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  1. 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.)

  2. Formation of ethyl benzene and styrene by side chain methylation of toluene using different zeolite catalysts

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    Abdallah, Mohamed Hassen Ahmed

    2011-01-01

    The principle aim of this work was to obtain good selectivities of styrene and ethyl benzene by alkylation of toluene with methanol in a single step. In order to achieve this side chain alkylation different alkali metal on HZSM-5, Y and BEA zeolites catalyst were prepared. Different molar ratio of toluene: methanol (5:1), (3:1), (1:1), (1:3) and (1:5) molar ratios have been applied. It found that 1:1 most suitable molar ratio for side chain alkylation of toluene. The mixture was pumped into t...

  3. 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.)

  4. 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

  5. Synthesis and characterization of composite polymer, polyethylene glycol grafted flower-like cupric nano oxide for solid phase microextraction of ultra-trace levels of benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene and o-xylene in human hair and water samples.

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    Sarafraz-Yazdi, Ali; Zendegi-Shiraz, Amene; Es'haghi, Zarrin; Hassanzadeh-Khayyat, Mohammad

    2015-10-30

    In this research, poly (ethylene glycol)-poly (ethylene glycol) grafted flower-like cupric oxidenano particles (PEG-PEG-g-CuO NPs) as a novel fiber coating of solid-phase microextraction (SPME) were synthesized by using sol-gel technology. This fiber was successfully applied to extract and determine the ultra-trace levels of benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene and o-xylene in human hair using head space-solid-phase microextraction (HS-SPME) coupled to gas chromatography-flame ionization detector. Characterization and chemical composition of the nano particle was performed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), energy dispersion spectroscopy (EDS) and back scatter analysis (BSA). These methods confirmed the successful fabrication of PEG-g-CuO NPs. The surface morphology of the fibers were inspected by scanning electron microscopy. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed many "crack-like" features and highly porous structure on the surface of fiber. The synthesized nanocomposites were used for preconcentration and extraction of benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene and o-xylene (BTEX). The effects of operating parameters such as: desorption temperature and time, extraction temperature, extraction time, stirring speed and salt effect were investigated and optimized. Under the optimal conditions, the method detection limits and the limits of quantification were between 0.00025-50.00000pgmL(-1) and 0.00200-200.00000pgmL(-1), respectively. Linearity was observed over a range 0.00200-200000.00000pgmL(-1). The relative standard deviations for one fiber (repeatability; n=5) were obtained from 3.30 up to 5.01% and between fibers or batch to batch (n=3; reproducibility) in the range of 3.63-6.21%. The developed method was successfully applied to simultaneous determination of BTEX in human hairs, tap water and distillate water. PMID:26411479

  6. Diaquabis(L-phenylalaninato)nickel(II) encapsulated in zeolite: an efficient heterogeneous catalyst system for the oxidation of cyclohexene, toluene and ethyl benzene

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    Massomeh, Ghorbanloo; Somayeh, Ghamari; Nahid, Shahbakhsh; Seik Weng, Ng.

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available L-Fenilalanina reage com zeólita Y submetida a uma troca iônica com níquel(II) para formar diaquabis(L-fenilalaninato)níquel(II), o qual é encapsulado nos poros da zeólita. Nesta forma encapsulada, o complexo de níquel funciona como um catalisador eficiente quando ciclo-hexeno, tolueno e etilbenzeno [...] são oxidados por peróxido de hidrogênio na presença de bicarbonato de sódio como cocatalisador. O catalisador foi facilmente recuperado da mistura de reação e foi reutilizado por três vezes sem perda observável de atividade. O catalisador heterogêneo apresentou atividade e seletividade significativamente mais altas quando comparado com o complexo diaquabis(L-fenilalaninato)níquel(II). Abstract in english L-Phenylalanine reacts with nickel-exchanged zeolite Y to form diaquabis(L-phenylalaninato)nickel(II), which is encapsulated in the pores of the zeolite. In this zeolite-encapsulated form, the nickel derivative functions as an efficient catalyst when cyclohexene, toluene and ethyl benzene are oxidiz [...] ed by hydrogen peroxide in the presence of sodium bicarbonate (as co-catalyst). The catalyst was readily recovered from the reaction mixture, and it could be re-used for other three runs without noticeable loss of activity. The heterogeneous catalyst exhibited significantly higher activity and selectivity compared with diaquabis(L-phenylalaninato)nickel(II) itself.

  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. Metabolism of Benzene, Toluene, and Xylene Hydrocarbons in Soil†

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    Tsao, C.-W.; Song, H. -G.; Bartha, R.

    1998-01-01

    Enrichment cultures obtained from soil exposed to benzene, toluene, and xylene (BTX) mineralized benzene and toluene but cometabolized only xylene isomers, forming polymeric residues. This observation prompted us to investigate the metabolism of 14C-labeled BTX hydrocarbons in soil, either individually or as mixtures. BTX-supplemented soil was incubated aerobically for up to 4 weeks in a sealed system that automatically replenished any O2 consumed. The decrease in solvent vapors and the produ...

  9. 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)

  10. Comparison of measurement methods for benzene and toluene

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    Wideqvist, U.; Vesely, V.; Johansson, C.; Potter, A.; Brorström-Lundén, E.; Sjöberg, K.; Jonsson, T.

    Diffusive sampling and active (pumped) sampling (tubes filled with Tenax TA or Carbopack B) were compared with an automatic BTX instrument (Chrompack, GC/FID) for measurements of benzene and toluene. The measurements were made during differing pollution levels and different weather conditions at a roof-top site and in a densely trafficked street canyon in Stockholm, Sweden. The BTX instrument was used as the reference method for comparison with the other methods. Considering all data the Perkin-Elmer diffusive samplers, containing Tenax TA and assuming a constant uptake rate of 0.406 cm3 min-1, showed about 30% higher benzene values compared to the BTX instrument. This discrepancy may be explained by a dose-dependent uptake rate with higher uptake rates at lower dose as suggested by laboratory experiments presented in the literature. After correction by applying the relationship between uptake rate and dose as suggested by Roche et al. (Atmos. Environ. 33 (1999) 1905), the two methods agreed almost perfectly. For toluene there was much better agreement between the two methods. No sign of a dose-dependent uptake could be seen. The mean concentrations and 95% confidence intervals of all toluene measurements (67 values) were (10.80±1.6) ?g m -3 for diffusive sampling and (11.3±1.6) ?g m -3 for the BTX instrument, respectively. The overall ratio between the concentrations obtained using diffusive sampling and the BTX instrument was 0.91±0.07 (95% confidence interval). Tenax TA was found to be equal to Carbopack B for measuring benzene and toluene in this concentration range, although it has been proposed not to be optimal for benzene. There was also good agreement between the active samplers and the BTX instrument.

  11. Anti-benzene compounds. Conversion of benzene to toluene by methyl donors, in man.

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    Braier, L

    1977-01-01

    The level of benzene in blood can be efficiently reduced, an its noxious effect neutralized, by the concurrent administration of either of two groups of organic compounds: 1) methyl donors such as choline and betaine; and, 2) cysteine-HCL. Methionine acts as a precursor of cysteine in the body as uell as a methyl donor like choline and betaine. The appearance of toluene in blood was demonstrated after the sequential ingestion of choline plus betaine, benzene. The results are discussed in relation to clinical application in workers chronically exposed to benzene. PMID:594433

  12. In vitro metabolism of benzene, toluene, and xylene in rat liver

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    A headspace gas chromatographic method was used to study the metabolism of benzene, toluene, and m-xylene in rat liver. Metabolism of benzene was lower than that of toluene, or m-xylene. Investigating metabolic rates of subcellular fractions, it was found that glutathione and glutathione S-transferase in the cytosol are involved in metabolism of benzene and toluene by microsomes. When both benzene and toluene are present in the incubation medium, they act as inhibitors of each others metabolism. Toluene and m-xylene metabolism were induced by the pretreatment of rats with phenobarbital (75 mg/kg), or 3-methylcholanthrene (25 mg/kg), or Aroclor 1254 (75 mg/kg) for 3 days, whereas benzene metabolism was not induced by all pretreatments. Another series of experiments was conducted to compare the effects of benzene, toluene, and xylene pretreatment on liver metabolism. In vivo metabolism of 14C-toluene and possible covalent binding of 14C-toluene to microsomes were also investigated. 14C-toluene when incubated with liver microsomes in the presence of a NADPH generating system formed benzylalcohol and cresols. Some of the radioactivity was covalently bound preferentially to microsomal proteins. The binding process required cytochrome P-450 dependent mixed function oxidases. This study suggests that toluene is metabolized to several reactive intermediates by liver microsomal enzymes and these metabolites are responsible for the covalent binding to macromolecules which represents a subcellular mechanism by which toluene may express its own in vivo toxicity

  13. Competitive Nitration of Benzene-Fluorobenzene and Benzene-Toluene Mixtures: Orientation and Reactivity Studies Using HPLC

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    Blankespoor, Ronald L.; Hogendoorn, Stephanie; Pearson, Andrea

    2007-01-01

    The reactivity and orientation effects of a substituent are analyzed by using HPLC to determine the competitive nitration of the benzene-toluene and benzene-fluorobenzene mixtures. The results have shown that HPLC is an excellent instrumental method to use in analyzing these mixtures.

  14. 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

  15. Incorporation of oxygen from water into toluene and benzene during anaerobic fermentative transformation

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    Toluene and benzene were anaerobically transformed and eventually mineralized in mixed methanogenic cultures. However, the source of oxygen for the initial oxidation step had been unknown, owing to the presence of both methanol and water. No exogenous electron acceptors other than carbon dioxide, toluene, and benzene were present in the defined mineral medium. Through the use of 18O-labeled water, the oxygen incorporated into the monoaromatic compounds was shown to come from water. The cresol from the toluene and the phenol from the benzene contain up to 8% 18O label after incubation in 9% 18O-labeled medium. Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry was used to detect the 18O-labeled aromatic metabolites

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. Research on biological effects induced by ?-irradiation combined with benzene, toluene and carbon monoxide inhalation

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    Objective: To explore the patterns of biological effects induced by ?-rays irradiation combined with simultaneous inhalation benzene, toluene or carbon monoxide and to analyze their antagonistic,additive or synergistic interaction. Methods: Ninety healthy male rabbits were equally divided into 9 groups. Eight of which were assigned to be test groups according to four-factor-two-dose-level orthogonal layout {L8(27) } program and the other one was the control group. The two dose-levels of these four agents were: the ?-irradiation doses were 0.0075 Gy/d and 0.0375 Gy/d, and the two concentrations of benzene, toluene and carbon monoxide were 40 +-15 and 162 +- 33 mg/m3, 90 +- 30 and 407 +- 68 mg/m3, 93 +- 4 and 278 +- 8 mg/m3, respectively. The animals were exposed to ?-irradiation combined with benzene,toluene or CO vapour 2 h a day and 5 days a week for successive 8 weeks. Variance analysis and comparison between test groups were made for analyzing the test data. Results: (1) It was showed that ?-irradiation, benzene and toluene could all induce chromosome aberrations, SCEs and micronuclei of lymphocytes and chromosome aberrations of bone marrow cells; but no effect could be seen in CO alone treated group. (2) The ratios (?) of biological effects jointly induced by the four agents and the sum of those induced separately by them were 2.16, 1.58, 2.07, 2.67, 1.25 and 1.18 for dicentric + ring,acentric, aberration cells, total aberration, micronuclei and micronucleus cells, respectively,and it was as high as 5.97 for aberrant sperms.The ratios showed that the interactions were synergistic(?>1). However,interactions between ?-rays and benzene was antagonistic for acentric of lymphocytes. (3) The four agents could all obviously cause decrease of weight index of testis, ?-rays,toluene and CO could all markedly reduce the number of sperms and increase the ratio of aberrant sperms. Conclusion: ?-irradiation combined with benzene, toluene and CO inhalation can lead to significant interactions which are mainly synergistic,while CO can cause obvious effects on sex gland when it is combined with ?-rays, benzene and toluene

  20. Kinetics of the reactions of hydroxyl radical with benzene and toluene

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    Absolute rate constants for the reactions of the hydroxyl radical with benzene and toluene were measured within the temperature and pressure ranges 213 less than or equal to T less than or equal to 1150 K and 20 less than or equal to P less than or equal to 200 torr by using He, Ar, and SF6 as diluent gases. To help elucidate the variations in reaction mechanism with temperature, we also studied OH reactions with deuterated benzene (C6D6) and with selectively deuterated toluenes (C6H5CD3, C6D5CD3, and C6D5CH3). Three major reaction channels were characterized kinetically. At T less than or equal to 298 K, electrophilic addition of the OH radical to the aromatic ring is the dominant reactive pathway in all systems studied. At temperatures above 500 K, rapid decomposition of the thermalized adduct back to reactants diminishes the importance of the addition channel and leads to bimolecular reaction rate-constant values significantly lower than those measured near room temperature. At elevated temperatures, the ring hydrogen abstraction (for benzene) and side-chain hydrogen abstraction (for toluene) pathways are shown to be predominant. The measured bimolecular rate constants increase monotonically with increases in temperature above 500 K, and kinetic separation of the two hydrogen abstraction modes for toluene is achieved

  1. Nucleotide sequence analysis of genes encoding a toluene/benzene-2-monooxygenase from Pseudomonas sp. strain JS150.

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    G. R. Johnson; Olsen, R H

    1995-01-01

    It was previously shown by others that Pseudomonas sp. strain JS150 metabolizes benzene and alkyl- and chloro-substituted benzenes by using dioxygenase-initiated pathways coupled with multiple downstream metabolic pathways to accommodate catechol metabolism. By cloning genes encoding benzene-degradative enzymes, we found that strain JS150 also carries genes for a toluene/benzene-2-monooxygenase. The gene cluster encoding a 2-monooxygenase and its cognate regulator was cloned from a plasmid ca...

  2. 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

  3. 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)

  4. Low temperature oxidation of benzene and toluene in mixture with n-decane

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    Herbinet, Olivier; Husson, Benoit; Ferrari, Maude; Glaude, Pierre-Alexandre; Battin-Leclerc, Frédérique

    2011-01-01

    The oxidation of two blends, benzene/n-decane and toluene/n-decane, was studied in a jet-stirred reactor with gas chromatography analysis (temperatures from 500 to 1100 K, atmospheric pressure, stoichiometric mixtures). The studied hydrocarbon mixtures contained 75% of aromatics in order to highlight the chemistry of the low-temperature oxidation of these two aromatic compounds which have a very low reactivity compared to large alkanes. The difference of behavior between the two aromatic reac...

  5. 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...

  6. Chemical kinetic modeling of benzene and toluene oxidation behind shock waves

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    Mclain, A. G.; Jachimowski, C. J.; Wilson, C. H.

    1979-01-01

    The oxidation of stoichiometric mixtures of benzene and toluene behind incident shock waves was studied for a temperature range from 1700 to 2800 K and a pressure range from 1.1 to 1.7 atm. The concentration of CO and CO2 produced were measured as well as the product of the oxygen atom and carbon monoxide concentrations. Comparisons between the benzene experimental data and results calculated by use of a reaction mechanism published in the open literature were carried out. With some additional reactions and changes in rate constants to reflect the pressure-temperature range of the experimental data, a good agreement was achieved between computed and experimental results. A reaction mechanism was developed for toluene oxidation based on analogous rate steps from the benzene mechanism. Measurements of NOx levels in an actual flame device, a jet-stirred combustor, were reproduced successfully by use of the reaction mechanism developed from the shock-tube experiments on toluene. These experimental measurements of NOx levels were reproduced from a computer simulation of a jet-stirred combustor.

  7. Investigation of benzene and toluene layers on 0001 surface of graphite by means of neutron scattering

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    The structures of benzene (C6H6, C6D6) and toluene (C6H5-CH3, C6D5-CD3) monolayers on the basal planes of graphite have been investigated by neutron diffraction. The dynamics of the benzene layer has been studied by observing the incoherently, inelastically scattered neutrons using the time-of-flight method. The main results are: Above a phase transition temperature Tsub(c)approx.=145 K benzene on the basal planes of graphite forms a quasi 2D-fluid with high compressibility. For toluene a fluid phase exists above 140 K, between 70 K and 140 K it forms an incommensurate layer and below 70 K a 3x3 structure has been observed. The fluid phase of adsorbed benzene shows a broad quasielastic scattering indicating an effective surface diffusion coefficient of 10-4 cm2/s at 200 K. The inelastic spectrum has been compared with an appropriate lattice dynamical model. The comparison with the data reveals, can be considered as a fairly anharmonic 2D-solid with a static external potential due to the substrate. (orig./HK)

  8. Coordination chemistry of metal surfaces. 3. Benzene and toluene interactions with nickel surfaces

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    Ni surfaces were the low Miller index planes (111), (110), and (100) and the stepped and stepped-kinked surfaces 9(111) x (111) and 7(111) x (310). Effects of surface C and O were established for low surface coverages. Benzene chemisorption was fully associative (molecular) on Ni(111) up to 1000C; no H-D exchange occurred between C6H6 and C6D6 up to 1000C. Up to 1000C, benzene was displaced as C6H6(g) by P(CH3)3. Benzene reversible thermal desorption occurred at 115 to 1250C, accompanied by extensive irreversible decomposition to H2(g) + Ni(111)-C. Analogous behavior was observed for benzene chemisorbed on the stepped and stepped-kinked surface. On the (110) surface, the benzene thermal desorption and benzene chemical displacement by P(CH3)3 was comparable to the stepped-kinked surface. Chemisorption of benzene on Ni(100) was differentiated from the other surfaces: the degree of thermal reversibility was higher than and the temperature for the thermal desorption maximum was 1000C higher than that for Ni(111). H-D exchange did not occur with D2 + C6H6 and with C6H6 + C6D6 on Ni(100). Toluene chemisorption on all the nickel surfaces was thermally irreversible and toluene was not displaced from these surfaces by strong field ligands like P(CH3)3 and CH3NC. Heating the Ni-toluene surfaces led to hydrogen evolution. For the decomposition of C6D5CD3 on Ni(111) there were two D2 thermal desorption maxima, 130 and 1900C. For the analogous decomposition of C6H5CD3 and C6D5CH3 respectively, there were single D2 desorption curves with maxima at 130 and 1850C, respectively. Thus, aliphatic C-H bonds are broken first and no aromatic C-H bond is broken until near 1600C. Identical behavior was observed for the stepped and stepped-kinked surfaces, and an analogous behavior was observed for the (100) surface

  9. Biofiltration of odours - industrial pilot to treat methyl ethyl ketone and toluene

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    Methyl ethyl ketone and toluene in the off-gases of a plant producing polyvinyl chloride sheeting for the automotive industry and swimming pools caused frequent odour complaints from the neighbourhood. A pilot project was developed to investigate the removal of the compounds under actual operating conditions by passing part of the exhaust through a compost-based, three-stage biofilter. It was determined over the 156 days of operation that the removal efficiencies of methyl ethyl ketone and toluene averaged 73% and 49%, respectively. It was also shown that shutdowns and disruptions of the laminating process for short and extended periods did not affect the biofilter performance. Addition of 100g/L solution of KNO3 as a nitrogen source did not improve the performance. Carbon dioxide concentration data and the presence of an average microbial population of 52 million colony forming units per gram provided evidence that biological degradation played a significant role in the reduction of methyl ethyl ketone and toluene in the off-gases of the laminator. (author)

  10. Top-down estimates of benzene and toluene emissions in the Pearl River Delta and Hong Kong, China

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    FANG Xuekun; Shao, Min; Stohl, Andreas; Zhang, Qiang; Zheng, Junyu; Guo, Hai; Wang, Chen; Wang, Ming; Ou, Jiamin; Thompson, Rona L.; Prinn, Ronald G.

    2016-01-01

    Benzene (C6H6) and toluene (C7H8) are toxic to humans and the environment. They are also important precursors of ground-level ozone and secondary organic aerosols and contribute substantially to severe air pollution in urban areas in China. Discrepancies exist between different bottom-up inventories for benzene and toluene emissions in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) and Hong Kong (HK), which are emission hot spots in China. This study provides top-down estimates of benzene and ...

  11. Biodegradation kinetics of benzene, toluene and xylene compounds: microbial growth and evaluation of models.

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    Feisther, Vódice Amoroz; Ulson de Souza, Antônio Augusto; Trigueros, Daniela Estelita Goes; de Mello, Josiane Maria Muneronde; de Oliveira, Déborade; Guelli Ulson de Souza, Selene M A

    2015-07-01

    The biodegradation kinetics of BTX compounds (benzene, toluene, and xylene) individually and as mixtures was studied using models with different levels of sophistication. To compare the performance of the unstructured models applied in this work we used experimental data obtained here and some results published in the literature. The system description was based on the material balances of key components for batch operations, where the Monod and Andrews models were applied to predict the biodegradation of individual substrates. To simulate the biodegradation kinetics of substrate mixtures, models of substrate inhibition were applied along with the Sum Kinetics with Interaction Parameters (SKIP) models, where for two-component association toluene-xylene SKIP model presented better performance and for tri-component association benzene-toluene-xylene, the uncompetitive inhibition model was better. The kinetic parameters were estimated via a global search method known as Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO). The main result of this study is that the sophisticated biodegradation kinetics of BTX mixtures can be successfully described by applying the SKIP model, with the main advantage being the consideration of the substrate interactions. PMID:25627469

  12. Carbon and hydrogen isotope fractionation of benzene and toluene during hydrophobic sorption in multistep batch experiments.

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    Imfeld, G; Kopinke, F-D; Fischer, A; Richnow, H-H

    2014-07-01

    The application of compound-specific stable isotope analysis (CSIA) for evaluating degradation of organic pollutants in the field implies that other processes affecting pollutant concentration are minor with respect to isotope fractionation. Sorption is associated with minor isotope fractionation and pollutants may undergo successive sorption-desorption steps during their migration in aquifers. However, little is known about isotope fractionation of BTEX compounds after consecutive sorption steps. Here, we show that partitioning of benzene and toluene between water and organic sorbents (i.e. 1-octanol, dichloromethane, cyclohexane, hexanoic acid and Amberlite XAD-2) generally exhibits very small carbon and hydrogen isotope effects in multistep batch experiments. However, carbon and hydrogen isotope fractionation was observed for the benzene-octanol pair after several sorption steps (??(13)C=1.6 ± 0.3‰ and ??(2)H=88 ± 3‰), yielding isotope fractionation factors of ?C=1.0030 ± 0.0005 and ?H=1.195 ± 0.026. Our results indicate that the cumulative effect of successive hydrophobic partitioning steps in an aquifer generally results in insignificant isotope fractionation for benzene and toluene. However, significant carbon and hydrogen isotope fractionation cannot be excluded for specific sorbate-sorbent pairs, such as sorbates with ?-electrons and sorbents with OH-groups. Consequently, functional groups of sedimentary organic matter (SOM) may specifically interact with BTEX compounds migrating in an aquifer, thereby resulting in potentially relevant isotope fractionation. PMID:24726480

  13. Reactions of the CN radical with benzene and toluene: product detection and low-temperature kinetics.

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    Trevitt, Adam J; Goulay, Fabien; Taatjes, Craig A; Osborn, David L; Leone, Stephen R

    2010-02-01

    Low-temperature rate coefficients are measured for the CN + benzene and CN + toluene reactions using the pulsed Laval nozzle expansion technique coupled with laser-induced fluorescence detection. The CN + benzene reaction rate coefficient at 105, 165, and 295 K is found to be relatively constant over this temperature range, (3.9-4.9) x 10(-10) cm(3) molecule(-1) s(-1). These rapid kinetics, along with the observed negligible temperature dependence, are consistent with a barrierless reaction entrance channel and reaction efficiencies approaching unity. The CN + toluene reaction is measured to have a rate coefficient of 1.3 x 10(-10) cm(3) molecule(-1) s(-1) at 105 K. At room temperature, nonexponential decay profiles are observed for this reaction that may suggest significant back-dissociation of intermediate complexes. In separate experiments, the products of these reactions are probed at room temperature using synchrotron VUV photoionization mass spectrometry. For CN + benzene, cyanobenzene (C(6)H(5)CN) is the only product recorded with no detectable evidence for a C(6)H(5) + HCN product channel. In the case of CN + toluene, cyanotoluene (NCC(6)H(4)CH(3)) constitutes the only detected product. It is not possible to differentiate among the ortho, meta, and para isomers of cyanotoluene because of their similar ionization energies and the approximately 40 meV photon energy resolution of the experiment. There is no significant detection of benzyl radicals (C(6)H(5)CH(2)) that would suggest a H-abstraction or a HCN elimination channel is prominent at these conditions. As both reactions are measured to be rapid at 105 K, appearing to have barrierless entrance channels, it follows that they will proceed efficiently at the temperatures of Saturn's moon Titan ( approximately 100 K) and are also likely to proceed at the temperature of interstellar clouds (10-20 K). PMID:20043665

  14. Reactions of the CN Radical with Benzene and Toluene: Product Detection and Low-Temperature Kinetics

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    Trevitt, Adam J.; Goulay, Fabien; Taatjes, Craig A.; Osborn, David L.; Leone, Stephen R.

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    Low temperature rate coefficients are measured for the CN + benzene and CN + toluene reactions using the pulsed Laval nozzle expansion technique coupled with laser-induced fluorescence detection. The CN + benzene reaction rate coefficient at 105, 165 and 295 K is found to be relatively constant over this temperature range, 3.9 - 4.9 x 10-10 cm3 molecule-1 s-1. These rapid kinetics, along with the observed negligible temperature dependence, are consistent with a barrierless reaction entrance channel and reaction efficiencies approaching unity. The CN + toluene reaction is measured to have a slower rate coefficient of 1.3 x 10-10 cm3 molecule-1 s-1 at 105 K. At room temperature, non-exponential decay profiles are observed for this reaction that may suggest significant back-dissociation of intermediate complexes. In separate experiments, the products of these reactions are probed at room temperature using synchrotron VUV photoionization mass spectrometry. For CN + benzene, cyanobenzene (C6H5CN) is the only product recorded with no detectable evidence for a C6H5 + HCN product channel. In the case of CN + toluene, cyanotoluene (NCC6H4CH3) constitutes the only detected product. It is not possible to differentiate among the ortho, meta and para isomers of cyanotoluene because of their similar ionization energies and the ~;; 40 meV photon energy resolution of the experiment. There is no significant detection of benzyl radicals (C6H5CH2) that would suggest a H-abstraction or a HCN elimination channel is prominent at these conditions. As both reactions are measured to be rapid at 105 K, appearing to have barrierless entrance channels, it follows that they will proceed efficiently at the temperatures of Saturn?s moon Titan (~;;100 K) and are also likely to proceed at the temperature of interstellar clouds (10-20 K).

  15. Reactions of the CN Radical with Benzene and Toluene: Product Detection and Low-Temperature Kinetics

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    Low temperature rate coefficients are measured for the CN + benzene and CN + toluene reactions using the pulsed Laval nozzle expansion technique coupled with laser-induced fluorescence detection. The CN + benzene reaction rate coefficient at 105, 165 and 295 K is found to be relatively constant over this temperature range, 3.9 - 4.9 x 10-10 cm3 molecule-1 s-1. These rapid kinetics, along with the observed negligible temperature dependence, are consistent with a barrierless reaction entrance channel and reaction efficiencies approaching unity. The CN + toluene reaction is measured to have a slower rate coefficient of 1.3 x 10-10 cm3 molecule-1 s-1 at 105 K. At room temperature, non-exponential decay profiles are observed for this reaction that may suggest significant back-dissociation of intermediate complexes. In separate experiments, the products of these reactions are probed at room temperature using synchrotron VUV photoionization mass spectrometry. For CN + benzene, cyanobenzene (C6H5CN) is the only product recorded with no detectable evidence for a C6H5 + HCN product channel. In the case of CN + toluene, cyanotoluene (NCC6H4CH3) constitutes the only detected product. It is not possible to differentiate among the ortho, meta and para isomers of cyanotoluene because of their similar ionization energies and the ? 40 meV photon energy resolution of the experiment. There is no significant detection of benzyl radicals (C6H5CH2) that would suggest a H-abstraction or a HCN elimination channel is prominent at these conditions. As both reactions are measured to be rapid at 105 K, appearing to have barrierless entrance channels, it follows that they will proceed efficiently at the temperatures of Saturn's moon Titan (?100 K) and are also likely to proceed at the temperature of interstellar clouds (10-20 K).

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. Top-down estimates of benzene and toluene emissions in Pearl River Delta and Hong Kong, China

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    Fang, X.; Shao, M.; Stohl, A.; Zhang, Q.; Zheng, J.; Guo, H.; Wang, C.; Wang, M.; Ou, J.; Thompson, R. L.; Prinn, R. G.

    2015-09-01

    Benzene (C6H6) and toluene (C7H8) are toxic to humans and the environment. They are also important precursors of ground-level ozone and secondary organic aerosols and contribute substantially to severe air pollution in urban areas in China. Discrepancies exist between different bottom-up inventories for benzene and toluene emissions in Pearl River Delta (PRD) and Hong Kong (HK), which are emission hot spots in China. This study provides top-down estimates of benzene and toluene emissions in PRD and HK using atmospheric measurement data from a rural site in the area, Heshan, an atmospheric transport model and an inverse modeling method. The model simulations captured the measured mixing ratios during most pollution episodes. For PRD and HK, the benzene emissions estimated in this study for 2010 were 44 (12-75) Gg yr-1 and 5 (2-7) Gg yr-1 for PRD and HK, respectively, and the toluene emissions were 131 (44-218) Gg yr-1 and 6 (2-9) Gg yr-1, respectively. Temporal and spatial differences between the inversion estimate and four different bottom-up emission estimates are discussed, and it is proposed that more observations at different sites are urgently needed to better constrain benzene and toluene (and other air pollutants) emissions in PRD and HK in the future.

  19. Integrated Gas Sensing System of SWCNT and Cellulose Polymer Concentrator for Benzene, Toluene, and Xylenes.

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    Im, Jisun; Sterner, Elizabeth S; Swager, Timothy M

    2016-01-01

    An integrated cellulose polymer concentrator/single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) sensing system is demonstrated to detect benzene, toluene, and xylenes (BTX) vapors. The sensing system consists of functionalized cellulose as a selective concentrator disposed directly on top of a conductive SWCNT sensing layer. Functionalized cellulose concentrator (top layer) selectively adsorbs the target analyte and delivers the concentrated analyte as near as possible to the SWCNT sensing layer (bottom layer), which enables the simultaneous concentrating and sensing within a few seconds. The selectivity can be achieved by functionalizing cellulose acetate with a pentafluorophenylacetyl selector that interacts strongly with the target BTX analytes. A new design of the integrated cellulose concentrator/SWCNT sensing system allows high sensitivity with limits of detection for benzene, toluene, and m-xylene vapors of 55 ppm, 19 ppm, and 14 ppm, respectively, selectivity, and fast responses (<10 s to reach equilibrium), exhibiting the potential ability for on-site, real-time sensing applications. The sensing mechanism involves the selective adsorption of analytes in the concentrator film, which in turn mediates changes in the electronic potentials at the polymer-SWCNT interface and potentially changes in the tunneling barriers between nanotubes. PMID:26848660

  20. Integrated Gas Sensing System of SWCNT and Cellulose Polymer Concentrator for Benzene, Toluene, and Xylenes

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    Jisun Im

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available An integrated cellulose polymer concentrator/single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT sensing system is demonstrated to detect benzene, toluene, and xylenes (BTX vapors. The sensing system consists of functionalized cellulose as a selective concentrator disposed directly on top of a conductive SWCNT sensing layer. Functionalized cellulose concentrator (top layer selectively adsorbs the target analyte and delivers the concentrated analyte as near as possible to the SWCNT sensing layer (bottom layer, which enables the simultaneous concentrating and sensing within a few seconds. The selectivity can be achieved by functionalizing cellulose acetate with a pentafluorophenylacetyl selector that interacts strongly with the target BTX analytes. A new design of the integrated cellulose concentrator/SWCNT sensing system allows high sensitivity with limits of detection for benzene, toluene, and m-xylene vapors of 55 ppm, 19 ppm, and 14 ppm, respectively, selectivity, and fast responses (<10 s to reach equilibrium, exhibiting the potential ability for on-site, real-time sensing applications. The sensing mechanism involves the selective adsorption of analytes in the concentrator film, which in turn mediates changes in the electronic potentials at the polymer-SWCNT interface and potentially changes in the tunneling barriers between nanotubes.

  1. Benzene, toluene and xylenes levels in new and used vehicles of the same model.

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    Faber, Joanna; Brodzik, Krzysztof; Golda-Kopek, Anna; Lomankiewicz, Damian

    2013-11-01

    The aim of this work was to determine the level of benzene, toluene, o-xylene and m, p-xylene (BTX) in air samples collected from the cabins of new and used vehicles of the same model. Ten new vehicles were examined in order to check interior emission from materials used to equip the passenger compartment. In order to compare and define the impact of exhaust gases, air samples were also collected from two used cars, at different mileages (up to 20,000 km). All vehicles tested were of the same type. Samples were collected onto Carbograph 1TD sorbent, thermally desorbed and examined with the use of gas chromatography with flame ionisation and mass spectrometry detectors. All results obtained were referred to Polish and German requirements for indoor air quality (both in public buildings and in workspace environments). Average benzene, toluene, o-xylene and m, p-xylene concentrations in new cars were determined at the level of 11.8 microg/m3, 82.7 micro/m3, 21.2 microg/m3 and 89.5 micro/m3, respectively. In the used cars, BTX concentration increased with increasing vehicle mileage. The most significant increase of BTX concentration was observed above 11,000 km mileage. PMID:24552062

  2. Degradation of Eu(fod)3 electronic excitation energy in benzene, toluene, and o-xylene solutions

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    Ways of energy dissipation resulting from Eu(fod)3 electronic excitation in homological series of solvents-benzene, toluene and o-xylene have been studied. It is ascertained that probability of the electronic excitation energy degradation increases with an increase in the number of methyl groups at aromatic ring. The values of the activation energy of Eu(fod)3 chelate excited state quenching, which correlate with the number of methyl groups in the series benzene (35.6±1.3 kJ/mol), toluene (39.3±1.3 kJ/mol), o-xylene (54.4±0.8 kJ/mol), have been determined. The results obtained suggest that the main contribution to Eu(3+) electronic excitation energy degradation in homological series benzene, toluene, o-xylene is made by nonradiating energy transfer to high-frequency overtones of oscillations in the solvent C-H groups

  3. Conversion of toluene to benzene and mixed xylenes on old Thermofor Catalytic Cracking Units (TCC) in Russia

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    Romero, Alfonso; Usachev, Nikolai Y.; Kalinin, Valera P. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow (Russian Federation). Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry]. E-mails: romero@orc.ru; ny@ioc.ac.ru

    2004-07-01

    World demand on toluene was in regression during the last years due to environmental and economical reasons, and there is a surplus of this compound from the processing to the petrochemical products. Disproportionation and transalkylation for the production of benzene and xylenes from toluene are now important industrial processes (Ikai Wang, 1999.). We analyze here the possibility of processing toluene on the Russian 43-102 'Houdry' type continuous Catalytic Cracking units (TCC), by studying the behaviour of EMCAT-100 catalyst on the disproportionation of toluene under the VHSV, temperature and catalyst/feed mass ratio characteristic for 43-102 facilities. Our previous results show that toluene disproportionation could be carried out on the Russian TCC units. (author)

  4. Experimental study and kinetic modeling of the thermal degradation of aromatic volatile organic compounds (benzene, toluene and xylene-para) in methane flames; Etude experimentale et modelisation cinetique de la degradation thermique des composes organiques volatils aromatiques benzenes, toluene et para-xylene dans des flammes de methane

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    Dupont, L.

    2001-02-01

    This study treats of the thermal degradation of a family of aromatic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in laminar premixed methane flames at low pressure. The experimental influence of benzene, toluene and xylene-para on the structure of a reference methane flame has been studied. The molar fraction profiles of the stable and reactive, aliphatic, aromatic and cyclic species have been established by the coupling of the molecular beam sampling/mass spectroscopy technique with the gas chromatography/mass spectroscopy technique. Temperature profiles have been measured using a covered thermocouple. A detailed kinetic mechanism of oxidation of these compounds in flame conditions has been developed. Different available sub-mechanisms have been used as references: the GDF-Kin 1.0 model for the oxidation of methane and the models of Tan and Franck (1996) and of Lindstedt and Maurice (1996) in the case of benzene and toluene. In the case of para-xylene, a model has been developed because no mechanisms was available in the literature. These different mechanisms have been refined, completed or adjusted by comparing the experimental results with those obtained by kinetic modeling. The complete kinetic mechanism, comprising 156 chemical species involved in 1072 reactions allows to reproduce all the experimental observations in a satisfactory manner. The kinetic analysis of reactions velocity has permitted to determine oxidation kinetic schemes for benzene, toluene, xylene-para and for the cyclopentadienyl radical, main species at the origin of the rupture of the aromatic cycle. Reactions of recombination with the methyl radicals formed during methane oxidation, of the different aromatic or aliphatic radicals created during the oxidation of aromatics, play an important role and lead to the formation of several aromatic pollutants (ethyl-benzene for instance) or aliphatic pollutants (butadiene or penta-diene for instance) in flames. (J.S.)

  5. Substrate interactions of benzene, toluene, and para-xylene during microbial degradation by pure cultures and mixed culture aquifer slurries

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    Release of petroleum hydrocarbons in the environment is a widespread occurrence. One particular concern is the contamination of drinking water sources by the toxic, water-soluble, and mobile petroleum components benzene, toluene, and xylene (BTX). Benzene, toluene, and p-xylene (BTX) were degraded by indigenous mixed cultures in sandy aquifer material and by two pure cultures isolated from the same site. Although BTX compounds have a similar chemical structure, the fate of individual BTX compounds differed when the compounds were fed to each pure culture and mixed culture aquifer slurries. The identification of substrate interactions aided the understanding of this behavior. Beneficial substrate interactions included enhanced degradation of benzene-dependent degradation of toluene and p-xylene by Arthrobacter sp. strain HCB. Detrimental substrate interactions included retardation in benzene and toluene degradation by the presence of p-xylene in both aquifer slurries and Pseudomonas incubations. The catabolic diversity of microbes in the environment precludes generalizations about the capacity of individual BTX compounds to enhance or inhibit the degradation of other BTX compounds

  6. Removal of benzene and toluene in horizontal-flow anaerobic immobilized biomass reactor (HAIBR) in the presence of sulfate

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    Cattony, E.B.M.; Chinalia, F.A.; Adorno, M.A.T.; Moraes, E.M.; Zaiat, M.; Foresti, E.; Varesche, M.B.A. [Sao Paulo Univ., Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil). Biological Processes Laboratory

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    The removal of toluene and benzene from organic waste by microorganisms was tested in two bioreactors. Two horizontal-flow anaerobic immobilized biomass (HAIB) reactors were fed with Zinder medium to stimulate anaerobic sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB). The chemical oxygen demand (COD) and sulfate analysis were assessed and acetic acid, toluene and benzene were analyzed in gas chromatography. Microbial communities were characterized by fluorescence, optical electron microscopy and molecular biology analysis. The HAIB reactors achieved steady state within 2 weeks following hydrocarbon compound amendments. Depletion of sulfate was achieved after this time, along with removal of toluene and benzene. The inflow COD for both reactors was more than 95 per cent. The HAIB reactor operated under sulfidogenic conditions. It was concluded that the use of benzene and toluene is an efficient and cost-effective method for treating contaminated water, particularly for tropical developing countries. The study emphasized the importance of SRB populations in bioreactors to degrade organic aromatics under oxygen reduced conditions. 10 refs., 4 figs.

  7. Simplified sonochemical preparation of titania embedded with selected metals for purification of benzene and toluene.

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    Lee, Joon Yeob; Jo, Wan-Kuen

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    Titania (TiO2) photocatalysts, each embedded with one of six metals (Ag, Ce, Co, Fe, Mg, and Mn), were prepared using a simplified ultrasonic process. The characteristics of the prepared metal-embedded TiO2 (metal-TiO2) were determined using transmission electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction spectroscopy, photoluminescence emission spectroscopy, UV-visible spectroscopy, and nitrogen adsorption-desorption. Except for Co-TiO2, the metal-TiO2 photocatalysts showed improved performance for the decomposition of gaseous benzene and toluene, which are two of the most problematic indoor air pollutants that can cause a variety of adverse health symptoms, under daylight lamp irradiation. Photocatalytic activity was greatest for the Mg-TiO2 sample, followed by, in order, the Ag-TiO2, Ce-TiO2, Fe-TiO2, Mn-TiO2, unmodified TiO2, and Co-TiO2 samples. Although Mg-TiO2 showed the least redshift in its light absorption and the highest electron-hole recombination rate among the metal-TiO2 photocatalysts, it yielded the highest photocatalytic activity, likely because of its increased adsorption capacity and anatase composition. The degradation of benzene and toluene over Mg-TiO2 improved as ultrasound treatment amplitude increased from 20 to 37 ?m, then decreased gradually as amplitude was further increased to 49 ?m. Degradation efficiency also improved as ultrasound operation time increased from 30 to 60 min, then decreased gradually as amplitude was further increased to 90 min. Overall, this process could be utilized to prepare metal-TiO2 photocatalysts with improved performance for the decomposition of gas phase pollutants under daylight lamp irradiation. PMID:26384905

  8. Genetic effects of thinner, benzene and toluene in Drosophila melanogaster. 2. Sex linked recessive lethal, mutations and translocations II-III

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    Full Text Available The effects of thinner, benzene and toluene on the;induction of sex-linked recessive lethal mutations and translocations 11-111 in D~osophila melanogaster were investigated by means of a genetic scheme designed. by Oster and a modified z for statistical analysis. Thinner induced sex-linked recessive lethals while benzene and toluene did not. Translocations 11-111 were produced only by benzene.

  9. Genotoxicity and apoptosis in Drosophila melanogaster exposed to benzene, toluene and xylene: Attenuation by quercetin and curcumin

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    Monocyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (MAHs) such as benzene, toluene and xylene are being extensively used for various industrial and household purposes. Exposure to these hydrocarbons, occupationally or non-occupationally, is harmful to organisms including human. Several studies tested for toxicity of benzene, toluene and xylene, and interestingly, only a few studies looked into the attenuation. We used Drosophila model to test the genotoxic and apoptotic potential of these compounds and subsequently evaluated the efficiency of two phytochemicals, namely, quercetin and curcumin in attenuating test chemical induced toxicity. We exposed third instar larvae of wild type Drosophila melanogaster (Oregon R+) to 1.0-100.0 mM benzene, toluene or xylene, individually, for 12, 24 and 48 h and examined their apoptotic and genotoxic potential. We observed significantly (P < 0.001) increased apoptotic markers and genotoxicity in a concentration- and time-dependent manner in organisms exposed to benzene, toluene or xylene. We also observed significantly (P < 0.001) increased cytochrome P450 activity in larvae exposed to test chemicals and this was significantly reduced in the presence of 3',4'-dimethoxyflavone, a known Aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) blocker. Interestingly, we observed a significant reduction in cytochrome P450 activity, GST levels, oxidative stress parameters, genotoxic and apoptotic endpoints when organisms were exposed simultaneously to test chemical along with quercetin or curcumin. The study further suggests the suitability of D. melanogaster as an alternate animal model for toxicological studies involving benzene, toluene and xylene and its potential in studying the protective role(s) of phytochemicals.

  10. Thermodynamics of mixtures containing oxaalkanes. 6. Random mixing in ether + benzene, or + toluene systems

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    The Flory model has been applied to linear or cyclic ether + benzene, or +toluene mixtures. In addition, the relative variation of the molar excess enthalpy, HmE, along homologous series of the considered systems, has been discussed taking into account the contributions to HmE from the ether-ether, aromatic-aromatic and ether-aromatic interactions. It has been shown that in CH3(CH2)u-1O(CH2CH2O)v(CH2)u-1CH3 + benzene mixtures, the u increase (v fixed) leads to a weakening of interactions between unlike molecules, and that proximity effects also weaken this type of interactions. In contrast, the v increase (u fixed) or cyclization lead to stronger interactions between unlike molecules. From the application of the model, it is concluded that the random mixing hypothesis may be considered to be valid to a large extent for many of the investigated solutions. Erroneously, strong orientational effects are predicted for 1,3-dioxolane, or 1,4-dioxane + benzene systems, but this has been attributed to the model can not describe asymmetric HmE curves when the mixture compounds show close values for Vi (molar volume) and for Vi* (reduction parameter for volume). Previous calculations on the basis of the Kirkwood-Buff integrals formalism confirm that the mixture structure is close to random mixing. Flory results on the excess molar volumes have been discussed taking into account the so-called curvature and P* contributions to this excess function.

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. Feasibility the Biological Monitoring of Workers Exposed to Benzene and Toluene via Measuring the Parent Compounds in the Exhaled Breath

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    Hosseini

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Background Solvents such as benzene and toluene are commonly used in tire manufacturing, and significant occupational exposure to these chemicals adversely affects the health of workers. In biological monitoring, a complementary method for personal monitoring, the internal absorbed dose is measured and individual, environmental, and exposure differences are taken into consideration. Objectives The present study evaluated external doses by personal monitoring and investigated a more practical approach to biological monitoring by measuring the internal doses of benzene and toluene in workers involved in tire manufacturing. Materials and Methods Personal monitoring of 100 workers in tire factories A and B (n = 50 samples from each factory, n = 100 total personal samples was performed using the national institute for occupational safety and health 1501 method. Biological monitoring of the workers was performed by collecting exhaled air in Tedlar® bags (n = 100. Personal and biological samples were analyzed by a gas chromatograph equipped with a flame ionization detector. Data were analyzed by independent t-test and correlation coefficients. Results There were no significant differences between factories with respect to worker age or work history. Personal exposure to benzene exceeded the current threshold limit value in 68% of workers. Occupational exposure to benzene and toluene as external (i.e. in the breathing area and internal doses (i.e. in the exhaled air were significantly higher in factory B than factory A. In addition, the external and internal doses of both compounds were significantly correlated. Conclusions The workplace conditions of tire factories must be improved. The biological exposure index can be calculated by determining the unchanged benzene and toluene concentrations in exhaled air; this can be used as a more reliable method for personal monitoring.

  14. Adsorption of vapor-phase VOCs (benzene and toluene) on modified clays and its relation with surface properties

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    Lopez-Cortes, C.; Gallardo-Velazquez, T.; Arellano-Cardenas, S. [National School of Biological Sciences (Mexico). Biophysics Dept.; Osorio-Revilla, G. [National School of Biological Sciences (Mexico). Biochemical Engineering Dept.

    2008-04-15

    A study was conducted to investigate the potential use of modified clays for the adsorption of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) present in air. These VOCs which include toluene and benzene, are among the main air pollutants that represent a human health risk at high concentrations, mostly in indoor environments. In this study, a Mexican bentonite was used to prepare 3 modified clays, notably an organoclay (OC-CPC) by intercalating cetylpyridinium chloride (CPC); an aluminum-pillared clay (Al-PILC); and an inorganic-organic clay (IOC-CPC) prepared from Al-PILC intercalating CPC. Their structures were differentiated by infrared and thermogravimetric analyses, and the interlayer distance was assessed through X-ray diffraction. Toluene and benzene adsorption on OC-CPC was higher than in IOC-CPC and Al-PILC. Natural clay showed no adsorption capacity for these compounds. Comparison of the gas chromatography retention times for non polar and low-polarity compounds (octyne and benzene) in columns packed with OC-CPC and a commercial non polar column (squalene) showed that the OC-CPC possessed a higher organophilic (non polar) nature than squalene. This explains the higher benzene and toluene adsorption capacity of the OC-CPC compared with the other modified clays. It was concluded that organoclays represent a potential alternative for the adsorption of volatile organic compounds such as benzene and toluene present in indoor environments. Since the OC-CPC is hydrophobic by nature, the relative humidity of water vapour in the environment would not affects its adsorption capacity. 27 refs., 5 tabs., 5 figs.

  15. Optimization of SPE for Analysis of Mandelic Acid as a Biomarker of Exposure to Ethyl Benzene

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    SJ Shahtaheri, M Abdollahi, F Golbabaei, A Rahimi-Froushani, F Ghamari

    2004-01-01

    Ethyl benzene is an important constituent of widely used solvents in industries and laboratories, causing widespread environmental and industrial pollutions. For evaluation of occupational exposure to such pollutants, biological monitoring is an essential process, in which, preparation of environmental and biological samples is one of the most time-consuming and error-prone aspects prior to chromatographic techniques. The use of solid-phase extraction (SPE) has been grown and is a fertile tec...

  16. The Role of Acid Strength of Modified NaX Zeoliteson Gas Phase Ethylation of Benzene

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    Sanghamitra Barman

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The role of acid strength of modified NaX zeolites in gas phase ethylation of benzene were studied over Ce exchanged NaX zeolite of different types. Acidity of the modified zeolite was investigated by means of adsorbing ammonia at different temperature. The conversion of reactantsvaries with the acid strength as well as the different types of the zeolites. The strong acid sites are active centers while the weak acid sites are inactive. The influences of various process parameters such as temperature, space-time and the feed ratio of benzene to ethanol on benzene conversion over most acidic zeolite were studied. The kinetic and adsorption constants of the rate equations were estimated by the best fit. From the estimated kinetic constants, the activation energies and frequency factors for various reactions were determined. The activation energy values compared well with those reported by other investigators for same reactions over similar catalysts.

  17. Analysis of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes in soils by headspace and gas chromatography/flame ionization detector

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    Jurandir Pereira Pinto

    2006-02-01

    Full Text Available The constituents of gasoline: benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes (BTEX are frequently found in soils due to leaks in fuel storage tanks and they present chronic toxicity. In this work it was developed and validated a methodology of BTEX analysis in soil by gas chromatography/ flame ionization detector and static headspace. The recovery of BTEX in soil samples was evaluated using soils with different textures (sandy and loamy. The analysis method showed good resolution, in a low time of analysis (less than 30 minutes. Limits of quantification of 0.05 mg Kg¯¹ soil for benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes are below the guiding values that range from 0.15 to 95 mg Kg¯¹ soil, established to determine soil quality. It was verified that the methodology enables the use of this method for BTEX analysis of soil samples for passive environmental identification of gas stations.

  18. Anaerobic Degradation of Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, and o-Xylene in Sediment-Free Iron-Reducing Enrichment Cultures

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    Jahn, Michael K.; Haderlein, Stefan B.; Meckenstock, Rainer U.

    2005-01-01

    Monoaromatic hydrocarbons such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene (BTEX) are widespread contaminants in groundwater. We examined the anaerobic degradation of BTEX compounds with amorphous ferric oxide as electron acceptor. Successful enrichment cultures were obtained for all BTEX substrates both in the presence and absence of AQDS (9,10-anthraquinone-2,6-disulfonic acid). The electron balances showed a complete anaerobic oxidation of the aromatic compounds to CO2. This is the first...

  19. Substrate interactions of benzene, toluene, and para-xylene during microbial degradation by pure cultures and mixed culture aquifer slurries.

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    Alvarez, P J; Vogel, T M

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    Benzene, toluene, and p-xylene (BTX) were degraded by indigenous mixed cultures in sandy aquifer material and by two pure cultures isolated from the same site. Although BTX compounds have a similar chemical structure, the fate of individual BTX compounds differed when the compounds were fed to each pure culture and mixed culture aquifer slurries. The identification of substrate interactions aided the understanding of this behavior. Beneficial substrate interactions included enhanced degradati...

  20. 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

  1. Subclinical effects of groundwater contaminants. Pt. 4. Effects of repeated oral exposure to combinations of benzene and toluene on regional brain monoamine metabolism in mice

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    Hsieh, G.C.; Parker, R.D.R. (Utah State Univ., Logan, UT (USA). Dept. of Biology); Sharma, R.P. (Utah State Univ., Logan, UT (USA). Dept. of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences)

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    The effect of combined treatment with benzene and toluene on the endogenous concentrations of the catecholamines norepinephrine (NE) and dopamine (DA), the catecholamine metabolites vanillylmandelic acid (VMA), 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC) and homovanillic acid (HVA), and the indoleamine serotonin (5-HT) and its metabolite 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid (5-HIAA), were investigated in six discrete brain regions of CD-1 mice. Groups of male, adult mice were continuously exposed to benzene (166 mg/l), toluene (80 and 325 mg/l), and combinations of benzene + toluene (80 or 325 mg/l) in drinking water for 4 weeks. Benzene produced increases of NE in the hypothalamus, cortex, midbrain and medulla oblongata, DA in the hypothalamus and corpus striatum, and 5-HT in all dissected brain regions except cerebellum. Elevated levels of various monoamine metabolites were also observed in these brain areas. Toluene ingestion alone also significantly increased the concentrations of NE, DA, 5-HT, and their metabolites in several brain regions. Mice given the combined treatments exhibited raised regional neurochemical levels when compared to the untreated controls. Increased concentrations of biogenic amine metabolites in several brain regions were greater in the combined exposures of benzene and toluene than when either chemical was used alone. The findings were different from those observed on immune parameters using similar treatment protocols, where simultaneous exposure to toluene prevented the immunotoxic effects of benzene. (orig./MG).

  2. 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.

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

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    Bravo, H.; Sosa, R.; Sanchez, P. [Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, Ciudad Universitaria (Mexico). Centro de Ciencias de la Atmosfera; Bueno, E.; Gonzalez, L. [Centro Nacional de Investigacion y Capacitacion Ambiental, Instituto Nacional de Ecologia, SEMARNAP, Mexico (Mexico)

    2002-08-01

    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. (author)

  4. Development of portable preconcentration-gas chromatography system for fast analysis of trace benzene, toluene and xylene in air

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    An automated on-line portable preconcentration-short column gas chromatography was developed, which used preconcentrator using adsorption tube with Tenax-GR and Curie-point heating. The developed system operated with 3 steps of processing, preconcentration, thermal desorption, and analysis and cleaning, and could continued operating within 1 ? 2 min cycle. The recoveries of preconcentrator for toluene was ranged between 94.7±6.6% and 103.8±3.1% with less than 7% of RSD. For benzene, toluene and xylene(BTX) standard gas test, IDL was 41, 49, 472 ng/m3 benzene, toluene and ?-xylene, respectively. The BTX mixture was analyzed within 30 sec with baseline separation by the system equipped with 4 m long capillary column. The deficiency of separation power caused by short column was solved by the control of sample injection volume and inlet/outlet pressure ratio. The automated portable preconcentration-short column gas chromatograph system was found to be useful for the continuous air monitoring of BTX at ppb levels ambient air

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

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    Paolo Viotti; Marco Schiavon; Renato Gavasci; Andrea G. Capodaglio

    2015-01-01

    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 w...

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

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    Abdulrahman Bahrami; Hosien Mahjub; Marzieh Sadeghian; Farideh Golbabaei

    2011-01-01

    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. T...

  7. Health Risk Assessment of Ambient Air Concentrations of Benzene, Toluene and Xylene (BTX in Service Station Environments

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    Benjamin Edokpolo

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available A comprehensive evaluation of the adverse health effects of human exposures to BTX from service station emissions was carried out using BTX exposure data from the scientific literature. The data was grouped into different scenarios based on activity, location and occupation and plotted as Cumulative Probability Distributions (CPD plots. Health risk was evaluated for each scenario using the Hazard Quotient (HQ at 50% (CEXP50 and 95% (CEXP95 exposure levels. HQ50 and HQ95 > 1 were obtained with benzene in the scenario for service station attendants and mechanics repairing petrol dispensing pumps indicating a possible health risk. The risk was minimized for service stations using vapour recovery systems which greatly reduced the benzene exposure levels. HQ50 and HQ95 < 1 were obtained for all other scenarios with benzene suggesting minimal risk for most of the exposed population. However, HQ50 and HQ95 < 1 was also found with toluene and xylene for all scenarios, suggesting minimal health risk. The lifetime excess Cancer Risk (CR and Overall Risk Probability for cancer on exposure to benzene was calculated for all Scenarios and this was higher amongst service station attendants than any other scenario.

  8. A chromosomally based tod-luxCDABE whole-cell reporter for benzene, toluene, ethybenzene, and xylene (BTEX) sensing

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    A tod-luxCDABE fusion was constructed and introduced into the chromosome of Pseudomonas putida F1, yielding the strain TVA8. This strain was used to examine the induction of the tod operon when exposed to benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene (BTEX) compounds and aqueous solutions of JP-4 jet fuel constituents. Since this system contained the complete lux cassette (luxCDABE), bacterial bioluminescence in response to putative chemical inducers of the tod operon was measured on-line in whole cells without added aldehyde substrate. There was an increasing response to toluene concentrations from 30 microg/liter to 50 mg/liter, which began to saturate at higher concentrations. The detection limit was 30 microg/liter. There was a significant light response to benzene, m- and p-xylenes, phenol, and water-soluble JP-4 jet fuel components, but there was no bioluminescence response upon exposure to o-xylene. The transposon insertion was stable and had no negative effect on cell growth

  9. 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)

  10. On-line CO, CO2 emissions evaluation and (benzene, toluene, xylene) determination from experimental burn of tropical biomass.

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    Tawfiq, Mohammed F; Aroua, Mohamed Kheireddine; Sulaiman, Nik Meriam Nik

    2015-07-01

    Atmospheric pollution and global warming issues are increasingly becoming major environmental concerns. Fire is one of the significant sources of pollutant gases released into the atmosphere; and tropical biomass fires, which are of particular interest in this study, contribute greatly to the global budget of CO and CO2. This pioneer research simulates the natural biomass burning strategy in Malaysia using an experimental burning facility. The investigation was conducted on the emissions (CO2, CO, and Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, Xylenes (BTEX)) from ten tropical biomass species. The selected species represent the major tropical forests that are frequently subjected to dry forest fire incidents. An experimental burning facility equipped with an on-line gas analyzer was employed to determine the burning emissions. The major emission factors were found to vary among the species, and the specific results were as follows. The moisture content of a particular biomass greatly influenced its emission pattern. The smoke analysis results revealed the existence of BTEX, which were sampled from a combustion chamber by enrichment traps aided with a universal gas sampler. The BTEX were determined by organic solvent extraction followed by GC/MS quantification, the results of which suggested that the biomass burning emission factor contributed significant amounts of benzene, toluene, and m,p-xylene. The modified combustion efficiency (MCE) changed in response to changes in the sample moisture content. Therefore, this study concluded that the emission of some pollutants mainly depends on the burning phase and sample moisture content of the biomass. PMID:26141898

  11. Tar removal from biosyngas in the biomass gasification process. (Liquid + liquid) equilibrium {water + solvent (paraxylene and methyl hexadecanoate) + model molecules of tar (benzene, toluene, phenol)}

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    Highlights: ? (Liquid + liquid) equilibria at atmospheric pressure. ? Solubility of benzene (or toluene or phenol) in paraxylene at (303 to 343) K. ? Solubility of benzene (or toluene or phenol) in methyl palmitate or methyl hexadecanoate at (303 to 343) K. ? Correlation of LLE using NRTL model. - Abstract: Tar is generated in the process by the condensation of the gas resulting from biomass gasification. The objective of this work is a contribution to the database on thermodynamic quantity which will be useful at the operation of tar removal from aqueous medium. With this aim, (liquid + liquid) equilibrium of {water + solvent (paraxylene and methyl hexadecanoate) + model molecules of tar (benzene, toluene, phenol)} was studied at temperatures (303.2, 323.2, and 343.2) K. The data obtained were correlated with the non-random two-liquid (NRTL) model.

  12. Evaluation of seawater contamination with benzene, toluene and xylene in EHE Ubatuba Region and study of their degradation by ionizing radiation

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    A major concern with leaking petroleum is the environmental contamination by 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 xylenes, and their removal by exposure to 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 headspace concentrator with MSGC detector. The minimal detected limits (MDL) obtained at FIDGC were of 0.50 ?g/L for benzene, 0.70 /L for toluene, and 1.54 /L for xylenes, and the obtained experimental variability was 15%. While the concentrator type Headspace system with MS detector showed higher MDL, about of 9.30 mg/L for benzene, 8.50 mg/L for toluene, and 9.80 mg/L for xylenes, 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. The results showed 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. For toluene the removal were from 20% to 60% with 15 kGy and xylenes were removed from 20% to 80% with 15 kGy and similar concentrations. (author)

  13. Spatial variability in levels of benzene, formaldehyde, and total benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes in New York City: a land-use regression study

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    Kheirbek Iyad

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Hazardous air pollutant exposures are common in urban areas contributing to increased risk of cancer and other adverse health outcomes. While recent analyses indicate that New York City residents experience significantly higher cancer risks attributable to hazardous air pollutant exposures than the United States as a whole, limited data exist to assess intra-urban variability in air toxics exposures. Methods To assess intra-urban spatial variability in exposures to common hazardous air pollutants, street-level air sampling for volatile organic compounds and aldehydes was conducted at 70 sites throughout New York City during the spring of 2011. Land-use regression models were developed using a subset of 59 sites and validated against the remaining 11 sites to describe the relationship between concentrations of benzene, total BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylenes and formaldehyde to indicators of local sources, adjusting for temporal variation. Results Total BTEX levels exhibited the most spatial variability, followed by benzene and formaldehyde (coefficient of variation of temporally adjusted measurements of 0.57, 0.35, 0.22, respectively. Total roadway length within 100?m, traffic signal density within 400?m of monitoring sites, and an indicator of temporal variation explained 65% of the total variability in benzene while 70% of the total variability in BTEX was accounted for by traffic signal density within 450?m, density of permitted solvent-use industries within 500?m, and an indicator of temporal variation. Measures of temporal variation, traffic signal density within 400?m, road length within 100?m, and interior building area within 100?m (indicator of heating fuel combustion predicted 83% of the total variability of formaldehyde. The models built with the modeling subset were found to predict concentrations well, predicting 62% to 68% of monitored values at validation sites. Conclusions Traffic and point source emissions cause substantial variation in street-level exposures to common toxic volatile organic compounds in New York City. Land-use regression models were successfully developed for benzene, formaldehyde, and total BTEX using spatial indicators of on-road vehicle emissions and emissions from stationary sources. These estimates will improve the understanding of health effects of individual pollutants in complex urban pollutant mixtures and inform local air quality improvement efforts that reduce disparities in exposure.

  14. Experimental and theoretical study of surface tension of binary mixtures of (n-alkyl acetates + heptane, benzene, and toluene)

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    Surface properties of binary mixtures of (n-alkyl acetates + heptane, benzene, and toluene) have been measured by surface tension method at T = 298.15 K and atmospheric pressure. Also, the surface tension has been predicted based on the Suarez method. This method combines a model for the description of surface tension of liquid mixtures with a group contribution method for the calculation of activity coefficient. The mean relative standard deviations obtained from the comparison of experimental (measured) and calculated surface tension values for the eight binary systems are less than 1.5%, which leads to concluding that the model shows a good accuracy in different situations in comparison with other predicted equations. In addition, the relative Gibbs adsorption and the surface mole fraction have been evaluated using this model. The surface tension deviations were calculated from experimental results and have been fitted to the Redlich-Kister type polynomial relation

  15. Infrared hollow waveguide sensors for simultaneous gas phase detection of benzene, toluene, and xylenes in field environments.

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    Young, Christina R; Menegazzo, Nicola; Riley, Andrew E; Brons, Cornelius H; DiSanzo, Frank P; Givens, Jacquelyn L; Martin, John L; Disko, Mark M; Mizaikoff, Boris

    2011-08-15

    Simultaneous and molecularly selective parts-per-billion detection of benzene, toluene, and xylenes (BTX) using a thermal desorption (TD)-FTIR hollow waveguide (HWG) trace gas sensor is demonstrated here for the first time combining laboratory calibration with real-world sample analysis in field. A calibration range of 100-1000 ppb analyte/N(2) was developed and applied for predicting the concentration of blinded environmental air samples within the same concentration range, and demonstrate close agreement with the validation method used here, GC-FID. The analyte concentration prediction capability of the TD-FTIR-HWG trace gas sensor also compares well with the industrial standard and other experimental techniques including GC-PID, ultrafast GC-FID, and GC-DMS, which were simultaneously operated in the field. With the advent of a quantum cascade laser with emission frequencies specifically tailored to efficiently overlap benzene absorption as the most relevant analyte, the overall sensor footprint could be considerably reduced to ultimately yield hand-held trace gas sensors facilitating direct and real-time detection of BTX in air down to low ppb levels. PMID:21612210

  16. Ceria Zirconia Mixed Oxides Prepared by Hydrothermal Templating Method for the Oxidation of Ethyl Benzene

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    Cimi A Daniel

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available CeO2–ZrO2 oxides were prepared by the surfactant-templated method using cetyl trimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB as template. These were characterized by XRD, FT-IR, TEM, SEM, BET and TPD-CO2. The XRD data showed that as prepared CeO2-ZrO2 powder particles have single phase cubic fluorite structure. HRTEM shows mesoscopic ordering. Average particle size is 12-13 nm as calculated from particle histogram. The nitrogen adsorption/desorption isotherm were classified to be type IV isotherm, typical of mesoporous material. The presence of uni-modal mesopores are confirmed by the pore size distribution which shows pore distribution at around 60 A°. The catalytic activities of the prepared material were tested in liquid phase oxidation of ethylbenzene with tert-butyl hydroperoxide (TBHP as an oxidant. Ceria zirconia catalyst modified with chromium was active for ethylbenzene conversion (65.3% with 77% selectivity towards acetophenone.  © 2013 BCREC UNDIP. All rights reservedReceived: 4th June 2013; Revised: 20th July 2013; Accepted: 18th August 2013[How to Cite: Daniel, C.A., Sugunan, S. (2013. Ceria Zirconia Mixed Oxides Prepared by Hydrothermal Templating Method for the Oxidation of Ethyl Benzene. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering & Catalysis, 8 (2: 97-104. (doi:10.9767/bcrec.8.2.5053.97-104][Permalink/DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.9767/bcrec.8.2.5053.97-104

  17. An effort to test the embryotoxicity of benzene, toluene, xylene, and formaldehyde to murine embryonic stem cells using airborne exposure technique.

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    Shen, Shuijie; Yuan, Lingmin; Zeng, Su

    2009-10-01

    Benzene, toluene, xylene, and formaldehyde are well-known indoor air pollutants, especially after house decoration. They are also common pollutants in the working places of the plastic industry, chemical industry, and leather industry. It has been reported that these pollutants cause people to be irritated, sick, experience a headache, and be dizzy. They also have the potential to induce asthma, aplastic anemia, and leukemia, even cause abortion or fetus malformation in humans. In this study, the airborne toxicity of benzene, toluene, xylene, and formaldehyde to murine embryonic stem cells (mES cells) were tested using airborne exposure technique to evaluate the mES cell airborne exposure model on embryotoxicity prediction. Briefly, mES cells were cultured on Transwell inserts and were exposed to an airborne surrounding of test chemicals in a chamber for 1 h at 37 degrees C. Cytotoxicity was determined using the MTT assay after further culture for 18 h at 37 degrees C in normal medium. The airborne IC(50) (50% inhibition concentration) of benzene, toluene, xylene, and formaldehyde derived from the fitted dose-response curves were 17,400 +/- 1290, 16,000 +/- 250, 4680 +/- 500, and 620 +/- 310 ppm, respectively. Formaldehyde was found to be the compound most toxic to mES cells compared to benzene homologues. The toxicity data had good correlation with the in vivo data. The results showed that the mES airborne exposure model may be used to predict embryotoxicity of volatile organic compounds. PMID:19635035

  18. 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 μg/L for benzene, 0.70 μg/L for toluene, and 1.54 μg/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 μg/L to 2.0 μg/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)

  19. Separation of toluene from alkanes using 1-ethyl-3-methylpyridinium ethylsulfate ionic liquid at T = 298.15 K and atmospheric pressure

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    In this paper, the separation of toluene from aliphatic hydrocarbons (heptane, or octane, or nonane) was analyzed by solvent extraction with 1-ethyl-3-methylpyridinium ethylsulfate ionic liquid, [EMpy][ESO4]. Liquid-liquid equilibrium (LLE) data for the ternary systems {heptane (1) + toluene (2) + [EMpy][ESO4] (3)}, {octane (1) + toluene (2) + [EMpy][ESO4] (3)}, and {nonane (1) + toluene (2) + [EMpy][ESO4] (3)} were obtained by measurements at T = 298.15 K and atmospheric pressure. The selectivity, % removal of aromatic, and solute distribution ratio, obtained from experimental equilibrium results, were used to determine the ability of [EMpy][ESO4] as a solvent. The degree of consistency of the experimental LLE values was ascertained using the Othmer-Tobias and Hand equations. The experimental results for the ternary systems were correlated with the NRTL model. Finally, the results obtained were compared with other ionic liquids and other solvents.

  20. 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

  1. Optimization of SPE for Analysis of Mandelic Acid as a Biomarker of Exposure to Ethyl Benzene

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    SJ Shahtaheri, M Abdollahi, F Golbabaei, A Rahimi-Froushani, F Ghamari

    2004-10-01

    Full Text Available Ethyl benzene is an important constituent of widely used solvents in industries and laboratories, causing widespread environmental and industrial pollutions. For evaluation of occupational exposure to such pollutants, biological monitoring is an essential process, in which, preparation of environmental and biological samples is one of the most time-consuming and error-prone aspects prior to chromatographic techniques. The use of solid-phase extraction (SPE has been grown and is a fertile technique of sample preparation as it provides better results than those of liquid-liquid extraction (LLE. In this study, SPE using bonded silica has been optimized with regard to sample pH, sample concentration, elution solvent, elution volume, sorbent type, and sorbent mass. Through experimental evaluation, a strong anion exchange silica cartridge (SAX has been found successful in simplifying sample preparation. The present approach proved that, mandelic acid could be retained on SAX sorbent based on specific interaction. Further study was employed using 10% acetic acid to extract the analyte from spiked urine and gave a clean sample for HPLC-UV system. In this study, a high performance liquid chromatography, using reverse-phase column was used. The isocratic run was done at a constant flow rate of 0.85 ml/min, the mobile phase was water/methanol/acetic acid and a UV detector was used, setting at 225 nm. At the developed conditions the extraction recovery was exceeded 98%. The factors were evaluated statically and also validated with three different pools of spiked urine samples and showed a good reproducibility over six consecutive days as well as six within-day experiments.

  2. Irradiation with benzene, toluene and phenol electron beams in aqueous solution; Irradiacion con haces de electrones de benceno, tolueno y fenol en solucion acuosa

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    Santoyo O, E.L.; Lopez V, H.; Vazquez A, O.; Lizama S, B.E.; Garcia F, M. [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, A.P. 18-1027, 11801 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)

    1998-07-01

    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 CO{sub 2} and H{sub 2}O. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Dielectric properties of liquid systems: study of interactions in the systems carbon tetrachloride with benzene, toluene, and p-xylene

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    Adrián H. Buep

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Intermolecular associations in liquid systems of non-polar and slightly polar compounds were studied through excess molar volumes (VEM and excess dielectric properties (εE and n2ED for mixtures of carbon tetrachloride (CCl4 with benzene (C6H6, toluene (C6H5CH3, and p-xylene (p-(CH32C6H4. These excess properties were calculated from measurements of density (ρ, static permittivity (ε, and refractive index (nD over the whole range of concentrations at 298.15 K. The values of the excess dielectric properties for these mixtures were fitted in two different ways, one through least squares using the Redlich–Kister equation and the other using a model developed to explain deviations from ideality. The first fit was found to be descriptive while the second gave the equilibrium constant values for the interaction products actually formed in the mixtures and the respective electronic polarizabilities and dipole moments, indicating the existence of interaction products.

  5. Biodegradation kinetics of benzene and toluene as single and mixed substrate: estimation of biokinetics parameters by applying particle swarm optimization

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    D.E.G., Trigueros; A.N., Módenes; M.A.S.S., Ravagnani.

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper aims to describe the microbial biodegradation kinetics of benzene and toluene as single and mixed substrates. Particle Swarm Optimization (PSO) is used as the parameter identification procedure. Initially, the Monod and Andrews models were used. To predict the interactions between the sub [...] strates, more sophisticated models of inhibition and the SKIP model were applied. The development of the changes on the competitive inhibition model was also described. The models were evaluated using experimental data on Pseudomonas putida F1 activity found in the literature. Simulation results showed that the best description of the biodegradation process of a pure substrate can be achieved by the Andrews model and in the case of a mixture by the modified competitive inhibition model. These results were expected because both substrates are catabolized by the same metabolic pathway through Pseudomonas putida F1. The SKIP model also captured the substrate interactions well. The performance of PSO was excellent and the methodology developed in this work can be considered as very efficient.

  6. Complete Genome Sequences of Pseudomonas monteilii SB3078 and SB3101, Two Benzene-, Toluene-, and Ethylbenzene-Degrading Bacteria Used for Bioaugmentation

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    Dueholm, Morten Simonsen; Albertsen, Mads

    2014-01-01

    Pseudomonas monteilii SB3078 and SB3101 are benzene-, toluene-, and ethylbenzene-degrading strains used for bioaugmentation in relation to treatment of wastewater contaminated with petrochemical hydrocarbons. Complete genome sequencing of the bioaugmentation strains confirms that they are very closely related (100.0% average nucleotide identity). Both strains contain extensive integration of phage elements, with the main difference being insertion of additional phage elements in the SB3078 genome.

  7. 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)

  8. Transgenic plants of Petunia hybrida harboring the CYP2E1 gene efficiently remove benzene and toluene pollutants and improve resistance to formaldehyde

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    Daoxiang, Zhang; Taihe, Xiang; Li, Peihan; Lumin, Bao.

    Full Text Available The CYP2E1 protein belongs to the P450 enzymes family and plays an important role in the metabolism of small molecular and organic pollutants. In this study we generated CYP2E1 transgenic plants of Petunia using Agrobacterium rhizogenes K599. PCR analysis confirmed that the regenerated plants contai [...] ned the CYP2E1 transgene and the rolB gene of the Ri plasmid. Southern blotting revealed the presence of multiple copies of CYP2E1 in the genome of transgenic plants. Fluorescent quantitative PCR revealed exogenous CYP2E1 gene expression in CYP2E1 transgenic plants at various levels, whereas no like expression was detected in either GUS transgenic plants or wild-types. The absorption of benzene and toluene by transgenic plants was analyzed through quantitative gas chromatography. Transgenic plants with high CYP2E1 expression showed a significant increase in absorption capacity of environmental benzene and toluene, compared to control GUS transgenic and wild type plants. Furthermore, these plants also presented obvious improved resistance to formaldehyde. This study, besides being the first to reveal that the CYP2E1 gene enhances plant resistance to formaldehyde, also furnishes a new method for reducing pollutants, such as benzene, toluene and formaldehyde, by using transgenic flowering horticultural plants.

  9. Transgenic plants of Petunia hybrida harboring the CYP2E1 gene efficiently remove benzene and toluene pollutants and improve resistance to formaldehyde

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    Daoxiang Zhang

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The CYP2E1 protein belongs to the P450 enzymes family and plays an important role in the metabolism of small molecular and organic pollutants. In this study we generated CYP2E1 transgenic plants of Petunia using Agrobacterium rhizogenes K599. PCR analysis confirmed that the regenerated plants contained the CYP2E1 transgene and the rolB gene of the Ri plasmid. Southern blotting revealed the presence of multiple copies of CYP2E1 in the genome of transgenic plants. Fluorescent quantitative PCR revealed exogenous CYP2E1 gene expression in CYP2E1 transgenic plants at various levels, whereas no like expression was detected in either GUS transgenic plants or wild-types. The absorption of benzene and toluene by transgenic plants was analyzed through quantitative gas chromatography. Transgenic plants with high CYP2E1 expression showed a significant increase in absorption capacity of environmental benzene and toluene, compared to control GUS transgenic and wild type plants. Furthermore, these plants also presented obvious improved resistance to formaldehyde. This study, besides being the first to reveal that the CYP2E1 gene enhances plant resistance to formaldehyde, also furnishes a new method for reducing pollutants, such as benzene, toluene and formaldehyde, by using transgenic flowering horticultural plants.

  10. Volumetric properties of binary liquid mixtures: Application of the Prigogine-Flory-Patterson theory to excess molar volumes of dichloromethane with benzene or toluene

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    The values of the density were measured for binary liquid mixtures of benzene and toluene with dichloromethane over entire range of concentration using a vibrating-tube densimeter at T = (288.15, 293.15, 298.15, and 303.15) K and atmospheric pressure. The excess molar volumes, calculated from the density results, are positive for the systems of dichloromethane with benzene over the whole concentration range and present an approximate sigmoid curve for the dichloromethane with toluene. The VmE values have been fitted to the Redlich-Kister polynomial equation, and other volumetric properties such as the partial molar volumes, Vi-bar, the apparent molar volume, V?i, and the partial molar excess volumes at infinite dilution, (ViE-bar)?, were calculated over the whole composition range. The Prigogine-Flory-Patterson (PFP) theory and its applicability in predicting VmE at T = 298.15 K are tested. Good agreement was found for the mixtures dichloromethane with benzene. For the mixtures dichloromethane with toluene, which shows an approximate S-shaped VmE behaviour, the correlation fails.

  11. Monitoring of gas station attendants exposure to benzene, toluene, xylene (BTX) using three-color chromosome painting

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    2014-01-01

    Background Chronic exposure of BTX (benzene, toluene, xylene) may lead to progressive degeneration of bone marrow, aplastic anemia and/or leukemia. In Brazil there is no self-service fuel in gas stations and attendants fill the fuel themselves. Due to this they are chronically exposed to high concentration of BTX. Occupational exposure to benzene has been associated with increased chromosomal aberrations in peripheral blood lymphocytes. Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) using whole chromosome painting (wcp) probes allows the rapid detection of chromosomal aberration. In the present study three-color wcp probes for chromosomes 1, 2 and 4 were used for monitoring 60 gas station attendants. Results Blood tests were done and interviews were conducted for each worker. For searching for possible associations between the clinical characteristics and the frequency of chromosomal aberrations the workers were divided into two groups (≤ 10 chromosomal abnormalities per 1,000 metaphases and > 10 chromosomal abnormalities per 1,000 metaphases).The studied workers had a low median age (36 year), albeit long period of BTX exposure (median was 16 years). Low prevalence of smoking and moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages were found in this population. The cytogenetic analysis showed 16.6% (10/60) of workers with a high frequency of chromosomal abnormalities (>10 chromosomal abnormalities per 1,000 metaphases). Translocations were the most frequently observed chromosome aberration. The statistical analysis revealed highly significant differences in skin color (p = 0.002) and a weak significant differences in gender (p = 0.052) distribution between the two groups. Conclusion 16.6% of the studied population showed elevated frequencies of chromosomal abnormalities, which is highly likely to be correlated with their exposure to BTX during their work. Therefore, further studies are needed for better characterize the work associated damage of the genome in gas station workers. It is necessary to better understand the risks that these workers are exposed, so that we can be effective in preventing diseases and maintaining the health of these workers and possibly the offspring. PMID:24576355

  12. Demographic, residential, and behavioral determinants of elevated exposures to benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes among the U.S. population: results from 1999-2000 NHANES.

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    Symanski, Elaine; Stock, Thomas H; Tee, P Grace; Chan, Wenyaw

    2009-01-01

    Volatile organic compounds (VOC) represent a broad spectrum of compounds and there is growing concern that VOC exposures, in addition to increasing risks for cancer, may be implicated in exacerbating asthma and other adverse respiratory effects. Yet little is known about exposures in the U.S. population beyond the seminal Total Exposure Assessment Methodology (TEAM) studies that were conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) between 1979 and 1987. This investigation was carried out to evaluate the relationship between personal exposures to benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX) and socioeconomic, behavioral, demographic, and residential characteristics using a subsample from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) (636 participants who represented an estimated 141,363,503 persons aged 20 to 59 yr in the United States). Personal VOC exposures were evaluated using organic vapor monitors for periods that ranged from 48 to 72 h, and participants were administered a questionnaire regarding personal behaviors and residential characteristics while wearing the monitor. Geometric mean (GM) levels were significantly higher for males for all compounds except toluene. For benzene, GM levels were elevated among smokers and Hispanics. Sociodemographic characteristics could not be evaluated simultaneously in the weighted multiple regression models with the VOC questionnaire data because of issues associated with multicollinearity. Results from the regression analyses suggest that the presence of an attached garage (BTEX), having windows closed in the home during the monitoring period (benzene, toluene), pumping gasoline (toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes), or using paint thinner, brush cleaner, or stripper (xylenes) results in higher exposure in the general population and confirm previous findings of studies that were more regional in scope. Once the complete NHANES VOC data are released, additional study is warranted to explore whether risk factors associated with elevated VOC exposures differ in subgroups of U.S. adults, which should inform efforts to develop approaches for minimizing VOC exposures and ameliorating environmental health risks. PMID:19557620

  13. Benzene, toluene and xylene biodegradation by Pseudomonas putida CCMI 852 Biodegradação de benzeno, tolueno e xileno pela Pseudomonas putida CCMI 852

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    Marcelo Henrique Otenio; Maria Teresa Lopes da Silva; Maria Luiza Oliveira Marques; José Carlos Roseiro; Ederio Dino Bidoia

    2005-01-01

    A minimal liquid medium containing benzene (B), toluene (T) and xylene (X) and mixtures thereof, was used to evaluate degradation activity of Pseudomonas putida CCMI 852 containing a TOL plasmid. Experiments were developed with B, T and X (100 mg L-1), with mixtures of BT, BX, and TX (50 + 50 mg L-1 each) and BTX (33.3 + 33.3 + 33.3 mg L-1 each), added to 500 mL of medium. After 18 to 24 hours, the inoculum was added and solvent disappearance was determined after 24 to 25 hours by GC. Results...

  14. Separation of toluene from alkanes using 1-ethyl-3-methylpyridinium ethylsulfate ionic liquid at T = 298.15 K and atmospheric pressure

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    Gonzalez, Emilio J. [Departamento de Ingenieria Quimica de la Universidad de Vigo, 36310 Vigo (Spain); Calvar, Noelia [Laboratory of Separation and Reaction Engineering, Departamento de Engenharia Quimica, Facultade de Engenharia, Universidade de Porto, Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, 4200-465 Porto (Portugal); Gonzalez, Begona [Departamento de Ingenieria Quimica de la Universidad de Vigo, 36310 Vigo (Spain); Dominguez, Angeles, E-mail: admguez@uvigo.e [Departamento de Ingenieria Quimica de la Universidad de Vigo, 36310 Vigo (Spain)

    2010-06-15

    In this paper, the separation of toluene from aliphatic hydrocarbons (heptane, or octane, or nonane) was analyzed by solvent extraction with 1-ethyl-3-methylpyridinium ethylsulfate ionic liquid, [EMpy][ESO{sub 4}]. Liquid-liquid equilibrium (LLE) data for the ternary systems left braceheptane (1) + toluene (2) + [EMpy][ESO{sub 4}] (3)right brace, left braceoctane (1) + toluene (2) + [EMpy][ESO{sub 4}] (3)right brace, and left bracenonane (1) + toluene (2) + [EMpy][ESO{sub 4}] (3)right brace were obtained by measurements at T = 298.15 K and atmospheric pressure. The selectivity, % removal of aromatic, and solute distribution ratio, obtained from experimental equilibrium results, were used to determine the ability of [EMpy][ESO{sub 4}] as a solvent. The degree of consistency of the experimental LLE values was ascertained using the Othmer-Tobias and Hand equations. The experimental results for the ternary systems were correlated with the NRTL model. Finally, the results obtained were compared with other ionic liquids and other solvents.

  15. Poly(,'-dibromo--ethyl-benzene-1,3-disulphonamide) and ,,','-tetrabromobenzene-1,3-disulphonamide as novel catalysts for synthesis of quinoxaline derivatives

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    Ramin Ghorbani-Vaghei; Somaye Hajinazari

    2013-03-01

    Poly(,'-dibromo--ethyl-benzene-1,3-disulphonamide) [PBBS] and ,,','-tetrabromobenzene-1,3-disulphonamide [TBBDA] were used as efficient catalysts for the synthesis of quinoxaline derivatives in excellent yields from 1,2-diamines and 1,2-dicarbonyls under aqueous and solvent-free conditions.

  16. 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

  17. Crystal structure of octa-?3-selenido-(p-toluene-sulfonato-?O)penta-kis-(tri-ethyl-phosphane-?P)-octa-hedro-hexa-rhenium(III) p-toluene-sulfonate di-chloro-methane disolvate.

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    Edwards, Julia A; McDonald, Robert; Szczepura, Lisa F

    2015-09-01

    The title compound, [Re6Se8{O3SC6H4(CH3)}{P(C2H5)3}5](CH3C6H4SO3)·2CH2Cl2, contains the face-capped hexa-nuclear [Re6(?3-Se)8](2+) cluster core. The [Re6Se8](2+) cluster core displays a non-crystallographic center of symmetry and is bonded through the Re(III) atoms to five tri-ethyl-phosphane ligands and one p-toluene-sulfonate ligand. One p-toluene-sulfonate counter-ion and two di-chloro-methane solvent mol-ecules are also present in the asymmetric unit. One of the ethyl chains of one triethylphos-phane ligand and one of the CH2Cl2 solvent molecules are disordered over two sets of sites (occupancy ratios 0.65:0.35 and 0.5:0.5, respectively). The Re-O(sulfon-ate) bond length of 2.123?(5)?Å is similar to other Re-O bond lengths of hexa-nuclear rhenium chalcogenide clusters containing other O-donor ligands such as dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), di-methyl-formamide (DMF) and hydroxide. PMID:26396864

  18. Crystal structure of octa-?3-selenido-(p-toluene­sulfonato-?O)penta­kis­(tri­ethyl­phosphane-?P)-octa­hedro-hexa­rhenium(III) p-toluene­sulfonate di­chloro­methane disolvate

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    Edwards, Julia A.; McDonald, Robert; Szczepura, Lisa F.

    2015-01-01

    The title compound, [Re6Se8{O3SC6H4(CH3)}{P(C2H5)3}5](CH3C6H4SO3)·2CH2Cl2, contains the face-capped hexa­nuclear [Re6(?3-Se)8]2+ cluster core. The [Re6Se8]2+ cluster core displays a non-crystallographic center of symmetry and is bonded through the ReIII atoms to five tri­ethyl­phosphane ligands and one p-toluene­sulfonate ligand. One p-toluene­sulfonate counter-ion and two di­chloro­methane solvent mol­ecules are also present in the asymmetric unit. One of the ethyl chains of one triethylphos­phane ligand and one of the CH2Cl2 solvent molecules are disordered over two sets of sites (occupancy ratios 0.65:0.35 and 0.5:0.5, respectively). The Re—O(sulfon­ate) bond length of 2.123?(5)?Å is similar to other Re—O bond lengths of hexa­nuclear rhenium chalcogenide clusters containing other O-donor ligands such as dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), di­methyl­formamide (DMF) and hydroxide. PMID:26396864

  19. 2-{(E-1-[2-(4-Nitrophenylhydrazin-1-ylidene]ethyl}benzene-1,3-diol

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    Edward R. T. Tiekink

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The title compound, C14H13N3O4, is close to planar, the dihedral angle between the terminal benzene rings being 5.80?(16°; the nitro group is coplanar with the benzene ring to which it is bonded [O—N—C—C torsion angle = ?177.3?(3°]. The hydroxy group forms an intramolecular hydrogen bond with the imine N atom, and the conformation about the imine bond is E. In the crystal, layers in the (101 plane with an undulating topology are formed by O—H...O and N—H...O hydrogen bonds along with C—H...O interactions. Centrosymmetrically related layers are connected via ?–? interactions [ring centroid–centroid distance = 3.5739?(19?Å] into double layers.

  20. Heterogeneous adsorption and catalytic oxidation of benzene, toluene and xylene over spent and chemically regenerated platinum catalyst supported on activated carbon

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    Shim, Wang Geun; Kim, Sang Chai

    2010-06-01

    The heterogeneous adsorption and catalytic oxidation of benzene, toluene and o-xylene (BTX) over the spent platinum catalyst supported on activated carbon (Pt/AC) as well as the chemically treated spent catalysts were studied to understand their catalytic and adsorption activities. Sulfuric aqueous acid solution (0.1N, H 2SO 4) was used to regenerate the spent Pt/AC catalyst. The physico-chemical properties of the catalysts in the spent and chemically treated states were analyzed by using nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherm and elemental analysis (EDX). The gravimetric adsorption and the light-off curve analysis were employed to study the BTX adsorption and oxidation on the spent catalyst and its modified Pt/AC catalysts. The experimental results indicate that the spent Pt/AC catalyst treated with the H 2SO 4 aqueous solution has a higher toluene adsorption and conversion ability than that of the spent Pt/AC catalyst. A further studies of H 2SO 4 treated Pt/AC catalyst on their catalytic and heterogeneous adsorption behaviours for BTX revealed that the activity of the H 2SO 4 treated Pt/AC catalyst follows the sequence of benzene > toluene > o-xylene. The adsorption equilibrium isotherms of BTX on the H 2SO 4 treated Pt/AC were measured at different temperatures ranging from 120 to 180 °C. To correlate the equilibrium data and evaluate their adsorption affinity for BTX, the two sites localized Langmuir (L2m) isotherm model was employed. The heterogeneous surface feature of the H 2SO 4 treated Pt/AC was described in detail with the information obtained from the results of isosteric enthalpy of adsorption and adsorption energy distributions. Furthermore, the activity of H 2SO 4 treated Pt/AC about BTX was found to be directly related to the Henry's constant, isosteric enthalpy of adsorption and adsorption energy distribution functions.

  1. Determination of benzene, toluene and N-hexane in urine and blood by headspace solid-phase microextration/gas-chromatography for the biomonitoring of occupational exposure

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    Paulo C. F. de Lima, Gomes; Éverton D., D' Andrea; Camila B., Mendes; Maria Elisa P. B. de, Siqueira.

    Full Text Available A análise de tolueno, benzeno e n-hexano inalterados em urina e sangue humano é uma ferramenta para avaliar a exposição ocupacional a esses solventes. Um método simples usando microextração em fase sólida acoplada ao headspace (HS-SPME), usando fibras de carboxeno/polidimetilsiloxano (CAR-PDMS) e PD [...] MS, para análise simultânea por cromatografia gasosa de tolueno, benzeno e n-hexano em urina e em sangue foi desenvolvido com intuito de realizar a monitorização biológica de indivíduos expostos ocupacionalmente a esses solventes. O método foi aplicado na análise de amostras de trabalhadores que utilizavam colas, contendo solventes, na recuperação de calçados. O tolueno foi detectado em todas as amostras de sangue coletadas em sapatarias quando se utilizou a fibra de CAR-PDMS (16,0-55,2 ?g L-1, n=7) e o n-hexano foi detectado em duas amostras (33,0 and 41,3 ?g L-1). O benzeno não foi detectado em nenhuma das amostras de sangue e/ou urina. Nenhum dos solventes pode ser quantificado nas amostras de urina. Abstract in english Analysis of unchanged toluene, benzene and n-hexane in human blood and urine can be useful to evaluate occupational exposure to these solvents. A simple method was developed using headspace-solid phase microextraction (HS-SPME) for simultaneous gas-chromatography analysis of toluene, benzene and n-h [...] exane in urine and blood; with purpose of biological monitoring of occupational exposure. Carboxen/polidimethylsiloxane fiber (CAR-PDMS) and PDMS fiber coating were employed in this analysis. Blood and urine samples were collected from handling glue workers. The toluene was detected in all blood samples collected from workers handling glue in shoe repair shops, when using CAR-PDMS fibers (16.0-55.2 ?g L-1, n=7). n-Hexane was only detected in two blood samples (33.0 and 41.3 ?g L-1) and benzene was not detected in anyone. No solvent could be quantified in urine samples.

  2. EFFECTS OF FEED CONCENTRATION AND WATER VAPOR ON CATALYTIC COMBUSTION OF ETHYL ACETATE AND BENZENE IN AIR OVER CR-ZSM-5 CATALYST

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    Ahmad Zuhairi Abdullah

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Catalytic combustion of ethyl acetate (EAc and benzene (Bz over chromium exchanged ZSM-5 (Si/Al=240 is reported. An 11 mm i.d. fixed-bed catalytic reactor, operated at temperatures between 100 oC and 500 oC, and under excess oxygen condition, was used for the catalytic activity measurement. Apparent order of reaction and apparent activation energy were determined by operating the reactor differentially at a gas hourly space velocity (GHSV of 78,900 h-1 and feed concentrations between 3,500 ppm to 17,700 ppm and 3,700 to 12,400 ppm for ethyl acetate and benzene, respectively. Ethyl acetate was more reactive than benzene due to highly reactive carbonyl group in the molecule. The combustion process satisfactorily fitted pseudo first-order kinetics with respect to organic concentration and a zero-order dependence on the oxygen concentration. The presence of water vapor (9,000 ppm in the feed stream was found to weaken the reactivity of these organics which could also be demonstrated with increases in the activation energy from 23.1 kJ/mole to 37.6 kJ/mole for ethyl acetate and from 27.6 kJ/mole to 46.1 kJ/mole for benzene. Water vapor was found to play a positive role in the formation of carbon dioxide yield in ethyl acetate combustion. Deactivation of catalyst by water appeared to be only temporary and the activity reverted back to its original value once the source of water vapor was removed.

  3. Separation of benzene from alkanes using 1-ethyl-3-methylpyridinium ethylsulfate ionic liquid at several temperatures and atmospheric pressure: Effect of the size of the aliphatic hydrocarbons

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    Gonzalez, Emilio J. [Departamento de Ingenieria Quimica, Universidad de Vigo, 36310 Vigo (Spain); Calvar, Noelia, E-mail: noecs@uvigo.e [Laboratory of Separation and Reaction Engineering, Departamento de Engenharia Quimica, Faculdade de Engenharia, Universidade do Porto, Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, 4200-465 Porto (Portugal); Gomez, Elena [Laboratory of Separation and Reaction Engineering, Departamento de Engenharia Quimica, Faculdade de Engenharia, Universidade do Porto, Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, 4200-465 Porto (Portugal); Dominguez, Angeles [Departamento de Ingenieria Quimica, Universidad de Vigo, 36310 Vigo (Spain)

    2010-01-15

    The ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylpyridinium ethylsulfate, [EMpy][ESO{sub 4}], was studied for the separation of benzene from aliphatic hydrocarbons (octane or nonane) by solvent extraction through the determination of the (liquid + liquid) equilibrium (LLE) of the ternary systems: left braceoctane (1) + benzene (2) + [EMpy][ESO{sub 4}] (3)right brace and left bracenonane (1) + benzene (2) + [EMpy][ESO{sub 4}] (3)right brace at T = (283.15 and 298.15) K and atmospheric pressure. Binodal curves were determined using the 'cloud point' method, and tie-line compositions were obtained by density measurements. The values of selectivity and distribution coefficient, derived from the tie-line data, were used to decide if this ionic liquid can be used as potential solvent for the separation of benzene from aliphatic hydrocarbons using liquid extraction. These results were analyzed and compared to those previously reported for the systems left bracehexane + benzene + [EMpy][ESO{sub 4}]right brace and left braceheptane + benzene + [EMpy][ESO{sub 4}]right brace. The experimental results show that this ionic liquid is suitable for the extraction of benzene from mixtures containing octane and nonane. The consistency of tie-line data was ascertained by applying the Othmer-Tobias and Hand equations. The experimental results for the ternary systems were well correlated with the NRTL model. No literature data were found for the mixtures discussed in this paper.

  4. Separation of benzene from alkanes using 1-ethyl-3-methylpyridinium ethylsulfate ionic liquid at several temperatures and atmospheric pressure: Effect of the size of the aliphatic hydrocarbons

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    The ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylpyridinium ethylsulfate, [EMpy][ESO4], was studied for the separation of benzene from aliphatic hydrocarbons (octane or nonane) by solvent extraction through the determination of the (liquid + liquid) equilibrium (LLE) of the ternary systems: {octane (1) + benzene (2) + [EMpy][ESO4] (3)} and {nonane (1) + benzene (2) + [EMpy][ESO4] (3)} at T = (283.15 and 298.15) K and atmospheric pressure. Binodal curves were determined using the 'cloud point' method, and tie-line compositions were obtained by density measurements. The values of selectivity and distribution coefficient, derived from the tie-line data, were used to decide if this ionic liquid can be used as potential solvent for the separation of benzene from aliphatic hydrocarbons using liquid extraction. These results were analyzed and compared to those previously reported for the systems {hexane + benzene + [EMpy][ESO4]} and {heptane + benzene + [EMpy][ESO4]}. The experimental results show that this ionic liquid is suitable for the extraction of benzene from mixtures containing octane and nonane. The consistency of tie-line data was ascertained by applying the Othmer-Tobias and Hand equations. The experimental results for the ternary systems were well correlated with the NRTL model. No literature data were found for the mixtures discussed in this paper.

  5. Preliminary study to prepare a reference material of toluene metabolite - o-cresol and benzene metabolite-phenol - in human.

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    Šperlingová, I.; Dabrowská, L.; Stránský, V.; Ku?era, Jan; Tichý, M.

    2006-01-01

    Ro?. 11, ?. 5 (2006), s. 231-235. ISSN 0949-1775 R&D Projects: GA MZd NR7831 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10480505 Keywords : reference material * toluene metabolites * o-cresol Subject RIV: CB - Analytical Chemistry, Separation Impact factor: 0.640, year: 2006

  6. Two-step treatment of harmful industrial wastewater: an analysis of microbial reactor with integrated membrane retention for benzene and toluene removal

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    Trusek-Holownia Anna

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Standards for highly toxic and carcinogenic pollutants impose strict guidelines, requiring values close to zero, regarding the degradation of such pollutants in industrial streams. In many cases, classic bioremoval processes fail. Therefore, we proposed a stream leaving the microbial membrane bioreactor (MBR that is directed to an additional membrane separation mode (NF/RO. Under certain conditions, the integrated process not only benefits the environment but may also increase the profitability of the bioreactor operation. An appropriate model was developed and tested in which the bioremoval of benzene and toluene by Pseudomonas fluorescens was used as an example. This paper presents equations for selecting the operation parameters of the integrated system to achieve the expected degree of industrial wastewater purification.

  7. Exploring the C-X…? halogen bonding motif: an infrared and Raman study of the complexes of CF?X (X = Cl, Br and I) with the aromatic model compounds benzene and toluene.

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    Nagels, Nick; Hauchecorne, Dieter; Herrebout, Wouter A

    2013-01-01

    The formation of halogen bonded complexes formed between the trifluorohalomethanes CF?Cl, CF?Br and CF?I and the Lewis bases benzene and toluene at temperatures below 150K was investigated using FTIR and Raman spectroscopy. Experiments using liquid krypton as solvent show that for both CF?Br and CF?I substantial fractions of the monomers can be involved in 1:1 complexes. In addition, weak absorptions illustrating the formation of 2:1 complexes between CF?I and benzene are observed. Using spectra recorded at temperatures between 120 and 140 K, observed information on the relative stability was obtained for all complexes by determining the complexation enthalpies in solution. The resulting values for CF?Br.benzene, CF?I.benzene and (CF?I)?.benzene are -6.5(3), -7.6(2) and -14.5(9) kJ mol?¹. The values for CF?Br.toluene and CF?I.toluene are -6.2(5) and -7.4(5) kJ mol?¹. The experimental complexation enthalpies are compared with theoretical data obtained by combining results from MP2/aug-cc-pVDZ(-PP) and MP2/aug-cc-pVTZ(-PP) ab initio calculations, from statistical thermodynamical calculations and from Monte Carlo Free Energy Perturbation simulations. The data are also compared with results derived for other C-X···? halogen bonded complexes involving unsaturated Lewis bases such as ethene and ethyne. PMID:23752468

  8. Evaluation of the solid-phase microextraction fiber coated with single walled carbon nanotubes for the determination of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylenes in aqueous samples.

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    Li, Quanlong; Ma, Xiaoxia; Yuan, Dongxing; Chen, Jinsheng

    2010-04-01

    A solid-phase microextraction (SPME) fiber coated with single walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) was prepared by electrophoretic deposition and treated at 500 degrees C in H(2) stream. In order to evaluate the characteristics of the obtained fiber, it was applied in the headspace solid-phase microextraction (HS-SPME) of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes (BTEX) from water sample and quantification by gas chromatography with flame ionization detection (GC-FID). The results indicated that the thermal treatment with H(2) enhanced the extraction of the SWCNTs fiber for BTEX significantly. Thermal stability and durability of the fiber were also investigated, showing excellent stability up to 350 degrees C and life time over 120 times. In the comparison with the commercial CAR-PDMS fiber, the SWCNTs fiber showed similar and higher extraction efficiencies for BTEX. Under the optimized conditions, the linearity, LODs (S/N=3) and LOQs (S/N=10) of the method based on the SWCNTs fiber were 0.5-50.0, 0.005-0.026 and 0.017-0.088 microg/L, respectively. Repeatability for one fiber (n=3) was in the range of 1.5-5.6% and fiber-to-fiber reproducibility (n=3) was in the range of 4.2-8.3%. The proposed method was successfully applied in the analysis of BTEX compounds in seawater, tap water and wastewater from a paint plant. PMID:20207361

  9. Biodegradation of BTEX (Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene and Xylenes) composites present in the petrochemical effluents industries; Biodegradacao dos compostos BTX (Benzeno, Tolueno e Xilenos) presentes em efluentes petroquimicos

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    Minatti, Gheise; Mello, Josiane M.M. de; Souza, Selene M.A. Guelli Ulson de; Antonio Augusto Ulson de [Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Florianopolis, SC (Brazil)

    2008-07-01

    The compounds BTX inside of the petrochemical effluent have presented a high potential of pollution, representing a serious risk to the environment and to the human. The great improvements in the field of biological treatment of liquid effluent were reached through the process using biofilm capable of degrading toxic compounds. The objective of this paper is to determine the degradation kinetics of BTX using biofilm. The experimental data were compared with two kinetic models, kinetic of first order and model of Michaelis-Menten. The kinetic parameters of BTX compounds were experimentally obtained in a bioreactor in batch with biomass immobilized in activated-carbon, being fed daily with solution of nutrients and BTX. For the kinetic models studied in this paper, the best performance was achieved with the model of Michaelis-Menten showing a good correlation coefficient for the three compounds. The biomass amount in these bioreactors was 49.18, 28.35 and 5.15 mg of SSV per gram of support for the toluene, benzene and o-xylene, respectively. The experimental tests showed that the biomass inside of bioreactor is capable to degrade all compounds in a time of approximately 300 minutes. (author)

  10. Catalytic oxidation of volatile organic compounds (n-hexane, benzene, toluene, o-xylene promoted by cobalt catalysts supported on ?-Al2O3-CeO2

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    R. Balzer

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Cobalt catalysts supported on ?-alumina, ceria and ?-alumina-ceria, with 10 or 20%wt of cobalt load, prepared by the wet impregnation method and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, field emission transmission electron microscopy (FETEM, N2 adsorption-desorption isotherms (BET/BJH methods, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX, X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS, O2-chemisorption and temperature programmed reduction (TPR were used to promote the oxidation of volatile organic compounds (n-hexane, benzene, toluene and o-xylene. For a range of low temperatures (50-350 °C, the activity of the catalysts with a higher cobalt load (20% wt was greater than that of the catalysts with a lower cobalt load (10% wt. The Co/?-Al2O3-CeO2 catalytic systems presented the best performances. The results obtained in the characterization suggest that the higher catalytic activity of the Co20/?-Al2O3-CeO2 catalyst may be attributed to the higher metal content and amount of oxygen vacancies, as well as the effects of the interaction between the cobalt and the alumina and cerium oxides.

  11. Catalytic oxidation of volatile organic compounds (n-hexane, benzene, toluene, o-xylene) promoted by cobalt catalysts supported on ?-Al2O3-CeO2

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    R., Balzer; L. F. D., Probst; V., Drago; W. H., Schreiner; H. V., Fajardo.

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Cobalt catalysts supported on ?-alumina, ceria and ?-alumina-ceria, with 10 or 20%wt of cobalt load, prepared by the wet impregnation method and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), field emission transmission electron microscopy (FETEM), N2 adsorption-desorp [...] tion isotherms (BET/BJH methods), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS), O2-chemisorption and temperature programmed reduction (TPR) were used to promote the oxidation of volatile organic compounds (n-hexane, benzene, toluene and o-xylene). For a range of low temperatures (50-350 °C), the activity of the catalysts with a higher cobalt load (20% wt) was greater than that of the catalysts with a lower cobalt load (10% wt). The Co/?-Al2O3-CeO2 catalytic systems presented the best performances. The results obtained in the characterization suggest that the higher catalytic activity of the Co20/?-Al2O3-CeO2 catalyst may be attributed to the higher metal content and amount of oxygen vacancies, as well as the effects of the interaction between the cobalt and the alumina and cerium oxides.

  12. Determinação de benzeno, tolueno, etilbenzeno e xilenos em gasolina comercializada nos postos do estado do Piauí Determination of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes in commercial gasoline from Piaui state

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    Flamys Lena do N. Silva; José Ribeiro dos Santos Jr.; José Machado Moita Neto; Rosa Lina G. do N. P. da Silva; Danilo Luiz Flumignan; José Eduardo de Oliveira

    2009-01-01

    Automotive gasoline consists of a complex mixture of flammable and volatile hydrocarbons derived from crude oil with carbon numbers within the range of 4-12 and boiling points range of 30-225 ºC. Its composition varies with the kind of crude oil and the type of refinery process that they undergone. Aromatics hydrocarbons, in particular benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and isomeric xylenes (BTEX) are the toxic group constituents presents. GC-FID was employed to quantify these hydrocarbons in 50 ...

  13. Exploring the C-X…? Halogen Bonding Motif: An Infrared and Raman Study of the Complexes of CF3X (X = Cl, Br and I with the Aromatic Model Compounds Benzene and Toluene

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    Wouter A. Herrebout

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    Full Text Available The formation of halogen bonded complexes formed between the trifluorohalomethanes CF3Cl, CF3Br and CF3I and the Lewis bases benzene and toluene at temperatures below 150K was investigated using FTIR and Raman spectroscopy. Experiments using liquid krypton as solvent show that for both CF3Br and CF3I substantial fractions of the monomers can be involved in 1:1 complexes. In addition, weak absorptions illustrating the formation of 2:1 complexes between CF3I and benzene are observed. Using spectra recorded at temperatures between 120 and 140 K, observed information on the relative stability was obtained for all complexes by determining the complexation enthalpies in solution. The resulting values for CF3Br.benzene, CF3I.benzene and (CF3I2.benzene are ?6.5(3, ?7.6(2 and ?14.5(9 kJ mol?1. The values for CF3Br.toluene and CF3I.toluene are ?6.2(5 and ?7.4(5 kJ mol?1. The experimental complexation enthalpies are compared with theoretical data obtained by combining results from MP2/aug-cc-pVDZ(-PP and MP2/aug-cc-pVTZ(-PP ab initio calculations, from statistical thermodynamical calculations and from Monte Carlo Free Energy Perturbation simulations. The data are also compared with results derived for other C-X···? halogen bonded complexes involving unsaturated Lewis bases such as ethene and ethyne.

  14. Kinetics and mechanism of the electrochemical reduction of [1,2-bis( tert-butylperoxy)ethyl]benzene under conditions of the in situ recovery of a platinum surface

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    Vedenyapina, M. D.; Sharipov, M. Yu.; Terent'ev, A. O.; Skundin, A. M.; Vedenyapin, A. A.

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    The behavior of [1,2-bis( tert-butylperoxy)ethyl]benzene ( I) on Pt electrode is studied by means of cyclic voltammetry (CVA). A comparison of the electrochemical properties of I and the properties of previously studied bridge-type 1,2,4,5-tetraoxane ((1,4)-1,4-dimethyl-7-(4-methylbenzyl)-2,3,5,6-tetraoxabicyclo[2.2.1]heptane) ( II) shows that the biperoxide studied in this work is reduced on a Pt electrode at lower cathodic potentials and is resistant to electrooxidation.

  15. Gamma radiolysis of toluene and deuterated toluenes: Pt. 1

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    The ? radiolysis of liquid toluene and toluene-d8 was studied at 50degC. For toluene, product yields were 0.14 molecules of hydrogen, 0.006 of methane, 0.090 of biphenyl and 0.9 of ''polymer'' for each 100 eV absorbed. For toluene-d8, these yields are lower by a factor of two to three. Radiolysis of mixtures of toluene and toluene-d8 shows a disproportionately high decomposition of the light toluene, suggesting that energy initially absorbed in toluene-d8 transfers to toluene before decomposition occurs. Deuterium tracer studies indicate that about 14% of the hydrogen arises from unimolecular processes, whereas none of the methane or bibenzyl arises in this way. Studies using an electron scavenger, ethyl bromide, and a proton scavenger, ethanol, showed that the hydrogen yield did not likely have long-lived electrons or ions as precursors. Thus the energy transfer from toluene-d8 to toluene is probably by direct excitation transfer, and not by charge transfer. (author)

  16. 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.

  17. Benzene, toluene and xylene biodegradation by Pseudomonas putida CCMI 852 / Biodegradação de benzeno, tolueno e xileno pela Pseudomonas putida CCMI 852

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    Marcelo Henrique, Otenio; Maria Teresa Lopes da, Silva; Maria Luiza Oliveira, Marques; José Carlos, Roseiro; Ederio Dino, Bidoia.

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available Meio mineral líquido contendo benzeno (B) ou tolueno (T) ou xileno (X) a 100 mg L-1 e suas misturas de BT, BX e TX (50 + 50 mg L-1 cada mistura) e BTX (33,3 + 33,3 + 33,3 mg L-1 cada mistura) foram utilizados para avaliar a atividade de degradação de B, T e X por Pseudomonas putida CCMI 852 contendo [...] um plasmídeo TOL. Após 18 a 24 horas de homogenização da mistura, o inoculo foi adicionado e o decréscimo da concentração dos solventes foi determinado entre 24 e 25 horas por GC. Pseudomonas putida CCMI 852 foi capaz de metabolizar T e X, mas não B. Na mistura BTX, B não foi metabolizado também e a velocidade de degradação de T e X decresceu cerca de 50% comparado com soluções contendo apenas T ou X. Abstract in english A minimal liquid medium containing benzene (B), toluene (T) and xylene (X) and mixtures thereof, was used to evaluate degradation activity of Pseudomonas putida CCMI 852 containing a TOL plasmid. Experiments were developed with B, T and X (100 mg L-1), with mixtures of BT, BX, and TX (50 + 50 mg L-1 [...] each) and BTX (33.3 + 33.3 + 33.3 mg L-1 each), added to 500 mL of medium. After 18 to 24 hours, the inoculum was added and solvent disappearance was determined after 24 to 25 hours by GC. Results showed that P. putida CCMI 852 was able to metabolize T and X, but B was not metabolized. In a BTX mixture, B was not metabolized and T and X degradation rate decreased 50%.

  18. Benzene, toluene and xylene biodegradation by Pseudomonas putida CCMI 852 Biodegradação de benzeno, tolueno e xileno pela Pseudomonas putida CCMI 852

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    Marcelo Henrique Otenio

    2005-09-01

    Full Text Available A minimal liquid medium containing benzene (B, toluene (T and xylene (X and mixtures thereof, was used to evaluate degradation activity of Pseudomonas putida CCMI 852 containing a TOL plasmid. Experiments were developed with B, T and X (100 mg L-1, with mixtures of BT, BX, and TX (50 + 50 mg L-1 each and BTX (33.3 + 33.3 + 33.3 mg L-1 each, added to 500 mL of medium. After 18 to 24 hours, the inoculum was added and solvent disappearance was determined after 24 to 25 hours by GC. Results showed that P. putida CCMI 852 was able to metabolize T and X, but B was not metabolized. In a BTX mixture, B was not metabolized and T and X degradation rate decreased 50%.Meio mineral líquido contendo benzeno (B ou tolueno (T ou xileno (X a 100 mg L-1 e suas misturas de BT, BX e TX (50 + 50 mg L-1 cada mistura e BTX (33,3 + 33,3 + 33,3 mg L-1 cada mistura foram utilizados para avaliar a atividade de degradação de B, T e X por Pseudomonas putida CCMI 852 contendo um plasmídeo TOL. Após 18 a 24 horas de homogenização da mistura, o inoculo foi adicionado e o decréscimo da concentração dos solventes foi determinado entre 24 e 25 horas por GC. Pseudomonas putida CCMI 852 foi capaz de metabolizar T e X, mas não B. Na mistura BTX, B não foi metabolizado também e a velocidade de degradação de T e X decresceu cerca de 50% comparado com soluções contendo apenas T ou X.

  19. Quantification of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and o-xylene in internal combustion engine exhaust with time-weighted average solid phase microextraction and gas chromatography mass spectrometry.

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    Baimatova, Nassiba; Koziel, Jacek A; Kenessov, Bulat

    2015-05-11

    A new and simple method for benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and o-xylene (BTEX) quantification in vehicle exhaust was developed based on diffusion-controlled extraction onto a retracted solid-phase microextraction (SPME) fiber coating. The rationale was to develop a method based on existing and proven SPME technology that is feasible for field adaptation in developing countries. Passive sampling with SPME fiber retracted into the needle extracted nearly two orders of magnitude less mass (n) compared with exposed fiber (outside of needle) and sampling was in a time weighted-averaging (TWA) mode. Both the sampling time (t) and fiber retraction depth (Z) were adjusted to quantify a wider range of Cgas. Extraction and quantification is conducted in a non-equilibrium mode. Effects of Cgas, t, Z and T were tested. In addition, contribution of n extracted by metallic surfaces of needle assembly without SPME coating was studied. Effects of sample storage time on n loss was studied. Retracted TWA-SPME extractions followed the theoretical model. Extracted n of BTEX was proportional to Cgas, t, Dg, T and inversely proportional to Z. Method detection limits were 1.8, 2.7, 2.1 and 5.2 mg m(-3) (0.51, 0.83, 0.66 and 1.62 ppm) for BTEX, respectively. The contribution of extraction onto metallic surfaces was reproducible and influenced by Cgas and t and less so by T and by the Z. The new method was applied to measure BTEX in the exhaust gas of a Ford Crown Victoria 1995 and compared with a whole gas and direct injection method. PMID:25911428

  20. Determinação de benzeno, tolueno, etilbenzeno e xilenos em gasolina comercializada nos postos do estado do Piauí Determination of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes in commercial gasoline from Piaui state

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    Flamys Lena do N. Silva

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Automotive gasoline consists of a complex mixture of flammable and volatile hydrocarbons derived from crude oil with carbon numbers within the range of 4-12 and boiling points range of 30-225 ºC. Its composition varies with the kind of crude oil and the type of refinery process that they undergone. Aromatics hydrocarbons, in particular benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and isomeric xylenes (BTEX are the toxic group constituents presents. GC-FID was employed to quantify these hydrocarbons in 50 commercial gasoline samples from Piauí state. Statistical analysis techniques, such as PCA and HCA were used to analyze the data. Moreover, several validation parameters were evaluated.

  1. 2-{(E-1-[2-(2-Nitrophenylhydrazin-1-ylidene]ethyl}benzene-1,3-diol monohydrate

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    Edward R. T. Tiekink

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The hydrazone molecule in title monohydrate, C14H13N3O4·H2O, is almost coplanar, the dihedral angle between the terminal benzene rings being 3.22?(15°; the nitro group is coplanar with the benzene ring to which it is bonded [O—N—C—C = ?2.8?(4°]. The hydroxy group forms an intramolecular hydrogen bond with the imine N atom, and the conformation about the imine bond [1.305?(3?Å] is E. In the crystal, supramolecular layers in the (203 plane are connected into a double layer via water–nitro O—H...O hydrogen bonds, along with ?–? interactions [ring centroid–centroid distance = 3.7859?(19?Å].

  2. Studies on the behavior of diluents on extraction of uranium from phosphoric acid medium using di-2 ethyl hexyl phosphoric acid as extraction

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    Extraction studies of uranium from phosphoric acid medium have been carried out by di-2-ethyl hexyl phosphoric acid (D2EHPA) using different diluents viz. xylene, benzene, toluene, carbon tetra chloride, chloroform, hexane and kerosene. Higher extraction of uranium is observed from lower acidities of phosphoric acid (0.5 M) when kerosene, xylene, benzene, hexane and toluene are used as diluents kerosene being the best among these. In the acid range of 0.75-2 M xylene, hexane and toluene are better diluents. Extraction of uranium decreases as the acidity of phosphoric acid increases. Benzene and hexane are least preferred diluents with lower percentage extraction. When carbon tetrachloride and chloroform are used as diluents, it is observed that below 2 M of phosphoric acid a third phase is formed due to which mass distribution is not uniform in organic and aqueous phase and an error is observed in mass balance. (author)

  3. Design and synthesis of (E)-1-((3-ethyl-2,4,4-trimethylcyclohex-2- enylidene)methyl-4-substituted benzenes from 1-(2,6,6-trimethylcyclohex-1-enyl)ethanol†

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    Das, Bhaskar C; SAKKARAPALAYAM M MAHALINGAM; Evans, Todd; George W. Kabalka; Anguiano, J.; Hema, K.

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    A novel strategy for synthesizing (E)-1-((3-ethyl-2,4,4- trimethylcyclohex-2-enylidene)methyl-4-substituted benzenes from 1-(2,6,6-trimethylcyclohex-1-enyl)ethanol 3 has been developed; the allylic alcohol 3 was treated with PPh3·HBr in methanol followed by aldehydes in the presence of a base and furnished the 1,3-dienes in moderate to good yields (79–86%).

  4. Design and synthesis of (E)-1-((3-ethyl-2,4,4-trimethylcyclohex-2- enylidene)methyl-4-substituted benzenes from 1-(2,6,6-trimethylcyclohex-1-enyl)ethanol†

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    Mahalingam, Sakkarapalayam M.; Kabalka, George W.; Anguiano, J.; Hema, K.

    2011-01-01

    A novel strategy for synthesizing (E)-1-((3-ethyl-2,4,4- trimethylcyclohex-2-enylidene)methyl-4-substituted benzenes from 1-(2,6,6-trimethylcyclohex-1-enyl)ethanol 3 has been developed; the allylic alcohol 3 was treated with PPh3·HBr in methanol followed by aldehydes in the presence of a base and furnished the 1,3-dienes in moderate to good yields (79–86%). PMID:19360170

  5. Correlation and prediction of the phase behavior and thermal properties of binary and ternary systems of 2,2?-oxybis[propane] + benzene, toluene, cyclohexane or n-heptane

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    Didaoui, Saéda, E-mail: sdidaoui@hotmail.com [Laboratoire de thermodynamique et de modélisation moléculaire, Faculté de chimie, Université des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumediene B.P.32, El-Alia Bab-Ezzouar 16111 Alger (Algeria); Ait-Kaci, Ahmed [Laboratoire de thermodynamique et de modélisation moléculaire, Faculté de chimie, Université des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumediene B.P.32, El-Alia Bab-Ezzouar 16111 Alger (Algeria)

    2013-09-10

    Highlights: ? To provide original data of excess enthalpies of systems containing additive gasoline. ? To predict excess functions using statistical model. ? To examine the thermal behavior of ethers with hydrocarbons using theoretical models. ? Increasing information of thermodynamic behavior will increase quality of the fuel and economy. - Abstract: The experimental excess molar enthalpies data of liquid binary and ternary mixtures of DIPE with benzene, toluene, cyclohexane and n-heptane have been measured at 303.15 K and constant pressure using a Calvet type microcalorimeter, C80 (Setaram, France). A Redlich–Kister type equation was used to correlate experimental values. The theoretical results obtained by the DISQUAC model are significantly closer to the experimental values.

  6. Determinação de benzeno, tolueno, etilbenzeno e xilenos em gasolina comercializada nos postos do estado do Piauí / Determination of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes in commercial gasoline from Piaui state

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    Flamys Lena do N., Silva; José Ribeiro dos, Santos Jr.; José Machado, Moita Neto; Rosa Lina G. do N. P. da, Silva; Danilo Luiz, Flumignan; José Eduardo de, Oliveira.

    Full Text Available [...] Abstract in english Automotive gasoline consists of a complex mixture of flammable and volatile hydrocarbons derived from crude oil with carbon numbers within the range of 4-12 and boiling points range of 30-225 ºC. Its composition varies with the kind of crude oil and the type of refinery process that they undergone. [...] Aromatics hydrocarbons, in particular benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and isomeric xylenes (BTEX) are the toxic group constituents presents. GC-FID was employed to quantify these hydrocarbons in 50 commercial gasoline samples from Piauí state. Statistical analysis techniques, such as PCA and HCA were used to analyze the data. Moreover, several validation parameters were evaluated.

  7. Correlation and prediction of the phase behavior and thermal properties of binary and ternary systems of 2,2′-oxybis[propane] + benzene, toluene, cyclohexane or n-heptane

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    Highlights: ► To provide original data of excess enthalpies of systems containing additive gasoline. ► To predict excess functions using statistical model. ► To examine the thermal behavior of ethers with hydrocarbons using theoretical models. ► Increasing information of thermodynamic behavior will increase quality of the fuel and economy. - Abstract: The experimental excess molar enthalpies data of liquid binary and ternary mixtures of DIPE with benzene, toluene, cyclohexane and n-heptane have been measured at 303.15 K and constant pressure using a Calvet type microcalorimeter, C80 (Setaram, France). A Redlich–Kister type equation was used to correlate experimental values. The theoretical results obtained by the DISQUAC model are significantly closer to the experimental values

  8. 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)

  9. 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

  10. Comparação entre injeção na coluna ("on-column") e headspace dinâmico na determinação de benzeno, tolueno e xilenos (BTX) em amostras de água Comparison between on-column injection and dynamic headspace in the determination of Benzene, Toluene and Xylene (BTX) in water

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    Elaine A. A. F. Gobato; Lanças, Fernando M.

    2001-01-01

    The analysis of water samples containing volatile organic compounds has become an important task in analytical chemistry. Gas chromatography has been widely used for the analysis of volatile organic compounds in water. The headspace analysis shows as a principal characteristic the possibility of determination of the volatile components in drinking water. Benzene, Toluene and Xylene (BTX) are important compounds usually present in drinking water, from contamination by petroleum derivatives. Si...

  11. Toulouse urban area aromatic volatile organic compounds: benzene, toluene, xylenes (BTX) and nitrogen dioxide distribution study; Etude de la distribution atmospherique de composes organiques volatils aromatiques: benzene, toluene, xylenes (BTX) et du dioxyde d'azote sur l'agglomeration toulousaine

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    Meybeck, M.; Della Massa, J.P. [Observatoire Regional de l' Air en Midi Pyrenees, ORAMIP, 31 - Colomiers (France); Simon, V.; Grasset, E.; Torres, L. [Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie, 31 - Toulouse (France)

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    The Observatoire regional de l'air en Midi-Pyrenees (ORAMIP) - a French regional atmospheric pollution measurements network - is in charge of air quality observation over the Toulouse urban area. Air quality measurements are done daily, using almost 80 analysers spread in more than thirty stations. Regulation for atmospheric pollution major indicators (ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide...) has constantly evolved, and some compounds, e.g. benzene, have been regimented only very soon. ORAMIP, in partnership with the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Toulouse (ENSCT) Chemistry Energy and Environment Laboratory, has carried out background BTX average concentrations measurements and evaluation by passive sampling study over Toulouse urban agglomeration. This study was carried out during two 1999 springtime and summer periods, over about sixty sites. These points were chosen among those of the NO{sub 2} measurements 1991-1992 and 1996-1997 ORAMIP campaigns. During the two periods, wind conditions were similar but it happened to rain during the first period. Although NO{sub 2} is decomposed in water, benzene, very few soluble, has some concentrations very close from one period to another. BTX pollution over Toulouse has in majority been produced by motor vehicle exhaust gases. The benzene average amount over the two Toulouse campaigns is equal to 2,2 {mu}g/m{sup 3}, very close to the French quality focus, and well under the average value of 5 {mu}g/m{sup 3} recommended by EEC countries, knowing that those regulations are given for a whole year. Moreover, 'P98/annual average' Khuner reports for 1999 NO{sub 2} settled urban captors and for punctual campaigns with passive samplers are similar (2,7 and 2). This study allowed us to show that BTX and NO{sub 2} in Toulouse atmosphere result essentially from exhaust gases: It would be important to measure benzene over annual periods, in order to know its exact values over such a period, and to observe its potential seasonal variations. Moreover, as far as the benzene limit value contained in gasoline went from 5 % to 1 % since 2000 January 1, it would be interesting to carry out again a passive sampling study to observe possible differences pointed out with such a reform. (authors)

  12. Thermally enhanced bioremediation of a gasoline-contaminated aquifer using toluene oxidizing bacteria

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    The combined application of steam injection and vacuum extraction has proved to be very effective for the in situ remediation of a gasoline contaminated aquifer. It is expected that the steam treated zone with its near-sterile nature, increased temperature, and decreased level of contaminant concentration will provide a superior environment for enhanced bioremediation, and will favor the survival of an introduced microbial culture for the destruction of residual gasoline hydrocarbons and especially BTEX compounds (Benzene, Toluene, Ethyl benzene, and Xylene). A mixed microbial culture seeded from the pre-steamed aquifer material was enriched in a laboratory chemostat on toluene, a major gasoline aromatic. Studies were conducted to determine the optimal conditions for microbial growth and activity. Growth rate studies conducted at different temperatures revealed that cell growth was optimal at 35 C, a temperature at which the aquifer can be maintained using the existing steam injection wells. The enriched culture was shown to degrade all BTEX compounds successfully both individually and in mixtures. Substrate toxicity was observed for some of the gasoline aromatics but at concentration levels well above those found in groundwater. When cells were exposed to mixtures of BTEX compounds, the biodegradation of xylene, the most recalcitrant aromatic among BTEX compounds, was stimulated. When cells were exposed to gasoline, BTEX degradation proceeded with no apparent inhibition by gasoline aliphatics; little aliphatic degradation took place, however, suggesting the absence of monooxygenase enzymes in the mixed culture. In mixtures of both toluene and propane enriched cultures, only dioxygenase activity was observed

  13. Poly[[[[1-ethyl-6,8-difluoro-7-(3-methylpiperazin-1-yl-4-oxo-1,4-dihydroquinoline-3-carboxylato]cadmium]-μ-benzene-1,4-dicarboxylato] trihydrate

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    Xin-Ping Kang

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    Full Text Available In the title layered coordination polymer, {[Cd(C17H18F2N3O3(C8H4O4]·3H2O}n, the CdII atom exhibits a very distorted CdO6 octahedral geometry defined by one O3,O4-bidentate 1-ethyl-6,8-difluoro-7-(3-methylpiperazin-1-yl-4-oxo-1,4-dihydroquinoline-3-carboxylate (lome ligand, one O,O′-bidentate benzene-1,4-dicarboxylate (bdc dianion and two O-monodentate bdc dianions. Both the bdc species in the asymmetric unit are completed by crystallographic inversion symmetry. The bridging bdc dianions link the cadmium nodes into a rectangular grid lying parallel to (01overline{1}. A network of N—H...O and O—H...O hydrogen bonds helps to establish the packing.

  14. Alteraciones hematológicas en trabajadores expuestos ocupacionalmente a mezcla de benceno- tolueno-xileno (BTX en una fábrica de pinturas Blood disorders among workers exposed to a mixture of benzene-toluene-xylene (BTX in a paint factory

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    Luis Haro-García

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Objetivos. Evaluar las tres series celulares sanguíneas e identificar la presencia de hipocromía, macrocitosis, leucopenia, linfocitopenia y trombocitopenia en un grupo de trabajadores expuestos a la mezcla de benceno-tolueno-xileno (BTX. Materiales y métodos. Estudio transversal donde se incluyó a 97 trabajadores de una empresa de pinturas de México a los que se les realizó una biometría hemática convencional y les fue estimada la exposición a través de la dosis diaria potencial acumulada para vapores de BTX. Resultados. Del total de trabajadores, 19,6%, mostró macrocitosis, 18,6%, linfocitopenia, 10,3% hipocromía, 7,2% trombocitopenia y 5,2% leucopenia. La asociación cruda de macrocitosis con exposición a dosis alta de mezcla de BTX fue la única significativa (OR:3,6; IC95%: 1,08 - 13,9; p=0,02 y en la que se estructuró un modelo de regresión logística (OR:6,7; IC95%: 1,33 - 13,55; p:0,02 ajustada por edad, consumo de alcohol y tabaquismo. Conclusiones. Todos los componentes citohemáticos analizados mostraron cambios leves; que podrían estar asociados con la exposición a la mezcla de BTX. De ellos, la macrocitosis podría constituirse en una manifestación precoz que merece ser vigilada.Objectives. Evaluate the three blood cell series and identify the presence of hypochromia, macrocytosis, leucopenia, lymphopenia, and thrombocytopenia in a group of workers exposed to the mixture of benzene-toluene-xylene (BTX. Materials and methods. A cross-sectional study which included 97 workers from a paint factory in Mexico. The participants underwent conventional blood count and tests for potential cumulative daily dose of BTX fumes, to estimate exposure. Results. From the total of workers, 19.6% showed macrocytosis, 18.6%, lymphopenia, hypochromia 10.3%, 7.2% and 5.2% thrombocytopenia leukopenia. The crude association of macrocytosis with exposure to high doses of BTX mixture was the only with statistical significance (OR: 3.6, 95% CI 1.08 to 13.9, P = 0.02, and the base for a logistic regression model (OR: 6.7, 95% CI 1.33 to 13.55, P = 0.02 adjusted for age, alcohol consumption, and smoking. Conclusions. All blood cytological components analyzed demonstrated mild changes, potentially associated with exposure to the mixture of BTX. Macrocytosis could constitute an early manifestation worthy for surveillance.

  15. Alteraciones hematológicas en trabajadores expuestos ocupacionalmente a mezcla de benceno- tolueno-xileno (BTX) en una fábrica de pinturas / Blood disorders among workers exposed to a mixture of benzene-toluene-xylene (BTX) in a paint factory

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    Luis, Haro-García; Nadia, Vélez-Zamora; Guadalupe, Aguilar-Madrid; Susana, Guerrero-Rivera; Vanessa, Sánchez-Escalante; Sergio R., Muñoz; Edward, Mezones-Holguín; Cuauhtémoc, Juárez-Pérez.

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Objetivos. Evaluar las tres series celulares sanguíneas e identificar la presencia de hipocromía, macrocitosis, leucopenia, linfocitopenia y trombocitopenia en un grupo de trabajadores expuestos a la mezcla de benceno-tolueno-xileno (BTX). Materiales y métodos. Estudio transversal donde se incluyó a [...] 97 trabajadores de una empresa de pinturas de México a los que se les realizó una biometría hemática convencional y les fue estimada la exposición a través de la dosis diaria potencial acumulada para vapores de BTX. Resultados. Del total de trabajadores, 19,6%, mostró macrocitosis, 18,6%, linfocitopenia, 10,3% hipocromía, 7,2% trombocitopenia y 5,2% leucopenia. La asociación cruda de macrocitosis con exposición a dosis alta de mezcla de BTX fue la única significativa (OR:3,6; IC95%: 1,08 - 13,9; p=0,02) y en la que se estructuró un modelo de regresión logística (OR:6,7; IC95%: 1,33 - 13,55; p:0,02) ajustada por edad, consumo de alcohol y tabaquismo. Conclusiones. Todos los componentes citohemáticos analizados mostraron cambios leves; que podrían estar asociados con la exposición a la mezcla de BTX. De ellos, la macrocitosis podría constituirse en una manifestación precoz que merece ser vigilada. Abstract in english Objectives. Evaluate the three blood cell series and identify the presence of hypochromia, macrocytosis, leucopenia, lymphopenia, and thrombocytopenia in a group of workers exposed to the mixture of benzene-toluene-xylene (BTX). Materials and methods. A cross-sectional study which included 97 worker [...] s from a paint factory in Mexico. The participants underwent conventional blood count and tests for potential cumulative daily dose of BTX fumes, to estimate exposure. Results. From the total of workers, 19.6% showed macrocytosis, 18.6%, lymphopenia, hypochromia 10.3%, 7.2% and 5.2% thrombocytopenia leukopenia. The crude association of macrocytosis with exposure to high doses of BTX mixture was the only with statistical significance (OR: 3.6, 95% CI 1.08 to 13.9, P = 0.02), and the base for a logistic regression model (OR: 6.7, 95% CI 1.33 to 13.55, P = 0.02) adjusted for age, alcohol consumption, and smoking. Conclusions. All blood cytological components analyzed demonstrated mild changes, potentially associated with exposure to the mixture of BTX. Macrocytosis could constitute an early manifestation worthy for surveillance.

  16. 2-{4-Methyl-N-[(2,3,4,9-tetra­hydro-1H-carbazol-3-yl)meth­yl]benzene­sulfon­amido}­ethyl 4-methyl­benzene­sulfonate

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    Göçmentürk, Mustafa; Ergün, Yavuz; Mougang-Soume, Berline; Çaylak Deliba?, Nagihan; Hökelek, Tuncer

    2013-01-01

    In the title compound, C29H32N2O5S2, the indole ring system is nearly planar, with a maximum deviation of 0.013?(2)?Å, and the cyclo­hexenone ring has an envelope conformation with the methine C atom as the flap. The two methyl­benzene rings are approximately perpendicular to each other, making a dihedral angle of 89.09?(8)°. In the crystal, N—H?O hydrogen bonds link the mol­ecules into a chain running along the a-axis direction, and weak C—H?O hydrogen bonds and C—H?? inter­actions are observed between the chains. PMID:24454234

  17. 2-{4-Methyl-N-[(2,3,4,9-tetra-hydro-1H-carbazol-3-yl)meth-yl]benzene-sulfon-amido}-ethyl 4-methyl-benzene-sulfonate.

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    Göçmentürk, Mustafa; Ergün, Yavuz; Mougang-Soume, Berline; Caylak Deliba?, Nagihan; Hökelek, Tuncer

    2013-11-20

    In the title compound, C29H32N2O5S2, the indole ring system is nearly planar, with a maximum deviation of 0.013?(2)?Å, and the cyclo-hexenone ring has an envelope conformation with the methine C atom as the flap. The two methyl-benzene rings are approximately perpendicular to each other, making a dihedral angle of 89.09?(8)°. In the crystal, N-H?O hydrogen bonds link the mol-ecules into a chain running along the a-axis direction, and weak C-H?O hydrogen bonds and C-H?? inter-actions are observed between the chains. PMID:24454234

  18. 2-[(1Z-(9-Ethyl-9H-carbazol-3-ylmethyleneamino]-4,5,6,7-tetrahydro-1-benzothiophene-3-carbonitrile–benzene (2/1

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    Full Text Available In the title compound, 2C24H21N3S·C6H6, the two independent Schiff base molecules (A and B in the asymmetric unit differ in the orientation of the tetrahydrobenzothiophene ring system with respect to the carbazole ring system by 180° rotation about the C—C bond in the C—C=N—C linkage. The two molecules also differ in the orientation of the ethyl groups [C—N—C—C torsion angle of 90.7?(3° in molecule A, and ?79.4?(3° in molecule B]. In molecule B, two methylene C atoms of the cyclohexene ring are disordered over two sites with occupancies of 0.58?(1 and 0.42?(1. The cyclohexene rings in both molecules adopt half-chair conformations. The dihedral angle between the thiophene ring and the carbazole ring system is 8.07?(9° in molecule A [3.10?(9° in molecule B]. In the crystal structure, the independent molecules are linked into dimers by intermolecular C—H...N hydrogen bonds. In addition, C—H...? interactions are observed.

  19. Poly(N,N'-dichloro-N-ethyl-benzene-1, 3-disulfonamide) and N,N,N',N'-tetrachlorobenzene-1,3-disulfonamide as novel catalytic reagents for synthesis of bis-indolyl, tris-indolyl, di(bis-indolyl), tri(bis-indolyl) and tetra(bis-indolyl)methanes under solid-state, solvent and water conditions

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    Ghorbani-Vaghei, Ramin [Bu-Ali Sina University, Hamadan (Iran, Islamic Republic of). Faculty of Chemistry. Dept. of Organic Chemistry; Veisi, Hojat [Payame Noor University, Songhor, Kermanshah (Iran, Islamic Republic of). Dept. of Chemistry

    2010-07-01

    Easy and rapid preparation of bis-indolyl, tris-indolyl, di(bis-indolyl), tri(bis-indolyl) and tetra(bis-indolyl) methanes from indole with various aldehydes and ketones using poly (N,N'-dichloro-N-ethyl-benzene-1,3-disulfonamide) [PCBS] and N,N,N',N'-tetrachlorobenzene-1,3-disulfonamide [TCBDA] as novel catalysts under various conditions are here described. (author)

  20. Comparação entre injeção na coluna ("on-column") e headspace dinâmico na determinação de benzeno, tolueno e xilenos (BTX) em amostras de água / Comparison between on-column injection and dynamic headspace in the determination of Benzene, Toluene and Xylene (BTX) in water

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    Elaine A. A. F., Gobato; Fernando M., Lanças.

    2001-04-01

    Full Text Available [...] Abstract in english The analysis of water samples containing volatile organic compounds has become an important task in analytical chemistry. Gas chromatography has been widely used for the analysis of volatile organic compounds in water. The headspace analysis shows as a principal characteristic the possibility of det [...] ermination of the volatile components in drinking water. Benzene, Toluene and Xylene (BTX) are important compounds usually present in drinking water, from contamination by petroleum derivatives. Since they are toxic compounds even when present in low concentration levels, their determination is important in order to define the quality of the water. The sampling technique using headspace, coupled with gas chromatography as the separation method, showed to be suitable for BTX analysis in several samples at the mug/L (ppb) level.

  1. Anticonvulsant and antipunishment effects of toluene

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    Wood, R.W.; Coleman, J.B.; Schuler, R.; Cox, C.

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    Toluene can have striking acute behavioral effects and is subject to abuse by inhalation. To determine if its actions resemble those of drugs used in the treatment of anxiety (anxiolytics), two sets of experiments were undertaken. Inasmuch as prevention of pentylenetetrazol-induced convulsions is an identifying property of this class of agents, the authors first demonstrated that pretreatment of mice with injections of toluene delayed the onset of convulsive signs and prevented the tonic extension phase of the convulsant activity in a dose-related manner. Injections of another alkyl benzene, m-xylene, were of comparable potency to toluene. Inhalation of toluene delayed the time of death after pentylenetetrazol injection in a manner related to the duration and concentration of exposure; at lower convulsant doses, inhalation of moderate concentrations (EC/sub 58/, 1300 ppm) prevented death. Treatment with a benzodiazepine receptor antagonist (Ro 15-1788) failed to reduce the anticonvulsant activity of inhaled toluene. Anxiolytics also attenuate the reduction in response rate produced by punishment with electric shock. Toluene increased rates of responding suppressed by punishment when responding was maintained under a multiple fixed-interval fixed-interval punishment schedule of reinforcement. Distinct antipunishment effects were observed in rats after 2 hr of exposure to 1780 and 3000 ppm of toluene; the rate-increasing effects of toluene were related to concentration and to time after the termination of exposure. Thus, toluene and m-xylene resemble in several respects clinically useful drugs such as the benzodiazepines. 51 references, 3 figures, 2 tables.

  2. Exposure Evaluation for Benzene, Lead and Noise in Vehicle and Equipment Repair Shops

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    Sweeney, Lynn C.

    2013-04-10

    An exposure assessment was performed at the equipment and vehicle maintenance repair shops operating at the U. S. Department of Energy Hanford site, in Richland, Washington. The maintenance shops repair and maintain vehicles and equipment used in support of the Hanford cleanup mission. There are three general mechanic shops and one auto body repair shop. The mechanics work on heavy equipment used in construction, cranes, commercial motor vehicles, passenger-type vehicles in addition to air compressors, generators, and farm equipment. Services include part fabrication, installation of equipment, repair and maintenance work in the engine compartment, and tire and brake services. Work performed at the auto body shop includes painting and surface preparation which involves applying body filler and sanding. 8-hour time-weighted-average samples were collected for benzene and noise exposure and task-based samples were collected for lead dust work activities involving painted metal surfaces. Benzene samples were obtained using 3M™ 3520 sampling badges and were analyzed for additional volatile organic compounds. These compounds were selected based on material safety data sheet information for the aerosol products used by the mechanics for each day of sampling. The compounds included acetone, ethyl ether, toluene, xylene, VM&P naphtha, methyl ethyl ketone, and trichloroethylene. Laboratory data for benzene, VM&P naphtha, methyl ethyl ketone and trichloroethylene were all below the reporting detection limit. Airborne concentrations for acetone, ethyl ether, toluene and xylene were all less than 10% of their occupational exposure limit. The task-based samples obtained for lead dusts were submitted for a metal scan analysis to identify other metals that might be present. Laboratory results for lead dusts were all below the reporting detection limit and airborne concentration for the other metals observed in the samples were less than 10% of the occupational exposure limit. Noise dosimetry sampling was performed on a random basis and was representative of the different work activities within the four shops. Twenty three percent of the noise samples exceeded the occupational exposure limit of 85 decibels for an 8-hour time-weightedaverage. Work activities where noise levels were higher included use of impact wrenches and grinding wheels.

  3. Electron beam degradation of simulated toluene-containing exhaust gas

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    With toluene as an example, experimental investigation on VOCs treatment by electron beam irradiation was carried out. The system uses 0.8 MeV electron beams to irradiate simulated toluene-containing gases to 5kGy-40kGy for investigatiing effects of initial concentration, absorbed dose, humidity on toluene removal rate. The toluene removal rate increased with absorbed dose. With 0.5-l.2Nm3/h of the gas flow at an initial toluene concentration of 1600mg/Nm3, the toluene removal rate was 46.5% at 10kGy and 72.2% at 40kGy. And increasing humidity increased the toluene removal rate, too. Qualitative analysis on by-products of the toluene degradation was made by means of Gas Chromatogram-Mass Spectrometer (GC/MS) and Chromatography of Ions (IC). It was found that the by-products consist of mainly benzaldehyde and formic acid, plus a little benzoic acid, benzyl alcohol, methyl pyridine, nitrotoluene, o-cresol, phenol and benzoin ethyl etherl. Mechanisms of the E-beam toluene removal, i.e. the contributions of OH free radicals and O2 to the oxidation of toluene, were discussed. (authors)

  4. Optimización de iones de fierro para la eliminación de piocianina en la reacción de degradación de Tolueno, Benceno y Fenol por Pseudomonas aeruginosa / Optimization of iron ions to eliminate pyocyanine in the degradation reaction of Toluene, Benzene and Phenol by Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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    María de L., Rangel-García; Jesús, Rodríguez-Martínez; Yolanda, Garza-García; José L., Martínez-Hernández.

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Una amplia gama de substancias xenobióticas representan un serio problema como contaminantes ambientales por su toxicidad; entre ellos los compuestos aromáticos pueden ser biodegradados por microorganismos que los usan como fuente de carbono y energía. El género Pseudomonas destaca por sus múltiples [...] aplicaciones biotecnológicas debido a su gran versatilidad metabólica; puede producir metabolitos útiles, transformaciones enzimáticas, biodegradación y biorremediación de suelos, y en aguas contaminadas con petróleo y plaguicidas. En esta investigación se usaron células de P. aeruginosa para degradar tolueno, benceno y fenol. La cepa fue cultivada en medio mineral sólido y se establecieron las concentraciones óptimas para el desarrollo de células viables: 0.31, 0.19 y 0.13 M para tolueno, benceno y fenol. Los ambientes con concentraciones limitadas de Fe(III) favorecen la producción de piocianina, pigmento que puede interferir en el método analítico de biodegradación de compuestos aromáticos. Este efecto fue eliminado aumentando la concentración de iones de fierro en el medio. Con base en lo anterior, se optimizó y estableció el medio de cultivo mineral con 0.04 g L-1 de FeSO4 en presencia de tolueno (0.03 M) y con esta concentración inicial la tasa de biodegradación fue 75 %. Las pruebas de degradación específicas para los compuestos aromáticos mostraron que la cepa de P. aeruginosa usada puede degradar tolueno, benceno y fenol. Las tasas de degradación fueron mayores para tolueno (58.4 %) y benceno (70.11 %) con concentraciones iniciales de 0.14 M y 0.16 M, y la degradación fue menor para fenol (24.65 %) con una concentración inicial 0.10 M. La capacidad degradadora de P. aeruginosa tuvo proporción directa con su crecimiento en presencia de los xenobióticos estudiados, mostrando una mayor cantidad de proteína celular en los cultivos con benceno (1.4982 mg mL-1), tolueno (0.8629 mg mL-1) y menor en los cultivos desarrollados en presencia de fenol (0.4431 mg mL-1); lo cual muestra que un deficiente desarrollo bacteriano (biomasa) influye en una subóptima biodegradación. Abstract in english A wide range of xenobiotic substances represent a serious problem as environmental pollutants because of their toxicity, among them are found aromatic compounds that can be biodegraded by microorganisms, which use them as their source of carbon and energy. The genus Pseudomonas is outstanding for it [...] s multiple biotechnological applications due to its remarkable metabolic versatility. It is capable of producing useful metabolites, enzymatic transformations, biodegradation and bioremediation in soil, as well as in water polluted with oil and pesticides. In this study, cells of P. aeruginosa were used to degrade toluene, benzene and phenol. The strain was cultivated in a solid mineral medium, and the following optimal concentrations were established for the development of viable cells: 0.31, 0.19, and 0.13 M for toluene, benzene and phenol. The environments with limited concentrations of Fe(III) favored the production of pyocyanine, a pigment that can interfere in the analytical method of aromatic compound biodegradation. This effect was eliminated by increasing the concentration of iron ions in the medium. On this basis, the mineral culture medium was optimized and established at 0.04 g L-1 FeSO4 in presence of toluene (0.03 M). With this initial concentration, a rate of biodegradation of 75 % was obtained. The specific degradation tests for the aromatic compounds showed that the P. aeruginosa strain used can degrade toluene, benzene and phenol. The rates of degradation were higher for toluene (58.4 °/o) and benzene (70.11 °/o) with the initial concentrations of 0.14 M and 0.16 M. Degradation was less for phenol (24.65 %) with an initial concentration of 0.10 M. The degrading capacity of P. aeruginosa was directly proportional to its growth in the presence of the xenobiotic substances studied. A larger amount of cell protein was exhibited in cultures with benzene (1.4982

  5. Modelling and Simulation Of Benzene Alkylation Process Reactors For Production Of Ethylbenzene

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    Majid Kakavand; Amir Farshi; Jafar S. Ahari; Hamid Ganji

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    The goal of this paper is to develop a simulation software for the ethyl benzene production unit in aPetrochemical Complex of Iran. Ethyl benzene whose consumption has rapidly increased in recent years, isthe feed for production of styrene monomer. This material is produced from alkylation of benzene withethylene. A process simulator can play a very important role in the development of this process. In thisresearch, alkylation of benzene for production of ethylbenzene has been simulated. Firs...

  6. 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

  7. 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 ...

  8. Quantitative trace analysis of benzene using an array of plasma-treated metal-decorated carbon nanotubes and fuzzy adaptive resonant theory techniques.

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    Leghrib, Radouane; Llobet, Eduard

    2011-12-01

    The functionalization of carbon nanotube sidewalls with metal nanoparticles is exploited here to improve the sensitivity and selectivity of gas sensors operated at room temperature. An array of sensors using oxygen plasma treated multiwalled carbon nanotubes (bare and decorated with Pt, Pd or Rh nanoparticles) is shown to selectively detect traces of benzene (i.e., 100 ppb) in the presence of carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide or nitrogen dioxide at different humidity levels. Employing a quantitative fuzzy adaptive resonant theory (ART) network whose inputs are the responses of the sensor array, it is possible to accurately estimate benzene concentration in a changing background. The quantitative fuzzy ART is especially suited for compensating the nonlinear effects in sensor response caused by changes in ambient humidity, which explains why this method clearly outperforms partial least squares calibration models at estimating benzene concentration. These results open the way to design new affordable, wearable, sensitive and selective detectors aimed at the personal protection of workers subject to occupational exposure to benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene and xylenes. PMID:22093340

  9. Preparation of methylbenzene-ring-14C from benzene-14C on the basis of a microcatalytic process

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    The known processes of benzene alkylation are relatively non-selective and give low yields. Therefore, they are not very suitable for the preparation of toluene- and xylene-ring-14C. Since the catalytic disproportionation of toluene into benzene and xylene is already used it was attempted to develop a procedure for the preparation of the above-mentioned 14C-compounds by reversing this reaction and using benzene-14C. The obtained results are presented and the developed synthesis is explained, using the preparation of toluene-ring-14C as an example. The average activity yield is 58%. (author)

  10. A comparison of the traffic-related benzene, toluene, xylene, and platinum exposure of children living in eastern and western German states; Vergleich der Belastung von Kindern aus den alten und neuen Bundeslaendern mit den verkehrsbedingten Schadstoffen Benzol, Toluol, Xylol und Platin

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    Begerow, J.; Dunemann, L. [Hygiene-Inst. des Ruhrgebiets, Inst. fuer Umwelthygiene und Umweltmedizin, Gelsenkirchen (Germany); Jermann, E.; Turfeld, M. [Medizinisches Inst. fuer Umwelthygiene, Duesseldorf (Germany); Sugiri, D.; Kraemer, U. [Inst. fuer Umweltmedizinische Forschung gGmbH, Duesseldorf (Germany); Schumann, G. [Hygieneinstitut Sachsen-Anhalt, Magdeburg (Germany)

    2003-07-01

    A field study was performed to assess the internal exposure of 149 five- to seven-year old children to traffic-related pollutants. The study was carried out in areas with high and low traffic density located in Western Germany (Essen/Ruhr, Borken, Northrhine-Westphalia) and Eastern Germany (Halle/Saale, Osterburg, Saxony-Anhalt). The benzene, toluene, o-, m-, p-xylene (BTX) concentrations in blood and the platinum excretion in urine served as markers for a traffic-related exposure. The parents were asked to answer a questionaire, which asked for such information as traffic density in the vicinity of the dwelling, redecoration activities inside the rooms, exposure to solvent containing household products, passive smoking, etc. The results of this study show, that emissions from traffic have a significant influence on the internal BTX burden of children. The internal benzene exposure is mainly a result of the benzene concentration in outdoor air, which as a result of the absence of indoor sources is reflected in indoor air. Regarding toluene and xylene indoor air concentrations were generally higher than those outdoors indicating that several relevant indoor sources exist. The urinary platinum (Pt)-excretion of the children from both high traffic areas (Essen/Ruhr, Halle/Saale) tended to higher values when compared with the Pt excretion of those children from the low-traffic areas. However, this differences were statistically not significant. The results of this study do not definitively prove whether emissions from automobile catalysts are responsible for the slightly higher Pt exposure of these children. Keywords: BTX; children; human biological monitoring; platinum; traffic-related exposure (orig.) [German] Im Rahmen des Human-Biomonitorings wurde die verkehrsbedingte interne Fremdstoffbelastung von 149 fuenf- bis siebenjaehrigen Kindern aus je einem hoch und einem niedrig mit Strassenverkehr belastetem Areal aus den alten Bundeslaendern (Essen/Ruhr, Borken, beide Nordrhein-Westfalen) sowie aus den neuen Bundeslaendern (Halle/Saale, Osterburg, beide Sachsen-Anhalt) untersucht. Als Market fuer eine verkehrsbedingte Exposition dienten benzol, Toluol und o-, m-, p-Xylol (BTX) im Blut und Platin im Morgenurin der Kinder. Mittels Fragebogen wurden Angaben zum Ausmass der Verkehrsexposition und zu moeglichen Stoereinfluessen (Zahnersatz, Passivrauchen, Exposition gegenueber loesungsmittelhaltigen Haushaltsprodukten etc.) erfragt. Die Ergebnisse dieser Studie zeigen, dass Emissionen des Kfz-Verkehrs einen nachweisbaren Einfluss auf die interne BTX-Belastung von Kindern haben. Waehrend sich die interne Benzol-belastung im Wesentlichen durch die Aussenluftbelastung mit Benzol durch die Kfz-Verkehrsdichte charakterisieren laesst, die sich mangels interner Quellen in der Innenraumluft widerspiegelt, existieren fuer das Toluol und die Xylole weitere relevante Quellen in Innenraeumen, was sich dadurch zeigt, dass die Toluol- und Xylolkonzentration in der Innenraumluft die in der Aussenluft uebersteigt. Die Platinkonzentrationen im Urin der Kinder aus den beiden verkehrsbelasteten Arealen zeigten im Vergleich zu den Kindern aus den weniger verkehrsbelasteten Arealen eine Tendenz zu hoeheren Werten, die jedoch statistisch nicht signifikant war. Die Ergebnisse lassen deshalb keinen eindeutigen Schluss darueber zu, ob die Ursache in der Freisetzung von Platin aus Autoabgaskatalysatoren liegt. Schlagwoerter: BTX; Human-Biomonitoring; Kinder; Platin; Verkehrsbelastung (orig.)

  11. Poly(N,N'-dichloro-N-ethyl-benzene-1, 3-disulfonamide) and N,N,N',N'-tetrachlorobenzene-1,3-disulfonamide as novel catalytic reagents for synthesis of bis-indolyl, tris-indolyl, di(bis-indolyl), tri(bis-indolyl) and tetra(bis-indolyl)methanes under solid-state, solvent and water conditions

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    Ramin, Ghorbani-Vaghei; Hojat, Veisi.

    Full Text Available Descreve-se a preparação fácil e rápida de bis-indolil, tris-indolil, di(bis-indolil), tri(bis-indolil) e tetra(bis-indolil) metanos a partir de indole com diferentes aldeídos e cetonas, sob diferentes condições reacionais, usando poly(N,N´-dicloro-N-etil-benzeno-1,3 -disulfonamida), [PCBS], e N,N,N [...] ´,N´-tetraclorobenzeno-1,3-disulfonamida, [TCBDA], como novos catalizadores. Abstract in english Easy and rapid preparation of bis-indolyl, tris-indolyl, di(bis-indolyl), tri(bis-indolyl) and tetra(bis-indolyl) methanes from indole with various aldehydes and ketones using poly (N,N'-dichloro-N-ethyl-benzene-1,3-disulfonamide) [PCBS] and N,N,N',N'-tetrachlorobenzene-1,3-disulfonamide [TCBDA] as [...] novel catalysts under various conditions are here described.

  12. Preparation of toluenes specifically labelled with C-14

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    The attempt to prepare toluene-2 C-14 starting from ethyl acetoacetate failed because the reaction of sodium ethyl acetoacetate with dibromopropane could not be performed. This labelling was also attempted starting from methyl tetrahydropyran. This synthesis was not successful because the preparationof 2-methyl pimelic acid was impossible. Labellimg of carbon-3 of toluene starting from succinic acid could not be carried out because the Grignard reaction of a-ketoglutaric acid as unsuccessful. The radioactive syntheses started from propanediol resp. from c-butyrolactone. (The labelling of carbon-3 of toluene was not possible in this case because the reduction of malonic acid to propanediol could not be carried out). The synthesis course was identical for all labellings. The synthesis differed only in the introduction of the activiy from potassium cyanide C-14. The starting compounds were reacted to propanedinitril, which was saponified to glutaric acid. The acid was reduced to pentanediol. From the diol, dibromopentane was produced. Reaction with potassium cyanide yielded, after saponification, pimelic acid. The acid was cyclizated to cyclohexanone, which was reduced to cyclohexanol. The OH group was replaced by bromine and subsequently by a methyl group. Dehydration yielded toluene. The following labellings were carried out: Toluene-2, -2.6, -1.2.6, -1.2 C-14. (G.G.)

  13. Determination of benzene in exhaust gas from biofuels. Final report; Bestimmung von Benzol im Abgas von Biokraftstoffen. Abschlussbericht

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    Dutz, M.; Buenger, J.; Gnuschke, H.; Halboth, H.; Gruedl, P.; Krahl, J.

    2001-10-01

    With the advance of environmental legislation and practices oriented towards sustainability renewable energy resources are becoming increasingly important. Use of replenishable raw materials helps preserve fossil resources. In the fuel sector the most widely used replenishable materials are rape methyl ester (RME) and ethyl tertiary butyl ether (ETBE). The purpose of the present project on the ''Determination of benzene in exhaust gas from biofuels'' was to generate orienting data on the potential health relevance of mixtures of fossil and renewable fuel intended for use in spark ignition and diesel engines. This included a determination of benzene emissions and the mutagenicity of particles. Beyond the applied-for scope of research measurements were also performed on the test engine's toluene, ethyl benzene and xylene emissions as well as on the smoke spot number and nitrogen oxide (NO{sub x}) and hydrocarbon (HC) emissions of the diesel engine. [German] Regenerative Energien gewinnen durch die Umweltgesetzgebungen und das Streben nach einer nachhaltigen Entwicklung zunehmend an Bedeutung. Durch die Verwendung nachwachsender Rohstoffe koennen die fossilen Ressourcen geschont werden. Im Kraftstoffsektor sind hier hauptsaechlich Rapsoelmethylester (RME) und optional Ethyltertiaerbutylether (ETBE) zu nennen. Um fuer Diesel- und Ottomotoren insbesondere mit Blick auf Kraftstoffgemische aus fossilen und regenerativen Komponenten orientierende Daten ueber eine potenzielle Gesundheitsrelevanz zu generieren, wurde das Projekt 'Bestimmung von Benzol im Abgas von Biokraftstoffen' durchgefuehrt. Neben der Benzolemission wurde die Mutagenitaet der Partikeln ermittelt. Ueber den beantragten Untersuchungsrahmen hinaus wurden die Tuluol-, Ethylbenzol-, und Xylolemissionen der eingesetzten Motoren, sowie die Russzahl (RZ) und die Stickoxid- (NO{sub x}) und Kohlenwasserstoffemissionen (HC) des Dieselmotors bestimmt. (orig.)

  14. Pallidol hexaacetate ethyl acetate monosolvate

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    Qinyong Mao

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The entire molecule of pallidol hexaacetate {systematic name: (±-(4bR,5R,9bR,10R-5,10-bis[4-(acetyloxyphenyl]-4b,5,9b,10-tetrahydroindeno[2,1-a]indene-1,3,6,8-tetrayl tetraacetate} is completed by the application of twofold rotational symmetry in the title ethyl acetate solvate, C40H34O12·C4H8O2. The ethyl acetate molecule was highly disordered and was treated with the SQUEEZE routine [Spek (2009. Acta Cryst. D65, 148–155]; the crystallographic data take into account the presence of the solvent. In pallidol hexaacetate, the dihedral angle between the fused five-membered rings (r.m.s. deviation = 0.100?Å is 54.73?(6°, indicating a significant fold in the molecule. Significant twists between residues are also evident as seen in the dihedral angle of 80.70?(5° between the five-membered ring and the pendent benzene ring to which it is attached. Similarly, the acetate residues are twisted with respect to the benzene ring to which they are attached [C—O(carboxy—C—C torsion angles = ?70.24?(14, ?114.43?(10 and ?72.54?(13°]. In the crystal, a three-dimensional architecture is sustained by C—H...O interactions which encompass channels in which the disordered ethyl acetate molecules reside.

  15. 2-[(1Z)-(9-Ethyl-9H-carbazol-3-yl)methyl­eneamino]-4,5,6,7-tetra­hydro-1-benzothio­phene-3-carbonitrile–benzene (2/1)

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    Hoong-Kun Fun; Jia Hao Goh; Asiri, Abdullah M; Salman A. Khan; Khan, Khalid A.

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    In the title compound, 2C24H21N3S·C6H6, the two independent Schiff base molecules (A and B) in the asymmetric unit differ in the orientation of the tetrahydrobenzothiophene ring system with respect to the carbazole ring system by 180° rotation about the C—C bond in the C—C=N—C linkage. The two molecules also differ in the orientation of the ethyl groups [C—N—C—C torsion angle of 90.7?(3)° in molec...

  16. CFD SIMULATIONS OF BENZENE –TOLUENE SYSTEM OVER SIEVE TRAY

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    Sumit Singh

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available High degree of competitiveness associated with petroleum leads to the exhaustive search for new technologies that enable greater efficiency in the related processes. A three-dimensional mathematical homogeneous biphasic model was implemented in the commercial code of computational fluid dynamics (CFD, FLUENT package to predict concentration and temperature distributions on sieve trays of distillation columns and good simulation results are obtained. The tray geometries and operating conditions are based on the experimental works of Indian oil corporation limited(R & D. The dispersed gas phase and continuous liquid phase are modelled in the Mixture model for two interpenetrating phases with inter phase momentum, heat and mass transfer. The main objective of this study has been to find the extent to which CFD can be used as a prediction tool for real behaviour, and concentration and temperature distributions of sieve trays. The simulation results are shown that CFD is a powerful tool in tray design, analysis and trouble shooting, and can be considered as a new approach for efficiency calculations.

  17. Process intensification for the ethyl lactate synthesis : integrated pervaporation reactor

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    Pereira, C.S.M.; Silva, V.M.T.M.; Pinho, Simão; A. E Rodrigues

    2011-01-01

    Ethyl lactate is an important organic ester, which is biodegradable, produced by renewable resources and can be used as food additive, perfumery, flavor chemicals, solvent and pharmaceutical preparations[1]. It is a green solvent and could replace a range of environment-damaging halogenated and toxic solvents (for example: Nmethylpyrrolidone, toluene)[2]. The conventional way to produce ethyl lactate is the esterification of lactic acid with ethanol in the presence of an acid cata...

  18. Biodegradation of Toluene (an LNAPL) under varying temperature and fluctuating water conditions

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    2011-01-01

    Abstract Groundwater contamination occurs when there is spill of substances which are harmful to humans and the environment. One of the most common groundwater contaminant is Non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPL). These substances are notorious as they do not mix with water and are able to persist in nature causing long term harm. They are broadly classified as Light (LNAPL) or dense (DNAPL) based on their relative density with water. BTEX (Benzene, Toluene, Ethylene benzene and Xylene) is an ...

  19. Knoevenagel condensation of aromatic aldehydes with ethyl 4-chloro-3-oxobutanoate in ionic liquids

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    Bruno R. S. de, Paula; Dávila S., Zampieri; Julio, Zukerman-Schpector; Edward R. T., Tiekink; José Augusto R., Rodrigues; Paulo J. S., Moran.

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Condensações de Knoevenagel de aldeídos aromáticos com 4-cloro-3-oxobutanoato de etila catalisadas por morfolina/ácido acético foram conduzidas em líquidos iônicos para fornecerem 2-cloroacetil-3-arilpropenoatos de etila em 44 a 84% de rendimentos após 0,5 a 2 h à temperatura ambiente (25-28 ºC). Es [...] tas condições representam um protocolo mais verde para a condensação de Knoevenagel do que aquelas realizadas com refluxo de benzeno e tolueno, utilizados como solventes. Aldeídos aromáticos contendo grupos arila, 4-clorofenila, 4-metoxifenila, 2-tiofuranila, 2-furanila, fenila e 3,4-metilenodioxifenila apresentaram razões diastereoméricas (E)/(Z) de 56/44 a 85/15. A estrutura do isômero-(E) do 2-cloroacetil-3-(3',4'-metilenodioxifenil)propenoato de etila foi determinada por difração de raio X, e uma metodologia inequívoca da análise estrutural-(E)/(Z) por RMN de 13C (ressonância magnética nuclear) é apresentada. Abstract in english Knoevenagel condensations of aromatic aldehydes with ethyl 4-chloro-3-oxobutanoate catalyzed by morpholine/acetic acid were carried out in ionic liquids to give ethyl 2-chloroacetyl-3-arylpropenoates in 44-84% yield after 0.5 to 2 h at room temperature (25-28 ºC). These conditions represent a greene [...] r protocol for the Knoevenagel condensation than those using refluxing benzene or toluene as solvent. Aromatic aldehydes having aryl groups 4-chlorophenyl, 4-methoxyphenyl, 2-thiofuranyl, 2-furanyl, phenyl and 3,4-methylenedioxyphenyl gave (E)/(Z) diastereomeric ratios of products from 56/44 to 85/15. The two isomers of each compound were separately isolated and characterized. The structure of the (E)-isomer of ethyl 2-chloroacetyl-3-(3',4' methylenedioxyphenyl)propenoate was determined by X-ray crystallography and an unequivocal methodology of (E)/(Z)-structural analysis by 13C NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) is presented.

  20. N-Cyclohexyl-N-ethyl-4-methylbenzenesulfonamide

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    Zeeshan Haider

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The title compound, C15H23NO2S, contains cyclohexyl and ethyl substituents on the sulfonamide N atom and the cyclohexyl ring adopts a classic chair conformation. The dihedral angle between the benzene ring plane and the mean plane through the six atoms of the cyclohexyl ring is 59.92?(6°. In the crystal structure, C—H...O hydrogen bonds link molecules into sheets extending in the bc plane.

  1. 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.

  2. Demand boom boosts ethyl, butyl acetate

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    US ethyl and butyl acetate markets are being described as 'extremely tight.' One major domestic producer is 'in a sold-out position' and has 'gone on sales control' with respect to these two products. Producers say that sales of both ethyl and butyl acetate have increased during the past year, and industry observers say they expect to see an April 1 price initiative of 2 cts to 3 cts/lb, and possibly a second increase in October. While one producer suggests that this market strength could be 'a sign that the coatings industry is turning around,' most agree that reformulation is the principal driver of growth. Ethyl acetate is said to be replacing methyl ethyl ketone in many formulations, while butyl acetate and butyl acetate blends are substituting for methyl isobutyl ketone. In addition, both ethyl and butyl acetate work as substitutes for xylene and toluene in certain applications. In an effort to conform to the requirements of the Clean Air Act of 1990 and to cooperate with the Environmental Protection Agency's 33/50 voluntary emissions reduction program, coatings manufacturers are moving as quickly as possible to eliminate solvents from their products. And although solvents as a whole will eventually see a dramatic decline in consumption, the temporary beneficiaries of reformulation will be certain of the oxygenated solvents, says Jeff Back, business manager at Kline ampersand Co

  3. 1-Ethyl-3-(2,4,6-trimethylphenylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate

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    Jin-Tao Guan

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available The title compound, C14H19N2+·BF4?, was obtained by reaction of 1-ethyl-3-(2,4,6-trimethylphenylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate with sodium tetrafluoroborate. The imidazole ring makes a dihedral angle of 78.92?(13° with the benzene ring.

  4. Anaerobic degradation of benzene by marine sulfate-reducing bacteria

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    Musat, Florin; Wilkes, Heinz; Musat, Niculina; Kuypers, Marcel; Widdel, Friedrich

    2010-05-01

    Benzene, the archetypal aromatic hydrocarbon is a common constituent of crude oil and oil-refined products. As such, it can enter the biosphere through natural oil seeps or as a consequence of exploitation of fossil fuel reservoirs. Benzene is chemically very stable, due to the stabilizing aromatic electron system and to the lack of functional groups. Although the anaerobic degradation of benzene has been reported under denitrifying, sulfate-reducing and methanogenic conditions, the microorganisms involved and the initial biochemical steps of degradation remain insufficiently understood. Using marine sediment from a Mediterranean lagoon a sulfate-reducing enrichment culture with benzene as the sole organic substrate was obtained. Application of 16S rRNA gene-based methods showed that the enrichment was dominated (more than 85% of total cells) by a distinct phylotype affiliated with a clade of Deltaproteobacteria that include degraders of other aromatic hydrocarbons, such as naphthalene, ethylbenzene and m-xylene. Using benzoate as a soluble substrate in agar dilution series, several pure cultures closely related to Desulfotignum spp. and Desulfosarcina spp. were isolated. None of these strains was able to utilize benzene as a substrate and hybridizations with specific oligonucleotide probes showed that they accounted for as much as 6% of the total cells. Incubations with 13C-labeled benzene followed by Halogen in situ Hybridization - Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy (HISH-SIMS) analysis showed that cells of the dominant phylotype were highly enriched in 13C, while the accompanying bacteria had little or no 13C incorporation. These results demonstrate that the dominant phylotype was indeed the apparent benzene degrader. Dense-cell suspensions of the enrichment culture did not show metabolic activity toward added phenol or toluene, suggesting that benzene degradation did not proceed through anaerobic hydroxylation or methylation. Instead, benzoate was identified in analyses of metabolites with benzene-grown cultures, suggesting an activation of benzene via carboxylation.

  5. Catalytic transformation of methyl benzenes over zeolite catalysts

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    Al-Khattaf, S.

    2011-02-01

    Catalytic transformation of three methyl benzenes (toluene, m-xylene, and 1,2,4-trimethyl benzene) has been investigated over ZSM-5, TNU-9, mordenite and SSZ-33 catalysts in a novel riser simulator at different operating conditions. Catalytic experiments were carried out in the temperature range of 300-400 °C to understand the transformation of these alkyl benzenes over large pore (mordenite and SSZ-33) in contrast to medium-pore (ZSM-5 and TNU-9) zeolite-based catalysts. The effect of reaction conditions on the isomerization to disproportionation product ratio, distribution of trimethylbenzene (TMB) isomers, and p-xylene/o-xylene ratios are reported. The sequence of reactivity of the three alkyl benzenes depends upon the pore structure of zeolites. The zeolite structure controls primarily the diffusion of reactants and products while the acidity of these zeolites is of a secondary importance. In the case of medium pore zeolites, the order of conversion was m-xylene > 1,2,4-TMB > toluene. Over large pore zeolites the order of reactivity was 1,2,4-TMB > m-xylene > toluene for SSZ-33 catalyst, and m-xylene ∼ 1,2,4-TMB > toluene over mordenite. Significant effect of pore size between ZSM-5 and TNU-9 was observed; although TNU-9 is also 3D 10-ring channel system, its slightly larger pores compared with ZSM-5 provide sufficient reaction space to behave like large-pore zeolites in transformation of aromatic hydrocarbons. We have also carried out kinetic studies for these reactions and activation energies for all three reactants over all zeolite catalysts under study have been calculated. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.

  6. Benzene: questions and answers

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    1999-07-01

    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.

  7. Consistent assignment of the vibrations of monosubstituted benzenes.

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    Gardner, Adrian M; Wright, Timothy G

    2011-09-21

    We investigate the consistency of the labeling and assignments of the vibrations of the monosubstituted benzenes in the electronic ground state. In doing so, we also identify some inconsistencies in the labeling of the benzene modes. We commence by investigating the behavior of the benzene vibrations as one hydrogen is replaced by an artificial atomic substituent of increasing mass via quantum chemical calculations; the wavenumber variations with mass give insight into the assignments. We also examine how well the monohalobenzene vibrations can be described in terms of the benzene ones: consistent with some recent studies, we conclude that this is futile in a significant number of cases. We then show that "isotopic wavenumbers" obtained by artificially changing the mass of the fluorine atom in fluorobenzene are in very good agreement with the wavenumbers obtained via explicit calculation for the relevant monohalobenzene (chlorobenzene, bromobenzene, and iodobenzene) vibrations. As a consequence, we propose that the vibrations of monofluorobenzene be used as the basis for labelling the vibrational assignments of monosubstituted benzenes. As well as the four monohalobenzenes, we also apply this approach to the vibrations of aniline, toluene, benzonitrile, phenylacetylene, phenylphosphine, and nitrobenzene. This has allowed a much more consistent picture of the vibrational assignments to be obtained across ten monosubstituted benzenes. PMID:21950860

  8. 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

  9. Transformation of microflora during degradation of gaseous toluene in a biofilter detected using PCR-DGGE.

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    Okunishi, Suguru; Morita, Yasutaka; Higuchi, Takashi; Maeda, Hiroto; Nishi, Katsuji

    2012-07-01

    A laboratory-scale biofiltration system, the rotatory-switching biofilter (RSB), was operated for 199 days using toluene as a model pollutant. The target gaseous pollutant for the biofiltration experiment was approximately 300 ppmv of toluene. Toluene removal efficiency (RE, %) was initially approximately 20% with a 247-ppmv concentration (0.9 g m(-3)) of toluene during the first 10 days. Although the RE decreased several times whenever nitrogen was consumed, it again reached almost 100% when the nitrogen source was in sufficient supply. Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) analysis was employed to assess the transformation ofmicroflora during operation of the biofilter The results based on a 16S rRNA gene profile showed that the microbial community structure changed with operation time. Although the microflora changed during the initial period (before day 40), transformation of the bacterial component was hardly observed after day 51. Statistical analyses of the DGGE profiles indicated that the bacterial community was almost unaffected by the environmental factors, such as adding ozone, high-level nitrogen supply, increase of loading toluene, and the shutdown of the RSB. The DGGE profile using tmoA-like genes, which encode proteins belonging to the hydroxylase component mono-oxygenases involved in the initial attack of aerobic benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylene degradation, confirmed the existence of toluene-degrading bacteria. There were at least four kinds of toluene-degradable bacteria having tmoA-like genes up to day 36, which decreased to two species after day 40. Sequence analysis after DGGE profiling revealed that Burkholderia cepacia, Sphingobacterium multivorum, and Pseudomonas putida were present in the biofilter. Only Alicycliphilus denitrificans was present throughout the whole operation period. In the initial stage of operating the RSB, many types of bacteria may have tried to adapt to the conditions, and subsequently, only selected bacteria were able to grow and to degrade toluene. PMID:22866576

  10. Molecular jet study of the solvation of toluene by methane, ethane, and propanea)

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    Schauer, Mark; Law, K. S.; Bernstein, E. R.

    1985-01-01

    Two color time of flight mass spectroscopy studies of toluene solvated by methane, ethane, and propane in a supersonic molecular jet have been carried out. This work is quite similar to the studies in the preceding paper on benzene. The conclusions and finding in the benzene investigation are strengthened and elaborated. The comparison of calculations and experiments has yielded information on binding enegy, geometry, and spectral shift. A strong correlation is found between observed cluster transition intensity and cluster nucleation processes and a tentative nucleation scheme for the molecular jet formation of solute-solvent clusters is presented.

  11. Effects of the presence of ethylacetate or benzene on the densities and volumetric properties of mixture (styrene + N,N-dimethylformamide)

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    Densities have been measured as a function of composition for a ternary-pseudobinary mixture of {(styrene + ethyl acetate or benzene) + (N,N-dimethylformamide + ethyl acetate or benzene)} by means of a vibrating-tube densimeter at atmospheric pressure and the temperature 298.15 K. The excess molar volumes VmE were calculated from the densities and correlated using the Redlich-Kister equation to estimate the coefficients and standard errors. The experimental and calculated quantities are used to discuss the mixing behaviour of the components. The results show the third component, ethyl acetate or benzene, have a significant influence on the interaction between styrene and N,N-dimethylformamide

  12. Benzene release. Status report

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    Scoping benzene release measurements were conducted on 4 wt percent KTPB 'DEMO' formulation slurry using a round, flat bottomed 100-mL flask containing 75 mL slurry. The slurry was agitated with a magnetic stirrer bar to keep the surface refreshed without creating a vortex. Benzene release measurements were made by purging the vapor space at a constant rate and analyzing for benzene by gas chromatography with automatic data acquisition. Some of the data have been rounded or simplified in view of the scoping nature of this study

  13. Toluene destruction in the Claus process by sulfur dioxide: A reaction kinetics study

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    Sinha, Sourab

    2014-10-22

    The presence of aromatics such as benzene, toluene, and xylene (BTX) as contaminants in the H2S gas stream entering Claus sulfur recovery units has a detrimental effect on catalytic reactors, where BTX forms soot particles and clogs and deactivates the catalysts. BTX oxidation, before they enter catalyst beds, can solve this problem. A theoretical investigation is presented on toluene oxidation by SO2. Density functional theory is used to study toluene radical (benzyl, o-methylphenyl, m-methylphenyl, and p-methylphenyl)-SO2 interactions. The mechanism begins with SO2 addition on the radical through one of the O atoms rather than the S atom. This exothermic reaction involves energy barriers of 4.8-6.1 kJ/mol for different toluene radicals. Thereafter, O-S bond scission takes place to release SO. The reaction rate constants are evaluated to facilitate process simulations. Among four toluene radicals, the resonantly stabilized benzyl radical exhibited lowest SO2 addition rate. A remarkable similarity between toluene oxidation by O2 and by SO2 is observed.

  14. 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...

  15. 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)

  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. Steam reforming of toluene as model compound of biomass pyrolysis tar for hydrogen

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    Steam reforming of tar during biomass pyrolysis for hydrogen will not only avoid frequent equipment shutdown for maintenance and repair but also increase hydrogen yield. In this paper, the effects of temperature and steam/carbon molar ration on steam reforming of toluene as model compound of tar was studied by simulation of thermodynamic equilibrium and experiments using Ni/cordierite catalyst in a fixed bed reactor. The results of thermodynamic simulations indicate that the S/C molar ratio of 2 and the temperature range from 1023 K to 1173 K provide favorable operating conditions for steam reforming of toluene in order to get high hydrogen productivity. These operating parameters were adopted in the experiments using Ni/cordierite catalyst in a fixed bed reactor. H2 content remains about 66 mol% and slightly varies with the increasing temperature. Conversion efficiency of toluene increases with temperature, reaching 94.1% at 1173 K. The simulation was improved in order to be closer to experimental results. It is found that only a very small amount of toluene did not participate in the reaction. In the aromatic hydrocarbons of reactive system, benzene and naphthalene were the main products and the proportion of naphthalene decreases with increasing temperature while that of benzene increases.

  18. Ethnic Differences in the Metabolism of Toluene: Comparisons between Korean and Foreign Workers Exposed to Toluene

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    Kim, Ki-Woong; Won, Young Lim; Ko, Kyung Sun

    2015-01-01

    The objectives of this study were to investigate the individual characteristics, lifestyle habits, exposure levels, and genetic diversity of xenobiotic-metabolizing enzymes involved in toluene metabolism in Korean and foreign workers exposed to toluene at a manufacturing plant. This study was conducted to determine the effects of culture or ethnicity on toluene metabolism. The results showed that blood and urinary toluene concentrations were dependent on the level of exposure to toluene. We a...

  19. 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)

  20. Toluene stability Space Station Rankine power system

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    Havens, V. N.; Ragaller, D. R.; Sibert, L.; Miller, D.

    1987-01-01

    A dynamic test loop is designed to evaluate the thermal stability of an organic Rankine cycle working fluid, toluene, for potential application to the Space Station power conversion unit. Samples of the noncondensible gases and the liquid toluene were taken periodically during the 3410 hour test at 750 F peak temperature. The results obtained from the toluene stability loop verify that toluene degradation will not lead to a loss of performance over the 30-year Space Station mission life requirement. The identity of the degradation products and the low rates of formation were as expected from toluene capsule test data.

  1. 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

  2. Ethyl 2-(2,3,4,5,6-Pentabromophenylacetate

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    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available The title compound PBPEA, C10H7Br5O2, has its ethyl acetate portion nearly orthogonal to the benzene ring, with a C—C—C—C torsion angle of 88.3?(5°. The packing involves an intermolecular contact with a Br...Br distance of 3.491?(1?Å, having C—Br...Br angles of 173.4?(2 and 106.0?(2°. The crystal studied was an inversion twin.

  3. Toluene degradation by non-thermal plasma combined with a ferroelectric catalyst.

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    Liang, Wen-Jun; Ma, Lin; Liu, Huan; Li, Jian

    2013-08-01

    Degradation of toluene in a gas by non-thermal plasma with a ferroelectric catalyst was studied at normal temperature and atmospheric pressure. Spontaneous polarization material (BaTiO3) and photocatalyst (TiO2) were added into plasma system simultively. Toluene degradation efficiency and specific energy density during the discharge process were investigated. Furthermore, byproducts and degradation mechanisms of toluene were also investigated. The toluene degradation efficiency increased when non-thermal plasma technology was combined with the catalyst. The toluene degradation efficiencies of the different catalysts tested were in the following order: BaTiO3/TiO2>BaTiO3>TiO2>no catalyst. A mass ratio of 2.38:1 was optimum for the BaTiO3 and TiO2 catalyst. The outlet gas was analyzed by gas chromatography and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and the main compounds detected were CO2, H2O, O3 and benzene ring derivatives. PMID:23773445

  4. 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 ...

  5. Índicesde refracción y densidad de mezclas binarias de heptano con ciclohexano, benceno y tolueno a 293.15, 298.15, 303.15 y 308.15 K / Refraction indexes and density for binary mixtures of heptane with cyclohexane, benzene and toluene at 293.15, 298.15, 303.15 K / Índices derefração e densidade de misturas binárias de heptano com ciclo-hexano, benzenoe tolueno a 293.15, 298.15, 303.15 e 308.15 K

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    Marlon D., Martínez-Reina; Eliseo, Amado-González.

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Determinam-sedensidades e índices de refração de misturas binárias de ciclo-hexano, benzenoe tolueno com heptano a (293.15, 298.15, 303.15 e 308.15) K. Se calcularem osvolumes de excesso molar e o cambio do índice de refração (??D) a partir dosdados experimentais e ajustados à uma equação polinomial [...] de Redlich-Kister deordem quatro. Abstract in spanish Semidieron densidades e índices de refracción de mezclas binarias de ciclohexano,benceno y tolueno con heptano a (293.15, 298.15, 303.15 y 308.15) K. El volumende exceso molar y el cambio de índice de refracción (??D) son calculados desdelos datos experimentales y ajustados con una ecuación polinomi [...] al deRedlich-Kister de orden cuatro. Abstract in english Density and refraction indexes forbinary mixtures of cyclohexane, benzene and toluene with heptane (293.15, 298.15,303.15 and 308.15 K) were measured. Excess molar volume and refraction indexchange (??D) werecalculated from experimental data and adjusted with a fourth-orderRedlich-Kister polynomial [...] equation.

  6. Ethyl 2-(4-nitrobenzamidobenzoate, a non-merohedral twin

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    Sohail Saeed

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available In the title compound, C16H14N2O5, a non-merohedral twin, the dihedral angle between the mean planes of the two benzene rings is 4.0 (9°. The ethyl group is disordered [0.643 (14 and 0.357 (14 occupancy]. The nitro group is twisted by 16.4 (4° from the mean plane of the benzene ring and the mean plane of the carbonyl group is twisted from the mean planes of the two benzene rings by 4.5 (0 and 4.7 (9°. An intramolecular N—H...O hydrogen bond occurs. The crystal packing is stabilized by weak intermolecular C—H...O hydrogen-bond interactions.

  7. Cross-regulation of toluene monooxygenases by the transcriptional activators TbmR and TbuT.

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    Leahy, J G; G. R. Johnson; Olsen, R H

    1997-01-01

    The toluene-3-monooxygenase from Burkholderia pickettii PKO1 and the toluene/benzene-2-monooxygenase from Burkholderia (Pseudomonas) sp. strain JS150 are distinct enzymes which differ not only in catalytic specificity and substrate range but also in the arrangement and sequence of the genes within the operons that encode the enzymes, tbuA1UBVA2C and tbmABCDEF, respectively. In the present study, we examined the transcriptional activation of the PtbuA1 and PtbmA promoters by their cognate regu...

  8. Thermodynamics of mixtures involving some (benzene derivatives+benzonitrile)

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    Interactions of binary mixtures involving some benzene derivatives (ethylbenzene, o-, m-, p-xylene, isopropylbenzene, 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene, 1,3,5-trimethylbenzene, and methoxybenzene) with benzonitrile were investigated in continuation of our previous studies on binary systems (benzene or toluene+benzonitrile). Heat capacities by volume unit, determined with a Picker flow calorimeter at T=298.15K, and densities, measured by using Picker vibrating densimeters at the temperatures (298.15 and 308.15)K, are reported. Measurements were made over the entire range of mole fraction. From the primary measurements, the corresponding excess quantities VE and Cp,mE are obtained. The magnitude of these experimental quantities together with HE literature data is discussed in terms of the nature and type of intermolecular interactions in binary mixtures

  9. 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.

  10. Toluene depresses plasma corticosterone in pregnant rats

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    Hougaard, K. S.; Hansen, A. M.; Hass, Ulla; Lund, S. P.

    2003-01-01

    Combined exposure to stressors and chemicals may result in synergistic effects. The effects of prenatal exposure to the organic solvent toluene resemble those observed in offspring of gestationally stressed dams, a possible common mechanism being transfer of stress-/toluene-induced increments of corticosteroids from the maternal to the foetal compartment. Pregnant rats were subjected to either 1500 ppm toluene 6 hr/day and/or a schedule of "Chronic mild stress" during the last two weeks of gesta...

  11. Biodegradation of toluene in a trickling filter

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    Peixoto, J.; M. Mota

    1998-01-01

    A trickling filter packed with PVC 16 mm Raschig rings was used to study the degradation of toluene in a polluted air stream, by means of a bacterial biofilm of Pseudomonas putida ATCC 17484. A polluted stream was simulated by blending air with a controlled amount of toluene. The mixing was accomplished in a special mixing chamber designed for that purpose. Induction of the enzymes of the toluene degradative pathway and adaptation of the inoculum were done in batch cultures with mini...

  12. Benzene and its Health Effects

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    Mustafa Tozun

    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

  13. 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

  14. Toluene pyrolysis studies and high temperature reactions of propargyl chloride

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    Kern, R.D.; Chen, H.; Qin, Z. [Univ. of New Orleans, LA (United States)

    1993-12-01

    The main focus of this program is to investigate the thermal decompositions of fuels that play an important role in the pre-particle soot formation process. It has been demonstrated that the condition of maximum soot yield is established when the reaction conditions of temperature and pressure are sufficient to establish a radical pool to support the production of polyaromatic hydrocarbon species and the subsequent formation of soot particles. However, elevated temperatures result in lower soot yields which are attributed to thermolyses of aromatic ring structures and result in the bell-shaped dependence of soot yield on temperature. The authors have selected several acyclic hydrocarbons to evaluate the chemical thermodynamic and kinetic effects attendant to benzene formation. To assess the thermal stability of the aromatic ring, the authors have studied the pyrolyses of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, chlorobenzene and pyridine. Time-of-flight mass spectrometry (TOF) is employed to analyze the reaction zone behind reflected shock waves. Reaction time histories of the reactants, products, and intermediates are constructed and mechanisms are formulated to model the experimental data. The TOF work is often performed with use of laser schlieren densitometry (LS) to measure density gradients resulting from the heats of various reactions involved in a particular pyrolytic system. The two techniques, TOF and LS, provide independent and complementary information about ring formation and ring rupture reactions.

  15. Chemical kinetic study of the oxidation of toluene and related cyclic compounds

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    Mehl, M; Frassoldati, A; Fietzek, R; Faravelli, T; Pitz, W; Ranzi, E

    2009-10-01

    Chemical kinetic models of hydrocarbons found in transportation fuels are needed to simulate combustion in engines and to improve engine performance. The study of the combustion of practical fuels, however, has to deal with their complex compositions, which generally involve hundreds of compounds. To provide a simplified approach for practical fuels, surrogate fuels including few relevant components are used instead of including all components. Among those components, toluene, the simplest of the alkyl benzenes, is one of the most prevalent aromatic compounds in gasoline in the U.S. (up to 30%) and is a promising candidate for formulating gasoline surrogates. Unfortunately, even though the combustion of aromatics been studied for a long time, the oxidation processes relevant to this class of compounds are still matter of discussion. In this work, the combustion of toluene is systematically approached through the analysis of the kinetics of some important intermediates contained in its kinetic submechanism. After discussing the combustion chemistry of cyclopentadiene, benzene, phenol and, finally, of toluene, the model is validated against literature experimental data over a wide range of operating conditions.

  16. Toluene depresses plasma corticosterone in pregnant rats

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    Hougaard, Karin S; Hansen, Åse Marie; Hass, Ulla; Lund, Søren

    2003-01-01

    Combined exposure to stressors and chemicals may result in synergistic effects. The effects of prenatal exposure to the organic solvent toluene resemble those observed in offspring of gestationally stressed dams, a possible common mechanism being transfer of stress-/toluene-induced increments of ...

  17. Determination of conformational and spectroscopic features of ethyl trans-alfa-cyano-3-indole-acrylate compound: an experimental and quantum chemical study.

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    Cinar, Mehmet; Karabacak, Mehmet

    2013-03-01

    The optimized geometrical structure, vibrational and electronic transitions, chemical shifts and non-linear optical properties of ethyl trans-alfa-cyano-3-indole-acrylate (C(14)H(12)N(2)O(2)) compound were presented in this study. The ground state geometrical structure and vibrational wavenumbers were carried out by using density functional (DFT/B3LYP) method with 6-311++G(d,p) as basis set. The vibrational spectra of title compound were recorded in solid state with FT-IR and FT-Raman in the range of 4000-400 cm(-1) and 4000-10 cm(-1), respectively. The fundamental assignments were done on the basis of the total energy distribution (TED) of the vibrational modes, calculated with scaled quantum mechanical (SQM) method. The (1)H, (13)C and DEPT NMR spectra were recorded in DMSO solution, and gauge-invariant atomic orbitals (GIAO) method was used to predict the isotropic chemical shifts. The UV-Vis absorption spectra of the compound were recorded in the range of 200-800 nm in various solvents of different polarity (acetone, benzene, chlorobenzene, chloroform, DMSO, ethanol, methanol and toluene). Solvent effects were calculated using TD-DFT and CIS method. To investigate the non-linear optical properties, the polarizability, anisotropy of polarizability and molecular first hyperpolarizability were computed. A detailed description of spectroscopic behaviors of compound was given based on the comparison of experimental measurements and theoretical computations. PMID:23274474

  18. N-[(E)-(9-Ethyl-9H-carbazol-3-yl)methylidene]aniline

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    Nuray Yeksan; Ece Uzkara; Orhan Zeybek; Erol Asker

    2010-01-01

    The title compound, C21H18N2, was obtained as the product of the reaction between 9-ethyl-9H-carbazole-3-carbaldehyde and aniline in ethanol. The crystal packing is stabilized mainly by C—H...? interactions between the carbazole benzene rings and the methylene H atoms.

  19. N-[(E-(9-Ethyl-9H-carbazol-3-ylmethylidene]aniline

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    Nuray Yeksan

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available The title compound, C21H18N2, was obtained as the product of the reaction between 9-ethyl-9H-carbazole-3-carbaldehyde and aniline in ethanol. The crystal packing is stabilized mainly by C—H...? interactions between the carbazole benzene rings and the methylene H atoms.

  20. Are biogenic emissions a significant source of summertime atmospheric toluene in the rural Northeastern United States?

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    M. L. White

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Summertime atmospheric toluene enhancements at Thompson Farm in the rural northeastern United States were unexpected and resulted in a toluene/benzene seasonal pattern that was distinctly different from that of other anthropogenic volatile organic compounds. Consequently, three hydrocarbon sources were investigated for potential contributions to the enhancements during 2004–2006. These included: (1 increased warm season fuel evaporation coupled with changes in reformulated gasoline (RFG content to meet US EPA summertime volatility standards, (2 local industrial emissions and (3 local vegetative emissions. The contribution of fuel evaporation emission to summer toluene mixing ratios was estimated to range from 16 to 30 pptv d?1, and did not fully account for the observed enhancements (20–50 pptv in 2004–2006. Static chamber measurements of alfalfa, a crop at Thompson Farm, and dynamic branch enclosure measurements of loblolly pine trees in North Carolina suggested vegetative emissions of 5 and 12 pptv d?1 for crops and coniferous trees, respectively. Toluene emission rates from alfalfa are potentially much larger as these plants were only sampled at the end of the growing season. Measured biogenic fluxes were on the same order of magnitude as the influence from gasoline evaporation and industrial sources (regional industrial emissions estimated at 7 pptv d?1 and indicated that local vegetative emissions make a significant contribution to summertime toluene enhancements. Additional studies are needed to characterize the variability and factors controlling toluene emissions from alfalfa and other vegetation types throughout the growing season.

  1. Are biogenic emissions a significant source of summertime atmospheric toluene in rural Northeastern United States?

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    M. L. White

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Summertime atmospheric toluene enhancements at Thompson Farm in the rural northeastern United States were unexpected and resulted in a toluene/benzene seasonal pattern that was distinctly different from that of other anthropogenic volatile organic compounds. Consequentially, three hydrocarbon sources were investigated for potential contributions to the enhancements during 2004–2006. These included: 1 increased warm season fuel evaporation coupled with changes in reformulated gasoline (RFG content to meet U.S. EPA summertime volatility standards, 2 local industrial emissions and 3 local vegetative emissions. The contribution of fuel evaporation emission to summer toluene mixing ratios was estimated to range from 16 to 30 pptv d?1, and did not fully account for the observed enhancements (20–50 pptv in 2004–2006. Static chamber measurements of alfalfa, a crop at Thompson Farm, and dynamic branch enclosure measurements of loblolly pine trees in North Carolina suggested vegetative emissions of 5 and 12 pptv d?1 for crops and coniferous trees, respectively. Toluene emission rates from alfalfa are potentially much larger as these plants were only sampled at the end of the growing season. Measured biogenic fluxes were on the same order of magnitude as the influence from gasoline evaporation and industrial sources (regional industrial emissions estimated at 7 pptv d?1 and indicated that local vegetative emissions make a significant contribution to summertime toluene enhancements. Additional studies are needed to characterize the variability and factors controlling toluene emissions from alfalfa and other vegetation types throughout the growing season.

  2. FIELD COMPARISON OF TWO KINDS OF CHARCOAL TUBES FOR SAMPLING AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS (TOLUENE & XYLENE) IN A PAINT FACTORY

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    P .Nassiri; F. Golbabai; A. Barzegar

    1996-01-01

    In order to evaluate the effectiveness of the Iranian made charcoal tubes in the field , 60 local made and 60 imported ones (SKC type) were randomly selected and placed side by side for sampling aromatic hydrocarbons (including Benzene, Toluene, Xylene) in workers breathing zone in a paint factory. The results indicated that there were no statistically significant differences between the mean concentrations of aromatic hydrocarbons measured in studied groups. The ratios of pressure drop to fl...

  3. 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.

  4. Benzene vapor recovery and processing

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    The National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants, or NESHAPs, have provided a powerful motivation for interest in, and attention to, benzene vapor emissions in recent times. Benzene and its related aromatics are volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which marks them for surveillance as potential contributors to air pollution. In addition, benzene is a suspected carcinogen, which applies a special urgency to its control. The regulations governing the control of benzene emissions were issued as Title 40, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 61, subpart Y (Storage Vessels); subpart BB (Transfer Operations); and subpart FF (Waste Operations). These regulations specify very particular emission reduction guidelines for various generating sources. The problem in the hydrocarbon processing industry is to identify significant sources of benzene vapors in plants, and then to collect and process these vapors in an environmentally acceptable manner. This paper discusses various methods for collecting benzene fumes in these facilities

  5. Quaternary (liquid + liquid) equilibrium data for the extraction of toluene from alkanes using the ionic liquid [EMim][MSO4

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    Highlights: • EMim[MSO4] was proposed as solvent for the extraction of toluene from alkanes. • The quaternary system {heptane + cyclohexane + toluene + [EMim][MSO4]} was evaluated. • The extraction of toluene would be facilitated in the presence of one alkane. • Experimental LLE data were successfully correlated with the NRTL model. - Abstract: (Liquid + liquid) equilibrium (LLE) studies for the extraction of aromatics from alkanes present in the petroleum fractions are important to develop theoretical/semiempirical (liquid + liquid) equilibrium models, which are used in the design of extraction processes. In this work, the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium methylsulfate, [EMim][MSO4], was evaluated as potential solvent for the separation of toluene from heptane and cyclohexane. The LLE data for the quaternary system {heptane (1) + cyclohexane (2) + toluene (3) + [EMim][MSO4] (4)} were experimentally determined at T = 298.15 K and atmospheric pressure. Moreover, the LLE data for the ternary systems {heptane or cyclohexane (1) + toluene (2) + [EMim][MSO4] (3)} were also determined. Solute distribution ratios and selectivities were calculated and analysed in order to evaluate the capability of the ionic liquid to accomplish the separation target. A comparison between the solute distribution ratios and selectivities for the quaternary and the ternary systems was also made. Finally, the experimental tie-line data were correlated with the NRTL model

  6. Benzene exposures in urban areas

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    Benzene exposures in urban areas were reviewed. Available data confirm that both in USA and Europe, benzene concentrations measured by fixed outdoor monitoring stations underestimate personal exposures of urban residents. Indoor sources, passive smoke and the high exposures during commuting time may explain this difference. Measures in European towns confirm that very frequently mean daily personal exposures to benzene exceed 10 ?g/m3, current European air quality guideline for this carcinogenic compound

  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. Degradation of toluene and m-xylene and transformation of o-xylene by denitrifying enrichment cultures.

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    Evans, P J; Mang, D T; Young, L Y

    1991-01-01

    Seven different sources of inocula that included sediments, contaminated soils, groundwater, process effluent, and sludge were used to establish enrichment cultures of denitrifying bacteria on benzene, toluene, and xylenes in the absence of molecular oxygen. All of the enrichment cultures demonstrated complete depletion of toluene and partial depletion of o-xylene within 3 months of incubation. The depletion of o-xylene was correlated to and dependent on the metabolism of toluene. No losses of benzene, p-xylene, or m-xylene were observed in these initial enrichment cultures. However, m-xylene was degraded by a subculture that was incubated on m-xylene alone. Complete carbon, nitrogen, and electron balances were determined for the degradation of toluene and m-xylene. These balances showed that these compounds were mineralized with greater than 50% conversion to CO2 and significant assimilation into biomass. Additionally, the oxidation of these compounds was shown to be dependent on nitrate reduction and denitrification. These microbial degradative capabilities appear to be widespread, since the widely varied inoculum sources all yielded similar results. PMID:2014990

  9. 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.

  10. Fuel Dependence of Benzene Pathways

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    Zhang, H; Eddings, E; Sarofim, A; Westbrook, C

    2008-07-14

    The relative importance of formation pathways for benzene, an important precursor to soot formation, was determined from the simulation of 22 premixed flames for a wide range of equivalence ratios (1.0 to 3.06), fuels (C{sub 1}-C{sub 12}), and pressures (20 to 760 torr). The maximum benzene concentrations in 15 out of these flames were well reproduced within 30% of the experimental data. Fuel structural properties were found to be critical for benzene production. Cyclohexanes and C{sub 3} and C{sub 4} fuels were found to be among the most productive in benzene formation; and long-chain normal paraffins produce the least amount of benzene. Other properties, such as equivalence ratio and combustion temperatures, were also found to be important in determining the amount of benzene produced in flames. Reaction pathways for benzene formation were examined critically in four premixed flames of structurally different fuels of acetylene, n-decane, butadiene, and cyclohexane. Reactions involving precursors, such as C{sub 3} and C{sub 4} species, were examined. Combination reactions of C{sub 3} species were identified to be the major benzene formation routes with the exception of the cyclohexane flame, in which benzene is formed exclusively from cascading fuel dehydrogenation via cyclohexene and cyclohexadiene intermediates. Acetylene addition makes a minor contribution to benzene formation, except in the butadiene flame where C{sub 4}H{sub 5} radicals are produced directly from the fuel, and in the n-decane flame where C{sub 4}H{sub 5} radicals are produced from large alkyl radical decomposition and H atom abstraction from the resulting large olefins.

  11. Methane from benzene in argon dielectric barrier discharge

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    Highlights: ? Efficient on-line conversion of benzene to methane at room temperature. ? Absence of other H-atom donor suggests new type of chemistry. ? For parent loss > 90%, methane yield was ?40% of limit due to H-atom availability. ? Surface moisture contributed ·OH radical for trace phenolic products’ formation. ? This method may emerge as an exploitable tactic for pollutants’ usable alterations. -- Abstract: A first-time account of direct, on-line, instantaneous and efficient chemical conversion of gas phase benzene to methane in argon Dielectric Barrier Discharge (DBD) is presented. In the absence of another overt hydrogen-donating source, potency of analogous parents toward methane generation is found to follow the order: benzene > toluene > p-xylene. Simultaneous production of trace amounts of phenolic surface deposits suggest (a) prompt decomposition of the parent molecules, including a large fraction yielding atomic transients (H-atom), (b) continuous and appropriate recombination of such parts, and (c) trace moisture in parent contributing ·OH radicals and additional H-atoms, which suitably react with the unreacted fraction of the parent, and also other intermediates. Results highlight Ar DBD to be a simple and exploitable technology for transforming undesirable hazardous aromatics to usable/useful low molecular weight open-chain products following the principles of green chemistry and engineering

  12. Primary atmospheric oxidation mechanism for toluene.

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    Baltaretu, Cristian O; Lichtman, Eben I; Hadler, Amelia B; Elrod, Matthew J

    2009-01-01

    The products of the primary OH-initiated oxidation of toluene were investigated using the turbulent flow chemical ionization mass spectrometry technique at temperatures ranging from 228 to 298 K. A major dienedial-producing pathway was detected for the first time for toluene oxidation, and glyoxal and methylglyoxal were found to be minor primary oxidation products. The results suggest that secondary oxidation processes involving dienedial and epoxide primary products are likely responsible for previous observations of glyoxal and methylglyoxal products from toluene oxidation. Because the dienedial-producing pathway is a null cycle for tropospheric ozone production and glyoxal and methylglyoxal are important secondary organic aerosol precursors, these new findings have important implications for the modeling of toluene oxidation in the atmosphere. PMID:19118482

  13. Construction and comparison of fluorescence and bioluminescence bacterial biosensors for the detection of bioavailable toluene and related compounds

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    Environmental pollution with petroleum products such as benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, and xylenes (BTEX) has garnered increasing awareness because of its serious consequences for human health and the environment. We have constructed toluene bacterial biosensors comprised of two reporter genes, gfp and luxCDABE, characterized by green fluorescence and luminescence, respectively, and compared their abilities to detect bioavailable toluene and related compounds. The bacterial luminescence biosensor allowed faster and more-sensitive detection of toluene; the fluorescence biosensor strain was much more stable and thus more applicable for long-term exposure. Both luminescence and fluorescence biosensors were field-tested to measure the relative bioavailability of BTEX in contaminated groundwater and soil samples. The estimated BTEX concentrations determined by the luminescence and fluorescence bacterial biosensors were closely comparable to each other. Our results demonstrate that both bacterial luminescence and fluorescence biosensors are useful in determining the presence and the bioavailable fractions of BTEX in the environment. - The choice of reporter genes for toluene bacterial biosensors to determine BTEX bioavailability is case-specific

  14. Determination of (BTEX) of the gasoline's combustion in Ecuador

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    The contents of benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene and xylenes (BTEX) were determined and quantified in the gasoline's combustion on an internal combustion engine. Gas chromatography with flame ionization detector were used for chemical determinations

  15. Measurements of activity coefficients at infinite dilution for organic solutes and water in the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium methanesulfonate

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    Highlights: ? Measurements of activity coefficients at infinite dilution using GLC. ? Forty-two organic solvents and water in the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium methanesulfonate. ? High selectivity for heptane/thiophene. ? Possible entrainer for different separation processes with water. ? The excess thermodynamic functions and the gas–liquid partition coefficients were calculated. - Abstract: The activity coefficients at infinite dilution, ?13?, for 43 solutes, including alkanes, cycloalkanes, alkenes, alkynes, aromatic hydrocarbons, alcohols, water, thiophene, ethers, ketones, acetonitrile, pyridine, and 1-nitropropane in the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium methanesulfonate [EMIM][MeSO3] were determined by gas–liquid chromatography at six temperatures within the range (308.15 to 358.15) K. The interaction of these 42 organic compounds and water with the ionic liquid were described with the partial molar excess Gibbs free energy, ?G1E,?, enthalpy ?H1E,?, and entropy Tref?S1E,? at infinite dilution, calculated from the experimental ?13? values obtained over the temperature range. The gas–liquid partition coefficients, KL were calculated for all solutes. The values of the selectivity for few separation problems as heptane/toluene, cyclohexane/benzene, heptane/xylenes and heptane/thiophene were calculated from ?13? and compared to literature values for N-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone (NMP), sulfolane, and other ionic liquids based on [EMIM]+ cation. Comparison with the results published earlier for [EMIM][MeSO3] show much lower selectivities in the discussed separation problems. By contrast with the former measured ILs [EMIM][MeSO3] reveals the average selectivity for the separation of aromatics/aliphatics and low capacity for benzene. An interesting high value of selectivity was observed in the separation of thiophene/aliphatics. Very high values of selectivity may be expected in the separation of the azeotropic systems including water. The density of [EMIM][MeSO3] within temperature range from (298.15 to 358.15) K was measured and compared to the literature values.

  16. 4-(Dimethyl­amino)benzaldehyde 4-ethyl­thio­semicarbazone

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    Salhin, Abdussalam; Razak, Norfarhah Abdul; I. A. Rahman

    2008-01-01

    The title thio­semicarbazone derivative, C12H18N4S, features intra­molecular N—H?N and C—H?S hydrogen bonds which generate S(5) ring motifs. The dihedral angle between the benzene ring and the thio­urea unit is 6.30?(6)° indicating planarity in the mol­ecule. Inter­molecular N—H?S hydrogen bonds generate dimers with an R 2 2(8) ring motif. The methyl group of the N-ethyl residue is disordered and was refined with site occupancies of 0.521?(5) and 0.479?(5)....

  17. Comparative Study Between Ethylbenzene Disproportionation Reaction and its Ethylation Reaction with Ethanol over ZSM-5

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    2009-06-23

    Ethylation of ethylbenzene with ethanol has been studied over ZSM-5 catalyst in a riser simulator that mimics the operation of a fluidized-bed reactor. The feed molar ratio of ethylbenzene:ethanol is 1:1. The study was carried out at 350, 400, 450, and 500°C for reaction times of 3, 5, 7, 10, 13, and 15 s. Comparisons are made between the results of the ethylbenzene ethylation reaction with that of ethylbenzene disproportionation reaction earlier reported. The effect of reaction conditions on ethylbenzene reactivity, p-diethylbenzene selectivity, total diethylbenzene (DEB) isomers selectivity, p-DEB-to-m-DEB ratio, benzene-to-DEB molar ratio, and benzene selectivity, are reported. Benzene selectivity is about 10 times more in the EB disproportion reaction as compared to its ethylation reaction with ethanol at 350°C. In addition, the results showed a p-DEB/m-DEB ratio for the EB ethylation reaction varying between 1.2-1.7, which is greater than the equilibrium values. Increase in temperature shifts the alkylation/dealkylation equilibrium towards dealkylation, thereby decreasing conversion and selectivity to DEB. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009.

  18. Study of the rearrangement of N-alkylaniline to p-aminoalkylbencene. I. N-ethyl-l-14C-aniline

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    The rearrangement of N-ethylaniline to p-aminoethylbenzene has been studied over the temperature range 200-300 degree centigrade using different catalysts: Cl2Co, Cl2Zn, Cl2Ni, Cl3Al, Cl2Cd and Br H.N-ethyl-1-14C-aniline has been synthesized from ethyl-1-14C-iodide and aniline and its rearrangement to p-aminoethyl-benzene proves that the ethyl group does not rearrange itself during the reaction. A scheme for the degradation of both the N-ethyl-1-14C aniline and the p-aminoethylbenzene produces is described. (Author) 14 refs

  19. Reactions of 9-Alkyl-3-aminocarbazoles with Ethyl-3-oxo-butanoate and Identification of the Products Obtained

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    Gema Mikulskiene

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available The reactions in benzene of 9-alkyl-3-aminocarbazoles with ethyl-3-oxobutanoateyielded ethyl-3-[(9-alkyl-9H-carbazol-3-ylamino]but-2-enoate condensation products or N-(9-ethyl-9H-carbazol-3-yl-3-oxobutanamide acylation products. The condensation productswere cyclized to the corresponding 4,7-dihydro-pyrido[2,3-c]-carbazol-1-ones upon heatingin mineral oil at 240-250 °C. The structures of the synthesized compounds were investigatedby IR, mass spectrometry, 1H- and 13C-NMR spectroscopy and MM2 molecular mechanicsand AM1 semi-empirical quantum mechanical methods.

  20. Reactions of 9-Alkyl-3-aminocarbazoles with Ethyl-3-oxo-butanoate and Identification of the Products Obtained

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    Gema Mikulskiene; ytautas Mickevicius; Birute Sapijanskaite

    2006-01-01

    The reactions in benzene of 9-alkyl-3-aminocarbazoles with ethyl-3-oxobutanoateyielded ethyl-3-[(9-alkyl-9H-carbazol-3-yl)amino]but-2-enoate condensation products or N-(9-ethyl-9H-carbazol-3-yl)-3-oxobutanamide acylation products. The condensation productswere cyclized to the corresponding 4,7-dihydro-pyrido[2,3-c]-carbazol-1-ones upon heatingin mineral oil at 240-250 °C. The structures of the synthesized compounds were investigatedby IR, mass spectrometry, 1H- and 13C-NMR spectroscopy and...

  1. Ruthenium Nanoparticles Intercalated in Hectorite: A Reusable Hydrogenation Catalyst for Benzene and Toluene

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    Süss-Fink, Georg; Mollwitz, Birgit; Therrien, Bruno; Dadras, Massoud; Laurenczy, Gabor; Meister, Annette; Meister, Götz

    2009-01-01

    The cationic organometallic aqua complexes formed by hydrolysis of [(C6H6)RuCl2]2 in water, mainly [(C6H6)Ru(H2O)3]2+, intercalate into sodium hectorite by ion exchange, replacing the sodium cations between the anionic silicate layers. The yellow hectorite thus obtained reacts in ethanol with molecular hydrogen (50 bar, 100°C) with decomposition of the organometallic aqua complexes to give a black material, in which ruthenium(0) nanoparticles (9–18 nm) are intercalated between the anionic sil...

  2. 1-Benzyl-5-ethyl-5-hydroxy-1H-pyrrol-2(5H-one

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    Yan-Jiao Gao

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The title compound, C13H15NO2, was obtained as a by-product in the Grignard reaction of malimide. The dihedral angle between the five-memebred ring (r.m.s. deviation = 0.005?Å and the benzene ring is 67.20?(14°. The benzene ring and the ethyl chain lie to the same side of the five-membered ring. In the crystal, molecules are linked by O—H...O hydrogen bonds, generating C(6 chains propagating in [010].

  3. Ethyl 4,4''-Dibromo-5'-(butylamino-2',6'-dinitro-[1,1':3',1''-terphenyl]-4'-carboxylate

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    Damiano Rocchi

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Ethyl 4,4''-Dibromo-5'-(butylamino-2',6'-dinitro-[1,1':3',1''-terphenyl]-4'-carboxylate (2 which is a m-terphenyl derivative containing an hexasubstituted, highly functionalized substituted benzene core, has been synthesized.

  4. 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

  5. Evaluation of genotoxic effects of benzene and its derivatives in workers of gas stations.

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    Trevisan, Patrícia; da Silva, Juliane Nascimento; da Silva, Alessandra Pawelec; Rosa, Rafael Fabiano Machado; Paskulin, Giorgio Adriano; Thiesen, Flávia Valladão; de Oliveira, Ceres Andréia Vieira; Zen, Paulo Ricardo Gazzola

    2014-04-01

    The search for reliable biomarkers of human exposure to benzene and its derivatives is still subject of research. Many of the proposed biomarkers have limitations ranging from the low sensitivity to the wide variability of results. Thus, the aim of our study was to assess the frequencies of chromosomal abnormalities (CA) and sister chromatid exchanges (SCE) in workers of gas stations, with (cases, n?=?19) and without (local controls, n?=?6) risk of exposure to benzene and its derivatives, comparing them with the results from the general population (external controls, n?=?38). The blood dosages of benzene, toluene, and xylenes were measured in all participants. Blood solvent levels were compared with the findings obtained in cytogenetic evaluation and a research protocol which included data of the workplace, lifestyle, and health of the individuals. We did not detect the presence of benzene and its derivatives and did not find chromosomal damage that may be associated with the gas station activity in cases. Moreover, although we found an association of increased SCE and the working time in the local controls, the values found for SCE are within normal limits. Thus, our evaluation of SCE and CA reflected the levels of benzene and its derivatives observed in the blood. We believe, therefore, that SCE and CA may actually constitute possible tests for the evaluation of these exposures. However, we believe that further studies, including individuals at risk, are important to confirm this assertion. PMID:24292950

  6. Modelling and Simulation Of Benzene Alkylation Process Reactors For Production Of Ethylbenzene

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    Majid Kakavand

    2004-10-01

    Full Text Available The goal of this paper is to develop a simulation software for the ethyl benzene production unit in aPetrochemical Complex of Iran. Ethyl benzene whose consumption has rapidly increased in recent years, isthe feed for production of styrene monomer. This material is produced from alkylation of benzene withethylene. A process simulator can play a very important role in the development of this process. In thisresearch, alkylation of benzene for production of ethylbenzene has been simulated. First the mass, energyand momentum balance equations have been developed for the axial flow reactor. Optimization techniqueshave then been applied to modify the kinetic equations presented in literature to somehow satisfy the unitconditions. Finally the model predicted values such as pressure, reactor temperature, reactant conversionand products compositions have been compared with those of experimental ones adopted from theindustrial unit. The comparison reveals that the model predicted values are adequately in compliance withthe experimental data and hence can be used, with sufficient accuracy, to design pilot plants and other newunits.

  7. Toluene Induces Depression-Like Behaviors in Adult Mice

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    Yang, Miyoung; Kim, Sung-Ho; Kim, Jong-Choon; Shin, Taekyun; Moon, Changjong

    2010-01-01

    It has been clinically reported that toluene causes mental depression in humans. However, the detrimental effects of toluene exposure on brain function and the relation between features of mental depression and toluene exposure are poorly understood. This study evaluated depression-like behaviors in adult C57BL/6 mice after administration of toluene, and elucidated the effects of classical antidepressants on the depression-like behaviors. For the estimation of depression-like behaviors, tail ...

  8. Ethyl 2,4-dimethylpyrido[1,2-a]benzimidazole-3-carboxylate

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    Ai Guo Zhu

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available The title compound, C16H16N2O2, was synthesized using a novel tandem annulation reaction between 1-(1H-benzo[d]imidazol-2-ylethanone and ethyl (E-4-bromobut-2-enoate under mild conditions. The dihedral angles formed by the mean plane of the five-membered imidazole ring with the dihydropyridin and benzene rings are 1.54?(9 and 1.85?(9°, respectively.

  9. Catalytic oxidation of CO, hydrocarbons and ethyl acetate over perovskite-type complex oxides

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    The catalytic activity of M1M2O3 perovskite-type complex oxides (M1 = La, Y, Nd, Yb, M2 = Co, Mn, Ni) was investigated in the oxidation of CO, propylene, benzene, ethylbenzene, o-xylol and ethyl acetate. Co-containing catalysts were more active than Mn-containing ones in the oxidation. The relationship between the catalytic and adsorption properties was established. 8 refs., 5 figs

  10. 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

  11. The Solubility of Phenylborate Compounds in Benzene

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    The original goal of this scoping study was to determine if the solubility of sodium and potassium tetraphenylborates in benzene was sufficiently large to justify designing and performing kinetic studies on a benzene-phase catalytic reaction

  12. Gene components responsible for discrete substrate specificity in the metabolism of biphenyl (bph operon) and toluene (tod operon).

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    K. Furukawa; J. Hirose; Suyama, A; Zaiki, T; Hayashida, S.

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    bph operons coding for biphenyl-polychlorinated biphenyl degradation in Pseudomonas pseudoalcaligenes KF707 and Pseudomonas putida KF715 and tod operons coding for toluene-benzene metabolism in P. putida F1 are very similar in gene organization as well as size and homology of the corresponding enzymes (G. J. Zylstra and D. T. Gibson, J. Biol. Chem. 264:14940-14946, 1989; K. Taira, J. Hirose, S. Hayashida, and K. Furukawa, J. Biol. Chem. 267:4844-4853, 1992), despite their discrete substrate r...

  13. FIELD COMPARISON OF TWO KINDS OF CHARCOAL TUBES FOR SAMPLING AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS (TOLUENE & XYLENE IN A PAINT FACTORY

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    P .Nassiri; F. Golbabai; A. Barzegar

    1996-08-01

    Full Text Available In order to evaluate the effectiveness of the Iranian made charcoal tubes in the field , 60 local made and 60 imported ones (SKC type were randomly selected and placed side by side for sampling aromatic hydrocarbons (including Benzene, Toluene, Xylene in workers breathing zone in a paint factory. The results indicated that there were no statistically significant differences between the mean concentrations of aromatic hydrocarbons measured in studied groups. The ratios of pressure drop to flow rate of Iranian made tubes were statistically higher than the SKC ones (P<0.0l.

  14. Butyl acetate replaces toluene to remove phenol from water

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    Hodel, A.E.

    1993-03-01

    Plastics Engineering Co. manufactures phenol formaldehyde resins and molding compounds at a plant in Sheboygan, WI. Process water from the plant, containing 7% phenol and 1% methanol, requires treatment prior to discharge to the sewer. Toluene was used as a solvent in a countercurrent liquid-liquid extraction column. A vacuum distillation of the extract separated the phenol and toluene. The raffinate (1% methanol, 98% water and 1% toluene) was stripped to recover the toluene and remove methanol from the bottoms prior to discharge. Methanol was not recovered. Disposal costs for the waste methanol (with about 10% toluene as an azeotrope) were high.

  15. Volume reduction and toluene recuperation from liquid scintillation waste

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    This paper describes the experimental work undertaken to evaluate the recuperation of the liquid scintillator by NaOH treatment and also a distillation process to recovery only the toluene. Recovered toluene was compared with scintillation grade toluene in terms of efficiency and background counts the IPEN - CNEN/SP laboratories as well in a radioimmunoassay laboratory. Both of them certified the quality, of the recovered toluene for radioimmunoassay. The volume reduction attained decreases significantly the costs of treatment for the remaing wastes beyond the profit of the toluene recovered. All procedures including equipment drawing and results are reported. (Author)

  16. 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.)

  17. Role of toluene in hydrogen sulfide combustion under Claus condition

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    Highlights: • Examined the role of toluene addition in hydrogen sulfide combustion. • Effect of 0%, 0.5%, 1% and 5% of toluene in H2S gas stream was examined. • Toluene addition triggers production of H2 which provides oxidation competition to H2S. • Increased amount of toluene in H2S gas reduced SO2 and increased asymptotic value of H2S. • Toluene addition enhanced the formation of CO and COS. - Abstract: Experimental investigations on the effect of different amounts of toluene addition to H2S combustion in oxygen under Claus condition (Φ = 3) are presented. Three toluene concentrations of 0.5%, 1% and 5% in H2S are presented and compared with the baseline case of 100% H2S oxygen combustion. Temperature data showed that addition of toluene to H2S gas stream increases the flame temperature because of large heating value associated with toluene. Addition of toluene resulted in the production of H2, which increased with increase in the amounts of toluene addition. Furthermore, increased addition of toluene concentration increased the asymptotic minimum value of hydrogen sulfide due to oxidation competition between the formed H2 and H2S. The results also showed that the presence of CO triggers the formation of COS with toluene addition due to reaction of CO with SO2. The results showed that SO2 mole fraction increased to a maximum value then decayed with distance along the reactor. Addition of toluene increased the rate of SO2 decay. These results have direct impact on sulfur capture in the Claus reactor and its performance

  18. Solvent extraction-spectrophotometric determination of boron with 3,5-di-tert-butylcatechol and ethyl violet

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    Oshima, M.; Motomizu, S.; Toei, K.

    1984-01-01

    Boric acid and 3,5-di-tert-butylcathechol formed a complex anion at pH 6.3-8.7 which was extracted into toluene as an ion pair with ethyl violet (EV); the excess EV coextracted into toluene was removed by adding 3% hydrogen peroxide. Boron was determined spectrophotometrically by measuring the absorbance of EV of the ion pair in toluene at 610 nm. The calibration curve was linear within a range of 0.043 ..mu..g of boron, and the molar absorptivity was 10.5 x 10/sup 4/ L mol/sup -1/ cm/sup -1/. This method, using the new complexing agent, was applied to the determination of boron in seawater and found to be appreciably satisfactory compared with other methods. 7 references, 3 tables, 2 figures.

  19. Human response to varying concentrations of toluene

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    Bælum, Jesper; Lundqvist, G R; Mølhave, Lars; Andersen, N T

    1990-01-01

    exercised in three 15-min periods with a load of 50 to 100 W. Exposure to toluene caused significant (P less than 0.05) complaints about poor air quality, altered temperature and noise perception, increased irritation in the nose and the lower airways, feeling of intoxication, and there were tendencies (P......Thirty two males and 39 females aged 31-50 were exposed for 7 h to one of the three following conditions: (1) Clean air, (2) constant exposure to 100 ppm toluene, or (3) a varying exposure with the same time-weighted average, but with peaks of 300 ppm every 30 min. During exposure the subjects...... less than 0.1) towards irritation in the throat, headache and dizziness. In the four performance tests there was a tendency towards a lower score in a vigilance test while no effect of toluene exposure was seen in a peg board test, a five choice serial reaction test, or a colour test, indicating only...

  20. ASSESSMENT OF HUMAN EXPOSURE TO TOLUENE DIISOCYANATE

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    OLIVIA ANCA RUSU

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Assessment of human exposure to toluene diisocyanate. Toluene diisocyanate (TDI, an aromatic compound, may be dangerous for human health. Diisocyanates have wide industrial use in the fabrication of flexible and rigid foams, fibers, elastomers, and coatings such as paints and varnishes. Isocyanates are known skin and respiratory sensitizers, and proper engineering controls should be in place to prevent exposure to isocyanate liquid and vapor; exposure to TDI vapors is well documented to increase asthma risk. The study focused on the exposure of workers and nearby populations to toluene diisocyanate in a Polyurethane Foam Factory located in Baia Mare, Romania. Workplace air measurements were performed in different departments of the plant, after sampling either in fixed points or as personal monitoring. Sampling in four different locations of Baia Mare town was carried out, - during and after the foaming process. TDI sampling was performed on silica cartridge followed by GC-MS analysis. TDI concentration at workplace was lower than 0,035 mg/m³, which represents the permissible exposure limit, while in the city the TDI concentration had shown values below 0,20 μg/m³. Health assessment of a group of 49 workers was based on questionnaire interview, determination of TDI antibodies and lung function tests. Data collected until this stage do not show any negative effects of TDI on the employees health. Since this plant had only recently begun operating, continuous workplace and ambient air TDI monitoring, along with workers health surveillance, is deemed necessary.

  1. Double photoionization of halogenated benzene

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    AlKhaldi, Mashaal Q.; Wehlitz, Ralf

    2016-01-01

    We have experimentally investigated the double-photoionization process in C6BrF5 using monochromatized synchrotron radiation. We compare our results with previously published data for partially deuterated benzene (C6H3D3) over a wide range of photon energies from threshold to 270 eV. A broad resonance in the ratio of doubly to singly charged parent ions at about 65 eV appears shifted in energy compared to benzene data. This shift is due to the difference in the bond lengths in two molecules. A simple model can explain the shape of this resonance. At higher photon energies, we observe another broad resonance that can be explained as a second harmonic of the first resonance.

  2. ESTUDIO DEL EQUILIBRIO LÍQUIDO-LÍQUIDO DE BENCENO + (HEXANO, HEPTANO Y CICLOHEXANO) CON EL LÍQUIDO IÓNICO 1-ETIL-3-METILIMIDAZOLIO ETILSULFATO A 308,15 K / STUDY 0F LIQUID-LIQUID EQUILIBRIIM 0F BENZENE + (HEXAXE, HEPTME A\\D CYCLOHEXAXE) WITH THE IOMC LIQUID 1-ETHYL-3-METHYLIMIDAZ0LIIM ETHYLSULFATE AT 308.15 K / ESTUDO DO EQUILÍBRIO LÍQUIDO-LÍQUIDO DE BENZENO + (HEXANO, HEPTANO E CICLO-HEXANO) COM O LÍQUIDO IÔNICO 1-ETIL-3-METILIMIDAZOLIO ETILSULFATO A 308,15 K

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    Marlon, Martínez Reina; Eliseo, Amado González; Yonny Mauricio, Muñoz Muñoz.

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available O equilíbrio líquido-líquido (ELL) de los sistemas ternários benzeno + (hexa-no, heptano e ciclo-hexano) com o líquido iônico 1-etil-3-metilimidazólio etilsulfato (EMIM-EtS0(4)) com 308,15 K, seletividade (S) e o coeficiente de distribuição (?) são calculados a partir dos dados experimentais. Ela de [...] termina a capacidade de líquido iônico como solvente para a separação de aromático a partir de suas misturas com hidrocar-bonetos alifáticos. A região de imiscibilidade aumentou na seguinte ordem: ciclo-hexano Abstract in spanish Se determinó el equilibrio líquido-líquido (ELL) de los sistemas ternarios benceno + (hexano, heptano y ciclohexano) con el líquido iónico 1-etil-3-metilimidazolio etilsulfato (EMIM-EtSO4) a 308,15 K; la selectividad (S) y el coeficiente de distribución (?) se calcularon desde los datos experimental [...] es que se utilizaron para determinar la capacidad del líquido iónico como solvente para la separación del aromático desde sus mezclas con hidrocarburos alifáticos. La región de inmiscibilidad aumentó en el siguiente orden: ciclohexano Abstract in english The equilibrium liquid-liquid (ELL) of ternary systems benzene + (hexane, heptane and cyclohexane) with the ionic liquid 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethylsulfate (EMIM-EtS0(4)) at 308.15 K, selectivity (S) and the distribution coefficient (?) are calculated from experimental data. The ability of ion [...] ic liquid as solvent for separation of the aromatic from their mixtures with ali-phatic hydrocarbons is analyzed. The region of immiscibility increased in the following order: cyclohexane

  3. 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)

  4. Ultraselective and sensitive detection of xylene and toluene for monitoring indoor air pollution using Cr-doped NiO hierarchical nanostructures

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    Kim, Hyo-Joong; Yoon, Ji-Wook; Choi, Kwon-Il; Jang, Ho Won; Umar, Ahmad; Lee, Jong-Heun

    2013-07-01

    Ultraselective and sensitive detection of xylene and toluene with minimum interferences of other indoor air pollutants such as benzene, ethanol, and formaldehyde is achieved using NiO hierarchical nanostructures doped with Cr. Pure and 1.15-2.56 at% Cr-doped NiO flower-like hierarchical nanostructures assembled from nanosheets are prepared by a simple solvothermal reaction and their gas sensing characteristics toward o-xylene and toluene gases are investigated. The 1.15 at% Cr-doped NiO hierarchical nanostructures show high responses to 5 ppm of o-xylene and toluene (ratio of resistance to gas and air = 11.61 and 7.81, respectively) and negligible cross-responses to 5 ppm of benzene, formaldehyde, ethanol, hydrogen, and carbon monoxide. However, pure NiO nanostructures show low responses to 5 ppm of o-xylene and toluene (ratio of resistance to gas and air = 2.01 and 1.14, respectively) and no selectivity toward any specific gas is observed. Significant enhancement of the response and selectivity to o-xylene and toluene is attributed to the decrease in the hole concentration in NiO and the catalytic oxidation of methyl groups by Cr doping.Ultraselective and sensitive detection of xylene and toluene with minimum interferences of other indoor air pollutants such as benzene, ethanol, and formaldehyde is achieved using NiO hierarchical nanostructures doped with Cr. Pure and 1.15-2.56 at% Cr-doped NiO flower-like hierarchical nanostructures assembled from nanosheets are prepared by a simple solvothermal reaction and their gas sensing characteristics toward o-xylene and toluene gases are investigated. The 1.15 at% Cr-doped NiO hierarchical nanostructures show high responses to 5 ppm of o-xylene and toluene (ratio of resistance to gas and air = 11.61 and 7.81, respectively) and negligible cross-responses to 5 ppm of benzene, formaldehyde, ethanol, hydrogen, and carbon monoxide. However, pure NiO nanostructures show low responses to 5 ppm of o-xylene and toluene (ratio of resistance to gas and air = 2.01 and 1.14, respectively) and no selectivity toward any specific gas is observed. Significant enhancement of the response and selectivity to o-xylene and toluene is attributed to the decrease in the hole concentration in NiO and the catalytic oxidation of methyl groups by Cr doping. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: X-ray diffraction patterns and SEM images of pure and Cr-doped Ni precursors; XPS spectra, pore size distribution, gas response, sensor resistance in air, gas selectivity of pure and Cr-doped NiO hierarchical nanostructures. See DOI: 10.1039/c3nr01281f

  5. Toluene mediated oxidative stress and granulo-monocytopoiesis

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    Božić Tatjana P.; Stevanović Jelka Ž.; Kovačević Milica M.; Jović Slavoljub Z.; Lukić Sanja; Petakov Marijana D.; Borozan Sunčica Z.; Mijačević Zora M.; Knežević Milijana A.; Bulajić Snežana B.

    2003-01-01

    The influence of toluene exposure on some biochemical and hematological parameters was investigated in adult female Wistar rats. The animals were subjected to intraperitoneal administration of toluene diluted in propylene glycol and the diluent alone for 3, 7 and 11 consecutive days at the same time intervals. The effects of toluene and propylene glycol were evaluated biochemically by determining the plasma concentrations of total proteins albumin and ceruloplasmin (Cp) together with erythroc...

  6. Ethyl 2-[1-(3-methylbutyl-4-phenyl-1H-1,2,3-triazol-5-yl]-2-oxoacetate

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    Muhammad Hafeez

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available In the title compound, C17H21N3O3, the non-planar (r.m.s. deviation = 0.212?Å ethyl (oxoacetate group is oriented towards the phenyl substituent. The triazole and benzene rings are twisted with respect to each other, making a dihedral angle of 41.69?(6°. In the crystal, molecules are arranged into centrosymmetric R22(10 dimers via pairs of C—H...O interactions involving the ethyl (oxoacetate groups. In addition, the triazole rings show ?–? stacking interactions, with their centroids at a distance of 3.745?(2?Å.

  7. Anaerobic degradation of toluene by a denitrifying bacterium.

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    Evans, P J; Mang, D T; Kim, K S; Young, L Y

    1991-01-01

    A denitrifying bacterium, designated strain T1, that grew with toluene as the sole source of carbon under anaerobic conditions was isolated. The type of agar used in solid media and the toxicity of toluene were determinative factors in the successful isolation of strain T1. Greater than 50% of the toluene carbon was oxidized to CO2, and 29% was assimilated into biomass. The oxidation of toluene to CO2 was stoichiometrically coupled to nitrate reduction and denitrification. Strain T1 was tolerant of and grew on 3 mM toluene after a lag phase. The rate of toluene degradation was 1.8 mumol min-1 liter-1 (56 nmol min-1 mg of protein-1) in a cell suspension. Strain T1 was distinct from other bacteria that oxidize toluene anaerobically, but it may utilize a similar biochemical pathway of oxidation. In addition, o-xylene was transformed to a metabolite in the presence of toluene but did not serve as the sole source of carbon for growth of strain T1. This transformation was dependent on the degradation of toluene. Images PMID:2059037

  8. Decomposition of toluene in a gliding arc discharge plasma reactor

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    Du Changming [School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510275 (China); Yan Jianhua [Institute for Thermal Power Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China); Cheron, Bruno [UMR 6614 (CORIA), University of Rouen, 76821 Mont Saint Aignan (France)

    2007-11-15

    The decomposition of toluene in a gliding arc discharge (glidarc) was performed and studied. Experimental results indicate that the glidarc technology can effectively decompose toluene molecules and has bright prospects of being applied as an alternative tool to decompose volatile organic compounds. It is found that a change in the electrode material had an insignificant effect on the toluene removal efficiency. The toluene removal efficiency increases with increasing inlet gas temperature. The water vapor present in the gas mixture has a favorable effect on the toluene decomposition in the plasma. The energy efficiency is 29.46 g (kWh{sup -1}) at a relative humidity of 50% and a specific energy input of 0.26 kWh m{sup -3}, which is higher than other types of non-thermal plasmas. Too much or too little oxygen content does not favor toluene decomposition. The major gas phase products detected by FT-IR from the decomposition of toluene with air participation were CO, CO{sub 2}, H{sub 2}O and NO{sub 2}. Some brown depositions were found on the surface of the electrodes, which were polar oxygenous and nitrogenous compounds determined by the GC-MS analysis, such as benzaldehyde, benzoic acid, quinine and nitrophenol from the reaction of toluene with radicals. A possible mechanism for toluene destruction via glidarc technology is proposed and summarized.

  9. Excess parameter studies on the binary mixtures of toluene with ketones at different temperatures

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    Density, ?, ultrasonic speed, u, and viscosity, ? of binary mixtures of toluene with acetone (AC), ethyl methyl ketone (EMK), and acetophenone (AP), including those of pure liquids are measured over the entire composition range at temperatures (298.15, 303.15, and 308.15) K respectively. From these experimental results, deviations in isentropic compressibility, ?ks and ultrasonic speed, ?u, excess intermolecular free length, LfE, excess Gibbs free energy of activation, ?G*E, partial molar volumes (V-barm,10,V-barm,20,V-bar?,10,V-bar?,20) partial molar compressibilities (K-barm,10,K-barm,20,K-bar?,10, and K-bar?,20) and their excess values (V-barm,10E,V-barm,20E,V-bar?,10E,V-bar?,20E,K-barm,10E,K-barm,20E, K-bar?,10E, and K-bar?,20E) of the components at infinite dilution are calculated. The values of ?ks and LfE are found to be negative, and those of ?u and ?G*E are found to be positive, indicating the presence of specific interactions between toluene and ketone molecules and the interactions follow the order: AC > EMK > AP.

  10. 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.)

  11. 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 ...

  12. Accumulation and turnover of metabolites of toluene and xylene in nasal mucosa and olfactory bulb in the mouse

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    Autoradiography of male mice following inhalation of the radioactively labelled solvents, toluene, xylene, and styrene, revealed an accumulation of non-volatile metabolites in the nasal mucosa and olfactory bulb of the brain. Since no accumulation occurred after benzene inhalation, it was assumed that the activity represented aromatic acids, which are known metabolites of these solvents. This was supported by the finding that also radioactive benzoic acid (main metabolite of toluene) and salicylic acid accumulated in the olfactory bulb. High-performance liquid chromatography revealed that after toluene inhalation (for 1 hr), nasal mucosa and olfactory bulb contained mainly benzoic acid, with a strong accumulation in relation to blood plasma, and considerably less of its blycine conjugate, hippuric acid. After xylene inhalation, on the other hand, methyl hippuric acid dominated over the non-conjugated metabolite, toluic acid. The results indicate a specific, possibly axonal flow-mediated transport of aromatic acids from the nasal mucosa to the olfactory lobe of the brain. The toxicological significance of these results remains to be studied. (author)

  13. Evaluation of the performance of a passive sampler in the monitoring of benzene and other volatile aromatic compounds in urban and indoor sites

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    Laboratory and field tests have been performed on a new passive device, properly designed for the collection of volatile organic compounds from ambient air on an active charcoal layer. Tests performed in order to determine accuracy and precision, response linearity and employment limits show that this device may be helpful in long and medium-time determinations of BTX (benzene, toluene and xylenes) in the atmosphere. The sampler is optimised for a four weeks sampling in open air

  14. Natureza do coque formado sobre a mordenita durante a transalquilação de benzeno Nature of the coke formed on mordenite during benzene transalkylation

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    Maria do Carmo Rangel; Antoninho Valentini; Adriana Santana de Oliveira; Jorge Maurício David; Jaildes Marques Britto; Suzana Marques Domingues; Patrício Reyes

    2003-01-01

    Zeolite catalysts have been extensively used in petroleum refining and the chemical industry although they are deactivated by coke deposition. In order to find the best condition to avoid deactivation, the coke formation on H-mordenite was studied in this work. The coke was produced during benzene transalkylation with C9+ aromatics, under several reaction conditions. It was found that hydrogenated coke was produced in all samples without affecting the selectivity of toluene and xylene formati...

  15. 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.

  16. 21 CFR 172.868 - Ethyl cellulose.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2010-04-01 2009-04-01 true Ethyl cellulose. 172.868 Section 172.868 Food and... Multipurpose Additives § 172.868 Ethyl cellulose. The food additive ethyl cellulose may be safely used in food in accordance with the following prescribed conditions: (a) The food additive is a cellulose...

  17. 21 CFR 573.420 - Ethyl cellulose.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Ethyl cellulose. 573.420 Section 573.420 Food and... Listing § 573.420 Ethyl cellulose. The food additive ethyl cellulose may be safely used in animal feed in accordance with the following prescribed conditions: (a) The food additive is a cellulose ether...

  18. 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.

  19. Examination on colour reaction of nicotinic acid-ethyl violet-uranyl ternary complex by solvent extraction spectrophotometry

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    The test examination was made on solvent extraction colour reaction of the ternary complex formed by nicotinic acid, ethyl violet and uranyl in cyclohexane+MIBK (methyl isobutyl ketone) or benzene+MIBK. A difference was found between the published results and the authors'. It was shown that there is no chromomagnetic dependence with uranyl ion, but the approximate linear correlation is present with NO3- ion

  20. PERFORMANCE OF TRICKLE BED BIOFILTERS UNDER HIGH TOLUENE LOADING

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    The performance of two pelletized media biofilters, highly loaded with toluene, was evaluated in this study. oth biofilters were operated as the same influent concentration of 250 ppmv toluene. iofilter "A" was operated at 1 minute EBRT and biofilter "B" at 0.67 minute EBRT. he i...

  1. Volatilization of Benzene in a River

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    Eric Dunlop

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Benzene is a volatile organic compound: when it contaminates a river, some of the substance will evaporate as it flows through. We examine the volumetric flow rate to find how volatilization affects the concentration levels of benzene as the substance flows through several consecutive sections of a river, using a specific example to illustrate the general method.

  2. Toluene-water clusters: Ion fragmentation and chemistry

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    Li, Shijian; Bernstein, Elliot R.

    1992-07-01

    Toluene/water cluster ion fragmentation is studied for isolated cold clusters by means of one- and two-color mass resolved excitation spectroscopy, time resolved pump (S1?S0) probe (I?S1) spectroscopy on the nanosecond time scale, and nozzle/laser delay timing experiments. These experiments lead to an identification of parent clusters for all fragment ion clusters observed. Fragmentation reactions depend on cluster size and on the energy deposited in the ion by the two photon I?S1?S0 excitation sequence. Fragments identified by these techniques include (H2O)xH+ (x=3,...,6) and toluene+(H2O)n-1 for toluene(H2O)n clusters and (H2O)xD+, (H2O)xH+, and toluene-d+3(H2O)n-1 for toluene-d3(H2O)n clusters. For n?3 the preferred cluster fragmentation pathway is loss of a single H2O molecule, while for n?4 the preferred cluster fragmentation pathway is generation of (H2O)nH+. Cluster ion fragmentation is prevalent in this system because of product stability (i.e., solvated protons and the benzyl radical) and because the I?S1 transition leaves the cluster ion in a very highly excited vibrational state (?v?0 for the I?S1 transition). The fragmentation of toluene+(H2O)3 to generate (H2O)3H+ and a benzyl radical takes place by two distinct pathways with generation times ?1<60 ns and ?2=480 ns. The toluene+(H2O)2 fragmentation from toluene+(H2O)3 has a generation time of ?<60 ns. The possible energetics, kinetics, and mechanisms for these fragmentations are discussed.

  3. Transalkylation of ethyl benzene with triethylbenzene over ZSM-5 zeolite catalyst.

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    Naseem Akhtar, M.; Tukur, N. M.; Al-Yassir, N.; Al-Khattaf, S.; ?ejka, Ji?í

    2010-01-01

    Ro?. 163, 1-2 (2010), s. 98-107. ISSN 1385-8947 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40400503 Keywords : ethylbenzene * triethylbenzene * transalkylation Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry Impact factor: 3.074, year: 2010

  4. Transalkylation of ethyl benzene with triethylbenzene over ZSM-5 zeolite catalyst

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    Akhtar, M. Naseem

    2010-09-01

    Transalkylation of 1,3,5-triethylbenzene (TEB) with ethylbenzene (EB) has been studied over ZSM-5 zeolite using a riser simulator reactor with respect to optimizing DEB yield. The reaction temperature was varied from 350 to 500°C with contact time ranging from 3 to 15s to report on the effect of reaction conditions on TEB conversion, DEB selectivity and isomerization of TEB. The transalkylation of TEB with EB was compared with the reactions of pure 1,3,5-TEB and EB (disproportionation, isomerization and cracking). A synergistic effect was observed on the conversion of 1,3,5-TEB and DEB yield. The 1,3,5-TEB conversion increased from 40% to 50% with simultaneous increase in the DEB selectivity from 17% to 36% in transalkylation reaction (EB+1,3,5-TEB) as compared with the reaction of pure 1,3,5-TEB. It was found that pure 1,3,5-TEB underwent cracking reaction to produce DEB and EB. The isomerization of 1,3,5-TEB was more active at low temperature while cracking was more active at high temperature. The temperature of 350°C was observed as the optimum for production of maximum amount of DEB. Kinetic parameters for the disappearance of 1,3,5-TEB during its transformation reaction via cracking and isomerization pathways were calculated using the catalyst activity decay function based on time-on-stream (TOS). The apparent activation energies decrease in order E secondary cracking>E primary racking>E isomerization for ZSM-5 catalysts. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.

  5. Diffusion of Benzene and Alkylbenzenes in n-Alkanes.

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    Kowert, Bruce A; Register, Paul M

    2015-10-01

    The translational diffusion constants, D, of benzene and a series of alkylbenzenes have been determined in four n-alkanes at room temperature using capillary flow techniques. The alkylbenzenes are toluene, ethylbenzene, 1-phenylpropane, 1-phenylpentane, 1-phenyloctane, 1-phenylundecane, 1-phenyltetradecane, and 1-phenylheptadecane. The n-alkanes are n-nonane, n-decane, n-dodecane, and n-pentadecane. Ratios of the solutes' D values are independent of solvent and in general agreement with the predictions of diffusion models for cylinders and lollipops. For the latter, an alkylbenzene's phenyl ring is the lollipop's candy; the alkyl chain is its handle. A model that considers the solutes to be spheres with volumes determined by the van der Waals increments of their constituent atoms is not in agreement with experiment. The diffusion constants of 1-alkene and n-alkane solutes in n-alkane solvents also are compared with the cylinder model; reasonably good agreement is found. The n-alkanes are relatively extended, and this appears to be the case for the alkyl chains of the 1-alkenes and alkylbenzenes as well. PMID:26417941

  6. Effect of ethanol, cimetidine and propranolol on toluene metabolism in man

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    Døssing, M; Bælum, Jesper; Hansen, S H; Lundqvist, G R

    1984-01-01

    exposure the increase was by 3.3. Neither cimetidine nor propranolol changed toluene metabolism significantly. The results indicate that ethanol may prolong the time interval in which toluene is retained in the human body in persons simultaneously exposed to ethanol and toluene. When using o-cresol or......In a climatic exposure chamber four healthy volunteers were exposed to 100ppm toluene, 100ppm toluene + ethanol, 100ppm toluene + cimetidine, and 100ppm toluene + propranolol for 7h each at random over four consecutive days. A control experiment and 3.5h of exposure to 200ppm toluene were also...

  7. Study of gaseous benzene effects upon A549 lung epithelial cells using a novel exposure system.

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    Mascelloni, Massimiliano; Delgado-Saborit, Juana Maria; Hodges, Nikolas J; Harrison, Roy M

    2015-08-19

    Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are ubiquitous pollutants known to be present in both indoor and outdoor air arising from various sources. Indoor exposure has increasingly become a major cause of concern due to the effects that such pollutants can have on health. Benzene, along with toluene, is one of the main components of the VOC mixture and is a known carcinogen due to its genotoxic effects. The aim of this study was to test the feasibility of an in vitro model to study the short-term effects of exposure of lung cells to airborne benzene. We studied the effects of exposure on DNA and the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in A549 cells, exposed to various concentrations of benzene (0.03; 0.1; 0.3 ppm) in gaseous form using a custom designed cell exposure chamber. Results showed a concentration-dependent increase of DNA breaks and an increase of ROS production, confirming the feasibility of the experimental procedure and validating the model for further in vitro studies of exposure to other VOCs. PMID:26022717

  8. Molecular dynamics simulation of benzene

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    Trumpakaj, Zygmunt; Linde, Bogumi? B. J.

    2016-03-01

    Intermolecular potentials and a few models of intermolecular interaction in liquid benzene are tested by Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations. The repulsive part of the Lennard-Jones 12-6 (LJ 12-6) potential is too hard, which yields incorrect results. The exp-6 potential with a too hard repulsive term is also often used. Therefore, we took an expa-6 potential with a small Gaussian correction plus electrostatic interactions. This allows to modify the curvature of the potential. The MD simulations are carried out in the temperature range 280-352 K under normal pressure and at experimental density. The Rayleigh scattering of depolarized light is used for comparison. The results of MD simulations are comparable with the experimental values.

  9. Selective extraction of toluene from n-heptane using [emim][SCN] and [bmim][SCN] ionic liquids as solvents

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    Highlights: • LLE for {n-heptane + toluene + [emim][SCN] or [bmim][SCN]} at 313.2 K were measured. • LLE data were successfully correlated to the NRTL model. • Di and ?2,1 were compared to those of sulfolane and other highly selective ILs. • [emim][SCN] and [bmim][SCN] showed higher selectivities than sulfolane. • Physical properties of [emim][SCN] were suitable to be applied at industrial scale. - Abstract: Among the ionic liquids (ILs) studied so far in the liquid–liquid extraction of aromatic hydrocarbons, only a few of them have shown aromatic distribution ratios and aromatic/aliphatic selectivities considerably higher than those of conventional organic solvents, such as sulfolane. Moreover, these ILs had high dynamic viscosities that could limit their application at industrial scale. In this work, we have studied the performance of 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium thiocyanate ([emim][SCN]) and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium thiocyanate ([bmim][SCN]) ILs in the liquid–liquid extraction of toluene from n-heptane at 313.2 K. Densities, dynamic viscosities, and surface tensions of the ILs were also measured to evaluate their suitability as aromatic extraction solvents. In spite of the high selectivities and toluene distribution ratios of [bmim][SCN], its high dynamic viscosity could imply an important drawback. By contrast, the [emim][SCN] shown toluene/n-heptane selectivities three times higher of the sulfolane values and also substantially higher than those of other promising ILs. Futhermore, densities, viscosities, and surface tensions of [emim][SCN] were also appropriate to consider this IL as an alternative to organic solvents

  10. Airborne concentrations of benzene associated with the historical use of some formulations of liquid wrench.

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    Williams, Pamela R D; Knutsen, Jeffrey S; Atkinson, Chris; Madl, Amy K; Paustenbach, Dennis J

    2007-08-01

    The current study characterizes potential inhalation exposures to benzene associated with the historical use of some formulations of Liquid Wrench under specific test conditions. This product is a multiuse penetrant and lubricant commonly used in a variety of consumer and industrial settings. The study entailed the remanufacturing of several product formulations to have similar physical and chemical properties to most nonaerosol Liquid Wrench formulations between 1960 and 1978. The airborne concentrations of benzene and other constituents during the simulated application of these products were measured under a range of conditions. Nearly 200 breathing zone and area bystander air samples were collected during 11 different product use scenarios. Depending on the tests performed, average airborne concentrations of benzene ranged from approximately 0.2-9.9 mg/m(3) (0.08-3.8 ppm) for the 15-min personal samples; 0.1-8 mg/m(3) (0.04-3 ppm) for the 1-hr personal samples; and 0.1-5.1 mg/m(3) (0.04-2 ppm) for the 1-hr area samples. The 1-hr personal samples encompassed two 15-min product applications and two 15-min periods of standing within 5 to 10 feet of the work area. The measured airborne concentrations of benzene varied significantly based on the benzene content of the formulation tested (1%, 3%, 14%, or 30% v/v benzene) and the indoor air exchange rate but did not vary much with the base formulation of the product or the two quantities of Liquid Wrench used. The airborne concentrations of five other volatile chemicals (ethylbenzene, toluene, total xylenes, cyclohexane, and hexane) were also measured, and the results were consistent with the volatility and concentrations of these chemicals in the product tested. A linear regression analysis of air concentration compared with the chemical mole fraction in the solution and air exchange rate provided a relatively good fit to the data. The results of this study should be useful for evaluating potential inhalation exposures to benzene and other volatile chemicals that occurred during the past use of some formulations of Liquid Wrench and perhaps for some similar products containing these chemicals. PMID:17558801

  11. Hepatotoxic potential of combined toluene-chronic ethanol exposure

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    Howell, S.R.; Christian, J.E.; Isom, G.E.

    1986-05-01

    The hepatoxic properties of concurrent chronic oral ethanol ingestion and acute toluene inhalation were evaluated. Male rats were maintained on ethanol-containing or control liquid diets for 29 days. Animals of each group were subjected to five 20-min exposures to 10 000 ppm toluene with 30 min of room air inhalation between exposures on days 22, 24, 26, and 28 of liquid diet feeding. Some of the ethanol-fed animals were withdrawn from ethanol 14 h before exposure. Ethanol-withdrawn animals displayed an increased sensitivity to the narcotic action of toluene. Animals were sacrificed and assays performed on day 29. Stress markers (plasma corticosterone, free fatty acid, and glucose) were not affected by treatments. A modest elevation in plasma aspartate amino-transferase occurred in non-withdrawn animals receiving both ethanol and toluene. Ethanol-toluene exposure increased both relative liver weight and liver triglycerides. Toluene antagonized the hypertriglyceridemia associated with chronic ethanol ingestion. This study indicates that combined ethanol and toluene exposure has minor potential to induce acute liver injury, but results in altered deposition of hepatic triglycerides.

  12. Ethyl 2-(5-bromo-3-ethylsulfinyl-1-benzofuran-2-ylacetate

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    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available The title compound, C14H15BrO4S, was prepared by the oxidation of ethyl 2-(5-bromo-3-ethylsulfanyl-1-benzofuran-2-ylacetate with 3-chloroperoxybenzoic acid. The crystal structure is stabilized by aromatic ?–? interactions between the benzene rings of neighbouring molecules [centroid–centroid distance = 3.814?(9?Å], and possibly by weak C—H...? interactions. In addition, the crystal structure exhibits three intermolecular C—H...O non-classical hydrogen bonds. The ethyl group bonded to carboxylate O atom is disordered over two positions, with refined site-occupancy factors of 0.686?(18 and 0.314?(18.

  13. Crystal structure of ethyl 2-(2,4,5-trimethoxyphenyl)quinoline-4-carboxylate

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    Shrungesh Kumar, T. O.; Naveen, S.; Kumara, M. N.; K. M. Mahadevan; Lokanath, N. K.

    2015-01-01

    In the title compound, C21H21NO5, the dihedral angle between the quinoline ring system (r.m.s. deviation = 0.028?Å) and the trimethoxybenzene ring is 43.38?(5)°. The C atoms of the methoxy groups deviate from their attached benzene ring by ?0.396?(2), ?0.049?(2) and 0.192?(2)?Å for the ortho-, meta- and para-substituents, respectively. The pendant ethyl chain is disordered over two orientations in a 0.527?(5):0.473?(5) ratio. A short intramolecular C—H...O contact closes an S(6) ring. In the ...

  14. Ethyl 1-(butan-2-yl-2-(2-methoxyphenyl-1H-benzimidazole-5-carboxylate

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    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available In the title compound, C21H24N2O3, the mean planes of the benzene ring and the benzimidazole ring system form a dihedral angle of 69.94?(7°. The ethyl group atoms of the ethanoate fragment are disordered over two sets of sites, with refined occupancies of 0.742?(6 and 0.258?(6. In the crystal, there are weak C—H...N hydrogen bonds which connect molecules into chains along the b axis. A weak intermolecular C—H...? interaction is also observed.

  15. 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

  16. Enhanced visible-light induced degradation of benzene on Mg-ferrite/hematite/PANI nanospheres: In situ FTIR investigation

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    Shen, Yu [Key Laboratory of Industrial Ecology and Environmental Engineering and State Key Laboratory of Fine Chemical, School of Environmental Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Dalian Jiaotong University, Dalian 116028 (China); Zhao, Qidong [Key Laboratory of Industrial Ecology and Environmental Engineering and State Key Laboratory of Fine Chemical, School of Environmental Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Li, Xinyong, E-mail: xyli@dlut.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Industrial Ecology and Environmental Engineering and State Key Laboratory of Fine Chemical, School of Environmental Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Department of Chemical Engineering, Curtin University, Perth, WA 6845 (Australia); Yuan, Deling; Hou, Yang [Key Laboratory of Industrial Ecology and Environmental Engineering and State Key Laboratory of Fine Chemical, School of Environmental Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Liu, Shaomin, E-mail: shaomin.liu@curtin.edu.au [Department of Chemical Engineering, Curtin University, Perth, WA 6845 (Australia)

    2012-11-30

    Graphical abstract: The dramatic enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity of Mg-ferrite/hematite nanospheres photocatalyst on benzene were obtained after hybridized by polyaniline (PANI) using the chemisorption method. The enhancement of photocatalytic degradation of benzene under visible-light irradiation was mainly ascribed to the high efficiency of charge separation induced by the hybrid effect of PANI and Mg-ferrite/hematite. By using the in situ FTIR technique, ethyl acetate, carboxylic acid and aldehyde could be regarded as the intermediate products, and CO{sub 2} is produced as the final product during the reaction process. Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mg-ferrite/hematite/PANI photocatalysts showed enhanced photocatalytic activity. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Ethyl acetate, carboxylic acid and aldehyde were the intermediate products. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer CO{sub 2} was produced as the final product during the reaction process. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The high efficiency of charge separation was mainly ascribed to the hybrid effect. - Abstract: The dramatic enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity of Mg-ferrite/hematite nanospheres photocatalysts on benzene were obtained after hybridized by polyaniline (PANI) using the chemisorption method. The samples were characterized by scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectra and UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The enhancement of photocatalytic degradation of benzene under visible-light irradiation was mainly ascribed to the high efficiency of charge separation induced by the hybrid effect of PANI and Mg-ferrite/hematite. By using the in situ FTIR technique, ethyl acetate, carboxylic acid and aldehyde could be regarded as the intermediate products, and CO{sub 2} is determined as the final product during the reaction process.

  17. Enhanced visible-light induced degradation of benzene on Mg-ferrite/hematite/PANI nanospheres: In situ FTIR investigation

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    Graphical abstract: The dramatic enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity of Mg-ferrite/hematite nanospheres photocatalyst on benzene were obtained after hybridized by polyaniline (PANI) using the chemisorption method. The enhancement of photocatalytic degradation of benzene under visible-light irradiation was mainly ascribed to the high efficiency of charge separation induced by the hybrid effect of PANI and Mg-ferrite/hematite. By using the in situ FTIR technique, ethyl acetate, carboxylic acid and aldehyde could be regarded as the intermediate products, and CO2 is produced as the final product during the reaction process. Highlights: ? Mg-ferrite/hematite/PANI photocatalysts showed enhanced photocatalytic activity. ? Ethyl acetate, carboxylic acid and aldehyde were the intermediate products. ? CO2 was produced as the final product during the reaction process. ? The high efficiency of charge separation was mainly ascribed to the hybrid effect. - Abstract: The dramatic enhanced visible-light photocatalytic activity of Mg-ferrite/hematite nanospheres photocatalysts on benzene were obtained after hybridized by polyaniline (PANI) using the chemisorption method. The samples were characterized by scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectra and UV–Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy. The enhancement of photocatalytic degradation of benzene under visible-light irradiation was mainly ascribed to the high efficiency of charge separation induced by the hybrid effect of PANI and Mg-ferrite/hematite. By using the in situ FTIR technique, ethyl acetate, carboxylic acid and aldehyde could be regarded as the intermediate products, and CO2 is determined as the final product during the reaction process.

  18. Benzene and ethylene in Bio-SNG production. Nuisance, fuel or valuable products?

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    Rabou, L.P.L.M. Rabou; Van der Drift, A. [ECN Biomass and Energy Efficiency, Petten (Netherlands)

    2011-11-15

    Gasification of biomass with the aim to produce Substitute Natural Gas (SNG) is best performed at temperatures around 850C, where 50% of the combustion value of the producer gas is concentrated in hydrocarbons. After removal of the heavy hydrocarbons (i.e. tar) and sulphur components, the producer gas can be converted catalytically to a mixture of mainly methane, carbon dioxide and water. Using producer gas as intermediate instead of syngas can lead to 10% higher efficiency, as producer gas does contain a significant amount of methane already and because less heat is evolved in the conversion of the remainder than for a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen. Some of the hydrocarbons in producer gas, notably benzene, toluene, acetylene and ethylene, together with some of the more volatile tar compounds, can be a nuisance in the conversion step, as they easily form carbon deposits on the methanation catalysts involved. Several strategies can be followed to make these annoying components useful. Here, we will focus on benzene and ethylene, as each represents nearly 90% of the total amount of aromatic and unsaturated hydrocarbons respectively in biomass producer gas. One approach, followed in the SNG demonstration plant in Guessing, is to remove benzene nearly completely from producer gas in a low-temperature scrubber. Recovered benzene with some of the scrubbing liquid is used as fuel to provide heat for the gasifier. Any benzene remaining in the producer gas and ethylene are converted in the fluidized bed methanation reactor. The fluidized bed creates conditions in which carbon deposits are gasified before they can harm the catalyst performance. The use of benzene as heat source in the gasifier reduces the need to burn part of the producer gas for that purpose. Effectively, more 'clean' producer gas becomes available for the methanation step. The MILENA type gasifier developed by ECN has a lower heat demand than the Guessing FICFB gasifier. Consequently, it has no use for benzene as an additional heat source. That is why ECN research focuses on solving problems associated with the conversion of benzene and ethylene to methane. One of the problems is removal of organic sulphur compounds, especially thiophene and its derivatives like benzo-thiophene. The main route pursued by ECN is conversion of thiophenes by a hydrodesulphurization (HDS) catalyst, followed by adsorption of the hydrogensulphide produced. Benzene removed from producer gas by liquid scrubbing or adsorption to a solid sorbent can also be recovered for use as fuel in a separate boiler. An advantage of that approach would be that benzene can be stored more easily than producer gas to match heat production with demand by e.g. a district heat system or to provide heat during gasifier maintenance. In fact, that would copy the approach followed in Harbooere with tar. Another promising option is cryogenic separation of producer gas. In principle, that would make it possible to separate and recover not only benzene but also ethylene. Even without purification, these may have more value as chemical base materials than when used as fuel. The cryogenic treatment would probably also capture sulphur compounds, thus considerably simplifying the gas cleaning needed for protection of the methanation catalyst. Advantages and disadvantages of the above options will be discussed. Experimental results of ECN research on hydrodesulphurization and adsorbents will be presented. Further research questions will be addressed.

  19. 21 CFR 184.1293 - Ethyl alcohol.

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    2010-04-01

    ... is incorporated by reference in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51. Copies are... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2010-04-01 2009-04-01 true Ethyl alcohol. 184.1293 Section 184.1293 Food and... Substances Affirmed as GRAS § 184.1293 Ethyl alcohol. (a) Ethyl alcohol (ethanol) is the chemical C2H5OH....

  20. Spatial variability in levels of benzene, formaldehyde, and total benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes in New York City: a land-use regression study

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    Kheirbek Iyad; Johnson Sarah; Ross Zev; Pezeshki Grant; Ito Kazuhiko; Eisl Holger; Matte Thomas

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Background Hazardous air pollutant exposures are common in urban areas contributing to increased risk of cancer and other adverse health outcomes. While recent analyses indicate that New York City residents experience significantly higher cancer risks attributable to hazardous air pollutant exposures than the United States as a whole, limited data exist to assess intra-urban variability in air toxics exposures. Methods To assess intra-urban spatial variability in exposures to common ...

  1. Rheology of asphaltene-toluene/water interfaces.

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    Sztukowski, Danuta M; Yarranton, Harvey W

    2005-12-01

    The stability of water-in-crude oil emulsions is frequently attributed to a rigid asphaltene film at the water/oil interface. The rheological properties of these films and their relationship to emulsion stability are ill defined. In this study, the interfacial tension, elastic modulus, and viscous modulus were measured using a drop shape analyzer for model oils consisting of asphaltenes dissolved in toluene for concentrations varying from 0.002 to 20 kg/m(3). The effects of oscillation frequency, asphaltene concentration, and interface aging time were examined. The films exhibited viscoelastic behavior. The total modulus increased as the interface aged at all asphaltene concentrations. An attempt was made to model the rheology for the full range of asphaltene concentration. The instantaneous elasticity was modeled with a surface equation of state (SEOS), and the elastic and viscous moduli, with the Lucassen-van den Tempel (LVDT) model. It was found that only the early-time data could be modeled using the SEOS-LVDT approach; that is, the instantaneous, elastic, and viscous moduli of interfaces aged for at most 10 minutes. At longer interface aging times, the SEOS-LVDT approach was invalid, likely because of irreversible adsorption of asphaltenes on the interface and the formation of a network structure. PMID:16316096

  2. Interactions between Asphaltenes and Water in Solutions in Toluene

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    Khvostichenko, Daria; Andersen, Simon Ivar

    2008-01-01

    Binding of water by asphaltenes dissolved in toluene was investigated for two asphaltene samples, OMV1 and OMV2, from the same reservoir deposit. Solubility of water in asphaltene solutions in toluene was found to increase with an increasing asphaltene concentration, indicative of solubilization of...... water by asphaltenes. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy of stretching modes of OH groups in the region of 3800-3100 cm(-1) was used to obtain insight into the state of water in water-unsaturated asphaltene solutions in toluene. The number of water molecules bound to one asphaltene molecule...... was determined for water-saturated solutions (OMV1 and OMV2) and for water-unsaturated solutions (OMV1 only). These numbers were found to decrease from several water molecules per asphaltene molecule to below unity upon an increase of the asphaltene concentration in toluene from 0.1 to 20 g...

  3. Alkylation of toluene with isopropyl alcohol over SAPO-5 catalyst

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    Sreedevi Upadhyayula

    2009-03-01

    Isopropylation of toluene with isopropyl alcohol was studied over the large pore silicon alumino phosphate molecular sieves (SAPO-5) with varying Si content. Toluene conversion was found to increase with increase in the Si of the catalysts. The effect of temperature on yields of cymene was studied in the range of 453 to 553 K. The highest yield and selectivity for cymene was observed at 513 K. Good cymene selectivity was confirmed with the absence of -propyl toluene in the product. The catalyst activity, in terms of -cymene selectivity, remained almost stable during a nine hour time on stream run. Enhanced cymene selectivity and decreased -cymene selectivity was observed with increase in the toluene to isopropyl alcohol feed mole ratio from 2 to 8. Power law model and L-H-H-W model fitted the experimental data well and are used to explain the kinetics of this reaction.

  4. 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)

  5. Interactions between Asphaltenes and Water in Solutions in Toluene

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    Khvostichenko, Daria; Andersen, Simon Ivar

    2008-01-01

    Binding of water by asphaltenes dissolved in toluene was investigated for two asphaltene samples, OMV1 and OMV2, from the same reservoir deposit. Solubility of water in asphaltene solutions in toluene was found to increase with an increasing asphaltene concentration, indicative of solubilization of water by asphaltenes. Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy of stretching modes of OH groups in the region of 3800-3100 cm(-1) was used to obtain insight into the state of water in water-unsa...

  6. Risk of spontaneous abortion in workers exposed to toluene.

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    Ng, T. P.; Foo, S. C.; Yoong, T

    1992-01-01

    Rates of spontaneous abortions were determined using a reproductive questionnaire administered by personal interview to 55 married women with 105 pregnancies. They were employed in an audio speaker factory and were exposed to high concentrations of toluene (mean 88, range 50-150 ppm). These rates of spontaneous abortion were compared with those among 31 women (68 pregnancies) who worked in other departments in the same factory and had little or no exposure to toluene (0-25 ppm), as well as wi...

  7. 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.

  8. (Z)-3-[1-(4-Methoxy­anilino)ethyl­idene]-4,5-dihydro­furan-2(3H)-one

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    Zhang, Li-ping; Ni, Cai-Hua; ZHANG, ZHAN-HUI

    2008-01-01

    In the title compound, C13H15NO3, the dihydro­furan­one ring is planar to within 0.012?(4)?Å and it forms a dihedral angle of 42.8?(2)° with the benzene ring. The amino­ethyl­idene group is coplanar with the dihydro­furan­one ring. The meth­oxy group is slightly twisted away from the benzene ring. An intra­molecular N—H?O hydrogen bond, generating an S(6) ring, is observed. In the crystal structure, the mol­ecules exist as C—H?O hydrogen-bonded dimers.

  9. Effect of dioxan and toluene as solvents on: Polycondensation leading to poly (2.5-furylene vinylene)s

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    This paper describes the influence of two different solvents, on a synthetic route leading to linear poly (2.5-furylene vinylene)s PFV, which involves the polycondensation of 5-methyl furfural in a basic medium, and on the characterization of PFV. The replacement of benzene by dioxan gives a linear polymeric structure possessing a high degree of conjugation, a good degree of polymerization, a remarkable stability to storage under ordinary condition and a partial solubility in common solvents, especially methylene chloride. Casting films from solution polymer gives brittle material, without any mechanical strength. However, the product obtained by using the toluene differs from the expected polymer. The results indicate that the raising of the degree of polymerization was done by increasing the time of reaction and successively introducing the monomer. Monomer, and dimer are isolated and characterized from the sub-product (oligomer) of the reaction. (author)

  10. Excess parameter studies on the binary mixtures of toluene with ketones at different temperatures

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    Rajagopal, K. [Department of Physics, Government College of Engineering, Tirunelveli 627 007, Tamilnadu (India); Chenthilnath, S., E-mail: chenthilnaths@rediffmail.co [Department of Physics, Satyam College of Engineering and Technology, Satyam Nagar, Aralvaimozhy, Nagercoil 629 301, Tamilnadu (India)

    2010-05-15

    Density, rho, ultrasonic speed, u, and viscosity, eta of binary mixtures of toluene with acetone (AC), ethyl methyl ketone (EMK), and acetophenone (AP), including those of pure liquids are measured over the entire composition range at temperatures (298.15, 303.15, and 308.15) K respectively. From these experimental results, deviations in isentropic compressibility, DELTAk{sub s} and ultrasonic speed, DELTAu, excess intermolecular free length, L{sub f}{sup E}, excess Gibbs free energy of activation, DELTAG*{sup E}, partial molar volumes (V-bar{sub m,1}{sup 0},V-bar{sub m,2}{sup 0},V-bar{sub p}hi{sub ,1}{sup 0},V-bar{sub p}hi{sub ,2}{sup 0}) partial molar compressibilities (K-bar{sub m,1}{sup 0},K-bar{sub m,2}{sup 0},K-bar{sub p}hi{sub ,1}{sup 0}, and K-bar{sub p}hi{sub ,2}{sup 0}) and their excess values (V-bar{sub m,1}{sup 0E},V-bar{sub m,2}{sup 0E},V-bar{sub p}hi{sub ,1}{sup 0E},V-bar{sub p}hi{sub ,2}{sup 0E},K-bar{sub m,1}{sup 0E},K-bar{sub m,2}{sup 0E}, K-bar{sub p}hi{sub ,1}{sup 0E}, and K-bar{sub p}hi{sub ,2}{sup 0E}) of the components at infinite dilution are calculated. The values of DELTAk{sub s} and L{sub f}{sup E} are found to be negative, and those of DELTAu and DELTAG*{sup E} are found to be positive, indicating the presence of specific interactions between toluene and ketone molecules and the interactions follow the order: AC > EMK > AP.

  11. Stable Hydrogen and Carbon Isotope Fractionation during Microbial Toluene Degradation: Mechanistic and Environmental Aspects

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    Morasch, Barbara; Richnow, Hans H; Schink, Bernhard; Meckenstock, Rainer U.

    2001-01-01

    Primary features of hydrogen and carbon isotope fractionation during toluene degradation were studied to evaluate if analysis of isotope signatures can be used as a tool to monitor biodegradation in contaminated aquifers. D/H hydrogen isotope fractionation during microbial degradation of toluene was measured by gas chromatography. Per-deuterated toluene-d8 and nonlabeled toluene were supplied in equal amounts as growth substrates, and kinetic isotope fractionation was calculated from the shi...

  12. Metabolic by-products of anaerobic toluene degradation by sulfate-reducing enrichment cultures.

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    Beller, H. R.; Reinhard, M.; Grbić-Galić, D

    1992-01-01

    Two dead-end metabolites of anaerobic toluene transformation, benzylsuccinic acid and benzylfumaric acid, accumulated in sulfate-reducing enrichment cultures that were fed toluene as the sole carbon source. Stable isotope-labeled toluene and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry were used to confirm that the compounds resulted from toluene metabolism. The two metabolites constituted less than 10% of the toluene carbon (over 80% was mineralized to carbon dioxide, according to a previous study)....

  13. Radiolysis of Aqueous Benzene Solutions

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    Aerated and deaerated aqueous solutions of benzene have been irradiated with 60Co γ-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

  14. Health Risk Assessment of Ambient Air Concentrations of Benzene, Toluene and Xylene (BTX) in Service Station Environments

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    Benjamin Edokpolo; Qiming Jimmy Yu; Des Connell

    2014-01-01

    A comprehensive evaluation of the adverse health effects of human exposures to BTX from service station emissions was carried out using BTX exposure data from the scientific literature. The data was grouped into different scenarios based on activity, location and occupation and plotted as Cumulative Probability Distributions (CPD) plots. Health risk was evaluated for each scenario using the Hazard Quotient (HQ) at 50% (CEXP50) and 95% (CEXP95) exposure levels. HQ50 and HQ95 > 1 were obtain...

  15. Genetic effects of thinner, benzene and toluene in Drosophila melanogaster. 1. Sex Chromosome loss and non-disjunction

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    Rosario Rodríguez Arnaiz

    1985-01-01

    Full Text Available Se estudiaron algunos efectos genéticos de tiner, benceno y tolueno en Drosophila melanogaster, tales como la pérdida de los cromosomas sexuales y la no disyunción de los mismos en machos y en hembras. El orden de toxicidad fue benceno > tolueno > tiner. La viabilidad se redujo con el benceno y el tolueno pero no con el tíner. Solamente las concentraciones más altas de benceno y tolueno indujeron la pérdida de los cromosomas sexuales y la no disyunción en los machos. El tiner no produjo dichos efectos genéticos.

  16. Benzene and toluene influence with or without nitrogen dioxide on inorganic pigments of works of art—Part II

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    Agelakopoulou, T.; Bassiotis, I.; Metaxa, E.; Roubani-Kalantzopoulou, F.

    Air pollution has a great impact on the social and economic aspects all over the world. In order to account the human interaction with the atmospheric environment, a suitable scientific basis is needed. That is why six physicochemical quantities have been determined in a previous work for each one heterogeneous system between organic volatile pollutants and oxide-pigments of works of art. This investigation is extended in order to determine experimentally five new ones. Thus, a more precise contribution to the elucidation of the mechanism of the deterioration of various works of art in museums is achieved. These physicochemical quantities are: (1) local adsorption energies, (2) local monolayer capacities, (3) local adsorption isotherms, (4) density probability function, and (5) pollutant concentration on the oxide-pigment at equilibrium. All these adsorption parameters mentioned above have been calculated as a function of experimental time for the systems: C 6H 6/TiO 2, C 6H 6/NO 2/TiO 2, C 6H 6/Cr 2O 3, C 6H 6/NO 2/Cr 2O 3, C 6H 5CH 3/TiO 2, C 6H 5CH 3/NO 2/TiO 2, C 6H 5CH 3/Cr 2O 3, C 6H 5CH 3/NO 2/Cr 2O 3, C 6H 6/PbO, C 6H 6/NO 2/PbO, C 6H 5CH 3/PbO, and C 6H 5CH 3/NO 2/PbO for the first time. Thus, in this work we shall stress the recent new aspect of Reversed Flow-(Inverse) Gas Chromatography (RF-GC or RF-IGC), i.e. the time-resolved chromatography related to the evaluation of some important adsorption parameters. Gas Chromatography is a promising meeting place of surface science and atmospheric chemistry.

  17. Synthesis, spectroscopic, thermal and antimicrobial studies of toluene-3,4-dithiolatoarsenic(III) derivatives with some oxygen and sulphur donor ligands

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    Chauhan, H. P. S.; Bhatiya, Sumit

    2012-11-01

    Replacement reactions of toluene-3,4-dithiolatoarsenic(III) chloride with oxygen and sulphur donor ligands like benzoic acid, thiobenzoic acid, anhydrous sodium acetate, thioacetic acid, phenol, thiophenol, sodium salicylate and thio glycolic acid in 1:1 molar ratio as well as disodium oxalate in 2:1 molar ratio in refluxing anhydrous benzene yielded toluene-3,4-dithiolatoarsenic(III) mono oxo or thio carboxylic or phenolic derivatives of the general formula SC6H3(CH3)SAsR {where R = OOCC6H5, SOCC6H5, OOCCH3, SOCCH3, OC6H5, SC6H5, OOCC6H4(OH), SCH2COOH} and SC6H3(CH3)SAsOOC-COOAsS(CH3)C6H3S. These synthesized derivatives are yellow, yellow-brown solids/ liquids and are soluble in common organic solvents like benzene, chloroform, dichloromethane, dimethyl formamide, dimethyl sulphoxide etc. These derivatives have been characterized by melting point determination, molecular weight determination, elemental analysis (C, H, S and As), spectral {UV, IR, NMR (1H and 13C), ESI-Mass, SEM and powder X-ray diffraction} and thermal (TGA, DTA and DSC) studies. Some of these compounds have been screened for their antimicrobial activities using the disc diffusion method. These derivatives have shown good activity as antibacterial and antifungal agents on some selected bacterial and fungal strains, which increased on increasing the concentration. Chloroamphenicol and terbinafin were used as standards for the comparison.

  18. Influence of organobentonite structure on toluene adsorption from water solution

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    Nuria, Vidal; Cristina, Volzone.

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Due to increase water pollution by organic compound derived from hydrocarbons such as toluene, several alternative technologies for remediation of polluted water have been originated. In this work natural bentonites were modified with cetyltrimethylammonium (CTMA+) for obtaining organophilic bentoni [...] tes. The obtained CTMA-bentonites would be suitable for use as adsorbents of toluene present in water. The influence of structural characteristics of CTMA-bentonites on their adsorption capacity was studied. It was shown that adsorption of toluene depended on homogeneous interlayer space associated with arrangements of CTMA+ paraffin-monolayer and bilayer models, accompanied by a high degree ordering of the carbon chain of organic cation in both arrangements. However, packing density would not have an evident influence on the retention capacity of these materials. The solids obtained were characterized by chemical analysis, X-ray diffractions and infrared spectroscopy. Toluene adsorption was measured by UV-visible spectrophotometer. Adsorption capacity was studied by determining adsorption isotherms and adsorption coefficient calculation. The adsorption isotherms were straight-line indicating a partition phenomenon of toluene between the aqueous and organic phase present in organophilic bentonites.

  19. Biofiltration of air contaminated with methanol and toluene

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    Pakamas Chetpattananondh

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Biofiltration of air contaminated with VOCs is inexpensive compared with the conventional techniques and very effective for treating large volumes of moist air streams with low concentrations of VOCs. In this study, biofiltration for the purification of polluted air from methanol, a hydrophilic VOC, and toluene, a hydrophobic VOC, was investigated. The experiments were operated using three separated stainless steel biofilters, for methanol, toluene, and a mixture of methanol and toluene, respectively. Biofilter consisted of a mixture of palm shells and activated sludge as a filter-bed material. Only the indigenous microorganisms of the bed medium without any addition of extra inoculum were used throughout the whole process. The polluted air inlet concentration was varied from 0.3-4.7 g/m3 with flow rates ranging from 0.06-0.45 m3/h, equivalent to the empty bed residence times of 9-71 sec. Polluted air was successfully treated by biofiltration, 100% removal efficiencies would be obtained when the air flow rate was lower than 0.45 m3/h. The presence of toluene did not affect the removal rate of methanol while the removal rate of toluene was decreased with the presence of methanol in air stream according to the competition phenomenon.

  20. Influence of organobentonite structure on toluene adsorption from water solution

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    Nuria Vidal

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Due to increase water pollution by organic compound derived from hydrocarbons such as toluene, several alternative technologies for remediation of polluted water have been originated. In this work natural bentonites were modified with cetyltrimethylammonium (CTMA+ for obtaining organophilic bentonites. The obtained CTMA-bentonites would be suitable for use as adsorbents of toluene present in water. The influence of structural characteristics of CTMA-bentonites on their adsorption capacity was studied. It was shown that adsorption of toluene depended on homogeneous interlayer space associated with arrangements of CTMA+ paraffin-monolayer and bilayer models, accompanied by a high degree ordering of the carbon chain of organic cation in both arrangements. However, packing density would not have an evident influence on the retention capacity of these materials. The solids obtained were characterized by chemical analysis, X-ray diffractions and infrared spectroscopy. Toluene adsorption was measured by UV-visible spectrophotometer. Adsorption capacity was studied by determining adsorption isotherms and adsorption coefficient calculation. The adsorption isotherms were straight-line indicating a partition phenomenon of toluene between the aqueous and organic phase present in organophilic bentonites.

  1. Audition and exhibition to toluene - a contribution for the theme

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    Kulay, Luiz Alexandre

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: With the technological advances and the changes in the productive processes, the workers are displayed the different physical and chemical agents in its labor environment. The toluene is solvent an organic gift in glues, inks, oils, amongst others. Objective: To compare solvent the literary findings that evidence that diligent displayed simultaneously the noise and they have greater probability to develop an auditory loss of peripheral origin. Method: Revision of literature regarding the occupational auditory loss in displayed workers the noise and toluene. Results: The isolated exposition to the toluene also can unchain an alteration of the auditory thresholds. These audiometric findings, for ototoxicity the exposition to the toluene, present similar audiograms to the one for exposition to the noise, what it becomes difficult to differentiate a audiometric result of agreed exposition - noise and toluene - and exposition only to the noise. Conclusion: The majority of the studies was projected to generate hypotheses and would have to be considered as preliminary steps of an additional research. Until today the agents in the environment of work and its effect they have been studied in isolated way and the limits of tolerance of these, do not consider the agreed expositions. Considering that the workers are displayed the multiples agent and that the auditory loss is irreversible, the implemented tests must be more complete and all the workers must be part of the program of auditory prevention exactly displayed the low doses of the recommended limit of exposition.

  2. Separation of the isomers of benzene poly(carboxylic acid)s by quaternary ammonium salt via formation of deep eutectic solvents.

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    Hou, Yucui; Li, Jian; Ren, Shuhang; Niu, Muge; Wu, Weize

    2014-11-26

    Because of similar properties and very low volatility, isomers of benzene poly(carboxylic acid)s (BPCAs) are very difficult to separate. In this work, we found that isomers of BPCAs could be separated efficiently by quaternary ammonium salts (QASs) via formation of deep eutectic solvents (DESs). Three kinds of QASs were used to separate the isomers of BPCAs, including the isomers of benzene tricarboxylic acids (trimellitic acid, trimesic acid, and hemimellitic acid) and the isomers of benzene dicarboxylic acids (phthalic acid and isophthalic acid). Among the QASs, tetraethylammonium chloride was found to have the best performance, which could completely separate BPCA isomers in methyl ethyl ketone solutions. It was found that the hydrogen bond forming between QAS and BPCA results in the selective separation of BPCA isomers. QAS in DES was regenerated effectively by the antisolvent method, and the regenerated QAS was reused four times with the same high efficiency. PMID:25351281

  3. Crystal structure of ethyl 2-(diethoxyphosphoryl-2-(2,3,4-trimethoxyphenylacetate

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    Moritz Schubert

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available The title compound, C17H27O8P, was prepared by Michaelis–Arbuzov reaction of ethyl 2-bromo-2-(2,3,4-trimethoxyphenylacetate and triethyl phosphite. Such compounds rarely crystallize, but single crystals were recovered after the initial oil was left for approximately 10 years. The bond angle of the sp3-hybridized C atom connecting the benzene derivative with the phospho unit is widened marginally [112.5?(2°]. The terminal P—O bond length of 1.464?(2?Å clearly indicates a double bond, whereas the two O atoms of the ethoxy groups connected to the phosphorous atom have bond lengths of 1.580?(2?Å and 1.581?(3?Å. The three methoxy groups emerge out of the benzene-ring plane due to steric hindrance [C—C—O—C torsion angles = ?179.9?(3°, ?52.9?(4° and 115.3?(4°]. In the crystal, inversion dimers linked by pairs of C—H...O=P hydrogen bonds generate R22(14 loops. The chosen crystal was modelled as a non-merohedral twin.

  4. Toluene removal in a biofilm reactor for waste gas treatment

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    Pedersen, A.R.; Arvin, E.

    1997-01-01

    A lab-scale trickling filter for treatment of toluene-containing waste gas was investigated. The filter performance was investigated for various loads of toluene. Two levels of the gas flow were examined, 322 m d(-1) and 707 m d(-1). The gas inlet concentrations were varied in the range from 0.6 to....../liquid mass transfer and the biological degradation as well. An analytical model described the toluene removal as a half-order removal by use of two sets of parameters for the gas/liquid mass transfer and the biological degradation due to the two different gas flows. The mass transfer coefficients and the...... surface removal rates estimated by parameter fitting corresponded to previously observed values. The effect of the gas flow on the mass transfer coefficient and the biological removal rate may be explained by different flow patterns of the gas and the liquid phases. A characterisation of the biofilm...

  5. Sizes of vanadyl petroporphyrins and asphaltene aggregates in toluene

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    Dechaine, Greg Paul; Gray, Murray R. [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta (Canada)], email: gpd@ualberta.ca

    2010-07-01

    This work focuses on the importance of removing vanadyl porphyrins components from crude oils and the methodology for doing it. The diffusion of asphaltene and vanadium components in diluted toluene was measured using a stirred diaphragm diffusion cell, which was equipped with a number of different cellulosic membranes of different pore size. In-situ UV/visible spectroscopy was used to observe filtrates of the process. The effective diffusivity of asphaltene structures was plotted for different pore sized membranes. It was noticed that asphaltene concentrations increased with increased pore sizes; particularly increasing at pore diameter of 5 nm. Moreover the effects of temperature and mass concentration were also investigated in this study. It was shown that increasing the temperature of the toluene causes the mobility of asphaltene to increase as well. Nevertheless, decreasing the concentration of asphaltene does not affect its mobility. It was shown that toluene samples from different sources showed different mobility.

  6. 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.

  7. Benzene destruction in claus process by sulfur dioxide: A reaction kinetics study

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    Sinha, Sourab

    2014-07-02

    Benzene, toluene and xylene (BTX) are present as contaminants in the H 2S gas stream entering a Claus furnace. The exhaust gases from the furnace enter catalytic units, where BTX form soot particles. These particles clog and deactivate the catalysts. A solution to this problem is BTX oxidation before the gases enter catalyst beds. This work presents a theoretical investigation on benzene oxidation by SO2. Density functional theory is used to develop a detailed mechanism for phenyl radical -SO2 interactions. The mechanism begins with SO2 addition to phenyl radical after overcoming an energy barrier of 6.4 kJ/mol. This addition reaction is highly exothermic, where a reaction energy of 182 kJ/mol is released. The most favorable pathway involves O-S bond breakage, leading to the release of SO. A remarkable similarity between the pathways for phenyl radical oxidation by O2 and its oxidation by SO2 is observed. The reaction rate constants are also evaluated to facilitate process simulations. © 2014 American Chemical Society.

  8. A field campaign for measurement of benzene in urban area of Venice

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    A field campaign for the measurement of benzene and toluene in urban areas has been planned by the city of Venice in collaboration with CNR during the period June-July 1994. The measurements were provided by three automatic systems, available from the companies Chrompack, Elecos and Perkin-Elmer. The main aims of this campaign were to collect information on spatial and temporal distribution of these pollutants, in order to estimate the exposure risk for people in an urban polluted environment, and to identify the most reliable and accurate systems to measure this pollutant. From the comparison between the temporal trend of benzene and natural radioactivity it can be deduced that the concentration levels of primary pollutants at ground state are not simply linked to emissions, but they are strongly modulated by atmospheric diffusion processes. The reliability of the experimental results was demonstrated by a statistical treatment, and it was shown that it is necessary to carry out measurements at sufficiently high frequencies to represent the real environmental situation

  9. Synergistic effect of catalyst for oxidation removal of toluene.

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    Zhu, Tao; Li, Jian; Liang, Wenjun; Jin, Yuquan

    2009-06-15

    A series of experiments was performed for toluene removal from a gaseous influent at the normal temperature and atmospheric pressure by decomposition due to dielectric barrier discharge generated non-thermal plasma, by using MnO(2)/gamma-Al(2)O(3) as catalyst. The removal efficiency of toluene was significantly increased by combining MnO(2)/gamma-Al(2)O(3) with NTP. At the same time, the goal of improving energy efficiency and decreasing O(3) from exhaust gas treatment was accomplished. PMID:19124193

  10. Excision of pyrimidine dimers in toluene-treated Escherichia coli

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    Toluene-treated cells were used for examining excision of pyrimidine dimers in Escherichia coli strains W3110, DM845 (uvrA-), P3478 (polA-), and KS5064 (polA/sub ex1/). Excision occurring in toluene-treated cells is rapid adenosine 5'-triphosphate dependent, and requires the uvrA gene function. In strains lacking either the polymerizing or 5' ? 3' exonucleolytic activity of deoxyribonucleic acid polymerase I, excision does occur. However, both in vivo and in vitro, the excision in such strains is initially slower than wild type

  11. Survey of benzene and aromatics in Canadian Gasoline - 1994

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    A comprehensive database of the benzene and aromatics levels of gasoline produced in or imported into Canada during 1994, was presented. Environment Canada conducted a survey that requested refineries and importers to report quarterly on benzene and aromatics levels in gasoline. Benzene, which has been declared toxic by the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, is found in gasoline and is formed during the combustion of the aromatic components of gasoline. It was shown that benzene and aromatics levels differ regionally and seasonally. There are also variations in benzene levels between batches of gasoline produced at any one refinery. This report listed the responses to the benzene/aromatics survey. It also described the analytical procedures used to measure benzene and aromatics levels in gasoline, and provided guidelines for reporting gasoline benzene and total aromatics data. 7 tabs., 21 figs

  12. Extraction of toluene from aliphatic compounds using an ionic liquid as solvent: Influence of the alkane on the (liquid + liquid) equilibrium

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    Gonzalez, Emilio J. [Departamento de Ingenieria Quimica de la Universidad de Vigo, 36310 Vigo (Spain); Calvar, Noelia, E-mail: noecs@uvigo.e [Laboratory of Separation and Reaction Engineering, Departamento de Engenharia Quimica, Facultade de Engenharia, Universidade de Porto, Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, 4200-465 Porto (Portugal); Dominguez, Irene; Dominguez, Angeles [Departamento de Ingenieria Quimica de la Universidad de Vigo, 36310 Vigo (Spain)

    2011-04-15

    Research highlights: An ionic liquid was analyzed as solvent for extraction of toluene from alkanes. Liquid-liquid equilibrium data were measured at 298.15 K and atmospheric pressure. Selectivity and solute distribution ratio were obtained and compared with literature. The Othmer-Tobias equation was used to ascertain the experimental LLE data. Experimental data were correlated using NRTL and UNIQUAC models. - Abstract: In this paper, the feasibility of using 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethylsulfate ionic liquid, [EMim][ESO{sub 4}], as solvent for the extraction of toluene from aliphatic compounds (hexane, heptane, octane, or nonane) was analyzed. (Liquid + liquid) equilibrium (LLE) data for the ternary systems {l_brace}alkane (1) + toluene (2) + [EMim][ESO{sub 4}] (3){r_brace} were measured at T = 298.15 K and atmospheric pressure. Selectivity and solute distribution ratio were calculated from the experimental LLE data, and the obtained values were compared to those previously reported using other ionic liquids and sulfolane. The degree of consistency of the experimental LLE data was ascertained using the Othmer-Tobias equation. Finally, the experimental LLE data were satisfactorily correlated with NRTL and UNIQUAC models.

  13. Extraction of toluene from aliphatic compounds using an ionic liquid as solvent: Influence of the alkane on the (liquid + liquid) equilibrium

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    Research highlights: ? An ionic liquid was analyzed as solvent for extraction of toluene from alkanes. ? Liquid-liquid equilibrium data were measured at 298.15 K and atmospheric pressure. ? Selectivity and solute distribution ratio were obtained and compared with literature. ? The Othmer-Tobias equation was used to ascertain the experimental LLE data. ? Experimental data were correlated using NRTL and UNIQUAC models. - Abstract: In this paper, the feasibility of using 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethylsulfate ionic liquid, [EMim][ESO4], as solvent for the extraction of toluene from aliphatic compounds (hexane, heptane, octane, or nonane) was analyzed. (Liquid + liquid) equilibrium (LLE) data for the ternary systems {alkane (1) + toluene (2) + [EMim][ESO4] (3)} were measured at T = 298.15 K and atmospheric pressure. Selectivity and solute distribution ratio were calculated from the experimental LLE data, and the obtained values were compared to those previously reported using other ionic liquids and sulfolane. The degree of consistency of the experimental LLE data was ascertained using the Othmer-Tobias equation. Finally, the experimental LLE data were satisfactorily correlated with NRTL and UNIQUAC models.

  14. Benzene derivatives produced by Fusarium graminearum - Short communication.

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    Ntushelo, Khayalethu; Setshedi, Itumeleng

    2015-06-01

    Using NMR spectroscopy benzene derivatives were detected in mycelia of Fusarium graminearum, a pathogen of wheat and maize. In previous studies F. graminearum was found to cause cancer to humans and benzene derivatives were detected in breath of cancer sufferers. Surprisingly, no study found benzene derivatives to be the cancerous agents in F. graminearum. In this study we detected benzene derivatives in F. graminearum and propose to study their role as cancer agents. PMID:26081280

  15. 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

  16. 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.

  17. 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/.

  18. Crystal structure of ethyl 2-(2,4,5-tri­meth­oxy­phen­yl)quinoline-4-carboxyl­ate

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    Shrungesh Kumar, T. O.; Naveen, S.; Kumara, M. N.; K. M. Mahadevan; Lokanath, N. K.

    2015-01-01

    In the title compound, C21H21NO5, the dihedral angle between the quinoline ring system (r.m.s. deviation = 0.028?Å) and the tri­meth­oxy­benzene ring is 43.38?(5)°. The C atoms of the meth­oxy groups deviate from their attached benzene ring by ?0.396?(2), ?0.049?(2) and 0.192?(2)?Å for the ortho-, meta- and para-substituents, respectively. The pendant ethyl chain is disordered over two orientations in a 0.527?(5):0.473?(5) ratio. A short intra­molecular C—H?O contact closes an S(6) ring. In t...

  19. 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.

  20. BENZENE VAPOR DEPLETION IN THE PRESENCE OF PLANTS

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    Three plant species, Eichhornia crassipes in a nutrient hydroponic culture Beta vulgaris saccharifera, and Beta vulgaris cicla in soil and in water cultures, were found to deplete benzene from the air. Following benzene depletion, plant tissues were extracted and no benzene was d...

  1. Antipyrine clearance during experimental and occupational exposure to toluene

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    Døssing, M; Bælum, Jesper; Lundqvist, G R

    1983-01-01

    Exposure to toluene vapour enhances hepatic microsomal enzyme function in animals as assessed by the metabolism of the test drug antipyrine. Thirty six printing trade workers with long term occupational exposure to a mixture of organic solvents and 39 matched controls were randomly allocated into...

  2. Toluene metabolism during exposure to varying concentrations combined with exercise

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    Bælum, Jesper; Døssing, M; Hansen, S H; Lundqvist, G R; Andersen, N T

    1987-01-01

    weight and smoking habits, thus influencing the metabolite concentration standardised in relation to creatinine. It is concluded that both metabolites are estimates of toluene exposure. O-cr is more specific than HA, but the individual variation in excretion of both metabolites is large, and when...... h, while O-cr was eliminated with a half life of about 3 h. Alveolar air concentration of toluene varied between 21 and 31 ppm during constant exposure and between 13 and 57 ppm during varying exposure, but no difference in mean alveolar toluene concentration or in metabolite excretion was seen.......90 +/- 1.85 g/g cr) during the last 3 h of exposure to 100 ppm toluene. The corresponding figures for O-cr were 0.05 +/- 0.05 micrograms/min (0.08 +/- 0.14 mg/g cr), and 2.04 +/- 0.84 micrograms/min (2.05 +/- 1.18 mg/g cr). The individual creatinine excretion rate was considerably influenced by sex, body...

  3. Natureza do coque formado sobre a mordenita durante a transalquilação de benzeno / Nature of the coke formed on mordenite during benzene transalkylation

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    Maria do Carmo, Rangel; Antoninho, Valentini; Adriana Santana de, Oliveira; Jorge Maurício, David; Jaildes Marques, Britto; Suzana Marques, Domingues; Patrício, Reyes.

    2003-05-01

    Full Text Available [...] Abstract in english Zeolite catalysts have been extensively used in petroleum refining and the chemical industry although they are deactivated by coke deposition. In order to find the best condition to avoid deactivation, the coke formation on H-mordenite was studied in this work. The coke was produced during benzene t [...] ransalkylation with C9+ aromatics, under several reaction conditions. It was found that hydrogenated coke was produced in all samples without affecting the selectivity of toluene and xylene formation. This is explained in terms of the mordenite structure and the presence of hydrogen.

  4. Toluene metabolism during exposure to varying concentrations combined with exercise

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    Bælum, Jesper; DØssing, M

    1987-01-01

    The urinary excretion of hippuric acid (HA) and ortho-cresol (O-cr) in man was measured in two studies of 7-h exposure to toluene in a climate chamber, either constant concentration of 100 ppm or varying concentrations containing peaks of 300 ppm but with a time-weighted average of 100 ppm. In Study A, four males were exposed to clean air and to constant and varying concentrations of toluene in combination with rest and with 100 W exercise in 140 min. Exercise increased end exposure excretion rate of HA and O-cr by 47 and 114%, respectively. After exposure, all excess HA was excreted within 4 h, while O-cr was eliminated with a half life of about 3 h. Alveolar air concentration of toluene varied between 21 and 31 ppm during constant exposure and between 13 and 57 ppm during varying exposure, but no difference in mean alveolar toluene concentration or in metabolite excretion was seen between the exposure schedules. In Study B, 32 males and 39 females aged between 31 and 50 years were exposed once to either clean air, constant or varying concentrations of toluene. Background excretion rate of HA was 0.97 +/- 0.75 mg/min (1.25 +/- 1.05 g/g creatinine) and rose to 3.74 +/- 1.40 mg/min (3.90 +/- 1.85 g/g cr) during the last 3 h of exposure to 100 ppm toluene. The corresponding figures for O-cr were 0.05 +/- 0.05 micrograms/min (0.08 +/- 0.14 mg/g cr), and 2.04 +/- 0.84 micrograms/min (2.05 +/- 1.18 mg/g cr). The individual creatinine excretion rate was considerably influenced by sex, body weight and smoking habits, thus influencing the metabolite concentration standardised in relation to creatinine. It is concluded that both metabolites are estimates of toluene exposure. O-cr is more specific than HA, but the individual variation in excretion of both metabolites is large, and when implementing either of them as biological exposure indices, the influence of sex, body size, age as well as consumption of tobacco and alcohol has to be considered.

  5. Growth of the fungus Cladosporium sphaerospermum with toluene as the sole carbon and energy source.

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    Weber, F.J.; Hage, K C; De Bont, J.A.M.

    1995-01-01

    The fungus Cladosporium sphaerospermum was isolated from a biofilter used for the removal of toluene from waste gases. This is the first report describing growth of a eukaryotic organism with toluene as the sole source of carbon and energy. The oxygen consumption rates, as well as the measured enzyme activities, of toluene-grown C. sphaerospermum indicate that toluene is degraded by an initial attack on the methyl group.

  6. 1-Ethyl-1H-2,1-benzothiazin-4(3H-one 2,2-dioxide

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    Waseeq Ahmad Siddiqui

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available In the title compound, C10H11NO3S, there is distorted tetrahedral geometry around the S atom. The heterocyclic thiazine ring adopts a half-chair conformation. The ethyl and sulfonyl groups form dihedral angles of 82.53?(13 and 88.91?(9°, respectively, with the plane formed by the benzothiazine ring, excluding the S atom; the S atom and the ethyl group lie on opposite sides of the ring. The molecules are linked into dimers by intermolecular C—H...O hydrogen bonds involving benzene C—H and carbonyl O atoms, thus forming eight-membered rings. The dimers are linked into chains via interactions of a similar type. There is an intramolecular C—H...O hydrogen bond.

  7. Adsorption of ethyl cellulose on asphaltene- or bitumen-coated hydrophilic silica surfaces

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    Wang, Shengqun; Segin, Nataliya; Wang, Ke; Masliyah, Jacob H.; Xu, Zhenghe [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta (Canada)], email: zhenghe.xu@ualberta.ca

    2010-07-01

    Previous studies show that ethyl cellulose (EC) is a biodegradable, greener demulsifier for water-oil emulsions that significantly reduces diluted bitumen-water interfacial tension. In this study, the molecular mechanism of EC demulsifiers is investigated using an atomic force microscope (AFM) and a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM). Asphaltenes and bitumen were adsorbed from toluene on a hydrophilic silica wafer, which was soaked in an EC-in-toluene solution for varying periods of time. The EC gradually displaced the asphaltene/bitumen aggregates, pushing them into larger aggregates. The process reached equilibrium in about 7 hours, with EC covering most of the silica surface with large, sporadically scattered aggregates. The EC-dominated surface became more hydrophilic than asphaltene/bitumen-adsorbed surfaces. The QCM study showed that the displacement of pre-adsorbed asphaltenes by EC is irreversible. The affinity of EC to hydrophilic silica surface is stronger than that of asphaltenes, providing further insights into demulsification mechanisms of EC for breaking w/o emulsions. EC also has potential in altering a solid from oil-wet to water-wet.

  8. ECO FRIENDLY ROUTE OF DEHYDROGENATION OF 2,3-DIHYDRO-2-PHENYL-4-QUINOLONE TO 2-PHENYL-4-QUINOLONE USING DIACETOXY IODO BENZENE

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    PANDE G.B.

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    Full Text Available As an alternative reagent to various traditional dehydrogenating reagentsDiacetoxy iodo benzene is stable, non-hazardous, acidic and has been successfully usedfor dehydrogenation reactions1.Herein we report a new and ecofriendly route for dehydrogenation of 2,3-dihydro-2-phenyl-4-quinolone to 2-phenyl-4-quinolone using diacetoxy iodo benzene andpotassium hydroxide2.A series of 2,3-dihydro-2-phenyl-4-quinolones3 has been synthesized usingacid-catalyzed one-pot reaction quinolones were prepared through cyclization of thecondensation product that were formed by heating of arylamines and ethylbenzoylacetate in toluene. Similarly, the 6 (7 or 8-substituted 2,3-dihydro-2-phenylquinolones were prepared from the para (ortho or meta-substituted aniline.

  9. Transport and biodegradation of toluene in unsaturated soil

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    Jin, Yan; Streck, Thilo; Jury, William A.

    1994-12-01

    Degradation of volatile organic chemicals during transport has received little attention in the past. In this study we report the results of a series of experiments on toluene movement through soil columns of different length in sterilized, pre-exposed and unexposed soil. Toluene was added to 25-cm-diameter soil columns through an inlet chamber that maintained a constant concentration throughout the experiment. The toluene diffused through the soil to an outlet chamber at the top which was continuously swept with humidified air and samples were periodically analysed to determine toluene flux. The first experiment, conducted under sterilized conditions, was used to measure the soil gas diffusion coefficient, and subsequent experiments in which biodegradation occurred were used to estimate the degradation rate coefficient by fitting the outflow to a mathematical model. The degradation rate was very rapid under both pre-exposed and unexposed soil conditions, corresponding to a half-life of ˜ 2 h when bacterial activity reached high levels. Prior to this stage, the volatilization flux was very erratic, implying that growth rates of the bacteria were out of phase with the transport process. Overall, the degradation process was not well described by a first-order model until the population stabilized. Pre-exposure of the soil to the substrate prior to the transport experiment greatly increased the rate of removal of toluene during transport. Under such conditions, a 30-cm cover could virtually stop volatization losses of the compound when the inlet concentration was well below saturation, and could decrease it by a factor of ?30 even when the inlet concentration was saturated.

  10. Effect of ethanol, cimetidine and propranolol on toluene metabolism in man

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    DØssing, M; Bælum, Jesper

    1984-01-01

    In a climatic exposure chamber four healthy volunteers were exposed to 100ppm toluene, 100ppm toluene + ethanol, 100ppm toluene + cimetidine, and 100ppm toluene + propranolol for 7h each at random over four consecutive days. A control experiment and 3.5h of exposure to 200ppm toluene were also performed. Ethanol inhibited toluene metabolism by 0.5 as expressed by the urinary excretion of two of the metabolites of toluene, namely o-cresol and hippuric acid. In agreement with this, the mean alveolar concentration of toluene was greater by 1.7 during ethanol exposure; 45 min after discontinuation of exposure the increase was by 3.3. Neither cimetidine nor propranolol changed toluene metabolism significantly. The results indicate that ethanol may prolong the time interval in which toluene is retained in the human body in persons simultaneously exposed to ethanol and toluene. When using o-cresol or hippuric acid in biological monitoring of persons occupationally exposed to toluene, the consumption of ethanol should be considered.

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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

  13. Differences in xenobiotic detoxifying activities between bone marrow stromal cells from mice and rats: Implications for benzene-induced hematotoxicity

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    Zhu, Hong; Li, Yunbo; Trush, M.A. [Johns Hopkins Univ. School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore, MD (United States)

    1995-10-01

    benzene is a human carcinogen; exposure can result in aplastic anemia and leukemia. Data from animal models are frequently used in benzene risk assessment. In rodent studies, mice are more sensitive to benzene-induced hematotoxicity than rats. Bone marrow stromal cells from mice were significantly more susceptible to the cytotoxicity induced by the benzene metabolites hydroquinone (HQ) and benzoquinone (BQ) than cells from rats. Since cellular gluthathione (GSH) and quinone reductase (QR) are known to play critical roles in modulating HQ-induced cytotoxicity, the GSH content and the QR and glutathione S-transferase (GST) activity in stromal cells from both species was measured. In rat cells, the GSH content and the QR specific activity were 2 and 28 times as much as those from mice, respectively. GSH and QR in both mouse and rat stromal cells were inducible by 1,2-dithiole-3-thione (D3T). D3T pretreatment of both mouse and rat stromal cells resulted in a marked protection against HQ-induced toxicity. Pretreatment of both mouse and rat stromal cells with GSH ethyl ester also provided a dramatic protection against HQ-induced toxicity. Conversely, dicoumarol, an inhibitor of QR, enhanced the HQ-induced toxicity in stromal cells from both mice and rats, indicating an important role for QR in modulating HQ-induced stromal toxicity. Buthionine sulfoximine (BSO), which depleted GSH significantly in both species, potentiated the HQ-induced toxicity in mouse but not in rat stromal cells. Surprisingly, incubation of stromal cells with BSO resulted in a significant induction of QR, especially in rats. Overall, this study demonstrates that the differences in stromal cellular GSH content and QR activity between mice and rats contribute to their respective susceptibility to HQ-induced cytotoxicity in vitro, and may be involved in the greater in vivo sensitivity of mice to benzene-induced hematotoxicity. 51 refs., 9 figs., 1 tab.

  14. Metabolites formed during anaerobic transformation of toluene and o-xylene and their proposed relationship to the initial steps of toluene mineralization.

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    Evans, P J; Ling, W.; Goldschmidt, B; Ritter, E R; Young, L Y

    1992-01-01

    Strain T1 is a facultative bacterium that is capable of anaerobic toluene degradation under denitrifying conditions. While 80% of the carbon from toluene is either oxidized to carbon dioxide or assimilated into cellular carbon, a significant portion of the remainder is transformed into two dead-end metabolites. These metabolites were produced simultaneous to the mineralization of toluene and were identified as benzylsuccinic acid and benzylfumaric acid. Identification was based on comparison ...

  15. 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

  16. 13C-nuclear magnetic resonance study of benzene derivatives, ketones, and 1-hexene adsorbed on silica-gel, silver-silica-gel, and trimethylsilanized-silica-gel

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    13C-NMR measurements of benzene derivatives (benzene, toluene, o-xylene, m-xylene, p-xylene), ketones (acetone, methylethylketone), and l-hexene adsorbed on silica-gel, Ag-silica-gel, and TMS-silica-gel (trimethylsilanized-silica-gel) were carried out. Upon adsorption, all the methyl carbons of benzene derivatives showed upper field shifts ((0.8 -- 2.4)ppm) irrespective of adsorbents. In the case of benzene derivatives adsorbed on Ag-silica-gel, ring carbons at which a methyl group bonded gave lower field shifts ((0.6 -- 0.9)ppm), whereas other ring carbons showed upper field shifts ((0.8 -- 4.4)ppm). These chemical shifts data suggest a formation of ?-complex between surface silver ions and benzene rings. A C1 carbon of l-hexene on Ag-silica-gel gave an upper field shift (10.4 ppm) and gave the same result as benzene derivatives. All the carbonyl carbons of ketones adsorbed on any of silica-gel and modified ones showed a characteristic lower field chemical shift based on hydrogen bonds between carbonyl groups and surface silanol groups (=Si-OH) of various silica-gels. 13C-NMR spectra of the trimethylsilyl group (TMS-group) of TMS-silica-gel dispersed in various solvents were also measured. The TMS-group showed a broad line width (98Hz) and an upper field chemical shift (4.1 ppm) in the dry state, whereas, upon dispersing in solvents, both the line width and the chemical shifts were reduced to about half of those obtained without solvents. (author)

  17. Proteogenomic elucidation of the initial steps in the benzene degradation pathway of a novel halophile, Arhodomonas sp. strain Rozel, isolated from a hypersaline environment.

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    Dalvi, Sonal; Azetsu, Sei; Patrauchan, Marianna A; Aktas, Deniz F; Fathepure, Babu Z

    2012-10-01

    Lately, there has been a special interest in understanding the role of halophilic and halotolerant organisms for their ability to degrade hydrocarbons. The focus of this study was to investigate the genes and enzymes involved in the initial steps of the benzene degradation pathway in halophiles. The extremely halophilic bacteria Arhodomonas sp. strain Seminole and Arhodomonas sp. strain Rozel, which degrade benzene and toluene as the sole carbon source at high salinity (0.5 to 4 M NaCl), were isolated from enrichments developed from contaminated hypersaline environments. To obtain insights into the physiology of this novel group of organisms, a draft genome sequence of the Seminole strain was obtained. A cluster of 13 genes predicted to be functional in the hydrocarbon degradation pathway was identified from the sequence. Two-dimensional (2D) gel electrophoresis and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry were used to corroborate the role of the predicted open reading frames (ORFs). ORFs 1080 and 1082 were identified as components of a multicomponent phenol hydroxylase complex, and ORF 1086 was identified as catechol 2,3-dioxygenase (2,3-CAT). Based on this analysis, it was hypothesized that benzene is converted to phenol and then to catechol by phenol hydroxylase components. The resulting catechol undergoes ring cleavage via the meta pathway by 2,3-CAT to form 2-hydroxymuconic semialdehyde, which enters the tricarboxylic acid cycle. To substantiate these findings, the Rozel strain was grown on deuterated benzene, and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry detected deuterated phenol as the initial intermediate of benzene degradation. These studies establish the initial steps of the benzene degradation pathway in halophiles. PMID:22885747

  18. Catalytic performance of the exchanged Y faujasites by Ce3+, La3+, UO22+, Co2+, Sr2+, Pb2+, Tl+ and NH4+ cations in the disproportionation reaction of toluene

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    The catalytic performance of exchanged Y faujasites by Ce3+, La3+, UO22+, Co2+, Sr2+, Pb2+, Tl+ and NH4+ ions were studied in a disproportionation reaction in the gaseous phase. It was shown that total acidity generated by exchanged ions is responsible of the catalytic activity. Rare earths (cerium, lanthanum and uranium) catalysts have appreciable performance and allowed one to obtain an important xylenes proportion at 400 to 450 C. The decrease of xylenes and trimethyl-benzenes proportion in studied catalysts shows the implication of xylenes in toluene disproportionation reaction. (authors)

  19. Formation of reactive metabolites from benzene

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    Rat liver mitoplasts were incubated first with [3H]dGTP, to form DNA labeled in G, and then with [14C]benzene. The DNA was isolated and upon isopycnic density gradient centrifugation in CsCl yielded a single fraction of DNA labeled with both [3H] and [14C]. These data are consistent with the covalent binding of one or more metabolites of benzene to DNA. The DNA was enzymatically hydrolyzed to deoxynucleosides and chromatographed to reveal at least seven deoxyguanosine adducts. Further studies with labeled deoxyadenine revealed one adduct on deoxyadenine. [3H]Deoxyguanosine was reacted with [14C]hydroquinone or benzoquinone. The product was characterized using uv, fluorescence, mass and NMR spectroscopy. A proposed structure is described. (orig.)

  20. 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

  1. One Million Quantum States of Benzene.

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    Halverson, Thomas; Poirier, Bill

    2015-12-17

    In this study, we compute all of the dynamically relevant vibrational quantum states of benzene, using an "exact" quantum dynamics (EQD) methodology. Benzene (C6H6), in addition to being a very large molecule for EQD (12 atoms, 30 vibrational modes), also has a very large number of vibrational states-around 10(6) in all, lying within 6500 cm(-1) of the ground state. The EQD methodology developed here uses a phase space picture to optimize the truncation of a harmonic oscillator basis-not only with respect to the molecular system of interest but also with respect to the targeted spectral range. By employing several such EQD calculations, targeted to different spectral ranges, a "hybridized" data set is constructed that provides the most accurate results everywhere. In particular, more than 500?000 states are converged to 15 cm(-1) or better. PMID:26418314

  2. Synergistic effects of non-thermal plasma-assisted catalyst and ultrasound on toluene removal.

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    Sun, Yongli; Zhou, Libo; Zhang, Luhong; Sui, Hong

    2012-01-01

    A wire-mesh catalyst coated by La0.8Sr0.2MnO3 was combined with a dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) reactor for toluene removal at atmospheric pressure. It was found that toluene removal efficiency and carbon dioxide selectivity were enhanced in the catalytic packed-bed reactor. In addition, ozone and nitrogen monoxide from the gas effluent byproducts decreased. This is the first time that ultrasound combined with plasma has been used for toluene removal. A synergistic effect on toluene removal was observed in the plasma-assisted ultrasound system. At the same time, the system increased toluene conversion and reduced ozone emission. PMID:22893967

  3. Ordered mesoporous carbon film as an effective solid-phase microextraction coating for determination of benzene series from aqueous media.

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    Jiang, Hui; Li, Jiansheng; Jiang, Mingyue; Lu, Rui; Shen, Jinyou; Sun, Xiuyun; Han, Weiqing; Wang, Lianjun

    2015-08-12

    The present work reports preparation of ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC) film supported on a graphite fiber as a new type of solid-phase microextraction (SPME) fiber for determination of benzene series from aqueous media. The strategy for the supported OMC film preparation was combined dip-coating technology with solvent evaporation-induced self-assembly (EISA) approach. A graphite fiber was immersed in an ethanol solution containing phenolic resin and Pluronic triblock copolymer. Upon solvent evaporation and subsequent pyrolysis under 700 °C, the phenolic resin and the surfactant self-assembled on the surface of the graphite fiber to form smooth OMC film. X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and nitrogen isothermal adsorption results indicate that the resultant OMC film possesses well-ordered two dimensional hexagonal mesostructure with pore diameters of 4.5 nm and BET surfaces of 630 m(2)/g. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) studies show the supported OMC film with thickness at 8.5 ?m is continuous and defect-free. The SPME efficiency of the OMC fiber was evaluated by analysis of five benzene series (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, p-xylene and m-xylene) from water samples by gas chromatography-flame ionization detection (GC-FID). The analysis results indicate that the prepared OMC fiber has wide linear ranges (0.5-500 ?g/L), low detection limits (0.01-0.05 ?g/L) and good repeatabilities (4.0-5.8% for one fiber, 2.9-8.7% for fiber-to-fiber). Compared with commercial counterparts, the OMC fiber exhibits improved extraction efficiency for benzene series and PAHs. PMID:26320962

  4. Facile preparation of sphere-like copper ferrite nanostructures and their enhanced visible-light-induced photocatalytic conversion of benzene

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    Shen, Yu, E-mail: shenyuqing0322@gmail.com [School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Dalian Jiaotong University, Dalian 116028 (China); Key Laboratory of Industrial Ecology and Environmental Engineering and State Key Laboratory of Fine Chemical, School of Environmental Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Wu, Yanbo; Xu, Hongfeng; Fu, Jie [School of Environmental and Chemical Engineering, Dalian Jiaotong University, Dalian 116028 (China); Li, Xinyong; Zhao, Qidong; Hou, Yang [Key Laboratory of Industrial Ecology and Environmental Engineering and State Key Laboratory of Fine Chemical, School of Environmental Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China)

    2013-10-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Spinel CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanospheres were successfully synthesized via a facile method. • CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanospheres showed high photocatalytic activity toward benzene. • Ethyl acetate, carboxylic acid and aldehyde were the intermediate products. - Abstract: Spinel copper ferrite nanospheres with diameters of about 116 nm were synthesized in high yield via a facile solvothermal route. The prepared nanospheres had cubic spinel structure and exhibited good size uniformity and regularity. The band-gap energy of CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanospheres was calculated to be about 1.69 eV, indicating their potential visible-light-induced photocatalytic activity. The dramatically enhanced photocatalytic activity of the CuFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanospheres was evaluated via the photocatalytic conversion of benzene under Xe lamp irradiation. By using the in situ FTIR technique, ethyl acetate, carboxylic acid and aldehyde could be regarded as the intermediate products, and CO{sub 2} was produced as the final product during the reaction process. This study provided new insight into the design and preparation of functional nanomaterials with sphere structure in high yield, and the as-grown architectures demonstrated an excellent ability to remove organic pollutants in the atmosphere.

  5. Facile preparation of sphere-like copper ferrite nanostructures and their enhanced visible-light-induced photocatalytic conversion of benzene

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Spinel CuFe2O4 nanospheres were successfully synthesized via a facile method. • CuFe2O4 nanospheres showed high photocatalytic activity toward benzene. • Ethyl acetate, carboxylic acid and aldehyde were the intermediate products. - Abstract: Spinel copper ferrite nanospheres with diameters of about 116 nm were synthesized in high yield via a facile solvothermal route. The prepared nanospheres had cubic spinel structure and exhibited good size uniformity and regularity. The band-gap energy of CuFe2O4 nanospheres was calculated to be about 1.69 eV, indicating their potential visible-light-induced photocatalytic activity. The dramatically enhanced photocatalytic activity of the CuFe2O4 nanospheres was evaluated via the photocatalytic conversion of benzene under Xe lamp irradiation. By using the in situ FTIR technique, ethyl acetate, carboxylic acid and aldehyde could be regarded as the intermediate products, and CO2 was produced as the final product during the reaction process. This study provided new insight into the design and preparation of functional nanomaterials with sphere structure in high yield, and the as-grown architectures demonstrated an excellent ability to remove organic pollutants in the atmosphere

  6. 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

  7. Electronic structure of the benzene dimer cation

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    Pieniazek, Piotr A.; Krylov, Anna I.; Bradforth, Stephen E.

    2007-07-01

    The benzene and benzene dimer cations are studied using the equation-of-motion coupled-cluster model with single and double substitutions for ionized systems. The ten lowest electronic states of the dimer at t-shaped, sandwich, and displaced sandwich configurations are described and cataloged based on the character of the constituent fragment molecular orbitals. The character of the states, bonding patterns, and important features of the electronic spectrum are explained using qualitative dimer molecular orbital linear combination of fragment molecular orbital framework. Relaxed ground state geometries are obtained for all isomers. Calculations reveal that the lowest energy structure of the cation has a displaced sandwich structure and a binding energy of 20kcal/mol, while the t-shaped isomer is 6kcal/mol higher. The calculated electronic spectra agree well with experimental gas phase action spectra and femtosecond transient absorption in liquid benzene. Both sandwich and t-shaped structures feature intense charge resonance bands, whose location is very sensitive to the interfragment distance. Change in the electronic state ordering was observed between ? and ?u states, which correlate to the B˜ and C˜ bands of the monomer, suggesting a reassignment of the local excitation peaks in the gas phase experimental spectrum.

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. Performances of toluene removal by activated carbon derived from durian shell.

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    Tham, Y J; Latif, Puziah Abdul; Abdullah, A M; Shamala-Devi, A; Taufiq-Yap, Y H

    2011-01-01

    In the effort to find alternative low cost adsorbent for volatile organic vapors has prompted this research in assessing the effectiveness of activated carbon produced from durian shell in removing toluene vapors. Durian shells were impregnated with different concentrations of H3PO4 followed by carbonization at 500 °C for 20 min under nitrogen atmosphere. The prepared durian shell activated carbon (DSAC) was characterized for its physical and chemical properties. The removal efficiency of toluene by DSAC was performed using different toluene concentrations. Results showed that the highest BET surface area of the produced DSAC was 1404 m2/g. Highest removal efficiency of toluene vapors was achieved by using DSAC impregnated with 30% of acid concentration heated at 500 °C for 20 min heating duration. However, there is insignificant difference between removal efficiency of toluene by DSAC and different toluene concentrations. The toluene adsorption by DSAC was better fitted into Freundlich model. PMID:20884200

  11. Total oxidation of toluene over calcined trimetallic hydrotalcites type catalysts

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    Palacio, Luz A. [Instituto Superior Tecnico, IBB - Centro de Engenharia Biologica e Quimica, Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); Grupo Catalizadores y Adsorbentes, Universidad de Antioquia 1-317, A.A. 1226 Medellin (Colombia); Velasquez, Juliana; Echavarria, Adriana [Grupo Catalizadores y Adsorbentes, Universidad de Antioquia 1-317, A.A. 1226 Medellin (Colombia); Faro, Arnaldo [Departamento de Fisicoquimica, Instituto de Quimica, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Ilha do Fundao, CT bloco A, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); Ramoa Ribeiro, F. [Instituto Superior Tecnico, IBB - Centro de Engenharia Biologica e Quimica, Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal); Ribeiro, M. Filipa, E-mail: filipa.ribeiro@ist.utl.pt [Instituto Superior Tecnico, IBB - Centro de Engenharia Biologica e Quimica, Universidade Tecnica de Lisboa, Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa (Portugal)

    2010-05-15

    Two trimetallic ZnCuAl and MnCuAl hydrotalcites have been successfully synthesized by a co-precipitation method. The manganese based material was identified as a new hydrotalcite phase. Both lamellar precursors were calcined at 450 and 600 deg. C and the resulting catalysts were tested on reaction of total oxidation of toluene. The solids were characterized by X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis, atomic absorption spectroscopy, Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy, N{sub 2} adsorption and H{sub 2} temperature-programmed reduction. It was found that ZnCuAl materials are composed of copper and zinc oxides supported on alumina; while MnCuAl ones comprise basically spinel phases, which were not completely identified. The catalytic behavior of the calcined samples showed that Mn hydrotalcite calcined at 450 deg. C exhibited the best catalytic performance that corresponds to 100% toluene conversion into CO{sub 2} at about 300 deg. C.

  12. Total oxidation of toluene over calcined trimetallic hydrotalcites type catalysts

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    Two trimetallic ZnCuAl and MnCuAl hydrotalcites have been successfully synthesized by a co-precipitation method. The manganese based material was identified as a new hydrotalcite phase. Both lamellar precursors were calcined at 450 and 600 deg. C and the resulting catalysts were tested on reaction of total oxidation of toluene. The solids were characterized by X-ray diffraction, thermal analysis, atomic absorption spectroscopy, Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy, N2 adsorption and H2 temperature-programmed reduction. It was found that ZnCuAl materials are composed of copper and zinc oxides supported on alumina; while MnCuAl ones comprise basically spinel phases, which were not completely identified. The catalytic behavior of the calcined samples showed that Mn hydrotalcite calcined at 450 deg. C exhibited the best catalytic performance that corresponds to 100% toluene conversion into CO2 at about 300 deg. C.

  13. Use of modified clay materials in toluene conversion

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    Clay materials, montmorillonite from Maghniya deposits (Algeria), were used as an acidic catalyst in toluene conversion. Toluene disproportionation reaction in gaseous phase was used. These clays were modified by ion exchange with uranyl ions UO22+. The surface acidity of catalysts was determined by the stepwise desorption technique (STD) of probe molecules using butylamine and ammonia. Thus, total acidity and distribution of the acidity strength were determined. The results show that materials presented an appreciable total acidity and catalytic activity in studied reaction. The acidity strength of catalysts due to UO22+ ions was kept at a temperature of 550 C. A relationship was found between the catalytic activity and acidity strength generated by the introduction of uranyl ions in the clay structure. (authors)

  14. Crystal structure of ethyl 2-(2,4,5-trimethoxyphenylquinoline-4-carboxylate

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    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available In the title compound, C21H21NO5, the dihedral angle between the quinoline ring system (r.m.s. deviation = 0.028?Å and the trimethoxybenzene ring is 43.38?(5°. The C atoms of the methoxy groups deviate from their attached benzene ring by ?0.396?(2, ?0.049?(2 and 0.192?(2?Å for the ortho-, meta- and para-substituents, respectively. The pendant ethyl chain is disordered over two orientations in a 0.527?(5:0.473?(5 ratio. A short intramolecular C—H...O contact closes an S(6 ring. In the crystal, inversion dimers linked by pairs of weak C—H...O interactions generate R22(6 loops. The dimers are linked by further C—H...O interactions to generate [1-10] chains.

  15. Kinetics of gas-phase pyrolysis of ethyl-substituted bis-arene compounds of molybdenum

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    Kinetics is studied of gas-phase pyrolysis of molybdenum individual ?-complexes: bis-diethylbenzenemolybdenum and ethylbenzenediethylbenzenemolybdenum. Pyrolysis has been studied by the manometric method under static conditions. The pyrolysis of molybdenum ?-complexes is described by the kinetic equation of the first order reaction in the temperature range of 340-400 deg and in the pressure range of 74-178 mm Hg. Homogeneous-heterogeneous type of the process is shown. The increase of a number of ethyl substituents in a ligand benzene ring lightly influence the thermostability of these compounds. The regularities of molybdenum filming by the pyrolysis of molybdenum ?-complex mixture are studied. The optimum regime of filming is found: the temperature equals 400 deg; the evaporator temperature equals 100 deg. The merits of these films in comparison with the molybdenum ones obtained during the vacuum spraying are shown

  16. Solid acid catalysed formation of ethyl levulinate and ethyl glucopyranoside from mono- and disaccharides

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    Shunmugavel, Saravanamurugan; Riisager, Anders

    2012-01-01

    Sulfonic acid functionalised SBA-15 (SO3H-SBA-15), sulfated zirconia and beta, Y, ZSM-5 and mordenite zeolite catalysts have been applied for the dehydration of sugars to ethyl levulinate and ethyl-D-glucopyranoside (EDGP) using ethanol as solvent and reactant. The SO3H-SBA-15 catalyst showed a high catalytic activity for the selective conversion of fructose to ethyl levulinate (57%) and glucose to EDGP (80%) at 140 °C, whereas the disaccharide sucrose yielded a significant amount of both products. The SO3H-SBA-15 catalysts were found to be highly active compared to the zeolites under identical reaction conditions.

  17. Solid acid catalysed formation of ethyl levulinate and ethyl glucopyranoside from mono- and disaccharides

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    Shunmugavel, Saravanamurugan; Riisager, Anders

    2012-01-01

    Sulfonic acid functionalised SBA-15 (SO3H-SBA-15), sulfated zirconia and beta, Y, ZSM-5 and mordenite zeolite catalysts have been applied for the dehydration of sugars to ethyl levulinate and ethyl-D-glucopyranoside (EDGP) using ethanol as solvent and reactant. The SO3H-SBA-15 catalyst showed a high catalytic activity for the selective conversion of fructose to ethyl levulinate (57%) and glucose to EDGP (80%) at 140 °C, whereas the disaccharide sucrose yielded a significant amount of both produc...

  18. Analysis of a Recent Biofilter Model for Toluene Biodegradation

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    Muhammad Qasim; Zarook Shareefdeen

    2013-01-01

    This paper investigates and provides a critical analysis of the toluene biofilter model developed by Li and De Visscher. The model simulation results have been reproduced and compared with several sets of experimental data from literature. Three different model variations are considered: model with no substrate inhibition, with substrate inhibition, and with air flow rate modification. A sensitivity analysis has been performed on model to study the effect of important parameters on the remov...

  19. Reactivity and Microstructure in Water / Ethoxy Alcohols / Toluene Ternary Solutions

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    PELIZZETTI, Ezio; Minero, Claudio

    1995-01-01

    The phase diagrams of several ethoxylated alcohols in the presence of water and toluene are reported. From their behaviour and from data obtained through conductivity, light scattering, C-13-NMR, index of refraction, static dielectric constant and kinetic measurements, we had the evidence of microscopic structuration in some of the systems. The kinetic data for the electron transfer reaction between tetrabromo-1,2-benzoquinone and 1,4-benzenediol obtained in the ternary system water/C2E1/tolu...

  20. Two cases of paraoccupational asthma due to toluene diisocyanate (TDI)

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    De Zotti, R; Muran, A; Zambon, F

    2000-01-01

    Two cases of paraoccupational asthma caused by toluene diisocyanate (TDI) are reported. The first patient was a metal worker in a machine shop situated near a factory producing polyurethane foam. Symptoms at work were not explainable by any specific exposure to irritants or allergens in the work site. As the patient recalled previous occasional work in the adjacent polyurethane factory with accompanying worsening of respiratory symptoms, a specific inhalation (SIC) test was performed with TDI...

  1. Developmental neurotoxicity after toluene inhalation exposure in rats

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    Hass, Ulla; Lund, Søren Peter; Hougaard, Karin Sørig; Simonsen, Leif

    1999-01-01

    Rats were exposed to 1200 ppm or 0 ppm toluene (CAS 108-88-3) for 6 h per day from day 7 of pregnancy until day 18 postnatally. Developmental and neurobehavioral effects in the offspring were investigated using a test battery including assessment of functions similar to those in the proposed OECD TG for Developmental Neurotoxicity Study, i.e., physical development, reflex ontogeny, motor function, motor activity, sensory function, and learning and memory. The exposure did not cause maternal toxi...

  2. 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

  3. At-line benzene monitor for measuring benzene in precipitate hydrolysis aqueous

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    A highly accurate and repeatable at-line benzene monitor (ALBM) has been developed to measure the benzene concentration in precipitate hydrolysis aqueous (PHA) in the DWPF. This analyzer was conceived and jointly developed within SRTC by the Analytical Development and the Defense Waste Process Technology Sections with extensive support from the Applied Statistics Group and the TNX Operations Section. It is recommended that an ALBM specifically adapted to DWPF analytical requirements be used to measure benzene in PHA; calibrations be performed using a 10% methanol solution matrix (for standard stability); and based on experience gained in development at TNX, the services of ADS and ASG be employed to both adapt the ALBM to DWPF requirements and develop statistical control procedures

  4. Interação de glyphosate com carfentrazone-ethyl / Glyphosate - carfentrazone-ethyl interaction

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    R.C., Werlang; A.A., Silva.

    2002-04-01

    Full Text Available Foi conduzido um experimento em condições controladas para determinar a interação do carfentrazone-ethyl em mistura no tanque com o herbicida glyphosate, no controle de seis espécies de plantas daninhas. Glyphosate aplicado isoladamente na dose de 720 g ha-1 foi eficaz no controle de Amaranthus hybr [...] idus (100%), Desmodium tortuosum (100%), Bidens pilosa (99%), Eleusine indica (96%), Digitaria horizontalis (100%) e Commelina benghalensis (93%) aos 21 DAA. Carfentrazone-ethyl aplicado isoladamente controlou eficazmente C. benghalensis. As misturas de glyphosate nas doses de 252 e 720 g ha-1 com carfentrazone-ethyl nas doses de 15 e 30 g ha¹ demonstraram efeito aditivo no controle de A. hybridus, D. tortuosum e Bidens pilosa, à exceção das misturas de glyphosate na dose de 252 g ha-1 com as doses de 15 e 30 g ha-1 de carfentrazone-ethyl, que proporcionam efeito sinergístico no controle de D. tortuosum. A adição das duas doses de carfentrazone-ethyl antagonizou o efeito de glyphosate na menor dose (252 g ha-1) no controle de E. indica, apresentando, no entanto, efeito aditivo com o glyphosate na maior dose (720 g ha-1). Já para D. horizontalis, as misturas de carfentrazone-ethyl com glyphosate na menor dose (252 g ha-1) apresentaram efeito sinergístico no controle dessa espécie, demonstrando, ainda, efeito aditivo na mistura com glyphosate na dose de 720 g ha-1. A mistura de carfentrazone-ethyl com glyphosate proporcionou efeito aditivo no controle de C. benghalensis, independentemente das combinações de doses avaliadas. Os resultados deste experimento indicam que carfentrazone-ethyl apresenta comportamento diferenciado quanto à interação com glyphosate, dependendo da espécie de planta daninha e da dose dos herbicidas utilizados na mistura em tanque, sendo complementar na mistura em tanque com glyphosate, pois demonstrou efeito antagônico em poucas das combinações estudadas, prevalecendo seu efeito aditivo na mistura com glyphosate, no controle das espécies avaliadas. Abstract in english Under evironmental controlled conditions experiments were conducted to determine the efficacy of carfentrazone-ethyl in tank mixture with glyphosate to control six weed species. Glyphosate alone at 720 g ha-1 was effective in controlling Amaranthus hybridus (100%), Desmodium tortuosum (100%), Bidens [...] pilosa (99%), Eleusine indica (96%), Digitaria horizontalis (100%) and Commelina benghalensis (93%) at 21 DAA. Carfentrazone-ethyl alone controlled only C. benghalensis. efficiently. Glyphosate mixtures (252 and 720 g ha-1) with carfentrazone-ethyl at 15 and 30 g ha¹ showed an additive effect in controlling A. hybridus, D. tortuosum and Bidens pilosa, except for glyphosate mixture at 252 g ha-1 with carfentrazone-ethyl at 15 and 30 g ha-1, which showed synergism in controlling D. tortuosum. The addition of the two carfentrazone-ethyl doses antagonized the effect of the smallest dose (252 g ha-1) of glyphosate on E. indica control. However, the largest glyphosate dose (720 g ha-1) provided additive effect when mixed with both carfentrazone-ethyl doses. For D. horizontalis, carfentrazone-ethyl mixtures with glyphosate in the smallest dose (252 g ha-1) had a synergistic effect in the control of this species, also showing and additive effect in the mixture with glyphosate at 720 g ha-1. Carfentrazone-ethyl mixture with glyphosate provided an additive effect in C. benghalensis control, regardless of dose combinations. The results of this experiment indicate that carfentrazone-ethyl presents a differentiated behavior when interacting with glyphosate, depending on the weed species and the herbicide dose used in the tank mixtures, being complementary in tank-mix combinations with glyphosate, since it showed an antagonistic effect in few combinations, with its additive effect prevailing in the mixture with glyphosate for the control of the evaluated species.

  5. Interação de glyphosate com carfentrazone-ethyl Glyphosate - carfentrazone-ethyl interaction

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    R.C. Werlang

    2002-04-01

    Full Text Available Foi conduzido um experimento em condições controladas para determinar a interação do carfentrazone-ethyl em mistura no tanque com o herbicida glyphosate, no controle de seis espécies de plantas daninhas. Glyphosate aplicado isoladamente na dose de 720 g ha-1 foi eficaz no controle de Amaranthus hybridus (100%, Desmodium tortuosum (100%, Bidens pilosa (99%, Eleusine indica (96%, Digitaria horizontalis (100% e Commelina benghalensis (93% aos 21 DAA. Carfentrazone-ethyl aplicado isoladamente controlou eficazmente C. benghalensis. As misturas de glyphosate nas doses de 252 e 720 g ha-1 com carfentrazone-ethyl nas doses de 15 e 30 g ha¹ demonstraram efeito aditivo no controle de A. hybridus, D. tortuosum e Bidens pilosa, à exceção das misturas de glyphosate na dose de 252 g ha-1 com as doses de 15 e 30 g ha-1 de carfentrazone-ethyl, que proporcionam efeito sinergístico no controle de D. tortuosum. A adição das duas doses de carfentrazone-ethyl antagonizou o efeito de glyphosate na menor dose (252 g ha-1 no controle de E. indica, apresentando, no entanto, efeito aditivo com o glyphosate na maior dose (720 g ha-1. Já para D. horizontalis, as misturas de carfentrazone-ethyl com glyphosate na menor dose (252 g ha-1 apresentaram efeito sinergístico no controle dessa espécie, demonstrando, ainda, efeito aditivo na mistura com glyphosate na dose de 720 g ha-1. A mistura de carfentrazone-ethyl com glyphosate proporcionou efeito aditivo no controle de C. benghalensis, independentemente das combinações de doses avaliadas. Os resultados deste experimento indicam que carfentrazone-ethyl apresenta comportamento diferenciado quanto à interação com glyphosate, dependendo da espécie de planta daninha e da dose dos herbicidas utilizados na mistura em tanque, sendo complementar na mistura em tanque com glyphosate, pois demonstrou efeito antagônico em poucas das combinações estudadas, prevalecendo seu efeito aditivo na mistura com glyphosate, no controle das espécies avaliadas.Under evironmental controlled conditions experiments were conducted to determine the efficacy of carfentrazone-ethyl in tank mixture with glyphosate to control six weed species. Glyphosate alone at 720 g ha-1 was effective in controlling Amaranthus hybridus (100%, Desmodium tortuosum (100%, Bidens pilosa (99%, Eleusine indica (96%, Digitaria horizontalis (100% and Commelina benghalensis (93% at 21 DAA. Carfentrazone-ethyl alone controlled only C. benghalensis. efficiently. Glyphosate mixtures (252 and 720 g ha-1 with carfentrazone-ethyl at 15 and 30 g ha¹ showed an additive effect in controlling A. hybridus, D. tortuosum and Bidens pilosa, except for glyphosate mixture at 252 g ha-1 with carfentrazone-ethyl at 15 and 30 g ha-1, which showed synergism in controlling D. tortuosum. The addition of the two carfentrazone-ethyl doses antagonized the effect of the smallest dose (252 g ha-1 of glyphosate on E. indica control. However, the largest glyphosate dose (720 g ha-1 provided additive effect when mixed with both carfentrazone-ethyl doses. For D. horizontalis, carfentrazone-ethyl mixtures with glyphosate in the smallest dose (252 g ha-1 had a synergistic effect in the control of this species, also showing and additive effect in the mixture with glyphosate at 720 g ha-1. Carfentrazone-ethyl mixture with glyphosate provided an additive effect in C. benghalensis control, regardless of dose combinations. The results of this experiment indicate that carfentrazone-ethyl presents a differentiated behavior when interacting with glyphosate, depending on the weed species and the herbicide dose used in the tank mixtures, being complementary in tank-mix combinations with glyphosate, since it showed an antagonistic effect in few combinations, with its additive effect prevailing in the mixture with glyphosate for the control of the evaluated species.

  6. Toluene nitration in irradiated nitric acid and nitrite solution

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    Gracy Elias; Bruce J. Mincher; Stephen P. Mezyk; Jim Muller; Leigh R. Martin

    2011-04-01

    The kinetics, mechanisms, and stable products produced for the aryl alkyl mild ortho-para director - toluene, in irradiated nitric acid and neutral nitrite solutions were investigated using ?, and pulse radiolysis. Electron pulse radiolysis was used to determine the bimolecular rate constants for the reaction of toluene with different transient species produced by irradiation. HPLC with UV detection was primarily used to assess the stable reaction products. GC-MS and LC-MS were used to confirm the results from HPLC. Free-radical nitration reaction products were found in irradiated acidic and neutral media. In acidic medium, the ring substitution and side chain substitution and oxidation produced different nitro products. In ring substitution, nitrogen oxide radicals were added mainly to hydroxyl radical-produced cyclohexadienyl radical, and in side chain substitution they were added to the carbon-centered benzyl radical produced by H-atom abstraction. In neutral nitrite toluene solution, radiolytic ring nitration products approached a statistically random distribution, suggesting a free-radical reaction involving addition of the •NO2 radical.

  7. Toluene nitration in irradiated nitric acid and nitrite solutions

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    Elias, Gracy, E-mail: gracy.elias@inl.go [Idaho National Laboratory, Chemical and Radiation Measurement Department, P.O. Box 1625, Idaho Falls, ID 83415-2213 (United States); Mincher, Bruce J. [Idaho National Laboratory, Aqueous Separations and Radiochemistry Department, P.O. Box 1625, Idaho Falls, ID 83415-6180 (United States); Mezyk, Stephen P. [California State University-Long Beach, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA 90840-3903 (United States); Muller, Jim [University of Utah, Department of Chemistry, Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0850 (United States); Martin, Leigh R. [Idaho National Laboratory, Aqueous Separations and Radiochemistry Department, P.O. Box 1625, Idaho Falls, ID 83415-6180 (United States)

    2011-04-15

    The kinetics, mechanisms, and stable products produced for the nitration of aryl alkyl mild ortho-para director toluene in irradiated nitric acid and neutral nitrite solutions were investigated using {gamma} and pulse radiolysis. Electron pulse radiolysis was used to determine the bimolecular rate constants for the reaction of toluene with different transient species produced by irradiation. HPLC with UV detection, GC-MS and LC-MS, were used to assess the stable reaction products. Free-radical based nitration reaction products were found in irradiated acidic and neutral media. In 6.0 M HNO{sub 3}, ring substitution, side chain substitution, and oxidation, produced different nitrated toluene products. For ring substitution, nitrogen oxide radicals were added mainly to cyclohexadienyl radicals, whereas for side chain substitution, these radicals were added to the carbon-centered benzyl radical produced by H-atom abstraction. In neutral nitrite solutions, radiolytically-induced ring nitration products approached a statistically random distribution, suggesting a direct free-radical reaction involving addition of the {sup {center_dot}N}O{sub 2} radical.

  8. (Liquid + liquid) equilibria for ternary mixtures of (alkane + benzene + [EMpy] [ESO4]) at several temperatures and atmospheric pressure

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    In this work, the separation of benzene from aliphatic hydrocarbons (hexane, or heptane) is investigated by extraction with 1-ethyl-3-methylpyridinium ethylsulphate ionic liquid, [EMpy][ESO4]. (Liquid + liquid) equilibria (LLE) data are determined for the ternary systems: {hexane (1) + benzene (2) + [EMpy][ESO4] (3)} at T = (283.15, 293.15, 298.15, and 303.15) K and {heptane (1) + benzene (2) + [EMpy][ESO4] (3)} at T = (283.15 and 298.15) K and atmospheric pressure. The selectivity and distribution coefficient, derived from the tie line data, were used to determine whether the ionic liquid is a good solvent for the extraction of aromatic from aliphatic compounds. The consistency of the tie line data was ascertained by applying the Othmer-Tobias and Hand equations. The experimental results for the ternary systems were well correlated with the NRTL equation. A study of the temperature effect and the influence of the chain length of the alkanes were realized. The results obtained were compared with other ionic liquids. There are no literature data for the mixtures discussed in this paper.

  9. (Liquid + liquid) equilibria for ternary mixtures of (alkane + benzene + [EMpy] [ESO{sub 4}]) at several temperatures and atmospheric pressure

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    Gonzalez, Emilio J.; Calvar, Noelia; Gonzalez, Begona [Departamento de Ingenieria Quimica de la Universidad de Vigo, 36310 Vigo (Spain); Dominguez, Angeles [Departamento de Ingenieria Quimica de la Universidad de Vigo, 36310 Vigo (Spain)], E-mail: admguez@uvigo.es

    2009-11-15

    In this work, the separation of benzene from aliphatic hydrocarbons (hexane, or heptane) is investigated by extraction with 1-ethyl-3-methylpyridinium ethylsulphate ionic liquid, [EMpy][ESO{sub 4}]. (Liquid + liquid) equilibria (LLE) data are determined for the ternary systems: {l_brace}hexane (1) + benzene (2) + [EMpy][ESO{sub 4}] (3){r_brace} at T = (283.15, 293.15, 298.15, and 303.15) K and {l_brace}heptane (1) + benzene (2) + [EMpy][ESO{sub 4}] (3){r_brace} at T = (283.15 and 298.15) K and atmospheric pressure. The selectivity and distribution coefficient, derived from the tie line data, were used to determine whether the ionic liquid is a good solvent for the extraction of aromatic from aliphatic compounds. The consistency of the tie line data was ascertained by applying the Othmer-Tobias and Hand equations. The experimental results for the ternary systems were well correlated with the NRTL equation. A study of the temperature effect and the influence of the chain length of the alkanes were realized. The results obtained were compared with other ionic liquids. There are no literature data for the mixtures discussed in this paper.

  10. N-Ethyl-N-phenyl-p-toluenesulfonamide

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    Islam Ullah Khan

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available In the title compound, C15H17NO2S, the aromatic rings are oriented at a dihedral angle of 32.8?(1°. The ethyl group and phenyl ring on the N atom adopt a staggered conformation with respect to the O atoms.

  11. 40 CFR 180.441 - Quizalofop ethyl; tolerances for residues.

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    2010-07-01

    ...false Quizalofop ethyl; tolerances for residues. 180.441 Section 180.441 ...AND EXEMPTIONS FOR PESTICIDE CHEMICAL RESIDUES IN FOOD Specific Tolerances § 180.441 Quizalofop ethyl; tolerances for residues. (a) General. (1)...

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

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    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.

  13. 2-{2,4,6-Tris(bromomethyl-3,5-bis[(1,3-dioxoisoindolin-2-ylmethyl]benzyl}isoindoline-1,3-dione toluene monosolvate

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    Niklas Koch

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available In the title compound, C36H24Br3N3O6·C7H8, the toluene solvent molecule is associated with the receptor molecule via C—H...? bonding. The planes of the phthalimido groups are inclined at 77.0?(1, 63.0?(1 and 77.8?(1° with respect to the benzene ring. The molecular conformation is stabilized by C—H...O and C—H...Br hydrogen bonds. The crystal structure features non-classical hydrogen bonds of the C—H...N, C—H...O and C—H...Br type, leading to a three-dimensional cross-linking of molecules. The pattern of non-covalent intermolecular bonding is completed by O...Br halogen bonds [3.306?(3?Å], which link the receptor molecules into infinite strands extending along the a-axis direction.

  14. Interação de glyphosate com carfentrazone-ethyl Glyphosate - carfentrazone-ethyl interaction

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    R.C. Werlang; Silva, A. A.

    2002-01-01

    Foi conduzido um experimento em condições controladas para determinar a interação do carfentrazone-ethyl em mistura no tanque com o herbicida glyphosate, no controle de seis espécies de plantas daninhas. Glyphosate aplicado isoladamente na dose de 720 g ha-1 foi eficaz no controle de Amaranthus hybridus (100%), Desmodium tortuosum (100%), Bidens pilosa (99%), Eleusine indica (96%), Digitaria horizontalis (100%) e Commelina benghalensis (93%) aos 21 DAA. Carfentrazone-ethyl aplicado isoladamen...

  15. Kinetics of toluene alkylation with methanol catalyzed by pure and hybridized HZSM-5 catalysts

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    2012-07-01

    A kinetic study of toluene alkylation with methanol was performed over pure HZSM-5, mordenite/ZSM-5 (hybrid of mordenite and HZSM-5), and ZM13 (composite mixture of HZSM-5 and MCM-41 at pH 13). Experimental runs were conducted using a batch fluidized bed reactor at temperatures of 300, 350 and 400 °C and reaction times of 3, 5, 7, 10, 13, 15 and 20. s. The rate of toluene methylation and toluene disproportionation were studied on the three catalysts (toluene alkylation is usually accompanied by toluene disproportionation on acid catalyst). Based on the results obtained, a simplified power law kinetic model consisting of three reactions was developed to estimate the activation energies of toluene methylation and disproportionation simultaneously. Coke formation on catalysts was accounted for using both reaction time and reactant conversion decay functions. All parameters were estimated based on quasi-steady state approximation. Estimated kinetic parameters were in good agreement with experimental results. The order of alkylation ability of the catalysts was found to be ZM13 > HZSM-5 > mordenite/ZSM-5, while the reverse is for toluene disproportionation (mordenite/ZSM-5 > HZSM-5 > ZM13). Thus, alkylation of toluene is most favorable on ZM13 due to combined effect of mesoporosity induced through its synthetic route and acid content. Toluene/MeOH molar ratio of 1:1 was most suitable for toluene alkylation reaction. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.

  16. Benzene exposure: An overview of monitoring methods and their findings

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    Weisel, Clifford P

    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...

  17. Benzene, the Exposome and Future Investigations of Leukemia Etiology

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    Smith, Martyn T.; ZHANG, LUOPING; Cliona M. McHale; Skibola, Christine F; Stephen M Rappaport

    2011-01-01

    Benzene exposure is associated with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), and probably lymphoma and childhood leukemia. Biological plausibility for a causal role of benzene in these diseases comes from its toxicity to hematopoietic stem cells (HSC) or progenitor cells, from which all leukemias and related disorders arise. The effect of this toxicity is manifest as lowered blood counts (hematotoxicity), even in individuals occupationally exposed to low levels of benzen...

  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. 21 CFR 177.1320 - Ethylene-ethyl acrylate copolymers.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2010-04-01 2009-04-01 true Ethylene-ethyl acrylate copolymers. 177.1320... Basic Components of Single and Repeated Use Food Contact Surfaces § 177.1320 Ethylene-ethyl acrylate copolymers. Ethylene-ethyl acrylate copolymers may be safely used to produce packaging materials,...

  1. Perylenetetracarboxylic diimide (PTCDI) nanowires for sensing ethyl acetate in wine.

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    Khopkar, Yashdeep; Kojtari, Arben; Swearer, Dayne; Zivanovic, Sandra; Ji, Hai-Feng

    2014-09-01

    We report the application of perylenetetracarboxylic diimide (PTCDI) nanowires for sensing ethyl acetate. The conductivity of the crystalline nano/microwires increases quickly and selectively in the presence of ethyl acetate vapor, but not with water, acid and alcohol vapors, suggesting that the nanowires of PTCDI may be used for monitoring ethyl acetate during a wine manufacturing process. PMID:25924331

  2. Solid liquid interfacial free energies of benzene

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    Azreg-A?¨nou, M.

    2007-02-01

    In this work we determine for the range of melting temperatures 284.6?T?306.7 K, corresponding to equilibrium pressures 20.6?P?102.9 MPa, the benzene solid-liquid interfacial free energy by a cognitive approach including theoretical and experimental physics, mathematics, computer algebra (MATLAB), and some results from molecular dynamics computer simulations. From a theoretical and mathematical points of view, we deal with the elaboration of an analytical expression for the internal energy derived from a unified solid-liquid-vapor equation of state and with the elaboration of an existing statistical model for the entropy drop of the melt near the solid-liquid interface. From an experimental point of view, we will use our results obtained in collaboration with colleagues concerning the supercooled liquid benzene. Of particular interest for this work is the existing center-of-mass radial distribution function of benzene at 298 K obtained by computer simulation. Crystal-orientation-independent and minimum interfacial free energies are calculated and shown to increase slightly with the above temperatures. Both crystal-orientation-independent and minimum free energies agree with existing calculations and with rare existing experimental data. Taking into account the fact that the extent of supercooling is generally admitted as a constant, we determine the limits of supercooling by which we explore the behavior of the critical nucleus radius which is shown to decrease in terms of the above temperatures. The radius of the, and the number of molecules per, critical nucleus are shown to assume the average values of 20.2 A? and 175 with standard deviations of 0.16 Å and 4.5, respectively.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Experimental Emulsified Diesel and Benzen Investigation

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    Suleiman Abu-Ein

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available This study presents an experimental investigation of emulsified fuels as an operating material for vehicle engines. Water in fuel blends is still relatively unknown and unaccepted by the majority of people. Introducing water into the combustion chamber has been around for more than one time, through water injection systems and emulsification of water into fuel. Adding water to fules will reduce bad emissions of the vehicles. It is found that brake power, engine power and also the engine torque have been improved with the emulsified fuels for both diesel and benzen till 25% water percentage addition.

  6. (E-Ethyl N?-(4-bromobenzylidenehydrazinecarboxylate

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    Bo Gao

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available The title compound, C10H11BrN2O2, crystallizes with two independent molecules in the asymmetric unit, in which the dihedral angles between the benzene ring and the hydrazine carboxylic acid mean plane are 3.0?(4 and 45.3?(3°. The molecules are linked into a one-dimensional network by intermolecular N—H...O hydrogen bonds.

  7. 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.

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    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...

  8. Ethyl 8,13-dioxa-21-azapentacyclo[18.5.1.02,7.014,19.021,25]hexacosa-2(7,3,5,14,16,18-hexaene-26-carboxylate

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    Devadasan Velmurugan

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In the title compound, C26H31NO4, the five-membered rings of the central pyrrolizine system adopt N-envelope conformations. The ethyl acetate group adopts an extended conformation. The dihedral angle between the benzene rings is 36.6?(1°. In the crystal, C—H...O hydrogen bonds form a zigzag chain running along the b-axis directions. The crystal structure is futher consolidated by C—H...? interactions.

  9. Dissolved hydrocarbon metabolism: the concentration-dependent kinetics of toluene oxidation in some North American estuaries

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    The metabolism of toluene by natural populations of marine bacteria, stored to enhance their activity, gave hyperbolic kinetics with saturation at only K/sub t/ = 0.6 to 3.4 ?g liter-1. Similarly K/sub t/ in fresh seawater was 0.26 ?g toluene liter-1. Freshly collected populations could be moderately active toward toluene. These moderate affinities taken together with the small K/sub t/ values give an explanation for the failure of most marine bacteria to grow at the expense of a single hydrocarbon. In two experiments there was a significant first-order region in toluene in the 10-50 ?g liter-1 range. A large widespread population of bacteria with inducible capacity to metabolize hydrocarbons is indicated. Observed turnover times for toluene were 0.2-40 years with growth rates of 10-6h-1 from toluene at 1 ?g liter-1

  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. Free radicals generated in yeast by the Salmonella test-negative carcinogens benzene, urethane, thiourea and auramine O.

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    Brennan, R J; Schiestl, R H

    1998-07-17

    A large fraction of carcinogens score negative in short-term genotoxicity assays such as the Salmonella reverse mutation (Ames) assay. More information is needed about the mechanism of action of such Salmonella-negative carcinogens. Many Salmonella-negative carcinogens induce deletions due to intrachromosomal recombination in Saccharomyces cerevisiae with an apparent threshold. We have previously shown that the Salmonella-negative carcinogens cadmium, aniline, chloroform and carbon tetrachloride generate free radical species in S. cerevisiae. We have further investigated the possible generation of intracellular free radical species by the diverse Salmonella-negative carcinogens benzene, urethane, thiourea and auramine O. The toxicity and recombinagenicity of thiourea and auramine O was reduced in the presence of the free radical scavenger N-acetyl cysteine. N-acetyl cysteine did not protect against toxicity or recombination induced by the Salmonella-positive carcinogens ethyl methane sulfonate, methyl methane sulfonate or nitroquinoline-N-oxide. A strain deficient in the enzyme superoxide dismutase, which catalyses the dismutation of superoxide anion radical, was hypersensitive to killing by benzene, urethane and thiourea. The sod- strain was only slightly more sensitive to the Salmonella-positive carcinogens. Intracellular oxidation of the free radical-sensitive reporter compound dichlorofluorescin diacetate was increased in yeast cultures exposed to benzene, urethane and auramine O; again, the Salmonella mutagens had no effect on oxidation of the dye. These data show that free radical species are produced in Saccharomyces cerevisiae following exposure to benzene, urethane, thiourea and auramine O, and suggest a possible role for oxidative stress is recombination induced by these carcinogens. PMID:9726007

  12. Active site dynamics of toluene hydroxylation by cytochrome P-450

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    Rat liver cytochrome P-450 hydroxylates toluene to benzyl alcohol plus o-, m-, and p-cresol. Deuterated toluenes were incubated under saturating conditions with liver microsomes from phenobarbital-pretreated rats, and product yields and ratios were measured. Stepwise deuteration of the methyl leads to stepwise decreases in the alcohol/cresol ratio without changing the cresol isomer ratios. Extensive deuterium retention in the benzyl alcohols from PhCH2D and PhCHD2 suggests there is a large intrinsic isotope effect for benzylic hydroxylation. After replacement of the third benzylic H by D, the drop in the alcohol/cresol ratio was particularly acute, suggsting that metabolic switching from D to H within the methyl group was easier than switching from the methyl to the ring. Comparison of the alcohol/cresol ratio for PhCH3 vs PhCD3 indicated a net isotope effect of 6.9 for benzylic hydroxylation. From product yield data for PhCH3 and PhCD3, DV for benzyl alcohol formation is only 1.92, whereas DV for total product formation is 0.67 (i.e., inverse). From competitive incubations of PhCH3/PhCD3 mixtures D(V/K) isotope effects on benzyl alcohol formation and total product formation (3.6 and 1.23, respectively) are greatly reduced, implying strong commitment to catalysis. In contrast, D(V/K) for the alcohol/cresol ratio is 6.3, indicating that the majority of the intrinsic isotope effect is expressed through metabolic switching. Overall, these data are consistent with reversible formation of a complex between toluene and the active oxygen form of cytochrome P-450, which rearranges internally and reacts to form products faster than it dissociates back to release substrate

  13. Toluene removal by oxidation reaction in spray wet scrubber: experimental, modeling and optimization

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    Roumporn Nikom

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Toluene, an important volatile organic compound (VOC, is used in many kinds of industries, such as painting, printing, coating, and petrochemical industries. The emission of toluene causes serious air pollution, odor problem, flammability problem and affects human health. This paper proposes the removal of toluene from waste air using a spray wet scrubber combining the absorption and oxidation reaction. Aqueous sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl solution was used as the scrubbing liquid in the system. NaOCl, the strongest oxidative agent, presents an effective toluene removal. As the scrubbed toluene is reacted, recirculation of the scrubbing liquid could be operated with a constant removal efficiency throughout the operting time. The investigated variables affecting the removal efficiency were air flow rate, inlet toluene concentration, NaOCl concentration, scrubbing liquid flow rate and size of spray nozzle. Influence of the scrubbing parameters was experimentally studied to develop a mathematical model of the toluene removal efficiency. The removal model reveals that the increase of scrubbing liquid flow rate, toluene concentration, and NaOCl concentration together with the decrease of air flow rate and size of spray nozzle can increase the toluene removal efficiency. Optimization problem with an objective function and constraints was set to provide the maximum toluene removal efficiency and solved by Matlab optimization toolbox. The optimization constraints were formed from the mathematical model and process limitation. The solution of the optimization was an air flow rate of 100 m3/h, toluene concentration of 1500 ppm, NaOCl concentration of 0.02 mol/l, NaOCl solution feed rate of 0.8 m3/h, and spray nozzle size of 0.5 mm. Solution of the optimization gave the highest toluene removal efficiency of 91.7%.

  14. The function of a toluene-degrading bacterial community in a waste gas trickling filter

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    Pedersen, A.R.; Arvin, E.

    1999-01-01

    The function of a community of toluene-degrading bacteria in a biofilm system was investigated with regard to growth and toluene degradation in order to investigate substrate interactions in the community. This was done by the combination of experimental observations using a specific oligonucleotide 16S ribosomal RNA probe targeting the toluene-degrading species Pseudomonas putida, and by computer simulations (AQUASIM) of the biofilm growth based on a food web model. Biofilms were taken from a l...

  15. Anaerobic Toluene Activation by Benzylsuccinate Synthase in a Highly Enriched Methanogenic Culture

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    Beller, Harry R.; Edwards, Elizabeth A

    2000-01-01

    Permeabilized cells of a highly enriched, toluene-mineralizing, methanogenic culture catalyzed the addition of toluene to fumarate to form benzylsuccinate under anaerobic conditions. The specific in vitro rate of benzylsuccinate formation was >85% of the specific in vivo rate of toluene consumption. This is the first report of benzylsuccinate synthase activity in a methanogenic culture; the activity has previously been reported to occur in denitrifying, sulfate-reducing, and anoxygenic photot...

  16. Oxidation of aliphatic olefins by toluene dioxygenase: enzyme rates and product identification.

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    Lange, C C; Wackett, L. P.

    1997-01-01

    Toluene dioxygenase from Pseudomonas putida F1 has been studied extensively with aromatic substrates. The present work examined the toluene dioxygenase-catalyzed oxidation of various halogenated ethenes, propenes, butenes and nonhalogenated cis-2-pentene, an isomeric mix of 2-hexenes, cis-2-heptene, and cis-2-octene as substrates for toluene dioxygenase. Enzyme specific activities were determined for the more water-soluble C2 to C5 compounds and ranged from

  17. Anaerobic toluene oxidation to benzyl alcohol and benzaldehyde in a denitrifying Pseudomonas strain.

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    Altenschmidt, U; Fuchs, G.

    1992-01-01

    The denitrifying Pseudomonas strain K172 was grown with a generation time of 6 h to a cell density of 0.4 g (dry weight) per liter with toluene and nitrate as substrates. We found that anaerobic cell suspensions oxidize [14C]toluene first to [14C]benzyl alcohol and subsequently to [14C]benzaldehyde. This proves that the methyl group of toluene is oxidized without molecular oxygen to a hydroxymethyl group.

  18. Impact of a new condensed toluene mechanism on air quality model predictions in the US

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    Sarwar, G.; K. W. Appel; A. G. Carlton; Mathur, R.; Schere, K.; Zhang, R.; MAJEED, M.A.

    2010-01-01

    A new condensed toluene mechanism is incorporated into the Community Multiscale Air Quality Modeling system. Model simulations are performed using the CB05 chemical mechanism containing the existing (base) and the new toluene mechanism for the western and eastern US for a summer month. With current estimates of tropospheric emission burden, the new toluene mechanism increases monthly mean daily maximum 8-h ozone by 1.0–3.0 ppbv in Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Cleveland, northeaste...

  19. Fungal metabolism of toluene: monitoring of fluorinated analogs by (19)F nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

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    Prenafeta-Boldu, F.X.; Luykx, D.M.; Vervoort, J.J.M.; Bont, J.A.M., de

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    We used isomeric fluorotoluenes as model substrates to study the catabolism of toluene by five deuteromycete fungi and one ascomycete fungus capable of growth on toluene as the sole carbon and energy source, as well as by two fungi (Cunninghamella echinulata and Aspergillus niger) that cometabolize toluene. Whole cells were incubated with 2-, 3-, and 4-fluorotoluene, and metabolites were characterized by 19F nuclear magnetic resonance. Oxidation of fluorotoluene by C. echinulata was initiated...

  20. Electrochemical Oxidation of Toluene on Glassy Carbon Electrodes in Organic Medium

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    Luis F. D´Elia; R Ortíz

    2005-01-01

    The electro-oxidation of toluene in 0.1 M But4NPF6 + CH3CN solutions on glassy carbon electrodes was studied using electrochemical and spectroelectrochemical techniques. Toluene electro-oxidation yields an electrochemical inactive film on the electrode surface. In situ Fourier Transformed Infrared (FTIR) studies suggest the formation of a polymeric film, as the main product, on the surface. Depending on the experimental time scale toluene transformation is a complex reaction that could involv...

  1. Ethyl pyruvate decreases HMGB1 release and ameliorates murine colitis.

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    Davé, Shaival H; Tilstra, Jeremy S; Matsuoka, Katsuyoshi; Li, Fengling; DeMarco, Richard A; Beer-Stolz, Donna; Sepulveda, Antonia R; Fink, Mitchell P; Lotze, Michael T; Plevy, Scott E

    2009-09-01

    Signals from stressed cells and the enteric microbiota activate macrophages and dendritic cells and mediate intestinal inflammation. HMGB1 serves as an immunogenic stimuli causing release of inflammatory cytokines by myeloid cells. Ethyl pyruvate inhibits secretion of HMGB1 and improves survival in models of endotoxemia and hemorrhagic shock. We reasoned that ethyl pyruvate may be protective in colitis, which involves similar inflammatory pathways. In IL-10(-/-) mice with established chronic colitis, ethyl pyruvate administration ameliorated colitis and reduced intestinal cytokine production. IL-10(-/-) mice demonstrated increased intestinal HMGB1 expression and decreased expression of RAGE compared with wild-type mice. Fecal HMGB1 levels were decreased in ethyl pyruvate-treated mice. Furthermore, ethyl pyruvate induced HO-1 expression in intestinal tissue. In TNBS-induced colitis, intrarectal administration of ethyl pyruvate resulted in amelioration of colitis and reduced intestinal cytokine production. In LPS-activated murine macrophages, ethyl pyruvate decreased expression of IL-12 p40 and NO production but did not affect IL-10 levels. Ethyl pyruvate did not inhibit nuclear translocation of NF-kappaB family members but attenuated NF-kappaB DNA binding. Additionally, ethyl pyruvate induced HO-1 mRNA and protein expression and HO-1 promoter activation. Moreover, ethyl pyruvate prevented nuclear-to-cytoplasmic translocation of HMGB1. In conclusion, the HMGB1/RAGE pathway has pathophysiologic and diagnostic significance in experimental colitis. Ethyl pyruvate and other strategies to inhibit HMGB1 release and function represent promising interventions in chronic inflammatory diseases. PMID:19454652

  2. Clean production of methyl ethyl ketone (MEK)

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    Methyl ethyl ketone oxime (MEKO) was obtained by reaction of methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) with ammonia and hydrogen peroxide using titanium silicalite-1 (TS-1) as catalyst. The effect of reaction temperature, type of solvent, molar ratios of NH3/MEK, H2O2/MEK and mg catalyst/mmol MEK ratio was studied. Water was the most appropriate solvent to obtain high selectivity to oxime. 100% selectivity to MEKO and 60% conversion of MEK was obtained at 70 Celsius degrade using the following parameters: H2O2/MEK = 0,7 and NH3/MEK = 1,12. mg.catalyst/mmol MEK = 10,5. Little decrease in the catalytic activity was observed after reusing the catalysts twice suggesting that incorporated Ti in the MFI structure is rather stable under the studied conditions

  3. Continuous ethyl acetate production by Kluyveromyces fragilis on whey permeate

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    Kallel-Mhiri, H. (Lab. de Biologie Industrielle et Alimentaire, ENSAIA, 54 - Vandoeuvre-les Nancy (France)); Engasser, J.M. (Lab. de Sciences du Genie Chimique, CNRS-ENSAIA, 54 - Vandoeuvre-les Nancy (France)); Miclo, A. (Lab. de Biologie Industrielle et Alimentaire, ENSAIA, 54 - Vandoeuvre-les Nancy (France))

    1993-11-01

    The synthesis of ethyl acetate by Kluyveromyces fragilis on diluted whey permeate was studied. Ethanol, lactose and O[sub 2] are the direct precursors for ethyl acetate synthesis by this yeast. Ethyl acetate production is affected by many parameters, particularly the carbon/nitrogen (C/N) ratio, Tween 80 and iron. Ethyl acetate synthesis is optimum for C/N = 45. Tween 80 lowered slightly the level of ethyl acetate whereas iron completely stopped ethyl acetate production. The level of ethanol in the feed, the dissolved O[sub 2] (DO) and dilution rate (D) were also optimised. Thus at D = 0.24 h[sup -1], for g/l of ethanol in the feed and 40% DO, the productivity of ethyl acetate was optimal (0.7 g/l per hour). (orig.)

  4. 40 CFR 721.3152 - Ethanaminium, N-ethyl-2-hydroxy-N,N-bis(2-hydroxyethyl)-, diester with C12-18 fatty acids, ethyl...

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    ...-bis(2-hydroxyethyl)-, diester with C12-18 fatty acids, ethyl sulfates (salts). 721.3152 Section 721... Ethanaminium, N-ethyl-2-hydroxy-N,N-bis(2-hydroxyethyl)-, diester with C12-18 fatty acids, ethyl sulfates... ethanaminium, N-ethyl-2-hydroxy-N,N-bis(2-hydroxyethyl)-, diester with C12-18 fatty acids, ethyl...

  5. Glass transition in vapor deposited thin films of toluene

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    We report on nanocalorimetric measurements of 50 nm thick toluene films at heating rates spanning 600 to 8 x 104 K/s. The films are grown from the vapour at 90 K directly onto the nanocalorimetric cell. The kinetic and thermodynamic stability of as-deposited films is higher than the stability of films cooled from the supercooled liquid at 2000 K/s. We also show that at those heating rates, the calorimetric Tg does not correlate with the relaxation time obtained by dielectric spectroscopy.

  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. 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.

  8. Synthesis of Ethyl Salicylate Using Household Chemicals

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    Solomon, Sally; Hur, Chinhyu; Lee, Alan; Smith, Kurt

    1996-02-01

    Ethyl salicylate is synthesized, isolated, and characterized in a three-step process using simple equipment and household chemicals. First, acetylsalicylic acid is extracted from aspirin tablets with isopropyl alcohol, then hydrolyzed to salicylic acid with muriatic acid, and finally, the salicylic acid is esterified using ethanol and a boric acid catalyst. The experiment can be directed towards high school or university level students who have sufficient background in organic chemistry to recognize the structures and reactions that are involved.

  9. Benzene synthesis using aluminosilicate catalysts for determining 14C activity by liquid scintillation method

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    The basic characteristics are described of various aluminosilicate catalysts used for benzene synthesis. The methods of catalyst preparation and the methodology of benzene synthesis guaranteeing a 98% benzene yield are described. (author)

  10. Benzene as a Chemical Hazard in Processed Foods

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    Salviano dos Santos, Vânia Paula; Medeiros Salgado, Andréa; Guedes Torres, Alexandre; Signori Pereira, Karen

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents a literature review on benzene in foods, including toxicological aspects, occurrence, formation mechanisms, and mitigation measures and analyzes data reporting benzene levels in foods. Benzene is recognized by the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) as carcinogenic to humans, and its presence in foods has been attributed to various potential sources: packaging, storage environment, contaminated drinking water, cooking processes, irradiation processes, and degradation of food preservatives such as benzoates. Since there are no specific limits for benzene levels in beverages and food in general studies have adopted references for drinking water in a range from 1–10?ppb. The presence of benzene has been reported in various food/beverage substances with soft drinks often reported in the literature. Although the analyses reported low levels of benzene in most of the samples studied, some exceeded permissible limits. The available data on dietary exposure to benzene is minimal from the viewpoint of public health. Often benzene levels were low as to be considered negligible and not a consumer health risk, but there is still a need of more studies for a better understanding of their effects on human health through the ingestion of contaminated food.

  11. [Benzene in soft drinks: a study in Florence (Italy)].

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    Bonaccorsi, Guglielmo; Perico, Andrea; Colzi, Alessio; Bavazzano, Paolo; Di Giusto, Maurizio; Lamberti, Ilaria; Martino, Gianrocco; Puggelli, Francesco; Lorini, Chiara

    2012-01-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the amount of benzene present in soft drinks sold in Florence (Italy). We analyzed 28 different types of soft drinks, by measuring concentrations of benzoic acid, sorbic acid, ascorbic acid (using high performance liquid chromatography with UV detection) and benzene (using gas chromatography and mass spectrometry). Data was analysed by using SPSS 18.0.Traces of benzene were detected in all analyzed beverages, with a mean concentration of 0.45 µg/L (range: 0.15-2.36 µg/L). Statistically significant differences in mean benzene concentrations were found between beverages according to the type of additive indicated on the drink label, with higher concentrations found in beverages containing both ascorbic acid and sodium benzoate. Two citrus fruit-based drinks were found to have benzene levels above the European limit for benzene in drinking water of 1 µg /L. Sodium benzoate and ascorbic acid were also detected in the two drinks.In conclusion, not all soft drink producers have taken steps to eliminate benzoic acid from their soft drinks and thereby reduce the risk of formation of benzene, as recommended by the European Commission. Furthermore, the presence of benzene in trace amounts in all beverages suggests that migration of constituents of plastic packaging materials or air-borne contamination may be occurring. PMID:23073373

  12. 2H NMR study of dynamics of benzene-d6 interacting with humic and fulvic acids.

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    Eastman, Margaret A; Brothers, Lucinda A; Nanny, Mark A

    2011-05-01

    Samples of three humic acids and one fulvic acid with 1% loading of benzene-d(6) in sealed glass tubes have been studied with solid-state deuterium quadrupole-echo nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Calculated spectra combining three motional models, two isotropic models and a third more restricted small-angle wobble (SAW) motional model, are fit to the experimental spectra. One isotropic motion (ISO(v)) is assigned to vaporous benzene-d(6) due to the small line width, short T(1), and the loss of this component by about -25 °C when the temperature is lowered. The remaining two motional components, ISO(s) and SAW, are sorbed by the humic or fulvic acid. Benzene-d(6) slowly interacts with the humic substances, progressively filling SAW sites as ISO(s) motion diminishes. Both the sorption and increase in percentage of SAW motion are for the most part complete within 200 days but continue to a lesser extent over a period of a few years. For the SAW motion there are at least two and most likely a series of T(1) values, indicating more than one adsorption environment. Enthalpies of sorption, obtained from application of the van't Hoff equation to the percentages of the different motional models derived from a series of variable temperature spectra, are comparable in magnitude to the enthalpy of vaporization of benzene. In Leonardite humic acid, ?H and ?S for the ISO(s) to SAW transition change from positive to negative values with age, implying a transition in the driving force from an entropic effect associated with expansion and deformation in the molecular structure of the humic substance to accommodate benzene-d(6) to an enthalpic effect of strong benzene-d(6)-humic substance interactions. In contrast, at advanced ages, Suwannee River humic and fulvic acids have small positive or near zero ?H and positive ?S for the ISO(s) to SAW transition. PMID:21456559

  13. Mathematical Modeling and Simulation of the Dehydrogenation of Ethyl Benzene to Form Styrene Using Steady-State Fixed Bed Reactor

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    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available In this research, two models are developed to simulate the steady state fixed bed reactor used for styrene production by ethylbenzene dehydrogenation. The first is one-dimensional model, considered axial gradient only while the second is two-dimensional model considered axial and radial gradients for same variables.The developed mathematical models consisted of nonlinear simultaneous equations in multiple dependent variables. A complete description of the reactor bed involves partial, ordinary differential and algebraic equations (PDEs, ODEs and AEs describing the temperatures, concentrations and pressure drop across the reactor was given. The model equations are solved by finite differences method. The reactor models were coded with Mat lab 6.5 program and various numerical techniques were used to obtain the desired solution.The simulation data for both models were validated with industrial reactor results with a very good concordance.

  14. Ordered mesoporous carbon film as an effective solid-phase microextraction coating for determination of benzene series from aqueous media

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    Jiang, Hui [Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Chemical Pollution Control and Resources Reuse, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210094 (China); School of Geography Science, Nantong University, Nantong 226001 (China); Li, Jiansheng, E-mail: lijsh@mail.njust.edu.cn [Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Chemical Pollution Control and Resources Reuse, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210094 (China); Jiang, Mingyue; Lu, Rui; Shen, Jinyou; Sun, Xiuyun; Han, Weiqing [Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Chemical Pollution Control and Resources Reuse, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210094 (China); Wang, Lianjun, E-mail: wanglj@mail.njust.edu.cn [Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Chemical Pollution Control and Resources Reuse, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210094 (China)

    2015-08-12

    The present work reports preparation of ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC) film supported on a graphite fiber as a new type of solid-phase microextraction (SPME) fiber for determination of benzene series from aqueous media. The strategy for the supported OMC film preparation was combined dip-coating technology with solvent evaporation-induced self-assembly (EISA) approach. A graphite fiber was immersed in an ethanol solution containing phenolic resin and Pluronic triblock copolymer. Upon solvent evaporation and subsequent pyrolysis under 700 °C, the phenolic resin and the surfactant self-assembled on the surface of the graphite fiber to form smooth OMC film. X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and nitrogen isothermal adsorption results indicate that the resultant OMC film possesses well-ordered two dimensional hexagonal mesostructure with pore diameters of 4.5 nm and BET surfaces of 630 m{sup 2}/g. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) studies show the supported OMC film with thickness at 8.5 μm is continuous and defect-free. The SPME efficiency of the OMC fiber was evaluated by analysis of five benzene series (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, p-xylene and m-xylene) from water samples by gas chromatography-flame ionization detection (GC-FID). The analysis results indicate that the prepared OMC fiber has wide linear ranges (0.5–500 μg/L), low detection limits (0.01–0.05 μg/L) and good repeatabilities (4.0–5.8% for one fiber, 2.9–8.7% for fiber-to-fiber). Compared with commercial counterparts, the OMC fiber exhibits improved extraction efficiency for benzene series and PAHs. - Highlights: • Ordered mesoporous carbon film supported on graphite fiber was first reported as solid-phase microextraction coating. • The strategy for the film preparation was combined dip-coating technology with evaporation-induced self-assembly approach. • The obtained fiber showed enhanced thermal stability and organic solvents resistance. • The fiber outperformed the commercial counterpart on extraction efficiency toward benzene series.

  15. Ordered mesoporous carbon film as an effective solid-phase microextraction coating for determination of benzene series from aqueous media

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    The present work reports preparation of ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC) film supported on a graphite fiber as a new type of solid-phase microextraction (SPME) fiber for determination of benzene series from aqueous media. The strategy for the supported OMC film preparation was combined dip-coating technology with solvent evaporation-induced self-assembly (EISA) approach. A graphite fiber was immersed in an ethanol solution containing phenolic resin and Pluronic triblock copolymer. Upon solvent evaporation and subsequent pyrolysis under 700 °C, the phenolic resin and the surfactant self-assembled on the surface of the graphite fiber to form smooth OMC film. X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and nitrogen isothermal adsorption results indicate that the resultant OMC film possesses well-ordered two dimensional hexagonal mesostructure with pore diameters of 4.5 nm and BET surfaces of 630 m2/g. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) studies show the supported OMC film with thickness at 8.5 μm is continuous and defect-free. The SPME efficiency of the OMC fiber was evaluated by analysis of five benzene series (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, p-xylene and m-xylene) from water samples by gas chromatography-flame ionization detection (GC-FID). The analysis results indicate that the prepared OMC fiber has wide linear ranges (0.5–500 μg/L), low detection limits (0.01–0.05 μg/L) and good repeatabilities (4.0–5.8% for one fiber, 2.9–8.7% for fiber-to-fiber). Compared with commercial counterparts, the OMC fiber exhibits improved extraction efficiency for benzene series and PAHs. - Highlights: • Ordered mesoporous carbon film supported on graphite fiber was first reported as solid-phase microextraction coating. • The strategy for the film preparation was combined dip-coating technology with evaporation-induced self-assembly approach. • The obtained fiber showed enhanced thermal stability and organic solvents resistance. • The fiber outperformed the commercial counterpart on extraction efficiency toward benzene series

  16. Kinetic studies on four-coordinate chelate complexes of copper(II): isotopic ligand exchange of Bis(salicylaldiminato)copper(II) in toluene

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    Isotopic exchange technique has been used to study the rate of ligand exchange of a series of 131I-labeled bis(N-R-salicylaldiminato)copper(II) complxes (R=ethyl,n-propyl,isopropyl,isobutyl,tert-butyl,neopentyl) in toluene as a function of the nature of R and properties of substituents X at the salicylaldehyde ring. The rate of exchange follows a two-term rate law, namely, r/sub ex/ = (k/sub s/ + k/sub ligand/[ligand])[complex]. The occurrence of k/sub s/ is found to be due to residual water in toluene, according to k/sub s = k/sub H2O/[H2O]. The equilibrium constants K(py) for the addition of pyridine to the complexes studied have been measured spectrophotometrically. From the variation of k/sub s/, k/sub ligand/, ?H(k/sub s/), ?H(k/sub ligand/), ?S(k/sub s/), ?S(k/sub ligand/), and K(py) with R and X, it is concluded that both the solvent and the ligand term in the observed rate equation can be explained by an associative mode of activation. 3 figures, 5 tables

  17. Catalytic combustion of toluene on La perovskites; Combustion catalytique du toluene sur des perovskites a base de La

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    Giraudon, J.M.; Nguyen, T.B.; Leclerc, G. [Universite des Sciences et Technologies de Lille, Lab. de Catalyse, UMR 010, 59 - Villeneuve d' Ascq (France); Wyrwalski, F.; Siffert, S.; Aboukais, A.; Lamonier, J.F. [Universite du Littoral-Cote d' Opale, Lab. de Catalyse et Environnement, EA 2598, MREID, 59 - Dunkerque (France)

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    The aim of this work is to study the chlorine influence on the VOC catalytic combustion process. The LaMO{sub 3} solids (M= Co, Ni, Mn, Fe) have been synthesized and characterized by FTIR, BET, XRD, H{sub 2}-TPR and O{sub 2}-TPD. The toluene oxidation has been carried out in a micro-reactor. After a pretreatment under air (2 L.h{sup -1}) at 350 C during 4 h (1 C.min{sup -1}) and cooling at ambient temperature, the catalyst is put to an air and toluene flux (0.11 vol%). The XRD analysis shows that all the samples are pure perovskite oxides. An infrared study confirms that the compounds are pure excepted LaCoO{sub 3} calcined at 700 C (presence of La{sub 2}O{sub 3}). The specific surface areas are respectively: 32, 5, 7 and 8 m{sup 2}.g{sup -1} for the Co, Ni perovskites calcined at 800 C and for the Mn and Fe perovskites calcined at 700 C. According with the light-off temperatures T{sub 50}, the activity of the catalysts decreases as follows: LaMnO{sub 3} (226 C) {>=} LaCoO{sub 3} (248 C) {>=} LaNiO{sub 3} (274 C) {>=} LaFeO{sub 3} (282 C). All the catalysts are selective into CO{sub 2}. It has been shown that the calcination temperature has a role on the activity of the Co and Ni perovskites for the combustion of toluene. A decrease of the calcination temperature of 100 C (LaCo) and of 200 C (LaNi) increases the activity of LaCoO{sub 3} whereas the inverse effect is observed for LaNi. The influence of the kind of the transition metal in B site will be discussed from the physico-chemical characterizations. (O.M.)

  18. Catalytic conversion of alcohols to hydrocarbons with low benzene content

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    Narula, Chaitanya K.; Davison, Brian H.; Keller, Martin

    2016-03-08

    A method for converting an alcohol to a hydrocarbon fraction having a lowered benzene content, the method comprising: converting said alcohol to a hydrocarbon fraction by contacting said alcohol, under conditions suitable for converting said alcohol to said hydrocarbon fraction, with a metal-loaded zeolite catalyst catalytically active for converting said alcohol to said hydrocarbon fraction, and contacting said hydrocarbon fraction with a benzene alkylation catalyst, under conditions suitable for alkylating benzene, to form alkylated benzene product in said hydrocarbon fraction. Also described is a catalyst composition useful in the method, comprising a mixture of (i) a metal-loaded zeolite catalyst catalytically active for converting said alcohol to said hydrocarbon, and (ii) a benzene alkylation catalyst, in which (i) and (ii) may be in a mixed or separated state. A reactor for housing the catalyst and conducting the reaction is also described.

  19. Air pollution monitoring in Como urban areas. Benzene

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    This work presents the results of a physical - statistical analysis of concentrations of benzene, measured in the Como Center station from 1996 to 1999. The analysis, conducted by means of the development, by steps, of a multifactorial linear regression model, permitted to find an annual trend of benzene, independently from the influence of meteorologicals variables. It has been seen a decrease of concentrations of benzene, from 1997 to 1999, that may be correlate to a decrease of tenor of benzene in the petrol. At the same time, the results of the model permit to understand the role and the relative weight of different climatic factors on the concentrations of benzene. It has been investigated the presence of daily, weekly and seasonal trend, too

  20. Composition depth profiling of polystyrene/poly(vinyl ethyl ether) blend thin films by angle resolved XPS

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    Angle resolved XPS (ARXPS) and scanning force microscopy (SFM) are used to study polystyrene/poly(vinyl ethyl ether) 50/50 wt% blend thin films spin cast from toluene solution, as a function of polystyrene molecular weight and film thickness. ARXPS is used to investigate the composition depth profile (CDP) of the blend thin films and SFM to study their surface morphology and miscibility. The CDPs are modelled by an empirical hyperbolic tangent function with three floating parameters. These are determined by non-linear least squares regression, their uncertainties estimated and the curve fit residuals analysed to demonstrate that the hyperbolic tangent CDP is a satisfactory fit to the ARXPS data. Conclusions are drawn regarding the behaviour of the blend thin films as the thickness and polystyrene molecular weight are varied. Flory-Huggins interaction parameters (?) for the mixtures are calculated based upon the segregation data, and suggest a value of ? = 0.05 to be appropriate for this system.

  1. Health risk equations and risk assessment of airborne benzene homologues exposure to drivers and passengers in taxi cabins.

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    Chen, Xiaokai; Feng, Lili; Luo, Huilong; Cheng, Heming

    2016-03-01

    Interior air environment and health problems of vehicles have attracted increasing attention, and benzene homologues (BHs) including benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylenes, and styrene are primary hazardous gases in vehicular cabins. The BHs impact on the health of passengers and drivers in 38 taxis is assessed, and health risk equations of in-car BHs to different drivers and passengers are induced. The health risk of in-car BHs for male drivers is the highest among all different receptors and is 1.04, 6.67, and 6.94 times more than ones for female drivers, male passengers, and female passengers, respectively. In-car BHs could not lead to the non-cancer health risk to all passengers and drivers as for the maximal value of non-cancer indices is 0.41 and is less than the unacceptable value (1.00) of non-cancer health risk from USEPA. However, in-car BHs lead to cancer health risk to drivers as for the average value of cancer indices is 1.21E-04 which is 1.21 times more than the unacceptable value (1.00E-04) of cancer health risk from USEPA. Finally, for in-car airborne benzene concentration (X, μg/m(3)) to male drivers, female drivers, male passengers, and female passengers, the cancer health risk equations are Y = 1.48E-06X, Y = 1.42E-06X, Y = 2.22E-07X, and Y = 2.13E-07X, respectively, and the non-cancer health risk equations are Y = 1.70E-03X, Y = 1.63E-03X, Y = 2.55E-04X, and Y = 2.45E-04X, respectively. PMID:26538262

  2. ASPEN HYSYS SIMULATION AND COMPARISON BETWEEN ORGANIC SOLVENTS (SULFOLANE AND DMSO USED FOR BENZENE EXTRACTION

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    T. zaiz

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE AR-SA Due to the high increase of the production of aromatic hydrocarbons: benzene, toluene and xylenes BTX from oil because of the large activity of their big markets especially with the availability of great quantities of these aromatic fractions in the oil. This study has two main parts the first presents a general vision of the aromatic hydrocarbons, the second is going to focus on the liquid-liquid extraction with the selected solvents as a separation method. The solvent selection depends on many properties. In this second part there will be a simulation (conception and execution of the liquid-liquid extraction of aromatics by two different organic solvents Sulfolane and DMSO followed by a comparison between the results obtained by the simulation. The simulator used will be ASPEN HYSYS 7.2. The results of the simulation showed that the use DMSO is better than Sulfolane because of the separation efficiency the economic value and the regeneration rate although its use is more dangerous (more toxic than the Sulfolane

  3. ASPEN HYSYS SIMULATION AND COMPARISON BETWEEN ORGANIC SOLVENTS (SULFOLANE AND DMSO USED FOR BENZENE EXTRACTION

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    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Due to the high increase of the production of aromatic hydrocarbons: benzene, toluene and xylenes BTX from oil because of the large activity of their big markets especially with the availability of great quantities of these aromatic fractions in the oil. This study has two main parts the first presents a general vision of the aromatic hydrocarbons, the second is going to focus on the liquid-liquid extraction with the selected solvents as a separation method. The solvent selection depends on many properties. In this second part there will be a simulation (conception and execution of the liquid-liquid extraction of aromatics by two different organic solvents Sulfolane and DMSO followed by a comparison between the results obtained by the simulation. The simulator used will be ASPEN HYSYS 7.2.The results of the simulation showed that the use DMSO is better than Sulfolane because of the separation efficiency the economic value and the regeneration rate although its use is more dangerous (more toxic than the Sulfolane

  4. Benzylation of Toluene over Iron Modified Mesoporous Ceria

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    K.J. Rose Philo

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Green chemistry has been looked upon as a sustainable science which accomplishes both economical and environmental goals, simultaneously.With this objective, we developed an alternative process to obtain the industrially important benzyl aromatics by benzylation of aromatics using benzyl chloride, catalysed by mesoporous solid acid catalysts. In this work mesoporous ceria is prepared using neutral surfactant which helped the calcination possible at a lower temperature enabling a higher surface area. Mesoporous ceria modified with Fe can be successfully utilized for the selective benzylation of toluene to more desirable product methyl diphenyl methane with 100% conversion and selectivity in 2 hours using only 50mg of the catalyst under milder condition. The reusability, regenerability, high selectivity, 100% conversion, moderate reaction temperature and absence of solvent, etc. make these catalysts to be used in a truly heterogeneous manner and make the benzylation reaction an environment friendly one. Copyright © 2012 by BCREC UNDIP. All rights reservedReceived: 30th June 2012; Revised: 7th November 2012; Accepted: 10th November 2012[How to Cite: K.J. Rose Philo, S. Sugunan. (2012. Benzylation of Toluene over Iron Modified Mesoporouxs Ceria. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering & Catalysis, 7(2: 158-164. (doi:10.9767/bcrec.7.2.3759.158-164][How to Link / DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.9767/bcrec.7.2.3759.158-164 ] | View in 

  5. Developmental neurotoxicity after toluene inhalation exposure in rats

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    Hass, Ulla; Lund, SØren Peter

    1999-01-01

    Rats were exposed to 1200 ppm or 0 ppm toluene (CAS 108-88-3) for 6 h per day from day 7 of pregnancy until day 18 postnatally. Developmental and neurobehavioral effects in the offspring were investigated using a test battery including assessment of functions similar to those in the proposed OECD TG for Developmental Neurotoxicity Study, i.e., physical development, reflex ontogeny, motor function, motor activity, sensory function, and learning and memory. The exposure did not cause maternal toxicity or decreased viability of the offspring. Lower birth weight, delayed ontogeny of reflexes, and increased motor activity in the open field was registered in the exposed offspring. Impaired cognitive function was revealed in the exposed female offspring at the age of 3.5 months, i.e., they used more time to locate the hidden platform in the Morris water maze after platform relocation. The difference was not related to poorer swimming capabilities, because swim speeds were similar to control values. The results show that exposure to 1200 ppm toluene during brain development caused long-lasting developmental neurotoxicity in rats. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. Computational exploration of the mechanism of copper-catalyzed aromatic C-H bond amination of benzene via a nitrene insertion approach.

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    Hou, Kaipeng; Hrovat, David A; Bao, Xiaoguang

    2015-10-01

    The mechanism of aromatic C-H amination of benzene via a nitrene insertion approach catalyzed by the Tp(Br3)Cu(NCMe) complex was computationally investigated. The results of computational studies show that addition of the nitrene moiety of the Tp(Br3)Cu-nitrene intermediate to benzene, and therefore, to form an aziridine intermediate, is more favorable than the nitrene moiety induced hydrogen atom abstraction from a sp(2) C-H bond of benzene. Subsequently, the cleavage of a C-N bond of the aziridine intermediate followed by an H-atom transfer step might occur, due to the driving force of the rearomatization, to afford the desired aromatic C-H amination product. For toluene, computational results suggest that the benzylic C-H amination via hydrogen atom abstraction followed by radical rebound path is more favorable than the aromatic C-H amination via a nitrene addition path, which is in accord with experimental results. PMID:26343255

  7. A pilot study on the stability of toluene in blood from workers

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    Ogawa Masanori

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Biological monitoring is used to assess toluene exposure in medical examinations. The American Conference of Industrial Hygienists, Japanese Society for Occupational Health and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft have proposed various biological exposure determinants, such as toluene in blood and urine, and o-cresol in urine. Toluene in blood is a common biomarker among them. Toluene is a volatile organic solvent; therefore, sample preservation under appropriate conditions before measurement is necessary. However, little study has been done on the stability of toluene in workers’ blood samples under conditions simulating those of a medical examination. Finding We carried out a pilot study on the stability of toluene in blood from humans, according to different methods of sample preservation. Toluene in blood was analyzed by head space-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. The sealing performance of the vial was examined by using toluene-added blood and the stability of toluene in blood according to the preservation period was examined by using blood from toluene-handling workers, which was collected with vacuum blood tubes. The sealing performance of the headspace vial used in this study was good for three days and toluene in blood in tubes from workers was stable at least within 8 hours up to blood packing at 4°C. Conclusion We could propose that the collected blood need only be transferred into headspace vials on the collection day and analyzed within a few days, if the samples are preserved at 4°C. Our data size is limited; however, it may be considered basic information for biological monitoring in medical examinations.

  8. Methyl tunnelling in trihalogeno-trimethyl-benzenes

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    Results of inelastic neutron scattering (INS) from 1,3,5-trihalogeno-2,4,6-trimethyl-benzenes are reported for the chloro-, the bromo- and the iodo-case. For the whole family the spectra show numerous similarities, in the ?eV as well as in the meV range. We observe three tunnelling lines of equal intensity corresponding to three crystallographically inequivalent methyl rotors. The observed librational peaks are at much lower energies than expected from a pure threefold potential. Within the halogen family a systematic reduction of the barrier height is found with larger halogen sizes. The temperature dependence of the tunnelling energies shows the most pronounced difference between TBM and TIM, where the corresponding tunnelling lines even shift in opposite directions. (orig.)

  9. 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

  10. Comparison of hair and nail ethyl glucuronide concentrations

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    Ramazan Karanfil

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Alcohol abuse remains to be an important problem in the world. In forensic medicine practice, alcohol and its metabolites should be detected in the body in order to determine whether a person has taken alcohol or not. Therefore, detection of ethyl glucuronide in such keratinous tissues as nails and hair following alcohol intake is important. In the present study, we compared hair ethyl glucuronide concentrations with nail ethyl glucuronide (EtG concentrations. Methods: Hair and nail specimens were obtained from a total of 16 people taking alcohol. The specimens were analyzed with LC/MS/MS technique. Ethyl glucuronide concentrations of hair specimens were compared with those of nail specimens. Results: Ethyl glucuronide concentrations were 1.33-65.67 (+/- SD16.57 ppb in hair specimens and 4.27-225.03 (+/- SD 59.77 ppb in nail specimens. Hair ethyl glucuronide concentrations were correlated with nail ethyl glucuronide concentrations (r=0,808, p<0.001. Conclusion: This study showed that ethyl glucuronide concentrations in hair and nails could be determined. This suggests that detection of nail ethyl glucuronide concentrations can be useful in people without hair. In addition, there was a significant relationship between hair and nail ethyl glucuronide concentrations.

  11. Use of radiation sources with mercury isotopes for real-time highly sensitive and selective benzene determination in air and natural gas by differential absorption spectrometry with the direct Zeeman effect

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    A new analytical portable system is proposed for the direct determination of benzene vapor in the ambient air and natural gas, using differential absorption spectrometry with the direct Zeeman effect and innovative radiation sources: capillary mercury lamps with different isotopic compositions (196Hg, 198Hg, 202Hg, 204Hg, and natural isotopic mixture). Resonance emission of mercury at a wavelength of 254 nm is used as probing radiation. The differential cross section of benzene absorption in dependence on wavelength is determined by scanning of magnetic field. It is found that the sensitivity of benzene detection is enhanced three times using lamp with the mercury isotope 204Hg in comparison with lamp, filled with the natural isotopic mixture. It is experimentally demonstrated that, when benzene content is measured at the Occupational Exposure Limit (3.2 mg/m3 for benzene) level, the interference from SO2, NO2, O3, H2S and toluene can be neglected if concentration of these gases does not exceed corresponding Occupational Exposure Limits. To exclude the mercury effect, filters that absorb mercury and let benzene pass in the gas duct are proposed. Basing on the results of our study, a portable spectrometer is designed with a multipath cell of 960 cm total path length and detection limit 0.5 mg/m3 at 1 s averaging and 0.1 mg/m3 at 30 s averaging. The applications of the designed spectrometer to measuring the benzene concentration in the atmospheric air from a moving vehicle and in natural gas are exemplified. - Highlights: • Portable benzene analyser is designed for direct benzene detection in air and gas. • Zeeman effect absorption spectrometry ensures very low benzene detection limits. • The Hg 2537 nm emission line from capillary mercury lamp is used for absorption. • The best sensitivity and selectivity is found using Hg 204 isotope light source. • Mercury influence is eliminated by using a sorption filter at the inlet

  12. Ethyl 5-(4-aminophenylisoxazole-3-carboxylate

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    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available The asymmetric unit of the title compound, C12H12N2O3, contains two molecules in which the benzene and isoxazole rings are almost coplanar, the dihedral angles between their mean planes being 1.76?(9 and 5.85?(8°. The two molecules interact with each other via N—H...N and N—H...O hydrogen bonds, which link the molecules into layers parallel to the ac plane. The layers stack in a parallel mode with an interlayer distance of 3.36?(7?Å.

  13. Mass-spectral isotope effects in the metastable transition of benzene and perdeuterio benzene

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    The abundances of C6H5+, C6H4sup(+.), C4X4sup(+.), and C3X3+ (X=H, D) fragments occurring in the metastable transition of benzene and perdeuterio benzene have been measured by means of electron-impact ionization. The isotope effects on the relative intensities were reproduced by the simple model calculation on the basis of the RRKM theory. The vibrational frequencies of the transition states for the deuteriated and the nondeuteriated were obtained by a vibrational analysis for the assumed geometries and force fields. The transition states for the C6H5+ and C6H4sup(+.) channels preferred a benzene structure while those for the C4H4sup(+.) and C3H3+ has a propargyl-cyclopropene structure. The calculated decay rates for the C6H5+, C4H4sup(+.), and C3H3+ fragmentation were compared with those of the photoion photoelectron coincidence (PIPECO) results. (author)

  14. Crystal structure of ethyl N-(1,5-dimethyl-3-oxo-2-phenyl-2,3-di­hydro-1H-pyrazol-4-yl)carbamate

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    Danish, Muhammad; Tahir, Muhammad Nawaz; Anwar, Uzma; Raza, Muhammad Asam

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    In the title compound, C14H17N3O3, the dihedral angle between the benzene ring and the five-membered di­hydro­pyrazole ring is 52.26?(9)°. The ethyl ester group is approximately planar (r.m.s. deviation 0.0568?Å) and subtends an angle 67.73?(8)° to the pyrazole ring. In the crystal, molecules are linked by pairs of N—H?O hydrogen bonds, forming inversion dimers with an R 2 2(10) ring motif. Weaker C—H?O contacts link these dimers into a three-dimensional network of mol­ecules stacked al...

  15. Metabolism of Chlorotoluenes by Burkholderia sp. Strain PS12 and Toluene Dioxygenase of Pseudomonas putida F1: Evidence for Monooxygenation by Toluene and Chlorobenzene Dioxygenases

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    Lehning, A.; Fock, U.; Wittich, R.; Timmis, K.N.; Pieper, D. H.

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    The degradation of toluene by Pseudomonas putida F1 and of chlorobenzenes by Burkholderia sp. strain PS12 is initiated by incorporation of dioxygen into the aromatic nucleus to form cis-dihydrodihydroxybenzenes. Toluene-grown cells of P. putida F1 and 3-chlorobenzoate-grown cells of Burkholderia sp. strain PS12 were found to monooxygenate the side chain of 2- and 3-chlorotoluene to the corresponding chlorobenzyl alcohols. Further metabolism of these products was slow, and the corresponding ch...

  16. Use of Selective Inhibitors and Chromogenic Substrates to Differentiate Bacteria Based on Toluene Oxygenase Activity

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    Keener, William Kelvin; Schaller, Kastli Dianne; Walton, Michelle Rene; Partin, Judy Kaye; Watwood, Mary Elizabeth; Smith, William Aaron; Chingenpeel, S. R.

    2001-09-01

    In whole-cell studies, two alkynes, 1-pentyne and phenylacetylene, were selective, irreversible inhibitors of monooxygenase enzymes in catabolic pathways that permit growth of bacteria on toluene. 1-Pentyne selectively inhibited growth of Burkholderia cepacia G4 (toluene 2-monooxygenase [T2MO] pathway) and B. pickettii PKO1 (toluene 3-monooxygenase [T3MO] pathway) on toluene, but did not inhibit growth of bacteria expressing other pathways. In further studies with strain G4, chromogenic transformation of a,a,a-Trifluoro-m-cresol (TFC) was irreversibly inhibited by 1-pentyne, but the presence of phenol prevented this inhibition. Transformation of catechol by G4 was unaffected by 1-pentyne. With respect to the various pathways and bacteria tested, phenylacetylene selectively inhibited growth of Pseudomonas mendocina KR1 (toluene 4-monooxygenase [T4MO] pathway) on toluene, but not on p-cresol. An Escherichia coli transformant expressing T4MO transformed indole or naphthalene in chromogenic reactions, but not after exposure to phenylacetylene. The naphthalene reaction remained diminished in phenylacetylene-treated cells relative to untreated cells after phenylacetylene was removed, indicating irreversible inhibition. These techniques were used to differentiate toluene-degrading isolates from an aquifer. Based on data generated with these indicators and inhibitors, along with results from Biolog analysis for sole carbon source oxidation, the groundwater isolates were assigned to eight separate groups, some of which apparently differ in their mode of toluene catabolism.

  17. The function of a toluene-degrading bacterial community in a waste gas trickling filter

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    Pedersen, A.R.; Arvin, E.

    1999-01-01

    oligonucleotide 16S ribosomal RNA probe targeting the toluene-degrading species Pseudomonas putida, and by computer simulations (AQUASIM) of the biofilm growth based on a food web model. Biofilms were taken from a lab-scale trickling filter for treatment of toluene-polluted air. The biofilm growth and the...

  18. Response of solvent-exposed printers and unexposed controls to six-hour toluene exposure

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    Bælum, Jesper; Andersen, I B; Lundqvist, G R; Mølhave, Lars; Pedersen, O F; Vaeth, M; Wyon, David

    1985-01-01

    , a feeling of intoxication, and irritation of the eyes, nose and throat. Furthermore, the subjects exposed to toluene showed decreased manual dexterity, decreased color discrimination, and decreased accuracy in visual perception. There was no significant difference in the effects of toluene on...

  19. Collision-induced Energy Transfer and Bond Dissociation in Toluene by H2/D2

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    Energy transfer and bond dissociation of C-Hmethyl and C-Hring in excited toluene in the collision with H2 and D2 have been studied by use of classical trajectory procedures at 300 K. Energy lost by the vibrationally excited toluene to the ground-state H2/D2 is not large, but the amount increases with increasing vibrational excitation from 5000 and 40,000 cm.1. The principal energy transfer pathway is vibration to translation (V-T) in both systems. The vibration to vibration (V-V) step is important in toluene + D2, but plays a minor role in toluene + H2. When the incident molecule is also vibrationally excited, toluene loses energy to D2, whereas it gains energy from H2 instead. The overall extent of energy loss is greater in toluene + D2 than that in toluene + H2. The different efficiency of the energy transfer pathways in two collisions is mainly due to the near-resonant condition between D2 and C-H vibrations. Collision-induced dissociation of C-Hmethyl and C-Hring bonds occurs when highly excited toluene (55,000-70,400 cm-1) interacts with the ground-state H2/D2. Dissociation probabilities are low (10-5∼10-2) but increase exponentially with rising vibrational excitation. Intramolecular energy flow between the excited C-H bonds occurring on a subpicosecond timescale is responsible for the bond dissociation

  20. Low-temperature anaerobic biological treatment of toluene-containing wastewater.

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    Enright, Anne-Marie; Collins, Gavin; O'Flaherty, Vincent

    2007-04-01

    Two expanded granular sludge bed-anaerobic filter (EGSB-AF) bioreactors, R1 and R2, were operated at 15 degrees C for the treatment of toluene-contaminated volatile fatty acid-based wastewater. The seed inoculum and the R1 reactor were unexposed to toluene, prior to and during the trial, respectively. Both reactors were operated at a hydraulic retention time of 24h at applied organic loading rates of 0.71-1.43kg chemical oxygen demand (COD)m(-3)d(-1). Toluene was supplemented to the R2 influent at concentrations of 5-104 mg toluenel(-1) (solubilised in ethanol). Bioreactor performance was evaluated by COD and toluene removal efficiency, and the methane content of biogas (%). Specific methanogenic activity and toxicity assays were employed to investigate the activity and toluene toxicity thresholds of key trophic groups, respectively, within the seed and reactor biomass samples. COD and toluene removal efficiencies of 70-90% and 55-99%, respectively, were achieved during the 630-d trial. Metabolic assays suggested that a psychrotolerant H(2)/CO(2)-utilizing methanogenic community developed in the toluene-degrading biomass. The results indicate the viability of low-temperature anaerobic digestion for the treatment of wastewater containing toluene. PMID:17306857

  1. Detection of Toluene Degradation in Bacteria Isolated from Oil Contaminated Soils

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    Toluene (C7H8) a hydrocarbon in crude oil, is a common contaminant in soil and groundwater. In this study, the ability to degrade toluene was investigated from twelve bacteria isolates which were isolated from soil contaminated with oil. Out of 12 bacterial isolates tested, most of Pseudomonas sp. showed the capability to grow in 1 mM of toluene compared with other isolates on the third day of incubation. Based on enzyme assays towards toluene monooxygenase, Pseudomonas aeruginosa UKMP-14T and Bacillus cereus UKMP-6G were shown to have the highest ability to degrade toluene. The toluene monooxygenase activity was analysed by using two calorimetric methods, Horseradish peroxidase (HRP) and indole-indigo. Both of the methods measured the production of catechol by the enzymatic reaction of toluene monooxygenase. In the HRP assay, the highest enzyme activity was 0.274 U/ mL, exhibited by Pseudomonas aeruginosa UKMP-14T. However, for indole-indigo assay, Bacillus cereus UKMP-6G produced the highest enzyme activity of 0.291 U/ ml. Results from both experiments showed that Pseudomonas aeruginosa UKMP-14T and Bacillus cereus UKMP-6G were able to degrade toluene. (author)

  2. 40 CFR 721.1850 - Toluene sulfonamide bis-phe-nol A epoxy adduct.

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    ... epoxy adduct. 721.1850 Section 721.1850 Protection of Environment ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY... Specific Chemical Substances § 721.1850 Toluene sulfonamide bis-phe-nol A epoxy adduct. (a) Chemical... as toluene sulfonamide bisphenol A epoxy adduct (PMN P-90-113) is subject to reporting under...

  3. Transport and biodegradation of benzene in the saturated groundwater layer

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    Khongnakorn, W.

    2004-11-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this study was to investigate the biotic and abiotic processes that affected benzene transportation in the saturated groundwater layer. The study was performed in the laboratory using synthetic groundwater and soil sample from Maptaput Industrial Estate, Rayong. This study was divided into 3 parts; batch test, column test and computer modeling. The biotic, biodegradation, and the abiotic processes were studied in the batch system. The column experiment was performed to investigate the transport behavior of benzene. The computer program, CXTFIT, with parameters acquired from batch and column experiments was used to simulate the benzene transport behavior. It was found that benzene adsorption followed the linear adsorption isotherm with its coefficient (Kd of 0.544 cm3/g and the retardation factor of 5.43. The biodegradation rate could be estimated using the firstorder biodegradation rate equation with the degradation rate of 0.0009- 0.0092 per day. The dispersion coefficient estimated from column experiments was 0.0102 cm2/s. The results from computer simulation did not fit the experimental data well. It can be concluded that the transport of benzene was a non-equilibrium transport. It was also found that biodegradation of benzene had significant effect on benzene transportation in saturated groundwater. The simulated transport with biodegradation process fitted the data fairly.

  4. Combined effects of radiation and benzene in mice

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    This study describes the combined effects of benzene and x-radiation on lethality and erythropoiesis. Since both benzene and irradiation are associated with similar toxic and lethal effects evidenced in the bone marrow of the recipient, this is a study of their interaction. It can be postulated that the combination of the two would be more toxic than either acting alone. However, because of benzene's metabolic degradation products and its unique tissue distribution, one could also expect that benzene might protect against radiation damage. This later hypothesis comes from the fact the phenols are produced as a consequence of the metabolism of benzene. These phenols can act as radical scavengers or as mitotic poisons; both mechanisms are known to be effective as radiation protectors. These experiments were designed to determine whether low dosages of benzene protect or are additive to the harmful effects of radiation.ults show that certain levels of benzene have protective effects on the host, depending on the amount and the time given prior to radiation

  5. Effects of Toluene on Microbially-Mediated Processes Involved in the Soil Nitrogen Cycle

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    Fuller; Scow

    1996-07-01

    The effects of toluene on indigenous microbial populations involved in the soil nitrogen cycle were examined. Ammonia oxidation potential (AOP) and nitrite oxidation potential (NOP) were both reduced after incubation with high toluene concentrations for 45 days, with the former activity showing greater sensitivity. KCl-extractable ammonium (NH4+ext) levels increased dramatically in soil exposed to high toluene levels, and arginine ammonification was not significantly affected. Alfalfa-amended soil incubated in the presence of 200 &mgr;g toluene ml-1 showed progressive accumulation of NH4+ext over 37 days, indicating that mineralization of plant-associated nitrogen was not hindered by toluene. AOP in treated soil was much less than in control soil on days 7 and 37, but the MPN of ammonia oxidizers in control and exposed soil were not significantly different. Soil incubated with 100 &mgr;g toluene ml-1for 28 days, vented and allowed to incubate for an additional 7 to 30 days, exhibited only slight increases in AOP and NOP, while NH4+ext returned to control levels within a week. Soil exposed to 200 &mgr;g toluene ml-1 and treated in the same manner showed no increases in either AOP or NOP, and NH4+extremained elevated for the duration of the experiment, indicating more long-term effects on soil nitrogen cycling had occurred. Ammonia oxidizer levels in control soil and soil incubated with 100 &mgr;g toluene ml-1 were not appreciably different, whereas levels of ammonia oxidizers were very low in soil exposed to 200 &mgr;g toluene ml-1 and increased only slightly by 30 days post vent. Experiments to determine how toluene affects the AOP of soil indicated a competitive inhibition mechanism, with an effective concentration causing 50% reduction in activity (EC50) of 11 &mgr;M toluene, and a competitive inhibition constant (Ki) of 0.1± 0.05 &mgr;M toluene. These results indicate the potential for toluene to adversely impact nitrogen cycling in the terrestrial ecosystem by affecting indigenous soil nitrifiers, which are sensitive to lower levels of toluene than has been previously reported. PMID:8688007

  6. Ethyl 4-acetyl-5-oxo-3-phenylhexanoate

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    Hongwei Wang

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available The reaction of ethyl 3-bromo-3-phenylpropanoate with pentane-2,4-dione, in the presence of palladium(II acetate and triphenylphosphine, in dimethylformamide, unexpectedly gave the title product, C16H20O4. The molecule contains one chiral C atom but the crystal is racemic. In the crystal, neighboring molecules form a chain along [100] through three weak C—H...O interactions. Furthermore, a double-stranded structure is formed through weak C—H...O interactions between two parallel chains.

  7. Ethyl 2-[N-(2-Formylphenylbenzenesulfonamido]acetate

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    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available In the title compound, C17H17NO5S, the N atom is sp3-hybridized and the S atom has a distorted tetrahedral configuration. The dihedral angle between the two aromatic rings is 30.0?(1°, and that between the ethyl acetate group and the formylphenyl ring is 77.4?(1°. The molecules are linked into chains along [100] by C—H...O hydrogen bonds and the chains are linked via C—H...? interactions.

  8. Impact of a new condensed toluene mechanism on air quality model predictions in the US

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    G. Sarwar

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available A new condensed toluene mechanism is incorporated into the Community Multiscale Air Quality Modeling system. Model simulations are performed using the CB05 chemical mechanism containing the existing (base and the new toluene mechanism for the western and eastern US for a summer month. With current estimates of tropospheric emission burden, the new toluene mechanism increases monthly mean daily maximum 8-h ozone by 1.0–3.0 ppbv in Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Cleveland, northeastern US, and Detroit compared to that with the base toluene chemistry. It reduces model mean bias for ozone at elevated observed ozone mixing ratios. While the new mechanism increases predicted ozone, it does not enhance ozone production efficiency. Sensitivity study suggests that it can further enhance ozone if elevated toluene emissions are present. While changes in total fine particulate mass are small, predictions of in-cloud SOA increase substantially.

  9. Impact of a new condensed toluene mechanism on air quality model predictions in the US

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    G. Sarwar

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available A new condensed toluene mechanism is incorporated into the Community Multiscale Air Quality Modeling system. Model simulations are performed using the CB05 chemical mechanism containing the existing (base and the new toluene mechanism for the western and eastern US for a summer month. With current estimates of tropospheric emission burden, the new toluene mechanism increases monthly mean daily maximum 8-h ozone by 1.0–3.0 ppbv in Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Cleveland, northeastern US, and Detroit compared to that with the base toluene chemistry. It reduces model mean bias for ozone at elevated observed ozone concentrations. While the new mechanism increases predicted ozone, it does not enhance ozone production efficiency. A sensitivity study suggests that it can further enhance ozone if elevated toluene emissions are present. While it increases in-cloud secondary organic aerosol substantially, its impact on total fine particle mass concentration is small.

  10. Toluene impurity effects on CO2 separation using a hollow fiber membrane for natural gas

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    Omole, Imona C.

    2011-03-01

    The performance of defect-free cross-linkable polyimide asymmetric hollow fiber membranes was characterized using an aggressive feed stream containing up to 1000ppm toluene. The membrane was shown to be stable against toluene-induced plasticization compared with analogs made from Matrimid®, a commercial polyimide. Permeation and sorption analysis suggest that the introduction of toluene vapors in the feed subjects the membrane to antiplasticization, as the permeance decreases significantly (to less than 30%) under the most aggressive conditions tested. Separation efficiencies reflected by permselectivities were less affected. The effect of the toluene on the membrane was shown to be reversible when the toluene was removed. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.

  11. 21 CFR 172.872 - Methyl ethyl cellulose.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 3 2010-04-01 2009-04-01 true Methyl ethyl cellulose. 172.872 Section 172.872... CONSUMPTION Multipurpose Additives § 172.872 Methyl ethyl cellulose. The food additive methyl ethyl cellulose... a cellulose ether having the general formula [C6H(10 -x-y)O5(CH3)x(C2H5)y]n, where x is the...

  12. A determinação colorimétrica de vapôres de benzeno no ar The colorimetric determination of benzene vapors in air

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    Herbert M. A. Stettiner

    1970-06-01

    Full Text Available Estudou-se um método simples para a determinação de pequenas quantidades de vapôres de benzeno no ar, aplicável em presença de seus homólogos. A interferência dos homólogos é eliminada destruindo seus nitrocompostos segundo BAERNSTEIN¹ (1943 pela oxidação com ácido crômico. Êste procedimento é combinado com o de DOLIN2,3 (1943, 1947 que isola o m-dinitrobenzeno pela extração com éter etílico, usando o extrato etéreo para a revelação da côr vermelha e para a colorimetria.A simple method is developed for the determination of small amounts of benzene vapor in air in the presence of its homologues. The chromic acid method of BAERNSTEIN¹ (1943 for eliminating the interference of the homologues is combined with the procedure of DOLIN2,3 (1943, 1947 who makes the final colorimetric measurement after separating the colored matter by extraction with ethyl ether.

  13. 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.

  14. Radiolysis of isoctane in the presence of pyridine and benzene

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    Gamma radiolysis of isoctane in the presence of benzene and pyridine at dose rate 4.50 Gy/s Was investigated. It was revealed that pyridine is a good acceptor of positive charge and excitement. Benzene is less effective acceptor of positive charge; it doesn't reduce the yield of excited isooctane molecules, formed according to non-ionic mechanism at room temperature, which equals 0.9+-0.1 for 100 eV absorbed energy for pyridine solutions and 0.85+-0.1 for 100 eV of absorbed energy for benzene solutions

  15. Neutron inelastic spectroscopy of benzene chemisorbed on raney platinum

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    The neutron inelastic scattering spectrum of benzene adsorbed at 300 K on Raney platinum has been measured between 350 and 2250 cm-1. No deshydrogenation of the molecules is observed so that the benzene ring must be adsorbed parallel to the surface. Slight modifications of the force field of the model molecule (C6H6)Cr(CO)3 were introduced to account for the vibrational frequency shifts. The benzene molecule is found less perturbed on platinum than on nickel. The calculated frequencies of adsorbed C6H6 and C6D6 are used to reassign some modes previously observed by electron loss spectroscopy. (orig.)

  16. Distribution of Fe59 in benzene and iomex treated rats

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    The distribution of Fe59 in plasma and blood at various time intervals has been studied in control, benzene and iomex administered, and anemic rats. A significant difference between control and benzene, and iomex treated animals was observed in the rate of reappearance of Fe59 in blood circulation. The accumulation of Fe59 in various organs was noted at the end of 48 h. A significant increase in the radio-iron content was observed in bone marrow, spleen and liver of benzene and iomex treated rats as compared to those of control rats. (orig.)

  17. Viscometric study of high-cis polybutadiene in toluene solution

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    Mello Ivana L.

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Viscometric measurements, in toluene solution at 30 ºC, were performed with high-cis polybutadiene synthesized by neodymium based catalyst. Six different equations were used to calculate intrinsic viscosities and viscosimetric constant values: Huggins, Kraemer, Martin and Schulz-Blaschke by graphic extrapolation, and Solomon-Ciuta, Deb-Chanterjee and again Schulz-Blaschke, through a single point determination. The molecular weight of the polymers was also determined applying Mark-Houwink-Sakurada equation using the values of intrinsic viscosity obtained by the six equations. The values of intrinsic viscosity and viscosity-average molecular weight obtained by the two methods were compared in order to verify the validity of the single point determination for high-cis polybutadiene.

  18. Viscometric study of high-cis polybutadiene in toluene solution

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    Viscometric measurements, in toluene solution at 30 deg C, were performed with high-cis polybutadiene synthesized by neodymium based catalyst. Six different equations were used to calculate intrinsic viscosities and viscosimetric constant values: Huggins, Kraemer, Martin and Schulz-Blaschke by graphic extrapolation, and Solomon-Ciuta, Deb-Chanterjee and again Schulz- Blaschke, through a single point determination. The molecular weight of the polymers was also determined applying Mark-Houwink-Sakurada equation using the values of intrinsic viscosity obtained by the six equations. The values of intrinsic viscosity and viscosity-average molecular weight obtained by the two methods were compared in order to verify the validity of the single point determination for high-cis polybutadiene. (author)

  19. Phase behavior of asphaltenes + polystyrene + toluene mixtures at 293 K

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    Khammar, Merouane; Shaw, John M. [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, (Canada)], email: jmshaw@ualberta.ca

    2010-07-01

    This study provides an insight on studying the phase behavior of asphaltene and its importance in the petroleum industry. Phase behavior of an asphaltene, polystyrene, and toluene mixture at 293K was investigated in this work using a phased-array acoustic technique. This technique involved recording the speeds of sounds and attenuation spectra at 113 locations along the height of the test cell. The mixture separated into 2 liquid phases and depletion flocculation was believed to be the reason for this behavior. Moreover, attenuation profiles of the mixture were obtained and compared at the moment of mixing and at separation. When the 2 liquid phases were formed it was shown from the attenuation profile that the top liquid, later labeled as poor asphaltene, exhibited a lower attenuation and speed of sound than the bottom liquid, labeled as rich asphaltene. These results were later compared to those of a previous effort based on depletion flocculation theory, showing discrepancies in speeds of sound measurements.

  20. Gas phase toluene isopropylation over high silica mordenite

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    2010-07-01

    Mordenite (HM) catalysts with three different Si/Al ratios were compared for their activity and selectivities in gas phase toluene isopropylation with isopropanol. Catalyst with Si/Al ratio 44.9 offered better cumene selectivity, hence, it was chosen for detailed kinetic investigations. The influence of various process parameters like temperature, time-on-stream, weight hourly space velocity (WHSV), reactant mole ratio on this catalyst activity are discussed. The cymene selectivity was found to increase with reaction temperature and passed through a maximum at 473 K. The deactivation with time-onstream is almost negligible. Lower isopropyl alcohol concentration in the feed improved cymene selectivity. The conversion and selectivity to cymenes were compared with those of the large pore beta catalyst. The rate constant and activation energy were found to be 7.34 m3/kg h and 41.84 kJ/mol, respectively using homogeneous kinetic model.

  1. Changes in sleep-waking rhythms of rats following a single injection of toluene

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    Nakagagi, K.; Arito, H.; Tsuruta, H.

    1983-01-01

    The acute effects of toluene on sleep-waking rhythms were investigated in rats. In order to determine the characteristics of sleep-waking rhythms in rats quantitatively, polygraphic recordings of cortical EEG activity and neck EMG were made under a 12:12 light-dark schedule. Toluene was injected intraperitoneally at three dosages, i.e., 200, 400, and 600 mg/kg of body weight. The toluene concentration in the blood was determined in rats implanted with a jugular catheter to collect the blood. The circadian sleep-waking rhythms were still entrained to the environmental light-dark cycle following the administration of toluene. On the day of administration, wakefulness (W) increased immediately after toluene administration at the lower two doses, and an abnormal EEG pattern was observed, transiently at the highest dose. The initial increase in W at 200 and 400 mg/kg, and the appearance of the abnormal EEG pattern at 600 mg/kg were observed for 32, 79 and 83 min. after the administration of toluene, respectively. The toluene concentration in the blood of rats given 600 mg/kg was about 70 ..mu..g/ml when the abnormal EEG disappeared. Slow wave sleep (SWS) and paradoxical sleep (PS) increased during the period when blood toluene levels decreased. On the second day, when almost all of the toluene was eliminated from the blood, the lowest dose produced an increase in PS during the dark period, and the higher two doses produced a decrease in PS during the light period. At the highest dose, the amount of SES during the light period was still higher than control. Toluene-induced changes in the sleep-waking rhythms returned to the control by the third day.

  2. Testing for ethanol markers in hair: discrepancies after simultaneous quantification of ethyl glucuronide and fatty acid ethyl esters.

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    Kintz, P; Nicholson, D

    2014-10-01

    The hair of 97 cases were analysed for ethyl glucuronide (EtG) and fatty acid ethyl esters (FAEE, including ethyl myristate, ethyl palmitate, ethyl oleate and ethyl stearate) according to the Society of Hair Testing guidelines to examine the role of both tests in documenting chronic excessive alcohol drinking, particularly when the results are in contradiction. 27 (27.8%) results were EtG negative and FAEE positive, when applying the SoHT cut-offs, probably due to the use of alcohol-containing hair products. Four cases (4.1%) were EtG positive and FAEE negative that were attributed to the use of herbal lotions containing EtG. PMID:24794020

  3. Changes in markers of oxidative stress and membrane properties in synaptosomes from rats exposed prenatally to toluene

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    Edelfors, Sven; Hass, Ulla; Hougaard, Karin S.

    2002-01-01

    The present study was undertaken in order to investigate if toluene induced oxidative stress in brains from rats exposed prenatally to 1800 ppm toluene 6 hr/day at days 7-20 during the pregnancy. 35-42 days after birth the rats were killed and synaptosomal fractions were prepared for the experiments, Synaptosomes from rats exposed prenatally to toluene exhibited an increased level of oxidative stress when incubated with toluene in vitro compared to synaptosomes from unexposed offspring. Also the...

  4. Going the distance with ethyl alcohol

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    If all had gone according to plan, ethyl alcohol would be in the driver's seat now, cruising down the highway and getting ready to speed into high gear. Instead, this renewable fuel, chemical reagent and solvent is navigating a complex obstacle course, watching warily for sharp turns and mixed signals. Globally, the supply and demand for all grades of ethyl alcohol is awry. Production of industrial-grade material is running at full throttle and prices are going up. Much of the upheaval over ethanol can be traced to the US Environmental Protection Agency and the renewable oxygenate standard (ROS) of the Clean Air Act. Under ROS, 15% of oxygenates used in gasoline sold this year was to be derived from a renewable source. Next month, that percentage was to have been doubled to 30%. Enticed by projections of upwards of 2 billion gal/yr of fermentation alcohol to comply with ROS, producers rushed to expand capacity. But to the producers' dismay, EPA was forced to backpedal on ROS. When representatives of the petroleum industry filed suit and won a stay, EPA rescinded its ROS regulation and ethanol producers were left in the lurch. High prices for corn is also putting the squeeze on inventories of industrial alcohol. Synthetic ethanol production, from ethylene for example, is booming, however. This paper discusses the ethanol market factors

  5. 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.)

  6. Microbial degradation of toluene under sulfate-reducing conditions and the influence of iron on the process

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    Toluene degradation occurred concomitantly with sulfate reduction in anaerobic microcosms inoculated with contaminated subsurface soil from an aviation fuel storage facility near the Patuxent River (Md.). Similar results were obtained for enrichment cultures in which toluene was the sole carbon source. Several lines of evidence suggest that toluene degradation was directly coupled to sulfate reduction in Patuxent River microcosms and enrichment cultures: (1) the two processes were synchronous and highly correlated, (2) the observed stoichiometric ratios of moles of sulfate consumed per mole of toluene consumed were consistent with the theoretical ratio for the oxidation of toluene to CO2 coupled with the reduction of sulfate to hydrogen sulfide, and (3) toluene degradation ceased when sulfate was depleted, and conversely, sulfate reduction ceased when toluene was depleted. Mineralization of toluene was confirmed in experiments with [ring-U-14C]toluene. The addition of millimolar concentrations of amorphous Fe(OH)3 to Patuxent River microcosms and enrichment cultures either greatly facilitated the onset of toluene degradation or accelerated the rate once degradation had begun. In iron-amended microcosms and enrichment cultures, ferric iron reduction proceeded concurrently with toluene degradation and sulfate reduction. Stoichiometric data and other observations indicate that ferric iron reduction was not directly coupled to toluene oxidation but was a secondary, presumably abiotic, reaction between ferric iron and biogenic hydrogen sulfide

  7. 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

  8. Electronic structure of benzene adsorbed on Ni and Cu surfaces

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    Weinelt, M.; Nilsson, A.; Wassdahl, N. [Uppsala Univ. (Sweden)] [and others

    1997-04-01

    Benzene has for a long time served as a prototype adsorption system of large molecules. It adsorbs with the molecular plane parallel to the surface. The bonding of benzene to a transition metal is typically viewed to involve the {pi} system. Benzene adsorbs weakly on Cu and strongly on Ni. It is interesting to study how the adsorption strength is reflected in the electronic structure of the adsorbate-substrate complex. The authors have used X-ray Emission (XE) and X-ray Absorption (XA) spectroscopies to selectively study the electronic states localized on the adsorbed benzene molecule. Using XES the occupied states can be studies and with XAS the unoccupied states. The authors have used beamline 8.0 and the Swedish endstation equipped with a grazing incidence x-ray spectrometer and a partial yield absorption detector. The resolution in the XES and XAS were 0.5 eV and 0.05 eV, respectively.

  9. Which ornamental plant species effectively remove benzene from indoor air?

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    Liu, Yan-Ju; Mu, Yu-Jing; Zhu, Yong-Guan; Ding, Hui; Crystal Arens, Nan

    Phytoremediation—using plants to remove toxins—is an attractive and cost effective way to improve indoor air quality. This study screened ornamental plants for their ability to remove volatile organic compounds from air by fumigating 73 plant species with 150 ppb benzene, an important indoor air pollutant that poses a risk to human health. The 10 species found to be most effective at removing benzene from air were fumigated for two more days (8 h per day) to quantify their benzene removal capacity. Crassula portulacea, Hydrangea macrophylla, Cymbidium Golden Elf., Ficus microcarpa var. fuyuensis, Dendranthema morifolium, Citrus medica var. sarcodactylis, Dieffenbachia amoena cv. Tropic Snow; Spathiphyllum Supreme; Nephrolepis exaltata cv. Bostoniensis; Dracaena deremensis cv. Variegata emerged as the species with the greatest capacity to remove benzene from indoor air.

  10. Positronium quenching in liquid and solid octanol and benzene

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    Shantarovich, V.P.; Mogensen, O.E.; Goldanskii, V.I.

    1970-01-01

    The lifetimes of orthopositronium in several solutions in liquid and solid octanol and benzene have been measured. The Ps-quenching constant was found to be two to thirty times higher in the solid than in the liquid phase.

  11. (?6-Benzenedichlorido(dicyclohexylphenylphosphaneruthenium(II benzene sesquisolvate

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    Alfred Muller

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available The asymmetric unit of the title compound, [RuCl2(C6H6(C18H27P]·1.5C6H6, contains one molecule of the RuII complex and one and a half solvent molecules as one of these is located about a centre of inversion. The RuII atom has a classical three-legged piano-stool environment being coordinated by an ?6-benzene ligand [Ru—centroid = 1.6964?(6?Å], two chloride ligands with an average Ru—Cl bond length of 2.4138?(3?Å and a dicyclohexylphenylphosphane ligand [Ru—P = 2.3786?(3?Å]. The effective cone angle for the phosphane was calculated to be 158°. In the crystal, weak C—H...Cl hydrogen bonds link the RuII complexes into centrosymmetric dimers. The crystal packing exhibits intra- and intermolecular C—H...? interactions resulting in a zigzag pattern in the [101] direction.

  12. Environment-dependent desorption of benzene molecules

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    Meserole, Chad A.; Vandeweert, Erno; Dou, Yusheng; Postawa, Zbigniew; Winograd, Nick

    2001-08-01

    We have investigated the dependence of the 8 keV Ar+ ion beam-induced desorption of neutral benzene (C6H6) molecules on the local environment. The probed system was comprised of carefully constructed combinations of C6H6 and sec-Butyl Alcohol (sBA) deposited on Ag(111). A pulsed 8 keV Ar+ ion beam at 45° incidence was used to stimulate the desorption of adsorbed molecules. Using state-selective resonant ionization spectroscopy and time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometry, C6H6 molecules in the ground state and in the first level of a vibrationally excited state were probed. TOF distributions were measured versus the exposure of the sBA. The results show that the ejection of the C6H6 depends strongly on both the internal energy and thickness of the formed layer. In general, as more sBA is added to the probed system, the TOF distributions tend to broaden and shift to higher times, and the relative C6H6 yields diminish rapidly. The vibrationally excited C6H6 is more sensitive to the addition of sBA, and an interpretation of the combined data suggests that the C6H6 desorbed in an excited state originates from the organic/vacuum interface.

  13. Evaluation of headspace-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry for the analysis of benzene in vitamin C drinks; pitfalls of headspace in benzene detection.

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    Ju, Hyun Kyoung; Park, Jeong Hill; Kwon, Sung Won

    2008-08-01

    Recently, there have been reports regarding the presence of benzene in vitamin C drinks. This is caused by sodium benzoate and ascorbic acid (vitamin C), which can react together to induce benzene formation. While the headspace gas chromatography method is well known for the detection of benzene, there could be pitfalls in the process of benzene extraction. This study was performed to check if benzene could be generated under high-temperature incubation conditions. As a result, the amount of benzene detected by headspace-gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (HSGC/MS) was affected by temperature changes. As the temperature of the sample vial was increased, newly generated benzene from the headspace also increased, causing false-positive determination of benzene. Although 80 degrees C is generally accepted for the temperature of headspace sample vials, lower temperatures, such as 40 degrees C, minimize the false-positive identification of benzene. Considering that this minimization allows benzene to be quantified at around 5 ppb, this lower temperature should definitely be considered since benzene, which is formed in sodium benzoate, can appear in vitamin C drinks under certain circumstances. The proposed analysis method of benzene in vitamin C drinks by HSGC/MS at 40 degrees C is an accurate and universal method for the monitoring of benzene without false-positive identification. PMID:18506678

  14. 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.)

  15. Exposure to benzene, occupational stress, and reduced birth weight

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    Chen, D.; Cho, S.; Chen, C; WANG X.; Damokosh, A.; Ryan, L.; SMITH, T.; Christiani, D.; X Xu

    2000-01-01

    OBJECTIVES—The association between birth weight and exposure to benzene, work stress, and other occupational and environmental hazards was investigated.?METHODS—In a large petrochemical industry, 792 pregnant workers were enrolled and followed up through delivery between May 1996 and December 1998. Exposure to benzene and other solvents was assessed by an industrial hygienist based on each woman's job title and workplace information. Other occupational and environmental exposures and personal...

  16. Liver function in patients exposed to a toluene in a hydrocarbon processing plant

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    Since the hepatotoxic role of toluene in exposed workers from the petroleum and petrochemical industries chronically exposed to low concentration has no been entirely dilucidated, this transversal study was undertaken in order to clarify the situation in the local industries. A group of 33 non-exposed men workers of such industries (group control, aged 33.0 +/- 4.88 years) were compared with 33 toluene-exposed men (aged 35.0 +/- 9.33 years) from the related industries, with a minimal of 6 months exposition time to toluene and without liver disease history. In addition to a complete occupational diseases medical history, each subject was tested by both a venous blood sample (to determine prothrombin, total and fractioned bilirubin, total and fractioned proteins, liver enzymes and cholesterol) and urine sample (hippuric acid). Also the environmental concentration of toluene in working areas was determined by gas chromatography, which was below the recommended standard levels in working areas. Although the analyzed parameters were in the normal range, it was observed that those workers with known alcohol ingestion and toluene exposition had several abnormalities. The results of this study confirm that toluene may have a synergistic hepatotoxic effect in toluene-exposed workers that are alcohol consumers. The alcohol in considered as a confounding factor and it is not possible to rule out in the etiology of hepatic changes detected in the study

  17. Biodegradation of toluene vapor in coir based upflow packed bed reactor by Trichoderma asperellum isolate.

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    Gopinath, M; Mohanapriya, C; Sivakumar, K; Baskar, G; Muthukumaran, C; Dhanasekar, R

    2016-03-01

    In the present study, a new biofiltration system involving a selective microbial strain isolated from aerated municipal sewage water attached with coir as packing material was developed for toluene degradation. The selected fungal isolate was identified as Trichoderma asperellum by 16S ribosomal RNA (16S rRNA) sequencing method, and pylogenetic tree was constructed using BLASTn search. Effect of various factors on growth and toluene degradation by newly isolated T. asperellum was studied in batch studies, and the optimum conditions were found to be pH 7.0, temperature 30 °C, and initial toluene concentration 1.5 (v/v)%. Continuous removal of gaseous toluene was monitored in upflow packed bed reactor (UFPBR) using T. asperellum. Effect of various parameters like column height, flow rate, and the inlet toluene concentration were studied to evaluate the performance of the biofilter. The maximum elimination capacity (257 g m(-3) h(-1)) was obtained with the packing height of 100 cm with the empty bed residence time of 5 min. Under these optimum conditions, the T. asperellum showed better toluene removal efficiency. Kinetic models have been developed for toluene degradation by T. asperellum using macrokinetic approach of the plug flow model incorporated with Monod model. PMID:25903193

  18. Analysis of residual toluene in food packaging via headspace extraction method using gas chromatography

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    Polymeric materials are used in many food contact applications as packaging material. The presence of residual toluene in this food packaging material can migrate into food and thus affect the quality of food. In this study, a manual headspace analysis was successfully designed and developed. The determination of residual toluene was carried out with standard addition method and multiple headspace extraction, MHE) method using gas chromatography-flame ionization detector, GC-FID). Identification of toluene was performed by comparison of its retention time with standard toluene and GC-MS. It was found that the suitable heating temperature was 180 degree Celsius with an optimum heating time of 10 minutes. The study also found that the concentration of residual toluene in multicolored sample was higher compared to mono colored sample whereas residual toluene in sample analyzed using standard addition method was higher compared to MHE method. However, comparison with the results obtained from De Paris laboratory, France found that MHE method gave higher accuracy for sample with low analyte concentration. On the other hand, lower accuracy was obtained for sample with high concentration of residual toluene due to systematic errors. Comparison between determination methods showed that MHE method is more precise compared to standard addition method. (author)

  19. Occupational exposure to toluene: neurotoxic effects with special emphasis on drinking habits.

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    Antti-Poika, M; Juntunen, J; Matikainen, E; Suoranta, H; Hänninen, H; Seppäläinen, A M; Liira, J

    1985-01-01

    Neurotoxic effects of toluene were examined in 43 male rotogravure printers exposed to toluene (age 27-63, mean 41 years; duration of exposure 11-40, mean 22 years) and 31 male offset printers of the same age with slight exposure to aliphatic hydrocarbons. A neurological examination, tests for autonomic nervous function, electroencephalography, psychological tests and computerized tomography of the brain were carried out in addition to a standardized interview. Exposure levels were evaluated for each person separately on the basis of his work history and the results of an earlier study on exposure levels at the same printing shops. Besides a thorough history of alcohol consumption, information about the printers' drinking habits was obtained from the occupational health care centers of the printing shops. The examinations found only slight abnormalities, and there were no statistically significant group differences in the prevalences of abnormalities. No correlations between the abnormalities and the exposure indices were found either. One of the retired workers, however, who had been exposed to high toluene concentrations for over 40 years, had been diagnosed as having chronic organic solvent intoxication. Heavy drinkers of alcohol were clearly more common in the toluene-exposed group. This study detected no clinically significant abnormalities attributable to toluene alone among workers exposed to 68-185 ppm (mean 117) of toluene for over 10 years. The connection between alcohol consumption and toluene exposure is interesting and deserves further study. PMID:4030116

  20. Modelling of toluene biodegradation and biofilm growth in a fixed biofilm reactor

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    Arcangeli, Jean-Pierre; Arvin, Erik

    1992-01-01

    The modelling of aerobic biodegradation of toluene and the associated biofilm growth in a fixed biofilm system is presented. The model includes four biomass fractions, three dissolved components, and seven processes. It is assumed that part of the active biomass is composed of filamentous bacteria which grow relatively fast and detach easily, leading to a biomass growth delayed with respect to substrate degradation. The non-filamentous bacteria inside the biofilm also degrade toluene but with a slower rate compared to the filamentous bacteria. Because the nonfilamentous bacteria do not detach, they are primarily responsible for the biofilm growth. The active biomass decays into biodegradable and ``inert'' dead biomass which is hydrolyzed into soluble products at two different rates. These products are partly degradable by the biomass and constitute the endogenous respiration. The dynamic growth phase with toluene degradation was successfully modelled as well as the decay phase when toluene addition was turnedoff. In addition to this, modelling of toluene removal and oxygen consumption versus toluene concentration in the reactor was performed. This required consideration of inhibition of substrate degradation due to the combination of high oxygen and toluene concentrations.

  1. Optimizing nutrient supply in a rotatory-switching biofilter for toluene vapor treatment.

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    Morita, Yasutaka; Okunishi, Suguru; Higuchi, Takashi; Nakajima, Jun

    2012-04-01

    The influence of nutrient conditions on the degradation of toluene vapor in a rotatory-switching biofilter (RSB) was investigated. The biofilter consists of four segments connected in series, each with a packing layer made of polyvinyl formal. The influent airstreams including toluene vapors were passed through segments 1-3 as up-flow with a toluene concentration of 0.9-1.2 g m(-3) and with an empty-bed retention time of 26-52 sec. Nutrient solutions were fed to all packed segments once a day by means of immersion. The nutrient solution was used repeatedly and replenished by the addition of (NH4)2SO4. The result at 155 days showed nitrogen depletion was particularly obvious and the lack of nitrogen affected toluene removal. By adding 161 g of nitrogen solution per volumetric cubic meter of reactor, toluene removal efficiency was immediately increased to greater than 99%. With long-term biofilter operation, 21%-32% of ammonium was utilized for nitrification because of the growth of nitrifying bacteria such as Nitrosomonas sp. Based on the carbon-nitrogen balance, the daily nitrogen demand for toluene removal was estimated 2.1 g day(-1) at a toluene load of 70 g m(-3) hr(-1). PMID:22616287

  2. Response of solvent-exposed printers and unexposed controls to six-hour toluene exposure

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    Bælum, Jesper; Andersen, I B

    1985-01-01

    The acute effects of toluene were studied in 43 male printers and 43 control subjects matched according to sex, age, educational level, and smoking habits. The mean age of the subjects was 36 (range 29-50) years. The printers had been exposed to solvents for 9 to 25 years during employment at flexo and rotogravure printing plants, while the controls had no history of solvent exposure. Each subject was exposed once in a climate chamber to either 100 ppm of toluene or clean air for 6.5 h preceded by a 1-h acclimatization period. The effects of toluene were measured from subjective votes with linear analogue rating scales on 16 items, and on the performance of 10 different tests measuring psychomotor skills, perceptual skills, and vigilance. Exposure to 100 ppm of toluene compared with exposure to clean air caused discomfort with complaints of low air quality, strong odor, fatigue, sleepiness, a feeling of intoxication, and irritation of the eyes, nose and throat. Furthermore, the subjects exposed to toluene showed decreased manual dexterity, decreased color discrimination, and decreased accuracy in visual perception. There was no significant difference in the effects of toluene on printers compared to those of toluene on controls, but tendencies toward a greater sensitivity were seen for the printers in two tests.

  3. Occupational Risk Assessment of Benzene in Rubber Tire Manufacturing Workers

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Tire manufacturing industry has a history of more than half a century in Iran, where 14 thousand workers are employed. The old and semi-automated processes equipment, backward technology, and raw materials impurity lead to significant exposures to occupational carcinogens such as benzene. This study was to assessment of benzene exposures and evaluation the resulting cancer risk in two tire-manufacturing factories. One hundred workers in  two  target  tire-manufacturing factories  selected  as  ?exposed  group?.  Personal  monitoring was conducted in all process units according to NIOSH 1501 method. Inhalation health risk of benzene exposure was estimated via two assessment models. Data were analyzed using SPSS and quantitative values were reported as Mean ± Standard Error. Occupational exposure to benzene in 68 percent of workers has exceeded the current exposure limit. The highest level of benzene (5.06 ppm found in cement making unit. The odds ratio of leukemia was 2.06 times the working population without benzene exposure, as well; the cancer incidence was 16.14 cases per 1000 workers. This study as screening approach is first on addressing the risk assessment of Iranian tire manufacturing workers. The levels of personal exposures and cancer risk were unacceptable and this may provide a basis for developing the control measures in future.

  4. 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.

  5. Sarcosine attenuates toluene-induced motor incoordination, memory impairment, and hypothermia but not brain stimulation reward enhancement in mice

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    Toluene, a widely used and commonly abused organic solvent, produces various behavioral disturbances, including motor incoordination and cognitive impairment. Toluene alters the function of a large number of receptors and ion channels. Blockade of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors has been suggested to play a critical role in toluene-induced behavioral manifestations. The present study determined the effects of various toluene doses on motor coordination, recognition memory, body temperature, and intracranial self-stimulation (ICSS) thresholds in mice. Additionally, the effects of sarcosine on the behavioral and physiological effects induced by toluene were evaluated. Sarcosine may reverse toluene-induced behavioral manifestations by acting as an NMDA receptor co-agonist and by inhibiting the effects of the type I glycine transporter (GlyT1). Mice were treated with toluene alone or combined with sarcosine pretreatment and assessed for rotarod performance, object recognition memory, rectal temperature, and ICSS thresholds. Toluene dose-dependently induced motor incoordination, recognition memory impairment, and hypothermia and lowered ICSS thresholds. Sarcosine pretreatment reversed toluene-induced changes in rotarod performance, novel object recognition, and rectal temperature but not ICSS thresholds. These findings suggest that the sarcosine-induced potentiation of NMDA receptors may reverse motor incoordination, memory impairment, and hypothermia but not the enhancement of brain stimulation reward function associated with toluene exposure. Sarcosine may be a promising compound to prevent acute toluene intoxications by occupational or intentional exposure. -- Highlights: ? Toluene induces impairments in Rotarod test and novel object recognition test. ? Toluene lowers rectal temperature and ICSS thresholds in mice. ? Sarcosine reverses toluene-induced changes in motor, memory and body temperature. ? Sarcosine pretreatment does not affect toluene-induced reward enhancement.

  6. Sarcosine attenuates toluene-induced motor incoordination, memory impairment, and hypothermia but not brain stimulation reward enhancement in mice

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    Chan, Ming-Huan [Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Tzu Chi University, Hualien, Taiwan (China); Institute of Neuroscience, National Changchi University, Taipei, Taiwan (China); Chung, Shiang-Sheng [Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Tzu Chi University, Hualien, Taiwan (China); Department of Pharmacy, Yuli Veterans Hospital, Hualien, Taiwan (China); Stoker, Astrid K.; Markou, Athina [Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA (United States); Chen, Hwei-Hsien, E-mail: hwei@nhri.org.tw [Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Tzu Chi University, Hualien, Taiwan (China); Division of Mental Health and Addiction Medicine, Institute of Population Health Sciences, National Health Research Institutes, Zhunan, Miaoli County, Taiwan (China)

    2012-12-01

    Toluene, a widely used and commonly abused organic solvent, produces various behavioral disturbances, including motor incoordination and cognitive impairment. Toluene alters the function of a large number of receptors and ion channels. Blockade of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors has been suggested to play a critical role in toluene-induced behavioral manifestations. The present study determined the effects of various toluene doses on motor coordination, recognition memory, body temperature, and intracranial self-stimulation (ICSS) thresholds in mice. Additionally, the effects of sarcosine on the behavioral and physiological effects induced by toluene were evaluated. Sarcosine may reverse toluene-induced behavioral manifestations by acting as an NMDA receptor co-agonist and by inhibiting the effects of the type I glycine transporter (GlyT1). Mice were treated with toluene alone or combined with sarcosine pretreatment and assessed for rotarod performance, object recognition memory, rectal temperature, and ICSS thresholds. Toluene dose-dependently induced motor incoordination, recognition memory impairment, and hypothermia and lowered ICSS thresholds. Sarcosine pretreatment reversed toluene-induced changes in rotarod performance, novel object recognition, and rectal temperature but not ICSS thresholds. These findings suggest that the sarcosine-induced potentiation of NMDA receptors may reverse motor incoordination, memory impairment, and hypothermia but not the enhancement of brain stimulation reward function associated with toluene exposure. Sarcosine may be a promising compound to prevent acute toluene intoxications by occupational or intentional exposure. -- Highlights: ? Toluene induces impairments in Rotarod test and novel object recognition test. ? Toluene lowers rectal temperature and ICSS thresholds in mice. ? Sarcosine reverses toluene-induced changes in motor, memory and body temperature. ? Sarcosine pretreatment does not affect toluene-induced reward enhancement.

  7. 2,6-Bis(9-ethyl-9H-carbazolylmethylenecyclohexanone

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    Abdullah M. Asiri

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available The title compound, 2,6-bis(ethyl-9-ethyl-9H-carbazolylmethylenecyclohexanone has been synthesized by condensation of 9-ethylcarbazole-3-aldehyde and cyclohexanone in ethanol in the presence of pyridine. The structure of this new compound was confirmed by elemental analysis, IR, 1H NMR, 13C NMR and EI-MS spectral analysis.

  8. Relationships between metabolic and non-metabolic susceptibility factors in benzene toxicity

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    Ross, David; Zhou, Hongfei

    2009-01-01

    Reactive metabolites formed from benzene include benzene oxide, trans, trans muconaldehyde, quinones, thiol adducts, phenolic metabolites and oxygen radicals. Susceptibility to the toxic effects of benzene has been suggested to occur partly because of polymorphisms in enzymes involved in benzene metabolism which include cytochrome P450 2E1, epoxide hydrolases, myeloperoxidase, glutathione-S-transferases and quinone reductases. However, susceptibility factors not directly linked to benzene met...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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

  11. A Concise Review of Chromatographic Methods for the Analysis of Benzene and its Metabolites

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    Khan, Haseeb Ahmad

    2006-01-01

    Benzene is an important pollutant with carcinogenic potential. The main sources of benzene exposure include its unabated industrial use, gasoline vapors, emissions from engines and tobacco smoke. Environmental and occupational exposure of benzene has been associated with serious health hazards. Analysis of benzene is therefore important for the monitoring of environmental quality. The metabolites of benzene, especially S-phenyl mercapturic acid (S-PMA) and trans, trans-muconic acid (t,t-MA...

  12. Environmental and biological monitoring of benzene during self-service automobile refueling.

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    Egeghy, P P; Tornero-Velez, R.; Rappaport, S M

    2000-01-01

    Although automobile refueling represents the major source of benzene exposure among the nonsmoking public, few data are available regarding such exposures and the associated uptake of benzene. We repeatedly measured benzene exposure and uptake (via benzene in exhaled breath) among 39 self-service customers using self-administered monitoring, a technique rarely used to obtain measurements from the general public (130 sets of measurements were obtained). Benzene exposures averaged 2.9 mg/m(3) (...

  13. Inhaled toluene produces pentobarbital-like discriminative stimulus effects in mice

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    Rees, D.C.; Coggeshall, E.; Balster, R.L.

    1985-10-07

    The abuse of volatile solvents may be due to their ability to produce an intoxication similar to that produced by classical central nervous system depressants such as the barbiturates and ethanol. To evaluate this hypothesis, mice were trained to discriminate pentobarbital from saline injections in a two-lever operant task. Stimulus generalization was examined following 20-min inhalation exposures to toluene (300-5400 ppm). In 8 of 10 subjects, pentobarbital-lever responding occurred following toluene exposure indicating an overlap in the discriminative stimulus properties of toluene and pentobarbital.

  14. Toluene in alveolar air during controlled exposure to constant and to varying concentrations

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    Bælum, Jesper

    1990-01-01

    The concentration of toluene in the alveolar air was measured in 20 males and 17 females exposed for 7 h either to a constant exposure to 100 ppm toluene or to a varying exposure with the same time-weighted average, but with peaks of 300 ppm every 30 min. Both exposure schedules included 50 to 100...... W exercise in three 15-min periods. Repetitive measurements of the toluene concentrations in the alveolar air were made in two 30-min periods, one at rest and one including work. At rest the alveolar concentration increased rapidly in response to an increase in the inspiratory air concentration...

  15. Biodegradation of trichloroethylene and toluene by indigenous microbial populations in soil.

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    Fan, S; Scow, K.M.

    1993-01-01

    The biodegradation of trichloroethylene (TCE) and toluene, incubated separately and in combination, by indigenous microbial populations was measured in three unsaturated soils incubated under aerobic conditions. Sorption and desorption of TCE (0.1 to 10 micrograms ml-1) and toluene (1.0 to 20 micrograms ml-1) were measured in two soils and followed a reversible linear isotherm. At a concentration of 1 micrograms ml-1, TCE was not degraded in the absence of toluene in any of the soils. In comb...

  16. Identification of a Toluene-Degrading Bacterium from a Soil Sample through H218O DNA Stable Isotope Probing ?†

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    Woods, Angela; Watwood, Maribeth; Schwartz, Egbert

    2011-01-01

    DNA stable isotope probing (DNA-SIP) with H218O was used to identify a toluene-degrading bacterium in soil amended with 48 ppm toluene. After quantification of toluene degradation rates in soil, DNA was extracted from soil incubated with H218O, H216O, H216O and 48 ppm toluene, or H218O and 48 ppm toluene. A single DNA band formed along a cesium chloride gradient after isopycnic centrifugation of extracts from soils incubated with H216O. With extracts from soils to which only H218O was added, ...

  17. The gelation of oil using ethyl cellulose.

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    Davidovich-Pinhas, M; Barbut, S; Marangoni, A G

    2015-03-01

    The characterization of the thermo-gelation mechanism and properties of ethyl cellulose/canola oil oleogels was performed using rheology and thermal analysis. Thermal analysis detected no evidence for thermal transitions contributed to secondary conformational changes, suggesting a gelation mechanism that does not involve secondary ordered structure formation. Rheological analysis demonstrated a relationship between the polymer molecular weight and the final gel strength, the cross-over behavior as well as the gel point temperature. Increasing polymer molecular weight led to an increase in final gel strength, the modulus at cross-over, and the gel point temperature. Cooling/heating rates affect gel modulus only for the low molecular weight samples. A decrease in gel strength with increasing cooling rate was detected. The cross-over temperature was not affected by the cooling/heating rates. Cooling rate also affected the gelation setting time where slow cooling rates produced a stable gel faster. PMID:25498711

  18. Kinetics and Mechanism of Pyridinolyses of Ethyl Methyl and Ethyl Propyl Chlorothiophosphates in Acetonitrile

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    The kinetic studies on the reactions of ethyl methyl (2) and ethyl propyl (4) chlorothiophosphates with X-pyridines have been carried out in acetonitrile at 35.0 .deg. C. The free energy correlations with X show biphasic concave upwards with a break point at X = H (2) and 3-Ph (4), respectively. A stepwise mechanism with a rate-limiting leaving group expulsion from the intermediate is proposed based on the magnitudes of selectivity parameters for both substrates. The considerably large values of ?X = 1.50(2) and 1.44(4) with strongly basic pyridines and relatively small values of ?X = 0.43(2) and 0.36(4) with weakly basic pyridines are interpreted as a change of the attacking direction of the X-pyridines from a frontside to a backside attack toward the chloride leaving group

  19. Chemical Dynamics Simulations of Benzene Dimer Dissociation.

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    Ma, Xinyou; Paul, Amit K; Hase, William L

    2015-06-25

    Classical chemical dynamics simulations were performed to study the intramolecular and unimolecular dissociation dynamics of the benzene dimer, Bz2 ? 2 Bz. The dissociation of microcanonical ensembles of Bz2 vibrational states, at energies E corresponding to temperatures T of 700-1500 K, were simulated. For the large Bz2 energies and large number of Bz2 vibrational degrees of freedom, s, the classical microcanonical (RRKM) and canonical (TST) rate constant expressions become identical. The dissociation rate constant for each T is determined from the initial rate dN(t)/dt of Bz2 dissociation, and the k(T) are well-represented by the Arrhenius eq k(T) = A exp(-E(a)/RT). The E(a) of 2.02 kcal/mol agrees well with the Bz2 dissociation energy of 2.32 kcal/mol, and the A-factor of 2.43 × 10(12) s(-1) is of the expected order-of-magnitude. The form of N(t) is nonexponential, resulting from weak coupling between the Bz2 intramolecular and intermolecular modes. With this weak coupling, large Bz2 vibrational excitation, and low Bz2 dissociation energy, most of the trajectories dissociate directly. Simulations, with only the Bz2 intramolecular modes excited at 1000 K, were also performed to study intramolecular vibrational energy redistribution (IVR) between the intramolecular and intermolecular modes. Because of restricted IVR, the initial dissociation is quite slow, but N(t) ultimately becomes exponential, suggesting an IVR time of 20.7 ps. PMID:26024045

  20. Viscometric study of high-cis polybutadiene in toluene solution

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    Ivana L., Mello; Marcia C., Delpech; Fernanda M. B., Coutinho; Fernanda F. M., Albino.

    2006-02-01

    Full Text Available Medidas viscosimétricas, em solução de tolueno a 30 °C, foram realizadas com polibutadieno alto-cis sintetizado com catalisadores à base de neodímio. Seis diferentes equações foram usadas para calcular as viscosidades intrínsecas e as constantes viscosimétricas: Huggins, Kraemer, Martin e Schulz-Bla [...] schke por extrapolação gráfica e Solomon-Ciuta, Deb-Chanterjee e novamente Schulz-Blaschke, por medida de único ponto. O peso molecular dos polímeros foi determinado aplicando-se a equação de Mark-Houwink-Sakurada, utilizando-se para isso, os valores de viscosidade intrínseca obtidos pelas seis equações. Os valores de viscosidade intrínseca e de peso molecular viscosimétrico médio foram comparados a fim de verificar a validade da determinação por um único ponto. Abstract in english Viscometric measurements, in toluene solution at 30 ºC, were performed with high-cis polybutadiene synthesized by neodymium based catalyst. Six different equations were used to calculate intrinsic viscosities and viscosimetric constant values: Huggins, Kraemer, Martin and Schulz-Blaschke by graphic [...] extrapolation, and Solomon-Ciuta, Deb-Chanterjee and again Schulz-Blaschke, through a single point determination. The molecular weight of the polymers was also determined applying Mark-Houwink-Sakurada equation using the values of intrinsic viscosity obtained by the six equations. The values of intrinsic viscosity and viscosity-average molecular weight obtained by the two methods were compared in order to verify the validity of the single point determination for high-cis polybutadiene.