 aqueous solution in the 300-500????C range. Conversely, the number of H2O ligands of Gd(H2O)??-nCln+3-n complexes decreases steadily from 8.9 ?? 0.4 to 5.8 ?? 0.7 in the 0.006m GdCl3 aqueous solution and from 9.0 ?? 0.5 to 5.3 ?? 1.0 in the 0.1m GdCl3 aqueous solution at temperatures from 25 to 500????C. Analysis of our results shows that the chloride ions partially displace the inner-shell water molecules during Gd(III) complex formation under hydrothermal conditions. The Gd-OH2 bond of the partially-hydrated Gd(III) chloro complexes exhibits slightly smaller rates of length contraction (??? 0.005??A??/100????C) for both solutions. The structural aspects of chloride speciation of Gd(III) as measured from this study and of Yb(III) as measured from our previous experiments are consistent with the solubility of these and other REE in deep-sea hydrothermal fluids. ?? 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  3. Synthesis of 3-substituted isoindolin-1-ones via a tandem desilylation, cross-coupling, hydroamidation sequence under aqueous phase-transfer conditions.

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    Munoz, Socrates B; Aloia, Alexandra N; Moore, Alexander K; Papp, Attila; Mathew, Thomas; Fustero, Santos; Olah, George A; Surya Prakash, G K

    2016-01-01

    A simple and expedient method for the synthesis of 3-methylene-isoindolin-1-ones 4 under aqueous phase-transfer conditions has been developed. Starting from 2-iodobenzamides 1 and (silyl)alkynes, the products are obtained in high yields and short reaction times (30 min) with the use of inexpensive CuCl/PPh3 catalyst system in the presence of n-Bu4NBr (TBAB) as a phase-transfer agent. Terminal alkynes are conveniently "unmasked" upon in situ desilylation under the reaction conditions. Alkynes possessing heterocyclic moieties were also found as amenable substrates. Furthermore, a one-pot process starting from 2-iodobenzamides 1, aryl halides (bromides or iodides) and trimethylsilylacetylene (TMSA) as a convenient acetylene surrogate was also shown to be feasible under Pd/Cu catalysis. PMID:26611810

  4. Chemical changes during anaerobic decomposition of hardwood, softwood, and old newsprint under mesophilic and thermophilic conditions.

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    De la Cruz, Florentino B; Yelle, Daniel J; Gracz, Hanna S; Barlaz, Morton A

    2014-07-01

    The anaerobic decomposition of plant biomass is an important aspect of global organic carbon cycling. While the anaerobic metabolism of cellulose and hemicelluloses to methane and carbon dioxide are well-understood, evidence for the initial stages of lignin decomposition is fragmentary. The objective of this study was to look for evidence of chemical transformations of lignin in woody tissues [hardwood (HW), softwood (SW), and old newsprint (ONP)] after anaerobic decomposition using Klason and acid-soluble lignin, CuO oxidation, and 2D NMR. Tests were conducted under mesophilic and thermophilic conditions, and lignin associations with structural carbohydrates are retained. For HW and ONP, the carbon losses could be attributed to cellulose and hemicelluloses, while carbon loss in SW was attributable to an uncharacterized fraction (e.g., extractives etc.). The 2D NMR and chemical degradation methods revealed slight reductions in ?-O-4 linkages for HW and ONP, with no depolymerization of lignin in any substrate. PMID:24967726

  5. High-sensitivity chemical derivatization NMR analysis for condition monitoring of aged elastomers.

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    Assink, Roger Alan; Celina, Mathias Christopher; Skutnik, Julie Michelle

    2004-06-01

    An aged polybutadiene-based elastomer was reacted with trifluoroacetic anhydride (TFAA) and subsequently analyzed via 19F NMR spectroscopy. Derivatization between the TFAA and hydroxyl functionalities produced during thermo-oxidative aging was achieved, resulting in the formation of trifluoroester groups on the polymer. Primary and secondary alcohols were confirmed to be the main oxidation products of this material, and the total percent oxidation correlated with data obtained from oxidation rate measurements. The chemical derivatization appears to be highly sensitive and can be used to establish the presence and identity of oxidation products in aged polymeric materials. This methodology represents a novel condition monitoring approach for the detection of chemical changes that are otherwise difficult to analyze.

  6. Purification characteristics of pothos for airborne chemicals in growing conditions and its evaluation

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    Sawada, Ayako; Oyabu, Takashi

    Plants have a purification capability to various kinds of airborne chemicals. The capability largely depends on the growing conditions of the plant. In this study, the capabilities of the plants growing in the following three conditions were examined: (a) put the subjective plant in a bowl of tap water, (b) put the one in a pot of growing water for over 1 year and (c) in the pot-soil. The room temperature and light intensity were changed in the experiments. As a result, it became obvious that the capability to formaldehyde varied in some degree according to room temperature. The capability decreased linearly in 12-25 C in the case of (a), it did not change largely in the case of (b) and it indicated maximum value at 21 C in the case of (c). The temperature belonged to optimal growth range of the plant. The capability-order is as follows: (a)<(b)<(c). The capability increased as the light intensity increased in each growth-condition. The capabilities to acetone, toluene and xylene were also examined. It became obvious that the capability became lower as the molecular weight of the chemical became larger.

  7. Validity conditions for stochastic chemical kinetics in diffusion-limited systems

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    Gillespie, Daniel T.; Petzold, Linda R.; Seitaridou, Effrosyni

    2014-01-01

    The chemical master equation (CME) and the mathematically equivalent stochastic simulation algorithm (SSA) assume that the reactant molecules in a chemically reacting system are dilute and well-mixed throughout the containing volume. Here we clarify what those two conditions mean, and we show why their satisfaction is necessary in order for bimolecular reactions to physically occur in the manner assumed by the CME and the SSA. We prove that these conditions are closely connected, in that a system will stay well-mixed if and only if it is dilute. We explore the implications of these validity conditions for the reaction-diffusion (or spatially inhomogeneous) extensions of the CME and the SSA to systems whose containing volumes are not necessarily well-mixed, but can be partitioned into cubical subvolumes (voxels) that are. We show that the validity conditions, together with an additional condition that is needed to ensure the physical validity of the diffusion-induced jump probability rates of molecules between voxels, require the voxel edge length to have a strictly positive lower bound. We prove that if the voxel edge length is steadily decreased in a way that respects that lower bound, the average rate at which bimolecular reactions occur in the reaction-diffusion CME and SSA will remain constant, while the average rate of diffusive transfer reactions will increase as the inverse square of the voxel edge length. We conclude that even though the reaction-diffusion CME and SSA are inherently approximate, and cannot be made exact by shrinking the voxel size to zero, they should nevertheless be useful in many practical situations. PMID:24511926

  8. Treatment of hydrocarbon contamination under flow through conditions by using magnetite catalyzed chemical oxidation.

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    Usman, M; Faure, P; Lorgeoux, C; Ruby, C; Hanna, K

    2013-01-01

    Soil pollution by hydrocarbons (aromatic and aliphatic hydrocarbons) is a major environmental issue. Various treatments have been used to remove them from contaminated soils. In our previous studies, the ability of magnetite has been successfully explored to catalyze chemical oxidation for hydrocarbon remediation in batch slurry system. In the present laboratory study, column experiments were performed to evaluate the efficiency of magnetite catalyzed Fenton-like (FL) and activated persulfate (AP) oxidation for hydrocarbon degradation. Flow-through column experiments are intended to provide a better representation of field conditions. Organic extracts isolated from three different soils (an oil-contaminated soil from petrochemical industrial site and two soils polluted by polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) originating from coking plant sites) were spiked on sand. After solvent evaporation, spiked sand was packed in column and was subjected to oxidation using magnetite as catalyst. Oxidant solution was injected at a flow rate of 0.1 mL min(-1) under water-saturated conditions. Organic analyses were performed by GC-mass spectrometry, GC-flame ionization detector, and micro-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Significant abatement of both types of hydrocarbons (60-70 %) was achieved after chemical oxidation (FL and AP) of organic extracts. No significant by-products were formed during oxidation experiment, underscoring the complete degradation of hydrocarbons. No selective degradation was observed for FL with almost similar efficiency towards all hydrocarbons. However, AP showed less reactivity towards higher molecular weight PAHs and aromatic oxygenated compounds. Results of this study demonstrated that magnetite-catalyzed chemical oxidation can effectively degrade both aromatic and aliphatic hydrocarbons (enhanced available contaminants) under flow-through conditions. PMID:22684901

  9. Chemical speciation of neptunium(VI) under strongly alkaline conditions. Structure, composition, and oxo ligand exchange.

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    Clark, David L; Conradson, Steven D; Donohoe, Robert J; Gordon, Pamela L; Keogh, D Webster; Palmer, Phillip D; Scott, Brian L; Tait, C Drew

    2013-04-01

    Hexavalent neptunium can be solubilized in 0.5-3.5 M aqueous MOH (M = Li(+), Na(+), NMe4(+) = TMA(+)) solutions. Single crystals were obtained from cooling of a dilute solution of Co(NH3)6Cl3 and NpO2(2+) in 3.5 M [N(Me)4]OH to 5 °C. A single-crystal X-ray diffraction study revealed the molecular formula of [Co(NH3)6]2[NpO2(OH)4]3·H2O, isostructural with the uranium analogue. The asymmetric unit contains three distinct NpO2(OH)4(2-) ions, each with pseudooctahedral coordination geometry with trans-oxo ligands. The average Np═O and Np-OH distances were determined to be 1.80(1) and 2.24(1) Å, respectively. EXAFS data and fits at the Np L(III)-edge on solid [Co(NH3)6]2[NpO2(OH)4]3·H2O and aqueous solutions of NpO2(2+) in 2.5 and 3.5 M (TMA)OH revealed bond lengths nearly identical with those determined by X-ray diffraction but with an increase in the number of equatorial ligands with increasing (TMA)OH concentration. Raman spectra of single crystals of [Co(NH3)6]2[NpO2(OH)4]3·H2O reveal a ν1(O═Np═O) symmetric stretch at 741 cm(-1). Raman spectra of NpO2(2+) recorded in a 0.6-2.2 M LiOH solution reveal a single ν1 frequency of 769 cm(-1). Facile exchange of the neptunyl oxo ligands with the water solvent was also observed with Raman spectroscopy performed with (16)O- and (18)O-enriched water solvent. The combination of EXAFS and Raman data suggests that NpO2(OH)4(2-) is the dominant solution species under the conditions of study and that a small amount of a second species, NpO2(OH)5(3-), may also be present at higher alkalinity. Crystal data for [Co(NH3)6]2[NpO2(OH)4]3·H2O: monoclinic, space group C2/c, a = 17.344(4) Å, b = 12.177(3) Å, c = 15.273 Å, β = 120.17(2)°, Z = 4, R1 = 0.0359, wR2 = 0.0729. PMID:23485079

  10. Infrared spectra and chemical abundance of methyl propionate in icy astrochemical conditions

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    Sivaraman, B.; Radhika, N.; Das, A.; Gopakumar, G.; Majumdar, L.; Chakrabarti, S. K.; Subramanian, K. P.; Raja Sekhar, B. N.; Hada, M.

    2015-04-01

    We carried out an experiment in order to obtain the infrared (IR) spectra of methyl propionate (CH3CH2COOCH3) in astrochemical conditions and present the IR spectra for future identification of this molecule in the interstellar medium (ISM). The experimental IR spectrum is compared with the theoretical spectrum, and an attempt was made to assign the observed peak positions to their corresponding molecular vibrations in condensed phase. Moreover, our calculations suggest that methyl propionate must be synthesized efficiently within the complex chemical network of the ISM and therefore be present in cold dust grains, awaiting identification.

  11. Bake condition effect on hybrid lithography process for negative-tone chemically amplified resists

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    Pain, Laurent; Sala, F.; Higgins, C.; Dal'zotto, B.; Tedesco, Serge V.

    2000-06-01

    This paper presents the process optimization study of negative tone Chemically Amplified Resists (CAR) under E-Beam exposure. The importance of post apply bake temperature choice on resolution is underlined. The process study determines the process window in which optimal conditions of both post apply and post exposure bake steps are defined and present a method to define more precisely the thermal cross-linking onset. Finally lithographic performances of CARs are studied and we show that resolution can be pushed down to 40 nm.

  12. Carbon nanofiber aerogels for emergent cleanup of oil spillage and chemical leakage under harsh conditions

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    Wu, Zhen-Yu; Li, Chao; Liang, Hai-Wei; Zhang, Yu-Ning; Wang, Xin; Chen, Jia-Fu; Yu, Shu-Hong

    2014-01-01

    To address oil spillage and chemical leakage accidents, the development of efficient sorbent materials is of global importance for environment and water source protection. Here we report on a new type of carbon nanofiber (CNF) aerogels as efficient sorbents for oil uptake with high sorption capacity and excellent recyclability. Importantly, the oil uptake ability of the CNF aerogels can be maintained over a wide temperature range, from liquid nitrogen temperature up to ca. 400C, making them suitable for oil cleanup under harsh conditions. The outstanding sorption performance of CNF aerogels is associated with their unique physical properties, such as low density, high porosity, excellent mechanical stability, high hydrophobicity and superoleophilicity. PMID:24518262

  13. Carbon nanofiber aerogels for emergent cleanup of oil spillage and chemical leakage under harsh conditions.

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    Wu, Zhen-Yu; Li, Chao; Liang, Hai-Wei; Zhang, Yu-Ning; Wang, Xin; Chen, Jia-Fu; Yu, Shu-Hong

    2014-01-01

    To address oil spillage and chemical leakage accidents, the development of efficient sorbent materials is of global importance for environment and water source protection. Here we report on a new type of carbon nanofiber (CNF) aerogels as efficient sorbents for oil uptake with high sorption capacity and excellent recyclability. Importantly, the oil uptake ability of the CNF aerogels can be maintained over a wide temperature range, from liquid nitrogen temperature up to ca. 400C, making them suitable for oil cleanup under harsh conditions. The outstanding sorption performance of CNF aerogels is associated with their unique physical properties, such as low density, high porosity, excellent mechanical stability, high hydrophobicity and superoleophilicity. PMID:24518262

  14. Conversion of Japanese red pine wood (Pinus densiflora) into valuable chemicals under subcritical water conditions.

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    Asghari, Feridoun Salak; Yoshida, Hiroyuki

    2010-01-11

    A comparative study on the decomposition of Japanese red pine wood under subcritical water conditions in the presence and absence of phosphate buffer was investigated in a batch-type reaction vessel. Since cellulose makes up more than 40-45% of the components found in most wood species, a series of experiments were also carried out using pure cellulose as a model for woody biomass. Several parameters such as temperature and residence time, as well as pH effects, were investigated in detail. The best temperature for decomposition and hydrolysis of pure cellulose was found around 270 degrees C. The effects of the initial pH of the solution which ranged from 1.5 to 6.5 were studied. It was found that the pH has a considerable effect on the hydrolysis and decomposition of the cellulose. Several products in the aqueous phase were identified and quantified. The conditions obtained from the subcritical water treatment of pure cellulose were applied for the Japanese red pine wood chips. As a result, even in the absence of acid catalyst, a large amount of wood sample was hydrolyzed in water; however, by using phosphate buffer at pH 2, there was an increase in the hydrolysis and dissolution of the wood chips. In addition to the water-soluble phase, acetone-soluble and water-acetone-insoluble phases were also isolated after subcritical water treatment (which can be attributed mainly to the degraded lignin, tar, and unreacted wood chips, respectively). The initial wood:acid ratio in the case of reactions catalyzed by phosphate buffer was also investigated. The results showed that this weight ratio can be as high as 3:1 without changing the catalytic activity. The size of the wood chips as one of the most important experimental parameters was also investigated. PMID:19892325

  15. Prebiotic chemistry: chemical evolution of organics on the primitive Earth under simulated prebiotic conditions.

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    Dondi, Daniele; Merli, Daniele; Pretali, Luca; Fagnoni, Maurizio; Albini, Angelo; Serpone, Nick

    2007-11-01

    A series of prebiotic mixtures of simple molecules, sources of C, H, N, and O, were examined under conditions that may have prevailed during the Hadean eon (4.6-3.8 billion years), namely an oxygen-free atmosphere and a significant UV radiation flux over a large wavelength range due to the absence of an ozone layer. Mixtures contained a C source (methanol, acetone or other ketones), a N source (ammonia or methylamine), and an O source (water) at various molar ratios of C : H : N : O. When subjected to UV light or heated for periods of 7 to 45 days under an argon atmosphere, they yielded a narrow product distribution of a few principal compounds. Different initial conditions produced different distributions. The nature of the products was ascertained by gas chromatographic-mass spectral analysis (GC-MS). UVC irradiation of an aqueous methanol-ammonia-water prebiotic mixture for 14 days under low UV dose (6 x 10(-2) Einstein) produced methylisourea, hexamethylenetetramine (HMT), methyl-HMT and hydroxy-HMT, whereas under high UV dose (45 days; 1.9 x 10(-1) Einstein) yielded only HMT. By contrast, the prebiotic mixture composed of acetone-ammonia-water produced five principal species with acetamide as the major component; thermally the same mixture produced a different product distribution of four principal species. UVC irradiation of the CH(3)CN-NH(3)-H(2)O prebiotic mixture for 7 days gave mostly trimethyl-s-triazine, whereas in the presence of two metal oxides (TiO(2) or Fe(2)O(3)) also produced some HMT; the thermal process yielded only acetamide. PMID:17973054

  16. Solvent effects on chemical processes. I: Solubility of aromatic and heterocyclic compounds in binary aqueous-organic solvents.

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    Khossravi, D; Connors, K A

    1992-04-01

    The standard free energy change (delta G0) for equilibrium dissolution in binary solvent mixtures is written as a sum of effects arising from solvent-solvent interactions (the general medium effect), solvent-solute interactions (the solvation effect), and solute-solute interactions (the intersolute effect). The general medium effect is given by gA gamma, where g is a curvature correction factor to the surface tension (gamma) and A is the molecular cavity surface area. A new feature is the definition of gamma to be that value appropriate to the equilibrium mean solvation shell composition. The solvation effect is modeled by stoichiometric stepwise competitive equilibria between the two solvent components for the solute. The intersolute effect includes the crystal energy and solution phase interactions. In this work, water was solvent component 1, and various miscible organic cosolvents served as solvent component 2. Relating all data to the fully aqueous solution gives an explicit expression for delta M delta G0, the solvent effect on the free energy change, as a function of the mole fractions x1 and x2. This function is a binding isotherm. Nonlinear regression leads (for a two-step solvation scheme) to estimates of the solvation exchange constants K1 and K2 and the parameter gA. This relationship was applied to 44 systems comprising combinations of 31 solutes and eight organic cosolvents. Curve fits were good to excellent, and most of the parameter estimates had physically reasonable magnitudes. PMID:1308660

  17. Chemical Processing in High-Pressure Aqueous Environments. 9. Process Development for Catalytic Gasification of Algae Feedstocks

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    Elliott, Douglas C.; Hart, Todd R.; Neuenschwander, Gary G.; Rotness, Leslie J.; Olarte, Mariefel V.; Zacher, Alan H.

    2012-07-26

    Through the use of a metal catalyst, gasification of wet algae slurries can be accomplished with high levels of carbon conversion to gas at relatively low temperature (350 C). In a pressurized-water environment (20 MPa), near-total conversion of the organic structure of the algae to gases has been achieved in the presence of a supported ruthenium metal catalyst. The process is essentially steam reforming, as there is no added oxidizer or reagent other than water. In addition, the gas produced is a medium-heating value gas due to the synthesis of high levels of methane, as dictated by thermodynamic equilibrium. As opposed to earlier work, biomass trace components were removed by processing steps so that they did not cause processing difficulties in the fixed catalyst bed tubular reactor system. As a result, the algae feedstocks, even those with high ash contents, were much more reliably processed. High conversions were obtained even with high slurry concentrations. Consistent catalyst operation in these short-term tests suggested good stability and minimal poisoning effects. High methane content in the product gas was noted with significant carbon dioxide captured in the aqueous byproduct in combination with alkali constituents and the ammonia byproduct derived from proteins in the algae. High conversion of algae to gas products was found with low levels of byproduct water contamination and low to moderate loss of carbon in the mineral separation step.

  18. Chemical relevance of the copper(II)— L-carnosine system in aqueous solution: A thermodynamic and spectrophotometric study

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    Daniele, Pier G.; Prenesti, Enrico; Zelano, Vincenzo; Ostacoli, Giorgio

    1993-08-01

    The copper(II)— L-carnosine (L -) system has been re-investigated in aqueous solution, at I = 0.1 mol dm -1, different temperatures (5⩽ t⩽45°C) and with metal to ligand ratios ranging from 3:1 to 1:3. Both potentiometry and visible spectrophotometry were employed. From an overall consideration of all experiments, [CuLH] 2+, [CuL] +, [CuLH -1]°, [Cu 2L 2H -2]° and [Cu 2LH -1] 2+ were recognized as the species which provide the best interpretation of experimental data. The complex formation constants, determined at different temperatures, allowed us to obtain reliable values of Δ H° and good estimates of Δ C° p. From visible spectrophotometric measurements, carried out at different pH and metal to ligand ratios, it was possible to calculate the electronic spectrum of each complex formed in solution. A structure is also proposed for each species, on the basis of thermodynamic and spectral results.

  19. Removal of arsenic from aqueous environments by native and chemically modified biomass of Aspergillus niger and Neosartorya fischeri.

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    Littera, Pavol; Urk, Martin; Sevc, Jaroslav; Kolenck, Marek; Gardosov, Katarna; Molnrov, Marianna

    2011-01-01

    Arsenic removal from aqueous solutions by biomass of two fungal strains, Aspergillus niger and Neosartorya fischeri, was assessed. The biosorption capacity of fungal biomass was studied within the As(V) concentration range of approximately 0.2 to 5.0 mg L(-1) at two different pH values (pH 5 and 7). With increasing initial arsenic concentration, the biosorption capacity of both fungal strains increased almost linearly and achieved the sorption capacity of 0.317 and 0.124 mg g(-1) for biomass of N. fischeri and A. niger, respectively. The effect of biomass treatment with FeCl3 and HCI on As(III) and As(V) uptake was also studied. The optimum biosorption pH as well as the effect ofbiomass treatment was found to be dependent on the fungal strain used. Treatment with FeCl3 and HCl did not result in any significant increase in arsenic uptake. To the contrary, treatment with ferric oxyhydroxide was found to be very effective and virtually 100% of the arsenic was removed from the samples of contaminated natural water. PMID:21970163

  20. Adsorption of nitrate from aqueous solution by magnetic amine-crosslinked biopolymer based corn stalk and its chemical regeneration property.

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    Song, Wen; Gao, Baoyu; Xu, Xing; Wang, Fang; Xue, Nan; Sun, Shenglei; Song, Wuchang; Jia, Ruibao

    2016-03-01

    A novel adsorbent of magnetic amine-crosslinked biopolymer based corn stalk (MAB-CS) was synthesized and used for nitrate removal from aqueous solution. The characters and adsorption mechanisms of this bio-adsorbent were determined by using VSM, TGA, XRD, SEM, TEM, FT-IR and XPS, respectively. The results revealed that the saturated magnetization of MAB-CS reached 6.25emu/g. Meanwhile, the studies of various factors indicated that this novel magnetic bio-adsorbent performed well over a considerable wide pH range of 6.0∼9.0, and the presence of PO4(3-) and SO4(2-) would markedly decrease the nitrate removal efficiency. Furthermore, the nitrate adsorption by MAB-CS perfectly fitted the Langmuir isotherm model (R(2)=0.997-0.999) and pseudo second order kinetic model (R(2)=0.953-0.995). The calculated nitrate adsorption capacity of MAB-CS was 102.04mg/g at 318K by Langmuir model, and thermodynamic study showed that nitrate adsorption is an spontaneous endothermic process. The regeneration experiments indicated its merit of regeneration and stability with the recovery efficient of 118∼147%. By integrating the experimental results, it was found that the removal of nitrate was mainly via electrostatic attraction and ion exchange. And this novel bio-adsorbent prepared in this work could achieve effective removal of nitrate and rapid separation from effluents simultaneously. PMID:26561752

  1. Iodine-xenon, chemical, and petrographie studies of Semarkona chondrules: Evidence for the timing of aqueous alteration

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    Swindle, T.D.; Grossman, J.N.; Olinger, C.T.; Garrison, D.H.

    1991-01-01

    We have performed INAA, petrographie, and noble gas analyses on seventeen chondrules from the Semarkona meteorite (LL3.0) primarily to study the relationship of the I-Xe system to other measured properties. We observe a range of ???10 Ma in apparent I-Xe ages. The three latest apparent ages fall in a cluster, suggesting the possibility of a common event. The initial 129I/127I ratio (R0) is apparently related to chondrule type and/or mineralogy, with nonporphyritic and pyroxene-rich chondrules showing evidence for lower R0'S (later apparent I-Xe ages) than porphyritic and olivine-rich chondrules. In addition, chondrules with sulfides on or near the surface have lower R0S than other chondrules. The 129Xe/132Xe ratio in the trapped Xe component anticorrelates with R0, consistent with evolution of a chronometer in a closed system or in multiple similar systems. On the basis of these correlations, we conclude that the variations in R0 represent variations in ages, and that later event(s), possibly aqueous alteration, preferentially affected chondrules with nonporphyritic textures and/or sulfide-rich exteriors about 10 Ma after the formation of the chondrules. ?? 1991.

  2. Iodine-xenon, chemical, and petrographic studies of Semarkona chondrules - Evidence for the timing of aqueous alteration

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    Swindle, T. D.; Grossman, J. N.; Olinger, C. T.; Garrison, D. H.

    1991-01-01

    The relationship of the I-Xe system of the Semarkona meteorite to other measured properties is investigated via INAA, petrographic, and noble-gas analyses on 17 chondrules from the meteorite. A range of not less than 10 Ma in apparent I-Xe ages is observed. The three latest apparent ages fall in a cluster, suggesting the possibility of a common event. It is argued that the initial I-129/I-127 ratio (R0) is related to chondrule type and/or mineralogy, with nonporphyritic and pyroxene-rich chondrules showing evidence for lower R0s than porphyritic and olivine-rich chondrules. Chondrules with sulfides on or near the surface have lower R0s than other chondrules. The He-129/Xe-132 ratio in the trapped Xe component anticorrelates with R0, consistent with the evolution of a chronometer in a closed system or in multiple systems. It is concluded that the variations in R0 represent variations in ages, and that later events, possibly aqueous alteration, preferentially affected chondrules with nonporphyritic textures and/or sulfide-rich exteriors about 10 Ma after the formation of the chondrules.

  3. Real-time detection of concealed chemical hazards under ambient light conditions using Raman spectroscopy.

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    Cletus, Biju; Olds, William; Fredericks, Peter M; Jaatinen, Esa; Izake, Emad L

    2013-07-01

    Current concerns regarding terrorism and international crime highlight the need for new techniques for detecting unknown and hazardous substances. A novel Raman spectroscopy-based technique, spatially offset Raman spectroscopy (SORS), was recently devised for noninvasively probing the contents of diffusely scattering and opaque containers. Here, we demonstrate a modified portable SORS sensor for detecting concealed substances in-field under different background lighting conditions. Samples including explosive precursors, drugs, and an organophosphate insecticide (chemical warfare agent surrogate) were concealed inside diffusely scattering packaging including plastic, paper, and cloth. Measurements were carried out under incandescent and fluorescent light as well as under daylight to assess the suitability of the probe for different real-life conditions. In each case, it was possible to identify the substances against their reference Raman spectra in less than 1 min. The developed sensor has potential for rapid detection of concealed hazardous substances in airports, mail distribution centers, and customs checkpoints. PMID:23692353

  4. Aqueous size-exclusion chromatographic separations of intact proteins under native conditions: Effect of pressure on selectivity and efficiency.

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    De Vos, Jelle; Kaal, Erwin R; Swart, Remco; Baca, Martyna; Heyden, Yvan Vander; Eeltink, Sebastiaan

    2016-02-01

    The selectivity and separation efficiency of aqueous size-exclusion chromatographic separations of intact proteins were assessed for different flow rates, using columns packed with 3 and 5 μm silica particles containing 150 and 290 Å stagnant pores. A mixture of intact proteins with molecular weights ranging between 17 000 and 670 000 Da was used to construct the calibration curves. Both the model fit and the predictive properties, using a leave-one-out strategy, of different polynomial models (up to fifth order) were evaluated for different flow rates. The best compromise between model fit and predictive properties was obtained using a third-order polynomial model. The accuracy of the predictive properties decreased with 10% with an eightfold increase in the flow rate. No changes in retention factors (hence selectivity) were observed in the flow-rate range applied. A strong correlation between molecular weight and plate height was observed. Exclusion of large-molecular-weight proteins led to a significant reduction in the stationary-phase mass-transfer contribution to the total plate-height value, and this effect was also independent of the flow rate applied. The kinetic-performance limits, in terms of plate number and time, and optimal column-length particle-size combinations were determined at the maximum recommended operating pressure of the size-exclusion chromatography columns (20 MPa). Finally, the possibilities of method speed-up using ultra-high-pressure size-exclusion chromatography in combination with columns packed with sub-2 μm particles are discussed. PMID:26549319

  5. Combined physical and chemical methods to control lesser mealworm beetles under laboratory conditions.

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    Wolf, Jnatas; Potrich, Michele; Lozano, Everton R; Gouvea, Alfredo; Pegorini, Carla S

    2015-06-01

    The lesser mealworm beetle, Alphitobius diaperinus (Panzer) (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae), is an important insect pest. The insect acts as a disease vector and reservoir, negatively affecting the health of birds and humans, and harming poultry husbandry. Controlling the lesser mealworm is generally based on using synthetic chemical insecticides, which are sometimes ineffective, and is limited due to market concerns regarding the toxicity of chemical residues in food products. In this context, the present study aimed to evaluate the potential for the combination of physical and chemical methods to control A. diaperinus. Bioassays were conducted using poultry bedding and known populations of beetle adults and larvae. The treatments consisted of the isolated application of 400 g/m2 hydrated lime; 20% added moisture (distilled water); temperature increase to 45C; an insecticide composed of cypermethrin, chlorpyrifos, and citronellal; and a combination of these factors. Beetle mortality was measured at 7 and 10 d of treatment. The hydrated lime and moisture treatments alone did not control A. diaperinus. Raising the temperature of the poultry bedding to 45C effectively controlled both larvae (906%) and adults (904%). The use of insecticide provided adequate control of A. diaperinus in the conditions of the bioassay (932% and 685% for adults and larvae, respectively). The combination of the studied factors led to the total control of larvae and adults after 7 d of treatment. PMID:25834245

  6. Surfactant concentration dependence of structure and photocatalytic properties of zinc oxide rods prepared using chemical synthesis in aqueous solutions.

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    Usui, Hiroyuki

    2009-08-15

    The author prepared zinc oxide (ZnO) rods using chemical synthesis in surfactant solutions, and investigated the surfactant concentration dependence on their structure and photocatalytic properties. With increased surfactant concentration, the ZnO morphology changed from a single straight rod to radial-shaped rods, with progressive lattice shrinkage of ZnO crystals. In the emission bands of ultraviolet and yellow, the photoluminescence intensities were decreased with increasing surfactant concentration. These results suggest that the surfactant molecules impart the radial structure through chemical activation of the ZnO surface, which engenders formation of dense lattice defects. The photocatalytic activity was improved through a two-step growth of the radial-shaped rods because of the existence of good crystallinity and interstitial nanospaces of radial-shaped rods. PMID:19473665

  7. Application of pervaporation and vapor permeation processes to separate aqueous ethanol solution through chemically modified Nylon 4 membranes

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    Wang, Y.H.; Teng, M.Y.; Lee, K.R.; Wang, D.M.; Lai, J.Y.

    1998-08-01

    The pervaporation performance of a Nylon 4 membrane, chemically grafted by N,N-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate (DMAEM), DMAEM-g-N4, was studied by measurement of the permeation ratio and the pervaporation separation index. It was found that the water permselectivity and permeation rate for the chemically modified Nylon 4 membrane were higher than those of the unmodified Nylon 4 membrane. Optimum pervaporation results, a separation factor of 28.3, and a permeation rate of 439 g/m{sup 2}{center_dot}h, were obtained when the degree of grafting was 12.7%. It was also found that all the permeation ratios at low temperature were less than unity. In addition, compared with pervaporation, vapor permeation effectively increases the permselectivity of water.

  8. Effects of biomass types and carbonization conditions on the chemical characteristics of hydrochars.

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    Cao, Xiaoyan; Ro, Kyoung S; Libra, Judy A; Kammann, Claudia I; Lima, Isabel; Berge, Nicole; Li, Liang; Li, Yuan; Chen, Na; Yang, John; Deng, Baolin; Mao, Jingdong

    2013-10-01

    Effects of biomass types (bark mulch versus sugar beet pulp) and carbonization processing conditions (temperature, residence time, and phase of reaction medium) on the chemical characteristics of hydrochars were examined by elemental analysis, solid-state ¹³C NMR, and chemical and biochemical oxygen demand measurements. Bark hydrochars were more aromatic than sugar beet hydrochars produced under the same processing conditions. The presence of lignin in bark led to a much lower biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) of bark than sugar beet and increasing trends of BOD after carbonization. Compared with those prepared at 200 °C, 250 °C hydrochars were more aromatic and depleted of carbohydrates. Longer residence time (20 versus 3 h) at 250 °C resulted in the enrichment of nonprotonated aromatic carbons. Both bark and sugar beet pulp underwent deeper carbonization during water hydrothermal carbonization than during steam hydrothermal carbonization (200 °C, 3 h) in terms of more abundant aromatic C but less carbohydrate C in water hydrochars. PMID:24004410

  9. An evaluation of the chemical, radiological, and ecological conditions of West Lake on the Hanford site

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    Poston, T.M.; Price, K.L.; Newcomer, D.R.

    1991-03-01

    West Lake and its immediate surrounding basin represent a unique habitat that is dominated by highly saline water and soil. The basin offers a valuable research site for studies of a rare and complex wetland area in the desert. This report is an evaluation of the chemical, radiological, and ecological conditions at West Lake and describes how ground water influences site properties. The scope of this evaluation consisted of a sampling program in 1989 and a review of data from the perspective of assessing the impact of Hanford Site operations on the physical, chemical, and ecological conditions of West Lake and its surrounding basin. The water level in West Lake fluctuates in relation to changes in the water table. The connection between West Lake and ground water is also supported by the presence of {sup 3}H and {sup 99}Tc in the ground water and in the lake. There are relatively high concentrations of uranium in West Lake; the highest concentrations are found in the northernmost isolated pool. Analyses of water, sediment, vegetation, and soil indicate possible shifts of isotropic ratios that indicate a reduction of {sup 235}U. Uranium-236 was not detected in West Lake water; its presence would indicate neutron-activated {sup 235}U from fuel reprocessing at Hanford. Trace metals are found at elevated concentrations in West Lake. Arsenic, chromium, copper, and zinc were found at levels in excess of US Environmental Protection Agency water quality criteria. Levels of radiological and chemical contamination in the West Lake basin are relatively low. Concentrations of fission isotopes exceed those that could be explained by atmospheric fallout, but fall short of action levels for active waste management areas. 31 refs., 8 figs., 18 tabs.

  10. A continuum analysis of chemical nonequilibrium under hypersonic low-density flight conditions

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    Gupta, R. N.

    1986-01-01

    Results of employing the continuum model of Navier-Stokes equations under the low-density flight conditions are presented. These results are obtained with chemical nonequilibrium and multicomponent surface slip boundary conditions. The conditions analyzed are those encountered by the nose region of the Space Shuttle Orbiter during reentry. A detailed comparison of the Navier-Stokes (NS) results is made with the viscous shock-layer (VSL) and direct simulation Monte Carlo (DSMC) predictions. With the inclusion of new surface-slip boundary conditions in NS calculations, the surface heat transfer and other flowfield quantities adjacent to the surface are predicted favorably with the DSMC calculations from 75 km to 115 km in altitude. This suggests a much wider practical range for the applicability of Navier-Stokes solutions than previously thought. This is appealing because the continuum (NS and VSL) methods are commonly used to solve the fluid flow problems and are less demanding in terms of computer resource requirements than the noncontinuum (DSMC) methods.

  11. The influence of a non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) and chemical oxidant application on perfluoroalkyl acid (PFAA) fate and transport.

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    McKenzie, Erica R; Siegrist, Robert L; McCray, John E; Higgins, Christopher P

    2016-04-01

    One dimensional column experiments were conducted using saturated porous media containing residual trichloroethylene (TCE) to understand the effects of non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPLs) and chemical oxidation on perfluoroalkyl acid (PFAA) fate and transport. Observed retardation factors and data from supporting batch studies suggested that TCE provides additional sorption capacity that can increase PFAA retardation (i.e., decreased mobility), though the mechanisms remain unclear. Treatment with persulfate activated with FeCl2 and citric acid, catalyzed hydrogen peroxide (CHP), or permanganate did not result in oxidative transformations of PFAAs. However, impacts on PFAA sorption were apparent, and enhanced sorption was substantial in the persulfate-treated columns. In contrast, PFAA transport was accelerated in permanganate- and CHP-treated columns. Ultimately, PFAA transport in NAPL contaminated groundwater is likely influenced by porous media properties, NAPL characteristics, and water quality properties, each of which can change due to chemical oxidant treatment. For contaminated sites for which ISCO is a viable treatment option, changes to PFAA transport and the implications thereof should be included as a component of the remediation evaluation and selection process. PMID:26854608

  12. Redefinition of working aqueous two-phase systems: a generic description for prediction of the effective phase chemical composition for process control and biorecovery.

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    Selvakumar, Pitchaivelu; Ling, Tau Chuan; Walker, Simon; Lyddiatt, Andrew

    2010-07-01

    Aqueous two-phase systems (ATPS) have been widely adopted for the combined purpose of solid liquid separation, and recovery and purification of bioproducts such as proteins, viruses and organelles from biological feedstocks and fermentation broth. However, in spite of potential advantages over other techniques applied to concentrated biological feedstocks, ATPS have been applied at process scale only by a few industries and research establishments. ATPS are sensitive to loading with modest to extreme quantities of biological feedstock due to the contribution of that material to phase formation in combination with the conventional phase-forming chemicals. This causes problem associated with the definition and manipulation of loaded working systems, which may be addresses as in the present study with the aid of distribution analysis of radiolabel led analytes (DARA) in representative process samples. The present study focussed on establishing a generic description for characterising ATPS loaded with biological feedstocks and the redefinition of the biological feedstock loaded system composition in terms of phase forming chemical equivalents. This evaluation will be useful to achieve ATPS process implementation where phase recycle/reuse is adopted without compromise to process operations and consistent protein recovery performance. PMID:20570574

  13. Wettability of steel surfaces at CO{sub 2} corrosion conditions. 1: Effect of surface active compounds in aqueous and hydrocarbon media

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    Schmitt, G.; Stradmann, N.

    1998-12-31

    The wettability of carbon steel surfaces with aqueous media (distilled water, brines) and hydrocarbon media (crude oils) was studied under CO{sub 2} corrosion conditions at 75 and 80 C and 5 bar CO{sub 2} with respect to the effect of surface active compounds (inhibitors, demulsifiers) by quasi-insitu and insitu contact angle measurements in a high pressure test cell. Fatty alcohol ethoxylates, quats, amines and imidazolines influence the hydro-philic/hydrophobic properties of carbonate scales on corroding carbon steel, but inhibiting mechanisms cannot be explained by hydrophobing effects alone. The method yields easy and quick information on substance effects, specifically in case of insitu measurements in oil-in-water systems.

  14. Study of CdS epitaxial films chemically deposited from aqueous solutions on InP single crystals

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    Froment, M.; Bernard, M.C.; Cortes, R.; Mokili, B.; Lincot, D.

    1995-08-01

    Epitaxial growth of cadmium sulfide on InP single crystals is achieved by chemical bath deposition (CBD) in ammonia solutions at near room temperature. A better understanding of the correlations between the deposition parameters (temperature, bath composition) and the epitaxial quality is obtained by using electron diffraction and transmission techniques, x-ray diffraction, in combination with Raman spectroscopy. They are supplemented by electrochemical impedance and photocurrent experiments which give information on energetic structures between InP and CBD-CdS. Direct relations between the substrate properties and the growth habits of the CdS film (hexagonal vs. cubic, epitaxial vs. polycrystalline) are found.

  15. Multianalyte determination of 24 cytostatics and metabolites by liquid chromatography-electrospray-tandem mass spectrometry and study of their stability and optimum storage conditions in aqueous solution.

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    Negreira, Noelia; Mastroianni, Nicola; Lpez de Alda, Miren; Barcel, Dami

    2013-11-15

    A multianalyte liquid chromatography-electrospray-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-ESI-MS/MS) method for determination of 19 cytostatics and 5 metabolites, from 6 different therapeutic families, has been developed, and the structures of the main characteristic fragment ions have been proposed. Instrumental limits of detection and quantification are in the range 0.1-10.3 and 1.0-34.3 ng mL(-1), respectively. Moreover, the stability of the compounds in aqueous solution was investigated in order to establish the best conditions for preparation and storage of both calibration standards and water samples. Dimethylsulphoxide (DMSO) was selected as solvent for preparation of the stock solutions. At room temperature (25 C), 11 of the 24 target compounds were shown to be unstable in water (percentage of organic solvent 4%), with concentration losses greater than 20% in less than 24 h. At 4 C (typical storage temperature for water samples) all compounds, except MTIC and chlorambucil, were stable for 24h, but the number of stable compounds decreased to 10 after 9 days. Freezing of the aqueous solutions improved considerably the stability of various compounds: after 3 months of storage at -20 C, 10 compounds, namely, 5-fluorouracil, carboplatin, gemcitabine, temozolomide, vincristine, vinorelbine, ifosfamide, cyclophosphamide, etoposide, and capecitabine, remained stable (in contrast to only carboplatin and capecitabine at 4 C). The addition of acid improved the stability of methotrexate and its metabolite hydroxy-methotrexate but not that of the rest of compounds. The addition of organic solvent (50% methanol or DMSO) prevented the degradation at 4 C of the otherwise unstable compounds oxaliplatin, methotrexate, erlotinib, doxorubicin, tamoxifen, and paclitaxel. To the authors' knowledge, five of the analytes investigated have never been searched for in the aquatic environment (imatinib, 6?-hydroxypaclitaxel, endoxifen, (Z)4-hydroxytamoxifen, and temozolomide), and for many of them the stability data provided, and even the analytical LC-MS/MS conditions, are the first ever published. PMID:24148406

  16. Physico-chemical studies in the removal of Sr(II) from aqueous solutions using activated sericite.

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    Lalhmunsiama; Tiwari, Diwakar; Lee, Seung-Mok

    2015-09-01

    Sericite, a mica based natural clay, was annealed at 800C for 4h followed by acid activation using 3.0mol/L of HCl at 100C in order to obtain activated sericite (AS). The activation of sericite causes a significant increase in specific surface area. Further, SEM images of the AS showed a disordered and heterogeneous surface structure with mesopores on its surface whereas the pristine sericite possessed a compact layered structure. The materials were further employed in the removal of Sr(II) from aqueous solutions in a batch reactor system. Removal of Sr(II) was studied as a function of pH, concentration of adsorbate, contact time, background electrolyte concentrations and dose of adsorbents using pristine sericite and AS. The removal of Sr(II) was favoured increasing the pH of the solution and the extent of Sr(II) removal was increased with increasing the sorbate concentration. Equilibrium sorption data obtained with pristine sericite were fitted well to Langmuir adsorption isotherm whereas the sorption data collected using AS better fitted to the Freundlich adsorption isotherm. The time dependence sorption data showed that the uptake of Sr(II) was very rapid and an apparent sorption equilibrium was achieved within 30min and 60min of contact for sericite and AS, respectively. The kinetic data were modelled to the pseudo-first order and pseudo-second order rate kinetics and sorption capacities as well as rate constants were evaluated. Increase in background electrolyte concentrations NaNO3 (0.001-0.1mol/L) indicated that the presence of NaNO3 caused to decrease the percent removal of Sr(II) by sericite and AS. Furthermore, fixed-bed column reactor operations were performed to obtain the breakthrough data. The breakthrough data were fitted well to the non-linear Thomas equation. Therefore, the present study suggested that AS can be adequately applied for the removal of Sr(II) from the aquatic environment. PMID:26048059

  17. Chemical Reactivity of alpha-Pinene-derived Products in the Aqueous Phase: Implications on the Fate of Organic Nitrates

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    Rindelaub, J. D.; Hostetler, M. A.; Lipton, M. A.; Shepson, P. B.

    2014-12-01

    The production of organic nitrates has significant atmospheric importance due to the impact on regional air quality by influencing NOx lifetimes and ozone formation. Additionally, these low volatility compounds readily partition into the particle phase and are important contributors to secondary organic aerosol. Once in the aerosol phase, organic nitrates undergo further chemical reactions that govern their fate in the atmosphere and, consequently, their impact on air quality. Recent research indicates that the presence of water on aerosol particles has a major impact on the reactivity of organic nitrates and that condensed phase hydrolysis leads to the destruction of organic nitrate species, depending on structure. Despite this knowledge, the chemical mechanisms, products, product reactivity and volatility are still uncertain, negatively impacting our understanding of aerosol phase processing and the contribution to air quality. To further understand the atmospheric impact of aerosol phase hydrolysis, we analyzed both condensed phase hydrolysis reactions involving alpha-pinene-derived standards and alpha-pinene photochemical chamber reaction filter samples, using a suite of spectroscopic and mass spectrometric techniques. We were able to measure the pH-dependent hydrolysis rate constants for several types of organic nitrates and identify specific reaction products. The chemistry involved exhibits a strong dependence on pH, providing important mechanistic clues. The results of this study will significantly contribute to our knowledge of aerosol phase chemistry and the impact on regional air quality with respect to the fate of organic nitrate species.

  18. Interpopulational Variations in Sexual Chemical Signals of Iberian Wall Lizards May Allow Maximizing Signal Efficiency under Different Climatic Conditions.

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    Martn, Jos; Ortega, Jess; Lpez, Pilar

    2015-01-01

    Sexual signals used in intraspecific communication are expected to evolve to maximize efficacy under a given climatic condition. Thus, chemical secretions of lizards might evolve in the evolutionary time to ensure that signals are perfectly tuned to local humidity and temperature conditions affecting their volatility and therefore their persistence and transmission through the environment. We tested experimentally whether interpopulational altitudinal differences in chemical composition of femoral gland secretions of male Iberian wall lizards (Podarcis hispanicus) have evolved to maximize efficacy of chemical signals in different environmental conditions. Chemical analyses first showed that the characteristics of chemical signals of male lizards differed between two populations inhabiting environments with different climatic conditions in spite of the fact that these two populations are closely related genetically. We also examined experimentally whether the temporal attenuation of the chemical stimuli depended on simulated climatic conditions. Thus, we used tongue-flick essays to test whether female lizards were able to detect male scent marks maintained under different conditions of temperature and humidity by chemosensory cues alone. Chemosensory tests showed that chemical signals of males had a lower efficacy (i.e. detectability and persistence) when temperature and dryness increase, but that these effects were more detrimental for signals of the highest elevation population, which occupies naturally colder and more humid environments. We suggest that the abiotic environment may cause a selective pressure on the form and expression of sexual chemical signals. Therefore, interpopulational differences in chemical profiles of femoral secretions of male P. hispanicus lizards may reflect adaptation to maximize the efficacy of the chemical signal in different climates. PMID:26121693

  19. Interpopulational Variations in Sexual Chemical Signals of Iberian Wall Lizards May Allow Maximizing Signal Efficiency under Different Climatic Conditions

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    2015-01-01

    Sexual signals used in intraspecific communication are expected to evolve to maximize efficacy under a given climatic condition. Thus, chemical secretions of lizards might evolve in the evolutionary time to ensure that signals are perfectly tuned to local humidity and temperature conditions affecting their volatility and therefore their persistence and transmission through the environment. We tested experimentally whether interpopulational altitudinal differences in chemical composition of femoral gland secretions of male Iberian wall lizards (Podarcis hispanicus) have evolved to maximize efficacy of chemical signals in different environmental conditions. Chemical analyses first showed that the characteristics of chemical signals of male lizards differed between two populations inhabiting environments with different climatic conditions in spite of the fact that these two populations are closely related genetically. We also examined experimentally whether the temporal attenuation of the chemical stimuli depended on simulated climatic conditions. Thus, we used tongue-flick essays to test whether female lizards were able to detect male scent marks maintained under different conditions of temperature and humidity by chemosensory cues alone. Chemosensory tests showed that chemical signals of males had a lower efficacy (i.e. detectability and persistence) when temperature and dryness increase, but that these effects were more detrimental for signals of the highest elevation population, which occupies naturally colder and more humid environments. We suggest that the abiotic environment may cause a selective pressure on the form and expression of sexual chemical signals. Therefore, interpopulational differences in chemical profiles of femoral secretions of male P. hispanicus lizards may reflect adaptation to maximize the efficacy of the chemical signal in different climates. PMID:26121693

  20. Chitosan use in chemical conditioning for dewatering municipal-activated sludge.

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    Zemmouri, H; Mameri, N; Lounici, H

    2015-01-01

    This work aims to evaluate the potential use of chitosan as an eco-friendly flocculant in chemical conditioning of municipal-activated sludge. Chitosan effectiveness was compared with synthetic cationic polyelectrolyte Sedipur CF802 (Sed CF802) and ferric chloride (FeCl₃). In this context, raw sludge samples from Beni-Messous wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) were tested. The classic jar test method was used to condition sludge samples. Capillary suction time (CST), specific resistance to filtration (SRF), cakes dry solid content and filtrate turbidity were analyzed to determine filterability, dewatering capacity of conditioned sludge and the optimum dose of each conditioner. Data exhibit that chitosan, FeCl₃and Sed CF802 improve sludge dewatering. Optimum dosages of chitosan, Sed CF802 and FeCl₃allowing CST values of 6, 5 and 9 s, were found, respectively, between 2-3, 1.5-3 and 6 kg/t ds. Both polymers have shown faster water removal with more permeable sludge. SRF values were 0.634 × 10¹², 0.932 × 10¹² and 2 × 10¹² m/kg for Sed CF802, chitosan and FeCl₃respectively. A reduction of 94.68 and 87.85% of the filtrate turbidity was obtained with optimal dosage of chitosan and Sed CF802, respectively. In contrast, 54.18% of turbidity abatement has been obtained using optimal dosage of FeCl₃. PMID:25812088

  1. Assessment Of Chemical Dispersant Effectiveness In A Wave Tank Under Regular Non-Breaking And Breaking Wave Conditions

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    Current chemical dispersant effectiveness tests for product selection are commonly performed with bench-scale testing apparatus. However, for the assessment of oil dispersant effectiveness under real sea state conditions, test protocols are required to have hydrodynamic conditio...

  2. Aqueous phase processing of secondary organic aerosol from isoprene photooxidation

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    Liu, Y.; Monod, A.; Tritscher, T.; Praplan, A. P.; DeCarlo, P. F.; Temime-Roussel, B.; Quivet, E.; Marchand, N.; Dommen, J.; Baltensperger, U.

    2012-07-01

    Transport of reactive air masses into humid and wet areas is highly frequent in the atmosphere, making the study of aqueous phase processing of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) very relevant. We have investigated the aqueous phase processing of SOA generated from gas-phase photooxidation of isoprene using a smog chamber. The SOA collected on filters was extracted by water and subsequently oxidized in the aqueous phase either by H2O2 under dark conditions or by OH radicals in the presence of light, using a photochemical reactor. Online and offline analytical techniques including SMPS, HR-AMS, H-TDMA, TD-API-AMS, were employed for physical and chemical characterization of the chamber SOA and nebulized filter extracts. After aqueous phase processing, the particles were significantly more hygroscopic, and HR-AMS data showed higher signal intensity at m/z 44 and a lower signal intensity at m/z 43, thus showing the impact of aqueous phase processing on SOA aging, in good agreement with a few previous studies. Additional offline measurement techniques (IC-MS, APCI-MS2 and HPLC-APCI-MS) permitted the identification and quantification of sixteen individual chemical compounds before and after aqueous phase processing. Among these compounds, small organic acids (including formic, glyoxylic, glycolic, butyric, oxalic and 2,3-dihydroxymethacrylic acid (i.e. 2-methylglyceric acid)) were detected, and their concentrations significantly increased after aqueous phase processing. In particular, the aqueous phase formation of 2-methylglyceric acid and trihydroxy-3-methylbutanal was correlated with the consumption of 2,3-dihydroxy-2-methyl-propanal, and 2-methylbutane-1,2,3,4-tetrol, respectively, and an aqueous phase mechanism was proposed accordingly. Overall, the aging effect observed here was rather small compared to previous studies, and this limited effect could possibly be explained by the lower liquid phase OH concentrations employed here, and/or the development of oligomers observed during aqueous phase processing.

  3. Review and analysis of high temperature chemical reactions and the effect of non-equilibrium conditions

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    Johnson, R. E.

    1986-01-01

    Chemical reactions at high temperatures have been considered extensively because of their importance to the heating effects on re-entry of space vehicles. Data on these reactions however, are not abundant and even when found there are discrepancies in data collected by various investigators. In particular, data for recombination reactions are calculated from the dissociation reactions or vice versa through the equilibrium constant. This involves the use of the principle of detailed balancing. This principle is discussed in reference to conditions where it is valid as well as to those where it is not valid. Related topics that merit further study or for which applicable information was available are briefly mentioned in an appendix to this report.

  4. Chemical quantification of atomic-scale EDS maps under thin specimen conditions.

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    Lu, Ping; Romero, Eric; Lee, Shinbuhm; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L; Jia, Quanxi

    2014-12-01

    We report our effort to quantify atomic-scale chemical maps obtained by collecting energy-dispersive X-ray spectra (EDS) using scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) (STEM-EDS). With thin specimen conditions and localized EDS scattering potential, the X-ray counts from atomic columns can be properly counted by fitting Gaussian peaks at the atomic columns, and can then be used for site-by-site chemical quantification. The effects of specimen thickness and X-ray energy on the Gaussian peak width are investigated using SrTiO3 (STO) as a model specimen. The relationship between the peak width and spatial resolution of an EDS map is also studied. Furthermore, the method developed by this work is applied to study cation occupancy in a Sm-doped STO thin film and antiphase boundaries (APBs) present within the STO film. We find that Sm atoms occupy both Sr and Ti sites but preferably the Sr sites, and Sm atoms are relatively depleted at the APBs likely owing to the effect of strain. PMID:25307942

  5. Fluid Pressure, Thermal and Chemical Effects in Conditioning Permeability and Triggered Seismicity in Enhanced Geothermal Systems

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    Elsworth, D.; Izadi, G.; Zheng, B.; Taron, J.

    2011-12-01

    The evolution of permeability, heat or diffusive transfer area and triggered seismicity are intimately linked in forced-circulation systems such as EGS, CCS and unconventional hydrocarbon reservoirs where conditions are pushed far-from-equilibrium. We explore this evolution subject to coupled THMC processes in a prototypical EGS reservoir. We accommodate the influence of early-time changes in effective stress, mid-time changes in thermal stresses and ultimately incorporate long-term changes due to chemical effects. We develop a micromechanical model to represent the failure process and apply this model to represent energy release from individual critically oriented fractures. The changing stress state is calculated from the pore pressure, thermal drawdown and chemical effects for a coupled THMC model with dual porosity. This model is applied to a doublet geometry to explore the spatial and temporal migration for permeability evolution, access to reactive surface area and the triggering of seismicity as stimulation then production proceeds. Seismic activity is initially concentrated around the near-wellbore injection region. It is earliest for closely spaced fractures in reservoir rocks where the thermal drawdown of stress is largest at early times and results in numerous low-magnitude events. These observations are used to define the evolution of spatial changes within the reservoir and their migration with production, dependent on the mobilization of relic fractures.

  6. Chemical Quantification of Atomic-Scale EDS Maps under Thin Specimen Conditions

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    Lu, Ping; Romero, Eric; Lee, Shinbuhm; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L.; Jia, Quanxi

    2014-10-13

    We report our effort to quantify atomic-scale chemical maps obtained by collecting energy-dispersive X-ray spectra (EDS) using scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) (STEM-EDS). Under a thin specimen condition and when the EDS scattering potential is localized, the X-ray counts from atomic columns can be properly counted by fitting Gaussian peaks at the atomic columns, and can then be used for site-by-site chemical quantification. The effects of specimen thickness and X-ray energy on the Gaussian peak-width are investigated by using SrTiO3 (STO) as a model specimen. The relationship between the peak-width and spatial-resolution of an EDS map is also studied. Furthermore, the method developed by this work is applied to study a Sm-doped STO thin film and antiphase boundaries present within the STO film. We find that Sm atoms occupy both Sr and Ti sites but preferably the Sr sites, and Sm atoms are relatively depleted at the antiphase boundaries likely due to the effect of strain.

  7. Chemical Quantification of Atomic-Scale EDS Maps under Thin Specimen Conditions

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    Lu, Ping; Romero, Eric; Lee, Shinbuhm; MacManus-Driscoll, Judith L.; Jia, Quanxi

    2014-10-13

    We report our effort to quantify atomic-scale chemical maps obtained by collecting energy-dispersive X-ray spectra (EDS) using scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) (STEM-EDS). Under a thin specimen condition and when the EDS scattering potential is localized, the X-ray counts from atomic columns can be properly counted by fitting Gaussian peaks at the atomic columns, and can then be used for site-by-site chemical quantification. The effects of specimen thickness and X-ray energy on the Gaussian peak-width are investigated by using SrTiO3 (STO) as a model specimen. The relationship between the peak-width and spatial-resolution of an EDS map is also studied. Furthermore,more » the method developed by this work is applied to study a Sm-doped STO thin film and antiphase boundaries present within the STO film. We find that Sm atoms occupy both Sr and Ti sites but preferably the Sr sites, and Sm atoms are relatively depleted at the antiphase boundaries likely due to the effect of strain.« less

  8. Efficient and selective chemical transformations under flow conditions: The combination of supported catalysts and supercritical fluids

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    Burguete, M Isabel; Garca-Verdugo, Eduardo

    2011-01-01

    Summary This paper reviews the current trends in the combined use of supported catalytic systems, either on solid supports or in liquid phases and supercritical fluids (scFs), to develop selective and enantioselective chemical transformations under continuous and semi-continuous flow conditions. The results presented have been selected to highlight how the combined use of those two elements can contribute to: (i) Significant improvements in productivity as a result of the enhanced diffusion of substrates and reagents through the interfaces favored by the scF phase; (ii) the long term stability of the catalytic systems, which also contributes to the improvement of the final productivity, as the use of an appropriate immobilization strategy facilitates catalyst isolation and reuse; (iii) the development of highly efficient selective or, when applicable, enantioselective chemical transformations. Although the examples reported in the literature and considered in this review are currently confined to a limited number of fields, a significant development in this area can be envisaged for the near future due to the clear advantages of these systems over the conventional ones. PMID:22043246

  9. Basalt and olivine dissolution under cold, salty, and acidic conditions: What can we learn about recent aqueous weathering on Mars?

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    Hausrath, E. M.; Brantley, S. L.

    2010-12-01

    To test which variables may be important for weathering on Mars, the effects of temperature (22C, 6C, and -19C), high ionic strength, and oxygen concentrations were investigated in batch dissolution experiments containing forsterite, fayalite, and basalt glass. CaCl2-NaCl-H2O brine can remain liquid to temperatures of -55C and thus may be liquid in the cold, dry climate that currently characterizes Mars. To understand weathering under such conditions, dissolution rates were measured in experiments in distilled water with and without CaCl2 and NaCl. As observed by others, dissolution rates increased with temperature, and only fayalite dissolution was significantly affected by the presence or absence of oxygen. Enhanced fayalite dissolution under anoxic conditions suggests that Fe-rich olivine would dissolve more rapidly than Mg-rich olivine on Mars. Dissolution in the two most dilute experimental solutions (deionized water and CaCl2-NaCl-H2O solution of ionic strength = 0.7 m) were the same within uncertainty, but apparent dissolution rate constants in CaCl2-NaCl-H2O brines were significantly slower. Steady silica concentrations are decreased in the brines, consistent with other work, and precipitation rates of silica decrease with decreasing temperatures. These results suggest that enhanced silica precipitation could be an indicator of high ionic strength solutions on Mars. Consistent with these observations, weathering of basalt has been observed to sometimes be accompanied by precipitated layers of silica in cold, dry environments on Earth. If dissolution on Mars occurs or occurred under conditions similar to our experiments, cation leaching would be expected to be accompanied by silica precipitates on weathering surfaces.

  10. Chemical evolution of RNA under hydrothermal conditions and the role of thermal copolymers of amino acids for the prebiotic degradation and formation of RNA

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    Kawamura, K.; Nagahama, M.; Kuranoue, K.

    2005-01-01

    The roles of thermal copolymers of amino acids (TCAA) were studied for the prebiotic degradation of RNA. A weak catalytic ability of TCAA consisted of Glu, L-Ala, L-Val, L-Glu, L-Asp, and optionally L-His was detected for the cleavage of the ribose phosphodiester bond of a tetranucleotide (5'-dCrCdGdG) in aqueous solution at 80 degees C. The rate constants of the disappearance of 5'-dCrCdGdG were determined in aqueous solutions using different pH buffer and TCAA. The degradation rates were enhanced 1.3-3.0 times in the presence of TCAA at pH 7.5 and 8.0 at 80 degrees C, while the hydrolysis of oligoguanylate (oligo(G)) was accelerated about 1.6 times at pH 8.0. A weak inhibitory activity for the cleavage of oligo(G) was detected in the presence of 0.055 M TCAA-Std. On the other hand, our recent study on the influences of TCAA for the template-directed reaction of oligo(G) on a polycytidylic acid template showed that TCAA has an acceleration activity for the degradation of the activated nucleotide monomer and an acceleration activity for the formation of G5' ppG capped oligo(G). This series of studies suggest that efficient and selective catalytic or inhibitory activities for either the degradation or formation of RNA under hydrothermal conditions could have hardly emerged from the simple thermal condensation products of amino acids. A scenario is going to be deduced on the chemical evolution of enzymatic activities and RNA molecules concerning hydrothermal earth conditions. c2005 COSPAR. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Effective dispersion in a chemically heterogeneous medium under temporally fluctuating flow conditions

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    Zavala-Sanchez, Vanessa; Dentz, Marco; Sanchez-Vila, Xavier

    2007-05-01

    We investigate effective solute transport in a chemically heterogeneous medium subject to temporal fluctuations of the flow conditions. Focusing on spatial variations in the equilibrium adsorption properties, the corresponding fluctuating retardation factor is modeled as a stationary random space function. The temporal variability of the flow is represented by a stationary temporal random process. Solute spreading is quantified by effective dispersion coefficients, which are derived from the ensemble average of the second centered moments of the normalized solute distribution in a single disorder realization. Using first-order expansions in the variances of the respective random fields, we derive explicit compact expressions for the time behavior of the disorder induced contributions to the effective dispersion coefficients. Focusing on the contributions due to chemical heterogeneity and temporal fluctuations, we find enhanced transverse spreading characterized by a transverse effective dispersion coefficient that, in contrast to transport in steady flow fields, evolves to a disorder-induced macroscopic value (i.e., independent of local dispersion). At the same time, the asymptotic longitudinal dispersion coefficient can decrease. Under certain conditions the contribution to the longitudinal effective dispersion coefficient shows superdiffusive behavior, similar to that observed for transport in s stratified porous medium, before it decreases to its asymptotic value. The presented compact and easy to use expressions for the longitudinal and transverse effective dispersion coefficients can be used for the quantification of effective spreading and mixing in the context of the groundwater remediation based on hydraulic manipulation and for the effective modeling of reactive transport in heterogeneous media in general.

  12. Permafrost conditions in peatlands regulate magnitude, timing, and chemical composition of catchment dissolved organic carbon export.

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    Olefeldt, David; Roulet, Nigel T

    2014-10-01

    Permafrost thaw in peatlands has the potential to alter catchment export of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and thus influence downstream aquatic C cycling. Subarctic peatlands are often mosaics of different peatland types, where permafrost conditions regulate the hydrological setting of each type. We show that hydrological setting is key to observed differences in magnitude, timing, and chemical composition of DOC export between permafrost and nonpermafrost peatland types, and that these differences influence the export of DOC of larger catchments even when peatlands are minor catchment components. In many aspects, DOC export from a studied peatland permafrost plateau was similar to that of a forested upland catchment. Similarities included low annual export (2-3 g C m(-2) ) dominated by the snow melt period (~70%), and how substantial DOC export following storms required wet antecedent conditions. Conversely, nonpermafrost fens had higher DOC export (7 g C m(-2) ), resulting from sustained hydrological connectivity during summer. Chemical composition of catchment DOC export arose from the mixing of highly aromatic DOC from organic soils from permafrost plateau soil water and upland forest surface horizons with nonaromatic DOC from mineral soil groundwater, but was further modulated by fens. Increasing aromaticity from fen inflow to outlet was substantial and depended on both water residence time and water temperature. The role of fens as catchment biogeochemical hotspots was further emphasized by their capacity for sulfate retention. As a result of fen characteristics, a 4% fen cover in a mixed catchment was responsible for 34% higher DOC export, 50% higher DOC concentrations and ~10% higher DOC aromaticity at the catchment outlet during summer compared to a nonpeatland upland catchment. Expansion of fens due to thaw thus has potential to influence landscape C cycling by increasing fen capacity to act as biogeochemical hotspots, amplifying aquatic C cycling, and increasing catchment DOC export. PMID:24753046

  13. [Adsorption of calcium ion from aqueous solution using Na(+)-conditioned clinoptilolite for hot-water softening].

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    Zhang, Shuo; Wang, Dong; Chen, Yuan-Chao; Zhang, Xing-Wen; Chen, Gui-Jun

    2015-02-01

    This work investigated adsorptive removal of calcium ion (Ca2+) by virtue of Na(+) -conditioned clinoptilolite simulating the process of softening for industrial hot-water system. Influential factors such as the activation/regeneration of sorbent and solution pH were tested. The kinetics/thermodynamics for adsorption of Ca2+ were analyzed and discussed. Results showed that: (1) The adsorption rate was in good agreement with the pseudo-second order kinetic models, and the process of adsorption better followed the Langmuir model; (2) Higher solution temperature allowed an enhanced efficiency on Ca2+ removal, albeit the maximum adsorption capacity of Na(+)-conditioned clinoptilolite was hardly affected; (3) The process of adsorption was dominated by chemisorption, and also characterized by entropy increase with spontaneous/endothermic nature; (4) Solution temperature was suggested to be controlled within the range of 6 to 10, and more than 9 times of sorbent regeneration could be ensured for an effective adsorption towards Ca2+ with initial concentration less than 20 mg x L(-1). It was demonstrated that the activated clinoptilolite should be a promising alternative adsorbent for industrial hot-water softening. PMID:26031107

  14. Application of Zero-Valent Iron Nanoparticles for the Removal of Aqueous Zinc Ions under Various Experimental Conditions

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    Liang, Wen; Dai, Chaomeng; Zhou, Xuefei; Zhang, Yalei

    2014-01-01

    Application of zero-valent iron nanoparticles (nZVI) for Zn2+ removal and its mechanism were discussed. It demonstrated that the uptake of Zn2+ by nZVI was efficient. With the solids concentration of 1 g/L nZVI, more than 85% of Zn2+ could be removed within 2 h. The pH value and dissolved oxygen (DO) were the important factors of Zn2+ removal by nZVI. The DO enhanced the removal efficiency of Zn2+. Under the oxygen-contained condition, oxygen corrosion gave the nZVI surface a shell of iron (oxy)hydroxide, which could show high adsorption affinity. The removal efficiency of Zn2+ increased with the increasing of the pH. Acidic condition reduced the removal efficiency of Zn2+ by nZVI because the existing H+ inhibited the formation of iron (oxy)hydroxide. Adsorption and co-precipitation were the most likely mechanism of Zn2+ removal by nZVI. The FeOOH-shell could enhance the adsorption efficiency of nZVI. The removal efficiency and selectivity of nZVI particles for Zn2+ were higher than Cd2+. Furthermore, a continuous flow reactor for engineering application of nZVI was designed and exhibited high removal efficiency for Zn2+. PMID:24416439

  15. Initial results from dissolution rate testing of N-Reactor spent fuel over a range of potential geologic repository aqueous conditions

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    Gray, W.J.; Einziger, R.E.

    1998-04-01

    Hanford N-Reactor spent nuclear fuel (HSNF) may ultimately be placed in a geologic repository for permanent disposal. To determine whether the engineered barrier system that will be designed for emplacement of light-water-reactor (LWR) spent fuel will also suffice for HSNF, aqueous dissolution rate measurements were conducted on the HSNF. The purpose of these tests was to determine whether HSNF dissolves faster or slower than LWR spent fuel under some limited repository-relevant water chemistry conditions. The tests were conducted using a flowthrough method that allows the dissolution rate of the uranium matrix to be measured without interference by secondary precipitation reactions that would confuse interpretation of the results. Similar tests had been conducted earlier with LWR spent fuel, thereby allowing direct comparisons. Two distinct corrosion modes were observed during the course of these 12 tests. The first, Stage 1, involved no visible corrosion of the test specimen and produced no undissolved corrosion products. The second, Stage 2, resulted in both visible corrosion of the test specimen and left behind undissolved corrosion products. During Stage 1, the rate of dissolution could be readily determined because the dissolved uranium and associated fission products remained in solution where they could be quantitatively analyzed. The measured rates were much faster than has been observed for LWR spent fuel under all conditions tested to date when normalized to the exposed test specimen surface areas. Application of these results to repository conditions, however, requires some comparison of the physical conditions of the different fuels. The surface area of LWR fuel that could potentially be exposed to repository groundwater is estimated to be approximately 100 times greater than HSNF. Therefore, when compared on the basis of mass, which is more relevant to repository conditions, the HSNF and LWR spent fuel dissolve at similar rates.

  16. X-ray diffraction study of the formation of solid solutions in urania-thoria prepared by aqueous chemical processes

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    de Lima, Nelson Batista; Imakuma, Kengo

    1985-10-01

    The formation of solid solutions of (U, Th)O 2 was studied by X-ray diffraction on specimens prepared by a hydrolytical process and by co-precipitation. The uranium-thorium compounds obtained by the two processes were calcined, followed by reduction treatments in different conditions. The crystal structures of the products obtained after calcination of the powder blends prepared by both processes are given. The different stages of homogenization that occurred during reduction, were characterized by means of the relative peak positions. The activation energy for interdiffusion during the reduction process was found to be 42 {kJ}/{mol}.

  17. Chemical interactions between Nano-ZnO and Nano-TiO2 in a natural aqueous medium.

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    Tong, Tiezheng; Fang, Kaiqi; Thomas, Sara A; Kelly, John J; Gray, Kimberly A; Gaillard, Jean-Franois

    2014-07-15

    The use of diverse engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) potentially leads to the release of multiple ENMs into the environment. However, previous efforts to understand the behavior and the risks associated with ENMs have focused on only one material at a time. In this study, the chemical interactions between two of the most highly used ENMs, nano-TiO2, and nano-ZnO, were examined in a natural water matrix. The fate of nano-ZnO in Lake Michigan water was investigated in the presence of nano-TiO2. Our experiments demonstrate that the combined effects of ZnO dissolution and Zn adsorption onto nano-TiO2 control the concentration of dissolved zinc. X-ray absorption spectroscopy was used to determine the speciation of Zn in the particulate fraction. The spectra show that Zn partitions between nano-ZnO and Zn2+ adsorbed on nano-TiO2. A simple kinetic model is presented to explain the experimental data. It integrates the processes of nano-ZnO dissolution with Zn adsorption onto nano-TiO2 and successfully predicts dissolved Zn concentration in solution. Overall, our results suggest that the fate and toxicity potential of soluble ENMs, such as nano-ZnO, are likely to be influenced by the presence of other stable ENMs, such as nano-TiO2. PMID:24918623

  18. Atomistic Simulations of Chemical Reactivity of TATB Under Thermal and Shock Conditions

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    Manaa, M R; Reed, E J; Fried, L E

    2009-09-23

    The study of chemical transformations that occur at the reactive shock front of energetic materials provides important information for the development of predictive models at the grain-and continuum scales. A major shortcoming of current high explosives models is the lack of chemical kinetics data of the reacting explosive in the high pressure and temperature regimes. In the absence of experimental data, long-time scale atomistic molecular dynamics simulations with reactive chemistry become a viable recourse to provide an insight into the decomposition mechanism of explosives, and to obtain effective reaction rate laws. These rates can then be incorporated into thermo-chemical-hydro codes (such as Cheetah linked to ALE3D) for accurate description of the grain and macro scales dynamics of reacting explosives. In this talk, I will present quantum simulations of 1,3,5-triamino-2,4,6-trinitrobenzene (TATB) crystals under thermal decomposition (high density and temperature) and shock compression conditions. This is the first time that condensed phase quantum methods have been used to study the chemistry of insensitive high explosives. We used the quantum-based, self-consistent charge density functional tight binding method (SCC{_}DFTB) to calculate the interatomic forces for reliable predictions of chemical reactions, and to examine electronic properties at detonation conditions for a relatively long time-scale on the order of several hundreds of picoseconds. For thermal decomposition of TATB, we conducted constant volume-temperature simulations, ranging from 0.35 to 2 nanoseconds, at {rho} = 2.87 g/cm{sup 3} at T = 3500, 3000, 2500, and 1500 K, and {rho} = 2.9 g/cm{sup 3} and 2.72 g/cm{sup 3}, at T = 3000 K. We also simulated crystal TATB's reactivity under steady overdriven shock compression using the multi-scale shock technique. We conducted shock simulations with specified shock speeds of 8, 9, and 10 km/s for up to 0.43 ns duration, enabling us to track the reactivity of TATB well into the formation of several stable gas products, such as H{sub 2}O, N{sub 2}, and CO{sub 2}. Although complex chemical transformations are occurring continuously in the dynamical, high temperature, reactive environment of our simulations, a simple overall scheme for the decomposition of TATB emerges: Water is the earliest decomposition products to form, followed by a polymerization (or condensation) process in which several TATB remaining fragments are joined together, initiating the early step in the formation of high-nitrogen clusters, along with stable products such as N{sub 2} and CO{sub 2}. Remarkably, these clusters with high concentration of carbon and nitrogen (and little oxygen) remain dynamically stable for the remaining period of the simulations. Our simulations, thus, reveal a hitherto unidentified region of high concentrations of nitrogen-rich heterocyclic clusters in reacting TATB, whose persistence impede further reactivity towards final products of fluid N{sub 2} and solid carbon. These simulations also predict significant populations of charged species such as NCO{sup -}, H{sup +}, OH{sup -}, H{sub 3}O{sup +}, and O{sup -2}, the first such observation in a reacting explosive. Finally, A reduced four steps, global reaction mechanism with Arrhenius kinetic rates for the decomposition of TATB, along with comparative Cheetah decomposition kinetics at various temperatures has been constructed and will be discussed.

  19. Absorption of chlorine into aqueous bicarbonate solutions and aqueous hydroxide solutions

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    Ashour, S.S.; Rinker, E.B.; Sandall, O.C.

    1996-03-01

    Removal of chlorine from certain gas streams may be of industrial importance for certain chemical processes. The absorption of Cl{sub 2} into aqueous bicarbonate and aqueous hydroxide solutions was studied both experimentally and theoretically. The rate coefficient of the reaction between Cl{sub 2} and OH{sup {minus}} was estimated over the temperature range of 293--312 K and fitted by the Arrhenius equation: k{sub 24} = 3.56 {times} 10{sup 11} exp({minus}1,617/T). If Cl{sub 2} were assumed to react only with water and OH{sup {minus}} in an aqueous bicarbonate solution, the predicted absorption rate would be much lower than that experimentally measured. This suggests that Cl{sub 2} reacts with HCO{sub 3}{sup {minus}} in an aqueous bicarbonate solution. The rate coefficient of the reaction between Cl{sub 2} and HCO{sub 3}{sup {minus}} was estimated over the temperature range of 293--313 K and fitted by the Arrhenius equation: k{sub 21} = 5.63 {times} 10{sup 10} exp({minus}4,925/T). More importantly, under absorption conditions, the amount of hydroxide consumed for absorbing a specific amount of Cl{sub 2} into an aqueous hydroxide solution is almost twice the amount of bicarbonate consumed for absorbing the same amount of Cl{sub 2} into an aqueous bicarbonate solution.

  20. Chemical and toxicological evaluation of an emerging pollutant (enrofloxacin) by catalytic wet air oxidation and ozonation in aqueous solution.

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    Li, Yan; Zhang, Feifang; Liang, Xinmiao; Yediler, Ayfer

    2013-01-01

    This study evaluates the degradation efficiency of enrofloxacin (ENR) by catalytic wet air oxidation (CWAO) and ozonation. Results obtained by CWAO experiments show that 99.5% degradation, 37.0% chemical oxidation demand (COD) removal and 51.0% total organic carbon (TOC) conversion were obtained when 100 mol% FeCl(3) and 25 mol% NaNO(2) at 150 C under 0.5 MPa oxygen pressure after 120 min are used. The degradation products are identified by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS), gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and ion chromatography (IC). The oxidation end products, F(-), NO(3)(-) and NH(4)(+) were determined by IC. The BOD(5)/COD ratio as a measure of the biodegradability of the parent compound increased from 0.01 to 0.12 after 120 min of reaction time, indicating an improved biodegradability of the parent compound. The inhibition of bioluminescence of the marine bacteria V. fischeri decreased from 43% to 12% demonstrating a loss in toxicity of ENR during CWAO. Ozonation of 0.2 mM ENR was carried out with an ozone concentration of 7.3 g m(-3) at pH 7. ENR decomposition with a degradation rate of 87% was obtained corresponding to the reaction time. Moderate changes in COD (18%) and TOC (17%) removal has been observed. The bioluminescence inhibition increased from 8% to 50%, due to the generation of toxic degradation products during ozonation. In comparison to the widely use of well developed method of ozonation CWAO exhibits better performance in terms of COD, TOC removals and generates less toxic products. PMID:22858256

  1. Differentiation of Human Embryonic Stem Cells to Regional Specific Neural Precursors in Chemically Defined Medium Conditions

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    Erceg, Slaven; Lanez, Sergio; Ronaghi, Mohammad; Stojkovic, Petra; Prez-Arag, Maria Amparo; Moreno-Manzano, Victoria; Moreno-Palanques, Rubn; Planells-Cases, Rosa; Stojkovic, Miodrag

    2008-01-01

    Background Human embryonic stem cells (hESC) provide a unique model to study early events in human development. The hESC-derived cells can potentially be used to replace or restore different tissues including neuronal that have been damaged by disease or injury. Methodology and Principal Findings The cells of two different hESC lines were converted to neural rosettes using adherent and chemically defined conditions. The progenitor cells were exposed to retinoic acid (RA) or to human recombinant basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) in the late phase of the rosette formation. Exposing the progenitor cells to RA suppressed differentiation to rostral forebrain dopamine neural lineage and promoted that of spinal neural tissue including motor neurons. The functional characteristics of these differentiated neuronal precursors under both, rostral (bFGF) and caudalizing (RA) signals were confirmed by patch clamp analysis. Conclusions/Significance These findings suggest that our differentiation protocol has the capacity to generate region-specific and electrophysiologically active neurons under in vitro conditions without embryoid body formation, co-culture with stromal cells and without presence of cells of mesodermal or endodermal lineages. PMID:18461168

  2. Molecules in interstellar clouds. [physical and chemical conditions of star formation and biological evolution

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    Irvine, W. M.; Hjalmarson, A.; Rydbeck, O. E. H.

    1981-01-01

    The physical conditions and chemical compositions of the gas in interstellar clouds are reviewed in light of the importance of interstellar clouds for star formation and the origin of life. The Orion A region is discussed as an example of a giant molecular cloud where massive stars are being formed, and it is pointed out that conditions in the core of the cloud, with a kinetic temperature of about 75 K and a density of 100,000-1,000,000 molecules/cu cm, may support gas phase ion-molecule chemistry. The Taurus Molecular Clouds are then considered as examples of cold, dark, relatively dense interstellar clouds which may be the birthplaces of solar-type stars and which have been found to contain the heaviest interstellar molecules yet discovered. The molecular species identified in each of these regions are tabulated, including such building blocks of biological monomers as H2O, NH3, H2CO, CO, H2S, CH3CN and H2, and more complex species such as HCOOCH3 and CH3CH2CN.

  3. SONOCHEMICAL DECHLORINATION OF HAZARDOUS WASTES IN AQUEOUS SYSTEMS. (R825513C004)

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    Physical processes resulting from ultrasonication of aqueous solutions and suspensions produce extreme conditions that can affect the chemistry of dissolved and suspended chemicals. The purpose of this work was to explore the use of sonochemistry in treating chlorinated chemic...

  4. Exceedingly Low Freezing Rates of Aqueous Hno3 and Hno3/h2so4 Droplets Under Polar Stratospheric Conditions

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    Knopf, D. A.; Koop, T.; Luo, B.; Weers, U. G.; Peter, T.

    In the Arctic winter 1999/2000 large particles containing nitric acid were observed during in situ field measurements. These large particles are important for the deni- trification of the Arctic stratosphere. It has been proposed that such particles form by homogeneous nucleation of nitric acid hydrates from liquid stratospheric aerosol droplets. Homogeneous nucleation rates of NAT (Nitric Acid Trihydrate) and NAD (Nitric Acid Dihydrate) have been determined in laboratory experiments for binary HNO3/H2O solutions only at supersaturations much larger than observed in the stratosphere. Therefore, an extrapolation of such laboratory data is required for the modelling of stratospheric particle formation and subsequent denitrification. We will present new laboratory data of homogeneous nucleation rates of NAT and NAD from droplets consisting of both binary HNO3/H2O as well as ternary HNO3/H2O/H2SO4 solutions. Optical microscopy has been used to deduce the droplet freezing tempera- tures. The nature of the crystallized solids was identified by Raman spectroscopy. The freezing data have been analyzed within the framework of classical nucleation theory. Our results are consistent with previously published laboratory aerosol data. However, for stratospheric conditions, we infer homogeneous nucleation rates to be lower by orders of magnitude than the extrapolation currently in use. We conclude that homo- geneous nucleation of NAT and NAD is not sufficient to explain the observed number concentrations of large nitric acid containing particles in the stratosphere.

  5. Evaluating the potential for quantitative monitoring of in situ chemical oxidation of aqueous-phase TCE using in-phase and quadrature electrical conductivity

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    Hort, R. D.; Revil, A.; Munakata-Marr, J.; Mao, D.

    2015-07-01

    Electrical resistivity measurements can potentially be used to remotely monitor fate and transport of ionic oxidants such as permanganate (MnO4-) during in situ chemical oxidation (ISCO) of contaminants like trichloroethene (TCE). Time-lapse two-dimensional bulk conductivity and induced polarization surveys conducted during a sand tank ISCO simulation demonstrated that MnO4- plume movement could be monitored in a qualitative manner using bulk conductivity tomograms, although chargeability was below sensitivity limits. We also examined changes to in-phase and quadrature electrical conductivity resulting from ion injection, MnO2 and Cl- production, and pH change during TCE and humate oxidation by MnO4- in homogeneous aqueous solutions and saturated porous media samples. Data from the homogeneous samples demonstrated that inversion of the sand tank resistivity data using a common Tikhonov regularization approach was insufficient to recover an accurate conductivity distribution within the tank. While changes to in-phase conductivity could be successfully modeled, quadrature conductivity values could not be directly related to TCE oxidation product or MnO4- concentrations at frequencies consistent with field induced polarization surveys, limiting the utility of quadrature conductivity for monitoring ISCO.

  6. Effect of precursor solutions stirring on deep level defects concentration and spatial distribution in low temperature aqueous chemical synthesis of zinc oxide nanorods

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    Alnoor, Hatim; Chey, Chan Oeurn; Pozina, Galia; Liu, Xianjie; Khranovskyy, Volodymyr; Willander, Magnus; Nur, Omer

    2015-08-01

    Hexagonal c-axis oriented zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods (NRs) with 120-300 nm diameters are synthesized via the low temperature aqueous chemical route at 80 C on silver-coated glass substrates. The influence of varying the precursor solutions stirring durations on the concentration and spatial distributions of deep level defects in ZnO NRs is investigated. Room temperature micro-photoluminesnce (?-PL) spectra were collected for all samples. Cathodoluminescence (CL) spectra of the as-synthesized NRs reveal a significant change in the intensity ratio of the near band edge emission (NBE) to the deep-level emission (DLE) peaks with increasing stirring durations. This is attributed to the variation in the concentration of the oxygen-deficiency with increasing stirring durations as suggested from the X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis. Spatially resolved CL spectra taken along individual NRs revealed that stirring the precursor solutions for relatively short duration (1-3 h), which likely induced high super saturation under thermodynamic equilibrium during the synthesis process, is observed to favor the formation of point defects moving towards the tip of the NRs. In contrary, stirring for longer duration (5-15 h) will induce low super saturation favoring the formation of point defects located at the bottom of the NRs. These findings demonstrate that it is possible to control the concentration and spatial distribution of deep level defects in ZnO NRs by varying the stirring durations of the precursor solutions.

  7. Chemical equilibrium model for interfacial activity of crude oil in aqueous alkaline solution: the effects of pH, alkali and salt

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    Chan, M.; Yen, T.F.

    1980-11-01

    A chemical equilibrium model for interfacial activity of crude in aqueous alkaline solution is proposed. The model predicts the observed effects of pH and concentrations of alkali and salt on the interfacial tension (IFT). The model proposed was shown to describe the observed effects of acid content, pH, and sodium ions on the interfacial activity of crude oil in water. Once the pH of the interface reaches the pKa of the acids, sometimes with the help of addition of some salt, the IFT experiences a sudden steep drop to the range of 10/sup -2/ dynes/cm. After that, further addition of sodium either in the form of NaOH or NaCl is going to increase the IFT due to a shift of equilibriumn to the formation of undissociated soap. This was confirmed by the difference in the observed effect of sodium on the IFT of the extracted soap molecules which are dissociated easily and those which are associated highly and precipitated easily. These soap molecules have dissociation constant values ranging from below 10/sup -2/ to above one. 13 references.

  8. Aqueous Mesocosm Techniques Enabling the Real-Time Measurement of the Chemical and Isotopic Kinetics of Dissolved Methane and Carbon Dioxide.

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    Chan, Eric W; Kessler, John D; Shiller, Alan M; Joung, DongJoo; Colombo, Frank

    2016-03-15

    Previous studies of microbially mediated methane oxidation in oceanic environments have examined the many different factors that control the rates of oxidation. However, there is debate on what factor(s) are limiting in these types of environments. These factors include the availability of methane, O2, trace metals, nutrients, the density of cell population, and the influence that CO2 production may have on pH. To look at this process in its entirety, we developed an automated mesocosm incubation system with a Dissolved Gas Analysis System (DGAS) coupled to a myriad of analytical tools to monitor chemical changes during methane oxidation. Here, we present new high temporal resolution techniques for investigating dissolved methane and carbon dioxide concentrations and stable isotopic dynamics during aqueous mesocosm and pure culture incubations. These techniques enable us to analyze the gases dissolved in solution and are nondestructive to both the liquid media and the analyzed gases enabling the investigation of a mesocosm or pure culture experiment in a completely closed system, if so desired. PMID:26916091

  9. Liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry compatible approaches for the quantitation of folic acid in fortified juices and cereals using aqueous normal phase conditions.

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    Young, Josh E; Matyska, Maria T; Pesek, Joseph J

    2011-04-15

    Folic acid was separated under aqueous normal phase (ANP) conditions with Diamond Hydride columns and quantitated in fortified cereal and juice matrices using high performance liquid chromatography/ultraviolet absorption (HPLC-UV) and liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry (LC-MS) based methodologies. The folic acid was well-resolved from matrix components under the ANP conditions studied and allowed for the direct analyses of the fortified juices and cereals without the sample cleanup that is often required for other reported LC-based approaches. The calibration curve obtained from the LC-MS analyses demonstrated good linearity (R(2)=0.9997) in the studied concentration range of 0.05-0.5 mg/L. The spiked flour percent recovery was 90% with HPLC-UV and 91% with LC-MS. Spiked juice percent recovery was 102% with LC-MS. However, analyses of juices were unsatisfactory either in terms of recovery or sensitivity. Therefore, analyses of juices will either need to be performed by LC-MS or, if by HPLC-UV, will require sample cleanup. Three cereals and one juice were analyzed with the methods. PMID:20926082

  10. Changes in membrane surface properties of hepatic peroxisomes of rats under several conditions as determined by partition in aqueous polymer two-phase systems.

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    Horie, S; Ishii, H; Orii, H; Suga, T

    1982-08-25

    Changes in membrane surface properties of hepatic peroxisomes of rats under several conditions were observed by aqueous polymer two-phase systems, which contained 6% (w/w) dextran T 500, 6% (w/w) polyethyleneglycol 4000, 250 mmol sucrose/kg and various concentrations of sodium phosphate buffer. The partition of peroxisomes into the upper phase depended to a large extent on their membrane surface charge. The cross-points of peroxisomes shifted from 5.55 to 5.25 and 5.2 after the administration of clofibrate and aspirin for 2 weeks, respectively, although that of alloxan-diabetic rat peroxisomes was not altered. The hydrophobic properties of peroxisomes, examined by means of a partition containing polyethyleneglycol monostearate, were altered by diabetes and starvation, but no change occurred in rats treated with clofibrate or aspirin. In the liver of rats fed a high-fat diet, the partition of peroxisomes was the same as that of the control. These findings indicate that hypolipidemic drugs such as clofibrate and aspirin induce the proliferation of peroxisomes and lead to the alteration of the surface charge of peroxisomal membranes. Diabetes or fasting lead to an alteration mainly of the hydrophobic properties. Both changes are probably due to alteration of content and/or composition of the proteins and the phospholipids in peroxisomal membrane under the conditions used. PMID:7126569

  11. Four chemical methods of porcelain conditioning and their influence over bond strength and surface integrity

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    Stella, João Paulo Fragomeni; Oliveira, Andrea Becker; Nojima, Lincoln Issamu; Marquezan, Mariana

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To assess four different chemical surface conditioning methods for ceramic material before bracket bonding, and their impact on shear bond strength and surface integrity at debonding. METHODS: Four experimental groups (n = 13) were set up according to the ceramic conditioning method: G1 = 37% phosphoric acid etching followed by silane application; G2 = 37% liquid phosphoric acid etching, no rinsing, followed by silane application; G3 = 10% hydrofluoric acid etching alone; and G4 = 10% hydrofluoric acid etching followed by silane application. After surface conditioning, metal brackets were bonded to porcelain by means of the Transbond XP system (3M Unitek). Samples were submitted to shear bond strength tests in a universal testing machine and the surfaces were later assessed with a microscope under 8 X magnification. ANOVA/Tukey tests were performed to establish the difference between groups (α= 5%). RESULTS: The highest shear bond strength values were found in groups G3 and G4 (22.01 ± 2.15 MPa and 22.83 ± 3.32 Mpa, respectively), followed by G1 (16.42 ± 3.61 MPa) and G2 (9.29 ± 1.95 MPa). As regards surface evaluation after bracket debonding, the use of liquid phosphoric acid followed by silane application (G2) produced the least damage to porcelain. When hydrofluoric acid and silane were applied, the risk of ceramic fracture increased. CONCLUSIONS: Acceptable levels of bond strength for clinical use were reached by all methods tested; however, liquid phosphoric acid etching followed by silane application (G2) resulted in the least damage to the ceramic surface. PMID:26352845

  12. Electric Current Activated Combustion Synthesis and Chemical Ovens Under Terrestrial and Reduced Gravity Conditions

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    Unuvar, C.; Fredrick, D.; Anselmi-Tamburini, U.; Manerbino, A.; Guigne, J. Y.; Munir, Z. A.; Shaw, B. D.

    2004-01-01

    Combustion synthesis (CS) generally involves mixing reactants together (e.g., metal powders) and igniting the mixture. Typically, a reaction wave will pass through the sample. In field activated combustion synthesis (FACS), the addition of an electric field has a marked effect on the dynamics of wave propagation and on the nature, composition, and homogeneity of the product as well as capillary flow, mass-transport in porous media, and Marangoni flows, which are influenced by gravity. The objective is to understand the role of an electric field in CS reactions under conditions where gravity-related effects are suppressed or altered. The systems being studied are Ti+Al and Ti+3Al. Two different ignition orientations have been used to observe effects of gravity when one of the reactants becomes molten. This consequentially influences the position and concentration of the electric current, which in turn influences the entire process. Experiments have also been performed in microgravity conditions. This process has been named Microgravity Field Activated Combustion Synthesis (MFACS). Effects of gravity have been demonstrated, where the reaction wave temperature and velocity demonstrate considerable differences besides the changes of combustion mechanisms with the different high currents applied. Also the threshold for the formation of a stable reaction wave is increased under zero gravity conditions. Electric current was also utilized with a chemical oven technique, where inserts of aluminum with minute amounts of tungsten and tantalum were used to allow observation of effects of settling of the higher density solid particles in liquid aluminum at the present temperature profile and wave velocity of the reaction.

  13. Soil structure, colloids, and chemical transport as affected by short-term reducing conditions: a laboratory study

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    Upland soils in the Midwestern US often undergo reducing conditions when soils are temporally flooded during the spring and remain water saturated for days or weeks. Short-term reducing conditions change the chemistry of the soil and may affect soil structure and solution chemical transport. The eff...

  14. Experimental investigation and planetary implications of the stability of clathrate hydrates in aqueous solution at icy satellite conditions

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    Dunham, M.; Choukroun, M.; Barmatz, M.; Hodyss, R. P.; Smythe, W. D.

    2012-12-01

    Clathrate hydrates consist of hydrogen-bonded water molecules forming cages in which gas molecules are trapped individually. They are among the favored volatile reservoirs in solar system bodies, and are expected to play an important role in many processes: accretion of volatiles in planetesimals, outgassing on Titan, Enceladus, and comets. Their insulating thermal properties and high mechanical strength also bear important implications for understanding the evolution of icy satellites like Europa. However, the conditions allowing for their formation and/or their dissociation and the release of volatiles to the atmosphere (Titan) or the plumes (Enceladus) are still poorly understood. This is mainly because of a lack of knowledge on the stability of mixed clathrate hydrates in presence of anti-freeze agents such as ammonia. We have developed a high-pressure cryogenic calorimeter to address this deficiency in the literature. This liquid nitrogen - cooled Setaram BT2.15 calorimeter is located at the JPL Ice Physics Laboratory. The temperature range achievable with this instrument is 77-473 K. This calorimeter uses Calvet elements (3D arrays of thermocouples) to measure the heat flow required to follow a predefined heating rate within a sample and a reference cell with a resolution of 0.1 ?W. A gas handling system has been designed and fabricated in house to reach pressures up to 100 bars, corresponding to several km depth in icy satellites. The thermodynamic properties of CO2 and CH4 clathrates with ammonia are under investigation, and the results will be used to constrain a statistical thermodynamic model of clathrates for applications to planetary environments. Preliminary results will be shown at the meeting. This work has been conducted at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract to NASA. Support from the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium, the NASA Outer Planets Research program, and government sponsorship are gratefully acknowledged.

  15. Phytoplankton communities of polar regions-Diversity depending on environmental conditions and chemical anthropopressure.

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    Kosek, Klaudia; Polkowska, Żaneta; Żyszka, Beata; Lipok, Jacek

    2016-04-15

    The polar regions (Arctic and Antarctic) constitute up to 14% of the biosphere and offer some of the coldest and most arid Earth's environments. Nevertheless several oxygenic phototrophs including some higher plants, mosses, lichens, various algal groups and cyanobacteria, survive that harsh climate and create the base of the trophic relationships in fragile ecosystems of polar environments. Ecosystems in polar regions are characterized by low primary productivity and slow growth rates, therefore they are more vulnerable to disturbance, than those in temperate regions. From this reason, chemical contaminants influencing the growth of photoautotrophic producers might induce serious disorders in the integrity of polar ecosystems. However, for a long time these areas were believed to be free of chemical contamination, and relatively protected from widespread anthropogenic pressure, due their remoteness and extreme climate conditions. Nowadays, there is a growing amount of data that prove that xenobiotics are transported thousands of kilometers by the air and ocean currents and then they are deposed in colder regions and accumulate in many environments, including the habitats of marine and freshwater cyanobacteria. Cyanobacteria (blue green algae), as a natural part of phytoplankton assemblages, are globally distributed, but in high polar ecosystems they represent the dominant primary producers. These microorganisms are continuously exposed to various concentration levels of the compounds that are present in their habitats and act as nourishment or the factors influencing the growth and development of cyanobacteria in other way. The most common group of contaminants in Arctic and Antarctic are persistent organic pollutants (POPs), characterized by durability and resistance to degradation. It is important to determine their concentrations in all phytoplankton species cells and in their environment to get to know the possibility of contaminants to transfer to higher trophic levels, considering however that some strains of microalgae are capable of metabolizing xenobiotics, make them less toxic or even remove them from the environment. PMID:26846983

  16. Interaction of chemical and physical processes during deformation at fluid-present conditions: a case study from an anorthosite-leucogabbro deformed at amphibolite facies conditions

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    Svahnberg, Henrik; Piazolo, Sandra

    2013-03-01

    We present microstructural and chemical analyses of chemically zoned and recrystallized plagioclase grains in variably strained samples of a naturally deformed anorthosite-leucogabbro, southern West Greenland. The recorded microstructures formed in the presence of fluids at mid-crustal conditions (620-640 C, 7.4-8.6 kbar). Recrystallized plagioclase grains (average grain size 342 ?m) with a random crystallographic orientation are volumetrically dominant in high-strain areas. They are characterized by asymmetric chemical zoning (An80 cores and An64 rims) that are directly associated with areas exhibiting high amphibole content and phase mixing. Analyses of zoning indicate anisotropic behaviour of bytownite plagioclase with a preferred replacement in the < {0 10} rangle direction and along the (001) plane. In areas of high finite strain, recrystallization of plagioclase dominantly occurred by bulging recrystallization and is intimately linked to the chemical zoning. The lack of CPO as well as the developed asymmetric zoning can be explained by the activity of grain boundary sliding accommodated by dissolution and precipitation creep (DPC). In low-strain domains, grain size is on average larger and the rim distribution is not related to the inferred stress axes indicating chemically induced grain replacement instead of stress-related DPC. We suggest that during deformation, in high-strain areas, pre-existing phase mixture and stress induced DPC-caused grain rotations that allowed a deformation-enhanced heterogeneous fluid influx. This resulted in local plagioclase replacement through interface-coupled dissolution and precipitation and chemically induced grain boundary migration, accompanied by bulging recrystallization, along with neocrystallization of other phases. This study illustrates a strong interaction and feedback between physical and chemical processes where the amount of stress and fluids dictates the dominant active process. The interaction is a cause of deformation and external fluid infiltration with a result of strain localization and chemical re-equilibration at amphibolite facies conditions.

  17. Aqueous Conditions and Habitability Associated with Formation of a Serpentinite: Using Analyses of Ferric Iron and Stable Carbon Isotopes to Reconstruct Hydrogen Production

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    Greenberger, R. N.; Mustard, J. F.; Cloutis, E.; Pratt, L. M.; Sauer, P. E.; Mann, P.; Turner, K.; Dyar, M. D.

    2014-12-01

    Serpentine deposits on Mars have generated significant interest because byproducts of serpentinization, H2 and CH4, can be important energy sources for subsurface microbial communities. H2 is produced through Fe2+ oxidation to form magnetite and Fe3+-bearing serpentine. In serpentine, Fe3+ goes into octahedral sites first, then tetrahedral sites [Marcaillou et al., 2011, EPSL]. We use Fe oxidation state and coordination in an Early Ordovician serpentinite in Norbestos, Quebec, as proxies for H2 production and stable isotopes of carbonates to understand past aqueous conditions at the Canadian Space Agency's 2012 Mars Methane Analogue Mission site. Rock outcrops were imaged with a visible hyperspectral imager (420-720 nm), and samples were imaged in the laboratory with the same imager and a near infrared imager (650-1100 nm). Other analyses determined major element chemistry (ICP-AES and C analyses), mineralogy (XRD), Fe phases (Mssbauer spectroscopy), and stable isotopes of carbonates. Fe oxidation state and coordination (tetrahedral vs octahedral) were mapped in samples and outcrops using imaging data. We focused on locations with tetrahedral Fe3+ in serpentine as these are the most serpentinized sites with maximum H2 production. Carbonate samples from ~100-200 m south of a shear zone are enriched in 13C (?13C up to +16.12 vs VPDB) resulting from production of CH4 depleted in 13C in a system closed to C addition but open to CH4 escape. This alteration occurred at elevated temperatures and low water/rock ratios. In the shear zone, lower ?13C values (most < +2) positively correlated with ?18O likely result from kinetic fractionation under recent low temperature conditions. Spectroscopy suggests that much of this deposit underwent advanced serpentinization to produce significant H2. Isotopic signatures of carbonates precipitated during serpentinization outside the shear zone illuminate the temperatures (elevated) and chemistries of fluids (high Ca2+, low CO2, alkaline) and gases (H2, CH4) in an ancient habitable environment. These results suggest that serpentinites identified on Mars, where there has been limited recent aqueous activity, could preserve evidence of fluid composition and levels of hydrogen production, providing a promising context to search for biosignatures.

  18. Conditional Toxicity Value (CTV) Predictor for Generating Toxicity Values for Data Sparse Chemicals (Poster)

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    Various stakeholders and expert groups, including the National Research Council in Science and Decisions, call for default approaches to support risk estimation for chemicals lacking chemical-specific information. This project aims to address this challenge through ...

  19. Chemical and Physical Reactions of Wellbore Cement under CO2 Storage Conditions: Effects of Cement Additives

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    Kutchko, B. G.; Strazisar, B. R.; Huerta, N.; Lowry, G. V.; Dzombak, D. A.; Thaulow, N.

    2008-12-01

    Sequestration of CO2 into geologic formations requires long-term storage and low leakage rates to be effective. Active and abandoned wells in candidate storage formations must be evaluated as potential leakage points. Wellbore integrity is an important part of an overall integrated assessment program being developed at NETL to assess potential risks at CO2 storage sites. Such a program is needed for ongoing policy and regulatory decisions for geologic carbon sequestration. The permeability and integrity of the cement in the well is a primary factor affecting its ability to prevent leakage. Cement must be able to maintain low permeability over lengthy exposure to reservoir conditions in a CO2 injection and storage scenario. Although it is known that cement may be altered by exposure to CO2, the results of ongoing research indicate that cement curing conditions, fluid properties, and cement additives play a significant role in the rate of alteration and reaction. The objective of this study is to improve understanding of the factors affecting wellbore cement integrity for large-scale geologic carbon sequestration projects. Due to the high frequency use of additives (pozzolan) in wellbore cement, it is also essential to understand the reaction of these cement-pozzolan systems upon exposure to CO2 under sequestration conditions (15.5 MPa and 50°C). Laboratory experiments were performed to determine the physical and chemical changes, as well as the rate of alteration of commonly used pozzolan-cement systems under simulated sequestration reservoir conditions, including both supercritical CO2 and CO2-saturated brine. The rate of alteration of the cement-pozzolan systems is considerably faster than with neat cement. However, the alteration of physical properties is much less significant with the pozzolanic blends. Permeability of a carbonated pozzolanic cement paste remains sufficiently small to block significant vertical migration of CO2 in a wellbore. All of the experiments run to date suggest that the cement-pozzolans used will be an effective seal for CO2, as long as the well was properly installed and is initially undamaged.

  20. Phase transition and chemical decomposition of liquid carbon dioxide and nitrogen mixture under extreme conditions

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    Xiao-Xu, Jiang; Guan-Yu, Chen; Yu-Tong, Li; Xin-Lu, Cheng; Cui-Ming, Tang

    2016-02-01

    Thermodynamic and chemical properties of liquid carbon dioxide and nitrogen (CO2–N2) mixture under the conditions of extremely high densities and temperatures are studied by using quantum molecular dynamic (QMD) simulations based on density functional theory including dispersion corrections (DFT-D). We present equilibrium properties of liquid mixture for 112 separate density and temperature points, by selecting densities ranging from ρ = 1.80 g/cm3 to 3.40 g/cm3 and temperatures from T = 500 K to 8000 K. In the range of our study, the liquid CO2–N2 mixture undergoes a continuous transition from molecular to atomic fluid state and liquid polymerization inferred from pair correlation functions (PCFs) and the distribution of various molecular components. The insulator–metal transition is demonstrated by means of the electronic density of states (DOS). Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11374217, 11135012, and 11375262) and the Joint Fund of the National Natural Science Foundation of China and the China Academy of Engineering Physics (Grant No. 11176020).

  1. Polar organic chemical integrative samplers for pesticides monitoring: impacts of field exposure conditions.

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    Lissalde, Sophie; Mazzella, Nicolas; Mazellier, Patrick

    2014-08-01

    This study focuses on how Polar Organic Chemical Integrative Samplers (POCIS) work in real environmental conditions. A selection of 23 polar pesticides and 8 metabolites were investigated by exposure of triplicates of integrative samplers in two rivers in France for successive 14-day periods. The pesticides and metabolites were trapped not only in Oasis HLB sorbent but also in the polyethersulfone (PES) membrane of the POCIS. The distribution of pesticides depended on the molecular structure. The use of the Performance Reference Compound (PRC) is also discussed here. The impact of some environmental parameters and exposure setup on the transfer of pesticides in POCIS sorbent was studied: river flow rate, biofouling on membranes, sampler holding design and position in the stream. Results show a significant impact of river flow velocity on PRC desorption, especially for values higher than 4 cms(-1). Some fouling was observed on the PES membrane which could potentially have an impact on molecule accumulation in the POCIS. Finally, the positioning of the sampler in the river did not have significant effects on pesticide accumulation, when perpendicular exposures were used (sampler positioning in front of the water flow). The POCIS with PRC correction seems to be a suitable tool for estimating time-weighted average (TWA) concentrations, for all the molecules except for one of the nine pesticides analyzed in these two French rivers. PMID:24830931

  2. Chemical looping combustion in a rotating bed reactor--finding optimal process conditions for prototype reactor.

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    Håkonsen, Silje Fosse; Blom, Richard

    2011-11-15

    A lab-scale rotating bed reactor for chemical looping combustion has been designed, constructed, and tested using a CuO/Al(2)O(3) oxygen carrier and methane as fuel. Process parameters such as bed rotating frequency, gas flows, and reactor temperature have been varied to find optimal performance of the prototype reactor. Around 90% CH(4) conversion and >90% CO(2) capture efficiency based on converted methane have been obtained. Stable operation has been accomplished over several hours, and also--stable operation can be regained after intentionally running into unstable conditions. Relatively high gas velocities are used to avoid fully reduced oxygen carrier in part of the bed. Potential CO(2) purity obtained is in the range 30 to 65%--mostly due to air slippage from the air sector--which seems to be the major drawback of the prototype reactor design. Considering the prototype nature of the first version of the rotating reactor setup, it is believed that significant improvements can be made to further avoid gas mixing in future modified and up-scaled reactor versions. PMID:21970700

  3. Unusual atmospheric pressure chemical ionization conditions for detection of organic peroxides.

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    Rondeau, David; Vogel, Ren; Tabet, Jean-Claude

    2003-09-01

    Organic peroxides such as the cumene hydroperoxide I (M(r) = 152 u), the di-tert-butyl peroxide II (M(r) = 146 u) and the tert-butyl peroxybenzoate III (M(r) = 194 u) were analyzed by atmospheric pressure chemical ionization mass spectrometry using a water-methanol mixture as solvent with a low flow-rate of mobile phase and unusual conditions of the source temperature (< or =50 degrees C) and probe temperature (70-200 degrees C). The mass spectra of these compounds show the formation of (i) an [M + H](+) ion (m/z 153) for the hydroperoxide I, (ii) a stable adduct [M + CH(3)OH(2)](+) ion (m/z 179) for the dialkyl peroxide II and (iii) several protonated adduct species such as protonated molecules (m/z 195) and different protonated adduct ions (m/z 227, 389 and 421) for the peroxyester III. Tandem mass spectrometric experiments, exact mass measurements and theoretical calculations were performed for characterize these gas-phase ionic species. Using the double-well energy potential model illustrating a gas-phase bimolecular reaction, three important factors are taken into account to propose a qualitative interpretation of peroxide behavior toward the CH(3)OH(2) (+), i.e. thermochemical parameters (DeltaHdegrees(reaction)) and two kinetic factors such as the capture constant of the initial stable ion-dipole and the magnitude of the rate constant of proton transfer reaction into the loose proton bond cluster. PMID:14505320

  4. Broken dynamical symmetry condition to control a chemical reaction by the complex coordinate ( t, t') method

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    Alon, Ofir E.; Moiseyev, Nimrod

    1995-07-01

    Using the ( t, t') formalism [J. Chem. Phys. 99 (1993) 4590] combined with the complex coordinate method, exact (i.e. not perturbative) condition for control of a model chemical reaction is derived regardless of the field intensity and whether the electromagnetic field is time-periodic or not. We prove that upon breaking the dynamical symmetry H( p, x, t) = H(- p, - x, + T/2), the dissociation channel of the A + BA ? ABA ? AB + A reaction can be controlled. It is shown that when the molecular/field interaction is given by p?zf(t) , where f( t) represents the electromagnetic field, the dissociation channel of the A + BC ? ABC ? AB + C reaction can be controlled by breaking the dynamical symmetry property, f( t) = - f( t + T/2). For time-periodic fields T is the time period (i.e. one optical cycle) where for pulsed lasers it is the duration of the pulse. Numerical examples are given for symmetric and asymmetric model Hamiltonians subjected to two cw lasers. These numerical examples illustrate the role of the phase difference between the cw lasers, regardless of the laser intensity, in the coherent control procedure which was first proposed by Brumer and Shapiro [Chem. Phys. Letters 126 (1986) 54].

  5. [Influence of ancient glass samples surface conditions on chemical composition analysis using portable XRF].

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    Liu, Song; Li, Qing-hui; Gan, Fu-xi

    2011-07-01

    Portable X-ray fluorescence analysis (PXRF) is one kind of surface analysis techniques, and the sample surface condition is an important factor that influences the quantitative analysis results. The ancient glass samples studied in the present paper were excavated from Xinjiang, Guangxi, Jiangsu provinces, and they belong to Na2O-CaO-SiO2, K2O-SiO2, and PbO-BaO-SiO2 system, respectively. Quantitative analysis results of weathered surface and inside of the ancient glass samples were compared. The concentration change of main fluxes in different parts of the samples was pointed out. Meanwhile, the authors studied the effect of distance between the sample and the reference plane, and curve shape of the sample on the quantitative results. The results obtained were calibrated by three methods, and the validity of these three methods was proved. Finally, the normalizing method was proved to be a better method for quantitative analysis of antiques. This paper also has guiding significance for chemical composition analysis of ancient jade samples using PXRF. PMID:21942060

  6. Conditions and mechanisms for the formation of nano-sized Delafossite (CuFeO2) at temperatures ≤90 °C in aqueous solution

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    John, Melanie; Heuss-Aßbichler, Soraya; Ullrich, Aladin

    2016-02-01

    In this study, we present the mechanism of CuFeO2 formation in aqueous solution at low temperatures ≤90 °C, using sulfate salts as reactants. Furthermore, we demonstrate the influence of experimental conditions (alkalization, reaction and ageing temperature and time) on the synthesized nanoparticles. In all cases, GR-SO4, a Fe(II-III) layered double hydroxysulphate Fe2+4 Fe3+2 (Fe2+4Fe3+2(OH)12·SO4) and Cu2O precipitate first. During further OH- supply GR-SO4 oxidizes and forms Fe10O14(OH)2, Cu2O and CuFeO2 crystals. Due to the high pH furtherCuFeO2 crystals grow at the cost of the unstable intermediate products. The reaction rate increases with increasing ageing temperature, reaction pH and, in particular, NaOH concentrations in the solution. As a result, highly crystalline CuFeO2 (3R and 2H polytypes) nanoparticles showing hexagonal morphology can be synthesized at 70 °C within 10 h or at 50 °C within 1 week. The formation of 2H polytype is favored by additional OH- supply during the pH-stat time and rather low temperatures.

  7. Defect formation in aqueous environment: Theoretical assessment of boron incorporation in nickel ferrite under conditions of an operating pressurized-water nuclear reactor (PWR)

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    Rk, Zs.; Bucholz, E. W.; Brenner, D. W.

    2015-06-01

    A serious concern in the safety and economy of a pressurized water nuclear reactor is related to the accumulation of boron inside the metal oxide (mostly NiFe2O4 spinel) deposits on the upper regions of the fuel rods. Boron, being a potent neutron absorber, can alter the neutron flux causing anomalous shifts and fluctuations in the power output of the reactor core. This phenomenon reduces the operational flexibility of the plant and may force the down-rating of the reactor. In this work an innovative approach is used to combine first-principles calculations with thermodynamic data to evaluate the possibility of B incorporation into the crystal structure of NiFe2O4, under conditions typical to operating nuclear pressurized water nuclear reactors. Analyses of temperature and pH dependence of the defect formation energies indicate that B can accumulate in NiFe2O4 as an interstitial impurity and may therefore be a major contributor to the anomalous axial power shift observed in nuclear reactors. This computational approach is quite general and applicable to a large variety of solids in equilibrium with aqueous solutions.

  8. Sonochemical dechlorination of hazardous wastes in aqueous systems

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    Catallo, W.J.; Junk, T.

    1995-12-31

    Physical processes resulting from ultrasonication of aqueous solutions and suspensions produce extreme conditions that can affect the chemistry of dissolved and suspended chemicals. The purpose of this work was to explore the use of sonochemistry in treating chlorinated chemicals in water. The compounds examined for susceptibility to aqueous sonochemical transformation were chlorpyrifos, 3,3{prime},4,4{prime}-tetrachloroazoxybenzene, 2-chlorobiphenyl, 2,4,8-trichlorodibenzofuran, lindane (hexachlorocyclohexane, {gamma}-isomer), hexachlorobenzene, aldrin, and a complex mixture of chlorinated olefins, paraffins, and aromatics from a Louisiana Superfund Site. It was fond that many chemicals were dechlorinated and/or otherwise transformed by sonochemical treatment under minimal conditions. Evidence for sonochemical transformation and dechlorination of the target chemicals and mixtures was obtained from controlled experiments measuring (1) increases in titratable chloride from sonochemical treatment, (2) decreases in pH, (3) changes in aqueous phase UV/visible absorption spectra, (4) changes in aqueous electrochemistry, and (5) generation of sonolysis products and/or decreases in target compounds vs appropriate control in internally standardized GC-MS analysis of extracts.

  9. Fabrication of core-shell structured nanoparticle layer substrate for excitation of localized surface plasmon resonance and its optical response for DNA in aqueous conditions.

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    Endo, Tatsuro; Ikeda, Daisuke; Kawakami, Yukari; Yanagida, Yasuko; Hatsuzawa, Takeshi

    2010-02-28

    LSPR from nanostructured noble metals such as gold and silver offers great potential for biosensing applications. In this study, a core-shell structured nanoparticle layer substrate was fabricated and the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) optical characteristics were investigated for DNA in aqueous conditions. Factors such as DNA length dependence, concentration dependence, and the monitoring of DNA aspects (ssDNA or dsDNA) were measured. Different lengths and concentrations of DNA solutions were introduced onto the surface of the substrate and the changes in the LSPR optical characteristics were measured. In addition, to monitor the changes in LSPR optical characteristics for different DNA aspects, a DNA solutions denatured by means of heat or alkali were introduced onto the surface, after which optical characterization of the core-shell structured nanoparticle substrate was carried out. With this core-shell structured nanoparticle layer for the excitation of LSPR, the dependence upon specific DNA conditions (length, concentration, and aspect) could be monitored. In particular, the core-shell structured nanoparticle layer substrate could detect DNA of length 100-5000 bp and 400-bp DNA at a concentration of 4.08 ng mL(-1) (1 x 10(7) DNA molecules mL(-1)). Furthermore, the changes in LSPR optical characteristics with DNA aspect could be monitored. Thus, LSPR-based optical detection using a core-shell structured nanoparticle layer substrate can be used to determine the kinetics of biomolecular interactions in a wide range of practical applications such as medicine, drug delivery, and food control. PMID:20113736

  10. Thermo-chemical ablation of heat shields under Earth reentry conditions

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    Keenan, James Anthony

    1994-04-01

    The process of ablation for earth atmospheric entry is modeled. The flowfield surrounding the ablator is modeled by an extended set of Navier-Stokes equations that include the effects of thermochemical nonequilibrium. This set of equations encompasses the conservation of mass for each chemical species, conservation of momentum, the conservation of vibrational energy, and the conservation of total energy. The heat conduction into the ablator material is modeled by using Fourier's Law of heat conduction and the heat equation. The flowfield and ablator are coupled by a thermochemical ablation model that includes a surface mass balance and a surface energy balance. The ablation model takes into account chemical reactions of the flowfield species with the surface material, surface material acting as a catalytic surface, and sublimation of the surface material. To solve the governing equations for the model, a computational fluid dynamics approach is used where the flowfield is solved using a modified Steger-Warming flux vector splitting scheme and the solid is solved using a centrally differenced scheme. A Gauss-Seidel line relaxation technique is implemented to speed numerical convergence. The flowfield model is verified by comparing to flowfield computations of other researchers and to experimental data. The ablator/heat shield model is validated by a direct comparison between an exact analytical solution and a numerical solution. The thermochemical ablation model is verified by comparing to the experimental results of the Passive Nosetip Technology (PANT) program. The model is used to calculate steady-state ablation data for sphere-cone reentry bodies. Two bodies with nose radii of 0.0127 m and 0.1270 m are tested at a velocity of 8 km/s. The ablator material is selected to be a commercial grade graphite. Due to the ablator selection, the flowfield is limited to 11 chemical species and two internal energy modes. A standard earth atmosphere is selected at altitudes ranging from 40 km to 80 km. The major results concern the thermochemical ablation model. Both oxidation and sublimation mechanisms are evident and are dependent on freestream conditions and the reentry body shape.

  11. Changes in cell-surface carbohydrates of Trypanosoma cruzi during metacyclogenesis under chemically defined conditions.

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    de Andrade, A F; Esteves, M J; Angluster, J; Gonzales-Perdomo, M; Goldenberg, S

    1991-12-01

    Highly purified lectins with specificities for receptor molecules containing sialic acid, N-acetylglucosamine (D-GlcNAc), N-acetylgalactosamine (D-GalNAc), galactose (D-Gal), mannose-like residues (D-Man) or L-fucose (L-Fuc), were used to determine changes in cell-surface carbohydrates of the protozoal parasite Trypanosoma cruzi during metacyclogenesis under chemically defined conditions. Of the D-GalNAc-binding lectins, BS-I selectively agglutinated metacyclic trypomastigotes, MPL was selective for replicating epimastigotes, whereas SBA strongly agglutinated all developmental stages of T. cruzi. WGA (sialic acid and/or D-GlcNAc specific) was also reactive with differentiating epimastigotes and metacyclic trypomastigotes but displayed a higher reactivity with replicating epimastigote forms. A progressive decrease in agglutinating activity was observed for jacaline (specific for D-Gal) during the metacyclogenesis process; conversely, a progressive increase in affinity was observed for RCA-I (D-Gal-specific), although the reactivity of other D-Gal-specific lectins (PNA and AxP) was strong at all developmental stages. All developmental stages of T. cruzi were agglutinated by Con A and Lens culinaris lectins (specific for D-Man-like residues); however, they were unreactive with the L-fucose-binding lectins from Lotus tetragonolobos and Ulex europaeus. These agglutination assays were further confirmed by binding studies using 125I-labelled lectins. Neuraminidase activity was detected in supernatants of cell-free differentiation medium using the PNA hemagglutination test with human A erythrocytes. The most pronounced differences in lectin agglutination activity were observed between replicating and differentiating epimastigotes, suggesting that changes in the composition of accessible cell-surface carbohydrates precede the morphological transformation of epimastigotes into metacyclic trypomastigotes. PMID:1791438

  12. Simulations of Chemical Reactivity of Insensitive Energetic Materials Under Thermal and Shock Conditions

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    Manaa, Riad; Reed, Evan; Fried, Laurence; Goldman, Nir

    2011-06-01

    Results of quantum based simulations of 1,3,5-triamino-2,4,6-trinitrobenzene (TATB) crystals under thermal decomposition (high density and temperature) and shock compression conditions are presented. We conducted constant volume-temperature simulations, ranging from 0.35 to 2 nanoseconds, at ? = 2.87 g/cm3 at T= 3500, 3000, 2500, and 1500 K, and ? = 2.9 g/cm3and 2.72 g/cm3, at T = 3000 K. We also simulated crystal TATB's reactivity under steady overdriven shock compression at shock speeds of 8, 9, and 10 km/s for up to 0.43 ns duration. These simulations have enabled us to track the reactivity of TATB well into the formation of several stable gas products, such as H2O, N2, and CO2. Our simulations revealed a hitherto unidentified region of high concentrations of nitrogen-rich heterocyclic clusters in reacting TATB, whose persistence impede further reactivity towards final products of fluid N2 and solid carbon. Our simulations also predict significant populations of charged species such as NCO-, H+, OH-, H3O+, and O-2, the first such observation in a reacting explosive. A reduced four steps, global reaction mechanism with Arrhenius kinetic rates for the decomposition of TATB, along with comparative thermo-chemical decomposition kinetics has been constructed and will be discussed. This work performed under the auspices of the U.S. DoE Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344.

  13. Physico-chemical and hygienic property modifications of stainless steel surfaces induced by conditioning with food and detergent.

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    Jullien, C; Benezech, T; Gentil, C Le; Boulange-Petermann, L; Dubois, P E; Tissier, J P; Traisnel, M; Faille, C

    2008-01-01

    The effect of repeated conditioning procedures (25 runs), consisting of soiling (milk and meat products) and cleaning steps, on the hygienic status, physico-chemical properties and surface chemical composition of stainless steel (SS) surfaces, was investigated. Five SSs differing in grade and finish were used. Both soiling and surface cleaning/conditioning procedures resulted in a similar increase in the surface contamination with carbon, while the changes in the basic component of the surface free energy depended on the conditioning procedure. The passive film was also affected, the Fe/Cr ratio in particular. The hygienic status was also changed, especially with milk as shown by monitoring the number of residual adhering Bacillus cereus spores after contaminating the surface with spores followed by cleaning. The results show that in food environments, the presence and the nature of conditioning molecules play a major role in the hygienic status of SS surfaces. PMID:18348006

  14. Conditional Toxicity Value (CTV) Predictor for Generating Toxicity Values for Data Sparse Chemicals (Poster)

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    Various stakeholders and expert groups, including the National Research Council in Science and Decisions, call for “default approaches to support risk estimation for chemicals lacking chemical-specific information.” This project aims to address this challenge through ...

  15. Self-association of unconjugated bilirubin-IX alpha in aqueous solution at pH 10.0 and physical-chemical interactions with bile salt monomers and micelles.

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    Carey, M C; Koretsky, A P

    1979-01-01

    Spectrophotometric measurements of bilirubin-IX alpha in water and in aqueous/organic solvent mixtures at pH 10.0 as a function of bilirubin-IX alpha concentration (approx. 0.6--400 microM) are consistent with the formation of dimers (KD - 1.5 microM) in dilute (less than 10 microM) aqueous solution and further self-aggregation to multimers at higher concentrations. Added urea (to 10M) and increases in temperature (to 62 degrees C) obliterate the dimer-multimer transition at 10 microM, but added NaCl (to 0.30 M) promotes strong aggregation of dimers over a narrow concentration range, suggesting a 'micellization' phenomenon. Concentrations of dioxan or ethanol greater than 60% (v/v) in water were required to obtain the absorption spectrum of bilirubin-IX alpha monomers, suggesting that both hydrophobic and electrostatic (pi-orbital) interactions are involved in stabilizing the dimeric state in water. Micellar concentrations of sodium dodecyl sulphate induced spectrophotometric shifts in the dimer absorption spectrum of bilirubin-IX alpha consistent with progressive partitioning of bilirubin-IX alpha monomers into a relatively non-polar region of the micelles and allowed a deduction of the apparent critical micellar concentration that closely approximated the literature values. The pattern of bilirubin IX alpha association with bile salts is complex, since the absorption spectrum shifts hypsochromically below and bathochromically above the critical micellar concentration of the bile salts. Consistent with these observations, bilirubin IX alpha appears to bind to the polar face of bile salt monomers and to the polar perimeter of small bile salt micelles. At higher bile salt concentrations some-bilirubin-IX alpha monomers partition into the hydrophobic interior of the bile salt micelles. Our results suggest that under physiological conditions the natural conjugates of bilirubin-IX alpha may exhibit similar physical chemical properties in bile, in that dimers, highly aggregated multimers and bile salt-associated monomers may co-exist. PMID:38779

  16. Massive star evolution in close binaries. Conditions for homogeneous chemical evolution

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    Song, H. F.; Meynet, G.; Maeder, A.; Ekström, S.; Eggenberger, P.

    2016-01-01

    Aims: We investigate the impact of tidal interactions, before any mass transfer, on various properties of the stellar models. We study the conditions for obtaining homogeneous evolution triggered by tidal interactions, and for avoiding any Roche lobe overflow (RLOF) during the main-sequence phase. By homogeneous evolution, we mean stars evolving with a nearly uniform chemical composition from the centre to the surface. Methods: We consider the case of rotating stars computed with a strong core-envelope coupling mediated by an interior magnetic field. Models with initial masses between 15 and 60 M⊙, for metallicities between 0.002 and 0.014 and with initial rotation equal to 30% and 66% the critical rotation on the zero age main sequence, are computed for single stars and for stars in close binary systems. We consider close binary systems with initial orbital periods equal to 1.4, 1.6, and 1.8 days and a mass ratio equal to 3/2. Results: In models without any tidal interaction (single stars and wide binaries), homogeneous evolution in solid body rotating models is obtained when two conditions are realised: the initial rotation must be high enough, and the loss of angular momentum by stellar winds should be modest. This last point favours metal-poor fast rotating stars. In models with tidal interactions, homogeneous evolution is obtained when rotation imposed by synchronisation is high enough (typically a time-averaged surface velocities during the main-sequence phase above 250 km s-1), whatever the mass losses. We present plots that indicate for which masses of the primary and for which initial periods the conditions for the homogenous evolution and avoidance of the RLOF are met, for various initial metallicities and rotations. In close binaries, mixing is stronger at higher than at lower metallicities. Homogeneous evolution is thus favoured at higher metallicities. RLOF avoidance is favoured at lower metallicities because stars with less metals remain more compact. We also study the impact of different processes for the angular momentum transport on the surface abundances and velocities in single and close binaries. In models where strong internal coupling is assumed, strong surface enrichments are always associated with high surface velocities in binary or single star models. In contrast, models computed with mild coupling may produce strong surface enrichments associated with low surface velocities. This observable difference can be used to probe different models for the transport of the angular momentum in stars. Homogeneous evolution is more easily obtained in models (with or without tidal interactions) with solid body rotation. Conclusions: Close binary models help us to understand homogeneous massive stars, fast rotating Wolf-Rayet stars, and progenitors of long soft gamma-ray bursts, even at high metallicities.

  17. Transport and Fate of Bacteria in Porous Media: Coupled Effects of Chemical Conditions and Pore Space Geometry

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    Experimental and theoretical studies were undertaken to explore the coupling effects of chemical conditions and pore space geometry on bacteria transport in porous media. The retention of Escherichia coli D21g was investigated in a series of batch and column experiments with solutions of different i...

  18. The Effect of Cooperative Learning Approach Based on Conceptual Change Condition on Students' Understanding of Chemical Equilibrium Concepts

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    Bilgin, Ibrahim; Geban, Omer

    2006-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of the cooperative learning approach based on conceptual change conditions over traditional instruction on 10th grade students' conceptual understanding and achievement of computational problems related to chemical equilibrium concepts. The subjects of this study consisted of 87 tenth grade

  19. The Effect of Cooperative Learning Approach Based on Conceptual Change Condition on Students' Understanding of Chemical Equilibrium Concepts

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    Bilgin, Ibrahim; Geban, Omer

    2006-01-01

    The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of the cooperative learning approach based on conceptual change conditions over traditional instruction on 10th grade students' conceptual understanding and achievement of computational problems related to chemical equilibrium concepts. The subjects of this study consisted of 87 tenth grade…

  20. Evaluating the impact of chemical boundary conditions on near surface ozone in regional climate-air quality simulations over Europe

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    Akritidis, D.; Zanis, P.; Katragkou, E.; Schultz, M. G.; Tegoulias, I.; Poupkou, A.; Markakis, K.; Pytharoulis, I.; Karacostas, Th.

    2013-12-01

    A modeling system based on the air quality model CAMx driven off-line by the regional climate model RegCM3 is used for assessing the impact of chemical lateral boundary conditions (LBCs) on near surface ozone over Europe for the period 1996-2000. The RegCM3 and CAMx simulations were performed on a 50 km 50 km grid over Europe with RegCM3 driven by the NCEP meteorological reanalysis fields and CAMx with chemical LBCs from ECHAM5/MOZART global model. The recent past period (1996-2000) was simulated in three experiments. The first simulation was forced using time and space invariant LBCs, the second was based on ECHAM5/MOZART chemical LBCs fixed for the year 1996 and the third was based on ECHAM5/MOZART chemical LBCs with interannual variability. Anthropogenic and biogenic emissions were kept identical for the three sensitivity runs.

  1. Metabolic profiling of Lolium perenne shows functional integration of metabolic responses to diverse subtoxic conditions of chemical stress.

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    Serra, Anne-Antonella; Coue, Ivan; Renault, David; Gouesbet, Gwenola; Sulmon, Ccile

    2015-04-01

    Plant communities are confronted with a great variety of environmental chemical stresses. Characterization of chemical stress in higher plants has often been focused on single or closely related stressors under acute exposure, or restricted to a selective number of molecular targets. In order to understand plant functioning under chemical stress conditions close to environmental pollution conditions, the C3 grass Lolium perenne was subjected to a panel of different chemical stressors (pesticide, pesticide degradation compound, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, and heavy metal) under conditions of seed-level or root-level subtoxic exposure. Physiological and metabolic profiling analysis on roots and shoots revealed that all of these subtoxic chemical stresses resulted in discrete physiological perturbations and complex metabolic shifts. These metabolic shifts involved stressor-specific effects, indicating multilevel mechanisms of action, such as the effects of glyphosate and its degradation product aminomethylphosphonic acid on quinate levels. They also involved major generic effects that linked all of the subtoxic chemical stresses with major modifications of nitrogen metabolism, especially affecting asparagine, and of photorespiration, especially affecting alanine and glycerate. Stress-related physiological effects and metabolic adjustments were shown to be integrated through a complex network of metabolic correlations converging on Asn, Leu, Ser, and glucose-6-phosphate, which could potentially be modulated by differential dynamics and interconversion of soluble sugars (sucrose, trehalose, fructose, and glucose). Underlying metabolic, regulatory, and signalling mechanisms linking these subtoxic chemical stresses with a generic impact on nitrogen metabolism and photorespiration are discussed in relation to carbohydrate and low-energy sensing. PMID:25618145

  2. Greener Synthesis and Chemical transformations Using Sustainable Alternative Methods and Applications of Nano-Catalysts

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    The presentation summarizes our sustainable chemical synthesis activity involving benign alternatives, namely greener reaction medium in aqueous or solventfree conditions and using alternative activation via microwave or photocatalytic activation. Eco-friendly synthesis of nanoma...

  3. Greener Syntheses and Chemical Transformations Using SustainableAlternative Methods and Nano-Catalysts

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    The presentation summarizes our sustainable chemical synthesis activity involving benign alternatives, namely greener reaction medium in aqueous or solventfree conditions and using alternative activation via microwave or photocatalytic activation. Eco-friendly synthesis of nanoma...

  4. Greener Syntheses and Chemical Transformations: Sustainable Alternative Methods and Applications of Nano-Catalysts. (Florence, Italy)

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    The presentation summarizes our sustainable chemical synthesis activity involving benign alternatives, such as the use of supported reagents, and greener reaction medium in aqueous or solvent-free conditions. The synthesis of heterocyclic compounds, coupling reactions, and a vari...

  5. Sustainable 'Greener' Methods for Chemical Transformations and Applications of Nano-Catalysts

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    The presentation summarizes our sustainable chemical synthesis activity involving benign alternatives, such as the use of supported reagents, and greener reaction medium in aqueous or solvent-free conditions.1 Synthesis of heterocyclic compounds, coupling reactions, and name reac...

  6. Greener Syntheses and Chemical Transformations: Sustainable Alternative Methods and Applications of Nano-Catalysts

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    The presentation summarizes our sustainable chemical synthesis activity involving benign alternatives, such as the use of supported reagents, and greener reaction medium in aqueous or solvent-free conditions.1 The synthesis of heterocyclic compounds, coupling reactions, and a var...

  7. Li ceramic pebbles chemical compatibility with Eurofer samples in fusion relevant conditions

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    Alves, L. C.; Alves, E.; da Silva, M. R.; Pal, A.; La Barbera, A.

    2004-08-01

    Information on the chemical compatibility between Li ceramic breeders and reactor structural materials is an important issue for fusion reactor technology. In this work, Eurofer samples were placed inside a Li ceramic pebble bed and kept at 600 C under a reducing atmosphere obtained by the flow of a purging gas (He + 0.1vol.%H 2). Titanate and orthosilicate Li pebble beds were used in the experiments and exposure time ranged from 50 to 2000 h. Surface chemical reactions were investigated with nuclear microprobe techniques. The orthosilicate pebbles present chemical reactions even with the gas mixture, whereas for the samples in close contact with Eurofer there is evidence of Eurofer elemental diffusion into the pebbles and the formation of different types of compounds. Although the titanate pebbles used in the chemical compatibility experiments present surface alterations with increasing surface irregularities along the annealing time, there is no clear indication of Eurofer constituents diffusion.

  8. Study of Chemical Surface Structure of Natural Sorbents Used for Removing of Pb2+ Ions from Model Aqueous Solutions (part Ii)

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    Bożęcka, Agnieszka; Bożęcki, Piotr; Sanak-Rydlewska, Stanisława

    2014-03-01

    This article presents the results of the chemical structure research of organic sorbent surface such as walnut shells, plums stones and sunflower hulls with using such methods as infrared spectrometry (FTIR) and elemental analysis. Based on the IR spectra identification of functional groups present on the surface of studied materials has been done as well as determination of their effect on the sorption mechanism of Pb2+ ions from aqueous model solutions W artykule przedstawiono wyniki badań chemicznej struktury powierzchni sorbentów organicznych takich jak: łupiny orzecha włoskiego, pestki śliwek oraz łuski słonecznika z wykorzystaniem metody spektrometrii w podczerwieni (FTIR) oraz analizy elementarnej. W oparciu o uzyskane widma IR dokonano identyfikacji grup funkcyjnych obecnych na powierzchni tych materiałów i określono ich wpływ na mechanizm sorpcji jonów Pb2+ z modelowych roztworów wodnych. Analiza elementarna wykazała, że spośród badanych sorbentów, największą zawartość węgla (49,91%) i wodoru (5,93%) mają pestki śliwek. Najwięcej azotu (1,59%) zawierają łuszczyny słonecznika (tabela 1). Zawartość siarki we wszystkich badanych materiałach jest znikoma, dlatego nie udało się jej oznaczyć tą metodą. Obecność pozostałych pierwiastków może świadczyć o istnieniu zarówno alifatycznych jak i aromatycznych połączeń organicznych. Potwierdzeniem tego są również zarejestrowane widma IR (rysunki 1-3). W oparciu o uzyskane wyniki można przypuszczać także, iż udział procesu wymiany jonowej w sorpcji ołowiu z roztworów wodnych jest znaczący. Świadczą o tym m.in. intensywności pasm na widmach IR dla próbek badanych materiałów po ich kontakcie z roztworami jonów Pb2+ (rysunki 4-6).

  9. Maximizing productivity of CHO cell-based fed-batch culture using chemically defined media conditions and typical manufacturing equipment.

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    Huang, Yao-Ming; Hu, WeiWei; Rustandi, Eddie; Chang, Kevin; Yusuf-Makagiansar, Helena; Ryll, Thomas

    2010-01-01

    A highly productive chemically defined fed-batch process was developed to maximize titer and volumetric productivity for Chinese hamster ovary cell-based recombinant protein manufacturing. Two cell lines producing a recombinant antibody (cell line A) and an Fc-fusion protein (cell line B) were used for development. Both processes achieved product titers of 10 g/L on day 18 under chemically defined conditions. For cell line B, the use of plant derived hydrolysates combined with the optimized chemically defined medium increased the titer to 13 g/L. Volumetric productivities were increased from a base line of about 200 mg/L/d to about 500 mg/L/d under chemically defined conditions and as high as 700 mg/L/d with cell line B using plant derived hydrolysates. Peak cell densities reached greater than 20E6 vc/mL, and cell viabilities were maintained above 80% on day 18 without the use of antiapoptotic genes or temperature shift. A rapid compound screening method was developed to effectively test positive factors within 72 h. Peak volumetric oxygen uptake rates (OUR) more than tripled from the baseline condition. Oxygen demand continued to increase after maximum cell density was reached with a maximal OUR of 3.7 mmol/L/h. The new process format was scaled up and verified at 100 L pilot scale using reactor equipment of similar configuration as used at manufacturing scale. PMID:20945494

  10. Exact Solutions for the Magnetohydrodynamic Flow of a Jeffrey Fluid with Convective Boundary Conditions and Chemical Reaction

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    Alsaedi, Ahmed; Iqbal, Zahid; Mustafa, Meraj; Hayat, Tasawar

    2012-09-01

    The two-dimensional magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) flow of a Jeffrey fluid is investigated in this paper. The characteristics of heat and mass transfer with chemical reaction have also been analyzed. Convective boundary conditions have been invoked for the thermal boundary layer problem. Exact similarity solutions for flow, temperature, and concentration are derived. Interpretation to the embedded parameters is assigned through graphical results for dimensionless velocity, temperature, concentration, skin friction coefficient, and surface heat and mass transfer. The results indicate an increase in the velocity and the boundary layer thickness by increasing the rheological parameter of the Jeffrey fluid. An intensification in the chemical reaction leads to a thinner concentration boundary layer.

  11. Electrochemical studies of Copper, Tantalum and Tantalum Nitride surfaces in aqueous solutions for applications in chemical-mechanical and electrochemical-mechanical planarization

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    Sulyma, Christopher Michael

    This report will investigate fundamental properties of materials involved in integrated circuit (IC) manufacturing. Individual materials (one at a time) are studied in different electrochemical environmental solutions to better understand the kinetics associated with the polishing process. Each system tries to simulate a real CMP environment in order to compare our findings with what is currently used in industry. To accomplish this, a variety of techniques are used. The voltage pulse modulation technique is useful for electrochemical processing of metal and alloy surfaces by utilizing faradaic reactions like electrodeposition and electrodissolution. A theoretical framework is presented in chapter 4 to facilitate quantitative analysis of experimental data (current transients) obtained in this approach. A typical application of this analysis is demonstrated for an experimental system involving electrochemical removal of copper surface layers, a relatively new process for abrasive-free electrochemical mechanical planarization of copper lines used in the fabrication of integrated circuits. Voltage pulse modulated electrodissolution of Cu in the absence of mechanical polishing is activated in an acidic solution of oxalic acid and hydrogen peroxide. The current generated by each applied voltage step shows a sharp spike, followed by a double-exponential decay, and eventually attains the rectangular shape of the potential pulses. For the second system in chapter 5, open-circuit potential measurements, cyclic voltammetry and Fourier transform impedance spectroscopy have been used to study pH dependent surface reactions of Cu and Ta rotating disc electrodes (RDEs) in aqueous solutions of succinic acid (SA, a complexing agent), hydrogen peroxide (an oxidizer), and ammonium dodecyl sulfate (ADS, a corrosion inhibitor for Cu). The surface chemistries of these systems are relevant for the development of a single-slurry approach to chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) of Cu lines and Ta barriers in the fabrication of semiconductor devices. It is shown that in non-alkaline solutions of H2O2, the SA-promoted surface complexes of Cu and Ta can potentially support chemically enhanced material removal in low-pressure CMP of surface topographies overlying fragile low-k dielectrics. ADS can suppress Cu dissolution without significantly affecting the surface chemistry of Ta. Chapter 6 discusses anodic corrosion of Ta, which is examined as a possible route to voltage induced removal of Ta for potential applications in electrochemical mechanical planarization (ECMP) of diffusion barriers. This strategy involves electro-oxidation of Ta in the presence of NO3- anions to form mechanically weak surface oxide films, followed by removal of the oxide layers by moderate mechanical abrasion. This NO3 - system is compared with a reference solution of Br -. In both electrolytes, the voltammetric currents of anodic oxidation exhibit oscillatory behaviors in the initial cycles of slow (5 mV s-1) voltage scans. The frequencies of these current oscillations are show signature attributes of localized pitting or general surface corrosion caused by Br- or NO3 -, respectively. Scanning electron microscopy, cyclic voltammetry, polarization resistance measurements, and time resolved Fourier transform impedance spectroscopy provide additional details about these corrosion mechanism. Apart from their relevance in the context of ECMP, the results also address certain fundamental aspects of pitting and general corrosions. The general protocols necessary to combine and analyze the results of D.C. and A.C. electrochemical measurements involving such valve metal corrosion systems are discussed in detail. In chapter 7 potassium salts of certain oxyanions (nitrate, sulfate and phosphate in particular) are shown to serve as effective surface-modifying agents in chemically enhanced, low-pressure chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) of Ta and TaN barrier layers for interconnect structures. The surface reactions that form the basis of this CMP strategy are investigated here in detail using the electrochemical techniques of cyclic voltammetry, open circuit potential analysis, polarization resistance measurements, and Fourier transform impedance spectroscopy. The results suggest that forming structurally weak oxide layers on the CMP samples is a key to achieving the goal of chemically controlled CMP of Ta/TaN at low down-pressures. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

  12. Clinical vocabulary as a boundary object in multidisciplinary care management of multiple chemical sensitivity, a complex and chronic condition

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    Sampalli, Tara; Shepherd, Michael; Duffy, Jack

    2011-01-01

    Background: Research has shown that accurate and timely communication between multidisciplinary clinicians involved in the care of complex and chronic health conditions is often challenging. The domain knowledge for these conditions is heterogeneous, with poorly categorized, unstructured, and inconsistent clinical vocabulary. The potential of boundary object as a technique to bridge communication gaps is explored in this study. Methods: A standardized and controlled clinical vocabulary was developed as a boundary object in the domain of a complex and chronic health condition, namely, multiple chemical sensitivity, to improve communication among multidisciplinary clinicians. A convenience sample of 100 patients with a diagnosis of multiple chemical sensitivity, nine multidisciplinary clinicians involved in the care of patients with multiple chemical sensitivity, and 36 clinicians in the community participated in the study. Results: Eighty-two percent of the multidisciplinary and inconsistent vocabulary was standardized using the Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT as a reference terminology. Over 80% of the multidisciplinary clinicians agreed on the overall usefulness of having a controlled vocabulary as a boundary object. Over 65% of clinicians in the community agreed on the overall usefulness of the vocabulary. Conclusion: The results from this study are promising and will be further evaluated in the domain of another complex chronic condition, ie, chronic pain. The study was conducted as a preliminary analysis for developing a boundary object in a heterogeneous domain of knowledge. PMID:21594060

  13. THE INSTABILITY OF ESTROGENIC CHEMICALS DURING LABORATORY STATIC EXPOSURE CONDITIONS WITH MALE FATHEAD MINNOWS

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    Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) such as Para-nonylphenol (NP), estradiol (E2), estrone (E1), estriol (E3) and ethynylestradiol (EE2) are shown to be ubiquitous in surface waters, sediments and sludge. These EDCs are known to induce vitellogenin gene (Vg) expression in male...

  14. Numerical simulation of the middle atmosphere chemical composition and temperature under changing solar conditions

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    Zadorozhny, A. M.; Dyominov, I. G.; Tuchkov, G. A.

    1989-01-01

    There are given results of the numerical experiments on modelling the influence of solar activity on chemical composition and temperature of the middle atmosphere. The consideration is made for peculiarities of solar activity impact under different values of antropogenic pollution of the atmosphere with chlorofluorocarbons and other stuff.

  15. Low-thrust chemical propulsion system propellant expulsion and thermal conditioning study. Executive summary

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    Merino, F.; Wakabayashi, I.; Pleasant, R. L.; Hill, M.

    1982-01-01

    Preferred techniques for providing abort pressurization and engine feed system net positive suction pressure (NPSP) for low thrust chemical propulsion systems (LTPS) were determined. A representative LTPS vehicle configuration is presented. Analysis tasks include: propellant heating analysis; pressurant requirements for abort propellant dump; and comparative analysis of pressurization techniques and thermal subcoolers.

  16. Boundary conditions for the paleoenvironment: Chemical and Physical Processes in dense interstellar clouds

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    Irvine, W. M.; Schloerb, F. P.; Ziurys, L. M.

    1986-01-01

    The present research includes searches for important new interstellar constituents; observations relevant to differentiating between different models for the chemical processes that are important in the interstellar environment; and coordinated studies of the chemistry, physics, and dynamics of molecular clouds which are the sites or possible future sites of star formation. Recent research has included the detection and study of four new interstellar molecules; searches which have placed upper limits on the abundance of several other potential constituents of interstellar clouds; quantitative studies of comparative molecular abundances in different types of interstellar clouds; investigation of reaction pathways for astrochemistry from a comparison of theory and the observed abundance of related species such as isomers and isotopic variants; studies of possible tracers of energenic events related to star formation, including silicon and sulfur containing molecules; and mapping of physical, chemical, and dynamical properties over extended regions of nearby cold molecular clouds.

  17. Assessment of chemical dispersant effectiveness in a wave tank under regular non-breaking and breaking wave conditions.

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    Li, Zhengkai; Lee, Kenneth; King, Thomas; Boufadel, Michel C; Venosa, Albert D

    2008-05-01

    Current chemical dispersant effectiveness tests for product selection are commonly performed with bench-scale testing apparatus. However, for the assessment of oil dispersant effectiveness under real sea state conditions, test protocols are required to have hydrodynamic conditions closer to the natural environment, including transport and dilution effects. To achieve this goal, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designed and constructed a wave tank system to study chemical dispersant effectiveness under controlled mixing energy conditions (regular non-breaking, spilling breaking, and plunging breaking waves). Quantification of oil dispersant effectiveness was based on observed changes in dispersed oil concentrations and oil-droplet size distribution. The study results quantitatively demonstrated that total dispersed oil concentration and breakup kinetics of oil droplets in the water column were strongly dependent on the presence of chemical dispersants and the influence of breaking waves. These data on the effectiveness of dispersants as a function of sea state will have significant implications in the drafting of future operational guidelines for dispersant use at sea. PMID:18325540

  18. Dependence of electro-optical properties on the deposition conditions of chemical bath deposited CdS thin films

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    Dona, J.M.; Herrero, J.

    1997-11-01

    Lately, there has been a sharp increase in the publication of papers on chemical bath deposition of CdS thin films and related materials due to successful results obtained using this method to fabricate CdS thin-film buffer layers for CuInSe{sub 2}- and CdTe-based polycrystalline thin-film solar cells. Generally, these papers focus on previously proposed methods of studying film characteristics without a systematic study of the influence of deposition conditions on film characteristics. In this paper the authors present an exhaustive study of the chemical bath-deposited CdS thin films electro-optical properties dependence on deposition variables. The authors propose not only a set of conditions for obtaining CdS thin films by this method but additionally, suitable deposition process conditions for certain application requirements, such as buffer layers for thin-film solar cells. The observed electro-optical characteristics dependence on the deposition variables corroborates the chemical mechanism that they proposed previously for this process.

  19. Sensitivity of the invasive bivalve Corbicula fluminea to candidate control chemicals: The role of dissolved oxygen conditions.

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    Rosa, Ins C; Garrido, Rita; R, Ana; Gomes, Joo; Pereira, Joana L; Gonalves, Fernando; Costa, Raquel

    2015-12-01

    The freshwater Corbicula fluminea is a major aquatic nuisance worldwide. Current pest control methods raise cost-effectiveness and environmental concerns, which motivate research into improved mitigation approaches. In this context, the susceptibility of the clams to chemicals under reduced oxygen conditions was examined. Biocides with different mechanisms of toxicity (niclosamide, polyDADMAC, ammonium nitrate, potassium chloride and dimethoate) were tested under normoxic (>7 mg L(-1) dissolved O2) and hypoxic (<2 mg L(-1) dissolved O2) conditions. Hypoxia was observed to potentiate chemical treatment, particularly when combined with non-overwhelming doses that would produce only intermediate responses by themselves. For niclosamide, ammonium nitrate and dimethoate, clam mortality enhancements up to 400% were observed under hypoxia as compared to dosing upon normal dissolved oxygen conditions. For polyDADMAC and potassium chloride, substantially lower mortality enhancements were found. The differences in the clams' sensitivity to the chemicals under hypoxia could be linked to the expected mechanisms of action. This suggests that judicious selection of the biocide is essential if optimized combined control treatments are to be designed and provides an insight into the interference of frequent hypoxia events in the response of natural clam populations to contaminant loads. PMID:26254082

  20. Hexacoordinate Ru-based olefin metathesis catalysts with pH-responsive N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) and N-donor ligands for ROMP reactions in non-aqueous, aqueous and emulsion conditions

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    Balof, Shawna L; Nix, K Owen; Olliff, Matthew S; Roessler, Sarah E; Saha, Arpita; Mller, Kevin B; Behrens, Ulrich; Valente, Edward J

    2015-01-01

    Summary Three new ruthenium alkylidene complexes (PCy3)Cl2(H2ITap)Ru=CHSPh (9), (DMAP)2Cl2(H2ITap)Ru=CHPh (11) and (DMAP)2Cl2(H2ITap)Ru=CHSPh (12) have been synthesized bearing the pH-responsive H2ITap ligand (H2ITap = 1,3-bis(2,6-dimethyl-4-dimethylaminophenyl)-4,5-dihydroimidazol-2-ylidene). Catalysts 11 and 12 are additionally ligated by two pH-responsive DMAP ligands. The crystal structure was solved for complex 12 by X-ray diffraction. In organic, neutral solution, the catalysts are capable of performing standard ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) and ring closing metathesis (RCM) reactions with standard substrates. The ROMP with complex 11 is accelerated in the presence of two equiv of H3PO4, but is reduced as soon as the acid amount increased. The metathesis of phenylthiomethylidene catalysts 9 and 12 is sluggish at room temperature, but their ROMP can be dramatically accelerated at 60 C. Complexes 11 and 12 are soluble in aqueous acid. They display the ability to perform RCM of diallylmalonic acid (DAMA), however, their conversions are very low amounting only to few turnovers before decomposition. However, both catalysts exhibit outstanding performance in the ROMP of dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) and mixtures of DCPD with cyclooctene (COE) in acidic aqueous microemulsion. With loadings as low as 180 ppm, the catalysts afforded mostly quantitative conversions of these monomers while maintaining the size and shape of the droplets throughout the polymerization process. Furthermore, the coagulate content for all experiments stayed <2%. This represents an unprecedented efficiency in emulsion ROMP based on hydrophilic ruthenium alkylidene complexes. PMID:26664616

  1. Hexacoordinate Ru-based olefin metathesis catalysts with pH-responsive N-heterocyclic carbene (NHC) and N-donor ligands for ROMP reactions in non-aqueous, aqueous and emulsion conditions.

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    Balof, Shawna L; Nix, K Owen; Olliff, Matthew S; Roessler, Sarah E; Saha, Arpita; Mller, Kevin B; Behrens, Ulrich; Valente, Edward J; Schanz, Hans-Jrg

    2015-01-01

    Three new ruthenium alkylidene complexes (PCy3)Cl2(H2ITap)Ru=CHSPh (9), (DMAP)2Cl2(H2ITap)Ru=CHPh (11) and (DMAP)2Cl2(H2ITap)Ru=CHSPh (12) have been synthesized bearing the pH-responsive H2ITap ligand (H2ITap = 1,3-bis(2',6'-dimethyl-4'-dimethylaminophenyl)-4,5-dihydroimidazol-2-ylidene). Catalysts 11 and 12 are additionally ligated by two pH-responsive DMAP ligands. The crystal structure was solved for complex 12 by X-ray diffraction. In organic, neutral solution, the catalysts are capable of performing standard ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) and ring closing metathesis (RCM) reactions with standard substrates. The ROMP with complex 11 is accelerated in the presence of two equiv of H3PO4, but is reduced as soon as the acid amount increased. The metathesis of phenylthiomethylidene catalysts 9 and 12 is sluggish at room temperature, but their ROMP can be dramatically accelerated at 60 C. Complexes 11 and 12 are soluble in aqueous acid. They display the ability to perform RCM of diallylmalonic acid (DAMA), however, their conversions are very low amounting only to few turnovers before decomposition. However, both catalysts exhibit outstanding performance in the ROMP of dicyclopentadiene (DCPD) and mixtures of DCPD with cyclooctene (COE) in acidic aqueous microemulsion. With loadings as low as 180 ppm, the catalysts afforded mostly quantitative conversions of these monomers while maintaining the size and shape of the droplets throughout the polymerization process. Furthermore, the coagulate content for all experiments stayed <2%. This represents an unprecedented efficiency in emulsion ROMP based on hydrophilic ruthenium alkylidene complexes. PMID:26664616

  2. Chemical conversion of cisplatin and carboplatin with histidine in a model protein crystallized under sodium iodide conditions

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    Tanley, Simon W. M.; Helliwell, John R.

    2014-08-29

    Crystals of HEWL with cisplatin and HEWL with carboplatin grown in sodium iodide conditions both show a partial chemical transformation of cisplatin or carboplatin to a transiodoplatin (PtI{sub 2}X{sub 2}) form. The binding is only at the N{sup δ} atom of His15. A further Pt species (PtI{sub 3}X) is also seen, in both cases bound in a crevice between symmetry-related protein molecules. Cisplatin and carboplatin are platinum anticancer agents that are used to treat a variety of cancers. Previous X-ray crystallographic studies of carboplatin binding to histidine in hen egg-white lysozyme (HEWL) showed a partial chemical conversion of carboplatin to cisplatin owing to the high sodium chloride concentration used in the crystallization conditions. Also, the co-crystallization of HEWL with carboplatin in sodium bromide conditions resulted in the partial conversion of carboplatin to the transbromoplatin form, with a portion of the cyclobutanedicarboxylate (CBDC) moiety still present. The results of the co-crystallization of HEWL with cisplatin or carboplatin in sodium iodide conditions are now reported in order to determine whether the cisplatin and carboplatin converted to the iodo form, and whether this took place in a similar way to the partial conversion of carboplatin to cisplatin in NaCl conditions or to transbromoplatin in NaBr conditions as seen previously. It is reported here that a partial chemical transformation has taken place to a transplatin form for both ligands. The NaI-grown crystals belonged to the monoclinic space group P2{sub 1} with two molecules in the asymmetric unit. The chemically transformed cisplatin and carboplatin bind to both His15 residues, i.e. in each asymmetric unit. The binding is only at the N{sup δ} atom of His15. A third platinum species is also seen in both conditions bound in a crevice between symmetry-related molecules. Here, the platinum is bound to three I atoms identified based on their anomalous difference electron densities and their refined occupancies, with the fourth bound atom being a Cl atom (in the cisplatin case) or a portion of the CBDC moiety (in the carboplatin case)

  3. Sustainable Applications of Nano-Catalysts and Alternative Methods in the Greener Synthesis and Transformations of Chemical

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    The presentation summarizes our sustainable chemical synthesis activity involving benign alternatives, such as the use of supported reagents, and greener reaction medium in aqueous or solvent-free conditions.1 The synthesis of heterocyclic compounds, coupling reactions, and a var...

  4. The effect of chemical composition and austenite conditioning on the transformation behavior of microalloyed steels

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    Mousavi Anijdan, S.H.; Rezaeian, Ahmad; Yue, Steve

    2012-01-15

    In this investigation, by using continuous cooling torsion (CCT) testing, the transformation behavior of four microalloyed steels under two circumstances of austenite conditioning and non-conditioning was studied. A full scale hot-rolling schedule containing a 13-pass deformation was employed for the conditioning of the austenite. The CCT tests were then employed till temperature of {approx} 540 Degree-Sign C and the flow curves obtained from this process were analyzed. The initial and final microstructures of the steels were studied by optical and electron microscopes. Results show that alloying elements would decrease the transformation temperature. This effect intensifies with the gradual increase of Mo, Nb and Cu as alloying elements added to the microalloyed steels. As well, austenite conditioning increased the transformation start temperature due mainly to the promotion of polygonal ferrite formation that resulted from a pancaked austenite. The final microstructures also show that CCT alone would decrease the amount of bainite by inducing ferrite transformation in the two phase region. In addition, after the transformation begins, the deformation might result in the occurrence of dynamic recrystallization in the ferrite region. This could lead to two different ferrite grain sizes at the end of the CCT. Moreover, the Nb bearing steels show no sign of decreasing the strength level after the transformation begins in the non-conditioned situation and their microstructure is a mix of polygonal ferrite and bainite indicating an absence of probable dynamic recrystallization in this condition. In the conditioned cases, however, these steels show a rapid decrease of the strength level and their final microstructures insinuate that ferrite could have undergone a dynamic recrystallization due to deformation. Consequently, no bainite was seen in the austenite conditioned Nb bearing steels. The pancaking of austenite in the latest cases produced fully polygonal ferrite structures. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Adding alloying elements would decrease the transformation temperatures. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Austenite conditioning increases the transformation start temperature. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Deformation could induce the occurrence of dynamic recrystallization in ferrite region.

  5. [Hygienic assessment of labor conditions in chemical industry sites during reconstruction].

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    Mikha?luts, A P; Pershin, A N

    1990-01-01

    In periods of reconstruction of chemical enterprises, hazardous compounds concentrations may exceed MAC, they are also characterized by contamination of the skin with toxic substances, welding aerosols discharge into the working zone, and microclimate distabilization. The workers' health states display functional shifts with concomitant decrease of labour productivity, increase heart rates, a higher 11-oxycorticosteroids contents in saliva and peroxidase activity. Morbidity with temporary disability also increases. A range of health improving measures is needed to be performed at the stages of preventive sanitary control. PMID:2376335

  6. Growth process conditions of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes using plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition

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    Chhowalla, M.; Teo, K. B. K.; Ducati, C.; Rupesinghe, N. L.; Amaratunga, G. A. J.; Ferrari, A. C.; Roy, D.; Robertson, J.; Milne, W. I.

    2001-11-01

    The growth of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes using a direct current plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition system is reported. The growth properties are studied as a function of the Ni catalyst layer thickness, bias voltage, deposition temperature, C2H2:NH3 ratio, and pressure. It was found that the diameter, growth rate, and areal density of the nanotubes are controlled by the initial thickness of the catalyst layer. The alignment of the nanotubes depends on the electric field. Our results indicate that the growth occurs by diffusion of carbon through the Ni catalyst particle, which rides on the top of the growing tube.

  7. Inactivation of the novel avian influenza A (H7N9) virus under physical conditions or chemical agents treatment

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    2013-01-01

    Background In the spring of 2013, a novel avian-origin influenza A (H7N9) virus in Eastern China emerged causing human infections. Concerns that a new influenza pandemic could occur were raised. The potential effect of chemical agents and physical conditions on inactivation of the novel avian influenza H7N9 virus had not been assessed. Methods To determine the inactivation effectiveness of the novel avian influenza A (H7N9) virus under various physical conditions and chemical treatments, two H7N9 viruses A/Anhui/1/2013 and A/Shanghai/1/2013 were treated by varied temperatures, ultraviolet light, varied pHs and different disinfectants. The viruses with107.7 EID50 were exposed to physical conditions (temperature, ultraviolet light and pH) or treated with commercial chemical agents (Sodium Hypochlorite, Virkon-S, and Ethanol) respectively. After these treatments, the viruses were inoculated in SPF embryonated chicken eggs, the allantoic fluid was collected after 7296 hours culture at 35C and tested by haemagglutination assay. Results Both of the tested viruses could tolerate conditions under 56C for 15 minutes or 60C for 5 minutes, but their infectivity was completely lost under 56C for 30 minutes, 65C for 10 minutes, 70C, 75C and 100C for 1 minute. It was also observed that the H7N9 viruses lost their infectivity totally after exposure of ultraviolet light irradiation for 30 minutes or longer time. Additionally, the viruses were completely inactivated at pH less than 2 for 0.5 hour or pH 3 for 24 hours, however, viruses remained infectious under pH treatment of 412 for 24 hours. The viruses were totally disinfected when treated with Sodium Hypochlorite, Virkon-S and Ethanol at recommended concentrations after only 5 minutes. Conclusions The novel avian influenza A (H7N9) virus can be inactivated under some physical conditions or with chemical treatments, but they present high tolerance to moderately acidic or higher alkali conditions. The results provided the essential information for public health intervention of novel H7N9 avian influenza outbreak. PMID:24034697

  8. EMERGING TECHNOLOGY BULLETIN: REMOVAL OF PHENOL FROM AQUEOUS SOLUTIONS USING HIGH ENERGY ELECTRON BEAM IRRADIATION

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    Irradiation of aqueous solutions with high-energy electrons results in the formation of the aqueous electron, hydrogen radical, H-, and the hydroxyl radical, OH-. These reactive transient species initiate chemical reactions capable of destroying organic compounds in aqueous solut...

  9. Adsorption kinetics of magnetic biochar derived from peanut hull on removal of Cr (VI) from aqueous solution: Effects of production conditions and particle size.

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    Han, Yitong; Cao, Xi; Ouyang, Xin; Sohi, Saran P; Chen, Jiawei

    2016-02-01

    Magnetic biochar was made from peanut hull biomass using iron chloride in a simplified aqueous phase approach and pyrolysis at alternative peak temperatures (450-650 °C). Magnetic biochar showed an extreme capacity for adsorption of hexavalent chromium Cr (VI) from aqueous solution, which was 1-2 orders of magnitude higher compared to standard (non-magnetic) biochar from the same feedstock. Adsorption increased with pyrolysis temperature peaking at 77,542 mg kg(-1) in the sample pyrolysed at 650 °C. In contrast to magnetic biochar, the low adsorption capacity of standard biochar decreased with increasing pyrolysis temperature. The fine particle size of magnetic biochar and low aqueous pH were also important for adsorption. Surfaces of products from batch adsorption experiments were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray analysis, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and vibrating sample magnetometer. This revealed that γ-Fe2O3 was crucial to the properties (adsorbance and magnetism) of magnetic biochar. The removal mechanism was the Cr (VI) electrostatic attracted on protonated -OH on γ-Fe2O3 surface and it could be desorbed by alkaline solution. Findings suggest that pyrolysis has potential to create effective, magnetically recoverable adsorbents relevant to environmental application. PMID:26692510

  10. Solving Heat Conduction Problems in Movable Boundary Domains under Intensive Physical-Chemical Transformation Conditions

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    Garashchenko, A. N.; Rudzinsky, V. P.; Garashchenko, N. A.

    2016-02-01

    Results of solving problems of simulating temperature fields in domains with movable boundaries of characteristic zones of intensive physical-chemical and thermomechanical transformations to be realized in materials upon high-temperature heating have been presented. Intumescent fire-protective coatings based on organic and mineral materials are the object of study. Features of numerical realization of input equation systems taking into account, in particular, a dynamics of considerable increase and subsequent decrease of the intumescent layer thickness have been considered. Example calculations for structures of metal and wood protected with various coatings are given. Results of calculating two-dimensional temperature fields in polymer composite square-shaped structures with internal cruciform load-bearing elements have been presented. The intumescent coating is arranged on the external surface of a structure. The solution of the above-listed problems is of important significance to provide fire protection of different-purpose structures and products.

  11. Rechargeable Aqueous Microdroplet.

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    Phan, Chi M

    2014-04-17

    Directional and controllable transportation of microdroplets is critical for emerging micro- and nanotechnology, in which the conventional mechanical energy generation is not applicable. This Letter shows that an aqueous microdroplet can be charged for controlled motion in electrostatic potential, which was created by differentiating pH, between two oil/water interfaces. The directional motion of the droplet, <100 ?m in diameter, was obtained with a constant velocity of ?1 mm/s. The force analysis showed that the droplet surface was charged and recharged oppositely by ion transfer through interfacial layers, without significant mass transfer. The charging and recharging cycles were recorded continuously with a single droplet over 100 times. The energy for motion was generated from pH neutralization, which is the simplest aqueous reaction. This is the first time that the phenomenon is reported. The phenomenon can be employed as an efficient and robust method to convert chemical to mechanical energy for miniaturized devices and microprocesses. PMID:26269994

  12. Impact of engineering flow conditions on plasmid DNA yield and purity in chemical cell lysis operations.

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    Meacle, F J; Lander, R; Ayazi Shamlou, P; Titchener-Hooker, N J

    2004-08-01

    Chemical lysis of bacterial cells using an alkaline solution containing a detergent may provide an efficient scalable means for selectively removing covalently closed circular plasmid DNA from high-molecular-weight contaminating cellular components including chromosomal DNA. In this article we assess the chemical lysis of E. coli cells by SDS in a NaOH solution and determine the impact of pH environment and shear on the supercoiled plasmid and chromosomal DNA obtained. Experiments using a range of plasmids from 6 kb to 113 kb determined that in an unfavorable alkaline environment, where the NaOH concentration during lysis is greater than 0.15 +/- 0.03 M (pH 12.9 +/- 0.2), irreversible denaturation of the supercoiled plasmid DNA occurs. The extent of denaturation is shown to increase with time of exposure and NaOH concentration. Experiments using stirred vessels show that, depending on NaOH concentration, moderate to high mixing rates are necessary to maximize plasmid yield. While NaOH concentration does not significantly affect chromosomal DNA contamination, a high NaOH concentration is necessary to ensure complete conversion of chromosomal DNA to single-stranded form. In a mechanically agitated lysis reactor the correct mixing strategy must balance the need for sufficient mixing to eliminate potential regions of high NaOH concentrations and the need to avoid excessive breakage of the shear sensitive chromosomal DNA. The effect of shear on chromosomal DNA is examined over a wide range of shear rates (10(1)-10(5) s(-1)) demonstrating that, while increasing shear leads to fragmentation of chromosomal DNA to smaller sizes, it does not lead to significantly increased chromosomal DNA contamination except at very high shear rates (about 10(4)-10(5) s(-1)). The consequences of these effects on the choice of lysis reactor and scale-up are discussed. PMID:15281104

  13. Effect of preparation conditions on physic-chemical properties of tin-doped nanocrystalline indium oxide

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    Malinovskaya, T. D.; Sachkov, V. I.; Zhek, V. V.; Nefedov, R. A.

    2016-01-01

    In this paper the results of investigation of phase formation and change of concentration of free electrons (Ne) in indium tin oxide system during heat treatment of coprecipitated hydroxides of indium and tin from nitric and hydrochloric solutions and also, for comparison melts of salts nitrates by an alkaline reactant (NH4OH) are considered.The performed investigation allowed to set the optimal condition of preparation of polycrystalline tin-doped indium oxide with maximal electron concentration.

  14. An evaluation of a river health using the index of biological integrity along with relations to chemical and habitat conditions.

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    An, Kwang-Guk; Park, Seok Soon; Shin, Joung-Yi

    2002-11-01

    We evaluated the health condition of a temperate river during June-November 1999 through applications of the index of biological integrity (IBI) using fish assemblages and qualitative habitat evaluation index (QHEI) as well as chemical analyses. Overall IBI values ranged from 13 to 37 and averaged 23 (n = 25, standard error = 1.16), indicating a "poor" or "very poor" condition according to the criteria of modified Karr [Fisheries 6 (1981) 21]. The values of mean IBI declined at a rate of 0.22 km(-1) (R2 = 0.91, p < 0.05) along the longitudinal distance from the headwaters to the downstream sites. Reduced IBI values at downstream sites reflected low forest cover, high population density and high nutrient enrichments. Ecotoxicity tests using the river water also showed that toxic impacts were evident in the downriver sites. These factors resulted in decreases of riffle benthic species and insectivores and increases of tolerant species, anormalies and exotic species in the river. Spatial pattern in IBI agreed with QHEI values, which showed a linear relation (R2 = 0.998, p < 0.001) with species richness. Field measurements of conductivity and pH, an indicators for variation of conservative ions, showed that the river water was diluted by 40% fold by summer monsoon rain and surface run-off from the watershed, resulting in a physical and chemical instability during the monsoon. For these reasons, average IBI values during the monsoon and postmonsoon decreased >20% compared to the premonsoon, indicating that IBI values were also affected by flow regime. Based on the overall physico-chemical data and IBI values, the river health is rapidly degrading due to the combined effect of chemical contaminations and habitat modifications. PMID:12437291

  15. Field lysimeters for the study of fate and transport of explosive chemicals in soils under variable environmental conditions

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    Molina, Gloria M.; Padilla, Ingrid; Pando, Miguel; Prez, Diego D.

    2006-05-01

    Landmines and other buried explosive devices pose in an immense threat in many places of the world, requiring large efforts on detection and neutralization of these objects. Many of the available detection techniques require the presence of chemicals near the soil-atmospheric surface. The presence of explosive related chemicals (ERCs) near this surface and their relation to the location of landmines, however, depends on the source characteristics and on fate and transport processes that affect their movement in soils. Fate and transport processes of ERC is soils may be interrelated with each other and are influenced by chemical characteristics and interrelated soil and environmental factors. Accurate detection of ERCs near the soil surface must, therefore, take into the variability of ERC concentration distributions near the soil surface as affected by fate and transport processes controlled interrelated environmental factors. To effectively predict the concentration distributions of ERCs in soils and near soil surfaces, it is necessary to have good understanding of parameters values that control these processes. To address this need, field lysimeters have been designed and developed at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez .This paper presents the design of two field lysimeter used to study the fate and transport behavior of ERC in the field subjected to varying uncontrolled subtropical environmental conditions in two different soils. Both lysimeters incorporate pressure and concentration sampling ports, thermocouples, and a drainage system. Hydrus-2D was used to simulate soil moisture and drainage in the lysimeter for average environmental conditions in the study for the two soils used. The field lysimeters allow collection and monitoring of spatial and temporal ERC concentrations under variable, uncontrolled environmental conditions.

  16. Emission characteristics of nitrogen- and sulfur-containing odorous compounds during different sewage sludge chemical conditioning processes.

    PubMed

    Liu, Huan; Luo, Guang-Qian; Hu, Hong-Yun; Zhang, Qiang; Yang, Jia-Kuan; Yao, Hong

    2012-10-15

    Chemical conditioners are often used to enhance sewage sludge dewaterability through altering sludge properties and flocs structure, both affect odorous compounds emissions not only during sludge conditioning but also in subsequent sludge disposal. This study was to investigate emission characteristics of ammonia (NH(3)), sulfur dioxide (SO(2)), hydrogen sulfide (H(2)S) and carbonyl sulfide (COS) generated from sewage sludge conditioned by three representative conditioners, i.e., organic polymers, iron salts and skeleton builders, F-S (Fenton's reagent and skeleton builders) composite conditioner. The results demonstrate that polyacrylamide (PAM) has an insignificant effect on emission characteristics of nitrogen- and sulfur-containing odorous compounds, because the properties, sulfur and nitrogen speciations are similar in PAM-conditioned sludge and raw sludge (RS). Significant increases of SO(2) and H(2)S emissions in the H(2)SO(4) conditioning process were observed due to the accelerated decomposition of sulfur-containing amino acids in acidic environment. Fenton peroxidation facilitates the formation of COS. CaO can reduce sulfur-containing gases emission via generation of calcium sulfate. However, under strong alkaline conditions, free ammonia or protonated amine in sludge can be easily converted to volatile ammonia, resulting in a significant release of NH(3). PMID:22902143

  17. Meteorites and the physico-chemical conditions in the early solar nebula

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    Aléon, J.

    2010-01-01

    Chondritic meteorites constitute the most ancient rock record available in the laboratory to study the formation of the solar system and its planets. Detailed investigations of their mineralogy, petrography, chemistry and isotopic composition and comparison with other primitive solar system samples such as cometary dust particles have allowed through the years to decipher the conditions of formation of their individual components thought to have once been free-floating pieces of dust and rocks in the early solar nebula. When put in the context of astrophysical models of young stellar objects, chondritic meteorites and cometary dust bring essential insights on the astrophysical conditions prevailing in the very first stages of the solar system. Several exemples are shown in this chapter, which include (1) high temperature processes and the formation of chondrules and refractory inclusions, (2) oxygen isotopes and their bearing on photochemistry and large scale geochemical reservoirs in the nebula, (3) organosynthesis and cold cloud chemistry recorded by organic matter and hydrogen isotopes, (4) irradiation of solids by flares from the young Sun and finally (5) large scale transport and mixing of material evidenced in chondritic interplanetary dust particles and samples returned from comet Wild2 by the Stardust mission.

  18. Low-thrust chemical propulsion system propellant expulsion and thermal conditioning study

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    Merino, F.; Wakabayashi, I.; Pleasant, R. L.; Hill, M.

    1982-01-01

    Thermal conditioning systems for satisfying engine net positive suction pressure (NPSP) requirements, and propellant expulsion systems for achieving propellant dump during a return-to-launch site (RTLS) abort were studied for LH2/LO2 and LCH4/LO2 upper stage propellant combinations. A state-of-the-art thermal conditioning system employing helium injection beneath the liquid surface shows the lowest weight penalty for LO2 and LCH4. A technology system incorporating a thermal subcooler (heat exchanger) for engine NPSP results in the lowest weight penalty for the LH2 tank. A preliminary design of two state-of-the-art and two new technology systems indicates a weight penalty difference too small to warrant development of a LH2 thermal subcooler. Analysis results showed that the LH2/LO2 propellant expulsion system is optimized for maximum dump line diameters, whereas the LCH4/LO2 system is optimized for minimum dump line diameter (LCH4) and maximum dump line diameter (LO2). The primary uncertainty is the accurate determination of two-phase flow rates through the dump system; experimentation is not recommended because this uncertainty is not considered significant.

  19. Experimental studies of a single-effect absorption refrigerator using aqueous lithium-bromide: Effect of operating condition to system performance

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    Aphornratana, Satha; Sriveerakul, Thanarath

    2007-11-15

    This paper describes an experimental investigation of a single-effect absorption using aqueous lithium-bromide as working fluid. A 2 kW cooling capacity experimental refrigerator was tested with various operating temperatures. It was found that the solution circulation ratio (SCR) has a strong effect on the system performance. The measured SCR was 2-5 times greater than the theoretical prediction. This was due to the low performance of the absorber. The use of solution heat exchanger could increase the COP by up to 60%. (author)

  20. Chemical characterization of SOA formed from aqueous-phase reactions of phenols with the triplet excited state of carbonyl and hydroxyl radical

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    Yu, Lu; Smith, Jeremy; Laskin, Alexander; Anastasio, Cort N.; Laskin, Julia; Zhang, Qi

    2014-01-01

    Phenolic compounds, which are emitted in significant amounts from biomass burning, can undergo fast reactions in atmospheric aqueous phases to form secondary organic aerosol (aqSOA). In this study, we investigate the reactions of phenol and two methoxy-phenols (syringol and guaiacol) with two major aqueous phase oxidants – the triplet excited states of an aromatic carbonyl (3C*) and hydroxyl radical (•OH). We thoroughly characterize the low-volatility species produced from these reactions and interpret their formation mechanisms using aerosol mass spectrometry (AMS), desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (DESIMS), and ion chromatography (IC). A large number of oxygenated molecules are identified, including oligomers containing up to six monomer units, functionalized monomer and oligomers with carbonyl, carboxyl, and hydroxyl groups, and small organic acid anions (e.g., formate, acetate, oxalate, and malate). The average atomic oxygen-to-carbon (O/C) ratios of phenolic aqSOA are in the range of 0.85-1.23, similar to those of low-volatility oxygenated organic aerosol (LV-OOA) observed in ambient air. The aqSOA compositions are overall similar for the same precursor, but the reactions mediated by 3C* are faster than •OH-mediated reactions and produce more oligomers and hydroxylated species at the point when 50% of the phenol had reacted. Profiles determined using a thermodenuder indicate that the volatility of phenolic aqSOA is influenced by both oligomer content and O/C ratio. In addition, the aqSOA shows enhanced light absorption in the UV-vis region, suggesting that aqueous-phase reactions of phenols are likely an important source of brown carbon in the atmosphere, especially in regions influenced by biomass burning.

  1. Chemical characterization of SOA formed from aqueous-phase reactions of phenols with the triplet excited state of carbonyl and hydroxyl radical

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    Yu, L.; Smith, J.; Laskin, A.; Anastasio, C.; Laskin, J.; Zhang, Q.

    2014-08-01

    Phenolic compounds, which are emitted in significant amounts from biomass burning, can undergo fast reactions in atmospheric aqueous phases to form secondary organic aerosol (aqSOA). In this study, we investigate the reactions of phenol and two methoxy-phenols (syringol and guaiacol) with two major aqueous phase oxidants - the triplet excited states of an aromatic carbonyl (3C*) and hydroxyl radical (\\centerdot OH). We thoroughly characterize the low-volatility species produced from these reactions and interpret their formation mechanisms using aerosol mass spectrometry (AMS), nanospray desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (nano-DESI MS), and ion chromatography (IC). A large number of oxygenated molecules are identified, including oligomers containing up to six monomer units, functionalized monomer and oligomers with carbonyl, carboxyl, and hydroxyl groups, and small organic acid anions (e.g., formate, acetate, oxalate, and malate). The average atomic oxygen-to-carbon (O / C) ratios of phenolic aqSOA are in the range of 0.85-1.23, similar to those of low-volatility oxygenated organic aerosol (LV-OOA) observed in ambient air. The aqSOA compositions are overall similar for the same precursor, but the reactions mediated by 3C* are faster than \\centerdot OH-mediated reactions and produce more oligomers and hydroxylated species at the point when 50% of the phenol had reacted. Profiles determined using a thermodenuder indicate that the volatility of phenolic aqSOA is influenced by both oligomer content and O / C ratio. In addition, the aqSOA shows enhanced light absorption in the UV-vis region, suggesting that aqueous-phase reactions of phenols are likely an important source of brown carbon in the atmosphere, especially in regions influenced by biomass burning.

  2. Chemical characterization of SOA formed from aqueous-phase reactions of phenols with the triplet excited state of carbonyl and hydroxyl radical

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    Yu, L.; Smith, J.; Laskin, A.; Anastasio, C.; Laskin, J.; Zhang, Q.

    2014-12-01

    Phenolic compounds, which are emitted in significant amounts from biomass burning, can undergo fast reactions in atmospheric aqueous phases to form secondary organic aerosol (aqSOA). In this study, we investigate the reactions of phenol (compound with formula C6H5OH)), guaiacol (2-methoxyphenol), and syringol (2,6-dimethoxyphenol) with two major aqueous-phase oxidants - the triplet excited states of an aromatic carbonyl (3C*) and hydroxyl radical (· OH). We thoroughly characterize the low-volatility species produced from these reactions and interpret their formation mechanisms using aerosol mass spectrometry (AMS), nanospray desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (nano-DESI MS), and ion chromatography (IC). A large number of oxygenated molecules are identified, including oligomers containing up to six monomer units, functionalized monomer and oligomers with carbonyl, carboxyl, and hydroxyl groups, and small organic acid anions (e.g., formate, acetate, oxalate, and malate). The average atomic oxygen-to-carbon (O / C) ratios of phenolic aqSOA are in the range of 0.85-1.23, similar to those of low-volatility oxygenated organic aerosol (LV-OOA) observed in ambient air. The aqSOA compositions are overall similar for the same precursor, but the reactions mediated by 3C* are faster than · OH-mediated reactions and produce more oligomers and hydroxylated species at the point when 50% of the phenolic compound has reacted. Profiles determined using a thermodenuder indicate that the volatility of phenolic aqSOA is influenced by both oligomer content and O / C ratio. In addition, the aqSOA shows enhanced light absorption in the UV-visible region, suggesting that aqueous-phase reactions of phenols may contribute to formation of secondary brown carbon in the atmosphere, especially in regions influenced by biomass burning.

  3. Chemical characterization of SOA formed from aqueous-phase reactions of phenols with the triplet excited state of carbonyl and hydroxyl radical

    DOE PAGESBeta

    Yu, L.; Smith, J.; Laskin, A.; Anastasio, C.; Laskin, J.; Zhang, Q.

    2014-12-23

    Phenolic compounds, which are emitted in significant amounts from biomass burning, can undergo fast reactions in atmospheric aqueous phases to form secondary organic aerosol (aqSOA). In this study, we investigate the reactions of phenol (compound with formula C6H5OH)), guaiacol (2-methoxyphenol), and syringol (2,6-dimethoxyphenol) with two major aqueous-phase oxidants – the triplet excited states of an aromatic carbonyl (3C*) and hydroxyl radical (· OH). We thoroughly characterize the low-volatility species produced from these reactions and interpret their formation mechanisms using aerosol mass spectrometry (AMS), nanospray desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (nano-DESI MS), and ion chromatography (IC). A large number of oxygenatedmore » molecules are identified, including oligomers containing up to six monomer units, functionalized monomer and oligomers with carbonyl, carboxyl, and hydroxyl groups, and small organic acid anions (e.g., formate, acetate, oxalate, and malate). The average atomic oxygen-to-carbon (O / C) ratios of phenolic aqSOA are in the range of 0.85–1.23, similar to those of low-volatility oxygenated organic aerosol (LV-OOA) observed in ambient air. The aqSOA compositions are overall similar for the same precursor, but the reactions mediated by 3C* are faster than · OH-mediated reactions and produce more oligomers and hydroxylated species at the point when 50% of the phenolic compound has reacted. Profiles determined using a thermodenuder indicate that the volatility of phenolic aqSOA is influenced by both oligomer content and O / C ratio. In addition, the aqSOA shows enhanced light absorption in the UV–visible region, suggesting that aqueous-phase reactions of phenols may contribute to formation of secondary brown carbon in the atmosphere, especially in regions influenced by biomass burning.« less

  4. Chemical characterization of SOA formed from aqueous-phase reactions of phenols with the triplet excited state of carbonyl and hydroxyl radical

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    Yu, L.; Smith, J.; Laskin, A.; Anastasio, C.; Laskin, J.; Zhang, Q.

    2014-08-19

    Phenolic compounds, which are emitted in significant amounts from biomass burning, can undergo fast reactions in atmospheric aqueous phases to form secondary organic aerosol (aqSOA). In this study, we investigate the reactions of phenol and two methoxy-phenols (syringol and guaiacol) with two major aqueous phase oxidants – the triplet excited states of an aromatic carbonyl (3C*) and hydroxyl radical (·OH). We thoroughly characterize the low-volatility species produced from these reactions and interpret their formation mechanisms using aerosol mass spectrometry (AMS), nanospray desorption electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (nano-DESI MS), and ion chromatography (IC). A large number of oxygenated molecules are identified,more » including oligomers containing up to six monomer units, functionalized monomer and oligomers with carbonyl, carboxyl, and hydroxyl groups, and small organic acid anions (e.g., formate, acetate, oxalate, and malate). The average atomic oxygen-to-carbon (O / C) ratios of phenolic aqSOA are in the range of 0.85–1.23, similar to those of low-volatility oxygenated organic aerosol (LV-OOA) observed in ambient air. The aqSOA compositions are overall similar for the same precursor, but the reactions mediated by 3C* are faster than ·OH-mediated reactions and produce more oligomers and hydroxylated species at the point when 50% of the phenol had reacted. Profiles determined using a thermodenuder indicate that the volatility of phenolic aqSOA is influenced by both oligomer content and O / C ratio. In addition, the aqSOA shows enhanced light absorption in the UV-vis region, suggesting that aqueous-phase reactions of phenols are likely an important source of brown carbon in the atmosphere, especially in regions influenced by biomass burning.« less

  5. Chemical and physical studies of type 3 chondrites. IX. Thermoluminescence and hydrothermal annealing experiments and their relationship to metamorphism and aqueous alteration in type < 3. 3 ordinary chondrites

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    Guimon, R.K.; Lofgren, G.E.; Sears, D.W.G.

    1988-01-01

    Samples of four type 3 chondrites have been annealed at 400-850/sup 0/C and 0.77-1 kbar for 10-500 h in the presence of various amounts of water (0-10 wt.%) and sodium disilicate (0-2 molal) and their thermoluminescence properties measured. After annealing for > 20 h at temperatures > 600/sup 0/C, the TL sensitivity of the samples increased by factors of up to 40. After annealing at < 600/sup 0/C for 10-500 h, or relatively short periods at high temperatures (e.g., less than or equal to 20 h at 850/sup 0/C), the TL sensitivity of the samples decreased by up to 2 orders of magnitude (depending on the original value). The TL peak temperatures observed in the present experiments are consistent with a low form of feldspar (the TL phosphor) being produced at < 800/sup 0/C and a high form being produced at > 800/sup 0/C. When both high and low forms were present originally, the low-form was destroyed preferentially. The authors suggest that these data are consistent with the TL-metamorphism trends observed in type > 3.2 chondrites, being due to the formation of feldspar by the devitrification of chondrule glass during metamorphism. For types < 3.2, the TL data are equally consistent with these types experiencing lower levels of metamorphism than the higher types, or with type 3.0 being produced from higher types by aqueous alteration. The presence of water with non-terrestrial D/H ratios, and petrographic evidence for aqueous alteration in Semarkona, lead to favoring the aqueous alteration hypothesis.

  6. Physico­chemical Properties of Secondary Organic Aerosol (soa) Particles Generated Under Laboratory Photooxidation Conditions

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    Demirdjian, B.; Rossi, M. J.

    The goal of this experiment is to investigate the chemical reactivity of secondary or- ganic aerosol particles (SOA) in the presence of NOx. of special interest is the ques- tion whether or not SOA enables the reduction of NO2 to HONO, an important photochemical OH precursor. We report the controlled production of SOA particles using 5ppm of toluene (C7H8) or limonene (C10H16) in the presence of O3 or NO2 at 60% r.h. at 1 atmosphere of air using a (filtered) 150W high­pressure Xe arc lamp as a photon source. The particle production is taking place in an atmospheric pressure flow cell whose gas phase residence time was chosen to lie in the range of one to several seconds. The gas phase is monitored using a differentially pumped quadrupole mass spectrometer whereas the condensed phase has been characterized both by its total particle count using a Condensation Nucleation Counter (CNC) or a downstream Differential Mobility Analyzer (DMA) coupled to an additional CNC. Particle counts of several 105 particles cm-3 were routinely achieved. Both O3 and NO2 are removed immediately after the flow reactor using a diffusion denuder coated with either KI or NDA. The flow has been directed across a glass fiber filter during one to two hours at constant throughput. Subsequently the SOA particles supported on the glass fiber fil- ter, typically a few mg, have been investigated in a low-pressure Knudsen flow reactor using NO2 and H2O.

  7. Emergence of photoautotrophic minimal protocell-like supramolecular assemblies, "Jeewanu" synthesied photo chemically in an irradiated sterilised aqueous mixture of some inorganic and organic substances.

    PubMed

    Gupta, Vinod Kumar

    2014-12-01

    Sunlight exposed sterilised aqueous mixture of ammonium molybdate, diammonium hydrogen phosphate, biological minerals and formaldehyde showed photochemical formation of self-sustaining biomimetic protocell-like supramolecular assemblies "Jeewanu" (Bahadur and Ranganayaki J Brit Interplanet Soc 23:813-829 1970). The structural and functional characteristics of Jeewanu suggests that in possible prebiotic atmosphere photosy nergistic collaboration of non-linear processes at mesoscopic level established autocatalytic pathways on mineral surfaces by selforganisation and self recognition and led to emergence of similar earliest energy transducing supramolecular assemblies which might have given rise to common universal ancestor on the earth or elsewhere. PMID:25567741

  8. Emergence of Photoautotrophic Minimal Protocell-Like Supramolecular Assemblies, "Jeewanu" Synthesied Photo Chemically in an Irradiated Sterilised Aqueous Mixture of Some Inorganic and Organic Substances

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    Gupta, Vinod Kumar

    2014-12-01

    Sunlight exposed sterilised aqueous mixture of ammonium molybdate, diammonium hydrogen phosphate, biological minerals and formaldehyde showed photochemical formation of self-sustaining biomimetic protocell-like supramolecular assemblies "Jeewanu" (Bahadur and Ranganayaki J Brit Interplanet Soc 23:813-829 1970). The structural and functional characteristics of Jeewanu suggests that in possible prebiotic atmosphere photosy nergistic collaboration of non-linear processes at mesoscopic level established autocatalytic pathways on mineral surfaces by selforganisation and self recognition and led to emergence of similar earliest energy transducing supramolecular assemblies which might have given rise to common universal ancestor on the earth or elsewhere.

  9. The use of the magnetic field effect for studying a chemiluminescent chemical reaction in aqueous solution. Reaction rate constants and lifetimes of intermediate molecules

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    Triebel, Michael M.; Totrov, Maxim M.; Zorinyants, George E.; Frankevich, Eugene L.

    1993-11-01

    The phase shift magnetic field effect technique is applied for investigation of the chemiluminescent (ChL) reaction of luminol oxidation by potassium ferricyanide in aqueous alkali solution. The external modulated magnetic field changed the rate constant of recombination of luminol radicals. Rate constants of intermediate stages of the reaction are obtained: 10 8 M -1 s -1 for diazaquinone reaction with hydrogen peroxide, 2 X 10 6 M -1 s -1 for diazaquinone hydrolysis and 2 X 10 5 s -1 for the decomposition of hydroperoxide, which is a precursor of the light emitter.

  10. Chemical hydrogen charging conditions for martensite transformation and surface cracking in type 304 stainless steel

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    Yang, Q.; Qiao, L.J.; Luo, J.L.; Chiovelli, S.

    1999-05-07

    It is well known that the presence of hydrogen in 304 stainless steel can induce martensite transformation and surface cracking in austenitic stainless steels. The change in microstructure would affect the corrosion behavior. Martensite could be preferentially dissolved, which results in an increase in anodic dissolution and facilitates the formation of active paths for stress corrosion cracking. Hydrogen-induced martensite has some effects on pitting corrosion and is also found to be related to hydrogen embrittlement. In previous reports, almost all the results were obtained by charging the specimens at very high cathodic current densities ({ge}50mA/cm{sup 2}). The objective of this work is to investigate the critical charging conditions for hydrogen-induced martensitic transformation and surface cracking of 304 stainless steel.

  11. Influence of the synthesis conditions of silicon nanodots in an industrial low pressure chemical vapor deposition reactor

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    Cocheteau, V.; Scheid, E.; Mur, P.; Billon, T.; Caussat, B.

    2008-03-01

    Experiments conducted in an industrial tubular low pressure chemical vapor deposition (LPCVD) reactor have demonstrated the reproducibility and spatial uniformity of silicon nanodots (NDs) area density and mean radius. The wafer to wafer uniformity was satisfactory (density and radius standard deviations <10%) for the whole conditions tested except for low silane flow rates, high silane partial pressures and short run durations (<20 s). Original synthesis conditions have then been searched to reach both excellent wafer to wafer uniformities along the industrial load of wafers and high NDs densities. From previous results, it was deduced that the key was to markedly increase run duration in decreasing temperature and in increasing silane pressure. At 773 K, run durations as long as 180 and 240 s have thus allowed to reach NDs densities respectively equal to 9 10 11 and 6.5 10 11 NDs/cm 2 for the two highest silane pressures tested in the range 60-150 Pa.

  12. Chemical Profiling of Jatropha Tissues under Different Torrefaction Conditions: Application to Biomass Waste Recovery

    PubMed Central

    Watanabe, Taiji; Shino, Amiu; Akashi, Kinya; Kikuchi, Jun

    2014-01-01

    Gradual depletion of the world petroleum reserves and the impact of environmental pollution highlight the importance of developing alternative energy resources such as plant biomass. To address these issues, intensive research has focused on the plant Jatropha curcas, which serves as a rich source of biodiesel because of its high seed oil content. However, producing biodiesel from Jatropha generates large amounts of biomass waste that are difficult to use. Therefore, the objective of our research was to analyze the effects of different conditions of torrefaction on Jatropha biomass. Six different types of Jatropha tissues (seed coat, kernel, stem, xylem, bark, and leaf) were torrefied at four different temperature conditions (200°C, 250°C, 300°C, and 350°C), and changes in the metabolite composition of the torrefied products were determined by Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance analyses. Cellulose was gradually converted to oligosaccharides in the temperature range of 200°C–300°C and completely degraded at 350°C. Hemicellulose residues showed different degradation patterns depending on the tissue, whereas glucuronoxylan efficiently decomposed between 300°C and 350°C. Heat-induced depolymerization of starch to maltodextrin started between 200°C and 250°C, and oligomer sugar structure degradation occurred at higher temperatures. Lignin degraded at each temperature, e.g., syringyl (S) degraded at lower temperatures than guaiacyl (G). Finally, the toxic compound phorbol ester degraded gradually starting at 235°C and efficiently just below 300°C. These results suggest that torrefaction is a feasible treatment for further processing of residual biomass to biorefinery stock or fertilizer. PMID:25191879

  13. Chemical profiling of Jatropha tissues under different torrefaction conditions: application to biomass waste recovery.

    PubMed

    Watanabe, Taiji; Shino, Amiu; Akashi, Kinya; Kikuchi, Jun

    2014-01-01

    Gradual depletion of the world petroleum reserves and the impact of environmental pollution highlight the importance of developing alternative energy resources such as plant biomass. To address these issues, intensive research has focused on the plant Jatropha curcas, which serves as a rich source of biodiesel because of its high seed oil content. However, producing biodiesel from Jatropha generates large amounts of biomass waste that are difficult to use. Therefore, the objective of our research was to analyze the effects of different conditions of torrefaction on Jatropha biomass. Six different types of Jatropha tissues (seed coat, kernel, stem, xylem, bark, and leaf) were torrefied at four different temperature conditions (200C, 250C, 300C, and 350C), and changes in the metabolite composition of the torrefied products were determined by Fourier transform-infrared spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance analyses. Cellulose was gradually converted to oligosaccharides in the temperature range of 200C-300C and completely degraded at 350C. Hemicellulose residues showed different degradation patterns depending on the tissue, whereas glucuronoxylan efficiently decomposed between 300C and 350C. Heat-induced depolymerization of starch to maltodextrin started between 200C and 250C, and oligomer sugar structure degradation occurred at higher temperatures. Lignin degraded at each temperature, e.g., syringyl (S) degraded at lower temperatures than guaiacyl (G). Finally, the toxic compound phorbol ester degraded gradually starting at 235C and efficiently just below 300C. These results suggest that torrefaction is a feasible treatment for further processing of residual biomass to biorefinery stock or fertilizer. PMID:25191879

  14. Chemical and Physical Environmental Conditions Underneath Mat- and Canopy-Forming Macroalgae, and Their Effects on Understorey Corals

    PubMed Central

    Hauri, Claudine; Fabricius, Katharina E.; Schaffelke, Britta; Humphrey, Craig

    2010-01-01

    Disturbed coral reefs are often dominated by dense mat- or canopy-forming assemblages of macroalgae. This study investigated how such dense macroalgal assemblages change the chemical and physical microenvironment for understorey corals, and how the altered environmental conditions affect the physiological performance of corals. Field measurements were conducted on macroalgal-dominated inshore reefs in the Great Barrier Reef in quadrats with macroalgal biomass ranging from 235 to 1029 g DW m−2 dry weight. Underneath mat-forming assemblages, the mean concentration of dissolved oxygen was reduced by 26% and irradiance by 96% compared with conditions above the mat, while concentrations of dissolved organic carbon and soluble reactive phosphorous increased by 26% and 267%, respectively. The difference was significant but less pronounced under canopy-forming assemblages. Dissolved oxygen declined and dissolved inorganic carbon and alkalinity increased with increasing algal biomass underneath mat-forming but not under canopy-forming assemblages. The responses of corals to conditions similar to those found underneath algal assemblages were investigated in an aquarium experiment. Coral nubbins of the species Acropora millepora showed reduced photosynthetic yields and increased RNA/DNA ratios when exposed to conditions simulating those underneath assemblages (pre-incubating seawater with macroalgae, and shading). The magnitude of these stress responses increased with increasing proportion of pre-incubated algal water. Our study shows that mat-forming and, to a lesser extent, canopy-forming macroalgal assemblages alter the physical and chemical microenvironment sufficiently to directly and detrimentally affect the metabolism of corals, potentially impeding reef recovery from algal to coral-dominated states after disturbance. Macroalgal dominance on coral reefs therefore simultaneously represents a consequence and cause of coral reef degradation. PMID:20856882

  15. Influence of Aqueous-Salt Conditions on the Structure and Dynamics of the Monomeric and Novel Dimeric forms of the Alzheimer s ABeta21-30 protein fragment

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    Smith, Micholas Dean

    The behavior of the Alzheimer's related peptide Abeta is the subject of much study. In typical computational studies the environment local to the peptide is assumed to be pure water; however, in vivo the peptide is found in the extracellular space near the plasma membrane which is rich in ionic species. In this thesis, the hypothesis that the presence of group I/IIA salts will result in increased sampling of disordered structures as well as modify the dynamics of meta-stable structural motifs in the small folding nucleus of the Abeta peptide (Abeta21-30) is examined under a variety of ionic environments and was shown that of the tested salts, CaCl2 (and MgCl2, to a much lesser degree) did increase the propensity for disordered states; while, the group IA salts, KCl and NaCl, had little effect on the secondary structure of the peptide. Further, study of three familial mutations of this peptide region is also performed under aqueous salt-environments to elucidate further mechanistic details of how aqueous salts modify the region's behavior. Finally, as experimental results have highlighted that aggregation rates of the full-length peptide are modified by the presence of CaCl2, this work examines novel dimers states of Abeta21-30 and their stabilities when exposed to CaCl2.

  16. [THE LEVELS OF SPECIFIC AUTOANTIBODIES AND RISKS FOR THE FORMATION OF PATHOLOGICAL PROCESSES IN CONDITIONS OF INHALATION EXPOSURE TO CHEMICALS].

    PubMed

    Masnavieva, L B; Kudaeva, I V; Efimova, N V

    2015-01-01

    The exposure of atmospheric pollutants on the organism may be a precondition for the development of pathological processes in organs and system to which they have tropicity. The change in the levels of specific autoantibodies occur long before the clinical manifestation of the disease. The aim of the study was the investigation of relationships between the levels of specific autoantibodies and risks of the formation of pathological processes of organs and systems in conditions of the inhalation exposure to chemicals. There was made an assessment of levels of the air pollution and indoor air in the industrial centers of Eastern Siberia. There were calculated indices of danger from the inhalation exposure of chemical compounds and the risks for the development of the pathology of organs and systems. There was studied the relative content of specific autoantibodies to the organs and systems that are at high risk of the development ofpathological processes. The highest overall risks for the development of respiratory diseases, immune system and cardiovascular system were established in schoolchildren residing in areas of high and medium levels of air pollution. In general, the identified changes in the content of specific autoantibodies characterizing the state of the major organs and systems ofchildren residing in areas of high riskfor the development of pathological processes associated with the content of chemical compounds in the air cannot be properly interpreted as the realized risk of environmental impacts and require further study. PMID:26856155

  17. Lithium intercalation from aqueous solutions

    SciTech Connect

    Li, W.; Dahn, J.R. . Dept. of Physics); McKinnon, W.R. . Inst. of Microstructural Sciences)

    1994-09-01

    Lithium can be intercalated into a wide variety of materials using nonaqueous electrochemical cells. The use of aqueous methods is less common because of the reactivity of many lithium intercalation compounds with water. Here the authors show that lithium can be intercalated into host compounds from aqueous LiOH solution, provided the chemical potential of the intercalated lithium is sufficiently lower than the chemical potential of lithium in lithium metal. Using LiMn[sub 2]O[sub 4] as the host, the authors formed Li[sub 2]Mn[sub 2]O[sub 4] by intercalating Li from LiOH solution in an aqueous cell. This method may prove to be an economical way of preparing lithium transition metal oxides with high lithium contents for lithium-ion cell cathodes.

  18. Control of transport and magnetism in ferromagnetic semiconducting superlattices through growth conditions and chemical surface effects

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    Kreutz, Theodore Carlton

    2003-10-01

    Within the emerging area of spintronics, magnetic semiconductors have been the subject of many recent studies. Advances in magnetizing traditional semiconductors like GaAs, through the introduction of Mn, have been the focus of many experiments. Recently, studies have focused on ferromagnetic semiconducting superlattices, where half-monolayer MnAs planes are separated by GaAs spacers. These structures have only recently been grown, and it is of particular interest to discover the properties of this material, and if it can be used in future spintronic devices. We have studied changes in the magnetic and transport properties of ferromagnetic semiconducting superlattices as a function of temperature, superlattice period and substrate growth temperature. We have measured the resistance, Hall resistance and magnetoresistance over a wide range of temperatures. We see that as the period of the superlattice increases, the per-layer resistance and the Curie temperature reach saturation values at approximately the same value. We also find that electrical transport is predominantly through hopping conduction. The anomalous Hall effect dominates the Hall resistance. With the period fixed, we vary the substrate temperature during growth and observe that higher substrate temperatures lead to less resistive samples. Also, for samples with high substrate temperatures, we find that the anomalous Hall coefficient can flip in sign. We also observe changes in the magnetic anisotropy as we vary the period of the superlattice and the substrate temperature. We observe this change with planar Hall effect as well as SQUID magnetometry measurements. Samples with short periods show cubic magnetic anisotropy whereas samples with larger period show uniaxial anisotropy. We then determine the anisotropy constants for this material. We also see that the switching is dominated by domain pinning processes. Finally, we are able to change the Curie temperature of ½ ML MnAs planes in GaAs through the addition of chemical adsorbates. We find that we can reduce the Curie temperature by over 50 K. The reduction is linked to how well ordered the adsorbate is.

  19. In situ study of mass transfer in aqueous solutions under high pressures via Raman spectroscopy: A new method for the determination of diffusion coefficients of methane in water near hydrate formation conditions

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    Lu, W.J.; Chou, I.-Ming; Burruss, R.C.; Yang, M.Z.

    2006-01-01

    A new method was developed for in situ study of the diffusive transfer of methane in aqueous solution under high pressures near hydrate formation conditions within an optical capillary cell. Time-dependent Raman spectra of the solution at several different spots along the one-dimensional diffusion path were collected and thus the varying composition profile of the solution was monitored. Diffusion coefficients were estimated by the least squares method based on the variations in methane concentration data in space and time in the cell. The measured diffusion coefficients of methane in water at the liquid (L)-vapor (V) stable region and L-V metastable region are close to previously reported values determined at lower pressure and similar temperature. This in situ monitoring method was demonstrated to be suitable for the study of mass transfer in aqueous solution under high pressure and at various temperature conditions and will be applied to the study of nucleation and dissolution kinetics of methane hydrate in a hydrate-water system where the interaction of methane and water would be more complicated than that presented here for the L-V metastable condition. ?? 2006 Society for Applied Spectroscopy.

  20. Tenascin C Promotes Hematoendothelial Development and T Lymphoid Commitment from Human Pluripotent Stem Cells in Chemically Defined Conditions

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    Uenishi, Gene; Theisen, Derek; Lee, Jeong-Hee; Kumar, Akhilesh; Raymond, Matt; Vodyanik, Maxim; Swanson, Scott; Stewart, Ron; Thomson, James; Slukvin, Igor

    2014-01-01

    Summary The recent identification of hemogenic endothelium (HE) in human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC) cultures presents opportunities to investigate signaling pathways that are essential for blood development from endothelium and provides an exploratory platform for de novo generation of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). However, the use of poorly defined human or animal components limits the utility of the current differentiation systems for studying specific growth factors required for HE induction and manufacturing clinical-grade therapeutic blood cells. Here, we identified chemically defined conditions required to produce HE from hPSCs growing in Essential 8 (E8) medium and showed that Tenascin C (TenC), an extracellular matrix protein associated with HSC niches, strongly promotes HE and definitive hematopoiesis in this system. hPSCs differentiated in chemically defined conditions undergo stages of development similar to those previously described in hPSCs cocultured on OP9 feeders, including the formation of VE-Cadherin+CD73?CD235a/CD43? HE and hematopoietic progenitors with myeloid and T lymphoid potential. PMID:25448067

  1. Tenascin C promotes hematoendothelial development and T lymphoid commitment from human pluripotent stem cells in chemically defined conditions.

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    Uenishi, Gene; Theisen, Derek; Lee, Jeong-Hee; Kumar, Akhilesh; Raymond, Matt; Vodyanik, Maxim; Swanson, Scott; Stewart, Ron; Thomson, James; Slukvin, Igor

    2014-12-01

    The recent identification of hemogenic endothelium (HE) in human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC) cultures presents opportunities to investigate signaling pathways that are essential for blood development from endothelium and provides an exploratory platform for de novo generation of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). However, the use of poorly defined human or animal components limits the utility of the current differentiation systems for studying specific growth factors required for HE induction and manufacturing clinical-grade therapeutic blood cells. Here, we identified chemically defined conditions required to produce HE from hPSCs growing in Essential 8 (E8) medium and showed that Tenascin C (TenC), an extracellular matrix protein associated with HSC niches, strongly promotes HE and definitive hematopoiesis in this system. hPSCs differentiated in chemically defined conditions undergo stages of development similar to those previously described in hPSCs cocultured on OP9 feeders, including the formation of VE-Cadherin(+)CD73(-)CD235a/CD43(-) HE and hematopoietic progenitors with myeloid and T lymphoid potential. PMID:25448067

  2. Effect of extraction conditions on the yield and chemical properties of pectin from cocoa husks.

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    Chan, Siew-Yin; Choo, Wee-Sim

    2013-12-15

    Different extraction conditions were applied to investigate the effect of temperature, extraction time and substrate-extractant ratio on pectin extraction from cocoa husks. Pectin was extracted from cocoa husks using water, citric acid at pH 2.5 or 4.0, or hydrochloric acid at pH 2.5 or 4.0. Temperature, extraction time and substrate-extractant ratio affected the yields, uronic acid contents, degrees of methylation (DM) and degrees of acetylation (DA) of the extracted pectins using the five extractants differently. The yields and uronic acid contents of the extracted pectins ranged from 3.38-7.62% to 31.19-65.20%, respectively. The DM and DA of the extracted pectins ranged from 7.17-57.86% to 1.01-3.48%, respectively. The highest yield of pectin (7.62%) was obtained using citric acid at pH 2.5 [1:25 (w/v)] at 95 C for 3.0 h. The highest uronic acid content (65.20%) in the pectin was obtained using water [1:25 (w/v)] at 95 C for 3.0 h. PMID:23993545

  3. Effects of spray-drying conditions on the chemical, physical, and sensory properties of cheese powder.

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    Koca, Nurcan; Erbay, Zafer; Kaymak-Ertekin, Figen

    2015-05-01

    Dairy powders are produced to increase the shelf life of fresh dairy products and for use as flavoring agents. In this study, 24 cheese powders produced under 7 different conditions were used to investigate the effects of spray-drying parameters (e.g., inlet air temperature, atomization pressure, and outlet air temperature) on the quality of white cheese powder. Composition, color, physical properties, reconstitution, and sensory characteristics of white cheese powders were determined. The results revealed that the white cheese powders produced in this study had low moisture content ratios and water activity values. High outlet air temperatures caused browning and enhanced Maillard reactions. Additionally, high outlet air temperatures increased wettability and dispersibility and decreased the solubility of white cheese powders. Free fat content was positively correlated with inlet air temperature and negatively correlated with outlet air temperature and atomization pressure. Sensory analyses revealed that white cheese powder samples had acceptable sensory characteristics with the exception of the sample produced at an outlet air temperature of 100C, which had high scores for scorched flavor and color and low scores for cheese flavor. PMID:25771045

  4. Conditioned place avoidance of zebrafish (Danio rerio) to three chemicals used for euthanasia and anaesthesia.

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    Wong, Devina; von Keyserlingk, Marina A G; Richards, Jeffrey G; Weary, Daniel M

    2014-01-01

    Zebrafish are becoming one of the most used vertebrates in developmental and biomedical research. Fish are commonly killed at the end of an experiment with an overdose of tricaine methanesulfonate (TMS, also known as MS-222), but to date little research has assessed if exposure to this or other agents qualifies as euthanasia (i.e. a "good death"). Alternative agents include metomidate hydrochloride and clove oil. We use a conditioned place avoidance paradigm to compare aversion to TMS, clove oil, and metomidate hydrochloride. Zebrafish (n = 51) were exposed to the different anaesthetics in the initially preferred side of a light/dark box. After exposure to TMS zebrafish spent less time in their previously preferred side; aversion was less pronounced following exposure to metomidate hydrochloride and clove oil. Nine of 17 fish exposed to TMS chose not to re-enter the previously preferred side, versus 2 of 18 and 3 of 16 refusals for metomidate hydrochloride and clove oil, respectively. We conclude that metomidate hydrochloride and clove oil are less aversive than TMS and that these agents be used as humane alternatives to TMS for killing zebrafish. PMID:24505365

  5. Conditioned Place Avoidance of Zebrafish (Danio rerio) to Three Chemicals Used for Euthanasia and Anaesthesia

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    Wong, Devina; von Keyserlingk, Marina A. G.; Richards, Jeffrey G.; Weary, Daniel M.

    2014-01-01

    Zebrafish are becoming one of the most used vertebrates in developmental and biomedical research. Fish are commonly killed at the end of an experiment with an overdose of tricaine methanesulfonate (TMS, also known as MS-222), but to date little research has assessed if exposure to this or other agents qualifies as euthanasia (i.e. a “good death”). Alternative agents include metomidate hydrochloride and clove oil. We use a conditioned place avoidance paradigm to compare aversion to TMS, clove oil, and metomidate hydrochloride. Zebrafish (n = 51) were exposed to the different anaesthetics in the initially preferred side of a light/dark box. After exposure to TMS zebrafish spent less time in their previously preferred side; aversion was less pronounced following exposure to metomidate hydrochloride and clove oil. Nine of 17 fish exposed to TMS chose not to re-enter the previously preferred side, versus 2 of 18 and 3 of 16 refusals for metomidate hydrochloride and clove oil, respectively. We conclude that metomidate hydrochloride and clove oil are less aversive than TMS and that these agents be used as humane alternatives to TMS for killing zebrafish. PMID:24505365

  6. Dynamics-based selective 2D 1H/1H chemical shift correlation spectroscopy under ultrafast MAS conditions

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    Zhang, Rongchun; Ramamoorthy, Ayyalusamy

    2015-05-01

    Dynamics plays important roles in determining the physical, chemical, and functional properties of a variety of chemical and biological materials. However, a material (such as a polymer) generally has mobile and rigid regions in order to have high strength and toughness at the same time. Therefore, it is difficult to measure the role of mobile phase without being affected by the rigid components. Herein, we propose a highly sensitive solid-state NMR approach that utilizes a dipolar-coupling based filter (composed of 12 equally spaced 90° RF pulses) to selectively measure the correlation of 1H chemical shifts from the mobile regions of a material. It is interesting to find that the rotor-synchronized dipolar filter strength decreases with increasing inter-pulse delay between the 90° pulses, whereas the dipolar filter strength increases with increasing inter-pulse delay under static conditions. In this study, we also demonstrate the unique advantages of proton-detection under ultrafast magic-angle-spinning conditions to enhance the spectral resolution and sensitivity for studies on small molecules as well as multi-phase polymers. Our results further demonstrate the use of finite-pulse radio-frequency driven recoupling pulse sequence to efficiently recouple weak proton-proton dipolar couplings in the dynamic regions of a molecule and to facilitate the fast acquisition of 1H/1H correlation spectrum compared to the traditional 2D NOESY (Nuclear Overhauser effect spectroscopy) experiment. We believe that the proposed approach is beneficial to study mobile components in multi-phase systems, such as block copolymers, polymer blends, nanocomposites, heterogeneous amyloid mixture of oligomers and fibers, and other materials.

  7. Collisions of small ice particles under microgravity conditions. II. Does the chemical composition of the ice change the collisional properties?

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    Hill, C. R.; Heielmann, D.; Blum, J.; Fraser, H. J.

    2015-03-01

    Context. Understanding the collisional properties of ice is important for understanding both the early stages of planet formation and the evolution of planetary ring systems. Simple chemicals such as methanol and formic acid are known to be present in cold protostellar regions alongside the dominant water ice; they are also likely to be incorporated into planets which form in protoplanetary disks, and planetary ring systems. However, the effect of the chemical composition of the ice on its collisional properties has not yet been studied. Aims: Collisions of 1.5 cm ice spheres composed of pure crystalline water ice, water with 5% methanol, and water with 5% formic acid were investigated to determine the effect of the ice composition on the collisional outcomes. Methods: The collisions were conducted in a dedicated experimental instrument, operated under microgravity conditions, at relative particle impact velocities between 0.01 and 0.19 ms-1, temperatures between 131 and 160 K and a pressure of around 10-5 mbar. Results: A range of coefficients of restitution were found, with no correlation between this and the chemical composition, relative impact velocity, or temperature. Conclusions: We conclude that the chemical composition of the ice (at the level of 95% water ice and 5% methanol or formic acid) does not affect the collisional properties at these temperatures and pressures due to the inability of surface wetting to take place. At a level of 5% methanol or formic acid, the structure is likely to be dominated by crystalline water ice, leading to no change in collisional properties. The surface roughness of the particles is the dominant factor in explaining the range of coefficients of restitution.

  8. A Study on the Aqueous Formation of Secondary Organic Aerosols

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    Sinclair, K.; Tsigaridis, K.

    2013-12-01

    The effect aerosols have on radiative forcing in the atmosphere is recognized as one of the largest uncertainties in the radiation budget. About 80% of organic aerosol mass in the atmosphere is estimated to be created though secondary processes. Recently, the aqueous formation of secondary organic aerosols (SOA) has become recognized as important when considering the source, transformation and radiative impacts of SOA. This work focuses on implementing a mechanism for aqueous SOA formation that can be used in atmospheric chemistry and models of all scales, from box to global. A box model containing a simplified chemical mechanism for the aqueous production of precursors of aqueous SOA (Myriokefalitakis et al. (2011) is coupled to gas-phase chemistry which uses the carbon bond mechanism (CBM) IV is presented. The model implements aqueous chemistry of soluble gases, both in-cloud and aerosol water, including organic compounds such as glyoxal and methylglyoxal, which have been shown as potentially significant sources for dissolved secondary organic aerosols. This mechanism implements aqueous phase mass transfer and molecular dissociation. The model's performance is evaluated against previous box model studies from the literature. A comparison is conducted between the detailed GAMMA model (McNeill et al., 2012), which is constrained with chamber experiments and the one developed here. The model output under different atmospheric conditions is explored and differences and sensitivities are assessed. The objective of this work is to create a robust framework for simulating aqueous phase formation of SOA and maximizing the computational efficiency of the model, while maintaining accuracy, in order to later use the exact mechanism in global climate simulations.

  9. Effects of Atmospheric Conditions and the Land/Atmospheric Interface on Transport of Chemical Vapors from Subsurface Sources

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    Rice, A. K.; Smits, K. M.; Cihan, A.; Howington, S. E.; Illangasekare, T. H.

    2013-12-01

    Understanding the movement of chemical vapors and gas through variably saturated soil subjected to atmospheric thermal and mass flux boundary conditions at the land/atmospheric interface is important to many applications, including landmine detection, methane leakage during natural gas production from shale and CO2 leakage from deep geologic storage. New, advanced technologies exist to sense chemical signatures and gas leakage at the land/atmosphere interface, but interpretation of sensor signals remains a challenge. Chemical vapors are subject to numerous interactions while migrating through the soil environment, masking source conditions. The process governing movement of gases through porous media is often assumed to be Fickian diffusion through the air phase with minimal quantification of other processes, such as convective gas flow and temporal or spatial variation in soil moisture. Vapor migration is affected by atmospheric conditions (e.g. humidity, temperature, wind velocity), soil thermal and hydraulic properties and contaminant properties, all of which are physically and thermodynamically coupled. The complex coupling of two drastically different flow regimes in the subsurface and atmosphere is commonly ignored in modeling efforts, or simplifying assumptions are made to treat the systems as de-coupled. Experimental data under controlled laboratory settings are lacking to refine the theory for proper coupling and complex treatment of vapor migration through porous media in conversation with atmospheric flow and climate variations. Improving fundamental understanding and accurate quantification of these processes is not feasible in field settings due to lack of controlled initial and boundary conditions and inability to fully characterize the subsurface at all relevant scales. The goal of this work is to understand the influence of changes in atmospheric conditions to transport of vapors through variably saturated soil. We have developed a tank apparatus with a network of soil and atmospheric sensors and a head space for air flow to simulate the atmospheric boundary layer. Experiments were performed under varying temperature values at the soil surface bounded by the atmospheric boundary layer. The model of Smits et al. [2011], accounting for non-equilibrium phase change and coupled heat, water vapor and liquid water flux through soil, was amended to include organic vapor in the gas phase and migration mechanisms often overlooked in models (thermal and Knudsen diffusion, density driven advection). Experimental results show increased vapor mass flux across the soil/atmospheric interface due to heat applied from the atmosphere and coupling of heat and mass transfer in the shallow subsurface for both steady and diurnal temperature patterns. Comparison of model results to experimental data shows dynamic interactions between transport in porous media and boundary conditions. Results demonstrate the value of considering interactions of the atmosphere and subsurface to better understand chemical gas transport through unsaturated soils and the land/atmospheric interface.

  10. A localized tolerance in the substrate specificity of the fluorinase enzyme enables "last-step" 18F fluorination of a RGD peptide under ambient aqueous conditions.

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    Thompson, Stephen; Zhang, Qingzhi; Onega, Mayca; McMahon, Stephen; Fleming, Ian; Ashworth, Sharon; Naismith, James H; Passchier, Jan; O'Hagan, David

    2014-08-18

    A strategy for last-step (18)F fluorination of bioconjugated peptides is reported that exploits an "Achilles heel" in the substrate specificity of the fluorinase enzyme. An acetylene functionality at the C-2 position of the adenosine substrate projects from the active site into the solvent. The fluorinase catalyzes a transhalogenation of 5'-chlorodeoxy-2-ethynyladenosine (ClDEA) to 5'-fluorodeoxy-2-ethynyladenosine (FDEA). Extending a polyethylene glycol linker from the terminus of the acetylene allows the presentation of bioconjugation cargo to the enzyme for (18)F labelling. The method uses an aqueous solution (H2(18)O) of [(18)F]fluoride generated by the cyclotron and has the capacity to isotopically label peptides of choice for positron emission tomography (PET). PMID:24989327

  11. The IUPAC aqueous and non-aqueous experimental pKa data repositories of organic acids and bases.

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    Slater, Anthony Michael

    2014-10-01

    Accurate and well-curated experimental pKa data of organic acids and bases in both aqueous and non-aqueous media are invaluable in many areas of chemical research, including pharmaceutical, agrochemical, specialty chemical and property prediction research. In pharmaceutical research, pKa data are relevant in ligand design, protein binding, absorption, distribution, metabolism, elimination as well as solubility and dissolution rate. The pKa data compilations of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, originally in book form, have been carefully converted into computer-readable form, with value being added in the process, in the form of ionisation assignments and tautomer enumeration. These compilations offer a broad range of chemistry in both aqueous and non-aqueous media and the experimental conditions and original reference for all pKa determinations are supplied. The statistics for these compilations are presented and the utility of the computer-readable form of these compilations is examined in comparison to other pKa compilations. Finally, information is provided about how to access these databases. PMID:24952470

  12. Seizure modeling of Pb(II) and Cd(II) from aqueous solution by chemically modified sugarcane bagasse fly ash: isotherms, kinetics, and column study.

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    Shah, Bhavna; Mistry, Chirag; Shah, Ajay

    2013-04-01

    Heavy metal pollution is a common environmental problem all over the world. The purpose of the research is to examine the applicability of bagasse fly ash (BFA)-an agricultural waste of sugar industry used for the synthesis of zeolitic material. The zeolitic material are used for the uptake of Pb(II) and Cd(II) heavy metal. Bagasse fly ash is used as a native material for the synthesis of zeolitic materials by conventional hydrothermal treatment without (conventional zeolitic bagasse fly ash (CZBFA)) and with electrolyte (conventional zeolitic bagasse fly ash in electrolyte media (ECZBFA)) media. Heavy metal ions Pb(II) and Cd(II) were successfully seized from aqueous media using these synthesized zeolitic materials. In this study, the zeolitic materials were well characterized by different instrumental methods such as Brunauer-Emmett-Teller, XRF, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, powder X-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscopic microphotographs. The presence of analcime, phillipsite, and zeolite P in adsorbents confirms successful conversion of native BFA into zeolitic materials. Seizure modeling of Pb(II) and Cd(II) was achieved by batch sorption experiments, isotherms, and kinetic studies. These data were used to compare and evaluate the zeolitic materials as potential sorbents for the uptake of heavy metal ions from an aqueous media. The Langmuir isotherm correlation coefficient parameters best fit the equilibrium data which indicate the physical sorption. Pseudo-second-order and intra-particle diffusion model matches best which indicates that the rate of sorption was controlled by film diffusion. The column studies were performed for the practical function of sorbents, and breakthrough curves were obtained, which revealed higher sorption capacity as compared to batch method. Synthesized zeolitic material (CZBFA and ECZBFA), a low-cost sorbent, was proven as potential sorbent for the uptake of Pb(II) and Cd(II) heavy metal ions. PMID:22739768

  13. Protective effect of conditioning agents on Afro-ethnic hair chemically treated with thioglycolate-based straightening emulsion.

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    Dias, Tania Cristina de S; Baby, Andr Rolim; Kaneko, Telma Mary; Velasco, Maria Valria Robles

    2008-06-01

    Straightening is a chemical process by which excessively curly hair is straightened in an irreversible way. Generally, products are formulated as emulsions with high pH value (9.0-12.0), which, after applied on hair, cause considerable damage, making it dry and fragile. This research work evaluated the protective effect of lauryl PEG/PPG-18/18 methicone, cyclopentasiloxane (and) PEG-12 dimethicone cross-polymer, jojoba oil, and aqua (and) cystine bis-PG propyl silanetriol, as conditioning agents, on Afro-ethnic hair locks treated with thioglycolate-based straightening emulsions by protein loss, combability, and traction to rupture. Standard Afro-ethnic hair locks were prepared following a protocol for straightening emulsion application. Considering the assays performed, the addition of conditioning agents to the straightening emulsion with ammonium thioglycolate benefited the hair fiber, thus diminishing protein loss, protecting the hair thread, and improving resistance to breakage. Jojoba oil and lauryl PEG/PPG-18/18 methicone were the conditioning agents that presented the best results. Straightening emulsions with ammonium thioglycolate containing aqua (and) cystine bis-PG propyl silanetriol and cyclopentasiloxane (and) PEG-12 dimethicone cross-polymer were the ones that provided higher breakage resistance of the thread. PMID:18482015

  14. Chemical reaction conditions in a Danish 80 MW{sub th} CFB-boiler co-firing straw and coal

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    Hansen, P.F.B.

    1997-12-31

    Future boilers to be constructed in Denmark including boilers intended for energy conversion of biomass (straw and wood chips) will be designed for Ultra Super Critical steam data. The high steam temperatures and subsequently metal temperatures in the superheaters will increase the corrosion hazard significantly. Severe superheater corrosion observed in the convective path and on test tubes inserted into the loop seal of a Danish 80 MW{sub th} Ahlstroem Pyroflow CFB boiler co-firing coal and straw initiated this study on the conditions under which the chemical reactions occur and deposits form. Load changes--caused by variations in public demand for district heating shifts the reaction conditions in the loop seal between predominantly reducing and predominantly oxidizing conditions. Furthermore the external particle circulation rate and the local temperatures are strongly affected. Deposits collected in the loop seal on temperature controlled probes reveals Cl concentrations more than Twenty Thousand times higher than found in the surrounding bed material. The results are discussed and suggestions on how to reduce high temperature corrosion and superheater fouling are presented.

  15. Mars aqueous chemistry experiment

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    Clark, Benton C.; Mason, Larry W.

    1994-01-01

    Mars Aqueous Chemistry Experiment (MACE) is designed to conduct a variety of measurements on regolith samples, encompassing mineral phase analyses, chemical interactions with H2O, and physical properties determinations. From these data, much can be learned or inferred regarding the past weathering environment, the contemporaneous soil micro-environments, and the general chemical and physical state of the Martian regolith. By analyzing both soil and duricrust samples, the nature of the latter may become more apparent. Sites may be characterized for comparative purposes and criteria could be set for selection of high priority materials on future sample return missions. The second year of the MACE project has shown significant progress in two major areas. MACE Instrument concept definition is a baseline design that has been generated for the complete MACE instrument, including definition of analysis modes, mass estimates and thermal model. The design includes multiple reagent reservoirs, 10 discrete analysis cells, sample manipulation capability, and thermal control. The MACE Measurement subsystems development progress is reported regarding measurement capabilities for aqueous ion sensing, evolved gas sensing, solution conductivity measurement, reagent addition (titration) capabilities, and optical sensing of suspended particles.

  16. Effect of vacuum conditions and plasma concentration on the chemical composition and adhesion of vacuum-plasma coatings

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    Borisov, D. P.; Kuznetsov, V. M.; Slabodchikov, V. A.

    2015-11-01

    The paper reports on the chemical composition of titanium nitride (TiN) and silicon (Si) coatings deposited with a new technological vacuum plasma setup which comprises magnetron sputtering systems, arc evaporators, and an efficient plasma generator. It is shown that due to highly clean vacuum conditions and highly clean surface treatment in the gas discharge plasma, both the coating-substrate interface and the coatings as such are almost free from oxygen and carbon. It is found that the coating-substrate interface represents a layer of thickness ≥ 60 nm formed through vacuum plasma mixing of the coating and substrate materials. The TiN coatings obtained on the new equipment display a higher adhesion compared to brass coatings deposited by industrial technologies via intermediate titanium oxide layers. It is concluded that the designed vacuum plasma equipment allows efficient surface modification of materials and articles by vacuum plasma immersion processes.

  17. Studies on the phytoplankton populations and physico-chemical conditions of treated sewage discharged into Lake Manzala in Egypt.

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    el-Naggar, M E; Shaaban-Dessouki, S A; Abdel-Hamid, M I; Aly, E M

    1998-04-01

    Over a full year, the phytoplankton populations and physico-chemical conditions of treated sewage discharged into Lake Manzala in Egypt were investigated. Sixty-seven species of algae were identified, 18 Cyanophyta (Cyanobacteria), 19 Chlorophyta, 21 Bacillariophyta, 6 Euglenophyta, 2 Cryptophyta and one species Pyrrhophyta. Nitzschia (6 spp.), Scenedesmus (6 spp.), Navicula (4 spp.), Oscillatoria (4 spp.) and Euglena (4 spp.) were the most common genera. A remarkable seasonal variation in species composition and standing crop of the phytoplankton populations was noted during the study. The total phytoplankton standing crop appeared to be mainly dependent on the growth of certain species viz., Oscillatoria chalybea, O. princepes, O. tenuis, Microcystis aeruginosa, Anabaena constricta (Cyanophyta), Nitzschia obtusa, Bacillaria paradoxa, Cocconeis placentula, Cyclotella meneghiniana (Bacillariophyta), Pandorina morum, Volvox sp. (Chlorophyta) and Phacus curvicauda (Euglenophyta). The continuous presence of Anabaena constricta and Nitzschia palea was recorded in the treated sewage. The least represented algal divisions were Pyrrhophyta and Cryptophyta, both in terms of quality and quantity. The data indicate that the secondary effluents were unstable in their chemical features and grossly polluted. Therefore, the treatment systems must treat the discharged sewage to a tertiary level before discharging into Lake Manzala. PMID:9579343

  18. Kinetic studies of chemical shrinkage and residual stress formation in thermoset epoxy adhesives under confined curing conditions

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    Schumann, M.; Gei, P. L.

    2015-05-01

    Faultless processing of thermoset polymers in demanding applications requires a profound mastering of the curing kinetics considering both the physico-chemical changes in the transition from the liquid to the solid state and the consolidation of the polymers network in the diffusion controlled curing regime past the gel point. Especially in adhesive joints shrinkage stress occurring at an early state of the curing process under confined conditions is likely to cause defects due to local debonding and thus reduce their strength and durability1. Rheometry is considered the method of choice to investigate the change of elastic and viscous properties in the progress of curing. Drawbacks however relate to experimental challenges in accessing the full range of kinetic parameters of thermoset resins with low initial viscosity from the very beginning of the curing reaction to the post-cure consolidation of the polymer due to the formation of secondary chemical bonds. Therefore the scope of this study was to interrelate rheological data with results from in-situ measurements of the shrinkage stress formation in adhesive joints and with the change of refractive index in the progress of curing. This combination of different methods has shown to be valuable in gaining advanced insight into the kinetics of the curing reaction. The experimental results are based on a multi component thermoset epoxy-amine adhesive.

  19. Identification of morphological and chemical markers of dry- and wet-season conditions in female Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes

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    2014-01-01

    Background Increased understanding of the dry-season survival mechanisms of Anopheles gambiae in semi-arid regions could benefit vector control efforts by identifying weak links in the transmission cycle of malaria. In this study, we examined the effect of photoperiod and relative humidity on morphologic and chemical traits known to control water loss in mosquitoes. Methods Anopheles gambiae body size (indexed by wing length), mesothoracic spiracle size, and cuticular hydrocarbon composition (both standardized by body size) were examined in mosquitoes raised from eggs exposed to short photoperiod and low relative humidity, simulating the dry season, or long photoperiod and high relative humidity, simulating the wet-season. Results Mosquitoes exposed to short photoperiod exhibited larger body size and larger mesothoracic spiracle length than mosquitoes exposed to long photoperiod. Mosquitoes exposed to short photoperiod and low relative humidity exhibited greater total cuticular hydrocarbon amount than mosquitoes exposed to long photoperiod and high relative humidity. In addition, total cuticular hydrocarbon amount increased with age and was higher in mated females. Mean n-alkane retention time (a measure of cuticular hydrocarbon chain length) was lower in mosquitoes exposed to short photoperiod and low relative humidity, and increased with age. Individual cuticular hydrocarbon peaks were examined, and several cuticular hydrocarbons were identified as potential biomarkers of dry- and wet-season conditions, age, and insemination status. Conclusions Results from this study indicate that morphological and chemical changes underlie aestivation of Anopheles gambiae and may serve as biomarkers of aestivation. PMID:24970701

  20. Chemical repair of base lesions, AP-sites, and strand breaks on plasmid DNA in dilute aqueous solution by ascorbic acid

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    Hata, Kuniki; Advanced Science Research Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 2-4 Shirakatashirane, Tokai-mura, Naka-gun, Ibaraki 319-1195 ; Urushibara, Ayumi; Yamashita, Shinichi; Shikazono, Naoya; Yokoya, Akinari; Katsumura, Yosuke; Nuclear Professional School, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, 2-22 Shirakatashirane, Tokai-mura, Naka-gun, Ibaraki 319-1188

    2013-05-03

    Highlights: We report a novel mechanism of radiation protection of DNA by chemical activity of ascorbic acid. The chemical repair of DNA damage was revealed using biochemical assay and chemical kinetics analysis. We found that ascorbic acid significantly repairs precursors of nucleobase lesions and abasic sites. However, ascorbic acid seldom repairs precursors of DNA-strand breaks. -- Abstract: We quantified the damage yields produced in plasmid DNA by ?-irradiation in the presence of low concentrations (10100 ?M) of ascorbic acid, which is a major antioxidant in living systems, to clarify whether it chemically repairs radiation damage in DNA. The yield of DNA single strand breaks induced by irradiation was analyzed with agarose gel electrophoresis as conformational changes in closed circular plasmids. Base lesions and abasic sites were also observed as additional conformational changes by treating irradiated samples with glycosylase proteins. By comparing the suppression efficiencies to the induction of each DNA lesion, in addition to scavenging of the OH radicals derived from water radiolysis, it was found that ascorbic acid promotes the chemical repair of precursors of AP-sites and base lesions more effectively than those of single strand breaks. We estimated the efficiency of the chemical repair of each lesion using a kinetic model. Approximately 5060% of base lesions and AP-sites were repaired by 10 ?M ascorbic acid, although strand breaks were largely unrepaired by ascorbic acid at low concentrations. The methods in this study will provide a route to understanding the mechanistic aspects of antioxidant activity in living systems.

  1. Effects of cultivation conditions on the uptake of arsenite and arsenic chemical species accumulated by Pteris vittata in hydroponics.

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    Hatayama, Masayoshi; Sato, Takahiko; Shinoda, Kozo; Inoue, Chihiro

    2011-03-01

    The physiological responses of the arsenic-hyperaccumulator, Pteris vittata, such as arsenic uptake and chemical transformation in the fern, have been investigated. However, a few questions remain regarding arsenic treatment in hydroponics. Incubation conditions such as aeration, arsenic concentration, and incubation period might affect those responses of P. vittata in hydroponics. Arsenite uptake was low under anaerobic conditions, as previously reported. However, in an arsenite uptake experiment, phosphorous (P) starvation-dependent uptake of arsenate was observed under aerobic conditions. Time course-dependent analysis of arsenite oxidation showed that arsenite was gradually oxidized to arsenate during incubation. Arsenite oxidation was not observed in any of the control conditions, such as exposure to a nutrient solution or to culture medium only, or with the use of dried root; arsenite oxidation was only observed when live root was used. This result suggests that sufficient aeration allows the rhizosphere system to oxidize arsenite and enables the fern to efficiently take up arsenite as arsenate. X-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) analyses showed that long-duration exposure to arsenic using a hydroponic system led to the accumulation of arsenate as the dominant species in the root tips, but not in the whole roots, partly because up-regulation of arsenate uptake by P starvation of the fern was caused and retained by long-time incubation. Analysis of concentration-dependent arsenate uptake by P. vittata showed that the uptake switched from a high-affinity transport system to a low-affinity system at high arsenate concentrations, which partially explains the increased arsenate abundance in the whole root. PMID:21185228

  2. Electronic and chemical state of aluminum from the single- (K) and double-electron excitation (KLII&III, KLI) x-ray absorption near-edge spectra of α-alumina, sodium aluminate, aqueous Al³⁺•(H₂O)₆, and aqueous Al(OH)₄⁻

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    Fulton, John L.; Govind, Niranjan; Huthwelker, Thomas; Bylaska, Eric J.; Vjunov, Aleksei; Pin, Sonia; Smurthwaite, Tricia D.

    2015-07-02

    We probe, at high energy resolution, the double electron excitation (KLII&II) x-ray absorption region that lies approximately 115 eV above the main Al K-edge (1566 eV) of α-alumina and sodium aluminate. The two solid standards, α-alumina (octahedral) and sodium aluminate (tetrahedral) are compared to aqueous species that have the same Al coordination symmetries, Al³⁺•6H₂O (octahedral) and Al(OH)₄⁻ (tetrahedral). For the octahedral species, the edge height of the KLII&III-edge is approximately 10% of the main K-edge however the edge height is much weaker (3% of K-edge height) for Al species with tetrahedral symmetry. For the α-alumina and aqueous Al³⁺•6H₂O the KLII&III spectra contain white line features and extended absorption fine structure (EXAFS) that mimics the K-edge spectra. The KLII&III-edge feature interferes with an important region of the extended-XAFS region of the spectra for the K-edge of the crystalline and aqueous standards. The K-edge spectra and K-edge positions are predicted using time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT). The TDDFT calculations for the K-edge XANES spectra reproduce the observed transitions in the experimental spectra of the four Al species. The KLII&III and KLI onsets and their corresponding chemical shifts for the four standards are estimated using the delta self-consistent field (ΔSCF) method. Research by JLF, NG, EJB, AV, TDS was supported by U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE), Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Division of Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences. NG thanks Amity Andersen for help with the α-Al₂O₃ and tetrahedral sodium aluminate (NaAlO₂) clusters. All the calculations were performed using the Molecular Science Computing Capability at EMSL, a national scientific user facility sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research and located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). PNNL is a multi-program national laboratory operated for DOE by Battelle under Contract # AC05-76RL01830.

  3. The effect of variety and growing conditions on the chemical composition and nutritive value of wheat for broilers.

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    Ball, M E E; Owens, B; McCracken, K J

    2013-03-01

    The aim of this study was to examine the effect of variety and growing conditions of wheat on broiler performance and nutrient digestibility. One hundred and sixty-four wheat samples, collected from a wide range of different sources, locations, varieties and years, were analyzed for a range of chemical and physical parameters. Chemical and physical parameters measured included specific weight, thousand grain weight (TG), in vitro viscosity, gross energy, N, NDF, starch, total and soluble non-starch polysaccharides (NSP), lysine, threonine, amylose, hardness, rate of starch digestion and protein profiles. Ninety-four of the wheat samples were selected for inclusion in four bird trials. Birds were housed in individual wire metabolizm cages from 7 to 28 d and offered water and feed ad libitum. Dry matter intake (DMI), live weight gain (LWG) and gain:feed were determined weekly. A balance collection was carried out from 14 to 21 d for determination of apparent metabolizable energy (AME), ME:gain, DM retention, oil and NDF digestibility. At 28 d the birds were sacrificed, the contents of the jejunum removed for determination of in vivo viscosity and the contents of the ileum removed for determination of ileal DM, starch and protein digestibility. The wheat samples used in the study had wide-ranging chemical and physical parameters, leading to bird DMI, LWG, gain:feed, ME:GE, AME content and ileal starch and protein digestibility being significantly (p<0.05) affected by wheat sample. A high level of N fertilizer application to the English and NI wheat samples tended to benefit bird performance, with increases of up to 3.4, 7.2 and 3.8% in DMI, LWG and gain:feed, respectively. Fungicide application also appeared to have a positive effect on bird performance, with fungicide treated (+F) wheat increasing bird DMI, LWG and gain:feed by 6.6, 9.3 and 2.7%, over the non-fungicide treated (-F) wheats. An increase (p<0.1) of 9.3% in gain:feed was also observed at the low seed rate of 40 compared to 640 seeds/m(2). It was concluded that the type of wheat sample and environmental growing conditions significantly affects bird performance when fed wheat-based diets. PMID:25049800

  4. Testing Insecticidal Activity of Novel Chemically Synthesized siRNA against Plutella xylostella under Laboratory and Field Conditions

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    Gong, Liang; Chen, Yong; Hu, Zhen; Hu, Meiying

    2013-01-01

    Background Over the last 60 years, synthetic chemical pesticides have served as a main tactic in the field of crop protection, but their availability is now declining as a result of the development of insect resistance. Therefore, alternative pest management agents are needed. However, the demonstration of RNAi gene silencing in insects and its successful usage in disrupting the expression of vital genes opened a door to the development of a variety of novel, environmentally sound approaches for insect pest management. Methodology/Principal Findings Six small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) were chemically synthesized and modified according to the cDNA sequence of P. xylostella acetylcholine esterase genes AChE1 and AChE2. All of them were formulated and used in insecticide activity screening against P. xylostella. Bioassay data suggested that Si-ace1_003 and Si-ace2_001 at a concentration of 3 g cm?2 displayed the best insecticidal activity with 73.7% and 89.0%, mortality, respectively. Additional bioassays were used to obtain the acute lethal concentrations of LC50 and LC90 for Si-ace2_001, which were 53.66 g/ml and 759.71 g/ml, respectively. Quantitative Real-time PCR was used to confirm silencing and detected that the transcript levels of P. xylostella AChE2 (PxAChE2) were reduced by 5.7-fold compared to the control group. Consequently, AChE activity was also reduced by 1.7-fold. Finally, effects of the siRNAs on treated plants of Brassica oleracea and Brassica alboglabra were investigated with different siRNA doses. Our results showed that Si-ace2_001 had no negative effects on plant morphology, color and growth of vein under our experimental conditions. Conclusions The most important finding of this study is the discovery that chemically synthesized and modified siRNA corresponding to P. xylostella AChE genes cause significant mortality of the insect both under laboratory and field conditions, which provides a novel strategy to control P. xylostella and to develop bio-pesticides based on the RNA interference technology. PMID:23667556

  5. Laboratory insights into the chemical and kinetic evolution of several organic molecules under simulated Mars surface UV radiation conditions

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    Poch, O.; Kaci, S.; Stalport, F.; Szopa, C.; Coll, P.

    2014-11-01

    The search for organic carbon at the surface of Mars, as clues of past habitability or remnants of life, is a major science goal of Mars' exploration. Understanding the chemical evolution of organic molecules under current martian environmental conditions is essential to support the analyses performed in situ. What molecule can be preserved? What is the timescale of organic evolution at the surface? This paper presents the results of laboratory investigations dedicated to monitor the evolution of organic molecules when submitted to simulated Mars surface ultraviolet radiation (190-400 nm), mean temperature (218 ± 2 K) and pressure (6 ± 1 mbar) conditions. Experiments are done with the MOMIE simulation setup (for Mars Organic Molecules Irradiation and Evolution) allowing both a qualitative and quantitative characterization of the evolution the tested molecules undergo (Poch, O. et al. [2013]. Planet. Space Sci. 85, 188-197). The chemical structures of the solid products and the kinetic parameters of the photoreaction (photolysis rate, half-life and quantum efficiency of photodecomposition) are determined for glycine, urea, adenine and chrysene. Mellitic trianhydride is also studied in order to complete a previous study done with mellitic acid (Stalport, F., Coll, P., Szopa, C., Raulin, F. [2009]. Astrobiology 9, 543-549), by studying the evolution of mellitic trianhydride. The results show that solid layers of the studied molecules have half-lives of 10-103 h at the surface of Mars, when exposed directly to martian UV radiation. However, organic layers having aromatic moieties and reactive chemical groups, as adenine and mellitic acid, lead to the formation of photoresistant solid residues, probably of macromolecular nature, which could exhibit a longer photostability. Such solid organic layers are found in micrometeorites or could have been formed endogenously on Mars. Finally, the quantum efficiencies of photodecomposition at wavelengths from 200 to 250 nm, determined for each of the studied molecules, range from 10-2 to 10-6 molecule photon-1 and apply for isolated molecules exposed at the surface of Mars. These kinetic parameters provide essential inputs for numerical modeling of the evolution of Mars' current reservoir of organic molecules. Organic molecules adsorbed on martian minerals may have different kinetic parameters and lead to different endproducts. The present study paves the way for the interpretation of more complex simulation experiments where organics will be mixed with martian mineral analogs.

  6. The Effect of Variety and Growing Conditions on the Chemical Composition and Nutritive Value of Wheat for Broilers

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    Ball, M. E. E.; Owens, B.; McCracken, K. J.

    2013-01-01

    The aim of this study was to examine the effect of variety and growing conditions of wheat on broiler performance and nutrient digestibility. One hundred and sixty-four wheat samples, collected from a wide range of different sources, locations, varieties and years, were analyzed for a range of chemical and physical parameters. Chemical and physical parameters measured included specific weight, thousand grain weight (TG), in vitro viscosity, gross energy, N, NDF, starch, total and soluble non-starch polysaccharides (NSP), lysine, threonine, amylose, hardness, rate of starch digestion and protein profiles. Ninety-four of the wheat samples were selected for inclusion in four bird trials. Birds were housed in individual wire metabolizm cages from 7 to 28 d and offered water and feed ad libitum. Dry matter intake (DMI), live weight gain (LWG) and gain:feed were determined weekly. A balance collection was carried out from 14 to 21 d for determination of apparent metabolizable energy (AME), ME:gain, DM retention, oil and NDF digestibility. At 28 d the birds were sacrificed, the contents of the jejunum removed for determination of in vivo viscosity and the contents of the ileum removed for determination of ileal DM, starch and protein digestibility. The wheat samples used in the study had wide-ranging chemical and physical parameters, leading to bird DMI, LWG, gain:feed, ME:GE, AME content and ileal starch and protein digestibility being significantly (p<0.05) affected by wheat sample. A high level of N fertilizer application to the English and NI wheat samples tended to benefit bird performance, with increases of up to 3.4, 7.2 and 3.8% in DMI, LWG and gain:feed, respectively. Fungicide application also appeared to have a positive effect on bird performance, with fungicide treated (+F) wheat increasing bird DMI, LWG and gain:feed by 6.6, 9.3 and 2.7%, over the non-fungicide treated (-F) wheats. An increase (p<0.1) of 9.3% in gain:feed was also observed at the low seed rate of 40 compared to 640 seeds/m2. It was concluded that the type of wheat sample and environmental growing conditions significantly affects bird performance when fed wheat-based diets. PMID:25049800

  7. Selective Removal of Copper(II) and Nickel(II) from Aqueous Solution Using the Chemically Treated Chitosan: Factorial Design Evaluation

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    Sepehran, M.; Nasernejad, B.; Edrissi, M.

    2008-12-01

    In the present work, the adsorption of Cu(II) and Ni(II) ions from their mixture solution by raw and chemically modified chitosan has been studied. The full factorial design methodology was employed to reduce the total number of experiments. Analysis of variance and students t-test have been performed for Ni(II) and Cu(II) removal efficiency and for the ratio of their removal. The two main factors considered were pH of solution (at two levels 2.8 and 4.8) and contact time (at two levels: 20 minutes and 18 hours). The third factor was a qualitative factor at two levels (raw chitosan and chemically modified chitosan). Among the factors studied, chemical modification of chitosan was the most effective factor for the ratio of nickel and copper removal efficiency. It was found that pH has no significant effect on Ni(II) uptake. The result from this study indicates that the adsorption selectivity of chitosan can be enhanced by chemical treatment and regulating pH and contact time.

  8. Applicability of DLVO Approach to Predict Trends in Iron Oxide Colloid Mobility Under Various Physical And Chemical Soil Conditions

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    Florian Carstens, Jannis; Bachmann, Jrg; Neuweiler, Insa

    2014-05-01

    In soil and groundwater, highly mobile iron oxide colloids can act as "shuttles" for transport of adsorbed contaminants such as heavy metals and radionuclides. Artificial iron oxide colloids are injected into polluted porous media to accelerate bacterial degradation of pollutants in the context of bioremediation purposes. The mobility of iron oxide colloids is strongly affected by the hydraulic, physical and chemical conditions of the pore space, the solid particle surface properties, the fluid phase, and the colloids themselves. Most pioneering studies focused on iron oxide colloid transport and retention in simplified model systems. The aim of this study is to investigate iron oxide colloid mobility under more complex, soil-typical conditions that have as yet only been applied for model microspheres, i.e. functionalized latex colloids. Among these conditions is the pivotal impact of organic matter, either dissolved or adsorbed onto solid particles, modifying wettability properties. Of particular importance was to determine if effective chemical surface parameters derived from contact angle and zeta potential measurements can be used as a tool to predict general tendencies for iron oxide colloid mobility in porous media. In column breakthrough experiments, goethite colloids (particle size: 200-900 nm) were percolated through quartz sand (grain size: 100-300 m) at pH 5. The impact of a multitude of conditions on colloid mobility was determined: dissolved organic matter (DOM) concentration, ionic strength, flow velocity, flow interruption, partial saturation, and drying with subsequent re-wetting. The solid matrix consisted of either clean sand, organic matter-coated sand, goethite-coated sand, or sand hydrophobized with dichlorodimethylsilane. Additionally, contact angles and zeta potentials of the materials applied in the column experiments were measured. By means of these surface parameters, traditional DLVO interaction energies based on zeta potential as well as extended DLVO energies including Lewis acid-base parameters based on contact angle measurements were estimated. The results elucidate that high mobility of goethite colloids was distinctly restricted to a narrow set of conditions: presence of DOM, sufficient flow velocity and constant flow, low ionic strength, full saturation as well as an uncoated and hydrophilic quartz sand matrix. Any deviation from these favorable transport conditions led from varying degrees of colloid retention up to complete immobilization. Results yielded by both traditional and extended DLVO interaction energy calculations demonstrated that increasing secondary minimum depth correlated well with higher colloid retention. Extended DLVO calculations revealed strong repulsive forces due to Lewis acid-base interactions at close distances that did not comply with experimental data. It is likely that Lewis acid-base interactions were limited due to surface roughness of the sand grains and colloids. It can be concluded that the impact of various soil and hydraulic conditions on goethite colloid mobility is in principle assessable with column flow experiments. Moreover, with restrictions for the interpretation of close-distance interactions, DLVO interaction energies are capable of predicting general trends of goethite colloid mobility.

  9. Chemical Soil Physics Phenomena for Chemical Sensing of Buried UXO

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    Phelan, James, M.; Webb, Stephen W.

    1999-06-14

    Technology development efforts are under way to apply chemical sensors to discriminate inert ordnance and clutter from live munitions that remain a threat to reutilization of military ranges. However, the chemical signature is affected by multiple environmental phenomena that can enhance or reduce its presence and transport behavior, and can affect the distribution of the chemical signature in the environment. For example, the chemical can be present in the vapor, aqueous, and solid phases. The distribution of the chemical among these phases, including the spatial distribution, is key in designing appropriate detectors, e.g., gas, aqueous or solid phase sampling instruments. A fundamental understanding of the environmental conditions that affect the chemical signature is needed to describe the favorable and unfavorable conditions of a chemical detector based survey to minimize the consequences of a false negative. UXO source emission measurements are being made to estimate the chemical flux from a limited set of ordnance items. Phase partitioning analysis has been completed to show what the expected concentrations of chemical analytes would be fi-om total concentrations measured in the soil. The soil moisture content in the dry region has been shown to be critical in the attenuation of soil gas concentrations by increased sorption to soil particles. Numerical simulation tools have been adapted to include surface boundary conditions such as solar radiation, surface boundary layer (which is a function of wind speed), precipitation and evaporation, and plant cover/root density to allow transport modeling and evaluate long term processes. Results of this work will provide performance targets for sensor developers and support operational decisions regarding field deployments.

  10. Halogen production from aqueous tropospheric particles.

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    Herrmann, H; Majdik, Z; Ervens, B; Weise, D

    2003-07-01

    Box model studies have been performed to study the role of aqueous phase chemistry with regard to halogen activation for marine and urban clouds and the marine aerosol as well. Different chemical pathways leading to halogen activation in diluted cloud droplets and highly concentrated sea salt aerosol particles are investigated. The concentration of halides in cloud droplets is significantly smaller than in sea-salt particles, and hence different reaction sequences control the overall chemical conversions. In diluted droplets radical chemistry involving OH, NO(3), Cl/Cl(2)(-)/ClOH(-), and Br/Br(2)(-)/BrOH(-) gains in importance and pH independent pathways lead to the release of halogens from the particle phase whereas the chemistry in aerosol particles with high electrolyte concentrations is controlled by non-radical reactions at high ionic strengths and relatively low pH values. For the simulation of halogen activation in tropospheric clouds and aqueous aerosol particles in different environments a halogen module was developed including both gas and aqueous phase processes of halogen containing species. This module is coupled to a base mechanism consisting of RACM (Regional Atmospheric Chemistry Mechanism) and the Chemical Aqueous Phase Radical Mechanism CAPRAM 2.4 (MODAC-mechanism). Phase exchange is described by the resistance model by Chemistry of Multiphase Atmospheric Systems, NATO ASI Series, 1986. It can be shown that under cloud conditions the bromine atom is mainly produced by OH initiated reactions, i.e. its concentration maximum is reached at noon. In contrast, the concentration level of chlorine atoms is linked to NO(3) radical chemistry leading to a smaller amplitude between day and night time concentrations. The contribution of radical processes to halogen atom formation in the particle phase is evident, e.g. by halogen atoms which undergo direct phase transfer. Furthermore, the application of the multiphase model for initial concentrations for sea-salt aerosols shows that the particle phase can act as a main source of halogen containing molecules (Cl(2), BrCl, Br(2)) which are photolysed in the gas phase to yield halogen atoms (about 70% of all Cl sources and more than 99% for Br). PMID:12738274

  11. Capillary electrophoresis with capacitively coupled contactless conductivity detection applied to the quantitation and to the determination of physical-chemical properties of peroxycarboxylates in aqueous medium.

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    Vidal, Denis T R; do Lago, Claudimir L

    2013-07-01

    CE with C⁴D (CE-C⁴D) was successfully applied to the investigation of performate, peracetate, and perpropionate in aqueous medium. Ionic mobilities, diffusion coefficients, and hydrodynamic radii were obtained for the first time for these species. CE-C⁴D was also used to estimate the pKa values of the peroxycarboxylic acids. Because the peroxycarboxylates (POCs) undergoes hydrolysis while migrating, a simple calibration curve cannot be used for quantitation. Thus, an indirect calibration approach was used. The new method was used to monitor the formation of peroxycarboxylic acids from hydrogen peroxide and the carboxylic acid as well as to the quantitation of peracetic acid in a commercial sample. The CE-C⁴D method compares favorably with the conventional titration method because of the possibility of speciation of the POC, the low sample consumption, and the low LOD (14, 8, and 24 μmol/L for performate, peracetate, and perpropionate, respectively). Although POCs are structural isomers of monoalkyl carbonates, they have greater hydrodynamic radii, which suggests that the positions of the oxygen atoms in the molecules have a direct impact in the charge density and consequently on the hydration atmosphere. PMID:23595363

  12. A novel low cost non-aqueous chemical route for giant dielectric constant CaCu3Ti4O12 ceramic

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    Singh, Laxman; Kim, Ill Won; Woo, Won Seok; Sin, Byung Cheol; Lee, Hyung-il; Lee, Youngil

    2015-05-01

    This paper reports a simple, fast, low cost and environment-friendly route for preparing a highly crystalline giant dielectric material, CaCu3Ti4O12 (CCTO), through combustion of metal nitrates in non-aqueous precursor solution using inexpensive solid TiO2 powder. The route to producing pure phase CCTO ceramic using stable solid TiO2 is better than other several sol-gel routes reported earlier in which expensive alkoxides, oxynitrates, or chlorides of titanium are used as the titanium sources. X-ray diffraction revealed the formation of cubic perovskite CCTO. Scanning electron microscopy image showed the average grain sizes in the range of 1.5-5 μm. At 10 kHz and room temperature, the best CCTO ceramic exhibited a high dielectric constant, ε‧ ∼43325.24, with low dielectric loss, tan δ ∼0.088. The dielectric relaxation behavior was rationalized from impedance and modulus studies and the presence of a non-Debye type of relaxation was confirmed.

  13. Influence of annealing conditions on the crystallographic structure, chemical composition and luminescence of ZnO thin films

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    Khojier, K.; Savaloni, H.; Amani, E.

    2014-01-01

    ZnO thin films have many applications in semiconductor devices, such as semiconductor lasers, amplifiers, solar cells, chemical and ultraviolet sensors. We produced ZnO thin films on Si (4 0 0) substrates, using e-beam technique and subsequently annealed them under different conditions (i.e., temperature (200-800), time (60 min and 180 min) and environment (air and oxygen flow). The ZnO (0 0 2) preferred orientation which increases in intensity with annealing temperature and annealing time is deduced from X-ray diffraction (XRD) results. Dislocation density was higher for the films annealed in air which may be caused by the impurities (nitrogen and other species in the air) embedded in the film structure. No significant change in the nano-strain of each group of the samples (annealed under different conditions) was observed. The FESEM images showed a granular structure for annealed samples at 200 C and 800 C and a mixed structure of nanowires and nanosheets for samples annealed at 350 C and 500 C. Two peaks of UV emission and green emission were observed in the photoluminescence (PL) spectra of the produced samples. The UV emission increased with annealing temperature and annealing time showing higher crystal quality while the behavior of the green emission was opposite to that of the UV emission. The ZnO films resulted from annealing in the air showed stronger green emission than those annealed with flow of oxygen indicating higher impurity concentration and oxygen vacancies in the sample.

  14. Prediction of hydrolysis pathways and kinetics for antibiotics under environmental pH conditions: a quantum chemical study on cephradine.

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    Zhang, Haiqin; Xie, Hongbin; Chen, Jingwen; Zhang, Shushen

    2015-02-01

    Understanding hydrolysis pathways and kinetics of many antibiotics that have multiple hydrolyzable functional groups is important for their fate assessment. However, experimental determination of hydrolysis encounters difficulties due to time and cost restraint. We employed the density functional theory and transition state theory to predict the hydrolysis pathways and kinetics of cephradine, a model of cephalosporin with two hydrolyzable groups, two ionization states, two isomers and two nucleophilic attack directions. Results showed that the hydrolysis of cephradine at pH = 8.0 proceeds via opening of the ?-lactam ring followed by intramolecular amidation. The predicted rate constants at different pH conditions are of the same order of magnitude as the experimental values, and the predicted products are confirmed by experiment. This study identified a catalytic role of the carboxyl group in the hydrolysis, and implies that the carboxyl group also plays a catalytic role in the hydrolysis of other cephalosporin and penicillin antibiotics. This is a first attempt to quantum chemically predict hydrolysis of an antibiotic with complex pathways, and indicates that to predict hydrolysis products under the environmental pH conditions, the variation of the rate constants for different pathways with pH should be evaluated. PMID:25590945

  15. Effect of nontronite smectite clay on the chemical evolution of several organic molecules under simulated Mars surface UV radiation conditions

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    Poch, Olivier; Dequaire, Tristan; Stalport, Fabien; Jaber, Maguy; Lambert, Jean-François; Szopa, Cyril; Coll, Patrice

    2015-04-01

    The search for organic carbon-containing molecules at the surface of Mars, as clues of past habitability or remnants of life, is a major scientific goal for Mars exploration. Several lines of evidence, including the detection of phyllosilicates, suggest that early Mars offered favorable conditions for long-term sustaining of water. As a consequence, we can assume that in those days, endogenous chemical processes, or even primitive life, may have produced organic matter on Mars. Moreover, exogenous delivery from small bodies or dust particles is likely to have brought fresh organic molecules to the surface of Mars up today. Organic matter is therefore expected to be present at the surface/subsurface of the planet. But the current environmental conditions at the surface - UV radiation, oxidants and energetic particles - generate physico-chemical processes that may affect organic molecules. On the other hand, on Earth, phyllosilicates are known to accumulate and preserve organic matter. But are phyllosilicates efficient at preserving organic molecules under the current environmental conditions at the surface of Mars? We have monitored the qualitative and quantitative evolutions of glycine, urea and adenine interacting with the Fe3+-smectite clay nontronite, one of the most abundant phyllosilicates present at the surface of Mars, under simulated Martian surface ultraviolet light (190-400 nm), mean temperature (218 ± 2 K) and pressure (6 ± 1 mbar) in a laboratory simulation setup. We have tested organic-rich samples which may be representative of the evaporation of a warm little pond of liquid water having concentrated organics on Mars. For each molecule, we have observed how the nontronite influences the quantum efficiency of its photodecomposition and the nature of its solid evolution products. The results reveal a pronounced photoprotective effect of nontronite on the evolution of glycine and adenine: their efficiencies of photodecomposition are reduced by a factor of 5 when mixed with nontronite at a concentration of 2.6×10-2 mole per gram. Moreover when the amount of nontronite in the sample of glycine is increased by a factor of two, the gain of photoprotection is multiplied by a factor of five. This indicates that the photoprotection provided by the nontronite is not a purely mechanical shielding effect, but is at least partly due to stabilizing interactions. No new evolution product was firmly identified, but the results obtained with urea suggest a particular reactivity in the presence of nontronite, leading to an increase of its dissociation rate, in strong contrast with the other two molecules.

  16. Aqueous Chemistry

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    Marion, Giles M.; Kargel, Jeffrey S.

    In Chapter 2, the book begins with a discussion of classical thermodynamics introducing the first and second laws of thermodynamics and the basic properties of systems such as internal energy (U), enthalpy (H), entropy (S), and Gibbs energy (G). From these quantities, we derive chemical potentials, activities, activity coefficients, and equilibrium constants. These are the basic principles upon which our equilibrium chemical thermodynamic model rests. Since one of our primary tasks is to present the Pitzer approach for modeling concentrated electrolyte solutions, his Thermodynamics textbook is ideally organized in laying out the basic principles upon which these models rest. Also, different authors sometimes define terms such as the Debye-Hückel slope somewhat differently, which can lead to confusion. In this work, we carefully followed Pitzer’s definitions (Pitzer, 1991, 1995). Next, we examine the Pitzer approach for defining chemical thermodynamic properties of highly concentrated solutions. The model developed in this work was originally designed to deal with freezing processes that can quickly concentrate solutes. Therefore, the Pitzer approach was ideally suited for this purpose.

  17. Hematite Spherules in Basaltic Tephra Altered Under Aqueous, Acid-Sulfate Conditions on Mauna Kea Volcano, Hawaii: Possible Clues for the Occurrence of Hematite-Rich Spherules in the Burns Formation at Meridiani Planum, Mars

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    Morris, R. V.; Ming, D. W.; Graff, T. G.; Arvidson, R. E.; Bell, J. F., III; Squyres, S. W.; Mertzman, S. A.; Gruener, J. E.; Golden, D. C.; Robinson, G. A.

    2005-01-01

    Iron-rich spherules (>90% Fe2O3 from electron microprobe analyses) approx.10-100 microns in diameter are found within sulfate-rich rocks formed by aqueous, acid-sulfate alteration of basaltic tephra on Mauna Kea volcano, Hawaii. Although some spherules are nearly pure Fe, most have two concentric compositional zones, with the core having a higher Fe/Al ratio than the rim. Oxide totals less than 100% (93-99%) suggest structural H2O and/or /OH. The transmission Moessbauer spectrum of a spherule-rich separate is dominated by a hematite (alpha-Fe2O3) sextet whose peaks are skewed toward zero velocity. Skewing is consistent with Al(3+) for Fe(3+) substitution and structural H2O and/or /OH. The grey color of the spherules implies specular hematite. Whole-rock powder X-ray diffraction spectra are dominated by peaks from smectite and the hydroxy sulfate mineral natroalunite as alteration products and plagioclase feldspar that was present in the precursor basaltic tephra. Whether spherule formation proceeded directly from basaltic material in one event (dissolution of basaltic material and precipitation of hematite spherules) or whether spherule formation required more than one event (formation of Fe-bearing sulfate rock and subsequent hydrolysis to hematite) is not currently constrained. By analogy, a formation pathway for the hematite spherules in sulfate-rich outcrops at Meridiani Planum on Mars (the Burns formation) is aqueous alteration of basaltic precursor material under acid-sulfate conditions. Although hydrothermal conditions are present on Mauna Kea, such conditions may not be required for spherule formation on Mars if the time interval for hydrolysis at lower temperatures is sufficiently long.

  18. Ionic liquid-aqueous solution ultrasonic-assisted extraction of three kinds of alkaloids from Phellodendron amurense Rupr and optimize conditions use response surface.

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    Wang, Wenchao; Li, Qingyong; Liu, Yuhui; Chen, Binbin

    2015-05-01

    In this paper, we chose diffident kinds of ionic liquids to optimal selection an optimal one to extract alkaloids from Phellodendron amurense Rupr. Four ionic liquids with diffident carbon chains or anions have been investigated and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide with best productivity. Then, selections have been optimized in different conditions, including concentration of ionic liquid, time for ultrasonic treatment, ultrasonic power and solid-liquid ratio. Moreover, three conditions have been comprehensively assessment by response surface methodology, the optimal conditions were determined as follows ultrasonic power 100 W, extraction time 75 min and ratio of solvent to raw material 1:14. Under these conditions, the yield% (MIX) was 106.7% (extracted by heat reflux being defined 100%). Comparing with other methods, the advantages are saving conserving, time saving, high yield% and especially pollution-free. PMID:25443277

  19. Facilitated attachment of nanoparticles at primary minima by nanoscale roughness is susceptible to hydrodynamic drag under unfavorable chemical conditions.

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    Shen, Chongyang; Jin, Yan; Li, Baoguo; Zheng, Wenjuan; Huang, Yuanfang

    2014-01-01

    This study investigated effects of flow velocity on attachment of nanoparticles at primary minima in the presence of surface roughness under unfavorable chemical conditions. Saturated sand-packed column experiments were conducted at 0.1 and 0.2M NaCl using 30 nm polystyrene latex nanoparticles as model colloids. Particle attachment at primary minima was unambiguously determined by removing particles attached at secondary minima through introducing deionized water and excavating the packed beds. The calculated primary-minimum attachment efficiency was found to decrease with increasing flow velocity, indicating that the fraction of a collector surface that is available for attachment at primary minima decreases with increasing flow velocity. The torque analysis, however, showed that the adhesive torque that the particle experiences at primary minima is much larger than the maximum hydrodynamic drags of a porous medium for the flow velocities used. We attributed the discrepancy to the reason that the sand surface is very rough and the roughness mainly causes the attachment in primary minima under the experimental conditions used in this study. By considering influence of surface roughness in the torque analysis, our calculations show that while particle attachment in primary minima is favored atop of nanoasperities under unfavorable conditions, the adhesive torque that the particle experiences can be greatly reduced and, thus, the attachment is susceptible to flow drag. Whereas the increase of adhesive torque by surface roughness has been widely recognized in the literature, our study indicates that the rough asperities can also decrease adhesive torques for particles attached atop of them. PMID:24013017

  20. Bioenhanced dissolution of dense non-aqueous phase of trichloroethylene as affected by iron reducing conditions: model systems and environmental samples.

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    Paul, Laiby; Smolders, Erik

    2015-01-01

    The anaerobic biotransformation of trichloroethylene (TCE) can be affected by competing electron acceptors such as Fe (III). This study assessed the role of Fe (III) reduction on the bioenhanced dissolution of TCE dense non-aqueous phase liquid (DNAPL). Columns were set up as 1-D diffusion cells consisting of a lower DNAPL layer, a layer with an aquifer substratum and an upper water layer that is regularly refreshed. The substrata used were either inert sand or sand coated with 2-line ferrihydrite (HFO) or two environmental Fe (III) containing samples. The columns were inoculated with KB-1 and were repeatedly fed with formate. In none of the diffusion cells, vinyl chloride or ethene was detected while dissolved and extractable Fe (II) increased strongly during 60 d of incubation. The cis-DCE concentration peaked at 4.0 cm from the DNAPL (inert sand) while it was at 3.4 cm (sand+HFO), 1.7 cm and 2.5 cm (environmental samples). The TCE concentration gradients near the DNAPL indicate that the DNAPL dissolution rate was larger than that in an abiotic cell by factors 1.3 (inert sand), 1.0 (sand+HFO) and 2.2 (both environmental samples). This results show that high bioavailable Fe (III) in HFO reduces the TCE degradation by competitive Fe (III) reduction, yielding lower bioenhanced dissolution. However, Fe (III) reduction in environmental samples was not reducing TCE degradation and the dissolution factor was even larger than that of inert sand. It is speculated that physical factors, e.g. micro-niches in the environmental samples protect microorganisms from toxic concentrations of TCE. PMID:25460750