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  1. Biodegradation of High Concentrations of Benzene Vapors in a Two Phase Partition Stirred Tank Bioreactor

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    Ali Karimi

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The present study examined the biodegradation rate of benzene vapors in a two phase stirred tank bioreactor by a bacterial consortium obtained from wastewater of an oil industry refinery house. Initially, the ability of the microbial consortium for degrading benzene was evaluated before running the bioreactor. The gaseous samples from inlet and outlet of bioreactor were directly injected into a gas chromatograph to determine benzene concentrations. Carbone oxide concentration at the inlet and outlet of bioreactor were also measured with a CO2 meter to determine the mineralization rate of benzene. Influence of the second non-aqueous phase (silicon oil has been emphasized, so at the first stage the removal efficiency (RE and elimination capacity (EC of benzene vapors were evaluated without any organic phase and in the second stage, 10% of silicon oil was added to bioreactor media as an organic phase. Addition of silicon oil increased the biodegradation performance up to an inlet loading of 5580?mg/m3, a condition at which, the elimination capacity and removal efficiency were 181?g/m3/h and 95% respectively. The elimination rate of benzene increased by 38% in the presence of 10% of silicone oil. The finding of this study demonstrated that two phase partition bioreactors (TPPBs are potentially effective tools for the treatment of gas streams contaminated with high concentrations of poorly water soluble organic contaminant, such as benzene.

  2. Biodegradation of high concentrations of benzene vapors in a two phase partition stirred tank bioreactor

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    Karimi Ali

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract The present study examined the biodegradation rate of benzene vapors in a two phase stirred tank bioreactor by a bacterial consortium obtained from wastewater of an oil industry refinery house. Initially, the ability of the microbial consortium for degrading benzene was evaluated before running the bioreactor. The gaseous samples from inlet and outlet of bioreactor were directly injected into a gas chromatograph to determine benzene concentrations. Carbone oxide concentration at the inlet and outlet of bioreactor were also measured with a CO2 meter to determine the mineralization rate of benzene. Influence of the second non-aqueous phase (silicon oil has been emphasized, so at the first stage the removal efficiency (RE and elimination capacity (EC of benzene vapors were evaluated without any organic phase and in the second stage, 10% of silicon oil was added to bioreactor media as an organic phase. Addition of silicon oil increased the biodegradation performance up to an inlet loading of 5580?mg/m3, a condition at which, the elimination capacity and removal efficiency were 181?g/m3/h and 95% respectively. The elimination rate of benzene increased by 38% in the presence of 10% of silicone oil. The finding of this study demonstrated that two phase partition bioreactors (TPPBs are potentially effective tools for the treatment of gas streams contaminated with high concentrations of poorly water soluble organic contaminant, such as benzene.

  3. Biodegradation of High Concentrations of Benzene Vapors in a Two Phase Partition Stirred Tank Bioreactor

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    Karimi Ali; Golbabaei Farideh; Neghab Masoud; Pourmand Mohammad Reza; Nikpey Ahmad; Mohammad Kazem; Mehrnia Momammad Reza

    2013-01-01

    Abstract The present study examined the biodegradation rate of benzene vapors in a two phase stirred tank bioreactor by a bacterial consortium obtained from wastewater of an oil industry refinery house. Initially, the ability of the microbial consortium for degrading benzene was evaluated before running the bioreactor. The gaseous samples from inlet and outlet of bioreactor were directly injected into a gas chromatograph to determine benzene concentrations. Carbone oxide concentration at the ...

  4. Benzene from Traffic : Fuel Content and Ambient Air Concentrations

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    Palmgren, F.; Berkowicz, R.

    2000-01-01

    The measurements of benzene showed very clear decreasing trends in the air concentrations and the emissions since 1994. At the same time the measurements of CO and NOx also showed a decreasing trend, but not so strong as for benzene. The general decreasing trend is explained by the increasing number of petrol vehicles with three way catalysts, 60-70% in 1999. The very steep decreasing trend for benzene at the beginning of the period from 1994 was explained by the combination of more catalyst vehicles and reduced benzene content in Danish petrol. The total amount of aromatics in petrol, including toluene, increased only weakly. The analyses of air concentrations were confirmed by analyses of petrol sold in Denmark. The concentration of benzene at Jagtvej in Copenhagen is still in 1998 above the expected new EU limit value, 5 µg/m3 as annual average. However, the reduced content of benzene in petrol from 1998 and the increasing number of vehicles with catalysts will probably lead to compliance with this limit value

  5. Exposition by inhalation to the benzene, toluene, ethyl-benzene and xylenes (BTEX) in the air. Sources, measures and concentrations

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    This document presents the main techniques today available to characterize the benzene, toluene, ethyl-benzene and xylene (BTEX) concentrations in the air for different contexts: urban and rural areas or around industrial installations but also indoor and occupational area. It provides information to guide laboratories and research departments. A synthesis gives also the main emissions sources of these compounds as reference concentrations measured in different environments. (A.L.B.)

  6. PREFRACTIONATION OF HIGH BENZENE PRECURSORS’ FEED FOR HYBRID REFORMER UNIT

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    K. Kirilov; M. Chomakov; D. Stratiev; R. Dinkov

    2008-01-01

    Benzene is toxic air pollutant and that’s why is set a constraint to 1% (v/v) in gasoline. Refiners have to lower benzene in its gasoline pool components. High benzene contributors are reformate and FCC gasoline. Worldwide practice is to optimize the reformate benzene content. Some light crude oils, like Samgori from Georgia contain more fraction with boiling temperature interval from 60 to 85oC. This fraction is an indicator for benzene precursors content in gasoline. There is a possibility ...

  7. PREFRACTIONATION OF HIGH BENZENE PRECURSORS’ FEED FOR HYBRID REFORMER UNIT

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    K. Kirilov

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available Benzene is toxic air pollutant and that’s why is set a constraint to 1% (v/v in gasoline. Refiners have to lower benzene in its gasoline pool components. High benzene contributors are reformate and FCC gasoline. Worldwide practice is to optimize the reformate benzene content. Some light crude oils, like Samgori from Georgia contain more fraction with boiling temperature interval from 60 to 85oC. This fraction is an indicator for benzene precursors content in gasoline. There is a possibility in LNB of prefractionation the reformer feed in columns K 105 from ADU and K1 from hydrotreating of catalytic reforming.A simulation was run with both aims: lowering benzene precursors and not to decrease reformer feed. The best solution is using K1 for its high potential reboiler’s duty.

  8. Modeling benzene permeation through drinking water high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes.

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    Mao, Feng; Ong, Say Kee; Gaunt, James A

    2015-09-01

    Organic compounds such as benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene and o-, m-, and p-xylene from contaminated soil and groundwater may permeate through thermoplastic pipes which are used for the conveyance of drinking water in water distribution systems. In this study, permeation parameters of benzene in 25 mm (1 inch) standard inside dimension ratio (SIDR) 9 high density polyethylene (HDPE) pipes were estimated by fitting the measured data to a permeation model based on a combination of equilibrium partitioning and Fick's diffusion. For bulk concentrations between 6.0 and 67.5 mg/L in soil pore water, the concentration-dependent diffusion coefficients of benzene were found to range from 2.0×10(-9) to 2.8×10(-9) cm2/s while the solubility coefficient was determined to be 23.7. The simulated permeation curves of benzene for SIDR 9 and SIDR 7 series of HDPE pipes indicated that small diameter pipes were more vulnerable to permeation of benzene than large diameter pipes, and the breakthrough of benzene into the HDPE pipe was retarded and the corresponding permeation flux decreased with an increase of the pipe thickness. HDPE pipes exposed to an instantaneous plume exhibited distinguishable permeation characteristics from those exposed to a continuous source with a constant input. The properties of aquifer such as dispersion coefficients (DL) also influenced the permeation behavior of benzene through HDPE pipes. PMID:26322761

  9. Exposition by inhalation to the benzene, toluene, ethyl-benzene and xylenes (BTEX) in the air. Sources, measures and concentrations; Exposition par inhalation au benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene et xylenes (BTEX) dans l'air. Source, mesures et concentrations

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    Del Gratta, F.; Durif, M.; Fagault, Y.; Zdanevitch, I

    2004-12-15

    This document presents the main techniques today available to characterize the benzene, toluene, ethyl-benzene and xylene (BTEX) concentrations in the air for different contexts: urban and rural areas or around industrial installations but also indoor and occupational area. It provides information to guide laboratories and research departments. A synthesis gives also the main emissions sources of these compounds as reference concentrations measured in different environments. (A.L.B.)

  10. An Order-of-Magnitude Estimation of Benzene Concentration in Saltstone Vault

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    The contents of Tank 48H that include the tetraphenylborate (TPB) precipitates of potassium and cesium will be grouted and stored in the Saltstone vault. The grouting process is exothermic, which should accelerate the rate of decomposition of TPB precipitates eventually to benzene. Because the vault is not currently outfitted with an active ventilation system, there is a concern that a mixture of flammable gases may form in the vapor space of each cell filled with the curing grout. The purpose of this study was to determine if passive breathing induced by the diurnal fluctuations of barometric pressure would provide any mitigating measure against potential flammability in the cell vapor space. In Revision 0 of this document, a set of algorithms were presented that would predict the equilibrium concentration of benzene in the cell vapor space as a function of benzene generation rate, fill height, and passive breathing rate. The algorithms were derived based on several simplifying assumptions so that order of magnitude estimates could be made quickly for scoping purposes. In particular, it was assumed that passive breathing would occur solely due to barometric pressure fluctuations that were sinusoidal; the resulting algorithm for estimating the rate of passive breathing into or out of each cell is given in Eq. (10). Since Revision 0 was issued, the validity of this critical assumption on the mode of passive breathing was checked against available passive ventilation data for the Hanford waste tanks. It was found that the passive breathing rates estimated from Eq. (10) were on average 50 to 90% lower than those measured for 5 out of 6 Hanford tanks considered in this study (see Table 1); for Tank U-106, the estimated passive breathing rates were on average 20% lower than the measured data. These results indicate that Eq. (10) would most likely under predict passive breathing rates of the Saltstone vault. At a given fill height and benzene generation rate, under predicted breathing rates would in turn make the benzene concentration projections in the cell vapor space conservatively high, thus rendering the overall flammability assessment conservative. The results of this validation effort are summarized in Section 2.4 of this revision. It is to be noted that all the algorithms, numerical results and conclusions made in Revision 0 remain valid. In this work, the algorithms for estimating the equilibrium benzene concentration for a given scenario were derived by combining the asymptotic solutions to the transient mass balance equations for the exhaling and inhaling modes in a 24-hour period. These algorithms were then applied to simulate several test cases, including the baseline case where the cell was filled to the maximum height of 25 ft at the bulk benzene generation rate of 3.4 g/hr

  11. Modeling annual benzene, toluene, NO2, and soot concentrations on the basis of road traffic characteristics

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    The investigation of potential adverse health effects of urban traffic-related air pollution is hampered by difficulties encountered with exposure assessment. Usually public measuring sites are few and thereby do not adequately describe spatial variation of pollutant levels over an urban area. In turn, individual monitoring of pollution exposure among study subjects is laborious and expensive. We therefore investigated whether traffic characteristics can be used to adequately predict benzene, NO2, and soot concentrations at individual addresses of study subjects in the city area of Munich, Germany. For all road segments with expected traffic volumes of at least 4000 vehicles a day (n=1840), all vehicles were counted manually or a single weekday in 1995. The proportion of vehicles in 'stop-go' mode, n estimate of traffic jam, was determined. Furthermore, annual concentrations of benzene, NO2, and soot from 18 high-concentration sites means: 8.7, 65.8, and 12.9 ?g/m3, respectively) and from 16 school sites with moderate concentrations (means: 2.6, 32.2, and 5.7 ?g/m3, respectively) were measured from 1996 to 1998. Statistical analysis of the data was performed using components of two different statistical models recently used to predict air pollution levels in comparable settings. Two traffic characteristics, traffic volume and traffic jam percentage, adequately described air pollutant concentrations (R2: 0.76-0.80, P=0.0001). This study shows that air pollutant concentrations can be accurately predicted by two traffic characteristics and that these models compare favorably with other more complex models in the literature

  12. Concentrations of benzene and toluene in the atmosphere of the southwestern area at the Mexico City Metropolitan Zone

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    Bravo, Humberto; Sosa, Rodolfo; Sánchez, Pablo; Bueno, Emma; González, Laura

    The Mexico City Metropolitan Zone (MCMZ) presents important emissions of hazardous air pollutants. It is well documented that the MCMZ suffers a critical air pollution problem due to high ozone and particulate matter concentrations. However, toxic air pollutants such as benzene and toluene have not been considered. Benzene has accumulated sufficient evidence as a human carcinogen, and the ratio benzene/toluene is an excellent indicator to evaluate control strategies efficiency. In order to evaluate the levels of these two air toxic pollutants in the MCMZ, ambient air samples were collected in canisters and analyzed with a gas chromatograph with a flame ionization detector, according to procedures described in the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) method TO-15. Quality assurance was performed collecting duplicate samples which were analyzed in replicate to quantify the precision of air-quality measurements. Three different sites located in the Southwestern area in the MCMZ were selected for the sampling: the University campus, a gas station, and a vertical condominium area, in the same neighborhood, which presents different activities. At these sites, grab air samples were collected during the morning hours (7-8 a.m.), while for the University area, 24 h integrated air samples were collected simultaneously, with grab samples. Benzene concentrations (24 h sampling) in the atmosphere around the University campus have similar present levels as in other cities of North America. Mean values in this site were about 1.7 ppb. A significant variation exists between the benzene and toluene concentrations in the studied sites, being the more critical values than those registered at the gas station (an average of 25.8 ppb and a maximum of 141 ppb of benzene). There is a fuel regulation for gasoline in Mexico, which allows a maximum of 1 percent of benzene. However, since more than 60 percent of vehicles do not have catalytic converters (models before 1991) it is expected that most of this benzene be emitted through exhaust pipe. Another strategy being implemented is the use of vapor recovery systems at the gas stations. Vehicles emission control technology must be matched with adequate fuel characteristics in the problem area where it will be implemented, to achieve maximum emission reductions.

  13. High-efficiency plasma catalytic removal of dilute benzene from air

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    Achieving complete oxidation, good humidity tolerance and low energy cost is the key issue that needs to be addressed in plasma catalytic volatile organic compounds removal from air. For this purpose, Ag/HZSM-5 catalyst-packed dielectric barrier discharge using a cycled system composed of a storage stage and a discharge stage was studied. For dilute benzene removal from simulated air, Ag/HZSM-5 catalysts exhibit not only preferential adsorption of benzene in humid air at the storage stage but also almost complete oxidation of adsorbed benzene at the discharge stage. Five 'storage-discharge' cycles were examined, which suggests that Ag/HZSM-5 catalysts are very stable during the cycled 'storage-discharge' (CSD) plasma catalytic process. High oxidation rate of absorbed benzene as well as low energy cost can be achieved at a moderate discharge power. In an example of the CSD plasma catalytic remedy of simulated air containing 4.7 ppm benzene with 50% RH and 600 ml min-1 flow rate, the energy cost was as low as 3.7 x 10-3 kWh m-3 air. This extremely low energy cost to remove low-concentration pollutants from air undoubtedly makes the environmental applications of the plasma catalytic technique practical.

  14. Photoacoustic spectroscopy-based detector for measuring benzene and toluene concentration in gas and liquid samples

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    Here we present a novel instrument for on-line, automatic measurement of benzene and toluene concentration in gas and liquid samples produced in the natural gas industry. Operation of the instrument is based on the collection of analytes on an adsorbent, separation using a chromatographic column and detection by near-infrared diode laser-based photoacoustic spectroscopy. Sample handling, measurement and data evaluation are carried out fully automatically, using an integrated, programmable electronic unit. The instrument was calibrated in the laboratory for natural gas, nitrogen and liquid glycol samples, and tested under field conditions at a natural gas dehydration unit of the MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Company. Minimum detectable concentrations (3?m?1) were found to be 2.5 µg l?1 for benzene and 4 µg l?1 for toluene in gas samples, while 1.5 mg l?1 for benzene and 3 mg l?1 for toluene in liquid samples, which is suitable for measuring benzene and toluene concentration in natural gas and glycol samples occurring at natural gas dehydration plants

  15. Mass spectrometric study of the high temperature chemistry of benzene

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    The high temperature pyrolysis of benzene was studied by monitoring the gas phase species flowing from a Knudsen reaction cell using modulated molecular beam mass spectrometry. The pyrolysis was studied at temperatures up to 19000C and pressures to 5 Torr. At low pressures hydrogen and carbonaceous deposits (soot) on the reaction cell wall were the dominant products. The disappearance of benzene at the low pressure limit was found to have an apparent activation energy of 82 +- 5 kcal/mole. The rate of carbon formation was determined indirectly from the difference between carbon from benzene flow into the reactor and products leaving the reactor, and good agreement was noted for carbon recovered from the reactor for extended experiments at 16000C. Carbon deposition is most efficient at low pressures; carbon deposition increases with pressure but the fraction of deposited carbon decreases as gas phase reactions become important. At higher pressures, where gas phase reactions dominate, C2H2, C4H2, C6H2, C8H6, C12H10, C12H8, H2, and carbon were the major products. The results suggest that the pyrolysis of benzene primarily involves the reaction of an excited benzene molecule to form a C12H12 intermediate which decomposes to yield C12H10 and other products. Isotopic exchange in C6H6-D2 and C6H6-C6D6 mixtures occurs at the same temperature as biomolecular reaction. At temperatures greater than 11000C more direct processes involving C6H4 appear to contribute. The pyrolysis occurs primarily by molecular processes, possibly due to the effects of wall-related reactions. 41 references, 16 figures, 1 table

  16. Simultaneous Determination of Benzene and Toluene in Pesticide Emulsifiable Concentrate by Headspace GC-MS

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    Lidong Cao; Hua Jiang,; Jing Yang; Li Fan; Fengmin Li; Qiliang Huang

    2013-01-01

    The toxic inert ingredients in pesticide formulations are strictly regulated in many countries. In this paper, a simple and efficient headspace-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (HSGC-MS) method using fluorobenzene as an internal standard (IS) for rapid simultaneous determination of benzene and toluene in pesticide emulsifiable concentrate (EC) was established. The headspace and GC-MS conditions were investigated and developed. A nonpolar fused silica Rtx-5 capillary column (30?m × 0.20?mm...

  17. Radiolysis ob benzene, toluene and phenol aqueous solutions utilizing high energy electron beam

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    In a search for solutions to environmental pollution problems, radiolysis has proved to be an innovative technique for the removal of organic chemical pollutants in aqueous solution. Radiolysis has shown many advantages over many other techniques, as highly reactive species formed in water by ionizing radiation oxidize organic pollutants breaking down organic molecules to final simple products by oxidation to carbon dioxide and water in a complete oxidation. Our work consisted in doing some experiments in radiolysis with simulated polluted water to help us understand this technique and also develop, in a near future, a project for large scale water treatment. Our project includes the application of a Pelletron type Mexican made Electron Accelerator, which will affirm its capability and usefulness in performing investigation in this field of study. Experiments consisted in treating benzene, toluene and phenol aqueous solutions with an Electron Beam (0.48-0.55 MeV; 24 ?A). Two concentrations were used for each compound: 5 and 20 ppm (mg/l) for benzene and toluene; 10 and 50 ppm for phenol. Solutions were prepared with pure, mineral free water and two different p H (5.9), in order to study the effect of concentration and p H on removal efficiency, but avoiding the interference of radical scavengers. Results obtained coincide with the ones reported by Cooper, Nickelsen and Kurucz; highly efficient removal was achieved for benzene (>99.8%), toluene (>98.0%) and phenol (>88%). There was no visible important effect of p H on radiolysis efficiency for benzene nor toluene, phenol however, showed lower removal efficiency in acidic conditions. Concentration of aqueous solutions, nevertheless, did show an important effect at low doses for phenol. Results obtained reveal the importance of this technique in water pollution control and water remedial as expressed by Cooper, Nickelsen and Kurucz, who have studied radiolysis of organic compounds and apply this technique in water site remedial with a mobile Electron Beam facility. (Author)

  18. Comparative Analysis between Conventional PI and Fuzzy LogicPI Controllers for Indoor Benzene Concentrations

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    Nun Pitalúa-Díaz

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Exposure to hazardous concentrations of volatile organic compounds indoors in small workshops could affect the health of workers, resulting in respirative diseases, severe intoxication or even cancer. Controlling the concentration of volatile organic compounds is required to prevent harmful conditions for workers in indoor environments. In this document, PI and fuzzy PI controllers were used to reduce hazardous indoor air benzene concentrations in small workplaces. The workshop is represented by means of a well-mixed room model. From the knowledge obtained from the model, PI and fuzzy PI controllers were designed and their performances were compared. Both controllers were able to maintain the benzene concentration within secure levels for the workers. The fuzzy PI controller performed more efficiently than the PI controller. Both approaches could be expanded to control multiple extractor fans in order to reduce the air pollution in a shorter time. The results from the comparative analysis showed that implementing a fuzzy logic PI controller is promising for assuring indoor air quality in this kind of hazardous work environment.

  19. Quantitative detection of benzene in toluene- and xylene-rich atmospheres using high-kinetic-energy ion mobility spectrometry (IMS).

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    Langejuergen, Jens; Allers, Maria; Oermann, Jens; Kirk, Ansgar; Zimmermann, Stefan

    2014-12-01

    One major drawback of ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) is the dependence of the response to a certain analyte on the concentration of water or the presence of other compounds in the sample gas. Especially for low proton affine analytes, e.g., benzene, which often exists in mixtures with other volatile organic compounds, such as toluene and xylene (BTX), a time-consuming preseparation is necessary. In this work, we investigate BTX mixtures using a compact IMS operated at decreased pressure (20 mbar) and high kinetic ion energies (HiKE-IMS). The reduced electric field in both the reaction tube and the drift tube can be independently increased up to 120 Td. Under these conditions, the water cluster distribution of reactant ions is shifted toward smaller clusters independent of the water content in the sample gas. Thus, benzene can be ionized via proton transfer from H3O(+) reactant ions. Also, a formation of benzene ions via charge transfer from NO(+) is possible. Furthermore, the time for interaction between ions and neutrals of different analytes is limited to such an extent that a simultaneous quantification of benzene, toluene, and xylene is possible from low ppbv up to several ppmv concentrations. The mobility resolution of the presented HiKE-IMS varies from R = 65 at high field (90 Td) to R = 73 at lower field (40 Td) in the drift tube, which is sufficient to separate the analyzed compounds. The detection limit for benzene is 29 ppbv (2 s of averaging) with 3700 ppmv water, 12.4 ppmv toluene, and 9 ppmv xylene present in the sample gas. Furthermore, a less-moisture-dependent benzene measurement with a detection limit of 32 ppbv with ca. 21?000 ppmv (90% relative humidity (RH) at 20 °C) water present in the sample gas is possible evaluating the signal from benzene ions formed via charge transfer. PMID:25360539

  20. Contribution to ambient benzene concentrations in the vicinity of petrol stations: Estimation of the associated health risk

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    Karakitsios, Spyros P.; Delis, Vasileios K.; Kassomenos, Pavlos A.; Pilidis, Georgios A.

    This work examines the contribution of petrol stations to the ambient benzene concentrations and attempts to estimate the possible health risks for the people living in the vicinity of such installations. Three monitoring sites (urban, suburban and rural) were used as reference points and the benzene concentrations were recorded at several distances along their perimeter. In order to evaluate the net contribution of the petrol station to the ambient benzene concentrations, the urban background concentration, measured by passive samplers and the contribution of the roads, estimated with both the COPERT and the linear source model CALINE 4, were deduced. Validation and optimization of the modeling system COPERT and CALINE4 was done in advance to ensure the reliability of the results. It seems that petrol stations have a significant contribution to ambient benzene concentrations in their vicinity. Finally, a risk assessment evaluation was attempted in terms of increased cancer risk due to the presence of the petrol stations in an area. The results show remarkable increase of the population risks in the vicinity, ranging from 3% to 21% in comparison to the population in the rest of the town.

  1. Theoretical study of possible benzene dimerizations under high-pressure conditions

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    We offer a theoretical explanation of the rate processes observed macroscopically in materials composed of aromatic ring structures subjected to high pressure. Earlier workers have made qualitative suggestions that the origin of these processes may be due to interring pi bonding. By making quantum-mechanical calculations on a simple special case of such systems (i.e., two interacting benzene rings), we attempt to produce a quantitative microscopic foundation for the suggestions. We briefly review earlier experimental and theoretical work on the subject and thereby motivate the working hypotheses used in the calculations. The principal hypothesis is that by studying restricted parts of the two benzene-ring energy hypersurface, we can learn something about the pressure-induced rate process for all the arene structures. By use of the modified-neglect-of-diatomic-differential-overlap (MNDO) method and the generalized valence bond ''perfect-pairing'' (GVP--PP) method supplemented by configuration interaction, we found two metastable ground electronic state dimers of benzene; we suggest that one of these is the source of the observed rate process seen in benzene at high pressure. Further, we suggest that analogous dimerizations are responsible for the rate processes seen in larger arene materials subjected to very high pressures. The detailed geometries and energies of both benzene dimers are given. Suggestions for experimentally testing whether the proposed explanation is correct are given

  2. Thin solar concentrator with high concentration ratio

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    Lin, Jhe-Syuan; Liang, Chao-Wen

    2013-09-01

    Solar concentrators are often used in conjunction with III-V multi-junction solar cells for cost reduction and efficiency improvement purposes. High flux concentration ratio, high optical efficiency and high manufacture tolerance are the key features required for a successful solar concentrator design. This paper describes a novel solar concentrator that combines the concepts, and thus the advantages, of both the refractive type ad reflective type. The proposed concentrator design adopts the Etendue-cascading concept that allows the light beams from all the concentric annular entrance pupils to be collected and transferred to the solar cell with minimal loss. This concept enables the system to perform near its Etendue-Limit and have a high concentration ratio simultaneously. Thereby reducing the costs of solar cells and therefor achieves a better the per watts cost. The concentrator demonstrated has a thing aspect ratio of 0.19 with a zero back focal distance. The numerical aperture at the solar cell immersed inside the dielectric concentrator is as high as 1.33 achieving a unprecedented high optical concentration ratio design.

  3. Indicators of benzene emissions and exposure in Bangkok street

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    Ambient benzene measurements were conducted for the first time at four air monitoring sites in the Bangkok metropolitan region (BMR), from January to December 2001. Analytical results show that the mean benzene concentrations range from 42.4 ?g/m3 at the Din Daeng urban site to 15.1 ?g/m3 at the Chaeng Wattana suburban site. The monitoring results show that at a larger distance from the roadside or a higher level from the street surface, the level of benzene decreases. Analysis of the ambient benzene concentrations was carried out with reference to meteorological influences and traffic density. In traffic analysis, the combined effects of street topography and traffic flows established high impact on the overall benzene concentration in Bangkok. Statistical analysis shows good correlations of blood benzene levels and trans, trans-muconic acid with ambient benzene and demonstrated substantial exposure from traffic

  4. Determination of Benzene, Toluene and Xylene (BTX Concentrations in Air Using HPLC Developed Method Compared to Gas Chromatography

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    Abdulrahman Bahrami

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available A new method for analysis of benzene, toluene, and xylene (BTX using High Performance Liquid Chromatography-UV detection (HPLC-UV is described and compared to the gas chromatography (GC method. A charcoal adsorption tube connected to a small pump was used to obtain samples from an atmosphere chamber standard. Samples were extracted with methanol and analyzed by HPLC-UV. Chromatography was isocratic in a mobile phase consisting of water-methanol (30-70. The flow rate was set at 1 ml/min. The analyses were completely separated and were quantified using both methods. The results demonstrated no statistically significant differences between BTX concentrations between the two analytical methods with a correlation coefficient of 0.98-0.99. The GC method provided higher sensitivity than HPLC, but the HPLC determination of BTX were applicable to real samples because its sensivity was lower than the thershold limit recommended by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienist (ACGIH for an 8-hour workday.

  5. Atmospheric benzene and toluene

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    Atmospheric concentrations of benzene (C6H6) and toluene (C7H8)have been observed at nine remote locations of the world ranging in latitude from inside the arctic circle to the south pole. The observations span all seasons at each location. In the northern hemisphere it is observed that C6H6 and C7H8 are most abundant during winter and least abundant during summer. Based on the limited data available, such cycles are not observed in the tropics. These findings are consistent with the expected latitudinal and seasonal variations of OH radicals which cause benzene and toluene to be removed from the atmosphere. The latitude distribution shows high concentrations at mid latitude and low levels in the southern hemisphere. This finding is consistent with the present understanding that the sources of benzene and toluene are primarily anthropogenic. The observed concentration distribution and varibility are consistent with the short expected atmospheric lifetime of the order of months for benzene and days for toluene

  6. Radiolysis ob benzene, toluene and phenol aqueous solutions utilizing high energy electron beam; Radiolisis de benceno, tolueno y fenol en solucion acuosa utilizando haces de electrones

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    Gonzalez Vanderhaghen, D.E

    1998-12-31

    In a search for solutions to environmental pollution problems, radiolysis has proved to be an innovative technique for the removal of organic chemical pollutants in aqueous solution. Radiolysis has shown many advantages over many other techniques, as highly reactive species formed in water by ionizing radiation oxidize organic pollutants breaking down organic molecules to final simple products by oxidation to carbon dioxide and water in a complete oxidation. Our work consisted in doing some experiments in radiolysis with simulated polluted water to help us understand this technique and also develop, in a near future, a project for large scale water treatment. Our project includes the application of a Pelletron type Mexican made Electron Accelerator, which will affirm its capability and usefulness in performing investigation in this field of study. Experiments consisted in treating benzene, toluene and phenol aqueous solutions with an Electron Beam (0.48-0.55 MeV; 24 {mu}A). Two concentrations were used for each compound: 5 and 20 ppm (mg/l) for benzene and toluene; 10 and 50 ppm for phenol. Solutions were prepared with pure, mineral free water and two different p H (5.9), in order to study the effect of concentration and p H on removal efficiency, but avoiding the interference of radical scavengers. Results obtained coincide with the ones reported by Cooper, Nickelsen and Kurucz; highly efficient removal was achieved for benzene (>99.8%), toluene (>98.0%) and phenol (>88%). There was no visible important effect of p H on radiolysis efficiency for benzene nor toluene, phenol however, showed lower removal efficiency in acidic conditions. Concentration of aqueous solutions, nevertheless, did show an important effect at low doses for phenol. Results obtained reveal the importance of this technique in water pollution control and water remedial as expressed by Cooper, Nickelsen and Kurucz, who have studied radiolysis of organic compounds and apply this technique in water site remedial with a mobile Electron Beam facility. (Author)

  7. Benzene oxidation coupled to sulfate reduction

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    Lovley, D.R.; Coates, J.D.; Woodward, J.C.; Phillips, E.J.P.

    1995-01-01

    Highly reduced sediments from San Diego Bay, Calif., that were incubated under strictly anaerobic conditions metabolized benzene within 55 days when they were exposed initially to I ??M benzene. The rate of benzene metabolism increased as benzene was added back to the benzene-adapted sediments. When a [14C]benzene tracer was included with the benzene added to benzene-adapted sediments, 92% of the added radioactivity was recovered as 14CO2. Molybdate, an inhibitor of sulfate reduction, inhibited benzene uptake and production of 14CO2 from [14C]benzene. Benzene metabolism stopped when the sediments became sulfate depleted, and benzene uptake resumed when sulfate was added again. The stoichiometry of benzene uptake and sulfate reduction was consistent with the hypothesis that sulfate was the principal electron acceptor for benzene oxidation. Isotope trapping experiments performed with [14C]benzene revealed that there was no production of such potential extracellular intermediates of benzene oxidation as phenol, benzoate, p-hydroxybenzoate, cyclohexane, catechol, and acetate. The results demonstrate that benzene can be oxidized in the absence of O2, with sulfate serving as the electron acceptor, and suggest that some sulfate reducers are capable of completely oxidizing benzene to carbon dioxide without the production of extracellular intermediates. Although anaerobic benzene oxidation coupled to chelated Fe(III) has been documented previously, the study reported here provides the first example of a natural sediment compound that can serve as an electron acceptor for anaerobic benzene oxidation.

  8. Evaluation of occupational exposure to benzene by urinalysis.

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    Ghittori, S; Maestri, L; Fiorentino, M L; Imbriani, M

    1995-01-01

    Urinary phenol determinations have traditionally been used to monitor high levels of occupational benzene exposure. However, urinary phenol cannot be used to monitor low-level exposures. New biological indexes for exposure to low levels of benzene are thus needed. The aim of this study was to investigate the relations between exposure to benzene (A-benzene, ppm), as measured by personal air sampling, and the excretion of benzene (U-benzene, ng/l), trans,trans-muconic acid (MA, mg/g creatinine), and S-phenylmercapturic acid (PMA, micrograms/g creatinine) in urine. The subjects of the study were 145 workers exposed to benzene in a chemical plant. The geometric mean exposure level was 0.1 ppm (geometric standard deviation = 4.16). After logarithmic transformation of the data the following linear regressions were found: log (U-benzene, ng/l) = 0.681 log (A-benzene ppm) + 4.018; log (MA, mg/g creatinine) = 0.429 log (A-benzen ppm) - 0.304; and log (PMA, micrograms/g creatinine) = 0.712 log (A-benzene ppm) + 1.664. The correlation coefficients were, respectively, 0.66, 0.58, and 0.74. On the basis of the equations it was possible to establish tentative biological limit values corresponding to the respective occupational exposure limit values. In conclusion, the concentrations of benzene, mercapturic acid, and muconic acid in urine proved to be good parameters for monitoring low benzene exposure at the workplace. PMID:7591178

  9. High selectivity of benzene electrochemical oxidation to p-benzoquinone on modified PbO{sub 2} electrode

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    Li, Xiaolin [College of Chemical Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Li, Xueming, E-mail: xuemingli@cqu.edu.cn [College of Chemical Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Tang, Sui [College of Chemical Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Yang, Jianchun; Li, Wulin [College of Optoelectronic Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Luo, Binbin; Yu, Yajiao; Li, Shanya [College of Chemical Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China)

    2014-08-30

    Highlights: • Uniform PbO{sub 2} surface layer with a pyramidal-angular structure. • High oxygen evolution potential of the modified electrode. • High selectivity of benzene electrochemical oxidation toward p-benzoquinone. - Abstract: In this paper, a modified Ti/SnO{sub 2}–Sb{sub 2}O{sub 3}/PbO{sub 2} electrode was successfully synthesized. The interlayer SnO{sub 2}–Sb{sub 2}O{sub 3} was obtained through thermal decomposition and the surface layer by electrochemical deposition. The structures and morphology of the layers were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The electrochemical property was carried out by cyclic voltammogrametry (CV) and the products obtained from electrochemical oxidation of benzene were investigated by gas chromatography and mass spectrometry (GC–MS). The results showed that the surface of the prepared electrode was mainly composed of tetragonal-shaped ?-PbO{sub 2} crystal with a pyramidal-angular structure. The oxidation potential of benzene was +1.8 V vs. Ag/AgCl. The electrochemical oxidation of benzene showed the high selectivity toward p-benzoquinone on the modified Ti/SnO{sub 2}–Sb{sub 2}O{sub 3}/PbO{sub 2} electrode. And the optimal oxidation temperature for oxidation of benzene was 75 °C and the optimal temperature was 60 min.

  10. Exposure to benzene and urinary concentrations of 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine, a biological marker of oxidative damage to DNA.

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    Lagorio, S; Tagesson, C.; Forastiere, F; Iavarone, I; Axelson, O; Carere, A

    1994-01-01

    OBJECTIVES--Benzene is an established animal and human carcinogen. The mechanism of benzene toxicity, particularly its leukaemogenic effect, is not fully understood. The modified base 8-hydroxy-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) is a sensitive marker of the DNA damage due to hydroxyl radical attack at the C8 of guanine. This damage, if left unrepaired, has been proposed to contribute to mutagenicity and cancer promotion. We conducted this biomonitoring study with the aim of evaluating the association be...

  11. Benzene: questions and answers

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    This information booklet is intended to inform residents near natural gas dehydration facilities about benzene and its levels in the atmosphere. It was issued following the federal government's decision to place benzene on its Priority Substances List and to require industry to establish means for reducing benzene emissions from natural gas dehydrators and to inform residents about benzene emissions from glycol dehydration facilities. Accordingly, the booklet explains what benzene is (a colourless flammable liquid component of hydrocarbons) how it gets into the air (during gasoline refining, vehicle refueling and the production of steel and petrochemicals), the associated health hazards (a recognized carcinogen, causing an increased incidence of leukemia in concentrations of 100 parts per million), defines a glycol dehydrator (a facility built at or near some natural gas fields for the removal of water from the natural gas to prevent corrosion and freezing of pipelines), and enumerates the steps that are being taken to reduce benzene levels in the air (benzene levels in gasoline have been reduced, along with benzene emissions from petrochemical plants, refineries, steel plants and glycol dehydrators by 54 per cent to date; this will rise to 90 per cent by 2005). In addition to these actions, industry plans call for all existing glycol dehydrators within 750 metres of any permanent residence to be limited to benzene emissions of no more than three tonnes per year before 2001; new glycol dehydrators after that date will be expected to have benzene emissions reduced to the lowest level that can be practically achieved.

  12. The state of benzene in TIP slurry using nuclear magnetic resonance measurements

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    Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) measurements on In-Tank Precipitation (ITP) simulated potassium tetraphenylborate (KTPB) slurries at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have been completed. Most measurements were made on 4 wt percent KTPB slurry in 4 to 5 molar sodium salt solution. Liquid benzene was added volumetrically to the slurry in 25-mL vials and agitated to create a suspension. Earlier tests using dyed benzene showed that benzene remains suspended permanently in the slurry and the only visible change is overall slurry settling. Gentle vial agitation restores the original suspension state. To simulate in-situ uniformly dispersed benzene, benzene/KTPB samples were homogenized using a high speed rotor/stator biological homogenizer. Photomicrographs using homogenized samples containing dyed benzene showed no residual benzene droplets and fairly uniform coloration of the KTPB solids structure. All benzene concentration estimates are based on benzene addition since there is no available analytical method for benzene in slurry. Benzene losses could be significant, particularly at low concentrations and during homogenization

  13. Benzene and its Health Effects

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    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Benzene is an aromatic hydrocarbon, colorless, sweet-smelling liquid. It is an important industrial solvent, is used in the manufacture of plastics, detergents, pesticides, and other chemicals. Benzene is a carcinogen. Short-term and high level benzene exposure causes symptoms of the central nervous system. Long-term benzene exposure may affect to bone marrow and blood production. Additionally, genotoxic, immunological, and urogenital negative effects may occur with chronicle benzene exposure. [TAF Prev Med Bull 2008; 7(6.000: 541-546

  14. High-harmonic generation in benzene with linearly- and circularly-polarised laser pulses

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    Wardlow, Abigail

    2015-01-01

    High harmonic generation in benzene is studied using a mixed quantum-classical approach in which the electrons are described using time-dependent density functional theory while the ions move classically. The interaction with both circularly- and linearly-polarised infra-red ($\\lambda = 800$ nm) laser pulses of duration 10 cycles (26.7 fs) is considered. The effect of allowing the ions to move is investigated as is the effect of including self-interaction corrections to the exchange-correlation functional. Our results for circularly-polarised pulses are compared with previous calculations in which the ions were kept fixed and self-interaction corrections were not included while our results for linearly-polarised pulses are compared with both previous calculations and experiment. We find that even for the short duration pulses considered here, the ionic motion greatly influences the harmonic spectra. While ionization and ionic displacements are greatest when linearly-polarised pulses are used, the response to ...

  15. Benzene poisoning

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    ... based chemical that has a sweet smell. Benzene poisoning occurs when someone swallows, breathes in, or touches ... number will let you talk to experts in poisoning. They will give you further instructions. This is ...

  16. Synthesis of highly phosphonic acid functionalized benzene-bridged periodic mesoporous organosilicas for use as efficient dye adsorbents

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    Highlights: • Synthesis of highly phosphonic acid functionalized benzene-bridged PMOs. • Phosphonic acid loaded PMOs as adsorbent for cationic and anionic dyes. • Due to electrostatic interaction the adsorbent has high dye adsorption capacity. • ?–? stacking interaction between benzene and dye enhances adsorption capacity. • Intraparticle diffusion played a dominant role in the adsorption process. - Abstract: Periodic mesoporous organosilicas (PMOs) with benzene bridging groups in the silica wall were functionalized with a tunable content of phosphonic acid groups. These bifunctional materials were synthesized by co-condensation of two different organosilane precursors, that is, 1,4-bis(triethoxysilyl)benzene (BTEB) and sodium 3-(trihydroxysilyl)propyl methyl phosphate (SPMP), under acidic conditions using nonionic surfactant Brij-S10 as template. The materials exhibited well-ordered mesostructures and were characterized by X-ray diffraction, nitrogen sorption, TEM, TGA, FTIR, and solid-state NMR measurements. The materials thus obtained were employed as adsorbents to remove different types of dyes, for example, cationic dyes methylene blue and phenosafranine, anionic orange II, and amphoteric rhodamine B, from aqueous solutions. The materials exhibited a remarkably high adsorption capacity than activated carbon due to their ordered mesostructures, a large number of phosphonic acid groups, and high surface areas. The adsorption was mainly governed by electrostatic interaction, but also involved ?–? stacking interaction as well as hydrogen bonding. The adsorption kinetics can be better fitted by the pseudo-second order model. The adsorption process was controlled by the mechanisms of external mass transfer and intraparticle diffusion. The materials retained more than 97% dye removal efficiency after use for five consecutive cycles

  17. Spatial and temporal variations in atmospheric VOCs, NO2, SO2, and O3 concentrations at a heavily industrialized region in Western Turkey, and assessment of the carcinogenic risk levels of benzene

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    Civan, Mihriban Y?lmaz; Elbir, Tolga; Seyfioglu, Remzi; Kuntasal, Öznur O?uz; Bayram, Abdurrahman; Do?an, Güray; Yurdakul, Sema; Andiç, Özgün; Müezzino?lu, Aysen; Sofuoglu, Sait C.; Pekey, Hakan; Pekey, Beyhan; Bozlaker, Ayse; Odabasi, Mustafa; Tuncel, Gürdal

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    Ambient concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), sulphur dioxide (SO2) and ground-level ozone (O3) were measured at 55 locations around a densely populated industrial zone, hosting a petrochemical complex (Petkim), a petroleum refinery (Tupras), ship-dismantling facilities, several iron and steel plants, and a gas-fired power plant. Five passive sampling campaigns were performed covering summer and winter seasons of 2005 and 2007. Elevated concentrations of VOCs, NO2 and SO2 around the refinery, petrochemical complex and roads indicated that industrial activities and vehicular emissions are the main sources of these pollutants in the region. Ozone concentrations were low at the industrial zone and settlement areas, but high in rural stations downwind from these sources due to NO distillation. The United States Environmental Protection Agency's positive matrix factorization receptor model (EPA PMF) was employed to apportion ambient concentrations of VOCs into six factors, which were associated with emissions sources. Traffic was found to be highest contributor to measured ?VOCs concentrations, followed by the Petkim and Tupras. Median cancer risk due to benzene inhalation calculated using a Monte Carlo simulation was approximately 4 per-one-million population, which exceeded the U.S. EPA benchmark of 1 per one million. Petkim, Tupras and traffic emissions were the major sources of cancer risk due to benzene inhalation in the Aliaga airshed. Relative contributions of these two source groups changes significantly from one location to another, demonstrating the limitation of determining source contributions and calculating health risk using data from one or two permanent stations in an industrial area.

  18. Solubilities of Toluene, Benzene and TCE in High-Biomass Systems

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    Barton, John W. [Battelle Eastern Science & Technology Center; Vodraska, Christopher D [ORNL; Flanary, Sandie A. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL); Davison, Brian H [ORNL

    2008-01-01

    We report measurements of solubility limits for benzene, toluene, and TCE in systems that contain varying levels of biomass up to 0.13 g/mL. The solubility limit increased from 20 to 48 mM when biomass (in the form of yeast) was added to aqueous batch systems containing benzene. The toluene solubility limit increased from 4.9 to greater than 20 mM. For TCE, the solubility increased from 8 mM to more than 1000 mM. Solubility for TCE was most heavily impacted by biomass levels, changing by two orders of magnitude.

  19. Case study: High capacity spiral concentrators

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    P., Ramsaywok; M.K.G., Vermaak; R., Viljoen.

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Spiral concentrators are compact, cost-effective and generally efficient gravity concentration separators for a wide range of applications (for example: coal, beach sands, iron ore, chromite and tantalite). Large mineral processing plants consist of thousands of spiral concentrators resulting in lar [...] ge plant footprints (capital intensive) and the adjustment of splitters is time consuming, impractical and is in many cases neglected-high capacity (HC) spiral concentrators aim to address these shortcomings. As a result Exxaro Namakwa Sands is currently investigating high capacity spiral technology for the spiral circuit upgrade at the primary concentrator plants (PCPs). This article summarizes the rougher spiral performance evaluation that was conducted on different types of spiral concentrators (the traditional MG4 spiral concentrator and the high capacity (HC) spiral concentrator) under different feed conditions. In addition, the effect of slimes on the spiral concentrator performance was also investigated. Slimes rheology was linked to the poor concentrator performance at the higher slimes concentrations. The test campaign shows a sacrifice in recovery under design-feed conditions can be expected when using high capacity spiral concentrators in the rougher stage when compared to traditional spiral technology currently in use. Both spiral concentrators show a detrimental impact of slimes on the performance, but the high capacity spiral concentrator is more sensitive to the higher slimes conditions.

  20. Development of a biphasic electroreactor with a wet scrubbing system for the removal of gaseous benzene.

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    Govindan, Muthuraman; Chung, Sang Joon; Moon, Hyun-Ho; Jang, Jae Wook; Moon, Il-Shik

    2013-08-12

    An efficient, continuous flow electroreactor system comprising a scrubbing column (for absorption) and a biphasic electroreactor (for degradation) was developed to treat gas streams containing benzene. Initial benzene absorption studies using a continuous flow bubble column containing absorbents like 40% sulfuric acid, 10% silicone oil (3, 5, 10 cSt), or 100% silicone oil showed that 100% silicone oil is the most suitable. A biphasic batch electroreactor based on 50 mL of silicone oil and 100 mL of activated Co(III) (activated electrochemically) in 40% sulfuric acid demonstrated that indirect oxidation of benzene is possible by Co(III). Combined experiments on the wet scrubbing column and biphasic electroreactor (BP-ER) were performed to determine the feasibility of benzene removal, which is reside in the silicone oil medium. In semidynamic scrubbing with BP-ER experiments using an aqueous electroreactor volume of 2 L, and an inlet gas flow and a gaseous benzene concentration were 10 Lmin(-1) and 100 ppm, respectively, benzene removal efficiency is 75% in sustainable way. The trend of CO2 evolution is well correlated with benzene recovery in the BP-ER. The addition of sodiumdodecyl sulfate (SDS) enhanced the recovery of silicone oil without affecting benzene removal. This process is promising for the treatment of high concentrations of gaseous benzene. PMID:23883273

  1. Sample preparation followed by high performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) analysis for monitoring muconic acid as a biomarker of occupational exposure to benzene.

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    Shahtaheri, Seyed Jamaleddin; Ghamari, Farhad; Golbabaei, Farideh

    2005-01-01

    Factors affecting solid phase extraction (SPE) of trans,trans-muconic acid (ttMA), as a benzene biomarker, including sample pH, sample concentration, sample volume, sample flow rate, washing solvent, elution solvent, and type of sorbent were evaluated. Extracted samples were determined by HPLC-UV (high performance liquid chromatography-ultraviolet). The analytical column was C18, UV wave length was 259 nm, and the mobile phase was H(2)O/methanol/acetic acid run at flow rate of 1 ml/min. A strong anion exchange silica cartridge was found successful in simplifying SPE. There was a significant difference between recoveries of ttMA when different factors were used (p .05). The optimized method was then validated with 3 different pools of samples showing good reproducibility over 6 consecutive days and 6 within-day experiments. PMID:16329781

  2. Microwave hydrothermal synthesis of calcium antimony oxide hydroxide with high photocatalytic activity toward benzene.

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    Sun, Meng; Li, Danzhen; Zheng, Yi; Zhang, Wenjuan; Shao, Yu; Chen, Yibin; Li, Wenjuan; Fu, Xianzhi

    2009-10-15

    A nanocrystalline CaSb2O5(OH)2 photocatalyst synthesized from CaCl2 and K2H2Sb2O7 was used to degrade benzene in the gas phase for the first time. The obtained sample was characterized by X-ray diffraction, N2 sorption-desorption, UV-vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, electron spin resonance, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The CaSb2O5(OH)2 sample had an average particle size of approximately 8 nm, a specific surface area of 101.8 m2 g(-1), and a band gap of 4.6 eV. Photocatalytic activity of the sample was mainly evaluated by the degradation of benzene in an O2 gas stream under ultraviolet light irradiation. The results demonstrated that the photoactivity of CaSb2O5(OH)2 was higher than that of commercial TiO2 (P25, Degussa Co.). In the photocatalytic degradation of benzene, it finally reached a steady conversion ratio of 29%. CaSb2O5(OH)2 has also exhibited activity toward other aromatic organic compounds. A possible mechanism of photocatalysis over CaSb2O5(OH)2 nanocrystals was proposed. PMID:19921908

  3. Leukemia and benzene.

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    Snyder, Robert

    2012-08-01

    Excessive exposure to benzene has been known for more than a century to damage the bone marrow resulting in decreases in the numbers of circulating blood cells, and ultimately, aplastic anemia. Of more recent vintage has been the appreciation that an alternative outcome of benzene exposure has been the development of one or more types of leukemia. While many investigators agree that the array of toxic metabolites, generated in the liver or in the bone marrow, can lead to traumatic bone marrow injury, the more subtle mechanisms leading to leukemia have yet to be critically dissected. This problem appears to have more general interest because of the recognition that so-called "second cancer" that results from prior treatment with alkylating agents to yield tumor remissions, often results in a type of leukemia reminiscent of benzene-induced leukemia. Furthermore, there is a growing literature attempting to characterize the fine structure of the marrow and the identification of so called "niches" that house a variety of stem cells and other types of cells. Some of these "niches" may harbor cells capable of initiating leukemias. The control of stem cell differentiation and proliferation via both inter- and intra-cellular signaling will ultimately determine the fate of these transformed stem cells. The ability of these cells to avoid checkpoints that would prevent them from contributing to the leukemogenic response is an additional area for study. Much of the study of benzene-induced bone marrow damage has concentrated on determining which of the benzene metabolites lead to leukemogenesis. The emphasis now should be directed to understanding how benzene metabolites alter bone marrow cell biology. PMID:23066403

  4. Accumulation of chlorinated benzenes in earthworms

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    Beyer, W.N. [Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD (United States)

    1996-12-31

    Chlorinated benzenes are widespread in the environment. Hexachlorobenzene, pentachlorobenzene and all isomers of dichlorobenzenes, trichlorobenzenes, and tetrachlorobenzenes, have been detected in fish, water, and sediments from the Great Lakes. They probably entered the water as leachates from chemical waste dumps and as effluents from manufacturing. Hexachlorobenzene and pentachlorobenzene are commonly present in Herring gull (Larus argentatus) eggs from the Great Lakes, and some of the isomers of trichlorobenzene and tetrachlorobenzene are occasionally detected at low concentrations. Hexachlorobenzene, which was formerly used as a fungicide, has been the most thoroughly studied chlorinated benzene, and has been detected in many species. Its use as a fungicide in the United States was canceled in 1984. Since about 1975 hexachlorobenzene has been formed mainly in the production of chlorinated solvents. It is highly persistent in the environment and some species are poisoned by hexachlorobenzene at very low chronic dietary exposures. As little as 1 ppm in the diet of mink (Mustela vison) reduced the birth weights of young, and 5 ppm in the diet of Japanese quail (Coturnix coturnix japonica) caused slight liver damage. This paper describes a long-term (26 wk) experiment relating the concentrations of chlorinated benzenes in earthworms to length of exposure and three 8 wk experiments relating concentration to the concentration in soil the soil organic matter content, and the degree of chlorination. 20 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.

  5. Highly selective GaN-nanowire/TiO2-nanocluster hybrid sensors for detection of benzene and related environment pollutants

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    Nanowire-nanocluster hybrid chemical sensors were realized by functionalizing gallium nitride (GaN) nanowires (NWs) with titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoclusters for selectively sensing benzene and other related aromatic compounds. Hybrid sensor devices were developed by fabricating two-terminal devices using individual GaN NWs followed by the deposition of TiO2 nanoclusters using RF magnetron sputtering. The sensor fabrication process employed standard microfabrication techniques. X-ray diffraction and high-resolution analytical transmission electron microscopy using energy-dispersive x-ray and electron energy-loss spectroscopies confirmed the presence of the anatase phase in TiO2 clusters after post-deposition anneal at 700 deg. C. A change of current was observed for these hybrid sensors when exposed to the vapors of aromatic compounds (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene and chlorobenzene mixed with air) under UV excitation, while they had no response to non-aromatic organic compounds such as methanol, ethanol, isopropanol, chloroform, acetone and 1,3-hexadiene. The sensitivity range for the noted aromatic compounds except chlorobenzene were from 1% down to 50 parts per billion (ppb) at room temperature. By combining the enhanced catalytic properties of the TiO2 nanoclusters with the sensitive transduction capability of the nanowires, an ultra-sensitive and selective chemical sensing architecture is demonstrated. We have proposed a mechanism that could qualitatively explain the observed sensing behavior.

  6. Highly selective GaN-nanowire/TiO2-nanocluster hybrid sensors for detection of benzene and related environment pollutants

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    Aluri, Geetha S.; Motayed, Abhishek; Davydov, Albert V.; Oleshko, Vladimir P.; Bertness, Kris A.; Sanford, Norman A.; Rao, Mulpuri V.

    2011-07-01

    Nanowire-nanocluster hybrid chemical sensors were realized by functionalizing gallium nitride (GaN) nanowires (NWs) with titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoclusters for selectively sensing benzene and other related aromatic compounds. Hybrid sensor devices were developed by fabricating two-terminal devices using individual GaN NWs followed by the deposition of TiO2 nanoclusters using RF magnetron sputtering. The sensor fabrication process employed standard microfabrication techniques. X-ray diffraction and high-resolution analytical transmission electron microscopy using energy-dispersive x-ray and electron energy-loss spectroscopies confirmed the presence of the anatase phase in TiO2 clusters after post-deposition anneal at 700 °C. A change of current was observed for these hybrid sensors when exposed to the vapors of aromatic compounds (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene and chlorobenzene mixed with air) under UV excitation, while they had no response to non-aromatic organic compounds such as methanol, ethanol, isopropanol, chloroform, acetone and 1,3-hexadiene. The sensitivity range for the noted aromatic compounds except chlorobenzene were from 1% down to 50 parts per billion (ppb) at room temperature. By combining the enhanced catalytic properties of the TiO2 nanoclusters with the sensitive transduction capability of the nanowires, an ultra-sensitive and selective chemical sensing architecture is demonstrated. We have proposed a mechanism that could qualitatively explain the observed sensing behavior.

  7. Multielectron effects in high harmonic generation in N_2 and benzene: simulation using a non-adiabatic quantum molecular dynamics approach for laser-molecule interactions

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    Dundas, Daniel

    2012-01-01

    A mixed quantum-classical approach is introduced which allows the dynamically response of molecules driven far from equilibrium to be modeled. This method is applied here to the interaction of molecules with intense, short-duration laser pulses. The electronic response of the molecule is described using time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) and the resulting Kohn-Sham equations are solved numerically using finite difference techniques in conjunction with local and global adaptations of an underlying grid in curvilinear coordinates. Using this approach, simulations can be carried out for a wide range of molecules and both all-electron and pseudopotential calculations can be performed. The approach is applied to the study of high harmonic generation in N_2 and benzene using linearly-polarized laser pulses and to the best of our knowledge, the results for benzene represent the first TDDFT calculations of high harmonic generation in benzene using linearly polarized laser pulses. For N_2 an enhancement ...

  8. Facts about Benzene

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    ... Public Health Matters What's New A - Z Index Facts About Benzene What benzene is Benzene is a ... information on evacuation during a chemical emergency, see “ Facts About Evacuation .” For more information on sheltering in ...

  9. Modelling and computational fluid dynamic behaviour of a biofilter treating benzene.

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    Rahul; Mathur, Anil Kumar; Bala, Shashi; Majumder, Chandrajitbalo

    2012-12-01

    Biofiltration of an air stream containing benzene has been studied in a laboratory biofilter packed with a mixture of compost, sugar cane bagasse and GAC. In this study, the overall performance of a biofilter has been evaluated in terms of its elimination capacity by using 3-D mesh techniques. The overall results indicate that the agreement between experimental data and estimated model predictions is excellent for benzene. The benzene concentration profiles along the depth of biofilter have also been determined using a convection-diffusion reactor (CDR) model and computational fluid dynamic (CFD) technique. At low flow rates and low concentrations of benzene, the concentration profile throughout the biofilter shows good agreement with CDR model and it becomes more curved and resembles typical decay. Combined analysis of experimental results with CDR model and the CFD shows that the profile of benzene at low concentration becomes more curved and then linear at high concentration. The benzene profiles obtained by CFD are within 5% accuracy of experimental results. The CDR and CFD models are found to be able to predict concentration profiles preciously with depth under the experimental conditions. PMID:23026335

  10. Hydrogeologic characterization and assessment of bioremediation of chlorinated benzenes and benzene in wetland areas, Standard Chlorine of Delaware, Inc. Superfund Site, New Castle County, Delaware, 2009-12

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    Lorah, Michelle M.; Walker, Charles W.; Baker, Anna C.; Teunis, Jessica A.; Majcher, Emily H.; Brayton, Michael J.; Raffensperger, Jeff P.; Cozzarelli, Isabelle M.

    2014-01-01

    Wetlands at the Standard Chlorine of Delaware, Inc. Superfund Site (SCD) in New Castle County, Delaware, are affected by contamination with chlorobenzenes and benzene from past waste storage and disposal, spills, leaks, and contaminated groundwater discharge. In cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Geological Survey began an investigation in June 2009 to characterize the hydrogeology and geochemistry in the wetlands and assess the feasibility of monitored natural attenuation and enhanced bioremediation as remedial strategies. Groundwater flow in the wetland study area is predominantly vertically upward in the wetland sediments and the underlying aquifer, and groundwater discharge accounts for a minimum of 47 percent of the total discharge for the subwatershed of tidal Red Lion Creek. Thus, groundwater transport of contaminants to surface water could be significant. The major contaminants detected in groundwater in the wetland study area included benzene, monochlorobenzene, and tri- and di-chlorobenzenes. Shallow wetland groundwater in the northwest part of the wetland study area was characterized by high concentrations of total chlorinated benzenes and benzene (maximum about 75,000 micrograms per liter [?g/L]), low pH, and high chloride. In the northeast part of the wetland study area, wetland groundwater had low to moderate concentrations of total chlorinated benzenes and benzene (generally not greater than 10,000 ?g/L), moderate pH, and high sulfate concentrations. Concentrations in the groundwater in excess of 1 percent of the solubility of the individual chlorinated benzenes indicate that a contaminant source is present in the wetland sediments as dense nonaqueous phase liquids (DNAPLs). Consistently higher contaminant concentrations in the shallow wetland groundwater than deeper in the wetland sediments or the aquifer also indicate a continued source in the wetland sediments, which could include dissolution of DNAPLs and desorption from the sediments.

  11. Ionization and high-order harmonic generation in aligned benzene by a short intense circularly polarized laser pulse

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    We present a first-principles study of ionization and high-order harmonic generation by benzene aligned in the polarization plane of a short circularly polarized laser pulse. Time-dependent density-functional theory within the adiabatic local-density approximation is employed to describe the 30 valence-electron dynamics in three dimensions. The multielectron approach enables us to study the effect of very strong laser fields, 1014-1015 W cm-2, where multiple ionization and high-order harmonic generation interplay. Large ionization currents are formed, causing ionization of 1-4 electron charges, while strong high-order harmonic generation is observed. The well-known recollision mechanism of high-order harmonic generation plays a part for moderate laser intensities but is fully suppressed for strong laser fields. The harmonic generation spectra are characterized by two distinguishable plateaus, where the structure of the first plateau is dominated by the 6k±1 (k=0,1,...) selection rule. The number of harmonics in the second plateau is insensitive to the duration of the pulse. The peaks appear in pairs or in threesomes, depending on the pulse duration

  12. A high concentration rooftop photovoltaic system

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    Gleckman, Philip

    2007-09-01

    The commercial rooftop environment poses difficult challenges for concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) systems. Rooftop CPV must not only meet low cost and high energy production targets common to ground mounted systems but also must solve safety, wind loading, and area usage requirements in ways that are compatible with the rooftop environment. To meet these requirements we have developed a low-profile carousel-mounted array of Fresnel concentrators using triple junction solar cells. In this paper we describe the key features of the opto-mechanical and thermal design for manufacturability and reliability. These features include the concentration level, the mechanical drive scheme, the configuration of the lens with secondary optical element, and passive cooling. Also described are elements of the optical component testing and assembly methods. We present exemplary results of environmental testing and measurements of electro-optical performance.

  13. Mechanistic considerations in benzene physiological model development

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    Medinsky, M.A.; Kenyon, E.M.; Seaton, M.J.; Schlosser, P.M. [Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology, Research Triangle Park, NC (United States)

    1996-12-01

    Benzene, an important industrial solvent, is also present in unleaded gasoline and cigarette smoke. The hematotoxic effects of benzene in humans are well documented and include aplastic anemia, pancytopenia, and acute myelogenous leukemia. However, the risks of leukemia at low exposure concentrations have not been established. A combination of metabolites (hydroquinone and phenol, for example) may be necessary to duplicate the hematotoxic effect of benzene, perhaps due in part to the synergistic effect of phenol on myeloperoxidase-mediated oxidation of hydroquinone to the reactive metabolite benzoquinone. Because benzene and its hydroxylated metabolites (phenol, hydroquinone, and catechol) are substrates for the same cytochrome P450 enzymes, competitive interactions among the metabolites are possible. In vivo data on metabolite formation by mice exposed to various benzene concentrations are consistent with competitive inhibition of phenol oxidation by benzene. In vitro studies of the metabolic oxidation of benzene, phenol, and hydroquinone are consistent with the mechanism of competitive interaction among the metabolites. The dosimetry of benzene and its metabolites in the target tissue, bone marrow, depends on the balance of activation processes such as enzymatic oxidation and deactivation processes such as conjugation and excretion. Phenol, the primary benzene metabolite, can undergo both oxidation and conjugation. Thus the potential exists for competition among various enzymes for phenol. Zonal localization of phase I and phase 11 enzymes in various regions of the liver acinus also impacts this competition. Biologically based dosimetry models that incorporate the important determinants of benzene flux, including interactions with other chemicals, will enable prediction of target tissue doses of benzene and metabolites at low exposure concentrations relevant for humans. 39 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs.

  14. In situ sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy observation of a reactive surface intermediate during high-pressure benzene hydrogenation.

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    Bratlie, Kaitlin M; Flores, Lucio D; Somorjai, Gabor A

    2006-05-25

    Sum frequency generation surface vibrational spectroscopy and kinetic measurements using gas chromatography have been used to identify a reactive surface intermediate in situ during hydrogenation of benzene on a Pt(111) single crystal surface at Torr pressures. Upon adsorption at 310 K, both chemisorbed and physisorbed benzene coexist on the surface, a result which has not previously been observed. Kinetic measurements show a linear compensation effect for the production of both cyclohexane and cyclohexene. From these data the isokinetic temperature was identified and correlated to the chemisorbed benzene species, which were probed by means of vibrational spectroscopy. Additionally, chemisorbed benzene was determined to be a reactive intermediate, which is critical for hydrogenation. PMID:16706464

  15. Cellulase Inhibition by High Concentrations of Monosaccharides

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    Hsieh, Chia-Wen; Cannella, David

    2014-01-01

    Biological degradation of biomass on an industrial scale culminates in high concentrations of end products. It is known that the accumulation of glucose and cellobiose, end products of hydrolysis, inhibit cellulases and decrease glucose yields. Aside from these end products, however, other monosaccharides such as mannose and galactose (stereoisomers of glucose) decrease glucose yields as well. NMR relaxometry measurements showed direct correlations between the initial T2 of the liquid phase in which hydrolysis takes place and the total glucose production during cellulose hydrolysis, indicating that low free water availability contributes to cellulase inhibition. Of the hydrolytic enzymes involved, those acting on the cellulose substrate, that is, exo- and endoglucanases, were the most inhibited. The ?-glucosidases were shown to be less sensitive to high monosaccharide concentrations except glucose. Protein adsorption studies showed that this inhibition effect was most likely due to catalytic, and not binding, inhibition of the cellulases.

  16. Electronic noses for monitoring benzene occupational exposure in biological samples of Egyptian workers

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    Ehab I. Mohamed

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: Benzene is commonly emitted in several industries, leading to widespread environmental and occupational exposure hazards. While less toxic solvents have been substituted for benzene, it is still a component of petroleum products and is a trace impurity in industrial products resulting in continued higher occupational exposures in industrial settings in developing countries. Materials and Methods: We investigated the potential use of an electronic nose (e-nose to monitor the headspace volatiles in biological samples from benzene-exposed Egyptian workers and non-exposed controls. The study population comprised 150 non-smoking male workers exposed to benzene and an equal number of matching non-exposed controls. We determined biomarkers of benzene used to estimate exposure and risk including: benzene in exhaled air and blood; and its urinary metabolites such as phenol and muconic acid using gas chromatography technique and a portable e-nose. Results: The average benzene concentration measured in the ambient air of the workplace of all studied industrial settings in Alexandria, Egypt; was 97.56±88.12 ?g/m3 (range: 4.69–260.86 ?g/m3. Levels of phenol and muconic acid were signifi cantly (p < 0.001 higher in both blood and urine of benzene-exposed workers as compared to non-exposed controls. Conclusions: The e-nose technology has successfully classifi ed and distinguished benzene-exposed workers from non-exposed controls for all measured samples of blood, urine and the exhaled air with a very high degree of precision. Thus, it will be a very useful tool for the low-cost mass screening and early detection of health hazards associated with the exposure to benzene in the industry.

  17. (Liquid + liquid) equilibria for benzene + cyclohexane + N,N-dimethylformamide + sodium thiocyanate

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    Graphical abstract: On the left, the figure was phase diagram about the LLE date. On the right, the figure was about the effects of mass fraction of benzene in the raffinate phase to the selectivity(S) coefficient under different salt concentration. ?, the NaSCN and DMF in ratio of 5/95; • , the NaSCN and DMF in ratio of 10/90; ?, the NaSCN and DMF in ratio of 15/85; ?, the NaSCN and DMF in ratio of 20/80; ?, the NaSCN and DMF in ratio of 23/77. ?, only DMF was used extractant (the selectivity coefficient was calculated by literature 17). w22, refer to the mass fraction of benzene in the raffinate phase (cyclohexane-rich phase). Highlights: • (Liquid + liquid) equilibrium for quaternary system was measured. • The components include benzene, cyclohexane, N,N-dimethylformamide, sodium thiocyanate. • The (liquid + liquid) equilibrium data can be well correlated by the NRTL model. • Separation of benzene and cyclohexane by NaSCN + DMF was discussed. -- Abstract: (Liquid + liquid) equilibrium (LLE) data for benzene + cyclohexane + N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF) + sodium thiocyanate (NaSCN) were measured experimentally at atmospheric pressure and 303.15 K. The selectivity coefficients from these LLE data were calculated and compared to those previously reported in the literature for the systems (benzene + cyclohexane + DMF) and (benzene + cyclohexane + DMF + KSCN). The NRTL equation was used to correlate the experimental data. The agreement between the predicted and experimental results was good. It was found that the selectivity coefficients of DMF + NaSCN for benzene ranged from 2.45 to 11.99. Considering the relatively high extraction capacity and selectivity for benzene, DMF + NaSCN may be used as a potential extracting solvent for the separation of benzene from cyclohexane

  18. Cellulase Inhibition by High Concentrations of Monosaccharides

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    Hsieh, Chia-Wen; Cannella, David; Jørgensen, Henning; Felby, Claus; Thygesen, Lisbeth Garbrecht

    2014-01-01

    Biological degradation of biomass on an industrial scale culminates in high concentrations of end products. It is known that the accumulation of glucose and cellobiose, end products of hydrolysis, inhibit cellulases and decrease glucose yields. Aside from these end products, however, other monosaccharides such as mannose and galactose (stereoisomers of glucose) decrease glucose yields as well. NMR relaxometry measurements showed direct correlations between the initial T2 of the liquid phase in w...

  19. Cellulase Inhibition by High Concentrations of Monosaccharides

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    Hsieh, Chia-Wen; Cannella, David; Jørgensen, Henning; Felby, Claus; Thygesen, Lisbeth Garbrecht

    2014-01-01

    Biological degradation of biomass on an industrial scale culminates in high concentrations of end products. It is known that the accumulation of glucose and cellobiose, end products of hydrolysis, inhibit cellulases and decrease glucose yields. Aside from these end products, however, other monosaccharides such as mannose and galactose (stereoisomers of glucose) decrease glucose yields as well. NMR relaxometry measurements showed direct correlations between the initial T 2 of the liquid phase in ...

  20. Comparison of benzene exposure in drivers and petrol stations workers by urinary trans,trans-muconic acid in west of Iran.

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    Bahrami, Abdul Rahman; Joneidi Jafari, Ahmad; Ahmadi, Hassan; Mahjub, Hossein

    2007-06-01

    Motor vehicle traffic is the main emission source of benzene. We undertook this study in order to compare benzene exposure and urinary levels of trans,trans-muconic acid (t,t-MA) in taxi drivers and petrol station workers. Air benzene levels were analyzed with gas chromatography using a Flame Ionization Detector. t,t-MA was extracted from urine and analyzed using high performance liquid chromatography. Significant differences in levels of urinary t,t-MA were found in drivers and petrol station workers when compared to a control group (p<0.05). Correlation coefficients between benzene in air and t,t-MA for petrol station workers and drivers were 0.65 and 0.30, respectively. The concentration of benzene in the breathing zone of petrol station workers was 2-3 times higher than drivers, and also 3 times greater than a threshold level (0.5 ppm) recommended by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH). The lowest benzene concentration at which urinary t,t-MA increased to a measurable level was approximately 0.17 ppm. In conclusion our results suggested that high benzene levels are emitted in petrol stations in west Iran. t,t-MA analysis was able to separate those exposed from the non-exposed benzene group when benzene in the breathing zone of subjects was greater than 0.17 ppm. PMID:17634688

  1. DOE High Performance Concentrator PV Project

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    McConnell, R.; Symko-Davies, M.

    2005-08-01

    Much in demand are next-generation photovoltaic (PV) technologies that can be used economically to make a large-scale impact on world electricity production. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) initiated the High-Performance Photovoltaic (HiPerf PV) Project to substantially increase the viability of PV for cost-competitive applications so that PV can contribute significantly to both our energy supply and environment. To accomplish such results, the National Center for Photovoltaics (NCPV) directs in-house and subcontracted research in high-performance polycrystalline thin-film and multijunction concentrator devices with the goal of enabling progress of high-efficiency technologies toward commercial-prototype products. We will describe the details of the subcontractor and in-house progress in exploring and accelerating pathways of III-V multijunction concentrator solar cells and systems toward their long-term goals. By 2020, we anticipate that this project will have demonstrated 33% system efficiency and a system price of $1.00/Wp for concentrator PV systems using III-V multijunction solar cells with efficiencies over 41%.

  2. Muonium radicals in benzene-styrene mixtures

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    Muonium radicals were observed through their ?+SR precession frequencies in high transverse magnetic fields in pure benzene, pure styrene and their mixtures, all as liquids at room temperature. In benzene-styrene mixtures, the radicals obtained in each pure liquid are both present, so no slow (10-9-10-5 s) intermolecular exchange occurs; but strong selectivity was found with the formation of the radical from styrene being about eight-times more probable than the radical from benzene. (Auth.)

  3. Assessment of Benzene Exposures in the Working Environment at Gasoline Stations

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    Sunisa Chaiklieng

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available This study aimed to investigate benzene exposure in the working environment of workers at gasoline stations. Ambient air (n=20 and inhaled air samples (n=101 of benzene were collected in the city of Khon Kaen, Thailand and analyzed with gas chromatography (GC-FID. Data records were also kept of the amounts of various petroleum products sold. The results of inhaled air benzene indicated the range concentration from 0.03 ppb to 65.71 ppb and showed significant differences between concentrations of each zone (p<0.05. The highest mean concentration was found in suburban stations (35.55 ppb, followed by urban stations (18.19 ppb, and rural stations (2.52 ppb. The highest mean concentration of ambient air was found in urban stations (45.55 ppb. Regarding different job functions, the benzene concentration of fueling workers in the inhalation zone (27.29 ppb was significantly higher than that of cashiers (0.56 ppb. The amounts of petroleum products with high benzene content sold were relatively consistent with inhaled benzene concentration, indicated by the significant differences between suburban and rural zones (p<0.05. In conclusion, this study found the inhaled air benzene concentration ranged 0.03 to 65.71 ppb depending on locations and job functions of workers. Therefore, workers should be protected of adversely affected health from long-term exposure by training on safe working practice and awareness of the different risks associated with their job functions, locations of stations and daily amounts of petroleum products sold.

  4. Thin photovoltaic modules at ultra high concentration

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    Pérez-Higueras, Pedro; Ferrer-Rodríguez, Juan Pablo; Shanks, Katie; Almonacid, Florencia; Férnández, Eduardo F.

    2015-09-01

    A new design concept of high concentration photovoltaic (HCPV) module is studied both by ray-tracing simulation and by building a prototype. This set-up is based on the idea of concentrating sunlight from different optical units to a single commercial multi-junction solar cell, which is located in a different plane than that of the primary optics (e.g. Fresnel lenses). A two-optical-unit set-up, as a first approach, is built and measured with the solar simulator "Helios 3198". These results are compared to the measurement results of the single-unit of one Fresnel lens and the same solar cell. The feasibility of this new design has been confirmed theoretically and practically.

  5. NMR characterization of 13C-benzene sorbed to natural and prepared charcoals.

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    Smernik, Ronald J; Kookana, Rai S; Skjemstad, Jan O

    2006-03-15

    We investigated how the NMR properties of uniformly 13C-labeled benzene molecules are influenced by sorption to charcoals produced in the laboratory and collected from the field following wildfires. Uniformly 13C-labeled benzene was sorbed to two charcoals produced in the laboratory at 450 and 850 degrees C. The chemical shift of benzene sorbed to the higher-temperature charcoal was 5-6 ppm lower than that of benzene sorbed to the lower-temperature charcoal. This difference was attributed to stronger diamagnetic ring currents (which cause a shift to lower ppm values) in the more condensed or "graphitic" high-temperature charcoal. The chemical shift of benzene sorbed to two charcoals collected from the field following wildfires indicated a degree of charcoal graphitization intermediate between that of the two laboratory-prepared charcoals. Variable contact time and dipolar dephasing experiments showed that the molecular mobility of sorbed benzene molecules increased with increasing charcoal graphitization, and also increased with increasing benzene concentration. We propose that the chemical shift displacement of molecules sorbed to charcoal could be used to identify molecules sorbed to black carbon in heterogeneous matrixes such as soils and sediments, and to establish how condensed or "graphitic" the black carbon is. PMID:16570595

  6. Passive High Ratio Sunlight Concentration Configurations

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    Rudnitsky, A.; Zaban, A.; Zalevsky, Z.

    2013-05-01

    During the day the sun is moving along curved 1-D trajectory across the sky. This is essential a priori information that can be used in order to design passive optics to perform efficient collection of sunlight without tracking after sun's location in the sky. Despite the movement of the sun along its trajectory the optics will collect the energy to the same spatial location where the photo-voltaic cell is positioned. Two novel designs are proposed while the first one is based on waveguides and the second on prisms with high concentration ratio of above 10X. The proposed configurations are validated numerically and experimentally.

  7. Densities and Kinematic Viscosities for the Systems Benzene + Methyl Formate, Benzene + Ethyl Formate, Benzene + Propyl Formate, and Benzene + Butyl Formate

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    Emmerling, Uwe; Rasmussen, Peter

    1998-01-01

    Densities and kinematic viscosities have been measured for the system benzene + methyl formate at 20°C and for the systems benzene + ethyl formate, benzene + propyl formate, and benzene + butyl formate from 20°C to 50°C. The results for the system benzene + methyl formate have been correlated using a Redlich-Kister type of expression with temperature-independent parameters and the data for the systems benzene + ethyl formate, benzene + propyl formate, and benzene + butyl formate with temperature...

  8. Phase II metabolism of benzene.

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    Schrenk, D; Orzechowski, A; Schwarz, L R; Snyder, R; Burchell, B; Ingelman-Sundberg, M; Bock, K W

    1996-01-01

    The hepatic metabolism of benzene is thought to be a prerequisite for its bony marrow toxicity. However, the complete pattern of benzene metabolites formed in the liver and their role in bone marrow toxicity are not fully understood. Therefore, benzene metabolism was studied in isolated rodent hepatocytes. Rat hepatocytes released benzene-1,2-dihydrodiol, hydroquinone (HQ), catechol (CT), phenol (PH), trans-trans-muconic acid, and a number of phase II metabolites such as PH sulfate and PH glucuronide. Pretreatment of animals with 3-methylcholantrene (3-MC) markedly increased PH glucuronide formation while PH sulfate formation was decreased. Likewise, V79 cells transfected with the 3-MC-inducible rat UGT1.6 cDNA showed a considerable rate of PH and HQ glucuronidation. In addition to inducing glucuronidation of phenols, 3-MC treatment (reported to protect rats from the myelotoxicity of benzene) resulted in a decrease of hepatic CYP2E1. In contrast, pretreatment of rats with the CYP2E1-inducer isopropanol strongly enhanced benzene metabolism and the formation of phenolic metabolites. Mouse hepatocytes formed much higher amounts of HQ than rat hepatocytes and considerable amounts of 1,2,4-trihydroxybenzene (THB) sulfate and HQ sulfate. In conclusion, the protective effect of 3-MC in rats is probably due to a shift from the labile PH sulfate to the more stable PH glucuronide, and to a decrease in hepatic CYP2E1. The higher susceptibility of mice toward benzene may be related to the high rate of formation of the myelotoxic metabolite HQ and the semistable phase II metabolites HQ sulfate and THB sulfate. Images Figure 4. PMID:9118891

  9. Validation of Armadillo officinalis Dumèril, 1816 (Crustacea, Isopoda, Oniscidea) as a bioindicator: in vivo study of air benzene exposure.

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    Agodi, A; Oliveri Conti, G; Barchitta, M; Quattrocchi, A; Lombardo, B M; Montesanto, G; Messina, G; Fiore, M; Ferrante, M

    2015-04-01

    This study tests the potential for using Armadillo officinalis as a bioindicator of exposure to and activation of benzene metabolic pathways using an in vivo model. A. officinalis specimens collected in a natural reserve were divided into a control and three test groups exposed to 2.00, 5.32 or 9.09 µg/m(3) benzene for 24h. Three independent tests were performed to assess model reproducibility. Animals were dissected to obtain three pooled tissue samples per group: hepatopancreas (HEP), other organs and tissues (OOT), and exoskeleton (EXO). Muconic acid (MA), S-phenylmercapturic acid (S-PMA), two human metabolites of benzene, and changes in mtDNA copy number, a human biomarker of benzene exposure, were determined in each sample; benzene was determined only in EXO. MA was measured by high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with ultraviolet (UV) detection, S-PMA by triple quadrupole mass spectrometer liquid chromatography with electro spray ionization (LC-MS-ESI-TQD), mtDNA by real-time quantitative PCR and end-point PCR, and benzene by quadrupole mass spectrometer head-space gas chromatography (HSGC-MS). MA and S-PMA levels rose both in HEP and OOT; EXO exhibited increasing benzene concentrations; and mtDNA copy number rose in HEP but not in OOT samples. Overall, our findings demonstrate that A. officinalis is a sensitive bioindicator of air benzene exposure and show for the first time its ability to reproduce human metabolic dynamics. PMID:25638523

  10. Equation of state and optical luminosity of benzene, polybutene, and polyethylene shocked to 210 GPa (2.1 Mbar)

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    Dynamic equation-of-state data for benzene, polybutene, and polyethylene were measured in the shock pressure range 19--210 GPa using a two-stage light-gas gun. Shock-front spectral luminosities were measured for benzene and polybutene using a fast five-channel optical pyrometer. The pressure--volume Hugoniot data above 20 GPa for benzene and polybutene are in agreement with both a statistical mechanics model and a Grueneisen model for shocked hydrocarbons decomposed into a two-phase mixture of carbon in a dense diamond-like phase and hydrogen in the condensed molecular phase. Published Hugoniot data of benzene up to 13 GPa are in good agreement with a model in which benzene retains its C6H6 molecular structure. The measured, effective, radiating temperatures of shock fronts in benzene are substantially lower than the temperatures calculated theoretically assuming thermal equilibrium. This substantial difference suggests that the measured, effective, radiating temperatures are not the chemical equilibrium temperatures behind the shock front for benzene and possibly for polybutene. Chemical equilibrium calculations which include up to 12 species suggest the presence of small concentrations of a few high-molecular-weight species in strongly shocked benzene and polybutene

  11. Energy transfer from cyclohexane to benzene in their irradiated mixtures

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    The fluorescence of both cyclohexane and benzene in their irradiated mixtures has been studied as a function of benzene concentration from ? 0.005 to 0.1 M. The quenching of the cyclohexane emission by benzene is found to be significantly greater than obtained under optical excitation conditions suggesting an important role for benzene as a scavenger of the geminate ion-pair precursor of the fluorescing state of cyclohexane. From diffusion models, a lower bound is established for the scavenging rate constant. An examination of the fluorescence from benzene leads to the conclusion that although the majority of benzene fluorescence drives from electronic energy transfer from excited cyclohexane, a large fraction (from 20 to 50% over the concentration range studied) is generated by recombining molecular ions. The intrinsic efficiency with which the recombining ions generate fluorescent states of benzene, however, appears to be peculiarly low. (author)

  12. Benzene exposure assessed by metabolite excretion in Estonian oil shale mineworkers: influence of glutathione s-transferase polymorphisms

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    Sørensen, Mette; Poole, Jason; Autrup, Herman; Muzyka, Vladimir; Jensen, Annie; Loft, Steffen; Knudsen, Lisbeth E

    2004-01-01

    Measurement of urinary excretion of the benzene metabolites S-phenylmercapturic acid (S-PMA) and trans,trans-muconic acid (t,t-MA) has been proposed for assessing benzene exposure, in workplaces with relatively high benzene concentrations. Excretion of S-PMA and t,t-MA in underground workers at an oil shale mine were compared with the excretion in workers engaged in various production assignments above ground. In addition, possible modifying effects of genetic polymorphisms in glutathione S-tran...

  13. High concentration ferronematics in low magnetic fields

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    We investigated experimentally the magneto-optical and dielectric properties of magnetic-nanoparticle-doped nematic liquid crystals (ferronematics). Our studies focus on the effect of the very small orienting bias magnetic field Bbias, and that of the nematic director pretilt at the boundary surfaces in our systems sensitive to low magnetic fields. Based on the results we assert that Bbias is not necessarily required for a detectable response to low magnetic fields, and that the initial pretilt, as well as the aggregation of the nanoparticles play an important (though not yet explored enough) role. - Highlights: • Response to low magnetic fields was detected in high concentration ferronematics. • The role of the orienting bias magnetic field is discussed. • The influence of the pretilt angle and that of the aggregation is described. • Doping the liquid crystal with nanoparticles does not change the birefringence. • The phase transition temperature of the nematic does not change with doping

  14. Physical chemistry of highly concentrated emulsions.

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    Foudazi, Reza; Qavi, Sahar; Masalova, Irina; Malkin, Alexander Ya

    2015-06-01

    This review explores the physics underlying the rheology of highly concentrated emulsions (HCEs) to determine the relationship between elasticity and HCE stability, and to consider whether it is possible to describe all physicochemical properties of HCEs on the basis of a unique physical approach. We define HCEs as emulsions with a volume fraction above the maximum closest packing fraction of monodisperse spheres, ?m=0.74, even if droplets are not of polyhedron shape. The solid-like rheological behavior of HCEs is characterized by yield stress and elasticity, properties which depend on droplet polydispersity and which are affected by caging at volume fractions about the jamming concentration, ?j. A bimodal size distribution in HCEs diminishes caging and facilitates droplet movement, resulting in HCEs with negligible yield stress and no plateau in storage modulus. Thermodynamic forces automatically move HCEs toward the lowest free energy state, but since interdroplet forces create local minimums - points beyond which free energy temporarily increases before it reaches the global minimum of the system - the free energy of HCEs will settle at a local minimum unless additional energy is added. Several attempts have been undertaken to predict the elasticity of HCEs. In many cases, the elastic modulus of HCEs is higher than the one predicted from classical models, which only take into account spatial repulsion (or simply interfacial energy). Improved models based on free energy calculation should be developed to consider the disjoining pressure and interfacial rheology in addition to spatial repulsion. The disjoining pressure and interfacial viscoelasticity, which result in the deviation of elasticity from the classical model, can be regarded as parameters for quantifying the stability of HCEs. PMID:25869114

  15. H-D exchange between benzene and the OH groups of alumina

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    H-D exchange of benzene with the OH groups of aluminas was investigated using FTIR spectroscopy. The reactions benzene-d6-alumina and benzene-alumina-d are of first order with respect to OH and benzene concentrations (E/sub A/ = 112 kJ/mol). They mainly take place on centers - probably Lewis acid-base pairs - which are poisoned by CO2 adsorbed as carbonate. 8 figures, 3 tables

  16. Biological monitoring of workers exposed to benzene in the coke oven industry.

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    Drummond, L; Luck, R; Afacan, A S; Wilson, H K

    1988-01-01

    Workers in the coke oven industry are potentially exposed to low concentrations of benzene. There is a need to establish a well validated biological monitoring procedure for low level benzene exposure. The use of breath and blood benzene and urinary phenol has been explored in conjunction with personal monitoring data. At exposures of about 1 ppm benzene, urinary phenol is of no value as an indicator of uptake/exposure. Benzene in blood was measured by head space gas chromatography but the co...

  17. Aromaticity of benzene in condensed phases. A case of a benzene-water system

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    Zborowski, Krzysztof K.

    2014-05-01

    A theoretical Density Functional Theory study was performed for a benzene molecule in water cages. Two DFT functionals (B3LYP and BLYP) were employed. The optimized geometries of the studied clusters were used to calculate the aromaticity of benzene in a condensed phase using the aromaticity indices: HOMA, NICS, PDI, and H. The results were compared with aromaticity of a single benzene molecule in the gas phase and in the solvent environment provided by the PCM continuum model. It is argued that high aromaticity of benzene in the gas phase is retained in the water environment.

  18. Direct arylation of benzene with aryl bromides using high-temperature/high-pressure process windows: expanding the scope of C-H activation chemistry.

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    Pieber, Bartholomäus; Cantillo, David; Kappe, C Oliver

    2012-04-16

    A detailed investigation on the direct arylation of benzene with aryl bromides by using first-row transition metals under high-temperature/high-pressure (high-T/p) conditions is described. By employing a parallel reactor platform for rapid reaction screening and discovery at elevated temperatures, various metal/ligand/base combinations were evaluated for their ability to enable biaryl formation through C-H activation. The combination of cobalt(III) acetylacetonate and lithium bis(trimethylsilyl)amide was subjected to further process intensification at 200?°C (15?bar), allowing a significant reduction of the catalyst/base loading and a dramatic increase in catalytic efficiency (turnover frequency) by a factor of 1000 compared to traditional protocols. The high-throughput screening additionally identified novel nickel- and copper-based metal/ligand combinations that favored an amination pathway competing with C-H activation, with the addition of ligands, such as 1,10-phenanthroline, having a profound influence on the selectivity. In addition to metal-based catalysts, high-T/p process windows were also successfully applied to transition-metal-free systems, utilizing 1,10-phenanthroline as organocatalyst. PMID:22396386

  19. High-efficiency concentrator silicon solar cells

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    Sinton, R.A.; Cuevas, A.; King, R.R.; Swanson, R.M. (Stanford Univ., CA (USA). Solid-State Electronics Lab.)

    1990-11-01

    This report presents results from extensive process development in high-efficiency Si solar cells. An advanced design for a 1.56-cm{sup 2} cell with front grids achieved 26% efficiency at 90 suns. This is especially significant since this cell does not require a prismatic cover glass. New designs for simplified backside-contact solar cells were advanced from a status of near-nonfunctionality to demonstrated 21--22% for one-sun cells in sizes up to 37.5 cm{sup 2}. An efficiency of 26% was achieved for similar 0.64-cm{sup 2} concentrator cells at 150 suns. More fundamental work on dopant-diffused regions is also presented here. The recombination vs. various process and physical parameters was studied in detail for boron and phosphorous diffusions. Emitter-design studies based solidly upon these new data indicate the performance vs design parameters for a variety of the cases of most interest to solar cell designers. Extractions of p-type bandgap narrowing and the surface recombination for p- and n-type regions from these studies have a generality that extends beyond solar cells into basic device modeling. 68 refs., 50 figs.

  20. Dissociation of molecular aggregates under high hydrostatic pressure: the influence of water structure on Benzene cluster solubility

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    Arlan S., Gonçalves; Ernesto R., Caffarena; Pedro G., Pascutti.

    Full Text Available Em condições críticas, a água pode solvatar moléculas hidrofóbicas, tornando-se um solvente poderoso para agentes apolares. Para discutir o efeito da pressão em agregados de benzeno em água, foram executadas seis simulações consecutivas de 5000 ps (picossegundos) por modelagem e dinâmica molecular d [...] e moléculas de benzeno inseridas em caixas d´água cúbicas em diferentes condições de pressão, de 1 bar a 5 kbar. O raio de giro, o coeficiente de difusão, a função de distribuição radial, o número de ligações hidrogênio entre as moléculas de água e a área acessível ao solvente, foram monitorados. Os resultados mostraram que acima de 3 kbar, a estrutura da segunda camada de solvatação desaparece e os agregados de benzeno desmembram-se gradualmente. Até 2 kbar, a solubilidade e a difusão das moléculas de benzeno são inversamente proporcionais ao aumento da pressão e acima de 3 kbar o comportamento é o inverso. Abstract in english In some critical conditions water can solvate hydrophobic molecules, becoming a powerful solvent for nonpolar agents. To discuss the pressure effect on hydrated benzene clusters we carried out six consecutive 5000 ps (pico seconds) molecular dynamics simulations of benzene molecules in water cubic b [...] oxes at different pressure conditions, ranging from 1 bar to 5 kbar. Radius of gyration, diffusion coefficient, radial atomic pair distribution functions, number of hydrogen bonds between water molecules and the solvent accessible surface were monitored. Results showed that above 3 kbar the second hydration layer structure vanishes and the benzene clusters start to break up gradually. Up to 2 kbar, the solubility and diffusion of benzene molecules are inversely proportional to the increase of the pressure and above 3 kbar this behavior is inverted.

  1. Cementification for radioactive waste including high-concentration sodium sulfate and high-concentration radioactive nuclide

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    For the cementification of radioactive waste that has large concentrations of sodium sulfate and radioactive nuclide, a way of fixation for sulfate ion was studied comprising the pH control of water in contact with the cement solid, and the removal of the excess water from the cement matrix to prevent hydrogen gas generation with radiolysis. It was confirmed that the sulfate ion concentration in the contacted water with the cement solid is decreased with the formation of ettringite or barium sulfate before solidification, the pH value of the pore water in the cement solid can control less than 12.5 by the application of zeolite and a low-alkali cement such as alumina cement or fly ash mixed cement, and removal of the excess water from the cement matrix by heating is possible with aggregate addition. Consequently, radioactive waste including high-concentration sodium sulfate and high-concentration radioactive nuclide can be solidified with cementitious materials. (author)

  2. High pressure liquid chromatographic method for the separation and quantitation of water-soluble radiolabeled benzene metabolites

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    The glucuronide and sulfate conjugates of benzene metabolite as well as muconic acid and pre-phenyl- and phenylmercapturic acids were separated by ion-pairing HPLC. The HPLC method developed was suitable for automated analysis of a large number of tissue or excreta samples. p-Nitrophenyl [14C]glucuronide was used as an internal standard for quantitation of these water-soluble metabolites. Quantitation was verified by spiking liver tissue with various amounts of phenylsulfate or glucuronides of phenol, catechol, or hydroquinone and analyzing by HPLC. Values determined by HPLC analysis were within 10% of the actual amount with which the liver was spiked. The amount of metabolite present in urine following exposure to [3H]benzene was determined using p-nitrophenyl [14C]glucuronide as an internal standard. Phenylsulfate was the major water-soluble metabolite in the urine of F344 rats exposed to 50 ppm [3H]benzene for 6 h. Muconic acid and an unknown metabolite which decomposed in acidic media to phenylmercapturic acid were also present. Liver, however, contained a different metabolic profile. This indicates that urinary metabolite profiles may not be a true reflection of what is seen in individual tissues

  3. High plasma urea concentrations in collodion babies.

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    We describe two infants born with a collodion membrane; both were treated with a product containing 10% urea and 5% lactic acid and as a consequence were found to have a raised plasma urea concentration.

  4. Incense, sparklers and cigarettes are significant contributors to indoor benzene and particle levels

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    Werner, Tirler; Gaetano, Settimo.

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. The increased use of incense, magic candles and other flameless products often produces indoor pollutants that may represent a health risk for humans. Today, in fact, incense and air fresheners are used inside homes as well as in public places including stores, shopping malls and place [...] s of worship. As a source of indoor contamination, the impact of smoke, incense and sparklers on human health cannot be ignored. Aim. In the present work, we report the results of an emission study regarding particles (PM10 and particle number concentration, PNC) and benzene, produced by various incense sticks and sparklers. Results and discussion.The results obtained for benzene, PM10 and PNC, showed a strong negative influence on air quality when these products were used indoors. Various incense sticks gave completely different benzene results: from a small increase of the benzene concentration in the air, just slightly above the background levels of ambient air, to very high concentrations, of more than 200 µg/m³ of benzene in the test room after the incense sticks had been tested.

  5. Incense, sparklers and cigarettes are significant contributors to indoor benzene and particle levels

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    Werner Tirler

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. The increased use of incense, magic candles and other flameless products often produces indoor pollutants that may represent a health risk for humans. Today, in fact, incense and air fresheners are used inside homes as well as in public places including stores, shopping malls and places of worship. As a source of indoor contamination, the impact of smoke, incense and sparklers on human health cannot be ignored. Aim. In the present work, we report the results of an emission study regarding particles (PM10 and particle number concentration, PNC and benzene, produced by various incense sticks and sparklers. Results and discussion.The results obtained for benzene, PM10 and PNC, showed a strong negative influence on air quality when these products were used indoors. Various incense sticks gave completely different benzene results: from a small increase of the benzene concentration in the air, just slightly above the background levels of ambient air, to very high concentrations, of more than 200 µg/m³ of benzene in the test room after the incense sticks had been tested.

  6. Benzene toxicity of the occurrence of benzene in the ambient air of the Houston area

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    Lin, Y.C.

    1980-01-01

    This study was conducted by either literature review or actual field survey. Results are summarized as follows: (1) long-term occupational exposure of workers to benzene vapor at levels of 3 to 7 ppM, 2 to 3 ppM and 1.6 ppM may result in a decreased level of leucocyte alkaline phosphates, an increased incidence of chromosome aberrations and an increased level of ALA in erythrocytes, respectively; (2) benzene is capable of causing fetotoxic effects in animals at levels as low as 10 ppM by volume; (3) exposure of animals to or less than 1 ppM benzene vapor may result in leucopenia, an inverse ratio of muscle antagonist chronaxy and a decreased level of ascorbic acid in fetus's and mother's liver as well as whole embryo; (4) benzene is causally associated with the increased incidence of pancytopenia, including unicytopenia, bicytopenia and aplastic anemia, and chromosome aberrations in occupational exposure population, and at best benzene must also be considered as a leukemogen; (5) since it can be emitted into the atmosphere from both man-made and natural sources, benzene in some concentrations is presented everywhere in the various compartments of the environment; (6) the findings of the emission of benzene from certain natural sources indicate that reducing benzene to a zero-level of exposure is theoretically impossible; (7) the annual average of benzene concentration detected in the Houston ambient air is 2.50 ppB, which is about 2.4 times higher than the nation-wide annual average exposure level and may have some health implications to the general public; and (8) in the Houston area, stationary sources are more important than mobile sources in contributing to benzene in the ambient air.

  7. 3H-benzene metabolism in rabbit bone marrow

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    An assay for benzene metabolism using 3H-benzene and high pressure liquid chromatography was developed. 3H-benzene metabolism (2 pmoles benzene equivalents/mg protein/min) required the presence of a TPNH generating system and was inhibited 80% in the presence of a CO:O2 (9:1) atmosphere. The products of 3H-benzene rabbit bone marrow microsomal metabolism were phenol and an unidentified metabolite. Cytochrome P-450 (26 to 51 pmoles/mg microsomal protein) and cytochrome c reductase activity (7.8 to 21.0 nmole/mg microsomal protein/min) were detected in rabbit bone marrow

  8. Human risk assessment of benzene after a gasoline station fuel leak

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    Miriam dos Anjos Santos

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To assess the health risk of exposure to benzene for a community affected by a fuel leak. METHODS: Data regarding the fuel leak accident with, which occurred in the Brasilia, Federal District, were obtained from the Fuel Distributor reports provided to the environmental authority. Information about the affected population (22 individuals was obtained from focal groups of eight individuals. Length of exposure and water benzene concentration were estimated through a groundwater flow model associated with a benzene propagation model. The risk assessment was conducted according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry methodology. RESULTS: A high risk perception related to the health consequences of the accident was evident in the affected community (22 individuals, probably due to the lack of assistance and a poor risk communication from government authorities and the polluting agent. The community had been exposed to unsafe levels of benzene (> 5 µg/L since December 2001, five months before they reported the leak. The mean benzene level in drinking water (72.2 µg/L was higher than that obtained by the Fuel Distributer using the Risk Based Corrective Action methodology (17.2 µg/L.The estimated benzene intake from the consumption of water and food reached a maximum of 0.0091 µg/kg bw/day (5 x 10-7 cancer risk per 106 individuals. The level of benzene in water vapor while showering reached 7.5 µg/m3 for children (1 per 104 cancer risk. Total cancer risk ranged from 110 to 200 per 106 individuals. CONCLUSIONS: The population affected by the fuel leak was exposed to benzene levels that might have represented a health risk. Local government authorities need to develop better strategies to respond rapidly to these types of accidents to protect the health of the affected population and the environment.

  9. Denaturation of DNA at high salt concentrations

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    Maity, Arghya; Singh, Navin

    2015-01-01

    Cations present in the solution are important for the stability of two negative strands of DNA molecules. Experimental as well as theoretical results show that the DNA molecule is more stable as the concentration of salt (or cations) increases. It is known that the two strands of DNA molecule carry negative charge due to phosphate group along the strands. These cations act as a shielding particles to the two like charge strands. Recently, in an experiment it is shown that there is a critical value in the concentration of salts (or cations) that can stabilize the helical structure of DNA. If one add more salt in the solution beyond this critical value, the stability of the DNA molecule will disrupt. In this work we study the stability of DNA molecules at higher concentrations. How the stability at higher concentration can be explained through some theoretical calculations is the aim of this manuscript. We consider the PBD model with proper modifications that can explain the negative stability of the molecule a...

  10. Benzene toxicity and risk assessment, 1972-1992: implications for future regulation.

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    Paustenbach, D J; Bass, R D; Price, P

    1993-01-01

    Acute and chronic exposure to benzene vapors poses a number of health hazards to humans. To evaluate the probability that a specific degree of exposure will produce an adverse effect, risk assessment methods must be used. This paper reviews much of the published information and evaluates the various risk assessments for benzene that have been conducted over the past 20 years. There is sufficient evidence that chronic exposure to relatively high concentrations of benzene can produce an increased incidence of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). Some studies have indicated that benzene may cause other leukemias, but due to the inconsistency of results, the evidence is not conclusive. To predict the leukemogenic risk for humans exposed to much lower doses of benzene than those observed in most epidemiology studies, a model must be used. Although several models could yield plausible results, to date most risk assessments have used the linear-quadratic or conditional logistic models. These appear to be the most appropriate ones for providing the cancer risk for airborne concentrations of 1 ppb to 10 ppm, the range most often observed in the community and workplace. Of the seven major epidemiology studies that have been conducted, there is a consensus that the Pliofilm cohort (rubber workers) is the best one for estimating the cancer potency because it is the only one with good exposure and incidence of disease data. The current EPA, OSHA, and ACGIH cancer potency estimates for benzene are based largely on this cohort. A retrospective exposure assessment and an analysis of the incidence of disease in these workers were completed in 1991. All of these issues are discussed and the implications evaluated in this paper. The range of benzene exposures to which Americans are commonly exposed and the current regulatory criteria are also presented. PMID:8020442

  11. Bioremediation of benzene-, MTBE- and ammonia-contaminated groundwater with pilot-scale constructed wetlands

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    In this pilot-scale constructed wetland (CW) study for treating groundwater contaminated with benzene, MTBE, and ammonia-N, the performance of two types of CWs (a wetland with gravel matrix and a plant root mat) was investigated. Hypothesized stimulative effects of filter material additives (charcoal, iron(III)) on pollutant removal were also tested. Increased contaminant loss was found during summer; the best treatment performance was achieved by the plant root mat. Concentration decrease in the planted gravel filter/plant root mat, respectively, amounted to 81/99% for benzene, 17/82% for MTBE, and 54/41% for ammonia-N at calculated inflow loads of 525/603 mg/m2/d, 97/112 mg/m2/d, and 1167/1342 mg/m2/d for benzene, MTBE, and ammonia-N. Filter additives did not improve contaminant depletion, although sorption processes were observed and elevated iron(II) formation indicated iron reduction. Bacterial and stable isotope analysis provided evidence for microbial benzene degradation in the CW, emphasizing the promising potential of this treatment technique. - Highlights: ? BTEX compounds contaminated groundwater can be efficiently treated by CWs. ? The removal efficiency depended on CW type, season and contaminant. ? The plant root mat revealed better treatment results than the gravel filter CW. ? Best results achieved by the plant root mat (99% benzene concentration decrease). ? Stable isotope analysis and MPN indicated high benzene remediation potential. - Gravel bed constructed wetlands and a plant root mat system efficiently eliminated fuel hydrocarbons (benzene, MTBE) and ammonia-N from groundwater at a pilot-scale.

  12. Bioremediation of benzene-, MTBE- and ammonia-contaminated groundwater with pilot-scale constructed wetlands

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    Seeger, Eva M., E-mail: eva.seeger@ufz.de [Department of Environmental Biotechnology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Permoserstr. 15, 04318 Leipzig (Germany); Kuschk, Peter; Fazekas, Helga [Department of Environmental Biotechnology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Permoserstr. 15, 04318 Leipzig (Germany); Grathwohl, Peter [Center of Applied Geoscience, University of Tuebingen, Hoelderlinstr. 12, 72074 Tuebingen (Germany); Kaestner, Matthias [Department of Environmental Biotechnology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Permoserstr. 15, 04318 Leipzig (Germany)

    2011-12-15

    In this pilot-scale constructed wetland (CW) study for treating groundwater contaminated with benzene, MTBE, and ammonia-N, the performance of two types of CWs (a wetland with gravel matrix and a plant root mat) was investigated. Hypothesized stimulative effects of filter material additives (charcoal, iron(III)) on pollutant removal were also tested. Increased contaminant loss was found during summer; the best treatment performance was achieved by the plant root mat. Concentration decrease in the planted gravel filter/plant root mat, respectively, amounted to 81/99% for benzene, 17/82% for MTBE, and 54/41% for ammonia-N at calculated inflow loads of 525/603 mg/m{sup 2}/d, 97/112 mg/m{sup 2}/d, and 1167/1342 mg/m{sup 2}/d for benzene, MTBE, and ammonia-N. Filter additives did not improve contaminant depletion, although sorption processes were observed and elevated iron(II) formation indicated iron reduction. Bacterial and stable isotope analysis provided evidence for microbial benzene degradation in the CW, emphasizing the promising potential of this treatment technique. - Highlights: > BTEX compounds contaminated groundwater can be efficiently treated by CWs. > The removal efficiency depended on CW type, season and contaminant. > The plant root mat revealed better treatment results than the gravel filter CW. > Best results achieved by the plant root mat (99% benzene concentration decrease). > Stable isotope analysis and MPN indicated high benzene remediation potential. - Gravel bed constructed wetlands and a plant root mat system efficiently eliminated fuel hydrocarbons (benzene, MTBE) and ammonia-N from groundwater at a pilot-scale.

  13. Pervaporation Characteristics in Removal of Benzene from Water through Polystyrene-Poly (Dimethylsiloxane) IPN Membranes

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    Tatsuo Yajima; Hiroshi Tamura; Tadashi Shiraiwa; Takashi Miyata; Iusaku Sumida; Tadashi Uragami

    2011-01-01

    This paper focuses on the effects of the PSt content of polystyrene (PSt)-poly (dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) interpenetrateing network (IPN) polymer membranes, on the pervaporation (PV) characteristics during the removal of benzene from an aqueous solution of dilute benzene. When an aqueous solution of 0.05wt% benzene was permeated through the PSt-PDMS IPN membranes, they showed high benzene/water selectivity. Both the permeability and the benzene/water selectivity of the membranes were enhanced ...

  14. Highly selective GaN-nanowire/TiO{sub 2}-nanocluster hybrid sensors for detection of benzene and related environment pollutants

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    Aluri, Geetha S; Motayed, Abhishek; Davydov, Albert V; Oleshko, Vladimir P [Material Measurement Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD 20899 (United States); Bertness, Kris A; Sanford, Norman A [Physical Measurement Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Boulder, CO 80305 (United States); Rao, Mulpuri V, E-mail: amotayed@nist.gov [Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 22030 (United States)

    2011-07-22

    Nanowire-nanocluster hybrid chemical sensors were realized by functionalizing gallium nitride (GaN) nanowires (NWs) with titanium dioxide (TiO{sub 2}) nanoclusters for selectively sensing benzene and other related aromatic compounds. Hybrid sensor devices were developed by fabricating two-terminal devices using individual GaN NWs followed by the deposition of TiO{sub 2} nanoclusters using RF magnetron sputtering. The sensor fabrication process employed standard microfabrication techniques. X-ray diffraction and high-resolution analytical transmission electron microscopy using energy-dispersive x-ray and electron energy-loss spectroscopies confirmed the presence of the anatase phase in TiO{sub 2} clusters after post-deposition anneal at 700 deg. C. A change of current was observed for these hybrid sensors when exposed to the vapors of aromatic compounds (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylene and chlorobenzene mixed with air) under UV excitation, while they had no response to non-aromatic organic compounds such as methanol, ethanol, isopropanol, chloroform, acetone and 1,3-hexadiene. The sensitivity range for the noted aromatic compounds except chlorobenzene were from 1% down to 50 parts per billion (ppb) at room temperature. By combining the enhanced catalytic properties of the TiO{sub 2} nanoclusters with the sensitive transduction capability of the nanowires, an ultra-sensitive and selective chemical sensing architecture is demonstrated. We have proposed a mechanism that could qualitatively explain the observed sensing behavior.

  15. Kriged and modeled ambient air levels of benzene in an urban environment: an exposure assessment study

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    Lai Dejian

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background There is increasing concern regarding the potential adverse health effects of air pollution, particularly hazardous air pollutants (HAPs. However, quantifying exposure to these pollutants is problematic. Objective Our goal was to explore the utility of kriging, a spatial interpolation method, for exposure assessment in epidemiologic studies of HAPs. We used benzene as an example and compared census tract-level kriged predictions to estimates obtained from the 1999 U.S. EPA National Air Toxics Assessment (NATA, Assessment System for Population Exposure Nationwide (ASPEN model. Methods Kriged predictions were generated for 649 census tracts in Harris County, Texas using estimates of annual benzene air concentrations from 17 monitoring sites operating in Harris and surrounding counties from 1998 to 2000. Year 1999 ASPEN modeled estimates were also obtained for each census tract. Spearman rank correlation analyses were performed on the modeled and kriged benzene levels. Weighted kappa statistics were computed to assess agreement between discretized kriged and modeled estimates of ambient air levels of benzene. Results There was modest correlation between the predicted and modeled values across census tracts. Overall, 56.2%, 40.7%, 31.5% and 28.2% of census tracts were classified as having 'low', 'medium-low', 'medium-high' and 'high' ambient air levels of benzene, respectively, comparing predicted and modeled benzene levels. The weighted kappa statistic was 0.26 (95% confidence interval (CI = 0.20, 0.31, indicating poor agreement between the two methods. Conclusions There was a lack of concordance between predicted and modeled ambient air levels of benzene. Applying methods of spatial interpolation for assessing exposure to ambient air pollutants in health effect studies is hindered by the placement and number of existing stationary monitors collecting HAP data. Routine monitoring needs to be expanded if we are to use these data to better assess environmental health risks in the future.

  16. An overview of benzene metabolism.

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    Snyder, R; Hedli, C C

    1996-01-01

    Benzene toxicity involves both bone marrow depression and leukemogenesis caused by damage to multiple classes of hematopoietic cells and a variety of hematopoietic cell functions. Study of the relationship between the metabolism and toxicity of benzene indicates that several metabolites of benzene play significant roles in generating benzene toxicity. Benzene is metabolized, primarily in the liver, to a variety of hydroxylated and ring-opened products that are transported to the bone marrow w...

  17. Leukemia and Benzene

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    Robert Snyder

    2012-01-01

    Excessive exposure to benzene has been known for more than a century to damage the bone marrow resulting in decreases in the numbers of circulating blood cells, and ultimately, aplastic anemia. Of more recent vintage has been the appreciation that an alternative outcome of benzene exposure has been the development of one or more types of leukemia. While many investigators agree that the array of toxic metabolites, generated in the liver or in the bone marrow, can lead to traumatic bone marrow...

  18. Benzene Monitor System report

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    Two systems for monitoring benzene in aqueous streams have been designed and assembled by the Savannah River Technology Center, Analytical Development Section (ADS). These systems were used at TNX to support sampling studies of the full-scale open-quotes SRAT/SME/PRclose quotes and to provide real-time measurements of benzene in Precipitate Hydrolysis Aqueous (PHA) simulant. This report describes the two ADS Benzene Monitor System (BMS) configurations, provides data on system operation, and reviews the results of scoping tests conducted at TNX. These scoping tests will allow comparison with other benzene measurement options being considered for use in the Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF) laboratory. A report detailing the preferred BMS configuration statistical performance during recent tests has been issued under separate title: Statistical Analyses of the At-line Benzene Monitor Study, SCS-ASG-92-066. The current BMS design, called the At-line Benzene Monitor (ALBM), allows remote measurement of benzene in PHA solutions. The authors have demonstrated the ability to calibrate and operate this system using peanut vials from a standard Hydragard trademark sampler. The equipment and materials used to construct the ALBM are similar to those already used in other applications by the DWPF lab. The precision of this system (±0.5% Relative Standard Deviation (RSD) at 1 sigma) is better than the purge ampersand trap-gas chromatograpy reference method currently in use. Both BMSs provide a direct measurement of the benzene that can be purged from a solution with no sample pretreatment. Each analysis requires about five minutes per sample, and the system operation requires no special skills or training. The analyzer's computer software can be tailored to provide desired outputs. Use of this system produces no waste stream other than the samples themselves (i.e. no organic extractants)

  19. Bacterial dehalorespiration with chlorinated benzenes.

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    Adrian, L; Szewzyk, U; Wecke, J; Görisch, H

    2000-11-30

    Chlorobenzenes are toxic, highly persistent and ubiquitously distributed environmental contaminants that accumulate in the food chain. The only known microbial transformation of 1,2,3,5-tetrachlorobenzene (TeCB) and higher chlorinated benzenes is the reductive dechlorination to lower chlorinated benzenes under anaerobic conditions observed with mixed bacterial cultures. The lower chlorinated benzenes can subsequently be mineralized by aerobic bacteria. Here we describe the isolation of the oxygen-sensitive strain CBDB1, a pure culture capable of reductive dechlorination of chlorobenzenes. Strain CBDB1 is a highly specialized bacterium that stoichiometrically dechlorinates 1,2,3-trichlorobenzene (TCB), 1,2,4-TCB, 1,2,3,4-TeCB, 1,2,3,5-TeCB and 1,2,4,5-TeCB to dichlorobenzenes or 1,3,5-TCB. The presence of chlorobenzene as an electron acceptor and hydrogen as an electron donor is essential for growth, and indicates that strain CBDB1 meets its energy needs by a dehalorespiratory process. According to their 16S rRNA gene sequences, strain CBDB1, Dehalococcoides ethenogenes and several uncultivated bacteria form a new bacterial cluster, of which strain CBDB1 is the first, so far, to thrive on a purely synthetic medium. PMID:11117744

  20. Investigation of gasoline distributions within petrol stations: spatial and seasonal concentrations, sources, mitigation measures, and occupationally exposed symptoms.

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    Sairat, Theerapong; Homwuttiwong, Sahalaph; Homwutthiwong, Kritsana; Ongwandee, Maneerat

    2015-09-01

    We measured levels of VOCs and determined the distributions of benzene concentrations over the area of two petrol stations in all three seasons. Using the concentrations and sampling positions, we created isoconcentration contour maps. The average concentrations ranged 18-1288 ?g m(-3) for benzene and 12-81 ?g m(-3) for toluene. The contour maps indicate that high-level contours of benzene were found not only at the fuel dispenser areas but also at the storage tank refilling points, open drainage areas where gasoline-polluted wastewater was flowing, and the auto service center located within the station area. An assessment of the benzene to toluene ratio contour plots implicates that airborne benzene and toluene near the fuel dispenser area were attributed to gasoline evaporation although one of the studied stations may be influenced by other VOC sources besides gasoline evaporation. Additionally, during the routine refilling of the underground fuel storage tanks by a tank truck, the ambient levels of benzene and toluene increased tremendously. The implementation of source control by replacing old dispensers with new fuel dispensers that have an efficient cutoff feature and increased delivery speed can reduce spatial benzene concentrations by 77%. Furthermore, a questionnaire survey among 63 service attendants in ten stations revealed that headache was the most reported health complaint with a response rate of 32%, followed by fatigue with 20%. These prominent symptoms could be related to an exposure to high benzene concentrations. PMID:25943517

  1. Removal of benzene and toluene from a refinery waste air stream by water sorption and biotrickling filtration

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    Paolo Viotti

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents the results of an analysis of a two-stage pilot plant for the removal of toluene and benzene from the exhaust air of an industrial wastewater treatment plant (WWTP. The two-stage air process combines a water scrubber and a biotrickling filter (BTF in sequence, and treats air stripped from the liquid phase compartments of the WWTP. During the experimental period, the pilot plant treated an airflow of 600 Nm3h-1. Average concentrations of the waste air stream entering the water scrubber were 10.61 mg Nm-3 benzene and 9.26 mg Nm-3 toluene. The water scrubber obtained medium-high removal efficiencies (averages 51% and 60%, for benzene and toluene, respectively. Subsequent passage through the BTF allowed a further reduction of average concentrations, which decreased to 2.10 mg Nm-3 benzene and to 0.84 mg Nm-3 toluene, thereby allowing overall average removal efficiencies (REs of 80% and 91% for benzene and toluene, respectively. Results prove the benefits obtained from a combination of different removal technologies: water scrubbers to remove peak concentrations and soluble compounds, and BTFs to remove compounds with lower solubility, due to the biodegradation performed by microorganisms.

  2. Influence of ionization density on radiolysis of cyclohexane-benzene mixtures

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    Cyclohexane-benzene mixtures were irradiated by 210Po-?-radiation with the effective energy of 3 MeV and the results were compared with those obtained by 1.25 MeV ?-irradiation of 60Co. While during ?-irradiation -in accordance with the data known from the literature - the G(c-C6H10) and the G((c-C6H11)2) values were decreased even by a small amount of benzene, the yields of both products obtained by ?-irradiation were in the same range practically constant, and began to decrease only above the benzene concentration of 0.3 mol dm-3 (about 3 electron %). The ''protection'' in the case of ?-irradiation was interpreted by positive ion scavenging, S1 excited cyclohexane molecule quenching and thermal H atoms scavenging. The low efficiency of all these three components of ''protection'' in ?-radiolysis is attributed principally to the very high concentration of intermediates in the track/core compared to the relatively low concentration of benzene. The conclusions were also supported by comparison with the data obtained in cyclohexane-iodine systems. (author)

  3. Sequence-Fenton Reaction for Decreasing Phenol Formation during Benzene Chemical Conversion in Aqueous Solutions

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    SB Mortazavi, A Sabzali, A Rezaee

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available Advanced oxidation processes such as Fenton reagent generates highly reactive hydroxyl free radicals to oxidize various compounds in the water and wastewater. The efficiency of different Fenton-related oxidative processes such as Fenton, solar-Fenton, UV-Fenton and Fenton reactions in different batch reactors was examined using benzene as pollutant in aqueous solutions. A batch study was conducted to optimize parameters like pH, hydrogen peroxide concentration, temperature, reaction time and ferrous ion concentration governing the Fenton process. The concentrations of produced phenol were measured at the end of the reactions. The role of sequence reaction was tested for decreasing phenol formation during benzene conversion. At optimum conditions, different Fenton-related processes were compared for the degradation of benzene. Increased degradation efficiency was observed in photo-Fenton processes as compared to conventional Fenton process. The formation of phenol in Fenton reaction depended on reaction time, sequence in reaction, purity of hydrogen peroxide and other compounds such as alcohols that contributed into the reaction. In the Fenton process, carboxylic acids like acetic acid and oxalic acid were formed as the end products during the complete degradation of benzene. With the increase in mono-valence, two-valence ions and hardness, Fenton's efficiency decreased, respectively. Sequence Fenton reaction produced less phenol and its end products had smaller COD as compared to conventional Fenton process.

  4. Pilot scale benzene stripping column testing: Review of test data and application to the ITP columns

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    Radioactive cesium will be removed from aqueous high level waste (HLW) solutions by precipitation with sodium tetraphenyl borate (TPB) in the In-Tank Precipitation (ITP) process. Benzene is generated due to the radiolysis of TPB, and dissolves into the decontaminated salt solution (DSS) and into the water used to wash (WW) the precipitate. These solutions will be processed through stripping columns to reduce the benzene concentration to satisfy limits for disposal of the DSS and for temporary storage of the WW. A pilot scale testing program to evaluate the stripping column operation in support of ITP startup activities has been completed. Equipment and test plans were developed so that data obtained from the pilot scale testing would be directly applicable to full scale column operation and could be used to project hydraulic performance and stripping efficiency of both columns. A review of the test data indicate that the ITP stripping columns will be capable of reducing benzene concentrations in salt solutions to satisfy Saltstone and Tank 22 acceptance limits. An antifoam (AF) will be required to maintain the column differential pressure below the vendor recommendation of 40 inches wc so that design feed rates can be achieved. Additionally, the testing program indicated that the nitrogen rate can be decreased from the ITP column design rates and still satisfy benzene concentration requirements in the product

  5. Multijunction Photovoltaic Technologies for High-Performance Concentrators: Preprint

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    McConnell, R.; Symko-Davies, M.

    2006-05-01

    Multijunction solar cells provide high-performance technology pathways leading to potentially low-cost electricity generated from concentrated sunlight. The National Center for Photovoltaics at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory has funded different III-V multijunction solar cell technologies and various solar concentration approaches. Within this group of projects, III-V solar cell efficiencies of 41% are close at hand and will likely be reported in these conference proceedings. Companies with well-developed solar concentrator structures foresee installed system costs of $3/watt--half of today's costs--within the next 2 to 5 years as these high-efficiency photovoltaic technologies are incorporated into their concentrator photovoltaic systems. These technology improvements are timely as new large-scale multi-megawatt markets, appropriate for high performance PV concentrators, open around the world.

  6. Optical diagnostic method for benzene detection in air

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    Alnis, J.; Revalde, G.; Vrublevskis, A.; Gavare, Z.

    2014-10-01

    In this paper we show our first results of research for creation a detector for benzene vapor and possibly other volatile organic compounds detection in air based on Zeeman atomic absorption technique. First the detailed study of benzene absorption spectra with high resolution spectrometer Jobin-Yvon 1000M was done. The absorption spectra of benzene were registered in the spectral range from 200-900 nm. More detailed analysis was done for the 240 - 260 nm spectral range to test a possibility to detect benzene by means of emission line of 254 nm of mercury.

  7. Biological monitoring of workers exposed to benzene in the coke oven industry.

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    Drummond, L; Luck, R; Afacan, A S; Wilson, H K

    1988-01-01

    Workers in the coke oven industry are potentially exposed to low concentrations of benzene. There is a need to establish a well validated biological monitoring procedure for low level benzene exposure. The use of breath and blood benzene and urinary phenol has been explored in conjunction with personal monitoring data. At exposures of about 1 ppm benzene, urinary phenol is of no value as an indicator of uptake/exposure. Benzene in blood was measured by head space gas chromatography but the concentrations were only just above the detection limit. The determination of breath benzene collected before the next shift is non-specific in the case of smokers. The most useful monitor at low concentrations appears to be breath benzene measured at the end-of-shift. PMID:3378002

  8. Critical issues in benzene toxicity and metabolism: The effect of interactions with other organic chemicals on risk assessment

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    Medinsky, M.A.; Schlosser, P.M.; Bond, J.A. [Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology, Research Triangle Park, NC (United States)

    1994-11-01

    Benzene, an important industrial solvent, is also present in unleaded gasoline and cigarette smoke. The hematotoxic effects of benzene are well documented and include aplastic anemia and pancytopenia. Some individuals exposed repeatedly to cytotoxic concentrations of benzene develop acute myeloblastic anemia. It has been hypothesized that metabolism of benzene is required for its toxicity, although administration of no single benzene metabolite duplicates the toxicity of benzene. Several investigators have demonstrated that a combination of metabolites (hydroquinone and phenol, for example) is necessary to duplicate the hematotoxic effect of benzene. Enzymes implicated in the metabolic activation of benzene and its metabolites include the cytochrome P450 monooxygenases and myeloperoxidase. Since benzene and its hydroxylated metabolites (phenol, hydroquinone, and catechol) are substrates for the same cytochrome P450 enzymes, competitive interactions among the metabolites are possible. In vivo data on metabolite formation by mice exposed to various benzene concentrations are consistent with competitive inhibition of phenol oxidation by benzene. Other organic molecules that are substrates for cytochrome P450 can inhibit the metabolism of benzene. For example, toluene has been shown to inhibit the oxidation of benzene in a noncompetitive manner. Enzyme inducers, such as ethanol, can alter the target tissue dosimetry of benzene metabolites by inducing enzymes responsible for oxidation reactions involved in benzene metabolism. 24 refs., 6 figs., 2 tabs.

  9. Beryllium-10 concentrations in water samples of high northern latitudes

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    10Be concentrations in the water column of high northern latitudes were not available so far. We present different 10Be profiles from the Norwegian-Greenland Sea, the Arctic Ocean, and the Laptev Sea. (author) 3 fig., 3 refs

  10. High concentration photovoltaic systems applying III-V cells

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    Zubi, Ghassan; Bernal-Agustin, Jose L. [Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Zaragoza, Calle Maria de Luna 3, 50018 Zaragoza (Spain); Fracastoro, Gian Vincenzo [Department of Energetics, Politecnico of Turin, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, 10129 Torino (Italy)

    2009-12-15

    High concentration systems make use of the direct solar beam and therefore are suitable for application in regions with high annual direct irradiation values. III-V PV cells with a nominal efficiency of up to 39% are readily available in today's market, with further efficiency improvements expected in the years ahead. The relatively high cost of III-V cells limits their terrestrial use to applications under high concentration, usually above 400 suns. In this way the relatively high cell cost is compensated through the low amount for cells needed per kW nominal system output. This paper presents a state of the art of high concentration photovoltaics using III-V cells. This PV field accounts already for more than 20 developed systems, which are commercially available or shortly before market introduction. (author)

  11. Hair and toenail arsenic concentrations of residents living in areas with high environmental arsenic concentrations.

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    Hinwood, Andrea L; Sim, Malcolm R; Jolley, Damien; de Klerk, Nick; Bastone, Elisa B; Gerostamoulos, Jim; Drummer, Olaf H

    2003-01-01

    Surface soil and groundwater in Australia have been found to contain high concentrations of arsenic. The relative importance of long-term human exposure to these sources has not been established. Several studies have investigated long-term exposure to environmental arsenic concentrations using hair and toenails as the measure of exposure. Few have compared the difference in these measures of environmental sources of exposure. In this study we aimed to investigate risk factors for elevated hai...

  12. Applications of nonimaging optics for very high solar concentrations

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    O`Gallagher, J.; Winston, R.

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    Using the principles and techniques of nonimaging optics, solar concentrations that approach the theoretical maximum can be achieved. This has applications in solar energy collection wherever concentration is desired. In this paper, we survey recent progress in attaining and using high and ultrahigh solar fluxes. We review a number of potential applications for highly concentrated solar energy and the current status of the associated technology. By making possible new and unique applications for intense solar flux, these techniques have opened a whole new frontier for research and development of potentially economic uses of solar energy.

  13. The Fate of Benzene Oxide

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    Monks, Terrence J.; Butterworth, Michael; Lau, Serrine S.

    2009-01-01

    Metabolism is a prerequisite for the development of benzene-mediated myelotoxicity. Benzene is initially metabolized via cytochromes P450 (primarily CYP2E1 in liver) to benzene oxide, which subsequently gives rise to a number of secondary products. Benzene oxide equilibrates spontaneously with the corresponding oxepine valence tautomer, which can ring open to yield a reactive ?-?-unsaturated aldehyde, trans-trans-muconaldehyde (MCA). Further reduction or oxidation of MCA gives rise to either ...

  14. Short-term monitoring of benzene air concentration in an urban area: a preliminary study of application of Kruskal-Wallis non-parametric test to assess pollutant impact on global environment and indoor

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    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available In step with the need to develop statistical procedures to manage small-size environmental samples, in this work we have used concentration values of benzene (C6H6, concurrently detected by seven outdoor and indoor monitoring stations over 12 000 minutes, in order to assess the representativeness of collected data and the impact of the pollutant on indoor environment. Clearly, the former issue is strictly connected to sampling-site geometry, which proves critical to correctly retrieving information from analysis of pollutants of sanitary interest. Therefore, according to current criteria for network-planning, single stations have been interpreted as nodes of a set of adjoining triangles; then, a node pairs have been taken into account in order to estimate pollutant stationarity on triangle sides, as well as b node triplets, to statistically associate data from air-monitoring with the corresponding territory area, and c node sextuplets, to assess the impact probability of the outdoor pollutant on indoor environment for each area. Distributions from the various node combinations are all non-Gaussian, in the consequently, Kruskal-Wallis (KW non-parametric statistics has been exploited to test variability on continuous density function from each pair, triplet and sextuplet. Results from the above-mentioned statistical analysis have shown randomness of site selection, which has not allowed a reliable generalization of monitoring data to the entire selected territory, except for a single "forced" case (70%; most important, they suggest a possible procedure to optimize network design.

  15. Differences in swallowing between high and low concentration taste stimuli.

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    Nagy, Ahmed; Steele, Catriona M; Pelletier, Cathy A

    2014-01-01

    Taste is a property that is thought to potentially modulate swallowing behavior. Whether such effects depend on taste, intensity remains unclear. This study explored differences in the amplitudes of tongue-palate pressures in swallowing as a function of taste stimulus concentration. Tongue-palate pressures were collected in 80 healthy women, in two age groups (under 40, over 60), stratified by genetic taste status (nontasters, supertasters). Liquids with different taste qualities (sweet, sour, salty, and bitter) were presented in high and low concentrations. General labeled magnitude scale ratings captured perceived taste intensity and liking/disliking of the test liquids. Path analysis explored whether factors of taste, concentration, age group, and/or genetic taste status impacted: (1) perceived intensity; (2) palatability; and (3) swallowing pressures. Higher ratings of perceived intensity were found in supertasters and with higher concentrations, which were more liked/disliked than lower concentrations. Sweet stimuli were more palatable than sour, salty, or bitter stimuli. Higher concentrations elicited stronger tongue-palate pressures independently and in association with intensity ratings. The perceived intensity of a taste stimulus varies as a function of stimulus concentration, taste quality, participant age, and genetic taste status and influences swallowing pressure amplitudes. High-concentration salty and sour stimuli elicit the greatest tongue-palate pressures. PMID:24877135

  16. Test of electron beam technology on Savannah River Laboratory low-activity aqueous waste for destruction of benzene, benzene derivatives, and bacteria

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    Dougal, R.A. [Univ. of South Carolina, Columbia, SC (United States). Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    1993-08-01

    High energy radiation was studied as a means for destroying hazardous organic chemical wastes. Tests were conducted at bench scale with a {sup 60}Co source, and at full scale (387 l/min) with a 1.5 MV electron beam source. Bench scale tests for both benzene and phenol included 32 permutations of water quality factors. For some water qualities, as much as 99.99% of benzene or 90% of phenol were removed by 775 krads of {sup 60}Co irradiation. Full scale testing for destruction of benzene in a simulated waste-water mix showed loss of 97% of benzene following an 800 krad dose and 88% following a 500 krad dose. At these loss rates, approximately 5 Mrad of electron beam irradiation is required to reduce concentrations from 100 g/l to drinking water quality (5 {mu}g/l). Since many waste streams are also inhabited by bacterial populations which may affect filtering operations, the effect of irradiation on those populations was also studied. {sup 60}Co and electron beam irradiation were both lethal to the bacteria studied at irradiation levels far lower than were necessary to remove organic contaminants.

  17. Test of electron beam technology on Savannah River Laboratory low-activity aqueous waste for destruction of benzene, benzene derivatives, and bacteria

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    High energy radiation was studied as a means for destroying hazardous organic chemical wastes. Tests were conducted at bench scale with a 60Co source, and at full scale (387 l/min) with a 1.5 MV electron beam source. Bench scale tests for both benzene and phenol included 32 permutations of water quality factors. For some water qualities, as much as 99.99% of benzene or 90% of phenol were removed by 775 krads of 60Co irradiation. Full scale testing for destruction of benzene in a simulated waste-water mix showed loss of 97% of benzene following an 800 krad dose and 88% following a 500 krad dose. At these loss rates, approximately 5 Mrad of electron beam irradiation is required to reduce concentrations from 100 g/l to drinking water quality (5 ?g/l). Since many waste streams are also inhabited by bacterial populations which may affect filtering operations, the effect of irradiation on those populations was also studied. 60Co and electron beam irradiation were both lethal to the bacteria studied at irradiation levels far lower than were necessary to remove organic contaminants

  18. Experimental study of removing benzene from indoor air by needle-matrix to plate streamer discharge

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    The degradation of benzene by needle-matrix to plate streamer discharge was investigated at normal temperature and pressure in indoor air. The effects of benzene initial concentration, air speed, discharge power and relative humidity (RH) on benzene removal rate were systematically studied. Meanwhile, the benzene removal efficiencies by adding MnO2/SiO2-active carbon catalyst to the system were also studied. The results showed that the benzene removal rate increased with the rise of the air speed and discharge power, decreased with the rise of the benzene initial concentration, and firstly increased and then decreased with the rise of the of RH. Under the same experimental conditions, adding MnO2 catalyst to the system did not significantly improve the removal efficiency of benzene.

  19. Radon Measurements in Buildings with High Radon Concentrations

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    Regarding radiation protection regulations in Slovenia measurements of natural radiation in public institutions have to be done by accredited laboratory to determine those with elevated radon concentrations. Ministry of Health started measurements of radon concentrations in schools and kindergartens twenty years ago. Almost all kindergartens and schools were included in monitoring. In kindergartens and schools with very high radon concentrations measurements were repeated and remediate if needed. Monitoring is continuing and in last five years 330 measurements of radon concentrations in public buildings by track each detectors were done. Radon concentrations in thirty five kindergartens and schools and twelve other public institutions were higher than proposed by regulations, 400 Bq/m3 for schools and kindergartens and 1000 Bq/m3 for other institutions. For those institutions special monitoring was carried out. We did thirty five measurements by electronic devices in the period of one week to determine radon and radon progeny concentrations. In case of high radon concentration in rooms also radon concentrations in cracks and water or electricity installations in the basement were measured. In special cases radon concentration in soil near building was measured. After measurements dose assessment was done and remediation actions proposed. Concerning results of radon concentration measurements we can conclude, (i) karst area and central southern part of Slovenia with limestone, marl and conglomerate as a main geological structure represent a strong radon source, (ii) old buildings with cracks in the floor make a great possibility to radon entering the rooms, and finally (iii) remediation actions are urgent in almost all old schools and kindergartens on the area presented. (author)

  20. Accumulation of chlorinated benzenes in earthworms

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    Beyer, W.N.

    1996-01-01

    Chlorinated benzenes are widespread in the environment. Hexachlorobenzene, pentachlorobenzene and all isomers of dichlorobenzenes, trichlorobenzenes, and tetrachlorobenzenes, have been detected in fish, water, and sediments from the Great Lakes. This paper describes a long-term (26 week) experiment relating the concentrations of chlorinated benzenes in earthworms to 1) the length of exposure, and it describes three 8-week experiments relating concentrations of chlorinated benzenes in earthworms to 2) their concentration in soil 3) the soil organic matter content and, 4) the degree of chlorination. In the 26-week experiment, the concentration of 1,2,4 - trichlorobenzene in earthworms fluctuated only slightly about a mean of 0.63 ppm (Fig. 1). Although a statistically significant decrease can be demonstrated over the test (Pearson correlation coefficient, r = -0.62 p < 0.05), the decrease was minor. Hexachlorobenzene in earthworms showed a cyclical trend that coincided with replacement of the media, and a slight but statistically significant tendency to increase from about 2 to 3 ppm over the 26 weeks (r = 0.55, p < 0.05). Concentrations of both trichlorobenzene and hexachlorobenzene in earthworms increased as the concentrations in the soil increased (Fig. 2), but leveled off at the highest soil concentrations. The most surprising result of this study was the relatively low concentrations in earthworms compared to those in soils. The average concentration of each of the six isomers of trichlorobenzene and tetrachlorobenzene in earthworms was only about 1 ppm (Table 2); the isomeric structure did not affect accumulation. The concentration of organic matter in soil had a prominent effect on hexachlorobenzene concentrations in earthworms (Fig. 3). Hexachlorobenzene concentrations decreased steadily from 9.3 ppm in earthworms kept in soil without any peat moss added to about 1 ppm in soil containing 16 or 32% organic matter.

  1. Denitrification of fertilizer wastewater at high chloride concentration

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    Ucisik, Ahmed Süheyl; Henze, Mogens

    2006-01-01

    Wastewater from fertilizer industry is characterized by high contents of chloride concentration, which normally vary between 60 and 76 g/l. Experiments with bilogical denitrification were performed in lab-scale "fill and draw" reactors with synthetic wastewater with chloride concentrations up to 77.4 g/l. The results of the experiments showed that biological denitrification was feasible at the extreme environmental conditions prevailing in fertilizer wastewater. Stable continuous biological d...

  2. Development of hydrazine analyzer for high concentration of ethanolamine

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    A polarographic electrode method has been conventionally used for monitoring hydrazine concentrations in feedwater of pressurized water reactor (PWR) to control the secondary water chemistry. Measurements of hydrazine concentrations of the high pH controlled feedwater with ethanolamine (ETA) by this existing hydrazine analyzer were not stable on some occasions when the plant was in power operation. To solve this problem we developed a new hydrazine analyzer using p-dimethylaminobenzaldehyde (DABA) colorimetry and flow injection analysis (FIA) methods. (author)

  3. Environmental exposure to benzene: an update.

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    Wallace, L

    1996-01-01

    During the 1990s, several large-scale studies of benzene concentrations in air, food, and blood have added to our knowledge of its environmental occurrence. In general, the new studies have confirmed the earlier findings of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Total Exposure Assessment Methodology (TEAM) studies and other large-scale studies in Germany and the Netherlands concerning the levels of exposure and major sources. For example, the new studies found that personal exposures exceeded indoor concentrations of benzene, which in turn exceeded outdoor concentrations. The new studies of food concentrations have confirmed earlier indications that food is not an important pathway for benzene exposure. The results of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey on blood levels in a nationwide sample of 883 persons are in good agreement with the concentrations in exhaled breath measured in about 800 persons a decade earlier in the TEAM studies. Major sources of exposure continue to be active and passive smoking, auto exhaust, and driving or riding in automobiles. New methods in breath and blood sampling and analysis offer opportunities to investigate short-term peak exposures and resulting body burden under almost any conceivable field conditions. PMID:9118882

  4. An overview of benzene metabolism.

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    Snyder, R; Hedli, C C

    1996-01-01

    Benzene toxicity involves both bone marrow depression and leukemogenesis caused by damage to multiple classes of hematopoietic cells and a variety of hematopoietic cell functions. Study of the relationship between the metabolism and toxicity of benzene indicates that several metabolites of benzene play significant roles in generating benzene toxicity. Benzene is metabolized, primarily in the liver, to a variety of hydroxylated and ring-opened products that are transported to the bone marrow where subsequent secondary metabolism occurs. Two potential mechanisms by which benzene metabolites may damage cellular macromolecules to induce toxicity include the covalent binding of reactive metabolites of benzene and the capacity of benzene metabolites to induce oxidative damage. Although the relative contributions of each of these mechanisms to toxicity remains unestablished, it is clear that different mechanisms contribute to the toxicities associated with different metabolites. As a corollary, it is unlikely that benzene toxicity can be described as the result of the interaction of a single metabolite with a single biological target. Continued investigation of the metabolism of benzene and its metabolites will allow us to determine the specific combination of metabolites as well as the biological target(s) involved in toxicity and will ultimately lead to our understanding of the relationship between the production of benzene metabolites and bone marrow toxicity. PMID:9118888

  5. Thermodynamic properties of benzene under shock conditions

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    Maillet, Jean-Bernard; Pineau, Nicolas

    2008-06-01

    We present in this paper a thermodynamic analysis of benzene properties under shock conditions as given by molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Reactive MD simulations of benzene predict a decomposition threshold corresponding to the flection point on the experimental Hugoniot curve. A polymerlike carbonated structure is observed for pressures above this threshold, but the calculated Hugoniot curve is in disagreement with the experimental one at high pressure. On the contrary, a system consisting of a diamond cluster in hydrogen gas leads to a correct prediction of the pressure on the Hugoniot curves. The central question is then linked to the kinetics of the transition between the polymerlike structure and the diamond cluster.

  6. Highly Emissive Whole Rainbow Fluorophores Consisting of 1,4-Bis(2-phenylethynyl)benzene Core Skeleton: Design, Synthesis, and Light-Emitting Characteristics.

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    Yamaguchi, Yoshihiro; Ochi, Takanori; Matsubara, Yoshio; Yoshida, Zen-ichi

    2015-08-13

    To create the whole-rainbow-fluorophores (WRF) having the small ??em (the difference of ?em between a given fluorophore and nearest neighboring fluorophore having the same core skeleton) values (4.5), and the high ?f (>0.6), we investigated molecular design, synthesis, and light-emitting characteristics of the ?-conjugated molecules (D/A-BPBs) consisting of 1,4-bis(phenylethynyl)benzene (BPB) modified by donor groups (OMe, SMe, NMe2, and NPh2) and an acceptor group (CN). As a result, synthesized 20 D/A-BPBs (1a-5d) were found to be the desired WRF. To get the intense red fluorophore (?f > 0.7, ?em > 610 nm), we synthesized new compounds (5e-5i) and elucidated their photophysical properties in CHCl3 solution. As a result, 5h, in which a 4-cyanophenyl group is introduced to the para-position of two benzene rings in the terminal NPh2 group of 5d, was found to be the desired intense red fluorophore (log?? = 4.56, ?f = 0.76, ?em = 611 nm). The intramolecular charge-transfer nature of the S1 state of WRF (1a-5d) was elucidated by the positive linear relationship between optical transition energy (?em) from the S1 state to the S0 state and HOMO(D)-LUMO(A) difference, and the molecular orbitals calculated with the DFT method. It is demonstrated that our concept (?f = 1/(exp(-A?) + 1)) connected with the relationship between ?f and magnitude (A?) of ? conjugation length in the S1 state can be applied to WRF (1a-5d). It is suggested that the prediction of ?f from a structural model can be achieved by the equation ?f = 1/(exp(-((??a - ??f)(1/2) × a(3/2)) + 1), where ??a and ??f are the wavenumber (cm(-1)) of absorption and fluorescence peaks, respectively, and a is the calculated molecular radius. From the viewpoint of application of WRF to various functional materials, the light-emitting characteristics of 1a-5i in doped polymer films were examined. It was demonstrated that 1a-5i dispersed in two kinds of polymer film (PST and PMMA) emit light at the whole visible region and have the small ??em values (0.6). Therefore, the present D/A-BPBs can be said to be the desired WRF even in the doped polymer film. PMID:26186476

  7. Sterile Filtration of Highly Concentrated Protein Formulations: Impact of Protein Concentration, Formulation Composition, and Filter Material.

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    Allmendinger, Andrea; Mueller, Robert; Huwyler, Joerg; Mahler, Hanns-Christian; Fischer, Stefan

    2015-10-01

    Differences in filtration behavior of concentrated protein formulations were observed during aseptic drug product manufacturing of biologics dependent on formulation composition. The present study investigates filtration forces of monoclonal antibody formulations in a small-scale set-up using polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) or polyethersulfone (PES) filters. Different factors like formulation composition and protein concentration related to differences in viscosity, as well as different filtration rates were evaluated. The present study showed that filtration behavior was influenced by the presence or absence of a surfactant in the formulation, which defines the interaction between filter membrane and surface active formulation components. This can lead to a change in filter resistance (PES filter) independent on the buffer system used. Filtration behavior was additionally defined by rheological non-Newtonian flow behavior. The data showed that high shear rates resulting from small pore sizes and filtration pressure up to 1.0 bar led to shear-thinning behavior for highly concentrated protein formulations. Differences in non-Newtonian behavior were attributed to ionic strength related to differences in repulsive and attractive interactions. The present study showed that the interplay of formulation composition, filter material, and filtration rate can explain differences in filtration behavior/filtration flux observed for highly concentrated protein formulations thus guiding filter selection. PMID:26149748

  8. Denitrification of fertilizer wastewater at high chloride concentration

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    Ucisik, Ahmed Süheyl; Henze, Mogens

    2002-01-01

    Wastewater from fertilizer industry is characterized by high contents of chloride concentration, which normally vary between 60 and 76 g/l. Experiments with bilogical denitrification were performed in lab-scale "fill and draw" reactors with synthetic wastewater with chloride concentrations up to 77.4 g/l. The results of the experiments showed that biological denitrification was feasible at the extreme environmental conditions prevailing in fertilizer wastewater. Stable continuous biological denitrfication of the synthetic high chloride wastewater was performed up to 77.4 g Cl/l at 37 degree C, when the pH was controlled in the range of 6.8 - 7.2.

  9. Intercomparison of passive microwave sea ice concentration retrievals over the high-concentration Arctic sea ice

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    andersen, susanne; Tonboe, R.

    2007-01-01

    [1] Measurements of sea ice concentration from the Special Sensor Microwave Imager (SSM/I) using seven different algorithms are compared to ship observations, sea ice divergence estimates from the Radarsat Geophysical Processor System, and ice and water surface type classification of 59 wide-swath synthetic aperture radar (SAR) scenes. The analysis is confined to the high-concentration Arctic sea ice, where the ice cover is near 100%. During winter the results indicate that the variability of the SSM/I concentration estimates is larger than the true variability of ice concentration. Results from a trusted subset of the SAR scenes across the central Arctic allow the separation of the ice concentration uncertainty due to emissivity variations and sensor noise from other error sources during the winter of 2003-2004. Depending on the algorithm, error standard deviations from 2.5 to 5.0% are found with sensor noise between 1.3 and 1.8%. This is in accord with variability estimated from analysis of SSM/I time series. Algorithms, which primarily use 85 GHz information, consistently give the best agreement with both SAR ice concentrations and ship observations. Although the 85 GHz information is more sensitive to atmospheric influences, it was found that the atmospheric contribution is secondary to the influence of the surface emissivity variability. Analysis of the entire SSM/I time series shows that there are significant differences in trend between sea ice extent and area, using different algorithms. This indicates that long-term trends in surface and atmospheric properties, unrelated to sea ice concentration, influence the computed trends.

  10. JV Task 86 - Identifying the Source of Benzene in Indoor Air Using Different Compound Classes from TO-15 Data

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    Steven B. Hawthorne

    2007-04-15

    Volatile organic compound (VOC) data that had already been collected using EPA method TO-15 at four different sites under regulatory scrutiny (a school, strip mall, apartment complex, and business/residential neighborhood) were evaluated to determine whether the source of indoor air benzene was outdoor air or vapor intrusion from contaminated soil. Both the use of tracer organics characteristic of different sources and principal component statistical analysis demonstrated that the source of indoor air at virtually all indoor sampling locations was a result of outdoor air, and not contaminated soil in and near the indoor air-sampling locations. These results show that proposed remediation activities to remove benzene-contaminated soil are highly unlikely to reduce indoor air benzene concentrations. A manuscript describing these results is presently being prepared for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.

  11. Isotope effect in diffusion of perdeuteriobenzene and 14C-substituted benzenes in unlabeled benzene at 250

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    Mutual diffusion coefficients, obtained with a Gouy diffusiometer, are reported for the system perdeuteriobenzene--benzene (C6D6--C6H6) at 250. These results are consistent with tracer diffusion coefficients which have previously been obtained in this laboratory for 14C-substituted benzenes of varying molecular weight in benzene. Because of the small difference in refractive index between C6D6 and C6H6 only a limited range of concentrations was studied, and thus it was not meaningful to extrapolate the mutual data to give tracer diffusion coefficients. (U.S.)

  12. High concentration diffusion of P in Si : a percolation problem ?

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    Mathiot, D.; Pfister, J.C.

    1982-01-01

    A new model is developed for the high concentration diffusion of phosphorus in silicon : it is shown that the accelerated diffusion in the surface region is due to vacancy percolation between the impurities. The corresponding numerical simulation for a 1 000 °C diffusion is in excellent agreement with the experimental result.

  13. Beryllium-10 concentrations in water samples of high northern latitudes

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    Strobl, C.; Eisenhauer, A.; Schulz, V.; Baumann, S.; Mangini, A. [Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften, Heildelberg (Germany); Kubik, P.W. [Paul Scherrer Inst. (PSI), Villigen (Switzerland)

    1997-09-01

    {sup 10}Be concentrations in the water column of high northern latitudes were not available so far. We present different {sup 10}Be profiles from the Norwegian-Greenland Sea, the Arctic Ocean, and the Laptev Sea. (author) 3 fig., 3 refs.

  14. Topical capsaicin (high concentration) for chronic neuropathic pain in adults.

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    Derry, S; Sven-Rice, A; Cole, P.; Tan, T.; Moore, RA

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Topical creams with capsaicin are used to treat peripheral neuropathic pain. Following application to the skin capsaicin causes enhanced sensitivity, followed by a period with reduced sensitivity and, after repeated applications, persistent desensitisation. High-concentration (8%) capsaicin patches were developed to increase the amount of capsaicin delivered; rapid delivery was thought to improve tolerability because cutaneous nociceptors are 'defunctionalised' quickly. The single...

  15. Improved Dispersion of Carbon Nanotubes in Polymers at High Concentrations

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    Chao-Xuan Liu; Jin-Woo Choi

    2012-01-01

    The polymer nanocomposite used in this work comprises elastomer poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) as a polymer matrix and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) as a conductive nanofiller. To achieve uniform distribution of carbon nanotubes within the polymer, an optimized dispersion process was developed, featuring a strong organic solvent—chloroform, which dissolved PDMS base polymer easily and allowed high quality dispersion of MWCNTs. At concentrations as high as 9 wt.%, MWCNTs were...

  16. Evaluation of seawater contamination with benzene, toluene and xylene in the Ubatuba north coast, SP region, and study of their removal by ionizing radiation

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    A major concern with leaking petroleum is the environmental contamination by the toxic and low water-soluble components such as benzene, toluene, and xylenes (BTX). These hydrocarbons have relatively high pollution potential because of their significant toxicity. The objective of this study was to evaluate the contamination of seawater by the main pollutants of the output and transport of petroleum, such as benzene, toluene, and xylene, and their removal by the exposure to the ionizing radiation. The studied region was Ubatuba region, SP, between 23 deg 26'S and 23 deg 46'S of latitude and 45 deg 02'W and 45 deg 11'W of longitude, area of carry and output of petroleum, and samples were collected from November, 2003 to July, 2005. For BTX in seawater analysis, the Purge and Trap concentrator with FIDGC detector showed significantly higher sensibility than Head Space concentrator with MSGC detector. The minimal detected limits (MDL) obtained at FIDGC were of 0.50 ?g/L for benzene, 0.70 ?g/L for toluene, and 1.54 ?g/L for xylene, and the obtained experimental variability was 15%. While the concentrator type Headspace system with MS detector showed higher MLD, about of 9.30 mg/L for benzene, 8.50 mg/L for toluene, and 9.80 mg/L for xylene, and 10% of experimental variability. In the studied area the benzene concentration varied from 1.0 ?g/L to 2.0 ?g/L, the concentration of toluene varied from 60Co, presented a removal from 10% to 40% of benzene at 20 kGy absorbed doses and concentration of 35.1 mg/L and 70.2 mg/L, respectively; from 20% to 60% of toluene removal with 15 kGy absorbed dose and from 20% to 80% of xylene with 15 kGy absorbed dose in similar concentrations. (author)

  17. The excited state antiaromatic benzene ring: a molecular Mr Hyde?

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    Papadakis, Raffaello; Ottosson, Henrik

    2015-09-21

    The antiaromatic character of benzene in its first ??* excited triplet state (T1) was deduced more than four decades ago by Baird using perturbation molecular orbital (PMO) theory [J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1972, 94, 4941], and since then it has been confirmed through a range of high-level quantum chemical calculations. With focus on benzene we now first review theoretical and computational studies that examine and confirm Baird's rule on reversal in the electron count for aromaticity and antiaromaticity of annulenes in their lowest triplet states as compared to Hückel's rule for the ground state (S0). We also note that the rule according to quantum chemical calculations can be extended to the lowest singlet excited state (S1) of benzene. Importantly, Baird, as well as Aihara [Bull. Chem. Soc. Jpn. 1978, 51, 1788], early put forth that the destabilization and excited state antiaromaticity of the benzene ring should be reflected in its photochemical reactivity, yet, today these conclusions are often overlooked. Thus, in the second part of the article we review photochemical reactions of a series of benzene derivatives that to various extents should stem from the excited state antiaromatic character of the benzene ring. We argue that benzene can be viewed as a molecular "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" with its largely unknown excited state antiaromaticity representing its "Mr Hyde" character. The recognition of the "Jekyll and Hyde" split personality feature of the benzene ring can likely be useful in a range of different areas. PMID:25960203

  18. Benzene and diethyl sulphide in a gas jet transport system

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    The effect of beam intensity and beam pulse repetition rate on the transport efficiency of 104Ag recoils [from the 103Rh(?,3n) reaction] in a He jet recoil transport system has been measured. Transport was effected by using the gas doped with benzene or diethyl sulphide. The effect of concentration for these two substances has been established and the maximum transport efficiencies were about 100% for benzene (22 ppm) and about 80% for diethyl sulphide (12 ppm). (Auth.)

  19. Potential metallurgical treatment of copper concentrates with high arsenic contents

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    I, Mihajlovic; N, Strbac; D, Nikolic; Z, Zivkovic.

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available SYNOPSIS This paper investigates a potential method for arsenic removal from copper concentrates using hypochlorite leaching. The problems concerning pyrometallurgical processing of copper concentrates with high arsenic contents are discussed. A possible solution to the problem by leaching of natura [...] l enargite crystals with sodium hypochlorite under alkaline oxidizing conditions, with enargite converted into crystalline CuO and the soluble arsenic forming AsO4(3-), was experimentally investigated and results are presented. Kinetic parameters were calculated for enargite leaching, using a model-free approach. Advanced isoconversional methods were used to investigate the dependence of activation energy (Ea) on reaction rate (?).

  20. Structure and rheology of highly concentrated emulsions: a modern look

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    Malkin, A. Ya; Kulichikhin, V. G.

    2015-08-01

    The review concerns modern physicochemical, chemical and physical approaches to research into structural features that determine the rheological properties of highly concentrated emulsions. The structures and properties of various systems (suspensions, emulsions as well as transient forms including micellar colloidal solutions) are considered. The formation of highly concentrated emulsions is treated as the concentration glass transition leading to suppression of the molecular and supermolecular mobility and, subsequently, to the existence of a solid-like state of the systems in question. The emphasis is placed on analysis of visco-plasticity which manifests itself in the possibility for emulsions (unlike suspensions) to undergo irreversible deformation (to flow) at stresses exceeding some threshold (critical value) called the yield stress. The thixotropic nature of the transition through the yield stress, governed by the kinetics of the breakup/recovery of the inherent structure is considered in detail. It has been shown that structure formation in highly concentrated emulsions can extend to a macroscopic level and result in the onset of heterogeneity of a flow in the form of shear bands. The bibliography includes 202 references.

  1. Measurements of 7Be radioactivity concentrations in high altitude air

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    Preliminary measurements of the 7Be radioactivity concentrations in high altitude air were made between April 1984 and March 1985 in order to check the possibility of use for the analysis of the measured gross beta concentrations. Airborne dusts were collected with a filter type air sampler attached to the F-4EJ aircraft. The measurement of the 7Be radioactivity in the filters was made by gamma-ray spectrometry with a Ge(Li) detector. The results ranging from 0.03 to 5 pCi/m3 are in approximate agreement with the calculated values using the equation derived by B. Peters. Comparing the results of 7Be with the gross beta activity concentrations, it is shown that observations of 7Be is helpful in the study of environmental radioactivity as a tracer for air circulation. (author)

  2. Solar concentrators for high temperature space power systems

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    McClelland, D.H.

    1961-01-01

    Basic problems in the development of lightweight, high efficiency solar concentrating mirrors for space power systems are discussed. Current requirements are for mirrors having specific weights less than 0.3 lb/ft/sup 2/ and efficiencies above 70% for absorber temperatures between 1200/sup 0/F and 3000/sup 0/F. Various concentrator and absorber configurations are compared both on the basis of idealized performance and in regard to performance degradation due to geometric errors. Concentrator structural design classifications are presented and are related to fabrication techniques, materials, and reflective surfacing methods. Orientation requirements and the effects of the space environment are considered. Tests are presented for determining collector performance and for evaluating mirror surface quality.

  3. Hematotoxicity and carcinogenicity of benzene

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    Aksoy, M. (Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey, Kocaeli (Turkey))

    1989-07-01

    The hematotoxicity of benzene exposure has been well known for a century. Benzene causes leukocytopenia, thrombocytopenia, pancytopenia, etc. The clinical and hematologic picture of aplastic anemia resulting from benzene exposure is not different from classical aplastic anemia; in some cases, mild bilirubinemia, changes in osmotic fragility, increase in lactic dehydrogenase and fecal urobilinogen, and occasionally some neurological abnormalities are found. Electromicroscopic findings in some cases of aplastic anemia with benzene exposure were similar to those observed by light microscopy. Benzene hepatitis-aplastic anemia syndrome was observed in a technician with benzene exposure. Ten months after occurrence of hepatitis B, a severe aplastic anemia developed. The first epidemiologic study proving the leukemogenicity of benzene was performed between 1967 and 1973 to 1974 among shoe workers in Istanbul. The incidence of leukemia was 13.59 per 100,000, which is a significant increase over that of leukemia in the general population. Following the prohibition and discontinuation of the use of benzene in Istanbul, there was a striking decrease in the number of leukemic shoe workers in Istanbul. In 23.7% of the series, consisting of 59 leukemic patients with benzene exposure, there was a preceding pancytopenic period. Furthermore, a familial connection was found in 10.2% of them. The 89.8% of the series showed the findings of acute leukemia. The possible factors that may determine the types of leukemia in benzene toxicity are discussed. The possible role of benzene exposure is presented in the development of malignant lymphoma, multiple myeloma, and lung cancer.

  4. Variability of benzene exposure among filling station attendants

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    A monitoring survey of filling station attendants aimed at identifying sources of variability of exposure to benzene and other aromatics was carried out. Concurrent samples of the worker's breathing zone air, atmospheric air in the service station proximity, and gasoline were collected, along with information about daily workloads and other exposure-related factors. Benzene personal exposure was characterised by a small between-worker variability and a predominant within-worker variance component. Such elevated day-to-day variability yields to imprecise estimates of mean personal exposure. Almost 70% of the overall personal exposure variance was explained by a model including daily benzene from dispensed fuel, presence of a shelter over the refueling area, amount of fuel supplied to the station if a delivery occurred, and background atmospheric benzene concentration

  5. Effects of high nitrogen concentrations on the growth of submersed macrophytes at moderate phosphorus concentrations.

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    Yu, Qing; Wang, Hong-Zhu; Li, Yan; Shao, Jian-Chun; Liang, Xiao-Min; Jeppesen, Erik; Wang, Hai-Jun

    2015-10-15

    Eutrophication of lakes leading to loss of submersed macrophytes and higher turbidity is a worldwide phenomenon, attributed to excessive loading of phosphorus (P). However, recently, the role of nitrogen (N) for macrophyte recession has received increasing attention. Due to the close relationship between N and P loading, disentanglement of the specific effects of these two nutrients is often difficult, and some controversy still exists as to the effects of N. We studied the effects of N on submersed macrophytes represented by Vallisneria natans (Lour.) Hara in pots positioned at three depths (0.4 m, 0.8 m, and 1.2 m to form a gradient of underwater light conditions) in 10 large ponds having moderate concentrations of P (TP 0.03 ± 0.04 mg L(-1)) and five targeted concentrations of total nitrogen (TN) (0.5, 2, 10, 20, and 100 mg L(-1)), there were two ponds for each treatment. To study the potential shading effects of other primary producers, we also measured the biomass of phytoplankton (ChlaPhyt) and periphyton (ChlaPeri) expressed as chlorophyll a. We found that leaf length, leaf mass, and root length of macrophytes declined with increasing concentrations of TN and ammonium, while shoot number and root mass did not. All the measured growth indices of macrophytes declined significantly with ChlaPhyt, while none were significantly related to ChlaPeri. Neither ChlaPhyt nor ChlaPeri were, however, significantly negatively related to the various N concentrations. Our results indicate that shading by phytoplankton unrelated to the variation in N loading and perhaps toxic stress exerted by high nitrogen were responsible for the decline in macrophyte growth. PMID:26196308

  6. Fabrication procedures for manufacturing high uranium concentration dispersion fuel elements

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    IPEN developed and made available for routine production the technology for manufacturing dispersion type fuel elements for use in research reactors. However, the fuel produced at IPEN is limited to the uranium concentration of 3.0 g U/c m3 by using the U3Si2-Al dispersion. Increasing the uranium concentration of the fuel is interesting by the possibility of increasing the reactor core reactivity and lifetime of the fuel. It is possible to increase the concentration of uranium in the fuel up to the technological limit of 4.8 g U/c m3 for the U3Si2-Al dispersion, which is well placed around the world. This new fuel will be applicable in the new Brazilian- Multipurpose Reactor RMB. This study aimed to develop the manufacturing process of high uranium concentration fuel, redefining the procedures currently used in the manufacture of IPEN. This paper describes the main procedures adjustments that will be necessary. (author)

  7. Virus filtration of high-concentration monoclonal antibody solutions.

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    Marques, Bruno F; Roush, David J; Göklen, Kent E

    2009-01-01

    The ability to process high-concentration monoclonal antibody solutions (> 10 g/L) through small-pore membranes typically used for virus removal can improve current antibody purification processes by eliminating the need for feed stream dilution, and by reducing filter area, cycle-time, and costs. In this work, we present the screening of virus filters of varying configurations and materials of construction using MAb solutions with a concentration range of 4-20 g/L. For our MAbs of interest-two different humanized IgG1s-flux decay was not observed up to a filter loading of 200 L/m(2) with a regenerated cellulose hollow fiber virus removal filter. In contrast, PVDF and PES flat sheet disc membranes were plugged by solutions of these same MAbs with concentrations >4 g/L well before 50 L/m(2). These results were obtained with purified feed streams containing structure, presumably due to the impact of these differences on nonspecific interactions between the protein and the membrane; these differences cannot be anticipated based on protein pI alone. Virus clearance data with two model viruses (XMuLV and MMV) confirm the ability of hollow fiber membranes with 19 +/- 2 nm pore size to achieve at least 3-4 LRV, independent of MAb concentration, over the range examined. PMID:19353736

  8. Electromagnetically assisted synthesis of highly concentrated gold nanoparticle colloids

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    Hernandez, Laura; Rosas, Walter; Naranjo, Guillermo; Peralta, Xomalin G.; Vargas, Watson L.

    2015-03-01

    The synthesis of metallic nanoparticles is currently an extremely active area of research due to the multiple potential applications of nanomaterials to areas ranging from nano-medicine to catalysis. Some of the current challenges of nanoparticle synthesis protocols include synthesizing nanoparticles in high concentrations with a small polydispersity. The present study contrasts and compares the synthesis of highly concentrated colloidal gold using three different sources of electromagnetic radiation to assist the reaction. The first source was a Spectra Physics Mai Tai Ti:Sapphire laser made by Sperian, this laser generates 70 fs FWHM pulses with wavelengths in the range of 690-1040 nm. The second source was sun light; this was measured to have a power of 10W. The third source was a lowelDP lamp with a measured intensity of 25W. Both the solar light and the lamp's rays were concentrated using a 28cm x 28cm Fresnel lens. Results will be presented highlighting differences and similarities in size, shape, crystallinity and time of the reaction. We speculate about the role played by variations in wavelength, temporal profile of the electromagnetic source (pulsed vs. continuous), temperature of the reaction and excitation power in the final structure of the nanoparticles generated.

  9. Prediction of colloidal stability of high concentration protein formulations.

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    Garidel, Patrick; Blume, Alfred; Wagner, Michael

    2015-05-01

    A major aspect determining the colloidal properties of proteins in solution is the interaction between them and with surrounding molecules. These interactions can be described by the concentration dependency of the protein diffusivity (kD), as derived by dynamic light scattering and was determined for different solutions of monoclonal antibodies varying in pH, ionic strength and presence/absence of co-solute(s). Concerning colloidal stability, protein solutions of different kD values are evaluated, based on their initial solution opalescence, to assess protein association. The current investigation shows that solution conditions with large kD values, indicating high repulsive protein-protein interactions, show lower initial opalescence, compared to solution conditions with low kD values. Upon applying stirring stress, to assess colloidal stability, the trend is such that, the higher kD values are, the more stable the protein solutions are, as long as the thermodynamic and conformational stability is not impaired. Besides, kD allows ranking of solution conditions for highly concentrated immunoglobulin solutions up to concentrations of ?200?mg?mL(-1) with regard to protein self-association and thus opalescent properties. The present study shows that the protein interaction parameter kD can be used as a surrogate parameter for a qualitative prediction of protein association and, thus, colloidal protein stability. PMID:24392929

  10. Complete mineralization of benzene by aquifer microorganisms under strictly anaerobic conditions.

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    Edwards, E. A.; Grbi?-Gali?, D.

    1992-01-01

    Benzene was mineralized to CO2 by aquifer-derived microorganisms under strictly anaerobic conditions. The degradation occurred in microcosms containing gasoline-contaminated subsurface sediment from Seal Beach, California, and anaerobic, sulfide-reduced defined mineral medium supplemented with 20 mM sulfate. Benzene, at initial concentrations ranging from 40 to 200 microM, was depleted in all microcosms and more than 90% of 14C-labeled benzene was mineralized to 14CO2.

  11. Strategies for the production of high concentrations of bioethanol from seaweeds: Production of high concentrations of bioethanol from seaweeds

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    Yanagisawa, Mitsunori; Kawai, Shigeyuki; Murata, Kousaku

    2013-01-01

    Bioethanol has attracted attention as an alternative to petroleum-derived fuel. Seaweeds have been proposed as some of the most promising raw materials for bioethanol production because they have several advantages over lignocellulosic biomass. However, because seaweeds contain low contents of glucans, i.e., polysaccharides composed of glucose, the conversion of only the glucans from seaweed is not sufficient to produce high concentrations of ethanol. Therefore, it is also necessary to produc...

  12. Thermodynamic and chemical behavior of benzene under shock conditions

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    Maillet, Jean-Bernard; Pineau, Nicolas; Bourasseau, Emeric

    2007-06-01

    The thermodynamic and chemical behavior of benzene along its hugoniot curve is investigated using Molecular Dynamics simulations with reactive potentials. The simulated hugoniot curve is in good agreement with experimental data at low pressures. Moreover, the decomposition threshold is well reproduced. In the high pressure regime, reactive simulations show that benzene rapidly decomposes, but resulting pressures do not match experimental ones anymore. Simulations starting with diamond nanoparticules and hydrogen gas give good pressures along the hugoniot. These simulations seem to confirm the existence of carbon clusters with diamond structure in the decomposition products of benzene.

  13. Introduction of high oxygen concentrations into silicon wafers by high-temperature diffusion

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    Casse, G L; Lemeilleur, F; Ruzin, A; Wegrzecki, M

    1999-01-01

    The tolerance of silicon detectors to hadron irradiation can be improved by the introduction of a high concentration of oxygen into the starting material. High-resistivity Floating-Zone (FZ) silicon is required for detectors used in particle physics applications. A significantly high oxygen concentration (>10/sup 17/ atoms cm/sup -3 /) cannot readily be achieved during the FZ silicon refinement. The diffusion of oxygen at elevated temperatures from a SiO/sub 2/ layer grown on both sides of a silicon wafer is a simple and effective technique to achieve high and uniform concentrations of oxygen throughout the bulk of a 300 mu m thick silicon wafer. (7 refs).

  14. High performance concentration method for viruses in drinking water.

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    Kunze, Andreas; Pei, Lu; Elsässer, Dennis; Niessner, Reinhard; Seidel, Michael

    2015-09-15

    According to the risk assessment of the WHO, highly infectious pathogenic viruses like rotaviruses should not be present in large-volume drinking water samples of up to 90 m(3). On the other hand, quantification methods for viruses are only operable in small volumes, and presently no concentration procedure for processing such large volumes has been reported. Therefore, the aim of this study was to demonstrate a procedure for processing viruses in-line of a drinking water pipeline by ultrafiltration (UF) and consecutive further concentration by monolithic filtration (MF) and centrifugal ultrafiltration (CeUF) of viruses to a final 1-mL sample. For testing this concept, the model virus bacteriophage MS2 was spiked continuously in UF instrumentation. Tap water was processed in volumes between 32.4 m(3) (22 h) and 97.7 m(3) (72 h) continuously either in dead-end (DE) or cross-flow (CF) mode. Best results were found by DE-UF over 22 h. The concentration of MS2 was increased from 4.2×10(4) GU/mL (genomic units per milliliter) to 3.2×10(10) GU/mL and from 71 PFU/mL to 2×10(8) PFU/mL as determined by qRT-PCR and plaque assay, respectively. PMID:26093027

  15. Benzene bioremediation using cow dung microflora in two phase partitioning bioreactor

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    Bioremediation of benzene has been carried out using cow dung microflora in a bioreactor. The bioremediation of benzene under the influence of cow dung microflora was found to be 100% and 67.5%, at initial concentrations of 100 mg/l and 250 mg/l within 72 h and 168 h respectively; where as at higher concentration (500 mg/l), benzene was found to be inhibitory. Hence the two phase partitioning bioreactor (TPPB) has been designed and developed to carryout biodegradation at higher concentration. In TPPB 5000 mg/l benzene was biodegraded up to 50.17% over a period of 168 h. Further the Pseudomonas putida MHF 7109 was isolated from cow dung microflora as potential benzene degrader and its ability to degrade benzene at various concentrations was evaluated. The data indicates 100%, 81% and 65% degradation at the concentrations of 50 mg/l, 100 mg/l, 250 mg/l within the time period of 24 h, 96 h and 168 h respectively. The GC-MS data also shows the presence of catechol and 2-hydroxymuconic semialdehyde, which confirms the established pathway of benzene biodegradation. The present research proves the potential of cow dung microflora as a source of biomass for benzene biodegradation in TPPB.

  16. Benzene bioremediation using cow dung microflora in two phase partitioning bioreactor

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    Singh, Dipty [Environmental Biotechnology Laboratory, Department of Life Sciences, University of Mumbai, Vidyanagari Campus, Santacruz (E), Mumbai-400 098 (India); Fulekar, M.H., E-mail: mhfulekar@yahoo.com [Environmental Biotechnology Laboratory, Department of Life Sciences, University of Mumbai, Vidyanagari Campus, Santacruz (E), Mumbai-400 098 (India)

    2010-03-15

    Bioremediation of benzene has been carried out using cow dung microflora in a bioreactor. The bioremediation of benzene under the influence of cow dung microflora was found to be 100% and 67.5%, at initial concentrations of 100 mg/l and 250 mg/l within 72 h and 168 h respectively; where as at higher concentration (500 mg/l), benzene was found to be inhibitory. Hence the two phase partitioning bioreactor (TPPB) has been designed and developed to carryout biodegradation at higher concentration. In TPPB 5000 mg/l benzene was biodegraded up to 50.17% over a period of 168 h. Further the Pseudomonas putida MHF 7109 was isolated from cow dung microflora as potential benzene degrader and its ability to degrade benzene at various concentrations was evaluated. The data indicates 100%, 81% and 65% degradation at the concentrations of 50 mg/l, 100 mg/l, 250 mg/l within the time period of 24 h, 96 h and 168 h respectively. The GC-MS data also shows the presence of catechol and 2-hydroxymuconic semialdehyde, which confirms the established pathway of benzene biodegradation. The present research proves the potential of cow dung microflora as a source of biomass for benzene biodegradation in TPPB.

  17. Hydrogen concentration and distribution in high-purity germanium crystals

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    High-purity germanium crystals used for making nuclear radiation detectors are usually grown in a hydrogen ambient from a melt contained in a high-purity silica crucible. The benefits and problems encountered in using a hydrogen ambient are reviewed. A hydrogen concentration of about 2 x 1015cm-3 has been determined by growing crystals in hydrogen spiked with tritium and counting the tritium ?-decays in detectors made from these crystals. Annealing studies show that the hydrogen is strongly bound, either to defects or as H2 with a dissociation energy > 3 eV. This is lowered to 1.8 eV when copper is present. Etching defects in dislocation-free crystals grown in hydrogen have been found by etch stripping to have a density of about 1 x 107 cm-3 and are estimated to contain 108 H atoms each

  18. Do high concentrations of microcystin prevent Daphnia control of phytoplankton?

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    Chislock, Michael F; Sarnelle, Orlando; Jernigan, Lauren M; Wilson, Alan E

    2013-04-15

    Toxin-producing cyanobacteria have frequently been hypothesized to limit the ability of herbivorous zooplankton (such as Daphnia) to control phytoplankton biomass by inhibiting feeding, and in extreme cases, causing zooplankton mortality. Using limnocorral experiments in hyper-eutrophic ponds located in Alabama and Michigan (U.S.A.), we tested the hypothesis that high levels of cyanobacteria and microcystin, a class of hepatotoxins produced by several cyanobacterial genera, prevent Daphnia from strongly reducing phytoplankton abundance. At the start of the first experiment (Michigan), phytoplankton communities were dominated by toxic Microcystis and Anabaena (?96% of total phytoplankton biomass), and concentrations of microcystin were ?3 ?g L?¹. Two weeks after adding Daphnia pulicaria from a nearby eutrophic lake, microcystin levels increased to ?6.5 ?g L?¹, yet Daphnia populations increased exponentially (r = 0.24 day?¹). By the third week, Daphnia had suppressed phytoplankton biomass by ?74% relative to the no Daphnia controls and maintained reduced phytoplankton biomass until the conclusion of the five-week experiment. In the second experiment (Alabama), microcystin concentrations were greater than 100 ?g L?¹, yet a mixture of three D. pulicaria clones from eutrophic lakes in southern MI increased and again reduced phytoplankton biomass, in this case by over 80%. The ability of Daphnia to increase in abundance and suppress phytoplankton biomass, despite high initial levels of cyanobacteria and microcystin, indicates that the latter does not prevent strong control of phytoplankton biomass by Daphnia genotypes that are adapted to environments with abundant cyanobacteria and associated cyanotoxins. PMID:23395484

  19. Characterization of blood donors with high haemoglobin concentration

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    Magnussen, K; Hasselbalch, H C

    2013-01-01

    Background and Objectives? The literature contains little on the prevalence and causes of high predonation haemoglobin levels among blood donors. This study aimed to characterize and develop an algorithm to manage would-be donors with polycythaemia. Materials and Methods? Between November 2009 and November 2011, we offered haematology consultations to blood donors with repeated haemoglobin concentration (Hb) above the WHO limit for polycythaemia vera (PV) (10·2 and 11·5?mm/16·5 and 18·5?g/dl for women and men, respectively). Investigation of such donors included Hb, haematocrit, mean cell volume, erythropoietin, ferritin, platelet count and leucocyte count, JAK2?V617 and JAK2 exon12 analysis, as well as other routine measurements. Results? Among 46 such donors, 39 had a history of smoking, which contributes to erythrocytosis. Two had PV, five had severe hypertension, one of them because of renal artery stenosis, and two had diabetes mellitus. Thus, we found a high morbidity among such donors. Of the 36 others, 30 donated again before May 2012, at which time the Hb was significantly lower. Conclusion? We recommend JAK2?V617 and JAK2 exon12 screening and clinical investigation for donors with concurrently high Hb, high haematocrit and iron deficiency. We also recommend that they stop or cut down on smoking to reduce the risk of thrombosis in general. We disqualified 10 of the donors.

  20. Destruction of benzene (VOC) using electron beam radiation in flue gas treatment

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    In this study, Benzene, one of the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) is used to destruct by electron beam. As we know Benzene is one of the most stable compound and very difficult to break. By using the powerful energy produced by electron beam, the benzene compound can be broken up to form new compounds. The technique used in this experiment is by using static process in a control condition where other gases are not allowed to enter the Tedlar bag or glass jar. The Tedlar Bag and Glass jar are used as media for benzene gas to be irradiated. From the experiment it was found that the Tedlag Bag is more suitable than the glass jar the electron beam can easily penetrate and destroy benzene gas. Nitrogen and Helium gas is used as a cleaning gas. The concentrations of benzene gas used for this study are 100 ppm. (part per million), 1 ppmv, and 1 ppmv each for 32 types of VOC. From the result it can be concluded that the electron beam technique used for destruction of benzene (VOQ is very suitable for the low concentration of benzene, the dose needed for the destruction to reach 85-95% is only between 8-12 kGy. It was also observed that many new compound can be produced when benzene is destruct by electron beam. (Author)

  1. Reactions of energetic carbon-11 with benzene leading to acetylene

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    The reactions of energetic carbon-11 leading to acetylene were studied in specifically deuteriated benzene and 50/50 mixtures of perdeuteriated and perprotonated benzenes and alkanes. The contributions of intermolecular and intramolecular mechanisms in acetylene formation in benzene were deduced from the relative yields of the three isotopic acetylenes /sup (11)/C2H2, /sup (11)/C2HD, and /sup (11)/C2D2. High-energy stripping and abstraction reactions of /sup (11)/C2 and /sup (11)/C2H ions appear to account for acetylene formed via an intermolecular pathway. After correction for the intermolecular mechanisms, the remaining acetylene is formed mainly by direct insertion (? or ?) plus a small contribution from a mechanism involving random selection of H or D in the benzene molecule

  2. High upwind concentrations observed during an upslope tracer event

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    Ciolek, J.T. Jr.

    1993-10-01

    In February of 1991 the Rocky Flats Plant conducted twelve tracer experiments to validate an emergency response dispersion model known as the Terrain-Responsive Atmospheric Code (TRAC) (Hodgin 1985). Experimenters released 140 to 260 kilograms of inert tracer gas (sulfur hexafloride) from the plant over an 11 hour period. During each release, one hundred and sixty-five samples, most of which formed concentric rings of 8 and 16 km radius from the plant, recorded cumulative hourly concentrations of the tracer at one meter above ground level (AGL). Figure 1 contains a depiction of the sampler location, the terrain, and the meteorological stations available within the tracer study area. Brown (1991) describes the experimental setup in more detail. The subject of this paper is an event that occurred early in the fifth experiment, on February 9, 1991. In this experiment, tracer material released from 13:00 to 17:00 LST appeared both downwind and upwind of the source, with the highest concentrations upwind. During the fifth experiment, high pressure in Utah produced mostly sunny skis around Rocky Flats. For most of the day, one could find moderate (5 to 10 ms{sup {minus}1}) northerly (from the North) flow within the 700 to 500 mb level of the atmosphere (approximately 3000 to 5500 meters above Mean Sea Level (MSL)). Synoptic scale motions were isolated enough from the surface layer and heating was great enough to produce a 1 km deep upslope flow (flow from the East to the West) by late afternoon. The winds reversed and became downslope at approximately 17:30 LST.

  3. Low viscosity highly concentrated injectable nonaqueous suspensions of lysozyme microparticles.

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    Miller, Maria A; Engstrom, Joshua D; Ludher, Baltej S; Johnston, Keith P

    2010-01-19

    Subcutaneous injection of concentrated protein and peptide solutions, in the range of 100-400 mg/mL, is often not possible with a 25- to 27-gauge needle, as the viscosity can be well above 50 cP. Apparent viscosities below this limit are reported for suspensions of milled lysozyme microparticles up to nearly 400 mg/mL in benzyl benzoate or benzyl benzoate mixtures with safflower oils through a syringe with a 25- to 27-gauge needle at room temperature. These apparent viscosities were confirmed using a cone-and-plate rheometer. The intrinsic viscosity regressed from the Kreiger-Dougherty model was only slightly above the Einstein value of 2.5, indicating the increase in viscosity relative to that of the solvent was caused primarily by the excluded volume. Thus, the increases in viscosity from electrical double layer interactions (electroviscous effects), solvation of the particles, or deviations of the particle shape from a spherical geometry were minimal, and much smaller than typically observed for proteins dissolved in aqueous solutions. The small electroviscous effects are expected given the negligible zeta potential and thin double layers in the low dielectric constant organic solvent. The suspensions were resuspendable after a year, with essentially constant particle size after two months as measured by static light scattering. The lower apparent viscosities for highly concentrated protein suspensions relative to protein solutions, coupled with these favorable characteristics upon resuspension, may offer novel opportunities for subcutaneous injection of therapeutic proteins. PMID:19803503

  4. Measuring air pollutants in presence of high water vapour concentrations

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    Wülbern, Kai

    1998-06-01

    In industrial emission monitoring applications sometimes very high water vapour concentrations can occur. In order to find out which accuracy a relatively simple FTS-based measuring system can achieve under such conditions, we performed NO measurements in presence of up to 60 vol.% water vapour. We used a Bruker IFS 66 with a spectral resolution of 1 cm-1 equipped with a pyroelectric DTGS-detector and a gas cell with 0.8 m path length. Concentrations were calculated from the measured spectra using the nonlinear NLS method. We found out that the loss of measuring effect caused by the reduction of path length is partially compensated by the absence of losses normally encountered with White cells. Furthermore, the capability of the NLS method to evaluate spectra with a low signal/noise ration made it possible to obtain sufficient accuracies for most industrial applications. The results make clear, that it is possible to build a relatively simple multicompound emission monitoring system based on an FTS.

  5. Unexpectedly high mercury concentration in commercial fish feed

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    Choi, H.; Cech, J. Jr. [Univ. of California, Davis, CA (United States). Dept. of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology

    1995-12-31

    Unexpectedly high mercury was found in a commercial fish pellet which has been widely used to feed fish in laboratory and fish farm settings. Researchers working with fish in mercury studies need to know that fish pellets contain mercury and consider the pellets, influence in their results. Mean mercury concentration in the commercial fish pellet was 47.4 ug/g (ranging from 35 to 56 ug Hg/g). Total mercury (T-Hg) in the blood of Sacramento blackfish (orthodon microlepidotus), fed the commercial feed for 8 months, was determined by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Mean blood T-Hg reached a steady state at 41 ug Hg/L (ranging from 34 to 51 ug Hg/L) during 5 months of feeding after capture from Clear Lake in California. The accumulation of mercury in blood followed a monoexponential pattern, in accordance with a one-compartment model. There were great variations in mercury levels in blood between individual fishes. The mercury concentrations in the blood did not tend to increase with the growth of the fish. In summary, feed sources of mercury need to be considered in mercury exposure experiments.

  6. Highly Concentrated Acetic Acid Poisoning: 400 Cases Reviewed

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    Konstantin Brusin

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Background: Caustic substance ingestion is known for causing a wide array of gastrointestinal and systemic complications. In Russia, ingestion of acetic acid is a major problem which annually affects 11.2 per 100,000 individuals. The objective of this study was to report and analyze main complications and outcomes of patients with 70% concentrated acetic acid poisoning. Methods: This was a retrospective study of patients with acetic acid ingestion who were treated at Sverdlovsk Regional Poisoning Treatment Center during 2006 to 2012. GI mucosal injury of each patient was assessed with endoscopy according to Zargar’s scale. Data analysis was performed to analyze the predictors of stricture formation and mortality. Results: A total of 400 patients with median age of 47 yr were included. GI injury grade I was found in 66 cases (16.5%, IIa in 117 (29.3%, IIb in 120 (30%, IIIa in 27 (16.7% and IIIb in 70 (17.5%. 11% of patients developed strictures and overall mortality rate was 21%. Main complications were hemolysis (55%, renal injury (35%, pneumonia (27% and bleeding during the first 3 days (27%. Predictors of mortality were age 60 to 79 years, grade IIIa and IIIb of GI injury, pneumonia, stages “I”, “F” and “L” of kidney damage according to the RIFLE scale and administration of prednisolone. Predictors of stricture formation were ingestion of over 100 mL of acetic acid and grade IIb and IIIa of GI injury. Conclusion: Highly concentrated acetic acid is still frequently ingested in Russia with a high mortality rate. Patients with higher grades of GI injury, pneumonia, renal injury and higher amount of acid ingested should be more carefully monitored as they are more susceptible to develop fatal consequences.          

  7. High-efficiency solidification of PWR concentrate wastes

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    A high-efficiency process for the solidification of liquid borate waste generated in nuclear power plants has been successfully developed at the Institute of Nuclear Energy Research (INER). In this process, liquid borate wastes were concentrated to have a boron content more than 100,000 ppm and then blended with an elaborately formulated solidification agent to form a hardenable slurry. The slurry is highly flowable initially and then hardened within 30 minutes forming a solidified product of high strength. Experimental results indicated that the solidification may be resulted from the condensation reaction of polyborate and the solidification agent. Characterization of the solidified product showed that the waste form quality including compressive strength, water immersion resistance, irradiation resistance, leaching resistance and thermal cycling resistance is superior to the acceptance criteria of the USNRC regulation. Also the volume efficiency of the process is more than 5 times of the conventional cementation process. Simplicity is another feature of the process; operating procedure and equipment are almost the same as cementation. To use the process will bring a tremendous benefit because of the low capital investment and high volume efficiency. A system for the solidification of liquid borate waste in 55-gal drums was built in INER; test running of the system showed a satisfactory result. Characteristics of the process, quality of waste forms and performance o, quality of waste forms and performance of the full-scale solidification test will be revealed in this report. (author)A high-efficiency process for the solidification of liquid borate waste generated in nuclear power plants has been successfully developed at the Institute of Nuclear Energy Research (INER). In this process, liquid borate wastes were concentrated to have a boron content more than 100,000 ppm and then blended with an elaborately formulated solidification agent to form a hardenable slurry. The slurry is highly flowable initially and then hardened within 30 minutes forming a solidified product of high strength. Experimental results indicated that the solidification may be resulted from the condensation reaction of polyborate and the solidification agent. Characterization of the solidified product showed that the waste form quality including compressive strength, water immersion resistance, irradiation resistance, leaching resistance and thermal cycling resistance is superior to the acceptance criteria of the USNRC regulation. Also the volume efficiency of the process is more than 5 times of the conventional cementation process. Simplicity is another feature of the process; operating procedure and equipment are almost the same as cementation. To use the process will bring a tremendous benefit because of the low capital investment and high volume efficiency. A system for the solidification of liquid borate waste in 55-gal drums was built in INER; test running of the system showed a satisfactory result. Characteristics of the process, quality of waste forms and performance

  8. Spectral losses of high concentrator photovoltaic modules depending on latitude

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    Soria-Moya, Alberto; Fernández, Eduardo F.; Almonacid, Florencia; Mallick, Tapas K.

    2015-09-01

    High concentrator photovoltaic (HCPV) modules and systems are affected by changes on the incident solar spectrum. It is well known that among all the atmospheric parameters, the air mass has the largest impact on the spectral behavior of HCPV devices. The air mass can be considered as a geometrical parameter which depends entirely on the Sun's zenith angle (?). Because of this, the yield of HCPV modules is affected by latitude. In this paper, a new method to estimate the gains/losses of energy due to the spectral impact has been introduced. Furthermore, the annual spectral losses depending on latitude have been calculated for several theoretical modules. For default values defined in the standard AM1.5d ASTM G-173-03 spectrum, results show that the spectral losses are almost independent of latitude for locations with low latitude values. Losses between 3% and 5% on the annual energy yield have been estimated for those areas. For high latitudes, the losses increase until they reach values between 10% and 14%. Results depend on the multi-junction solar cells and optical devices of the HCPV module considered.

  9. Yields of excited states of solutes in irradiated benzene and cyclohexane

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    The yields of lowest excited singlet states of diphenyloxazole and p-terphenyl in benzene and of diphenyloxazole, p-terphenyl, and biphenyl in cyclohexane have been measured for excitation by using 85Kr ? particles. The dependence of the yield on solute concentration for benzene solutions is shown to be accurately represented by a Stern-Volmer function from 5 x 10-4 to 10-2 M and to extrapolate at infinite solute concentration to the yield of excited singlet states of neat liquid benzene. The presence of oxygen in the solution does not affect the extrapolation. The absolute efficiencies of energy transfer from irradiated benzene to the solutes are in good agreement with previous measurements made by using optical excitation below the ionization threshold. These results provide additional confirmation that the mechanism of formation of excited solute states in fast-electron-irradiated benzene does not significantly involve electron or hole capture by the solute. They also demonstrate that the inhomogeneity of energy deposition does not affect the ratio of probabilities of the decay of excited benzene by photon emission to its decay by nonradiative energy transfer to the solute. For cyclohexane solutions, it is confirmed that the yields of excited solute states are lower than in benzene solutions at comparable concentration, but larger than would be expected were the same nonionic mechanism to apply as it does in benzene. The consequences of these conclusions are discussed

  10. Excess volumes in the solutions benzene-H6/benzene-D6, cyclohexane-H12/benzene-H6, cyclohexane-H12/benzene-D6, and benzene-H6/benzene-D6/H2O

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    Excess volumes are reported for the title solutions across the entire concentration range at 25 and 400C. For the solution of isotopic isomers, C6H6/C6D6, the excess volume shows a complicated concentration dependence with a minimum of about -6 X 10-9 m3/mol near X/sub C6H6/ = 0.33 and a maximum of about 2 X 10-9 m3/mol near X/sub C6H6/ = 0.8 (250C). The effect is sensitive to trace water content. For benzene/cyclohexane solutions the volumetric isotope effects display simpler concentration dependences. Thus, the difference, V/sup E//sub C6H6///sub C6H12/ - V/sup E//sub C6D6///sub C6H12/, within experimental error shows simple minima at X/sub benzene/ = 0.5 of about -7 X 10-9 (250C) and -12 X 10-9 (450C) m3/mol. After comparing the present results for C6H6/C6H12 solutions with those of previous workers, we discuss isotope effects in terms of the theory of isotope effects on the properties of condensed phases

  11. Simultaneous determination of benzene and phenol in heat transfer fluid by head-space gas chromatography hyphenated with ion mobility spectrometry.

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    Criado-García, L; Garrido-Delgado, R; Arce, L; López, F; Peón, R; Valcárcel, M

    2015-11-01

    The quantitative determination of some compounds such as benzene and phenol in a complex matrix by ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) can be a difficult task, due to the influence of other components present in the matrix and the chemical properties of both compounds, such as their high volatility and low proton affinity. Monitoring of these compounds in a heat transfer fluid (HTF) is essential to check the correct working of a thermosolar plant and for safety and environmental reasons. Benzene and phenol, among other compounds, are produced when HTF is exposed to high temperatures in continuous cycles and their presence can decrease the efficiency of HTF. For the first time, a headspace module coupled to a gas chromatography column in combination with an IMS (with a tritium ionization source) has been optimized and fully validated to simultaneously quantify benzene and phenol in HTF. The limit of detection (LOD) and limit of quantification (LOQ) achieved with the method proposed were 0.011 and 0.038gL(-1) and 0.004 and 0.014gL(-1) for benzene and phenol respectively. The precision of the method was evaluated in terms of repeatability and reproducibility with all values lower than 9.2% and 13.3%, respectively. Results demonstrated that benzene and phenol were generated in the HTF heating process, and its concentration increased with heating time (approximately 483h). The average concentration values for benzene and phenol in degraded HTF samples were not significantly different to values obtained using a gas chromatography-flame ionization detector instrument. Therefore, IMS is a promising technique for in-field quality control of HTF in a thermosolar plant due to its speed, versatility, sensitivity and selectivity to quantify these degradation compounds. PMID:26452912

  12. High urinary phthalate concentration associated with delayed pubarche in girls

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    Frederiksen, H; SØrensen, K

    2012-01-01

    Phthalates are a group of chemicals present in numerous consumer products. They have anti-androgenic properties in experimental studies and are suspected to be involved in human male reproductive health problems. A few studies have shown associations between phthalate exposure and changes in pubertal timing among girls, although controversies exist. We determined the concentration of 12 phthalate metabolites in first morning urine samples from 725 healthy Danish girls (aged 5.6-19.1?years) in relation to age, pubertal development (breast and pubic hair stage) and reproductive hormone levels (luteinizing hormone, oestradiol and testosterone). Furthermore, urinary phthalates were determined in 25 girls with precocious puberty (PP). In general, the youngest girls with less advanced pubertal development had the highest first morning urinary concentration of the monobutyl phthalate isoforms (?MBP((i+n)) ), monobenzyl phthalate (MBzP), metabolites of di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (?DEHPm) and of di-iso-nonyl phthalate (?DINPm). After stratification of the urinary phthalate excretion into quartiles, we found that the age at pubarche was increasing with increasing phthalate metabolite quartiles (except for MEP). This trend was statistically significant when all phthalate metabolites (except MEP) were summarized and expressed as quartiles. No association between phthalates and breast development was observed. In addition, there were no differences in urinary phthalate metabolite levels between girls with PP and controls. We demonstrated that delayed pubarche, but not thelarche, was associated with high phthalate excretion in urine samples from 725 healthy school girls, which may suggest anti-androgenic actions of phthalates in our study group of girls.

  13. Shock-driven chemistry and reactive wave dynamics in benzene

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    Sheffield, Stephen; Dattelbaum, Dana; Coe, Joshua; Los Alamos National Laboratory Team

    2015-06-01

    Benzene is a stable organic chemistry molecule because of its electronic structure - aromatic stability is derived from its delocalized, ?-bonded, 6-membered planar ring structure. Benzene principal shock Hugoniot states have been reported previously by several groups, at both high and low pressures. Cusps (or discontinuities) in the shock Hugoniot provide evidence that chemical reactions take place under shockwave compression of benzene at input pressure conditions above 12 GPa. In other shock-driven experiments, spectral changes have been observed near this cusp condition, indicating that the cusp is associated with shock-driven chemical reaction(s). In this work, a series of gas-gun-driven plate impact experiments were performed to measure and quantify the details associated with shock-driven reactive flow in benzene. Using embedded electromagnetic gauges (with up to 10 Lagrangian gauge positions in-material in a single experiment) multiple, evolving wave structures have been measured in benzene when the inputs were above 12 GPa, with the details changing as the input pressure was increased. Detailed insights into the volume changes associated with the chemical reaction(s), reaction rates, and estimates of the bulk moduli of reaction intermediates and products were obtained. Using this new experimental data (along with the older experimental data from others), the benzene reactant and product Hugoniot loci have been modeled by thermodynamically complete equations of state.

  14. High efficiency/high concentration ozonizer; Kokoritsu konodo ozon hassei sochi

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    2000-01-10

    A high concentration ozone generating device (ozonizer) was developed which was intended to bring high efficiency, small size and low cost for the purpose of propagation and establishment of ozone processing. The Fuji ozonizer FWX series (ozone generation 0.1-100kgO{sub 3}/h) is a high concentration ozonizer that efficiently generates high concentration ozone with oxygen as the material. The largest feature of the FWX series are the employment of a PWM converter suppressing generation of higher harmonic in a power adjusting unit and the use of a dual face cooling type ozone generating tube of high precision and high cooling efficiency by further improving the precision of a glass lined tube having actual results. As a result, the ozone generation is increased about ten times as much as the conventional level, realizing about 50% miniaturization and the reduction of electrical power consumption. Fuji Electric Co., Ltd. will further the development of utilization technology such as accelerated oxidation technology using high concentration ozone, expanding the business in the field of sewage, industrial effluent and pulp. (translated by NEDO)

  15. Selection of common bean lines with high grain yield and high grain calcium and iron concentrations

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    Nerinéia Dalfollo Ribeiro

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Genetic improvement of common bean nutritional quality has advantages in marketing and can contribute to society as a food source. The objective of this study was to evaluate the genetic variability for grain yield, calcium and iron concentrations in grains of inbred common bean lines obtained by different breeding methods. For this, 136 F7 inbred lines were obtained using the Pedigree method and 136 F7 inbred lines were obtained using the Single-Seed Descent (SSD method. The lines showed genetic variability for grain yield, and concentrations of calcium and iron independently of the method of advancing segregating populations. The Pedigree method allows obtaining a greater number of lines with high grain yield. Selection using the SSD method allows the identification of a larger number of lines with high concentrations of calcium and iron in grains. Weak negative correlations were found between grain yield and calcium concentration (r = -0.0994 and grain yield and iron concentration (r = -0.3926. Several lines show genetic superiority for grain yield and concentrations of calcium and iron in grains and their selection can result in new common bean cultivars with high nutritional quality.

  16. Thermodynamic stability of high phosphorus concentration in silicon nanostructures

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    Perego, Michele; Seguini, Gabriele; Arduca, Elisa; Frascaroli, Jacopo; de Salvador, Davide; Mastromatteo, Massimo; Carnera, Alberto; Nicotra, Giuseppe; Scuderi, Mario; Spinella, Corrado; Impellizzeri, Giuliana; Lenardi, Cristina; Napolitani, Enrico

    2015-08-01

    Doping of Si nanocrystals (NCs) has been the subject of a strong experimental and theoretical debate for more than a decade. A major difficulty in the understanding of dopant incorporation at the nanoscale is related to the fact that theoretical calculations usually refer to thermodynamic equilibrium conditions, whereas, from the experimental point of view, impurity incorporation is commonly performed during NC formation. This latter circumstance makes impossible to experimentally decouple equilibrium properties from kinetic effects. In this report, we approach the problem by introducing the dopants into the Si NCs, from a spatially separated dopant source. We induce a P diffusion flux to interact with the already-formed and stable Si NCs embedded in SiO2, maintaining the system very close to the thermodynamic equilibrium. Combining advanced material synthesis, multi-technique experimental quantification and simulations of diffusion profiles with a rate-equation model, we demonstrate that a high P concentration (above the P solid solubility in bulk Si) within Si NCs embedded in a SiO2 matrix corresponds to an equilibrium property of the system. Trapping within the Si NCs embedded in a SiO2 matrix is essentially diffusion limited with no additional energy barrier, whereas de-trapping is prevented by a binding energy of 0.9 eV, in excellent agreement with recent theoretical findings that highlighted the impact of different surface terminations (H- or O-terminated NCs) on the stability of the incorporated P atoms.

  17. Short-term monitoring of benzene air concentration in an urban area: a preliminary study of application of Kruskal-Wallis non-parametric test to assess pollutant impact on global environment and indoor / Monitoraggio a breve termine delle concentrazioni di benzene in aria urbana: uno studio preliminare di applicazione del test Kruskall-Wallis per valutare l'impatto dell'inquinante sull'ambiente esterno ed interno

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    Maria Chiara, Mura; Marco, De Felice; Roberta, Morlino; Sergio, Fuselli.

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available In step with the need to develop statistical procedures to manage small-size environmental samples, in this work we have used concentration values of benzene (C6H6), concurrently detected by seven outdoor and indoor monitoring stations over 12 000 minutes, in order to assess the representativeness o [...] f collected data and the impact of the pollutant on indoor environment. Clearly, the former issue is strictly connected to sampling-site geometry, which proves critical to correctly retrieving information from analysis of pollutants of sanitary interest. Therefore, according to current criteria for network-planning, single stations have been interpreted as nodes of a set of adjoining triangles; then, a) node pairs have been taken into account in order to estimate pollutant stationarity on triangle sides, as well as b) node triplets, to statistically associate data from air-monitoring with the corresponding territory area, and c) node sextuplets, to assess the impact probability of the outdoor pollutant on indoor environment for each area. Distributions from the various node combinations are all non-Gaussian, in the consequently, Kruskal-Wallis (KW) non-parametric statistics has been exploited to test variability on continuous density function from each pair, triplet and sextuplet. Results from the above-mentioned statistical analysis have shown randomness of site selection, which has not allowed a reliable generalization of monitoring data to the entire selected territory, except for a single "forced" case (70%); most important, they suggest a possible procedure to optimize network design.

  18. Adsorption of benzene, phenol and naphthalene on platinum

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    A combination of radiotracer and electrochemical methods was used to study the adsorption of benzene, phenol and naphthalene on smooth and platinized platinum. The adsorption kinetics of these substances was measured at different pH values of the solution, and the dependence of adsorption on electrode potential and concentration of adsorbate in the solution was determined. The irreversible nature of the adsorption of benzene, phenol and naphthalene on platinum was established. In the case of phenol and naphthalene, it was shown that at phi?=0.05V, hydrogenation products of these substances accumulate at the electrode. (author)

  19. Modeling the impact of ethanol on the persistence of benzene in gasoline-contaminatedgroundwater

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    Molson, J. W.; Barker, J. F.; Frind, E. O.; Schirmer, M.

    2002-01-01

    The effect of ethanol on the persistence of benzenein gasoline-contaminated aquifers is simulated using a multicomponent reactivetransport model. The conceptual model includes a residual gasoline sourcewhich is dissolving at the water table into an aquifer containing a limitedamount of dissolved oxygen. The coupled processes include nonaqueous phaseliquid (NAPL) source dissolution, transport of the dissolved components, andcompetitive aerobic biodegradation. Comparisons are made between dissolvedbenzene plumes from a gasoline spill and those from an otherwise equivalentspill containing 10% ethanol (gasohol). Simulations have shown that undersome conditions a 10% ethanol component in gasoline can extend the traveldistance of a benzene plume by up to 150% relative to that from an equivalentethanol-free gasoline spill. The increase occurs because ethanol preferentiallyconsumes oxygen, which reduces the biodegradation rate of benzene. The impactis limited, however, because sufficient oxygen disperses behind the ethanolplume into the slightly retarded benzene plume. A sensitivity analysis fortwo common spill scenarios showed that background oxygen concentrations andbenzene retardation have the most significant influence on ethanol-inducedbenzene persistence. The results are highly relevant in light of the increasinguse of ethanol-enhanced fuels throughout the world and the forthcoming banof methyl tertiary-butyl-ether (MTBE) in California and its probable replacementby ethanol by the end of 2002.

  20. Benzene emission from the actual car fleet in relation to petrol composition in Denmark

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    Palmgren, Finn; Hansen, Asger B.; Berkowicz, Ruwim; Skov, Henrik

    The present study covers an investigation of the trends in air pollution levels of benzene in Danish cities and their relationship with the benzene content in petrol. Petrol samples from the two refineries in Denmark as well as sold petrol from some representative Danish petrol stations were analysed. The benzene content in Danish petrol was reduced from 3.5% for 95 octane prior to 1995 to approx. 2% in 1995 and further to 1 % in 1998. Air quality measurements of aromatic VOC are available from two Danish cities; Copenhagen since 1994 and Odense since 1997. Measurements of benzene, CO and NO x from these two locations were analysed using the Operational Street Pollution Model (OSPM) and trends in the actual emissions of these pollutants were determined. It is shown that the decrease in both the concentration levels and in the emissions was significantly larger for benzene than for CO and NO x. The decreasing trends of NO x and CO could be explained by the increasing fraction of petrol-fuelled vehicles with three way catalysts (TWC). The much steeper decreasing trend for benzene can most likely be attributed to a combination of the effect of the increasing share of the TWC vehicles and a simultaneous reduction of benzene content in Danish petrol. The reduction of benzene concentrations and emissions is observed despite that the total amount of aromatics in petrol has increased slightly in the same period.

  1. Benzene emission from the actual car fleet in relation to petrol composition in Denmark

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    The present study covers an investigation of the trends in air pollution levels of benzene in Danish cities and their relationship with the benzene content in petrol. Petrol samples from the two refineries in Denmark as well as sold petrol from some representative Danish petrol stations were analysed. The benzene content in Danish petrol was reduced from 3.5% for 95 octane prior to 1995 to approx. 2% in 1995 and further to 1% in 1998. Air quality measurements of aromatic VOC are available from two Danish cities; Copenhagen since 1994 and Odense since 1997. Measurements of benzene, CO and NOx from these two locations were analysed using the Operational Street Pollution Model (OSPM) and trends in the actual emissions of these pollutants were determined. It is shown that the decrease in both the concentration levels and in the emissions was significantly larger for benzene than for CO and NOx. The decreasing trends of NOx and CO could be explained by the increasing fraction of petrol-fuelled vehicles with three way catalysts (TWC). The much steeper decreasing trend for benzene can most likely be attributed to a combination of the effect of the increasing share of the TWC vehicles and a simultaneous reduction of benzene content in Danish petrol. The reduction of benzene concentrations and emissions is observed despite that the total amount of aromatics in petrol has increased slightly in the same period. (Author)

  2. Benzene emission from the actual car fleet in relation to petrol composition in Denmark

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    Palmgren, F.; Hansen, A.B.; Berkowicz, R.; Skov, H. [National Environmental Research Inst., Roskilde (Denmark)

    2001-01-01

    The present study covers an investigation of the trends in air pollution levels of benzene in Danish cities and their relationship with the benzene content in petrol. Petrol samples from the two refineries in Denmark as well as sold petrol from some representative Danish petrol stations were analysed. The benzene content in Danish petrol was reduced from 3.5% for 95 octane prior to 1995 to approx. 2% in 1995 and further to 1% in 1998. Air quality measurements of aromatic VOC are available from two Danish cities; Copenhagen since 1994 and Odense since 1997. Measurements of benzene, CO and NO{sub x} from these two locations were analysed using the Operational Street Pollution Model (OSPM) and trends in the actual emissions of these pollutants were determined. It is shown that the decrease in both the concentration levels and in the emissions was significantly larger for benzene than for CO and NO{sub x}. The decreasing trends of NO{sub x} and CO could be explained by the increasing fraction of petrol-fuelled vehicles with three way catalysts (TWC). The much steeper decreasing trend for benzene can most likely be attributed to a combination of the effect of the increasing share of the TWC vehicles and a simultaneous reduction of benzene content in Danish petrol. The reduction of benzene concentrations and emissions is observed despite that the total amount of aromatics in petrol has increased slightly in the same period. (Author)

  3. On separation of thorium concentrate from high concentrated calcium chloride solutions

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    Extraction, washing, re-extraction and precipitation of thorium(IV) from re-extract in hydrochloric acid engineering of perovskite are studied. Conditions for the preparation of concentrate with the content of ThO2 near 85 mas.% are recommended. Lowering of Vorg:Vwat to (0.5-0.6):1 values during the extraction is needed for the preparation of rich by Th(IV) concentrate. Re-extraction of Th(IV) from organic phase is recommended to realize at Vorg:Vwat =1:(1-1.5), and its precipitation from re-extract - at pH?5

  4. Soot precursor measurements in benzene and hexane diffusion flames

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    Kobayashi, Y.; Furuhata, T.; Amagai, K.; Arai, M. [Department of Mechanical System Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Gunma University, 1-5-1 Tenjin-cho, Kiryu-shi, Gunma 376-8515 (Japan)

    2008-08-15

    To clarify the mechanism of soot formation in diffusion flames of liquid fuels, measurements of soot and its precursors were carried out. Sooting diffusion flames formed by a small pool combustion equipment system were used for this purpose. Benzene and hexane were used as typical aromatic and paraffin fuels. A laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) method was used to obtain spatial distributions of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are considered as soot particles. Spatial distributions of soot in test flames were measured by a laser-induced incandescence (LII) method. Soot diameter was estimated from the temporal change of LII intensity. A region of transition from PAHs to soot was defined from the results of LIF and LII. Flame temperatures, PAH species, and soot diameters in this transition region were investigated for both benzene and hexane flames. The results show that though the flame structures of benzene and hexane were different, the temperature in the PAHs-soot transition region of the benzene flame was similar to that of the hexane flame. Furthermore, the relationship between the PAH concentrations measured by gas chromatography in both flames and the PAH distributions obtained from LIF are discussed. It was found that PAHs with smaller molecular mass, such as benzene and toluene, remained in both the PAHs-soot transition and sooting regions, and it is thought that molecules heavier than pyrene are the leading candidates for soot precursor formation. (author)

  5. 40 CFR 52.1164 - Localized high concentrations-carbon monoxide.

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    ...Localized high concentrations-carbon monoxide. 52.1164 Section 52...Localized high concentrations—carbon monoxide. (a) Not later than...ambient air quality standards for carbon monoxide. Once such localized...

  6. Chemical Potential of Benzene Fluid from Monte Carlo Simulation with Anisotropic United Atom Model

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    Mahfuzh Huda

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The profile of chemical potential of benzene fluid has been investigated using Anisotropic United Atom (AUA model. A Monte Carlo simulation in canonical ensemble was done to obtain the isotherm of benzene fluid, from which the excess part of chemical potential was calculated. A surge of potential energy is observed during the simulation at high temperature which is related to the gas-liquid phase transition. The isotherm profile indicates the tendency of benzene to condensate due to the strong attractive interaction. The results show that the chemical potential of benzene rapidly deviates from its ideal gas counterpart even at low density.

  7. Observation of Replacement of Carbon in Benzene with Nitrogen in a Low-Temperature Plasma

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    Zhiping Zhang; Xiaoyun Gong; Sichun Zhang; Haijun Yang; Youmin Shi; Chengdui Yang; Xinrong Zhang; Xingchuang Xiong; Xiang Fang; Zheng Ouyang

    2013-01-01

    Selective activation of benzene has been mainly limited to the C-H activation. Simple replacement of one carbon in benzene with another atom remains unresolved due to the high dissociation energy. Herein, we demonstrate a direct breakage of the particularly strong C = C bond in benzene through ion-molecule reaction in a low-temperature plasma, in which one carbon atom was replaced by one atomic nitrogen with the formation of pyridine. The mechanism for the formation of pyridine from benzene h...

  8. Densities and excess volumes of benzene + hexane between 298. 15 and 473. 15 K

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    Beg, S.A.; Tukur, N.M.; Al-Harbi, D.K.; Hamad, E.Z. (Kind Fahd Univ. of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran (Saudi Arabia). Dept. of Chemical Engineering)

    This paper reports the results of measurements of the densities for benzene + hexane using a high-pressure stainless steel pycnometer system at various temperatures between 298.15 and 473.15 K. The results were compared with those predicted by the Hankinson-Brobst-Thomson correlation (HBT) and the Spencer and Danner modified Rackett equation (SDR). The HBT equation showed an average deviation of about 0.74% from the experimental results while the SDR equation showed a 0.20% average absolute deviation. The excess molar volumes, V[sup E], calculated from the density values have been found to be positive for all the concentrations and temperatures considered.

  9. Anaerobic degradation of benzene by enriched consortia with humic acids as terminal electron acceptors

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    Cervantes, Francisco J., E-mail: fjcervantes@ipicyt.edu.mx [Division de Ciencias Ambientales, Instituto Potosino de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnologica (IPICyT), Camino a la Presa San Jose 2055, Col. Lomas 4a. Seccion, San Luis Potosi, SLP, 78216 Mexico (Mexico); Mancilla, Ana Rosa; Toro, E. Emilia Rios-del [Division de Ciencias Ambientales, Instituto Potosino de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnologica (IPICyT), Camino a la Presa San Jose 2055, Col. Lomas 4a. Seccion, San Luis Potosi, SLP, 78216 Mexico (Mexico); Alpuche-Solis, Angel G.; Montoya-Lorenzana, Lilia [Division de Biologia Molecular, Instituto Potosino de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnologica (IPICyT), Camino a la Presa San Jose 2055, Col. Lomas 4a. Seccion, San Luis Potosi, SLP, 78216 Mexico (Mexico)

    2011-11-15

    Highlights: {yields} Enriched consortia were able to couple the anaerobic degradation of benzene to the reduction of humic acids. {yields} Electron-equivalents derived from anaerobic benzene oxidation were highly recovered as reduced humic acids. {yields} Several species from classes {beta}-, {delta}- and {gamma}-Proteobacteria were enriched during the anaerobic degradation of benzene. - Abstract: The anaerobic degradation of benzene coupled to the reduction of humic acids (HA) was demonstrated in two enriched consortia. Both inocula were able to oxidize benzene under strict anaerobic conditions when the humic model compound, anthraquinone-2,6-disulfonate (AQDS), was supplied as terminal electron acceptor. An enrichment culture originated from a contaminated soil was also able to oxidize benzene linked to the reduction of highly purified soil humic acids (HPSHA). In HPSHA-amended cultures, 9.3 {mu}M of benzene were degraded, which corresponds to 279 {+-} 27 micro-electron equivalents ({mu}Eq) L{sup -1}, linked to the reduction of 619 {+-} 81 {mu}Eq L{sup -1} of HPSHA. Neither anaerobic benzene oxidation nor reduction of HPSHA occurred in sterilized controls. Anaerobic benzene oxidation did not occur in soil incubations lacking HPSHA. Furthermore, negligible reduction of HPSHA occurred in the absence of benzene. The enrichment culture derived from this soil was dominated by two {gamma}-Proteobacteria phylotypes. A benzene-degrading AQDS-reducing enrichment originated from a sediment sample showed the prevalence of different species from classes {beta}-, {delta}- and {gamma}-Proteobacteria. The present study provides clear quantitative demonstration of anaerobic degradation of benzene coupled to the reduction of HA.

  10. Bandgap Engineering in High-Efficiency Multijunction Concentrator Cells

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    King, R. R.; Sherif, R. A.; Kinsey, G. S.; Kurtz, S.; Fetzer, C. M.; Edmondson, K. M.; Law, D. C.; Cotal, H. L.; Krut, D. D.; Ermer, J. H.; Karam, N. H.

    2005-08-01

    This paper discusses semiconductor device research paths under investigation with the aim of reaching the milestone efficiency of 40%. A cost analysis shows that achieving very high cell efficiencies is crucial for the realization of cost-effective photovoltaics, because of the strongly leveraging effect of efficiency on module packaging and balance-of systems costs. Lattice-matched (LM) GaInP/ GaInAs/ Ge 3-junction cells have achieved the highest independently confirmed efficiency at 175 suns, 25?C, of 37.3% under the standard AM1.5D, low-AOD terrestrial spectrum. Lattice-mismatched, or metamorphic (MM), materials offer still higher potential efficiencies, if the crystal quality can be maintained. Theoretical efficiencies well over 50% are possible for a MM GaInP/ 1.17-eV GaInAs/ Ge 3-junction cell limited by radiative recombination at 500 suns. The bandgap - open circuit voltage offset, (Eg/q) - Voc, is used as a valuable theoretical and experimental tool to characterize multijunction cells with subcell bandgaps ranging from 0.7 to 2.1 eV. Experimental results are presented for prototype 6-junction cells employing an active {approx}1.1-eV dilute nitride GaInNAs subcell, with active-area efficiency greater than 23% and over 5.3 V open-circuit voltage under the 1-sun AM0 space spectrum. Such cell designs have theoretical efficiencies under the terrestrial spectrum at 500 suns concentration exceeding 55% efficiency, even for lattice-matched designs.

  11. Instrument for benzene and toluene emission measurements of glycol regenerators

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    We introduce an in-field and in-explosive atmosphere useable instrument, which can measure the benzene and toluene concentration in two gas and two glycol samples produced by natural gas dehydration units. It is a two-phase, on-line gas chromatograph with a photoacoustic spectroscopy based detector. The time resolution is 10 min per cycle and the minimum detectable concentrations are 2 mg m?3 for benzene, 3 mg m?3 for toluene in natural gas, and 5 g m?3 for benzene and 6 g m?3 for toluene in glycol. Test measurements were carried out at a dehydration plant belonging to MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Company. Benzene and toluene emissions of gas dehydration unit are calculated from the measured values based on mass balance of a glycol regenerator. The relationship between the outdoor temperature and the measured concentration was observed which is caused by temperature-dependent operation of the whole dehydration unit. Emission decreases with increase of outdoor temperature. (paper)

  12. Development of manufacturing capability for high-concentration, high-efficiency silicon solar cells

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    Sinton, R.A.; Verlinden, P.J.; Crane, R.A.; Swanson, R.N. [SunPower Corp., Sunnyvale, CA (United States)

    1996-10-01

    This report presents a summary of the major results from a program to develop a manufacturable, high-efficiency silicon concentrator solar cell and a cost-effective manufacturing facility. The program was jointly funded by the Electric Power Research Institute, Sandia National Laboratories through the Concentrator Initiative, and SunPower Corporation. The key achievements of the program include the demonstration of 26%-efficient silicon concentrator solar cells with design-point (20 W/cm{sup 2}) efficiencies over 25%. High-performance front-surface passivations; that were developed to achieve this result were verified to be absolutely stable against degradation by 475 days of field exposure at twice the design concentration. SunPower demonstrated pilot production of more than 1500 of these cells. This cell technology was also applied to pilot production to supply 7000 17.7-cm{sup 2} one-sun cells (3500 yielded wafers) that demonstrated exceptional quality control. The average efficiency of 21.3% for these cells approaches the peak efficiency ever demonstrated for a single small laboratory cell within 2% (absolute). Extensive cost models were developed through this program and calibrated by the pilot-production project. The production levels achieved indicate that SunPower could produce 7-10 MW of concentrator cells per year in the current facility based upon the cell performance demonstrated during the program.

  13. Supplementary measurements for air monitoring under NOVANA - Benzene and PAH; Supplerende maalinger til luftovervaagning under NOVANA - benzen og PAH

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    Ellermann, T.; Klenoe Noejgaard, J.; Bossi, R.

    2011-10-15

    The report presents results from a project carried out for the Danish Environmental Protection Agency. The aim of the project was to carry out several measuring campaigns in order to be able to better assess the monitoring needs for PAH and benzene in relation to EU's air quality directives. The results show that the mean concentrations of benzene are almost at the same level in Denmark's four largest cities, and that the concentrations are both below the threshold value (5mug/m3) as well as below the lower assessment threshold (2mug/m3). The report presents a method for objectively estimation the benzene concentration based on measurements of CO. The method can be applied to fulfil the monitoring need for benzene in those zones where no measurements of benzene are made. Measurements of PAH, especially benzo(a)pyrene, have been made during 12 months in the period 2010-2011 in an area with many wood burning furnaces are used (the town Jyllinge). The concentrations of benzo(a)pyrene in Jyllinge is almost three times higher than in the street H.C. Andersens Boulevard in Copenhagen. The concentrations of benzo(a)pyrene in Jylllinge are 0,6 ng/m3, which corresponds to the upper assessment threshold (0,6 ng/m3) and is 40% below the measuring value (1 ng/m3). On this basis, there is a need for re-evaluating the monitoring of PAH in the sub-programme for air under NOVANA. Measurements of PM{sub 10} showed that the levels in the towns Jyllinge, Lille Valby/Risoe and at the H.C. Oersted Institute in Copenhagen are all at about 20-22 mug/m3. (LN)

  14. The preparation of alkyl benzene sulphonate, 14C-labelled in the benzene ring

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    The paper describes the preparation of sodium alkyl sulphonate 14C-labelled in the benzene ring. The composition of the resultant product largely corresponded to that of a technical alkyl benzene sulphonate. It was obtained by sulphonation of alkyl benzene which, in turn, had been made by reacting 14C-labelled benzene with a technical olefin fraction. (orig.)

  15. Celecoxib concentration predicts decrease in prostaglandin E2 concentrations in nipple aspirate fluid from high risk women

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    Flynn John T; Ruhlen Rachel L; Hewett John E; Qin Wenyi; Sauter Edward R; Rottinghaus George; Chen Yin-Chieh

    2008-01-01

    Abstract Background Epidemiologic studies suggest that long term low dose celecoxib use significantly lowers breast cancer risk. We previously demonstrated that 400 mg celecoxib taken twice daily for 2 weeks lowered circulating plasma and breast nipple aspirate fluid (NAF) prostaglandin (PG)E2 concentrations in post- but not premenopausal high risk women. We hypothesized that circulating concentrations of celecoxib influenced PGE2 response, and that plasma levels of the drug are influenced by...

  16. Evaluation of the occupational risk for exposition to Benzene, Toluene and Xylene in a paintings industry in Bogota

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    It was determined Benzene, Toluene and Xylene (BTX) levels in air from paint manufacture assigned to Instituto Colombiano de Seguro Social with the purpose to evaluate the occupational hazard caused by the use of these solvents. These results were compared with the threshold limit value (TLV). It was selected as sampling strategy, the methodology of partial period with consecutive samples and charcoal tubes as adsorbent of solvents. The extraction was realized with carbon disulfide and it was used gas chromatography with FID as analysis method. It was found that the method is highly selective because in presence of the others ten solvents, utilized in paint manufacture, were obtained a good separation for BTX. The precision, expressed a variance coefficient, was lower than 10%, the accuracy varied between 85 and 99 % for the three solvents. The airborne concentration found was between no detectable and 55,1 mg/m3 for benzene, 18,3 and 253 mg/m3 for toluene and 11,8 and 122,2 mg/m3 for xylene. The corrected TLV values for benzene, toluene and xylenes according to the brief and scale model for the ten hours shift were 1,1, 132 and 304 mg/m3 respectively. It was found occupational risk for benzene in some workplaces; this one is worried because benzene is not used as raw material for the paint manufacture. It was determinate that exist occupational risk in almost every workplace of the industry when it is considered the mixture of the three solvents

  17. Revisiting the glass transition and dynamics of supercooled benzene by calorimetric studies.

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    Tu, Wenkang; Chen, Zeming; Li, Xiangqian; Gao, Yanqin; Liu, Riping; Wang, Li-Min

    2015-10-28

    The glass transition and dynamics of benzene are studied in binary mixtures of benzene with five glass forming liquids, which can be divided into three groups: (a) o-terphenyl and m-xylene, (b) N-butyl methacrylate, and (c) N,N-dimethylpropionamide and N,N-diethylformamide to represent the weak, moderate, and strong interactions with benzene. The enthalpies of mixing, ?Hmix, for the benzene mixtures are measured to show positive or negative signs, with which the validity of the extrapolations of the glass transition temperature Tg to the benzene-rich regions is examined. The extrapolations for the Tg data in the mixtures are found to converge around the point of 142 K, producing Tg of pure benzene. The fragility m of benzene is also evaluated by extrapolating the results of the mixtures, and a fragility m ? 80 is yielded. The obtained Tg and m values for benzene allow for the construction of the activation plot in the deeply supercooled region. The poor glass formability of benzene is found to result from the high melting point, which in turn leads to low viscosity in the supercooled liquid. PMID:26520521

  18. Thiamine status of feedlot cattle fed a high-concentrate diet

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    Karapinar, Tolga; DABAK, Murat; Kizil, Omer

    2010-01-01

    As thiamine status of ruminants is adversely affected by rumen acidity, this study investigated whether or not thiamine deficiency occurs in feedlot cattle fed a high concentrate diet. Fifty 1- to 2-year-old feedlot cattle fed a high concentrate diet (75% barley) for at least 3 mo (high concentrate diet group) and 15 healthy feedlot cattle of similar ages (control group) that were fed a low concentrate diet (30% barley) were used. Rumen fluid samples were obtained by rumenocentesis and their ...

  19. Lymphocyte chromosome breakage in low benzene exposure among Indonesian workers

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    Dewi S. Soemarko

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Benzene has been used in industry since long time and its level in environment should be controled. Although environmental benzene level has been controlled to less than 1 ppm, negative effect of benzene exposure is still observed, such as chromosome breakage. This study aimed to know the prevalence of lymphocyte chromosome breakage and the influencing factors among workers in low level benzene exposure.Methods: This was a cross sectional study in oil & gas industry T, conducted between September 2007 and April 2010. The study subjects consisted of 115 workers from production section and head office. Data on type of work, duration of benzene exposure, and antioxidant consumption were collected by interview as well as observation of working process. Lymphocyte chromosome breakage was examined by banding method. Analysis of relationship between chromosome breakage and risk factors was performed by chi-square and odd ratio, whereas the role of determinant risk factors was analyzed by multivariate forward stepwise.Results: Overall lymphocyte chromosome breakage was experieced by 72 out of 115 subjects (62.61%. The prevalence among workers at production section was 68.9%, while among administration workers was 40% (p > 0.05. Low antioxidant intake increases the risk of chromosome breakage (p = 0.035; ORadjusted = 2.90; 95%CI 1.08-7.78. Other influencing factors are: type of work (p = 0,10; ORcrude = 3.32; 95% CI 1.33-8.3 and chronic benzene exposure at workplace (p = 0.014; ORcrude = 2.61; 95% CI 1.2-5.67, while the work practice-behavior decreases the lymphocyte chromosome breakage (p = 0.007; ORadjusted = 0.30; 95% CI 0.15-0.76.Conclusion: The prevalence of lymphocyte chromosome breakage in the environment with low benzene exposure is quite high especially in production workers. Chronic benzene exposure in the workplace, type of work, and low antioxidant consumption is related to lymphocyte chromosome breakage. Thus, benzene in the workplace should be controlled to less than 1 ppm, and the habit of high antioxidant consumption is recommended.

  20. Inhibition of human topoisomerase II in vitro by bioactive benzene metabolites.

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    Frantz, C E; Chen, H; Eastmond, D A

    1996-01-01

    Benzene is a clastogenic and carcinogenic agent that induces acute myelogenous leukemia in humans and multiple of tumors in animals. Previous research has indicated that benzene must first be metabolized to one or more bioactive species to exert its myelotoxic and genotoxic effects. To better understand the possible role of individual benzene metabolites in the leukemogenic process, as well as to further investigate inhibition of topoisomerase II by benzene metabolites, a series of known and putative benzene metabolites, phenol, 4,4'-biphenol, 2,2'-biphenol, hydroquinone, catechol, 1,2,4-benzenetriol, 1,4-benzoquinone, and trans-trans-muconaldehyde were tested for inhibitory effects in vitro on the human topoisomerase II enzyme. With minor modifications of the standard assay conditions, 1,4-benzoquinone and trans-trans-muconaldehyde were shown to be directly inhibitory, whereas all of the phenolic metabolites were shown to inhibit enzymatic activity following bioactivation using a peroxidase activation system. The majority of compounds tested inhibited topoisomerase II at concentrations at or below 10 microM. These results confirm and expand upon previous findings from our laboratory and indicate that many of the metabolites of benzene could potentially interfere with topoisomerase II. Since other inhibitors of topoisomerase II have been shown to induce leukemia in humans, inhibition of this enzyme by benzene metabolites may also play a role in the carcinogenic effects of benzene. PMID:9118913

  1. Stability of Human Telomere Quadruplexes at High DNA Concentrations.

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    Kejnovská, Iva; Vorlí?ková, Michaela; Brázdová, Marie; Sagi, J.

    2014-01-01

    Ro?. 101, ?. 4 (2014), s. 428-438. ISSN 0006-3525 R&D Projects: GA ?R(CZ) GAP205/12/0466 Institutional support: RVO:68081707 Keywords : quadruplex * DNA concentration * folding topology Subject RIV: BO - Biophysics Impact factor: 2.385, year: 2014

  2. High-performance flat-panel solar thermoelectric generators with high thermal concentration.

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    Kraemer, Daniel; Poudel, Bed; Feng, Hsien-Ping; Caylor, J Christopher; Yu, Bo; Yan, Xiao; Ma, Yi; Wang, Xiaowei; Wang, Dezhi; Muto, Andrew; McEnaney, Kenneth; Chiesa, Matteo; Ren, Zhifeng; Chen, Gang

    2011-07-01

    The conversion of sunlight into electricity has been dominated by photovoltaic and solar thermal power generation. Photovoltaic cells are deployed widely, mostly as flat panels, whereas solar thermal electricity generation relying on optical concentrators and mechanical heat engines is only seen in large-scale power plants. Here we demonstrate a promising flat-panel solar thermal to electric power conversion technology based on the Seebeck effect and high thermal concentration, thus enabling wider applications. The developed solar thermoelectric generators (STEGs) achieved a peak efficiency of 4.6% under AM1.5G (1 kW m(-2)) conditions. The efficiency is 7-8 times higher than the previously reported best value for a flat-panel STEG, and is enabled by the use of high-performance nanostructured thermoelectric materials and spectrally-selective solar absorbers in an innovative design that exploits high thermal concentration in an evacuated environment. Our work opens up a promising new approach which has the potential to achieve cost-effective conversion of solar energy into electricity. PMID:21532584

  3. 1,2'-Bis(4-aminophenoxy)benzene based designed fluoro-poly(ether-imide)/MMT clay nanocomposites: Synthesis and properties for high performance applications

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    In an effort to develop structure-property understanding of fluoro-polymer/inorganic clay nanocomposite (i.e., Ceramer) technology, two series of fluoro-poly(ether amic acid) (6F-PEAA)/organosoluble Montmorillonite (MMT) clay nanocomposite formulations containing varying percentage of diamine modified (ion-exchanged) organosoluble-MMT clay were prepared from the partially fluorinated fluoro poly(ether-amic acid)s (6F-PEAA) synthesized by reacting on 2,2'-bis(3,4-dicarboxyphenyl) hexafluoropropane dianhydride (6FDA) and di-ether-containing diamines, such as 1,2'-bis(4-aminophenoxy) benzene (o-BAPOB) and 4,4'-bis(4-aminophenoxy) diphenyl sulfone (p-SED), respectively. Self supporting films were cast from these formulations and cured at elevated temperatures. XRD data, indirectly confirmed the exfoliation of organosoluble-MMT clay at molecular level in the nanocomposite. The solubility, chemical resistance, morphology, thermo-oxidative stability, thermal degradation kinetics, mechanical behavior, and moisture absorption of these [(6F-PEI)/MMT clay] nanocomposite films were systematically studied

  4. Concentration measurement of yeast suspensions using high frequency ultrasound backscattering.

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    Elvira, Luis; Vera, Pedro; Cañadas, Francisco Jesús; Shukla, Shiva Kant; Montero, Francisco

    2016-01-01

    This work proposes the use of an ultrasound based technique to measure the concentration of yeasts in liquid suspension. This measurement was achieved by the detection and quantification of ultrasonic echoes backscattered by the cells. More specifically, the technique was applied to the detection and quantification of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. A theoretical approach was proposed to get the average density and sound speed of the yeasts, which were found to be 1116kg/m(3) and 1679m/s, respectively. These parameters were needed to model the waves backscattered by each single cell. A pulse-echo arrangement working around 50MHz, being able to detect echoes from single yeasts was used to characterize experimentally yeast solutions from 10(2) to 10(7)cells/ml. The Non-negative Matrix Factorization denoising technique was applied for data analysis. This technique required a previous learning of the spectral patterns of the echoes reflected from yeasts in solution and the base noise from the liquid medium. Comparison between pulse correlation (without denoising) and theoretical and experimental pattern learning was made to select the best signal processing. A linear relation between ultrasound output and concentration was obtained with correlation coefficient R(2)=0.996 for the experimental learning. Concentrations from 10(4) to 10(7)cells/ml were detected above the base noise. These results show the viability of using the ultrasound backscattering technique to detect yeasts and measure their concentration in liquid cultures, improving the sensitivity obtained using spectrophotometric methods by one order of magnitude. PMID:26361271

  5. Differences in Swallowing between High and Low Concentration Taste Stimuli

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    Ahmed Nagy; Steele, Catriona M.; Pelletier, Cathy A.

    2014-01-01

    Taste is a property that is thought to potentially modulate swallowing behavior. Whether such effects depend on taste, intensity remains unclear. This study explored differences in the amplitudes of tongue-palate pressures in swallowing as a function of taste stimulus concentration. Tongue-palate pressures were collected in 80 healthy women, in two age groups (under 40, over 60), stratified by genetic taste status (nontasters, supertasters). Liquids with different taste qualities (sweet, sour...

  6. High resolution imaging of intracellular oxygen concentration by phosphorescence lifetime

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    Kurokawa, Hiromi; Ito, Hidehiro; Inoue, Mai; Tabata, Kenji; Sato, Yoshifumi; Yamagata, Kazuya; Kizaka-Kondoh, Shinae; Kadonosono, Tetsuya; Yano, Shigenobu; INOUE, MASAHIRO; Kamachi, Toshiaki

    2015-01-01

    Optical methods using phosphorescence quenching by oxygen are suitable for sequential monitoring and non-invasive measurements for oxygen concentration (OC) imaging within cells. Phosphorescence intensity measurement is widely used with phosphorescent dyes. These dyes are ubiquitously but heterogeneously distributed inside the whole cell. The distribution of phosphorescent dye is a major disadvantage in phosphorescence intensity measurement. We established OC imaging system for a single cell ...

  7. High concentrations of pepsin in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid from children with cystic fibrosis are associated with high interleukin-8 concentrations.

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    McNally, P

    2012-02-01

    BACKGROUND: Gastro-oesophageal reflux is common in children with cystic fibrosis (CF) and is thought to be associated with pulmonary aspiration of gastric contents. The measurement of pepsin in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid has recently been suggested to be a reliable indicator of aspiration. The prevalence of pulmonary aspiration in a group of children with CF was assessed and its association with lung inflammation investigated. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional case-control study. BAL fluid was collected from individuals with CF (n=31) and healthy controls (n=7). Interleukin-8 (IL-8), pepsin, neutrophil numbers and neutrophil elastase activity levels were measured in all samples. Clinical, microbiological and lung function data were collected from medical notes. RESULTS: The pepsin concentration in BAL fluid was higher in the CF group than in controls (mean (SD) 24.4 (27.4) ng\\/ml vs 4.3 (4.0) ng\\/ml, p=0.03). Those with CF who had raised pepsin concentrations had higher levels of IL-8 in the BAL fluid than those with a concentration comparable to controls (3.7 (2.7) ng\\/ml vs 1.4 (0.9) ng\\/ml, p=0.004). Within the CF group there was a moderate positive correlation between pepsin concentration and IL-8 in BAL fluid (r=0.48, p=0.04). There was no association between BAL fluid pepsin concentrations and age, sex, body mass index z score, forced expiratory volume in 1 s or Pseudomonas aeruginosa colonisation status. CONCLUSIONS: Many children with CF have increased levels of pepsin in the BAL fluid compared with normal controls. Increased pepsin levels were associated with higher IL-8 concentrations in BAL fluid. These data suggest that aspiration of gastric contents occurs in a subset of patients with CF and is associated with more pronounced lung inflammation.

  8. Excess Thermodynamic Properties of Concentrated Aqueous Solutions at High Temperatures

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    Measurements of the vapor pressure of the solvent in wide ranges of concentration and temperature provide information on solute solvation and ion pairing--the two phenomena most often invoked for description of dilute solutions. Even in moderately concentrated solutions, as interionic distances become comparable to ionic diameters, these simple concepts gradually lose their meaning and solutions behave like molten salts. The usefulness of experimental vapor pressure results increases rapidly with their accuracy, since derived properties, such as solution enthalpies and heat capacities, can be calculated. Very accurate results can be obtained by the isopiestic method, but primary vapor pressure data for standard solutions are needed. In order to obtain vapor pressures at conditions where accurate isopiestic standards are not available and to establish more accurate standards, the ORNL isopiestic apparatus was modified for simultaneous direct vapor pressure measurements and isopiestic comparisons. There are no comprehensive solution theories derived from molecular level models and able to predict thermodynamic properties of various electrolytes as the composition changes from dilute solutions to molten salts in a wide range of temperatures. Empirical and semi-empirical models are useful for representation of experimental results, interpretation of measurements of other properties such as conductance., solubility or liquid-vapor partitioning of solutes, and for verification of theoretical predictions. Vapor pressures for aqueous CaCl(sub 2), CaBr(sub 2), LiCl, LiBr, LiI, NaI were measured at temperatures between 380 and 523 K in the concentration range extended to water activities below 0.2 (over 30 mol/kg for LiCl). General equations based on the modified Pitzer ion-interaction model were used to obtain enthalpy and heat capacity surfaces, which are compared with direct calorimetric measurements

  9. Low Viscosity Highly Concentrated Injectable Nonaqueous Suspensions of Lysozyme Microparticles

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    Miller, Maria A.; Engstrom, Joshua D.; Ludher, Baltej S.; Johnston, Keith P.

    2010-01-01

    Subcutaneous injection of concentrated protein and peptide solutions, in the range of 100–400 mg/mL, is often not possible with a 25- to 27-gauge needle, as the viscosity can be well above 50 cP. Apparent viscosities below this limit are reported for suspensions of milled lysozyme microparticles up to nearly 400 mg/mL in benzyl benzoate or benzyl benzoate mixtures with safflower oils through a syringe with a 25- to 27-gauge needle at room temperature. These apparent viscosities were confirmed...

  10. Thermodynamic Limitations of Photosynthetic Water Oxidation at High Proton Concentrations*

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    Zaharieva, Ivelina; Wichmann, Jörg M.; Dau, Holger

    2011-01-01

    In oxygenic photosynthesis, solar energy drives the oxidation of water catalyzed by a Mn4Ca complex bound to the proteins of Photosystem II. Four protons are released during one turnover of the water oxidation cycle (S-state cycle), implying thermodynamic limitations at low pH. For proton concentrations ranging from 1 nm (pH 9) to 1 mm (pH 3), we have characterized the low-pH limitations using a new experimental approach: a specific pH-jump protocol combined with time-resolved measurement of ...

  11. Alterations in leukocyte telomere length in workers occupationally exposed to benzene.

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    Bassig, Bryan A; Zhang, Luoping; Cawthon, Richard M; Smith, Martyn T; Yin, Songnian; Li, Guilan; Hu, Wei; Shen, Min; Rappaport, Stephen; Barone-Adesi, Francesco; Rothman, Nathaniel; Vermeulen, Roel; Lan, Qing

    2014-10-01

    Exposure to benzene, a known leukemogen and probable lymphomagen, has been demonstrated to result in oxidative stress, which has previously been associated with altered telomere length (TL). TL specifically has been associated with several health outcomes in epidemiologic studies, including cancer risk, and has been demonstrated to be altered following exposure to a variety of chemical agents. To evaluate the association between benzene exposure and TL, we measured TL by monochrome multiplex quantitative PCR in 43 workers exposed to high levels of benzene and 43 age and sex-matched unexposed workers in Shanghai, China. Benzene exposure levels were monitored using organic vapor passive dosimetry badges before phlebotomy. The median benzene exposure level in exposed workers was 31 ppm. The mean TL in controls, workers exposed to levels of benzene below the median (?31 ppm), and above the median (>31 ppm) was 1.26?±?0.17, 1.25?±?0.16, and 1.37?±?0.23, respectively. Mean TL was significantly elevated in workers exposed to >31 ppm of benzene compared with controls (P?=?0.03). Our findings provide evidence that high levels of occupational benzene exposure are associated with TL. Environ. PMID:24945723

  12. Development of particle-sizing for high concentrated colloidal dispersions based on photon correlations spectroscopy

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    Particle-sizing in colloidal dispersions by dynamic light scattering is restricted to the low-concentration regime. This report shows the development of the above mentioned technique to very high concentrations. The apparatus consists in the main part of a fiber-optic spectrometer; data acquisition and interpretation in done conventionally. The apparent systematic deviations of the particle diameter - evaluated from the diffusion coefficient - to the real particle size as a function of particle concentration is up to a high concentration due to particle-particle-interaction. The described experimental technique enables the measurement of particle diffusion coefficients even in very high concentrated colloidal dispersions. (orig.)

  13. Variability of benzene exposure among filling station attendants; Variabilita` dell`esposizione a benzene tra gli addetti all`erogazione di carburanti

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    Carere, A.; Iacovella, N.; Turrio Baldassarri, L. [Istituto Superiore di Sanita`, Rome (Italy). Lab. di Tossicologia Comparata ed Ecotossicologia; Fuselli, S.; Iavarone, I.; Lagorio, S.; Proietto, A.R. [Istituto Superiore di Sanita`, Rome (Italy). Lab. di Igiene Ambientale

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    A monitoring survey of filling station attendants aimed at identifying sources of variability of exposure to benzene and other aromatics was carried out. Concurrent samples of the worker`s breathing zone air, atmospheric air in the service station proximity, and gasoline were collected, along with information about daily workloads and other exposure-related factors. Benzene personal exposure was characterised by a small between-worker variability and a predominant within-worker variance component. Such elevated day-to-day variability yields to imprecise estimates of mean personal exposure. Almost 70% of the overall personal exposure variance was explained by a model including daily benzene from dispensed fuel, presence of a shelter over the refueling area, amount of fuel supplied to the station if a delivery occurred, and background atmospheric benzene concentration.

  14. Benzene Mixing within a Large Tank Vapor Space - Comparison of Model Predictions and Field Data

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    'Computer simulation helped Westinghouse Safety Management Solutions (WSMS) engineers demonstrate that benzene mixing within a large vapor space would proceed quickly enough to prevent the formation of a significant volume of gas above the LFL. This issue arose in the licensing of a nuclear waste processing operation that produced benzene as a byproduct. While experimental methods could only measure benzene concentration at a few discrete points, computational fluid dynamics measured it throughout the vapor space as a function of time. The analysis correlated well with physical measurements.'

  15. A MEMS-based Benzene Gas Sensor with a Self-heating WO3 Sensing Layer

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    Lung-Ming Fu; Chia-Yen Lee; Mu-Tsun Lee; Ming-Tsun Ke

    2009-01-01

    In the study, a MEMS-based benzene gas sensor is presented, consisting of a quartz substrate, a thin-film WO3 sensing layer, an integrated Pt micro-heater, and Pt interdigitated electrodes (IDEs). When benzene is present in the atmosphere, oxidation occurs on the heated WO3 sensing layer. This causes a change in the electrical conductivity of the WO3 film, and hence changes the resistance between the IDEs. The benzene concentration is then computed from the change in the measured resistance. ...

  16. Radical production in the radiolysis of benzene

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    Complete text of publication follows. Benzene is the prototypical aromatic compound and yet the radiation chemistry of the radicals formed in its radiolysis is not well understood. Temporal information on the yield of phenyl radical, the major radical produced in the radiolysis, is important for understanding the radiation chemistry of many other types of aromatic compounds including some polymers. The effects of track structure on the production of phenyl radicals have been examined using iodine-scavenging techniques. The variation of the yields of iodobenzene and the other major molecular products such as biphenyl as a function of iodine concentration gives a good indication of the competition kinetics occurring in particle tracks. Experimental results of the scavenger experiments will be shown and their implications in the radiolysis of condensed hydrocarbons will be discussed

  17. Geogenic sources of benzene in aquifers used for public supply, California

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    Belitz, Kenneth; Landon, Matthew K.

    2012-01-01

    Statistical evaluation of two large statewide data sets from the California State Water Board's Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment Program (1973 wells) and the California Department of Public Health (12417 wells) reveals that benzene occurs infrequently (1.7%) and at generally low concentrations (median detected concentration of 0.024 ?g/L) in groundwater used for public supply in California. When detected, benzene is more often related to geogenic (45% of detections) than anthropogenic sources (27% of detections). Similar relations are evident for the sum of 17 hydrocarbons analyzed. Benzene occurs most frequently and at the highest concentrations in old, brackish, and reducing groundwater; the detection frequency was 13.0% in groundwater with tritium 1600 ?S/cm, and anoxic conditions. This groundwater is typically deep (>180 m). Benzene occurs somewhat less frequently in recent, shallow, and reducing groundwater; the detection frequency was 2.6% in groundwater with tritium ?1 pCi/L, depth benzene include: higher concentrations and detection frequencies with increasing well depth, groundwater age, and proximity to oil and gas fields; and higher salinity and lower chloride/iodide ratios in old groundwater with detections of benzene, consistent with interactions with oil-field brines.

  18. Cobalt oxide nanoparticles as a novel high-efficiency fiber coating for solid phase microextraction of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene from aqueous solutions

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    Gholivand, Mohammad Bagher, E-mail: MB.Gholivand@yahoo.com [Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Razi University, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Shamsipur, Mojtaba; Shamizadeh, Mohammad [Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Razi University, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Moradian, Rostam; Astinchap, Bandar [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Razi University, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Nano Technology Research Laboratory, Razi University, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2014-04-01

    Highlights: • Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were introduced as a novel SPME fiber coating. • The fiber was evaluated for the extraction of BTEX in combination with GC–MS. • The fiber showed extraction efficiencies better than a PDMS fiber toward BTEX. • The fiber was successfully applied to the determination of BTEX in real samples. - Abstract: In this work cobalt oxide nanoparticles were introduced for preparation of a novel solid phase microextraction (SPME) fiber coating. Chemical bath deposition (CBD) technique was used in order for synthesis and immobilization of the Co{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanomaterials on a Pt wire for fabrication of SPME fiber. The prepared cobalt oxide coating was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. The fiber was evaluated for the extraction of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene (BTEX) in combination with GC–MS. A simplex optimization method was used to optimize the factors affecting the extraction efficiency. Under optimized conditions, the proposed fiber showed extraction efficiencies comparable to those of a commercial polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) fiber toward the BTEX compounds. The repeatability of the fiber and its reproducibility, expressed as relative standard deviation (RSD), were lower than about 11%. No significant change was observed in the extraction efficiency of the new SPME fiber after over 50 extractions. The fiber was successfully applied to the determination of BTEX compounds in real samples. The proposed nanostructure cobalt oxide fiber is a promising alternative to the commercial fibers as it is robust, inexpensive and easily prepared.

  19. High Energy Density Lithium Air Batteries for Oxygen Concentrators Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — For NASA's Exploration Medical Capabilities mission, extremely high specific energy power sources, with specific energy over 2000 Wh/kg, are urgently sought after....

  20. Adverse Effect of High Glucose Concentration on Stem Cell Therapy

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    Najmaldin Saki

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Stem cell therapy could have great potential for the treatment of a wide variety of diseases. Stem cells might have the ability to differentiate into a widespread cell types, and to repopulate and revitalize the damaged cells with healthy tissue, and improve its performance. We provide here the evidence supporting the critical use of stem cell as a treatment in disease conditions existing with high glucose complaint such as diabetes. The reduction of glucose stimulated cell proliferation and high glucose enhanced apoptosis in rat model, which may be a problem in therapeutic strategies based on ex vivo expansion of stem cell, and may also propagate the development of osteoporosis in high glucose complaint such as diabetes. This leads to the hypothesis that, high glucose could be more deleterious to stem cell therapy that may be due to the aggravation of oxidative stress triggered by high glucose. These findings may help to understand the possible reasons associated with high glucose induced detrimental effects on stem cells as well as provide novel therapeutic strategies for preventing the adverse effects of glucose on the development and progression of stem cells in patients with diabetes.

  1. SELENIUM EFFECT UPON THE RATS' HEMATOPOIESIS IN THE SUBACUTE BENZENE INTOXICATION

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    Pavle Randjelovic

    2001-03-01

    Full Text Available The antioxidants (selenium, vitamins C and E stabilize the cell membrane andprotect the cells from the action of free radicals. On the other hand, the antioxidantsreduce the effects of chemical and physical agenls. Bcsidcs, selenium has animportant role in Transporting electrons in the mitochondria and il is necessary for iheglulathione peroxidase function in the protection from apoplhosis. Benzene is auniversal solvent and has a wide application in chemical industry. Its toxicity ismanifested in the damages done to the central nervous syslem, liver, kidneys andhematopoiesis system. Tn this experiment the Wistar rats were used that wereclassified in three experimental groups regarding the quantity of the receivedselenium. Each group comprised ten animals of both sexes and after two weeks'treatment by selenium of 4,8 and 16 mcg, the animals had received benzene byinlraperiloneal administration in the dose of 1,2 ml/kg of the body weight. Thecounting of the shaped blood elements was done after the selenium pretreatment andafter the benzene intoxication. The obtained results poinl to increased number of alithe blood elements after the selenium pretreatment while after benzene adminislrationthere was a drastic drop of the number of erylhrocyles and leukocytes alongwith moderate lhrombocylopenia. After the sacrifice, Ihe hematopoiesis organs weretaken. The hislological findings of the bone marrow show the emergence ofdisturbances, especially of the red sort cells as well as an obvious fat degeneration which is particularly conspicuous in the second and third groups of animals. Therewas also some damage done to the spleen, especially of its red pulp along with thepresence of a greater number of fresh erythrocytes in the second and third groups.Only the changes were more drastic in the third group. The obtained results show thatselenium in higher concentrations increases the number of erytrocytes andleukocytes which proves that it stimulates highly-proliferating cells of the bonemarrow. However, after the intoxication by a sub lethal benzene dose there was a dropof the cells of red and white color but these values are within the normal limits. Thispoints to the fact that the emergence of death is not in any direct correlation with thedisturbances in the hematopoiesis, but death was caused by the damage done to someother vital organs. Despite the fact that selenium prevents the cells' damage, in this?aše its protective effect manifested itself only when it was given in small doses sincethere was no death in this group of animals.

  2. Slow Neutron Scattering by Benzene

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    We have calculated the scattering of slow neutrons by the benzene molecule. The calculations are carried out within the framework of the time dependent formalism of Zemach and Glauber. Detailed account is taken of the effects of the molecular vibrations on the neutron scattering. Among the results explicitly calculated are the slow neutron total scattering cross-section as a function of energy and the energy angular distribution of singly scattered sections. (author)

  3. High d(+)glucose concentration inhibits RANKL-induced osteoclastogenesis.

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    Wittrant, Y; Gorin, Y; Woodruff, K; Horn, D; Abboud, H E; Mohan, S; Abboud-Werner, S L

    2008-06-01

    Diabetes is a chronic disease associated with hyperglycemia and altered bone metabolism that may lead to complications including osteopenia, increased risk of fracture and osteoporosis. Hyperglycemia has been implicated in the pathogenesis of diabetic bone disease; however, the biologic effect of glucose on osteoclastogenesis is unclear. In the present study, we examined the effect of high d(+)glucose (d-Glc) and l(-)glucose (l-Glc; osmotic control) on RANKL-induced osteoclastogenesis using RAW264.7 cells and Bone Marrow Macrophages (BMM) as models. Cells were exposed to sustained high glucose levels to mimic diabetic conditions. Osteoclast formation was analyzed using tartrate resistant acid phosphatase (TRACP) assay, expression of calcitonin receptor (CTR) and cathepsin K mRNAs, and cultures were examined for reactive oxygen species (ROS) using dichlorodihydrofluorescein diacetate (DCF-DA) fluorescence, caspase-3 and Nuclear Factor kappaB (NF-kappaB) activity. Cellular function was assessed using a migration assay. Results show, for the first time, that high d-Glc inhibits osteoclast formation, ROS production, caspase-3 activity and migration in response to RANKL through a metabolic pathway. Our findings also suggest that high d-Glc may alter RANKL-induced osteoclast formation by inhibiting redox-sensitive NF-kappaB activity through an anti-oxidative mechanism. This study increases our understanding of the role of glucose in diabetes-associated bone disease. Our data suggest that high glucose levels may alter bone turnover by decreasing osteoclast differentiation and function in diabetes and provide new insight into the biologic effects of glucose on osteoclastogenesis. PMID:18378205

  4. Biomonitoring of benzene and 1,3-butadiene exposure and early biological effects in traffic policemen

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    Arayasiri, Manaswee; Mahidol, Chulabhorn

    2010-01-01

    The objective of this study was to determine benzene and 1,3-butadiene exposure through ambient air and personal air monitoring, as well as through biomarkers of exposure, and to evaluate the potential health risk of exposure through the use of biomarkers of early biological effects in central Bangkok traffic policemen. Ambient air concentrations of benzene and 1,3-butadiene at the roadsides were significantly higher than in police offices used as control sites (p

  5. Thermodynamic limitations of photosynthetic water oxidation at high proton concentrations.

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    Zaharieva, Ivelina; Wichmann, Jörg M; Dau, Holger

    2011-05-20

    In oxygenic photosynthesis, solar energy drives the oxidation of water catalyzed by a Mn(4)Ca complex bound to the proteins of Photosystem II. Four protons are released during one turnover of the water oxidation cycle (S-state cycle), implying thermodynamic limitations at low pH. For proton concentrations ranging from 1 nm (pH 9) to 1 mm (pH 3), we have characterized the low-pH limitations using a new experimental approach: a specific pH-jump protocol combined with time-resolved measurement of the delayed chlorophyll fluorescence after nanosecond flash excitation. Effective pK values were determined for low-pH inhibition of the light-induced S-state transitions: pK(1)=3.3 ± 0.3, pK(2)=3.5 ± 0.2, and pK(3)?pK(4)=4.6 ± 0.2. Alkaline inhibition was not observed. An extension of the classical Kok model facilitated assignment of these four pK values to specific deprotonation steps in the reaction cycle. Our results provide important support to the extended S-state cycle model and criteria needed for assessment of quantum chemical calculations of the mechanism of water oxidation. They also imply that, in intact organisms, the pH in the lumen compartment can hardly drop below 5, thereby limiting the ?pH contribution to the driving force of ATP synthesis. PMID:21464129

  6. High plasma uric acid concentration: causes and consequences

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    de Oliveira Erick; Burini Roberto

    2012-01-01

    Abstract High plasma uric acid (UA) is a precipitating factor for gout and renal calculi as well as a strong risk factor for Metabolic Syndrome and cardiovascular disease. The main causes for higher plasma UA are either lower excretion, higher synthesis or both. Higher waist circumference and the BMI are associated with higher insulin resistance and leptin production, and both reduce uric acid excretion. The synthesis of fatty acids (tryglicerides) in the liver is associated with the de novo ...

  7. High D(+)glucose concentration inhibits RANKL-induced osteoclastogenesis

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    Wittrant, Y.; Gorin, Y; Woodruff, K.; Van Horn, D; Abboud, HE; MOHAN.S; Abboud-Werner, SL

    2008-01-01

    Diabetes is a chronic disease associated with hyperglycemia and altered bone metabolism that may lead to complications including osteopenia, increased risk of fracture and osteoporosis. Hyperglycemia has been implicated in the pathogenesis of diabetic bone disease; however, the biologic effect of glucose on osteoclastogenesis is unclear. In the present study, we examined the effect of high D(+)glucose (D-Glc) and L(?)glucose (L-Glc; osmotic control) on RANKL-induced osteoclastogenesis using R...

  8. High plasma uric acid concentration: causes and consequences

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    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract High plasma uric acid (UA is a precipitating factor for gout and renal calculi as well as a strong risk factor for Metabolic Syndrome and cardiovascular disease. The main causes for higher plasma UA are either lower excretion, higher synthesis or both. Higher waist circumference and the BMI are associated with higher insulin resistance and leptin production, and both reduce uric acid excretion. The synthesis of fatty acids (tryglicerides in the liver is associated with the de novo synthesis of purine, accelerating UA production. The role played by diet on hyperuricemia has not yet been fully clarified, but high intake of fructose-rich industrialized food and high alcohol intake (particularly beer seem to influence uricemia. It is not known whether UA would be a causal factor or an antioxidant protective response. Most authors do not consider the UA as a risk factor, but presenting antioxidant function. UA contributes to > 50% of the antioxidant capacity of the blood. There is still no consensus if UA is a protective or a risk factor, however, it seems that acute elevation is a protective factor, whereas chronic elevation a risk for disease.

  9. High plasma uric acid concentration: causes and consequences.

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    de Oliveira, Erick Prado; Burini, Roberto Carlos

    2012-01-01

    High plasma uric acid (UA) is a precipitating factor for gout and renal calculi as well as a strong risk factor for Metabolic Syndrome and cardiovascular disease. The main causes for higher plasma UA are either lower excretion, higher synthesis or both. Higher waist circumference and the BMI are associated with higher insulin resistance and leptin production, and both reduce uric acid excretion. The synthesis of fatty acids (tryglicerides) in the liver is associated with the de novo synthesis of purine, accelerating UA production. The role played by diet on hyperuricemia has not yet been fully clarified, but high intake of fructose-rich industrialized food and high alcohol intake (particularly beer) seem to influence uricemia. It is not known whether UA would be a causal factor or an antioxidant protective response. Most authors do not consider the UA as a risk factor, but presenting antioxidant function. UA contributes to > 50% of the antioxidant capacity of the blood. There is still no consensus if UA is a protective or a risk factor, however, it seems that acute elevation is a protective factor, whereas chronic elevation a risk for disease. PMID:22475652

  10. Formation of D and H atoms in the pyrolysis of benzene-d6 and chlorobenzene behind shock waves

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    From the measurements of H atoms during pyrolysis of chlorobenzene under similar conditions at 1570-1790K, the first-order rate constant for the dissociation of chlorobenzene to chlorine atoms and phenyl radicals was found to be about an order of magnitude greater than that for the pyrolysis of C6D6, and a rate constant still another order of magnitude greater was noted for the dissociation of phenyl radicals to H atoms and other products. From this information, a rate constant was derived for the dissociation of benzene-d6 to phenyl-d5 and D atoms. The rate constant for the H-D exchange reaction on benzene was determined over the temperature range of 300-1400K by combining results of this work with that of others at lower temperatures. A very simple kinetic model based on a reaction chain with H as carrier can relate the data presented from this work to other shock-tube work at higher benzene concentrations

  11. Deep Sea Memory of High Atmospheric CO2 Concentration

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    Mathesius, Sabine; Hofmann, Matthias; Caldeira, Ken; Schellnhuber, Hans Joachim

    2015-04-01

    Carbon dioxide removal (CDR) from the atmosphere has been proposed as a powerful measure to mitigate global warming and ocean acidification. Planetary-scale interventions of that kind are often portrayed as "last-resort strategies", which need to weigh in if humankind keeps on enhancing the climate-system stock of CO2. Yet even if CDR could restore atmospheric CO2 to substantially lower concentrations, would it really qualify to undo the critical impacts of past emissions? In the study presented here, we employed an Earth System Model of Intermediate Complexity (EMIC) to investigate how CDR might erase the emissions legacy in the marine environment, focusing on pH, temperature and dissolved oxygen. Against a background of a world following the RCP8.5 emissions path ("business-as-usual") for centuries, we simulated the effects of two massive CDR interventions with CO2 extraction rates of 5 GtC yr-1 and 25 GtC yr-1, respectively, starting in 2250. We found that the 5 GtC yr-1 scheme would have only minor ameliorative influence on the oceans, even after several centuries of application. By way of contrast, the extreme 25 GtC yr-1 scheme eventually leads to tangible improvements. However, even with such an aggressive measure, past CO2 emissions leave a substantial legacy in the marine environment within the simulated period (i.e., until 2700). In summary, our study demonstrates that anthropogenic alterations of the oceans, caused by continued business-as-usual emissions, may not be reversed on a multi-centennial time scale by the most aspirational geoengineering measures. We also found that a transition from the RCP8.5 state to the state of a strong mitigation scenario (RCP2.6) is not possible, even under the assumption of extreme extraction rates (25 GtC yr-1). This is explicitly demonstrated by simulating additional scenarios, starting CDR already in 2150 and operating until the atmospheric CO2 concentration reaches 280 ppm and 180 ppm, respectively. The simulated massive CDR interventions eventually bring down the global mean pH value to the RCP2.6 level, yet cannot restore a similarly homogenous distribution - while the pH of the upper ocean returns to the preindustrial value or even exceed it (in the 180 ppm scenario), the deep ocean remains acidified. The deep ocean is out of contact with the atmosphere and therefore unreachable by atmospheric CDR. Our results suggest that the proposition that the marine consequences of early emissions reductions are comparable to those of delayed reductions plus CDR is delusive and that a policy that allows for emitting CO2 today in the hopes of removing it tomorrow is bound to generate substantial regrets.

  12. Highly efficient transduction of repopulating bone marrow cells using rapidly concentrated polymer-complexed retrovirus

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    Using the cationic polymer, Polybrene, and the anionic polymer, chondroitin sulfate C, we concentrated recombinant retrovirus pseudotyped with an ecotropic envelope, which is susceptible to inactivation by high-speed concentration methods. To evaluate gene marking, murine bone marrow was harvested from C3H mice, transduced with polymer-concentrated GFP virus, and transplanted into lethally irradiated recipients. Total gene marking in mice averaged 30-35% at 8 weeks post-transplant and transgene expression remained stable for over 16 weeks. Using the polymer concentration method, a second retroviral vector encoding the drug resistant variant of dihydrofolate reductase (L22Y-DHFR) was concentrated and tested. Approximately 40% of transduced murine bone marrow progenitor cells were protected against trimetrexate concentrations that completely eliminated the growth of non-modified cells. These results show that anionic and cationic polymers can be combined to rapidly concentrate viruses that are normally difficult to concentrate, and the concentrated virus efficiently transduces hematopoietic stem cells

  13. Benzene and leukemia: an epidemiologic risk assessment.

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    Rinsky, R A

    1989-01-01

    To assess quantitatively the association between benzene and leukemia, we evaluated the rate of mortality experienced by a cohort occupationally exposed to benzene. Using data from historical air sampling surveys, we estimated the daily benzene exposure for each member of the cohort. The expected number of leukemia deaths was calculated and compared to the actual number of leukemia deaths that occurred. The overall standardized mortality ratio (SMR) for leukemia was 337. Person-years at risk ...

  14. Gastrointestinal development of dairy calves fed low- or high-starch concentrate at two milk allowances

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    Kosiorowska, Anna Katarzyna; Puggaard, Liselotte; Hedemann, Mette Skou; Sehested, Jakob; Jensen, Søren Krogh; Kristensen, Niels Bastian; Kuropka, P; Marycz, K; Vestergaard, Mogens

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    The objective was to study the effect of type of concentrate with varying starch and fibre content on growth and gastrointestinal development in preweaned dairy calves. Thirty-two newborn Danish Holstein male calves were allocated to four treatment groups in eight blocks of four calves. An experimental low-starch, high-molasses, high-fibre (EXP) concentrate or a traditional high-starch (TRA) concentrate were fed either at a high (HIGH; 2 × 3.2 kg/day) or a low (LOW; 2 × 1.6 kg/day) whole milk al...

  15. High maternal hemoglobin concentration in first trimester as risk factor for pregnancy induced hypertension

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    Aghamohammadi, Azar; Zafari, Mandana; Tofighi, Maryam

    2011-01-01

    Background: High maternal hemoglobin (Hb) concentration was considered a risk factor for the developing of pregnancy hypertension. The purpose of this study was to determine whether high maternal Hb concentration in first trimesters associated with pregnancy induced hypertension in Iranian nulliparous women.

  16. Purification of benzene by extractive rectification

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    Smoroda, A.I.; Ovsii, A.N.; Kashaba, I.F.; Belitskii, A.N.; Beizer, V.N.; Iliev, V.V.; Pirozhkov, G.P.

    1978-01-01

    Benzene is a very important product, affecting the development of the organic synthesis industry, especially in the production of plastics and synthetic fibers. As a result, the production of benzene is constantly increasing. There is a simultaneous increase in the demands made on its quality. The results from removal of saturated hydrocarbon impurities from benzene by extractive rectification under industrial conditions at the Yasinovka Coke Works are given. The extractive rectification unit was shown to be practical and efficient in operation. The resulting benzene meets the present and expected user requirements.

  17. Plant responses to high O 2 concentrations: relevance to previous high O 2 episodes

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    Raven, John A.

    1991-12-01

    Exposure to the ˜ 43 kPa O 2 thouhht to correspond to the highest O 2 partial pressure in the Phanerozoic rather than the 21 kPa in the present atmosphere deleteriously affects extant C 3 land plants by increasing (1) the O 2 inhibition (competitive with CO 2) of the carboxylating enzyme ribulose 1,5 bisphosphate carboxylase-oxygenase, (2) the O 2 inactivation of nitrogenase in symbiotic N 2-fixers, and (3) the generation of reactive oxygen species which can damage nuclei acids, proteins, lipids and other cell constituents. Exposure of these plants to O 2 levels approximating a high O 2 episode inhibits growth via inhibition of ribulose carboxylase and, possibly, by unrepaired damage caused by reactive oxygen species and by the resource diversion related to increasing the capacity of mechanisms reducing the level of reactive oxygen species and to repairing the damage caused by these species. Longer term effects (e.g. increased level of mutations in a population) have not been explored. Natural exposure of all or part of extant plants to O 2 levels in excess of 43 kPa occurs in the light in most plants other than C 3 land plants due to photosynthetic O 2 evolution with restricted diffusion to a medium with normal O 2 levels attendant on the maintenance of high CO 2 concentrations around ribulose 1,5 bisphosphate carboxylase. While the high O 2 levels seem to be restricted where possible to non-meristematic regions of multicellular plants, these plants which have high internal O 2 levels do not seem to be disadvantaged relative to C 3 land plants. The high O 2 concentrations proposed for periods in the Phanerozoic are tolerated, as intracellular O 2 levels, in some cells of a substantial fraction of extant phototrophs, and many can tolerate substantially higher levels. Fire seems more likely than the effects discussed in this paper as limitations on co-occurence of terrestrial vegetation and high O 2 levels.

  18. Study on a Passive Vapor Feed Direct Methanol Fuel Cell with High Methanol Concentration

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    F. A. Halim

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available An extensive research has been carried out to improve the performance of direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs using low methanol concentration below 5 M either in active or passive conditions due to methanol crossover (MCO problem which the methanol crosses over the membrane and reacts directly with oxygen at cathode. However, a low methanol concentration leads to a low energy density of the fuel cell system and a short runtime which cannot meet the requirement of commercialization. Therefore, it is important to use a high concentration of methanol in DMFC to achieve a high energy density. This study was done to improve the performance of passive vapor feed DMFC by using high methanol concentrations from 12 M (molarity to neat methanol. From the results obtained, it was showed that the performance of passive vapor feed DMFC that used high methanol concentration improved. It was a linear dependence of current density on methanol concentration which is the current density increased when the methanol concentration increased up to neat. The linear dependence of current density on the concentration suggested that the cell operation was under the rate controlling by the methanol transport. Therefore, it can conclude that high methanol concentration can leads to high energy density achieved by the DMFCs.

  19. Oil-in-alcohol highly concentrated emulsions as templates for the preparation of macroporous materials.

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    Vílchez, Susana; Pérez-Carrillo, Lourdes A; Miras, Jonathan; Solans, Conxita; Esquena, Jordi

    2012-05-22

    New oil-in-alcohol highly concentrated emulsions were formulated and were used as a templates to obtain macroporous poly(furfuryl alcohol) monoliths by a one-step method. The oil-in-alcohol highly concentrated emulsions were prepared by stepwise addition of the oil phase to the surfactant-alcohol solution and were characterized by optical microscopy and by laser diffraction. The typical structure of highly concentrated emulsions, with close-packed polyhedral droplets, has been observed. Poly(furfuryl alcohol) monoliths were obtained by polymerizing in the external phase of these emulsions. These materials are mainly macroporous and retain the size distribution and morphology from the highly concentrated emulsions. The internal structure of the monoliths was observed by scanning electron microscopy. The images showed an interconnected network with pore size similar to the droplet size of the highly concentrated emulsions used as templates. PMID:22489569

  20. Electrochemical-driven water splitting catalyzed by a water-soluble cobalt(II) complex supported by N,N?-bis(2?-pyridinecarboxamide)-1,2-benzene with high turnover frequency

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    Wang, Zhuo-Qiang; Tang, Ling-Zhi; Zhang, Yun-Xiao; Zhan, Shu-Zhong; Ye, Jian-Shan

    2015-08-01

    The oxidation and reduction of water is a key challenge in the production of chemical fuels from electricity. Reported here is a soluble cobalt (II) complex, [Co(bpbH2)Cl2] 1 (bpbH2: N,N?-bis(2?-pyridinecarboxamide)-1,2-benzene), a highly active homogeneous electrocatalyst for both electrolytic water oxidation and reduction in purely aqueous solution. Electrochemical studies indicate that the catalyst is a water-soluble molecular species, that is among the most rapid homogeneous catalysts for water oxidation, with a turnover frequency of ?81.54 s-1 (at pH 8.6, the lowest pH among those of any reported electrocatalysts) at an overpotential of 560 mV. 1 also can catalyze hydrogen evolution from water with a TOF of 376 mol of hydrogen per mole of catalyst per hour at an overpotential of 687.6 mV (pH 7.0). This is attributed to the planar ligand (bpbH2), that coordinates strongly through four nitrogen atoms to the cobalt center, leaving two Cl- ions in axial position and making the Cl- ion ionize in organic solvents or water, and can stabilize both the high and low oxidation states of cobalt well.

  1. Modeling benzene plume elongation mechanisms exerted by ethanol using RT3D with a general substrate interaction module

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    Gomez, Diego E.; de Blanc, Phillip C.; Rixey, William G.; Bedient, Phillip B.; Alvarez, Pedro J. J.

    2008-05-01

    A mathematical model was developed to evaluate the effect of the common fuel additive ethanol on benzene fate and transport in fuel-contaminated groundwater and to discern the most influential benzene plume elongation mechanisms. The model, developed as a module for the Reactive Transport in 3 Dimensions (RT3D) model, includes commonly considered fate and transport processes (advection, dispersion, adsorption, biodegradation, and depletion of molecular oxygen during biodegradation) and substrate interactions previously not considered (e.g., a decrease in the specific benzene utilization rate due to metabolic flux dilution and/or catabolite repression) as well as microbial population shifts. Benzene plume elongation predictions, based on literature model parameters, were on the order of 40% for a constant source of E10 gasoline (10% vol/vol ethanol), which compares favorably to field observations. For low benzene concentrations (ethanol degradation was the principal mechanism hindering benzene natural attenuation. For higher benzene concentrations (exerting an oxygen demand higher than the available dissolved oxygen), metabolic flux dilution was the dominant plume elongation process. If oxygen were not limiting, as might be the case in zones undergoing aerobic biostimulation, model simulations showed that microbial growth on ethanol could offset negative substrate interactions and enhance benzene degradation, resulting in shorter plumes than baseline conditions without ethanol.

  2. High catechin concentrations detected in Withania somnifera (ashwagandha by high performance liquid chromatography analysis

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    Sulaiman Siti

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Withania somnifera is an important medicinal plant traditionally used in the treatment of many diseases. The present study was carried out to characterize the phenolic acids, flavonoids and 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl radical (DPPH scavenging activities in methanolic extracts of W. somnifera fruits, roots and leaves (WSFEt, WSREt and WSLEt. Methods WSFEt, WSREt and WSLEt was prepared by using 80% aqueous methanol and total polyphenols, flavonoids as well as DPPH radical scavenging activities were determined by spectrophotometric methods and phenolic acid profiles were determined by HPLC methods. Results High concentrations of both phenolics and flavonoids were detected in all parts of the plant with the former ranging between 17.80 ± 5.80 and 32.58 ± 3.16 mg/g (dry weight and the latter ranging between 15.49 ± 1.02 and 31.58 ± 5.07 mg/g. All of the three different plant parts showed strong DPPH radical scavenging activities (59.16 ± 1.20 to 91.84 ± 0.38%. Eight polyphenols (gallic, syringic, benzoic, p-coumaric and vanillic acids as well as catechin, kaempferol and naringenin have been identified by HPLC in parts of the plant as well. Among all the polyphenols, catechin was detected in the highest concentration (13.01 ± 8.93 to 30.61 ± 11.41 mg/g. Conclusion The results indicating that W. somnifera is a plant with strong therapeutic properties thus further supporting its traditional claims. All major parts of W. somnifera such as the roots, fruits and leaves provide potential benefits for human health because of its high content of polyphenols and antioxidant activities with the leaves containing the highest amounts of polyphenols specially catechin with strong antioxidant properties.

  3. Investigation into adsorption and photocatalytic degradation of gaseous benzene in an annular fluidized bed photocatalytic reactor.

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    Geng, Qijin; Tang, Shankang; Wang, Lintong; Zhang, Yunchen

    2015-01-01

    The adsorption and photocatalytic degradation of gaseous benzene were investigated considering the operating variables and kinetic mechanism using nano-titania agglomerates in an annular fluidized bed photocatalytic reactor (AFBPR) designed. The special adsorption equilibrium constant, adsorption active sites, and apparent reaction rate coefficient of benzene were determined by linear regression analysis at various gas velocities and relative humidities (RH). Based on a series of photocatalytic degradation kinetic equations, the influences of operating variables on degradation efficiency, apparent reaction rate coefficient and half-life were explored. The findings indicated that the operating variables have obviously influenced the adsorption/photocatalytic degradation and corresponding kinetic parameters. In the photocatalytic degradation process, the relationship between photocatalytic degradation efficiency and RH indicated that water molecules have a dual-function which was related to the structure characteristics of benzene. The optimal operating conditions for photocatalytic degradation of gaseous benzene in AFBPR were determined as the fluidization number at 1.9 and RH required related to benzene concentration. This investigation highlights the importance of controlling RH and benzene concentration in order to obtain the desired synergy effect in photocatalytic degradation processes. PMID:25205352

  4. Concentrator Systems

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    Luque-Heredia, Ignacio; Luque, Antonio

    2015-10-01

    The following sections are included: * Introduction * The early development of CPV * Concentrator solar cells * Optics for photovoltaic concentrators * Photovoltaic concentration modules * Tracking systems for photovoltaic concentration * High-concentration systems * Rating and performance * Cost considerations * Conclusions * References

  5. A mechanistic study on the reaction pathways leading to benzene and naphthalene in cellulose vapor phase cracking

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    The reaction pathways leading to aromatic hydrocarbons such as benzene and naphthalene in gas-phase reactions of multi-component mixtures derived from cellulose fast pyrolysis were studied both experimentally and numerically. A two-stage tubular reactor was used for evaluating the reaction kinetics of secondary vapor phase cracking of the nascent pyrolysates at temperature ranging from 400 to 900 °C, residence time from 0.2 to 4.3 s, and at 241 kPa. The products of alkyne and diene were identified from the primary pyrolysis of cellulose even at low temperature range 500–600 °C. These products include acetylene, propyne, propadiene, vinylacetylene, and cyclopentadiene. Experiments were also numerically validated by a detailed chemical kinetic model consisting of more than 8000 elementary step-like reactions with over 500 chemical species. Acceptable capabilities of the kinetic model in predicting concentration profiles of the products enabled us to assess reaction pathways leading to benzene and naphthalene via the alkyne and diene from primary pyrolysates of cellulose. C3 alkyne and diene are primary precursors of benzene at 650 °C, while combination of ethylene and vinylacetylene produces benzene dominantly at 850 °C. Cyclopentadiene is a prominent precursor of naphthalene. Combination of acetylene with propyne or allyl radical leads to the formation of cyclopentadiene. Furan and acrolein are likely important alkyne precursors in cellulose pyrolysis at low temperature, whereas dehydrogenations of olefins are major route to alkyne at high temperatures. - Highlights: • Analytical pyrolysis experiments provided data for kinetic modeling. • Detailed chemical kinetic model was used and evaluated. • Alkyne and diene were important intermediates for aromatic hydrocarbon formation. • Reaction pathways leading to aromatic hydrocarbons were proposed

  6. High concentration suspended sediment measurments using acontinuous fiber optic in-stream transmissometer

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    Campbell, Chris G.; Laycak, Danny T.; Hoppes, William; Tran,Nguyen T.; Shi, Frank G.

    2004-05-26

    Suspended sediment loads mobilized during high flow periods in rivers and streams are largely uncharacterized. In smaller and intermittent streams, a large storm may transport a majority of the annual sediment budget. Therefore monitoring techniques that can measure high suspended sediment concentrations at semi-continuous time intervals are needed. A Fiber optic In-stream Transmissometer (FIT) is presented for continuous measurement of high concentration suspended sediment in storm runoff. FIT performance and precision were demonstrated to be reasonably good for suspended sediment concentrations up to 10g/L. The FIT was compared to two commercially available turbidity devices and provided better precision and accuracy at both high and low concentrations. Both turbidity devices were unable to collect measurements at concentrations greater than 4 g/L. The FIT and turbidity measurements were sensitive to sediment particle size. Particle size dependence of transmittance and turbidity measurement poses the greatest problem for calibration to suspended sediment concentration. While the FIT was demonstrated to provide acceptable measurements of high suspended sediment concentrations, approaches to real-time suspended sediment detection need to address the particle size dependence in concentration measurements.

  7. Gastrointestinal development of dairy calves fed low- or high-starch concentrate at two milk allowances

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    Kosiorowska, Anna Katarzyna; Puggaard, Liselotte

    2011-01-01

    The objective was to study the effect of type of concentrate with varying starch and fibre content on growth and gastrointestinal development in preweaned dairy calves. Thirty-two newborn Danish Holstein male calves were allocated to four treatment groups in eight blocks of four calves. An experimental low-starch, high-molasses, high-fibre (EXP) concentrate or a traditional high-starch (TRA) concentrate were fed either at a high (HIGH; 2 × 3.2 kg/day) or a low (LOW; 2 × 1.6 kg/day) whole milk allowance in a 2 × 2 factorial design. TRA contained 350 and EXP 107 g starch/kg dry matter (DM), whereas the NDF content was 136 and 296 g/kg DM, respectively. Metabolizable energy (ME) was 11.2 and 12.2 MJ ME/kg DM in EXP and TRA, respectively. All calves had free access to artificially dried grass hay (9.8 MJ ME/kg DM). Four calves were culled during the experiment. The calves were euthanized either at 38 (12 calves) or 56 days (16 calves) of age. Evaluated across both slaughter ages, there was no difference between TRA and EXP in concentrate and hay intake, rumen weight and papillation. EXP resulted in increased villi number in duodenum and jejunum compared with TRA. Concentrate intake and reticulo-rumen weight was higher for LOW compared with HIGH milk allowance, whereas live weight gain was 20% lower. The results show that a low-starch, high-molasses, high-fibre concentrate with 8% lower ME content tended to reduce daily gain compared with a traditional calf starter concentrate, but resulted in similar ruminal development in preweaned calves both on a high and a low milk allowance fed along with grass hay. Furthermore, the results suggest that the experimental concentrate stimulated intestinal villi growth over that of the traditional concentrate. Udgivelsesdato: 8. september

  8. The effects of high soil CO2 concentrations on leaf reflectance of maize plants

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    Noomen, M.F.; A.K Skidmore

    2009-01-01

    Carbon dioxide gas at higher concentrations is known to kill vegetation and can also lead to asphyxiation in humans and animals. The objective of this study is to test whether soil CO2 concentrations ranging from 2% to 50% can be detected using vegetative spectral reflectance. A greenhouse experiment was performed to measure the reflectance of maize plants growing in soil contaminated with high concentrations of CO2. The correlation between leaf chlorophyll and reflectance in both the red edg...

  9. High glucose concentrations partially release hexokinase from inhibition by glucose 6-phosphate.

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    Fujii, S.; Beutler, E

    1985-01-01

    The phosphorylation of glucose by human erythrocyte hexokinase follows classical Michaelis-Menten kinetics; hexokinase manifests maximum activity at 5 mM glucose, and no further increase in activity can be measured at higher glucose concentrations. However, the erythrocytes of diabetics and normal erythrocytes incubated with high concentrations of glucose contain increased concentrations of glucose 6-phosphate. To elucidate the mechanism of accumulation of glucose 6-phosphate when erythrocyte...

  10. Incomplete Ion Dissociation Underlies the Weakened Attraction between DNA Helices at High Spermidine Concentrations

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    YANG, JIE; Rau, Donald C.

    2005-01-01

    We have investigated the salt sensitivity of the hexagonal-to-cholesteric phase transition of spermidine-condensed DNA. This transition precedes the resolubilization of precipitated DNA that occurs at high spermidine concentration. The sensitivity of the critical spermidine concentration at the transition point to the anion species and the NaCl concentration indicates that ion pairing of this trivalent ion underlies this unusual transition. Osmotic pressure measurements of spermidine salt sol...

  11. Highly time-resolved imaging of combustion and pyrolysis product concentrations in solid fuel combustion: NO formation in a burning cigarette.

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    Zimmermann, Ralf; Hertz-Schünemann, Romy; Ehlert, Sven; Liu, Chuan; McAdam, Kevin; Baker, Richard; Streibel, Thorsten

    2015-02-01

    The highly dynamic, heterogeneous combustion process within a burning cigarette was investigated by a miniaturized extractive sampling probe (microprobe) coupled to photoionization mass spectrometry using soft laser single photon ionization (SPI) for online real-time detection of molecular ions of combustion and pyrolysis products. Research cigarettes smoked by a smoking machine are used as a reproducible model system for solid-state biomass combustion, which up to now is not addressable by current combustion-diagnostic tools. By combining repetitively recorded online measurement sequences from different sampling locations in an imaging approach, highly time- and space-resolved quantitative distribution maps of, e.g., nitrogen monoxide, benzene, and oxygen concentrations were obtained at a near microscopic level. The obtained quantitative distribution maps represent a time-resolved, movie-like imaging of the respective compound's formation and destruction zones in the various combustion and pyrolysis regions of a cigarette during puffing. Furthermore, spatially resolved kinetic data were ascertainable. The here demonstrated methodology can also be applied to various heterogenic combustion/pyrolysis or reaction model systems, such as fossil- or biomass-fuel pellet combustion or to a positional resolved analysis of heterogenic catalytic reactions. PMID:25582882

  12. Advanced process development for high reflector coatings on solar concentrator panels. Final letter report

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    Martin, P.M.; Stewart, C.D.; Bennett, W.D.; Johnston, J.W.

    1996-10-01

    Objectives were to develop and demonstrate the manufacturing process for vacuum deposition of low-cost thin-film high reflectance coatings onto large solar concentrator panels; demonstrate thin-film deposition processes for commercialization of this technology by United Solar Technologies (UST); apply reflective coatings to solar concentrator panels for prototype application by UST.

  13. Volatilization of benzene and eight alkyl-substituted benzene compounds from water

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    Rathbun, R.E.; Tai, D.Y.

    1988-01-01

    Predicting the fate of organic compounds in streams and rivers often requires knowledge of the volatilization characteristics of the compounds. The reference-substance concept, involving laboratory-determined ratios of the liquid-film coefficients for volatilization of the organic compounds to the liquid-film coefficient for oxygen absorption, is used to predict liquid-film coefficients for streams and rivers. In the absence of experimental data, two procedures have been used for estimating these liquid-film coefficient ratios. These procedures, based on the molecular-diffusion coefficient and on the molecular weight, have been widely used but never extensively evaluated. Liquid-film coefficients for the volatilization of benzene and eight alkyl-substituted benzene compounds (toluene through n-octylbenzene) from water were measured in a constant-temperature, stirred water bath. Liquid-film coefficients for oxygen absorption were measured simultaneously. A range of water mixing conditions was used with a water temperature of 298.2 K. The ratios of the liquid-film coefficients for volatilization to the liquid-film coefficient for oxygen absorption for all of the organic compounds were independent of mixing conditions in the water. Experimental ratios ranged from 0.606 for benzene to 0.357 for n-octylbenzene. The molecular-diffusion-coefficient procedure accurately predicted the ratios for ethylbenzene through n-pentylbenzene with a power dependence of 0.566 on the molecular-diffusion coefficient, in agreement with published values. Predicted ratios for benzene and toluene were slightly larger than the experimental ratios. These differences were attributed to possible interactions between the molecules of these compounds and the water molecules and to benzene-benzene interactions that form dimers. Because these interactions also are likely to occur in natural waters, it was concluded that the experimental ratios are more correct than the predicted ratios for application purposes in the reference-substance concept. Predicted ratios for n-hexylbenzene, n-heptylbenzene, and n-octylbenzene were larger than the experimental ratios. These differences were attributed to a sorption-desorption process between these compounds and the surfaces of the constant-temperature water bath. Other experimental problems associated with preparing water solutions of these slightly soluble compounds also may have contributed to the differences. Because these processes are not part of the true volatilization process, it was concluded that the predicted ratios for these three compounds are probably more correct than the experimental ratios for application purposes in the reference-substance concept. Any model of the fate of these compounds in streams and rivers would have to include terms accounting for sorption processes, however. The molecular-weight procedure accurately predicted the ratios for ethylbenzene through n-pentylbenzene, but only if the power dependence on the molecular weight was decreased from the commonly used -0.500 to -0.427. Deviations for the low- and high-molecular-weight compounds were similar to those observed for the molecular-diffusion-coefficient procedure.

  14. Application of Hydrothermal Treatment to High Concentrated Sewage Sludge for Anaerobic Digestion Process

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    M. Orikawa; H. Kamahara; Atsuta, Y; Daimon, H.

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    Tomato and seaweed were produced by utilizing CO2 and heat discharged from power generation using biogas in Toyogawa biomass park, Japan. The biogas was obtained by anaerobic digestion with hydrothermal treatment. The hydrothermal treatment was applied to the high concentrated sewage sludge (22 % total solids (TS) dewatered sludge). The purpose of this study is to clarify the effect of hydrothermal treatment on the qualities of high concentrated sewage sludge, by analyzing particulate organic...

  15. Experimental density, viscosity, interfacial tension and water solubility of ethyl benzene-?-methyl benzyl alcohol–water system

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    Highlights: • Properties were measured for MBA (methyl benzyl alcohol)-EB (ethyl benzene)-water. • MBA concentration was found to influence all the properties strongly. • The water solubility, density, and viscosity increased at high MBA concentration. • The interfacial tension decreased sharply at high MBA concentration. • MBA dictates the phase separation and mass transfer of the ternary system. -- Abstract: Density, viscosity, interfacial tension, and water solubility were measured for the (?-methyl benzyl alcohol (MBA) + Ethyl benzene (EB)) system at different concentrations of MBA in contact with water and sodium hydroxide solution (0.01 mol · kg?1) as aqueous phases. The properties were measured to identify the component which plays a governing role in changing the physical properties relevant to mass transfer and phase separation of the ternary system. The concentration of MBA was found to be the major factor influencing all the properties. The water solubility, the density, and the viscosity increased notably at higher concentrations of MBA; while, the interfacial tension decreased strongly. The use of 0.01 mol · kg?1 NaOH as an aqueous phase resulted in a decrease of the interfacial tension and a minor decrease in the water solubility. The density data were correlated using a quadratic mixing rule to describe the influence of concentration at any temperature. The viscosity data are correlated using the Nissan and Grunberg and Katti-Chaudhri equations. The Szyzkowski’s equation was used to correlate the interfacial tension data. The water solubility data were described using an exponential relationship. All the correlations described the experimental physical property data adequately

  16. (Liquid + liquid) equilibria of {benzene + cyclohexane + two ionic liquids} at different temperature and atmospheric pressure

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    Highlights: ? (Liquid + liquid) equilibrium for two quaternary and two ternary systems were measured. ? The components include cyclohexane, benzene, [MIM][BF4], [MIM][ClO4] and [MMIM][DMP]. ? The (liquid + liquid) equilibrium data can be well correlated by the NRTL model. ? Separation of benzene and cyclohexane by pure ILs and their mixtures were discussed. - Abstract: (Liquid + liquid) equilibrium data of the following ternary and quaternary systems at different temperatures and mass fractions of ionic liquids (ILs) were measured at atmospheric pressure, i.e., {cyclohexane + benzene + 1,3-dimethylimidazolium dimethylphosphate ([MMIM][DMP])} at 298.2 K, {cyclohexane + benzene + 1-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate ([MIM][BF4])} at 338.2 K, {cyclohexane + benzene + [MIM][BF4] + [MMIM][DMP]} at (298.2 and 313.2) K, and {cyclohexane + benzene + 1-methylimidazolium perchlorate [MIM][ClO4] + [MMIM][DMP]} at 298.2 K. The results indicate that both selectivity and distribution factor of the IL mixture for benzene are lower than that of pure IL [MMIM][DMP] at a specified condition, and decrease with the increase of the mass fraction of [MIM][BF4] or [MIM][ClO4] in its mixture of [MMIM][DMP] and the mole fraction of benzene. The extremely high selectivity of [MIM][BF4] and [MIM][ClO4] for aromatic compounds as predicted by the COSMOS-RS model is not justified by the present experimental results, and on the contrary, they show a relatively lower selectivity and extraction capacity for benzene than [MMIM][DMP].

  17. Factors influencing the crystallisation of highly concentrated water-in-oil emulsions: A DSC study

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    Karina, Kovalchuk; Irina, Masalova.

    Full Text Available Highly concentrated emulsions are used in a variety of applications, including the cosmetics, food and liquid explosives industries. The stability of these highly concentrated water-in-oil emulsions was studied by differential scanning calorimetry. Crystallisation of the emulsions was initiated by e [...] xposing the emulsions to a low temperature. The effects of surfactant type, electrolyte concentration and electrolyte composition in the aqueous phase on emulsion crystallisation temperature were studied. Surfactant type affected the emulsion crystallisation temperature in the following order: PIBSA-MEA=PIBSA-UREA

  18. Preparation of a high concentration of lithium-7 atoms in a magneto-optical trap

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    This study is aimed at obtaining high concentration of optically cooled lithium-7 atoms for preparing strongly interacting ultracold plasma and Rydberg matter. A special setup has been constructed, in which two high-power semiconductor lasers are used to cool lithium-7 atoms in a magneto-optical trap. At an optimum detuning of the cooling laser frequency and a magnetic field gradient of 35 G/cm, the concentration of ultracold lithium-7 atoms reaches about 1011 cm?3. Additional independent information about the concentration and number of ultracold lithium-7 atoms on different sublevels of the ground state was obtained by using of an additional probing laser

  19. High frequency measurement of nitrate concentration in the Lower Mississippi River, USA

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    Duan, Shuiwang; Powell, Rodney T.; Bianchi, Thomas S.

    2014-11-01

    Nutrient concentrations in the Mississippi River have increased dramatically since the 1950s, and high frequency measurements on nitrate concentration are required for accurate load estimations and examinations on nitrate transport and transformation processes. This three year record of high temporal resolution (every 2-3 h) data clearly illustrates the importance of high frequency sampling in improving load estimates and resolving variations in nitrate concentration with river flow and tributary inputs. Our results showed large short-term (days to weeks) variations in nitrate concentration but with no diurnal patterns. A repeatable and pronounced seasonal pattern of nitrate concentration was observed, and showed gradual increases from the lowest values in September (during base-flow), to the highest in June - which was followed by a rapid decrease. This seasonal pattern was only moderately linked with water discharge, and more controlled by nitrogen transformation/export from watershed as well as mixing patterns of the two primary tributaries (the upper Mississippi and the Ohio Rivers), which have distinctly different nitrate concentrations and flow patterns. Based on continuous in situ flow measurements, we estimated 554-886 × 106 kg of nitrate-N was exported from the Mississippi River system during years 2004-2006, which was rivers are generally not as responsive to alterations in diurnal inputs and/or watershed hydrology as small rivers, high-frequency water quality sampling would help in monitoring short-term (days to weeks) variations in nutrient concentration patterns and thus improve the accuracy of nutrient flux estimates.

  20. Apparent Benzene Solubility in Tetraphenylborate Slurries

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    Personnel conducted testing to determine the apparent solubility of benzene in potassium tetraphenylborate (KTPB) slurries. The lack of benzene vapor pressure suppression in these tests indicate that for a 6.5 wt percent solids KTPB slurry in 4.65 M Na+ salt solution at approximately 25 degrees Celsius, no significant difference exists between the solubility of benzene in the slurry and the solubility of benzene in salt solution without KTPB solids. The work showed similar results in slurry with 6,000 mg/L sludge and 2,000 mg/L monosodium titanate added. Slurries containing tetraphenylborate decomposition intermediates (i.e., 4,200 mg/L triphenylboron (3PB), 510 mg/L diphenylborinic acid (2PB) and 1,500 mg/L phenylboric acid (1PB) or 100 mg/L tri-n-butylphosphate (TBP)) also showed no significant difference in benzene solubility form filtrate containing no KTPB solids. Slurry containing 2,000 mg/L Surfynol 420 did exhibit significant additional benzene solubility, as did irradiated slurries. The vapor pressure depression in the irradiated slurries presumably results from dissolution of biphenyl and other tetraphenylborate irradiation products in the benzene

  1. Simple and complex disorder in binary mixtures with benzene as a common solvent.

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    Požar, Martina; Seguier, Jean-Baptiste; Guerche, Jonas; Mazighi, Redha; Zorani?, Larisa; Mijakovi?, Marijana; Keži?-Lovrin?evi?, Bernarda; Sokoli?, Franjo; Perera, Aurélien

    2015-04-21

    Substituting benzene for water in computer simulations of binary mixtures allows one to study the various forms of disorder, without the complications often encountered in aqueous mixtures. In particular, we study the relationship between the local order generated by different types of molecular interactions and the nature of the global disorder, by analyzing the relationship between the concentration fluctuations and the correlation functions and the associated structure factors. Alkane-benzene mixtures are very close to ideal mixtures, despite appreciable short range shape mismatch interactions, acetone-benzene mixtures appear as a good example of regular mixtures, and ethanol-benzene mixtures show large micro-segregation. In the latter case, we can unambiguously demonstrate, unlike in the case of water, the appearance of domain-domain correlations, both in the correlation functions and the structure factor calculated in computer simulations. This finding helps to confirm the existence of a pre-peak in the structure factor associated with the micro-heterogeneity, which was speculated from several of our previous simulations of aqueous-alcohol mixtures. The fact that benzene as a solvent allows us to solve some of the problems that could not be solved with water points towards some of the particularities of water as a solvent, which we discuss herein. The concept of molecular emulsion put forward in our earlier work is useful in formulating these differences between water and benzene through the analogy with direct and inverse micellar aggregates. PMID:25777144

  2. A method for incorporating biodegradation rates of benzene into the risk assessment process

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    Risk Assessment has been used extensively in developing health-based remedial criteria for sites with soils and groundwater impacted by petroleum products. In most cases of gasoline releases, benzene, a Group A carcinogen, is the focus of the evaluation. Therefore, this discussion will primarily involve the risk assessment of benzene. In modeling these long-term exposures, risk assessors often assume that the exposure point concentration of benzene remains constant. However, data from several studies indicate that biodegradation is a significant fate mechanism for benzene and other hydrocarbons. In this paper in order to justify the use of degradation estimates in the risk assessment of benzene, a brief summary of studies on the degradation of benzene in oils and groundwater is presented. This will be followed by a discussion of factors which should be considered in the selection of a degradation rate, and a discussion of the application of degradation rates into the estimation of risk and the development of ISCs. In addition, a case study is presented which provides an example of the application of the ISC methodology and illustrates its adaptability to site specific conditions and information requirements

  3. Ion-selective uranyl electrode with membrane based on a mixture of uranyl di-2-ethylhexylphosphate with tributlyphosphate in benzene

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    Serebrennikova, N.V.; Kukushkina, I.I.; Plotnikova, N.V.

    1982-04-01

    A study is presented of the electrochemical properties of an uranyl electrode with a liquid membrane, a benzene solution of UO/sub 2/R/sub 2/ mixed with tributylphosphate (TBP). The electrochemical properties of the electrode were studied using a TR-1501 electrometer with EZ-7 strip-chart recorder to record the transmembrane potential difference as a function of uranyl ion activity in aqueous sulfate solutions. The selectivity coefficients were determined by the method of bionic potentials for the electrode with various concentrations of uranyl di-2-ethylhexylphosphate and with various additives of TBP. As the UO/sub 2/R/sub 2/ concentration is changed the selective properties change with respect to a number of singly and doubly charged ions. The uranyl membrane electrode is more highly selective in the presence of a number of ions and has a lower boundary of uranyl ion content determination than electrodes with the membrane containing only uranyl di-2-ethylhexylphosphate in benzene. The properties of the electrode depend both on the concentration of ion exchange substance and on the quantity of tributylphosphate added.

  4. Studies on the mechanism of benzene toxicity

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    Using the 59Fe uptake method of Lee et al. it was shown that erythropoiesis in female mice was inhibited following IP administration of benzene, hydroquinone, p-benzoquinone, and muconaldehyde. Toluene protected against the effects of benzene. Coadministration of phenol plus either hydroquinone or catechol resulted in greatly increased toxicity. The combination of metabolites most effective in reducing iron uptake was hydroquinone plus muconaldehyde. We have also shown that treating animals with benzene leads to the formation of adducts of bone marrow DNA as measured by the 32P-postlabeling technique

  5. Factors that determine stability of highly concentrated chemically defined production media.

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    McCoy, Rebecca E; Costa, Nicole A; Morris, Arvia E

    2015-01-01

    High cell density perfusion processes for the production of therapeutic antibodies require large volumes of media to meet cellular stoichiometric and energy demands. The use of media concentrates provides a way to reduce the cost of manufacturing. Reducing the number and size of liquid media batches reduces the media footprint in the manufacturing plant and cuts costs associated with single-use systems for preparation and storage of liquid media. Concentrates that can be stored at room temperature also reduce costs by eliminating the need for refrigerated storage. To meet these economic and operational objectives, we developed a complete concentrated medium system consisting of a 5X medium concentrate that can be used in conjunction with a concentrated supplement of cystine, tyrosine, and folic acid. The effects of pyruvate, bicarbonate, and glutamine on the stability of the 5X concentrates were studied. Pyruvate and bicarbonate were found to have profound impacts on media stability, including media coloration, precipitate formation and ability to support cell culture. Bicarbonate was found to have detrimental effects in 5X concentrated media, resulting in precipitation of pyruvate-free media and accelerated glutamine degradation. Pyruvate prevented precipitation in bicarbonate-containing concentrates. Moreover, the presence of pyruvate in bicarbonate-free, glutamine-free 5X concentrates resulted in the substantial preservation of the functional activity of the medium for 1 month at room temperature. PMID:25641710

  6. Observation of Replacement of Carbon in Benzene with Nitrogen in a Low-Temperature Plasma

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    Zhang, Zhiping; Gong, Xiaoyun; Zhang, Sichun; Yang, Haijun; Shi, Youmin; Yang, Chengdui; Zhang, Xinrong; Xiong, Xingchuang; Fang, Xiang; Ouyang, Zheng

    2013-12-01

    Selective activation of benzene has been mainly limited to the C-H activation. Simple replacement of one carbon in benzene with another atom remains unresolved due to the high dissociation energy. Herein, we demonstrate a direct breakage of the particularly strong C = C bond in benzene through ion-molecule reaction in a low-temperature plasma, in which one carbon atom was replaced by one atomic nitrogen with the formation of pyridine. The mechanism for the formation of pyridine from benzene has been proposed based on the extensive investigation with tandem mass spectrometry. The reaction pathway also works to other aromatics such as toluene and o-xylene. This finding provides a new avenue for selective conversion of aromatics into nitrogen-containing compounds.

  7. Application of Bayesian Methods to Exposure Assessment of Area Concentrations at a Rubber Factory

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    Hua Fu; Yonghua He; Youxin Liang

    2009-01-01

    The present study estimated area concentrations of airborne benzene in several workshops using Bayesian methods based on available historical measurements. A rubber products factory utilizing benzene was investigated. Historical measurements of benzene concentrations, expert experiences, and deterministic modeling were utilized in a Bayesian Method to estimate area concentrations. Historical concentrations (n=124) were available with the geometric mean of 15.3 mg/m3. The geometric mean of the...

  8. Slow strain rate testing of carbon steel in solutions with high nitrate concentrations

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    Processing of high-level nuclear waste for permanent disposal will cause changes to the present inhibited compositions at the Savannah River Site. Temperature and nitrate concentration may reach new high levels during salt dissolution in the carbon steel waste tanks with certain removal methods. Proper inhibitor concentrations are necessary to minimize the potential for nitrate-induced stress corrosion cracking to maintain the integrity of the waste tanks. Slow strain rate testing and potentiodynamic polarization were used to investigate whether stress corrosion cracking would initiate under bounding removal conditions. Test conditions for two carbon steels included nitrate concentrations of 5.5 and 9.7 M at a maximum temperature of 95 degrees C. The steels were found to be resistant to SCC in the more aggressive waste compositions at the present inhibitor concentrations of 0.6 M sodium hydroxide and 0.5 M sodium nitrite

  9. Radiocarbon dating methods using benzene liquid scintillation

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    The radiocarbon dating method using benzene liquid scintillation is reported in detail. The results of measurement of NBS oxalic acid agree with the recommended value, indicating that isotopic fractionation during benzene synthesis can be negligible. Ten samples which have been already measured by gas counter are dated by benzene liquid scintillation. There is no significant difference in age for the same sample between benzene liquid scintillation and gas counters. It is shown that quenching has to be corrected for the young sample. Memory effect in stainless steel reaction vessel can be removed by using an exchangeable inner vessel and by baking it in the air. Using this method, the oldest age that can be measured with 2.3 g carbon is 40,000 years B.P. (author)

  10. High Concentrating GaAs Cell Operation Using Optical Waveguide Solar Energy System

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    Nakamura, T.; Case, J. A.; Timmons, M. L.

    2004-01-01

    This paper discusses the result of the concentrating photovoltaic (CPV) cell experiments conducted with the Optical Waveguide (OW) Solar Energy System. The high concentration GaAs cells developed by Research Triangle Institute (RTI) were combined with the OW system in a "fiber-on-cell" configuration. The sell performance was tested up to the solar concentration of 327. Detailed V-I characteristics, power density and efficiency data were collected. It was shown that the CPV cells combined with the OW solar energy system will be an effective electric power generation device.

  11. Start-up, performance and optimization of a compost biofilter treating gas-phase mixture of benzene and toluene.

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    Rene, Eldon R; Kar, Saurajyoti; Krishnan, Jagannathan; Pakshirajan, K; López, M Estefanía; Murthy, D V S; Swaminathan, T

    2015-08-01

    The performance of a compost biofilter inoculated with mixed microbial consortium was optimized for treating a gas-phase mixture of benzene and toluene. The biofilter was acclimated to these VOCs for a period of ?18d. The effects of concentration and flow rate on the removal efficiency (RE) and elimination capacity (EC) were investigated by varying the inlet concentration of benzene (0.12-0.95g/m(3)), toluene (0.14-1.48g/m(3)) and gas-flow rate (0.024-0.072m(3)/h). At comparable loading rates, benzene removal in the mixture was reduced in the range of 6.6-41% in comparison with the individual benzene degradation. Toluene removal in mixture was even more affected as observed from the reductions in REs, ranging from 18.4% to 76%. The results were statistically interpreted by performing an analysis of variance (ANOVA) to elucidate the main and interaction effects. PMID:25827361

  12. High concentrations of myeloperoxidase in the equine uterus as an indicator of endometritis.

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    Parrilla-Hernandez, Sonia; Ponthier, Jérôme; Franck, Thierry Y; Serteyn, Didier D; Deleuze, Stéfan C

    2014-04-15

    Intraluminal fluid and excessive abnormal hyperedema are regularly used for the diagnosis of endometritis in the mare, which is routinely confirmed by the presence of neutrophils on endometrial smears. Studies show a relation between neutrophils and myeloperoxidase (MPO), an enzyme contained in and released by neutrophils during degranulation or after cell lysis. This enzyme has been found in many fluids and tissues, and associated with different inflammatory pathologies in the horse. The aims of this study were to assess the presence and concentration of MPO in the equine uterus, and to investigate its relation with neutrophils, and other clinical signs of endometritis. Mares (n = 51) were evaluated for the presence of intraluminal fluid and excessive endometrial edema before breeding, and a small volume lavage and cytology samples were obtained. From 69 cycles, supernatant of the uterine flushes was analyzed with a specific equine MPO ELISA assay to measure MPO concentration. Cytology samples were used for the diagnosis of endometritis. Myeloperoxidase was present in the uterus of all estrus mares in highly variable concentrations. Myeloperoxidase concentrations were significantly (P < 0.05) higher in samples with positive cytologies and in the presence of intraluminal fluid. Occasionally, some samples with negative cytologies showed high MPO concentration, but the opposite was never observed. Cycles presenting hyperedema weren't associated with high concentration of MPO, intraluminal fluid, or positive cytology, making it a poor diagnostic tool of endometritis. PMID:24565475

  13. Application of Hydrothermal Treatment to High Concentrated Sewage Sludge for Anaerobic Digestion Process

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    M. Orikawa

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Tomato and seaweed were produced by utilizing CO2 and heat discharged from power generation using biogas in Toyogawa biomass park, Japan. The biogas was obtained by anaerobic digestion with hydrothermal treatment. The hydrothermal treatment was applied to the high concentrated sewage sludge (22 % total solids (TS dewatered sludge. The purpose of this study is to clarify the effect of hydrothermal treatment on the qualities of high concentrated sewage sludge, by analyzing particulate organic carbon (POC and dissolved organic carbon (DOC. The hydrothermal treatment was investigated under 10-60 min of treatment time, 180-200 °C of temperature, 10-22 %-TS of sewage sludge concentration. The results showed that the DOC in each conditions increased through hydrothermal treatment. The highest DOC obtained was 67 % of total carbon concentration, when the temperature was 180 °C, treatment time was 60 min and sewage sludge concentration was 10 %-TS. Furthermore, the viscosity of treated sewage sludge was decreased by hydrothermal treatment. In batch anaerobic digestion test, methane gas production was confirmed. In addition, this study evaluated the energy balance of this system. Thus, the results of this study indicated that the possibility of application of hydrothermal treatment to high concentrated sewage sludge for anaerobic digestion process. Keywords: anaerobic reaction, hydrothermal treatment, sewage sludge, solubilization

  14. Analysis of high concentration passively cooled CPV module designs using mirror optics

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    Dreger, M; Wiesenfarth, M.; Schmid, T.; Bett, A.W.

    2013-01-01

    In high concentrating photovoltaic (HCPV) modules the solar radiation is focused on high efficient multi-junction solar cells. One option to distinguish between different system approaches is the applied optics. For example, Frensel lenses or parabolic mirrors can be used as primary optics. Another aspect of the module design is how the thermal energy is distributed. There are actively and passively cooled systems. In any case, the way of thermal management is essential for the high performan...

  15. Inhibition of pure cultures of methanogens by benzene ring compounds.

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    Patel, G.B.; Agnew, B.J.; Dicaire, C J

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    The inhibition of methane production by Methanosaeta concilii GP6, Methanospirillum hungatei GP1, Methanobacterium espanolae GP9, and Methanobacterium bryantii M.o.H. during short-term (6-h) exposure to eight benzene ring compounds was studied. The concentration that caused 50% inhibition of the methane production rate (IC50) was dependent on the species and the toxicant. Pentachlorophenol was the most toxic of the tested compounds, with an IC50 of less than 8 mg/liter for all species except ...

  16. Experimental Study of Sorbitol Production by Zymomonas mobilis in High Sucrose Concentration

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    Rui Sérgio dos Santos Ferreira da Silva

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available The sorbitol presents several industrial applications and its conventional production is of high cost and low yield. Sorbitol production by Zymomonas mobilis production has attracted attention as both production cost and environmental impact are low. The sorbitol plays an osmo-protective rule so that its production is promoted by high sugar concentrations. This work has evaluated the effect of high sucrose concentration in the sorbitol production. The raise of sucrose concentration from 100 to 300g/ L caused an increase in the sorbitol production from 4,979 to 20,633g/l. Statistic analysis showed that 95,5% in the variation in sorbitol production can be explained.

  17. Evaluating the impact of high Pluronic® F68 concentrations on antibody producing CHO cell lines.

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    Tharmalingam, Tharmala; Goudar, Chetan T

    2015-04-01

    Pluronic® F68 (P-F68) is an important component of chemically-defined cell culture medium because it protects cells from hydrodynamic and bubble-induced shear in the bioreactor. While P-F68 is typically used in cell culture medium at a concentration of 1?g/L (0.1%), higher concentrations can offer additional shear protection and have also been shown to be beneficial during cryopreservation. Recent industry experience with variability in P-F68-associated shear-protection has opened up the possibility of elevated P-F68 concentrations in cell culture media, a topic that has not been previously explored in the context of industrial cell culture processes. Recognizing this gap, we first evaluated the effect of 1-5?g/L P-F68 concentrations in shake flask cultures over ten 3-day passages for cell lines A and B. Increase in terminal cell density and cell size was seen over time at higher P-F68 concentrations but protein productivity was not impacted. Results from this preliminary screening study suggested no adverse impact of high P-F68 concentrations. Subsequently fed-batch bioreactor experiments were conducted at 1 and 5?g/L P-F68 concentrations with both cell lines where cell growth, viability, metabolism, and product quality were examined under process conditions reflective of a commercial process. Results from these bioreactor experiments confirmed findings from the preliminary screen and also indicated no impact of elevated P-F68 concentration on product quality. If additional shear protection is desired, either due to raw material variability, cell line sensitivity, or a high-shear cell culture process, our results suggest this can be accomplished by elevating the P-F68 concentration in the cell culture medium without impacting cell culture performance and product quality. PMID:25384465

  18. Biodegradation of high concentrations of phenol by baker’s yeast in anaerobic sequencing batch reactor

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    Ali Asghar Najafpoor

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: Phenol, as a pure substance, is used in many fields because of its disinfectant, germicidal, local anesthetic, and peptizing properties. Aqueous solutions of phenol are produced as waste in industries and discharged into the environment. Therefore, elevated concentrations of phenol may be found in air or water because of industrial discharge or the use of phenolic products. Method: The strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae used in this project were natural strains previously purchased from Razavy company. They were grown at 30°C on Petri plates containing yeast extract glucose (YGC and then purified by being spread onto new plates, and isolated colonies were obtained. These colonies provided the basis of selection. Prepared strains were applied in anaerobic sequencing batch reactors (ASBRs as first seed. The experiment conditions were optimized using response surface methodology (RSM. After the determined runs were performed using Design-Expert software, data were analyzed using mentioned software as well. Results: This study evaluated the capability of baker’s yeast to remove phenol in high concentrations. The tested strains showed excellent tolerance to phenol toxicity at concentrations up to 6100 mg/L. Study of the batch degradation process showed that the phenol removal rate could exceed 99.9% in 24 hours at a concentration of 1000 mg/L. The results showed catechol is the first intermediate product of phenol degradation. In survey results of the Design–Expert software, R2 and Adeq precision were 0.97 and 25.65, respectively. Conclusion: The results demonstrated that ASBR performs robustly under variable influent concentrations of inhibitory compounds. The high removal performance despite the high phenol concentration may be a result of reactor operating strategies. Based on the progressive increase of inlet phenol concentration, allowing for an enhanced biomass acclimation in a short time, results at the microbiological levels showed that the increase of phenol concentration was accompanied by a decrease in the microbial community and a progressive selection of the most adapted phenotypes.

  19. Double ionization and dissociation of benzene-d6 induced by collision with H+ and Ar8+

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    Veshapidze, G.; Shiromaru, H.; Achiba, Y.; Kobayashi, N.

    2004-12-01

    A 15 keV H+ or 120 keV Ar8+ beam was collided with benzene-d6 to induce multiple ionization and dissociation. The TOFs of the recoil ions were measured combined with the multiple coincidence technique and the position-sensitive measurement, which allow to identify various dissociation channels and to derive their kinetic energy releases (KERs). By qualitative analysis of TOF coincidence map, it is concluded that in the case of high vibrational excitation, doubly charged parent molecule dissociates into two molecular ions with equal number of carbon atoms in each of them. Comparison of coincidence maps obtained by collisions with H+ and Ar8+ indicates that the number of neutral D-substitution, which were missing from dissociation products, can be used as an indicator of vibrational excitation of parent molecule.

  20. An analysis of workplace exposures to benzene over four decades at a petrochemical processing and manufacturing facility (1962-1999).

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    Sahmel, J; Devlin, K; Burns, A; Ferracini, T; Ground, M; Paustenbach, D

    2013-01-01

    Benzene, a known carcinogen, can be generated as a by-product during the use of petroleum-based raw materials in chemical manufacturing. The aim of this study was to analyze a large data set of benzene air concentration measurements collected over nearly 40 years during routine employee exposure monitoring at a petrochemical manufacturing facility. The facility used ethane, propane, and natural gas as raw materials in the production of common commercial materials such as polyethylene, polypropylene, waxes, adhesives, alcohols, and aldehydes. In total, 3607 benzene air samples were collected at the facility from 1962 to 1999. Of these, in total 2359 long-term (>1 h) personal exposure samples for benzene were collected during routine operations at the facility between 1974 and 1999. These samples were analyzed by division, department, and job title to establish employee benzene exposures in different areas of the facility over time. Sampling data were also analyzed by key events over time, including changes in the occupational exposure limits (OELs) for benzene and key equipment process changes at the facility. Although mean benzene concentrations varied according to operation, in nearly all cases measured benzene quantities were below the OEL in place at the time for benzene (10 ppm for 1974-1986 and 1 ppm for 1987-1999). Decreases in mean benzene air concentrations were also found when data were evaluated according to 7- to 10-yr periods following key equipment process changes. Further, an evaluation of mortality rates for a retrospective employee cohort (n = 3938) demonstrated that the average personal benzene exposures at this facility (0.89 ppm for the period 1974-1986 and 0.125 ppm for the period 1987-1999) did not result in increased standardized mortality ratio (SMRs) for diseases or malignancies of the lymphatic system. The robust nature of this data set provides comprehensive exposure information that may be useful for assessing human benzene exposures at similar facilities. The data also provide a basis for comparable measured exposure levels and the potential for adverse health effects. These data may also prove beneficial for comparing relative exposure potential for production versus nonproduction operations and the relationship between area and personal breathing zone samples. PMID:23980839

  1. An assessment of a spiral duct centrifuge using standard and high concentration aerosols

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    The Stoeber spiral duct centrifuge has been calibrated by means of polystyrene latex microspheres for the subsequent measurement of aerosol particle size distributions. Intermediate (1 g m-3) ad high (100 g m-3) sodium chloride aerosol concentrations have been sampled by the centrifuge to determine possible limitations in the equipment. Corrections have to be made for the effect of Coriolis forces, and aerosol concentrations above 1 g m-3 should be diluted before sampling. The spiral duct centrifuge is an extremely versatile instrument for aerosol analysis, and shows a high degree of reliability when operated under well-defined conditions. (author)

  2. High surface hole concentration p-type GaN using Mg implantation

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    Long Tao; Zhang Guo Yi

    2001-01-01

    Mg ions were implanted on Mg-doped GaN grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD). The p-type GaN was achieved with high hole concentration (8.28 x 10 sup 1 sup 7 cm sup - sup 3) conformed by Van derpauw Hall measurement after annealing at 800 degree C for 1 h. this is the first experimental report of Mg implantation on Mg-doped GaN and achieving p-type GaN with high surface hole concentration

  3. Small-angle neutron scattering studies of sodium butyl benzene sulfonate aggregates in aqueous solution

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    O. R. Pal; V. G. Gaikar; J. V. Joshi; P. S. Goyal; V. K. Aswal

    2004-08-01

    The aggregation behaviour of a hydrotrope, sodium -butyl benzene sulfonate (Na-NBBS), in aqueous solutions is investigated by small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). Nearly ellipsoidal aggregates of Na-NBBS at concentrations well above its minimum hydrotrope concentration were detected by SANS. The hydrotrope seems to form self-assemblies with aggregation number of 36–40 with a substantial charge on the aggregate. This aggregation number is weakly affected by the hydrotrope concentration.

  4. Benzene-Ethane Co-Crystals on the Surface of Titan

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    Vu, T. H.; Hodyss, R. P.; Cable, M. L.; Maynard-Casely, H. E.; Malaska, M. J.; Beauchamp, P. M.

    2014-12-01

    Benzene is found at high abundance in Titan's atmosphere and is a likely constituent of evaporite deposits formed around the hydrocarbon lakes. This work aims to understand the composition and nature of the surface evaporites by focusing on the interaction between benzene and ethane, a principal component of the lake fluids. We have discovered a new benzene-ethane co-crystalline structure which forms under Titan-like conditions (90-150 K and 1 bar), resulting in recrystallization of the benzene lattice that can be detected via micro-Raman spectroscopy. Evidence for ethane incorporation includes two new distinctive ethane features at 2873 and 1455 cm-1 and marked red shifts of the benzene peaks in the Raman spectra. Vibrational analysis reveals a C-H…? interaction between the aromatic ring of benzene and the hydrogen atoms of ethane through a monodentate contact. The kinetics of co-crystal formation is also determined, giving a relatively mild activation energy of 10.2 kJ/mol. It is shown that the formation process would reach completion in ~18 hours, and that benzene precipitates selectively as the co-crystal from a mixture of liquid ethane and methane. Synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction data confirms the crystalline nature of the new material. These results imply that benzene and similar organics may act as potential hydrocarbon reservoirs due to this incorporation mechanism. These novel structures represent a new class of materials for Titan's surface that may influence evaporite characteristics, such as particle size and infrared spectral properties.

  5. Historical record of carbonaceous particle concentrations from a European high-alpine glacier (Colle Gnifetti, Switzerland)

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    Lavanchy, V.M.H.; Gaeggeler, H.W.; Schotterer, U.; Schwikowski, M.; Baltensperger, U. [University of Bern, Bern (Switzerland). Dept. of Biochemistry and Chemistry

    1999-09-20

    Historical records of the concentrations of black carbon (BC) and elemental carbon (EC), as well as of water insoluble organic carbon (OC) and total carbon (TC) covering the time period about 1755-1975 are presented. Concentrations were obtained from an ice core of a European high-alpine glacier, using an optical and a thermal method. Concentrations were found to vary between 7 and 128 {mu}g L{sup -1} for BC, between 5 and 130 {mu}g L{sup -1} for EC, between 53 and 484 {mu}g L{sup -1} for OC, and between 66 and 614 {mu}g L{sup -1} for TC. From preindustrial (1755-1890) to modern times (1950-1975) BC, EC, OC, and TC concentrations increased by a factor of 3.7, 3.0, 2.5, and 2.6, respectively. The sum of BC emissions of Germany, France, Switzerland, and Italy, calculated from fossil fuel consumption, and the EC concentration record correlate well (R{sup 2} = 0.56) for the time period from 1890 to 1975; this indicates that the ice core record reflects the emissions of western Europe. High pre-1860 concentrations indicate that by that time BC emissions to the atmosphere were already significant.

  6. High Iridium concentration of alkaline rocks of Deccan and implications to K/T boundary

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    P N Shukla; N Bhandari; Anirban Das; A D Shukla; J S Ray

    2001-06-01

    We report here an unusually high concentration of iridium in some alkali basalts and alkaline rocks of Deccan region having an age of about 65Ma, similar to the age of the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary. The alkali basalts of Anjar, in the western periphery of Deccan province, have irid-ium concentration as high as 178pg/g whereas the alkaline rocks and basalts associated with the Amba Dongar carbonatite complex have concentrations ranging between 8 and 80 pg/g. Some of these values are more than an order of magnitude higher than the concentration in the tholeiiticbasalts of Deccan, indicating the significance of alkaline magmatism in the iridium inventory at the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary. Despite higher concentration, their contribution to the global inventory of iridium in the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary clays remains small. The concentration of iridium in uorites from Amba Dongar was found to be < 30 pg/g indicating that iridium is not incorporated during their formation in hydrothermal activity.

  7. Installation of a bitumen coating plant for high-activity concentrates

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    Following the excellent results obtained on the industrial coating of radioactive sludges, the possibility of solidifying also the evaporation concentrates with bitumen has been considered. For high activity concentrates, the use of bitumen is however limited by two main parameters: temperature resistance, irradiation resistance. By making use of the characteristics of a blown bitumen, it has been possible to design a high activity coating pilot plant treating concentrations of several tens of curies per litre. This plant will make use of a screw-type extrusion machine capable of coating treated concentrates at a rate of 20 l/hr. Before being coated, the concentrates will be subjected to a coprecipitation treatment designed to make the radioelements insoluble. This installation will make possible, apart from technological studies, laboratory experiments on the coated material (measurements on self-heating, on electrical charges, on radiolytic gases, and also lixiviation tests. It is at present believed, on the basis of available data, that it is possible to coat concentrates having an activity of 20 Ci/l at a price of 1840 F per cubic metre. (authors)

  8. Rheological and syringeability properties of highly concentrated human polyclonal immunoglobulin solutions.

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    Burckbuchler, V; Mekhloufi, G; Giteau, A Paillard; Grossiord, J L; Huille, S; Agnely, F

    2010-11-01

    This study of highly concentrated polyvalent immunoglobulin solutions, IgG, aimed at analyzing the relationships between protein concentration and aggregation on the one hand and viscosity on the other hand. Viscosity variations as a function of IgG concentration showed two well-defined behaviours: a Newtonian behaviour for low-concentrated solutions and a shear-thinning behaviour for highly concentrated ones. The viscosity data fitted very well with the Mooney model, suggesting the absence of intermolecular interactions in the IgG solutions that behaved like a non-interacting suspension of hard particles. The polyclonal nature of IgG seems to prevent intermolecular interaction. The shape factor, determined from Mooney fitting, revealed a non-spherical shape of the polyclonal IgG molecules. The rheological properties were also correlated with the injection force (F) through hypodermic needles by syringeability tests. Here, F was mainly affected by three parameters: the solution viscosity, the injection flow rate, and the needle characteristics. In fact, syringeability tests showed that F increased with IgG concentration and flow rate and decreased with the internal diameter of the needle. A zone for optimal injection conditions was then identified taking into account the different affecting parameters and mainly a maximum force for manual injection, which was fixed at 30N. PMID:20719247

  9. Vitamin E Concentrations in Adults with HIV/AIDS on Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy

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    Daniella J. Itinoseki Kaio

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available HIV/AIDS patients are probably more predisposed to vitamin E deficiency, considering that they are more exposed to oxidative stress. Additionally, there are an extensive number of drugs in the highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART regimens that may interfere with vitamin E concentrations. The objective of this study was to compare serum concentrations of alpha-tocopherol in 182 HIV/AIDS patients receiving different HAART regimens. The patients were divided into three groups according to regimen: nucleoside analog reverse-transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs + non-nucleoside analog reverse-transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs; NRTIs + protease inhibitors + ritonavir; NRTIs + other classes. Alpha-tocopherol was assessed by high-performance liquid chromatography. Multiple linear regression analysis was used to evaluate the effects of HAART regimen, time of use, and compliance with the regimen on alpha-tocopherol concentrations. Alpha-tocopherol concentrations were on average 4.12 ?mol/L lower for the NRTIs + other classes regimen when compared to the NRTIs + NNRTIs regimen (p = 0.037. A positive association (p < 0.001 was observed between alpha-tocopherol and cholesterol concentrations, a finding due, in part, to the relationship between liposoluble vitamins and lipid profile. This study demonstrated differences in alpha-tocopherol concentrations between patients using different HAART regimens, especially regimens involving the use of new drugs. Long-term prospective cohort studies are needed to monitor vitamin E status in HIV/AIDS patients since the beginning of treatment.

  10. Development and performance evaluation of a high-volume ultrafine particle concentrator for inhalation toxicological studies.

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    Gupta, Tarun; Demokritou, Philip; Koutrakis, Petros

    2004-12-01

    This article presents the development and performance evaluation of a high-volume ultrafine particle concentrator. The ultrafine particle concentrator consists of several units, including a size-selective inlet; a condensational growth unit; a series of two virtual impactors (concentrators); a thermal size restoration device; an air cooler; and a size-selective outlet. Ambient ultrafine particles are condensationally grown to supermicrometer sizes and then are concentrated by a factor of 40 to 50 using a two-stage virtual impactor. Subsequently, ultrafine particle size distribution is restored, using a thermal method. The Harvard ultrafine concentrated ambient particle system (HUCAPS) delivers 58 lpm of concentrated aerosol that can be used for in vivo or in vitro inhalation toxicological studies. Overall, pressure drop through the system is only 2.2 kPa, which is adequately low for inhalation toxicological exposure tests. The performance of this system was evaluated using single-component artificial aerosols with a variety of physicochemical properties as well as ambient air. These experiments showed that for an optimum supersaturation ratio of 3.0, all ultrafine particles grow and get concentrated by about the same enrichment factor, regardless of their composition and surface properties. PMID:15513817

  11. High Frequency Measurements of Methane Concentrations and Carbon Isotopes at a Marsh and Landfill

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    Mortazavi, B.; Wilson, B.; Chanton, J.; Eller, K.; Dong, F.; Baer, D. S.; Gupta, M.; Dzwonkowski, B.

    2012-12-01

    High frequency measurements of methane concentrations and carbon isotopes can help constrain the source strengths of methane emitted to the atmosphere. We report here methane concentrations and 13C values measured at 0.5 Hz with cavity enhanced laser absorption spectrometers (Los Gatos Research) deployed at a saltmarsh in Alabama and a landfill in Florida. Methane concentrations and 13C at the saltmarsh were monitored over a 2.5 day time period at 2 m, 0.5 m above the ground as well as from the outflow of a flow-through (2 L) chamber placed on the Spartina alterniflora dominated marsh. A typical measurement cycle included regular samples from two tanks of known methane concentrations and isotopic values and from ambient air samples. Over the 2.5-day measurement period methane concentrations and isotopic ratios at 2 m averaged 1.85 ppm and -43.57‰ (±0.34, 1 SE), respectively. The concentration and isotopic values from the chamber outflow varied from 1.92 to 5.81 ppm and -38.5 to -59.3‰, respectively. Methane flux from the marsh ranged from undetectable to 3.6 mgC m-2hr-1, with high fluxes measured during low tide. The 13?CH4 of the emitted CH4 from the marsh, determined from a mass balance equation using the chamber inflow and outflow concentration and isotopic values ranged from -62.1 to -93.9‰ and averaged -77‰ (±1.25, 1SE). At the landfill ambient methane concentrations and 13C ratios measured over multiple days varied from 4.25 to 11.91 ppm and from -58.81 to -45.12‰, respectively. At higher methane concentrations the ?13C of CH4 was more depleted consistent with previously observed relationship at this site made by more traditional techniques. Over a 30-minute measurement period CH4 concentrations at the landfill could vary by as much as 15 ppm. The high frequency continuous optical measurements with field-deployed instruments provide us with an unprecedented temporal resolution of CH4 concentrations and isotopic ratios. These measurements will enable us to determine the magnitude and to identify the sources of emission at local to regional scales.

  12. Methods to assess high-resolution subsurface gas concentrations and gas fluxes in wetland ecosystems

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    Elberling, Bo; Kühl, Michael

    2013-01-01

    The need for measurements of soil gas concentrations and surface fluxes of greenhouse gases at high temporal and spatial resolution in wetland ecosystem has lead to the introduction of several new analytical techniques and methods. In addition to the automated flux chamber methodology for high-resolution estimates of greenhouse gas fluxes across the soil-atmosphere interface, these high-resolution methods include microsensors for quantification of spatiotemporal concentration dynamics in O2 and N2O at micrometer scales, fiber-optic optodes for long-term continuous point measurements of O2 concentrations, and planar optodes for high-resolution two-dimensional measurements of O2 and pH. This chapter summarizes the principles behind the methods and shows examples of new insights obtained using combinations of these different methods in a Danish fresh-water wetland system. The results highlight that wetland and peat soils are highly heterogeneous, containing a mosaic of dynamic macropore systems created by both macrofauna and flora leading to distinct spatial and temporal variations in gas concentration on a scale of millimeters and minutes. Applications of these new methodologies allow measurements of greenhouse gas dynamics in wetlands on a scale at which the underlying processes are regulated by microenvironmental controls.

  13. Nurse Staffing Hours At Nursing Homes With High Concentrations Of Minority Residents, 2001-11.

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    Li, Yue; Harrington, Charlene; Mukamel, Dana B; Cen, Xi; Cai, Xueya; Temkin-Greener, Helena

    2015-12-01

    Recent increases in state Medicaid payments to nursing homes have the potential to reduce disparities in nurse staffing between facilities with high and low concentrations of racial/ethnic minority residents. Analyses of nursing home and state policy survey data for the period 2001-11 suggest that registered nurse and licensed practical nurse staffing levels increased slightly during this period, regardless of racial/ethnic minority resident concentration. Adjusted disparities in registered nurse hours per resident day between nursing homes with high and low concentrations of minority residents persisted, although they were reduced. Certified nursing assistant hours per patient day increased in nursing homes with low concentrations of minorities but decreased in homes with high concentrations, creating a new disparity. Overall, increases in state Medicaid payment rates to nursing homes were associated with improvements in staffing and reduced staffing disparities across facilities, but the adoption of case-mix payments had the opposite effect. Further reforms in health care delivery and payment are needed to address persistent disparities in care between nursing homes serving higher proportions of minority residents and those serving lower proportions, and to prevent unintended exacerbations of such disparities. PMID:26643634

  14. Investigating DOC export dynamics using high-frequency instream concentration measurements

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    Oosterwoud, Marieke; Keller, Toralf; Musolff, Andreas; Frei, Sven; Park, Ji-Hyung; Fleckenstein, Jan H.

    2014-05-01

    Being able to monitor DOC concentrations using in-situ high frequency measurements makes it possible to better understand concentration-discharge behavior under different hydrological conditions. We developed a UV-Vis probe setup for modified/adapted use under field conditions. The quasi mobile probe setup allows a more flexible probe deployment. New or existing monitoring sites can easily be equipped for quasi-continuous monitoring or measurements can be performed at changing locations, without the need for additional infrastructure. We were able to gather high frequency data on DOC dynamics for one year in two streams in the Harz mountains in Germany. It proved that obtaining accurate DOC concentrations from the UV-Vis probes required frequent maintenance and probe calibration. The advantage of the setup over standard monitoring protocols becomes evident when comparing net exports over a year. In addition to mass improved balance calculations the high-frequency measurements can reveal intricate hysteretic relationships between discharge and concentrations that can provide valuable insights into the hydrologic dynamics and mechanisms that govern the delivery of DOC to the receiving waters. Measurements with similar probes from two additional catchments in Southern Germany and South Korea will be used to illustrate different discharge-concentration relationships and what can be learned from them about the hydrologic mechanisms that control the dynamics of DOC export.

  15. Effects of high temperature stress at different development stages on soybean isoflavone and tocopherol concentrations.

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    Chennupati, Pratyusha; Seguin, Philippe; Liu, Wucheng

    2011-12-28

    Soybean contains a range of compounds with putative health benefits including isoflavones and tocopherols. A study was conducted to determine the effects on these compounds of high temperature stress imposed at specific development stages [i.e., none, pre-emergence, vegetative, early reproductive (R1-4), late-reproductive (R5-8), or all stages]. Two cultivars (AC Proteina and OAC Champion) were grown in growth chambers set at contrasting temperatures [i.e., stress conditions of 33/25 °C (day/night temperature) and control conditions of 23/15 °C] in order to generate these treatments. Isoflavone and tocopherol concentrations in mature seeds were determined using high-performance liquid chromatography. In both cultivars isoflavone response was greatest when stress occurred during the R5-8 stages and during all development stages, these treatments reducing total isoflavone concentration by an average of 85% compared to the control. Stress imposed at other stages also affected isoflavone concentration although the response was smaller. For example, stress during the vegetative stages reduced total isoflavones by 33% in OAC Champion. Stress imposed pre-emergence had an opposite effect increasing daidzein concentration by 24% in AC Proteina. Tocopherol concentrations were affected the most when stress was imposed during all stages of development, followed by stress restricted to stages R5-8; response to stress during other stages was limited. The specific response of tocopherols differed, ?-tocopherol being increased by high temperature by as much as 752%, the reverse being observed for ?-tocopherol and ?-tocopherol. The present study demonstrates that while isoflavone and tocopherol concentrations in soybeans are affected the most by stress occurring during seed formation, concentrations can also be affected by stress occurring at other stages including stages as early as pre-emergence. PMID:22098462

  16. Synthesis of dodecyl lauroyl benzene sulfonate and its application in enhanced oil recovery

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    Cui, Zhenggang; Wu, Le; Sun, Mingming; Jiang, Jian-zhong; Wang, Feng [Jiangnan Univ., Wuxi (China). School of Chemical and Material Engineering

    2011-09-15

    A new hydrophobic surfactant, dodecyl lauroyl benzene sulfonate (DLBS), was synthesized and its application in enhanced oil recovery by alkali-surfactant-polymer (ASP) flooding was studied. The results show that DLBS can be synthesized by reaction of industrial dodecyl benzene with lauroyl chloride in the presence of AlCl{sub 3}, followed by sulfonation with ClSO{sub 3}H and neutralization with NaOH. The lauroyl-group is confirmed to be connected to the para-position of the alkylbenzene by1HNMR spectrum. The synthesized DLBS is well soluble in pure water and reservoir (connate) water at 45 C. It is highly surface active which is indicated by its low CMC of 1.1 . 10{sup -5} mol/L, and its low surface tension, {gamma}{sub cmc} of 28.6 mN m{sup -1}. By mixing with heavy alkylbenzene sulfonates of relatively low average molar mass (387g mol{sup -1}) at a total surfactant concentration of 5 mM, DLBS can reduce the interfacial tension of Daqing crude oil/connate water to an order of 10{sup -3} mN/m at 45 C in the presence of 0.5-1.0 wt.% NaOH and 1000 mg L{sup -1} of polymer. If the NaOH was replaced by a gentle alkaline salt, Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3}, certain amounts of dodecyl dimethyl carboxy betaine were added and the concentration of Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3} was increased to 1.2-2.0 wt.%, the interfacial tension of Daqing crude oil/connate water can also be reduced to an ultralow value. Therefore DLBS is a good hydrophobic surfactant applicable in ASP flooding with either NaOH or Na{sub 2}CO{sub 3} as alkaline agents. (orig.)

  17. Dynamics of Na(+)(Benzene) + Benzene Association and Ensuing Na(+)(Benzene)2* Dissociation.

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    Paul, Amit K; Kolakkandy, Sujitha; Hase, William L

    2015-07-16

    Chemical dynamics simulations were used to study Bz + Na(+)(Bz) ? Na(+)(Bz)2* association and the ensuing dissociation of the Na(+)(Bz)2* cluster (Bz = benzene). An interesting and unexpected reaction found from the simulations is direct displacement, for which the colliding Bz molecule displaces the Bz molecule attached to Na(+), forming Na(+)(Bz). The rate constant for Bz + Na(+)(Bz) association was calculated at 750 and 1000 K, and found to decrease with increase in temperature. By contrast, the direct displacement rate constant increases with temperature. The cross section and rate constant for direct displacement are approximately an order of magnitude lower than those for association. The Na(+)(Bz)2* cluster, formed by association, dissociates with a biexponential probability, with the rate constant for the short-time component approximately an order of magnitude larger than that for the longer time component. The latter rate constant agrees with that of Rice-Ramsperger-Kassel-Marcus (RRKM) theory, consistent with rapid intramolecular vibrational energy redistribution (IVR) and intrinsic RRKM dynamics for the Na(+)(Bz)2* cluster. A coupled phase space model was used to analyze the biexponential dissociation probability. PMID:25938260

  18. Irradiation with benzene, toluene and phenol electron beams in aqueous solution

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    It is described a methodology for waste water treatment which is simulated doing a benzene-toluene-phenol mixture in aqueous solution. Three different concentrations of them ones were used which were irradiated with electron beams coming from a Pelletron Accelerator carrying out the degradation effect of these compounds in CO2 and H2O. By mean of gas chromatography the analytical determinations were realized finding that in lower concentration of benzene and toluene performances of degradation higher than 95 % were obtained, but higher concentrations (100 ppm) the performance diminishes at 89 %, while for phenol in higher concentrations its degradation is over 60 % and in lower concentrations the degradation is under 80 %. The results are obtained with a constant irradiation time of 12 seconds and neutral pH. (Author

  19. Analytical Study of High Concentration PCB Paint at the Heavy Water Components Test Reactor

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    Lowry, N.J.

    1998-10-21

    This report provides results of an analytical study of high concentration PCB paint in a shutdown nuclear test reactor located at the US Department of Energy's Savannah River Site (SRS). The study was designed to obtain data relevant for an evaluation of potential hazards associated with the use of and exposure to such paints.

  20. Analytical Study of High Concentration PCB Paint at the Heavy Water Components Test Reactor

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    This report provides results of an analytical study of high concentration PCB paint in a shutdown nuclear test reactor located at the US Department of Energy's Savannah River Site (SRS). The study was designed to obtain data relevant for an evaluation of potential hazards associated with the use of and exposure to such paints

  1. Determination of norfloxacin and ciprofloxacin concentrations in serum and urine by high-pressure liquid chromatography.

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    Morton, S. J.; Shull, V H; Dick, J D

    1986-01-01

    A high-pressure liquid chromatographic method for the determination of norfloxacin or ciprofloxacin concentrations in body fluids was developed and compared with a standard bioassay. The high-pressure liquid chromatographic assay utilizes a reverse-phase C18 column, an internal standard, and fluorescence detection, with reproducibility studies yielding coefficients of variation ranging from 0.6 to 3.7% and 0.9 to 2.7% for norfloxacin and ciprofloxacin, respectively. Correlation coefficients w...

  2. TREATMENT OF HIGH ETHANOL CONCENTRATION WASTEWATER BY CONSTRUCTED WETLANDS: ENHANCED COD REMOVAL AND BACTERIAL COMMUNITY DYNAMICS

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    Rodriguez Caballero, Adrian

    2011-01-01

    Winery wastewater is characterized by its high chemical oxygen demand (COD), seasonal occurrence and variable composition, including periodic high ethanol concentrations. In addition, winery wastewater may contain insufficient inorganic nutrients for optimal biodegradation of organic constituents. Two pilot-scale constructed wetlands (CWs) were used to treat artificial wastewater: the first was amended with ethanol and the second with ethanol, inorganic nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P). A numb...

  3. Radiolysis of Aqueous Benzene Solutions

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    Aerated and deaerated aqueous solutions of benzene have been irradiated with 60Co ?-rays. The products of radiolysis in deaerated, unbuffered or acid, solutions were phenol, biphenyl, hydrogen and in acid solutions also hydrogen peroxide with the following yields: G(phenol) = 0. 37 (0. 37), G(biphenyl) = 1.3 (1.7), G(H2) = 0.44 (0. 43) and G(H2O2) = 0 (0.60), the figures in brackets giving the results for acid solutions. The results are shown to agree with the conclusion that k(e-aq + H2O2) >> k(H + H2O2). Furthermore, the results indicate that a competition takes place between the reactions: 2 C6H6OH · -> dimer -> biphenyl. C6H7 · + C6H6OH · -> dimer -> biphenyl. The yields in aerated, unbuffered or acid, solutions were: G(phenol) = 2.1 (2.3), G(biphenyl) = 0 (0), and G(H2O2) = 2.2 (3.1), the figures in brackets being valid for acid solutions. The ratio k(H + C6H6)/k(H + O2) was 1.4x10-2. The results indicate that peroxides, or more probably hydroperoxides, take part in the reactions. After the addition of Fe2+ or Fe3+ to aerated acid solutions G(phenol) was increased to 6.6 and 3.4 respectively. Oxygen was consumed more rapidly in the presence of Fe. Reaction mechanisms are discussed

  4. Biomass concentration and biofilm characteristics in high-performance fluidized-bed biofilm reactors.

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    Rabah, F K J; Dahab, M F; Surampalli, R Y

    2005-01-01

    Two laboratory scale fluidized-bed biofilm reactors (FBBRs) were used to investigate the biomass concentration and the biofilm characteristics in a high performance FBBR used for the denitrification of exceptionally high-nitrate wastewater (1000 mg-N/L). Reported correlations by other workers for predicting the biomass concentration in FBBR were examined for their validity in comparison with the experimental results of this study and the best set of applicable correlations was recommended. The effects of the two main operational parameters, the superficial velocity and nitrogen loading rate on the biomass concentration in the FBBR were also studied. Correlations for the drag coefficient and the expansion index from the literature, together with the biofilm dry density correlation produced from this study were found to produce the best prediction of the FBBR biomass concentration compared to other reported correlations. The average biomass concentration in the FBBR decreased with the increase of the superficial velocity in the range of 45 to 65 m/h at all the applied nitrogen loadings (i.e. 6, 8, 12 and 16 kg-N/m3(bed).d). PMID:16459836

  5. Response of Salvinia cucullata to high NH4(+) concentrations at laboratory scales.

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    Jampeetong, Arunothai; Brix, Hans; Kantawanichkul, Suwasa

    2012-05-01

    Growth, morphology, NH(4)(+) uptake and mineral allocation in Salvinia cucullata Roxb. ex Bory grown with different amounts of NH(4)(+) were investigated. Plants of uniform size were grown on full strength Smart and Barko medium with different NH(4)(+) concentrations (0.5, 1, 5, 10 and 15 mM) and incubated in a greenhouse for four weeks. Salvinia cucullata grew well in the medium with 0.5-1 mM NH(4)(+) with a relative growth rate of 0.11-0.12 d(-1) without exhibiting NH(4)(+) toxicity symptoms. With an NH(4)(+) concentration above 5 mM, plant growth was suppressed and signs of NH(4)(+) toxicity were observed. NH(4)(+) toxicity symptoms were obvious in plants supplied with 10 mM and 15 mM NH(4)(+). These plants had low growth rates, short roots, low numbers of roots and showed chlorosis. Rotted roots and stems were also found in plants fed with 15 mM NH(4)(+). This species had a high uptake rate even though the NH(4)(+) concentrations increased, making it an ideal candidate for growth in eutrophic environments. The high NH(4)(+) concentration had a negative effect on K uptake resulting in low K concentration in the plant tissue, but the plants increased N content in plant tissue. Thus, harvested plants can be used as soil fertilizer or for animal feed. Furthermore, maintaining plant biomass can improve the efficiency of water treatment. PMID:22195762

  6. Off-pathway aggregation can inhibit fibrillation at high protein concentrations

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    Deva, Taru; Lorenzen, Nikolai

    2013-01-01

    Ribosomal protein S6 fibrillates readily at slightly elevated temperatures and acidic pH. We find that S6 fibrillation is retarded rather than favored when the protein concentration is increased above a threshold concentration of around 3.5mg/mL. We name this threshold concentration C(FR), the concentration at which fibrillation is retarded. Our data are consistent with a model in which this inhibition is due to the formation of an off-pathway oligomeric species with native-like secondary structure. The oligomeric species dominates at high protein concentrations but exists in dynamic equilibrium with the monomer so that seeding with fibrils can overrule oligomer formation and favors fibrillation under C(FR) conditions. Thus, fibrillation competes with formation of off-pathway oligomers, probably due to a monomeric conversion step that is required to commit the protein to the fibrillation pathway. The S6 oligomer is resistant to pepsin digestion. We also report that S6 forms different types of fibrils dependent on protein concentration. Our observations highlight the multitude of conformational states available to proteins under destabilizing conditions.

  7. Lyophilization cycle development for a high-concentration monoclonal antibody formulation lacking a crystalline bulking agent.

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    Colandene, James D; Maldonado, Linda M; Creagh, Alma T; Vrettos, John S; Goad, Kenneth G; Spitznagel, Thomas M

    2007-06-01

    An efficient freeze-dry cycle was developed for a high concentration monoclonal antibody formulation lacking a crystalline bulking agent. The formulation, at multiple protein concentrations, was characterized using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and freeze-dry microscopy. At low protein concentrations the glass transition temperature of the maximally freeze-concentrated solution (T(g)') determined by DSC was similar to the collapse temperature determined by freeze-dry microscopy. However, at higher protein concentrations, the difference between collapse temperature and T(g)' became progressively larger. The difference between the onset temperature for collapse and the complete collapse temperature also became progressively larger as protein concentration increased. JMP Design of Experiment studies were used to assess the effect of freezing rate, primary drying shelf temperature, and chamber pressure on primary drying product temperature, length of primary drying, and product quality attributes. Primary drying was shortened significantly by adjusting to conditions where the product temperature substantially exceeded T(g)' without any apparent detrimental effect to the product. PMID:17117409

  8. Cytotoxic effects of high concentrations of sodium ascorbate on human myeloid cell lines.

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    Mastrangelo, Domenico; Massai, Lauretta; Lo Coco, Francesco; Noguera, Nélida Inés; Borgia, Loredana; Fioritoni, Giuseppe; Berardi, Anna; Iacone, Antonio; Muscettola, Michela; Pelosi, Elvira; Castelli, Germana; Testa, Ugo; Di Pisa, Francesco; Grasso, Giovanni

    2015-11-01

    The effect of high doses of intravenous (sodium) ascorbate (ASC) in the treatment of cancer has been controversial although there is growing evidence that ASC in high (pharmacologic) concentrations induces dose-dependent pro-apoptotic death of tumor cells, in vitro. Very few data are available on the role of ASC in the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Ascorbate behaves as an antioxidant at low (physiologic), and as pro-oxidant at pharmacologic, concentrations, and this may account for the differences reported in different experimental settings, when human myeloid cell lines, such as HL60, were treated with ASC. Considering the myeloid origin of HL60 cells, and previous literature reports showing that some cell lines belonging to the myeloid lineage could be sensitive to the pro-apoptotic effects of high concentrations of ASC, we investigated in more details the effects of high doses (0.5 to 7 mM) of ASC in vitro, on a variety of human myeloid cell lines including the following: HL60, U937, NB4, NB4-R4 (retinoic acid [RA]-resistant), NB4/AsR (ATO-resistant) acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL)-derived cell lines, and K562 as well as on normal CD34+ progenitors derived from human cord blood. Our results indicate that all analyzed cell lines including all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA)- and arsenic trioxide (ATO)-resistant ones are highly sensitive to the cytotoxic, pro-oxidant effects of high doses of ASC, with an average 50 % lethal concentration (LC50) of 3 mM, depending on cell type, ASC concentration, and time of exposure. Conversely, high doses of ASC neither did exert significant cytotoxic effects nor impaired the differentiation potential in cord blood (CB) CD34+ normal cells. Since plasma ASC concentrations within the millimolar (mM) range can be easily and safely reached by intravenous administration, we conclude that phase I/II clinical trials using high doses of ASC should be designed for patients with advanced/refractory AML and APL. PMID:26264692

  9. Irrigation with Groundwater Containing Relatively High Concentrations of Radium: Effect on Soil

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    Naturally occurring radium isotopes at relatively high concentrations are found in groundwater in the southern part of Israel in two main aquifers of the Negev and the Arava Valley: the Nubean Sandstone (Kurnub group) and the Lower Cretaceous (Judea group)(1). Radium is being transferred from the host rock into the aquifer by geochemical processes and it is commonly found in the groundwater as three isotopes: Ra (half-life of 5.75y), Ra (half-life of 1600y) and 224Ra (half-life of 3.66d). High radium concentrations may play a key role in the potential exploitation and utilization of groundwater for drinking water as well as for agricultural purposes. Radionuclides of natural origin, including radium, are present in all foodstuffs at varying degrees. In essence, the doses from natural radionuclides are not worthy to control since the concentrations are mostly low and the resources required to control exposure would be out of proportion to the benefits achieved for health. Nevertheless, in prone areas, where radium concentrations in the ground water are significantly higher than drinking water standards, it is recommended to investigate the effect of using such water sources for agricultural purposes. Irrigation with water containing high radium concentrations may imply that the radium could find its way into the food chain having been integrated into the plant with the water(2'3). Water from the Shizafon 1 and 11 drillings is intended to be used for irrigation. The Shizafon drillings are characterized by a radium concentration exceeding the current Israeli drinking water standards by ca. 300%. The current study investigates the influence of drip irrigation with radium-containing water on the culture medium

  10. Aerosol and CCN Concentrations under Extremely High DMS Levels over the North Atlantic Ocean

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    Deng, C.; Brooks, S. D.; Thornton, D. C.; Bell, T. G.; Saltzman, E. S.; De Bruyn, W. J.

    2013-12-01

    Despite numerous studies since the CLAW hypothesis was first suggested in 1987, the extent to which marine phytoplankton derived dimethyl sulfide (CH3SCH3, DMS) contributes to marine atmospheric aerosol populations and the ability of those aerosols to act as cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) remains unclear, especially over oceanic areas obviously influenced by continental sources. Here, we present data from a cruise aboard the R/V Knorr over the North Atlantic during June-July 2011which passed through areas of both high and low phytoplankton biomasses, as well as intermediate primary production bloom regions where extremely high DMS concentrations (over 1800 pptv) were observed. Continuous ambient measurements of aerosol concentration, cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) concentration, aerosol particle size distributions, and surface seawater and atmospheric dimethyl sulfide (DMS) concentrations were performed simultaneously during the three-week-cruise. Throughout the cruise, CCN concentrations were measured at a series of five supersaturation levels and used to derive the critical supersaturation required for aerosols to activate as CCN. Air masses have been classified into three different categories based on the 48-hr back trajectories, i.e., air mass influenced by continents, coasts and the open ocean. Aerosol concentrations have noticeably different patterns depending on the air mass paths. Continually high CCN and aerosol concentrations had been found to coincide with high DMS concentration over the open ocean, which may be explained by the nucleation and condensational growth in marine boundary layer (MBL) resulting from the oxidation products of DMS or primary aerosols from the sea surface. Calculation of DMS oxidation rates based on the variation of DMS in the lower atmosphere and sea-to-air flux measurement during the whole cruise verified that the influence of continental sources on marine atmosphere is significant during the majority of sample times throughout this cruise. In addition the extent to which DMS is oxidized by NO3 radical in nighttime is estimated to be more than 50% of that by OH and halogen during daytime over the North Atlantic Ocean area based on our data. Even though continental sources increase the total aerosol concentrations, it could depress the effective CCN concentrations, since pollution particles include soot and dust which are poor CCN. In addition, we found that the aerosol number concentration is correlated with sea surface pressure, which suggests that nucleation mode aerosol concentration is much higher in the free troposphere than in the MBL. The negative correlations between marine CCN or aerosol concentration and wind speed reported by others may therefore be interpreted by the inherent inverse correlation between pressure and wind speed. Our data also corroborates previous findings that chlorophyll a, a proxy of phytoplankton biomass, can only serve as a coarse indicator for DMS production, and in turn would be less indicative for marine aerosol, due to all the nonlinear processes involved in the phytoplankton-DMS-aerosol interactions.

  11. RADIOACTIVE HIGH LEVEL WASTE TANK PITTING PREDICTIONS: AN INVESTIGATION INTO CRITICAL SOLUTION CONCENTRATIONS

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    Hoffman, E.

    2012-11-08

    A series of cyclic potentiodynamic polarization tests was performed on samples of ASTM A537 carbon steel in support of a probability-based approach to evaluate the effect of chloride and sulfate on corrosion the steel?s susceptibility to pitting corrosion. Testing solutions were chosen to systemically evaluate the influence of the secondary aggressive species, chloride, and sulfate, in the nitrate based, high-level wastes. The results suggest that evaluating the combined effect of all aggressive species, nitrate, chloride, and sulfate, provides a consistent response for determining corrosion susceptibility. The results of this work emphasize the importance for not only nitrate concentration limits, but also chloride and sulfate concentration limits.

  12. Paradoxical Effect of Caspofungin: Reduced Activity against Candida albicans at High Drug Concentrations

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    Stevens, David A.; Espiritu, Marife; Parmar, Rachana

    2004-01-01

    Resistance problems with caspofungin, an echinocandin inhibitor of fungal cell wall glucan synthesis, have been rare. We noted paradoxical turbid growth of Candida albicans isolates in broth in some high (supra-MIC) concentrations. Among isolates submitted for susceptibility testing and screened at drug concentrations up to 12.5 ?g/ml, the frequency was 16%. Analysis of the turbid growth indicated slowing of growth in the presence of drug but with numbers of CFU up to 72% those of drug-free c...

  13. Early stages of radiolysis of sulfuric dioxide high-concentrated aqueous solutions

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    New short-lived intermediate products of SO2 aqueous solution radiolysis which are produced only at high concentrations (>0.06 mol/l) are formed by the method of pulse radiolysis with spectrophotometric recording. Their absorption is maximum at 390 and 560 nm. It is established that they are produced as a result of H atom interaction with one of equilibrium SO2 forms. It is shown that there are two mechanism of radiochemical transformations of SO2 in an aqueous solution depending on its concentration

  14. Investigations into corrosion of metallic materials in highly concentrated boiling salt solutions

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    Containers for the disposal of radioactive waste in carnallite formations can be exposed to corrosion by highly concentrated hot salt solutions. Previous investigations of the corrosion resistance of candidate materials have been supplemented by measurements of the current density-potential curves of iron-silicon, cobalt-silicon, titanium-nickel and nickel-molybdenum alloys and of tantal. The electrolyte was a concentrated MgCl2-NaCl-KCl-MgSO4 solution at its boiling point of 1700C. The measurements give useful information on the stability of the corrosion resistance of these materials. (orig.)

  15. Biofiltration of high concentration of H2S in waste air under extreme acidic conditions.

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    Ben Jaber, Mouna; Couvert, Annabelle; Amrane, Abdeltif; Rouxel, Franck; Le Cloirec, Pierre; Dumont, Eric

    2016-01-25

    Removal of high concentrations of hydrogen sulfide using a biofilter packed with expanded schist under extreme acidic conditions was performed. The impact of various parameters such as H2S concentration, pH changes and sulfate accumulation on the performances of the process was evaluated. Elimination efficiency decreased when the pH was lower than 1 and the sulfate accumulation was more than 12mgS-SO4(2-)/g dry media, due to a continuous overloading by high H2S concentrations. The influence of these parameters on the degradation of H2S was clearly underlined, showing the need for their control, performed through an increase of watering flow rate. A maximum elimination capacity (ECmax) of 24.7gm(-3)h(-1) was recorded. As a result, expanded schist represents an interesting packing material to remove high H2S concentration up to 360ppmv with low pressure drops. In addition, experimental data were fitted using both Michaelis-Menten and Haldane models, showing that the Haldane model described more accurately experimental data since the inhibitory effect of H2S was taken into account. PMID:26455872

  16. Vasopressin activates Akt/mTOR pathway in smooth muscle cells cultured in high glucose concentration

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    Montes, Daniela K.; Brenet, Marianne; Muñoz, Vanessa C.; Burgos, Patricia V.; Villanueva, Carolina I. [Department of Physiology, Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia 509-9200 (Chile); Figueroa, Carlos D. [Department of Anatomy, Histology and Pathology, Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia 509-9200 (Chile); González, Carlos B., E-mail: cbgonzal@uach.cl [Department of Physiology, Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia 509-9200 (Chile); Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX 77555 (United States)

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    Highlights: •AVP induces mTOR phosphorylation in A-10 cells cultured in high glucose concentration. •The mTOR phosphorylation is mediated by the PI3K/Akt pathway activation. •The AVP-induced mTOR phosphorylation inhibited autophagy and stimulated cell proliferation. -- Abstract: Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) complex is a key regulator of autophagy, cell growth and proliferation. Here, we studied the effects of arginine vasopressin (AVP) on mTOR activation in vascular smooth muscle cells cultured in high glucose concentration. AVP induced the mTOR phosphorylation in A-10 cells grown in high glucose, in contrast to cells cultured in normal glucose; wherein, only basal phosphorylation was observed. The AVP-induced mTOR phosphorylation was inhibited by a PI3K inhibitor. Moreover, the AVP-induced mTOR activation inhibited autophagy and increased thymidine incorporation in cells grown in high glucose. This increase was abolished by rapamycin which inhibits the mTORC1 complex formation. Our results suggest that AVP stimulates mTOR phosphorylation by activating the PI3K/Akt signaling pathway and, subsequently, inhibits autophagy and raises cell proliferation in A-10 cells maintained in high glucose concentration.

  17. Vasopressin activates Akt/mTOR pathway in smooth muscle cells cultured in high glucose concentration

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    Highlights: •AVP induces mTOR phosphorylation in A-10 cells cultured in high glucose concentration. •The mTOR phosphorylation is mediated by the PI3K/Akt pathway activation. •The AVP-induced mTOR phosphorylation inhibited autophagy and stimulated cell proliferation. -- Abstract: Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) complex is a key regulator of autophagy, cell growth and proliferation. Here, we studied the effects of arginine vasopressin (AVP) on mTOR activation in vascular smooth muscle cells cultured in high glucose concentration. AVP induced the mTOR phosphorylation in A-10 cells grown in high glucose, in contrast to cells cultured in normal glucose; wherein, only basal phosphorylation was observed. The AVP-induced mTOR phosphorylation was inhibited by a PI3K inhibitor. Moreover, the AVP-induced mTOR activation inhibited autophagy and increased thymidine incorporation in cells grown in high glucose. This increase was abolished by rapamycin which inhibits the mTORC1 complex formation. Our results suggest that AVP stimulates mTOR phosphorylation by activating the PI3K/Akt signaling pathway and, subsequently, inhibits autophagy and raises cell proliferation in A-10 cells maintained in high glucose concentration

  18. Lattice deformation of ZnO films with high nitrogen concentration

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    Park, S.H. [Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Tohoku University, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8578 (Japan)], E-mail: shpark@imr.tohoku.ac.jp; Chang, J.H. [Major of Nano Semiconductor, Korea Maritime University, Youngdo-ku, Pusan 606-791 (Korea, Republic of); Ko, H.J. [Korea Photonics Technology Institute, Kwangju 500-210 (Korea, Republic of); Minegishi, T.; Park, J.S.; Im, I.H. [Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Tohoku University, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8578 (Japan); Ito, M. [Institute of Multidisciplinary Research for Advanced Material, Tohoku University, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan); Oh, D.C. [Department of Defense Science and Technology, Hoseo University, Sechul-ri, Baebang-myun, Asan 336-795 (Korea, Republic of); Cho, M.W.; Yao, T. [Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Tohoku University, Aramaki, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8578 (Japan); Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Katahira, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan)

    2008-09-30

    Nitrogen-doped ZnO/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} films grown at elevating temperatures (300-800 deg. C) have been investigated by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy (P-MBE). High nitrogen concentration ({approx}10{sup 22} cm{sup -3}) is achieved in the films grown at relatively low growth temperature (<500 deg. C) range. High nitrogen concentration accompanies considerable degradation of crystallinity and residual tensile strain, which was evaluated by high resolution X-ray diffraction (HRXRD). The structural evolution is discussed in terms of the increase of complex defect density in the films. The ionization energy of acceptor was estimated as {approx}140 meV from the excitation power dependence of donor-acceptor pair emission line by using low temperature (10 K) photoluminescence spectroscopy.

  19. Lattice deformation of ZnO films with high nitrogen concentration

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    Nitrogen-doped ZnO/Al2O3 films grown at elevating temperatures (300-800 deg. C) have been investigated by plasma-assisted molecular beam epitaxy (P-MBE). High nitrogen concentration (?1022 cm-3) is achieved in the films grown at relatively low growth temperature (<500 deg. C) range. High nitrogen concentration accompanies considerable degradation of crystallinity and residual tensile strain, which was evaluated by high resolution X-ray diffraction (HRXRD). The structural evolution is discussed in terms of the increase of complex defect density in the films. The ionization energy of acceptor was estimated as ?140 meV from the excitation power dependence of donor-acceptor pair emission line by using low temperature (10 K) photoluminescence spectroscopy

  20. Electrodeposited ZnO/ Zn Photo catalysts for the Degradation of Benzene-Toluene-Xylene Mixture in Aqueous Phase

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    The recognition of the ability of volatile organic compounds, (VOCs) to pollute the ground water is now well documented. VOCs such as benzene, toluene and xylene from the petroleum industries processed water leaked through the underground old piping system into the soils and groundwater during its transportation to the wastewater plant. Photo catalysis have been used as a potential system in the degradation of VOCs in the wastewater. However, the powdered form photo catalysts that were used in various studies are difficult to be separated from the aqueous solution at the end of the treatment. Therefore, the main objective of this research is to prepare the electrodeposited photo catalysts for the degradation of aromatic hydrocarbon mixture, benzene-toluene-xylene (BTX) solution under UV light (354 nm). The concentrations of electrolyte and electrodeposition voltages used to prepare the photo catalysts were studied for their efficiency in the degradation. From the research, ZnO/ Zn prepared in 0.8 M NaOH and under 12 V possessed the best catalytic degradation performance by degrading 32.37 % of BTX in the solution. The ZnO/ Zn photo catalyst was characterized using X-ray Diffraction Techniques (XRD) which illustrated high crystallinity of Zn species and reasonably high amorphous phase of ZnO species. (author)

  1. Study of dopant concentrations on thermal induced mode instability in high power fiber amplifiers

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    Tao, Rumao; Wang, Xiaolin; Zhou, Pu; Liu, Zejin

    2015-01-01

    Dependence of mode instabilities (MI) on ytterbium dopant concentrations in high power fiber amplifiers has been investigated. It is theoretically shown that, by only varying the fiber length to maintain the same total small-signal pump absorption, the MI threshold is independent of dopant concentration. MI thresholds of gain fibers with ytterbium dopant concentration of 5.93X10^25/m3 and 1.02X10^26/m3 have been measured, which exhibit similar thresholds and agree with theoretical results. The result indicates that heavy doping of active fiber can be adopted to suppress nonlinear effects without decreasing MI threshold, which provides a method of maximizing the power output of fiber laser, taking into account the stimulated Brillouin scattering, stimulated Raman Scattering, and MI thresholds simultaneously.

  2. Inhibition of raw starch digestion by one glucoamylase preparation from black Aspergillus at high enzyme concentration

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    Saka, B.C.; Veda, S.

    1981-09-01

    Raw starch digestion by glucoamylase I (Ab. G-I) preparation from black Aspergillus was inhibited significantly at relatively high concentration of the enzyme. The properties of this enzyme were studied together with those of another glucoamylase I (Nor. G-I), also from black Aspergillus. The two glucoamylases do not differ so much in their physico-chemical properties such as molecular weight, pH and thermal stability, pH and temperature optimum, substrate specificity, debranching activity, isoelectric point etc. The adsorption rate of both enzymes on raw starch increased by the increase of enzyme concentration. The raw starch digestion rate by adsorbed Ab. G-I, however, was decreased with the increase of concentration of enzyme whereas the same was increased in case of Nor. G-I. The inhibitory effect was weaker at 60 deg. Celcius or above. (Refs. 11).

  3. High sulphate concentrations in squeezed Boom Clay pore water: evidence of oxidation of clay cores

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    De Craen, M.; Van Geet, M.; Wang, L.; Put, M.

    Pore water has been extracted from Boom Clay by mechanical squeezing. Clay cores were obtained from various boreholes, all drilled at the SCK·CEN domain (Mol, Belgium). In contrast to pore water collected from piezometers, high sulphate concentrations are measured in the squeezed pore water. The lowest sulphate concentrations (clay cores were preserved for some time (generally <500 mg/l SO 42-, but sometimes up to 20,000 mg/l SO 42-). Nevertheless, a relation between preservation time and sulphate content could not be retrieved. However, major ion concentrations were obviously correlated with the sulphate content in the squeezed waters. The observed evolution in chemical composition were explained by water-rock interactions considering the pyrite oxidation and the subsequent ion exchange and mineral dissolution reactions.

  4. Revisiting benzene cluster cations for the chemical ionization of dimethyl sulfide and select volatile organic compounds

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    Kim, M. J.; Zoerb, M. C.; Campbell, N. R.; Zimmermann, K. J.; Blomquist, B. W.; Huebert, B. J.; Bertram, T. H.

    2015-10-01

    Benzene cluster cations were revisited as a sensitive and selective reagent ion for the chemical ionization of dimethyl sulfide (DMS) and a select group of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Laboratory characterization was performed using both a new set of compounds (i.e. DMS, ?-caryophyllene) as well as previously studied VOCs (i.e., isoprene, ?-pinene). Using a field deployable chemical ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometer (CI-ToFMS), benzene cluster cations demonstrated high sensitivity (> 1 ncps ppt-1) to DMS, isoprene, and ?-pinene standards. Parallel measurements conducted using a chemical-ionization quadrupole mass spectrometer, with a weaker electric field, demonstrated that ion-molecule reactions likely proceed through a combination of ligand-switching and direct charge transfer mechanisms. Laboratory tests suggest that benzene cluster cations may be suitable for the selective ionization of sesquiterpenes, where minimal fragmentation (< 25 %) was observed for the detection of ?-caryophyllene, a bicyclic sesquiterpene. The field stability of benzene cluster cations using CI-ToFMS was examined in the marine boundary layer during the High Wind Gas Exchange Study (HiWinGS). The use of benzene cluster cation chemistry for the selective detection of DMS was validated against an atmospheric pressure ionization mass spectrometer. Measurements from the two instruments were highly correlated (R2=0.80) over a wide range of sampling conditions.

  5. Generation of high-titer viral preparations by concentration using successive rounds of ultracentrifugation

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    Ichim Christine V

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Viral vectors provide a method of stably introducing exogenous DNA into cells that are not easily transfectable allowing for the ectopic expression or silencing of genes for therapeutic or experimental purposes. However, some cell types, in particular bone marrow cells, dendritic cells and neurons are difficult to transduce with viral vectors. Successful transduction of such cells requires preparation of highly concentrated viral stocks, which permit a high virus concentration and multiplicity of infection (MOI during transduction. Pseudotyping with the vesicular stomatitis virus G (VSV-G envelope protein is common practice for both lentiviral and retroviral vectors. The VSV-G glycoprotein adds physical stability to retroviral particles, allowing concentration of virus by high-speed ultracentrifugation. Here we describe a method report for concentration of virus from large volumes of culture supernatant by means of successive rounds of ultracentrifugation into the same ultracentrifuge tube. Method Stable retrovirus producer cell lines were generated and large volumes of virus-containing supernatant were produced. We then tested the transduction ability of virus following varying rounds of concentration by ultra-centrifugation. In a second series of experiments lentivirus-containing supernatant was produced by transient transfection of 297T/17 cells and again we tested the transduction ability of virus following multiple rounds of ultra-centrifugation. Results We report being able to centrifuge VSV-G coated retrovirus for as many as four rounds of ultracentrifugation while observing an additive increase in viral titer. Even after four rounds of ultracentrifugation we did not reach a plateau in viral titer relative to viral supernatant concentrated to indicate that we had reached the maximum tolerated centrifugation time, implying that it may be possible to centrifuge VSV-G coated retrovirus even further should it be necessary to achieve yet higher titers for specific applications. We further report that VSV-G coated lentiviral particles may also be concentrated by successive rounds of ultracentrifugation (in this case four rounds with minimal loss of transduction efficiency. Conclusion This method of concentrating virus has allowed us to generate virus of sufficient titers to transduce bone marrow cells with both retrovirus and lentivirus, including virus carrying shRNA constructs.

  6. Factors affecting biotic mercury concentrations and biomagnification through lake food webs in the Canadian high Arctic.

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    Lescord, Gretchen L; Kidd, Karen A; Kirk, Jane L; O'Driscoll, Nelson J; Wang, Xiaowa; Muir, Derek C G

    2015-03-15

    In temperate regions of Canada, mercury (Hg) concentrations in biota and the magnitude of Hg biomagnification through food webs vary between neighboring lakes and are related to water chemistry variables and physical lake features. However, few studies have examined factors affecting the variable Hg concentrations in landlocked Arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus) or the biomagnification of Hg through their food webs. We estimated the food web structure of six high Arctic lakes near Resolute Bay, Nunavut, Canada, using stable carbon (?(13)C) and nitrogen (?(15)N) isotopes and measured Hg (total Hg (THg) in char, the only fish species, and methylmercury (MeHg) in chironomids and zooplankton) concentrations in biota collected in 2010 and 2011. Across lakes, ?(13)C showed that benthic carbon (chironomids) was the dominant food source for char. Regression models of log Hg versus ?(15)N (of char and benthic invertebrates) showed positive and significant slopes, indicting Hg biomagnification in all lakes, and higher slopes in some lakes than others. However, no principal components (PC) generated using all water chemistry data and physical characteristics of the lakes predicted the different slopes. The PC dominated by aqueous ions was a negative predictor of MeHg concentrations in chironomids, suggesting that water chemistry affects Hg bioavailability and MeHg concentrations in these lower-trophic-level organisms. Furthermore, regression intercepts were predicted by the PCs dominated by catchment area, aqueous ions, and MeHg. Weaker relationships were also found between THg in small char or MeHg in pelagic invertebrates and the PCs dominated by catchment area, and aqueous nitrate and MeHg. Results from these high Arctic lakes suggest that Hg biomagnification differs between systems and that their physical and chemical characteristics affect Hg concentrations in lower-trophic-level biota. PMID:24909711

  7. Impact of High Concentration Solutions on Hydraulic Properties of Geosynthetic Clay Liner Materials

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    Lei Liu

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available This study focuses on the impact of landfill high concentration solutions erosion on geosynthetic clay liner (GCL materials permeability. The permeation tests on the GCL, submerged using different kinds of solutions with different concentrations, were carried out systematically by taking these chemical solutions as permeant liquids. Based on seasonal variations of ion concentrations in Chenjiachong landfill leachate (Wuhan Province, CaCl2, MgCl2, NaCl, and KCl were selected as chemical attack solutions to carry out experimental investigations under three concentrations (50 mM, 100 mM, 200 mM and soak times (5, 10, and 20 days. The variation law of the GCL hydraulic conductivity under different operating conditions was analyzed. The relationship between GCL hydraulic conductivity, chemical solutions categories, concentrations, and soak times were further discussed. The GCL hydraulic conductivity, when soaked and permeated with high concentration chemical solutions, increases several times or exceeds two orders of magnitude, as compared with the permeation test under normal conditions that used water as the permeant liquid. This reveals that GCL is very susceptible to chemical attack. For four chemical solutions, the chemical attack effect on GCL hydraulic conductivity is CaCl2 > MgCl2 > KCl > NaCl. The impact of soak times on GCL hydraulic conductivity is the cooperative contribution of the liner chemical attack reaction and hydration swelling. A longer soak time results in a more advantageous hydration swelling effect. The chemical attack reaction restrains the hydration swelling of the GCL. Moreover, the GCL hydraulic conductivity exponentially decreases with the increased amplitude of thickness.

  8. Effect of excess oxygen concentration on high-temperature strength of ODS martensitic steel

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    Oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) martensitic steel (9CrODS steel) has been identified as an attractive candidate for advanced fast reactor (FR) fuel cladding tube because of its superior high-temperature strength and radiation resistance. Our recent research revealed that high-temperature strength of different lots of the cladding tubes is inconsistent each other, even though the same manufacturing process was applied to these tubes. This inconsistency leads to a serious problem that high-strength 9CrODS steel cladding tubes can not be manufactured reliably and consistently. In this report, a microstructure control technique to consistently and reliably manufacture high-strength 9CrODS steel cladding tubes is examined based on a series of derived data concerning effect of excess oxygen concentration on high temperature strength and microstructure of 9CrODS steel. The results are summarized as follows. (1) It was revealed that high strength 9CrODS steel cladding can be reliably and consistently manufactured by appropriately controlling excess oxygen and titanium concentrations for elongated grains having ultra-fine oxide particle dispersion to remain in matrix. The elongated grain would be residual ?-ferrite grain which remained untransformed during hot-extrusion process, considering the ferrite former elements (tungsten and chromium) are concentrated in the grain. (2) Fluctuation of excess oxygen concentration was shown to reduce by applying ultra-high purity Ar gas (99.9999 wt% Ar) to mechanical alloying (MA) atmosphere. Excess oxygen concentration can be controlled by mixing appropriate amount of Fe2Y powder and Fe2O3 powder. (3) Creep strength of 9CrODS steel was shown to linearly increase with increasing hardness. Therefore creep strength of cladding tube should be estimated by measuring Vickers hardness of mother tube. (4) Creep strength was shown to significantly degrade by elevating hot-extrusion temperature from 1150degC to 1200degC. Lower hot-extrusion temperature is favorable for high-temperature strength improvement. (author)

  9. Use of Fixed-Film Bioreactors, in Situ Microcosms, and Molecular Biological Analyses to Evaluate Bioremediation of Chlorinated Benzenes By Indigenous Bacteria and a Bioaugmented Dechlorinating Consortium

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    Lorah, M. M.; Teunis, J. A.

    2014-12-01

    Evaluation of bioremediation is complicated by contaminant mixtures, high concentrations, variable site conditions, and multiple possible degradation pathways. In this study, fixed-film bioreactor experiments, in situ microcosms, and microbial analyses were utilized to evaluate both anaerobic and aerobic biodegradation processes for tri- and dichlorobenzene isomers, monochlorobenzene, and benzene in a wetland. Biofilm-based bioreactors provide a robust assessment tool because of their typically high degree of stability, even with major and repeated perturbations. Two bioreactor units seeded with an anaerobic dechlorinating consortium (WBC-2) and one unit seeded only with bacteria indigenous to the site were operated under flow-through conditions to compare biougmentation and natural attenuation. Electron donor levels were varied to fluctuate between anaerobic and aerobic conditions, and inflow concentrations of total chlorobenzenes were transitioned from 1-10 mg/L to 50-100 mg/L. Biodegradation resulted in removal efficiencies of 80 to 99 percent for the different compounds and inflow concentrations. Degradation efficiency in the native bioreactor was not impacted by cycling between anaerobic and aerobic conditions, although removal rates for monochlorobenzene and benzene increased under aerobic conditions. In situ microcosms were incubated below the wetland surface in sets of 3 treatments—unamended, biostimulated (lactate addition), and bioaugmented (WBC-2 and lactate). Additional treatment sets contained 13C-labeled contaminants to monitor for production of 13C-containing carbon dioxide and cellular material. Microcosm results verified that WBC-2 bioaugmentation can enhance biodegradation, with complete mineralization of chlorobenzene and benzene in bioaugmented and native treatments. Microbial analyses using QuantArrayTM for functional and taxonomic genes indicated potential for co-occurrence of anaerobic and aerobic biodegradation. Compared to the unamended in situ microcosms, the WBC-2 microcosm contained two to five orders of magnitude higher quantities of targeted microbial populations that are associated with degradation of chlorinated and petroleum compounds through both anaerobic and aerobic pathways.

  10. Optical and thermal performance predictions for a high concentration point focus photovoltaic system

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    Mallick, Tapas K.; Eames, Philip C. [University of Warwick (United Kingdom). Institute for Sustainable Energy and Resources School of Engineering

    2008-07-01

    The optical and thermal behaviour of a high concentration point focus Fresnel lens based photovoltaic concentrator system with the potential for large scale power generation in regions with predominantly direct radiation has been investigated. A ray projection technique was used to evaluate the energy capture of the concentrator when located at Denver (39 45{sup '}N, 105 W), USA, predictions of temperature at different sections of the concentrator using a three-dimensional finite difference model have also been made. The beam radiation normal to the concentrator aperture for the tracking approach used with no self shading was calculated to be 1778 kWh m{sup -2} year{sup -1} for the collector located in Denver. For inter trough spacing of 160mm the predicted self shading loss was 14.8%, this reduced to 6.6% when the inter trough spacing was increased to 360mm. For the collector with inter trough spacing of 160mm, when the inter collector spacing of the concentrator increased from 1m to 2m, the predicted annual energy collection for the concentrator increased by 25%, however, further increase of inter-collector spacing had little effect on the energy capture by the collector. Using the three-dimensional finite difference model the temperatures within the collector and at the PV cell have been predicted. The predicted cell temperature reduced from 58.23 C to 48.86 C when the fin thickness increased from 0.2mm to 0.5mm for an illumination of 75 Suns. Increasing fin length from 50mm to 100mm had little effect on the predicted cell temperatures. (orig.)

  11. Maximum entropy estimation of a Benzene contaminated plume using ecotoxicological assays

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    Ecotoxicological bioassays, e.g. based on Danio rerio teratogenicity (DarT) or the acute luminescence inhibition with Vibrio fischeri, could potentially lead to significant benefits for detecting on site contaminations on qualitative or semi-quantitative bases. The aim was to use the observed effects of two ecotoxicological assays for estimating the extent of a Benzene groundwater contamination plume. We used a Maximum Entropy (MaxEnt) method to rebuild a bivariate probability table that links the observed toxicity from the bioassays with Benzene concentrations. Compared with direct mapping of the contamination plume as obtained from groundwater samples, the MaxEnt concentration map exhibits on average slightly higher concentrations though the global pattern is close to it. This suggest MaxEnt is a valuable method to build a relationship between quantitative data, e.g. contaminant concentrations, and more qualitative or indirect measurements, in a spatial mapping framework, which is especially useful when clear quantitative relation is not at hand. - Highlights: ? Ecotoxicological shows significant benefits for detecting on site contaminations. ? MaxEnt to rebuild qualitative link on concentration and ecotoxicological assays. ? MaxEnt shows similar pattern when compared with concentrations map of groundwater. ? MaxEnt is a valuable method especially when quantitative relation is not at hand. - A Maximum Entropy method to rebuild qualitative relationships between Benzene groundwater concentrations and their ecotoxicological effect.

  12. Removal of High Concentration of Phenol from Synthetic Solutions by Fusarium Culmorum Granules

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    Sh. Roudbar Mohammadi

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Background and Objectives: Effluent generated in several industries contains phenolic compounds, which have been classified as priority pollutants. Due to its toxicity, the conventional systems are inefficient for treatment of phenol-Laden wastewater. Biological processes using pure microbial culture, including fungi and yeast, are environmentally friendly techniques capable of complete destruction of contaminants. Materials and Methods: This work was aimed at investigating the efficiency of a fungi specie in the decomposition of high concentrations of phenol ranging from 500 to 20000 mg/L. Several batch reactors were operated at different phenol concentration. The concentration of residual phenol was monitored over time using colorimetric method 4-aminoantipyrine. The removal efficiency was calculated considering the initial phenol concentration. Results: Experimental data indicated that the phenol could efficiently degrade using the selected culture. The developed granules could completely degrade phenol at concentrations up to 20000 mg/L. Conclusion: It can be concluded from the experimental data that the biodegradation using the Fungi granules is a very efficient and thus promising technique for treatment of wastewaters containing phenolic compounds.

  13. A study of the structure of highly concentrated phases of DNA by X-ray diffraction

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    In aqueous solution, pure DNA forms multiple liquid crystalline and crystalline phases whose nature depends on the polymer concentration. The following phase sequence is observed when the DNA concentration increases: isotropic?cholesteric?columnar hexagonal?crystalline phases. The aim of this work is to obtain structural information about the highly concentrated phases formed by 500 A long DNA molecules - in particular about the crystalline phases - by means of X-ray diffraction. We show that in the two-dimensional (2D) ordered hexagonal phase a longitudinal order progressively appears between neighbouring DNA helices leading continuously to a three-dimensional (3D) ordered hexagonal phase. For higher concentrations the specimens undergo a discontinuous transition towards an orthorhombic phase. The characteristic structural parameters of these different phases have been determined. An important result is that the number of nucleotides per helix turn decreases continuously, when the DNA concentration increases, from 10.3±0.1 at cholesteric?hexagonal transition down to 9±0.1 without any apparent change of the B conformation of the molecules. (orig.)

  14. The occurrence of high concentration of natural radionuclides in black sands of Malaysian beaches

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    A study has been carried out to measure the concentration of natural radionuclides in black sands of Pasir Hitam (Langkawi Island) and Batu Feringhi (Penang Island) beaches of Malaysia. Black sand was found to be more concentrated in the beach of Pasir Hitam as compared to Batu Feringhi where it occurred only in patches. Sample analysis was conducted using a gamma spectrometer. This study showed that most of black sands of Pasir Hitam beach and some of Batu Feringhi beach contain high concentrations of natural radionuclides of the uranium and thorium series. The mean concentrations of radium-226 and radium-228 in black sand of Pasir Hitam beach were 1150 ± 800 Bq/kg and 500 ± 300 Bq/kg respectively. This is much higher than the normal beach sands with activity levels of 13 ± 7 Bq/kg Ra-226 and 11 ±6 Bq/kg Ra-228. The mean concentrations of 1350 ± 1300 Bq/kg Ra-226 and 805 ± 757 Bq/kg Ra-228 of two black sans samples of Batu Feringhi beach were similar to those of the Pasir Hitam. However, some black sand mixtures of Batu Feringhi contain normal level of natural radionuclides. In general, the activity levels of natural radionuclides in black sand of Malaysian beaches vary very significantly. (Author)

  15. High variability of dissolved iron concentrations in the vicinity of Kerguelen Island (Southern Ocean

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Dissolved Fe (dFe concentrations were measured in the upper 1300 m of the water column in the vicinity of Kerguelen Island as part of the second Kerguelen Ocean Plateau compared Study (KEOPS2. Concentrations ranged from 0.06 nmol L?1 in offshore, Southern Ocean waters, to 3.82 nmol L?1 within Hillsborough Bay, on the north-eastern coast of Kerguelen Island. Direct island runoff, glacial melting and resuspended sediments were identified as important inputs of dFe that could potentially fertilize the northern part of the plateau. A significant deep dFe enrichment was observed over the plateau with dFe concentrations increasing up to 1.30 nmol L?1 close to the seafloor, probably due to sediment resuspension and pore water release. Biological uptake was identified as a likely explanation for the decrease in dFe concentrations between two visits (28 days apart at a station above the plateau. Our results allowed studying other processes and sources, such as atmospheric inputs, lateral advection of enriched seawater, remineralization processes and the influence of the Polar Front (PF as a vector for Fe transport. Overall, heterogeneous sources of Fe over and off the Kerguelen Plateau, in addition to strong variability in Fe supply by vertical or horizontal transport, may explain the high variability in dFe concentrations observed during this study.

  16. Determination of methazolamide concentrations in human biological fluids using high performance liquid chromatography.

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    Iyer, G R; Taft, D R

    1998-02-01

    Methazolamide is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor used to treat glaucoma. In vivo, methazolamide readily distributes into red blood cells. Therefore, both blood and plasma concentration data are needed in order to characterize the pharmacokinetics of methazolamide. In the present study, an analytical method using high performance liquid chromatography was validated for determination of methazolamide concentrations in several biological fluids. Through slight modification of a previously reported method for acetazolamide, another carbonic anhydrase inhibitor, methazolamide was readily quantitated in whole blood, plasma and urine. Sample preparation involved liquid-liquid extraction with ethyl acetate followed by a washing step using phosphate buffer (pH 8.0). After back extraction into glycine buffer (pH 10.0), samples were then washed with ether and injected onto the chromatograph. Chromatography was performed using a C-18, 5 microns reverse-phase column with UV detection at a wavelength of 285 nm. Mobile phase consisted of 0.05 M sodium acetate (pH 4.0) and acetonitrile (20%). The assay was validated over two standard concentration ranges from 1 to 100 micrograms ml-1, concentrations reflective of those expected in vivo, Calibration curves were linear for all biological fluids and coefficients of variation for interday and intraday reproducibility studies were less than 8% (range 3.1-7.9%). The method was used to measure methazolamide concentrations in blood, plasma and urine following oral administration to five human subjects. PMID:9547705

  17. Continuous Ethanol Production with a Membrane Bioreactor at High Acetic Acid Concentrations

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    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available The release of inhibitory concentrations of acetic acid from lignocellulosic raw materials during hydrolysis is one of the main concerns for 2nd generation ethanol production. The undissociated form of acetic acid can enter the cell by diffusion through the plasma membrane and trigger several toxic effects, such as uncoupling and lowered intracellular pH. The effect of acetic acid on the ethanol production was investigated in continuous cultivations by adding medium containing 2.5 to 20.0 g·L?1 acetic acid at pH 5.0, at a dilution rate of 0.5 h?1. The cultivations were performed at both high (~25 g·L?1 and very high (100–200 g·L?1 yeast concentration by retaining the yeast cells inside the reactor by a cross-flow membrane in a membrane bioreactor. The yeast was able to steadily produce ethanol from 25 g·L?1 sucrose, at volumetric rates of 5–6 g·L?1·h?1 at acetic acid concentrations up to 15.0 g·L?1. However, the yeast continued to produce ethanol also at a concentration of 20 g·L?1 acetic acid but at a declining rate. The study thereby demonstrates the great potential of the membrane bioreactor for improving the robustness of the ethanol production based on lignocellulosic raw materials.

  18. High Radon concentration in the karst area of south Puglia, Italy

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    Taroni, Mattia; Bartolomei, Paolo; Esposito, Massimo; Vaccaro, Carmela

    2010-05-01

    The Radon mapping are normally based on regular grids or on geological maps. The geological maps are advantageous because foresee little areas with high hazard in zones which are otherwise considered like a low risk. The Italian national maps consider the South Puglia, Lecce Karst, as a zone with low risk, but this region presents local important anomalies that can be seen with the geological Radon map. The methodology used to understand the natural phenomena (that are the basis of the analysis of potential Radon risk) is based on a preliminary study from literature: Geological study, general classification, environment formation in which it has developed the area or part of it, detailed studies of the area investigated, the underground structure, level of fracturing, cracking, and primary and secondary porosity, seismic of area. The Area's identification with different risk degrees of Radon production, concentration and emanation characterized by natural boundaries, geological, geomorphological, etc... Information obtained from paragraphs 1 and 2 provide the "Indices of potential risk of the generation, emanation and diffusion of Radon'; this hazard indices allow to optimize the measurements distribution in soils. We Identify the sub-areas of the zone study that can be characterized by high Radon concentrations, dividing these by "natural" hypothetical lines such as the lithology changing, permeability, subsoil structure, etc. ... The preliminary study allows the optimisation of sampling strategy based on not Uniform distribution of 'in situ' measures, where to intensive the measures and where to make only control points of Radon concentration. With these information and with Uranium concentration in samples of different geological formations and Radon measures in water and in soil air we obtained thematic maps and box-plots linking the natural geological indices and we identified the factors that govern the Radon rise and diffusion. The Lecce Karst's study have foreseen: Samples of rocks and soils to determine the Uranium concentration; Collection of water samples for the determination of Radon concentrations; Measurements of the Radon concentration in soil air; The Lecce's area is divided into 4 sub-areas, each of them with the same geological features: subsoil structure with high/normal/low fracturing, cracking, permeability, porosity, ecc... The potential Radon risk increases with the alteration's degree of subsoil structure. Results show that the 4 Lecce's subareas are characterized by average Radon value between 1.000-2.000 Bq/m3, and that in 2 of the 4 zones, characterized by high fracturing and big permeability, the range is high, from 400 Bq/m3 to over the 60.000 Bq/m3. The distribution of anomalies isn't homogeneous in the study zone, but as Hot-Spot and these are present in all sub-areas; the greatest number is detected in areas with high fracturing and cracking and in areas with lithological changes at different permeability. The others determinants factors in these areas are those anthropogenic; in some little zones belonging to subareas there are industrial and commercial areas built removing soil and damaging and altering the subsoil structure; in this way create zones of Radon accumulation in the soil air with fast ascent of the gas to the surface, and this produce high Radon concentration indoor. In the soil around these areas, few meters from buildings, and in the indoor air the Radon concentration is higher than 60.000 Bq/m3.

  19. Factors affecting bio-oxidation of sulfide minerals at high concentrations of solids: a review.

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    Bailey, A D; Hansford, G S

    1993-11-20

    Bio-oxidation has proved to be a viable process for the oxidative pretreatment of refractory gold-bearing sulfides. Generally, the oxidation rate is maximal at 20% solids for high sulfide content materials [ca. 30% sulfur]. Low grade ores [1% sulfur] have been successfully oxidized at 55% solids, indicating a link between the sulfide grade of the material and the optimal solids concentration for operation. Concentrations of high solids have been reported to lower oxidation rates, increase lag times, and decrease the ultimate extent of oxidation. This review discusses the various factors that have been proposed as causes of these phenomena. The factors include oxygen and carbon dioxide availability, low bacteria-solids ratio; mechanical damage or inhibition of the bacteria, inhibition of bacterial attachment, and the buildup of toxic leach products or other detrimental substances such as some flotation reagents. PMID:18609665

  20. Simplification of Sun Tracking Mode to Gain High Concentration Solar Energy

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    Omar Aliman

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Power conversion from solar thermal energy to electrical energy is still very cost-intensive. Serious effort has to be given in the development of the concentrator or heliostat structure expenditure which contributing the most expensive component in a central receiver solar power plant. With current development to find alternatives and lower down the capital, a new mode of sun tracking has been developed and feasibility tested. As it applies a single stage collector replacing conventional double stages structure, the new technique has significantly benefits use in high temperature and high concentration solar energy applications. Meanwhile, the stationary or fixed target (receiver offers more convenient working environment for various applications. Large and heavy solar powered Stirling Engine could be placed at the stationary location. On the other advantage offers by the new technique, the optical alignment was reasonably easier and less time consuming.

  1. Morphological control of hydroxyapatite precipitate from high-concentration hydroxyapatite solution by microwave irradiation

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    The properties of hydroxyapatite (HAp), such as particle shape, size, and crystallinity, are variable. However, its morphological control is difficult because the solubility of HAp is very low. In our previous study, we reported how to prepare a high-concentration HAp solution by blowing CO2 into a HAp suspension. When this high-concentration HAp solution was heated, the products had various sizes and unique shapes, e.g., spherical structures with protruding plate like crystals. In this study, we succeeded in preparing uniform particles with a diameter of about 1 ?m, by microwave irradiation. The results of this study suggest that the optimum conditions for preparing these particles are under microwave irradiation at an output power of 300 W with a heating time of 7.5 min.

  2. Morphological control of hydroxyapatite precipitate from high-concentration hydroxyapatite solution by microwave irradiation

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    Toyama, Takeshi; Yoshida, Hayato; Kojima, Yoshiyuki; Nishimiya, Nobuyuki, E-mail: ttoyama@chem.cst.nihon-u.ac.jp [Department of Materials and Applied Chemistry, College of Science and Technology, Nihon University, 1-8, Kanda-Surugadai, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan 101-8308 (Japan)

    2011-02-15

    The properties of hydroxyapatite (HAp), such as particle shape, size, and crystallinity, are variable. However, its morphological control is difficult because the solubility of HAp is very low. In our previous study, we reported how to prepare a high-concentration HAp solution by blowing CO{sub 2} into a HAp suspension. When this high-concentration HAp solution was heated, the products had various sizes and unique shapes, e.g., spherical structures with protruding plate like crystals. In this study, we succeeded in preparing uniform particles with a diameter of about 1 {mu}m, by microwave irradiation. The results of this study suggest that the optimum conditions for preparing these particles are under microwave irradiation at an output power of 300 W with a heating time of 7.5 min.

  3. A high-performance photovoltaic concentrator array - The mini-dome Fresnel lens concentrator with 30 percent efficient GaAs/GaSb tandem cells

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    Piszczor, M. F.; Brinker, D. J.; Flood, D. J.; Avery, J. E.; Fraas, L. M.; Fairbanks, E. S.; Yerkes, J. W.; O'Neill, M. J.

    1991-01-01

    A high-efficiency, lightweight space photovoltaic concentrator array is described. Previous work on the minidome Fresnel lens concentrator concept is being integrated with Boeing's 30 percent efficient tandem GaAs/GaSb concentrator cells into a high-performance photovoltaic array. Calculations indicate that, in the near term, such an array can achieve 300 W/sq m at a specific power of 100 W/kg. Emphasis of the program has now shifted to integrating the concentrator lens, tandem cell, and supporting panel structure into a space-qualifiable array. A description is presented of the current status of component and prototype panel testing and the development of a flight panel for the Photovoltaic Array Space Power Plus Diagnostics (PASP PLUS) flight experiment.

  4. Benzene degradation coupled with chlorate reduction in soil column study

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    Tan, N.C.G.; Doesburg, W.C.J., van; Langenhoff, A. A. M.; Stams, A. J. M.

    2006-01-01

    Perchlorate and chlorate are electron acceptors that during reduction result in the formation of molecular oxygen. The produced oxygen can be used for activation of anaerobic persistent pollutants, like benzene. In this study chlorate was tested as potential electron acceptor to stimulate benzene degradation in anoxic polluted soil column. A chlorate amended benzene polluted soil column was operated over a period of 500 days. Benzene was immediately degraded in the column after start up, and ...

  5. Strategies of Nitrosomonas europaea 19718 to counter low dissolved oxygen and high nitrite concentrations

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    Chandran Kartik

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Nitrosomonas europaea is a widely studied chemolithoautotrophic ammonia oxidizing bacterium. While significant work exists on the ammonia oxidation pathway of N. europaea, its responses to factors such as dissolved oxygen limitation or sufficiency or exposure to high nitrite concentrations, particularly at the functional gene transcription level are relatively sparse. The principal goal of this study was to investigate responses at the whole-cell activity and gene transcript levels in N. europaea 19718 batch cultures, which were cultivated at different dissolved oxygen and nitrite concentrations. Transcription of genes coding for principal metabolic pathways including ammonia oxidation (amoA, hydroxylamine oxidation (hao, nitrite reduction (nirK and nitric oxide reduction (norB were quantitatively measured during batch growth, at a range of DO concentrations (0.5, 1.5 and 3.0 mg O2/L. Measurements were also conducted during growth at 1.5 mg O2/L in the presence of 280 mg-N/L of externally added nitrite. Results Several wide ranging responses to DO limitation and nitrite toxicity were observed in N. europaea batch cultures. In contrast to our initial hypothesis, exponential phase mRNA concentrations of both amoA and hao increased with decreasing DO concentrations, suggesting a mechanism to metabolize ammonia and hydroxylamine more effectively under DO limitation. Batch growth in the presence of 280 mg nitrite-N/L resulted in elevated exponential phase nirK and norB mRNA concentrations, potentially to promote utilization of nitrite as an electron acceptor and to detoxify nitrite. This response was in keeping with our initial hypothesis and congruent with similar responses in heterotrophic denitrifying bacteria. Stationary phase responses were distinct from exponential phase responses in most cases, suggesting a strong impact of ammonia availability and metabolism on responses to DO limitation and nitrite toxicity. In general, whole-cell responses to DO limitation or nitrite toxicity, such as sOUR or nitrite reduction to nitric oxide (NO did not parallel the corresponding mRNA (nirK profiles, suggesting differences between the gene transcription and enzyme translation or activity levels. Conclusions The results of this study show that N. europaea possesses specific mechanisms to cope with growth under low DO concentrations and high nitrite concentrations. These mechanisms are additionally influenced by the physiological growth state of N. europaea cultures and are possibly geared to enable more efficient substrate utilization or nitrite detoxification.

  6. Evaluation of exposure to benzene vapour during the loading of petrol

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    Sherwood, R. J.

    1972-01-01

    Sherwood, R. J. (1972).Brit. J. industr. Med.,29, 65-69. Evaluation of exposure to benzene vapour during loading of petrol. The exposure of three workers to benzene vapour has been determined by personal air sampling, and has been related to their intake (assessed by sampling exhaled breath), and to their metabolism of benzene (evaluated from the concentration of phenol in urine.) The results obtained agree in general with those already published in the literature and with a preliminary experimental exposure undertaken as part of the development of techniques. The two loaders who handled the loading arms were exposed to mean concentrations of 1·6 and 2·5 p.p.m. over the 5-hour period of loading. The probability of their exposure to concentrations greater than 25 p.p.m. was about 0·1 and 1%. The weigher working between the tracks was exposed to a mean concentration of 20 p.p.m. over the same period and had a total exposure of 114 p.p.m.-hour. Samples of exhaled breath taken at the end of work showed 0·14 and 0·18 p.p.m. benzene for the loaders and 0·84 p.p.m. for the weigher. The following morning the latter showed 0·19 p.p.m. Urine samples taken from the loaders at the end of work contained 12 and 25 mg/l total phenol and for the weigher 83 mg/l. The following morning the phenol was not above natural levels in the loaders' urine, and was 38 mg/l in a sample from the weigher. It is suggested that any or all of the methods developed for this study could be used in conjunction with appropriate clinical studies to provide a more quantitative basis for determining the hazard of occupational exposure to benzene. Images PMID:5060247

  7. High concentrations of cadmium, cerium and lanthanum in indoor air due to environmental tobacco smoke

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    Background: Environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) is one of the most important sources for indoor air pollution and a substantial threat to human health, but data on the concentrations of the trace metals cerium (Ce) and lanthanum (La) in context with ETS exposure are scarce. Therefore the aim of our study was to quantify Ce and La concentrations in indoor air with high ETS load. Methods: In two subsequent investigations Ce, La and cadmium (Cd) in 3 smokers' (11 samples) and 7 non-smokers' (28 samples) households as well as in 28 hospitality venues in Southern Germany were analysed. Active sampling of indoor air was conducted continuously for seven days in every season in the smokers' and non-smokers' residences, and for 4 h during the main visiting hours in the hospitality venues (restaurants, pubs, and discotheques). Results: In terms of residences median levels of Cd were 0.1 ng/m3 for non-smokers' and 0.8 ng/m3 for smokers' households. Median concentrations of Ce were 0.4 ng/m3 and 9.6 ng/m3, and median concentrations of La were 0.2 ng/m3 and 5.9 ng/m3 for non-smokers' and for smokers' households, respectively. In the different types of hospitality venues median levels ranged from 2.6 to 9.7 ng/m3 for Cd, from 18.5 to 50.0 ng/m3 for Ce and from 10.6 to 23.0 ng/m3 for La with highest median levels in discotheques. Conclusions: The high concentrations of Ce and La found in ETS enriched indoor air of smokers' households and hospitality venues are an important finding as Ce and La are associated with adverse health effects and data on this issue are scarce. Further research on their toxicological, human and public health consequences is urgently required. - Highlights: ? We quantified cer, lanthanum and cadmium concentrations in indoor air. ? Cer and lanthanum concentrations were high in tobacco smoke enriched locations. ? Both elements can be considered as good markers for indoor air quality.

  8. High concentrations of cadmium, cerium and lanthanum in indoor air due to environmental tobacco smoke

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    Boehlandt, Antje, E-mail: Antje.Boehlandt@med.uni-muenchen.de [Institute and Outpatient Clinic for Occupational, Social and Environmental Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich (Germany); Schierl, Rudolf [Institute and Outpatient Clinic for Occupational, Social and Environmental Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich (Germany); Diemer, Juergen; Koch, Christoph [Bavarian Environment Agency, Augsburg (Germany); Bolte, Gabriele; Kiranoglu, Mandy; Fromme, Hermann [Bavarian Health and Food Safety Authority, Munich (Germany); Nowak, Dennis [Institute and Outpatient Clinic for Occupational, Social and Environmental Medicine, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich (Germany)

    2012-01-01

    Background: Environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) is one of the most important sources for indoor air pollution and a substantial threat to human health, but data on the concentrations of the trace metals cerium (Ce) and lanthanum (La) in context with ETS exposure are scarce. Therefore the aim of our study was to quantify Ce and La concentrations in indoor air with high ETS load. Methods: In two subsequent investigations Ce, La and cadmium (Cd) in 3 smokers' (11 samples) and 7 non-smokers' (28 samples) households as well as in 28 hospitality venues in Southern Germany were analysed. Active sampling of indoor air was conducted continuously for seven days in every season in the smokers' and non-smokers' residences, and for 4 h during the main visiting hours in the hospitality venues (restaurants, pubs, and discotheques). Results: In terms of residences median levels of Cd were 0.1 ng/m{sup 3} for non-smokers' and 0.8 ng/m{sup 3} for smokers' households. Median concentrations of Ce were 0.4 ng/m{sup 3} and 9.6 ng/m{sup 3}, and median concentrations of La were 0.2 ng/m{sup 3} and 5.9 ng/m{sup 3} for non-smokers' and for smokers' households, respectively. In the different types of hospitality venues median levels ranged from 2.6 to 9.7 ng/m{sup 3} for Cd, from 18.5 to 50.0 ng/m{sup 3} for Ce and from 10.6 to 23.0 ng/m{sup 3} for La with highest median levels in discotheques. Conclusions: The high concentrations of Ce and La found in ETS enriched indoor air of smokers' households and hospitality venues are an important finding as Ce and La are associated with adverse health effects and data on this issue are scarce. Further research on their toxicological, human and public health consequences is urgently required. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We quantified cer, lanthanum and cadmium concentrations in indoor air. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Cer and lanthanum concentrations were high in tobacco smoke enriched locations. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Both elements can be considered as good markers for indoor air quality.

  9. Bioconversion of High Concentrations of Hydrogen Sulfide to Elemental Sulfur in Airlift Bioreactor

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    Mohamed Abdel-Monaem Zytoon; Abdulraheem Ahmad AlZahrani; Madbuli Hamed Noweir; Fadia Ahmed El-Marakby

    2014-01-01

    Several bioreactor systems are used for biological treatment of hydrogen sulfide. Among these, airlift bioreactors are promising for the bioconversion of hydrogen sulfide into elemental sulfur. The performance of airlift bioreactors is not adequately understood, particularly when directly fed with hydrogen sulfide gas. The objective of this paper is to investigate the performance of an airlift bioreactor fed with high concentrations of H2S with special emphasis on the effect of pH in combinat...

  10. MEASURING NICOTINE INTAKE AMONG HIGHLY DEPENDENT ADOLESCENT SMOKERS: COMPARABILITY OF SALIVA AND PLASMA COTININE CONCENTRATIONS

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    Parzynski, Craig S.; Jaszyna-Gasior, Maria; Franken, Frederick H.; Moolchan, Eric T.

    2007-01-01

    Cotinine is the most common biomarker used to assess nicotine exposure and abstinence. It can be measured in various matrices including saliva, plasma, and urine. Previous research with adults has shown high correlations between saliva and plasma cotinine concentrations. However, research has not examined this relationship in adolescents. Additionally, variability in saliva flow and metabolism across gender, ethnicity, and age may impact the relationship between saliva and plasma cotinine con...

  11. High dielectric permittivity elastomers from well-dispersed expanded graphite in low concentrations

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    Daugaard, Anders Egede; Hassouneh, Suzan Sager; Kostrzewska, Malgorzata; Bejenariu, Anca Gabriela; Skov, Anne Ladegaard

    2013-01-01

    The development of elastomer materials with a high dielectric permittivity has attracted increased interest over the last years due to their use in for example dielectric electroactive polymers. For this particular use, both the electrically insulating properties - as well as the mechanical properties of the elastomer - have to be tightly controlled in order not to destroy favorable elastic properties by the addition of particles. In the following, expanded graphite in low concentrations (up to ...

  12. Effect of Temperature on Chinese Rice Wine Brewing with High Concentration Presteamed Whole Sticky Rice

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    Dengfeng Liu; Hong-Tao Zhang; Weili Xiong; Jianhua Hu; Baoguo Xu; Chi-Chung Lin; Ling Xu; Lihua Jiang

    2014-01-01

    Production of high quality Chinese rice wine largely depends on fermentation temperature. However, there is no report on the ethanol, sugars, and acids kinetics in the fermentation mash of Chinese rice wine treated at various temperatures. The effects of fermentation temperatures on Chinese rice wine quality were investigated. The compositions and concentrations of ethanol, sugars, glycerol, and organic acids in the mash of Chinese rice wine samples were determined by HPLC method. The highest...

  13. High-temperature solar cell for concentrated solar-power hybrid systems

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    Yang, Yang; Yang, Wenzheng; Tang, Weidong; Sun, Chuandong

    2013-08-01

    A high-temperature solar cell is proposed that harvests solar energy at elevated temperatures. Carrier separation is achieved by selective contacts that preferentially extract electrons or holes. The theoretical conversion efficiency of the proposed device is 38.6% at 600 K and an incident solar radiation concentration of 1000. The waste heat of this cell could be used by a secondary thermal converter boosting the total efficiency of the hybrid system above 55%.

  14. Proteins Induced during Adaptation of Acetobacter aceti to High Acetate Concentrations

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    Steiner, Peter; Sauer, Uwe

    2001-01-01

    As a typical product of microbial metabolism, the weak acid acetate is well known for its cytotoxic effects. In contrast to most other microbes, the so-called acetic acid bacteria can acquire significant resistance to high acetate concentrations when properly adapted to such hostile conditions. To characterize the molecular events that are associated with this adaptation, we analyzed global protein expression levels during adaptation of Acetobacter aceti by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis...

  15. Wide-angle, high-concentration photovoltaics to compete with flat plate systems

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    Mohedano, Rubén; Cvetkovic, Aleksandra; Benitez Gimenez, Pablo; Miñano Dominguez, Juan Carlos; Hernández Sanz, Maikel; Zamora Herranz, Pablo; Vilaplana, J., J.

    2013-01-01

    A novel photovoltaic concentrator enables highly uniform irradiance on a small number of efficient solar cells. The maximum electrical power of a photovoltaic (PV) energy installation depends on three factors: the available irradiance, the size of the systems collecting sunlight, and the rate at which the device transforms light into electricity (the conversion efficiency). Developers can maximize the irradiance by carefully selecting the site and orientation of the solar facility. But they c...

  16. A bottom-up cost analysis of a high concentration PV module

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    Horowitz, Kelsey A. W.; Woodhouse, Michael; Lee, Hohyun; Smestad, Greg P.

    2015-09-01

    We present a bottom-up model of III-V multi-junction cells, as well as a high concentration PV (HCPV) module. We calculate 0.59/W(DC) manufacturing costs for our model HCPV module design with today's capabilities, and find that reducing cell costs and increasing module efficiency offer the most promising paths for future cost reductions. Cell costs could be significantly reduced via substrate reuse and improved manufacturing yields.

  17. Hydrogen-terminated silicon nanowire photocatalysis: Benzene oxidation and methyl red decomposition

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    Lian, Suoyuan [Institute of Functional Nano and Soft Materials and Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-Based Functional Materials and Devices, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123 (China); School of Chemical Engineering and Materials, Dalian Polytechnic University, Dalian 116034 (China); Tsang, Chi Him A. [Institute of Functional Nano and Soft Materials and Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-Based Functional Materials and Devices, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123 (China); Centre of Super Diamond and Advanced Films, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (China); Kang, Zhenhui, E-mail: zhkang@suda.edu.cn [Institute of Functional Nano and Soft Materials and Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-Based Functional Materials and Devices, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123 (China); Liu, Yang, E-mail: yangl@suda.edu.cn [Institute of Functional Nano and Soft Materials and Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-Based Functional Materials and Devices, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123 (China); Wong, Ningbew [Centre of Super Diamond and Advanced Films, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (China); Lee, Shuit-Tong [Institute of Functional Nano and Soft Materials and Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-Based Functional Materials and Devices, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123 (China); Centre of Super Diamond and Advanced Films, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (China)

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    Graphical abstract: H-SiNWs can catalyze hydroxylation of benzene and degradation of methyl red under visible light irradiation. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Hydrogen-terminated silicon nanowires were active photocatalyst in the hydroxylation of benzene under light. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Hydrogen-terminated silicon nanowires were also effective in the decomposition of methyl red dye. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The Si/SiO{sub x} core-shell structure is the main reason of the obtained high selectivity during the hydroxylation. -- Abstract: Hydrogen-terminated silicon nanowires (H-SiNWs) were used as heterogeneous photocatalysts for the hydroxylation of benzene and for the decomposition of methyl red under visible light irradiation. The above reactions were monitored by GC-MS and UV-Vis spectrophotometry, respectively, which shows 100% selectivity for the transformation of benzene to phenol. A complete decomposition of a 2 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -4} M methyl red solution was achieved within 30 min. The high selectivity for the hydroxylation of benzene and the photodecomposition demonstrate the catalytic activity of ultrafine H-SiNWs during nanocatalysis.

  18. Cleaning Process Research of MVR High Concentration Salty Wastewater Treatment System

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    Full Text Available A mechanical vapor re-compression (MVR evaporation system for the treatment of the highly-concentrated inorganic salt wastewater was investigated, and its process characteristics were analyzed taking sodium chloride salt wastewater as the treated solution. In this paper, by adding “H2O2 oxidation + filter +flash evaporation + hot filter” technology on the basis of original traditional MVR treatment system, the optimum technological conditions were determined through the experiment: The pH value is 8.5; the oxidation time is 24.0h; H2O2 amount accounting for 1% of the total wastewater under the condition of outlet test MVR system respectively fell 88.5% and 90.1% than the traditional process of effluent COD and NH3-N removal rate. MVR system for the sodium chloride salt qualified rate was increased from 83.2% to 98.2%. On the other hand, this process avoided the highly-concentrated outside of mother liquor by flashing evaporation recycling volatile solvent; the optimization process results were found to be consistent with published practical industrial data. Compared with the new process MVR system, the operation load of MVR system was lower. Therefore, the system can be used to treat the highly-concentrated inorganic salt wastewater and save energy. Therefore, the cleaning process can achieve remarkable energy saving and consumption, and reduce the pollution and the pollution and environmental protection effect.

  19. Structure of the Sevoflurane-Benzene Complex as Determined by Chirped-Pulse Ftmw Spectroscopy

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    Seifert, Nathan A.; Zaleski, Daniel P.; Neill, Justin L.; Pate, Brooks H.; Lesarri, Alberto; Vallejo, Montserrat; Cocinero, Emilio J.; Castano, Fernando

    2012-06-01

    Following previous microwave studies on sevoflurane monomer by Suenram {et al.} and Vega-Toribio et al. we report the broadband rotational spectrum of sevoflurane clustered with benzene. The structure assigned is consistent with a C-H...? interaction between the benzene ring and the (CF_3)_2C-H hydrogen on sevoflurane. The spectrum of this species is complicated by the six-fold internal rotation of the benzene ring over the C_1 framework of sevoflurane. The six-fold tunneling falls into a high effective barrier case where there are several bound torsional levels. The tunneling spectrum has been successfully analyzed using the BELGI internal rotation program and a barrier to internal rotation of the benzene against sevoflurane of 32.5 cm-1 has been determined. Structural information about the complex has been obtained by studying the complex of sevoflurane with benzene-{d_1}. For this complex, six unique isomers are observed making it possible to determine the positions of the benzene H-atoms in the complex. Combination of these hydrogen r_s positions with the sevoflurane monomer r_s coordinates reported by Lesarri {et al.} results in a substitution structure in excellent agreement with the ab initio results. Finally, initial microwave results on two sevoflurane dimer species will also be presented. R. D. Suenram, D. J. Brugh, F. J. Lovas and C. Chu, 51st OSU Int. Symp. On Mol. Spectrosc., Columbus, OH, 1999, RB07. A. Vega-Toribio, A. Lesarri, R.D. Suenram, J. Grabow, 64th OSU Int. Symp. On Mol. Spectrosc., Columbus, OH, 2009, MH07. A. Lesarri, A. Vega-Toribio, R. D. Suenram, D. J. Brugh, J.-U. Grabow, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 12, 9624-9631 (2010).

  20. Implications of Industrial Processing Strategy on Cellulosic Ethanol Production at High Solids Concentrations

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    Cannella, David

    2013-01-01

    The production of cellulosic ethanol is a biochemical process of not edible biomasses which contain the cellulose. The process involves the use of enzymes to hydrolyze the cellulose in fermentable sugars to finally produce ethanol via fermentative microorganisms (i.e. yeasts). These biomasses are the leftover of agricultural productions (straws), not edible crops (giant reed) or wood, thus the ethanol so produced is also called second generation (or 2G ethanol), which differs from the first generation produced from starch (sugar beets mostly). In the industrial production of cellulosic ethanol high solids strategy resulted critical for its cost effectiveness: high concentration of initial biomass it will lead to high concentration of the final product (ethanol), thus more convenient to isolate. This thesis investigate the implementation of a high solids loading concept into cellulosic ethanol technology using new enzymatic cellulolytic cocktails, and how a high solids setup may affect the overall process design. The thesis focuses on two main biomasses: an agricultural feedstock such as wheat straw and a woody feedstock such as Norwegian spruce. The best performing strategy for cellulosic ethanol fermentation at high solids loading, in terms of maximized final conversion yield, is the overall aim of the work conducted. This thesis also revisits the knowledge already acquired in light of new enzymatic activities recently discovered i.e. lytic polysaccharides mono oxygenases (LPMOs), and how these ffects cellulosic ethanol processing at high solids conditions. Moreover for the first time in literature the activity of LPMOs on real lignocellulosic substrate and during cellulosic ethanol production is characterized. Hence describing the enzymatic scale dynamics when resembling in planta conditions, i.e. environments resembling the natural conditions of lignocellulose as substrate a d high dry matter. This can in turn lead to a better understanding of what could happen and be optimized while designing a reactor for a high solids environment

  1. Inferring DOC export mechanisms from high-frequency, instream UV-VIS concentration measurements

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    Oosterwoud, Marieke; Musolff, Andreas; Keller, Toralf; Fleckenstein, Jan

    2015-04-01

    The flux of soil-derived dissolved organic carbon (DOC) is a significant term in terrestrial carbon budgets and, as a result, a dominant link between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Concentrations of dissolved organic carbon in streams and rivers have been increasing in many parts of the world. Providers of drinking water from surface water reservoirs are increasingly facing problems as elevated DOC concentrations cause higher costs for removal and potentially to toxic by-products during chlorination. Mitigating these problems requires a mechanistic understanding of the controls and dynamics of DOC export from catchments. High frequency measurements using UV-vis absorbance as a proxy for DOC concentrations allow for improved evaluation of DOC concentration-discharge relationships in catchments. In addition, several UV-vis absorbance proxies (both single and multiple wavelength) can be used as an indicator of DOC quality. These relationships allow quantification of net DOC export, and may additionally provide new insights into the mechanisms that control DOC export dynamics. We aimed to evaluate the response and interaction of DOC concentrations and quality between a riparian zone soil and stream under different hydrological conditions. UV-vis sensors were installed in both the riparian soil and stream of two headwater catchments, the Hassel and Rappbode, in the Harz Mountains in Germany. The two headwater catchments are approximately equal in size, however, differ in their land-use. The Hassel catchment is dominated by agricultural land-use, whereas the Rappbode catchment is mainly forested. The DOC concentration-discharge relationships show intricate hysteretic behavior, which differs between locations and shifts in time. The rich data-set will allow for a characterization of space and time patterns of DOC export as well as changes in its quality, providing valuable new insights into the hydrologic mechanisms that govern the delivery of DOC to streams.

  2. Tissues and urinary chromium concentrations in rats fed high-chromium diets

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    Complete text of publication follows. Chromium is an essential trace elements and enhances the function of insulin as a form of chromodulin. In the subjects with a certain type of diabetics, 200 to 1,000 ?g/d of chromium is administered to reduced the symptoms of diabetics. However, although there are not any health-promotive effects of chromium-administration in healthy subjects, various types of chromium supplements are commercially available in many countries; the adverse effects caused by an excessive chromium intake are feared. In the present study, to clarify the tolerable upper limit of chromium, tissue and urinary chromium concentrations, liver function and iron status were examined in rats fed high-chromium diets. Thirty-six male 4-weeks Wistar rats were divided into six groups and fed casein-based diets containing 1, 10 or 100 ?g/g of chromium as chromium chloride (CrCl3) or chromium picolinate (CrPic) for 4 weeks. After the feeding, chromium concentrations in liver, kidney, small intestine and tibia were determined by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry. In addition, urine samples were collected on 3rd to 4th week and their chromium concentrations were also determined. Chromium concentrations in liver, kidney, small intestine and tibia were elevated with increase of dietary chromium concentration. Urinary chromium excretion was also elevated with the increase of dietary chromium and the rate of urinary chromium excretion was less than 2% to dietary chromium intake in all the experimental groups. In the administration of 100 ?g/g of chromium, rats given CrCl3 showed significantly higher tibia chromium concentration and lower urinary chromium excretion than those given CrPic. There were not any differences in iron status among the experimental groups. Activities of serum aspartate aminotransferase and alanine aminotransferase in rats fed diet containing 100 ?g/g of chromium as CrPic were significantly higher than those in rats fed other diets.

  3. A case study of benzene urinary biomarkers quantification: the comparison between pre- and post-shift samples improves the interpretation of individual biological monitoring data

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    Acampora A

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Background: Benzene is a common industrial chemical and a component of tobacco smoke and of gasoline. It is widely used as chemical intermediate and is a constituent of crude oil and fuels with a large distribution in the environment owing to vehicles engine emissions. Besides, smoking tobacco is regarded as another major source of environmental benzene exposure. As a consequence, benzene is an ubiquitous pollutant of the outdoor and indoor human environment, and the occupational/environmental exposure concerns a large population. Data from epidemiological studies evidence benzene toxicity to humans. In fact, it is classified as a carcinogen (group A1 by the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH, suggesting a threshold limit value-time weighted average (TLV-TWA of 0.5ppm.Hence health risks prevention strategies allowing to discriminate between occupational and non-occupational exposure are essential. Objective: Evaluation of occupational exposure to benzene by comparison between urinary biomarkers levels in pre- and post-shift samples in biological monitoring (BM investigations. Methods: The biological monitoring of 14 (smoker and non-smoker workers of a refueling station was performed. Urinary benzene (UB and trans,trans-muconic acid (t,t-MA were used as biological markers. The determinations of UB and t,t-MA were performed by head space-solid phase microextraction followed by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry operating in Selected Ion Monitoring mode and High Performance Liquid Chromatography/UltraViolet detection, respectively. Urinary creatinine levels were also determined.Urine collection was initially performed after work-shift (first BM campaign as suggested by ACGIH. Given difficulties in interpreting data without statistical basis, the urine collection was repeated before and after the work-shift (second BM campaign. Results and Discussion: During the first BM campaign, contrasting results were found. Some workers showed low UB concentrations with respect to t,t-MA ones and vice versa, and although most investigated subjects presented UB and t,t-MA levels below Biological Equivalents (BEs values and ACGIH’s BEI, various exceptions were found, either with exceeding UB or with exceeding t,t-MA levels.According to the ACGIH, the high biomarkers levels found in post-shift urine would have suggested an occupational exposure to benzene. Nevertheless, ACGIH’s BEI are defined on statistical basis and should not be used when individual data are interpreted, in fact results obtained by monitoring post-shift urine only without knowing individual background levels did not facilitate the interpretation of data.As a consequence, the biological monitoring investigation was repeated by collecting urine samples before and after work-shift, and a biomarkers concentration decrement was observed, allowing the discrimination between occupational and non-occupational exposure. Conclusions: The obtained findings suggest that biological monitoring strategies aimed to evaluate the exposure of individuals (single workers to ubiquitous hazardous chemicals, need the measurement of biomarkers concentration both before and after each potential exposure cause, so that confounding factors could be taken into account during data interpretation.

  4. Contrastive Analysis of the Raman Spectra of Polychlorinated Benzene: Hexachlorobenzene and Benzene

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    Zhengjun Zhang

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Detection of persistent pollutants such as polychlorinated benzene in environment in trace amounts is challenging, but important. It is more difficult to distinguish homologues and isomers of organic pollutantd when present in trace amounts because of their similar physical and chemical properties. In this work we simulate the Raman spectra of hexachlorobenzene and benzene, and figure out the vibration mode of each main peak. The effect on the Raman spectrum of changing substituents from H to Cl is analyzed to reveal the relations between the Raman spectra of homologues and isomers of polychlorinated benzene, which should be helpful for distinguishing one kind of polychlorinated benzene from its homologues and isomers by surface enhanced Raman scattering.

  5. Fast time resolution measurements of high concentrations of iodine above a Laminaria Digitata seaweed bed

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    Ball, Stephen; Adams, Thomas; Leblanc, Catherine; Potin, Philippe

    2013-04-01

    We report observations of extremely large concentrations of molecular iodine (I2) measured in situ above a seaweed bed composed of laminaria digitata (90%) and laminaria hyperborea (10%) growing in its natural habitat. Measurements were made off the coast of Roscoff in Brittany, France, during day-time low tides on several days in September and November 2012 with the greatest tidal amplitudes. Iodine was quantified using a portable, battery-powered broadband cavity enhanced absorption spectrometer (BBCEAS) deployed from the in-shore research vessel "Aurelia" operated by the Station Biologique de Roscoff. For the 5 second integration times used here, the BBCEAS instrument has a detection limit for iodine of 12 pptv (parts per trillion by volume). The boat was anchored above the seaweed bed before it was exposed to air by the ebbing tide; the boat was grounded on the seaweed bed around the tidal minimum, and then refloated as the incoming tide covered the seaweed. I2 concentrations were strongly anti-correlated with water depth. Initially little I2 was seen above background levels whilst the blades of the seaweed plants were floating on the water surface. However several hundred pptv of I2 was observed within a few minutes of the plants' stipes breaking the surface and first blades coming to rest on rocks out of the water. Iodine concentrations increased further as the tide ebbed, typically peaking around 1500 pptv around the tidal minimum (by which time the seaweed had been exposed for 45 minutes). I2 concentrations decreased rapidly back to background levels as the returning tide submerged the seaweeds. The concentration profiles showed a lot of high frequency structure, with I2 concentrations commonly varying by a factor 2 (or more) within 60 seconds. Additionally the profiles of I2 emitted from the seaweeds immediately below the instrument's inlet typically sat on a smoothly-varying background of approximately 100 pptv, which we attribute to I2 from other more-distant seaweeds whose emissions are better-mixed into the atmosphere. The peak I2 concentrations observed here are three to five times greater than the maximum amounts recorded above/closeby laminaria beds in previous studies: 350 pptv max in O Grove, Galicia, Spain (Mahajan et al., ACP, 11, 2545, 2011), and 302 and 547 pptv max at Mweenish Bay, near Mace Head, County Galway, Ireland (Huang et al., GRL, 37, L03803, 2010; ACPD, 12, 25915, 2012). In part, the larger peak concentrations seen here are a consequence of deploying a fast response instrument very close to the source, enabling the emission's high temporal variability to be captured with fewer averaging effects. Nevertheless, the I2 concentrations averaged over the 30 minute period around the tidal minimum were still typically 750 pptv, suggesting laminaria beds are even stronger emitters of I2 into coastal atmospheres than previously thought. Some implications for such high concentrations of iodine for the local atmospheric chemistry are considered. We acknowledge support from the European Community FP7 project "ASSEMBLE", grant 227799.

  6. Benzene/toluene/p-xylene degradation. Part I. Solvent selection and toluene degradation in a two-phase partitioning bioreactor.

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    Collins, L D; Daugulis, A J

    1999-09-01

    A two-phase organic/aqueous reactor configuration was developed for use in the biodegradation of benzene, toluene and p-xylene, and tested with toluene. An immiscible organic phase was systematically selected on the basis of predicted and experimentally determined properties, such as high boiling points, low solubilities in the aqueous phase, good phase stability, biocompatibility, and good predicted partition coefficients for benzene, toluene and p-xylene. An industrial grade of oleyl alcohol was ultimately selected for use in the two-phase partitioning bioreactor. In order to examine the behavior of the system, a single-component fermentation of toluene was conducted with Pseudomonas sp. ATCC 55595. A 0.5-1 sample of Adol 85 NF was loaded with 10.4 g toluene, which partitioned into the cell containing 1 l aqueous medium at a concentration of approximately 50 mg/l. In consuming the toluene to completion, the organisms were able to achieve a volumetric degradation rate of 0.115 g l-1 h-1. This system is self-regulating with respect to toluene delivery to the aqueous phase, and requires only feedback control of temperature and pH. PMID:10531648

  7. Recommended sublimation pressure and enthalpy of benzene.

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    R?ži?ka, K.; Fulem, Michal; ?ervinka, C.

    2014-01-01

    Ro?. 68, Jan (2014), s. 40-47. ISSN 0021-9614 Institutional support: RVO:68378271 Keywords : benzene * vapor pressure * heat capacity * ideal-gas thermodynamic properties * sublimation enthalpy * recommended vapor pressure Subject RIV: BM - Solid Matter Physics ; Magnetism Impact factor: 2.679, year: 2014

  8. Formation of Benzene in the Interstellar Medium

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    Jones, Brant M.; Zhang, Fangtong; Kaiser, Ralf I.; Jamal, Adeel; Mebel, Alexander M.; Cordiner, Martin A.; Charnley, Steven B.; Crim, F. Fleming (Editor)

    2010-01-01

    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and related species have been suggested to play a key role in the astrochemical evolution of the interstellar medium, but the formation mechanism of even their simplest building block-the aromatic benzene molecule-has remained elusive for decades. Here we demonstrate in crossed molecular beam experiments combined with electronic structure and statistical calculations that benzene (C6H6) can be synthesized via the barrierless, exoergic reaction of the ethynyl radical and 1,3- butadiene, C2H + H2CCHCHCH2 --> C6H6, + H, under single collision conditions. This reaction portrays the simplest representative of a reaction class in which aromatic molecules with a benzene core can be formed from acyclic precursors via barrierless reactions of ethynyl radicals with substituted 1,3-butadlene molecules. Unique gas-grain astrochemical models imply that this low-temperature route controls the synthesis of the very first aromatic ring from acyclic precursors in cold molecular clouds, such as in the Taurus Molecular Cloud. Rapid, subsequent barrierless reactions of benzene with ethynyl radicals can lead to naphthalene-like structures thus effectively propagating the ethynyl-radical mediated formation of aromatic molecules in the interstellar medium.

  9. Modeling of hydrocracking of heavy benzene fraction

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    Zhorov, Yu.M.; Agafonov, A.V.; Khavkin, V.A.; Kozlov, I.T.; Panchenkov, G.M.; Tatarintseva, G.M.

    1980-01-01

    A chemical scheme and mathematical description of the hydrocracking process was developed, taking into account transformation of individual hydrocarbons. Demonstrates usefulness of data performed at pilot study. Gives hydrocracking results for individual hydrocarbons and heavy benzene fraction; determines effective conditions for deriving isoparaffin hydrocarbons C/sub 4/-C/sub 6/.

  10. Biomass properties and permeability in an immersed hollow fibre membrane bioreactor at high sludge concentrations.

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    Wang, Z Z; Zsirai, T; Connery, K; Fabiyi, M; Larrea, A; Li, J; Judd, S J

    2014-01-01

    This study aimed to investigate the influence of biomass properties and high mixed liquor suspended solids (MLSS) concentrations on membrane permeability in a pilot-scale hollow fibre membrane bioreactor treating domestic wastewater. Auxiliary molasses solution was added to maintain system operation at constant food-to-microorganisms ratio (F/M = 0.13). Various physicochemical and biological biomass parameters were measured throughout the trial, comprising pre-thickening, thickening and post-thickening periods with reference to the sludge concentration and with aerobic biotreatment continuing throughout. Correlations between dynamic changes in biomass characteristics and membrane permeability decline as well as permeability recovery were further assessed by statistical analyses. Results showed the MLSS concentration to exert the greatest influence on sustainable membrane permeability, with a weaker correlation with particle size distribution. The strong dependence of absolute recovered permeability on wet accumulated solids (WACS) concentration, or clogging propensity, revealed clogging to deleteriously affect membrane permeability decline and recovery (from mechanical declogging and chemical cleaning), with WACS levels increasing with increasing MLSS. Evidence from the study indicated clogging may permanently reduce membrane permeability post declogging and chemical cleaning, corroborating previously reported findings. PMID:24901628

  11. The ability of fungus Mucor racemosus Fresenius to degrade high concentration of detergent

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    Jakovljevi? Violeta D.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The ability of fungus Mucor racemosus Fresenius to decompose high concentration of commercial detergent (MERIX, Henkel, Serbia was investigated in this study. Fungus was cultivated in liquid growth medium by Czapek with addition of detergent at concentration 0.5% during 16 days. The biochemical changes of pH, redox potential, amount of free and total organic acids, and activity of alkaline phosphatase were evaluated by analysis of fermentation broth. Simultaneously, biodegradation percentage of anionic surfactant of tested detergent was confirmed by MBAS assay. At the same time, the influence of detergent on fungal growth and total dry weight biomass was determined. Detergent at concentration 0.5% influenced on decreasing of pH value and increasing of redox potential as well as increasing of free and total organic acids. Enzyme activity of alkaline phosphatase was reduced by detergent at concentration 0.5%. The fungus was decomposed about 62% of anionic surfactant during 16 day. Due to fungus was produced higher dry weight biomass (53% in relation to control. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. III 43004

  12. Preparation of monodisperse aqueous microspheres containing high concentration of l-ascorbic acid by microchannel emulsification.

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    Khalid, Nauman; Kobayashi, Isao; Neves, Marcos A; Uemura, Kunihiko; Nakajima, Mitsutoshi; Nabetani, Hiroshi

    2015-09-01

    Monodisperse aqueous microspheres containing high concentrations of l-ascorbic acid with different concentrations of sodium alginate (Na-ALG) and magnesium sulfate (MgSO4) were prepared by using microchannel emulsification (MCE). The continuous phase was water-saturated decane containing a 5% (w/w) hydrophobic emulsifier. The flow rate of the continuous phase was maintained at 10?mL?h(-1), whereas the pressure applied to the disperse phase was varied between 3 and 25?kPa. The disperse phase optimized for successfully generating aqueous microspheres included 2% (w/w) Na-ALG and 1% (w/w) MgSO4. At a higher MgSO4 concentration, the generated microspheres resulted in coalescence and subsequent bursting. At a lower MgSO4 concentration, unstable and polydisperse microspheres were obtained. The aqueous microspheres generated from the MCs under optimized conditions had a mean particle diameter (dav) of 14-16?µm and a coefficient of variation (CV) of less than 8% at the disperse phase pressures of 5-15?kPa. PMID:26190217

  13. High fetal plasma adenosine concentration: a role for the fetus in preeclampsia?

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    Espinoza, Jimmy

    2012-02-01

    OBJECTIVE: Clinical observations suggest a role for the fetus in the maternal manifestations of preeclampsia, but the possible signaling mechanisms remain unclear. This study compares the fetal plasma concentrations of adenosine from normal pregnancies with those from preeclampsia. STUDY DESIGN: This secondary data analysis included normal pregnancies (n = 27) and patients with preeclampsia (n = 39). Patients with preeclampsia were subclassified into patients with (n = 25) and without (n = 14) abnormal uterine artery Doppler velocimetry (UADV). RESULTS: Fetal plasma concentrations of adenosine were significantly higher in patients with preeclampsia (1.35 +\\/- 0.09 mumol\\/L) than in normal pregnancies (0.52 +\\/- 0.06 mumol\\/L; P < .0001). Fetal plasma concentrations of adenosine in patients with preeclampsia with abnormal UADV (1.78 +\\/- 0.15 mumol\\/L), but not with normal UADV (0.58 +\\/- 0.14 mumol\\/L), were significantly higher than in normal pregnancies (P < .0001). CONCLUSION: Patients with preeclampsia with sonographic evidence of chronic uteroplacental ischemia have high fetal plasma concentrations of adenosine.

  14. Regulation of fruit ascorbic acid concentrations during ripening in high and low vitamin C tomato cultivars

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    Mellidou Ifigeneia

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background To gain insight into the regulation of fruit ascorbic acid (AsA pool in tomatoes, a combination of metabolite analyses, non-labelled and radiolabelled substrate feeding experiments, enzyme activity measurements and gene expression studies were carried out in fruits of the ‘low-’ and ‘high-AsA’ tomato cultivars ‘Ailsa Craig’ and ‘Santorini’ respectively. Results The two cultivars exhibited different profiles of total AsA (totAsA, AsA + dehydroascorbate and AsA accumulation during ripening, but both displayed a characteristic peak in concentrations at the breaker stage. Substrate feeding experiments demonstrated that the L-galactose pathway is the main AsA biosynthetic route in tomato fruits, but that substrates from alternative pathways can increase the AsA pool at specific developmental stages. In addition, we show that young fruits display a higher AsA biosynthetic capacity than mature ones, but this does not lead to higher AsA concentrations due to either enhanced rates of AsA breakdown (‘Ailsa Craig’ or decreased rates of AsA recycling (‘Santorini’, depending on the cultivar. In the later stages of ripening, differences in fruit totAsA-AsA concentrations of the two cultivars can be explained by differences in the rate of AsA recycling activities. Analysis of the expression of AsA metabolic genes showed that only the expression of one orthologue of GDP-L-galactose phosphorylase (SlGGP1, and of two monodehydroascorbate reductases (SlMDHAR1 and SlMDHAR3 correlated with the changes in fruit totAsA-AsA concentrations during fruit ripening in ‘Ailsa Craig’, and that only the expression of SlGGP1 was linked to the high AsA concentrations found in red ripe ‘Santorini’ fruits. Conclusions Results indicate that ‘Ailsa Craig’ and ‘Santorini’ use complementary mechanisms to maintain the fruit AsA pool. In the low-AsA cultivar (‘Ailsa Craig’, alternative routes of AsA biosynthesis may supplement biosynthesis via L-galactose, while in the high-AsA cultivar (‘Santorini’, enhanced AsA recycling activities appear to be responsible for AsA accumulation in the later stages of ripening. Gene expression studies indicate that expression of SlGGP1 and two orthologues of SlMDHAR are closely correlated with totAsA-AsA concentrations during ripening and are potentially good candidates for marker development for breeding and selection.

  15. Diffusion and adsorption of benzene in Regina clay

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    Surface or near-surface spills of hydrocarbons such as gasoline and diesel often occur in clay soils which are fractured and unsaturated. For cost-effective remediation, the extent of contamination and the distribution of the various phases should be determined before the development of remediation methods. The four volatile compounds that are commonly associated with gasoline leaking from underground fuel storage tanks are benzene, toluene, ethlybenzene and xylene. Existing diffusion test methods have been used successfully for inorganic species, but the successful application of these methods to volatile organic compounds is limited. The main difficulty with experiments using volatile organics is that there is a need for careful sample handling and sensitive analytical methods to accurately measure the aqueous concentration. Work was carried out to develop an apparatus that could be used to measure the diffusion and adsorption of volatile organics in clay. The best visual fit to the experimental data for the single reservoir test was an effective diffusion coefficient of 0.01 mL/g, and an adsorption coefficient of 0.1 mL/g. Based on diffusion cell tests, there are relatively low levels of retardation for benzene as it moves in clay soils with low organic carbon content. The implications for remediation are summarized. 28 refs., 16 figs., 5 tabs

  16. Hematological indices of peripheral blood in workers occupationally exposed to benzene, toluene and xylene.

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    Moszczy?ski, P; Lisiewicz, J

    1983-12-01

    In 106 workers occupationally exposed to benzen, toluen and xylene through 1 to 122 months basic hematological indices of peripheral blood were evaluated. The benzene, toluene and xylene concentrations in the air at workplaces were equal to 0-370, 0-580 and 0-506 mg/m3, respectively. The workers were subdivided into three subgroups according to the service time corresponding to 1-29, 31-54 and 55-122 months. The first hematological changes noted in the workers studied consisted of diminishing the mean corpuscular hemoglobin and the mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration in erythrocytes. Increased numbers of reticulocytes, lowered total count of leukocytes due to decreased numbers of T and "non-T, non-B" cells as well as increased numbers of monocytes were other signs of exposure investigated. Increased numbers of reticulocytes were noted in all workers independently of service time whereas other hematological alterations presented above were marked only in the subgroup of workers exposed to benzene, toluene and xylene through 55 to 122 months. It was stated that the T cell count decreased gradually in relationship with an extent of exposure time (negative correlation). Since laboratory examinations serving the evaluation of health state of workers exposed are only few it was postulated that the E rosette test may be of practical use for monitoring the toxic effect of benzene, toluene and xylene on the lymphocyte system. PMID:6670413

  17. Lack of correlation between environmental or biological indicators of benzene exposure at parts per billion levels and micronuclei induction

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    Despite growing concern for possible carcinogenic effects associated with environmental benzene exposure in the general population, few studies exist at parts per billion (ppb) levels. We investigated the existence of a relationship between airborne/biological measurements of benzene exposure i.e., personal/area sampling and unmodified urinary benzene/trans,trans-muconic acid; t,t-MA) and micronuclei induction cytochalasin B technique) among exposed chemical laboratory workers (n=47) and traffic wardens (n=15). Although urinary t,t-MA (106.9±123.17 ?g/Lurine) correlated (R2=0.37) with urinary benzene (0.66±0.99 ?g/Lurine), neither biological measurement correlated with environmental benzene exposure (14.04±9.71 ?g/m3; 4.39±3.03 ppb), suggesting that, at ppb level (1 ppb=3.2 ?g/m3), airborne benzene constitutes a fraction of the total intake. Traffic wardens and laboratory workers had comparable numbers of micronuclei (4.70±2.63 versus .76±3.11; n.s.), similar to levels recorded in the general population. With univariate/multivariate analysis, no association was found between micronuclei induction and air/urinary benzene exposure variables. Notably, among the personal characteristics examined (including age, gender, smoking, drinking, etc.), high body mass index correlated with micronuclei induction while, among females, use of hormonal medication was associated with less micronuclei. Thus the present study provides no evidence that ppb levels of environmental benzene exposure appreciably affect micronuclei incidence against the background of other relevant factors). However, this should not be taken as an argument against efforts aiming to reduce environmental benzene pollution

  18. Electrophoresis of small proteins in highly concentrated and crosslinked polyacrylamide gradient gels.

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    Campbell, W P; Wrigley, C W; Margolis, J

    1983-02-15

    A high concentration (40%) of acrylamide plus N,N'-methylenebisacrylamide combined with a high level of crosslinking (12.5%) yielded clear gels capable of restricting the passage of small proteins. This gel composition was chosen in preference to other combinations, in particular those producing opaque gels which have larger pore sizes and which provide a reduced sieving effect. Gradient gels were prepared in which the gel concentration rose from 3 to 40% and the degree of crosslinking increased from 4 to 12.5%. Such gels were suitable for fractionating crude, unreduced, and uncharacterized extracts containing proteins ranging in molecular size from 10,000 to several million daltons under conditions where all proteins are retained on the gel even after prolonged electrophoresis. The gels yielded zones which were of improved sharpness and resolution compared with gels of lower concentration and degree of crosslinking, and can be used to provide an estimate of molecular size. Examples of the use of HX gradient gels included both anodic and cathodic electrophoresis at pH 8.3 and 3.1, respectively, of serum and cereal-grain proteins and a partial enzymic hydrolysate of serum albumin. PMID:6859529

  19. High Efficiency Nanostructured III-V Photovoltaics for Solar Concentrator Application

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    Hubbard, Seth

    2012-09-12

    The High Efficiency Nanostructured III-V Photovoltaics for Solar Concentrators project seeks to provide new photovoltaic cells for Concentrator Photovoltaics (CPV) Systems with higher cell efficiency, more favorable temperature coefficients and less sensitivity to changes in spectral distribution. The main objective of this project is to provide high efficiency III-V solar cells that will reduce the overall cost per Watt for power generation using CPV systems.This work is focused both on a potential near term application, namely the use of indium arsenide (InAs) QDs to spectrally "tune" the middle (GaAs) cell of a SOA triple junction device to a more favorable effective bandgap, as well as the long term goal of demonstrating intermediate band solar cell effects. The QDs are confined within a high electric field i-region of a standard GaAs solar cell. The extended absorption spectrum (and thus enhanced short circuit current) of the QD solar cell results from the increase in the sub GaAs bandgap spectral response that is achievable as quantum dot layers are introduced into the i-region. We have grown InAs quantum dots by OMVPE technique and optimized the QD growth conditions. Arrays of up to 40 layers of strain balanced quantum dots have been experimentally demonstrated with good material quality, low residual stain and high PL intensity. Quantum dot enhanced solar cells were grown and tested under simulated one sun AM1.5 conditions. Concentrator solar cells have been grown and fabricated with 5-40 layers of QDs. Testing of these devices show the QD cells have improved efficiency compared to baseline devices without QDs. Device modeling and measurement of thermal properties were performed using Crosslight APSYS. Improvements in a triple junction solar cell with the insertion of QDs into the middle current limiting junction was shown to be as high as 29% under one sun illumination for a 10 layer stack QD enhanced triple junction solar cell. QD devices have strong potential for net gains in efficiency at high concentration.

  20. Benzene-contaminated groundwaters-transport parameters and isotopic evidence for natural attenuation

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    The area of investigation is located on the site of a former hydrogenation plant in Zeitz (Saxonia-Anhalt, Germany). The plant was founded in 1938 to produce gasoline and lubricants originally for the German war industry and was subject of severe bomb strikes in 1944 and 1945 spilling about 250 m3 hydrocarbons into soil. In 1946 it was rebuilt and in the beginning of the 1960s upgraded with a benzene production plant in the eastern part of hydrogenation plant. From 1963 till 1990 the latter produced more than 750,000 t of benzene with maximum production rate in 1979 (79,000 t per year). Leaks and production accidents contaminated groundwater. Contaminations were found in two aquifers. The upper aquifer (I) is a 5-10 m layer of sandy and clayey deposits from the Pleistocene Elster-glacial. The Tertiary aquifer (II) is composed of gravel deposited by an Eocene river, partly overlain by a lignite seam or silt and clay layer of Tertiary age. The prevailing contaminants of aquifer I are BTEX, dominated by high benzene concentrations up to 500 mg L-1. BTEX-concentrations in the aquifer of Tertiary age are considerably lower (100 mg L-1), and benzene is again the dominant pollutant. At three positions, groundwater samples for tritium and 3He analyses were taken from both aquifers trying to match beginning, centre, and end of the contamination plume. Samples exhibit tritium contents of about 10 TU, the groundwater from deepest well 11.7 TU. Tritiugenic 3He contents are in the upper aquifer between 0 and 3.3 TUequivalent (1 TUequivalent is the 3He content yielded by the decay of 1 TU tritium) corresponding to 3He/tritium ratios of 0.31 and less, whereas in the deeper aquifer tritiugenic 3He was found between 19 and 37 TTUequivalent, i.e. 3He/tritium varies in flow direction from 2.0 to 3.1. In terms of apparent groundwater ages these contents correspond to 3 - 5 years in the upper and 10 - 25 years in the deeper aquifer. In case of samples from the deeper aquifer even increasing apparent ages in flow direction might be evident. The upper aquifer is phreatic, and therefore 3He contents there may be affected by diffusive losses. However, tritium contents in both aquifers indicate apparent ages of less than 15 years. The confinement of the deeper aquifer probably preserves most of tritiugenic 3He. Apparent groundwater ages in Figure 1 indicate a recharge in 1975 or younger. Thus, it is probable that at least in the deeper aquifer the contaminant plume does not 'flow' together with the groundwater. The energy consumption of natural attenuation processes may be covered by 'oxidizers' like nitrate and/or sulphate. Because in contaminated as well as non-contaminated groundwaters of the investigation area the nitrate level is very low, attention was focussed on the isotopic composition of sulphate (?34S) as possible source of energy and on dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC; ?13C) as indicator of totally decomposed hydrocarbons. Fig. 2 shows sulphate content and its ?34S along a flow path in aquifer I, reflecting isotopic enrichment in sulphate due to bacterial reduction. This trend corresponds to a slight decrease of ?13C of DIC from -22.4 per mille to -23.7 per mille confirming the hypothesis of bacterial decomposition of hydrocarbons as natural attenuation process

  1. Quality control of mitigation methods for unusually high indoor radon concentrations.

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    Huber, J; Ennemoser, O; Schneider, P

    2001-08-01

    The present study's objective was to control the quality of different mitigation methods for unusually high indoor radon (222Rn) concentrations of up to 274,000 Bq m(-3) in a village (Umhausen, 2,600 inhabitants) in western Tyrol, Austria. Five years after mitigation, five different remedial actions were examined on their quality by means of measuring indoor radon concentrations with charcoal liquid scintillation radon detectors and with a continuously recording AlphaGuard detector. Mitigation method in house 1--a mechanical intake and outlet ventilation system with heat exchanger in the basement, combined with a soil depressurization system--was characterized by long-term stability. With most favorable air pressure (+100 Pa) in the basement, mean basement radon concentrations in the winter were reduced from 200,000 Bq m(-3) to 3,000 Bq m(-3) by this method 5 y after mitigation. Acting against experts' instructions, the inhabitants had switched off the ventilation system most of the time to minimize power consumption although it had been proven that ventilation reduced mean basement radon concentration by a factor of about 3 in the winter and about 15 in the summer. Mitigation method in house 2-soil depressurization with two fans and loops of drainage tubes to withdraw radon from the region below the floor and outside the basement walls, and from soil below that part of the house with no basement-had been the most successful remedial measure until the winter of 1999 (i.e., 6 y after mitigation), when micro-cracks opened and consequently mean basement radon concentration increased from 250 Bq m(-3) to 1,500 Bq m(-3). Measures to block these microcracks and to minimize soil drying are being developed. Five years after mitigation, the remedial method used in house 3--a multilayer floor construction, where a fan was used to suck radon from a layer between bottom slab and floor-reduced winter mean radon concentration from 25,000 Bq m(-3) to 1,200 Bq m(-3), with the ventilation on and the basement door open. Mitigation method in house 4--a basement sealing technique--was unsuccessful with almost identical radon concentrations during all the five years since mitigation had started. Mitigation method in house 5--a waterproof basement technique especially for future homes--reduced mean basement radon concentration below 300 Bq m(-3) and mean ground floor radon concentration below 200 Bq m(-3), which is the Austrian action level for newly constructed buildings. These findings indicate that even in areas with extremely high radon concentrations, effective mitigation of indoor radon can be achieved provided that house-specific long-term, stable mitigation techniques are applied. PMID:11480874

  2. High cadmium concentration in soil in the Three Gorges region: Geogenic source and potential bioavailability

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    Highlights: • High concentrations of Cd in soils of a rural area in the Three Gorges region, China, are reported. • Lognormal distribution plots and enrichment factors were applied to identify Cd sources. • Sedimentary rocks are main source of Cd in the Cd-enriched soils. • Results of sequential extractions show that a considerable fraction of the Cd in soils is in a labile form. - Abstract: This study investigated the distribution and sources of Cd in soils from a Cd-rich area in the Three Gorges region, China. The results showed that in the study area arable soils contain 0.42–42 mg kg?1 Cd with 0.12–8.5 mg kg?1 in the natural soils, corresponding to high amounts of Cd (0.22–42 mg kg?1) in outcropping sedimentary rocks in the area. Both lognormal distribution and enrichment factor (EF) plots were applied in an attempt to distinguish between geogenic and anthropogenic origins of Cd in the local soils. The lognormal distribution plots illustrated that geogenic sources dominated in soils with low and moderate Cd concentrations (<8.5 mg kg?1), whereas anthropogenic sources (agricultural activities, coal mining) significantly elevated Cd contents in some arable soils (>8.5 mg kg?1). The enrichment factor plots illustrated that the majority of the soil samples had EF values of <5, pointing to a geogenic origin of Cd in the soils, whereas some arable soils had EF values >5, pointing to an additional anthropogenic input of Cd to the soils. Sequential extraction results showed that Cd soluble in water and weak acid (water-soluble, exchangeable and carbonate fraction of the soil) accounts for an average of 31% of the total soil Cd, which indicates high potential for Cd mobility and bioavailability. The findings point to a potential health risk from Cd in areas with high geogenic background concentrations of this metal

  3. Adsorption of gases on benzene-preplated graphite

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    Asada, H.; Udaka, M.; Jitoue, Y.; Furukawa, J.

    1996-06-01

    We measured volumetrically adsorption isotherms of N 2, Ar, CH 4, and Kr on benzene-preplated graphite at 77 K. N 2 and Ar exhibit a new step on the isotherm at 5.0 and 4.3 Torr, respectively, suggesting some phase transition of the gases adsorbed on a single layer of benzene. On the other hand, CH 4 and Kr show layerwise condensation transitions even when one monolayer of benzene is preadsorbed, implying that benzene is displaced by these gases, but to the smallest extent among those observed previously for other systems. Benzene is also found to be soluble in N 2, Ar, and Kr.

  4. Au/ZnO nanocomposites: Facile fabrication and enhanced photocatalytic activity for degradation of benzene

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    Yu, Hang; Ming, Hai; Zhang, Hengchao; Li, Haitao; Pan, Keming [Institute of Functional Nano and Soft Materials (FUNSOM) and Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-Based Functional Materials and Devices, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123 (China); Liu, Yang, E-mail: yangl@suda.edu.cn [Institute of Functional Nano and Soft Materials (FUNSOM) and Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-Based Functional Materials and Devices, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123 (China); Wang, Fang; Gong, Jingjing [Institute of Functional Nano and Soft Materials (FUNSOM) and Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-Based Functional Materials and Devices, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123 (China); Kang, Zhenhui, E-mail: zhkang@suda.edu.cn [Institute of Functional Nano and Soft Materials (FUNSOM) and Jiangsu Key Laboratory for Carbon-Based Functional Materials and Devices, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123 (China)

    2012-11-15

    Au nanoparticles supported on highly uniform one-dimensional ZnO nanowires (Au/ZnO hybrids) have been successfully fabricated through a simple wet chemical method, which were first used for photodegradation of gas-phase benzene. Compared with bare ZnO nanowires, the as-prepared Au/ZnO hybrids were found to possess higher photocatalytic activity for degradation of benzene under UV and visible light (degradation efficiencies reach about 56.0% and 33.7% after 24 h under UV and visible light irradiation, respectively). Depending on excitation happening on ZnO semiconductor or on the surface plasmon band of Au, the efficiency and operating mechanism are different. Under UV light irradiation, Au nanoparticles serve as an electron buffer and ZnO nanowires act as the reactive sites for benzene degradation. When visible light is used as the light irradiation source, Au nanoparticles act as the light harvesters and photocatalytic sites alongside of charge-transfer process, simultaneously. -- Graphical abstract: Under visible light irradiation, Au nanoparticles, which are supported on ZnO nanowires, dominate their catalytic properties in gas-phase degradation benzene reaction. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The composites that Au nanoparticles supported on ZnO nanowires were synthesized. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Au/ZnO composites were firstly used as effective photocatalysts for benzene degradation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Two operating mechanisms were proposed depending on excitation wavelength.

  5. Linearly Polymerized Benzene Arrays As Intermediates, Tracing Pathways to Carbon Nanothreads.

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    Chen, Bo; Hoffmann, Roald; Ashcroft, N W; Badding, John; Xu, Enshi; Crespi, Vincent

    2015-11-18

    How might fully saturated benzene polymers of composition [(CH)6]n form under high pressure? In the first approach to answering this question, we examine the stepwise increase in saturation of a one-dimensional stack of benzene molecules by enumerating the partially saturated polymer intermediates, subject to constraints of unit cell size and energy. Defining the number of four-coordinate carbon atoms per benzene formula unit as the degree of saturation, a set of isomers for degree-two and degree-four polymers can be generated by either thinking of the propagation of partially saturated building blocks or by considering a sequence of cycloadditions. There is also one 4 + 2 reaction sequence that jumps directly from a benzene stack to a degree-four polymer. The set of degree-two polymers provides several useful signposts toward achieving full saturation: chiral versus achiral building blocks, certain forms of conformational freedom, and also dead ends to further saturation. These insights allow us to generate a larger set of degree-four polymers and enumerate the many pathways that lead from benzene stacks to completely saturated carbon nanothreads. PMID:26488180

  6. Synthesis of oligo- and polysaccharides by Lactobacillus reuteri 121 reuteransucrase at high concentrations of sucrose.

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    Meng, Xiangfeng; Dobruchowska, Justyna M; Gerwig, Gerrit J; Kamerling, Johannis P; Dijkhuizen, Lubbert

    2015-09-23

    GTFA, a glucansucrase enzyme of the probiotic bacterium Lactobacillus reuteri 121, is capable of synthesizing an ?-glucan polysaccharide with (1?4) and (1?6) linkages from sucrose. With respect to its biosynthesis, the present study has shown that the ratio of oligosaccharide versus polysaccharide synthesized was directly proportional to the concentration of sucrose. It appears that the size distribution of products is kinetically controlled, but the linkage distribution in the polysaccharide material is not changed. At high sucrose concentrations the sucrose isomers leucrose and trehalulose were synthesized, using the accumulated fructose as acceptor, together with 4'- and 6'-?-d-glucosyl-leucrose and 6'-?-d-glucosyl-trehalulose. The finding of an additional branched hexasaccharide demonstrates that the enzyme is able to introduce branch-points already in relatively short oligosaccharides. PMID:26281004

  7. Solvent extraction of uranium(VI) with benzyloctadecyldimethylammonium chloride (BODMAC) from highly concentrated chloride solution

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    The mechanism of solvent extraction of uranium(VI) from highly concentrated chloride solution with a quaternary ammonium salt, benzyloctadecyldimethylammonium chloride (BODMAC, R4NCl), dissolved in chloroform was studied. The compositions of the extracted species were R4N x UO2Cl3 and (R4N)2 x UO2Cl4. The extraction process is exothermic (?H deg = -8.42±0.54 KJ/mol). Kex1 and Kex2 are calculated to be (3.62±0.55) x 10-2 and (1.06±0.17) x 103, respectively. In the extraction process, a W/O uranium(VI) rich emulsion solution has been formed between the organic and aqueous phases, its volume increased with the increase of BODMAC in the system. The influences of temperature, NaCl, MgCl2 and MgSO4 concentrations on the extraction equilibrium were also studied. (author)

  8. Study of health effect for people drinking well water with high radon concentration

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    The medical observation on haematology, immunology and cytogenetics indices for the 30 persons drinking well water with high radon concentration for a long-time is given in this paper. Radon concentrations in drinking water were measured on site. The results show that average annual individual accumulative dose equivalent is 16 mSv due to drinking well water with the radon. It has been observed that the number of eosinophilic granulocyte and the chromosome aberration rate in peripheral blood is markedly increased in the group of drinking radon-containing well water than in control. There was no significant difference on other indices of haematology, immunology and micronucleus rate in peripheral blood between these two groups

  9. Growth characteristics of Botryococcus braunii 765 under high CO2 concentration in photobioreactor.

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    Ge, Yaming; Liu, Junzhi; Tian, Guangming

    2011-01-01

    To understand the potential of cultivating Botryococcus braunii with flue gas (normally containing high CO(2)) for biofuel production, growth characteristics of B. braunii 765 with 2-20% CO(2) aeration were investigated. The results showed that the strain could grow well without any obvious inhibition under all tested CO(2) concentrations with an aeration rate of 0.2 vvm, even without any culture pH adjustment (ranged from 6.0 to 8.0). The maximum biomass among all conditions was 2.31 g L(-1) on 25th day at 20% CO(2). Hydrocarbon content and algal colony size increased with the increase of CO(2) concentration. A negative correlation between algal biomass and culture total phosphorus was observed (from -0.828 to -0.911, P<0.01). Additionally, 2% sodium hypochlorite solution was used for photobioreactor sterilization to cultivate B. braunii. PMID:20584602

  10. Elimination of high concentration hydrogen sulfide and biogas purification by chemical-biological process.

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    Ho, Kuo-Ling; Lin, Wei-Chih; Chung, Ying-Chien; Chen, Yu-Pei; Tseng, Ching-Ping

    2013-08-01

    A chemical-biological process was performed to remove a high concentration of H2S in biogas. The high iron concentration tolerance (20gL(-1)) of Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans CP9 provided sufficient ferric iron level for stable and efficient H2S elimination. A laboratory-scale apparatus was setup for a 45 d operation to analyze the optimal conditions. The results reveal that the H2S removal efficiency reached 98% for 1500ppm H2S. The optimal ferric iron concentration was kept between 9 and 11gL(-1) with a cell density of 10(8)CFUg(-1) granular activated carbon and a loading of 15gSm(-3)h(-1). In pilot-scale studies for biogas purification, the average inlet H2S concentration was 1645ppm with a removal efficiency of up to 97% for a 311d operation and an inlet loading 40.8gSm(-3)h(-1). When 0.1% glucose was added, the cell density increased twofold under the loading of 65.1gSm(-3)h(-1) with an H2S removal efficiency still above 96%. The analysis results of the distribution of microorganisms in the biological reactor by DGGE show that microorganism populations of 96.7% and 62.7% were identical to the original strain at day 200 and day 311, respectively. These results clearly demonstrate that ferric iron reduction by H2S and ferrous iron oxidation by A. ferrooxidans CP9 are feasible processes for the removal of H2S from biogas. PMID:23791111

  11. The Influence of High Aerosol Concentration on Atmospheric Boundary Layer Temperature Stratification

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    Khaykin, M.N.; Kadygrove, E.N.; Golitsyn, G.S.

    2005-03-18

    Investigations of the changing in the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) radiation balance as cased by natural and anthropogenic reasons is an important topic of the U.S. Department of Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) program. The influence of aerosol on temperature stratification of ABL while its concentration was extremely high within a long period of time was studied experimentally. The case was observed in Moscow region (Russia) with the transport of combustion products from peat-bog and forest fires in July-September, 2002. At this time the visibility was some times at about 100-300 m. Aerosol concentration measured by Moscow University Observatory and A.M. Obukhov Institute of Atmospheric Physics field station in Zvenigorod (55.7 N; 36.6 E) for several days was in 50-100 times more than background one (Gorchakov at al 2003). The high aerosol concentration can change the radiation balance at ABL, and so to change thermal stratification in ABL above the mega lopolis. For the analysis the data were used of synchronous measurements by MTP-5 (Microwave Temperature Profiler operating at wavelength 5 mm) in two locations, namely: downtown Moscow and country-side which is 50 km apart to the West (Zvenigorod station). (Kadygrov and Pick 1998; Westwater at al 1999; Kadygrov at al 2002). Zvenigorod station is located in strongly continental climate zone which is in between of the climates of ARM sites (NSANorth Slope of Alaska and SGP-Southern Great Plains). The town of Zvenigorod has little industry, small traffic volume and topography conductive to a good air ventilation of the town. For these reasons Zvenigorod can be considered as an undisturbed rural site. For the analysis some days were chosen with close meteorological parameters (average temperature, humidity, wind, pressure and cloud form) but strongly differing in aerosol concentration level.

  12. Comparison of Low Concentration and High Concentration Arsenic Removal Techniques and Evaluation of Concentration of Arsenic in Ground Water: A Case Study of Lahore, Pakistan

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    The main focus of this study was the evaluation of arsenic concentration in the ground water of Lahore at different depth and application of different mitigation techniques for arsenic removal. Twenty four hours of solar oxidation gives 90% of arsenic removal as compared to 8 hr. or 16 hr. Among oxides, calcium oxide gives 96% of As removal as compared to 93% by lanthanum oxide. Arsenic removal efficiency was up to 97% by ferric chloride, whereas 95% by alum. Activated alumina showed 99% removal as compared to 97% and 95% removal with bauxite and charcoal, respectively. Elemental analysis of adsorbents showed that the presence of phosphate and silica can cause a reduction of arsenic removal efficiency by activated alumina, bauxite and charcoal. This study has laid a foundation for further research on arsenic in the city of Lahore and has also provided suitable techniques for arsenic removal

  13. Large-area, high-intensity PV arrays for systems using dish concentrating optics

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    Ward, J.S.; Duda, A.; Zweibel, K.; Coutts, T.J. [National Renewable Energy Lab., Golden, CO (United States)

    1998-09-01

    In this paper, the authors report on efforts to fabricate monolithic interconnected modules (MIMs) using III-V semiconductors with bandgaps appropriate for the terrestrial solar spectrum. The small size of the component cells comprising the MIM allows for operation at extremely high flux densities and relaxes the requirement for a small spot size to be generated by the optics. This makes possible a PV option for the large dish concentrator systems that have been developed by the solar thermal community for use with Stirling engines. Additionally, the highly effective back-surface reflector integrated into the MIM design is an effective tool for thermal management of the array. Development of this technology would radically alter the projections for PV manufacturing capacity because of the potential for extremely high power generation per unit area of semiconductor material.

  14. A method of batch-purifying microalgae with multiple antibiotics at extremely high concentrations

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    Han, Jichang; Wang, Song; Zhang, Lin; Yang, Guanpin; Zhao, Lu; Pan, Kehou

    2015-06-01

    Axenic microalgal strains are highly valued in diverse microalgal studies and applications. Antibiotics, alone or in combination, are often used to avoid bacterial contamination during microalgal isolation and culture. In our preliminary trials, we found that many microalgae ceased growing in antibiotics at extremely high concentrations but could resume growth quickly when returned to an antibiotics-free liquid medium and formed colonies when spread on a solid medium. We developed a simple and highly efficient method of obtaining axenic microalgal cultures based on this observation. First, microalgal strains of different species or strains were treated with a mixture of ampicillin, gentamycin sulfate, kanamycin, neomycin and streptomycin (each at a concentration of 600 mg/L) for 3 days; they were then transferred to antibiotics-free medium for 5 days; and finally they were spread on solid f/2 media to allow algal colonies to form. With this method, five strains of Nannochloropsis sp. (Eustigmatophyceae), two strains of Cylindrotheca sp. (Bacillariophyceae), two strains of Tetraselmis sp. (Chlorodendrophyceae) and one strain of Amphikrikos sp. (Trebouxiophyceae) were purified successfully. The method shows promise for batch-purifying microalgal cultures.

  15. Evaluation of seawater contamination with benzene, toluene and xylene in the Ubatuba north coast, SP region, and study of their removal by ionizing radiation; Avaliacao da contaminacao da agua do mar por benzeno, tolueno e xileno na regiao de Ubatuba, litoral norte (SP) e estudo da degradacao destes compostos por radiacao ionizante

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    Almeida, Kelly Cristina Santana de

    2006-07-01

    A major concern with leaking petroleum is the environmental contamination by the toxic and low water-soluble components such as benzene, toluene, and xylenes (BTX). These hydrocarbons have relatively high pollution potential because of their significant toxicity. The objective of this study was to evaluate the contamination of seawater by the main pollutants of the output and transport of petroleum, such as benzene, toluene, and xylene, and their removal by the exposure to the ionizing radiation. The studied region was Ubatuba region, SP, between 23 deg 26'S and 23 deg 46'S of latitude and 45 deg 02'W and 45 deg 11'W of longitude, area of carry and output of petroleum, and samples were collected from November, 2003 to July, 2005. For BTX in seawater analysis, the Purge and Trap concentrator with FIDGC detector showed significantly higher sensibility than Head Space concentrator with MSGC detector. The minimal detected limits (MDL) obtained at FIDGC were of 0.50 {mu}g/L for benzene, 0.70 {mu}g/L for toluene, and 1.54 {mu}g/L for xylene, and the obtained experimental variability was 15%. While the concentrator type Headspace system with MS detector showed higher MLD, about of 9.30 mg/L for benzene, 8.50 mg/L for toluene, and 9.80 mg/L for xylene, and 10% of experimental variability. In the studied area the benzene concentration varied from 1.0 {mu}g/L to 2.0 {mu}g/L, the concentration of toluene varied from < 0.70 {mu}g/L to 3.24 {mu}g/L and the maximum value of xylene observed was of 2.92 {mu}g/L. The seawater samples contaminated with BTX standard and exposed to ionizing radiation using a source of {sup 60}Co, presented a removal from 10% to 40% of benzene at 20 kGy absorbed doses and concentration of 35.1 mg/L and 70.2 mg/L, respectively; from 20% to 60% of toluene removal with 15 kGy absorbed dose and from 20% to 80% of xylene with 15 kGy absorbed dose in similar concentrations. (author)

  16. Corrosion mechanism of 13Cr stainless steel in completion fluid of high temperature and high concentration bromine salt

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    Highlights: • The corrosion behavior of 13Cr steel exposed to bromine salt completion fluid containing high concentration bromine ions was investigated. • There are passive circles around pits on the 13Cr steel surface after 7 d of exposure. • Macroscopic galvanic corrosion formed between the passive halo and the pit. • The mechanism of pitting corrosion on 13Cr stainless steel exposed to heavy bromine brine was established. - Abstract: A series of corrosion tests of 13Cr stainless steel were conducted in a simulated completion fluid environment of high temperature and high concentration bromine salt. Corrosion behavior of specimens and the component of corrosion products were investigated by means of scanning electron microscope (SEM), confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The results indicate that 13Cr steel suffers from severe local corrosion and there is always a passive halo around every pit. The formation mechanism of the passive halo is established. OH? ligand generates and adsorbs in a certain scale because of abundant OH? on the surface around the pits. Passive film forms around each pit, which leads to the occurrence of passivation in a certain region. Finally, the dissimilarities in properties and morphologies of regions, namely the pit and its corresponding passive halo, can result in different corrosion sensitivities and may promote the formation of macroscopic galvanic pairs

  17. Corrosion mechanism of 13Cr stainless steel in completion fluid of high temperature and high concentration bromine salt

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    Liu, Yan [Corrosion and Protection Center, Key Laboratory for Environmental Fracture (MOE), Institute for Advanced Materials and Technology, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Xu, Lining, E-mail: xulining@ustb.edu.cn [Corrosion and Protection Center, Key Laboratory for Environmental Fracture (MOE), Institute for Advanced Materials and Technology, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Lu, Minxu [Corrosion and Protection Center, Key Laboratory for Environmental Fracture (MOE), Institute for Advanced Materials and Technology, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Meng, Yao [Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials, Beijing 100095 (China); Zhu, Jinyang; Zhang, Lei [Corrosion and Protection Center, Key Laboratory for Environmental Fracture (MOE), Institute for Advanced Materials and Technology, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China)

    2014-09-30

    Highlights: • The corrosion behavior of 13Cr steel exposed to bromine salt completion fluid containing high concentration bromine ions was investigated. • There are passive circles around pits on the 13Cr steel surface after 7 d of exposure. • Macroscopic galvanic corrosion formed between the passive halo and the pit. • The mechanism of pitting corrosion on 13Cr stainless steel exposed to heavy bromine brine was established. - Abstract: A series of corrosion tests of 13Cr stainless steel were conducted in a simulated completion fluid environment of high temperature and high concentration bromine salt. Corrosion behavior of specimens and the component of corrosion products were investigated by means of scanning electron microscope (SEM), confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The results indicate that 13Cr steel suffers from severe local corrosion and there is always a passive halo around every pit. The formation mechanism of the passive halo is established. OH{sup ?} ligand generates and adsorbs in a certain scale because of abundant OH{sup ?} on the surface around the pits. Passive film forms around each pit, which leads to the occurrence of passivation in a certain region. Finally, the dissimilarities in properties and morphologies of regions, namely the pit and its corresponding passive halo, can result in different corrosion sensitivities and may promote the formation of macroscopic galvanic pairs.

  18. Ambient air levels and the exposure of children to benzene, toluene, and xylenes in Denmark.

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    Raaschou-Nielsen, O; Lohse, C; Thomsen, B L; Skov, H; Olsen, J H

    1997-11-01

    The aims of the study were to evaluate if the front-door concentrations of benzene, toluene, and xylenes can be used to classify the personal exposures of Danish children and to identify factors that affect their personal exposure. Average concentrations were measured over 1 week with diffusive samplers, and the personal exposures of 98 children and the concentrations outside the front doors of their homes were measured simultaneously. Time and activity patterns were noted in diaries. The front-door concentrations were significantly higher in Copenhagen than in rural areas (all P motocross, moped driving, and refueling of cars. PMID:9417846

  19. Low dietary energy concentration, high nonstarch polysaccharide concentration, and coarse particle sizes of nonstarch polysaccharides affect the behavior of feather-pecking-prone laying hens.

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    van Krimpen, M M; Kwakkel, R P; van der Peet-Schwering, C M C; den Hartog, L A; Verstegen, M W A

    2008-03-01

    An experiment was conducted with 504 non-cage-housed ISA Brown laying hens from 18 to 40 wk of age to investigate the separate effects of dietary energy concentration, nonstarch polysaccharide (NSP) concentration, and particle sizes of added NSP source on the eating behavior, feather-pecking behavior, and hen performance of laying hens. Hens were allotted to 1 of 6 dietary treatments according to a 2 x 3 factorial arrangement, with 7 replicates per treatment. The factors were control and low energy concentration (2,825 vs. 2,540 kcal/kg), control and high NSP concentration (133 vs. 195 g/kg), and fine vs. coarse particle size of the added NSP source in the high-NSP diets. We hypothesized that eating time would be increased by feeding low-energy diets or coarsely ground, high-NSP diets, or both, resulting in reduced feather-pecking behavior, without negatively affecting hen performance. Energy reduction, NSP addition, and coarse grinding of NSP increased eating time by 14.2% (P = 0.001), 17.2% (P feed intake (143.0 vs. 130.8 g/d). Hen performance and BW gain of the hens were not affected by dietary treatments. We concluded that hens that were fed low-energy or high (coarsely ground)-NSP diets spend more time on feed intake, compared with hens that were fed the control diets. As a result, hens in some treatments showed less feather-pecking behavior. PMID:18281575

  20. Physiological and Transcriptional Responses to High Concentrations of Lactic Acid in Anaerobic Chemostat Cultures of Saccharomyces cerevisiae?

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    Abbott, Derek A.; Suir, Erwin; van Maris, Antonius J.A.; Pronk, Jack T

    2008-01-01

    Based on the high acid tolerance and the simple nutritional requirements of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, engineered strains of this yeast are considered biocatalysts for industrial production of high-purity undissociated lactic acid. However, high concentrations of lactic acid are toxic to S. cerevisiae, thus limiting its growth and product formation. Physiological and transcriptional responses to high concentrations of lactic acid were studied in anaerobic, glucose-limited chemostat cultures gr...

  1. Exposure to methyl tert-butyl ether, benzene, and total hydrocarbons at the Singapore-Malaysia causeway immigration checkpoint

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    Tan, C.; Ong, H.Y.; Kok, P.W. [and others

    1996-12-31

    The primary aim of this study was to determine the extent and levels of exposure to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from automobile emissions in a group of immigration officers at a busy cross-border checkpoint. A majority (80%) of the workers monitored were exposed to benzene at levels between 0.01 and 0.5 ppm, with only 1.2% exceeding the current Occupational Safety and Health Administration occupational exposure limit of 1 ppm. The geometric mean (GM) concentrations of 8-hr time-weighted average exposure were 0.03 ppm, 0.9 ppm, and 2.46 ppm for methyl-tert-butyl ether (MTBE), benzene, and total hydrocarbons (THC), respectively. The highest time-weighted average concentrations measured were 1.05 ppm for MTBE, 2.01 ppm for benzene, and 34 ppm for THC. It was found that motorbikes emitted a more significant amount of pollutants compared with motor cars. On average, officers at the motorcycle booths were exposed to four to five times higher levels of VOCs (GMs of 0.07 ppm, 0.23 ppm, and 4.7 ppm for MTBE, benzene, and THC) than their counterparts at the motor car booths (GMs of 0.01 ppm, 0.05 ppm, and 1.5 ppm). The airborne concentrations of all three pollutants correlated with the flow of vehicle traffic. Close correlations were also noted for the concentrations in ambient air for the three pollutants measured. Benzene and MTBE had a correlation coefficient of 0.97. The overall findings showed that the concentrations of various VOCs were closely related to the traffic density, suggesting that they were from a common source, such as exhaust emissions from the vehicles. The results also indicated that although benzene, MTBE, and THC are known to be volatile, a significant amount could still be detected in the ambient environment, thus contributing to our exposure to these compounds. 4 refs., 6 figs.

  2. Macrocyclic olefin metathesis at high concentrations by using a phase-separation strategy.

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    Raymond, Michaël; Holtz-Mulholland, Michael; Collins, Shawn K

    2014-09-26

    Macrocyclic olefin metathesis has seen advances in the areas of stereochemistry, chemoselectivity, and catalyst stability, but strategies aimed at controlling dilution effects in macrocyclizations are rare. Herein, a protocol to promote macrocyclic olefin metathesis, one of the most common synthetic tools used to prepare macrocycles, at relatively high concentrations (up to 60?mM) is described by exploitation of a phase-separation strategy. A variety of macrocyclic skeletons could be prepared having either different alkyl, aryl, or amino acids spacers. PMID:25145960

  3. Wind Farms Influence on Stability in an area with High Concentration of Hydropower Plants

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    Engström, Staffan

    2011-01-01

    The number of large-scale wind farms integrated to the power system in Sweden is increasing. Two generator concepts that are widely used are Doubly-Fed Induction Generators (DFIG) and Full Power Converters (FPC). The study is of a quantitative character and the aim of the Master thesis is to compare DFIG-models with FPC-models integrated in an area with high concentration of hydropower. Then it is possible to examine how the dynamics in the power system change depending on the selection of te...

  4. Differences in the metabolism and disposition of inhaled [3H]benzene by F344/N rats and B6C3F1 mice

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    Benzene is a potent hematotoxin and has been shown to cause leukemia in man. Chronic toxicity studies indicate that B6C3F1 mice are more susceptible than F334/N rats to benzene toxicity. The purpose of the studies presented in this paper was to determine if there were metabolic differences between F344/N rats and B6C3F1 mice which might be responsible for this increased susceptibility. Metabolites of benzene in blood, liver, lung, and bone marrow were measured during and following a 6-hr 50 ppm exposure to benzene vapor. Hydroquinone glucuronide, hydroquinone, and muconic acid, which reflect pathways leading to potential toxic metabolites of benzene, were present in much greater concentrations in the mouse than in rat tissues. Phenylsulfate, a detoxified metabolite, and an unknown water-soluble metabolite were present in approximately equal concentrations in these two species. These results indicate that the proportion of benzene metabolized via pathways leading to the formation of potentially toxic metabolites as opposed to detoxification pathways was much higher in B6C3F1 mice than in F344 rats, which may explain the higher susceptibility of mice to benzene-induced hematotoxicity and carcinogenicity

  5. Ultrafine particle concentrations and exposures in four high-rise Beijing apartments

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    Mullen, Nasim A.; Liu, Cong; Zhang, Yinping; Wang, Shuxiao; Nazaroff, William W.

    2011-12-01

    Ultrafine particle (UFP) exposures have the potential to elicit adverse health effects. People spend most of their time within their place of residence. Little information is available on UFP levels in homes in mainland China. To contribute new data to this important topic, we made time-series measurements of particle number (PN) concentrations and resident activities inside four apartments in high-rise buildings in Beijing during June to August 2009. Indoor PN concentrations at the four sites, averaged over the few-day duration of monitoring at each site, spanned an order of magnitude, from 2800 to 29,100 cm -3. This wide range resulted from differences among apartments in three main factors: (1) the frequency of indoor source events, including cooking activities and intrusion of cooking exhaust from neighboring apartments; (2) the extent of natural ventilation via open windows; and (3) the extent of active air filtration. Daily-integrated PN exposure of the thirteen residents, while in their apartments, ranged from 45,000 to 494,000 cm -3 h/d. For two sites at which outdoor PN concentrations were also measured, the percentage of daily-integrated residential exposure attributable to particles of outdoor origin was 58% for the residents of one site and 81% for residents of the other.

  6. Picosecond Pulse Radiolysis of Highly Concentrated Phosphoric Acid Solutions: Mechanism of Phosphate Radical Formation.

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    Ma, Jun; Schmidhammer, Uli; Mostafavi, Mehran

    2015-06-18

    Eight solutions containing phosphoric acid with concentrations ranging from 2 mol L(-1) to neat acid have been studied by picosecond pulse radiolysis. The absorbance of the secondary radical H2PO4(•) formed within 7 ps of the electron pulse is observed using pulse-probe method in the visible. Kinetic analysis shows that the radicals of phosphoric acid are formed via two mechanisms: direct electron detachment and oxidation by the radical cation of water, H2O(•+). On the basis of molar extinction coefficient value of 1850 L mol(-1) cm(-1), at 15 ps the radiolytic yield of H2PO4(•) formation by direct energy absorption is 3.7 ± 0.1 × 10(-7) mol J(-1) in neat phosphoric acid. In highly concentrated phosphoric acid solutions, the total yield of phosphate radical at 15 ps exhibits an additional contribution that can be explained by electron transfer from phosphoric acid to H2O(•+). The efficiency of the electron transfer to this strongly oxidizing species in phosphoric acid solutions is lower compared with the one in sulfuric acid solutions. Two explanations are given to account for a relatively low efficiency of H2O(•+) scavenging in concentrated phosphoric acid solutions. PMID:25176139

  7. Performance of a High-Concentration Erbium-Doped Fiber Amplifier with 100 nm Amplification Bandwidth

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    Increasing demand for higher bandwidth has driven the need for higher Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) channels. One of the requirements to achieve this is a broadband amplifier. This paper reports the performance of a broadband, compact, high-concentration and silica-based erbium-doped fiber amplifier. The amplifier optimized to a 2.15 m long erbium-doped fiber with erbium ion concentration of 2000 ppm. The gain spectrum of the amplifier has a measured amplification bandwidth of 100 nm using a 980 nm laser diode with power of 150 mW. This silica-based EDFA shows lower noise figure, higher gain and wider bandwidth in shorter wavelengths compared to Bismuth-based EDFA with higher erbium ion concentration of 3250 ppm at equivalent EDF length. The silica-based EDF shows peak gain at 22 dB and amplification bandwidth between 1520 nm and 1620 nm. The lowest noise figure is 5 dB. The gain is further improved with the implementation of enhanced EDFA configurations.

  8. Disposition of low and high environmental concentrations of PCBs in snapping turtle tissues

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    Bryan, A.M.; Olafsson, P.G.; Stone, W.B.

    1987-06-01

    Snapping turtles, as a result of their ability to store high concentrations of PCBs in their fat, provide an excellent screen for the detection of trace toxic substances in water. Snapping turtles may also be of value in the monitoring of the disposition of environmental pollutants in the tissues of organisms living in a particular ecosystem. Many organochlorine compounds are only slowly metabolized by animals and consequently the parent compounds tend to persist in the tissues. Differences in the degree of dissolution of various polychlorinated hydrocarbons in blood may be attributed to differences in the relative solubility of these compounds in one or more of the blood components. It has been shown that binding of individual organochlorine compounds by lipoproteins and albumin involves slowly reversible hydrophobic interactions with a quasi steady state between adipose tissue, blood and remaining tissues. If such a dynamic equilibrium is involved, it might be anticipated that, under the impact of a multi-component pollutant such as an Aroclor, the biological system would respond in the same manner over a wide range of concentrations provided that the binding of each the congeners involved reversible interactions with the quasi steady state. The net result would be that the order of quantitative disposition of PCBs in the various tissues would be maintained as the concentration in each site increased. It is the objective of this study to determine if such a pharmacodynamic equilibrium is operative in snapping turtles subjected to widely differing degrees of PCB environment contamination.

  9. Negative dielectrophoresis and segregation in concentrated suspensions in high-gradient AC electric fields

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    Khusid, Boris; Jacqmin, David; Qiu, Zhiyong; Acrivos, Andreas; Kumar, Anil

    2002-11-01

    Experiments were conducted on concentrated suspensions of neutrally buoyant polyolefin spheres dispersed in oil which exhibited negative dielectrophoresis. Following the application of a high-gradient AC field of several kV/mm, most of the particles were found to move away from the electrodes and then to concentrate in the area of a low electric field located above the grounded electrodes, forming a distinct boundary between the clean fluid and the suspension. The proposed mathematical model for the field-induced particle segregation consists of strongly coupled field and flow equations with the suspension being viewed as an effective Newtonian fluid with a concentration-dependent viscosity. For the electric stress, we employed the constitutive equations corresponding to the extreme of strong electric energy dissipation of our microscopic theory. This theory employs the Lorentz model for the long-range electrical interactions of polarized particles. The equation for the total particle flux includes the flux induced by the electric force exerted on a particle due to the gradient of its chemical potential in a spatially non-uniform electric field. The hydrodynamic interactions of the particles are incorporated through the concentration dependence of the particle mobility and the hindrance function in the expression for the particle settling velocity relative to the suspending fluid. The proposed model does not require any fitting parameters provided that the particle polarizability is measured in low-strength filed of several V/mm. The computed kinetics of the particle segregation and pattern formation was found to be consistent with the experimental data. The work was supported by a NASA grant. The suspension characterization was conducted at the NJIT W.M. Keck Laboratory.

  10. Unexpectedly high ultrafine aerosol concentrations above East Antarctic sea-ice

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    Humphries, R. S.; Klekociuk, A. R.; Schofield, R.; Keywood, M.; Ward, J.; Wilson, S. R.

    2015-10-01

    The effect of aerosols on clouds and their radiative properties is one of the largest uncertainties in our understanding of radiative forcing. A recent study has concluded that better characterisation of pristine, natural aerosol processes leads to the largest reduction in these uncertainties. Antarctica, being far from anthropogenic activities, is an ideal location for the study of natural aerosol processes. Aerosol measurements in Antarctica are often limited to boundary layer air-masses at spatially sparse coastal and continental research stations, with only a handful of studies in the sea ice region. In this paper, the first observational study of sub-micron aerosols in the East Antarctic sea ice region is presented. Measurements were conducted aboard the ice-breaker Aurora Australis in spring 2012 and found that boundary layer condensation nuclei (CN3) concentrations exhibited a five-fold increase moving across the Polar Front, with mean Polar Cell concentrations of 1130 cm-3 - higher than any observed elsewhere in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean region. The absence of evidence for aerosol growth suggested that nucleation was unlikely to be local. Air parcel trajectories indicated significant influence from the free troposphere above the Antarctic continent, implicating this as the likely nucleation region for surface aerosol, a similar conclusion to previous Antarctic aerosol studies. The highest aerosol concentrations were found to correlate with low pressure systems, suggesting that the passage of cyclones provided an accelerated pathway, delivering air-masses quickly from the free-troposphere to the surface. After descent from the Antarctic free troposphere, trajectories suggest that sea ice boundary layer air-masses travelled equator-ward into the low albedo Southern Ocean region, transporting with them emissions and these aerosol nuclei where, after growth, may potentially impact on the region's radiative balance. The high aerosol concentrations and their transport pathways described here, could help reduce the discrepancy currently present between simulations and observations of cloud and aerosol over the Southern Ocean.

  11. Simultaneous determination of multiple marker constituents in concentrated Gegen Tang granule by high performance liquid chromatography

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    Yip Yuekeung

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Concentrated Gegen Tang (GT granule is a widely available traditional Chinese medicinal product for the treatment of cold and flu. There was no reliable analytical method available for the quality assessment of GT granules. Methods An HPLC method with an Agilent Zorbax SB-Phenyl Stablebond column (250 × 4.6 mm, 5 ?m was developed and validated. The mobile phase gradient was a mixture of 0.1% trifluoroacetic acid (TFA in acetonitrile (ACN and 0.1% TFA in water. The detection with a diode-array detector was set at 207, 230, 250 and 275 nm. Seven components, namely puerarin, daidzein, paeoniflorin, cinnamic acid, glycyrrhizin, ephedrine and pseudoephedrine were selected as marker compounds for the evaluation. Results The regression equations revealed good linear relationships (correlation coefficients: 0.9994–0.9998 between the peak areas and concentrations. The recovery was between 98.8% and 101.7% with good precision and accuracy. The quality of GT granule from four different manufacturers was evaluated with this newly developed method. Samples from four manufacturers showed similar profiles but contents of the detected markers varied significantly among manufacturers and batches. Conclusion A new method using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC has been developed for simple and reliable quality control of commercial concentrated GT granules. Sensitivity was increased by multi-wavelength detection. The contents of selected marker components in GT granules varied significantly among manufacturers and batches, making it necessary to evaluate the quality of concentrated GT granules in the market.

  12. Evaluation of benzene exposure in petrol pump attendants and in mechanics by urinary trans, trans-muconic acid (t, t-MA) determination

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    Teresa Cirillo; Antonio Arnese; Giuseppe Spagnoli; Renata Amodio Cocchieri; Umberto Del Prete

    2004-01-01

    Occupational exposure to benzene in petrol pump attendants and in mechanics was studied by examining the benzene content in both the air breathed and in the urinary metabolite trans,trans-muconic acid (t,t-MA). Thirty petrol pump attendants and thirty mechanics (as exposed workers) and thirty adult male office workers (as non exposed workers) were involved in the study. Measures were taken at the begin and at the end of the working shifts.

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  13. Ion selective membrane uranyl electrode based on mixture of uranyl di-2-ethylhexylphosphate with tributyl phosphate in benzene

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    The investigation of electrochemical properties of uranyl electrode with liquid membrane, which represents UO2R2 benzene solution in mixture with tributyl phosphate (tbp) has been carried on. The given uranyl membrane electrode possesses higher selectivity in the presence of a number of ions and lower level of uranyl ion contents determined, than electrode with a membrane containing only uranyl di-2-ethylhexylphosphate in benzene. The electrode properties depend both on concentration of ion exchanger and on the value of tributyl phosphate addition. The best characteristics are at concentration of 0.15 M UO2R2 in membrane and of 0.5 M TBP. Infrared spectra of UO2R2 and TBP solutions in benzene are given

  14. An Instrument for Measuring the TRU Concentration in High-Level Liquid Waste

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    An online monitor has been designed, built, and tested that is capable of measuring the residual transuranic concentrations in processed high-level wastes with a detection limit of 370 Bq/ml (10 nCi/ml) in less than six hours. The monitor measures the (?,n) neutrons in the presence of gamma-ray fields up to 1 Sv/h (100 R/h). The optimum design was determined by Monte Carlo modeling and then tempered with practical engineering and cost considerations. A multiplicity counter is used in data acquisition to reject the large fraction of coincident and highly variable cosmic-ray-engendered background events and results in a S/N ratio ?1

  15. Nonthermal plasma assisted photocatalytic oxidation of dilute benzene

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    J Karuppiah; E Linga Reddy; L Sivachandiran; R Karvembu; Ch Subrahmanyam

    2012-07-01

    Oxidative decomposition of low concentrations (50-1000 ppm) of diluted benzene in air was carried out in a nonthermal plasma (NTP) dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) reactor with the inner electrode made up of stainless steel fibres (SMF) modified with transition metal oxides in such a way to integrate the catalyst in discharge zone. Typical results indicate the better performance of MnO$_x$ and TiO2/MnO$_x$ modified systems, which may be attributed to the in situ decomposition of ozone on the surface of MnO$_x$ that may lead to the formation of atomic oxygen; whereas ultraviolet light induced photocatalytic oxidation may be taking place with TiO2 modified systems. Water vapour improved the selectivity to total oxidation.

  16. Radiolysis of Aqueous Benzene Solutions at higher temperatures

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    Aqueous solutions of benzene have been irradiated with Co ?-rays with doses of up to 2.3 Mrad in the temperature region 100 - 200 C. At 100 C a linear relationship between the phenol concentration and the absorbed dose was obtained, but at 150 C and at higher temperatures the rate of the phenol formation increased significantly after an initial constant period. With higher doses the rate decreased again, falling almost to zero at 200 C after a dose of 2.2 Mrad. The G value of phenol in the initial linear period increased from 2.8 at 100 C to 8.0 at 200 C. The reaction mechanism is discussed and reactions constituting a chain reaction are suggested. The result of the addition of iron ions and of a few inorganic oxides to the system is presented and briefly discussed

  17. Concentration-Discharge Patterns Revealed from High Resolution Nitrate Measurements in Agricultural Landscapes

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    Boland, S. J.; Basu, N. B.

    2012-12-01

    Riverine export of nutrients is a major component of nutrient cycles, particularly with respect to nitrogen; ~ 25 percent of terrestrially applied nitrogen (N) is removed via riverine export. Understanding the patterns in N export during a storm event is critical for developing a conceptual model of the dominant processes and pathways of N transformation, and designing appropriate management strategies to mitigate N pollution in streams and receiving water bodies. Most studies however, are limited by the lack of high-resolution water quality data to elucidate these pathways and mechanisms. We explored concentration-discharge relationships using high-resolution (15 minute) discharge (Q) and nitrate concentration (C) data (measured using an in-situ Nitratax Sonde) at multiple nested scales (from 151.3 km2 to 8900 km2) in two watersheds in Iowa: Clear Creek Watershed and the Raccoon River watershed. Three distinct regimes of nitrate transport were revealed: (1) a linear regime in which C increases with increasing Q, (2) a saturation regime in which C remains constant against increasing Q, and (3) a dilution regime in which concentration decreases as Q increases. The tight clustering of the data along these patterns is indicative of emergent behavior in such human-dominated systems. All three regimes were apparent in the Raccoon River Watershed, while only the saturation and dilution regimes were apparent in the Clear Creek Watershed. We hypothesize that surface flow is dominant in the Clear Creek Watershed leading to a saturation/dilution regimes, while subsurface flow is dominant in the more heavily tile-drained Raccoon River Watershed, leading to the occurrence of all three regimes. A parsimonious model was developed to test the hypothesis and develop C-Q patterns as a function of the partitioning of flow through the different pathways.

  18. Observations of high droplet number concentrations in Southern Ocean boundary layer clouds

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    Chubb, T.; Huang, Y.; Jensen, J.; Campos, T.; Siems, S.; Manton, M.

    2015-09-01

    Data from the standard cloud physics payload during the NSF/NCAR High-performance Instrumented Airborne Platform for Environmental Research (HIAPER) Pole-to-Pole Observations (HIPPO) campaigns provide a snapshot of unusual wintertime microphysical conditions in the boundary layer over the Southern Ocean. On 29 June 2011, the HIAPER sampled the boundary layer in a region of pre-frontal warm air advection between 58 and 48° S to the south of Tasmania. Cloud droplet number concentrations were consistent with climatological values in the northernmost profiles but were exceptionally high for wintertime in the Southern Ocean at 100-200 cm-3 in the southernmost profiles. Sub-micron (0.0625 m s-1) were most likely responsible for production of sea spray aerosol which influenced the microphysical properties of the boundary layer clouds. The smaller size and higher number concentration of cloud droplets is inferred to increase the albedo of these clouds, and these conditions occur regularly, and are expected to increase in frequency, over windy parts of the Southern Ocean.

  19. Combined use of ionophore and virginiamycin for finishing Nellore steers fed high concentrate diets

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    Amoracyr José Costa, Nuñez; Mariana, Caetano; Alexandre, Berndt; João José Assumpção de Abreu, Demarchi; Paulo Roberto, Leme; Dante Pazzanese Duarte, Lanna.

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Zebu cattle fed high concentrate diets may present inconsistent performance due to the occurrence of metabolic disorders, like acidosis. The isolated use of ionophores and virginiamycin in high grain diets can improve animal performance and reduce the incidence of such disorders, but recent studies [...] suggested that their combination may have an additive effect. Thus, 72 Nellore steers, 389 ± 15 kg initial body weight (BW), were confined and fed for 79 days to evaluate the combination of virginiamycin and salinomycin on performance and carcass traits. Animals were allocated to a randomized complete block design by BW, in a 2 × 2 factorial arrangement of treatments, with two concentrate levels (73 and 91 %) and two virginiamycin levels (0 and 15 mg kg-1), and salinomycin (13 mg kg-1) included in all diets. The interaction was not significant (p > 0.05). Dry matter intake (DMI), average daily gain (ADG), gain-to-feed ratio (G:F), starch consumed, and fecal starch content were higher (p 0.05) between treatments. Starch consumed and estimated dietary net energy for maintenance (NEm) and gain (NEg) were higher (p

  20. Reversible conduction block in isolated frog sciatic nerve by high concentration of bupivacaine.

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    Buyukakilli, Belgin; Comelekoglu, Ulku; Tataroglu, Cengiz; Kanik, Arzu

    2003-03-01

    We evaluated the effects of a high concentration of bupivacaine commonly used for spinal anaesthesia on the reversibility of conduction block and compound nerve action potential (CNAP) parameters in isolated frog sciatic nerve measured by extracellular recording technique. Isolated frog sciatic nerves were bathed in 1.3% bupivacaine solution for 20 min. In each nerve, action potentials were recorded before exposure to bupivacaine solution, which served as the control data. The extracellular action potentials were recorded after 20 min in the drug by using a BIOPAC MP 100 Acquisition System Version 3.5.7 (Santa Barbara, USA). The nerves were washed for 3h continuously with Ringer's solution and action potentials were recorded. The nerve was then soaked overnight in Ringer's solution at room temperature and tested for impulse recovery. There were significant differences among the experiments regarding CNAP peak-to-peak amplitude, area and duration but conduction velocities among the experiments did not show any statistical difference. In the presence of bupivacaine the extracellular action potential amplitude decreased by 46.99+/-29.31% relative to the control amplitude (P<0.05), recovered to 47.10+/-26.90% after 3h of wash, and reached 123.20+/-39.70% after the overnight soak process. This study showed that exposing nerve to high concentration of bupivacaine causes reversible impulse blockade and that bupivacaine does not cause neurotoxic effect on isolated frog sciatic nerve. PMID:12591019

  1. High-speed roll-to-roll manufacturing of graphene using a concentric tube CVD reactor

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    Polsen, Erik S.; McNerny, Daniel Q.; Viswanath, B.; Pattinson, Sebastian W.; John Hart, A.

    2015-05-01

    We present the design of a concentric tube (CT) reactor for roll-to-roll chemical vapor deposition (CVD) on flexible substrates, and its application to continuous production of graphene on copper foil. In the CTCVD reactor, the thin foil substrate is helically wrapped around the inner tube, and translates through the gap between the concentric tubes. We use a bench-scale prototype machine to synthesize graphene on copper substrates at translation speeds varying from 25?mm/min to 500?mm/min, and investigate the influence of process parameters on the uniformity and coverage of graphene on a continuously moving foil. At lower speeds, high-quality monolayer graphene is formed; at higher speeds, rapid nucleation of small graphene domains is observed, yet coalescence is prevented by the limited residence time in the CTCVD system. We show that a smooth isothermal transition between the reducing and carbon-containing atmospheres, enabled by injection of the carbon feedstock via radial holes in the inner tube, is essential to high-quality roll-to-roll graphene CVD. We discuss how the foil quality and microstructure limit the uniformity of graphene over macroscopic dimensions. We conclude by discussing means of scaling and reconfiguring the CTCVD design based on general requirements for 2-D materials manufacturing.

  2. Investigation of decay of freezed nonequilibrium state of indium films with high hydrogen concentration

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    The electron diffraction studies are carried out on indium films deposited in hydrogen atmosphere (at pressures Psub(Hsub(2))=1.4x10-5 - 1.0x10-4 Torr) on a substrate cooled by liquid hellium down to approximately 3.5 or approximately 4.5 K. The measurements of interplane distances make it possible to calculate hydrogen concentration in crystallites. The dissolved hydrogen is found to produce a reduction in tetragonal distortion of indium lattice till it becomes completely cubic. Primary consideration is given to the problem of decay of nonequilibrium phase In(H) with high hydrogen concentration stabilized an external layer of solid hydrogen. The original state of phase In(H) is found to be labile, and spinodal nature. Internal film stresses resulting from the spinodal decay are considered. Both a homogeneous compression of the whole film and the appearance of inhomogeneous microstresses balanced with separate crystallites are observed. The data indicate that at low temperatures (<5 K) the mobility of hydrogen in indium films is very high

  3. Mutate Chlorella sp. by nuclear irradiation to fix high concentrations of CO2.

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    Cheng, Jun; Huang, Yun; Feng, Jia; Sun, Jing; Zhou, Junhu; Cen, Kefa

    2013-05-01

    To improve biomass productivity and CO2 fixation of microalgae under 15% (v/v) CO2 of flue gas, Chlorella species were mutated by nuclear irradiation and domesticated with high concentrations of CO2. The biomass yield of Chlorella pyrenoidosa mutated using 500 Gy of (60)Co ? irradiation increased by 53.1% (to 1.12 g L(-1)) under air bubbling. The mutants were domesticated with gradually increased high concentrations of CO2 [from 0.038% (v/v) to 15% (v/v)], which increased the biomass yield to 2.41 g L(-1). When light transmission and culture mixing in photo-bioreactors were enhanced at 15% (v/v) CO2, the peak growth rate of the domesticated mutant (named Chlorella PY-ZU1) was increased to 0.68 g L(-1) d(-1). When the ratio of gas flow rate (L min(-1)) to 1L of microalgae culture was 0.011, the peak CO2 fixation rate and the efficiency of Chlorella PY-ZU1 were 1.54 g L(-1) d(-1) and 32.7%, respectively. PMID:23567722

  4. Prediction of Stress Concentration effect under Thermal and Dynamic loads on a High Pressure Turbine Rotor

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    Full Text Available Geometric discontinuities cause a large variation of stress and produce a significant increase in stress. The high stress due to the variation of geometry is called as ‘stress concentration’. This will increase when the loads are further applied. There are many investigators who have studied the stress distribution around the notches, grooves, and other irregularities of various machine components. This paper analyses the effects of thermal and fatigue load on a steam turbine rotor under the operating conditions. Stresses due to thermal and dynamic loads of High Pressure Steam Turbine Rotor of 210MW power station are found in two stages. A source code is developed for calculating the nominal stress at each section of HPT rotor. Maximum stress is obtained using FEA at the corresponding section. Thermal and Fatigue Stress Concentration Factors at each section are calculated. It is observed that the SCFdue to the combined effect of thermal and dynamic loads at the temperatures beyond 5400C is exceeding the safe limits.

  5. Case-control study to investigate the association between exposure to benzene and deaths from leukaemia in oil refinery workers

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    Rushton, L.; Alderson, M.R.

    1981-01-01

    All deaths with a mention of leukemia on the death certificate, in men employed over a period of 25 years of 8 oil refineries in the UK were identified. The potential benzene exposure of these cases was compared with that of two sets of controls selected from the total refinery refinery population. One set of controls was matched for refinery and year of birth, the other set was matched for refinery, year of birth and length of service. No information was available on measurement of benzene in the work environment but a job history was obtained from refinery personnel records for all cases and controls. This was used to allocate each man to a benzene exposure level of low, medium, or high. There was no overall excess of deaths from leukaemia when compared with the expectation from national rates. There was also no excess of cytological types of leukaemia which have been shown to be particularly associated with benzene exposure. However, the risk for those men with medium or high exposure relative to the risk for those with low benzene exposure approached a significance (P = 0.05) when length of service was taken into account. If there were an increased risk of leukaemia due to benzene exposure, it could have only been one that affected a very small proportion of men within the refinery workforce.

  6. Ozone concentrations at a selected high-elevation forest site downwind Mexico City

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    Torres-JArdon, R.

    2013-05-01

    Torres-Jardón, R.*, Rosas-Pérez, I., Granada-Macías, L. M., Ruiz-Suárez, L. G. Centro de Ciencias de la Atmósfera, UNAM, México D. F. México * rtorres@unam.mx For many years, the vegetation of forest species such as Abies religiosa in natural parks located in the southwest mountains of Mexico City has attracted much attention since these parks have been experiencing a severe decline of unclear etiology. The high ozone levels in the area and the observed naked eye macroscopic, histological and cytological injuries on these species, strongly suggest an important contribution of tropospheric ozone to this deterioration process. Apart of historical short monitoring campaigns for measuring ozone levels in these mountains, it is known just a little is known about the present exposure levels at which the local vegetation is exposed. A continuous ozone analyzer has been in operation since 2011 at a high-elevation forest site (Parque Nacional Miguel Hidalgo, PNMH; 3110 m above mean sea level) located downwind of Mexico City Metropolitan Area (MCMA), in order to characterize the local ozone diel amplitude and its seasonal trend, as well as the influence of MCMA on the local O3 concentrations. Hourly average ozone data in PNMH shows that in general, the diel of ozone concentrations in the forest site has a statistical significant correlation with the pattern of ozone levels observed in several monitoring sites (smog receptor sites) within the MCMA, although the high elevation O3 levels are relatively lower than those in the urban area (around 2200 m above mean sea level). It is possible that a part of the oxidants in the air masses are removed by sink deposition processes during the air mass transport across the hills. The diel amplitude of ozone concentrations is small in the cold season, increasing as the seasons advance to June. As in the city, the highest ozone concentrations occur in April or May and the lowest levels during the rainy season, which extends from July to September. Episodes of high concentrations occurred mainly during the dry warm months. Most of the year, nocturnal ozone levels were higher than those registered in the urban area due to the PMH altitude. As a great part of the mountain terrain regularly is above the nocturnal mixing layer formed each day on the valley floor, the ozone remanent levels above this layer in the mountains are kept isolated from urban NOx emissions generated at night. An evaluation of the AOT40 indicator shows that the forest zone is under a strong risk due to ozone pollution. A preliminary analysis of several ozone events in the PNMH shows the suppression of the diel peak, suggesting that a stratospheric intrusion of ozone occurs frequently in high-elevation sites surrounding MCMA.

  7. Photoelectron spectroscopy of trisubstituted benzenes: Dichloroiodobenzenes

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    The electronic structure of isomeric dichloroiodobenzenes (C6H3ICl2) has been investigated by HeI/HeII photoelectron spectroscopy. The spectra were assigned by Green's functions calculations and comparison with the spectra of related dichlorobenzenes (C6H4Cl2). The careful analysis of ?-orbital and halogen lone pair ionization energies, enabled us to analyze substituent effects in detail, describing them in terms of resonance, inductive and spin-orbit coupling interactions. The use of several descriptors simultaneously, rather than a single one, appears to be necessary to unravel the effects in polysubstituted benzenes. Our method of analysis is capable of describing substituent effect in detail even in polysubstituted benzenes where kinetic or equilibrium methods become impractical

  8. Impact of neighborhood biomass cooking patterns on episodic high indoor particulate matter concentrations in clean fuel homes in Dhaka, Bangladesh

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    Salje, Henrik; Gurley, Emily S.; Homaira, Nusrat; Ram, Pavani K.; Haque, Rashidul; Petri, William; Moss, William J; Luby, Stephen P.; Breysse, Patrick; Azziz-Baumgartner, Eduardo

    2013-01-01

    Exposure to particulate matter (PM2.5) from the burning of biomass is associated with increased risk of respiratory disease. In Dhaka, Bangladesh, households that do not burn biomass often still experience high concentrations of PM2.5 but the sources remain unexplained. We characterized the diurnal variation in the concentrations of PM2.5 in 257 households and compared the risk of experiencing high PM2.5 concentrations in biomass and non-biomass users. Indoor PM2.5 concentrations were estimat...

  9. Benzene metabolite levels in blood and bone marrow of B6C3F{sub 1} mice after low-level exposure

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    Bechtold, W.E.; Strunk, M.R.; Thornton-Manning, J.R. [and others

    1995-12-01

    Studies at the Inhalation Toxicology Research Institute (ITRI) have explored the species-specific uptake and metabolism of benzene. Results have shown that metabolism is dependent on both dose and route of administration. Of particular interest were shifts in the major metabolic pathways as a function of exposure concentration. In these studies, B6C3F{sub 1} mice were exposed to increasing levels of benzene by either gavage or inhalation. As benzene internal dose increased, the relative amounts of muconic acid and hydroquinone decreased. In contrast, the relative amount of catechol increased with increasing exposure. These results show that the relative levels of toxic metabolites are a function of exposure level. Based on these results and assuming a linear relationship between exposure concentration and levels of bone marrow metabolites, it would be difficult to detect an elevation of any phenolic metabolites above background after occupational exposures to the OSHA Permissible Exposure Limit of 1 ppm benzene.

  10. Separation of benzene and 2H-substituted benzene via potassium reduction

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    Perdeuteriated benzene can be partially separated from mixtures of perdeuteriated benzene and benzene simply by (1) reducing a mixture of C6H6 and C6D6 containing a molar deficient amount of 18-crown-6 (18C6) to the mixture with potassium metal and (2) distillation of the neutral benzenes from the metal-crown-anion radical complex, followed by (3) reoxidation of the anion radical back to the neutral benzenes. These isotopic enrichments are explained in terms of the less-than unity equilibrium constant for the electron transfer [K+(18C6)C6H6/sup /center dot/-/ + C6D6 = K+(18C6)C6D6/sup /center dot/-/ + C6H6]. In this way the differences in the physical properties of an anion radical and a neutral molecule are utilized to separate isotopic mixtures. The differences in the chemical properties can also be used to effect similar separations. This was demonstrated by adding water to a partially reduced mixture of naphthalene and perdeuterionaphthalene. Since the solution electron affinity of the isotopically light material is larger than that of the perdeuteriated material, the water addition results in the formation of dihydronaphthalene and dihydroperdeuterionaphthalene with the ratio [C10H10]/[C10D8H2] being greater than the ratio [C10H8]/[C10D8] in the original mixture

  11. Picosecond coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) study of vibrational dephasing of carbon disulfide and benzene in solution

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    Perry, Joseph W.; Woodward, Anne M.; Stephenson, John C.

    1986-01-01

    The vibrational dephasing of the 656/cm mode (nu1, a1g) of CS2 and the 991/cm mode (nu2, a1g) of benzene have been studied as a function of concentration in mixtures with a number of solvents using a ps time-resolved CARS technique. This technique employs two tunable synchronously-pumped mode-locked dye lasers in a stimulated Raman pump, coherent anti-Stokes Raman probe time-resolved experiment. Results are obtained for CS2 in carbon tetrachloride, benzene, nitrobenzene, and ethanol and for benzene nu2 in CS2. The dephasing rates of CS2 nu1 increase on dilution with the polar solvents and decrease or remain constant on dilution with the nonpolar solvents. The CS2/benzene solutions show a contrasting behavior, with the CS2 nu1 dephasing rate being nearly independent of concentration whereas the benzene nu2 dephasing rate decreases on dilution. These results are compared to theoretical models for vibrational dephasing of polyatomic molecules in solution.

  12. Synthesis of polycationic bentonite-ionene complexes and their benzene adsorption capacity

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    Valquíria, Campos; Celize Maia, Tcacenco.

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this work was to structurally modify clays in order to incorporate water-insoluble molecules, such as petroleum hydrocarbons. The potential for ion exchange of quaternary ammonium salts was studied, which revealed their ability to interact with anions on the cationic surface, for envi [...] ronmental applications of the material. Ionenes, also known as polycations, have many potential uses in environmental applications. In this work, cationic aliphatic ammonium polyionenes, specifically 3,6-ionene and 3,6-dodecylionene, were prepared for incorporation into clay to form bentonite-ionene complexes. The intercalation of bentonite with ionene polymers resulted in an increase in the basal spacing of 3,6-dodecylionene from 1.5-3.5 nm. The higher d001 spacing of 3,6-dodecylionene samples than that of 3,6-ionene samples may be attributed to their longer tail length. The behavior of the TG/DTG curves and the activation energy values suggest that 3,6-dodecylionene (E = 174.85 kJ mol–1) is thermally more stable than 3,6 ionene (E = 115.52 kJ mol–1) complexes. The adsorption of benzene by 3,6-ionene and 3,6-dodecylionene was also investigated. The increase in benzene concentrations resulted in increased benzene adsorption by the sorbents tested in this work. The sorption capacity of benzene on ionene-modified bentonite was in the order of 3,6-dodecylionene > 3,6-ionene.

  13. Bioremediation of benzene-, MTBE- and ammonia-contaminated groundwater with pilot-scale constructed wetlands.

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    Seeger, Eva M; Kuschk, Peter; Fazekas, Helga; Grathwohl, Peter; Kaestner, Matthias

    2011-12-01

    In this pilot-scale constructed wetland (CW) study for treating groundwater contaminated with benzene, MTBE, and ammonia-N, the performance of two types of CWs (a wetland with gravel matrix and a plant root mat) was investigated. Hypothesized stimulative effects of filter material additives (charcoal, iron(III)) on pollutant removal were also tested. Increased contaminant loss was found during summer; the best treatment performance was achieved by the plant root mat. Concentration decrease in the planted gravel filter/plant root mat, respectively, amounted to 81/99% for benzene, 17/82% for MTBE, and 54/41% for ammonia-N at calculated inflow loads of 525/603 mg/m(2)/d, 97/112 mg/m(2)/d, and 1167/1342 mg/m(2)/d for benzene, MTBE, and ammonia-N. Filter additives did not improve contaminant depletion, although sorption processes were observed and elevated iron(II) formation indicated iron reduction. Bacterial and stable isotope analysis provided evidence for microbial benzene degradation in the CW, emphasizing the promising potential of this treatment technique. PMID:21840095

  14. Large nonlinear optical activity from hybrid inorganic–organic films with fluorinated benzene as isolation group

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    Two azo chromophores containing fluorinated benzene and alkyl chain as isolation group were designed and synthesized, respectively, and the corresponding alkoxysilane dyes were obtained by coupling 3-isocyanatopropyltriethoxysilane with the chromophores. The molecular structures were verified by elemental analysis, hydrogen nuclear magnetic resonance, and Fourier transform infrared spectrum. Followed by a sol–gel process of the alkoxysilane dyes, inorganic–organic hybrid films were prepared by spin-coating. After electric poling, these hybrid films show the higher nonlinear optical (NLO) response than their analog containing chromophore DR1. Furthermore, the fluorinated benzene group exhibits better enhanced effect than the flexible alkyl group. The highest NLO coefficients (d33) of the hybrid film containing fluorinated benzene group was determined to be 140.5 pm V?1 at the chromophore concentration of 40%. - Highlights: • Inorganic-organic hybrid films are prepared via sol-gel process of alkoxysilane dyes • Nonlinear optical properties of hybrid films are investigated • Fluorinated benzene group effectively improves the nonlinear optical property

  15. High-Concentration Synthesis of Sub-10-nm Copper Nanoparticles for Application to Conductive Nanoinks.

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    Hokita, Yuki; Kanzaki, Mai; Sugiyama, Tomonori; Arakawa, Ryuichi; Kawasaki, Hideya

    2015-09-01

    A simple, high-concentration (up to 0.6 M Cu salt) synthesis of sub-10-nm copper nanoparticles (Cu NPs) was developed in ethylene glycol at room temperature under ambient air conditions using 1-amino-2-propanol (AmIP) as the stabilizer. Monodispersed AmIP-Cu NPs of 3.5 ± 1.0 nm were synthesized in a high yield of ?90%. Thus, nearly 1 g of sub-10-nm Cu NP powder was obtained using a one-step synthesis for the first time. It is proposed that metallacyclic coordination stability of a five-membered ring type between the Cu and AmIP causes the high binding force of Am IP onto the Cu surface, resulting in the superior stability of the AmIP-Cu NPs in a solution. The purified powder of AmIP-Cu NPs can be redispersed in alcohol-based solvents up to high Cu contents of 45 wt % for the preparation of Cu nanoink. The resistivity of the conductive Cu film obtained from the Cu nanoink was 30 ?? cm after thermal heating at 150 °C for 15 min under a nitrogen flow. The long-term resistance stability of the Cu film under an air atmosphere was also demonstrated. PMID:26287811

  16. Strain Improvement of Streptomyces xanthochromogenes RIA 1098 for Enhanced Pravastatin Production at High Compactin Concentrations.

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    Dzhavakhiya, Vakhtang V; Voinova, Tatiana M; Glagoleva, Elena V; Petukhov, Dmitry V; Ovchinnikov, Alexander I; Kartashov, Maksim I; Kuznetsov, Boris B; Skryabin, Konstantin G

    2015-12-01

    Pravastatin is one of the most popular cholesterol-lowering drugs. Its industrial production represents a two-stage process including the microbial production of compactin and its further biocatalytic conversion to pravastatin. To increase a conversion rate, a higher compactin content in fermentation medium should be used; however, high compactin concentrations inhibit microbial growth. Therefore, the improvement of the compactin resistance of a producer still remains a relevant problem. A multi-step random UV mutagenesis of a Streptomyces xanthochromogenes strain RIA 1098 and the further selection of high-yield compactin-resistant mutants have resulted in a highly productive compactin-resistant strain S 33-1. After the fermentation medium improvement, the maximum bioconversion rate of this strain has reached 91 % at the daily compactin dose equal to 1 g/L and still remained high (83 %) even at the doubled dose (2 g/L). A 1-year study of the mutant strain stability has proved a stable inheritance of its characteristics that provides this strain to be very promising for the pravastatin-producing industry. PMID:26543270

  17. Feasibility of hydroxyl concentration measurements by laser-saturated fluorescence in high-pressure flames.

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    Carter, C D; Salmon, J T; King, G B; Laurendeau, N M

    1987-11-01

    A feasibility study has been performed on the application of laser-saturated fluoresence (LSF) to the measurement of OH concentration in high-pressure flames. Using a numerical model for the collisional dynamics of the OH molecule under nonuniform laser excitation, we have investigated the effect of pressure on the balanced cross-rate model and determined the sensitivity of the depopulation of the laser-coupled levels to the ratio of rate coefficients describing (1) electronic quenching of the vibrational levels for which upsilon'' > 0 and (2) vibrational relaxation from upsilon'' > 0 to upsilon'' = 0. At sufficiently high pressures in near-saturated conditions, the total population of the laser-coupled levels reaches an asymptotic value, which is insensitive to the degree of saturation. When the ratio of electronic quenching is vibrational relaxation is small and the rate coefficients for rotational transfer in the ground and excited electronic states are nearly the same, the balanced cross-rate model remains a good approximation for all pressures. When the above ratio is large, depopulation of the laser-coupled levels becomes significant at high pressures, and thus the balanced crossrate model no longer holds. In these conditions, however, knowledge of the asymptotic value achieved by the laser-coupled levels could be used to correct the balanced cross-rate model and thus allow LSF measurements at sufficiently high pressures. PMID:20523402

  18. Intergranular fracture in irradiated Inconel X-750 containing very high concentrations of helium and hydrogen

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    Judge, Colin D.; Gauquelin, Nicolas; Walters, Lori; Wright, Mike; Cole, James I.; Madden, James; Botton, Gianluigi A.; Griffiths, Malcolm

    2015-02-01

    In recent years, it has been observed that Inconel X-750 spacers in CANDU reactors exhibits lower ductility with reduced load carrying capacity following irradiation in a reactor environment. The fracture behaviour of ex-service material was also found to be entirely intergranular at high doses. The thermalized flux spectrum in a CANDU reactor leads to transmutation of 58Ni to 59Ni. The 59Ni itself has unusually high thermal neutron reaction cross-sections of the type: (n, ?), (n, p), and (n, ?). The latter two reactions, in particular, contribute to a significant enhancement of the atomic displacements in addition to creating high concentrations of hydrogen and helium within the material. Microstructural examinations by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) have confirmed the presence of helium bubbles in the matrix and aligned along grain boundaries and matrix-precipitate interfaces. Helium bubble size and density are found to be highly dependent on the irradiation temperature and material microstructure; the bubbles are larger within grain boundary precipitates. TEM specimens extracted from fracture surfaces and crack tips provide information that is consistent with crack propagation along grain boundaries due to the presence of He bubbles.

  19. High-concentration boron doping of graphene nanoplatelets by simple thermal annealing and their supercapacitive properties

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    Yeom, Da-Young; Jeon, Woojin; Tu, Nguyen Dien Kha; Yeo, So Young; Lee, Sang-Soo; Sung, Bong June; Chang, Hyejung; Lim, Jung Ah; Kim, Heesuk

    2015-05-01

    For the utilization of graphene in various energy storage and conversion applications, it must be synthesized in bulk with reliable and controllable electrical properties. Although nitrogen-doped graphene shows a high doping efficiency, its electrical properties can be easily affected by oxygen and water impurities from the environment. We here report that boron-doped graphene nanoplatelets with desirable electrical properties can be prepared by the simultaneous reduction and boron-doping of graphene oxide (GO) at a high annealing temperature. B-doped graphene nanoplatelets prepared at 1000?°C show a maximum boron concentration of 6.04?±?1.44 at %, which is the highest value among B-doped graphenes prepared using various methods. With well-mixed GO and g-B2O3 as the dopant, highly uniform doping is achieved for potentially gram-scale production. In addition, as a proof-of-concept, highly B-doped graphene nanoplatelets were used as an electrode of an electrochemical double-layer capacitor (EDLC) and showed an excellent specific capacitance value of 448?F/g in an aqueous electrolyte without additional conductive additives. We believe that B-doped graphene nanoplatelets can also be used in other applications such as electrocatalyst and nano-electronics because of their reliable and controllable electrical properties regardless of the outer environment.

  20. Meteorological and Topographic Conditions in the Wintertime Uintah Basin Leading to High Ozone Concentrations

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    Banta, R. M.; Brewer, A.; Martin, R. S.; Schnell, R. C.; Johnson, B.; Petron, G.; Sweeney, C.; Karion, A.; Helmig, D.; Stephens, C. R.; Evans, J.; Senff, C. J.; Sandberg, S.; Weickmann, A.; Hardesty, R. M.; Ahmadov, R.; Roberts, J. M.; Conley, S. A.; Zamora, R. J.

    2013-12-01

    High concentrations of O3 in the Uintah Basin, Utah, during winter have been observed during periods of snow cover in the basin. Low sun angles and the high albedo of snow contribute to very cold surface temperatures and strong static stability, which inhibit vertical mixing and trap pollutants within a very shallow layer near the ground. The pollutants are emitted from a variety of sources related to petroleum extraction in the western part of the basin and natural gas ';fracking' and extraction in the eastern half. These unevenly distributed sources also include several point and area NOX sources distributed around the basin as well. Despite the weakness of the daytime shortwave radiative heating of the snow surface and the daytime heat fluxes, a shallow unstable mixed layer is observed to form, in which pollutants and potential temperature are often observed to be nearly constant with height. Also often observed is an upslope or upvalley daytime flow by NOAA's High Resolution Doppler Lidar (HRDL), which was located in the eastern portion of the basin. At this location, the weak (1-3 m/s) upslope flow was from a westerly direction during daytime. At night, a shallow, weak (1-3 m/s) easterly drainage flow was routinely observed by the lidar. The sloshing of air by the alternating daytime and nighttime flows, along with other weak oscillatory flows in the basin cold pool, had the effect of mingling the pollutants from the various sources, which may have contributed to the highest O3 concentrations.

  1. Chemical accuracy from quantum Monte Carlo for the Benzene Dimer

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    Azadi, Sam

    2015-01-01

    We report an accurate study of interactions between Benzene molecules using variational quantum Monte Carlo (VMC) and diffusion quantum Monte Carlo (DMC) methods. We compare these results with density functional theory (DFT) using different van der Waals (vdW) functionals. In our QMC calculations, we use accurate correlated trial wave functions including three-body Jastrow factors, and backflow transformations. We consider two benzene molecules in the parallel displaced (PD) geometry, and find that by highly optimizing the wave function and introducing more dynamical correlation into the wave function, we compute the weak chemical binding energy between aromatic rings accurately. We find optimal VMC and DMC binding energies of -2.3(4) and -2.7(3) kcal/mol, respectively. The best estimate of the CCSD(T)/CBS limit is -2.65(2) kcal/mol [E. Miliordos et al, J. Phys. Chem. A 118, 7568 (2014)]. Our results indicate that QMC methods give chemical accuracy for weakly bound van der Waals molecular interactions, compar...

  2. Chemical accuracy from quantum Monte Carlo for the benzene dimer

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    Azadi, Sam; Cohen, R. E.

    2015-09-01

    We report an accurate study of interactions between benzene molecules using variational quantum Monte Carlo (VMC) and diffusion quantum Monte Carlo (DMC) methods. We compare these results with density functional theory using different van der Waals functionals. In our quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) calculations, we use accurate correlated trial wave functions including three-body Jastrow factors and backflow transformations. We consider two benzene molecules in the parallel displaced geometry, and find that by highly optimizing the wave function and introducing more dynamical correlation into the wave function, we compute the weak chemical binding energy between aromatic rings accurately. We find optimal VMC and DMC binding energies of -2.3(4) and -2.7(3) kcal/mol, respectively. The best estimate of the coupled-cluster theory through perturbative triplets/complete basis set limit is -2.65(2) kcal/mol [Miliordos et al., J. Phys. Chem. A 118, 7568 (2014)]. Our results indicate that QMC methods give chemical accuracy for weakly bound van der Waals molecular interactions, comparable to results from the best quantum chemistry methods.

  3. Fluorescent carbon nanoparticles synthesized from benzene by electric plasma discharge

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    Chaudhary, R.; Varadarajan, V.; Mohanty, S. K.; Koymen, A. R.

    2011-03-01

    Various allotropes of Carbon nanoparticles (CNP) are emerging as very important building blocks for nanotechnology and biomedical applications due to their unique electronic, optical, mechanical and thermal properties. We report synthesis of crystalline CNPs from benzene using electric plasma discharge method under controlled laboratory environment. With varied electric field, different allotropes of carbon were synthesized as observed under high resolution electron microscope and selected area electron diffraction, optical spectroscopic studies revealed distinct differences between these CNPs. Raman spectroscopy of these CNPs showed a distinct peak at 1330 cm-1 (characteristic of defect band) and another peak at 1600 cm-1 (graphitic band). The ratio of defect to graphitic band was found to increase with increasing voltage between Fe-electrodes. Further, the ratio was altered when CNPs were formed using graphite-electrodes. Fluorescence spectroscopic measurements showed evident blue fluorescence exhibited by CNPs formed at relatively higher voltage between two Fe-electrodes. This was attributed to the increasing Fe-content, as measured by Energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). Addition of exogenous dyes in benzene during synthesis of CNPs using electric plasma discharge led to formation of fluorescent nanotubes. These fluorescent CNPs can be functionalized to target cancer cells for both imaging and targeted photothermal therapy using near-IR laser beam.

  4. Multinomial logistic regression model to assess the levels in trans, trans-muconic acid and inferential-risk age group among benzene-exposed group

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    Mala A; Ravichandran B; Raghavan S; Rajmohan H

    2010-01-01

    There are only a few studies performed on multinomial logistic regression on the benzene-exposed occupational group. A study was carried out to assess the relationship between the benzene concentration and trans-trans-muconic acid (t,t-MA), biomarkers in urine samples from petrol filling workers. A total of 117 workers involved in this occupation were selected for this current study. Generally, logistic regression analysis (LR) is a common statistical technique that could be used to predict t...

  5. Radon measurements in soil to predict indoor radon concentrations in new buildings in an area with unusually high radon levels

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    We investigated the possible correlation between measurements of radon concentrations in soil and indoor radon concentrations. Such a correlation could be used to estimate the radon concentrations to be expected in new buildings, which is important for the evaluation of building plots. For this purpose, we measured the seasonal course of radon concentrations in 41 tubes along two profiles in an area with unusually high radon levels (Umhausen, 2600 inhabitants, Tyrol, Austria). Parallel to the measurements in the tubes, radon concentrations were measured in the basements of 30 houses located within a radius of 15 m around the tubes in July 1992 and in February 1993. Linear correlation analysis was performed to establish the correlation between the indoor measurements and the measurements in the tubes. Measurements of radon concentrations in soil give only limited information about the radon concentrations to be expected in new buildings, and seasonal and local variations make predictions based on spot measurements unreliable

  6. Optical and electrical characterization of high-concentration photovoltaic systems = Caracterización óptica y eléctrica de sistemas fotovoltaicos de alta concentración

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    Domínguez Domínguez, César

    2012-01-01

    The record efficiencies achieved by multijunction (MJ) solar cells have renewed the interest in concentrator photovoltaics (CPV), as the use of high concentration is necessary to reduce the area of these expensive devices and to maximize their efficiency. The promise is a reduction of the cost of the electricity generated as compared to flat plate PV. In order to improve the efficiency of these systems, intensive research is being carried out regarding concentrator cells, optics and integrati...

  7. Setting of French indoor air quality guidelines for chronic exposure to benzene

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    Keirsbulck, Marion; Bonvallot, Nathalie; Mandin, Corinne; Kirchner, Séverine; Dor, Frédéric; Rousselle, Christophe

    2009-01-01

    Indoor air quality guidelines (IAQGs) provide safe levels of indoor pollutant concentrations below which adverse health effects are not expected to occur in the general population, including susceptible groups. The development of French IAQGs has been on-going since 2005 in the framework of the National Environment and Health Action Plan (NEHAP, 2004-2008). According to toxicological and epidemiological data, benzene inhalation leads to acute and chronic effects. For long-term exposure, haema...

  8. Chemical Dosimetry by Chromatography of a Water/Benzene/Phenol Mixture

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    Phenol is produced by subjecting a benzene-saturated water sample to gamma radiation. The concentration of the phenol is proportional to the integrated flux. Chromatographic determination of the phenol in the gaseous phase makes it possible to work with very small quantities of liquid. It is thus possible to make pinpoint measurements, and this constitutes an additional advantage of the method, over and above the greater convenience afforded by chromatography in the gaseous phase. (author)

  9. Treatment of groundwater contaminated with benzene, MTBE, and ammonium by constructed wetlands

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    Seeger, Eva Mareike

    2012-01-01

    In the present thesis, different pilot-scale horizontal subsurface-flow CW types (gravel CWs with different filter composition and a hydroponic plant root mat) have been tested for their potential to remediate groundwater contaminated with benzene, the gasoline additive methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE), and ammonium at a field site. The performance evaluation comprised (i) the determination of contaminant specific removal efficiency based on season-dependent concentration decline, (ii) the inve...

  10. Nitrogen concentration profiles in oxy-nitrited high-speed steel

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    Nuclear microanalysis has been applied for the determination of in-depth concentration profiles of nitrogen in oxy-nitrided high-speed steel. The concentration profiles were deduced from measurements of the nitrogen content, determined by means of the 14N(d,?)12C reaction for the set of initially identical samples after the removal of surface layers of sequentially increasing thicknesses. The 1.2 MeV deuterons were obtained from the Institute of Nuclear Research Van de Graaf accelerator LECH. The ?-particles produced in the 14N(d,?)12C reaction were detected by means of silicon surface barrier detector mounted at 150 deg C. Strong blocking of the nitrogen diffusion due to the presence of oxygen has been observed. The accuracy of nitrogen detection is of the order of 5% for nitrogen-rich regions and 10% for the matrix. However, the local non-uniformity of the steel may cause a spread of about 20% of the measured values. (T.G.)

  11. Crevice Corrosion of Titanium in High Temperature-Concentrated Chloride Environments

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    Abdulsalam, Mohammed I.

    2007-12-01

    Crevice corrosion of titanium is activated in concentrated chloride media at 100 °C. This was possible only with the tightest gap (0.005 cm) between Ti-Ti surfaces. No crevice corrosion was observed with greater gap dimensions. The design of the crevice led to the occurrence of two concentric circular rings of corroded areas, with many pits on them. After potentiostating in the passive region for 5 h in 25% NaCl (pH = 4.7)—where hydrogen evolution is thermodynamically prohibited—hydrogen gas bubbles were observed to egress out of the crevice mouth during ongoing crevice corrosion. This indicates that hydrogen evolution occurs within the crevice. The results are compatible with the occurrence of gradually increasing ohmic potential shift and localized acidification in the crevice electrolyte as judged by the measured gradual increase of the crevice corrosion current. The high acidity of the bulk electrolyte does not seem to be sufficient or even a necessary condition for crevice corrosion to occur.

  12. Fly ash used in solidification of highly concentrated sulfate chemical waste

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    According to the criteria of radiowaste disposal, liquid chemical waste in BWR nuclear power plant is disposed by the processes of concentration, neutralization, and solidification. This project studies the feasibility of fly ash as an alternative in the solidification treatment. A non-radioactive simulate sample solution which contains Na2SO4, MgCl2, NaCl, etc. in total amount of 200 g/1, especially Na2SO4 up to 112 g/1, was prepared for the experiments. Portland cement Type I, Type V, and Portland cement with fly ash in different percentage replacements were mixed well with the sample respectively under the surfactant agent in existing and warming conditions. Compressive strength of the casted specimens were tested after different curing age. Results of laboratory test showed that fly ash used in solidification of highly concentrated sulfate liquid waste has improved quality significantly and saved cost largely. Therefore, a further demonstration test will be conducted at the power plant site. 4 references, 12 figures, 1 table

  13. High Concentrations of Organic Contaminants in Air from Ship Breaking Activities in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

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    Nøst, Therese H; Halse, Anne K; Randall, Scott; Borgen, Anders R; Schlabach, Martin; Paul, Alak; Rahman, Atiqur; Breivik, Knut

    2015-10-01

    The beaches on the coast of Chittagong in Bangladesh are one of the most intense ship breaking areas in the world. The aim of the study was to measure the concentrations of organic contaminants in the air in the city of Chittagong, including the surrounding ship breaking areas using passive air samplers (N = 25). The compounds detected in the highest amounts were the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs), whereas dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethanes (DDTs), hexachlorobenzene (HCB), and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were several orders of magnitude lower in comparison. PCBs, PAHs, and HCB were highest at sites near the ship breaking activities, whereas DDTs and SCCPs were higher in the urban areas. Ship breaking activities likely act as atmospheric emission sources of PCBs, PAHs, and HCB, thus adding to the international emphasis on responsible recycling of ships. Concentrations of PAHs, PCBs, DDTs, HCB, and SCCPs in ambient air in Chittagong are high in comparison to those found in similar studies performed in other parts of Asia. Estimated toxic equivalent quotients indicate elevated human health risks caused by inhalation of PAHs at most sites. PMID:26351879

  14. Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi differentially affect the response to high zinc concentrations of two registered poplar clones

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    The effects of a high concentration of zinc on two registered clones of poplar (Populus alba Villafranca and Populus nigra Jean Pourtet), inoculated or not with two arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (Glomus mosseae or Glomus intraradices) before transplanting them into polluted soil, were investigated, with special regard to the extent of root colonization by the fungi, plant growth, metal accumulation in the different plant organs, and leaf polyamine concentration. Zinc accumulation was lower in Jean Pourtet than in Villafranca poplars, and it was mainly translocated to the leaves; the metal inhibited mycorrhizal colonization, compromised plant growth, and, in Villafranca, altered the putrescine profile in the leaves. Most of these effects were reversed or reduced in plants pre-inoculated with G. mosseae. Results indicate that poplars are suitable for phytoremediation purposes, confirming that mycorrhizal fungi can be useful for phytoremediation, and underscore the importance of appropriate combinations of plant genotypes and fungal symbionts. - Inoculation with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi can improve poplar tolerance to heavy metals in phytoremediation programmes

  15. Highly efficient production of [{sup 18}F]fallypride using small amounts of base concentration

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    Moon, Byung Seok [Department of Nuclear Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seongnam 463-707 (Korea, Republic of); Institute of Radiation Medicine, Seoul National University Medical Research Center, Seoul National University, Seoul 110-744 (Korea, Republic of); Park, Jun Hyung; Lee, Hong Jin; Kim, Ji Sun [Department of Nuclear Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seongnam 463-707 (Korea, Republic of); Kil, Hee Sup; Lee, Byoung Se; Chi, Dae Yoon [Department of Chemistry, Sogang University, Seoul 140-742 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Byung Chul, E-mail: leebc@snu.ac.k [Department of Nuclear Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seongnam 463-707 (Korea, Republic of); Institute of Radiation Medicine, Seoul National University Medical Research Center, Seoul National University, Seoul 110-744 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Yu Kyeong [Department of Nuclear Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seongnam 463-707 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Sang Eun [Department of Nuclear Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seongnam 463-707 (Korea, Republic of); Institute of Radiation Medicine, Seoul National University Medical Research Center, Seoul National University, Seoul 110-744 (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-12-15

    To minimize the base concentration of a phase-transfer catalyst, [{sup 18}F]fluoride was extracted from {sup 18}O-enriched water trapped on an activated ion exchange cartridge (Chromafix) PS-HCO{sub 3}) using different concentrations of tetrabutylammonium bicarbonate (TBAHCO{sub 3}) or Kryptofix 2.2.2./K{sub 2}CO{sub 3} in organic solvents such as CH{sub 3}CN/H{sub 2}O or MeOH/H{sub 2}O. The optimal labeling condition for [{sup 18}F]fallypride with automated synthesis was that 2 mg of tosyl-fallypride in acetonitrile (1 mL) was heated at 100 {sup o}C for 10 min using 40% TBAHCO{sub 3} (10 {mu}L). [{sup 18}F]Fallypride was obtained with a high radiochemical yield of approximately 68{+-}1.6% (decay-corrected, n=42) with a total synthesis time of 51{+-}1.2 min, including HPLC purification and solid-phase purification for the final formulation.

  16. Concentrations of radionuclides in cassava growing in high background radiation area and their transfer

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    The concentrations of several natural radionuclides in common cassava (Manihot esculenta Crantz) growing in Yangjiang County, a high background radiation area in Guangdong Province, and their uptake from soil and distribution in the plant were investigated. The results show that the concentrations of natural uranium and thorium in cassava root are of the order of 10-6 g/kg, and those of radium-226, radium-228, lead-210 and polonium-210 are of the order of 10-11 Ci/kg. The highest level is 9.30 +- 0.30 x 10-11 Ci/kg (lead-210), and the lowest is 3.99 +- 0.20 x 10-11 Ci/kg (radium-226). The levels of natural uranium, thorium, radium-226 and polonium-210 in cassava are below the limits stipulated by the regulations for food hygiene in China, while the lead-210 level approaches the limit. It is noticeable that the highest level of radium-228 is 7.28 +- 1.03 x 10-11 Ci/kg, 10.4 times higher than the limit. The transfer of all he nuclides from soil to different parts of cassava shows a pattern contrary to that of he nuclides in the other regions where uranium-and radium-containing waste water and phosphate fertilizer are used in agriculture

  17. Graphene-modified electrode. Determination of hydrogen peroxide at high concentrations.

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    Terzi, Fabio; Pelliciari, Jonathan; Zanardi, Chiara; Pigani, Laura; Viinikanoja, Antti; Lukkari, Jukka; Seeber, Renato

    2013-04-01

    A gold electrode partially coated by graphene multilayer is developed and tested with respect to high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide. The effective use of conventional electrode materials for the determination of such an analyte by anodic oxidation or cathodic reduction is prevented by the occurrence of adsorptions fouling the electrode surface. This prevents reliable and repeatable voltammetric curves for being recorded and serious problems arise in quantitative analysis via amperometry. The gold-graphene electrode is shown to be effective in quantitative evaluation, by cathodic reduction, of hydrogen peroxide at concentration levels that are of interest in an industrial. Acid, neutral, and basic pH values have been tested through correct adjustment of a Britton Robinson buffer. The experiments have been performed both by cyclic voltammetry and with amperometry at constant potential in unstirred solution. The latter technique has been employed in drawing a calibration linear plot. In particular, the performances of the developed electrode system have been compared with those of both pure gold and pure graphene electrode materials. The bi-component electrode was more sensitive; co-catalytic action by the combination of the two components is hypothesised. The system is stable over many potential cycles, as checked by surface-enhanced Raman spectra recorded over time. PMID:23283286

  18. Kinetics of aggregation and crystallization of polyaspartic Acid stabilized calcium phosphate particles at high concentrations.

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    Krogstad, Daniel V; Wang, Dongbo; Lin-Gibson, Sheng

    2015-05-11

    Bone is an important material to study due to its exceptional mechanical properties and relevance with respect to hard tissue regeneration and repair. A significant effort has been directed toward understanding the bone formation process and the production of synthetic bone mimicking materials. Here, the formation and structural evolution of calcium phosphate (CaP) was investigated in the presence of relatively high concentrations of calcium, phosphate, and polyaspartic acid (pAsp) using dynamic light scattering (DLS) and cryo-transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM). The incipient CaP aggregates were comprised of spherical nanoparticles (diameter ? 3-4 nm); they became preferentially aligned over time and eventually transformed into nanorods. The nanorods remained stable in suspension with no signs of further aggregation for at least four months. Detailed cryo-TEM suggested that the CaP nanorods formed through an oriented attachment mechanism. These results show that the reaction concentration greatly influences the mechanism and final properties of CaP. Mechanistic insights gained from this study will facilitate better design and fabrication of bioinspired materials. PMID:25901665

  19. High concentration tritium gas measurement with small volume ionization chambers for fusion fuel gas monitors

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    To apply ionization chambers to fusion fuel gas processing systems, high concentration tritium gas was experimentally measured with small volume 0.16 and 21.6 cm3 ionization chambers. From plateau curves, the optimum electric field strength was obtained as 100?200 V/cm. Detection efficiency was confirmed as dependent on the ionization ability of the filled gas, and moreover on its stopping power, because when the range of the ?-rays was shortened, the probability of energy loss by collisions with the electrode and chamber wall increased. Loss of ions by recombination was prevented by using a small volume ionization chamber. For example the 0.16 cm3 ionization chamber gave measurement with linearity to above 40% tritium gas. After the tritium gas measurements, the concentration levels inside the chamber were estimated from their memory currents. Although more than 1/4,000 of the maximum, current was observed as a memory effect, the smaller ionization chamber gave a smaller memory effect. (author)

  20. High content analysis at single cell level identifies different cellular responses dependent on nanomaterial concentrations

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    Manshian, Bella B.; Munck, Sebastian; Agostinis, Patrizia; Himmelreich, Uwe; Soenen, Stefaan J.

    2015-09-01

    A mechanistic understanding of nanomaterial (NM) interaction with biological environments is pivotal for the safe transition from basic science to applied nanomedicine. NM exposure results in varying levels of internalized NM in different neighboring cells, due to variances in cell size, cell cycle phase and NM agglomeration. Using high-content analysis, we investigated the cytotoxic effects of fluorescent quantum dots on cultured cells, where all effects were correlated with the concentration of NMs at the single cell level. Upon binning the single cell data into different categories related to NM concentration, this study demonstrates, for the first time, that quantum dots activate both cytoprotective and cytotoxic mechanisms, resulting in a zero net result on the overall cell population, yet with significant effects in cells with higher cellular NM levels. Our results suggest that future NM cytotoxicity studies should correlate NM toxicity with cellular NM numbers on the single cell level, as conflicting mechanisms in particular cell subpopulations are commonly overlooked using classical toxicological methods.

  1. Highly concentrated emulsified microemulsions as solvent-free plant protection formulations.

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    Engelskirchen, Sandra; Maurer, Reinhard; Levy, Tatjana; Berghaus, Rainer; Auweter, Helmut; Glatter, Otto

    2012-12-15

    Effective plant protection agents are readily available and well implemented in industry. However, delivery to the plant and application on the leaf are processes that still need to be optimized. Up to now plant protection formulations represent either emulsion or suspension concentrates that often contain environmentally harmful organic solvents and/or adjuvants. Emulsified microemulsions are hierarchically organized systems comprising emulsion droplets that confine a water-in-oil microemulsion. In the present contribution we show that emulsified microemulsions prepared from environmentally friendly components can be loaded with the plant-protection agent Fenpropimorph® up to 48 wt.% without organic solvent. The emulsion itself is highly concentrated, containing 60 wt.% of dispersed phase, and can be readily diluted with water for spraying in farming applications. Small-angle X-ray measurements reveal the existence of a water-in-Fenpropimorph® microemulsion confined inside the emulsion droplets. Dynamic light scattering shows that the emulsions prepared are monomodal, comprising droplet radii in the hundred nanometer range. PMID:23010322

  2. Bottom-Up Cost Analysis of a High Concentration PV Module; NREL (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

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    Horowitz, K.; Woodhouse, M.; Lee, H.; Smestad, G.

    2015-04-13

    We present a bottom-up model of III-V multi-junction cells, as well as a high concentration PV (HCPV) module. We calculate $0.65/Wp(DC) manufacturing costs for our model HCPV module design with today’s capabilities, and find that reducing cell costs and increasing module efficiency offer the promising pathways for future cost reductions. Cell costs could be significantly reduced via an increase in manufacturing scale, substrate reuse, and improved manufacturing yields. We also identify several other significant drivers of HCPV module costs, including the Fresnel lens primary optic, module housing, thermal management, and the receiver board. These costs could potentially be lowered by employing innovative module designs.

  3. Self-compensated microstructure fiber optic sensor to detect high hydrogen concentration.

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    Tang, Shuijing; Zhang, Bo; Li, Zhi; Dai, Jixiang; Wang, Gaopeng; Yang, Minghong

    2015-08-24

    Dual-cavity microstructure fiber optic hydrogen sensor based on evaporated Pt/WO3 film was proposed and experimentally explored in this paper, which provides a novel solution to detect high hydrogen concentration (10-30% H2). Dual-cavity microstructure fabricated by splicer is composed of an inner air-cavity and a collapsed photonic crystal fiber cavity. The proposed sensor has the advantages of miniature structure, stable configuration, low cost. Based on three-beam interference model and verification experiments, the compensation function to the fluctuation of light source and fiber loss is proved from the theoretical simulation and experimental investigation. The sensor has a short response time (1min), good repeatability and reliability. Besides, the change of temperature affects the response value of the hydrogen sensor, but the impact can be neglected in 10-30% H2. PMID:26368250

  4. Vitrification of the high-activity liquid waste concentrates (HAWC) of WAK - a story of success

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    A main precondition of the WAK deconstruction and waste disposal was the vitrification of the high-activity liquid waste concentrates (HAWC). The vitrification plant VEK was built in 2000-2006. After licensing the vitrification plant started operation in 2009. After a short operation phase of only 9 month the successful immobilization of HAWC was finalized in 2010. The VEK produced 123 vitrified coquilles. The fluids from the flushing process following the HAWC-vitrification aimed to reduce the radioactive inventory in the plant were also vitrified. After the last 17 coquilles from the flushing process the melting furnace was shut down. The authors describe the operation of VEK, the operational phases of the melt furnace, glass production control and coquilles specification, and packaging in CASTOR casks for the interim storage in the interim storage facility Nord (ZLN).

  5. Phase volume holograms in PMMA layers under high concentration of phenanthrenequinone

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    Mahilny, U. V.; Marmysh, D. N.; Stankevich, A. I.; Tolstik, A. L.; Matusevich, V.; Kowarschik, R.

    2006-05-01

    We demonstrate a possibility to write efficient and thermally stable volume holographic gratings in a glassy polymer material based on PMMA and phenanthrenequinone with layers prepared by casting the liquid solution of ingredients on a substrate and drying to a solid state. A high concentration of phenanthrenequinone (up to 4 mol.%) makes it possible to use photosensitive layers of lower thicknesses (50 - 180 ?m) for the recording of efficient holographic gratings. The exposing is followed by a thermal amplification of the grating due to diffusion of residual phenanthrenequinone molecules and fixation by an incoherent optical illumination. We present experimental temporal curves of the refractive index modulation and diffraction efficiency both under the exposure and the heating process. The behavior of the gratings under temperatures up to 140°C has been studied.

  6. High dielectric permittivity elastomers from well-dispersed expanded graphite in low concentrations

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    Daugaard, Anders Egede; Hassouneh, Suzan Sager

    2013-01-01

    The development of elastomer materials with a high dielectric permittivity has attracted increased interest over the last years due to their use in for example dielectric electroactive polymers. For this particular use, both the electrically insulating properties - as well as the mechanical properties of the elastomer - have to be tightly controlled in order not to destroy favorable elastic properties by the addition of particles. In the following, expanded graphite in low concentrations (up to 5 wt%) are investigated as a possible candidate as filler materials in very soft elastomers, which by the addition of traditional fillers in the necessary amounts would either lose their stability or their softness. Furthermore the influence of several mixing procedures on the electrical and mechanical properties is investigated. © 2013 SPIE.

  7. High concentrations of biological aerosol particles and ice nuclei during and after rain

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    Huffman, J. A.; Prenni, A. J.; DeMott, P. J.; Pöhlker, C.; Mason, R. H.; Robinson, N. H.; Fröhlich-Nowoisky, J.; Tobo, Y.; Després, V. R.; Garcia, E.; Gochis, D. J.; Harris, E.; Müller-Germann, I.; Ruzene, C.; Schmer, B.; Sinha, B.; Day, D. A.; Andreae, M. O.; Jimenez, J. L.; Gallagher, M.; Kreidenweis, S. M.; Bertram, A. K.; Pöschl, U.

    2013-07-01

    Bioaerosols are relevant for public health and may play an important role in the climate system, but their atmospheric abundance, properties, and sources are not well understood. Here we show that the concentration of airborne biological particles in a North American forest ecosystem increases significantly during rain and that bioparticles are closely correlated with atmospheric ice nuclei (IN). The greatest increase of bioparticles and IN occurred in the size range of 2-6 ?m, which is characteristic for bacterial aggregates and fungal spores. By DNA analysis we found high diversities of airborne bacteria and fungi, including groups containing human and plant pathogens (mildew, smut and rust fungi, molds, Enterobacteriaceae, Pseudomonadaceae). In addition to detecting known bacterial and fungal IN (Pseudomonas sp., Fusarium sporotrichioides), we discovered two species of IN-active fungi that were not previously known as biological ice nucleators (Isaria farinosa and Acremonium implicatum). Our findings suggest that atmospheric bioaerosols, IN, and rainfall are more tightly coupled than previously assumed.

  8. Phosphorus fate and transport in soil columns loaded intermittently with influent of high phosphorus concentrations.

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    Zhang, Tian C; Dahab, Mohamed F; Nunes, Germana S; Hu, Cong; Surampalli, Rao

    2007-10-01

    In this study, several columns of different lengths were filled with composite soils sampled from the field at corresponding depths and then loaded intermittently with influent of a high phosphorus concentration to evaluate phosphorus fate and transport in soil. The results indicate that the height of the mass transfer zone, solvent pore velocity, and soil's life expectancy for phosphorus removal increased with depth, while the retained phosphorus per kilogram of soil and the linear adsorption equilibrium coefficient, R, decreased with depth. An equation was developed to link liquid-phase phosphorus with solvent traveling time and soil depth. The results of X-ray diffraction and washout tests indicate that calcium-phosphorus precipitation and/or crystal growth occurred in the columns. The new protocol is useful for evaluation of phosphorus fate and transport in other subsurface systems, because it allows flexible adjustments in hydraulic loadings, feed solution, and sampling schemes. PMID:17966702

  9. Rapid concentration and high pressure liquid chromatographic determination of atrazine and simazine herbicides in water

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    A simple fast method for extracting and concentrating atrazine and simazine in water using C18 sep-pakTm cartridges (Waters Association Inc., Milford, Massachuaetts) and subsequent determination of the herbicides using reversed-phase high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) has been developed. A 500 ml water sample containing atrazine and simazine was passed through a C18 sep-pak cartridge and the absorbed herbicides eluted with dichloromethane. After evaporation of the solvent, atrazine and simazine were determined using reversed-phase HPLC. An utraviolet(UV) detector at a wavelength of 230 nm or 254 nm was used to detect two herbicides. Detection limits of 1ppb and 4ppb were reached with the wavelengths 230nm and 254 nm respectively. (author)

  10. Formulation and make-up of simulated concentrated water, high ionic content aqueous solution

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    Gdowski, G.

    1997-04-04

    This procedure describes the formulation and make-up of Simulated Concentrated Water (SCW), a high-ionic-content water to be used for Activity E-20-50 Long-Term Corrosion Studies. This water has an ionic content which is nominally a factor of a thousand higher than that of representative waters at or near Yucca Mountain. Representative waters were chosen as J-13 well water [Harrar, 1990] and perched water at Yucca Mountain [Glassley, 1996]. J-13 well water is obtained from ground water that is in contact with the Topopah Spring tuff, which is the repository horizon rock. The perched water is located in the Topopah Spring tuff, but below the repository horizon and above the water table. A nominal thousand times higher ionic content was chosen to simulate the water that would result from the wetting of salts which have been previously deposited on a container surface.

  11. Improved high temperature solar absorbers for use in Concentrating Solar Power central receiver applications.

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    Stechel, Ellen Beth; Ambrosini, Andrea; Hall, Aaron Christopher; Lambert, Timothy L.; Staiger, Chad Lynn; Bencomo, Marlene

    2010-09-01

    Concentrating solar power (CSP) systems use solar absorbers to convert the heat from sunlight to electric power. Increased operating temperatures are necessary to lower the cost of solar-generated electricity by improving efficiencies and reducing thermal energy storage costs. Durable new materials are needed to cope with operating temperatures >600 C. The current coating technology (Pyromark High Temperature paint) has a solar absorptance in excess of 0.95 but a thermal emittance greater than 0.8, which results in large thermal losses at high temperatures. In addition, because solar receivers operate in air, these coatings have long term stability issues that add to the operating costs of CSP facilities. Ideal absorbers must have high solar absorptance (>0.95) and low thermal emittance (<0.05) in the IR region, be stable in air, and be low-cost and readily manufacturable. We propose to utilize solution-based synthesis techniques to prepare intrinsic absorbers for use in central receiver applications.

  12. Intergranular fracture in irradiated Inconel X-750 containing very high concentrations of helium and hydrogen

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    Judge, Colin D. [Atomic Energy of Canada, Limited, Chalk River, ON (Canada); Gauquelin, Nicolas [McMaster Univ., Hamilton, ON (Canada); Walters, Lori [Atomic Energy of Canada, Limited, Chalk River, ON (Canada); Wright, Mike [Atomic Energy of Canada, Limited, Chalk River, ON (Canada); Cole, James I. [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Madden, James [Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Botton, Gianluigi A. [McMaster Univ., Hamilton, ON (Canada); Griffiths, Malcolm [Atomic Energy of Canada, Limited, Chalk River, ON (Canada)

    2015-02-01

    In recent years, it has been determined that Inconel X-750 CANDU spacers have lost strength and material ductility following irradiation in reactor. The irradiated fracture behaviour of ex-service material was also found to be entirely intergranular. The heavily thermalized flux spectrum in a CANDU reactor results in transmutation of 58Ni to 59Ni. The 59Ni itself has unusually high thermal neutron reaction cross-sections of the type: (n, ?), (n, p), and (n,?). The latter two reactions, in particular, contribute to a significant enhancement of the atomic displacements in addition to creating high concentrations of hydrogen and helium within the material. Metallographic examinations by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) have confirmed the presence of helium bubbles in the matrix and aligned along grain boundaries and matrix-precipitate interfaces. He bubble size and density are found to be highly dependent on the irradiation temperature and material microstructure; the bubbles are larger within grain boundary precipitates. TEM specimens extracted from fracture surfaces and crack tips give direct evidence linking crack propagation with grain boundary He bubbles.

  13. High concentrations of KCl release noradrenaline from noradrenergic neurons in the rat anococcygeus muscle

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    C.B.L. Araujo

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of high concentrations of KCl in releasing noradrenaline from sympathetic nerves and its actions on postsynaptic alpha-adrenoceptors. We measured the isotonic contractions induced by KCl in the isolated rat anococcygeus muscle under different experimental conditions. The contractile responses induced by KCl were inhibited by alpha-adrenoceptor antagonists in 2.5 mM Ca2+ solution. Prazosin reduced the maximum effect from 100 to 53.9 ± 10.2% (P<0.05 while the pD2 values were not changed. The contractile responses induced by KCl were abolished by prazosin in Ca2+-free solution (P<0.05. Treatment of the rats with reserpine reduced the maximum effect induced by KCl as compared to the contractile responses induced by acetylcholine from 339.5 ± 157.8 to 167.3 ± 65.5% (P<0.05, and increased the pD2 from 1.57 ± 0.01 to 1.65 ± 0.006 (P<0.05, but abolished the inhibitory effect of prazosin (P<0.05. In contrast, L-NAME increased the contractile responses induced by 120 mM KCl by 6.2 ± 2.3% (P<0.05, indicating that KCl could stimulate the neurons that release nitric oxide, an inhibitory component of the contractile response induced by KCl. Our results indicate that high concentrations of KCl induce the release of noradrenaline from noradrenergic neurons, which interacts with alpha1-adrenoceptors in smooth muscle cells, producing a contractile response in 2.5 mM Ca2+ (100% and in Ca2+-free solution, part of which is due to a direct effect of KCl on the rat anococcygeus muscle.

  14. Formation of calcium phosphates by vapour diffusion in highly concentrated ionic micro-droplets

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    Iafisco, M. [Alma Mater Studiorum Universita di Bologna, Dipartimento di Chimica ' ' G. Ciamician' ' , Via Selmi 2, 40126 Bologna (Italy); Universita del Piemonte Orientale, Dipartimento di Scienze Mediche, Via Solaroli 4, 28100 Novara (Italy); Delgado-Lopez, J.M.; Gomez-Morales, J.; Hernandez-Hernandez, M.A.; Rodriguez-Ruiz, I. [Laboratorio de Estudios Cristalograficos, IACT CSIC-UGR, Edificio Lopez Neyra, Avenida del Conocimiento, s/n 18100 Armilla (Spain); Roveri, N. [Alma Mater Studiorum Universita di Bologna, Dipartimento di Chimica ' ' G. Ciamician' ' , Via Selmi 2, 40126 Bologna (Italy)

    2011-08-15

    In this work we have used the sitting drop vapour diffusion technique, employing the ''crystallization mushroom '' to analyze the evolution of calcium phosphate crystallization in micro-droplets containing high initial concentrations of Ca{sup 2+} and HPO{sub 4}{sup 2-}. The decomposition of NH{sub 4}HCO{sub 3} solution produces vapours of NH{sub 3} and CO{sub 2} which diffuse through the droplets containing an aqueous solution of Ca(CH{sub 3}COO){sub 2} and (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}HPO{sub 4}. The result is the increase of pH by means of the diffusion of NH{sub 3} gas and the doping of the calcium phosphate with CO{sub 3}{sup 2-} ions by means of the diffusion of CO{sub 2} gas. The pH of the crystallization process is monitored and the precipitates at different times are characterized by XRD, FTIR, TGA, SEM and TEM techniques. The slow increase of pH and the high concentration of Ca{sup 2+} and HPO{sub 4}{sup 2-} in the droplets induce the crystallization of three calcium phosphate phases: dicalcium phosphate dihydrate (DCPD, brushite), octacalcium phosphate (OCP) and carbonate-hydroxyapatite (HA). The amount of HA nanocrystals with needle-like morphology and dimensions of about 100 nm, closely resembling the inorganic phase of bones, gradually increases, with the precipitation time up to 7 days, whereas the amount of DCPD, growing along the b axis, increases up to 3 days. Then, DCDP crystals start to hydrolyze yielding OCP nanoribbons and HA nanocrystals. (copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  15. The molecular mechanisms of liver and islets of Langerhans toxicity by benzene and its metabolite hydroquinone in vivo and in vitro.

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    Bahadar, Haji; Maqbool, Faheem; Mostafalou, Sara; Baeeri, Maryam; Gholami, Mahdi; Ghafour-Boroujerdi, Elmira; Abdollahi, Mohammad

    2015-10-01

    Benzene (C6H6) is one of the most commonly used industrial chemicals causing environmental pollution. This study aimed to examine the effect of benzene and its metabolite hydroquinone on glucose regulating organs, liver and pancreas, and to reveal the involved toxic mechanisms, in rats. In the in vivo part, benzene was dissolved in corn oil and administered through intragastric route at doses of 200, 400 and 800?mg/kg/day, for 4 weeks. And, in the in vitro part, toxic mechanisms responsible for weakening the antioxidant system in islets of Langerhans by hydroquinone at different concentrations (0.25, 0.5 and 1?mM), were revealed. Benzene exposure raised the activity of phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase (PEPCK), glucose 6-phosphatase (G6Pase) enzymes and increased fasting blood sugar (FBS) in comparison to control animals. Also, the activity of hepatic glucokinase (GK) was decreased significantly. Along with, a significant increase was observed in hepatic tumor necrosis factor (TNF-?) and plasma insulin in benzene treated rats. Moreover, benzene caused a significant rise in hepatic lipid peroxidation, DNA damage and oxidation of proteins. In islets of Langerhans, hydroquinone was found to decrease the capability of antioxidant system to fight free radicals. Also, the level of death proteases (caspase 3 and caspase 9) was found higher in hydroquinone exposed islets. The current study demonstrated that benzene and hydroquinone causes toxic effects on liver and pancreatic islets by causing oxidative impairment. PMID:26056850

  16. Development and impact of hooks of high droplet concentration on remote southeast Pacific stratocumulus

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    R. C. George

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available Over the southeastern Pacific (SEP, droplet concentration (Nd in the typically unpolluted marine stratocumulus west of 80° W (> 1000 km offshore is periodically strongly enhanced in zonally elongated "hook"-shaped features that increase albedo. Here, we examine three hook events using the chemistry version of the Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF-Chem with 14 km horizontal resolution, satellite data, and aircraft data from the VAMOS Ocean-Cloud-Atmosphere-Land Study Regional Experiment (VOCALS-REx. A particularly strong hook yields insights into the development, decay, and radiative impact of these features. Hook development occurs with Nd increasing to polluted levels over the remote ocean primarily due to entrainment of cloud condensation nuclei (CCN from the lower free troposphere (FT. The feature advects northwestward until the FT CCN source is depleted, after which Nd decreases over a few days due to precipitation and dilution. The model suggests that the FT CCN source supplying the hook consists of high concentrations of small accumulation-mode aerosols that contribute a relatively small amount of aerosol mass to the MBL, in agreement with near-coast VOCALS measurements of polluted layers in the FT. The aerosol particles in this hook originate mainly from a pulse of offshore flow that transports Santiago-region (33–35° S emissions to the remote marine FT. To provide pollution CCN that can sustain hooks, the FT transport of pollution plumes to the remote ocean requires strong, deep offshore flow. Such flow is favored by a trough approaching the South American coast and a southeastward shift of the climatological subtropical high-pressure system. The model simulations show precipitation suppression in the hook and a corresponding increase in liquid water path (LWP compared with a simulation without anthropogenic sources. LWP also increases as the hook evolves over time due to increasing stability and decreasing subsidence. WRF-Chem suggests that dimethyl sulfide (DMS significantly influences the aerosol number and size distributions in a hook, but that hooks do not form without FT CCN. The Twomey effect contributes ~ 50–70% of the albedo increase due to the presence of the hook, while secondary aerosol indirect effects and meteorological influences also contribute significantly. The source of hook aerosols is difficult to determine with the available observations alone. The model provides further explanation of the factors influencing hook formation. Two other weaker hooks during VOCALS-REx are not as well simulated but are also associated with FT offshore flow near Santiago. Hooks demonstrate the importance of free-tropospheric transport of aerosols in modulating the droplet concentration in the southeastern Pacific stratocumulus deck, and present a formidable challenge to simulate accurately in large-scale models.

  17. Benzene exposure: An overview of monitoring methods and their findings

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    2010-01-01

    Benzene has been measured throughout the environment and is commonly emitted in several industrial and transportation settings leading to widespread environmental and occupational exposures. Inhalation is the most common exposure route but benzene rapidly penetrates the skin and can contaminant water and food resulting in dermal and ingestion exposures. While less toxic solvents have been substituted for benzene, it still is a component of petroleum products, including gasoline, and is a trac...

  18. The solubilities of benzene polycarboxylic acids in water

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    Apelblat, Alexander [Department of Chemical Engineering, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, P.O. Box 653, Beer Sheva 84105 (Israel)]. E-mail: apelblat@bgu.ac.il; Manzurola, Emanuel [Department of Chemical Engineering, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, P.O. Box 653, Beer Sheva 84105 (Israel); Abo Balal, Nazmia [Negev Academic College of Engineering, Beer Sheva (Israel)

    2006-05-15

    The solubilities in water of all benzene polycarboxylic acids are discussed, using data determined in this work (benzoic, terephthalic, trimellitic, trimesic, and pyromellitic acids) and available from the literature (benzoic, phthalic, isophthalic, terephthalic, hemimellitic, trimelitic, trimesic, mellophanic, prehnitic, pyromellitic, benzene-pentacarboxylic and mellitic acids). The apparent molar enthalpies of solution at the saturation point for these benzene polycarboxylic acids were determined from the temperature dependence of the solubilities.

  19. The solubilities of benzene polycarboxylic acids in water

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    The solubilities in water of all benzene polycarboxylic acids are discussed, using data determined in this work (benzoic, terephthalic, trimellitic, trimesic, and pyromellitic acids) and available from the literature (benzoic, phthalic, isophthalic, terephthalic, hemimellitic, trimelitic, trimesic, mellophanic, prehnitic, pyromellitic, benzene-pentacarboxylic and mellitic acids). The apparent molar enthalpies of solution at the saturation point for these benzene polycarboxylic acids were determined from the temperature dependence of the solubilities

  20. Fibrinogen and thrombin concentrations are critical for fibrin glue adherence in rat high-risk colon anastomoses

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    Eliseo Portilla-de, Buen; Abel, Orozco-Mosqueda; Caridad, Leal-Cortés; Gonzalo, Vázquez-Camacho; Clotilde, Fuentes-Orozco; Andrea Socorro, Alvarez-Villaseñor; Michel Dassaejv, Macías-Amezcua; Alejandro, González-Ojeda.

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Fibrin glues have not been consistently successful in preventing the dehiscence of high-risk colonic anastomoses. Fibrinogen and thrombin concentrations in glues determine their ability to function as sealants, healers, and/or adhesives. The objective of the current study was to compare [...] the effects of different concentrations of fibrinogen and thrombin on bursting pressure, leaks, dehiscence, and morphology of high-risk ischemic colonic anastomoses using fibrin glue in rats. METHODS: Colonic anastomoses in adult female Sprague-Dawley rats (weight, 250-350 g) treated with fibrin glue containing different concentrations of fibrinogen and thrombin were evaluated at post-operative day 5. The interventions were low-risk (normal) or high-risk (ischemic) end-to-end colonic anastomoses using polypropylene sutures and topical application of fibrinogen at high (120 mg/mL) or low (40 mg/mL) concentrations and thrombin at high (1000 IU/mL) or low (500 IU/mL) concentrations. RESULTS: Ischemia alone, anastomosis alone, or both together reduced the bursting pressure. Glues containing a low fibrinogen concentration improved this parameter in all cases. High thrombin in combination with low fibrinogen also improved adherence exclusively in low-risk anastomoses. No differences were detected with respect to macroscopic parameters, histopathology, or hydroxyproline content at 5 days post-anastomosis. CONCLUSIONS: Fibrin glue with a low fibrinogen content normalizes the bursting pressure of high-risk ischemic left-colon anastomoses in rats at day 5 after surgery.

  1. Solution self-assembly of the sophorolipid biosurfactant and its mixture with anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate.

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    Penfold, J.; Chen, M.; Thomas, RK; Dong, C.; Smyth, TJ; Perfumo, A; Marchant, R.; Banat, IM; Stevenson, P.; Parry, A; Tucker, I.; Grillo, I.

    2011-01-01

    The self-assembly in aqueous solution of the acidic (AS) and lactonic (LS) forms of the sophorolipid biosurfactant, their mixtures, and their mixtures with anionic surfactant sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate, LAS, has been studied using predominantly small-angle neutron scattering, SANS, at relatively low surfactant concentrations of

  2. THE INFLUENCE OF HIGH Cd CONCENTRATIONS ON WINTER WHEAT (Triticum aestivum L. AND CANOLA (Brassica napus L. ETIOLATED SHOOTS

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    Kolesnichenko V.V.

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available The influence of high CdCl2 concentrations on winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L. and canola (Brassica napus L. etiolated shoots was studied. It is shown that if in canola high Cd concentrations caused full inhibition of weight and length increase of shoots, in wheat these Cd concentrations caused less effect. The influence of high Cd concentrations on lipid peroxidation in wheat in canola differs too. If in canola Cd treatment caused the increase of lipid peroxidation rate, in wheat in most wariants this treatment caused the decrease of lipid peroxidation rate. The very high peroxidase activity in wheat may be an important part of Cd-resistance mechanism in wheat shoots.

  3. Miniaturized, High Flow, Low Dead Volume Pre-Concentrator for Trace Contaminants in Water under Microgravity Conditions Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Thorleaf Research, Inc. proposes to develop a miniaturized high flow, low dead-volume pre-concentrator for monitoring trace levels of contaminants in water under...

  4. Absorption of high-purity glasses with different concentrations of Fe3+ colored by gamma radiation

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    This paper determines the charge state of the electron and hole color centers producing the additional absorption bands (AA) in silicate glasses subjected to gamma irradiation and determines the absorption cross sections and the absolute concentrations of these centers. All the measurements were made on specially synthesized glasses of high purity. The signs of the trapped carriers and the absorption cross section of the hole color centers (CC) were determined using a polyvalent additive of F3+. The glasses were subjected to gamma irradiation at doses of 104-2.107 rd at room temperature. Neutral or oxidizing synthesis conditions were provided by bubbling nitrogen or oxygen through the glass melt. Four bands appear in the additional absorption spectrum after the radiation coloring of sodium calcium silicate glasses of high purity synthesized under neutral and oxidizing conditions. In both industrial and the particularly pure experimental glasses the kinetics and magnitude of the radiation-induced absorption are largely determined by the radiation reduction of the trivalent iron in the glass

  5. Improvement in mechanical properties of high concentration particle doped thermoset composites

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    The paper relates to high concentration particle doped composites based on thermosetting polymer systems in which the sequential addition of particles of certain size distribution is followed by curing and casting of the slurry to form a thermoset composite. Conventionally, at a threshold of beyond 90% of particles by weight of the polymer using triglyceride, the mechanical properties of the composite exhibit a sharp decline. The present research mitigates this behavior by incorporating a unique combination of cross-linking agents in the base polymer to impart exceptional mechanical properties to the composite. More specifically, the base polymer consists of butadiene, with triglyceride as cross-linking agent together with hydroxy-alkane as the chain extension precursors, when tune to the appropriate level of hard segment ratio in the polymer. An added advantage according to the present work resides in the analytical nature of butadiene pre-polymer as opposed to natural product; traditional composites based on natural sources are hampered by their inconsistent chemical composition and poor shelf life in the fabricated composite. The thermoset composite according the present research exhibits superior tensile strength (200-300 psi) properties using particle loading as high as 92% by weight of the fabricated composite as measured on a Tinius Olsen machine. Dynamic Mechanical Testing reveals interesting combination of storage and loss moduli in the fabricated specimens as a function of optimizing the thermal response of the viscoelastic composite to imposed vibration loading. (author)

  6. High Concentration of Zinc in Sub-retinal Pigment Epithelial Deposits

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    One of the hallmarks of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in the elderly in Western societies, is the accumulation of sub-retinal pigment epithelial deposits (sub-RPE deposits), including drusen and basal laminar deposits, in Bruch's membrane (BM). The nature and the underlying mechanisms of this deposit formation are not fully understood. Because we know that zinc contributes to deposit formation in neurodegenerative diseases, we tested the hypothesis that zinc might be involved in deposit formation in AMD. Using zinc specific fluorescent probes and microprobe synchrotron X-ray fluorescence we showed that sub-RPE deposits in post-mortem human tissues contain unexpectedly high concentrations of zinc, including abundant bio-available (ionic and/or loosely protein bound) ions. Zinc accumulation was especially high in the maculae of eyes with AMD. Internal deposit structures are especially enriched in bio-available zinc. Based on the evidence provided here we suggest that zinc plays a role in sub-RPE deposit formation in the aging human eye and possibly also in the development and/or progression of AMD

  7. High Concentration of Zinc in Sub-retinal Pigment Epithelial Deposits

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    Lengyel,I.; Flinn, J.; Peto, T.; Linkous, D.; Cano, K.; Bird, A.; Lanzirotti, A.; Frederickson, C.; van Kuijk, F.

    2007-01-01

    One of the hallmarks of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in the elderly in Western societies, is the accumulation of sub-retinal pigment epithelial deposits (sub-RPE deposits), including drusen and basal laminar deposits, in Bruch's membrane (BM). The nature and the underlying mechanisms of this deposit formation are not fully understood. Because we know that zinc contributes to deposit formation in neurodegenerative diseases, we tested the hypothesis that zinc might be involved in deposit formation in AMD. Using zinc specific fluorescent probes and microprobe synchrotron X-ray fluorescence we showed that sub-RPE deposits in post-mortem human tissues contain unexpectedly high concentrations of zinc, including abundant bio-available (ionic and/or loosely protein bound) ions. Zinc accumulation was especially high in the maculae of eyes with AMD. Internal deposit structures are especially enriched in bio-available zinc. Based on the evidence provided here we suggest that zinc plays a role in sub-RPE deposit formation in the aging human eye and possibly also in the development and/or progression of AMD.

  8. Effects of high glucose concentrations on the endothelial function of the renal microcirculation of rabbits

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    Affonso Filipe de Souza

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To assess the acute effects of high glucose concentrations on vascular reactivity in the isolated non diabetic rabbit kidney. METHODS: Rabbits were anaesthetized for isolation of the kidneys. Renal arteries and veins were cannulated for perfusion with Krebs-Henselleit solution and measurement of perfusion pressure. After 3 hours of perfusion with glucose 5,5 mM (control and 15 mM, the circulation was submitted to sub maximal precontraction (80% of maximal response trough continuous infusion of noradrenaline 10 mM. Vascular reactivity was then assessed trough dose-responses curves with endothelium-dependent (acetylcholine and independent (sodium nitroprusside vasodilators. The influence of hyperosmolarity was analyzed with perfusion with mannitol 15mM. RESULTS: A significant reduction in the endothelium-dependent vasodilation in glucose 15mM group was observed compared to that in control, but there was no difference in endothelium-independent vasodilation. After perfusion with mannitol 15 mM, a less expressive reduction in endothelium-dependent vasodilation was observed, only reaching significance in regard to the greatest dose of acetylcholine. CONCLUSION: High levels of glucose similar to those found in diabetic patients in the postprandial period can cause significant acute changes in renal vascular reactivity rabbits. In diabetic patients these effects may also occur and contribute to diabetes vascular disease.

  9. Effects of high glucose concentrations on the endothelial function of the renal microcirculation of rabbits

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    Filipe de Souza, Affonso; Solange, Cailleaux; Leonardo Felipe Corrêa, Pinto; Marília de Brito, Gomes; Eduardo, Tibiriçá.

    2003-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To assess the acute effects of high glucose concentrations on vascular reactivity in the isolated non diabetic rabbit kidney. METHODS: Rabbits were anaesthetized for isolation of the kidneys. Renal arteries and veins were cannulated for perfusion with Krebs-Henselleit solution and measure [...] ment of perfusion pressure. After 3 hours of perfusion with glucose 5,5 mM (control ) and 15 mM, the circulation was submitted to sub maximal precontraction (80% of maximal response) trough continuous infusion of noradrenaline 10 mM. Vascular reactivity was then assessed trough dose-responses curves with endothelium-dependent (acetylcholine) and independent (sodium nitroprusside) vasodilators. The influence of hyperosmolarity was analyzed with perfusion with mannitol 15mM. RESULTS: A significant reduction in the endothelium-dependent vasodilation in glucose 15mM group was observed compared to that in control, but there was no difference in endothelium-independent vasodilation. After perfusion with mannitol 15 mM, a less expressive reduction in endothelium-dependent vasodilation was observed, only reaching significance in regard to the greatest dose of acetylcholine. CONCLUSION: High levels of glucose similar to those found in diabetic patients in the postprandial period can cause significant acute changes in renal vascular reactivity rabbits. In diabetic patients these effects may also occur and contribute to diabetes vascular disease.

  10. Implantation of high concentration noble gases in cubic zirconia and silicon carbide: A contrasted radiation tolerance

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    The modifications of the microstructure of yttria-stabilized cubic zirconia and silicon carbide single crystals implanted with high concentrations of noble gas ions and subsequently annealed at high temperature were characterized using RBS/C, XRD and TEM. It is found that the annealing behavior is strongly dependent on both the material and the implanted noble gases. Ar-implanted yttria-stabilized zirconia shows no significant microstructural modification upon annealing at 800 °C, e.g. dislocations are still present and the size of the Ar bubbles does not evolve. This is in strong contrast with previous observations on helium-implanted zirconia, where the formation of bubbles and elongated fractures were observed. In the case of SiC, thermal annealing at 1000 °C shows an enhanced damage recovery when He is implanted as compared to Ar implantation and the recrystallization of the matrix is accompanied with the release of noble gas atoms. This difference can be ascribed to different atomic radii, and thus mobility of implanted species

  11. Implantation of high concentration noble gases in cubic zirconia and silicon carbide: A contrasted radiation tolerance

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    Veli?a, Gihan; Debelle, Aurélien; Thomé, Lionel; Mylonas, Stamatis; Vincent, Laetitia; Boulle, Alexandre; Jagielski, Jacek; Pantelica, Dan

    2014-08-01

    The modifications of the microstructure of yttria-stabilized cubic zirconia and silicon carbide single crystals implanted with high concentrations of noble gas ions and subsequently annealed at high temperature were characterized using RBS/C, XRD and TEM. It is found that the annealing behavior is strongly dependent on both the material and the implanted noble gases. Ar-implanted yttria-stabilized zirconia shows no significant microstructural modification upon annealing at 800 °C, e.g. dislocations are still present and the size of the Ar bubbles does not evolve. This is in strong contrast with previous observations on helium-implanted zirconia, where the formation of bubbles and elongated fractures were observed. In the case of SiC, thermal annealing at 1000 °C shows an enhanced damage recovery when He is implanted as compared to Ar implantation and the recrystallization of the matrix is accompanied with the release of noble gas atoms. This difference can be ascribed to different atomic radii, and thus mobility of implanted species.

  12. Seasonal variation in phosphorus concentration-discharge hysteresis inferred from high-frequency in situ monitoring

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    Bieroza, M. Z.; Heathwaite, A. L.

    2015-05-01

    High-resolution in situ total phosphorus (TP), total reactive phosphorus (TRP) and turbidity (TURB) time series are presented for a groundwater-dominated agricultural catchment. Meta-analysis of concentration-discharge (c-q) intra-storm signatures for 61 storm events revealed dominant hysteretic patterns with similar frequency of anti-clockwise and clockwise responses; different determinands (TP, TRP, TURB) behaved similarly. We found that the c-q loop direction is controlled by seasonally variable flow discharge and temperature whereas the magnitude is controlled by antecedent rainfall. Anti-clockwise storm events showed lower flow discharge and higher temperature compared to clockwise events. Hydrological controls were more important for clockwise events and TP and TURB responses, whereas in-stream biogeochemical controls were important for anti-clockwise storm events and TRP responses. Based on the best predictors of the direction of the hysteresis loops, we calibrated and validated a simple fuzzy logic inference model (FIS) to determine likely direction of the c-q responses. We show that seasonal and inter-storm succession in clockwise and anti-clockwise responses corroborates the transition in P transport from a chemostatic to an episodic regime. Our work delivers new insights for the evidence base on the complexity of phosphorus dynamics. We show the critical value of high-frequency in situ observations in advancing understanding of freshwater biogeochemical processes.

  13. Real-time measurement of aerosol particle concentration at high temperatures; Hiukkaspitoisuuden reaaliaikainen mittaaminen korkeassa laempoetilassa

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    Keskinen, J.; Hautanen, J.; Laitinen, A. [Tampere Univ. of Technology (Finland). Physics

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    The aim of this project is to develop a new method for continuous aerosol particle concentration measurement at elevated temperatures (up to 800-1000 deg C). The measured property of the aerosol particles is the so called Fuchs surface area. This quantity is relevant for diffusion limited mass transfer to particles. The principle of the method is as follows. First, aerosol particles are charged electrically by diffusion charging process. The charging takes place at high temperature. After the charging, aerosol is diluted and cooled. Finally, aerosol particles are collected and the total charge carried by the aerosol particles is measured. Particle collection and charge measurement take place at low temperature. Benefits of this measurement method are: particles are charged in-situ, charge of the particles is not affected by the temperature and pressure changes after sampling, particle collection and charge measurement are carried out outside the process conditions, and the measured quantity is well defined. The results of this study can be used when the formation of the fly ash particles is studied. Another field of applications is the study and the development of gasification processes. Possibly, the method can also be used for the monitoring the operation of the high temperature particle collection devices. (orig.)

  14. High Concentrations of the Antibiotic Spiramycin in Wastewater Lead to High Abundance of Ammonia-Oxidizing Archaea in Nitrifying Populations.

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    Zhang, Yu; Tian, Zhe; Liu, Miaomiao; Shi, Zhou Jason; Hale, Lauren; Zhou, Jizhong; Yang, Min

    2015-08-01

    To evaluate the potential effects of antibiotics on ammonia-oxidizing microbes, multiple tools including quantitative PCR (qPCR), 454-pyrosequencing, and a high-throughput functional gene array (GeoChip) were used to reveal the distribution of ammonia-oxidizing archaea (AOA) and archaeal amoA (Arch-amoA) genes in three wastewater treatment systems receiving spiramycin or oxytetracycline production wastewaters. The qPCR results revealed that the copy number ratios of Arch-amoA to ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB) amoA genes were the highest in the spiramycin full-scale (5.30) and pilot-scale systems (1.49 × 10(-1)), followed by the oxytetracycline system (4.90 × 10(-4)), with no Arch-amoA genes detected in the control systems treating sewage or inosine production wastewater. The pyrosequencing result showed that the relative abundance of AOA affiliated with Thaumarchaeota accounted for 78.5-99.6% of total archaea in the two spiramycin systems, which was in accordance with the qPCR results. Mantel test based on GeoChip data showed that Arch-amoA gene signal intensity correlated with the presence of spiramycin (P < 0.05). Antibiotics explained 25.8% of variations in amoA functional gene structures by variance partitioning analysis. This study revealed the selection of AOA in the presence of high concentrations of spiramycin in activated sludge systems. PMID:26125322

  15. Metatranscriptome of an Anaerobic Benzene-Degrading, Nitrate-Reducing Enrichment Culture Reveals Involvement of Carboxylation in Benzene Ring Activation

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    LUO, Fei; Gitiafroz, Roya; Devine, Cheryl E.; Gong, Yunchen; Hug, Laura A; Raskin, Lutgarde; Edwards, Elizabeth A.

    2014-01-01

    The enzymes involved in the initial steps of anaerobic benzene catabolism are not known. To try to elucidate this critical step, a metatranscriptomic analysis was conducted to compare the genes transcribed during the metabolism of benzene and benzoate by an anaerobic benzene-degrading, nitrate-reducing enrichment culture. RNA was extracted from the mixed culture and sequenced without prior mRNA enrichment, allowing simultaneous examination of the active community composition and the different...

  16. Membrane processes application on the Symphytum officinale and Geranium robertianum extracts concentration to obtain high antioxidative activity compounds

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    Paun Gabriela

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper reports the successful application of membranes processes to obtain the good quality extracts with compounds of high antioxidative activity and therapeutic value. This study provided investigations on the phenolic compounds from two plant species used in Romanian ethno-medicine and evaluated the antioxidant and cytotoxic activities. Three extracts prepared from Geranium robertianum and Symphytum officinale were concentrated by microfiltration and ultrafiltration. The levels of phenolic compounds and flavonoids were determined by UV-Vis spectroscopy and HPLC. The freeradical scavenging activity of concentrated extracts was determined by DPPH method. The preliminary tests of cytotoxic activity for the concentrated extracts have been carried out on human epidermoid laryngeal carcinoma cell line (Hep-2p and normal monkey kidneys cells (RM. The results showed that all concentrated extracts had a very low cytotoxicity against healthy cells, but a significant cytotoxic effect on Hep-2p tumor cells. The concentrated extracts have a high antioxidant activity (% DPPH inhibition > 80%.

  17. Spectroscopic (IR, NMR) and conductometric characterization of lithium aluminum hydride - crown ethers complexes [Li+-C E](A I H4)- with C E=syn-isomers of DC 18-C-6 in benzene solutions

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    [Li+-C E](AIH4)- complexes with C E = syn and anti-isomers of the crown ether DC 18-C-6 have been characterized in benzene solutions by IR (infrared spectroscopy), NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) and conductometry (at 298 K). The properties of these complexes are closely related to those of the cation [Li+-C E]. For the anti-isomer, no distortion of the macrocycle was noticed after complexation, the Li+ trapped cation is coordinated with four oxygen atoms of the cavity, and the complex exhibits a covalent behavior. Electrical conductivity of the benzene solution is concentration independent and has a very low mean value (? = 0,06 ?-1.cm2.mol-1). The macrocycle of the syn-isomer is drastically distorted after complexation. A tridimensional cavity is formed, in which the Li+ trapped cation is coordinated with six oxygen atoms. As a consequence, the species exhibits a high degree of ionic character due to the stretching of the Li+---(AIH4)- bond. Electrical conductivity is enhanced for dilute solutions (x 10 at C 0,01 mol.L-1). The regular tetrahedral symmetry of (AIH4)- anion is retained in the molecular structure of the two complexes. Benzene solutions of [Li-+-syn-DC 18-C-6](AIH4)- appear to be the first example of free-(AIH4)- anions in a non-polar organic medium. (authors). 22 refs., 3 figs., 4 tabs

  18. Solubilization of rehydrated frozen highly concentrated micellar casein for use in liquid food applications.

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    Lu, Y; McMahon, D J; Metzger, L E; Kommineni, A; Vollmer, A H

    2015-09-01

    Highly concentrated micellar casein concentrate (HC-MCC), a potential ingredient of protein-fortified food, is a gel at cold temperature. It contains ~17 to 21% casein, with most serum proteins and lactose removed by microfiltration and diafiltration, and it is then further concentrated using vacuum evaporation. The HC-MCC can be stored frozen, and our objective was to determine the conditions needed to obtain complete solubility of thawed HC-MCC in water and to understand its gelation upon cooling. Dispersibility (ability to pass through a 250-µm mesh sieve), suspendability (percentage of protein not sedimented at 80 × g within 5min), and solubility (percentage of protein not sedimented at 20,000 × g within 5min) were measured at 4, 12, or 20°C after various mixing conditions. Gelation upon cooling from 50 to 5°C was monitored based on storage (G') and loss (G'') moduli. The gelled HC-MCC was also examined by transmission electron microscopy. Thawed HC-MCC was added to water to reach a protein concentration of 3% and mixed using high shear (7,500rpm) for 1min or low shear (800rpm) for 30min at 4, 12, 20, or 50°C and at pH 6.4 to 7.2. The HC-MCC completely dispersed at 50°C, or at ?20°C followed by overnight storage at 4°C. Suspendability at 50°C was ~90% whereas mixing at ?20°C followed by overnight storage resulted in only ~57% suspendability. Solubility followed a similar trend with ~83% at 50°C and only ~29% at ?20°C. Mixing HC-MCC with 60mM trisodium citrate increased dispersibility to 99% and suspendability and solubility to 81% at 20°C. Cold-gelling temperature, defined as the temperature at which G'=G'' when cooling from 50 to 5°C, was positively correlated with protein level in HC-MCC. Gelation occurred at 38, 28, and 7°C with 23, 20, and 17% of protein, respectively. Gelation was reversible upon heating, although after a second cooling cycle the HC-MCC gel had lower G'. In micrographs of gelled HC-MCC, the casein micelles were observed to be within the normal size range but packed very closely together, with only ~20 to 50 nm of space between them. We proposed that cold-gelation of HC-MCC occurs when the kinetic energy of the casein micelles is sufficiently reduced to inhibit their mobility in relation to adjacent casein micelles. Understanding solubilization of rehydrated frozen HC-MCC and its rheological properties can help in designing process systems for using HC-MCC as a potential ingredient in liquid food. PMID:26117351

  19. Mangiferin binding to serum albumin is non-saturable and induces conformational changes at high concentrations

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    Freitas, P.G.; Barbosa, A.F. [Biochemistry Laboratory, Institute of Exact Sciences, Federal University of Alfenas, Unifal-MG, R. Gabriel Monteiro da Silva, 700, 37130-000 Alfenas, MG (Brazil); Saraiva, L.A. [Phytochemistry and Medicinal Chemistry Laboratory, Institute of Exact Sciences, Unifal-MG (Brazil); Camps, I. [Physics Laboratory, Institute of Exact Sciences, Unifal-MG (Brazil); Silveira, N.J.F. da [Bioinformatics Laboratory, Institute of Exact Sciences, Unifal-MG (Brazil); Veloso, M.P. [Phytochemistry and Medicinal Chemistry Laboratory, Institute of Exact Sciences, Unifal-MG (Brazil); Santos, M.H., E-mail: poliany.santos@gmail.com [Phytochemistry and Medicinal Chemistry Laboratory, Institute of Exact Sciences, Unifal-MG (Brazil); Schneedorf, J.M., E-mail: zemasfs@gmail.com [Biochemistry Laboratory, Institute of Exact Sciences, Federal University of Alfenas, Unifal-MG, R. Gabriel Monteiro da Silva, 700, 37130-000 Alfenas, MG (Brazil)

    2012-11-15

    The binding interaction between mangiferin (MGF), which a natural xanthone isolated f