Sample records for 2-propanol

  1. Partial oxidation of 2-propanol on perovskites

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    Sumathi, R.; Viswanathan, B.; Varadarajan, T.K. [Indian Inst. of Tech., Madras (India). Dept. of Chemistry


    Partial oxidation of 2-propanol was carried out on AB{sub 1-x}B`{sub x}O{sub 3} (A=Ba, B=Pb, Ce, Ti; B`=Bi, Sb and Cu) type perovskite oxides. Acetone was the major product observed on all the catalysts. All the catalysts underwent partial reduction during the reaction depending on the composition of the reactant, nature of the B site cation and the extent of substitution at B site. The catalytic activity has been correlated with the reducibility of the perovskite oxides determined from Temperature Programmed Reduction (TPR) studies. (orig.)

  2. Fragrance material review on 2-phenyl-2-propanol. (United States)

    Scognamiglio, J; Jones, L; Letizia, C S; Api, A M


    A toxicologic and dermatologic review of 2-phenyl-2-propanol when used as a fragrance ingredient is presented. 2-Phenyl-2-propanol is a member of the fragrance structural group Aryl Alkyl Alcohols and is a tertiary alcohol. The AAAs are a structurally diverse class of fragrance ingredients that includes primary, secondary, and tertiary alkyl alcohols covalently bonded to an aryl (Ar) group, which may be either a substituted or unsubstituted benzene ring. The common structural element for the AAA fragrance ingredients is an alcohol group -C-(R1)(R2)OH and generically the AAA fragrances can be represented as an Ar-C-(R1)(R2)OH or Ar-Alkyl-C-(R1)(R2)OH group. This review contains a detailed summary of all available toxicology and dermatology papers that are related to this individual fragrance ingredient and is not intended as a stand-alone document. Available data for 2-phenyl-2-propanol were evaluated then summarized and includes physical properties, acute toxicity, skin irritation, skin sensitization, and toxicokinetics data. A safety assessment of the entire Aryl Alkyl Alcohols will be published simultaneously with this document; please refer to Belsito et al. (2012) for an overall assessment of the safe use of this material and all Aryl Alkyl Alcohols in fragrances. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. Mixtures of methanol and 2-propanol as a potential fuel for direct alcohol fuel cells

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    Full Text Available The electrochemical oxidation of methanol, 2-propanol, and their mixtures was investigated on a Pt/C thin film electrode in acid solution. It was confirmed that the oxidation of 2-propanol commences at less positive potentials than that of methanol and exhibits significantly higher oxidation current densities at low potentials. When both methanol and 2-propanol were present in the solution, the onset of the oxidation current was the same as for the oxidation of pure 2-propanol. Although both alcohols inhibit the oxidation reaction of each other to a certain extent, steady-state polarization measurements showed that their mixture provides higher current densities than single alcohols over the entire potential region from the hydrogen region to oxide formation on the Pt surface. This implies that the addition of 2-propanol into the fuel may extend the operational range of direct methanol fuel cells.

  4. Structure and dynamics of aqueous 2-propanol: a THz-TDS, NMR and neutron diffraction study. (United States)

    McGregor, James; Li, Ruoyu; Zeitler, J Axel; D'Agostino, Carmine; Collins, James H P; Mantle, Mick D; Manyar, Haresh; Holbrey, John D; Falkowska, Marta; Youngs, Tristan G A; Hardacre, Christopher; Stitt, E Hugh; Gladden, Lynn F


    Aqueous liquid mixtures, in particular, those involving amphiphilic species, play an important role in many physical, chemical and biological processes. Of particular interest are alcohol/water mixtures; however, the structural dynamics of such systems are still not fully understood. Herein, a combination of terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) and NMR relaxation time analysis has been applied to investigate 2-propanol/water mixtures across the entire composition range; while neutron diffraction studies have been carried out at two specific concentrations. Excellent agreement is seen between the techniques with a maximum in both the relative absorption coefficient and the activation energy to molecular motion occurring at ∼90 mol% H2O. Furthermore, this is the same value at which well-established excess thermodynamic functions exhibit a maximum/minimum. Additionally, both neutron diffraction and THz-TDS have been used to provide estimates of the size of the hydration shell around 2-propanol in solution. Both methods determine that between 4 and 5 H2O molecules per 2-propanol are found in the 2-propanol/water clusters at 90 mol% H2O. Based on the acquired data, a description of the structure of 2-propanol/water across the composition range is presented.

  5. Molecular conformation and liquid structure of 2-propanol through neutron diffraction

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    A Sahoo; S Sarkar; P S R Krishna; R N Joarder


    The neutron diffraction data analysis of deuterated liquid 2-propanol at room temperature to define its molecular conformation is presented. 2-Propanol being a large molecule with twelve atomic sites, the conformation analysis is tricky and an improved method of data analysis is given. The intermolecular structural correlations, i.e., hydrogen-bonded liquid structure, can be modelled accurately to extract the nature of the average hydrogen-bonded molecular association in liquid state at room temperature. Like other alcohols these are mostly hexamer ring chain (HRC) clusters. The cluster analysis of recent X-ray data available in the literature also support the same liquid structure.

  6. Analysis of Mesoscopic Structured 2-Propanol/Water Mixtures Using Pressure Perturbation Calorimetry and Molecular Dynamic Simulation. (United States)

    Bye, Jordan W; Freeman, Colin L; Howard, John D; Herz, Gregor; McGregor, James; Falconer, Robert J


    In this paper we demonstrate the application of pressure perturbation calorimetry (PPC) to the characterization of 2-propanol/water mixtures. PPC of different 2-propanol/water mixtures provides two useful measurements: (i) the change in heat (ΔQ); and (ii) the [Formula: see text] value. The results demonstrate that the ΔQ values of the mixtures deviate from that expected for a random mixture, with a maximum at ~20-25 mol% 2-propanol. This coincides with the concentration at which molecular dynamics (MD) simulations show a maximum deviation from random distribution, and also the point at which alcohol-alcohol hydrogen bonds become dominant over alcohol-water hydrogen bonds. Furthermore, the [Formula: see text] value showed transitions at 2.5 mol% 2-propanol and at approximately 14 mol% 2-propanol. Below 2.5 mol% 2-propanol the values of [Formula: see text] are negative; this is indicative of the presence of isolated 2-propanol molecules surrounded by water molecules. Above 2.5 mol% 2-propanol [Formula: see text] rises, reaching a maximum at ~14 mol% corresponding to a point where mixed alcohol-water networks are thought to dominate. The values and trends identified by PPC show excellent agreement not only with those obtained from MD simulations but also with results in the literature derived using viscometry, THz spectroscopy, NMR and neutron diffraction.

  7. Characterization of the products formed by the reaction of trichlorocyanuric acid with 2-propanol. (United States)

    Sandercock, P Mark L; Barnett, Julie S


    We report a recent investigation into the death of a cat that was initially thought to involve intentionally burning the animal via the use of an ignitable liquid. The exposure of the animal to flame was ruled out. Instead, forensic investigation revealed the intentional mixing together of a common outdoor swimming pool chlorinator, trichlorocyanuric acid (TCCA), and 2-propanol (aka, isopropyl alcohol or rubbing alcohol). The reaction of these two chemicals resulted in the formation of cyanuric acid residue, hydrochloric acid, and the evolution of a significant volume of chlorine gas. Further alpha-chlorination side reactions also occurred between 2-propanol and TCCA to produce a variety of chlorinated 2-propanone species that were detected on the submitted evidence. The identification of the products of both the main reaction and the side reactions allowed the authors to determine what chemicals were originally mixed together by the culprit.

  8. Gas Chromatography Method of Cleaning Validation Process for 2-Propanol Residue Determination in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Equipment

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    Łukasz Czubak


    Full Text Available Cleaning validation is an integral operation of good manufacturing practice in pharmaceutical industry. The aim of this study was to validate simple analytical method for detection of 2-propanol residue in equipment, which is likely contaminated with 2-propanol, usually used in the production area. The gas chromatography with flame ionization detection (GC-FID method was validated on a GC system using DB-FFAP capillary column at the flow rate of 4.9 mL/min. The calibration curve was linear over concentration range from 2.8µg/mL to 110.7µg/mL with a correlation coefficient equal to 0.99981. The detection limit (LOD and quantitation limit (LOQ were 1.1µg/mL and 2.8µg/mL, respectively. The simplicity of gas chromatography method makes it useful for routine analysis of 2-propanol residue and is an alternative to corresponding methods.

  9. An investigation into the electro-oxidation of ethanol and 2-propanol for application in direct alcohol fuel cells (DAFCs)

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    Sagar Sen Gupta; Jayati Datta


    A comparative study of the electro-oxidation of ethanol and 2-propanol was carried out on carbon-supported platinum particles. Cyclic voltammetry, steady state polarisation, and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy were used to investigate the oxidation reactions. A difference in the mechanistic behaviour of the oxidation of ethanol and 2-propanol on Pt was observed, thereby highlighting the fact that the molecular structure of the alcohol has great influence on its electroreactivity. The study emphasizes the fact that 2-propanol is a promising fuel candidate for a direct alcohol fuel cell.

  10. Ultrasonic study on molecular interactions in binary mixtures of formamide with 1-propanol or 2-propanol

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    Manju Rani; Suman Gahlyan; Ankur Gaur; Sanjeev Maken


    Ultrasonic speeds have been measured at 298.15 K and 308.15 K for mixtures of formamide+1-propanol or 2-propanol. For an equimolar mixture, excess molar compressibility follows the sequence of 1-propanol N 2-propanol. The ultrasonic speed data are correlated by various correlations such as Nomoto's relation, van Dael's mixing relation and impedance dependence relation, and analyzed in terms of Jacobson's free length theory and Schaaff's collision factor theory. Excess isentropic compressibility is calculated from ex-perimental ultrasonic speed data and previously reported excess volume data. The excess molar ultrasonic speed and isentropic compressibility values are fitted to Redlich–Kister polynomial equation. Other proper-ties such as molecular association, avallable volume, free volume, and intermolecular free length are also calculated. The excess isentropic compressibility data are also interpreted in terms of graph theoretical ap-proach. The calculated isentropic compressibility values are well consistent with the experimental data. It is found that the interaction between formamide and propanol increases when hydroxyl group attached to a carbon atom has more–CH3 groups.

  11. Preparasi Bentonit Terpilar Alumina dari Bentonit Alam dan Pemanfaatannya sebagai Katalis pada Reaksi Dehidrasi Etanol, 1-Propanol serta 2-Propanol

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    Surya Lubis


    Full Text Available Penelitian tentang modifikasi bentonit dari Kuala Dewa, Aceh Utara menjadi bentonit terpilar alumina dan uji aktivitasnya pada reaksi dehidrasi etanol, 1-propanol dan 2-propanol telah dilakukan. Bentonit alam (Ca-bentonit dimodifikasi melalui proses pertukaran kation menjadi Na-bentonit dan H-bentonit, kemudian dipilarisasi menggunakan AlCl3 dan NaOH menghasilkan bentonit terpilar alumina. Bentonit terpilar alumina yang diperoleh mempunyai luas permukaan spesifik (72,42 m2/gram yang lebih besar dibanding dengan bentonit tidak terpilar. Uji aktivitas katalitis bentonit terpilar alumina pada reaksi dehidrasi etanol, 1-propanol dan 2-propanol dilakukan pada suhu 200°C - 400°C. Suhu optimum reaksi dehidrasi etanol, 1-propanol dan 2-propanol menggunakan katalis bentonit terpilar alumina berturutturut adalah 250, 400 dan 200°C dengan konsentrasi dietil eter 25,44; 2,31 dan 3,29%. Aktivitas katalis bentonit terpilar alumina pada reaksi dehidrasi alkohol sesuai dengan urutan etanol > 2-propanol > 1-propanol. Kata kunci: bentonit terpilar alumina, dehidrasi, etanol, 1-propanol, 2-propanol

  12. 1-Phenoxy-2-propanol is a useful anaesthetic for gastropods used in neurophysiology. (United States)

    Wyeth, Russell C; Croll, Roger P; Willows, A O Dennis; Spencer, Andrew N


    Anaesthesia is often used in neurophysiological, surgical, and neuroanatomical protocols. Several anaesthetics, including magnesium chloride, volatiles (halothane, etc.), and barbiturates, have been used in gastropod neurobiology. 1-Phenoxy-2-propanol (PP) is another anaesthetic option that has not yet been used extensively. We provide an analysis of the neural, muscular and behavioural effects of PP in gastropods. PP eliminates action potentials and reduces muscular contraction force in Hermissenda crassicornis, and eliminates behavioural activity in Tritonia diomedea. Our results show these effects are reversible, with complete action potential recovery, at least partial muscular recovery, and full behavioural recovery. Survival after surgery in T. diomedea was longer with PP than without anaesthetic, and PP also reduced contraction during tissue fixation in Lymnaea stagnalis. Moreover, PP can be bath applied, has low toxicity, and is biodegradable. Thus, PP is an effective anaesthetic in three species of gastropods, and useful in neurophysiological dissection, surgical, and fixation protocols.

  13. Isopropylation of benzene with 2-propanol over substituted large pore aluminophosphate-based molecular sieves

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    K Joseph Antony Raj; V R Vijayaraghavan


    Large pore aluminophosphate-based molecular sieves like AlPO4-5, MAPO-5, MnAPO-5 and ZAPO-5 were synthesised hydrothermally using triethylamine as a structure directing agent. These materials were characterised by X-ray diffraction (XRD), 27Al and 31P MAS-NMR, ICP-MS, -butylamine- TPD, BET and SEM. The catalytic performance of these materials was tested for isopropylation of benzene with 2-propanol at 250, 300, 350 and 400°C. The products were cumene, -DIPB (-diisopropylbenzene) and -DIPB (-diisopropylbenzene). MnAPO-5 was found to be more active than the other catalysts. Maximum conversion (20%) was noted at 350°C over MnAPO-5. The selectivity to DIPB was found to decrease with time on stream but the selectivity to cumene showed an increase after 3 h of time on stream.

  14. Fourier transformed infrared spectral investigations of molecular interactions in propionic acid-2-propanol binary system. (United States)

    Umadevi, M; Thomas, Ammu Elizabeth


    FTIR spectra of propionic acid (PA), 2-propanol (PROH) and its binary mixtures with varying molefraction of the PA were recorded in the region 500-3500 cm(-1), to investigate the formation of hydrogen bonded complexes in a mixed system. The observed features in nu(CO), nu(CO) and delta(COH) of PA, nu(CO) of PROH and delta(COH) of PA+PROH have been explained in terms of the hydrogen bonding interactions between PROH and PA and dipole-dipole interaction. The dipole moment derivative for the above mentioned vibrational modes have also been predicted from the integrated absorbance. The intrinsic linewidth for the vibrational modes nu(CO) and delta(COH) of PA has been elucidated using Bondarev and Mardaeva model.

  15. LET and dose rate effect on radiation-induced copolymerization of maleimide with styrene in 2-propanol solution

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    Nakagawa, Seiko, E-mail: [Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial Technology Research Institute, 2-4-10 Aoumi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0064 (Japan); Taguchi, Mitsumasa; Kimura, Atsushi [Environmental Radiation Processing Group, Environment and Industrial Materials Research Division, Quantum Beam Science Directorate, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 1233 Watanuki, Takasaki, Gunma 370-1292 (Japan)


    N{sub 2}-saturated 2-propanol solutions containing styrene and maleimide were irradiated by electron, proton, He and C-ion beams. The styrene-maleimide copolymer was produced by radical polymerization induced during irradiation. The effects of the radical distribution, which depends on the LET or dose rate, on the molecular weight and the polymer yield were discussed. - Highlights: > Maleimide with styrene in N{sub 2}-saturated 2-propanol was irradiated by electron and heavy ions. > LET and dose rate effects of radical polymerization induced by irradiation were studied. > Results have shown the relation between radical distribution and efficiency of polymerization.

  16. Acute sensory irritation from exposure to isopropanol(2-propanol) at TLV in workers and controls : objective versus subjective effects

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    Smeets, M.A.M.; Maute, C.; Dalton, P.H.


    Objectives. Phlebotomists occupationally exposed to isopropanol (IPA) (2-propanol) and naïve controls (n = 12 per group) were exposed to the time-weighted average threshold limit value of 400 p.p.m. IPA for 4 h in an environmental chamber to investigate: (i) acute effects of sensory irritation using

  17. Study on Salt-Containing Extractive Distillation for the 2-Propanol/Water System

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    Fu Jiquan


    The salt-containing extractive distillation column and the salt-containing agent recovery column for the 2-propanol/water/ethanediol/KAc system were simulated by the NRTL model and the modified Rose Relaxation method. The simulation results showed that prediction of the salt effect in vapor-liquid equilib-rium and the correlation method (TDCM) of NRTL parameters were suitable for the said system. Four different distillation technology processes were investigated; the results showed that the salt-containing extractive distillation process was the best one. The simulating design of the extractive distillation column was performed under the conditions of different total stage number, feeding location, reflux ratio, amount of mixed agent and concentration of KAc. The results showed that such factors as 17 stages, a feeding location at the 9th stage, a reflux ratio of 1.2, and a mixed agent feeding rate of 1.141 kmol/h, might be the best suited operating conditions. The simulating design was also done for the column for recovering the salt-containing agent. The simulation method of the salt-containing extractive distillation is simple and effective in this work.

  18. Studi Reaksi Konversi Katalisis 2-Propanol Menggunakan Katalis dan Pendukung Katalis γ-Al2O3

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    Sunardi Sunardi


    Full Text Available Katalis padatan basa belum digunakan secara luas bila dibandingkan dengan penggunaan katalis padatan asam, meskipun katalis padatan basa secara efisien juga mampu berperan dalam reaksi-reaksi seperti alkilasi, kondensasi, isomerisasi dan lain-lain. Pada penelitian ini dilakukan studi reaksi konversi katalisis 2-propanol menggunakan katalis padatan basa Mg-Al-Hidrotalsit dan katalis padatan superbasa g-Al2O3-NaOH-Na yang dibandingkan dengan katalis γ-Al2O3. Reaksi katalisis dilakukan dalam fase gas dengan variasi suhu dari 175oC sampai suhu 300oC, menggunakan katalis seberat 3 gram. Produk reaksi katalisis dianalisis dengan kromatografi gas, yang dirangkai secara on-line dengan reaktor katalisis. Propilen dan aseton merupakan produk-produk primer reaksi konversi yang mudah bereaksi lebih lanjut menghasilkan produk-produk sekunder yang stabil. Katalis γ-Al2O3 hanya mengkonversi 2-propanol menjadi propilen, karena sifat basanya tidak cukup kuat untuk mendorong reaksi dehidrogenasi 2-propanol menjadi aseton. Katalis Mg-Al-hidrotalsit mengkonversi hampir 100% 2-propanol menjadi propilen pada suhu 175oC dan menghasilkan aseton paling banyak pada 225oC dengan konversi produk sebesar 53,36 %, sedangkan dengan katalis superbasa γ-Al2O3-NaOH-Na diperoleh konversi aseton sebesar 66,0% pada 225oC. Produkproduksekunder hasil konversi 2-propanol dengan katalis Mg-Al-hidrotalsit secara batch diidentifikasi dengan GC-MS dan diperoleh senyawa yang dominan adalah 4-metil-2-pentanol dan 3,3,5-trimetil sikloheksanol. Copyright (c 2007 BCREC UNDIP. All rights reserved.[Presented at Symposium and Congress of MKICS 2007, 18-19 April 2007, Semarang, Indonesia][How to Cite: W. Wibowo, S. Sunardi, I. Yulia. (2007. Studi Reaksi Konversi Katalisis 2-Propanol Menggunakan Katalis dan Pendukung Katalis γ-Al2O3. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering and Catalysis, 2 (2-3: 56-61. doi:10.9767/bcrec.2.2-3.11.56-61][How to Link/DOI:

  19. Studi Reaksi Konversi Katalisis 2-Propanol Menggunakan Katalis dan Pendukung Katalis γ-Al2O3

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    Widajanti Wibowo


    Full Text Available Katalis padatan basa belum digunakan secara luas bila dibandingkan dengan penggunaan katalis padatan asam, meskipun katalis padatan basa secara efisien juga mampu berperan dalam reaksi-reaksi seperti alkilasi, kondensasi, isomerisasi dan lain-lain. Pada penelitian ini dilakukan studi reaksi konversi katalisis 2-propanol menggunakan katalis padatan basa Mg-Al-Hidrotalsit dan katalis padatan superbasa g-Al2O3-NaOH-Na yang dibandingkan dengan katalis γ-Al2O3. Reaksi katalisis dilakukan dalam fase gas dengan variasi suhu dari 175oC sampai suhu 300oC, menggunakan katalis seberat 3 gram. Produk reaksi katalisis dianalisis dengan kromatografi gas, yang dirangkai secara on-line dengan reaktor katalisis. Propilen dan aseton merupakan produk-produk primer reaksi konversi yang mudah bereaksi lebih lanjut menghasilkan produk-produk sekunder yang stabil. Katalis γ-Al2O3 hanya mengkonversi 2-propanol menjadi propilen, karena sifat basanya tidak cukup kuat untuk mendorong reaksi dehidrogenasi 2-propanol menjadi aseton. Katalis Mg-Al-hidrotalsit mengkonversi hampir 100% 2-propanol menjadi propilen pada suhu 175oC dan menghasilkan aseton paling banyak pada 225oC dengan konversi produk sebesar 53,36 %, sedangkan dengan katalis superbasa γ-Al2O3-NaOH-Na diperoleh konversi aseton sebesar 66,0% pada 225oC. Produkproduksekunder hasil konversi 2-propanol dengan katalis Mg-Al-hidrotalsit secara batch diidentifikasi dengan GC-MS dan diperoleh senyawa yang dominan adalah 4-metil-2-pentanol dan 3,3,5-trimetil sikloheksanol. Copyright (c 2007 BCREC UNDIP. All rights reserved.[Presented at Symposium and Congress of MKICS 2007, 18-19 April 2007, Semarang, Indonesia][How to Cite: W. Wibowo, S. Sunardi, I. Yulia. (2007. Studi Reaksi Konversi Katalisis 2-Propanol Menggunakan Katalis dan Pendukung Katalis γ-Al2O3. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering and Catalysis, 2 (2-3: 56-61.  doi:10.9767/bcrec.2.2-3.7131.56-61][How to Link/DOI:

  20. Effect of (+)-limonene and 1-methoxy-2-propanol on Ips typographus response to pheromone blends

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    Miroslav Bla(z)enec; Rastislav Jaku(s)


    We compared two different strategies to increase the catches of Ips typographus (L.), particularly males, in pheromone-baited traps. The first of these strategies, the barrier approach, used alternating pheromone blends, targeting males and females respectively, in closely-spaced traps forming a barrier around forest stands. The second strategy, the single trap approach, used widely-spaced traps that were all baited with the same lure and intended to trap the highest possible numbers of males without compromising trapping of females. In the blend used for the barrier traps targeting primarily males, with a lower percentage of (4S)-cis-verbenol (cV), the (-)-α-pinene was replaced step wise with (+)-limonene at rates of 0%, 1%, 10%, 35%, 60% and 90%. This replacement had no significant effect on the numbers of responding I. Typographus males, but there was a slight effect on the percentage of males caught. In the attractant blend for the barrier traps targeting females, with a higher percentage of cV, the 2-methyl-3-buten-2-ol (MB) was replaced with 1-methoxy-2-propanol (MP) in a similar fashion as for the male-specific blends. The replacement did not significantly affect the catch of females. Thus, it is possible to use the MP in the blend with cV and ipsdienol without significant change in catch efficacy. In the blends for single traps, the (-)-α-pinene was replaced with (+)-limonene and MB with MP. The replacement of (-)-α-pinene had only a slight effect on the percentage of males, but the results suggest that replacing MB with MP in the blend will not significantly reduce trapping efficacy.

  1. Improved Schmidt Conversion of Aldehydes to Nitriles Using Azidotrimethylsilane in 1,1,1,3,3,3-Hexafluoro-2-propanol

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    Hashim F. Motiwala


    Full Text Available The Schmidt reaction of aromatic aldehydes using a substoichiometric amount (40 mol % of triflic acid is described. Low catalyst loading was enabled by a strong hydrogen-bond-donating solvent hexafluoro-2-propanol (HFIP. This improved protocol tolerates a broad scope of aldehydes with diverse functional groups and the corresponding nitriles were obtained in good to high yields without the need for aqueous work up.

  2. Studies on Dechlorination of DDT with Alkaline 2-propanol and Iron-Nickel (Fe-Ni) Catalyst. (United States)

    Shareef, A.; Zaman, S. U.


    The Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) pesticides were previously extensively used in the cotton production and other agricultural activities in Pakistan and at least three thousand metric tons of obsolete pesticides have been stored under extreme hazardous conditions in more than thousand sites. Locally banned or severely restricted pesticides are easily available and DDT is continuously illegally imported and use in our country. Elimination of organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) waste has received considerable attention over the past two decades. Existing catalytic hydrodechlorinated techniques for disposing of OCPs are very costly due to the use of noble metals as catalysts. The aim of our study is to develop the cost effective and efficient method for the safe disposal of OCPs. This study is in continuation work on dechlorination of organochlorine pesticides with Fe-Ni catalyst in alkaline 2-propanol media. We turned our attention to the development of DDT disposal method for the third world countries. Herein, we report our first finding that in alkaline 2-propanol with Fe-Ni catalyst is an effective method for dechlorination of DDT. Catalytic dechlorination of DDT was carried out in an alkaline solution of NaOH and 2-propanol in the presence of catalyst at the temperature below 82 oC and end products were analyzed by using Gas Chromatography (GC-ECD) and Ion Chromatography (IC) techniques. Results obtained with initial concentration of DDT ranging between 10-100 μg/ml showed conversion of DDT to chlorine free product within 4 hrs.

  3. Measurement and Modeling of Vapor-Liquid Equilibrium for Ternary System Water+2-Propanol+1-Butyl-3-methylimidazolium Chloride

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    邓东顺; 乔玉珍; 姬登祥; 葛筠; 章连众


    Vapor-liquid equilibrium (VLE) data for water+2-propanol+1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ([bmim]Cl) were measured. Six sets of complete T, x, y data are reported, in which the 2-propanol mole fraction on IL-free basis is fixed separately at 0.1, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, and approximate 0.98, while the IL mass fraction is varied from 0.1 to 0.8, in an interval of 0.1. The non-random-two-liquid (NRTL) and electrolyte non-random-two-liquid (eNRTL) equations are used to correlate the experimental data with satisfactory results. The ternary VLE behavior is also modeled with the parameters obtained by correlating two data sets, in which the mole fraction of 2-propanol on IL-free basis is approximately 0.1 and 0.98. In this way, the six sets of data are reproduced satisfactorily. With the eNRTL model, the root-mean-square deviation for temperature is 0.82 K and that for vapor-phase mole fraction is 0.0078. The influences of IL on activity coefficients and relative volatility of the volatile components are also graphically illustrated.

  4. Inhibition of alcohol dehydrogenase after 2-propanol exposure in different geographic races of Drosophila mojavensis: lack of evidence for selection at the Adh-2 locus. (United States)

    Pfeiler, Edward; Reed, Laura K; Markow, Therese A


    High frequencies of the fast allele of alcohol dehydrogenase-2 (Adh-2F) are found in populations of Drosophila mojavensis that inhabit the Baja California peninsula (race BII) whereas the slow allele (Adh-2S) predominates at most other localities within the species' geographic range. Race BII flies utilize necrotic tissue of pitaya agria cactus (Stenocereus gummosus) which contains high levels of 2-propanol, whereas flies from most other localities utilize different cactus hosts in which 2-propanol levels are low. To test if 2-propanol acts as a selective force on Adh-2 genotype, or whether some other yet undetermined genetic factor is responsible, mature males of D. mojavensis lines derived from the Grand Canyon (race A) and Santa Catalina Island (race C), each with individuals homozygous for Adh-2F and Adh-2S, were exposed to 2-propanol for 24 h and ADH-2 specific activity was then determined on each genotype. Flies from five other localities homozygous for either the fast or slow allele also were examined. Results for all reported races of D. mojavensis were obtained. 2-propanol exposure inhibited ADH-2 specific activity in both genotypes from all localities, but inhibition was significantly less in two populations of race BII flies homozygous for Adh-2F. When F/F and S/S genotypes in flies from the same locality were compared, both genotypes showed high 2-propanol inhibition that was not statistically different, indicating that the F/F genotype alone does not provide a benefit against the inhibitory effects of 2-propanol. ADH-1 activity in female ovaries was inhibited less by 2-propanol than ADH-2. These results do not support the hypothesis that 2-propanol acts as a selective factor favoring the Adh-2F allele.

  5. Quaternary liquid/liquid equilibria of sodium sulfate, sodium sulfite and water with two solvents: Acetone and 2-propanol

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    Schiozer, A.L.


    Aqueous solutions of sodium sulfate and sodium sulfite are produced from sodium carbonate in flue-gas scrubbers; recovery of these salts often requires multi-effect evaporators; however, a new energy-efficient unit operation called extractive crystallization has been shown to have reduced energy costs. In this process, an organic solvent is added to the aqueous salt solution to precipitate salt. Acetone is a suitable solvent for this process, better than 2-propanol. Liquid/liquid/solid equilibria for ternary systems containing a salt, water, and an organic solvent were measured. Systems investigated were sodium sulfite/water/acetone and sodium sulfite/water/2-propanol. Experiments were conducted at salt saturation covering a temperature range between the lower consolute temperature and 48.6{degrees}C. In the attempt to improve the extractive crystallization process for recovery of sodium sulfate from flue-gas scrubbers, attention was given to a feed containing a mixture of sodium sulfite and sodium sulfate. Liquid-liquid equilibria for quaternary systems containing two salts, water, and an organic solvent were experimentally determined at 35{degrees}C. The systems investigated were sodium sulfate/sodium sulfite/water/acetone and sodium sulfate/sodium sulfite/water/2propanol. The systems were studied at three salt ratios. For each salt ratio, experiments were conducted starting at saturation, water was then added until the one-phase region was reached. Mixtures of the two salts proved to have a small disadvantage relative to the 100 % sulfate feed process. Therefore, a sulfate-based extractive crystallization process is recommended.

  6. Catalytic properties of pure and K{sup +}-doped Cu O/Mg O system towards 2-propanol conversion

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    El-Molla, S. A.; Amin, N. H.; Hammed, M. N.; Sultan, S. N. [Ain Shams University, Faculty of Education, Chemistry Department, Roxy, Heliopolis, Cairo 11757 (Egypt); El-Shobaky, G. A., E-mail: [National Research Center, Dokki, Cairo (Egypt)


    Cu O/Mg O system having different compositions was prepared by impregnation method followed by calcination at 400-900 C. The effect of Cu O content, calcination temperature and doping with small amounts of K{sup +} species (1-3 mol %) on physicochemical, surface and catalytic properties of the system were investigated using X-ray diffraction, adsorption of N{sub 2} at - 196 C, and conversion of isopropyl alcohol at 150-400 C using a flow technique. The results revealed that the solids having the formulae 0.2 and 0.3 Cu O/Mg O calcined at 400 C consisted of nano sized Mg O and Cu O as major phases together with Cu{sub 2}O as minor phase. The Bet-surface areas of different absorbents are decreased by increasing Cu O content, calcination temperature and K{sup +}-doping. Mg O-support material showed very small catalytic activity in 2-propanol conversion. The investigated system behaved as selective catalyst for dehydrogenation of 2-propanol with selectivity >80%. The catalytic activity increased by increasing Cu O content and decreased by increasing the calcination temperature within 400-900 C. K{sup +}-doping increased the catalytic activity and catalytic durability. (Author)

  7. The electro-oxidation of the mixture of formaldehyde and 2-propanol on gold (100 and (111 single crystal planes in alkaline medium

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    Full Text Available The effect of formaldehyde on the oxidation of 2-propanol and vice versa on gold single crystal planes (100 and 111 was studied. An activating effect in the reaction of the simultaneous oxidation of 2-propanol and formaldehyde was obtained on a gold (100 plane. In the case of a gold (111 electrode, the activation effect was not obtained. It was concluded that the adsorption of formaldehyde on the electrode surface prevents the adsorption of poisoning species formed during the electro-oxidation of 2-propanol on the Au(100 plane, while this is not the case on the Au(111 plane. The different behaviour is caused by the difference in the symmetry of the surface atoms of these two Au single-crystal planes.

  8. Determination of 2-propanol in surface cleaning solutions used for copper continuous casting process by flow injection-spectrophotometric detection with on-line column separation. (United States)

    Hayashibe, Yutaka; Tokuda, Masahiro; Takeya, Minoru


    A flow-injection system has been developed for the determination of 2-propanol in the surface cleaning solutions used in the copper continuous cast rod making system. Adsorption chromatography in nitric acid medium was used for the on-line separation of oily substances in the sample solution. Cerium(IV) diammonium nitrate was utilized as the chromogenic reagent for the spectrophotometric detection of 2-propanol. The system permits a throughput of one sample per hour for the oily sample, and of 12 samples per hour for the none-oily sample. The reproducibility has been proven to be satisfactory with a relative standard deviation of less than 6.0% (2.2%(V/V) 2-propanol level, n = 23). The detection limit is 0.01% (V/V).


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    Full Text Available In this work, we present the modification of a glassy carbon electrode with nickel oxide film which is performed in two successive steps. In the first one, the electrochemical deposition of metallic nickel on the glassy carbon electrode (GCE is achieved in 0.1M boric acid; in the second step, the metallic deposit is anodically oxidized in 0.1M NaOH. These two operations were carried out in a three electrode cell with a filiform platinum auxiliary electrode, a SCE as potential reference and a working microelectrode of modified glassy carbon with nickel oxides. This electrode is characterized by several electrochemical techniques and is used for the catalytic determination of ethanol, 2-propanol and 1-butanol in 0.1 M NaOH. The proposed chemical mechanism shows that NiO2 acts as a mediator.


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    Full Text Available In this work, we present the modification of a glassy carbon electrode with nickel oxide film which is performed in two successive steps. In the first one, the electrochemical deposition of metallic nickel on the glassy carbon electrode (GCE is achieved in 0.1M boric acid; in the second step, the metallic deposit is anodically oxidized in 0.1M NaOH. These two operations were carried out in a three electrode cell with a filiform platinum auxiliary electrode, a SCE as potential reference and a working microelectrode of modified glassy carbon with nickel oxides. This electrode is characterized by several electrochemical techniques and is used for the catalytic determination of ethanol, 2-propanol and 1-butanol in 0.1 M NaOH. The proposed chemical mechanism shows that NiO2 acts as a mediator.

  11. First European Report of Social Wasps Trapped in Response to Acetic acid, Isobutanol, 2-Methyl-2-propanol, and Heptyl butyrate in Tests Conducted in Hungary (United States)

    Five species of social wasps were captured in trapping tests in Hungary that evaluated the attractiveness of acetic acid, isobutanol, 2-methyl-2-propanol, and heptyl butyrate to social wasps. Both Vespula vulgaris (L.) and Vespula germanica (Fabr.), were captured in traps baited with isobutanol, t...

  12. Experimental results of 2-propanol dehydrogenation with a falling-liquid film reactor for solar chemical heat pump; Solar chemical heat pump ni okeru ryuka ekimakushiki 2-propanol bunkai hanno jikken

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    Doi, T.; Tanaka, T.; Ando, Y.; Takashima, T. [Electrotechnical Laboratory, Tsukuba (Japan); Koike, M.; Kamoshida, J. [Shibaura Institute of Technology, Tokyo (Japan)


    A solar chemical heat pump is intended to attempt multi-purposed effective utilization of solar energy by raising low temperature solar heat of about 100 degC to 150 to 200 degC by utilizing chemical reactions. The chemical heat pump under the present study uses a 2-propanol (IPA)/acetone/hydrogen system which can utilize low-temperature solar heat and has large temperature rising degree. It was found from the result of experiments and analyses that IPA dehydrogenation reaction can improve more largely the heat utilization rate in using a falling-liquid film reactor than using a liquid phase suspended system. As an attempt to improve further the heat utilization rate, this paper reports the result of experimental discussions on inclination angles of a reaction vessel and feed liquid flow rate which would affect the fluid condition of the liquid film. As a result of the experiments, the initial deterioration in the catalyst has settled in about 15 hours, and its activity has decreased to about 60% of the initial activity. It was made clear that the influence of the inclination angle of the reaction vessel on the reaction is small. 5 refs., 7 figs.

  13. Photocatalytic Oxidation of Low-Level Airborne 2-Propanol and Trichloroethylene over Titania Irradiated with Bulb-Type Light-Emitting Diodes

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    Wan-Kuen Jo


    Full Text Available This study examined the photocatalytic oxidation of gas-phase trichloroethylene (TCE and 2-propanol, at indoor levels, over titanium dioxide (TiO2 irradiated with light-emitting diodes (LED under different operational conditions. TiO2 powder baked at 450 °C exhibited the highest photocatalytic decomposition efficiency (PDE for TCE, while all photocatalysts baked at different temperatures showed similar PDEs for 2-propanol. The average PDEs of TCE over a three hour period were four, four, five, and 51% for TiO2 powders baked at 150, 250, 350, and 450 °C, respectively. The average PDEs of 2-propanol were 95, 97, 98, and 96% for TiO2 powders baked at 150, 250, 350, and 450 °C, respectively. The ratio of anatase at 2θ = 25.2° to rutile at 2θ = 27.4° was lowest for the TiO2 powder baked at 450 °C. Although the LED-irradiated TiO2 system revealed lower PDEs of TCE and 2-propanol when compared to those of the eight watt, black-light lamp-irradiated TiO2 system, the results for the PDEs normalized to the energy consumption were reversed. Other operational parameters, such as relative humidity, input concentrations, flow rate, and feeding type were also found to influence the photocatalytic performance of the UV LED-irradiated TiO2 system when applied to the cleaning of TCE and 2-propanol at indoor air levels.

  14. Noninvasive biomarkers for acute hepatotoxicity induced by 1,3-dichloro-2-propanol: hyperpolarized 13C dynamic MR spectroscopy. (United States)

    Kim, Gwang-Won; Oh, Chang-Hyun; Kim, Jong-Choon; Yoon, Woong; Jeong, Yong-Yeon; Kim, Yun-Hyeon; Kim, Jae-Kyu; Park, Jin-Gyoon; Kang, Heoung-Keun; Jeong, Gwang-Woo


    The purpose of this study was to investigate the cellular metabolite change for acute hepatotoxicity induced by 1,3-dichloro-2-propanol (1,3-DCP) in rats and its correlations with the enzyme levels. In order to induce acute hepatotoxicity, a single subcutaneous injection of 1,3-DCP (80 mg/kg) was given to six male Sprague-Dawley rats. Hyperpolarized (13)C dynamic magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) was performed on rat liver following injection of hyperpolarized [1-(13)C] pyruvate. The levels of serum aspartate am inotransferase (AST), alanine aminotransferase (ALT), and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) in the 1,3-DCP treated rats were significantly increased as compared with those in normal rats. In the dynamic (13)C MR spectra, the ratios of [1-(13)C] lactate to the total carbon and [1-(13)C] alanine to the total carbon in the 1,3-DCP treated rats were significantly increased, and there were positive correlations between cellular metabolic changes and enzyme levels. The levels of [1-(13)C] lactate and [1-(13)C] alanine are potentially considered as important biomarkers for the 1,3-DCP-induced acute hepatotoxicity.

  15. Time-course and molecular mechanism of hepatotoxicity induced by 1,3-dichloro-2-propanol in rats. (United States)

    Lee, In-Chul; Ko, Je-Won; Lee, Sang-Min; Kim, Sung-Hwan; Shin, In-Sik; Moon, Og-Sung; Yoon, Won-Kee; Kim, Hyoung-Chin; Kim, Jong-Choon


    This study investigated the time-course of 1,3-dichloro-2-propanol (1,3-DCP)-induced hepatotoxicity and the molecular mechanism of its oxidative stress and apoptotic changes in rats. Thirty-six male rats were randomly assigned to six groups of six rats each and were administered a single oral dose of 1,3-DCP (90 mg/kg) or its vehicle. 1,3-DCP caused acute hepatic damage, as evidenced by marked increases in serum aminotransferase, alkaline phosphatase, and histopathological alterations. These functional and histopathological changes in the liver peaked at 12h after administration and then decreased progressively. Oxidative stress indices were increased significantly at 6h, peaked at 12h, and then decreased progressively. The number of terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated dUTP nick-end labeling (TUNEL)- and caspase-3-positive cells increased after 6h, peaked at 12 and 24h, and then decreased. The protein levels of phosphorylated mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) including p-Erk1/2 and p-JNK showed a similar trend to the numbers of TUNEL- and caspase-3-positive cells. These results indicate that 1,3-DCP increases oxidative stress, nuclear translocation of Nrf2, and expression of Nrf2-targeted genes, followed by increased functional and histopathological alterations in the liver. The increase in hepatocellular apoptosis induced by 1,3-DCP may be related to oxidative stress-mediated MAPK activation.

  16. Insight into the beneficial immunomodulatory mechanism of the sevoflurane metabolite hexafluoro-2-propanol in a rat model of endotoxaemia. (United States)

    Urner, M; Schläpfer, M; Herrmann, I K; Hasler, M; Schimmer, R R; Booy, C; Roth Z'graggen, B; Rehrauer, H; Aigner, F; Minshall, R D; Stark, W J; Beck-Schimmer, B


    Volatile anaesthetics such as sevoflurane attenuate inflammatory processes, thereby impacting patient outcome significantly. Their inhalative administration is, however, strictly limited to controlled environments such as operating theatres, and thus an intravenously injectable immunomodulatory drug would offer distinct advantages. As protective effects of volatile anaesthetics have been associated with the presence of trifluorinated carbon groups in their basic structure, in this study we investigated the water-soluble sevoflurane metabolite hexafluoro-2-propanol (HFIP) as a potential immunomodulatory drug in a rat model of endotoxic shock. Male Wistar rats were subjected to intravenous lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and thereafter were treated with HFIP. Plasma and tissue inflammatory mediators, neutrophil invasion, tissue damage and haemodynamic stability were the dedicated end-points. In an endotoxin-induced endothelial cell injury model, underlying mechanisms were elucidated using gene expression and gene reporter analyses. HFIP reduced the systemic inflammatory response significantly and decreased endotoxin-induced tissue damage. Additionally, the LPS-provoked drop in blood pressure of animals was resolved by HFIP treatment. Pathway analysis revealed that the observed attenuation of the inflammatory process was associated with reduced nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κΒ) activation and suppression of its dependent transcripts. Taken together, intravenous administration of HFIP exerts promising immunomodulatory effects in endotoxaemic rats. The possibility of intravenous administration would overcome limitations of volatile anaesthetics, and thus HFIP might therefore represent an interesting future drug candidate for states of severe inflammation.


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    Maria Castaño


    Full Text Available Óxidos mixtos de manganeso y cobalto con relaciones molares M2++ Mg2+/M3+=3 y M2+/Mg2+ =1 fueron preparados por el método de coprecipitación. Los sólidos fueron caracterizados por las técnicas de difracción de rayos X  (XRD, temperatura programada de reducción (TPR-H2, área superficial y empleados en la oxidación catalítica de  una mezcla de dos compuestos orgánicos representativos de COVs: el tolueno y el 2-propanol.El óxido mixto de manganeso logró una oxidación del 100% de la mezcla de COVs mientras que el óxido mixto de cobalto no alcanza una oxidación total.El catalizador Mn-Mg-Al presentó las menores temperaturas de oxidación de tolueno y  2-propanol en la mezcla, haciéndolo el catalizador más eficiente. El  desempeño catalítico superior de dicho óxido está asociado principalmente a su mejor comportamiento redox comparado con el óxido el del cobalto.Con el fin de evaluar el efecto de la composición del reactivo, se estudió la oxidación catalítica individual de tolueno y 2-propanol sobre el óxido mixto de manganeso. El catalizadorfue activoen la oxidación de los dos COVsindividuales siendo el tolueno el compuesto más difícil de oxidar. Este catalizador mostró 100% de conversión hacia CO2 para el tolueno mientras que con el 2-propanol produce primero acetona la cual  posteriormente oxidada hasta CO2. Las temperaturas de oxidación de los componentes en la mezcla de COVsfueron superiores que en la conversión individual de tolueno y 2-propanol. Este resultado sugiere un posible efecto inhibitorio en la oxidación de 2-propanol cuando se tienen mezclas de los COVs.

  18. Highly active dealloyed Cu@Pt core-shell electrocatalyst towards 2-propanol electrooxidation in acidic solution (United States)

    Poochai, Chatwarin


    Dealloyed Cu@Pt core-shell electrocatalyst was fabricated by cyclic co-electrodeposition and selective Cu dealloying (CCEd-sCuD) on carbon paper (CP), namely Cu@Pt/CP. The Cu@Pt/CP exhibited a core-shell structure comprising with a Cu-rich core and a Pt-rich shell. The crystalline phases of Pt/CP and Cu@Pt/CP were a face-centered cubic (fcc). The compressive lattice strain approximately 0.85% was found in the Cu@Pt/CP owing to a lattice mismatch between a core and a shell region. In the core-region, Cu was formed Pt-Cu alloy as major and copper oxide and also metallic copper as minor. The morphology and grain size of the Cu@Pt/CP displayed a porous spherical shape with 100 nm in diameter, while those of Pt/CP seemed to be a cubic shape with smaller diameter of 40 nm. In electrochemical and catalytic activity, the surface of Cu@Pt/CP had a larger electrochemical active surface area (ECSA) than that of Pt/CP due to a porous formation caused by Cu dealloying. It is not surprising that the Cu@Pt/CP showed higher catalytic activity and greater stability towards 0.5 M 2-propanol electrooxidation in 0.5 M H2SO4 in terms of peak current density (jp), peak potential (Ep), onset potential (Eonset), diffusion coefficient (D), and charge transfer resistance (Rct) which were caused by electronic structure modification, higher compressive lattice strain, and larger ECSA, compared with Pt/CP.

  19. Kinetics of the hydrogenation of 2-chloro-4-nitroaniline over skeletal nickel and supported palladium catalysts in an aqueous solution of 2-propanol (United States)

    Krasnov, A. I.; Latypova, A. R.; Lefedova, O. V.; Sharonov, N. Yu.


    The kinetics of the liquid-phase hydrogenation of 2-chloro-4-nitroaniline in an aqueous solution of 2-propanol over skeletal nickel and supported palladium catalysts is studied. The selectivity of the reaction with respect to 2-chloro-1,4-phenylenediamine is determined. It is found that samples of supported palladium catalysts differ with respect to the amount of the active component and the nature of the support. Some of their structural characteristics are provided.

  20. Excess isentropic compressibility and speed of sound of the ternary mixture 2-propanol + diethyl ether + n-hexane and the constituent binary mixtures at 298.15 K

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    Gokhan Sovaroglu; Ertunc Aral


    Speed of sound and densities of the ternary mixture 2-propanol + diethyl ether + n-hexane and also the binary mixtures 2-propanol + diethyl ether and 2-propanol + n-hexane have been measured at the entire composition range at 298.15 K. The excess isentropic compressibilities and the excess speed of the sound have been calculated from experimental densities and speed of sound. These excess properties of the binary mixtures were fitted to Redlich-Kister equation, while the Cibulka's equation was used to fit the values related to the values to the ternary system. These excess properties have been used to discuss the presence of significant interactions between the component molecules in the binary mixtures and also the ternary mixtures. Speed of sound of the binary mixtures and the ternary mixture have been compared with calculated values from free length theory (FLT), collision factor theory (CFT), Nomoto's relation (NR), Van Deal's ideal mixing relation (IMR) and Junjie's relation (JR). The results are used to compare the relative merits of these theories and relations in terms of the root mean square deviation relative (RMSDr).

  1. Densities, viscosities, refractive indices, and surface tensions for binary and ternary mixtures of 2-propanol, tetrahydropyran, and 2,2,4-trimethylpentane

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    Kao, Y.-C. [Department of Applied Chemistry, Providence University, Shalu 43301, Taiwan (China); Tu, C.-H., E-mail: [Department of Applied Chemistry, Providence University, Shalu 43301, Taiwan (China)


    Densities, viscosities, refractive indices, and surface tensions of the ternary system (2-propanol + tetrahydropyran + 2,2,4-trimethylpentane) at T = 303.15 K and its constituent binary systems (2-propanol + tetrahydropyran, 2-propanol + 2,2,4-trimethylpentane, and tetrahydropyran + 2,2,4-trimethylpentane) at T = (293.15, 303.15, 313.15, and 323.15) K were measured at atmospheric pressure. Densities were determined using a vibrating-tube densimeter. Viscosities were measured with an automatic microviscometer based on the rolling-ball principle. Refractive indexes were measured using a digital Abbe-type refractometer. Surface tensions were determined by the Wilhelmy-plate method. From these data, excess molar volumes, deviations in viscosity, deviations in refractive index, and deviations in surface tension were calculated. The results for the binary and ternary systems were fitted to the Redlich-Kister equation and the variable-degree polynomials in terms of compositions, respectively. The experimental and calculated quantities are used to study the nature of mixing behaviour between mixture components.

  2. A Computational Study on the Mechanism for the K_2CO_3-catalyzed Reaction of Carbon Dioxide and 1-Chlo-2-propanol

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    张福兰; 万邦江; 黄辉胜


    The microcosmic reaction mechanism of K2CO3-catalyzed 1-chlo-2-propanol and carbon dioxide has been investigated by density functional theory(DFT) at the GGA/PW91/DNP level.We optimize the geometric configurations of reactants,intermediates,transition states,and products.The energy analysis calculation approves the authenticity of intermediates and transition states.According to our calculations,four feasible reaction pathways are found.The main pathway of the reaction is ReA → IMA1 → TSA1 → IMA2 → IMA5 → TSA5 → P.Besides,we also in-vestigate the reaction mechanism of 1-chlo-2-propanol and carbon dioxide without K2CO3-catalyzation by the same theory and level.The computational results indicate that the activation barrier with K2CO3-catalyzed is smaller than the activation barrier without K2CO3-catalyzed.That is to say,K2CO3 can promote the reaction to give the product in a high yield,which is in agreement with the experimental results.

  3. Equilibrium solubility of CO{sub 2} in aqueous solutions of 1-amino-2-propanol as function of concentration, temperature, and pressure

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    Rebolledo-Morales, Miguel Angel; Rebolledo-Libreros, Maria Esther [Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo, Direccion de Investigacion y Posgrado, Programa de Ingenieria Molecular, Area de Investigacion de Termofisica, Eje Central Lazaro Cardenas Norte 152, 07730 Mexico, D.F. (Mexico); Trejo, Arturo, E-mail: atrejo@imp.m [Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo, Direccion de Investigacion y Posgrado, Programa de Ingenieria Molecular, Area de Investigacion de Termofisica, Eje Central Lazaro Cardenas Norte 152, 07730 Mexico, D.F. (Mexico)


    Research highlights: Gas solubility of CO{sub 2} in aqueous solutions of 1-amino-2-propanol was measured. Solubility increases as pressure and concentration of 1-amino-2-propanol increase. The Kent-Eisenberg model was used to correlate all the experimental results. Aqueous solutions of MIPA are an excellent alternative to use in gas purification. - Abstract: Using a dynamic method with recirculation of the vapour phase, experimental values for the gas solubility of carbon dioxide in aqueous solutions of 1-amino-2-propanol (MIPA) were measured at T = (313.15 and 393.15) K, over the pressure range of (0.2 to 2436.4) kPa. The concentrations of the studied aqueous MIPA solutions were (0.20, 0.30, 0.40, and 0.50) mass fraction. The results of gas solubility are given as the partial pressure of CO{sub 2}, p{sub CO{sub 2}}, against its mole ratio, {alpha}{sub CO{sub 2}} (mol CO{sub 2} {center_dot} mol{sup -1} MIPA), and its mole fraction, x{sub CO{sub 2}}. It is observed that the solubility of CO{sub 2} increases as the concentration of MIPA in solution increases, at a given temperature throughout the pressure range considered; also the solubility values increase, under constant temperature, as the pressure increases in the studied concentration range of MIPA. The physicochemical model of Kent and Eisenberg was used to correlate simultaneously all the experimental results of the solubility of CO{sub 2} in the studied aqueous solutions of MIPA. The model correlates satisfactorily the experimental results. The deviation for pressure was 96.9 kPa using 62 experimental solubility points. The solubility results of carbon dioxide presented in this work are compared with those reported in the literature for aqueous solutions of monoethanolamine (MEA), diethanolamine (DEA), diisopropanolamine (DIPA), and N-methyldiethanolamine (MDEA) and it is possible to conclude that the aqueous solutions of MIPA are an excellent alternative to use in gas purification processes, since the

  4. Ternary liquid-liquid equilibria of dimethyl carbonate + 2-propanol + water system at 303.15 and 313.15 K (United States)

    Ginting, Rizqy Romadhona; Mustain, Asalil; Tetrisyanda, Rizki; Gunardi, Ignatius; Wibawa, Gede


    In this work, liquid-liquid equilibria data of dimethyl carbonate (DMC) + 2-propanol + water system were accurately determined at 303.15 and 313.15 K using stirred and jacketed equilibrium cell under atmospheric pressure. The reliabilities of the experimental data were confirmed using Bachman-Brown correlation giving r-squared value of 0.9993 and 0.9983 at 303.15 and 313.15 K, respectively. Experimental data obtained in this work exhibit Treybal's Type I ternary phase behavior. The selectivity and distribution coefficient of DMC increases with addition of DMC concentration in the organic phase. On the other hand, the effect of temperature to phase boundary was found to be not significant. The data were correlated well using the Non-Random Two Liquid (NRTL) and Universal Quasi-Chemical (UNIQUAC) activity coefficient models with root-mean-square deviation of 1.5% and 1.3%, respectively.

  5. Synthesis, radiolabeling and in vivo evaluation of [11C](R)-1-[4-[2-(4-methoxyphenyl)phenyl]piperazin-1-yl]-3-(2-pyrazinyloxy)-2-propanol, a potential PET radioligand for the 5-HT7 receptor

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    Hansen, Hanne Demant; Lacivita, Enza; Di Pilato, Pantaleo


    In the search for a novel serotonin 7 (5-HT7) receptor PET radioligand we synthesized and evaluated a new series of biphenylpiperazine derivatives in vitro. Among the studied compounds, (R)-1-[4-[2-(4-methoxyphenyl)phenyl]piperazin-1-yl]-3-(2-pyrazinyloxy)-2-propanol ((R)-16), showed the best com...

  6. Catalytic hydrodechlorination of trichloroethylene in a novel NaOH/2-propanol/methanol/water system on ceria-supported Pd and Rh catalysts. (United States)

    Cobo, Martha; Becerra, Jorge; Castelblanco, Miguel; Cifuentes, Bernay; Conesa, Juan A


    The catalytic hydrodechlorination (HDC) of high concentrations of trichloroethylene (TCE) (4.9 mol%, 11.6 vol%) was studied over 1%Pd, 1%Rh and 0.5%Pd-0.5%Rh catalysts supported on CeO2 under conditions of room temperature and pressure. For this, a one-phase system of NaOH/2-propanol/methanol/water was designed with molar percentages of 13.2/17.5/36.9/27.6, respectively. In this system, the alcohols delivered the hydrogen required for the reaction through in-situ dehydrogenation reactions. PdRh/CeO2 was the most active catalyst for the degradation of TCE among the evaluated materials, degrading 85% of the trichloroethylene, with alcohol dehydrogenation rates of 89% for 2-propanol and 83% for methanol after 1 h of reaction. Fresh and used catalysts were characterized by Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), and Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). These results showed important differences of the active phase in each catalyst sample. Rh/CeO2 had particle sizes smaller than 1 nm and the active metal was partially oxidized (Rh(0)/Rh(+δ) ratio of 0.43). This configuration showed to be suitable for alcohols dehydrogenation. On the contrary, Pd/CeO2 showed a Pd completed oxidized and with a mean particle size of 1.7 nm, which seemed to be unfavorable for both, alcohols dehydrogenation and TCE HDC. On PdRh/CeO2, active metals presented a mean particle size of 2.7 nm and more reduced metallic species, with ratios of Rh(0)/Rh(+δ) = 0.67 and Pd(0)/Pd(+δ) = 0.28, which showed to be suitable features for the TCE HDC. On the other hand, TGA results suggested some deposition of NaCl residues over the catalyst surfaces. Thus, the new reaction system using PdRh/CeO2 allowed for the degradation of high concentrations of the chlorinated compound by using in situ hydrogen liquid donors in a reaction at room temperature and pressure.

  7. Studies of mixing properties of binary systems of 2-propanol with hexadecane and squalane at T = (298.15, 303.15, and 308.15) K

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    Dubey, Gyan P. [Department of Chemistry, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra 136 119 (India)], E-mail:; Sharma, Monika [Department of Chemistry, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra 136 119 (India)], E-mail:


    The present paper reports the experimental data for density, {rho}, viscosity, {eta}, and speeds of sound, u for the binary mixtures of 2-propanol, (CH{sub 3}){sub 2}CHOH with hexadecane, C{sub 16}H{sub 34} over the miscibility region (0 < x{sub 1} < 1) and with squalane (2,4,6,10,15,19,23-hexametyltetracosane), C{sub 30}H{sub 62} over the miscibility region (0 < x{sub 1} < 0.6) at T = (298.15, 303.15, and 308.15) K. The experimental data have been used to calculate various parameters like excess molar volumes, V{sub m}{sup E}, viscosity deviations, {delta}{eta}, excess molar isentropic compressibility, K{sub S,m}{sup E}, and deviations in speed of sound, u{sup D}, from their ideal values u{sup id}. These excess parameters and deviations are used to interpret the molecular interactions in these binary mixtures.

  8. Design of Composite Photocatalyst of TiO2 and Y-Zeolite for Degradation of 2-Propanol in the Gas Phase under UV and Visible Light Irradiation

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    Takashi Kamegawa


    Full Text Available Hydrophobic Y-zeolite (SiO2/Al2O3 = 810 and TiO2 composite photocatalysts were designed by using two different types of TiO2 precursors, i.e., titanium ammonium oxalate and ammonium hexafluorotitanate. The porous structure, surface property and state of TiO2 were investigated by various characterization techniques. By using an ammonium hexafluorotitanate as a precursor, hydrophobic modification of the Y-zeolite surface and realizing visible light sensitivity was successfully achieved at the same time after calcination at 773 K in the air. The prepared sample still maintained the porous structure of Y-zeolite and a large surface area. Highly crystalline anatase TiO2 was also formed on the Y-zeolite surface by the role of fluorine in the precursor. The usages of ammonium hexafluorotitanate were effective for the improvement of the photocatalytic performance of the composite in the degradation of 2-propanol in the gas phase under UV and visible light (λ > 420 nm irradiation.

  9. Structure–acidity correlation of supported tungsten(VI)-oxo-species: FT-IR and TPD studies of adsorbed pyridine and catalytic decomposition of 2-propanol

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    Zaki, M.I., E-mail:; Mekhemer, G.A.H.; Fouad, N.E.; Rabee, A.I.M.


    The amount of 10 wt%-WO{sub 3} was supported on alumina, titania or silica by impregnation with aqueous solution of ammonium paratungstate and subsequent calcination at 500 °C for 10 h. Tungstate-related chemical and physical changes in the calcination products were resolved by ex-situ infrared (IR) spectroscopy. Nature of exposed surface acid sites were probed by in-situ IR spectroscopy of adsorbed pyridine (Py) molecules at room temperature (RT). The relative strength of the acid sites thus probed was gauged by combining results of temperature-programmed desorption (TPD) measurements of the RT-adsorbed Py with those communicated by in-situ IR spectra of residual Py on the surface after a brief thermoevacuation at high temperatures (100–300 °C). Reactivity of the surface acid sites was tested toward 2-propanal catalytic decomposition, and observed by in-situ IR gas phase spectra. Results obtained were correlated with predominant structures assumed by the supported tungstate species. Accordingly, polymerization of the supported tungstate into 2-/3-dimensional structures, was found to be relatively most advanced on favorable locations of titania surfaces as compared to the case on alumina or silica surfaces. Consequently, the Lewis acidity was strengthened, and strong Bronsted acidity was evolved, leading to a 2-propanol dehydration catalyst (tungstate/titania) of optimal activity and selectivity. Strong tungstate/support interfacial interactions were found to hamper the formation of the strongly acidic and catalytically active polymeric structures of the supported tungstate (i.e., the case on alumina or silica).

  10. (Vapour + liquid) equilibrium of binary mixtures (1,3-dioxolane or 1,4-dioxane + 2-methyl-1-propanol or 2-methyl-2-propanol) at isobaric conditions[(Vapour+liquid) equilibrium; Cyclic ethers; Butanols; ASOG; UNIFAC

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    Reyes, Antonio; Lafuente, Carlos; Minones, Jose; Kragl, Udo; Royo, Felix M. E-mail:


    Isobaric (vapour + liquid) equilibrium of (1,3-dioxolane or 1,4-dioxane + 2-methyl-1-propanol or 2-methyl-2-propanol) at 40.0 kPa and 101.3 kPa has been studied with a dynamic recirculating still. The experimental VLE data are thermodynamically consistent. From these data, activity coefficients were calculated and correlated with the Margules, van Laar, Wilson, NRTL and UNIQUAC equations. The VLE results have been compared with the predictions by the UNIFAC and ASOG methods.

  11. Determination and modelling of osmotic coefficients and vapour pressures of binary systems 1- and 2-propanol with C{sub n}MimNTf{sub 2} ionic liquids (n = 2, 3, and 4) at T = 323.15 K

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    Calvar, Noelia [LSRE - Laboratory of Separation and Reaction Engineering, Associate Laboratory, LSRE/LCM, Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Rua Dr. Roberto Frias s/n, Porto 4200-465 (Portugal); Gomez, Elena; Dominguez, Angeles [Advanced Separation Processes Group, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Vigo, 36310 Vigo (Spain); Macedo, Eugenia A., E-mail: [LSRE - Laboratory of Separation and Reaction Engineering, Associate Laboratory, LSRE/LCM, Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Rua Dr. Roberto Frias s/n, Porto 4200-465 (Portugal)


    Highlights: > Osmotic coefficients of 1- and 2-propanol with C{sub n}MimNTf{sub 2} (n = 2, 3, and 4) are determined. > Experimental data were correlated with extended Pitzer model of Archer and MNRTL. > Mean molal activity coefficients and excess Gibbs free energies were calculated. > Effect of the anion is studied comparing these results with literature. - Abstract: The osmotic and activity coefficients and vapour pressures of binary mixtures containing 1-propanol, or 2-propanol and imidazolium-based ionic liquids with bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide as anion (1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide, C{sub 2}MimNTf{sub 2}, 1-methyl-3-propylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide, C{sub 3}MimNTf{sub 2}, and 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide, C{sub 4}MimNTf{sub 2}) were determined at T = 323.15 K using the vapour pressure osmometry technique. The experimental osmotic coefficients were correlated using the extended Pitzer model modified by Archer and the MNRTL model, obtaining standard deviations lower than 0.033 and 0.064, respectively. The mean molal activity coefficients and the excess Gibbs free energy for the mixtures studied were calculated from the parameters of the extended Pitzer model modified by Archer. Besides the effect of the alkyl-chain of the cation, the effect of the anion can be assessed comparing the experimental results with those previously obtained for imidazolium ionic liquids with sulphate anions.

  12. Application of the margin of exposure (MoE) approach to substances in food that are genotoxic and carcinogenic: example: (CAS No. 96-23-1) 1,3-dichloro-2-propanol (DCP). (United States)

    Williams, Gary; Leblanc, Jean-Charles; Setzer, R Woodrow


    1,3-Dichloro-2-propanol (DCP) is formed in foods under a variety of conditions. It was positive in a variety of in vitro genotoxicity tests, but was negative in two in vivo studies. DCP produced neoplasms at several sites in rats. Kidney tumours in male rats were selected as the critical tumour type. Dose-response modelling of the data for DCP gave a BMDL(10) for combined kidney carcinomas and adenomas in male rats of 9.62 mg/kg-body weight (bw)/day. The exposure of humans was estimated at an average of 0.00009 mg/kg-bw/day and a high exposure of 0.000136 mg/kg-bw/day. The MOEs for these exposures were 100,000 and 70,000, respectively.

  13. Synthesis and preliminary evaluation of (R,S)-1-[2-((carbamoyl-4-hydroxy)phenoxy)-ethylamino]-3-[4-(1-[11C]-met hyl-4-trifluoromethyl-2-imidazolyl)phenoxy]-2-propanol ([11C]CGP 20712A) as a selective beta 1-adrenoceptor ligand for PET

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    Elsinga, P H; Van Waarde, A; Visser, Gerben; Vaalburg, W


    The most selective beta 1-adrenoceptor ligand known at this moment is (S)-1-[2-((carbamoyl-4-hydroxy) phenoxy)ethylamino]-3-[4-(1-methyl-4-trifluoromethyl-2-imidazolyl) phenoxy]-2-propanol (CGP 26505), the S-isomer of CGP 20712A. We prepared the racemic 11C analogue by methylation with [11C]CH3I of

  14. Synthesis and preliminary evaluation of (R,S)-1-[2-((carbamoyl-4-hydroxy)phenoxy)-ethylamino]-3-[4-(1-[11C]-met hyl-4-trifluoromethyl-2-imidazolyl)phenoxy]-2-propanol ([11C]CGP 20712A) as a selective beta 1-adrenoceptor ligand for PET

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    Elsinga, P H; Van Waarde, A; Visser, Gerben; Vaalburg, W

    The most selective beta 1-adrenoceptor ligand known at this moment is (S)-1-[2-((carbamoyl-4-hydroxy) phenoxy)ethylamino]-3-[4-(1-methyl-4-trifluoromethyl-2-imidazolyl) phenoxy]-2-propanol (CGP 26505), the S-isomer of CGP 20712A. We prepared the racemic 11C analogue by methylation with [11C]CH3I of

  15. Chemical-physical properties of spinel CoMn2O4 nano-powders and catalytic activity in the 2-propanol and toluene combustion: Effect of the preparation method. (United States)

    Hosseini, Seyed Ali; Salari, Dariush; Niaei, Aligholi; Deganello, Francesca; Pantaleo, Giuseppe; Hojati, Pejman


    Spinel-type CoMn(2)O(4)nano-powders are prepared using sol-gel auto combustion (SGC) and co-precipitation (CP) methods and their catalytic activities are evaluated in combustion of 2-propanol and toluene. The chemical-physical properties of the oxides are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), N(2)-adsorption-desorption, temperature programmed reduction (TPR) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). After calcination at 700°C, CoMn(2)O(4)-SGC shows higher amounts of the normal-type spinel phase and is more crystalline than CoMn(2)O(4)-CP. Higher calcination temperatures (850°C) do not affect very much the weight percentage of the normal-type spinel phase; although the crystal size slightly increased. The TPR analysis evidences a large number of Mn(3+) cations in CoMn(2)O(4)-SGC compared to CoMn(2)O(4)-CP. This difference, together with the higher surface area, could justify the higher activity of CoMn(2)O(4)-SGC in both the investigated reactions.

  16. Excess molar enthalpies and excess molar volumes of formamide + 1-propanol or 2-propanol and thermodynamic modeling by Prigogine–Flory–Patterson theory and Treszczanowicz–Benson association model

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    Rani, Manju [Department of Chemical Engineering, Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology, Murthal 131 039 (India); Maken, Sanjeev, E-mail: [Department of Chemistry, Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology, Murthal 131 039 (India)


    Highlights: ► Measured H{sub m}{sup E} and V{sub m}{sup E} data of formamide + propanol were interpreted in terms of PFP theory. ► Treszczanowicz–Benson association model was also applied to these binary systems. ► The calculated H{sub m}{sup E} and V{sub m}{sup E} values compared well with corresponding experimental data. ► Extent of H-bonding in formamide and propanol in their mixture was reflected in Δh{sub H}{sup 0} and K{sub H}. - Abstract: Excess molar enthalpies (H{sub m}{sup E}) at 298.15 K and 308.15 K and excess molar volumes (V{sub m}{sup E}) at 308.15 K for formamide (1) + 1-propanol or 2-propanol (2) mixtures have been measured over the entire composition range. The excess enthalpies and excess volumes data have been utilized to study the thermodynamics of molecular interactions in terms of Prigogine–Flory–Patterson theory and Treszczanowicz–Benson association model with a Flory contribution term. In this paper, this Treszczanowicz–Benson association model was applied, for the first time, to binary mixtures containing both components associated (propanol and formamide) through hydrogen bonding. In both the cases, when either of formamide or propanol was assumed to be associated, the calculated H{sub m}{sup E} and V{sub m}{sup E} values compared well with corresponding experimental data. Extent of inter-molecular H-bonding in formamide and propanol in their binary mixtures was also reflected in their molar enthalpy of association of H-bonding Δh{sub H}{sup 0} and association constant K{sub H}.

  17. Synthesis and Characterization of Cobalt(III), Nickel(II) and Copper(II) Mononuclear Complexes with the Ligand 1,3-bis[(2-aminoethyl)amino]-2-propanol and Their Catalase-Like Activity. (United States)

    Pires, Bianca M; Silva, Daniel M; Visentin, Lorenzo C; Rodrigues, Bernardo L; Carvalho, Nakédia M F; Faria, Roberto B


    In this work, we present the synthesis and characterization of two new mononuclear complexes with the ligand 1,3-bis[(2-aminoethyl)amino]-2-propanol (HL), [Co(L)(H2O)](ClO4)2 (1), [Ni(HL)](ClO4)2 (2), as well as the known complex [Cu(HL)](ClO4)2 (3) for comparison. Their abilities to catalyze the dismutation of H2O2 and the oxidation of cyclohexane were investigated. The complexes were characterized by X-ray diffraction, elemental analysis, electronic and infrared spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry, electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) and conductivity measurements. The X-ray structures showed that the nickel (2) and copper (3) complexes are tetracoordinated, with the metal ion bound to the nitrogen atoms of the ligand. On the other hand, the cobalt complex (1) is hexacoordinated, possessing additional bonds to the alkoxo group of the ligand and to a water molecule. Neither of the complexes was able to catalyze the oxidation of cyclohexane, but all of them exhibited catalase-like activity, following Michaelis-Menten kinetics, which suggest resemblance with the catalase natural enzymes. The catalytic activity followed the order: [Ni(HL)](ClO4)2 (2) > [Cu(HL)](ClO4)2 (3) > [Co(L)(H2O)](ClO4)2 (1). As far as we know, this is the first description of a nickel complex presenting a significant catalase-like activity.

  18. Effects of Additives on Catalytic Oxidation of 1-Methoxy-2-Propanol to Methoxyacetone%添加物对1-甲氧基-2-丙醇催化氧化制甲氧基丙酮反应的影响

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    The system WⅥ-H2O2 has good selectivity for methoxyacetone in oxidation of 1-methoxy-2-propanol. The effects of acid and base additives on selectivit y for methoxyacetone were studied. The results showed that the acid additive, i.e. NaHSO4, was favorable to Na2WO4-H2O2 system, while the base ad ditive NEt3 was favorable to other tungsten compounds. A 71.2% of yield of me thoxyacetone with 98.9% of selectivity for methoxyacetone was obtained in Na2 WO4-H2O2-NaHSO4-MeCOMe oxidation system.

  19. Henry's law constants and infinite dilution activity coefficients of cis-2-butene, dimethylether, chloroethane, and 1,1-difluoroethane in methanol, 1-propanol, 2-propanol, 1-butanol, 2-butanol, isobutanol, tert-butanol, 1-pentanol, 2-pentanol, 3-pentanol, 2-methyl-1-butanol, 3-methyl-1-butanol, and 2-methyl-2-butanol

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    Miyano, Yoshimori [Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts, 2640 Nishinoura, Tsurajimacho, Kurashiki 712-8505 (Japan)]. E-mail:; Kobashi, Takahiro [Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts, 2640 Nishinoura, Tsurajimacho, Kurashiki 712-8505 (Japan); Shinjo, Hiroshi [Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts, 2640 Nishinoura, Tsurajimacho, Kurashiki 712-8505 (Japan); Kumada, Shinya [Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts, 2640 Nishinoura, Tsurajimacho, Kurashiki 712-8505 (Japan); Watanabe, Yusuke [Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts, 2640 Nishinoura, Tsurajimacho, Kurashiki 712-8505 (Japan); Niya, Wataru [Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts, 2640 Nishinoura, Tsurajimacho, Kurashiki 712-8505 (Japan); Tateishi, Yoko [Department of Chemistry and Bioscience, Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts, 2640 Nishinoura, Tsurajimacho, Kurashiki 712-8505 (Japan)


    Henry's law constants and infinite dilution activity coefficients of cis-2-butene, dimethylether, chloroethane, and 1,1-difluoroethane in methanol, 1-propanol, 2-propanol, 1-butanol, 2-butanol, isobutanol, tert-butanol, 1-pentanol, 2-pentanol, 3-pentanol, 2-methyl-1-butanol, 3-methyl-1-butanol, and 2-methyl-2-butanol in the temperature range of 250 K to 330 K were measured by a gas stripping method and partial molar excess enthalpies were calculated from the activity coefficients. A rigorous formula for evaluating the Henry's law constants from the gas stripping measurements was used for the data reduction of these highly volatile mixtures. The uncertainty is about 2% for the Henry's law constants and 3% for the estimated infinite dilution activity coefficients. In the evaluation of the infinite dilution activity coefficients, the nonideality of the solute such as the fugacity coefficient and Poynting correction factor cannot be neglected, especially at higher temperatures. The estimated uncertainty of the infinite dilution activity coefficients includes 1% for nonideality.

  20. Support vector classification for structure-activity-relationship of 1-(1H-1,2,4-triazole-1-yl)-2-(2,4-difluorophenyl)-3-substituted-2-propanols%支持向量分类算法用于1-(1H-1,2,4-三唑-1-基)-2-(2,4-二氟苯基)-3-取代-2-丙醇化合物的构效关系研究

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    纪晓波; 陆文聪; 蔡煜东; 陈念贻


    The support vector classification (SVC) was employed to make a model for classification of antifungal activities of 1-(1H-1,2,4-triazole-1-yl)-2-(2,4-difluorophenyl)-3-substituted-2-propanols triazole derivatives. The compounds with high antifungal activities and those with low antifungal activities were compared on the basis of the following molecular descriptors: net atomic charge on the atom N connecting with R, dipole moment and heat of formation. By using the SVC, a mathematical model was constructed, which can predict the antifungal activities of the triazole derivatives, with an accuracy of 91% on the basis of the leave-one-out cross-validation (LOOCV) test. The results indicate that the performance of the SVC model can exceed that of the principal component analysis (PCA) and K-Nearest Neighbor (KNN) models for this real world data set.

  1. Interface between platinum(111) and liquid isopropanol (2-propanol): a model for molecular dynamics studies. (United States)

    Tarmyshov, Konstantin B; Müller-Plathe, Florian


    A molecular dynamics model and its parametrization procedure are devised and used to study adsorption of isopropanol on platinum(111) (Pt(111)) surface in unsaturated and oversaturated coverages regimes. Static and dynamic properties of the interface between Pt(111) and liquid isopropanol are also investigated. The magnitude of the adsorption energy at unsaturated level increases at higher coverages. At the oversaturated coverage (multilayer adsorption) the adsorption energy reduces, which coincides with findings by Panja et al. in their temperature-programed desorption experiment [Surf. Sci. 395, 248 (1998)]. The density analysis showed a strong packing of molecules at the interface followed by a depletion layer and then by an oscillating density profile up to 3 nm. The distribution of individual atom types showed that the first adsorbed layer forms a hydrophobic methyl "brush." This brush then determines the distributions further from the surface. In the second layer methyl and methine groups are closer to the surface and followed by the hydroxyl groups; the third layer has exactly the inverted distribution. The alternating pattern extends up to about 2 nm from the surface. The orientational structure of molecules as a function of distance of molecules is determined by the atom distribution and surprisingly does not depend on the electrostatic or chemical interactions of isopropanol with the metal surface. However, possible formation of hydrogen bonds in the first layer is notably influenced by these interactions. The surface-adsorbate interactions influence the mobility of isopropanol molecules only in the first layer. Mobility in the higher layers is independent of these interactions.

  2. Catalytic Liquefaction of Humin Substances from Sugar Biorefineries with Pt/C in 2-Propanol

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    Wang, Y.; Agarwal, S.; Heeres, H. J.

    The catalytic liquefaction of humins, the solid byproduct from the conversion of C6 sugars (glucose, fructose) to S-hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) and levulinic acid (LA), using a supported Pt/C catalyst in isopropanol (IPA) as the solvent was investigated. At bench mark conditions (400 degrees C, 7 h,

  3. Photocatalytic degradation of 2-propanol and phenol using Au loaded MnWO4 nanorod under visible light irradiation

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    Chakraborty, AK


    Full Text Available Single crystalline MnWO4 nanorod has been prepared by low temperature hydrothermal reaction at 180 °C. The prepared MnWO4 possesses band gap of 2.63 eV. Photochemical decomposition method has been followed to disperse Au nanoparticles onto MnWO4...

  4. Cholesteryl ester transfer protein inhibitors in coronary heart disease: Validated comparative QSAR modeling of N, N-disubstituted trifluoro-3-amino-2-propanols. (United States)

    Mondal, Chanchal; Halder, Amit Kumar; Adhikari, Nilanjan; Jha, Tarun


    Cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) converts high density lipoprotein cholesterol to low density lipoproteins. It is a promising target for treatment of coronary heart disease. Two dimensional quantitative structure activity relationship (2D-QSAR), hologram QSAR (HQSAR) studies and comparative molecular field analysis (CoMFA) as well as comparative molecular similarity analysis (CoMSIA) were performed on 104 CETP inhibitors. The statistical qualities of generated models were justified by internal and external validation, i.e., q(2) and R(2)pred respectively. The best 2D-QSAR model was obtained with q(2) and R(2)pred values of 0.794 and 0.796 respectively. The 2D-QSAR study suggests that unsaturation, branching and van der Waals volumes may play important roles. The HQSAR model showed q(2) and R(2)pred values of 0.628 and 0.550 respectively. Similarly, CoMFA model showed q(2) and R(2)pred values of 0.707 and 0.755 respectively whereas CoMSIA model was obtained with q(2) and R(2)pred values of 0.696 and 0.703 respectively. CoMFA and CoMSIA studies indicate that steric factors are important at substituted phenoxy and tetrafluoroethoxy groups whereas electropositive factors play important role at difluoromethyl group. The results of 3D-QSAR studies validate those of 2D-QSAR and HQSAR studies as well as the earlier observed SAR data. Current work may help to develop better CETP inhibitors.

  5. 75 FR 43076 - 2-Propanol, 1,1′,1′′-nitrilotris-; Exemption from the Requirement of a Tolerance (United States)


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  6. Hydrogen transfer reaction of cyclohexanone with 2-propanol catalysed by CeO2-ZnO materials: Promoting effect of ceria

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    Braja Gopal Mishra; G Ranga Rao; B Poongodi


    Ce-Zn-O mixed oxides were prepared by amorphous citrate process and decomposition of the corresponding acetate precursors. The resulting materials were characterised by TGA, XRD, UV-Vis-DRS, EPR, SEM and surface area measurements. XRD and DRS results indicated fine dispersion of the ceria component in the ZnO matrix. EPR results clearly indicate the presence of oxygen vacancy and defect centres in the composite oxide. Addition of CeO2 to ZnO produced mixed oxides of high surface area compared to the pure ZnO. Hydrogen transfer reaction was carried out on these catalytic materials to investigate the effect of rare earth oxide on the activity of ZnO. Addition of ceria into zinc oxide was found to increase the catalytic activity for hydrogen transfer reaction. The catalytic activity also depended on the method of preparation. Citrate process results in uniformly dispersed mixed oxide with higher catalytic activity.

  7. Synthesis and antifungal activity of 1- ( 1 H-1, 2,4-triazol-1-yl) -2- (2,4-difluorophenyl)-3-(4-substituted acyl piperazin-1-yl)-2-propanols

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    LIANG Shuang; LIU Chao-mei; ZHU Jie; HE Qiu-qin; JIANG Yuan-ying; CAO Yong-bin


    Objective: To study the effect of fluconzole derivatives from a side chain containing 4-substituted acyl piperazin-1-yl on antifungal activity. Methods: Fourteen title compounds were synthesized and confirmed by the elementary analysis, 1HNMR and IR spectra. Five deep fungal strains and 3 shallow fungal strains were chosen as the experimental strains. Minimum inhibitory concentrations(MICs) of all title compounds were determined by the method recommended by the National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards (NCCLS) using RPMI 1640 test medium. Results: Among the 14title compounds, 12 were first reported. The results of preliminary antifungal test showed that all the title compounds exhibited potent antifungal activities to a certain extent. The activity of 4 compounds were more than 4 times as high as that of fluconazole and equal to that of ketoconazole against Candida albicans in vitro(MIC80 value≤0. 125 μg/ml). Conclusion:Introduction of a side chain containing 4-substituted acyl piperazin-l-yl into the main part of fluconazole has important influence on antifungal activities of title compounds.

  8. Preparation of(S)-1-Phenylsulfonyl-2-Propanol through Asymmetric Reduction by Baker's Yeast%面包酵母不对称还原制备(S)-1-苯砜基-2-丙醇

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    石月丹; 周子彦; 谢玉忠



  9. Kinetics of the asymmetrie synthesis of 1-phenylsulfonyl-2-propanol by baker's yeast in microaqueous organic solvent%微水有机溶剂中面包酵母催化不对称还原(S)-1-苯砜-2-丙酮的动力学研究

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    谢玉忠; 李向霞; 周子彦


    探讨在微水有机溶剂中面包酵母催化不对称还原(S)-1-苯砜-2-丙酮的动力学,分别求出30 ℃和35 ℃下的反应速率常数和米氏常数.实验结果表明面包酵母在35℃时的催化活性比30 ℃时要高.

  10. Determination of p-Acetaminobenzoic Acid and N,N-Dimethylamino-2-propanol in Human Urine by LC-MS and Study on Their Urinary Excretion Profiles%人尿中对乙酰氨基苯甲酸和N,N-甲氨基-2-丙醇的液质联用法测定及尿药排泄特征研究

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    于勇; 孙鲁宁; 杜晓琅; 饶雅琨; 丁雯; 丁黎; 肖慧凤; 陈益智


    目的:建立分别测定人尿中对乙酰氨基苯甲酸和N,N-二甲氨基-2-丙醇的液质联用法,考察二者在中国健康受试者尿液中的排泄特征.方法:以LC-MS法测定尿样中对乙酰氨基苯甲酸,色谱采用Amethyst C18柱(150 mm×2.1 mm,5 μm),流动相为甲醇-0.1%甲酸水溶液(25:75),流速为0.4 mL·min-1;质谱采用气动辅助电喷雾离子化和正离子选择性离子检测.以LC-MS/MS法测定尿样中N,N-二甲氨基-2-丙醇,色谱采用Hedera CN柱(150 mm×2.1 mm,5 μm),流动相为乙腈-5 mmol·L-1醋酸铵水溶液(含0.03%甲酸)(55:45),流速为0.35 mL·min-1;质谱采用气动辅助电喷雾离子化和正离子多反应检测.10名受试者单次口服异丙肌苷片(1.0 g),测定对乙酰氨基苯甲酸和N,N-二甲氨基-2-丙醇的尿药排泄参数.结果:对乙酰氨基苯甲酸的尿药浓度在0.202 0-202.0 mg·L-1范围内线性关系良好,平均回收率大于97.7%;N,N-二甲氨基-2-丙醇尿药浓度在0.797 8-398.9 mg·L-1范围内线性关系良好,平均回收率大于99.1%.受试者服药后,对乙酰氨基苯甲酸和N,N-二甲氨基-2-丙醇分别在6和12 h后基本随尿排泄完全,36 h内其平均尿药累积排泄百分率分别为(30.7±5.7)%和(49.0±8.6)%.结论:本法适用于人尿中对乙酰氨基苯甲酸和N,N-二甲氨基-2-丙醇的测定及其尿药排泄特征研究.

  11. Excess Molar Volumes and Viscosities for Binary Mixtures of 1-Alkoxypropan-2-ols with 1-Butanol,and 2-Butanol at 298.15 K and Atmospheric Pressure

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    PAL Amalendu; GABA Rekha


    Excess molar volumes VEm and kinematic viscosities v have been measured as a function of composition for binary mixtures of propylene glycol monomethyl ether (1-methoxy-2-propanol),MeOCH2CH(OH)Me,propylene glycol monoethyl ether (1-ethoxy-2-propanol), EtOCH2CH(OH)Me,propylene glycol monopropyl ether (1-propoxy-2-propanol), PrOCH2CH(OH)Me, propylene glycol monobutyl ether (1-butoxy-2-propanol),BuOCH2CH(OH)Me,and propylene glycol tert-butyl ether (1-tert-butoxy-2-propanol),t-BuOCH2CH(OH)Me with 1-butanol,and 2-butanol,at 298.15 K and atmospheric pressure.The excess molar volumes are negative across the entire range of composition for all the systems with 1-butanol,and positive for the systems 2-butanol+1-methoxy-2-propanol,and +1-propoxy-2-propanol,negative for the systems 2-butanol+1-butoxy-2-propanol,and change sign for the systems 2-butanol+1-ethoxy-2-propanol,and +1-tert-butoxy-2-propanol.From the experimental data,the deviation in dynamic viscosity η from Σxiηi has been calculated.Both excess molar volumes and viscosity deviations have been correlated using a Redlich-Kister type polynomial equation by the method of least-squares for the estimation of the binary coefficients and the standard errors.

  12. Sol-gel coatings on large area glass sheets for electrochromic devices

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    Vroon, Z.A.E.P.; Spee, C.I.M.A.


    The preparation of vanadium and tungsten oxide coatings is described using vanadium oxide tri-2-propoxide/2-propanol and tungsten penta-ethoxide/2-propanol solutions. These solutions are dip coated onto K-glass substrates and cured. For vanadium oxide coatings it is shown that sol-gel/dip coat

  13. 1-(1H-1,2,4-三唑-1-基)-2-(2,4-二氟苯基)-3-[N-异丙基-N-(4-取代苄基)]-2-丙醇的合成及抗真菌活性%Synthesis and antifungai activity of 1-( 1H-l, 2,4-triazole-l-yl )-2-( 2,4-difluoroph-enyl ) -3- ( N-cycloproyl-N- benzyl-amino )-2-propanols

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    闫永正; 柴晓云; 邹燕; 俞世冲; 吴秋业


    目的 研究具有异丙基结构的氮唑类化合物的抗真菌活性.方法 引入4位羧酸酯取代的苄基侧链结构,合成一系列目标化合物,所有化合物结构均经MS、1H-NMR等谱确证;选择8种真菌为实验菌株,测定其体外抗真菌活性.结果 合成了14个未见文献报道的目标化合物;所有化合物对所选真菌均表现出了一定的抑菌活性,其中化合物(1)和(2)对除薰烟曲霉菌外的7种菌都表现出了较好的抑菌活性.结论 4位羧酸酯取代的苄基侧链结构的引入对目标化合物的抗菌活性有一定的影响,侧链越短,抑菌活性越好.%Objective To study the antifungal activity of triazole alcohols which introduce isopropyl as side chain. Methods By introduction of 4-carboxylic ester substituted benzyl group as side chain, a series of title compounds were synthesized. All of them were confirmed by MS, 'H-NMR, et al. The antifungal activities were also evaluated against eight tested pathogenic fungi. Results Fourteen title compounds were synthesized. All title compounds exhibited activity against tested fungi to some extent. Compounds (1) and (2) exhibited stronger antifungal activities against eight fungi except Aspergillus fumigatus than the control drug of itraconazole. Conclusions The introduction of 4-carboxylic ester substituted benzyl group as side chain was beneficial to improve their antifungal activity. The shorter in the side chain , the better of the antifungal activity.

  14. Preparation of Pt Ru/C electrocatalysts using gamma radiation for application as anode in direct methanol fuel cell; Preparacao de eletrocatalisadores PtRu/C utilizando radiacao {gamma} para aplicacao como anodo na oxidacao direta de metanol em celulas a combustivel

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    Spinace, Estevam V.; Silva, Dionisio F. da; Cruz, Victor A. da; Oliveira Neto, Almir; Machado, Luci D.B.; Pino, Eddy S.; Linardi, Marcelo [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)]. E-mail:


    PtRu nanoparticles supported on carbon (PtRu/C electrocatalysts) were prepared submitting a water/2-propanol mixture containing the metal ions and the carbon support to gamma radiation. The water/2-propanol (v/v) and the total dose (kGy) were studied. The electrocatalysts were characterized by EDX, XRD and cyclic voltammetry. The methanol electro-oxidation was studied by cyclic voltammetry using the thin porous coating. In the studied conditions, the electrocatalytic activity of the prepared electrocatalysts depend on the water/2-propanol ratio used in the reaction medium. (author)

  15. SCWO characteristics of organics in a vertical type continuous reactor; Renzokushiki tategata hannoki ni yoru yukibutsu no chorinaki suisanka kyodo

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    Sekikawa, R.M.; Usui, T.; Nishimura, T.; Sato, H.; Hamada, S.; Sekino, H. [Ebara Research Co., Kanagawa (Japan). Center for Advanced Research


    SCWO characteristics are investigated for a vertical type, down stream continuous reactor system with mixing nozzle and sapphire windows. 2-propanol, hexane and biphenyl solution are used as fuel and air as oxidizer. 2-propanol is observed to be effective as makeup fuel to keep a stable autogenic SCWO reaction. Even for low air ratio as 1.1, high decomposition rate without CO, NO, NO{sub 2} or soot production is achieved. Calculated and experimental flue gas composition is in good agreement for a wide range of air ratio. Spontaneous flame formation is observed for SCWO of 2-propanol using air ratio over 1.8. These flame formations are not particular to 2-propanol and are also confirmed when using hexane and biphenyl solution as fuel. (author)

  16. Biotransformation of low-molecular-weight alcohols by Coleus forskohlii hairy root cultures. (United States)

    Li, Wei; Koike, Kazuo; Asada, Yoshihisa; Yoshikawa, Takafumi; Nikaido, Tamotsu


    Coleus forskohlii hairy root cultures were shown to biotransform methanol and ethanol to the corresponding beta-D-glucopyranosides and beta-D-ribo-hex-3-ulopyranosides, and 2-propanol to its beta-D-glucopyranoside.

  17. Nitrogen Trifluoride: Its Chemistry, Toxicity, and Safe Handling. (United States)


    the NE3/glass reaction. Mixtures of water vapor , ammonia , or 2-propanol with NE3 exothermed at temperatures higher than NE3 alone , and these fuels...2-propanol and ammonia may have reacted either directly with NF3 or with nitrogen oxides produced by an NF3/glass reaction. I. B. Reactions of NF3... spleens were found in many of the surviving rats. After intra peritoneal in- jection of 10 ml of undiluted nitrogen trifluoride , the rats appeared

  18. Preconcentration in gas or liquid phases using adsorbent thin films

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    Antonio Pereira Nascimento Filho


    Full Text Available The possibility of preconcentration on microchannels for organic compounds in gas or liquid phases was evaluated. Microstructures with different geometries were mechanically machined using poly(methyl methacrylate - PMMA as substrates and some cavities were covered with cellulose. The surfaces of the microchannels were modified by plasma deposition of hydrophilic or hydrophobic films using 2-propanol and hexamethyldisilazane (HMDS, respectively. Double layers of HMDS + 2-propanol were also used. Adsorption characterization was made by Quartz Crystal Measurements (QCM technique using reactants in a large polarity range that showed the adsorption ability of the structures depends more on the films used than on the capillary phenomena. Cellulose modified by double layer film showed a high retention capacity for all gaseous compounds tested. However, structures without plasma deposition showed low retention capacity. Microchannels modified with double layers or 2-propanol plasma films showed higher retention than non-modified ones on gas or liquid phase.

  19. Prediction of vapor-liquid equilibria for the alcohol + glycerol systems using UNIFAC and modified UNIFAC (Dortmund) (United States)

    Hartanto, Dhoni; Mustain, Asalil; Nugroho, Febry Dwi


    The vapor-liquid equilibria for eight systems of alcohols + glycerol at 101.325 kPa have been predicted in this study using UNIFAC and Modified UNIFAC (Dortmund) group contribution methods. The investigated alcohols were methanol, ethanol, 1-propanol, 2-propanol, 1-butanol, 2-butanol, 2-methyl-1-propanol and 2-methyl-2-propanol. In order to study the accuracy of both contribution methods, the predicted data obtained from both approaches were compared to the experimental data from the literature. The prediction accuracy using modified UNIFAC (Dortmund) give better results compared to the UNIFAC method for (ethanol, 1-propanol, 2-propanol and 1-butanol) + glycerol but UNIFAC method show better accuracy for methanol + glycerol system. In addition, the influences of carbon chain length on the phase behaviours of alcohol + glycerol systems were also discussed as well.

  20. Deuteriation exchange (with the deuteriated catalyst surface) and the ratio of dehydrogenation and dehydration of. cap alpha. - and. beta. -substituted ethanols on basic oxides

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    Thomke, K.


    The pulsed reactions of ethanol, 1- and 2-propanol, 1- and 2-butanol, 2-methyl-2-propanol, and 3-pentanol on deuteriated magnesium, samarium, thorium, and lanthanum oxides showed that no deuterium was incorporated at a carbon of 2-methyl-2-propanol (i.e., that the reaction did not proceed by the E1cB mechanism); that all the secondary alcohols formed olefins and ketones and incorporated deuterium only in the ..beta..-position; and that primary alcohols formed olefins and aldehydes on all catalysts except lanthanum oxide (which catalyzed only dehydration of primary alcohols) and incorporated deuterium in the ..cap alpha..-position on magnesium and thorium oxide. The mechanism is discussed. Table.


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    the synthesis of allenes, reduction of propargylic halides, ethers, or esters with the ... solution, 2-propanol and Pd (PPh3)4 yielded the methyl allene 5b and acetylene ..... by column flash chromatography over silica gel (hexane) affording pure ...

  2. Design,Synthesis and Antifungal Activity of Novel Triazole Derivatives

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    Chun Quan SHENG; Wan Nian ZHANG; Hai Tao JI; Yun Long SONG; Min ZHANG; You Jun ZHOU; Jia Guo LU; Jü ZHU


    Twenty-one 1-(1H-1,2,4-triazolyl)-2-(2,4-diflurophenyl)-3-(4-substituted-1- piperazinyl)-2-propanol derivatives were designed and synthesized,on the basis of the active site of lanosterol 14(-demethylase.In vitro antifungal activities showed that some of the target compounds had higher antifungal activity and broader antifungal spectrum than fluconazole.

  3. The Optical Resolution of Chiral Tetrahedrone-type Clusters Contai- ning SCoFeM (M=Mo or W) Using High Performance Liquid Chromatography Chiral Stationary Phase

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    Amylose tris (phenylcarbamate) chiral stationary phase (ATPC-CSP) was prepared and used for optical resolution of clusters 1 and 2. n-Hexane/2-propanol ( 99/1; v/v) were found to be the most suitable mobile phase on ATPC-CSP.


    An isotopic-transient technique was used to directly measure diffusion times of H2O, methanol, ethanol, 2-propanol, and acetone in pure and binary mixture feeds transporting through a zeolite membrane under steady-state pervaporation conditions. Diffusivities can be determ...


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    The biodistribution of (-)-4-(3-t-butylamino-2-hydroxypropoxy)-[5,7-H-3-benzimidazol-2-one (CGP12177, a non-selective beta-adrenoceptor antagonist) and 1-[2-(3-carbamoyl-4-hydroxy)-(5-H-3-phenoxy)]-2-propanol methanesulfonate, (CGP26505, a beta1-adrenoceptor antagonist) was studied in rats pretreate

  6. Comparison of extraction and clean-up techniques for the ...

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    cyclohexane, 2- propanol, methanol, acetonitrile and dichloromethane, were tested to select the most suitable solvent for ... carbon dioxide, hydrocarbon fragments are generated which can ... soxhlet) (Lopez-Avila et al., 1993) supercritical fluid extraction ... that it can produce good results within a short time with minimum ...

  7. Crosslinked agarose encapsulated sorbents resistant to steam sterilization. Preparation and mechanical properties

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    Koning, de Henk W.M.; Chamuleau, Rob A.F.M.; Bantjes, Adriaan


    The application of agarose in hemoperfusion is hampered by the lack of a suitable sterilization method. A technique has been developed for the crosslinking of agarose encapsulated sorbents by the reaction with 1,3-dichloro-2-propanol (DCP) under strong alkaline conditions. A twofold molar excess of

  8. Properties of electrospun pollock gelatin/poly(vinyl alcohol) and pollock gelatin/poly(lactic acid) fibers (United States)

    Pollock gelatin/poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) fibers were electrospun using deionized water as the solvent and pollock gelatin/poly(lactic acid) (PLA) fibers were electrospun using 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol (HFIP) as the solvent. The chemical, thermal, and thermal stability properties were exami...

  9. The Mechanism of Direct Formic Acid Fuel Cell Using Pd, Pt and Pt-Ru (United States)

    Kamiya, Nobuyuki; Liu, Yan; Mitsushima, Shigenori; Ota, Ken-Ichiro; Tsutsumi, Yasuyuki; Ogawa, Naoya; Kon, Norihiro; Eguchi, Mika

    The electro-oxidation of formic acid, 2-propanol and methanol on Pd black, Pd/C, Pt-Ru/C and Pt/C has been investigated to clear the reaction mechanism. It was suggested that the formic acid is dehydrogenated on Pd surface and the hydrogen is occluded in the Pd lattice. Thus obtained hydrogen acts like pure hydrogen supplied from the outside and the cell performance of the direct formic acid fuel cell showed as high as that of a hydrogen-oxygen fuel cell. 2-propanol did not show such dehydrogenation reaction on Pd catalyst. Platinum and Pt-Ru accelerated the oxidation of C-OH of 2-propanol and methanol. Slow scan voltammogram (SSV) and chronoamperometry measurements showed that the activity of formic acid oxidation increased in the following order: Pd black > Pd 30wt.%/C > Pt50wt.%/C > 27wt.%Pt-13wt.%Ru/C. A large oxidation current for formic acid was found at a low overpotential on the palladium electrocatalysts. These results indicate that formic acid is mainly oxidized through a dehydrogenation reaction. For the oxidation of 2-propanol and methanol, palladium was not effective, and 27wt.%Pt-13wt.%Ru/C showed the best oxidation activity.

  10. Methanosarcina soligelidi sp. nov., a desiccation- and freeze-thaw-resistant methanogenic archaeon from a Siberian permafrost-affected soil

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    Wagner, Dirk; Schirmack, Janosch; Ganzert, Lars; Morozova, Daria; Mangelsdorf, Kai


    .... Optimal growth was observed at 28 °C, pH 7.8 and 0.02 M NaCl. The strain grew on H2/CO2, methanol and acetate, but not on formate, ethanol, 2-butanol, 2-propanol, monomethylamine, dimethylamine, trimethylamine or dimethyl sulfide...

  11. Environmental stress cracking in gamma-irradiated polycarbonate - A diffusion approach (United States)

    Silva, Pietro Paolo J. C. de O.; Araújo, Patricia L. B.; da Silveira, Leopoldo B. B.; Araújo, Elmo S.


    Polycarbonate (PC) is an engineering polymer which presents interesting properties. This material has been also used in medical devices, which is frequently exposed to gamma radiosterilization and to chemical agents. This may produce significant changes in polymer structure, leading to failure in service. The present work brings about a new approach on environmental stress cracking (ESC) processes elucidation in 100 kGy gamma-irradiated PC, by evaluating the diffusion process of methanol or 2-propanol in test specimens and determining the diffusion parameters on solvent-irradiated polymer systems. A comparison of diffusion parameters for both solvents indicated that methanol has a considerable ESC action on PC, with diffusion parameter of 7.5×10-14±1% m2 s-1 for non-irradiated PC and 7.8×10-14±2.8% m2 s-1 for PC irradiated at 100 kGy. In contrast, 2-propanol did not act as an ESC agent, as it did promote neither swelling nor cracks in the test specimens. These results were confirmed by visual analysis and optical microscopy. Unexpectedly, structural damages evidenced in tensile strength tests suggested that 2-propanol is as aggressive as methanol chemical for PC. Moreover, although some manufacturers indicate the use of 2-propanol as a cleaning product for PC artifacts, such use should be avoided in parts under mechanical stress.

  12. Factors affecting high-pressure solvent extraction (accelerated solvent extraction) of additives from polymers. (United States)

    Vandenburg, H J; Clifford, A A; Bartle, K D; Zhu, S A; Carroll, J; Newton, I D; Garden, L M


    Irganox 1010 (pentaerythritol tetrakis[3-(3,5-di-tert-butyl-4-hydroxyphenyl)] propionate) is successfully extracted from polypropylene using solvents at high temperatures and pressures in a homemade accelerated solvent extraction system. For example, using freeze-ground polymer, 90% extraction is possible within 5 min with 2-propanol at 150 °C. Extraction curves for 2-propanol and acetone fit well to the "hot ball" model, previously developed for supercritical fluid extraction. Diffusion coefficients are determined for extractions with 2-propanol, acetone, and cyclohexane over a range of temperatures, and the activation energies for the diffusion are 134, 107, and 61 kJ mol(-)(1), respectively. The lower figure for acetone and cyclohexane indicates that these solvents swell the polymer more than does 2-propanol. The polymer dissolves in the solvent at too high a temperature, which causes blockage of the transfer lines. For maximum extraction rates, the highest temperature for each solvent that avoids dissolution of the polymer should be used. The use of mixed solvents is investigated and shows advantages in some cases, with the aim of producing a solvent that will swell the polymer but not dissolve it.

  13. An Inexpensive, Relatively Green, and Rapid Method to Purify Genomic DNA from "Escherichia Coli": An Experiment for the Undergraduate Biochemistry Laboratory (United States)

    Sims, Paul A.; Branscum, Katie M.; Kao, Lydia; Keaveny, Virginia R.


    A method to purify genomic DNA from "Escherichia coli" is presented. The method is an amalgam of published methods but has been modified and optimized for use in the undergraduate biochemistry laboratory. Specifically, the method uses Tide Free 2x Ultra laundry detergent, which contains unspecified proteases and lipases, "n"-butanol, 2-propanol,…

  14. Microwave Assisted Synthesis of N-Arylheterocyclic Substituted-4-aminoquinazoline Derivatives

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    Ping Lu


    Full Text Available A simple, efficient, and general method has been developed for the synthesis of various N-aryl heterocylic substituted-4-aminoquinazoline compounds from 4-chloro- quinazoline and aryl heterocyclic amines under microwave irradiation using 2-propanol as solvent. The advantages of the use of microwave irradiation in relation to the classical method were demonstrated.

  15. Solvent selection for solid-to-solid synthesis

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    Ulijn, R.V.; Martin, de L.; Gardossi, L.; Janssen, A.E.M.; Moore, B.D.; Halling, P.J.


    Thermolysin catalyzed solid-to-solid synthesis of the model peptide Z-L-Phe-L-Leu-NH2 is practically feasible in water and a range of organic solvents with different physicochemical properties. Excellent overall conversions were obtained in acetonitrile, ethyl acetate, n-hexane, methanol, 2-propanol

  16. Crystallization of Enzyme IIB of the Cellobiose-specific Phosphotransferase System of Escherichia coli

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    van Montfort, Robert; Pijning, Tjaard; Kalk, Kornelis; Schuurman-Wolters, Gea K.; Reizer, Jonathan; Safer Jr., Milton H.; Robillard, George; Dijkstra, Bauke W.


    Crystals of enzyme IIB of the cellobiose-specific phosphotransferase system have been obtained from 15% polyethylene glycol 4000 using both streak-seeding and macroseeding techniques at 4°. Crystals were grown with the hanging drop method of vapour diffusion. Addition of 2-propanol and benzamidine/H

  17. Quantification of the beta-adrenoceptor ligand S-1'[F-18]fluorocarazolol in plasma of humans, rats and sheep

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    vanWaarde, A; Posthumus, H; Elsinga, PH; Anthonio, RL; van Loenen - Weemaes, Anne-miek; Beaufort-Krol, Gertie C. M.; Paans, AMJ; Vaalburg, W; Visser, Thomas; Visser, Gerben


    Myocardial and pulmonary beta-adrenoceptors can be imaged with 2-(S)-(-)-(9H-carbazol-4-yl-oxy)-3-[1-(fluoromethyl)ethyl]amino-2-propanol (S-1'-[F-18]fluorocarazolol, I). Quantification of unmodified fluorocarazolol in plasma is necessary for analysis of PET images in terms of receptor densities. We

  18. Preparation of PtRu/C anode electrocatalysts using gamma radiation for methanol electro-oxidation; Preparacao de eletrocatalisadores PtRu/C utilizando radiacao gama para aplicacao como anodo na oxidacao direta de metanol

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    Silva, Dionisio Fortunato da


    Pt Ru/C (carbon-supported Pt Ru nanoparticles) anode electrocatalysts were prepared using radiolytic process (gamma radiation) and tested for methanol electro-oxidation. In this process, water/2-propanol and water/ethylene glycol solutions containing the metallic ions and the carbon support were submitted to gamma radiation under stirring. The water/alcohol ratio (v/v) and the total dose (kGy) were studied. A nominal Pt Ru atomic ratio of 50:50 were used in all experiments. The electrocatalysts were characterized by energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and cyclic voltammetry (CV). The electro-oxidation of methanol was studied by cyclic voltammetry using the thin porous coating technique. The electrocatalysts prepared in water/2-propanol showed crystallite size in the range of 3-5 nm and Pt Ru atomic ratio of 50:50. The electrocatalysts prepared in water/ethylene glycol showed crystallite size (2-3 nm) smaller than the ones obtained in water/2-propanol, however, the Pt Ru atomic ratios obtained were approximately 80:20, showing that only part of ruthenium ions were reduced. For methanol oxidation the electrocatalytic activity depends on the water/2-propanol and water/ethylene glycol ratio used in the reaction medium. The electrocatalysts prepared in water/2-propanol showed inferior performance to the ones prepared in water/ethylene glycol, which showed similar or superior performances (amperes per gram of platinum) to the commercial electrocatalyst from E-TEK. (author)

  19. Towards a methanol economy: Zeolite catalyzed production of synthetic fuels

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    Mentzel, Uffe Vie

    chapter is a literature study of Mobil’s “methanol to hydrocarbons” (MTH) process, giving an overview of the history of the process, the nature of the employed catalysts, and the reaction mechanism. In the third chapter, a series of experiments concerning co conversion of ethane and methanol over......, the conversion capacities for all four alcohols are markedly lower than for H-ZSM-5, and H Beta has higher conversion capacity for methanol than the other alcohols. Furthermore, conventional and mesoporous H Ga MFI was employed in the conversion of methanol and 2 propanol. These catalysts showed a lower...... selectivity towards aromatics than H-ZSM-5 and the mesoporous H-Ga-MFI deactivated extremely slowly during the conversion of 2-propanol and only very small amounts of coke were deposited on the gallium based zeolites compared to H-ZSM-5. In the fifth chapter the direct zeolite catalyzed production...

  20. Hydrogen generation from renewable resources

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    Loges, Bjoern


    In this thesis, the hydrogen generation by dehydrogenation of 2-propanol and formic acid as model substances for renewable resources have been studied, which is of importance for hydrogen storage. For the base-assisted dehydrogenation of 2-propanol, a ruthenium diamine catalyst system has been investigated. For the selective decomposition of formic acid to hydrogen and carbon dioxide, a system has been established containing ruthenium catalysts and formic acid amine adducts as substrates. The best catalyst activity and productivity have been achieved with in situ generated ruthenium phosphine catalysts, e.g. [RuCl{sub 2}(benzene)]{sub 2} / dppe (TOF = 900 h{sup -1}, TON = 260,000). The gas evolved has been directly used in fuel cells. Furthermore, the influence of irradiation with visible light has been described for the ruthenium phosphine catalysts. (orig.)

  1. Aqueous two-phase extraction of 2,3-butanediol from fermentation broths by isopropanol/ammonium sulfate system. (United States)

    Sun, Li-Hui; Jiang, Bo; Xiu, Zhi-Long


    A novel aqueous two-phase system consisted of 2-propanol/ammonium sulfate was used for the extraction of 2,3-butanediol from fermentation broths. The maximum partition coefficient and recovery of 2,3-butanediol reached 9.9 and 93.7%, respectively, and more than 99% of the cells and about 85% of the soluble proteins were removed when 34% (w/w) 2-propanol and 20% (w/w) ammonium sulfate were used. The separated cells could be re-used as inocula for subsequent fermentations. The aqueous two-phase system described in this study may have potential application in the extraction of 2,3-butanediol produced by industrial fermentation processes.

  2. Investigation of the solubility and the potentials for purification of serum amyloid A (SAA) from equine acute phase serum

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    Christensen, Michelle Brønniche; Sørensen, Jens Christian; Jacobsen, Stine


    for purification of equine SAA based on biochemical properties.Freeze dried equine acute phase serum was dissolved in 70% 2-propanol, 8 M urea, and milli-Q water, respectively. Supercritical fluid extraction (SFE), size-exclusive chromatography (FPLC-SEC), and preparative isoelectric focusing (IEF) were performed...... in the attempt to purify. Immunostaining of IEF blots were used for isoform-specific detection of SAA in the preparations and purity was assessed by silverstained SDS-PAGE. FINDINGS: SAA was soluble in 70% 2-propanol, 8 M urea and Milli-Q water. SAA was not separated in the lipophilic or ampipathic fractions...... following SFE. SAA was included in a FPLC-SEC-fraction of 237 kDa, despite the molecular weight known to be much smaller, suggesting binding to other serum constituents. SAA precipitated following separation of other serum proteins by preparative IEF. DISCUSSION: No effective purification of SAA...

  3. Chemical isomeric effects on propanol glassy structures

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    Cuello, G J; Bermejo, F J; Cabrillo, C


    We have studied the structure of both propanol isomers in their glassy and crystalline states by neutron diffraction. The glass-transition temperatures of 1- and 2-propanol are about 98 and 115 K, respectively and, surprisingly, even larger differences are observed for the melting temperatures of the stable crystals, which are 148 and 185 K, respectively. Their supercooled liquid phases show rather different relaxation spectra, 1-propanol manifesting strong deviations from Debye behavior, whereas 2-propanol shows a far weaker effect. We discuss the spectra obtained for the static structure factor and the static pair correlation function D(r). There is a noticeable difference in the position of the first sharp diffraction peak, which clearly indicates a density change, well correlated with the period of the intermolecular oscillations shown by D(r). (orig.)

  4. Synthesis and characterization of yttrium aluminium garnet (YAG powders

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    Magdalena Zarzecka-Napierala


    Full Text Available In this paper synthesis and characterization of YAG powders, prepared by a process based on complexing properties of citric acid, was reported. Influence of citric acid estrification induced by 2-propanol or ethylene glycol on the system homogeneity was investigated. These reagents were introduced to aqueous solution of yttrium and aluminium nitrates. A variety of powders from Al2O3-Y2O3 system with different phase composition were obtained by altering the citrate to nitrate ratio. Evolution of the powders phase composition vs. temperature was investigated using DTA/TG, XRD, and FT-IR methods. The most interesting results were observed in case of the citric acid–propanol–relative nitrates system. The mole ratio of these reagents equal to 1:2.5:2.5 (nitrates (Al,Y:citric acid:2-propanol allowed to synthesize pure YAG phase powders at temperature as low as 950°C.

  5. Synthesis of high refractive spiro heterocyclic derivatives through thioacetalization of multi-carbonyl compounds

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    Ye, Jim Young; Maheswara, Muchchintala; Do, Jung Yun [Pusan National Univ., Busan (Korea, Republic of)


    Preparation of several new spirocyclic mercaptol derivatives is described. Thiol protection on multi-carbonyl compounds allows of high sulfur content necessary to induce high refractive index. Condensation of 1,3-dimercapto-2-propanol and cyclohexanone followed by successive oxidation and thioacetalization affords a dispiro cycle with four sulfurs. Selective S,S-protection of cyclohexane-1,4-dione is achieved with 1,3-dimercapto-2-propanol and 2,3-dimercapto-1-propanol to provide dispiro cycles with four sulfurs. Olefineoxidation of norbornene gives a useful dialdehyde intermediate which is transformed to 1,3-dithiolane for a linearly-bound-cyclic molecule. Refractive index of linearly-bound-cycles was below 1.60 and dispiro cycles exhibited high refractive index of 1.57-1.69.

  6. Formation of Silver Nanoplates Layer on Amino Group Grafted Silica Coatings

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    Full Text Available In this study the self-arrangement of Ag nanoplates on (3-Aminopropyltriethoxysilane (APTES silanized silica coatings was investigated. Silica coatings were made by sol-gel method and silanized in two different ways. The first one includes silanization in acidic 2-propanol solution, the other one – in dry toluene. Coatings were silanized by using different amounts of APTES in case of silanization in 2-propanol. Silver nanoplates layer of functionalized silica coatings was obtained via self-assembly. Coatings were investigated by atomic force microscopy (AFM, water contact angle measurements (CA, FT-IR analysis, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM. Research showed that dense Ag nanoplates arrangement occurs when there is a high amount of amino groups on the surface.DOI:

  7. Comparison of solvent mixtures for pressurized solvent extraction of soil fatty acid biomarkers. (United States)

    Jeannotte, Richard; Hamel, Chantal; Jabaji, Suha; Whalen, Joann K


    The extraction and transesterification of soil lipids into fatty acid methyl esters (FAMEs) is a useful technique for studying soil microbial communities. The objective of this study was to find the best solvent mixture to extract soil lipids with a pressurized solvent extractor system. Four solvent mixtures were selected for testing: chloroform:methanol:phosphate buffer (1:2:0.8, v/v/v), chloroform:methanol (1:2, v/v), hexane:2-propanol (3:2, v/v) and acetone. Soils were from agricultural fields and had a wide range of clay, organic matter and microbial biomass contents. Total lipid fatty acid methyl esters (TL-FAMEs) were the extractable soil lipids identified and quantified with gas chromatography and flame ionization detection. Concentrations of TL-FAMEs ranged from 57.3 to 542.2 nmole g(-1) soil (dry weight basis). The highest concentrations of TL-FAMEs were extracted with chloroform:methanol:buffer or chloroform:methanol mixtures than with the hexane:2-propanol or acetone solvents. The concentrations of TL-FAMEs in chemical groups, including saturated, branched, mono- and poly-unsaturated and hydroxy fatty acids were assessed, and biological groups (soil bacteria, mycorrhizal fungi, saprophytic fungi and higher plants) was distinguished. The extraction efficiency for the chemical and biological groups followed the general trend of: chloroform:methanol:buffer> or =chloroform:methanol>hexane:2-propanol=acetone. Discriminant analysis revealed differences in TL-FAME profiles based on the solvent mixture and the soil type. Although solvent mixtures containing chloroform and methanol were the most efficient for extracting lipids from the agricultural soils in this study, soil properties and the lipid groups to be studied should be considered when selecting a solvent mixture. According to our knowledge, this is the first report of soil lipid extraction with hexane:2-propanol or acetone in a pressurized solvent extraction system.

  8. Design, synthesis and antifungal activity of novel triazole derivatives

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    Qing lie Zhao; Yan Song; Hong Gang Hu; Shi Chong Yu; Qiu Ye Wu


    Twenty-three 1 -(1H-1,2,4-triazole-1-yl)-2-(2,4-difluorophenyl)-3-(N-cycloproyl-N-substituted-amino)-2-propanols were designed and synthesized on the basis of the active site of lanosterol 14α-demethylase.In vitro antifungal activities showed that some of the title compounds had higher antifungal activity and broader antifungal spectrum than fluconazole.

  9. Sonochemiluminescence of lucigenin: Evidence of superoxide radical anion formation by ultrasonic irradiation (United States)

    Matsuoka, Masanori; Takahashi, Fumiki; Asakura, Yoshiyuki; Jin, Jiye


    The sonochemiluminescence (SCL) behavior of lucigenin (Luc2+) has been studied in aqueous solutions irradiated with 500 kHz ultrasound. Compared with the SCL of a luminol system, a tremendously increased SCL intensity is observed from 50 µM Luc2+ aqueous solution (pH =11) when small amounts of coreactants such as 2-propanol coexist. It is shown that SCL intensity strongly depends on the presence of dissolved gases such as air, O2, N2, and Ar. The highest SCL intensity is obtained in an O2-saturated solution, indicating that molecular oxygen is required to generate SCL. Since SCL intensity is quenched completely in the presence of superoxide dismutase (SOD), an enzyme that can catalyze the disproportionation of O2 •-, the generation of O2 •- in the ultrasonic reaction field is important in the SCL of Luc2+. In this work, the evidence of O2 •- production is examined by a spectrofluorometric method using 2-(2-pyridyl)benzothiazoline as the fluorescent probe. The results indicate that the yield of O2 •- is markedly increased in the O2-saturated solutions when a small amount of 2-propanol coexists, which is consistent with the results of SCL measurements. 2-Propanol in the interfacial region of a cavitation bubble reacts with a hydroxyl radical (•OH) to form a 2-propanol radical, CH3C•(OH)CH3, which can subsequently react with dissolved oxygen to generate O2 •-. The most likely pathways for SCL as well as the spatial distribution of SCL in a microreactor are discussed in this study.

  10. Synthesis of Improved Antileishmanial and Antitrypanosomal Drugs. (United States)


    compounds). Additional substituents were placed in three other structures bearing the optimum 8-diethylaminohexylamino side chain to bring the total...aminoquinolines were prepared, all bearing the optimum 6-diethylaminohexylamino side chain, but none showed significant antileishmanial (nor antitrypanosomal...Concentration afforded a red gummy residue which was treated with charcoal in warm 2-propanol (150 mL). The volume of solvent was reduced to u 20

  11. 40 CFR Table 2a to Subpart E of... - Reactivity Factors (United States)


    ... n-Propyl Ketone (2-Pentanone) 107-87-9 3.07 Propylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether (1-Methoxy-2-Propanol...-Methyl-1,3-Dioxolan-2one) 108-32-7 0.25 Xylene, meta- 108-38-3 10.61 Propylene Glycol Monomethyl Ether... Triethylamine 121-44-8 16.60 2-Phenoxyethanol; Ethylene Glycol Phenyl Ether 122-99-6 3.61 Diacetone Alcohol 123...

  12. Influencia del solvente en el espectro ultravioleta del 4-nitrobifenilo

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    Jaime de la Zerda L.


    Full Text Available Se estudiaron los efectos de solvente en la banda del 4-nitrobifenilo en los alcoholes metanol, etanol, I propanol, 2 propanol, 1-butanol, 2-metilpropanol, que fueron purificados cuidadosamente, determinándose luego el grado de pureza que resultó satisfactorio en casi todos los casos. Por ser el agua la impureza persistente en todos ellos, fue necesario estudiar su efecto con cierto detalle.

  13. Development of Synthetic Spider Silk Fibers for High Performance Applications (United States)


    was purified, dissolved to ~10% w/v in hexafluoro-2-propanol, and extruded into a 100% methanol coagulation bath (Figure 3). Figure 3. Initial...spinning test through extrusion of dissolved protein into a methanol coagulation bath . A syringe needle (top) is flowing silk dope into the coagulation ...of the forces and time scales and the different geometric constraints for spinning require different pumping speeds, reeling speeds, coagulant

  14. Synthesis of novel chiral N, P-containing multidentate ligands and their applications in asymmetric transfer hydrogenation

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    Shen Luan Yu; Yan Yun Li; Zhen Rong Dong; Juan Ni Zhang; Qi Li; Jing Xing Gao


    Novel chiral PN4-type multidentate aminophosphine ligands have been successfully synthesized by Schiff-base condensation of bis(o-formylphenyl)phenylphosphane and various chiral amino-sulfonamides. Their structures were fully characterized by IR, EI-MS and NMR. The catalytic systems, prepared in situ from the multidentate ligands and iridium(I) complexes, showed high activity in asymmetric transfer hydrogenation of propiophenone in 2-propanol solution, leading to corresponding optical alcohol with up to 75% ee.

  15. Alcohol and water adsorption in zeolitic imidazolate frameworks

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    Zhang, Ke


    Alcohol (methanol, ethanol, 1-propanol, 2-propanol and 1-butanol) and water vapor adsorption in zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIF-8, ZIF-71 and ZIF-90) with similar crystal sizes was systematically studied. The feasibility of applying these ZIF materials to the recovery of bio-alcohols is evaluated by estimating the vapor-phase alcohol-water sorption selectivity. © 2013 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  16. Irritation durch Waschen und Desinfizieren


    Weimer, Caroline Maria


    Ziel dieser Studie war die Irritation der Haut, hervorgerufen durch alkoholische Desinfektionsmittel und das Detergens Natriumlaurylsulfat (0,5% NLS) in einem repetitiven Testdesign zu untersuchen. Mittels nicht invasiver Untersuchungsmethoden quantifizierten wir die irritativen Effekte von Sterillium®, 2-Propanol 45% v/v, 1-Propanol 30% v/v, welches die alkoholische Grundlage von Sterillium® darstellt sowie von Wasser und NLS 0,5...

  17. Catalysis in the alkylation reaction of 1-naphthol with epichlorohydrin

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    Full Text Available Two new and improved procedures were developed for the synthesis of 1-(1-naphthyloxy-2,3-epoxypropane as an important intermediate in the production of the beta-blocker and antioxidant, 1-[(1-methylethylamino]-3-(1-naphthyloxy-2-propanol (propranolol. Both base homogeneous and heterogeneous PTC catalysis were employed. High yields and remarkable selectivity were achieved. The improved purity is particularly important, in view of the quality requirements for propranolol hydrochloride as an active pharmaceutical ingredient.

  18. Organic Photocatalytic Cyclization of Polyenes: A Visible-Light-Mediated Radical Cascade Approach. (United States)

    Yang, Zhongbo; Li, Han; Zhang, Long; Zhang, Ming-Tian; Cheng, Jin-Pei; Luo, Sanzhong


    A visible-light-mediated, organic photocatalytic stereoselective radical cascade cyclization of polyprenoids is described. The desired cascade cyclization products are achieved in good yields and high stereoselectivities with eosin Y as photocatalyst in hexafluoro-2-propanol. The catalyst system is also suitable for 1,3-dicarbonyl compounds, which require only catalytic amounts of LiBr to promote the formation of the corresponding enols.

  19. Kinetics and mechanism of photolysis and TiO2 photocatalysis of triclosan. (United States)

    Son, Hyun-Seok; Ko, Gwangpyo; Zoh, Kyung-Duk


    The degradations of triclosan (5-chloro-2-(2,4-dichlorophenoxy)-phenol), a potent broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent, were compared in TiO2-only in the dark condition, photolysis, and TiO2 photocatalysis with a UV-A lamp. TiO2 photocatalysis more effectively degraded and mineralized triclosan compared to TiO2-only and photolysis conditions. While triclosan removed only 30% by TiO2-only condition within 20 min, the triclosan degradation in photolysis and photocatalysis at the same time was 75 and 82%, respectively, and TOC removal was significantly higher in photocatalysis than in photolysis. The data of kinetics showed that triclosan adsorption onto TiO2 was fitted to Langmuir isotherm, and TiO2 photocatalysis was fitted to Langmuir-Hinshelwood model (b=27.99 mM(-1), K(triclosan)=9.49 mM(-1)). The neutral range of pH was favorable to photocatalysis due to the charge effect between TiO2 and triclosan. The addition of 2-propanol, a radical scavenger, significantly reduced the degradation of triclosan both in photolysis and photocatalysis. Dioxin-type intermediates such as dibenzo-dichloro-p-dioxin (DCDD), dibenzo-p-dioxin were produced in photolysis with and without 2-propanol, and also in photocatalysis with 2-propanol, but these intermediates were not detected in photocatalysis without 2-propanol. This result indicates that the photocatalytic degradation of triclosan is mainly achieved by radicals, and these radicals can further degrade dioxin-type intermediates once they are produced in photocatalysis.

  20. A 2D [Fe-II-bistetrazole] coordination polymer exhibiting spin-crossover properties

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    Quesada, Manuel; Prins, Ferry; Roubeau, Olivier; Gamez, Patrick; Teat, Simon J.; van Koningsbruggen, Petra J.; Haasnoot, Jaap G.; Reedijk, Jan


    The reaction of 1,3-bis(tetrazol-1-yl)-2-propanol (btzpol) with Fe(BF4)(2) center dot 6H(2)O in acetonitrile yields the remarkable 2D coordination polymer [Fe-II(btzpol)(1.8)(btzpol-OBF3)(1.2)](BF4)(0.8) center dot (H2O)(0.8)(CH3CN) (1). This compound has been structurally characterized using an X-r

  1. Preparation of PtRu/C and PtSn/C electrocatalysts using electron beam irradiation for direct and ethanol fuel cell; Preparacao de eletrocatalisadores PtRu/C e PtSn/C utilizando feixe de eletrons para aplicacao como anodo na oxidacao direta de metanol e etanol em celulas a combustivel de baixa temperatura

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    Silva, Dionisio Furtunato da


    PtRu/C and PtSn/C electrocatalysts were prepared using electron beam irradiation. The metal ions were dissolved in water/2-propanol and water/ethylene glycol solutions and the carbon support was added. The resulting mixtures were irradiated under stirring. The effect of water/ethylene glycol and water/2-propanol (v/v) ratio, Pt:Ru and Pt:Sn atomic ratios, the irradiation time and dose rate were studied. The obtained materials were characterized by Energy dispersive analysis of X-rays (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), cyclic voltammetry (CV) and Moessbauer spectroscopy. The electro-oxidation of methanol and ethanol were studied by cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry using the thin porous coating technique. The electrocatalysts were also tested on the Direct Methanol and Ethanol Fuel Cells. PtRu/C electrocatalysts prepared in water/ethylene glycol showed Pt:Ru atomic ratios different from the nominal ones. The results suggested that part of the Ru(III) ions were not reduced. The obtained materials showed the face-centered cubic (fcc) structure of Pt and Pt alloys with crystallite sizes of 2-3 nm. PtRu/C electrocatalysts prepared in water/2-propanol showed Pt:Ru atomic ratios similar to the nominal ones. The obtained materials also showed the fcc structure of platinum and platinum alloys with crystallite sizes of 3-4 nm. PtSn/C electrocatalysts prepared in water/ethylene glycol and water/2-propanol showed Pt:Sn atomic ratios similar to the nominal ones. The obtained materials showed the platinum (fcc) phase with crystallite sizes in the range of 2 - 4 nm and a SnO{sub 2} (cassiterite) phase. The obtained PtRu/C and PtSn/C electrocatalysts showed similar or superior performance for methanol and ethanol electro-oxidation compared to commercial PtRu/C (E-TEK) and PtSn/C (BASF) electrocatalysts. (author)

  2. Nucleation Kinetics of Cis-Entacapone


    Škalec Šamec, D.; Meštrović, E.; Sander, A.


    The solubility curve and the metastable zone width for the system cis-entacapone –2-propanol have been determined in defined process conditions. These results along with values of induction period for the constant feed concentration at different levels of supersaturation were used for evaluating interfacial energy according to the classical nucleation theory. The results obtained were used for calculation of the critical nucleus size, nucleation rate, and prediction of crystal growth mecha...

  3. Electroabsorption Spectroscopy Measurements of the Exciton Binding Energy, ElectronHole Reduced Effective Mass, and Band Gap in the Perovskite CHsub3NHsub3PbIsub3 (United States)


    which were cleaned by sonicating sequentially in detergent (International Products Co., Micro- 90, 1% vol), deionized H2O, acetone, and 2-propanol...Aspnes, D. E. Nonlinear Optical Susceptibilities from Electro- reflectance Moments Analysis. Phys. Rev. Lett. 1971, 26, 1429−1432. ( 68 ) Liptay, W...insulating silicon and gallium arsenide. J. Phys. Chem. Solids 1970, 31, 227−246. (86) Blakemore, J. S. Semiconducting and other major properties of gallium

  4. Efficient photocatalytic degradation of organics present in gas and liquid phases using Pt-TiO2/Zeolite (H-ZSM). (United States)

    Neppolian, B; Mine, Shinya; Horiuchi, Yu; Bianchi, C L; Matsuoka, M; Dionysiou, D D; Anpo, M


    TiO2-encapsulated H-ZSM photocatalysts were prepared by physical mixing of TiO2 and zeolites. Pt was immobilized on the surface of the TiO2-encapsulated zeolite (H-ZSM) catalysts by a simple photochemical reduction method. Different weight ratios of both TiO2 and Pt were hybridized with H-ZSM and the catalytic performance of the prepared catalysts was investigated for 2-propanol oxidation in liquid phase and acetaldehyde in gas phase reaction. Around 5-10 wt% TiO2-encapsulated H-ZSM catalysts was found to be optimal amount for the effective oxidation of the organics. Prior to light irradiation, Pt-TiO2-H-ZSM showed considerable amount of catalytic degradation of 2-propanol in the dark, forming acetone as an intermediate. In this study, Pt has played a major and important role on the total oxidation of 2-propanol as well as acetaldehyde. As a result, no residual organics were present in the pores of the zeolites. The catalysts could be reused more than three times without losing their catalytic activity in both phases. The Pt-TiO2-H-ZSM photocatalysts could overcome the problem of strong adsorption of organics in the zeolite pores (after the reaction). Thus, Pt-TiO2-H-ZSM can be used as a potential catalyst for both liquid and gas phase oxidation of organic pollutants.

  5. Rapid Estimation of Tocopherol Content in Linseed and Sunflower Oils-Reactivity and Assay

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    Tjaša Prevc


    Full Text Available The reactivity of tocopherols with 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH was studied in model systems in order to establish a method for quantifying vitamin E in plant oils. The method was optimized with respect to solvent composition of the assay medium, which has a large influence on the course of reaction of tocopherols with DPPH. The rate of reaction of α-tocopherol with DPPH is higher than that of γ-tocopherol in both protic and aprotic solvents. In ethyl acetate, routinely applied for the analysis of antioxidant potential (AOP of plant oils, reactions of tocopherols with DPPH are slower and concentration of tocopherols in the assay has a large influence on their molar reactivity. In 2-propanol, however, two electrons are exchanged for both α- and γ-tocopherols, independent of their concentration. 2-propanol is not toxic and is fully compatible with polypropylene labware. The chromatographically determined content of tocopherols and their molar reactivity in the DPPH assay reveal that only tocopherols contribute to the AOP of sunflower oil, whereas the contribution of tocopherols to the AOP of linseed oil is 75%. The DPPH assay in 2-propanol can be applied for rapid and cheap estimation of vitamin E content in plant oils where tocopherols are major antioxidants.

  6. Conversion of alcohols ({alpha}-methylated series) on AlPO{sub 4} catalysts

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    Campelo, J.M.; Garcia, A.; Herencia, J.F. [Universidad de Cordoba (Spain)] [and others


    The conversion (dehydration/dehydrogenation) of alcohols in {alpha}-methylated series (methanol, ethanol, 2-propanol, and tert-butanol) on AlPO{sub 4} catalysts differently prepared has been studied by microcatalytic pulse reactor technique at different temperatures and flow rates. The kinetic parameters have been obtained by analysis of the data through the Bassett-Habgood equation. Dehydration to ether and/or olefin is the major reaction process. Dehydrogenation product was only scarcely found in 2-propanol conversion. The influence of the reaction temperature upon the conversion of alcohols and the selectivities of the products was investigated. Activity increases as a function of surface acidity of the AlPO{sub 4} catalyst as well as with the {alpha}-substitution in the alcohol. Moreover, selectivity studies indicated that ethanol and 2-propanol dehydration follows a combination pathway of parallel and consecutive reactions. A good correlation between the results of dehydration conversion and acid properties, gas-chromatographically measured through the irreversible adsorption of pyridine (473 and 573 K) and 2,6-dimethylpyridine (573 K), is observed. Also, activity poisoning results indicated that Broensted acid sites of AlPO{sub 4} catalyst participated in dehydradation processes, thus strengthening the carbenium ion reaction pathway in AlPO{sub 4} catalysts. 49 refs., 3 figs., 4 tabs.

  7. Preparation of a Titania/X-Zeolite/Porous Glass Composite Photocatalyst Using Hydrothermal and Drop Coating Processes

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    Atsuo Yasumori


    Full Text Available Combinations of TiO2 photocatalysts and various adsorbents have been widely studied for the adsorption and photocatalytic decomposition of gaseous pollutants such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs. Herein, a TiO2-zeolite-porous glass composite was prepared using melt-quenching and partial sintering, hydrothermal treatment, and drop coating for preparation of the porous glass support and X-zeolite and their combination with TiO2, respectively. The obtained composite comprised anatase phase TiO2, X-zeolite, and the porous glass support, which were combined at the micro to nanometer scales. The composite had a relatively high specific surface area of approximately 25 m2/g and exhibited a good adsorption capacity for 2-propanol. These data indicated that utilization of this particular phase-separated glass as the support was appropriate for the formation of the bulk photocatalyst-adsorbent composite. Importantly, the photocatalytic decomposition of adsorbed 2-propanol proceeded under UV light irradiation. The 2-propanol was oxidized to acetone and then trapped by the X-zeolite rather than being released to the atmosphere. Consequently, it was demonstrated that the micrometer-scaled combination of TiO2 and zeolite in the bulk form is very useful for achieving both the removal of gaseous organic pollutants and decreasing the emission of harmful intermediates.

  8. Photo-oxidation of organic compounds in liquid low-level mixed wastes at the INEL

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    Gering, K.L.; Schwendiman, G.L.


    A bench-scale oxidation apparatus is implemented to study the effectiveness of using an artificial ultraviolet source, a 175-watt medium pressure mercury vapor lamp, to enhance the destruction of organic contaminants in water with chemical oxidants. The waste streams used in this study are samples or surrogates of mixed wastes at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory. The contaminants that are investigated include methylene chloride, 1,1,1-trichlorethane, 1, 1-dichlororethane, acetone, 2-propanol, and ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid. We focus on H{sub 2}O{sub 2}-based oxidizers for our treatment scheme, which include the UV/H{sub 2}O{sub 2} system, the dark Fenton system (H{sub 2}O{sub 2}/Fe{sup 2+}), and the photo- assisted Fenton system (UV/H{sub 2}O{sub 2}/Fe{sup 3+}) is used in particular. Variables include concentration of the chemical oxidizer, concentration of the organic contaminant, and the elapsed reaction time. Results indicate that the photo-assisted Fenton system provides the best overall performance of the oxidizing systems listed above, where decreases in concentrations of methylene chloride, 1,1,1- trichloroethane, 1,1-dichlororethane, 2-propanol, and ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid were seen. However, UV-oxidation treatment provided no measurable benefit for a mixed waste containing acetone in the presence of 2-propanol.

  9. Photodecomposition of an acaricide, fenazaquin, in aqueous alcoholic solution. (United States)

    Bhattacharyya, Jayati; Banerjee, Hemanta; Bhattacharyya, Anjan


    Fenazaquin (I) is a new acaricide of the quinazoline class. The photodecomposition of I was studied in aqueous methanolic and 2-propanolic solution under UV light (30 h) and sunlight (70 h) separately. The photolytic half-lives in aqueous methanolic solution were found to be 17.1 h (UV) and 38.1 h (sunlight), whereas these were 12.9 h (UV) and 29.2 h (sunlight) for aqueous 2-propanolic solution; all followed a first-order reaction kinetics. Six photoproducts were obtained: beta-phenyl (p-tert-butyl) ethyl alcohol (II), 4-hydroxyquinazoline (III), p-tert-butyl vinyl benzene (IV), 2,4-dihydroxyquinazoline (V), phenyl (p-tert-butyl) acetic acid (VI), and 2-methyl-2-[4'-(2' '-hydroxyethyl)phenyl]propanoic acid (VII). Compounds VI and VII could be isolated only from aqueous 2-propanolic solution under sunlight irradiation. The major degradation products are formed as a result of cleavage of the ether bridge linking the quinazoline and phenyl ring systems of the molecule, oxidation of the tert-butyl substituent, and oxidation of the heterocyclic portion of the quinazoline ring. A probable mechanism of formation of the photoproducts is also suggested.

  10. Acoustic cavitation for engineering of gold sols in silver nitrate solutions. (United States)

    Radziuk, Darya V; Shchukin, Dmitry G; Möhwald, Helmuth


    Binary gold-silver nanostructures of preformed gold nanoparticles (25nm) in silver nitrate solutions are produced by a two step sonication (20kHz). Ultrasonic treatment of gold-silver mixtures is carried out in the presence of sodium dodecyl sulfate in water or 2-propanol, and poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) in ethylene glycol solutions. Gold-silver nano-worms, which consist of ripened gold particles connected by ultrasonically reduced silver, are formed after 1h of sonication in the presence of sodium dodecyl sulfate aqueous solution. In 2-propanol bimetallic nano-worms have a well defined core-shell structure. Polygonal alloy nanoparticles with gold as a core material and a silver shell are produced after 180min of sonication in the presence of poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) in ethylene glycol solution. Bimetallic gold-silver nanostructures have defected face centered cubic structure and represent polycrystals with a large number of crystallites randomly oriented. For the first time, the mechanism of gold particle design by ultrasound is examined in detail. The role of additives (sodium dodecyl sulfate, polyvinyl pyrrolidone, ethylene glycol and 2-propanol) as reductants of silver at the gold contact surface or stabilizers of particles is highlighted. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Self-assembly of monolayer-thick alumina particle-epoxy composite films. (United States)

    Jackson, Bryan R; Liu, Xiangyuan; McCandlish, Elizabeth F; Riman, Richard E


    Monolayer-thick composite films composed of alpha-alumina and Spurr's epoxy were prepared via a self-assembly process known as fluid forming. The process makes use of a high-spreading-tension fluid composed of volatile and nonvolatile components to propel particles across the air-water interface within a water bath. Continuous addition of the particle suspension builds a 2D particle film at the air-water interface. The spreading fluid compresses the film into a densely packed array against a submerged substrate. The assembled monolayer is deposited onto the substrate by removing the substrate from the bath. A dispersion containing a narrow size distribution, 10 microm alpha-alumina particles, light mineral oil, and 2-propanol was spread at the air-water interface and the alumina particles were assembled into densely packed arrays with an aerial packing fraction (APF) of 0.88. However, when mineral oil was replaced by Spurr's epoxy nonuniform films with low packing density resulted. It was found that replacing 2-propanol with a mixture of 2-propanol and 1-butanol with a volume ratio of 4:1 produced uniform, densely packed alumina/epoxy composite films. The role of the solvent mixture will be discussed.

  12. Influence of solvent on the structural and morphological properties of AgI particles prepared using ultrasonic spray pyrolysis

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    Validzic, Ivana Lj.; Jokanovic, Vukoman [Vinca Institute of Nuclear Sciences, P.O. Box 522, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia); Uskokovic, Dragan P. [Institute of Technical Sciences of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Knez Mihailova 35/IV, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia); Nedeljkovic, Jovan M. [Vinca Institute of Nuclear Sciences, P.O. Box 522, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia)], E-mail:


    Silver iodide particles were synthesized in the process of ultrasonic spray pyrolysis using aqueous solutions of thermodynamically stable silver iodide clusters as precursor. The AgI particles were collected in solvents of different polarities such as water, 2-propanol and toluene. In order to study influence of solvent and aging time on the morphological and structural properties of the AgI particles ultra-filtration was employed to isolate solid material from solution. The scanning electron microscopy showed that morphology of the AgI particles is different for different solvents. The AgI particles with hexagonal/triangular shape were obtained in water and toluene, while in 2-propanol hollow spheres were formed. The X-ray diffraction analysis, besides wurtzite hexagonal and zinc blende cubic phases, revealed appearance of tetragonal high-pressure AgI modification for sample collected in toluene and for sample aged in 2-propanol. The aging in toluene induced transformation of all three modifications into single phase with one preferred orientation.

  13. Gamma-irradiation synthesis of iron oxide nanoparticles in the presence of PEO, PVP or CTAB (United States)

    Jurkin, Tanja; Gotić, Marijan; Štefanić, Goran; Pucić, Irina


    Black hydrogels were synthesized using γ-irradiation of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO)/iron(III) chloride precursor solutions. The magnetic properties of such hydrogels were improved by adding 2-propanol as a hydroxyl scavenger and/or NaBH4 as a strong chemical reducing agent; however, the rigidity and compactness of thus synthesized PEO hydrogels deteriorated. The magnetic suspension containing pure magnetite nanoparticles was obtained using γ-irradiation of an Fe(III)/PEO deoxygenated aqueous solution in the presence of 2-propanol and NaBH4. The γ-irradiation of an iron(III) chloride aqueous precursor solution in the presence of PVP produced a magnetic suspension due to the formation of a small amount of δ-FeOOH (feroxyhyte). The γ-irradiation of Fe(III)/CTAB (cetyltrimethylammonium bromide) aqueous solutions favored the formation of goethite. γ-irradiation in the presence of 2-propanol increased the yield of rod-like goethite nanoparticles. A small amount of δ-FeOOH found in the Fe(III)/PVP and Fe(III)/CTAB suspensions suggests the formation of Fe(OH)2upon γ-irradiation, which then under atmospheric conditions rapidly oxidized into δ-FeOOH.

  14. Alcohol--Induced Polyelectrolyte-Surfactant Complex Coacervate Systems: Characterization and Applications in Enzyme and Protein Extraction (United States)

    Nejati Moshtaghin, Mahboubeh

    of FA, oppositely charged amphiphiles (surfactant-polyelectrolyte), and the charge ratio of the surfactant-polyelectrolyte on the extent of coacervation have been investigated. Furthermore, the chemical composition of each phase formed in the coacervate system was determined as a function of HFIP percentage. Phase diagrams of HFIP-PMA-CTAB and 2-propanol-PMA-CTAB were studied. The phase separation occurs over a wide range of polyelectrolyte, surfactant and alcohol concentration. In addition, a study of the dependence of coacervate volume on phase composition in different system (as defined by concentrations and mole charge ratio of amphihiles and alcohols) provided useful insight about possible underlying interactions and mechanisms. It has been concluded that neutralization favors coacervation in both systems. However, according to the compositional analysis of both HFIP and 2-propanol SPCC system, it seems that coacervation mechanisms are different. In Chapter III the properties of 2-propanol--SPCC, with analogous surfactant (CTAB) and polyelectrolyte (PMA) used in Chapter II, will be investigated. In particular, we are interested in examining the difference between the phase separation characteristics of the coacervates induced by 2-propanol and HFIP as coacervator. For this purpose, the phase behavior and the chemical composition of the phases will be analyzed as a function of 2-propanol and constituents concentrations. Chapter IV contains results of our investigations on the activity of a model enzyme (Trypsin) in 2-propanol- and FA-induced SPCC system. These investigations will facilitate understanding whether the aliphatic alcohol, AA- and FA-induced SPCC system denature the model enzymes. Such investigations also help in evaluation of the applicability of the coacervate systems developed in this work in proteomics where the proteolytic activity of enzymes is used for protein digestion. Finally, in Chapter V, the efficiency of the coacervate system (2-propanol

  15. Chemical strategies for modifications of the solar cell process, from wafering to emitter diffusion; Chemische Ansaetze zur Neuordnung des Solarzellenprozesses ausgehend vom Wafering bis hin zur Emitterdiffusion

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    Mayer, Kuno


    The paper describes the classic standard industrial solar cell based on monocrystalline silicon and describes new methods of fabrication. The first is an alternative wafering concept using laser microjet cutting instead of multiwire cutting. This method originally uses pure, deionized water; it was modified so that the liquid jet will not only be a liquid light conductor but also a transport medium for etching fluids supporting thermal abrasion of silicon by the laser jet. Two etching fluids were tested experimentally; it was found that water-free fluids based on perfluorinated solvents with very slight additions of gaseous chlorine are superior to all other options. In the second section, the wet chemical process steps between wafering and emitter diffusion (i.e. the first high-temperature step) was to be modified. Alternatives to 2-propanol were to be found in the experimental part. Purification after texturing was to be rationalized in order to reduce the process cost, either by using less chemical substances or by achieving shorter process times. 1-pentanol and p-toluolsulfonic acid were identified as two potential alternatives to 2-propanol as texture additives. Finally, it could be shown that wire-cut substrates processed with the new texturing agents have higher mechanical stabilities than substrates used with the classic texturing agent 2-propanol. [German] Im ersten Kapitel wird die klassische Standard-Industrie-Solarzelle auf der Basis monokristallinen Siliziums vorgestellt. Der bisherige Herstellungsprozess der Standard-Industrie-Solarzelle, der in wesentlichen Teilen darauf abzielt, diese Verluste zu minimieren, dient als Referenz fuer die Entwicklung neuer Fertigungsverfahren, wie sie in dieser Arbeit vorgestellt werden. Den ersten thematischen Schwerpunkt bildet die Entwicklung eines alternativen Wafering-Konzeptes zum Multi-Drahtsaegen. Die Basis des neuen, hier vorgestellten Wafering-Prozesses bildet das Laser-Micro-Jet-Verfahren. Dieses System

  16. Contribution of liver alcohol dehydrogenase to metabolism of alcohols in rats. (United States)

    Plapp, Bryce V; Leidal, Kevin G; Murch, Bruce P; Green, David W


    The kinetics of oxidation of various alcohols by purified rat liver alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) were compared with the kinetics of elimination of the alcohols in rats in order to investigate the roles of ADH and other factors that contribute to the rates of metabolism of alcohols. Primary alcohols (ethanol, 1-propanol, 1-butanol, 2-methyl-1-propanol, 3-methyl-1-butanol) and diols (1,3-propanediol, 1,3-butanediol, 1,4-butanediol, 1,5-pentanediol) were eliminated in rats with zero-order kinetics at doses of 5-20 mmol/kg. Ethanol was eliminated most rapidly, at 7.9 mmol/kgh. Secondary alcohols (2-propanol-d7, 2-propanol, 2-butanol, 3-pentanol, cyclopentanol, cyclohexanol) were eliminated with first order kinetics at doses of 5-10 mmol/kg, and the corresponding ketones were formed and slowly eliminated with zero or first order kinetics. The rates of elimination of various alcohols were inhibited on average 73% (55% for 2-propanol to 90% for ethanol) by 1 mmol/kg of 4-methylpyrazole, a good inhibitor of ADH, indicating a major role for ADH in the metabolism of the alcohols. The Michaelis kinetic constants from in vitro studies (pH 7.3, 37 °C) with isolated rat liver enzyme were used to calculate the expected relative rates of metabolism in rats. The rates of elimination generally increased with increased activity of ADH, but a maximum rate of 6±1 mmol/kg h was observed for the best substrates, suggesting that ADH activity is not solely rate-limiting. Because secondary alcohols only require one NAD(+) for the conversion to ketones whereas primary alcohols require two equivalents of NAD(+) for oxidation to the carboxylic acids, it appears that the rate of oxidation of NADH to NAD(+) is not a major limiting factor for metabolism of these alcohols, but the rate-limiting factors are yet to be identified.

  17. Enzymatic production of alkyl esters through alcoholysis: A critical evaluation of lipases and alcohols

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    Li, Deng; Xu, Xuebing; Gudmundur G, Haraldsson


    yield of FA alkyl esters, with yields well over 90% for methanol, absolute ethanol, and 1-propanol. Overall, 96% ethanol was the preferred alcohol for all lipases except Novozym 435, and ethanolysis reactions reached the maximal conversion efficiency. Increasing the water content in the system resulted...... in an increased degree of conversion for all lipases except Novozym 435. The secondary alcohol 2-propanol significantly reduced the alcoholysis reaction with all lipases; however, the branch-chain isobutanol was more advantageous than linear 1-butanol for Novozym 435, Lipozyme RM IM, and Lipase PS-C. Many...

  18. Use of the anti-Prelog stereospecific alcohol dehydrogenase from Leifsonia and Pseudomonas for producing chiral alcohols. (United States)

    Itoh, Nobuya


    The asymmetric reduction of ketones is one of the most promising processes for producing chiral alcohols. However, dehydrogenases or reductases that can catalyze the reduction of ketones to give anti-Prelog chiral alcohols have been limited to some NADP(+)/NADPH-dependent enzymes. Recently, we reported a novel NAD(+)/NADH-dependent alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) from Leifsonia sp. and Pseudomonas ADH homologs from soil metagenomes. Moreover, we have established an efficient hydrogen-transfer bioreduction process with 2-propanol as a hydrogen donor using Leifsonia ADH. This review focuses on the recent development of novel ADHs for producing industrially useful anti-Prelog chiral alcohols from various ketones.

  19. Silicon nanowire arrays as learning chemical vapour classifiers

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    Niskanen, A O; Colli, A; White, R; Li, H W; Spigone, E; Kivioja, J M, E-mail: [Nokia Research Center, Broers Building, 21 JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge CB3 0FA (United Kingdom)


    Nanowire field-effect transistors are a promising class of devices for various sensing applications. Apart from detecting individual chemical or biological analytes, it is especially interesting to use multiple selective sensors to look at their collective response in order to perform classification into predetermined categories. We show that non-functionalised silicon nanowire arrays can be used to robustly classify different chemical vapours using simple statistical machine learning methods. We were able to distinguish between acetone, ethanol and water with 100% accuracy while methanol, ethanol and 2-propanol were classified with 96% accuracy in ambient conditions.

  20. Quantification of three macrolide antibiotics in pharmaceutical lots by HPLC: Development, validation and application to a simultaneous separation


    A. Mahmoudi; De Francia, Silvia; Boukhechem, M; Pirro, Elisa


    A new validated high performance liquid chromatographic (HPLC) method with rapid analysis time and high efficiency, for the analysis of erythromycin, azithromycin and spiramycin, under isocratic conditions with ODB RP18 as a stationary phase is described. Using an eluent composed of acetonitrile –2-methyl-2-propanol –hydrogenphosphate buffer, pH 6.5, with 1.5% triethylamine (33:7: up to 100, v/v/v), delivered at a flow-rate of 1.0 mL min-1. Ultra Violet (UV) detection is performed at 210 nm. ...

  1. Molecular Biology of STLV-III and HTLV-IV (United States)


    gel bands, pooled, and sedimented. The DNA pellet was resuspended in a lOp1 reaction volume containing T4 DNA ligase . Ligations were incubated...this procedure, all enzymes were from New England Biolabs, approximately 5u. of each restriction enzyme and approximately 3 Weiss u. of T4 DNA ligase were...volume 2-propanol. The fragments were re-ligated using T4 DNA ligase , in a 200pl reaction volume containing 15% PEG-8000, for 0.5-2hr at room temperature



    Marlon Doney Martínez Reina; Eliseo Amado González


    El volumen de exceso molar de 30 mezclas binarias que contienen líquidos iónicos de imidazolio con diferentes solventes moleculares: (metanol, etanol, 1-propanol, 2-propanol, acetona, 2- butanona, 2-pentanona, acetato de metilo, acetato de etilo, acetato de butilo, carbonato de dimetilo, carbonato de dietilo, nitrometano, 1,3-dicloropropano y etilenglicol),se predice desde datos de índice de refracción, usando tres tipos de métodos acoplados con diferentes reglas de mezcla para el cálculo del...

  3. Synthesis and Structure of a New Dinuclear Uranyl Complex

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    With a heptadentate compartmental Schiff-base ligand H3L (1, 3-di[o-(salicylimino) ph-enoxyl]-2-propanol), a new binuclear diuranyl complex [(UO2)2L(OH)]?3DMF, C38H45N5O13U2, was synthesized and the crystal structure was determined by X-ray diffraction techniques. The coordination geometry are two pentagonal bipyramids. In each pentagon four kinds of U-O (phenoxido, hydroxo, alkoxo and ether oxo) bonds are discussed.

  4. Relationship between the catalytic properties of the products of the oxidative thermolysis of certain complexes and the porous structures of samples in the oxidation reactions of volatile organic compounds (United States)

    Semushina, Yu. P.; Pechenyuk, S. I.; Kuzmich, L. F.; Knyazeva, A. I.


    The rate of the gas-phase oxidation of ethanol, 2-propanol, acetone, ethyl acetate, dioxane, and benzene with atmospheric oxygen is studied on surfaces of bimetallic oxide catalysts Co-Fe, Cu-Fe, Cr-Co, and Ni-Fe, prepared via thermal decomposition of double complex compounds in air. It is found that the rate of oxidation of volatile compounds depends on the volume of the transient pores in the catalyst sample. The rate of oxidation on the same catalyst at 350°C depends on the nature of the substance in the order: acetone > ethyl acetate > ethanol > propanol > dioxane, benzene.

  5. [Characteristics of antiischemic and nootropic properties of ademol in a rat model of acute brain ischemia]. (United States)

    Khodakivs'kyĭ, O A


    In experiments with the rat model of acute disorder of encephalic circulation (bilateral carotid occlusion) it was found that introduction of derivate of adamantan 1-adamantiloxy-3-morfolino-2 propanol (under conventional name ademol) in the dose 2 mg/kg intraabdominal in treatment regimen (in an hour after reconstruction of insult and further 1 time every 24 hours during 21 days) was accompanied by a recovery of mnemotropic properties and is more effective than cytikolin, resulting in a decreased lethality and neurological deficiency in acute and recovery periods of insults. The data received proved the usefulness of development of ademol based cerebroprotective remedy.

  6. Acid-Base Bifunctional Zirconium N-Alkyltriphosphate Nanohybrid for Hydrogen Transfer of Biomass-Derived Carboxides

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    Li, Hu; He, Jian; Riisager, Anders


    Catalytic transfer hydrogenation (CTH) reactions are efficient transformation routes to upgrade biobased chemicals. Herein, we report a facile and template-free route to synthesize a series of heterogeneous nitrogen-containing alkyltriphosphonate-metal hybrids with enhancive Lewis acid and base...... of Lewis basic sites adjacent to acid sites with an appropriate base/acid site ratio (1:0.7) in ZrPN significantly improved the yield of FFA. Mechanistic studies for the transformation of FUR to FFA with ZrPN in 2-propanol-d(8) evidently indicate CTH reaction proceeding via a direct intermolecular hydrogen...

  7. Macroporous Titania Monolith Prepared via Sol-gel Process with Polymer Foam as the Template

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    REN, Jian; DU, Zhong-Jie; ZHANG, Chen; LI, Hang-Quan


    Macroporous titania monoliths were prepared via sol-gel method using polymer foam as templates. The polymer foam polymerized via concentrated emulsion polymerization was immerged in a solution of titanium(Ⅳ) isopropoxide in 2-propanol, which underwent a sol-gel process. The organic components were subsequently removed by calcination. The effects of various parameters, including the nature of the monomer, the volume fraction of dispersed phase of the concentrated emulsion, and concentration of the sol-gel solution were investigated. The SEM micrographs of the macroporous titania monoliths thus obtained showed that the porous structure of the final material was effectively controllable.

  8. 1,4-Benzodiazepine N-Nitrosoamidines: Useful Intermediates in the Synthesis of Tricyclic Benzodiazepines

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    Carlos del Pozo


    Full Text Available 1,4-Benzodiazepine N-nitrosoamidines have been used as scaffolds for the preparation of different tricyclic derivatives. Replacement of the N-nitrosoamidine moiety through treatment with the nucleophiles acetylhydrazine, aminoacetaldehyde dimethylacetal and 1-amino-2-propanol, followed by an acid-catalyzed cyclization step, afforded triazolo and imidazobenzodiazepines 1, 6, and 7, respectively, in good yields. When acetylhydrazine is used as a nucleophile, the overall process provides an alternative route to alprazolam (1b and triazolam (1c, respectively.

  9. Design synthesis and biological evaluation of 3-substituted triazole derivatives

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    Bao Gang Wang; Shi Chong Yu; Xiao Yun Chai; Yong Zheng Yan; Hong Gang Hu; Qiu Ye Wu


    Based on the active site of lanosterol 14α-demethylase of azole antifungal agents, sixteen l-(lH-l,2,4-triazole-l-yl)- 2-(2,4-difluorophenyl)-3-(N-n-butyl-N-l-substitutedbenzyl-4-methylene-lH-l,2,3-triazole)-2-propanols have been designed, synthesized and evaluated as antifungal agents. Results of preliminary antifungal tests against eight human pathogenic fungi in vitro showed that some of the compounds exhibited excellent activities with broad spectrum.

  10. Ion-neutral reactions in the ion source of a mixture of CO2/CH3OH, CO2/C2H5OH, and CO2/2-C3H7OH by packed capillary supercritical fluid chromatography-mass spectrometry (SFC-MS). (United States)

    Ekeberg, Dag; Jablonska-Jentoft, Anja M


    Ion neutral reactions in the gas phase in mixtures of ROH/CO(2), R = CH(3), C(2)H(5), and 2-C(3)H(7) were studied by supercritical fluid chromatography-mass spectrometry (SFC-MS). Three main reaction series were found for this system; ionization followed by alpha-cleavage, formation of clusters, and formation of protonated dialkyl ethers from the corresponding alcohol. The ion chemistries were similar for the three alcohols, but that of 2-propanol was somewhat more complex.

  11. Formation of α-keto alkyl radical in the photoreduction of chromone as studied by the laser photolysis—ESR technique (United States)

    Igarashi, Masatoshi; Sakaguchi, Yoshio; Hayashi, Hisaharu; I'Haya, Yasumasa J.


    In the photochemical hydrogen abstraction reactions of chromone in 2-propanol at room temperature, beside its ketyl radical, the α-keto alkyl radical from chromone was observed, with the aid of the time-resolved electron spin resonance technique. When tri- n-butylin hydride was used as a hydrogen donor, the α-keto alkyl radical was produced predominantly from the lowest ππ* triplet state. The formation of such a non-ketyl radical in the hydrogen abstraction reaction with both of the hydrogen donors indicates the popularity of the hydrogen abstraction reactions from the ππ* triplet state of aromatic carbonyl compounds.

  12. Deracemization of Secondary Alcohols by using a Single Alcohol Dehydrogenase

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    Karume, Ibrahim


    © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim. We developed a single-enzyme-mediated two-step approach for deracemization of secondary alcohols. A single mutant of Thermoanaerobacter ethanolicus secondary alcohol dehydrogenase enables the nonstereoselective oxidation of racemic alcohols to ketones, followed by a stereoselective reduction process. Varying the amounts of acetone and 2-propanol cosubstrates controls the stereoselectivities of the consecutive oxidation and reduction reactions, respectively. We used one enzyme to accomplish the deracemization of secondary alcohols with up to >99% ee and >99.5% recovery in one pot and without the need to isolate the prochiral ketone intermediate.

  13. Chromatography of crotamiton and its application to the determination of active ingredients in ointments. (United States)

    Izumoto, S; Machida, Y; Nishi, H; Nakamura, K; Nakai, H; Sato, T


    Crotamiton, which is a mixture of cis and trans isomers, was investigated by several separation techniques. One of the HPLC modes, in which crotamiton eluted as a single peak, was selected for the determination of five active ingredients (crotamiton, prednisolone, glycyrrhetinic acid, dibucaine and chlorhexidine hydrochloride) in an ointment. The simultaneous determination was performed using isocratic reversed-phase mode within 20 min by employing an octyl (C8) column and a mobile phase containing sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and 2-propanol. The method was successfully applied to quality control and stability testing of the ointment.

  14. Explosion and explosives. Volume 32, Number 5, 1971

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    The following topics are discussed: CMDB propellants with high pressure exponent; the thermal decomposition of phenylnitromethane in 2-propanol; double exposed flash x-ray photographic observation on detonation of coal mining explosions; detonation of condensed multiple components about detonation characteristics of three liquid explosives; synthesis of N,N'-bis (2,4,6-trinitro-3-glycidoxyphenyl)-ethylene dinitramine; resistance characteristics of electric primer containing conductive particles; and formation of Meisenheimer's complex by adding an aqueous sodium hydroxide to the reaction product of epoxy compound with picric acid.

  15. Investigación de la resolución cinética eco-compatible de R/S-ketoprofeno


    Toledo, María Victoria; José, Carla; Theiller, Mariela; Gambaro, Luis A.; Collins, Sebastián E.; Briand, Laura E.


    Se llevó a cabo la esterificación de R/S-ketoprofeno empleando metanol, etanol, 1- y 2-propanol como reactivos y solventes catalizada con el biocatalizador comercial Novozym® 435. Se estudió la interacción de los alcoholes con el biocatalizador mediante diversas técnicas espectroscópicas. Los resultados evidenciaron la disolución del soporte polimérico, la pérdida de proteína activa, la fuerte adsorción de los alcoholes, la modificación de la estructura secundaria de la proteína y el alisado ...

  16. Design, synthesis, and antifungal activities of novel triazole derivatives containing the benzyl group. (United States)

    Xu, Kehan; Huang, Lei; Xu, Zheng; Wang, Yanwei; Bai, Guojing; Wu, Qiuye; Wang, Xiaoyan; Yu, Shichong; Jiang, Yuanying


    In previous studies undertaken by our group, a series of 1-(1H-1,2,4-triazole-1-yl)-2-(2,4-difluorophenyl)-3-substituted-2-propanols (1a-r), which were analogs of fluconazole, was designed and synthesized by click chemistry. In the study reported here, the in vitro antifungal activities of all the target compounds were evaluated against eight human pathogenic fungi. Compounds 1a, 1q, and 1r showed the more antifungal activity than the others.

  17. Excess volumes of binary mixtures of 1,3-dichloropropane with isomeric butanols at 298. 15 and 313. 15 K

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    Lafuente, C.; Pardo, J.; Rodriguez, V.; Royo, F.M.; Urieta, J.S. (Univ. de Zargoza (Spain). Dept. de Quimica Organica-Quimica Fisica)


    Excess molar volumes, V[sub m][sup E], for binary mixtures of 1,3-dichloropropane with 1-butanol, 2-butanol, 2-methyl-1-propanol, and 2-methyl-2-propanol have been determined from density measurements at 298.15 and 313.15 K by means of an Anton Paar DMA-58 vibrating tube densimeter. V[sub m][sup E] is positive over the whole composition range except for mixtures containing 1-butanol and 2-methyl-1-propanol at 298.15 K in which V[sub m][sup E] shows negative values at low mole fractions of dichloroalkane.

  18. Thermal effects of added propanol on the helix-coil transition of (Pro-Pro-Gly) 10 in D 2O solution: An NMR study (United States)

    Kai, Tsutomu; Uchiyama, Susumu; Nishi, Yoshinori; Kobayashi, Yuji; Tomiyama, Tetsuo


    The conformational transition of collagen model peptide, (Pro-Pro-Gly) 10, from the triple helical structure to the statistical coil was observed in various aqueous alcohol solutions by NMR measurements. In methanol or ethanol solution, the thermal transition temperature, Tm, of the peptide increased regularly with the concentration of alcohols. In 1- or 2-propanol, however, Tm first decreased and then increased steeply, in apparent contrast to the general trend that the addition of alcohol on aqueous solution increases the stability of ordered structure of polypeptides. This exceptional behavior of the collagen model peptide in propanols might provide a clue to investigate the mechanism of stabilization of protein conformation.

  19. Chromatographic Separation Method for the Simulant Mixture of Triisopropyl Phosphite and Bis(2-Ethylhexyl) Hydrogen Phosphite (United States)


    that of diisopropyl hydrogen phosphite (DIP) that could yield an error in the purity results if coelu- tion with TIP occurs. The DIP component is a...source of potential error if it is not completely separated from the TIP. The purpose of this investigation is to perform the initial GC development...8217 Retention Time 2 (min) Area3 1. 2-propanol 1.1 981078 2. TIP 3.44 15685456 3. DIP 5.68 7205570 4. TIPO 1.15 3584104 5. --- 14.63 720318 6. 17.63

  20. Ionic association and solvation of the ionic liquid 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride in molecular solvents revealed by vapor pressure osmometry, conductometry, volumetry, and acoustic measurements. (United States)

    Sadeghi, Rahmat; Ebrahimi, Nosaibah


    A systematic study of osmotic coefficient, conductivity, volumetric and acoustic properties of solutions of ionic liquid 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ([C(6)mim][Cl]) in various molecular solvents has been made at different temperatures in order to study of ionic association and solvation behavior of [C(6)mim][Cl] in different solutions. Precise measurements on electrical conductances of solutions of [C(6)mim][Cl] in water, methanol, ethanol, 1-propanol, 2-propanol, 1-butanol, and acetonitrile at 293.15, 298.15, and 303.15 K are reported and analyzed with Barthel's low-concentration chemical model (lcCM) to obtain the limiting molar conductivities and association constants of this ionic liquid in the investigated solvents. Strong ion pairing was found for the ionic liquid in 2-propanol, 1-butanol, and 1-propanol, whereas ion association in acetonitrile, methanol and ethanol is rather weak and in water the ionic liquid is fully dissociated. In the second part of this work, the apparent molar volumes and isentropic compressibilities of [C(6)mim][Cl] in water, methanol, ethanol, acetonitrile, 1-propanol, 2-propanol, and 1-butanol are obtained at the 288.15-313.15 K temperature range at 5 K intervals at atmospheric pressure from the precise measurements of density and sound velocity. The infinite dilution apparent molar volume and isentropic compressibility values of the free ions and ion pairs of [C(6)mim][Cl] in the investigated solvents as well as the excess molar volume of the investigated solutions are determined and their variations with temperature and type of solvents are also studied. Finally, the experimental measurements of osmotic coefficient at 318.15 K for binary solutions of [C(6)mim][Cl] in water, methanol, ethanol, 2-propanol, and acetonitrile are taken using the vapor pressure osmometry (VPO) method and from which the values of the solvent activity, vapor pressure, activity coefficients, and Gibbs free energies are calculated. The results are

  1. Ultrasonic and Volumetric Investigations of -Butyrolactone with Aliphatic Alcohols

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    Amara Jyothi Koppula


    Full Text Available Densities ( and speeds of sound (u have been determined for the binary liquid mixtures of -butyrolactone (GBL with 1-propanol (1-Pro, 2-propanol (2-Pro, 1-butanol (1-But and 2-butanol (2-But at 303.15, 308.15, and 313.15 K and entire composition range. From the experimental results, the excess molar volume (V E , and deviation in isentropic compressibility (s were calculated. The computed properties have been fitted to a Redlich-Kister type polynomial equation to derive binary coefficients and standard deviations.

  2. Preparation of Cyclic Urethanes from Amino Alcohols and Carbon Dioxide Using Ionic Liquid Catalysts with Alkali Metal Promoters

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    Masahiko Arai


    Full Text Available Several ionic liquids were applied as catalysts for the synthesis of cyclicurethanes from amino alcohols and pressurized CO2 in the presence of alkali metalcompounds as promoters. A comparative study was made for the catalytic performanceusing different ionic liquids, substrates, promoters, and pressures. The optimum catalyticsystem was BMIM-Br promoted by K2CO3, which, for 1-amino-2-propanol, produced cyclicurethane in 40% yield with a smaller yield of substituted cyclic urea and no oligomericbyproducts. For other amino alcohols, cyclic urethanes, cyclic ureas, and/or undesiredbyproducts were produced in different yields depending on the substrates used. Possiblereaction mechanisms are proposed.

  3. Improved regioselectivity in pyrazole formation through the use of fluorinated alcohols as solvents: synthesis and biological activity of fluorinated tebufenpyrad analogs. (United States)

    Fustero, Santos; Román, Raquel; Sanz-Cervera, Juan F; Simón-Fuentes, Antonio; Cuñat, Ana C; Villanova, Salvador; Murguía, Marcelo


    The preparation of N-methylpyrazoles is usually accomplished through reaction of a suitable 1,3-diketone with methylhydrazine in ethanol as the solvent. This strategy, however, leads to the formation of regioisomeric mixtures of N-methylpyrazoles, which sometimes are difficult to separate. We have determined that the use of fluorinated alcohols such as 2,2,2-trifluoroethanol (TFE) and 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol (HFIP) as solvents dramatically increases the regioselectivity in the pyrazole formation, and we have used this modification in a straightforward synthesis of fluorinated analogs of Tebufenpyrad with acaricide activity.

  4. Measurement and correlation of solubility of trans-resveratrol in 11 solvents at T = (278.2, 288.2, 298.2, 308.2, and 318.2) K

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    Sun Xilan; Peng Bin [Department of Chemistry, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China); Yan Weidong [Department of Chemistry, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310027 (China)], E-mail:


    The solubilities of trans-resveratrol in methanol, ethanol, 1-propanol, 2- propanol, 1-butanol, 1-pentanol, 1-hexanol, ethyl acetate, tetrahydrofuran, acetone, and water (pH 6.0) solvents were measured at T = (278.2, 288.2, 298.2, 308.2, and 318.2) K. The solubilities of trans-resveratrol in selected solvents increase with temperature, but decrease with increasing the number of carbon in alcohol solvents. The experimental data were correlated using a thermodynamic equation.

  5. New Chiral Metal Cluster Systems for Catalytic Asymmetric Syntheses of Chiral Alcohols

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    LI Yan-yun; CHEN Jian-shan; YANG Chuan-bo; DONG Zhen-rong; LI Bao-zhu; ZHANG Hui; GAO Jing-xing; TAKAO Ikariya


    The efficient chiral Ru3(CO)12 systems were prepared in situ from Ru3(CO)12 and various chiral diiminoor diamino-diphosphine tetradentate ligands. The systems have been used for the asymmetric transfer hydrogenation of propiophenone in 2-propanol, leading to 1-phenyl-1-propanol in a 98% yield and 96% e.e. The IR study suggests that the carbonyl hydride anion [HRu3(CO)11]- most probably exists as a principal species under the reaction conditions. The high chiral efficiency may be due to the synergetic effect produced by the neighboring ruthenium atoms and a special chiral micro-environment involving the polydentate ligand and the Ru3 framework.

  6. Violent explosion after inadvertent mixing of nitric acid and isopropanol – Review 15 years later finds basic accident data corrupted, no evidence of broad learning

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    Hedlund, Frank Huess; Folmer Nielsen, Merete; Hagen Mikkelsen, Sonja


    steel tank disintegrated with such force that fragments lodged in walls of concrete. The explosion ravaged the cellar, destroyed equipment, blew out a masonry wall and released large amounts of nitrous oxide fumes. Likely, 62% nitric acid (CAS 7697-37-2) and isopropanol (2-propanol, CAS 67-63-0) reacted...... the brewery to court for negligence, they did not report or investigate the accident, or attempt to disseminate information available to them. Today, the general literature is silent on the explosion hazards of mixing the two chemicals. The paper argues that without institutional support, learning...

  7. In vitro study on the disinfectability of two split-septum needle-free connection devices using different disinfection procedures (United States)

    Engelhart, Steffen; Exner, Martin; Simon, Arne


    This in vitro study investigated the external disinfection of two needle-free connection devices (NFC) using Octeniderm® (spraying and wiping technique) vs. Descoderm® pads (wiping technique). The split-septum membrane of the NFC was contaminated with >105 CFU K. pneumoniae or S. epidermidis. The efficacy of the disinfection at 30 sec. exposure time was controlled by taking a swab sample and by flushing the NFC with sterile 0.9% sodium chloride solution. Disinfection with octenidine dihydrochloride 0.1 g, 1-Propanol 30.0 g, and 2-Propanol 45.0 g in 100 g solution was highly effective (CFU reduction ≥4 log) against both microorganisms, whereas the use of 63.1 g 2-Propanol in 100 ml solution led to residual contamination with S. epidermidis. Our investigation underlines that (i) in clinical practice disinfection of NFCs before use is mandatory, and that (ii) details of disinfection technique are of utmost importance regarding their efficacy. Our investigation revealed no significant differences between both split-septum NFC types. Clinical studies are needed to confirm a possible superiority of disinfectants with long-lasting residual antimicrobial activity. PMID:26693394

  8. Effect of skin disinfection with octenidine dihydrochloride on insertion site colonization of intravascular catheters. (United States)

    Dettenkofer, M; Jonas, D; Wiechmann, C; Rossner, R; Frank, U; Zentner, J; Daschner, F D


    We investigated the efficacy of two commercially available, alcohol-based antiseptic solutions in decontaminating the insertion site of central lines. One solution contained the bispyridine octenidine dihydrochloride. Inpatients receiving either a central venous catheter (CVC) or a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) were alternately assigned to different skin disinfection regimens at the insertion site: (A) 0.1% octendine dihydrochloride with 30% 1-propanol and 45% 2-propanol, (B) 74% ethanol with 10% 2-propanol. Quantitative skin cultures were obtained from the insertion site at predetermined intervals. A total of 60 patients received 12 CVCs and 47 PICCs (no significant difference with respect to gender, age and catheter type). In total, 90 cultures were assessed in each group. The median colony-forming unit (cfu) counts per 24 cm(2) (group A vs B) were 2,270 vs 2,950 before, 20 vs 40 following and 860 vs 1,210 24 h after catheter insertion, respectively. A statistically significant difference in the efficacy of skin decontamination was seen between groups in culture set (3) and in the difference between culture sets (2) and (3) (Wilcoxon rank sum test). Octenidine/propanol appears to be more effective than alcohol (ethanol/propanol) alone in reducing microflora of the skin at the PICC/CVC insertion site over a 24-h period.

  9. Synthesis of sup 18 F-labeled fluconazole and positron emission tomography studies in rabbits

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    Livni, E. (Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA (United States). Dept. of Radiology); Fischman, A.J. (Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA (United States). Radiology Dept. Havard Medical School, Boston, MA (United States). Dept. of Radiology Havard Medical School, Boston, MA (United States). Dept. of Medicine)


    (4-{sup 18}F) 2-(2,4-difluorophenyl)-1,3-bis(1H-1,2,4-triazol-1-yl)-2-propanol ((4-{sup 18}F) fluconazole) was synthesized from its amino precursor. Fieldel-Crafts acylation of 3-fluoroacetanilide with chloroacetyl chloride produced 2'-fluoro-4'-aceteamido-2-(1H-1,2,4-triazole-1-yl) acetophenone in 12% yield. Sequential reaction with (1) dimethylsulphoxonium methylide and (2) 1,2,4-triazole followed by in situ hydrolysis resulted in 2-(2-fluoro-4-aminophenyl)-1,3-bis(1H-2,2,4-triazol-1-yl)-2-propanol in 19% yield. A modified Schiemann reaction on this product resulted in (4-{sup 18}F)fluconazole with a radiochemical yield of 1.0-2.0% (EOS) within 2h. (4-{sup 18}F)Fluconazole was used to measure the pharmacokinetics of fluconazole in rats by measurement of radioactivity in excised tissues and in rabbits by PET. In both species, there was rapid equilibration of (4-{sup 18}F)fluoconazole to a relatively uniform distribution of radioactivity in most organs. (Author).

  10. In vitro study on the disinfectability of two split-septum needle-free connection devices using different disinfection procedures

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    Engelhart, Steffen


    Full Text Available This in vitro study investigated the external disinfection of two needle-free connection devices (NFC using Octeniderm (spraying and wiping technique vs. Descoderm pads (wiping technique. The split-septum membrane of the NFC was contaminated with >10 CFU . The efficacy of the disinfection at 30 sec. exposure time was controlled by taking a swab sample and by flushing the NFC with sterile 0.9% sodium chloride solution. Disinfection with octenidine dihydrochloride 0.1 g, 1-Propanol 30.0 g, and 2-Propanol 45.0 g in solution was highly effective (CFU reduction ≥4 log against both microorganisms, whereas the use of 63.1 g 2-Propanol in 100 ml solution led to residual contamination with . Our investigation underlines that (i in clinical practice disinfection of NFCs before use is mandatory, and that (ii details of disinfection technique are of utmost importance regarding their efficacy. Our investigation revealed no significant differences between both split-septum NFC types. Clinical studies are needed to confirm a possible superiority of disinfectants with long-lasting residual antimicrobial activity.

  11. Steric vs. electronic effects in the Lactobacillus brevis ADH-catalyzed bioreduction of ketones. (United States)

    Rodríguez, Cristina; Borzęcka, Wioleta; Sattler, Johann H; Kroutil, Wolfgang; Lavandera, Iván; Gotor, Vicente


    Lactobacillus brevis ADH (LBADH) is an alcohol dehydrogenase that is commonly employed to reduce alkyl or aryl ketones usually bearing a methyl, an ethyl or a chloromethyl as a small ketone substituent to the corresponding (R)-alcohols. Herein we have tested a series of 24 acetophenone derivatives differing in their size and electronic properties for their reduction employing LBADH. After plotting the relative activity against the measured substrate volumes we observed that apart from the substrate size other effects must be responsible for the activity obtained. Compared to acetophenone (100% relative activity), other small substrates such as propiophenone, α,α,α-trifluoroacetophenone, α-hydroxyacetophenone, and benzoylacetonitrile had relative activities lower than 30%, while medium-sized ketones such as α-bromo-, α,α-dichloro-, and α,α-dibromoacetophenone presented relative activities between 70% and 550%. Moreover, the comparison between the enzymatic activity and the obtained final conversions using an excess or just 2.5 equiv. of the hydrogen donor 2-propanol, denoted again deviations between them. These data supported that these hydrogen transfer (HT) transformations are mainly thermodynamically controlled. For instance, bulky α-halogenated derivatives could be quantitatively reduced by LBADH even employing 2.5 equiv. of 2-propanol independently of their kinetic values. Finally, we found good correlations between the IR absorption band of the carbonyl groups and the degrees of conversion obtained in these HT processes, making this simple method a convenient tool to predict the success of these transformations.

  12. Adsorption and Reaction of C1-C3 Alcohols over CeOx(111) Thin Films

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    D Mullins; S Senanayake; T Chen


    This study reports the interaction of methanol, ethanol, 1-propanol, and 2-propanol with well-ordered CeO{sub 2}(111) thin film surfaces. All of the alcohols adsorb at low temperature by forming alkoxy and hydroxyl species on the surface. On fully oxidized CeO{sub 2}(111), recombination occurs between some of the alkoxys and hydroxyls, resulting in alcohol desorption near 220 K. At the same temperature, some of the surface hydroxyls disproportionate to produce water and the loss of lattice O. The remaining alkoxys react above 550 K. The primary alcohols favor dehydrogenation products (aldehydes). There is a net loss of O from the system, resulting in a reduction of the ceria. The secondary alcohol, 2-propanol, undergoes primarily dehydration, producing propene with no net change in the cerium oxidation state. Reduced CeO{sub x}(111) competes with the gaseous products for available O. Little or no water is produced. The reaction selectivity for the C{sub 2} and C{sub 3} alcohols shifts toward favoring dehydration products. The loss of O from the alcohols leads to oxidation of the reduced ceria. Compared with the oxidized surface, the alkene desorption shifts to lower temperature, whereas the aldehyde desorption shifts to higher temperature. This indicates that, on the reduced surface, it is easier to break the C-O bond but more difficult to break the O-substrate bond.

  13. Effect of mixing, concentration and temperature on the formation of mesostructured solutions and their role in the nucleation of DL-valine crystals. (United States)

    Jawor-Baczynska, Anna; Moore, Barry D; Sefcik, Jan


    We report investigations on the formation of mesostructured solutions in DL-valine-water-2-propanol mixtures, and the crystallization of DL-valine from these solutions. Mesostructured liquid phases, similar to those previously observed in aqueous solutions of glycine and DL-alanine, were observed using Dynamic Light Scattering and Brownian microscopy, in both undersaturated and supersaturated solutions below a certain transition temperature. Careful experimentation was used to demonstrate that the optically clear mesostructured liquid phase, comprising colloidal mesoscale clusters dispersed within bulk solution, is thermodynamically stable and present in equilibrium with the solid phase at saturation conditions. Solutions prepared by slow cooling contained mesoscale clusters with a narrow size distribution and a mean hydrodynamic diameter of around 200 nm. Solutions of identical composition prepared by rapid isothermal mixing of valine aqueous solutions with 2-propanol contained mesoscale clusters which were significantly larger than those observed in slowly cooled solutions. The presence of larger mesoscale clusters was found to correspond to faster nucleation. Observed induction times were strongly dependent on the rapid initial mixing step, although solutions were left undisturbed afterwards and the induction times observed were up to two orders of magnitude longer than the initial mixing period. We propose that mesoscale clusters above a certain critical size are likely to be the location of productive nucleation events.

  14. Influence of the composition of aqueous-alcohol solvents on the thermodynamic characteristics of L-phenylalanine dissolution at 298.15 K

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    Badelin, Valentin G. [Laboratory of Thermodynamics of Solutions of Non-electrolytes and Biologically Active Substances, Institute of Solution Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, 1 Akademicheskaya Street, 153045, Ivanovo (Russian Federation); Smirnov, Valeriy I., E-mail: [Laboratory of Thermodynamics of Solutions of Non-electrolytes and Biologically Active Substances, Institute of Solution Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, 1 Akademicheskaya Street, 153045, Ivanovo (Russian Federation)


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Enthalpies of L-phenylalanine dissolution have been measured in aqueous methanol, ethanol, 1-propanol and 2-propanol. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The measured data were reported as functions of composition of water + alcohol mixtures. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Enthalpy coefficients of pair-wise interactions have been analyzed in terms of McMillan-Mayer theory. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A comparative analysis of the characteristics of dissolution of L-phenylalanine and some other L-amino acids in the similar systems has been made. - Abstract: The enthalpies of L-phenylalanine dissolution in aqueous methanol, ethanol, 1-propanol and 2-propanol have been determined by calorimetry at 298.15 K and alcohol mole fractions up to x{sub 2} {approx}0.4. The standard enthalpies of solution {Delta}{sub sol}H Degree-Sign and transfer {Delta}{sub tr}H Degree-Sign from water to the mixed solvent as well as the enthalpy coefficients of L-phenylalanine-alcohol pair-wise interactions were calculated. The interrelation of the enthalpies of dissolution and transfer for L-phenylalanine with structural features of alcohols has been determined. A comparative analysis of the thermodynamic characteristics of dissolution of L-phenylalanine and some other amino acids (glycine, L-alanine, L-threonine and L-valine) in the mixtures studied has been made.

  15. Disposition and metabolism of cumene in F344 rats and B6C3F1 mice. (United States)

    Chen, Ling-Jen; Wegerski, Christopher J; Kramer, Daniel J; Thomas, Leslie A; McDonald, Jacob D; Dix, Kelly J; Sanders, J Michael


    Cumene is a high-production volume chemical that has been shown to be a central nervous system depressant and has been implicated as a long-term exposure carcinogen in experimental animals. The absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of [(14)C]cumene (isopropylbenzene) was studied in male rats and mice of both sexes after oral or intravenous administration. In both species and sexes, urine accounted for the majority of the excretion (typically ≥ 70%) by oral and intravenous administration. Enterohepatic circulation of cumene and/or its metabolites was indicated because 37% of the total dose was excreted in bile in bile duct-cannulated rats with little excreted in normal rats. The highest tissue (14)C levels in rats were observed in adipose tissue, liver, and kidney with no accumulation observed after repeat dosing up to 7 days. In contrast, mice contained the highest concentrations of (14)C at 24 h after dosing in the liver, kidney, and lung, with repeat dosing accumulation of (14)C observed in these tissues as well as in the blood, brain, heart, muscle, and spleen. The metabolites in the expired air, urine, bile, and microsomes were characterized with 16 metabolites identified. The volatile organics in the expired air comprised mainly cumene and up to 4% α-methylstyrene. The major urinary and biliary metabolite was 2-phenyl-2-propanol glucuronide, which corresponded with the main microsomal metabolite being 2-phenyl-2-propanol.

  16. Dependence of enthalpies of dissolution of {beta}-alanyl-{beta}-alanine on the composition of (water + alcohol) mixtures at 298.15 K

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    Smirnov, Valeriy I., E-mail: [Laboratory of Thermodynamics of Non-electrolytes Solutions and Biologically Active Substances, Institute of Solution Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, 1 Akademicheskaya Street, 153045 Ivanovo (Russian Federation); Badelin, Valentin G. [Laboratory of Thermodynamics of Non-electrolytes Solutions and Biologically Active Substances, Institute of Solution Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, 1 Akademicheskaya Street, 153045 Ivanovo (Russian Federation)


    Highlights: {center_dot} Enthalpies of dissolution of {beta}-alanyl-{beta}-alanine are measured in aqueous methanol, ethanol, 1-propanol and 2-propanol by calorimetry. {center_dot} Standard values of dissolution and transfer enthalpies of {beta}-alanyl-{beta}-alanine and enthalpy coefficients of pair-wise interactions are calculated. {center_dot} Dependences of the thermodynamic characteristics of dissolution of {beta}-alanyl-{beta}-alanine on the composition of (water + alcohol) mixtures are determined. - Abstract: The dissolution enthalpies of {beta}-alanyl-{beta}-alanine in aqueous methanol, ethanol, 1-propanol and 2-propanol solutions with an alcohol content up to 0.4 mole fractions have been measured calorimetrically at T = 298.15 K. The standard enthalpies of dissolution, {Delta}{sub sol}H{sup o} and transfer, {Delta}{sub tr}H{sup o}, of {beta}-alanyl-{beta}-alanine from water into mixed solvents and the enthalpy coefficients of pair-wise interactions, h{sub xy}, of {beta}-alanyl-{beta}-alanine with alcohol solvent molecules have been calculated. The results are discussed in terms of solute-solute and solute-solvent interactions.


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    Sayekti Wahyuningsih


    Full Text Available Separation of titanium dioxide (TiO2 from ilmenite Bangka has been done byleaching processusing HCl. Before the leaching process, ilmenite was roastedat 900oC for pre-oxidation (preliminary - oxidation. Leaching process carried out by variation of HCl concentration and Fe0 reducing agents. While the re-deposition of dissolved Ti4+ ion achieved by hydrolysis - condensation using 2-propanol-H2O solvents. Leaching the pre-oxidazed ilmenite shows the phase change of pseudobrokite (Fe2TiO5 into hematite (Fe2O3 and synthetic rutile (TiO2. Formation of the synthetic rutile was characterized by the loss of intensity of Fe2TiO5 at 26.65º and the increasing intensity of rutile TiO2 at 27.49º.The dissolution rate of both titanium and iron was found to be increased, generally, by increasing acid concentration in case of HCl as well as by increasing ilmenite: Fe0 ratio. Precipitation of the dissolved titania with 2-propanol -H2Oof 8:2(v /v produced anatase TiO2 due to the hydrolysis and condensation of Ti-tetra isopropoxide complexes.

  18. Au/TiO2-CeO2 Catalysts for Photocatalytic Water Splitting and VOCs Oxidation Reactions

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    Roberto Fiorenza


    Full Text Available Photocatalytic water splitting for H2 production and photocatalytic oxidation of 2-propanol, an example of volatile organic compounds, were investigated over TiO2 catalysts loaded with gold and/or ceria. In the water splitting reaction the presence of gold only slightly affected the performance of TiO2 whereas the presence of CeO2 had a more remarkable positive effect. In the 2-propanol oxidation Au/TiO2 was the most active sample in terms of alcohol conversion whereas Au/TiO2-CeO2 exhibited the highest CO2 yield. On the basis of characterization experiments (X-Ray Diffraction (XRD, Energy Dispersive X-ray Analysis EDX, surface area measurements, Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy (DRS and Raman spectroscopy, it was suggested that the interaction of Au with TiO2 causes an increase in the charge separation between the photo-excited electron/hole pairs, leading to an enhanced photocatalytic activity (to acetone over Au/TiO2 and to CO2 over Au/TiO2-CeO2, whereas the presence of ceria, acting as a hole trap, positively mainly affects the formation of hydrogen by water splitting.

  19. Reversal of elution order for profen acid enantiomers in packed-column SFC on Chiralpak AD. (United States)

    Gyllenhaal, Olle; Stefansson, Morgan


    Enantiomeric separations of four 2-substituted propionic acid drugs have been studied using packed-column supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) with amylose tris(3,5-dimethylphenylcarbamate) coated on silica as support (Chiralpak AD). Under standard conditions (i.e., flow rate, 1.5 ml/min; column temperature, 30 degrees C; back-pressure, 150 bar), the order of elution could be reversed when the polar alcohol modifier methanol in carbon dioxide was replaced by 2-propanol for ibuprofen, ketoprofen, and naproxen. For flurbiprofen, with the highest selectivity factor, no reversal was observed, although selectivity was reduced significantly with higher alcohols. Naproxen and flurbiprofen were also investigated with 2-butanol and 2-pentanol. The former showed reversal of elution order but not the latter. For higher alcohol modifiers, including 2-propanol, the peak symmetry was poor but could be improved by addition of citric acid in the alcohol modifier. These results stress the importance to investigate enantiomer elution order during the development of enantioselective methods and when chromatographic conditions are optimized. Preliminary experiments with column temperatures over the range of -15 to 45 degrees C revealed that, in a few cases, reversal took place with a change in temperature only.

  20. Enantiomeric resolution of five chiral pesticides on a Chiralpak IB-H column by SFC. (United States)

    Jin, Lixia; Gao, Weiliang; Yang, Huayun; Lin, Chunmian; Liu, Weiping


    The enantiomeric separations of five chiral pesticides, diclofopmethyl, 1; benalaxy, 2; acetofenate, 3; myclobutanil, 4; and difenoconazole, 5, were conducted on a Chiralpak IB-H column by a packed-column supercritical fluid chromatography (p-SFC). All compounds, except difenoconazole and myclobutanil, were well resolved within 10 min. As the mobile phase polarity decreased through changing the percentage and the type of alcohol modifiers in the supercritical carbon dioxide (CO(2)), the retention time, the separation factors, and the resolution increased. However, based on the retention time and the resolution, the optimized separations were obtained with the mobile phase containing 10% 2-propanol for diclofop-methyl 1; benalaxy, 2; myclobutanil, 4; difenoconazole, 5; and containing 3% 2-propanol for acetofenate, 3. The optimized separation temperature was at 35°C under the supercritical fluid condition. The π-π interactions and the hydrogen bonding interactions between Chiralpak IB-H CSP and the analytes might be the main chiral discriminations on enantioseparation of these five pesticides.

  1. Electron beam induced synthesis of uranium dioxide nanoparticles: Effect of solvent composition (United States)

    Rath, M. C.; Keny, S. J.; Naik, D. B.


    The effect of various compositions of solvents was investigated on the electron beam induced synthesis of uranium dioxide, UO2 nanoparticles. The synthesis was carried out at different pHs from 2 to 7 in the aqueous solutions containing 10 mM uranyl nitrate and 10% 2-propanol. The formation of UO2 nanoparticles was found to occur only in the pH range from 2.5 to 3.7. Experiments were also carried out in the aqueous solutions containing various other alcohols (10% v/v) such as methanol, ethanol, 1-propanol, 1-butanol or tert-butanol as well as in solutions containing 10 mM sodium formate at pH 3.4. The formation of UO2 nanoparticles in the aqueous solutions was found to occur only in the presence of ethanol, 1-propanol, 2-propanol or 1-butanol. It is therefore confirmed that the electron beam induced synthesis of UO2 nanoparticles strongly depends on the solvent compositions as well as the pH of the medium.

  2. Quantification of trace levels of the potential cancer biomarkers formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and propanol in breath by SIFT-MS. (United States)

    Spaněl, Patrik; Smith, David


    The sensitivity of selected ion flow tube mass spectrometry, SIFT-MS, has been increased such that it is now possible to detect metabolites present at a part-per-billion, ppb, level in single breath exhalations. However, to utilize this improved sensitivity, the overlaps (coincidences) of those ions resulting from interfering reactions of impurity precursor ions with some breath metabolites present at higher concentrations with the analytical product ions characteristic of particular metabolites must be accounted for. In this paper, the full reaction schemes are presented for SIFT-MS analyses of three volatile potential cancer biomarkers in exhaled breath, namely formaldehyde, HCHO, acetaldehyde, CH(3)CHO and 2-propanol, CH(3)CH(OH)CH(3), which identify both the characteristic SIFT-MS product ions for these compounds and the interfering ions at the same mass-to-charge, m/z, values. An absolute quantification equation accounting for these interferences is formulated and appropriate entries into the SIFT-MS kinetics library are indicated. It is shown that when using H(3)O(+) to quantify formaldehyde and acetaldehyde the reactions of impurity O(2)(+) ions with methanol and ethanol (always present in breath) must be accounted for and that the quantification of acetaldehyde must avoid the interference of the CO(2) present in exhaled breath. Finally, it is indicated that the analysis of 2-propanol can be achieved using both H(3)O(+) and NO(+) precursor ions.

  3. Intracellular Delivery and Triggered Release of DNA Using Biodegradable Poly(2-hydroxypropylene imine)s Containing Cystamine Units. (United States)

    Bockuviene, Alma; Slavuckyte, Kristina; Vareikis, Ausvydas; Zigmantas, Sarunas; Zaliauskiene, Lolita; Makuska, Ricardas


    Poly(2-hydroxypropylene imine)s containing segments of cystamine (PHPI-CA) are synthesized by polycondensation of 1,3-dibromo-2-propanol with a mixture of 1,3-diamino-2-propanol and cystamine. High molecular weight fractions of these polymers are collected by ultrafiltration and characterized by chemical analysis, (1) H and (13) C-NMR spectroscopy, size-exclusion chromatography with triple detection, and potentiometric titration, and are tested for DNA delivery in vitro. It is shown that PHPI-CA are highly branched polymers containing disulfide linkages. Transfection efficiency of PHPI-CA for DNA gives similar results to that of PHPI with GFP(+) cell percent reaching 80-90%. Cytotoxicity levels for PHPI-CA are lower than that of PHPI. Novel polymers containing different amounts of disulfide linkages are able to disintegrate and release DNA following the treatment with reducing agent 1,4-dithiothreitol. Downstream application of PHPI-CA transfected cells for RNA purification shows that RNA yield is not affected even after the double transfection suggesting that these polymers could be great candidates for in vitro and in vivo transfection. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  4. Thermodynamic properties of binary liquid mixtures of diethylenetriamine with alcohols at different temperatures

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    Dubey, Gyan Prakash, E-mail: [Department of Chemistry, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra 136119 (India); Kumar, Krishan [Department of Chemistry, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra 136119 (India)


    Highlights: {yields} Thermodynamic study of diethylenetriamine + 2-methyl-1-propanol, +2-propanol or +1-butanol have been made. {yields} Excess molar volumes and isentropic compressibility were determined. {yields} Types of interactions were discussed based on derived properties. - Abstract: Densities, {rho}, viscosities, {eta}, and speeds of sound, u, were measured for the binary liquid mixtures containing diethylenetriamine with 2-methyl-1-propanol, 2-propanol and 1-butanol at 293.15, 298.15, 303.15, 308.15 and 313.15 K. From density and speed of sound data, excess molar volumes, V{sub m}{sup E} and deviations in isentropic compressibility, {Delta}{kappa}{sub s}, and speed of sound, {Delta}u have been evaluated. Viscosity data were used to compute deviations in viscosity and excess Gibbs energy of activation of viscous flow {Delta}G*{sup E} at 298.15, 303.15 and 308.15 K. A Redlich-Kister type equation was applied to fit the excess molar volumes and deviations in isentropic compressibility, speed of sound and viscosity data. The viscosity data have been correlated with the equations of Grunberg-Nissan, Tamura-Kurata, Heric-Brewer and of Hind et al. All the binary systems of the present study have negative values of excess molar volumes and deviations in isentropic compressibility over whole composition range and at all temperatures which indicates strong interactions between the components of binary mixtures.

  5. Effect of morphology and solvent on two-photon absorption of nano zinc oxide

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    Kavitha, M.K. [Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Valiamala, Thiruvananthapuram 695547, Kerala (India); Haripadmam, P.C.; Gopinath, Pramod; Krishnan, Bindu [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Valiamala, Thiruvananthapuram 695547, Kerala (India); John, Honey, E-mail: [Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Valiamala, Thiruvananthapuram 695547, Kerala (India)


    Highlights: ► ZnO nanospheres and triangular structures synthesis by novel precipitation technique. ► The effect of precursor concentration on the size and shape of nano ZnO. ► Open aperture Z-scan measurements of the ZnO nanoparticle dispersions. ► Nanospheres exhibit higher two photon absorption coefficient than triangular nanostructures. ► Nanospheres dispersed in water exhibit higher two photon absorption coefficient than its dispersion in 2-propanol. - Abstract: In this paper, we report the effect of morphology and solvent on the two-photon absorption of nano zinc oxide. Zinc oxide nanoparticles in two different morphologies like nanospheres and triangular nanostructures are synthesized by novel precipitation technique and their two-photon absorption coefficient is measured using open aperture Z-scan technique. Experimental results show that the zinc oxide nanospheres exhibit higher two-photon absorption coefficient than the zinc oxide triangular nanostructures. The zinc oxide nanospheres dispersed in water exhibit higher two-photon absorption coefficient than that of its dispersion in 2-propanol. The zinc oxide nanospheres dispersed in water shows a decrease in two-photon absorption coefficient with an increase in on-axis irradiance. The result confirms the dependence of shape and solvent on the two-photon absorption of nano zinc oxide.

  6. Fourier-transformed infrared breath testing after ingestion of technical alcohol. (United States)

    Laakso, Olli; Haapala, Matti; Pennanen, Teemu; Kuitunen, Tapio; Himberg, Jaakko-Juhani


    The study aim was to evaluate the feasibility of a Fourier-transformed infrared (FT-IR) analyzer for out-of-laboratory use by screening the exhalations of inebriated individuals, and to determine analysis quality using common breath components and solvents. Each of the 35 inebriated participants gave an acceptable sample. Because of the metabolism of 2-propanol, the subjects exhaled high concentrations of acetone in addition to ethanol. Other volatile ingredients of technical ethanol products (methyl ethyl ketone, methyl isobutyl ketone, and 2-propanol) were also detected. The lower limits of quantification for the analyzed components ranged from 1.7 to 12 microg/L in simulated breath samples. The bias was +/-2% for ethanol and -11% for methanol. Within-day and between-day coefficients of variation were <1% for ethanol and <4% for methanol. The bias of ethanol and methanol analyses due to coexisting solvents ranged from -0.8 to +2.2% and from -5.6 to +2.9%, respectively. The FT-IR method proved suitable for use outside the laboratory and fulfilled the quality criteria for analysis of solvents in breath.

  7. The mechanism of cumene hydroperoxide-dependent lipid peroxidation: the function of cytochrome P-450. (United States)

    Weiss, R H; Estabrook, R W


    The addition of limiting amounts of cumene hydroperoxide to rat liver microsomes resulted in the rapid uptake of molecular oxygen, the formation of thiobarbituric acid reactive products, and the loss of hydroperoxide. The stoichiometry of lipid peroxidation and the yields of 2-phenyl-2-propanol (a major product of the reaction) and acetophenone (a minor product) observed with liver microsomes prepared from untreated rats is greater than that seen with liver microsomes from ciprofibrate-treated rats which, in turn, is greater than that observed with liver microsomes from phenobarbital-treated rats. The Km's and Vmax's of oxygen uptake varied with the type of rat liver microsomes used. Cytochrome P-450 substrates and inhibitors decreased the extents and initial rates of oxygen uptake and thiobarbituric acid reactive product formation. A mechanism is proposed involving the cytochrome P-450-catalyzed homolytic cleavage of the cumene hydroperoxide O-O bond to give the cumyloxyl radical. It is proposed that this oxygen-centered radical abstracts a hydrogen atom from an unsaturated fatty acid associated with a lipid (initiating lipid peroxidation) to give 2-phenyl-2-propanol or that the radical undergoes beta-scission to produce acetophenone and a methyl radical.

  8. Self-Assembled Monolayers Get Their Final Finish via a Quasi-Langmuir-Blodgett Transfer. (United States)

    Meltzer, Christian; Dietrich, Hanno; Zahn, Dirk; Peukert, Wolfgang; Braunschweig, Björn


    The growth of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) of octadecylphosphonic acid (ODPA) molecules on α-Al2O3(0001) and subsequent dewetting of the SAMs were studied with a combination of in situ sum-frequency generation (SFG) and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Although SAM growth after deposition times >8 h reduces to nearly negligible values, the resultant ODPA SAMs in solution are still not in a well-ordered state with the alkyl chains in all-trans configurations. In fact, in situ SFG spectroscopy revealed a comparatively high concentration of gauche defects of the SAM in the ODPA 2-propanol solution even after a growth time of 16 h. Here, results of the MD simulations strongly suggest that defects can be caused by ODPA molecules which are not attached to the substrate but are incorporated into the SAM layer with the polar headgroup oriented into the 2-propanol solvent. This inverted adsorption geometry of additional ODPA molecules blocks adsorption sites and thus stabilizes the SAM without improving ordering to an extent that all molecules are in the all-trans configuration. While persistent in solution, the observed defects can be healed out when the SAMs are transferred from the solvent to a gas phase. During this process, a quasi-Langmuir-Blodgett transfer of molecules takes place which drives the SAM into a higher conformational state and significantly improves its quality.

  9. A Study of the Solvation Structure of L-Leucine in Alcohol-Water Binary Solvents through Molecular Dynamics Simulations and FTIR and NMR Spectroscopy. (United States)

    Takamuku, Toshiyuki; Hatomoto, Yohei; Tonegawa, Junko; Tsutsumi, Youichi; Umecky, Tatsuya


    The solvation structures of l-leucine (Leu) in aliphatic-alcohol-water and fluorinated-alcohol-water solvents are elucidated for various alcohol contents by using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations and IR, and (1) H and (13) C NMR spectroscopy. The aliphatic alcohols included methanol, ethanol, and 2-propanol, whereas the fluorinated alcohols were 2,2,2-trifluoroethanol and 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol. The MD results show that the hydrophobic alkyl moiety of Leu is surrounded by the alkyl or fluoroalkyl groups of the alcohol molecules. In particular, TFE and HFIP significantly solvate the alkyl group of Leu. IR spectra reveal that the Leu C-H stretching vibration blueshifts in fluorinated alcohol solutions with increasing alcohol content, whereas the vibration redshifts in aliphatic alcohol solutions. When the C-H stretching vibration blueshifts in the fluorinated alcohol solutions, the hydrogen and carbon atoms of the Leu alkyl group are magnetically shielded. Consequently, TFE and HFIP molecules may solvate the Leu alkyl group through the blue-shifting hydrogen bonds.

  10. Temperature-induced inversion of elution order in the chromatographic enantioseparation of 1,1'-bi-2-naphthol on an immobilized polysaccharide-based chiral stationary phase. (United States)

    Yao, Bixia; Zhan, Fengping; Yu, Guangyan; Chen, Zhifen; Fan, Wenjing; Zeng, Xiongping; Zeng, Qingle; Weng, Wen


    In this work, the enantioseparations of 1,1'-bi-2-naphthol (BINOL) and its three derivatives were performed on an immobilized polysaccharide-based chiral stationary phase, Chiralpak IA, under normal-phase mode. The effects of the content of polar modifier in the mobile phase and the column temperature on the retention and enantioseparation were investigated in detail. Temperature-induced inversion of elution order for BINOL was observed directly when n-hexane/2-propanol (92/8, v/v) was used as mobile phase. The isoenantioselective temperature (T(iso)) was calculated to be 31.4 degrees C. When n-hexane/2-propanol/THF (93/2/5, v/v/v) was used as mobile phase, the T(iso) value decreased to -8.2 degrees C. Entropically driven enantioseparation which had practical application was obtained successfully (separation factor being 1.189 and 1.332 at 25 degrees C and 50 degrees C, respectively). The corresponding thermodynamic parameters for other three binaphthyl compounds were compared with that for BINOL. Some inferences about chiral recognition mechanism were stressed.

  11. Selectivity of guest-host interactions in self-assembled hydrogen-bonded nanostructures observed by NMR. (United States)

    Brunklaus, Gunther; Koch, Achim; Sebastiani, Daniel; Spiess, Hans Wolfgang


    We studied the incorporation of various small guest molecules into calix[4]hydroquinone nanotubes and nanoclusters using solid-state proton NMR spectroscopy in combination with quantum chemical calculations. While the molecules exhibit different types of hydrogen bonding and van der Waals interactions, they show different affinities to the nanotube host structures. As the guest molecules are located inside the complexes, they experience a shift in the NMR resonance line caused by screening effects from the aromatic electrons of the host superstructure. The abilities to fill the otherwise empty space within the tubes can hence be measured indirectly by the displacement of the NMR lines relative to the free molecules. In this way, we can probe which guest molecules are recognized by the calix[4]hydroquinones as suitable for filling their nanoporous superstructures. Selective guest-host interactions have been successfully achieved for the three component mixture of water and acetone with either 2-methyl-2-propanol or 2-propanol. In both cases, the alcohols were superior to acetone in filling the CHQ tubes.

  12. Fundamental analysis of thermally regenerative fuel cell utilizing solar heat; Taiyonetsu wo riyosuru netsu saiseigata nenryo denchi no kiso tokusei no kaiseki

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    Ando, Y.; Tanaka, T.; Takashima, T.; Doi, T. [Electrotechnical Laboratory, Tsukuba (Japan); Aosawa, T.; Kogoshi, S. [Science University of Tokyo, Tokyo (Japan)


    Study was made on a thermally regenerative fuel cell using solar heat. The thermally regenerative fuel cell was devised which is composed of 2-propanol liquid-phase endothermic dehydrogenation at nearly 100degC, and acetone liquid- phase exothermic hydrogenation at nearly 30degC as reverse reaction. This low-temperature dehydrogenation can relatively easily utilize a flat solar heat concentrator. 2-propanol dehydrogenation generates acetone and hydrogen. Generated acetone generates electric power in hydrogenation, generating propanol. This propanol regenerates acetone and hydrogen in dehydrogenation. The activity of Ru and Pt composite catalyst was considerably higher than that of Ru or Pt single catalyst. The activity was also higher in carbon felt or carbon cloth carrier than carbon plate carrier. The open circuit voltage of the fuel cell was estimated to be 110-120mV, nearly consisting with theoretical values. Short circuit current was also estimated to be 9-11mA, suggesting reduction of its internal resistance as an important subject. 4 refs., 5 figs., 2 tabs.

  13. Impurity profiling of atropine sulfate by microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography. (United States)

    Bitar, Yaser; Holzgrabe, Ulrike


    An oil-in-water microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC) method has been developed and validated for the determination of atropine, its major degradation products (tropic acid, apoatropine and atropic acid) and related substances from plants material (noratropine, 6-hydroxyhyoscyamine, 7-hydroxyhyoscyamine, hyoscine and littorine). Separation of atropine and all impurities was optimized by varying the voltage, the nature of the oil droplet and the buffer, as well as the organic modifier (methanol, 2-propanol or acetonitrile) and the surfactant type and concentration. The optimum O/W microemulsion background electrolyte (BGE) solution consists of 0.8% (w/w) octane, 6.62% (w/w) 1-butanol, 2.0% (w/w) 2-propanol, 4.44% (w/w) SDS and 86.14% (w/w) 10 mM sodium tetraborate buffer pH 9.2. In order to shorten the analysis time a voltage gradient was applied. The validation was performed with respect to specificity, linearity, range, limit of quantification and detection, precision, accuracy and robustness. The established method allowed the detection and determination of atropine sulfate related substances at impurity levels given in the European Pharmacopoeia. Good agreement was obtained between the established MEEKC method and the traditional RP-HPLC method.

  14. In vitro release studies of piroxicam from oil-in-water creams and hydroalcoholic gel topical formulations. (United States)

    Rafiee-Tehrani, M; Mehramizi, A


    The importance of piroxicam, a therapeutic anti-inflammatory drug, is well known. Because of gastrointestinal disorders, dermatological dosage forms are recommended most. In our first studies, oil-in-water (O/W) creams of piroxicam (1% concentration) were prepared using glyceryl monostearate (GMS), stearic acid, and triethanolamine as additive ingredients. In our second studies, hydroalcoholic transparent gel formulations of this drug in a 0.5% concentration were prepared using hydroxypropylcellulose (HPC) as the gelling agent. The release of piroxicam from all formulations via dialysis through a cellulose membrane into phosphate buffer pH 6.8 at 37 degrees C was studied. The effects of additives such as propylene glycol and 2-propanol on the drug release were also investigated. The release profiles from the standpoint of diffusion-controlled processes, as well as zero-order and first-order kinetics, were evaluated, and relevant parameters, such as diffusion coefficient, permeability coefficient, and partition coefficient, were calculated. The release obeys both the diffusion mechanism and first-order kinetics. The drug release from gel formulations containing 10%, 20%, and 30% propylene glycol was decreased due to the enhancement of viscosity. However, the limpidity of these formulations was improved. Moreover, the release of drug from gel formulations containing 15% and 20% of 2-propanol was increased. These results show that a hydroalcoholic gel formulation with HPC is a more suitable preparation of piroxicam when compared with an O/W cream formulation.

  15. Hydrophobic and hydrophilic interactions in aqueous mixtures of alcohols at a hydrophobic surface. (United States)

    Ballal, Deepti; Chapman, Walter G


    Aqueous solutions of alcohols are interesting because of their anomalous behavior that is believed to be due to the molecular structuring of water and alcohol around each other in solution. The interfacial structuring and properties are significant for application in alcohol purification processes and biomolecular structure. Here we study aqueous mixtures of short alcohols (methanol, ethanol, 1-propanol, and 2-propanol) at a hydrophobic surface using interfacial statistical associating fluid theory which is a perturbation density functional theory. The addition of a small amount of alcohol decreases the interfacial tension of water drastically. This trend in interfacial tension can be explained by the structure of water and alcohol next to the surface. The hydrophobic group of an added alcohol preferentially goes to the surface preserving the structure of water in the bulk. For a given bulk alcohol concentration, water mixed with the different alcohols has different interfacial tensions with propanol having a lower interfacial tension than methanol and ethanol. 2-propanol is not as effective in decreasing the interfacial tension as 1-propanol because it partitions poorly to the surface due to its larger excluded volume. But for a given surface alcohol mole fraction, all the alcohol mixtures give similar values for interfacial tension. For separation of alcohol from water, methods that take advantage of the high surface mole fraction of alcohol have advantages compared to separation using the vapor in equilibrium with a water-alcohol liquid.

  16. Liquid-Phase Catalytic Transfer Hydrogenation of Furfural over Homogeneous Lewis Acid-Ru/C Catalysts. (United States)

    Panagiotopoulou, Paraskevi; Martin, Nickolas; Vlachos, Dionisios G


    The catalytic performance of homogeneous Lewis acid catalysts and their interaction with Ru/C catalyst are studied in the catalytic transfer hydrogenation of furfural by using 2-propanol as a solvent and hydrogen donor. We find that Lewis acid catalysts hydrogenate the furfural to furfuryl alcohol, which is then etherified with 2-propanol. The catalytic activity is correlated with an empirical scale of Lewis acid strength and exhibits a volcano behavior. Lanthanides are the most active, with DyCl3 giving complete furfural conversion and a 97 % yield of furfuryl alcohol at 180 °C after 3 h. The combination of Lewis acid and Ru/C catalysts results in synergy for the stronger Lewis acid catalysts, with a significant increase in the furfural conversion and methyl furan yield. Optimum results are obtained by using Ru/C combined with VCl3 , AlCl3 , SnCl4 , YbCl3 , and RuCl3 . Our results indicate that the combination of Lewis acid/metal catalysts is a general strategy for performing tandem reactions in the upgrade of furans.

  17. Organoclay hybrid materials as precursors of porous ZnO/silica-clay heterostructures for photocatalytic applications

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    Full Text Available In this study, ZnO/SiO2-clay heterostructures were successfully synthesized by a facile two-step process applied to two types of clays: montmorillonite layered silicate and sepiolite microfibrous clay mineral. In the first step, intermediate silica–organoclay hybrid heterostructures were prepared following a colloidal route based on the controlled hydrolysis of tetramethoxysilane in the presence of the starting organoclay. Later on, pre-formed ZnO nanoparticles (NP dispersed in 2-propanol were incorporated under ultrasound irradiation to the silica–organoclay hybrid heterostructures dispersed in 2-propanol, and finally, the resulting solids were calcinated to eliminate the organic matter and to produce ZnO nanoparticles (NP homogeneously assembled to the clay–SiO2 framework. In the case of montmorillonite the resulting materials were identified as delaminated clays of ZnO/SiO2-clay composition, whereas for sepiolite, the resulting heterostructure is constituted by the assembling of ZnO NP to the sepiolite–silica substrate only affecting the external surface of the clay. The structural and morphological features of the prepared heterostructures were characterized by diverse physico-chemical techniques (such as XRD, FTIR, TEM, FE-SEM. The efficiency of these new porous ZnO/SiO2-clay heterostructures as potential photocatalysts in the degradation of organic dyes and the removal of pharmaceutical drugs in water solution was tested using methylene blue and ibuprofen compounds, respectively, as model of pollutants.

  18. Effect of reduction enhancer on a radiolytic synthesis of carbon-supported Pt–Cu nanoparticles and their structural and electrochemical properties

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    Kugai, Junichiro, E-mail: [Kobe City College of Technology, Department of Applied Chemistry (Japan); Kubota, Chihiro; Okazaki, Tomohisa; Seino, Satoshi; Nakagawa, Takashi [Osaka University, Graduate School of Engineering (Japan); Nitani, Hiroaki [High Energy Accelerator Research Organization, Institute of Materials Structure Science (IMSS) (Japan); Yamamoto, Takao A. [Osaka University, Graduate School of Engineering (Japan)


    In order to clarify the effect of reduction enhancer on the nanoparticle formation process and their structural and catalytic properties, carbon-supported Pt–Cu nanoparticles were synthesized by electron beam irradiation on an aqueous precursor solution in the presence/absence of reduction enhancer. In the absence of reduction enhancer, tetravalent platinum oxide particles of approximately 1 nm in diameter were formed on carbon support with copper barely precipitated, while in the presence of 2-propanol or ethylene glycol or glucose both platinum and copper precipitated as few-nanometer-sized alloy particles together with copper oxides. It was suggested that the metal nuclei produced upon electron beam irradiation do not have enough lifetime without reduction enhancer due to fast oxidation of the nuclei by oxidizing radicals, while the reduction enhancer scavenges these oxidizing radicals preventing oxidation of metallic clusters and prolonging their lifetime. Ethylene glycol gave smaller and better alloyed particles with less copper oxides compared to 2-propanol since the carbonyl compounds derived from oxidation of ethylene glycol protect metallic clusters from oxidation further prolonging their lifetime. In the electrochemical measurements, the methanol oxidation activities of Pt–Cu/C catalysts were well explained by their structural characteristics.

  19. Activation of polyphenol oxidase in extracts of bran from several wheat (Triticum aestivum) cultivars using organic solvents, detergents, and chaotropes. (United States)

    Okot-Kotber, Moses; Liavoga, Allan; Yong, Kwon-Joong; Bagorogoza, Katherine


    Polyphenol oxidase (PPO), known to induce browning in wheat-based products, has been shown to be activatable in wheat (Triticum aestivum) bran extracts by chemical compounds. The activity in the extracts could be increased to varying degrees with acetone, methanol, ethanol, 2-propanol, and n-butanol as additives in the extraction buffer. The most potent alcoholic activator was n-butanol (about a 3-fold increase), followed by 2-propanol and ethanol, whereas methanol had the least effect. Ionic detergents in the extraction buffer were also good activators, with sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) being more potent (3-fold increase) than cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) that had only half as much effect, whereas the nonionic detergent, Triton X-114, was ineffective. The chaotropes, urea and guanidine x HCl (GND), were the most potent activators of all, increasing the activity over 4-fold. Of the two chaotropes, GND was more effective at lower concentrations (<6 M) than urea. However, the enzyme activity lessened at a higher concentration of GND (6 M), while there was a further increase in the activity with 6 M urea treatment. The activity lessened with higher concentration of GND presumably as a result of extensive denaturation of the enzyme, as GND is known to be a more potent denaturant than urea. It is hypothesized that in wheat PPO exists in an inactive form which may be activated by the presence of activators, hitherto unknown, similar in effect to that elicited by the chemical denaturants in this study.

  20. Effect of biomass pre-treatment and solvent extraction on beta-carotene and lycopene recovery from Blakeslea trispora cells. (United States)

    Papaioannou, E; Roukas, T; Liakopoulou-Kyriakides, M


    The production of carotenoids from Blakeslea trispora cells in a synthetic medium has been reported, with the main products being beta-carotene, lycopene, and gamma-carotene. The effect of biomass pretreatment and solvent extraction on their selective recovery is reported here. Eight solvents of class II and III of the International Conference of Harmonization: ethanol, methanol, acetone, 2-propanol, pentane, hexane, ethyl acetate, and ethyl ether, and HPLC analysis were used for the evaluation of their selectivities towards the three main carotenoids with regard to different biomass pre-treatment. The average C(max) values (maximum concentration of caronoids in a specific solvent) were estimated to 16 mg/L with the five out of eight solvents investigated, whereas methanol, pentane, and hexane gave lower values of 10, 11, and 9 mg/L, respectively. The highest carotenoid yield was obtained in the case of wet biomass, where 44-56% is recovered with one solvent and three extractions and the rest is recovered only after subsequent treatment with acetone; thus, four extractions of 2.5 h are needed. Two extractions of 54 min are enough to recover carotenoids from dehydrated biomass, with the disadvantage of a high degree of degradation. Our results showed that, for maximum carotenoid recovery, ethyl ether, 2-propanol, and ethanol could be successfully used with biomass without prior treatment, whereas fractions enriched in beta-carotene or lycopene can be obtained by extraction with the proper solvent, thus avoiding degradation due to time-consuming processes.

  1. Synthesis of short-chain diols and unsaturated alcohols from secondary alcohol substrates by the Rieske nonheme mononuclear iron oxygenase MdpJ. (United States)

    Schäfer, Franziska; Schuster, Judith; Würz, Birgit; Härtig, Claus; Harms, Hauke; Müller, Roland H; Rohwerder, Thore


    The Rieske nonheme mononuclear iron oxygenase MdpJ of the fuel oxygenate-degrading bacterial strain Aquincola tertiaricarbonis L108 has been described to attack short-chain tertiary alcohols via hydroxylation and desaturation reactions. Here, we demonstrate that also short-chain secondary alcohols can be transformed by MdpJ. Wild-type cells of strain L108 converted 2-propanol and 2-butanol to 1,2-propanediol and 3-buten-2-ol, respectively, whereas an mdpJ knockout mutant did not show such activity. In addition, wild-type cells converted 3-methyl-2-butanol and 3-pentanol to the corresponding desaturation products 3-methyl-3-buten-2-ol and 1-penten-3-ol, respectively. The enzymatic hydroxylation of 2-propanol resulted in an enantiomeric excess of about 70% for the (R)-enantiomer, indicating that this reaction was favored. Likewise, desaturation of (R)-2-butanol to 3-buten-2-ol was about 2.3-fold faster than conversion of the (S)-enantiomer. The biotechnological potential of MdpJ for the synthesis of enantiopure short-chain alcohols and diols as building block chemicals is discussed.

  2. Purification and properties of a secondary alcohol dehydrogenase from the parasitic protozoan Tritrichomonas foetus. (United States)

    Kleiner, D E; Johnston, M


    A novel secondary alcohol dehydrogenase has been isolated from Tritrichomonas foetus, the protozoan parasite which is responsible for bovine trichomonal abortion. The enzyme has been obtained in apparently homogeneous form after a 120-fold purification from cell homogenates, thus indicating that this activity constitutes an unusually high 1% of the total cytosolic protein. The native Mr = 115,000, determined by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. Mobility on sodium dodecyl sulfate gels suggests that the enzyme is composed of 6-8 subunits, identical as to molecular size (Mr = 17,000). The enzyme catalyzes the reversible oxidation of 2-propanol to acetone, using NADP+ (and not NAD+) as the redox-active co-substrate. Other small secondary alcohols, such as 2-butanol, 2- and 3-pentanol, cyclobutanol, and cyclopentanol are substrates, as are the corresponding ketones of these alcohols. Primary alcohols, such as ethanol and 1-propanol, are oxidized at rates less than 5% of that observed for 2-propanol. Product inhibition studies demonstrate an ordered kinetic mechanism, wherein the co-substrate (NADP+/NADPH) binds to the enzyme prior to binding of the substrate (alcohol/ketone).

  3. Research and development for solar thermal energy system. Research on advanced solar component; Taiyonetsu energy system no kenkyu kaihatsu. Kiki no kenkyu

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    Tanaka, T.; Doi, T.; Takashima, T.; Ando, Y.; Masuda, T.; Fujii, T. [Electrotechnical Laboratory, Tsukuba (Japan)


    Described herein are the results of the FY1994 research program for research on advanced solar components as part of research and development of solar thermal energy. The catalyst for liquid-film reactions is prepared, and the flask tests are conducted as the preliminary experiments for development of the reactor in which 2-propanol is fallen in liquid film over the catalyst dispersed to accelerate its decomposition. It is decomposable when fallen in liquid film even in the presence of 35% of acetone. The catalyst of ruthenium carried by activated coal is used to produce 2-propanol under an exothermic condition from acetone and hydrogen. Diisopropyl ether and 4-methyl-2-pentanone are produced as by-products, when the reactor tube is kept at 140 to 200{degree}C at the external wall, diminishing as temperature is increased. There is a temperature differential of 20 to 30{degree}C in the reactor tube between the center axis and external wall. 3 figs.

  4. Efficacy of hand disinfectants against vancomycin-resistant enterococci in vitro. (United States)

    Kampf, G; Höfer, M; Wendt, C


    Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) may be spread within a hospital via the contaminated hands of the healthcare worker. Effective hand disinfectants are necessary to break chains of transmission. We determined the bactericidal activity of 1-propanol, chlorhexidine digluconate (0.5 and 4%). Sterillium (45% 2-propanol, 30% 1-propanol and 0.2% mecetronium etilsulphate), Skinsept F (70% 2-propanol, 0.5% chlorhexidine digluconate and 0.45% hydrogen peroxide) and Hibisol (70% 2-propanol and 0.5% chlorhexidine gluconate) against 11 clonally distinct enterococcal isolates in a quantitative suspension test. Four isolates were vancomycin susceptible, four were vanA and the remainder vanB positive. Eight isolates were identified as Enterococcus faecium, two as Enterococcus faecalis and one as Enterococcus gallinarum. The investigator was blinded to the species and the genotype. Four parallel experiments were carried out for each isolate, each preparation, each dilution and each reaction time. 1-Propanol (60%), Sterillium, Skinsept F and Hibisol were all highly bactericidal after 15 and 30 s against VRE and vancomycin-susceptible enterococci (VSE) with reduction factors (RF) > 6.4, even in dilution of 50% (v/v). No significant difference was observed between vanA isolates, vanB isolates and VSE. Chlorhexidine digluconate (0.5% and 4%) was found to be less bactericidal after 30, 60 and 300 sec (RF < or = 2.5). The vanB genotype isolates were found to be significantly more susceptible to chlorhexidine (0.5%) than the vanA isolates (60 sec; one-way ANOVA model; P = 0.05). After 300 sec the vanB genotype isolates were found to be significantly more susceptible to chlorhexidine (0.5%) than the other two genotype isolates (P = 0.016). The vanA isolates were found to be significantly more susceptible to chlorhexidine (4%) than the vanB isolates (300 s; P = 0.024). E. faecium was found to be less susceptible to chlorhexidine than E. faecalis at all concentrations and reaction

  5. Design, synthesis, and antifungal activities of novel triazole derivatives containing the benzyl group

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    Full Text Available Kehan Xu,1,* Lei Huang,1,* Zheng Xu,2 Yanwei Wang,1,3 Guojing Bai,1 Qiuye Wu,1 Xiaoyan Wang,1 Shichong Yu,1 Yuanying Jiang1 1School of Pharmacy, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, 2Shanghai Changzheng Hospital, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, 3Number 422 Hospital of PLA, Zhanjiang, People’s Republic of China *These authors contributed equally to this work Abstract: In previous studies undertaken by our group, a series of 1-(1H-1,2,4-triazole-1-yl-2-(2,4-difluorophenyl-3-substituted-2-propanols (1a–r, which were analogs of fluconazole, was designed and synthesized by click chemistry. In the study reported here, the in vitro antifungal activities of all the target compounds were evaluated against eight human pathogenic fungi. Compounds 1a, 1q, and 1r showed the more antifungal activity than the others. Keywords: triazole, synthesis, antifungal activity, CYP51

  6. Extruded expanded polystyrene sheets coated by TiO2 as new photocatalytic materials for foodstuffs packaging (United States)

    Loddo, V.; Marcì, G.; Palmisano, G.; Yurdakal, S.; Brazzoli, M.; Garavaglia, L.; Palmisano, L.


    Nanostructured, photoactive anatase TiO2 sol prepared under very mild conditions using titanium tetraisopropoxide as the precursor is used to functionalise extruded expanded polystyrene (XPS) sheets by spray-coating resulting in stable and active materials functionalised by TiO2 nanoparticles. Photocatalytic tests of these sheets performed in a batch reactor in gas-solid system under UV irradiation show their successful activity in degrading probe molecules (2-propanol, trimethylamine and ethene). Raman spectra ensure the deposition of TiO2 as crystalline anatase phase on the polymer surface. The presence of TiO2 with respect to polymer surface can be observed in SEM images coupled to EDAX mapping allowing to monitor the surface morphology and the distribution of TiO2 particles. Finally thermoforming of these sheets in industrial standard equipment leads to useful containers for foodstuffs.

  7. Hybrid pigments resulting from several guest dyes onto γ-alumina host: A spectroscopic analysis (United States)

    Pérez, Erik; Ibarra, Ilich A.; Guzmán, Ariel; Lima, Enrique


    The synthesis of hybrid pigments was made from combination of γ-Al2O3 and some organic chromophores such as carminic acid, alizarin, purpurin, curcumin, fluorescein and betacyanins. The γ-Al2O3 was obtained through sol-gel synthesis with 2-propanol and aluminium tri-sec-butoxide (ATB). This article presents some spectroscopic evidences related to the formation of aluminium complexes between coordinative unsaturated sites (CUS) of aluminium and some organic groups (carboxylic acid, quaternary ammonium and β-keto enol) present in the chromophores structure. The physicochemical properties upcoming from a spectroscopic analysis point out that these materials can be applied in the design of new materials with potential uses in artworks and in the field of cultural heritage.

  8. Lipase-catalyzed biodiesel synthesis with different acyl acceptors

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    Ognjanović Nevena D.


    Full Text Available Biodiesel is an alternative fuel for diesel engine that is environmentally acceptable. Conventionally, biodiesel is produced by transesterification of triglycerides and short alcohols in the presence of an acid or an alkaline catalyst. There are several problems associated with this kind of production that can be resolved by using lipase as the biocatalyst. The aim of the present work was to investigate novel acyl acceptors for biodiesel production. 2-Propanol and n-butanol have a less negative effect on lipase stability, and they also improve low temperature properties of the fuel. However, excess alcohol leads to inactivation of the enzyme, and glycerol, a major byproduct, can block the immobilized enzyme, resulting in low enzymatic activity. This problem was solved by using methyl acetate as acyl acceptor. Triacetylglycerol is produced instead of glycerol, and it has no negative effect on the activity of the lipase.

  9. X-Ray structure and cytotoxic activity of a picolinate ruthenium(II–arene complex

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    Full Text Available A ruthenium(II–arene complex with picolinic acid, [(η6-p-cymeneRuCl(pico]∙H2O, was prepared by the reaction of [(η6-p-cymeneRuCl2]2 with picolinic acid in a 1:2 molar ratio in 2-propanol. The compound was characterized by elemental analysis, and IR and NMR spectroscopy. X-ray diffraction analysis showed that the molecule adopts a “three-leg piano-stool” geometry, which is common for this type of complexes. The cytotoxic activity of the complex was tested in two human cancer cell lines HeLa (cervix and FemX (melanoma by MTT assay. The IC50 values were at 82.0 and 36.2 µmol dm-3 for HeLa and FemX cells, respectively.

  10. Degradation and miscibility of poly(DL-lactic acid)/poly(glycolic acid) composite films: Effect of poly(DL-lactic-co-glycolic acid)

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    Zhigang Ma; Na Zhao; Chengdong Xiong


    The in vitro degradation behaviour of poly(glycolic acid) (PGA) and its composite films containing poly(DL-lactic acid) (PDLLA) and poly(DL-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PDLGA) were investigated via mass loss, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). All the films were prepared by solution casting, using 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol (HFIP) as the solvent. Since the degradation rate of PDLLA is lower than that of PGA, those of the PDLLA/PGA composite films decreased. As a compatibilizer, PDLGA improved the compatibility and hydrolytic stability of PDLLA/PGA composite films. Changes in the composite films indicate that this kind of PGA-based composite biomaterial may be applicable to device design for clinical application in the future.

  11. Determining an Efficient Solvent Extraction Parameters for Re-Refining of Waste Lubricating Oils

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    Hassan Ali Durrani


    Full Text Available Re-refining of vehicle waste lubricating oil by solvent extraction is one of the efficient and cheapest methods. Three extracting solvents MEK (Methyl-Ethyl-Ketone, 1-butanol, 2-propanol were determined experimentally for their performance based on the parameters i.e. solvent type, solvent oil ratio and extraction temperature. From the experimental results it was observed the MEK performance was highest based on the lowest oil percent losses and highest sludge removal. Further, when temperature of extraction increased the oil losses percent also decreased. This is due to the solvent ability that dissolves the base oil in waste lubricating oil and determines the best SOR (Solvent Oil Ratio and extraction temperatures.

  12. Successive cycles of utilization of novozym 435 in three different reaction systems

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    Lerin, L.; Oestreicher, E. G. [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (IQ/UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Inst. de Quimica; Ceni, G.; Richett, A.; Kubiak, G.; Oliveira, J. Vladimir; Toniazzo, G.; Treichel, H.; Oliveira, D., E-mail: helen@uricer.ed [Universidade Regional Integrada do Alto Uruguai e das Missoes (URI), Erechim, RS (Brazil)


    The main focus of this work was to investigate the residual esterification activity and the product conversion after 10 successive cycles of utilization of a commercial lipase in three systems: esterification of 2-ethyl hexanol and palmitic acid in a solvent-free system; esterification of ascorbic acid and palmitic acid in tert-butanol; and transesterification of glycerol and methyl benzoate in 2-propanol. These systems were chosen based on previous results by our research group in terms of product conversion. Before scale-up, there is a need for evaluating several cycles of utilization of the biocatalyst. The esterification of 2-ethyl hexanol showed that after 10 cycles the enzyme retained 90% of its activity. The system consisting of ascorbic acid, palmitic acid, Novozym 435 and tert-butanol showed that a reduction in enzyme activity was accompanied by a reduction in reaction conversion; the same behavior was not observed for the third system. (author)

  13. Influence of microflora on texture and contents of amino acids, organic acids, and volatiles in semi-hard cheese made with DL-starter and propionibacteria

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    Rehn, Lina Ulrika Ingeborg; Vogensen, Finn Kvist; Persson, S.-E.;


    for the cheese variety Grevé was obtained by using a PAB culture in combination with different DL-starters and making the cheeses at 2 dairy plants with different time and temperature profiles during ripening. Propionic acid bacteria dominated the microflora during ripening after a warm room period at levels......The microflora of semi-hard cheese made with DL-starter and propionic acid bacteria (PAB) is quite complex, and we investigated the influence of its variation on texture and contents of organic acids, free amino acids, and volatile compounds. Variation in the microflora within the normal range......, propionate, total content of free amino acids, 2-propanol, and ethyl propionate in the ripened cheeses were related to the number of PAB. A decrease in the relative content of Asp and Lys and increase of Phe over the ripening time were different from what is observed in semi-hard cheese without PAB...


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    Marlon Doney Martínez Reina


    Full Text Available El volumen de exceso molar de 30 mezclas binarias que contienen líquidos iónicos de imidazolio con diferentes solventes moleculares: (metanol, etanol, 1-propanol, 2-propanol, acetona, 2- butanona, 2-pentanona, acetato de metilo, acetato de etilo, acetato de butilo, carbonato de dimetilo, carbonato de dietilo, nitrometano, 1,3-dicloropropano y etilenglicol,se predice desde datos de índice de refracción, usando tres tipos de métodos acoplados con diferentes reglas de mezcla para el cálculo del índice de refracción: Lorentz-Lorenz, Dale-Gladstone, Eykman, Arago- Biot, Newton y Oster. En estos sistemas, las interacciones moleculares y las fuerzas intermoleculares provocan, durante la mezcla, desviaciones positivas o negativas del comportamiento ideal. Los resultados obtenidos se analizan en términos de la naturaleza del líquido iónico y solvente molecular.

  15. Justification of the solvent choice for the industrial amizon substance production

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    V. A. Georgiyants


    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION In recent years, the rapid development gets implementing principles of quality management in the pharmaceutical industry. It should be noted that instead of the mechanical control of the quality associated with the chemical characteristics of pharmaceutical substances and drugs innovative ways to ensure the quality associated primarily with the understanding of the processes occurring during the manufacturing process come. Objective: To study solvent selection for the industrial production of methiodide benzyl amide isonicotinic acid substance considering the conception “Quality by design”. MATERIALS AND METHODS Solution of 0.1 moles of isonicotinic acid in 0.12 moles of benzylamine was heated at 160-185°C during 4-5 hours while distilling off water and excess benzylamine. The resulting melt - cooled isonicotinic acid benzylamide was dissolved in acetone and filtered. It was used in further synthesis without further purification. 0.1 moles of isonicotinic acid benzylamide was dissolved in0.6 litersof a suitable solvent and 0.12 mole of methyl iodide was added to the solution at room temperature. The mixture was heated at 40-50 ° C for 3-4 hours, the reaction mixture was cooled, filtered the product was dried. After calculating the aim product was recrystallized from an appropriate solvent. Isonicotinic acid benzylamide iodomethylate quantitative content was determined by acid-base titration in non-aqueous medium (fixing the endpoint - potentiometrically. The impurity content benzylamide isonicotinic acid – by HPLC. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION When solvent have been chosen we took into account previously developed scheme of laboratory synthesis. We guided primarily data about security and efficiency. The least toxic solvents conventionally used in pharmaceutical production , included 2- propanol and ethanol (limit of residual amounts of these solvents, allowable HFC substances was 0.5 % and 1 %, respectively. Therefore, these

  16. NMR spectroscopy and chemical studies of an arabinan-rich system from the endosperm of the seed of Gleditsia triacanthos. (United States)

    Navarro, Diego A; Cerezo, Alberto S; Stortz, Carlos A


    Exhaustive extraction of the endosperm from the seed of Gleditsia triacanthos using water at room temperature and 50 degrees C left a residue, which was further extracted at 95 degrees C. Precipitation of this extract with 2-propanol yielded major amounts of galactomannan components, while the supernatant was mainly composed of arabinose-rich constituents. Two fractions were obtained by anion-exchange chromatography. The fraction that eluted with water is an arabinan with (1-->5) alpha-L linkages and branching mainly on C-2, accompanied with equal amounts of a low-galactose galactomannan oligosaccharide, and a small proportion of a beta-(1-->4)-galactan. The fraction eluted with an increased ionic strength consists mainly of a similar arabinan, and lower proportions of a high-galactose galactomannan, galactan, and protein. The arabinan moiety in both fractions was characterized by chemical analysis and 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopic techniques.

  17. Enantiomeric resolution of p-toluenesulfonate of valine benzyl ester by preferential crystallizaion. (United States)

    Munegumi, Toratane; Wakatsuki, Aiko; Takahashi, Yutaro


    Preferential crystallization of amino acid derivatives by seeding a pure enantiomer into racemic amino acid solutions has been studied for many years. However, few examples of valine derivatives have been reported so far. Although there have been some reports using valine hydrogen chloride with preferential crystallization, it is difficult to obtain optical isomers for valine derivatives using preferential crystallization. In this study, repeated preferential crystallization of p-toluenesulfonate valine benzyl ester with a 20% e.e. in 2-propanol gave a 94% e.e. on sonication. Sonication accelerated crystallization rate, but there was not a big difference in e.e. between with and without sonication. However, this research demonstrates the first preferential crystallization of p-toluenesulfonate of valine benzyl esters with an acceleration of crystallization using sonication.

  18. Dynamics of water and solute transport in polymeric reverse osmosis membranes via molecular dynamics simulations

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    Shen, Meng; Lueptow, Richard M


    The Angstrom-scale transport characteristics of water and six different solutes, methanol, ethanol, 2-propanol, urea, Na+, and Cl-, were studied for a polyamide reverse osmosis (RO) membrane, FT-30, using non-equilibrium molecular dynamics (NEMD) simulations. Results indicate that water transport increases with an increasing fraction of connected percolated free volume, or water-accessible open space, in the membrane polymer structure. This free volume is enhanced by the dynamic structure of the membrane at the molecular level as it swells when hydrated and vibrates due to molecular collisions allowing a continuous path connecting the opposite membrane surfaces. The tortuous paths available for transport of solutes result in Brownian motion of solute molecules and hopping from pore to pore as they pass through the polymer network structure of the membrane. The transport of alcohol solutes decreases for solutes with larger Van der Waals volume, which corresponds to less available percolated free volume, or sol...

  19. Transition metal complexes of 5-bromosalicylidene-4-amino-3-mercapto-1,2,4-triazine-5-one: Synthesis, characterization, catalytic and antibacterial studies

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    Full Text Available Transition metal complexes of 5-bromosalicylidene-4-amino-3-mercapto-1,2,4-triazine-5-one with metal precursors, such as Cu(II, Ni(II, Co(II and Pd(II, were synthesized and characterized by physico–chemical and spectroscopic techniques. All the complexes are of the ML type. Based on analytical, spectral data and magnetic moments, the Co(II and Ni(II complexes were assigned octahedral geometries, while the Cu (II and Pd(II complexes square planar. A study on the catalytic oxidation of benzyl alcohol, cyclohexanol, cinnamyl alcohol, 2-propanol and 2-methyl-1-propanol was performed with N-methylmorpholine-N-oxide (NMO as co-oxidant. All the complexes and their parent organic moiety were screened for their biological activity on several pathogenic bacteria and were found to possess appreciable bactericidal properties.

  20. PtRu/C Electrocatalysts Prepared Using Gamma and Electron Beam Irradiation for Methanol Electrooxidation

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    Dionisio F. Silva


    Full Text Available PtRu/C electrocatalysts (carbon-supported PtRu nanoparticles were prepared in a single step submitting water/2-propanol mixtures containing Pt(IV and Ru(III ions and the carbon support to gamma and electron beam irradiation. The electrocatalysts were characterized by energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX, X-ray diffraction (XRD, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, and cyclic voltammetry and tested for methanol electrooxidation. PtRu/C electrocatalyst can be prepared in few minutes using high dose rate electron beam irradiation while using low dose rate gamma irradiation some hours were necessary to prepare it. The obtained materials showed the face-centered cubic (fcc structure of Pt and Pt alloys with average nanoparticle sizes of around 3 nm. The material prepared using electron beam irradiation was more active for methanol electrooxidation than the material prepared using gamma irradiation.

  1. Steam reforming of cyclic model compounds of bio-oil over Ni-based catalysts: Product distribution and carbon formation

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    Trane-Restrup, Rasmus; Jensen, Anker Degn


    Steam reforming (SR) and oxidative steam reforming (OSR) of furfural, 2-methylfuran, and guaiacol have been investigated in the temperature range 400-800°C at a steam to carbon (S/C)-ratio of 5 and oxygen to carbon (O/C)-ratio of 0.2-1.4 over Ni/CeO2-K/MgAl2O4. Carbon oxides and H2 were the major...... products in the SR of 2-methylfuran and furfural, while the by-products were methane, ethanol, 2-propanol, and acetone. Temperatures of 500°C or above were needed to minimize the formation of by-products in the SR of 2-methylfuran and furfural. Phenolics, like benzenediols and phenol, were produced in high...

  2. The continuous acid-catalyzed dehydration of alcohols in supercritical fluids: A new approach to the cleaner synthesis of acetals, ketals, and ethers with high selectivity

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    Gray, W.K.; Smail, F.R.; Hitzler, M.G.; Ross, S.K.; Poliakoff, M.


    This report describes a new a continuous method for forming ethers, acetals and ketals using solid acid catalysts, DELOXAN ASP or AMBERLYST 15, and supercritical fluid solvents. In the case of ether formation, the authors observe a high selectivity for linear alkyl ethers with little rearrangement to give branches ethers. Such rearrangement is common in conventional synthesis. The approach is effective for a range of n-alcohols up to n-octanol and also for the secondary alcohol 2-propanol. In the reaction of phenol with an alkylating agent, the continuous reaction can be tuned to give preferential O- or C-alkylation with up to 49% O-alkylation with supercritical propene. The authors also investigate the synthesis of a range of cyclic ethers and show an improved method for the synthesis of THF from 1,4-butandiol under very mild conditions.

  3. Catalytic activity of carbon nanotubes in the conversion of aliphatic alcohols (United States)

    Zhitnev, Yu. N.; Tveritinova, E. A.; Chernyak, S. A.; Savilov, S. V.; Lunin, V. V.


    Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) obtained via the catalytic pyrolysis of hexane at 750°C were studied as the catalysts in conversion of C2-C4 alcohols. The efficiency of CNTs as catalysts in dehydration and dehydrogenation of ethanol, 1-propanol, 2-propanol, 1-butanol, 2-butanol, and tert-butanol was studied by means of pulse microcatalysis. The surface and structural characteristics of CNTs are investigated via SEM, TEM, DTA, BET, and XPS. CNTs are shown to be effective catalysts in the conversion of alcohols and do not require additional oxidative treatment. The regularities of the conversion of aliphatic alcohols, related to the properties of the CNTs surface and the structure of the alcohols are identified.

  4. LET and dose rate effect on radiation-induced copolymerization in physical gel

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    Nakagawa, Seiko, E-mail: [Tokyo Metropolitan Industrial Technology Research Institute, 2-4-10 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0064 (Japan); Taguchi, Mitsumasa; Kimura, Atsushi; Nagasawa, Naotsugu; Hiroki, Akihiro [Environmental Radiation Processing Group, Environment and Industrial Materials Research Division, Quantum Beam Science Directorate, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 1233 Watanuki, Takasaki, Gunma 370-1292 (Japan)


    Highlights: •LET and dose rate effect on polymerization in gel was almost the same as in solution. •The ratio of the dose rate effect in the gel was higher than that in solution. •The initiation and termination processes show the difference on the dose rate effect. -- Abstract: N{sub 2}-saturated 2-propanol solutions containing styrene and maleimide were gelled by the addition of hydroxypropylcellulose and irradiated by proton, He and C-ion beams. The trend in the dose rate and LET effects on the yield and molecular weight distribution of the polymer produced in the gel was almost the same in the solution. On the contrary, the dose rate effect in the gel was higher than that in the solution. This effect was accelerated for irradiations by proton as well as heavier ion with a higher LET value.

  5. A 3D MOF showing unprecedented solvent-induced single-crystal-to-single-crystal transformation and excellent CO2 adsorption selectivity at room temperature. (United States)

    Qin, Tao; Gong, Jun; Ma, Junhan; Wang, Xin; Wang, Yonghua; Xu, Yan; Shen, Xuan; Zhu, Dunru


    A water stable porous 3D metal-organic framework, [Cu3L2(μ3-OH)2(μ2-H2O)]·2DMA (1, mother crystal, H2L = 2,2'-dinitrobiphenyl-4,4'-dicarboxylic acid, DMA = N,N-dimethylacetamide), shows unprecedented irreversible solvent-induced substitutions of bridging aqua ligands and guest-exchanges in single-crystal-to-single-crystal (SCSC) transformations at room temperature (RT), producing quantitatively three daughter crystals, [Cu3L2(μ3-OH)2]·2S (2: 2A, S = acetone; 2B, S = 2-propanol; 2C, S = 2-butanol), which exhibit reversible interconversion by guest-exchanges at RT in SCSC transformations. MOF 1 shows excellent separation selectivity (128) of CO2/N2 at RT and is a better sorbent of micro-solid-phase extraction (μ-SPE) than currently known benchmark ZIF-8.

  6. Nitrogen-doped titanium dioxide photocatalysts for visible response prepared by using organic compounds

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    Yoshio Nosaka, Masami Matsushita, Junichi Nishino and Atsuko Y. Nosaka


    Full Text Available In order to utilize visible light in photocatalytic reactions, nitrogen atoms were doped in commercially available photocatalytic TiO2 powders by using an organic compound such as urea and guanidine. Analysis by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS indicated that N atoms were incorporated into two different sites of the bulk phase of TiO2. A significant shift of the absorption edge to a lower energy and a higher absorption in the visible light region were observed. These N-doped TiO2 powders exhibited photocatalytic activity for the decomposition of 2-propanol in aqueous solution under visible light irradiation. The photocatalytic activity increased with the decrease of doped N atoms in O site, while decreased with decrease of the other sites. Degradation of photocatalytic activity based on the release of nitrogen atoms was observed for the reaction in the aqueous suspension system.

  7. Communication: Surface-facilitated softening of ordinary and vapor-deposited glasses (United States)

    Cubeta, Ulyana; Bhattacharya, Deepanjan; Sadtchenko, Vlad


    A common distinction between the ordinary glasses formed by melt cooling and the stable amorphous films formed by vapor deposition is the apparent mechanism of their devitrification. Using quasi-adiabatic, fast scanning calorimetry that is capable of heating rates in excess of 105 K s-1, we have investigated the softening kinetics of micrometer-scale, ordinary glass films of methylbenzene and 2-propanol. At the limit of high heating rates, the transformation mechanism of ordinary glasses is identical to that of their stable vapor-deposited counterparts. In both cases, softening is likely to begin at the sample surface and progress into its bulk via a transformation front. Furthermore, such a surface-facilitated mechanism complies with zero-order, Arrhenius rate law. The activation energy barriers for the softening transformation imply that the kinetics must be defined, at least in part, by the initial thermodynamic and structural state of the samples.

  8. An improved method excluding hemoglobin interferences for lysosomal hydrolase assays using colorimetric synthetic substrates, 2-(N-hexadecanoylamino)-4-nitrophenol derivatives. (United States)

    Levade, T; Salvayre, R; Sicre, J; Douste-Blazy, L


    Artificial chromogenic substrates, derived from 2-(N-hexadecanoylamino)-4-nitrophenol, can be used to assay sphingomyelin phosphodiesterase, glucosylceramidase, or galactosylceramidase. Nevertheless, these enzymatic spectrophotometric assays cannot be realized on tissue preparations containing hemoglobin which interferes in the measurement. We present a selective extraction method of 2-(N-hexadecanoylamino)-4-nitrophenol which allows to avoid hemoglobin interference in this spectrophotometric assay of 2-(N-hexadecanoylamino)-4-nitrophenol. The solvents used have been tested to obtain on the one hand maximal absorbance and organic extraction of 2-(N-hexadecanoylamino)-4-nitrophenol, and on the other hand the minimal hemoglobin interference. None of the pure solvents studied being suitable, two solvent mixtures were selected: ethyl acetate/2-propanol (5/1) and 2-ethyl-1-hexanol/4-methyl-2-pentanone (1/1). These methods were tested to determine sphingomyelinase activity in enzymatic preparations and prove that they are available for lysosomal hydrolase assays using these colorimetric substrates.

  9. Research Update: A hafnium-based metal-organic framework as a catalyst for regioselective ring-opening of epoxides with a mild hydride source

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    Stephenson, Casey J.; Hassan Beyzavi, M.; Klet, Rachel C.; Hupp, Joseph T., E-mail:, E-mail: [Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, Illinois 60208 (United States); Farha, Omar K., E-mail:, E-mail: [Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston, Illinois 60208 (United States); Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)


    Reaction of styrene oxide with sodium cyanoborohydride and a catalytic amount of Hf-NU-1000 yields the anti-Markovnikov product, 2-phenylethanol, with over 98% regioselectivity. On the other hand, propylene oxide is ring opened in a Markovnikov fashion to form 2-propanol with 95% regioselectivity. Both styrene oxide and propylene oxide failed to react with sodium cyanoborohydride without the addition of Hf-NU-1000 indicative of the crucial role of Hf-NU-1000 as a catalyst in this reaction. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of the use of a metal-organic framework material as a catalyst for ring-opening of epoxides with hydrides.

  10. Novel pathway for N1-acetyl-5-methoxykynuramine: UVB-induced liberation of carbon monoxide from precursor N1-acetyl-N2-formyl-5-methoxykynuramine. (United States)

    Seever, Katinka; Hardeland, Rüdiger


    Irradiation of the melatonin metabolite N(1)-acetyl-N(2)-formyl-5-methoxykynuramine (AFMK) with UV light of 254 nm causes the release of carbon monoxide (CO) and, thus, deformylation to N(1)-acetyl-5-methoxykynuramine (AMK). Liberation of CO was demonstrated by reduction of PdCl(2) to metallic palladium, under avoidance of actions by other reductants. Photochemical AMK formation was not due to UV-induced hydroxyl radicals, because the reaction also took place with high efficiency in ethanol and 2-propanol. Moreover, AMK was generated from AFMK by UVB on a dry thin layer chromatographic plate. Although AMK seems to be the major primary product generated by UVB radiation, prolonged exposure of AFMK led to various other products, especially formed by destruction of AMK, as shown by irradiation of this latter compound. With regard to the demonstration of melatonin in skin and substantial amounts of AFMK in keratinocytes, these findings may be of dermatologic relevance.

  11. Conduction band energy level control of titanium dioxide: toward an efficient visible-light-sensitive photocatalyst. (United States)

    Yu, Huogen; Irie, Hiroshi; Hashimoto, Kazuhito


    Through the use of a strategy that involves narrowing the TiO(2) band gap by shifting its conduction band positively and utilizing the catalytic activity of photoproduced Cu(I) for oxygen reduction, a novel visible-light-sensitive TiO(2) photocatalyst, Cu(II)-grafted Ti(1-3x)W(x)Ga(2x)O(2), was designed and synthesized. The Cu(II)/Ti(1-3x)W(x)Ga(2x)O(2) photocatalyst produced high activity under visible-light irradiation. In fact, it decomposed 2-propanol to CO(2) via acetone under visible light (>400 nm) with a high quantum efficiency of 13%. The turnover number for this reaction exceeded 22, indicating that it functioned catalytically.

  12. Composition and structure of agents responsible for development of water repellency in soils following oil contamination. (United States)

    Litvina, Marina; Todoruk, Tiona R; Langford, Cooper H


    Soil from the Ellerslie site of experimental oil contamination in Alberta developed water repellency some years after initial remediation. The water-repellent soils were compared to clean soils and contaminated but wettable soils by solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). The effects of extraction with CH2Cl2 (for petroleum hydrocarbons), NaOH (for natural organic matter), and 2-propanol/ammonia (IPA/NH3) on wettability were evaluated by the molarity of the ethanol droplet (MED) test. Soil extracts and whole soils, after extraction, were examined using NMR and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). On the basis of the structure--MED correlations, a model of a thin-layer natural organic matter--petroleum products complex formed under strong drying conditions is proposed to account for the development of water repellency. Studies of two similar soils from accidental oil spills are supportive.

  13. Effects of dispersion solvent on the formation of silicon nanoparticles synthesized via microemulsion route (United States)

    Liong, W. L.; Sreekantan, S.; Hutagalung, S. D.


    Silicon nanoparticles are synthesized by microemulsion route. Silicon tetrachloride (SiCl4) is used as a silicon source. Meanwhile, hydrazine (N2H5OH), sodium hydroxide (NaOH), and polyethylene glycol (PEG) are used as reduction agent, stabilizer, and capping agent, respectively. In this study, the effects of different solvents (methanol, 1-butanol, 2-propanol, ethanol, acetone, and toluene) on the dispersion and the stabilization of silicon nanoparticles are studied intensively. The results in this study show that ethanol solvent has given smaller particle size, better size distribution, stable suspension and well dispersion of silicon nanoparticles. The diameter of synthesized silicon nanoparticles is in the range of 30-100 nm. Moreover, the absorption edge of silicon nanoparticles in ethanol is observed at a shorter wavelength compared to the others solvent.

  14. Degradation of a recalcitrant xenobiotic compound: methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) metabolism by mycobacterium austroafricanum; Degradation d'un compose xenobiotique recalcitrant: metabolisme du methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) par mycobacterium austroafricanum IFP 2012

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    Francois, A.


    Methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) is introduced up to 15% (vol/vol) in gasoline in order to obtain a good octane number and to prevent carbon monoxide emissions. However, as a consequence of storage tanks leakage, MTBE became one of the major pollutants of aquifers because of its very low biodegradability. The present study aimed at investigating the biodegradation of MTBE by Mycobacterium austroafricanum IFP 2012. The MTBE metabolic pathway was partially elucidated owing to the identification of some intermediates (tert-butyl formate (TBF), tert-butyl alcohol (TBA), a-hydroxy-isobutyric acid and acetone) and some enzymatic activities (MTBE/TBA monooxygenase (non hemic and inducible), TBF esterase, 2-propanol: NDMA oxidoreductase and another monooxygenase involved in acetone degradation). The involvement of TBF and the requirement of cobalt could be explanations for the low natural attenuation of MTBE; whereas the methoxy group does not seem to be implicated. (author)

  15. Solvent-induced chirality control in the enantioseparation of 1-phenylethylamine via diastereomeric salt formation. (United States)

    Kodama, Koichi; Kimura, Yuria; Shitara, Hiroaki; Yasutake, Mikio; Sakurai, Rumiko; Hirose, Takuji


    Solvent-induced chirality control in the enantioseparation of 1-phenylethylamine 1 by N-(p-toluenesulfonyl)-(S)-phenylalanine 2 via diastereomeric salt formation was studied. (S)-1·(S)-2 was preferentially crystallized as a less-soluble salt from aqueous alcohol, while (R)-1·(S)-2 salt was mainly obtained by addition of solvents with a six-membered ring such as dioxane, cyclohexane, tetrahydropyran, and cyclohexene to 2-propanol. Further investigations were carried out from the viewpoints of molecular structures, optical rotation measurement, and X-ray crystallographic analyses. Crystallographic analyses have revealed that incorporation of the six-membered ring solvent molecule in (R)-1·(S)-2 without hydrogen bonds changed the molecular conformation of (S)-2 to stabilize the salt, which changed the selectivity of 1 in the enantioseparation.

  16. Advances in the catalysts development in base of mixed oxides for control reactions of N{sub 2}O; Avances en el desarrollo de catalizadores a base de oxidos mixtos para reacciones de control de N{sub 2}O

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    Garcia, M.A.; Perez, R.; Gomez, A.; Diaz, G. [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, A.P. 18-1027, C.P. 11801 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)


    The catalytic supports Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, La{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-La{sub 2}O{sub 3} were prepared by the precipitation and coprecipitation techniques. The catalytic supports Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, La{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-La{sub 2}O{sub 3} were characterized by several techniques for to determine texture (BET), crystallinity (XRD), chemical composition (SEM), FTIR and it was evaluated their total acidity by the reaction with 2-propanol. It was continued with the cobalt addition by Impregnation and coprecipitation and it was evaluated its catalytic activity in the N{sub 2}O decomposition reaction. Also it was realized the N{sub 2}O reduction with Co using these catalysts. (Author)

  17. Characterization of catalytic supports based in mixed oxides for control reactions of NO and N{sub 2}O; Caracterizacion de soportes cataliticos basados en oxidos mixtos para reacciones de control de NO y N{sub 2}O

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    Garcia C, M.A.; Perez H, R.; Gomez C, A.; Diaz, G. [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, A.P. 18-1027, 11801 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)


    The catalytic supports Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, La{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-La{sub 2}O{sub 3} were prepared by the Precipitation and Coprecipitation techniques. The catalytic supports Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}, La{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}-La{sub 2}O{sub 3} were characterized by several techniques to determine: texture (Bet), crystallinity (XRD), chemical composition (Sem)(Ftir) and it was evaluated their total acidity by reaction with 2-propanol. The investigation will be continued with the cobalt addition and this will be evaluated for its catalytic activity in control reactions of N O and N{sub 2}O. (Author)

  18. Isomerización de n-Pentano mediante óxidos de circonio dopados con ión borato


    L. A. Cortez-Lajas; J. M. Hernández-Enríquez; A. Castillo-Mares; J. L. Rivera-Armenta; G. Sandoval-Robles; L. A. García-Serrano; R. García-Alamilla


    Se sintetizaron hidróxido de circonio puro y modificado con un 15% de iones borato. Ambos se calcinaron en atmósfera dinámica de aire durante 3 h a 400, 500 y 600ºC. Los soportes se caracterizaron mediante fisisorción de nitrógeno, espectroscopía infrarroja, titulación potenciométrica con n-butilamina y deshidratación del 2-propanol. Después de la calcinación los soportes se impregnaron con 0.5% peso de platino y se probaron en isomerización de n-pentano a presión atmosférica. La acidez de la...

  19. Síntesis y estudio fotoquímico de los derivados de 3-(E-alquenil-4-metoxifenilacetanilidas y 2-(E-alquenil-4-nitroanisoles

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    Neudo Urdaneta


    Full Text Available This work presents the synthesis and photochemical study of 3-(E-alkenyl-4-methoxyphenylacetanilide 3a-c and 2-(E-alkenyl-4-nitroanisole 3d-f derivatives. These compounds were prepared using the palladium catalyzed cross-coupling Suzuki-Miyaura type reaction of 4-methoxy-2-bromo-phenylacetanilide (1a, 2-bromo-4-nitro-anisol (1b and three E-1-alkenylboronic acids (2a-c. Compounds 3a and 3e were photolabile in 2-propanol. Molar extinction coefficients of 3a and 3e were 300.7M-1 cm-1 (λmax 315nm and 1505 M-1 cm-1 (λmax 295nm, respectively. Photodegradation of 3e yielded 2-methoxy-5-nitrobenzaldehyde, which was likely produced by oxidative rupture of the exocyclic double bond.

  20. Fast enantioselective separation of clevidipine and a dihydropyridine substituted acid by SFC on Chiralpak AD. (United States)

    Gyllenhaal, O


    Conditions for the fast separation of the enantiomers of a dihydropyridine substituted acid on a 50 x 4.6 mm ID short Chiralpak AD column with 2-propanol modified carbon dioxide as the mobile phase are presented. A high throughout of samples can be accomplished through the continuous sample loading of the loop of the injector. If a continuous data collection was used 10 separations could be performed in about 5 min with a precision of 0.6% RSD for the area ratio (n = 10). The parent drug clevidipine can also be analyzed and its enantiomeric composition determined after alkaline hydrolysis into its acid, either through hydrolysis followed by extraction to dichloromethane or by direct analysis of the hydrolysis media. About 1 min is required for each run. Using 0.1 M of methanolic sodium hydroxide 2 min are sufficient for the hydrolysis, and, including weighing, only 5 min are required to analyze clevidipine.

  1. Design and synthesis of novel triazole antifungal derivatives based on the active site of fungal lanosterol 14a-demethylase (CYP51)

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    Zhi Gang Dan; Jun Zhang; Shi Chong Yu; Hong Gang Hu; Xiao Yun Chai; Qing Yan Sun; Qiu Ye Wu


    A series of 1-(1H-1,2,4-triazole-1-yl)-2-(2,4-difluorophenyl)-3-(N-isoproyl-N-substituted-amino)-2-propanols have been designed and synthesized on the basis of the active site of lanosterol 14a-demethylase (CYP51). Their structures were confirmed by MS and 1H NMR. In vitro antifungal activities of these synthesized compounds were evaluated against eight human pathogenic fungi. The results showed that all title compounds exhibited activity against fungi tested to some extent. Compounds 3c, 3d, 7a, 7b and 7c exhibited more potent antifungal activities against nearly all fungi tested except Aspergillus fumigatus than fluconazole.

  2. Synergetic effect of TeMo5O16 and MoO3 phases in MoTeOx catalysts used for the partial oxidation of propylene

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    Yiming He; Ying Wu; Weizheng Weng; Huilin Wan


    A detailed study on the synergetic effect of TeMo5O16 and MoO3 phases in the MoTeOx catalysts for the partial oxidation of propylene to acrolein has been reported in this work. It was found that both propylene conversion and acrolein selectivity increased with the addition of MoO3 to TeMo5O16. Based on the results of N2 adsorption-desorption, XRD, XPS, in-situ XRD, O2-TPO, and 2-propanol decomposition reaction, the higher catalytic performance and synergetic effect could be attributed to the enhancement of acidity and the oxygen transfer from TeMo5O16 to MoO3 phase.

  3. 利用二元体系的C-H红外光谱推算汽液平衡数据%Prediction of Vapor-Liquid Equilibrium Data from C-H Band Shift of IR Spectra in Some Binary Systems

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    朱霄; 姚加; 李浩然; 韩世钧


    Prediction of vapor-liquid equilibrium (VLE) is extremely necessary to separate liquid mixture in chemical production, especially when the required experimental data are difficult to measure, or the measurement is not economical. The infinite dilution activities can be used to predict VLE. However, it needs both thc ends of the activities that are difficult to obtain for many systems. In the present study, a new model is proposed for correlating the frequency shift of C-H stretching band of IR spectra over the whole concentration. Investigated mixtures include water/2-propanol, water/N, N-dimethylformamide (DMF), water/methanol, water/ethanol, water/1, 4-dioxane,and water/dimethylsulfoxidc (DMSO) systems. Simultaneous correlations of C-H frequency shift and VLE data arc made. Furthermore, the VLE data were predicted with satisfactory results by the parameters obtained from IR spectra coupled with one of the infinite dilution activity coefficients.

  4. Separation of enantiomers by affinity electrokinetic chromatography using avidin. (United States)

    Tanaka, Y; Matsubara, N; Terabe, S


    Avidin, a basic protein isolated from egg white, was employed as a chiral selector in affinity electrokinetic chromatography (EKC) for the separation of acidic enantiomers. Optical isomers of vanilmandelic acid, warfarin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, flurbiprofen, and folinic acid were successfully resolved within 20 min with 25 microM avidin in a linear polyacrylamide-coated capillary under weakly acidic conditions. The effects of pH, the concentration of avidin, addition of an organic solvent such as ethanol and 2-propanol, and temperature on enantioselectivity were investigated. The choice of pH and the organic solvent additive was critical to improve the separation. Some general considerations about affinity EKC are also described, based on a simple one-site interaction model.

  5. Sol-gel fabrication of lithium doped zinc oxide thin films

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    Oral, A.Y.; Bahsi, Z.B. [Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering, Gebze Inst. of Tech., Kocaeli (Turkey); Aslan, M.H.; Basaran, E. [Dept. of Physics, Gebze Inst. of Tech., Kocaeli (Turkey)


    Li doped zinc oxide thin films were deposited on glass substrates by a sol-gel technique. Acetates of zinc and lithium were used as metal sources. A homogeneous and stable solution was prepared by dissolving acetates in the solution of 2-propanol and ethanolamine. ZnO:Li thin films were obtained after preheating the spin coated films at 250 C for 1 minute after each coating. A post annealing between 450-600 C was applied after the deposition of the last layers. XRD analysis revealed ZnO with zincite structure (Card no: 36-1451) in all films. The thickness of the films was measured as 75 nm per layer. The optical band gap of the films increased as doping concentration of Li increased and decreased as the post-annealing temperature increased. (orig.)

  6. Preparation of c-axis-oriented zinc-oxide thin films and the study of their microstructure and optical properties

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    Aslan, M.H.; Gul, A.; Basaran, E. [Department of Physics, Gebze Institute of Technology, P.K. 141, Kocaeli 41400 (Turkey); Oral, A.Y. [Department of Material Science and Engineering, Gebze Institute of Technology, Kocaeli (Turkey); Mensur, E. [Department of Physics, University of Kocaeli, Kocaeli (Turkey)


    c-axis-oriented zinc-oxide (ZnO) thin films were prepared on microscope glass substrates by sol-gel deposition. A homogeneous and stable solution was prepared by dissolving zinc-acetate 2-hydrate (ZnAc) in 2-propanol and diethanolamine. Crystalline ZnO thin films were obtained following an annealing process at temperatures between 450C and 550C for 1h. Increasing annealing temperature increased the grain size and the c-axis orientation. The X-ray diffraction analysis revealed single-phase ZnO with hexagonal zincite structure. The absorption edge analysis revealed that the optical band-gap energy for the films were between 3.26 and 3.28eV and electronic transition was direct transition type.

  7. Crystal structure of 4-benzylcarbamoyl-1-methylpyridin-1-ium iodide: an efficient multimodal antiviral drug

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    T. N. Drebushchak


    Full Text Available In the title compound, [MeC5H4NCONHCH2C6H5]I or C14H15N2O+·I−, a cation and an anion form an ionic pair linked by a strong N—H...I hydrogen bond. In the crystal, ionic pairs linked by weak C—H...I hydrogen bonds form infinite ribbons along the crystallographic a axis. Polymorphism screening varying crystallization solvents (water, acetone 90%–water, ethanol 90%–water, 2-propanol 90%–water, DMF, DMSO, methanol, acetonitrile and conditions (solution temperature, heating and cooling protocols did not reveal any other polymorphs than the one reported in this work.

  8. UV-polymerized butyl methacrylate monoliths with embedded carboxylic single-walled carbon nanotubes for CEC applications. (United States)

    Navarro-Pascual-Ahuir, María; Lucena, Rafael; Cárdenas, Soledad; Ramis-Ramos, Guillermo; Valcárcel, Miguel; Herrero-Martínez, José Manuel


    The preparation of polymeric monoliths with embedded carboxy-modified single-walled carbon nanotubes (c-SWNTs) and their use for capillary electrochromatography (CEC) is described. Carbon nanotube composites were obtained by preparing a polymerization mixture in the presence of increasing c-SWNT concentrations, followed by UV initiation. The novel stationary phases were studied by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Raman spectroscopy. Using short UV-polymerization times, the optimized porogenic solvent (a binary mixture of 1,4-butanediol and 2-propanol) gave rise to polymeric beds with homogenously dispersed embedded c-SWNTs. The CEC features of these monoliths were evaluated using polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and chiral compounds. The monolith prepared in the presence of c-SWNTs showed enhanced resolution of the text mixtures, including a remarkable capability to separate enantiomers.

  9. The plasma membrane proteome of germinating barley embryos

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    Hynek, Radovan; Svensson, Birte; Jensen, O.N.


    was used to reduce soluble protein contamination and enrich for hydrophobic proteins. Sixty-one proteins in 14 SDS-PAGE bands were identified by LC-MS/MS and database searches. The identifications provide new insight into the plasma membrane functions in seed germination.......Cereal seed germination involves a complex coordination between different seed tissues. Plasma membranes must play crucial roles in coordination and execution of germination; however, very little is known about seed plasma membrane proteomes due to limited tissue amounts combined...... with amphiphilicity and low abundance of membrane proteins. A fraction enriched in plasma membranes was prepared from embryos dissected from 18 h germinated barley seeds using aqueous two-phase partitioning. Reversed-phase chromatography on C-4 resin performed in micro-spin columns with stepwise elution by 2-propanol...

  10. Combined supercritical fluid extraction/solid-phase extraction with octadecylsilane cartridges as a sample preparation technique for the ultratrace analysis of a drug metabolite in plasma. (United States)

    Liu, H; Cooper, L M; Raynie, D E; Pinkston, J D; Wehmeyer, K R


    Supercritical fluid extraction was coupled with solid-phase extraction using octadecylsilane cartridges for the selective isolation of ultratrace levels of a drug metabolite, mebeverine alcohol, from plasma. Plasma was directly applied to the extraction cartridge, the cartridge was washed to remove protein and then extracted under supercritical conditions using CO2/5% methanol. The effluent from the extraction cell was bubbled through a small volume of 2-propanol to trap the extracted mebeverine alcohol. The effects of extraction pressure and temperature on analyte recovery were examined. The absolute recovery, selectivity, precision, and accuracy of the combined supercritical fluid extraction/solid-phase extraction approach were compared to those of conventional solid-phase extraction using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry in the selected-ion monitoring mode. Mebeverine alcohol was used as a model compound, and dog plasma was employed as the biological matrix for these studies.

  11. Enantioselective and diastereoselective separation of synthetic pyrethroid insecticides on a novel chiral stationary phase by high-performance liquid chromatography. (United States)

    Tan, Xulin; Hou, Shicong; Wang, Min


    A novel chiral packing material for high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) was prepared by connecting (R)-1-phenyl-2-(4-methylphenyl) ethylamine (PTE) amide derivative of (S)-isoleucine to aminopropyl silica gel through 2-amino-3,5-dinitro-1-carboxamido-benzene unit. This chiral stationary phase was applied to the enantioselective and diastereoselective separation of five pyrethroid insecticides by HPLC under normal phase condition. To achieve satisfactory baseline separation an optimization of the variables of mobile phase composition was required. The two enantiomers of fenpropathrin and four stereoisomers of fenvalerate were baseline separated using hexane-1,2-dichloroethane-2-propanol as mobile phase. The results show that the enantioselectivity of CSP is better than Pirkle type 1-A column for these compounds. Only partial separations for the cypermethrin and cyfluthrin stereoisomers were observed. Seven peaks and eight peaks were observed for cypermethrin and cyfluthrin, respectively. The elution orders were assigned by using different stereoisomer-enriched products.

  12. Synthesis of TiO2 Nanoparticles via a Ti(Ⅳ) Complex with Stearic Acid and the Photocatalytic Activity for Organic Oxidation

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    XU,Yi-Ming(许宜铭); YU,Xiao-Han(于小涵); LIU,Hui-Jun(刘惠君)


    The nano-sized particles of TiO2 were prepared by thermal decomposition of titanium(Ⅳ) tetrabutanoxide complex with stearic acid at 450 ℃ in the air. It was observed that the amount of stearic acid, used initially for the complex synthesis in 2-propanol at 25 ℃, had great influence on the physical properties of the prepared TiO2 including crystal structure,the particle size, surface area and the adsorption capacity for organic substrate of a textile dye X3B in water, and thereafter the photocatalytic activity for the dye oxidation. Some samples displayed lower adsorption capacity for the organic substrate in water than a TiO2 of Degussa p25, but higher photocatalytic activity for the organic oxidation. Possible reason for the observed difference was discussed in the text.

  13. Selecting water-alcohol mixed solvent for synthesis of polydopamine nano-spheres using solubility parameter (United States)

    Jiang, Xiaoli; Wang, Yinling; Li, Maoguo


    The solvent plays an important role in a given chemical reaction. Since most reaction in nature occur in the mixed-solvent systems, a comprehensive principle for solvent optimization was required. By calculating the Hansen solubility parameters (HSP) distance Ra, we designed a model experiment to explore the influence of mixed solvents on the chemical synthesis. The synthesis of polydopamine (PDA) in the water-alcohol system was chosen as model. As predicted, the well-dispersed PDA spheres were obtained in selected solvents with smaller Ra values: methanol/water, ethanol/water and 2-propanol/water. In addition, the mixed solvent with smaller Ra values gave a higher conversion of dopamine. The strategy for mixed solvent selection is might be useful to choose optimal reaction media for efficient chemical synthesis.

  14. Photoelectron circular dichroism of isopropanolamine (United States)

    Catone, D.; Turchini, S.; Contini, G.; Prosperi, T.; Stener, M.; Decleva, P.; Zema, N.


    Spectroscopies based on circular polarized light are sensitive to the electronic and structural properties of chiral molecules. Photoelectron circular dichroism (PECD) is a powerful technique that combines the chiral sensitivity of the circular polarized light and the electronic information obtained by photoelectron spectroscopy. An experimental and theoretical PECD study of the outer valence and C 1s core states of 1-amino-2-propanol in the gas phase is presented. The experimental dichroic dispersions in the photoelectron kinetic energy are compared with theoretical calculations employing a multicentric basis set of B-spline functions and a Kohn-Sham Hamiltonian. In order to understand analogies and differences in the dichroism of structural isomers bearing the same functional groups, a comparison with previous PECD study of valence band of 2-amino-1-propanol is carried out.

  15. An Oxygen Reduction Study of Graphene-Based Nanomaterials of Different Origin

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    Jaana Lilloja


    Full Text Available The aim of this study is to compare the electrochemical behaviour of graphene-based materials of different origin, e.g., commercially available graphene nanosheets from two producers and reduced graphene oxide (rGO towards the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR using linear sweep voltammetry, rotating disc electrode and rotating ring-disc electrode methods. We also investigate the effect of catalyst ink preparation using two different solvents (2-propanol containing OH− ionomer or N,N-dimethylformamide on the ORR. The graphene-based materials are characterised by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Clearly, the catalytic effect depends on the origin of graphene material and, interestingly, the electrocatalytic activity of the catalyst material for ORR is lower when using the OH− ionomer in electrode modification. The graphene electrodes fabricated with commercial graphene show better ORR performance than rGO in alkaline solution.

  16. Metal- and reagent-free highly selective anodic cross-coupling reaction of phenols. (United States)

    Elsler, Bernd; Schollmeyer, Dieter; Dyballa, Katrin Marie; Franke, Robert; Waldvogel, Siegfried R


    The direct oxidative cross-coupling of phenols is a very challenging transformation, as homo-coupling is usually strongly preferred. Electrochemical methods circumvent the use of oxidizing reagents or metal catalysts and are therefore highly attractive. Employing electrolytes with a high capacity for hydrogen bonding, such as methanol with formic acid or 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol, a direct electrolysis in an undivided cell provides mixed 2,2'-biphenols with high selectivity. This mild method tolerates a variety of moieties, for example, tert-butyl groups, which are not compatible with other strong electrophilic media but vital for later catalytic applications of the formed products. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. Pharmacokinetic study of inosiplex tablets in healthy Chinese volunteers by hyphenated HPLC and tandem MS techniques

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    Mo Chen; Yuan Zhang; Xiao-Ting Que; Ya Ding; Lin Yang; Ai-Dong Wen; Tai-Jun Hang


    Inosiplex is a compound formulation composed of inosine and p-acetaminobenzoic acid (PABA) salt of N,N-dimethylamino-2-propanol (DIP). This study was to investigate the clinical plasma pharmacokinetic properties of DIP and PABA after single and multiple oral doses of inosiplex tablets in healthy Chinese volunteers. The established LC/MS/MS method for plasma DIP determination had a linear range of 0.02-10 mg/mL, and the HPLC method for plasma PABA determination had a linear range of 0.05-40 mg/mL. Linear pharmacokinetic characteristics were found with single oral doses of 0.5, 1.0 and 2.0 g. No obvious accumulation effects were observed for DIP and PABA.

  18. Solvent optimization for niacinamide adsorption on organo-functionalized SBA-15 mesoporous silica (United States)

    Moritz, Michał


    This work describes the application of organo-modified SBA-15 siliceous materials as the carrier for niacinamide. The surface functionalization of SBA-15 by a grafting strategy with triethoxyphenylsilane, triethoxy(4-methoxyphenyl)silane, triethoxymethylsilane and (3-mercaptopropyl)trimethoxysilane as modifying agents has been successfully achieved. The adsorption process was performed in acetonitrile, methanol, 2-propanol, 1-pentanol and ethyl acetate. The obtained results indicated a promote niacinamide adsorption on sulfopropyl-modified (119 mg/g) and non-modified (78 mg/g) SBA-15 from ethyl acetate. The pure and derivatized SBA-15 products have been characterized by elemental analysis, thermogravimetry, nitrogen adsorption and diffuse reflectance UV spectroscopy. After niacinamide adsorption the textural parameters of mesoporous carriers such as BET surface area, pore volume and microporosity were reduced. The mesoporous matrices loaded with niacinamide exhibited prolonged-release kinetics of this vitamin, especially from sulfopropyl-modified SBA-15 carrier.

  19. A Convenient Synthesis of Octahydro-pyrazino [ 1,2- a ] pyrazine

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    LIANG Feng; WU Xiao-Jun; ZHANG Shi-Wei; WU Cheng-Tai


    @@ The recent research results suggest that a series of octahydro-pyrazino[ 1,2-a ]pyrazines are useful as antiallergic agents.[1] Gubert et al. [2] developed a route from 1,4-dibenzyl-2-ethoxycarbonylpiperazine for the synthesis of this ring system. Under their conditions, this ring system was obtained with a low overall yield in six steps. Optimization of synthetic route to this ring system is still desirable. In this paper, we presented an efficient synthesis of octahydropyrazino[1,2-a]pyrazine by a new and efficient method starting from 1,3-dichloro-2-propanol and N-tosylated diethylenetriamine. The structure of title compound was determined by spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction technique.

  20. Study of Pt-alloys as organic molecules-tolerant cathodes

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    Varelal, F.J.R. [Cinestav Unidad Saltillo, Coahuila (Mexico). Nanosciences and Nanotechnology Program; Fuente de la, D.K.L. [Univ. Antonoma de Coahuila (Mexico). Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas; Morales-Acosta, D; Arriaga, L.G. [CIDETEQ, Quereturo (Mexico)


    This paper investigated the high electrocatalytic activity of platinum-cobalt (Pt-Co) multiwalled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) cathodes for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in direct oxidation fuel cell applications. The system's tolerance to ethylene glycol, ethanol, and 2-propanol was also evaluated. Rotating ring disc electrode (RRDE) and electric impedance spectroscopy (EIS) analyses were used to determine Pt-Co/MWCNT performance. Results of the analyses suggested that the ORR on the alloy proceeded principally by a 4-electron transfer mechanism. The shape of a Nyquist plot of the ORR on the alloy in a solution containing 0.5 EtOH at different polarization potentials indicated that the ORR on the alloy may not change under conditions of organic-molecule containing electrolytes. 4 refs., 1 fig.

  1. Thermodynamic properties of binary mixtures containing dimethyl carbonate+2-alkanol: Experimental data, correlation and prediction by ERAS model and cubic EOS

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    Almasi, Mohammad, E-mail: [Department of Chemistry, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Khouzestan (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


    Densities and viscosities for binary mixtures of dimethyl carbonate with 2-propanol up to 2-heptanol were measured at various temperatures and ambient pressure. From experimental data, excess molar volumes, V{sub m}{sup E}. were calculated and correlated by the Redlich–Kister equation to obtain the binary coefficients and the standard deviations. Excess molar volumes, V{sub m}{sup E}, are positive for all studied mixtures over the entire range of the mole fraction. The ERAS-model has been applied for describing the binary excess molar volumes and also Peng–Robinson–Stryjek–Vera (PRSV) equation of state (EOS) has been used to predict the binary excess molar volumes and viscosities. Also several semi-empirical models were used to correlate the viscosity of binary mixtures.

  2. Derived thermodynamic properties of alcohol + cyclohexylamine mixtures

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    Full Text Available Thermal expansion coefficients, α, excess thermal expansion coefficients, αE, isothermal coefficients of pressure excess molar enthalpy, (∂HE/∂pT,x, partial molar volumes, , partial molar volumes at infinite dilution, , partial excess molar volumes, , and partial excess molar volumes at infinite dilution, , were calculated using experimental densities and excess molar volumes, , data. All calculations are performed for the binary systems of cyclohexylamine with 1-propanol or 1-butanol or 2-butanol or 2-methyl-2-propanol. The Redlich–Kister polynomial and the reduced excess molar volume approach were used in the evaluation of these properties. In addition, the aim of this investigation was to provide a set of various volumetric data in order to asses the influence of temperature, chain length and position of hydroxyl group in the alcohol molecule on the molecular interactions in the examined binary mixtures.

  3. Hydrogen Peroxide in Fluorinated Alcohols: A Potent and Selective Oxidative System

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    Jernej Iskra


    @@ 1Introduction Fluorinated alcohols such as 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol and 2,2,2-trifluoroetanol have particular properties compared to non-fluorinated ones and could provoke changes in the course of reactions in these solvents. Their specific properties are connected mainly to the strong hydrogen bond donor ability and solvation of nuclephiles on one side, and weak hydrogen bond acceptor strength and weak solvation of electrophiles on the other. This dichotomy makes them very attractive solvents for various chemical reactions including cleavage of O - O and C - O bonds and cycloadditions[1]. At first they were used for solvolysis studies and stabilization of kationic intermediates and kation radicals, then their use was extended to various chemical synthesis and to biochemistry, where their effect on the formation of hydrogen bonds was used to alter the conformations of peptides and proteins[2].

  4. Porous silicon optical template for determination of chromatic dispersion of transparent liquid mixture (United States)

    Cafe, Arven I.; Lopez, Joybelle; Lopez, Lorenzo; Faustino, Maria Angela; Mabilangan, Arvin; Salvador, Arnel; Somintac, Armando


    Porous silicon was fabricated through electrochemical etching and is used as an optical template for liquid sensing application. Using reflectance spectroscopy, change in optical properties such as refractive index and reflectivity upon liquid introduction were obtained. Chromatic dispersion of porous silicon upon detection of transparent liquids such as absolute ethanol, methanol, 2-propanol and distilled water were determined for spectral range 450nm to 1100nm. Mixture of the organic transparent liquid and water was also tested. In this study, porosity and liquid's concentration were varied to establish the sensitivity of detection. Expected ideal values were also simulated for comparison and correction factor computation. Results provide calibration basis for water quality assessment, environmental monitoring, and diagnostic application.

  5. In vitro reactivation of in vivo ammonium-inactivated glutamine synthetase from Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. (United States)

    Mérida, A; Candau, P; Florencio, F J


    Glutamine synthetase from Synechocystis sp. strain PCC 6803 is inactivated by ammonium addition to cells growing with nitrate as the nitrogen source. The enzyme can be reactivated in vitro by different methods such as alkaline phosphatase treatment, but not phosphodiesterase, by raising the pH of the crude extract to values higher than 8, by increasing the ionic strength of the cell-free extract, or by preincubation with organic solvents, such as 2-propanol and ethanol. These results suggest that the loss of glutamine synthetase activity promoted by ammonium involves the non-covalent binding of a phosphorylated compound to the enzyme and support previous results that rule out the existence of an adenylylation/deadenylylation system functioning in the regulation of cyanobacterial glutamine synthetase.

  6. Selecting water-alcohol mixed solvent for synthesis of polydopamine nano-spheres using solubility parameter (United States)

    Jiang, Xiaoli; Wang, Yinling; Li, Maoguo


    The solvent plays an important role in a given chemical reaction. Since most reaction in nature occur in the mixed-solvent systems, a comprehensive principle for solvent optimization was required. By calculating the Hansen solubility parameters (HSP) distance Ra, we designed a model experiment to explore the influence of mixed solvents on the chemical synthesis. The synthesis of polydopamine (PDA) in the water-alcohol system was chosen as model. As predicted, the well-dispersed PDA spheres were obtained in selected solvents with smaller Ra values: methanol/water, ethanol/water and 2-propanol/water. In addition, the mixed solvent with smaller Ravalues gave a higher conversion of dopamine. The strategy for mixed solvent selection is might be useful to choose optimal reaction media for efficient chemical synthesis. PMID:25317902

  7. Analysis of iodine in food samples by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry. (United States)

    Todorov, Todor I; Gray, Patrick J


    This work shows a method for the determination of iodine in a variety of food samples and reference materials using inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) following alkaline extraction. Optimisation of the addition of organic carbon showed that a minimum of 3% 2-propanol was necessary for a constant ratio of iodine to internal standard. The limit of quantification (LOQ), calculated as 30σ for the method, was 36 ng g(-1) in solid food samples. For method validation, seven standard reference materials (SRM) and 21 fortified food samples were used. The precision (%RSD) of the measurements was in the 2-7% range. Accuracies for the SRMs were 85-105%, while the fortified food samples showed 81-119% recoveries, including a number of samples fortified at 50% of the LOQ.

  8. The Role of Fluorinated Alcohols as Mobile Phase Modifiers for LC-MS Analysis of Oligonucleotides (United States)

    Basiri, Babak; van Hattum, Hilde; van Dongen, William D.; Murph, Mandi M.; Bartlett, Michael G.


    Hexafluoroisopropanol (HFIP) has been widely used as an acidic modifier for mobile phases for liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) analysis of oligonucleotides ever since the first report of its use for this purpose. This is not surprising, considering the exceptional performance of HFIP compared with carboxylic acids, which cause significant MS signal suppression in electrospray ionization. However, we have found that other fluorinated alcohols can also be utilized for mobile phase preparation and the choice of optimal fluorinated alcohol is determined by the ion-pairing (IP) agent. Although HFIP is a very good choice to be used alongside less hydrophobic IP agents, other fluorinated alcohols such as 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-methyl-2-propanol (HFMIP) can significantly outperform HFIP when used with more hydrophobic IP agents. We also found that more acidic fluorinated alcohols assist with the transfer of oligonucleotides with secondary structure (e.g., folded strands and hairpins) into the gas phase.


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    S.S. Madaeni; A. Rahimpour


    Polyethersulfone membranes were prepared from quaternary systems containing N,N-dimethylacetamide (DMAc) as solvent, polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) as constant additive and acetic acid, acetone and water as variable additives. Phase inversion via immersion precipitation was employed for manufacturing of membranes. The prepared films were immersed in the mixture of pure water and 2-propanol (30/70 vol%) as the non-solvent. Acetic acid caused an increment in the flux at high polymer concentration (16wt%) and a decline in the flux at low polymer concentrations (10 wt% and 13 wt%). Acetone and water as the solvent in the casting solution declined the flux at any polymer concentration tested. The morphology and performance of the prepared membranes were investigated by scanning electron microscopy and separation experiments using milk as the feed.

  10. Effect of solvents on propylene epoxidation over TS-1 catalyst

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    Yulong WU; Qingshan LIU; Xueli SU; Zhentao MI


    Solvents have an important effect on the epoxidation of propylene catalyzed by TS-1. The experimental results show that, in different solvents, the catalytic activity of epoxidation is in the following order: methanol > 2-propanol > 2-butanol > acetoni-trile > acetone > tetrahydrofuran. Based on the reaction mechanism, the effects of solvents on the epoxidation were studied from eight aspects, which included the electronic effect, the steric effect, the polarity of solvent, the effect of solvent on sorption and diffusion of reactant, the oxidation of alcohol, the etherification of PO, the deactivation of TS-1 and the solubility of propylene in the solvents. The electronic effect, steric effect and the polarity of solvent were considered to be the main aspects. This work may provide theoretical guidance for choosing solvents for these kinds of reactions and also may serve as basis for further industrialization.

  11. Algorithms for GPU-based molecular dynamics simulations of complex fluids: Applications to water, mixtures, and liquid crystals. (United States)

    Kazachenko, Sergey; Giovinazzo, Mark; Hall, Kyle Wm; Cann, Natalie M


    A custom code for molecular dynamics simulations has been designed to run on CUDA-enabled NVIDIA graphics processing units (GPUs). The double-precision code simulates multicomponent fluids, with intramolecular and intermolecular forces, coarse-grained and atomistic models, holonomic constraints, Nosé-Hoover thermostats, and the generation of distribution functions. Algorithms to compute Lennard-Jones and Gay-Berne interactions, and the electrostatic force using Ewald summations, are discussed. A neighbor list is introduced to improve scaling with respect to system size. Three test systems are examined: SPC/E water; an n-hexane/2-propanol mixture; and a liquid crystal mesogen, 2-(4-butyloxyphenyl)-5-octyloxypyrimidine. Code performance is analyzed for each system. With one GPU, a 33-119 fold increase in performance is achieved compared with the serial code while the use of two GPUs leads to a 69-287 fold improvement and three GPUs yield a 101-377 fold speedup.

  12. Radiation-induced pink nickel oligomeric clusters in water. Pulse radiolysis study. (United States)

    Hioul, Mohamed Larbi; Lin, Mingzhang; Belloni, Jacqueline; Keghouche, Nassira; Marignier, Jean-Louis


    γ-rays and pulse radiolysis of aqueous solutions of Ni(2+) ions in the presence of polyacrylate (PA(-)) and 2-propanol leads to the formation of metastable species absorbing at 540 nm that are ascribed to "pink" oligomeric clusters of a few nickel atoms only. The molar absorption coefficient is evaluated as ε540 nm = 3300 ± 300 L mol(-1) cm(-1) per Ni(0) atom. The successive steps from the reduction of Ni(2+) into Ni(+) ions to the formation of the pink clusters at 540 nm under conditions of complexation by PA(-) are investigated by pulse radiolysis. The yield of the formation of pink clusters increases markedly with the irradiation dose rate, demonstrating the occurrence of the disproportionation of the [Ni(+), PA(-)] complex after a single electron pulse. The reduction and nucleation mechanisms, including rate constants, in competition with the back oxidation by protons, particularly at low dose rate, are discussed.

  13. Enantiomer Separation of α-Dimethyl Dicarboxylate Biphenyl and Related Biphenyl Compounds by Normal Phase HPLC on Polysaccharide Based Chiral Stationary Phases

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    LIU,Yue-Qi(刘月启); HAN,Xiao-Qian(韩小茜); Qi,Bang-Feng(齐邦峰); LIU,Chun-Hui(柳春辉); LI,Yong-Min(李永民); CHEN,Li-Ren(陈立仁)


    Cellulose tris(4-methylphenylcarbamate), amylose tris(3,5-dimethylpphenylcarbamate) and amylose tris (phenylcarbamate)were prepared by the method reported by Okamoto and were coated onto an aminopropylated mesoporous spherical silica gel. These final products were used as chiral stationary phases of high performance liquid chromatography for the eighteen structurally related biphenyl conmpounds. The resolution was made using normal-phase methodology with a mobile phase consisting of n-hexane-alcohol (ethanol, 1-propanol, 2-propanol or 1-butanol). The effects of various aliphatic alcohols in the mobile phase were studied. The structural features of the solutes that influence their k'were discussed. A dominant effect of trifluoroaetic acid on chiral separation of aacidicdic solutes was noted.

  14. Direct optical observation of the formation of some aliphatic alcohol radicals. A pulse radiolysis study

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    E Janata


    The kinetics of the reactions of hydroxyl radicals and hydrogen atoms with some aliphatic alcohols in aqueous solutions were studied using pulse radiolysis. Based on the increase in optical absorption in the UV region, the rate constants for the reaction of hydroxyl radicals and hydrogen atoms with methanol, ethanol, 2-propanol or -butyl alcohol were determined to be 9.0 × 108, 2.2 × 109, 2.0 × 109, 6.2 × 108 and 1.1 × 106, 1.8 × 107, 5.3 × 107, 2.3 × 105 dm3 mol-1 s-1 respectively. The bimolecular decay rate constants for the alcohol radicals produced in methanol and ethanol were evaluated to be 2 .4 × 109 and 1.5 × 109 dm3 mol-1 s-1. The values observed are in fairly good agreement with those reported earlier.

  15. Optimization of ultrasound-assisted extraction of total monomeric anthocyanin (TMA) and total phenolic content (TPC) from eggplant (Solanum melongena L.) peel. (United States)

    Dranca, Florina; Oroian, Mircea


    The present study describes the extraction of total monomeric anthocyanin (TMA) and total phenolic content (TPC) from eggplant peel using ultrasonic treatments and methanol and 2-propanol as extraction solvents. The extraction yields were optimized by varying the solvent concentration, ultrasonic frequency, temperature and time of ultrasonic treatment. Box-Behnken design was used to investigate the effect of process variables on the ultrasound-assisted extraction. The results showed that for TPC extraction the optimal condition were obtained with a methanol concentration of 76.6%, 33.88 kHz ultrasonic frequency, a temperature of 69.4 °C and 57.5 min extraction time. For TMA the optimal condition were the following: 54.4% methanol concentration, 37 kHz, 55.1 °C and process time of 44.85 min. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Simultaneous Determination of Alkoxyalcohols in Wet Wipes Using Static Headspace Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry

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    Lee, So Jin; Pyo, Hee Soo; Chung, Bong Chul; Lee, Jeon Gae [KIST, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hai Dong [Kyung Hee University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)


    Alkoxyalcohols are used as solvents or preservatives in various consumer products such as wet wipes. The metabolites of alkoxyalcohols are known to be chronically toxic and carcinogenic to animals. Thus, an analytical method is needed to monitor alkoxyalcohols in wet wipes. The aim of this study was to develop a simultaneous analytical method for 14 alkoxyalcohols using headspace gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry to analyze the wet wipes. This method was developed by comparing with various headspace extraction parameters. The linear calibration curves were obtained for the method (r2 > 0.995). The limit of detection of alkoxyalcohols ranged from 2 to 200 ng mL-1. The precision of the determinative method was less than 18.20% coefficient of variation both intra and inter days. The accuracy of the method ranged from 82.86% to 119.83%. (2-Methoxymethylethoxy)propanol, 2-phenoxyethanol, and 1-phenoxy-2-propanol were mainly detected in wet wipes.

  17. Effect of Pt:Sn atomic ratio on the preparation of PtSn/C electrocatalysts using electron beam irradiation

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    Silva, Dionisio F.; Oliveira Neto, Almir; Pino, Eddy S.; Linardi, Marcelo; Spinace, Estevam V., E-mail: dfsilva@ipen.b, E-mail: espinace@ipen.b [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)


    PtSn/C electrocatalysts were prepared with Pt:Sn atomic ratios of 3:1, 1:1 and 1:3 in water/2-propanol using electron beam irradiation. The obtained materials were characterized by EDX, XRD and cyclic voltammetry. The ethanol electro-oxidation was studied by chronoamperometry. The XRD diffractograms of the PtSn/C electrocatalysts showed typical face-centered cubic (fcc) structure of platinum and the presence of a SnO{sub 2} phase (cassiterite). The mean crystallite sizes of Pt fcc phase was in the range of 3.0-3.5 nm. The PtSn/C electrocatalysts were active for ethanol electro-oxidation at room temperature and the material prepared with Pt:Sn atomic ratio of 1:1 showed the best activity. (author)

  18. "Phase diagrams of Lecithin-based microemulsions containing Sodium Salicylate "

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    "Aboofazeli R


    Full Text Available Partial phase diagrams were constructed at 25°C to investigate the phase behaviour of systems composed of soybean lecithin, water, sodium salicylate, alcohol and isopropyl myristate. The lecithins used were the commercially available soy bean lecithins, namely E200 and E170 (phosphatidyl choline purities greater than 95% and 68-72% respectively. The cosurfactants employed were n-propanol, 2-propanol and n-butanol and these were used at lecithin/alcohol weight ratios (Km of 1:1 and 1.5:1. At a given Km, the aqueous phase consisted of a 2% w/w sodium salicylate solution. Phase diagrams showed the area of existence of a stable isotropic region along the surfactant/oil axis (i.e., reverse microemulsion area. The extension of the microemulsion domain was influenced by the purity of surfactant, the lecithin/alcohol weight ratios and the kind of the alcohol.

  19. Research Update: A hafnium-based metal-organic framework as a catalyst for regioselective ring-opening of epoxides with a mild hydride source

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    Casey J. Stephenson


    Full Text Available Reaction of styrene oxide with sodium cyanoborohydride and a catalytic amount of Hf-NU-1000 yields the anti-Markovnikov product, 2-phenylethanol, with over 98% regioselectivity. On the other hand, propylene oxide is ring opened in a Markovnikov fashion to form 2-propanol with 95% regioselectivity. Both styrene oxide and propylene oxide failed to react with sodium cyanoborohydride without the addition of Hf-NU-1000 indicative of the crucial role of Hf-NU-1000 as a catalyst in this reaction. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of the use of a metal-organic framework material as a catalyst for ring-opening of epoxides with hydrides.

  20. Preparation and Catalytic Properties of Polymer Supported Dendritic Metal Complex

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    LI Cui-ling; YANG Zhi-wang; KANG Qiao-xiang; MA Heng-chang; MA Xiao-peng; GAO Qi-kuan; GUO Zhen; LEI Zi-qiang


    Polymer supported materials are extensively used as oxidizing agent, reducing agent catalysts, photosensitizers ion exchange resins and agriculturally and pharmacologically active agents1. The application of polymer metal complexes has been widely investigated2. The polymer supported complex undergoes swelling in a suitable solvent medium and provides enough surface area in carrying out electron transfer reactions, which clearly emphasizes the influence of a polymer network in heterogeneous catalysis.In the present, we have succeeded in the grafting of "dendrimer-like" hyperbranched polymer onto the surface of chloromethyl polystyrene reactions.All the catalysts show promising catalytic activities for the oxidation of iso-propylbenzene in the mild reaction condition, in each case, hypnone 1, 2-phenyl-2-propanol 2 were obtained as the major products

  1. The effect of the presence of alcohol in the dispersing phase of oxide sols on the properties of RuO2-TiO2/Ti anodes obtained by the sol–gel procedure

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    Full Text Available The effect of the addition of ethanol and 2-propanol to the dispersing phase of TiO2 and RuO2 sols mixture on the morphology and, consequently, on the electrochemical properties of the sol-gel obtained activated titanium anodes was investigated. The properties of the obtained anodes were compared to those obtained by the thermal decomposition of appropriate chloride salts. The morphology of the anode coatings was examined by scanning tunneling microscopy. The electrochemical behaviour was investigated by cyclic voltammetry and by polarization measurements. An accelerated stability test was used for the examination of the stability of the anodes under simultaneous oxygen and chlorine evolution reaction. A dependence of the anode stability on the type of added alcohol is indicated.

  2. The accurate estimation of physicochemical properties of ternary mixtures containing ionic liquids via artificial neural networks. (United States)

    Cancilla, John C; Díaz-Rodríguez, Pablo; Matute, Gemma; Torrecilla, José S


    The estimation of the density and refractive index of ternary mixtures comprising the ionic liquid (IL) 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate, 2-propanol, and water at a fixed temperature of 298.15 K has been attempted through artificial neural networks. The obtained results indicate that the selection of this mathematical approach was a well-suited option. The mean prediction errors obtained, after simulating with a dataset never involved in the training process of the model, were 0.050% and 0.227% for refractive index and density estimation, respectively. These accurate results, which have been attained only using the composition of the dissolutions (mass fractions), imply that, most likely, ternary mixtures similar to the one analyzed, can be easily evaluated utilizing this algorithmic tool. In addition, different chemical processes involving ILs can be monitored precisely, and furthermore, the purity of the compounds in the studied mixtures can be indirectly assessed thanks to the high accuracy of the model.

  3. Dependence on molecular parameters of the heat capacity critical behaviour for nitroalkane + alcohol binary systems (United States)

    Souto-Caride, M.; Troncoso, J.; Losada-Pérez, P.; Peleteiro, J.; Carballo, E.; Romani, L.


    Heat capacities per unit volume for a set of nitroalkane + alcohol critical mixtures near their upper consolute point are presented. The selected nitroalkanes were nitromethane and nitroethane whereas the 1-alcohol series from 1-propanol to 1-decanol was studied. The critical anomaly of nitroalkane + non-primary alcohols was also investigated; 2-propanol, 2-pentanol, 3-pentanol and 5-nonanol were chosen to this end. The heat capacity data are obtained at atmospheric pressure as a function of temperature in the homogeneous and heterogeneous regions by means of a differential scanning calorimeter. The exponent and amplitudes that characterises the observed critical anomaly are determined from experimental data, being their values coherent with previous results. In addition, the critical amplitude of the correlation length was calculated using the universality of the two-scale factor. Finally, the changes in the critical parameters as a function of the molecular structure of both nitroalkane and alcohol are analysed.

  4. A method suitable for DNA extraction from humus-rich soil. (United States)

    Miao, Tianjin; Gao, Song; Jiang, Shengwei; Kan, Guoshi; Liu, Pengju; Wu, Xianming; An, Yingfeng; Yao, Shuo


    A rapid and convenient method for extracting DNA from soil is presented. Soil DNA is extracted by direct cell lysis in the presence of EDTA, SDS, phenol, chloroform and isoamyl alcohol (3-methyl-1-butanol) followed by precipitation with 2-propanol. The extracted DNA is purified by modified DNA purification kit and DNA gel extraction kit. With this method, DNA extracted from humus-rich dark brown forest soil was free from humic substances and, therefore, could be used for efficient PCR amplification and restriction digestion. In contrast, DNA sample extracted with the traditional CTAB-based method had lower yield and purity, and no DNA could be extracted from the same soil sample with a commonly-used commercial soil DNA isolation kit. In addition, this method is time-saving and convenient, providing an efficient choice especially for DNA extraction from humus-rich soils.

  5. Synthesis and dopamine transporter binding of 2beta-isopropyl ester analogs of cocaine. (United States)

    El-Moselhy, Tarek F; Avor, Kwasi S; Basmadjian, Garo P


    A series of 2beta-isopropyl ester analogs of cocaine (7-11) was synthesised and evaluated in an in vitro dopamine transporter (DAT) binding assays. Ecgonine HCl (5) was obtained from (-)-cocaine (1) by hydrolysis using 1 N HCl. Acid catalysed esterification of 5 using 2-propanol and HCl gas afforded 2beta-isopropyl ecgonine (6). Compounds 7-9 were obtained via esterification of the 3beta-hydroxyl group of 6 using the appropriate acid chloride. Compound 10 was obtained via selective hydrolysis and re-esterification of 7 using 2-propanol and HCl gas. Compound 11 was obtained by reduction of 9 using H(2)/Pd-C. Compounds 7, 10 and 11 showed high binding affinity to the DAT (as indicated from the inhibition of the binding of [(3)H]WIN 35,428 (3)) with IC(50) values (mean +/- S.E.M.) 208.5 +/- 9.5, 47.43 +/- 1.79 and 11.25 +/- 3.37 nM, respectively). Compound 7 is comparatively as active as cocaine, 10 is ca. fivefold more active than cocaine and 11 is ca. 20-fold more active than cocaine and even twice more active than the radioligand 3. Compound 11, like its methyl ester analog (2' aminococaine), exhibited the highest affinity to the DAT. These results, along with previous results, emphasise the importance of a hydrogen-bond donor group at the 2'-position of cocaine and its isopropyl ester analogs to enhance binding affinity to the DAT.

  6. Skin disinfection with octenidine dihydrochloride for central venous catheter site care: a double-blind, randomized, controlled trial. (United States)

    Dettenkofer, M; Wilson, C; Gratwohl, A; Schmoor, C; Bertz, H; Frei, R; Heim, D; Luft, D; Schulz, S; Widmer, A F


    To compare the efficacy of two commercially available, alcohol-based antiseptic solutions for preparation and care of central venous catheter (CVC) insertion sites, with and without octenidine dihydrochloride, a double-blind, randomized, controlled trial was undertaken in the haematology units and in one surgical unit of two university hospitals. Adult patients with a non-tunnelled CVC were randomly assigned to two different skin disinfection regimens at the insertion site: 0.1% octenidine with 30% 1-propanol and 45% 2-propanol, and as control 74% ethanol with 10% 2-propanol. Endpoints were (i) skin colonization at the insertion site; (ii) positive culture from the catheter tip (> or = 15 CFU); and (iii) occurrence of CVC-associated bloodstream infection (defined according to criteria set by the CDC). Four hundred patients with inserted CVC were enrolled from May 2002 through April 2005. Both groups were similar in respect of patient characteristics and co-morbidities. Skin colonization at the CVC insertion site during the first 10 days was significantly reduced by octenidine treatment (relative difference octenidine vs. control: 0.21; 95%CI: 0.11-0.39, p octenidine group (7.9%) than in the control group (17.8%): OR = 0.39 (95%CI: 0.20-0.80, p 0.009). Patients treated with octenidine had a non-significant reduction in catheter-associated bloodstream infections (4.1% vs. 8.3%; OR = 0.44; 95%CI: 0.18-1.08, p 0.081). Side effects were similar in both groups. This randomized controlled trial supports the results of two observational studies demonstrating octenidine in alcoholic solution to be a better option than alcohol alone for the prevention of CVC-associated infections.

  7. Preparation of an aqueous graphitic ink for thermal drop-on-demand inkjet printing

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    Romagnoli, Marcello; Lassinantti Gualtieri, Magdalena, E-mail:; Cannio, Maria; Barbieri, Francesco; Giovanardi, Roberto


    A graphitic ink for thermal DOD inkjet printing was developed. Challenges to be met were related to the small size of the getting nozzle (20 μm), demanding high dispersion stability of submicron particles, as well as to the physical requirements of the printer. In addition, solvents potentially hazardous to human health were excluded a priori. These necessities led to the development of a ternary aqueous solvent system based on 2-propanol and monoethylene glycol, offering an environmental-friendly alternative to conventional graphene solvents. In addition, high flexibility in terms of physical properties (e.g. surface tension, viscosity, density) important for jetting is obtained. Size reduction and exfoliation, accomplished by wet-grinding of graphite in the presence of a surfactant, were followed by laser diffraction and XRD line broadening analyses, respectively. The separated graphitic colloids used for preparation of inks were composed of ca 30 layers of AB–stacked graphene flakes, as determined by line broadening analyses (XRD data). Jetting of an ink with a solid content of 0.3 mg/mL gave a thickness increase of ca. 25 nm/pass, as determined by FESEM. Electrical characterization evidenced the need to remove residual organic molecules to regain the electrical properties of the graphitic particles. - Highlights: • A non-hazardous graphitic ink for thermal DOD inkjet printing was developed. • The ternary mixture water/ethylene glycol/2-propanol is suitable as solvent. • Physical properties important for jetting is tailored by solvent composition. • Surfactant-aided grinding gives exfoliation of graphite without inflicting microstrain.

  8. A survey of phthalate esters in consumer cosmetic products. (United States)

    Hubinger, Jean C


    Certain phthalate esters have been shown to cause reproductive toxicity in animal models. For this reason, the FDA has been monitoring the use of phthalate esters in cosmetics. In this study, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted a limited survey of 84 adult-use and baby-care cosmetic products for the presence of five phthalate esters: dimethyl phthalate (DMP), diethyl phthalate (DEP), benzylbutyl phthalate (BBP), dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and diethylhexyl phthalate (DEHP) (Figure 1). The analytes were extracted from a cosmetic product/Celite mixture with hexane, and the extract was then analyzed using reversed-phase high-performance chromatography (HPLC) on an instrument equipped with an ultraviolet radiation (UV) detector set at 230 nm. The analytes were separated on a Partisil octadecylsilane (ODS)-3 column (250 mm × 4.6 mm I.D., 5μm). The mobile phase consisted of a mixture of 50% water, 34% acetonitrile, 13% 2-propanol, and 3% methanol that was changed linearly (35 minutes) to 15% water, 55% acetonitrile, 25% 2-propanol, and 5% methanol and held for an additional ten minutes. Spiked recoveries in antiperspirant and nail color ranged from 88% to 104%. Thirty-one of the 60 adult-use cosmetic products were found to contain at least one phthalate ester. Twenty products contained DEP and 11 nail products contained DBP. Concentrations of DBP ranged from 123 μg/g to 62,607 μg/g. Concentrations of DEP ranged from 80 μg/g to 36,006 μg/g. Five of the 24 baby-care products contained DEP at concentrations ranging from 10 μg/g to 274 μg/g.

  9. Synthesis and physico-chemical characterization of CeO{sub 2}/ZrO{sub 2}-SO{sub 4}{sup 2-} mixed oxides

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    Hernandez E, J. M.; Silva R, R.; Garcia A, R. [Instituto Tecnologico de Ciudad Madero, Div. de Estudios de Posgrado e Investigacion, Juventino Rosas y Jesus Urueta s/n, Col. Los Mangos, 89440 Ciudad Madero, Tamaulipas (Mexico); Garcia S, L. A. [IPN, Centro Interdisciplinario de Investigaciones y de Estudios sobre Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo, 30 de Junio No. 1520, Barrio La Laguna Ticoman, 07340 Mexico D. F. (Mexico); Handy, B. E.; Cardenas G, G. [Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi, CIEP, Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas, Av. Dr. Manuel Nava No. 6, Zona Universitaria, 78210 SLP, San Luis Potosi (Mexico); Cueto H, A. [Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Unidad Azcapotzalco, Av. San Pablo No. 180, Col. Reynosa Tamaulipas, 02200 Mexico D. F. (Mexico)


    Environmentally friendly solid-acid catalysts CeO{sub 2}/ZrO{sub 2}-SO{sub 4}{sup 2-} were prepared by the sol gel method varying CeO{sub 2} content (10, 20 and 30 wt %) and using sulfation in situ, maintaining the sulfate ions amount present in the materials at 20 wt %. ZrO{sub 2} and ZrO{sub 2}-SO{sub 4}{sup 2-} were also prepared for comparison proposes using the same synthesis method. The materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction, nitrogen physisorption, potentiometric titration with n-butylamine, decomposition of 2-propanol and n-pentane isomerization. The specific surface area of ZrO{sub 2}-SO{sub 4}{sup 2-} was high (160 m{sup 2}/g) compared with the unmodified ZrO{sub 2} (80 m{sup 2}/g), however this area decreased with increasing the CeO{sub 2} content (37-100 m{sup 2}/g). There was no significant effect of CeO{sub 2} on the tetragonal structure of ZrO{sub 2}-SO{sub 4}{sup 2-}. The variation of acid sites amount runs parallel to the change of specific surface area. The acid sites amount decreased with increasing cerium oxide content. The decomposition of 2-propanol results fundamentally in the formation of dehydration products such as propylene and diisopropyl ether, both involving acid sites. In addition, a good performance during the n-pentane isomerization was observed for these materials. The selectivity towards isopentane reaches 84% when the Pt/CeO{sub 2}/ZrO{sub 2}-SO{sub 4}{sup 2-} catalyst with the highest CeO{sub 2} content was used. (Author)

  10. Protonation of Alcohols in Sulfuric Acid Solutions at UT/LS Conditions (United States)

    Michelsen, R. R.; Vernier, K.; Axson, J.; Morley, D.


    The protonation of several small alcohols (ethanol, 2-propanol, and 1-butanol) in cold sulfuric acid aqueous solutions was measured using variable temperature 13C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. The acidity of the sulfuric acid + deuterium oxide solutions ranged from 43 to 81 weight percent (wt %) H2SO4. The pKBH+ values, which are a measure of the acidity of each alcohol, range from -2.0 for butanol at room temperature to -2.2 for ethanol at -20°C. The protonation enthalpies of the three alcohols over the temperature range of 22°C to -35°C were found to be small and negative, ranging from -1.8 kJ mol-1 for 2-propanol to -2.3 kJ mol-1 for ethanol. A small, negative protonation enthalpy means that the degree of protonation of the alcohol slightly decreases as temperature decreases. The pKBH+values and protonation enthalpies are used to predict the form of dissolved alcohols in sulfate aerosols. For typical upper troposphere/lower stratosphere (UT/LS) conditions (40-70 wt % H2SO4 and 220 K), all three alcohols increase from approximately 10% protonated in 40 wt % H2SO4 to over 60% protonated in 70 wt % H2SO4. The percent of protonated alcohol depends more strongly on m*, the slope factor of the excess acidity treatment, than on pKBH+ values. This relationship may reflect solvation effects. The treatment of strongly acidic, non-ideal solutions as applied to organic solutes in sulfate aerosol particles will be discussed.

  11. Inactivation of murine norovirus by chemical biocides on stainless steel

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    Steinmann Jörg


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Human norovirus (NoV causes more than 80% of nonbacterial gastroenteritis in Europe and the United States. NoV transmission via contaminated surfaces may be significant for the spread of viruses. Therefore, measures for prevention and control, such as surface disinfection, are necessary to interrupt the dissemination of human NoV. Murine norovirus (MNV as a surrogate for human NoV was used to study the efficacy of active ingredients of chemical disinfectants for virus inactivation on inanimate surfaces. Methods The inactivating properties of different chemical biocides were tested in a quantitative carrier test with stainless steel discs without mechanical action. Vacuum-dried MNV was exposed to different concentrations of alcohols, peracetic acid (PAA or glutaraldehyde (GDA for 5 minutes exposure time. Detection of residual virus was determined by endpoint-titration on RAW 264.7 cells. Results PAA [1000 ppm], GDA [2500 ppm], ethanol [50% (v/v] and 1-propanol [30% (v/v] were able to inactivate MNV under clean conditions (0.03% BSA on the carriers by ≥ 4 log10 within 5 minutes exposure time, whereas 2-propanol showed a reduced effectiveness even at 60% (v/v. Furthermore, there were no significant differences in virus reduction whatever interfering substances were used. When testing with ethanol, 1- and 2-propanol, results under clean conditions were nearly the same as in the presence of dirty conditions (0.3% BSA plus 0.3% erythrocytes. Conclusion Products based upon PAA, GDA, ethanol and 1-propanol should be used for NoV inactivation on inanimate surfaces. Our data provide valuable information for the development of strategies to control NoV transmission via surfaces.

  12. Crystallization and identification of the glycosylated moieties of two isoforms of the main allergen Hev b 2 and preliminary X-ray analysis of two polymorphs of isoform II

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    Fuentes-Silva, D. [Instituto de Química, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Circuito Exterior s/n, Cuidad Universitaria, Coyoacán, México, DF 04510 (Mexico); Mendoza-Hernández, G. [Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Circuito Exterior s/n, Cuidad Universitaria, Coyoacán, México, DF 04510 (Mexico); Stojanoff, V. [Brookhaven National Laboratory, National Synchrotron Light Source, Upton, NY (United States); Palomares, L. A. [Instituto de Biotecnología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Circuito Exterior s/n, Cuidad Universitaria, Coyoacán, México, DF 04510 (Mexico); Zenteno, E. [Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Circuito Exterior s/n, Cuidad Universitaria, Coyoacán, México, DF 04510 (Mexico); Torres-Larios, A. [Instituto de Fisiología Celular, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Circuito Exterior s/n, Cuidad Universitaria, Coyoacán, México, DF 04510 (Mexico); Rodríguez-Romero, A., E-mail: [Instituto de Química, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Circuito Exterior s/n, Cuidad Universitaria, Coyoacán, México, DF 04510 (Mexico)


    Crystallization of important glycoenzymes involved in IgE-mediated latex allergy. Latex from Hevea brasiliensis contains several allergenic proteins that are involved in type I allergy. One of them is Hev b 2, which is a β-1,3-glucanase enzyme that exists in different isoforms with variable glycosylation content. Two glucanase isoforms were isolated from trees of the GV-42 clone by gel filtration, affinity and ion-exchange chromatography. Isoform I had a carbohydrate content of about 20%, with N-linked N-acetyl-glucosamine, N-acetyl-galactosamine, fucose and galactose residues as the main sugars, while isoform II showed 6% carbohydrate content constisting of N-acetyl-glucosamine, fucose, mannose and xylose. Both isoforms were crystallized by the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method. Isoform I crystals were grown using 0.2 M trisodium citrate dihydrate, 0.1 M Na HEPES pH 7.5 and 20%(v/v) 2-propanol, but these crystals were not appropriate for data collection. Isoform II crystals were obtained under two conditions and X-ray diffraction data were collected from both. In the first condition (0.2 M trisodium citrate, 0.1 M sodium cacodylate pH 6.5, 30% 2-propanol), crystals belonging to the tetragonal space group P4{sub 1} with unit-cell parameters a = b = 150.17, c = 77.41 Å were obtained. In the second condition [0.2 M ammonium acetate, 0.1 M trisodium citrate dihydrate pH 5.6, 30%(w/v) polyethylene glycol 4000] the isoform II crystals belonged to the monoclinic space group P2{sub 1}, with unit-cell parameters a = 85.08, b = 89.67, c = 101.80 Å, β = 113.6°. Preliminary analysis suggests that there are four molecules of isoform II in both asymmetric units.

  13. Crystallization and Identification of the Glycosylated Moieties of Two Isoforms of the Main Allergen Hev b 2 and Preliminary X-ray Analysis of Two Polymorphs of Isoform ll

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    Fuentes-Silva,D.; Mendoza-Hernandez, G.; Stojanoff, V.; Palomares, L.; Zenteno, E.; Torres-Larios, A.; Rodriguez-Romero, A.


    Latex from Hevea brasiliensis contains several allergenic proteins that are involved in type I allergy. One of them is Hev b 2, which is a {beta}-1,3-glucanase enzyme that exists in different isoforms with variable glycosylation content. Two glucanase isoforms were isolated from trees of the GV-42 clone by gel filtration, affinity and ion-exchange chromatography. Isoform I had a carbohydrate content of about 20%, with N-linked N-acetyl-glucosamine, N-acetyl-galactosamine, fucose and galactose residues as the main sugars, while isoform II showed 6% carbohydrate content consisting of N-acetyl-glucosamine, fucose, mannose and xylose. Both isoforms were crystallized by the hanging-drop vapor-diffusion method. Isoform I crystals were grown using 0.2 M trisodium citrate dihydrate, 0.1 M Na HEPES pH 7.5 and 20%(v/v) 2-propanol, but these crystals were not appropriate for data collection. Isoform II crystals were obtained under two conditions and X-ray diffraction data were collected from both. In the first condition (0.2 M trisodium citrate, 0.1 M sodium cacodylate pH 6.5, 30% 2-propanol), crystals belonging to the tetragonal space group P4{sub 1} with unit-cell parameters a = b = 150.17, c = 77.41 {angstrom} were obtained. In the second condition [0.2 M ammonium acetate, 0.1 M trisodium citrate dihydrate pH 5.6, 30%(w/v) polyethylene glycol 4000] the isoform II crystals belonged to the monoclinic space group P2{sub 1}, with unit-cell parameters a = 85.08, b = 89.67, c = 101.80 {angstrom}, {beta}= 113.6{sup o}. Preliminary analysis suggests that there are four molecules of isoform II in both asymmetric units.

  14. Purification and characterization of a primary-secondary alcohol dehydrogenase from two strains of Clostridium beijerinckii. (United States)

    Ismaiel, A A; Zhu, C X; Colby, G D; Chen, J S


    Two primary alcohols (1-butanol and ethanol) are major fermentation products of several clostridial species. In addition to these two alcohols, the secondary alcohol 2-propanol is produced to a concentration of about 100 mM by some strains of Clostridium beijerinckii. An alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) has been purified to homogeneity from two strains (NRRL B593 and NESTE 255) of 2-propanol-producing C. beijerinckii. When exposed to air, the purified ADH was stable, whereas the partially purified ADH was inactivated. The ADHs from the two strains had similar structural and kinetic properties. Each had a native M(r) of between 90,000 and 100,000 and a subunit M(r) of between 38,000 and 40,000. The ADHs were NADP(H) dependent, but a low level of NAD(+)-linked activity was detected. They were equally active in reducing aldehydes and 2-ketones, but a much lower oxidizing activity was obtained with primary alcohols than with secondary alcohols. The kcat/Km value for the alcohol-forming reaction appears to be a function of the size of the larger alkyl substituent on the carbonyl group. ADH activities measured in the presence of both acetone and butyraldehyde did not exceed activities measured with either substrate present alone, indicating a common active site for both substrates. There was no similarity in the N-terminal amino acid sequence between that of the ADH and those of fungi and several other bacteria. However, the N-terminal sequence had 67% identity with those of two other anaerobes, Thermoanaerobium brockii and Methanobacterium palustre. Furthermore, conserved glycine and tryptophan residues are present in ADHs of these three anaerobic bacteria and ADHs of mammals and green plants. Images PMID:8349550

  15. Enhancement of the electrical characteristics of MOS capacitors by reducing the organic content of H{sub 2}O-diluted Spin-On-Glass based oxides

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    Molina, Joel, E-mail: [National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics, Electronics Department, Luis Enrique Erro 1, PO BOX 51 and 216, Tonantzintla, Puebla 72000 (Mexico); Munoz, Ana; Torres, Alfonso; Landa, Mauro; Alarcon, Pablo; Escobar, Manuel [National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics, Electronics Department, Luis Enrique Erro 1, PO BOX 51 and 216, Tonantzintla, Puebla 72000 (Mexico)


    In this work, the physical, chemical and electrical properties of Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor (MOS) capacitors with Spin-On-Glass (SOG)-based thin films as gate dielectric have been investigated. Experiments of SOG diluted with two different solvents (2-propanol and deionized water) were done in order to reduce the viscosity of the SOG solution so that thinner films (down to {approx}20 nm) could be obtained and their general characteristics compared. Thin films of SOG were deposited on silicon by the sol-gel technique and they were thermally annealed using conventional oxidation furnace and Rapid Thermal Processing (RTP) systems within N{sub 2} ambient after deposition. SOG dilution using non-organic solvents like deionized water and further annealing (at relatively high temperatures {>=}450 deg. C) are important processes intended to reduce the organic content of the films. Fourier-Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy results have shown that water-diluted SOG films have a significant reduction in their organic content after increasing annealing temperature and/or dilution percentage when compared to those of undiluted SOG films. Both current-voltage (I-V) and capacitance-voltage (C-V) measurements show better electrical characteristics for SOG-films diluted in deionized water compared to those diluted in 2-propanol (which is an organic solvent). The electrical characteristics of H{sub 2}O-diluted SOG thin films are very similar to those obtained from high quality thermal oxides so that their application as gate dielectrics in MOS devices is promising. Finally, it has been demonstrated that by reducing the organic content of SOG-based thin films, it is possible to obtain MOS devices with better electrical properties.

  16. Preparation and characterization of Pt catalysts supported on TiO{sub 2} and ZrO{sub 2} stabilized with La{sub 2}O{sub 3} for the elimination of nitric oxide; Preparacion y caracterizacion de catalizadores de Pt soportado en TiO{sub 2} y ZrO{sub 2} estabilizados con La{sub 2}O{sub 3} para la eliminacion de oxido nitrico

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    The objective of this work is the preparation and characterization of catalytic materials with a platinum base, supported in simple and mixed oxides of titanium (TiO{sub 2}) and zirconia (ZrO{sub 2}) which were stabilized with 10 % in mole of lanthanum (La{sub 2}O{sub 3}), the preparation technique of the supports is the one of precipitation, additioning a nominal charge of 1% in weight of active phase (Pt) by means of the impregnation method by conventional wetting. All the solids were calcinated at 500 Centigrade and subsequently reduced to the same temperature in air and hydrogen flow respectively. Their characterization was applying the techniques such as: Thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), Surface area (BET), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Decomposition of 2-propanol, Catalytic activity and selectivity. The application of these techniques allow to define and to explain the influence of the preparation method and of the thermal treatments to which were submitted the catalysts, in special the Surface area, X-ray diffraction and Scanning electron microscopy which demonstrated in evidence the morphologic structure and of crystalline phases present in the catalysts under study. The decomposition of 2-propanol, catalytic activity and selectivity show the supports and catalysts skill for the determination of acid or base sites, moreover of the selective reduction of nitric oxide respectively, the results seem to indicate that the preparation technique, precursors and the thermal treatments to what these materials were submitted have an influence on the catalyst and by consequence in the reduction reaction of nitric oxide. (Author)

  17. Metabolism of spacecraft cleaning reagents by Mars Odyssey and Phoenix-associated Acinetobacter (United States)

    Mogul, Rakesh; Barding, Gregory; Baki, Ryan; Perkins, Nicole; Lee, Sooji; Lalla, Sid; Campos, Alexa; Sripong, Kimberly; Madrid, Steve


    The metabolomic and proteomic properties that promote microbial survival in spacecraft assembly facilities are important aspects to planetary protection and astrobiology. In this presentation, we will provide molecular and biological evidence that the spacecraft-associated Acinetobacter metabolize/degrade spacecraft cleaning reagents such as ethanol, 2-propanol, and Kleenol-30. Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) studies on A. radioresistens 50v1 (Mars Odyssey) show that the metabolome is dependent upon growth conditions and that ^{13}C-labeled ethanol is incorporated into metabolites such as TCA/glyoxylate cycle intermediates, amino acids, monosaccharides, and disaccharides (e.g., trehalose). In fact, plate count assays show that ethanol is a sole carbon source under minimal conditions for several Mars Phoenix and Odyssey-associated Acinetobacter strains, which may explain why the Acinetobacter are among the most abundant genera found in spacecraft assembly facilities. Biochemical analyses support the enzymatic oxidation of ethanol and 2-propanol by a membrane-bound and NAD+/PQQ-dependent alcohol dehydrogenase, with current kinetic data providing similar apparent K _{M} and maximum growth rate values of ˜5 and 8 mM ethanol, respectively. Preliminary GC-MS analysis also suggests that Kleenol-30 is degraded by A. radioresistens 50v1 when grown in ethanol mixtures. Under minimal conditions, A. radioresistens 50v1 (˜10 ^{8} cfu/mL) also displays a remarkable oxidative extremotolerance (˜2-log reduction in 10 mM hydrogen peroxide), which suggests crucial roles for metabolites associated with oxidative stress (e.g., trehalose) and the observed appreciable catalase specific activities. In conclusion, these results provide key insights into the survival strategies of spacecraft-associated Acinetobacter and emphasize the importance of characterizing the carbon metabolism of forward contaminants.

  18. Obtención de Dímeros por Termólisis de 1,2-Propanodiol Synthesis of Dimers from Thermolysis of 1,2-Propanediol

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    Nathaly Milanés


    Full Text Available Los compuestos dímeros 3-oxi-(bis-2-propanol, 2-(2-hidroxipropoxi-propanol y 2-oxi-(bis-propanol fueron obtenidos de la reacción de descomposición térmica del 1,2-propanodiol, realizada a 573.15 K y a su presión de vapor, utilizando un sistema de reacción a microescala, Los dímeros resultaron ser isómeros y fueron elucidados por cromatografía gaseosa acoplada a espectrometría de masas. E stos compuestos no han sido reportados en la literatura como productos de termólisis de polioles. La cinética y el mecanismo, fueron confirmados por cálculos computacionales utilizando el método de la Teoría del Funcional Densidad, DFT. E l mecanismo propuesto transcurrió a través de un proceso concertado de una sola etapa, que pasa por un estado de transición cíclico de cuatro miembros , compatible con cálculos cinéticos y termodinámicos.The dimers 3-oxy-(bys-2-propanol, 2-(2-hydroxypropoxy-propanol and 2-oxy-(bys-propanol were obtained from the thermal decomposition reaction of 1,2-propanediol , at 573.15 K and to its vapor pressure, and using microscale reaction system. The dimers resulted to be isomers and were elucidated by gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry. These compounds have not been reported in literature as products polyol thermolysis. The kinetic and the mechanism were validated by computational calculations using the Density Functional Theory, DFT. The proposed mechanism occurred in a single step concerted process that passes through a four member transition cyclical state that is compatible with kinetic and thermodynamic calculations.

  19. Methanomicrobium antiquum sp. nov., a hydrogenotrophic methanogen isolated from deep sedimentary aquifers in a natural gas field. (United States)

    Mochimaru, Hanako; Tamaki, Hideyuki; Katayama, Taiki; Imachi, Hiroyuki; Sakata, Susumu; Kamagata, Yoichi


    A mesophilic, hydrogenotrophic methanogen, designated strain MobHT, was isolated from sediments derived from deep sedimentary, natural-gas-bearing aquifers in Japan. Strain MobHT utilized H2/CO2 or formate, but not ethanol, 1-propanol, 2-propanol, 2-butanol or cyclopentanol, for growth and methane production. In addition, acetate and tungsten were required for growth. Yeast extract stimulated the growth, but was not required. The cells were weakly motile with multiple flagella, presented as a curved-rod-shaped (0.8×2.0 µm) and occurred singly or in pairs. Strain MobHT grew at 15-40 °C (optimum 35 °C) and at pH 5.9-7.9 (optimum pH 7.0-7.5). The sodium chloride range for growth was 0-5.8 % (optimum 2 %). The G+C content of the genomic DNA was 37.6 mol%. In the phylogenetic tree based on the 16S rRNA gene sequences, strain MobHT clustered together with Methanomicrobium mobile (95.4 % in sequence similarity), and formed a distinct clade from Methanolacinia petrolearia SEBR 4847T (95.6 %) and Methanolacinia paynteri G-2000T (95.4 %). The two species of the genus Methanolacinia utilized 2-propanol, whereas strain MobHT and Methanomicrobium mobile, the sole species of the genus Methanomicrobium, do not. Based on phenotypic and phylogenetic features, we propose a novel species for the isolate with the name, Methanomicrobiumantiquum sp. nov. The type strain is MobHT (=DSM 21220T=NBRC 104160T).

  20. Alpha-helical, but not beta-sheet, propensity of proline is determined by peptide environment. (United States)

    Li, S C; Goto, N K; Williams, K A; Deber, C M


    Proline is established as a potent breaker of both alpha-helical and beta-sheet structures in soluble (globular) proteins. Thus, the frequent occurrence of the Pro residue in the putative transmembrane helices of integral membrane proteins, particularly transport proteins, presents a structural dilemma. We propose that this phenomenon results from the fact that the structural propensity of a given amino acid may be altered to conform to changes imposed by molecular environment. To test this hypothesis on proline, we synthesized model peptides of generic sequence H2N-(Ser-LyS)2-Ala- Leu-Z-Ala-Leu-Z-Trp-Ala-Leu-Z-(Lys-Ser)3-OH (Z = Ala and/or Pro). Peptide conformations were analyzed by circular dichroism spectroscopy in aqueous buffer, SDS, lysophosphatidylglycerol micelles, and organic solvents (methanol, trifluoroethanol, and 2-propanol). The helical propensity of Pro was found to be greatly enhanced in the membrane-mimetic environments of both lipid micelles and organic solvents. Proline was found to stabilize the alpha-helical conformation relative to Ala at elevated temperatures in 2-propanol, an observation that argues against the doctrine that Pro is the most potent alpha-helix breaker as established in aqueous media. Parallel studies in deoxycholate micelles of the temperature-induced conformational transitions of the single-spanning membrane bacteriophage IKe major coat protein, in which the Pro-containing wild type was compared with Pro30 --> Ala mutant, Pro was found to protect the helix, but disrupt the beta-sheet structure as effectively as it does to model peptides in water. The intrinsic capacity of Pro to disrupt beta-sheets was further reflected in a survey of porins where Pro was found to be selectively excluded from the core of membrane-spanning beta-sheet barrels. The overall data provide a rationale for predicting and understanding the structural consequences when Pro occurs in the context of a membrane.

  1. Influence of hydroxyl group position and temperature on thermophysical properties of tetraalkylammonium hydroxide ionic liquids with alcohols. (United States)

    Attri, Pankaj; Baik, Ku Youn; Venkatesu, Pannuru; Kim, In Tae; Choi, Eun Ha


    In this work, we have explored the thermophysical properties of tetraalkylammonium hydroxide ionic liquids (ILs) such as tetrapropylammonium hydroxide (TPAH) and tetrabutylammonium hydroxide (TBAH) with isomers of butanol (1-butanol, 2-butanol and 2-methyl-2-propanol) within the temperature range 293.15-313.15 K, with interval of 5 K and over the varied concentration range of ILs. The molecular interactions between ILs and butanol isomers are essential for understanding the function of ILs in related measures and excess functions are sensitive probe for the molecular interactions. Therefore, we calculated the excess molar volume (V(E) ) and the deviation in isentropic compressibility (Δκs ) using the experimental values such as densities (ρ) and ultrasonic sound velocities (u) that are measured over the whole compositions range at five different temperatures (293.15, 298.15, 303.15, 308.15 and 313.15 K) and atmospheric pressure. These excess functions were adequately correlated by using the Redlich-Kister polynomial equation. It was observed that for all studied systems, the V(E) and Δκs values are negative for the whole composition range at 293.15 K. And, the excess function follows the sequence: 2-butanol>1-butanol>2-methyl-2-propanol, which reveals that (primary or secondary or tertiary) position of hydroxyl group influence the magnitude of interactions with ILs. The negative values of excess functions are contributions from the ion-dipole interaction, hydrogen bonding and packing efficiency between the ILs and butanol isomers. Hence, the position of hydroxyl group plays an important role in the interactions with ILs. The hydrogen bonding features between ILs and alcohols were analysed using molecular modelling program by using HyperChem 7.

  2. Influence of hydroxyl group position and temperature on thermophysical properties of tetraalkylammonium hydroxide ionic liquids with alcohols.

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    Pankaj Attri

    Full Text Available In this work, we have explored the thermophysical properties of tetraalkylammonium hydroxide ionic liquids (ILs such as tetrapropylammonium hydroxide (TPAH and tetrabutylammonium hydroxide (TBAH with isomers of butanol (1-butanol, 2-butanol and 2-methyl-2-propanol within the temperature range 293.15-313.15 K, with interval of 5 K and over the varied concentration range of ILs. The molecular interactions between ILs and butanol isomers are essential for understanding the function of ILs in related measures and excess functions are sensitive probe for the molecular interactions. Therefore, we calculated the excess molar volume (V(E and the deviation in isentropic compressibility (Δκs using the experimental values such as densities (ρ and ultrasonic sound velocities (u that are measured over the whole compositions range at five different temperatures (293.15, 298.15, 303.15, 308.15 and 313.15 K and atmospheric pressure. These excess functions were adequately correlated by using the Redlich-Kister polynomial equation. It was observed that for all studied systems, the V(E and Δκs values are negative for the whole composition range at 293.15 K. And, the excess function follows the sequence: 2-butanol>1-butanol>2-methyl-2-propanol, which reveals that (primary or secondary or tertiary position of hydroxyl group influence the magnitude of interactions with ILs. The negative values of excess functions are contributions from the ion-dipole interaction, hydrogen bonding and packing efficiency between the ILs and butanol isomers. Hence, the position of hydroxyl group plays an important role in the interactions with ILs. The hydrogen bonding features between ILs and alcohols were analysed using molecular modelling program by using HyperChem 7.

  3. Simultaneous derivatization and ultrasound-assisted dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction of chloropropanols in soy milk and other aqueous matrices combined with gas-chromatography-mass spectrometry. (United States)

    Carro, A M; González, P; Lorenzo, R A


    A novel approach involving ultrasound-assisted dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (UA-DLLME) and derivatization combined with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry was developed for the determination of chloropropanols in water and beverages. UA-DLLME was optimized as less solvent-consuming and cost-effective extraction method for water, fruit juice, milk and soy milk samples. The effect of parameters such as the type and volume of extraction solvent, the type and volume of dispersive solvent, amount of derivatization agent, temperature, pH of sample and ionic strength was investigated and optimized for each specimen, using experimental designs. By adding acetonitrile as dispersive solvent, N-heptafluorobutyrylimizadole (HFBI) as derivatization agent and chloroform as extraction solvent, the extraction-derivatization and preconcentration were simultaneously performed. The analytical concentration range was investigated in detail for each analyte in the different samples, obtaining linearity with R(2) ranging between 0.9990 and 0.9999. The method detection limits were in the range of 0.2-1.8μgL(-1) (water), 0.5-15μgL(-1) (fruit juices) and 0.9-3.6μgkg(-1) (milk) and 0.1-1.0μgkg(-1) (soy milk). The method was applied to the analysis of a variety of specimens, with recoveries of 98-101% from water, 97-102% from juices, 99-103% from milk and 97-105% from soy beverage. The relative standard deviation (precision, n=6) varied between 1.3 and 4.9%RSD in water, 2.3 and 5.8%RSD in juices, 1.0 and 5.7%RSD in milk and 3.9 and 9.3%RSD in soy milk. The proposed method was applied to analysis of twenty-eight samples. 1,3-Dichloro-2-propanol was found in an influent water sample from urban wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) (2.1±0.04mgL(-1)) but no chloropropanols were found in the corresponding effluent water sample. This result suggests that the purification system used in the WWTP has been effective for this compound. Moreover, the results revealed the presence of 3

  4. Preparation of two ester-containing Gemini quaternary ammonium softener and its properties%双酯基Gemini季铵盐柔软剂的制备及性能

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    娄平均; 朱红军; 丁徽; 牛华


    A di-ester Gemini quaternary ammonium softener( DEGOS) is prepared with dimethyl stearic acid ethyl tertiary amine and 1,3-dichloro-2-propanol as raw materials. The optimum synthesis conditions ara determined via orthogonal experiments as follows∶reaction at 80 ℃ for 12 hours with n( 1 , 3-dichloro-2-propanol) ∶ n ( dimethyl stearic acid ethyl tertiary amine) = 1 ∶ 2.1and ethanol of 40% , and the yield reaches 89.3%. The product is characterized by FTIR, elemental analysis and 1H-NMR, and its application properties are studied. The results show that the product features good surface activity with surface tension of 35.9 mN/m, critical micelle concentration of 0.039 mmol/L and Krafft point of - 3.41 ℃, good softening property similar to that of commercial softener D1821, and good rewetting property and biodegradability, as well as low influence on whiteness of the fabric.%以二甲基硬脂酸乙酯基叔胺和l,3-二氯-2-丙醇为原料,合成了一种双酯基Gemini季铵盐织物柔软剂(DEGQS).通过正交试验考察了反应的影响因素,确定优化工艺条件为:n(1,3-二氯-2-丙醇):n(二甲基硬脂酸乙酯基叔胺)=1:2.1,反应温度80℃,W(乙醇)=40%(占反应物总量的质量分数),反应时间12 h,在该条件下目标产物的收率达到89.3%.通过FTIR、元素分析和1H-NMR对DEGQS进行表征,并研究其应用性能,结果表明,该柔软剂的表面张力35.9 mN/m,临界胶束浓度0.039 mmol/L,Krafft点为-3.41℃,表面活性较好,柔软性能与D1821基本相当,具有优良的再润湿性和生物降解性能,对织物的白度影响较小.

  5. Soporte de Nuevas Películas de TiO2 y TiO2/SiO2 sobre Gránulos de Poliéster para Aplicación en Fotocatálisis Support of New TiO2 and TiO2/SiO2 Films on Polyester Granules for Photocatalytic Applications

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    Juan M Marín


    Full Text Available Películas de TiO2 o TiO2/SiO2 fueron soportadas sobre gránulos de poliéster usando mecanismos de difusión y posterior tratamiento térmico a 100ºC. Se emplearon dos clases de geles. El primero fue preparado usando diferentes cantidades de TiO2, cloruro de metileno y silicona líquida. El segundo fue obtenido por medio del método sol-gel, empleado para producir una matriz de sílice a partir de la hidrólisis el tetraetilo ortosilicato, en un medio orgánico de 2-propanol, en el cual se dispersó el fotocatalizador. Los precursores de cada sistema fueron agregados en diferentes relaciones para determinar su influencia en la estabilidad, propiedades y fotoactividad de las películas. La actividad fotocatalítica fue evaluada en la fotodegradación de metanol en fase gaseosa. Los resultados muestran la producción de materiales con alta resistencia, funcionalidad y actividad así como una fuerte relación entre la actividad fotocatalítica con las propiedades fisicoquímicas.Films of TiO2 and of TiO2/SiO2 were supported on polyester granules using a diffusion mechanism and a posterior thermal treatment to 100ºC. Two kinds of gels were used. The first one was prepared using different amounts of TiO2, methylene chloride and liquid silicone. The second one used the sol-gel method to produce a silica matrix by adding tetraethyl orthosilicate, water and 2- propanol. After that the photocatalyst was dispersed in the gel. The precursors of each system were added in different amounts to determine their influence in the stability, properties and photoactivity of the films. The photocatalytic activity was tested in the methanol photodegradation in gas phase. The results show the production of materials with high resistance, functionality and activity as well as a strong dependence between the photocatalityc activity and efficiency with the physicochemical properties of the films.

  6. Using a water-immiscible ionic liquid to improve asymmetric reduction of 4-(trimethylsilyl-3-butyn-2-one catalyzed by immobilized Candida parapsilosis CCTCC M203011 cells

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    Smith Thomas J


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Whole cells are usually employed for biocatalytic reduction reactions to ensure efficient coenzyme regeneration and to avoid problems with enzyme purification and stability. The efficiency of whole cell-catalyzed bioreduction is frequently restricted by pronounced toxicity of substrate and/or product to the microbial cells and in many instances the use of two-phase reaction systems can solve such problems. Therefore, we developed new, biphasic reaction systems with biocompatible water-immiscible ionic liquids (ILs as alternatives to conventional organic solvents, in order to improve the asymmetric reduction of 4-(trimethylsilyl-3-butyn-2-one (TMSB to (S-4-(trimethylsilyl-3-butyn-2-ol {(S-TMSBOL}, a key intermediate for synthesis of 5-lipoxygenase inhibitors, using immobilized Candida parapsilosis CCTCC M203011 cells as the biocatalyst. Results Various ILs exerted significant but different effects on the bioreduction. Of all the tested water-immiscible ILs, the best results were observed with 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate (C4MIM·PF6, which exhibited not only good biocompatibility with the cells but also excellent solvent properties for the toxic substrate and product, thus markedly improving the efficiency of the bioreduction and the operational stability of the cells as compared to the IL-free aqueous system. 2-Propanol was shown to be the most suitable co-substrate for coenzyme regeneration, and it was found that the optimum volume ratio of buffer to C4MIM·PF6, substrate concentration, buffer pH, 2-propanol concentration and reaction temperature were 4/1 (v/v, 24 mM, 5.5, 130 mM and 30°C, respectively. Under these optimized conditions, the maximum yield and the product e.e. wer 97.7% and >99%, respectively, which are much higher than the corresponding values previously reported. The efficient whole-cell biocatalytic process was shown to be feasible on a 250-mL scale. Conclusion The whole cell

  7. Separation of hydrophobic polymer additives by microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography. (United States)

    Hilder, E F; Klampfl, C W; Buchberger, W; Haddad, P R


    Microemulsion electrokinetic chromatography (MEEKC) has been applied to the separation of some phenolic antioxidants [Irganox 1024, Irganox 1035, Irganox 1076, Irganox 1010, Irganox 1330, Irgafos 138, Irganox 168 and 2,6-di-tert.-butyl-4-methylphenol (BHT)]. Due to the extremely hydrophobic nature of these analytes, they could not be separated using standard MEEKC conditions and two alternative approaches were investigated. Using an acidic buffer (phosphate, pH 2.5) to effectively suppress the electroosmotic flow, the addition of 2-propanol to the aqueous phase of the microemulsion buffer to improve partitioning of the analytes, and a negative separation voltage, separation of five of the analytes in under 10 min was possible. The second approach, using a basic buffer (borate, pH 9.2) and a positive separation voltage resulted in complete resolution of all eight analytes. A mixed surfactant system comprising the anionic sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and neutral Brij 35 was used to reduce the overall charge and with it the mobility of the droplets, and hence the separation time. Using an optimised MEEKC buffer consisting of 2.25% (w/w) SDS, 0.75% (w/w) Brij 35, 0.8% (w/w) n-octane, 6.6% (w/w) 1-butanol, 25% (w/w) 2-propanol and 64.6% (w/w) 10 mM borate buffer (pH 9.2) the eight target analytes were baseline separated in under 25 min. For these analytes, MEEKC was found to be superior to micellar electrokinetic chromatography in every respect. Specifically, the solubility of the analytes was better, the selectivity was more favourable, the analysis time was shorter and the separation efficiency was up to 72% higher when using the MEEKC method. Detection limits from 5.4 to 26 microg/ml were obtained and the calibration plot was linear over more than one order of magnitude. The optimised method could be applied to the determination of Irganox 1330 and Irganox 1010 in polypropylene.

  8. Application of ultrasound-aided method for the synthesis of CdS-incorporated three-dimensional TiO2 photocatalysts with enhanced performance. (United States)

    Lee, Joon Yeob; Jo, Wan-Kuen


    In this study, an ultrasound-aided hydrothermal-impregnation method was used to synthesize three-dimensional (3D) urchin-like CdS-TiO2 nanostructures (UCTs) with variable CdS content. The photocatalytic efficiencies (for degrading limonene and toluene vapor) of UCTs synthesized using the ultrasound-aided process were greater than those of UCTs fabricated without ultrasound treatment. In addition, the photocatalytic efficiencies of ultrasound-treated UCTs were greater than those of zero-dimensional ultrasound-treated CdS-TiO2 particles, which, in turn, were greater than those of untreated 3D TiO2. These results indicate that ultrasonication is an amicable process for the synthesis of UCTs with high photocatalytic activity. The enhanced activity of ultrasound-treated photocatalysts is ascribed to the greater charge carrier efficiency, adsorption capacity, and light absorption efficiency of these materials. The photocatalytic efficiencies of ultrasound-treated UCTs increased as the CdS loading was increased from 0.1% to 0.3%, gradually dropping as the loading was further increased to 3.0%, which indicated the existence of an optimum CdS loading. UCT photocatalytic efficiencies depended on the input concentration of target pollutants, relative humidity, and air flow rate. The photocatalytic efficiency for the decomposition of limonene mixed with 2-propanol was lower than that for limonene alone, likely due to the radical scavenging properties of 2-propanol. However, the photocatalytic degradation efficiency of the latter alcohol was not changed upon admixture. Toluene exhibited the same behavior. The mineralization ratios of both target compounds were lower than their decomposition ratios, indicating formation of byproducts due to incomplete oxidation. In addition to CO, three organic compounds were observed as photocatalytic decomposition byproducts of limonene (acetic acid, limonene oxide, and methacrolein) and toluene (benzene, benzaldehyde, and p-xylene). UCTs

  9. Selective microwave sensors exploiting the interaction of analytes with trap states in TiO2 nanotube arrays (United States)

    Zarifi, M. H.; Farsinezhad, S.; Abdolrazzaghi, M.; Daneshmand, M.; Shankar, K.


    Sensing of molecular analytes by probing the effects of their interaction with microwaves is emerging as a cheap, compact, label-free and highly sensitive detection and quantification technique. Microstrip ring-type resonators are particularly favored for this purpose due to their planar sensing geometry, electromagnetic field enhancements in the coupling gap and compatibility with established printed circuit board manufacturing. However, the lack of selectivity in what is essentially a permittivity-sensing method is an impediment to wider adoption and implementation of this sensing platform. By placing a polycrystalline anatase-phase TiO2 nanotube membrane in the coupling gap of a microwave resonator, we engineer selectivity for the detection and differentiation of methanol, ethanol and 2-propanol. The scavenging of reactive trapped holes by aliphatic alcohols adsorbed on TiO2 is responsible for the alcohol-specific detection while the different short chain alcohols are distinguished on the basis of differences in their microwave response. Electrodeless microwave sensors which allow spectral and time-dependent monitoring of the resonance frequency and quality factor provide a wealth of information in comparison with electrode-based resistive sensors for the detection of volatile organic compounds. A high dynamic range (400 ppm-10 000 ppm) is demonstrated for methanol detection.Sensing of molecular analytes by probing the effects of their interaction with microwaves is emerging as a cheap, compact, label-free and highly sensitive detection and quantification technique. Microstrip ring-type resonators are particularly favored for this purpose due to their planar sensing geometry, electromagnetic field enhancements in the coupling gap and compatibility with established printed circuit board manufacturing. However, the lack of selectivity in what is essentially a permittivity-sensing method is an impediment to wider adoption and implementation of this sensing platform

  10. Catabolism of methyl ter-butyl ether (MTBE): characterization of the enzymes of Mycobacterium austroafricanum IFP 2012 involved in MTBE degradation; Catabolisme du methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE): caracterisation des enzymes impliquees dans la degradation du MTBE chez Mycobacterium austroafricanum IFP 2012

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    Lopes Ferreira, N.


    Methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) is added to gasoline to meet the octane index requirement. its solubility in water and its poor biodegradability made the use of MTBE a great environmental concern, particularly regarding aquifers. We previously isolated M austroafricanum IFP 2012 able to use MTBE as a sole source of carbon and energy and the MTBE pathway was partially characterized. In the present study, which aimed at isolating the genes involved in MTBE biodegradation in order to use them for estimation of MTBE biodegradation capacities in contaminated environment, we isolated a new M. austroafricanum strain, IFP 2015. A new degradation intermediate, the 2-methyl 1,2-propane-diol (2-M1,2-PD), the product of tert-butanol (TBA) oxidation, was identified. We also determined the enzymes induced during growth of M. austroafricanum IFP 2012 on MTBF. Then, using the tools of protein analysis and of molecular biology, we isolated and cloned the mpd genes cluster in the plasmid pCL4D. Heterologous expression of the recombinant plasmid in M smegmatis tmc2 155, showed the involvement of an 2-M1,2-PD dehydrogenase (MpdB) and a hydroxy-iso-butyr-aldehyde dehydrogenase (MpdC), encoded by mpdB and mpdC, respectively. Both enzymes were responsible for the conversion of 2-M 1,2-PD to hydroxy-isobutyric acid (HIBA). A further survey of different M austroafricanum strains, including IFP 2012, IFP 2015 and JOBS (ex-M vaccae) showed the link between the ability to grow on C{sub 2} to C{sub 16} n-alkanes and the MTBE and TBA degradation capacities. The alkB gene was partially sequenced in all these strains. Expression of alkB was demonstrated in M. austroafricanum IFP 2012 after growth on propane, hexane, hexadecane and TBA. Finally, we identified 2-propanol as the intermediate of HIBA degradation. The gene encoding the 2-propanol:p-N,N'-dimethyl-4-nitroso-aniline (NDMA) oxidoreductase was detected M austroafricanum IFP 2012. (author)

  11. Chromatographic analyses of fatty acid methyl esters by HPLC-UV and GC-FID

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    Carvalho, Myller S.; Pinho, David M.M.; Suarez, Paulo A.Z., E-mail: [Laboratorio de Materiais e Combustiveis, Instituto de Quimica, Universidade de Brasilia, DF (Brazil); Mendonca, Marcio A. [Faculdade de Agronomia e Medicina Veterinaria, Universidade de Brasilia, DF (Brazil); Resck, Ines S. [Laboratorio de Ressonancia Magnetica Nuclear, Universidade de Brasilia, DF (Brazil)


    An analytical method using high performance liquid chromatography with UV detection (HPLC-UV) (method A) was used for simultaneous determination of total amounts of triacylglycerides, diacylglycerides, monoacylglycerides and fatty acid methyl esters in alcoholysis of different oil (cotton, canola, sunflower, corn and soybean) samples. Analyses were carried out at 40 deg C for 20 min using a gradient of methanol (MeOH) and 2-propanol-hexane 5:4 (v/v) (PrHex): 100% of MeOH in 0 min, 50% of MeOH and 50% of PrHex in 10 min maintained with isocratic elution for 10 min. Another HPLC-UV method (method B) with acetonitrile isocratic elution for 34 min was used to determine the fatty acid composition of oils analyzing their methyl ester derivatives. Contents were determined with satisfactory repeatability (relative standard deviation, RSD < 3%), linearity (r{sup 2} > 0.99) and sensitivity (limit of quantification). Method B was compared with an official gas chromatographic method with flame ionization detection (GC-FID) from American Oil Chemists' Society (AOCS) in the determination of fatty acid methyl esters (FAME) in biodiesel real samples. (author)

  12. Simultaneous determination of brominated and phosphate flame retardants in flame-retarded polyester curtains by a novel extraction method. (United States)

    Miyake, Yuichi; Tokumura, Masahiro; Nakayama, Hayato; Wang, Qi; Amagai, Takashi; Ogo, Sayaka; Kume, Kazunari; Kobayashi, Takeshi; Takasu, Shinji; Ogawa, Kumiko; Kannan, Kurunthachalam


    The use of novel brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and phosphate-based flame retardants (PFRs) has increased as substitutes for hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) in many consumer products. To facilitate collection of data on chemicals used as flame retardants in textiles and fabrics, we developed an analytical method using liquid chromatography interfaced with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). We compared two extraction methods, one involving ultrasonic extraction (traditional method) using dichloromethane, toluene or acetone and the other encompassing complete dissolution of textile with 25% 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol/chloroform. The dissolution method extracted up to 204 times more BFRs and PFRs than the traditional ultrasonic extraction. Tris(2,3-dibromopropyl) isocyanurate (TDBP-TAZTO), triphenylphosphine oxide (TPhPO), tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCPP), tricresyl phosphate (TCsP), and triphenyl phosphate (TPhP) were found in 40 flame-retarded curtain samples purchased from Japanese market in 2014. TDBP-TAZTO was detected in polyester curtains for the first time. Some of the flame-retarded curtain samples did not contain any of the known target analytes, which suggested the presence of other unknown flame retardants in those fabrics. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  13. Solid-base loaded WO{sub 3} photocatalyst for decomposition of harmful organics under visible light irradiation

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    Kako, Tetsuya, E-mail: [Environmental Remediation Materials Unit, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan); Meng, Xianguang; Ye, Jinhua [Environmental Remediation Materials Unit, National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), 1-1 Namiki, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-0044 (Japan); Graduate School of Chemical Science and Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo 060-0814 (Japan)


    Composite of NaBiO{sub 3}-loaded WO{sub 3} with a mixing ratio of 10:100 was prepared for photocatalytic harmful-organic-contaminant decomposition. The composite properties were measured using X-ray diffraction, ultraviolet-visible spectrophotometer (UV-Vis), and valence band-X-ray photoelectron spectroscope (VB-XPS). The results exhibited that the potentials for top of the valence band and bottom of conduction band for NaBiO{sub 3} can be estimated, respectively, as +2.5 V and -0.1 to 0 V. Furthermore, WO{sub 3}, NaBiO{sub 3}, and the composite showed IPA oxidation properties under visible-light irradiation. Results show that the composite exhibited much higher photocatalytic activity about 2-propanol (IPA) decomposition into CO{sub 2} than individual WO{sub 3} or NaBiO{sub 3} because of charge separation promotion and the base effect of NaBiO{sub 3}.

  14. A degradation study of cefepime hydrochloride in solutions under various stress conditions by TLC-densitometry. (United States)

    Dąbrowska, Monika; Starek, Małgorzata; Krzek, Jan; Papp, Elżbieta; Król, Piotr


    A rapid, accurate and sensitive thin-layer chromatography (TLC) method with densitometric detection has been developed and validated for the determination of cefepime in pharmaceuticals. Chromatographic separation was achieved on a silica gel TLC F254 plates with a mobile phase consisting of ethanol-2-propanol-glacial acetic acid 99.5%-water (4:4:1:3, v/v). Densitometric detection was carried out at wavelength of 266 nm in reflectance/absorbance mode. The validation of the method was found to be satisfactory with high accuracy (from 99.24 to 101.37%) and precision (RSD from 0.06 to 0.36%). Additionally, the stability of cefepime in solution was investigated, including the effect of pH, temperature and incubation time. Favorable retention parameters (Rf , Rs, α) were obtained under the developed conditions, which guaranteed good separation of the studied components. The degradation process of cefepime hydrochloride was described by kinetic and thermodynamic parameters (k, t0.1 , t0.5 and Ea ). Moreover, the chemical properties of degradation products were characterized by the Rf values, absorption spectra, HPLC-MS/MS and TLC-densitometry analysis. As the method could effectively separate the active substance from its main degradation product (1-methylpyrrolidine), it can be employed as a method to indicate the stability of this drug. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  15. Thermostable alcohol dehydrogenase from Thermococcus kodakarensis KOD1 for enantioselective bioconversion of aromatic secondary alcohols. (United States)

    Wu, Xi; Zhang, Chong; Orita, Izumi; Imanaka, Tadayuki; Fukui, Toshiaki; Xing, Xin-Hui


    A novel thermostable alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) showing activity toward aromatic secondary alcohols was identified from the hyperthermophilic archaeon Thermococcus kodakarensis KOD1 (TkADH). The gene, tk0845, which encodes an aldo-keto reductase, was heterologously expressed in Escherichia coli. The enzyme was found to be a monomer with a molecular mass of 31 kDa. It was highly thermostable with an optimal temperature of 90°C and a half-life of 4.5 h at 95°C. The apparent K(m) values for the cofactors NAD(P)(+) and NADPH were similar within a range of 66 to 127 μM. TkADH preferred secondary alcohols and accepted various ketones and aldehydes as substrates. Interestingly, the enzyme could oxidize 1-phenylethanol and its derivatives having substituents at the meta and para positions with high enantioselectivity, yielding the corresponding (R)-alcohols with optical purities of greater than 99.8% enantiomeric excess (ee). TkADH could also reduce 2,2,2-trifluoroacetophenone to (R)-2,2,2-trifluoro-1-phenylethanol with high enantioselectivity (>99.6% ee). Furthermore, the enzyme showed high resistance to organic solvents and was particularly highly active in the presence of H2O-20% 2-propanol and H2O-50% n-hexane or n-octane. This ADH is expected to be a useful tool for the production of aromatic chiral alcohols.

  16. Chromatographic performance of synthetic polycrystalline diamond as a stationary phase in normal phase high performance liquid chromatography. (United States)

    Peristyy, Anton; Paull, Brett; Nesterenko, Pavel N


    The chromatographic properties of high pressure high temperature synthesised diamond (HPHT) are investigated in normal phase mode of high performance liquid chromatography. Purified nonporous irregular shape particles of average particles size 1.2 μm and specific surface area 5.1 m(2) g(-1) were used for packing 100×4.6 mm ID or 50×4.6 mm ID stainless steel columns. The retention behaviour of several classes of compounds including alkyl benzenes, polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), alkylphenylketones, phenols, aromatic acids and bases were studied using n-hexane-2-propanol mixtures as mobile phase. The results are compared with those observed for microdispersed sintered detonation nanodiamond (MSDN) and porous graphitic carbon (PGC). HPHT diamond revealed distinctive separation selectivity, which is orthogonal to that observed for porous graphitic carbon; while selectivities of HPHT diamond and microdispersed sintered detonation nanodiamonds are similar. Owing to non-porous particle nature, columns packed with high pressure high temperature diamond exhibited excellent mass transfer and produce separations with maximum column efficiency of 128,200 theoretical plates per meter.

  17. Industrially benign super-compressible piezoresistive carbon foams with predefined wetting properties: from environmental to electrical applications (United States)

    Pham, Tung Ngoc; Samikannu, Ajaikumar; Kukkola, Jarmo; Rautio, Anne-Riikka; Pitkänen, Olli; Dombovari, Aron; Lorite, Gabriela Simone; Sipola, Teemu; Toth, Geza; Mohl, Melinda; Mikkola, Jyri-Pekka; Kordas, Krisztian


    In the present work electrically conductive, flexible, lightweight carbon sponge materials derived from open-pore structure melamine foams are studied and explored. Hydrophobic and hydrophilic surface properties - depending on the chosen treatment conditions - allow the separation and storage of liquid chemical compounds. Activation of the carbonaceous structures substantially increases the specific surface area from ~4 m2g-1 to ~345 m2g-1, while retaining the original three-dimensional, open-pore structure suitable for hosting, for example, Ni catalyst nanoparticles. In turn the structure is rendered suitable for hydrogenating acetone to 2-propanol and methyl isobutyl ketone as well for growing hierarchical carbon nanotube structures used as electric double-layer capacitor electrodes with specific capacitance of ~40 F/g. Mechanical stress-strain analysis indicates the materials are super-compressible (>70% volume reduction) and viscoelastic with excellent damping behavior (loss of 0.69 +/- 0.07), while piezoresistive measurements show very high gauge factors (from ~20 to 50) over a large range of deformations. The cost-effective, robust and scalable synthesis - in conjunction with their fascinating multifunctional utility - makes the demonstrated carbon foams remarkable competitors with other three-dimensional carbon materials typically based on pyrolyzed biopolymers or on covalently bonded graphene and carbon nanotube frameworks.

  18. Study the interactions between human serum albumin and two antifungal drugs: fluconazole and its analogue DTP. (United States)

    Zhang, Shao-Lin; Yao, Huankai; Wang, Chenyin; Tam, Kin Y


    Binding affinities of fluconazole and its analogue 2-(2,4-dichlorophenyl)-1,3-di(1H-1,2,4-triazol-yl)-2-propanol (DTP) to human serum albumin (HSA) were investigated under approximately human physiological conditions. The obtained result indicated that HSA could generate fluorescent quenching by fluconazole and DTP because of the formation of non-fluorescent ground-state complexes. Binding parameters calculated from the Stern-Volmer and the Scatchard equations showed that fluconazole and DTP bind to HSA with binding affinities of the order 10(4)L/mol. The thermodynamic parameters revealed that the binding was characterized by negative enthalpy and positive entropy changes, suggesting that the binding reaction was exothermic. Hydrogen bonds and hydrophobic interaction were found to be the predominant intermolecular forces stabilizing the drug-protein. The effect of metal ions on the binding constants of fluconazole-HSA complex suggested that the presence of Mg(2+) and Zn(2+) ions could decrease the free drug level and extend the half-life in the systematic circulation. Docking experiments revealed that fluconazole and DTP binds in HSA mainly by hydrophobic interaction with the possibility of hydrogen bonds formation between the drugs and the residues Arg 222, Lys 199 and Lys 195 in HSA.

  19. Evaluation of a measurement system for Uranium electrodeposition control to radiopharmaceuticals production

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    Tufic Madi Filho; Adonis Marcelo Saliba Silva; Jose Patricio Nahuel Cardenas; Maria da Conceicao Costa Pereira; Valdir Maciel Lopes; Alexandre, P. S.; Diogo, F. S.; Rafael, T. P.; Vitor, O. A; Anderson, F. L.; Lucas, R. S.; Brianna, S.; Eduardo, L. C. [Nuclear and Energy Research Institute, IPEN-CNEN/SP, Av. Prof. Lineu Prestes 2242 Cid Univers. CEP: 05508-000- Sao Paulo-SP, (Brazil)


    For 2016, studies by international bodies forecast a crisis in the supply of Molybdenum ({sup 99}Mo), which is the generator of {sup 99m}Tc, widely used for medical diagnoses and treatments. As a result, many countries are making efforts to prevent this crisis. Brazil is developing the Brazilian Multipurpose Reactor (RMB) project, under the responsibility of the National Nuclear Energy Commission (CNEN). The RMB is a nuclear reactor for research and production of radioisotopes used in the production of radiopharmaceuticals and radioactive sources, broadly used in industrial and research areas in Brazil. Electrodeposition of uranium is a common practice to create samples for alpha spectrometry and this methodology may be an alternative way to produce targets of low enriched uranium (LEU) to fabricate radiopharmaceuticals, as {sup 99}Mo, used for cancer diagnosis. To study the electrodeposition, a solution of 10 mM uranyl nitrate, in 2-propanol, containing uranium enriched to 2.4% in {sup 235}U, with pH = 1, was prepared and measurements with an alpha spectrometer were performed. These studies are justified by the need to produce {sup 99}Mo since, despite using molybdenum in bulk, Brazil is totally dependent on its import. In this project, we intend to obtain a process that may be technologically feasible to control the radiation targets for {sup 99}Mo production. (authors)

  20. Electrophoretic deposition of ZnO nanostructures: Au nanoclusters on Si substrates induce self-assembled nanowire growth

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    Sandoval, Claudia [Laboratorio de Nanomateriales y Propiedades Dieléctricas, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Tecnología, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, San Miguel de Tucumán (Argentina); Marin, Oscar [CONICET – LAFISO, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Tecnología, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, San Miguel de Tucumán (Argentina); Real, Silvina [Laboratorio de Nanomateriales y Propiedades Dieléctricas, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Tecnología, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, San Miguel de Tucumán (Argentina); Comedi, David [CONICET – LAFISO, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Tecnología, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, San Miguel de Tucumán (Argentina); Tirado, Mónica, E-mail: [Laboratorio de Nanomateriales y Propiedades Dieléctricas, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Tecnología, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán, San Miguel de Tucumán (Argentina)


    Highlights: • ZnO nanowires were grown on silicon substrate by electrophoretic deposition technique without use a porous template. • The growth was induced by Au nanoclusters and was performed at room temperature. • The photoluminescence spectrum for the nanowires obtained shows a broad UV-blue excitonic emission peak and a low emission in the green region. - Abstract: The present work reports the self-assembled growth of ZnO nanowires on silicon substrate with nanometer sized Au clusters using electrophoretic deposition technique at room temperature without a sacrificial template. A colloidal suspension of ≈5 nm sized ZnO nanoparticles dispersed in 2-propanol was used (nanoparticle bandgap of 3.47 eV as determined from absorbance measurements). The results show that the Au nanoclusters on the silicon substrate induce the self-assembly of the ZnO nanoparticles into vertically aligned ZnO nanowires. This effect is tentatively explained as being due to increased electric field intensities near the Au nanoclusters during the electrophoretic deposition. Photoluminescence measurements reveal the presence of quantum confined excitons and a relatively low concentration of deep defects in the nanowires. The electric field guided growth of semiconductor nanostructures at room temperature has great industrial potential as it minimizes production costs and enables the use of substrate materials not withstanding high temperatures.

  1. Redox Activity of Oxo-Bridged Iridium Dimers in an N,O-Donor Environment: Characterization of Remarkably Stable Ir(IV,V) Complexes. (United States)

    Sinha, Shashi Bhushan; Shopov, Dimitar Y; Sharninghausen, Liam S; Stein, Christopher J; Mercado, Brandon Q; Balcells, David; Pedersen, Thomas Bondo; Reiher, Markus; Brudvig, Gary W; Crabtree, Robert H


    Chemical and electrochemical oxidation or reduction of our recently reported Ir(IV,IV) mono-μ-oxo dimers results in the formation of fully characterized Ir(IV,V) and Ir(III,III) complexes. The Ir(IV,V) dimers are unprecedented and exhibit remarkable stability under ambient conditions. This stability and modest reduction potential of 0.99 V vs NHE is in part attributed to complete charge delocalization across both Ir centers. Trends in crystallographic bond lengths and angles shed light on the structural changes accompanying oxidation and reduction. The similarity of these mono-μ-oxo dimers to our Ir "blue solution" water-oxidation catalyst gives insight into potential reactive intermediates of this structurally elusive catalyst. Additionally, a highly reactive material, proposed to be a Ir(V,V) μ-oxo species, is formed on electrochemical oxidation of the Ir(IV,V) complex in organic solvents at 1.9 V vs NHE. Spectroelectrochemistry shows reversible conversion between the Ir(IV,V) and proposed Ir(V,V) species without any degradation, highlighting the exceptional oxidation resistance of the 2-(2-pyridinyl)-2-propanolate (pyalk) ligand and robustness of these dimers. The Ir(III,III), Ir(IV,IV) and Ir(IV,V) redox states have been computationally studied both with DFT and multiconfigurational calculations. The calculations support the stability of these complexes and provide further insight into their electronic structures.

  2. Extruded expanded polystyrene sheets coated by TiO{sub 2} as new photocatalytic materials for foodstuffs packaging

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    Loddo, V.; Marci, G. [Schiavello-Grillone Photocatalysis Group - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica, Elettronica e delle Telecomunicazioni, di tecnologie Chimiche, Automatica e modelli Matematici - Universita degli Studi di Palermo, Viale delle Scienze (Ed. 6) - 90128 Palermo (Italy); Palmisano, G., E-mail: [Schiavello-Grillone Photocatalysis Group - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica, Elettronica e delle Telecomunicazioni, di tecnologie Chimiche, Automatica e modelli Matematici - Universita degli Studi di Palermo, Viale delle Scienze (Ed. 6) - 90128 Palermo (Italy); Yurdakal, S. [Kimya Boeluemue, Fen-Edebiyat Fakueltesi, Afyon Kocatepe Ueniversitesi - Ahmet Necdet Sezer Kampuesue - 03200 Afyon (Turkey); Brazzoli, M.; Garavaglia, L. [Sirap-Gema S.p.A. - Via Industriale, 1/3 - 25028 Verolanuova (Brescia) (Italy); Palmisano, L., E-mail: [Schiavello-Grillone Photocatalysis Group - Dipartimento di Ingegneria Elettrica, Elettronica e delle Telecomunicazioni, di tecnologie Chimiche, Automatica e modelli Matematici - Universita degli Studi di Palermo, Viale delle Scienze (Ed. 6) - 90128 Palermo (Italy)


    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer An extruded polystyrene has been functionalised by TiO{sub 2}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A photocatalytic polymer has been developed via a sol-gel method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Thermoformed packagings for foodstuffs application have been prepared. - Abstract: Nanostructured, photoactive anatase TiO{sub 2} sol prepared under very mild conditions using titanium tetraisopropoxide as the precursor is used to functionalise extruded expanded polystyrene (XPS) sheets by spray-coating resulting in stable and active materials functionalised by TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles. Photocatalytic tests of these sheets performed in a batch reactor in gas-solid system under UV irradiation show their successful activity in degrading probe molecules (2-propanol, trimethylamine and ethene). Raman spectra ensure the deposition of TiO{sub 2} as crystalline anatase phase on the polymer surface. The presence of TiO{sub 2} with respect to polymer surface can be observed in SEM images coupled to EDAX mapping allowing to monitor the surface morphology and the distribution of TiO{sub 2} particles. Finally thermoforming of these sheets in industrial standard equipment leads to useful containers for foodstuffs.

  3. Single Pulse Remote Raman Detection of Minerals and Organics Under Illuminated Condition from 10 Meters Distance (United States)

    Misra, A. K.; Sharma, S. K.; Lucey, P. G.


    A directly coupled portable remote Raman instrument developed by the University of Hawaii has been shown here to identify several minerals, chemicals and organics from a distance of 10 m using a single laser pulse in a well illuminated background. Raman spectra, obtained during a very short period of time, of common minerals e.g., dolomite, calcite, marble, barite, gypsum, quarts, rutile, fluorapatite etc. clearly show Raman features which could be used as fingerprints for mineral identification. Raman features of organics such as benzene, cyclohexane, 2-propanol, naphthalene, etc. and other chemicals containing various functional groups like oxides, silicates, sulphates, nitrates, phosphates and carbonates were also easily detected. Ability to measure Raman spectra with a single laser pulse would be promising for future space missions where power consumption is critical and a rapid survey of the minerals with moderate to high Raman cross section might be desirable for selecting rocks that would provide high scientific return or for acquiring rocks for sample return to the Earth.

  4. Improvement of the Dimensional Stability of Powder Injection Molded Compacts by Adding Swelling Inhibitor into the Debinding Solvent (United States)

    Fan, Yang-Liang; Hwang, Kuen-Shyang; Su, Shao-Chin


    Defects are frequently found in powder injection molded (PIM) compacts during solvent debinding due to the swelling of the binders. This problem can be alleviated by adjusting the composition of the debinding solvent. In this study, 10 vol pct swelling inhibitors were added into heptane, and the in-situ amounts of swelling and sagging of the specimen in the solvent were recorded using a noncontacting laser dilatometer. The results show that the addition of ethanol, 2-propanol, 1-butanol, and 1-pentanol reduced the amounts of swelling by 31, 21, 17, and 11 pct, respectively. This was because the small molecule alcohols, which do not dissolve paraffin wax (PW) or stearic acid (SA) in the binder system, could diffuse easily into the specimen and increased the portion of the swelling inhibitor inside. The amount of the extracted PW and SA also decreased, but only by 8.3, 6.1, 4.3, and 2.4 pct, respectively. The solubility parameters of 1-bromopropane (n-PB) and ethyl acetate (EA) are between those of heptane and alcohols, and they also yielded a slight reduction in the amounts of swelling by 6 and 11 pct, respectively. These results suggest that to reduce defects caused by binder swelling during solvent debinding, alcohols with high solubility parameters can be added into heptane without sacrificing significantly on the debinding rate.

  5. Thermodynamic analysis of alcohol effect on thermal stability of proteins. (United States)

    Miyawaki, Osato; Tatsuno, Michiko


    Thermal unfolding of ribonuclease A and α-chymotrypsinogen A was analyzed in various alcohol solutions of methanol, ethanol, 1-propanol, 2-propanol, 1-butanol, 2-butanol, tert-butanol, trifluoroethanol, and glycerol. The change in thermal unfolding ratio with temperature was described well by the van't Hoff equation and the melting temperature and the enthalpy of protein unfolding were obtained. The reciprocal form of the Wyman-Tanford equation, which describes the unfolded-to-folded protein ratio as a function of water activity, was applied to obtain a linear plot. From the slope of this plot and water activity, the stabilization free energy (ΔΔG) in a solution was calculated. This shows an important role of water activity in protein stability. ΔΔG was linearly dependent on alcohol concentration and m-values of alcohols for protein unfolding were obtained. This provides a theoretical basis for the linear extrapolation model (LEM). The m-values for alcohols were negative except for glycerol. The negative higher m-value for longer and linear chain alcohols suggested the important role of the disturbance of hydrophobic interactions as well as the hydrogen-bonding in the mechanism of protein destabilization by alcohols. The number of change in bound-alcohol molecules upon protein unfolding was also obtained. Copyright © 2010 The Society for Biotechnology, Japan. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


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    Clara Saux


    Full Text Available Se estudió la oxidación selectiva de estireno para la obtención de benzaldehído sobre zeolitas ZSM-5 modificadas con diferentes metales de transición (cromo, cobalto, hierro, zinc, manganeso y cobre y utilizando peróxido de hidrógeno como oxidante. Dado que los mejores resultados se obtuvieron utilizando Cr-ZSM-5, estos materiales se estudiaron evaluando el efecto del tiempo de reacción, la masa de catalizador, la relación molar estireno/hidroperóxido, la naturaleza del solvente y la temperatura de reacción. Los mejores resultados de las condiciones evaluadas se obtuvieron trabajando con una relación molar sustrato/oxidante de 0,45 y utilizando acetonitrilo como solvente, dado su carácter aprótico y de mayor polaridad de los solventes evaluados (acetonitrilo, acetona, 2-butanol y 2-propanol. El aumento en la temperatura de reacción mostró un incremento en la conversión de estireno, el cual se desaceleró al superar los 60 oC por descomposición térmica del peróxido de hidrógeno.

  7. Unique variability of tocopherol composition in various seed oils recovered from by-products of apple industry: rapid and simple determination of all four homologues (α, β, γ and δ) by RP-HPLC/FLD. (United States)

    Górnaś, Paweł


    The tocochromanol profile was studied in seed oils recovered from by-products of fruit industry, five dessert and seven crab apple varieties grown in Eastern Europe (Latvia). The seed oils obtained from dessert apples were characterized by higher contents of tocopherols (191.05-379.08 mg/100g oil) when compared to seed oils recovered from crab apples (130.55-202.54 mg/100g oil). The predominant homologues of tocopherol in all the studied samples were α and β over γ and δ. However, seed oils recovered from the apple cultivars 'Antej' and 'Beforest' had a unique profile of four tocopherol homologues (α:β:γ:δ) 91.41:80.55:72.46:79.03 and 114.55:112.84:78.69:73.00 mg/100g oil, respectively. A single dilution of seed oils in 2-propanol facilitated the direct use samples in the DPPH assay as well as injection into the RP-HPLC system containing a PFP (pentafluorophenyl) column, which resulted in a rapid separation of all four tocopherol homologues with excellent repeatability and reproducibility. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Size-exclusion chromatography of poly(ethylene 2,6-naphthalate). (United States)

    Mourey, T H; Slater, L A; Galipo, R C; Janes, D L; Moody, R E


    A solvent mixture of 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol (HFIP) and dichloroacetic acid (DCAA) is used to dissolve difficultly soluble poly(ethylene 2,6-naphthalate) (PEN). Solutions can be diluted and analyzed in a common size-exclusion chromatography (SEC) eluent, HFIP. The HFIP/DCAA mixture is better at dissolving PEN than either solvent individually and it is easier and safer to work with than phenolic and strongly acidic eluents. Dissolution temperatures between 50 and 60 °C are sufficiently low to minimize hydrolytic degradation of the polyester. PEN does not dissolve in the solvent mixture if the water concentration is greater than 0.76 wt%, and preferably the water content should be less than 0.13 wt% to eliminate minor prepeak artifacts. The procedure is suitable for PEN that is less than 48% crystalline, including prepolymers, oriented films and some solid-state polymerized materials. Highly crystalline polymers can be melt-quenched into a more amorphous state to render them soluble. The dilute solution conformational properties of PEN are compared to PET in HFIP, and molar mass-intrinsic viscosity scaling constants and unperturbed dimensions are calculated from SEC data.

  9. Statistical Approach for Optimization of Physiochemical Requirements on Alkaline Protease Production from Bacillus licheniformis NCIM 2042

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    Biswanath Bhunia


    Full Text Available The optimization of physiochemical parameters for alkaline protease production using Bacillus licheniformis NCIM 2042 were carried out by Plackett-Burman design and response surface methodology (RSM. The model was validated experimentally and the maximum protease production was found 315.28 U using optimum culture conditions. The protease was purified using ammonium sulphate (60% precipitation technique. The HPLC analysis of dialyzed sample showed that the retention time is 1.84 min with 73.5% purity. This enzyme retained more than 92% of its initial activity after preincubation for 30 min at 37∘C in the presence of 25% v/v DMSO, methanol, ethanol, ACN, 2-propanol, benzene, toluene, and hexane. In addition, partially purified enzyme showed remarkable stability for 60 min at room temperature, in the presence of anionic detergent (Tween-80 and Triton X-100, surfactant (SDS, bleaching agent (sodium perborate and hydrogen peroxide, and anti-redeposition agents (Na2CMC, Na2CO3. Purified enzyme containing 10% w/v PEG 4000 showed better thermal, surfactant, and local detergent stability.

  10. Efficacy of alcohol-based gels compared with simple hand wash and hygienic hand disinfection. (United States)

    Kampf, G; Ostermeyer, C


    A recent research letter on the limited efficacy of alcohol-based hand gels has alerted the global infection control community and raised the question of the true significance of data obtained according to EN 1500. It has been described that a 1 min simple hand wash reduces artificial contamination of hands by a log(10) reduction factor of 2.8 and a 1 min reference hand disinfection with 2-propanol (60%, v/v) by a factor of 4.6 steps. The EN 1500 gel data show that the 30 s efficacy of most gels is closer to a simple hand wash than to the reference hand disinfection. The 30 s efficacy of most alcohol-based liquid products and one gel, however, is almost identical to the reference hand disinfection. In many European countries alcohol-based liquid products have been established as a standard practice in hygienic hand disinfection for decades. Replacement of these products with most available gels would be a step backward in terms of efficacy and has still to be seen critically from the efficacy point of view.

  11. Effects of crystallization in the presence of the diastereomer on the crystal properties of (SS)-(+)-pseudoephedrine hydrochloride. (United States)

    Gu, C H; Grant, D J


    The formation and separation of diastereomers is widely used to resolve enantiomers. However, during crystallization of a chiral compound from a solution containing its diastereomer, the diastereomer may be incorporated as an impurity into the host crystal lattice, leading to changes in the thermodynamic properties and intrinsic dissolution rate of the host crystals. This hypothesis was tested by growing crystals of (SS)-(+)-pseudoephedrine hydrochloride (+PC) from aqueous solution containing various amounts of (RS)-(-)-ephedrine hydrochloride (-EC). Although the melting phase diagram of these two solid compounds, determined by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), shows eutectic behavior, 0.034-2.4 mol% of -EC was incorporated into the crystal lattice of +PC during crystallization to form terminal solid solutions with a segregation coefficient of 0.31. In a single batch, the larger crystals contain more incorporated impurities than smaller crystals. The enthalpy and entropy of fusion measured by DSC decrease with increasing incorporation of the guest molecules into the host, indicating increases in the enthalpy and entropy of the solid. The disruption index, which indicates the disruptive effect of guest molecules in the host crystal lattice, is 60 at lattice. The average intrinsic dissolution rate of impure crystals in 2-propanol is 15.8% lower than that of pure host crystals, suggesting the formation of stable solid solutions.

  12. Co-combustion of biodiesel with oxygenated fuels in direct injection diesel engine

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    Tutak Wojciech


    Full Text Available The paper presents results of experimental investigation of cocombustion process of biodiesel (B100 blended with oxygenated fuels with 20% in volume. As the alternative fuels ware used hydrated ethanol, methanol, 1-butanol and 2-propanol. It was investigated the influence of used blends on operating parameters of the test engine and exhaust emission (NOx, CO, THC, CO2. It is observed that used blends are characterized by different impact on engine output power and its efficiency. Using biodiesel/alcohol blend it is possible to improve engine efficiency with small drop in indicated mean effective pressure (IMEP. Due to combustion characteristic of biodiesel/alcohol obtained a slightly larger specific NOx emission. It was also observed some differences in combustion phases due to various values of latent heat of evaporation of used alcohols and various oxygen contents. Test results confirmed that the combustion process occurring in the diesel engine powered by blend takes place in a shorter time than in the typical diesel engine.

  13. Amide-induced phase separation of hexafluoroisopropanol-water mixtures depending on the hydrophobicity of amides. (United States)

    Takamuku, Toshiyuki; Wada, Hiroshi; Kawatoko, Chiemi; Shimomura, Takuya; Kanzaki, Ryo; Takeuchi, Munetaka


    Amide-induced phase separation of hexafluoro-2-propanol (HFIP)-water mixtures has been investigated to elucidate solvation properties of the mixtures by means of small-angle neutron scattering (SANS), (1)H and (13)C NMR, and molecular dynamics (MD) simulation. The amides included N-methylformamide (NMF), N-methylacetamide (NMA), and N-methylpropionamide (NMP). The phase diagrams of amide-HFIP-water ternary systems at 298 K showed that phase separation occurs in a closed-loop area of compositions as well as an N,N-dimethylformamide (DMF) system previously reported. The phase separation area becomes wider as the hydrophobicity of amides increases in the order of NMF amides due to the hydrophobic interaction gives rise to phase separation of the mixtures. In contrast, the disruption of HFIP clusters causes the recovery of the homogeneity of the ternary systems. The present results showed that HFIP clusters are evolved with increasing amide content to the lower phase separation concentration in the same mechanism among the four amide systems. However, the disruption of HFIP clusters in the NMP and DMF systems with further increasing amide content to the upper phase separation concentration occurs in a different way from those in the NMF and NMA systems.

  14. Overexpression, purification, crystallization and preliminary structural studies of p-coumaric acid decarboxylase from Lactobacillus plantarum

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    Rodríguez, Héctor; Rivas, Blanca de las; Muñoz, Rosario [Instituto de Fermentaciones Industriales, CSIC, Juan de la Cierva 3, 28006 Madrid (Spain); Mancheño, José M., E-mail: [Grupo de Cristalografía Macromolecular y Biología Estructural, Instituto Rocasolano, CSIC, Serrano 119, 28006 Madrid (Spain); Instituto de Fermentaciones Industriales, CSIC, Juan de la Cierva 3, 28006 Madrid (Spain)


    The enzyme p-coumaric acid decarboxylase (PDC) from L. plantarum has been recombinantly expressed, purified and crystallized. The structure has been solved at 2.04 Å resolution by the molecular-replacement method. The substrate-inducible p-coumaric acid decarboxylase (PDC) from Lactobacillus plantarum has been overexpressed in Escherichia coli, purified and confirmed to possess decarboxylase activity. The recombinant His{sub 6}-tagged enzyme was crystallized using the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method from a solution containing 20%(w/v) PEG 4000, 12%(w/v) 2-propanol, 0.2 M sodium acetate, 0.1 M Tris–HCl pH 8.0 with 0.1 M barium chloride as an additive. Diffraction data were collected in-house to 2.04 Å resolution. Crystals belonged to the tetragonal space group P4{sub 3}, with unit-cell parameters a = b = 43.15, c = 231.86 Å. The estimated Matthews coefficient was 2.36 Å{sup 3} Da{sup −1}, corresponding to 48% solvent content, which is consistent with the presence of two protein molecules in the asymmetric unit. The structure of PDC has been determined by the molecular-replacement method. Currently, the structure of PDC complexed with substrate analogues is in progress, with the aim of elucidating the structural basis of the catalytic mechanism.

  15. A validated GC-MS method for the determination and quantification of residual solvents in counterfeit tablets and capsules. (United States)

    Deconinck, E; Canfyn, M; Sacré, P-Y; Baudewyns, S; Courselle, P; De Beer, J O


    A fast headspace GC-MS method was developed and validated for the detection and quantification of residual solvents of all three ICH-classes in counterfeit tablets and capsules. The method was validated for 10 solvents, selected based on an initial screening of counterfeit medicinal products. The considered solvents were ethanol, 2-propanol, acetone, ethylacetate, chloroform, carbon tetrachloride, benzene, toluene, dichloromethane and ethylbenzene. The proposed method uses a Phenomenex 624 capillary column (60 m × 0.32 mm; 1.8 μm film thickness) (Phenomenex, Torrance, USA) with an oven temperature program from 60 °C (held for 5 min) to 270 °C at 25 °C/min. 270 °C is held for 10 min. The total run time is 23.4 min. The obtained method was fully validated by applying the "total error" profile. Calibration lines for all components were linear within the studied ranges. The relative bias and the relative standard deviations for all components were smaller than 5%, the β-expectation tolerance limits did not exceed the acceptance limits of ±10% and the relative expanded uncertainties were acceptable for all of the considered components. A method was obtained for the screening and quantification of residual solvents in counterfeit tablets and capsules, which will allow a fast screening of these products for the presence of residual solvents. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  16. Determination of Lutein and Zeaxanthin Esters and Their Geometric Isomers in Carotenoid Ester Concentrates Used as Ingredients in Nutritional Supplements: Validation of a Combined Spectrophotometric-HPLC Method. (United States)

    Lombeida, Wagner O; Rubio, Fernando; Levy, Luis W


    A combined spectrophotometric-LC method is described for the determination of total lutein and zeaxanthin ester content in carotenoid ester concentrates, including their main geometrical isomers. The concept of composite-specific absorbance is introduced for this purpose. The method is applicable to carotenoid ester concentrates used as ingredients in oil suspensions and dosage forms. The sample is dissolved in a hexane-2-propanol mixture (95 + 5, v/v) for spectrophotometric measurement at a maximum absorption of ~445 nm. Subsequently, in parallel, a sample is saponified and chromatographed on a normal-phase HPLC column to determine the relative percentage profile of the main geometrical isomers of both carotenoid esters. This, in turn, is used to calculate the composite-specific absorbance of the sample for the final calculation of results. The method, which solely uses reference standards to validate chromatographic conditions, avoids the common error of applying the specific absorbance of only the trans isomer for the calculation of total carotenoid content when cis isomers are present.

  17. Methanoculleus palmolei sp. nov., an irregularly coccoid methanogen from an anaerobic digester treating wastewater of a palm oil plant in north-Sumatra, Indonesia. (United States)

    Zellner, G; Messner, P; Winter, J; Stackebrandt, E


    Strain INSLUZT (= DSM 4273T) was isolated from a biogas-producing bioreactor treating wastewater of a palm oil mill on North-Sumatra (Indonesia). Cells of strain INSLUZT were highly irregularly coccoid, 1.25-2.0 microns in diameter, had a cell envelope consisting of the cytoplasmic membrane and an S-layer of hexagonally arranged glycoprotein subunits with an M(r) of 120,000, and were flagellated (motility was not observed). Cells were mesophilic and grew most rapidly at 40 degrees C on H2/CO2' formate, 2-propanol/CO2 2-butanol/CO2 and cyclopentanol/CO2 to give methane. Tungstate promoted growth on H2/CO2 with acetate as the solely required organic medium supplement. The G + C content of DNA was 59 mol% (Tm method) and 59.5 mol% (HPLC method). 16S rDNA analysis revealed a phylogenetic relationship to Methanoculleus species; the name Methanoculleus palmolei sp. nov. is therefore proposed for strain INSLUZT (= DSM 4273T).

  18. A fiber-optic sensor to detect volatile organic compounds based on a porous silica xerogel film. (United States)

    Echeverría, Jesús C; de Vicente, Pablo; Estella, Juncal; Garrido, Julián J


    Fiber-optic sensors are increasingly used for the determination of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in air matrices. This paper provides experimental results on the sensitivity of a fiber-optic sensor that uses a film of a porous silica xerogel as the sensing element. This film was synthesized by the sol-gel process and affixed to the end of the optical fiber by the dip-coating technique. This intrinsic sensor works in reflection mode, and the transduction takes place in the light that travels through the core of the fiber. The VOCs included in this research cover a wide range of compounds with different functional groups and polarities. The highest sensitivity was for 2-propanol (13.1±1.4 M(-1) nm(-1)), followed by toluene (11.4±1.4 M(-1) nm(-1)), and 1-butylamine (9.5±0.4 M(-1) nm(-1)). Acetone and cyclohexane had the lowest sensitivity of all studied VOCs. Limits of detection varied between 9.1×10(-5) M for 1-butylamine and 1.6×10(-3) M for ethanol. Silanol groups on the xerogel surface act as weak acids and interact strongly with molecules that contain OH groups like alcohols, π-electrons like toluene, or a lone pair of electrons like toluene. Stronger interaction of methanol and ethanol with the silanol groups on the film led to some irreversible adsorption of these analytes at room temperature.

  19. VGF and striatal cell damage in in vitro and in vivo models of Huntington's disease. (United States)

    Noda, Yasuhiro; Shimazawa, Masamitsu; Tanaka, Hirotaka; Tamura, Shigeki; Inoue, Teruyoshi; Tsuruma, Kazuhiro; Hara, Hideaki


    Huntington's disease (HD) is an inherited genetic disorder, characterized by cognitive dysfunction and abnormal body movements, and at present there is no effective treatment for HD. Therapeutic options for HD are limited to symptomatic treatment approaches and there is no cure for this devastating disease. Here, we examined whether SUN N8075, (2S)-1-(4-amino-2,3,5-trimethylphenoxy)-3-{4-[4-(4-fluorobenzyl)phenyl]-1-piperazinyl}-2-propanol dimethanesulfonate, which exerts neuroprotective effects by antioxidant effects and induction of VGF nerve growth factor inducible (VGF), has beneficial effects in STHdh cells derived from striatum of knock-in HD mice and R6/2 HD mice. In an in vitro study, SUN N8075 inhibited the cell death caused by mutant huntingtin (mHtt) and upregulated the VGF mRNA level via the phosphorylation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2). Furthermore, 30 amino acid of VGF C-terminal peptide, AQEE-30 inhibited the cell death and the aggregation of mHtt. In an in vivo study, SUN N8075 improved the survival and the clasping response in the R6/2 mice. Furthermore, SUN N8075 increased the number of surviving neurons in the striatum of the R6/2 mice. These findings suggest that SUN N8075 may be an effective candidate for HD treatments.

  20. Insight into the structural deformations of beta-cyclodextrin caused by alcohol cosolvents and guest molecules. (United States)

    Zhang, Haiyang; Ge, Chunling; van der Spoel, David; Feng, Wei; Tan, Tianwei


    Beta-cyclodextrin (β-CD) is an ideal candidate for a host molecule, and it is used as such in drug delivery and separation technology. The structural behavior of free β-CD and host-guest complexes of β-CD with two isoflavonoid isomers (puerarin and daidzin) in aqueous alcohol solutions, covering methanol, ethanol, 2-propanol, and 1-propanol, was investigated through molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The MD results highlighted aspects of the structural flexibility and rigidity of β-CD in different alcohol solutions. The alcohol residence time within the β-CD cavity, solvent distribution around β-CD, and guest-induced structural changes were analyzed. Interaction with puerarin endowed β-CD with a more rigid structure than with daidzin and a weaker ternary complex β-CD/puerarin/alcohol was formed with a local participation of water molecules. The retention behavior of puerarin and daidzin on a β-CD-coupled medium was determined via chromatographic experiments and simulation results provided a structural explanation for such interactions.

  1. Orientation towards asymmetric transfer hydrogenation of ketones catalyzed by (pyrazolyl)ethyl)pyridine Fe(II) and Ni(II) complexes (United States)

    Magubane, Makhosazane N.; Alam, Mohd Gulfam; Ojwach, Stephen O.; Munro, Orde Q.


    Compounds 2-[1-(3,5-dimethylpyrazol-1-yl)ethyl]pyridine (L1) and 2-[1-(3,5-diphenylpyrazol-1-yl)ethyl]pyridine (L2) were obtained in a three-step procedure which involved the reduction of acetylpyridine using NaBH4, chlorination of the alcohol intermediate using SOCl2 and subsequent reaction with appropriate pyrazoles. Reactions of L1 and L2 with Ni(II) and Fe(II) halides produced the respective complexes Ni(L1)Br2 (1), Ni(L1)Cl2 (2), Fe(L1)Cl2 (3) and Ni(L2)Br2 (4) as racemic mixtures in moderate yields. The molecular structures of complexes 1 and 4 are dinuclear and mononuclear respectively. All the complexes (1-4) formed active catalysts for the transfer hydrogenation of ketones (THK) in 2-propanol at 82 °C affording conversions of 58%-84% within 48 h. The influence of catalyst structure, reaction conditions and identity of ketone substrates in the TH reactions have been successfully established.

  2. Comparative HPLC enantioseparation of thirty-six aromatic compounds on four columns of the Lux® series: impact of substituents, shapes and electronic properties. (United States)

    Peluso, Paola; Cossu, Sergio


    With the aim to define a combined computational/chromatographic empirical approach useful for the high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method development of new chiral compounds, 36 racemic aromatic compounds with different chemical structures were used as test probes on four polysaccharide-based chiral stationary phases (CSPs) of the Lux series, namely Lux Cellulose-1, Lux Cellulose-2, Lux Cellulose-4, and Lux Amylose-2, using classical n-hexane/2-propanol mixtures as mobile phase. Electrostatic potential surfaces (EPSs) determined using Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations were used to derive size, shape, and electronic properties of each analyte. Then a comparative HPLC screening was carried out in order to evaluate the impact of substituents, shapes, and electronic properties of the analytes on the chromatographic behavior as the column changes. The four CSPs showed good complementary recognition ability. The elution sequence was determined in 30 cases out of 36. The success rate to afford baseline separations (R(s) ≥ 1.5) was estimated: 29 compounds out of 36 showed baseline enantioseparation on at least one of the four selected CSPs. The combined computational-chromatographic screening furnished useful collective structure-chromatographic behavior relationships and a map of the chiral discrimination abilities of the considered CSPs towards the analytes. On this basis, the chromatographic behavior of new analytes on a set of polysaccharide-based CSPs can be mapped through the qualitative correlation of chromatographic parameters (k, α, R(s)) to computed molecular properties of the analytes.

  3. Continuous electrospinning of polymer nanofibers of Nylon-6 using an atomic force microscope tip. (United States)

    Gururajan, Giriprasath; Sullivan, S P; Beebe, T P; Chase, D B; Rabolt, J F


    An atomic force microscopy (AFM) probe is successfully utilized as an electrospinning tip for fabricating Nylon-6 nanofibers. The nanometre-size tip enabled controlled deposition of uniform polymeric nanofibers within a 1 cm diameter area. Nylon-6 nanofibers were continuously electrospun at a solution concentration as low as 1 wt% Nylon-6 in 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol (HFIP). Wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) results of the AFM electrospun fibers indicated that the nanofibers predominantly display the meta-stable γ crystalline form suggesting rapid crystallization rate during the process. In addition to precise control over fiber deposition and diameter, some of the drawbacks of conventional electrospinning such as large volume of solutions and clogging of needles can be overcome using this AFM based electrospinning technique. Lastly, a comparison of electrospun fibers from syringe-needle based electrospinning and AFM probe-tip based electrospinning indicated significant morphological and microstructural differences in the case of AFM based electrospinning.

  4. Development and validation of an HPLC method for the determination of process-related impurities in pridinol mesylate, employing experimental designs. (United States)

    Bianchini, Romina M; Castellano, Patricia M; Kaufman, Teodoro S


    A simple high performance liquid chromatographic method for the determination of process-related impurities in bulk drug of the central anticholinergic compound pridinol mesylate, has been developed and validated. Spectroscopically characterized synthetic impurities were used as standards. The chromatographic separation was optimized employing an experimental design strategy, and was achieved on a C(18) column with a mobile phase containing 50mM potassium phosphate buffer (pH 6.4), MeOH and 2-propanol (20:69:11, v/v/v), delivered at a flow rate of 1.0mLmin(-1). UV detection was performed at 245nm. The optimized method was thoroughly validated, demonstrating to be selective, when the chromatogram was recorded with a diode-array detector and peak purities were evaluated (>0.9995). The method is robust and linear (r(2)>0.99) over the range 0.05-2.5% (5-250% with regards to the 1% specification limit for both process-related impurities); it is also precise, regarding repeatability (RSDMethod accuracy, evidenced by low bias of the results and analyte recoveries in the range of 99.1-102.7%, was assessed at five analyte concentration levels. The usefulness of the determination was also demonstrated through the analysis of different lots of pridinol mesylate bulk substance. The results indicate that the method is suitable for the quality control of the bulk manufacturing of pridinol mesylate drug substance.

  5. Purification of pectinase from mango (Mangifera indica L. cv. Chokanan) waste using an aqueous organic phase system: a potential low cost source of the enzyme. (United States)

    Amid, Mehrnoush; Abdul Manap, Mohd Yazid; Mustafa, Shuhaimi


    As a novel method of purification, an aqueous organic phase system (AOPS) was employed to purify pectinase from mango waste. The effect of different parameters, such as the alcohol concentration (ethanol, 1-propanol, and 2-propanol), the salt type and concentration (ammonium sulfate, potassium phosphate and sodium citrate), the feed stock crude load, the aqueous phase pH and NaCl concentration, were investigated in the recovery of pectinase from mango peel. The partition coefficient (K), selectivity (S), purification factor (PF) and yield (Y, %) were investigated in this study as important parameters for the evaluation of enzyme recovery. The desirable partition efficiency for pectinase purification was achieved in an AOPS of 19% (w/w) ethanol and 22% (w/w) potassium phosphate in the presence of 5% (w/w) NaCl at pH 7.0. Based on the system, the purification factor of pectinase was enhanced 11.7, with a high yield of 97.1%. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Alcohol-induced structural transitions in the acid-denatured Bacillus licheniformis α-amylase

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    Adyani Azizah Abd Halim


    Full Text Available Alcohol-induced structural changes in the acid-denatured Bacillus licheniformis α-amylase (BLA at pH 2.0 were studied by far-ultra violet circular dichroism, intrinsic, three-dimensional and 8-anilino-1-naphthalene sulfonic acid (ANS fluorescence, acrylamide quenching and thermal denaturation. All the alcohols used in this study produced partial refolding in the acid-denatured BLA as evident from the increased mean residue ellipticity at 222 nm, increased intrinsic fluorescence and decreased ANS fluorescence. The order of effectiveness of these alcohols to induce a partially folded state of BLA was found to be: 2,2,2-trifluoroethanol/tert-butanol > 1-propanol/2-propanol > 2-chloroethanol > ethanol > methanol. Three-dimensional fluorescence and acrylamide quenching results obtained in the presence of 5.5 M tert-butanol also suggested formation of a partially folded state in the acid-denatured BLA. However, 5.5 M tert-butanol-induced state of BLA showed a non-cooperative thermal transition. All these results suggested formation of a partially folded state of the acid-denatured BLA in the presence of these alcohols. Furthermore, their effectiveness was found to be guided by their chain length, position of methyl groups and presence of the substituents.

  7. Acid Lipase from Candida viswanathii: Production, Biochemical Properties, and Potential Application (United States)

    de Almeida, Alex Fernando; Carmona, Eleonora Cano


    Influences of environmental variables and emulsifiers on lipase production of a Candida viswanathii strain were investigated. The highest lipase activity (101.1 U) was observed at 210 rpm, pH 6.0, and 27.5°C. Other fermentation parameters analyzed showed considerable rates of biomass yield (Y L/S = 1.381 g/g), lipase yield (Y L/S = 6.892 U/g), and biomass productivity (P X = 0.282 g/h). Addition of soybean lecithin increased lipase production in 1.45-fold, presenting lipase yield (Y L/S) of 10.061 U/g. Crude lipase presented optimal activity at acid pH of 3.5, suggesting a new lipolytic enzyme for this genus and yeast in general. In addition, crude lipase presented high stability in acid conditions and temperature between 40 and 45°C, after 24 h of incubation in these temperatures. Lipase remained active in the presence of organic solvents maintaining above 80% activity in DMSO, methanol, acetonitrile, ethanol, acetone, 1-propanol, isopropanol, and 2-propanol. Effectiveness for the hydrolysis of a wide range of natural triglycerides suggests that this new acid lipase has high potential application in the oleochemical and food industries for hydrolysis and/or modification of triacylglycerols to improve the nutritional properties. PMID:24350270

  8. Outgrowth inhibition of Clostridium beijerinckii spores by a bacteriocin-producing lactic culture in ovine milk cheese. (United States)

    Garde, Sonia; Avila, Marta; Arias, Ramón; Gaya, Pilar; Nuñez, Manuel


    In the manufacture of model cheeses, ovine milk was deliberately contaminated with spores of Clostridium beijerinckii INIA 63, a wild isolate from Manchego cheese with late blowing defect, and inoculated with nisin- and lacticin 481-producing Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis INIA 415 as starter, to test its potential to prevent the late blowing defect, or with L. lactis subsp. lactis INIA 415-2, a spontaneous mutant not producing bacteriocins. Cheeses made individually with the lactococcal strains, without clostridial spores, served as controls. Cheese made with clostridial spores and L. lactis subsp. lactis INIA 415-2 showed late blowing defect after 120days of ripening. Spoilt cheese also showed lower concentrations of lactic acid, and higher levels of acetic, propionic and butyric acids, and of other volatile compounds such as 2-propanol and 1-butanol, than control cheese. In addition, cheese made with the bacteriocin producer did not show any late blowing symptoms, despite its spore counts similar to those of blown cheese, pointing to outgrowth inhibition of C. beijerinckii spores by bacteriocins. Besides, cheese made with the bacteriocin producer showed similar concentrations of lactic acid and volatile compounds than control cheese. Inclusion of L. lactis subsp. lactis INIA 415 in starter cultures seems a feasible method to prevent late blowing defect in cheese without altering its sensory characteristics.

  9. Determination of volatile fractions in raw milk and ripened cheese by means of GC-MS. Results of a survey performed in the marginal area between Italy and Slovenia

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    Bruno Stefanon


    Full Text Available The volatile fractions of milk and their evolution in ripened cheese were studied using purge and trap extraction and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis (GC-MS. Eighteen samples of raw milk and cheese ripened for 70 days were collected in 2 consecutive years from dairy farms located in the border area between Italy and Slovenia. Twenty one volatile compounds not detected in the fresh milk used for cheese manufacturing, belonging mainly to the class of esters and alcohols, were found, while 8 compounds detected in milk were not found in cheese after 70 days of ripening. In cheese the majority of compounds increased significantly, even though the variations differed between the classes of volatile compounds. Concentration of alcohols, in particular ethanol, 1-propanol, 2-propanol, 3-methyl-1-butanol and 2-pentanol, increased considerably, while the content of ketones and terpenes was characterized by a significant, although small, rise that was largely related to a quantitative variation of only few compounds. Also esters, despite the high number of volatile compounds of new formation, showed a lower increase of concentration than that observed for the alcohols. Concentration of aldehydes, hydrocarbons and sulphur compounds remained unchanged, despite relevant variations involving the individual chemical compounds. Significant differences were also observed between the dairy product of the two countries, mainly for the concentration of volatile compounds belonging to the classes of alcohols, ketones and esters.

  10. Purification and characterization of organic solvent-stable lipase from organic solvent-tolerant Pseudomonas aeruginosa LST-03. (United States)

    Ogino, H; Nakagawa, S; Shinya, K; Muto, T; Fujimura, N; Yasuda, M; Ishikawa, H


    An organic solvent-stable lipase (LST-03 lipase) secreted into the culture broth of the organic solvent-tolerant Pseudomonas aeruginosa LST-03 was purified by ion-exchange and hydrophobic interaction chromatography in the presence of 2-propanol. The purified enzyme was homogeneous as determined by SDS-PAGE. The molecular mass of the lipase was estimated to be 27.1 kDa by SDS-PAGE and 36 kDa by gel filtration. The optimum pH and temperature were 6.0 and 37 degrees C. LST-03 lipase was stable at pH 5-8 and below 40 degrees C. Its hydrolytic activity was highest against tricaproin (C6), methyl octanoate (C8), and coconut oil respectively among the triacylglycerols, fatty acid methyl esters, and natural oils investigated. The enzyme cleaved not only the 1,3-positioned ester bonds, but also the 2-positioned ester bond of triolein. It exhibited high levels of activity in the presence of n-decane, n-octane, DMSO, and DMF as well as in the absence of an organic solvent. In addition, LST-03 lipase was stabler in the presence of n-decane, ethyleneglycol, DMSO, n-octane, n-heptane, isooctane, and cyclohexane than in the absence of an organic solvent.

  11. High catalytic activity of magnetic CuFe2O4/graphene oxide composite for the degradation of organic dyes under visible light irradiation (United States)

    Chen, Peng; Xing, Xiang; Xie, Huifang; Sheng, Qi; Qu, Hongxia


    Magnetic CuFe2O4/graphene oxide composite (CuFe2O4/GO) has been synthesized by hydrothermal method and showed excellent visible-light-photocatalytic activity for the degradation of different dyes as Rhodamine B (RhB) and acid orange II (AO7) with no need of H2O2. The Structure and morphology were investigated by XRD, FTIR and TEM and the performance of the catalyst was systematically investigated under various experimental conditions as pH, the dosage of catalyst, dye initial concentration, etc. The dyes degradation on CuFe2O4/GO was also remained in a level in the presence of *OH2- radical scavenger (2-propanol), while it decreased in the presence of *O2- radical scavenger (benzoquinone) and h+ radical scavenger (ammonium oxalate), indicating that *O2- and h+ radicals were responsible for the dye degradation. The magnetic CuFe2O4/GO composite shows potential applications in organic dye water treatment due to its magnetically recyclability and powerful visible-light-photocatalytic activity.

  12. Evaluations of pressure-transmitting media for cryogenic experiments with diamond anvil cell (United States)

    Tateiwa, Naoyuki; Haga, Yoshinori


    The fourteen kinds of pressure-transmitting media were evaluated by the ruby fluorescence method at room temperature, 77 K using the diamond anvil cell (DAC) up to 10 GPa in order to find appropriate media for use in low temperature physics. The investigated media are a 1:1 mixture by volume of Fluorinert FC-70 and FC-77, Daphne 7373 and 7474, NaCl, silicon oil (polydimethylsiloxane), Vaseline, 2-propanol, glycerin, a 1:1 mixture by volume of n-pentane and isopentane, a 4:1 mixture by volume of methanol and ethanol, petroleum ether, nitrogen, argon, and helium. The nonhydrostaticity of the pressure is discussed from the viewpoint of the broadening effect of the ruby R1 fluorescence line. The R1 line basically broadens above the liquid-solid transition pressure at room temperature. However, the nonhydrostatic effects do constantly develop in all the media from the low-pressure region at low temperature. The relative strength of the nonhydrostatic effects in the media at the low temperature region is discussed. The broadening effect of the ruby R1 line in the nitrogen, argon, and helium media are significantly small at 77 K, suggesting that the media are more appropriate for cryogenic experiments under high pressure up to 10 GPa with the DAC. The availability of the three media was also confirmed at 4.2 K.

  13. Appropriate pressure-transmitting media for cryogenic experiment in the diamond anvil cell up to 10 GPa (United States)

    Tateiwa, Naoyuki; Haga, Yoshinori


    We evaluated the qualities of pressure-transmitting media by the ruby fluorescence method at room temperature, 77 and 4.2 K in the diamond anvil cell (DAC) up to 10 GPa in order to find appropriate media for the low temperature experiment. Investigations were done on fourteen kinds of media: a 1:1 mixture by volume of Fluorinert FC-70 and FC-77, Daphne 7373 and 7474, NaCl, silicon oil (polydimethylsiloxane), vaselin, 2-propanol, glycerin, a 1:1 mixture by volume of n-pentane and isopentane, a 4:1 mixture by volume of methanol and ethanol, petroleum ether, nitrogen, argon and helium. We discuss the non-hydrostatic effects of the pressure in the media from the broadening effect of the ruby R1 fluorescence line. At the low temperature region, the non-hydrostatic effects develop continuously with increasing pressure from the low-pressure region in the all media. We reveal the relative strengths of the non-hydrostatic effects appeared in the media at 77K.

  14. Cu/MgAl(2)O(4) as bifunctional catalyst for aldol condensation of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural and selective transfer hydrogenation. (United States)

    Pupovac, Kristina; Palkovits, Regina


    Copper supported on mesoporous magnesium aluminate has been prepared as noble-metal-free solid catalyst for aldol condensation of 5-hydroxymethylfurfural with acetone, followed by hydrogenation of the aldol condensation products. The investigated mesoporous spinels possess high activity as solid-base catalysts. Magnesium aluminate exhibits superior activity compared to zinc and cobalt-based aluminates, reaching full conversion and up to 81 % yield of the 1:1 aldol product. The high activity can be correlated to a higher concentration of basic surface sites on magnesium aluminate. Applying continuous regeneration, the catalysts can be recycled without loss of activity. Focusing on the subsequent hydrogenation of aldol condensation products, Cu/MgAl2 O4 allows a selective hydrogenation and CO bond cleavage, delivering 3-hydroxybutyl-5-methylfuran as the main product with up to 84 % selectivity avoiding ring saturation. Analysis of the hydrogenation activity reveals that the reaction proceeds in the following order: CC>CO>CO cleavage>ring hydrogenation. Comparable activity and selectivity can be also achieved utilizing 2-propanol as solvent in the transfer hydrogenation, providing the possibility for partial recycling of acetone and optimization of the hydrogen management.

  15. Understanding the gas sensing properties of polypyrrole coated tin oxide nanofiber mats (United States)

    Bagchi, Sudeshna; Ghanshyam, C.


    Tin oxide-polypyrrole composites have been widely studied for their enhanced sensing performance towards ammonia vapours, but further investigations are required for an understanding of the interaction mechanisms with different target analytes. In this work, polypyrrole coated tin oxide fibers have been synthesized using a two-step approach of electrospinning and vapour phase polymerization for the sensing of ammonia, ethanol, methanol, 2-propanol and acetone vapours. The resistance variation in the presence of these vapours of different nature and concentration is investigated for the determination of sensor response. A decrease in resistance occurred on interaction of tin oxide-polypyrrole with ammonia, as opposed to previous reported works. Partial reduction of polypyrrole due to interfacial interaction with tin oxide has been proposed to explain this behavior. High sensitivity of 7.45 is achieved for 1 ppm ammonia concentration. Furthermore, the sensor exhibited high sensitivity and a faster response towards ethanol vapours although methanol has the highest electron donating capability. The catalytic mechanism has been discussed to explain this interesting behavior. The results reveal that interaction between tin oxide and polypyrrole is crucial to control the predominant sensing mechanism.

  16. Nafion/PTFE composite membranes for direct methanol fuel cell applications

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    Lin, Hsiu-Li; Yu, T. Leon; Chen, Li-Chung [Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Yuan Ze University, Nei-Li, Taoyuan 32026 (Taiwan); Huang, Li-Ning; Shen, Kun-Sheng; Jung, Guo-Bin [Fuel Cell Center, Yuan Ze University, Nei-Li, Taoyuan 32026 (Taiwan)


    Using dynamic light scattering and scanning electron microscope (SEM), it is shown that a high-carbon-number alcohol/water, i.e., 2-propanol/water, mixed solvent is more effective than low-carbon-number alcohol/water, i.e., ethanol/water and methanol/water, mixed solvents in dispersing Nafion molecules. Thus, it is a better solvent for the preparation of Nafion/PTFE (poly(tetrafluoroethylene)) composite membranes. The performance of direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs) with a Nafion/PTFE composite membrane, which was prepared in-house, a commercial Nafion-117 membrane, or a commercial Nafion-112 membrane were investigated by feeding various concentrations, i.e., 2-5M, of methanol to the anode. The Nafion/PTFE composite membrane gave a better DMFC performance than that obtained with Nafion-117 or Nafion-112 membranes. Using a DMFC model and varying the methanol concentration at the anode, cell voltage data were analyzed with respect to methanol concentration and cell current. The results indicate that inserting porous PTFE into Nafion polymer causes a reduction not only in methanol diffusion cross-over but also in the electro-osmosis of methanol cross-over in the membrane. (author)

  17. Efficient separation of tanshinones by polyvinylpyrrolidone-stabilized graphene-modified micellar electrokinetic chromatography. (United States)

    Yang, Hua; Ding, Yao; Gao, Wen; Qi, Lian-Wen; Cao, Jun; Li, Ping


    In this work, a PVP-stabilized graphene was used in MEKC for the separation of tanshinones. Seven structurally similar tanshinones were studied, that is, tanshinone IIB, dihydrotanshinone I, tanshinone I, cryptotanshinone, 1,2-dihydrotanshinone I, miltirone, and tanshinone IIA. To achieve optimal conditions, graphene concentration, sample solvent composition, SDS concentration, 2-propanolconcentration, and buffer pH were investigated. At a separation voltage of 30 kV and a 41.5 cm effective length fused-silica capillary, good resolution within 12 min was performed using 10 mM borate buffer (pH 9.3) containing 30 mM SDS, 10% v/v 2-propanol and 6 μg/mL graphene. The method was validated in terms of linearity (r(2) > 0.9970), intra- and inter-day precision were less than 3.56 and 4.83%, respectively. The proposed method was then successfully applied to Danshentong capsule, an herbal preparation from Salvia miltiorrhiza. Our results indicated the high separation efficiency of PVP-stabilized graphene provided new opportunities for the analysis of complex samples.

  18. Micellar Electrokinetic Chromatographic Study of the Separation of an Aromatase Inhibitor and a Tryciclic Antidepressant in the Breast Cancer Treatment

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    J. Rodríguez Flores


    Full Text Available Micellar electrokinetic chromatography (MEKC was investigated for the simultaneous determination of letrozole, imipramine and their metabolites in human urine samples over a concentration range of therapeutic interest. Experimental parameters such as pH of the running electrolyte, sodium dodecylsulphate (SDS concentration, borate concentration, voltage, etc were investigated. Under optimal conditions of 25 mM SDS, 15 mM borate buffer (pH 9.2, 15% 2-propanol, as back- ground electrolyte; 28 kV and 40 ºC, as voltage and cartridge temperature, respectively; resolution between the peaks was greater than 1.7. Before the determination, a solid phase extraction (SPE procedure with a C18 cartridge was optimized. Good linearity, accuracy, precision, robustness and ruggedness were achieved and detection limits of 12.5 ng/mL for letrozole and its metabolite and 37.5 ng/mL, were obtained for imipramine and their metabolites. Real determinations of these analytes in two patient urines were carried out. Sensitivity achieved in this method is sufficient to perform kinetic studies in humans.

  19. Morphological Effect of CNT/TiO2 Nanocomposite Photoelectrodes Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell on Photovoltaic Performance with Various Annealing Temperatures

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    Mohd Zikri Razali


    Full Text Available This research focused on the fabrication of dye-sensitized solar cell based on a photoanode of carbon nanotube/titanium dioxide (CNT/TiO2 nanocomposite photoanode synthesized through acid-catalyzed sol-gel method. The results show the improvement of the chemical and electrical properties of the solar cells annealed at different temperatures. The CNT/TiO2 colloidal solution was synthesized using titanium tetraisopropoxide and CNT/2-propanol solution. The thin films were doctor-bladed on a fluorine tin oxide glass before being annealed at 550, 650, and 750°C. The field emission scanning electron microscopy morphological images show that the thin films were homogenously distributed and maintained their spherical structures. The X-ray diffraction patterns show that the films consisted of anatase and rutile phases with large crystallite sizes due to temperature increment. The atomic force microscopy analysis presents the thin film roughness in terms of root mean square roughness. The photovoltaic performance was analyzed using IV curve and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS. The thin films annealed at 750°C had the highest energy conversion efficiency at 5.23%. The EIS analysis estimated the values of the effective electron lifetime (τeff, effective electron diffusion coefficient, effective electron diffusion (Ln, and effective recombination rate constant (keff. A large τeff, small keff, and longer Ln can improve photovoltaic performance efficiency.

  20. A Novel Aqueous Two Phase System Composed of a Thermo-Separating Polymer and an Organic Solvent for Purification of Thermo-Acidic Amylase Enzyme from Red Pitaya (Hylocereus polyrhizus Peel

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    Mehrnoush Amid


    Full Text Available The purification of thermo-acidic amylase enzyme from red pitaya (Hylocereus polyrhizus peel for the first time was investigated using a novel aqueous two-phase system (ATPS consisting of a thermo-separating copolymer and an organic solvent. The effectiveness of different parameters such as molecular weight of the thermo-separating ethylene oxide-propylene oxide (EOPO copolymer and type and concentration of organic solvent on the partitioning behavior of amylase was investigated. In addition, the effects of phase components, volume ratio (VR, pH and crude load of purification factor and yield of amylase were evaluated to achieve the optimum partition conditions of the enzyme. In the novel ATPS method, the enzyme was satisfactorily partitioned into the polymer-rich top phase in the system composed of 30% (w/w EOPO 2500 and 15% (w/w 2-propanol, at a volume ratio of 1.94 and with a crude load scale of 25% (w/w at pH 5.0. Recovery and recycling of components was also measured in each successive step of the ATPS process. The enzyme was successfully recovered by the method with a high purification factor of 14.3 and yield of 96.6% and copolymer was also recovered and recycled at a rate above 97%, making the method was more economical than the traditional ATPS method.

  1. Enantioselective HPLC resolution of synthetic intermediates of armodafinil and related substances. (United States)

    Nageswara Rao, Ramisetti; Shinde, Dhananjay D; Kumar Talluri, Murali V N


    Armodafinil is a unique psychostimulant recently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of narcolepsy. The chromatographic resolution of its chiral intermediates including related substances in the total synthesis of armodafinil was studied on polysaccharide-based stationary phases, viz. cellulose tris-(3,5-dimethylphenylcarbamate) (Chiralcel OD-H) and amylose tris-(3,5-dimethylphenylcarbamate) (Chiralpak AD-H) by HPLC. The effects of 1-propanol, 2-propanol, ethanol, and trifluoroacetic acid added to the mobile phase and of column temperature on resolution were studied. A good separation was achieved on cellulose-based Chiralcel OD-H column compared to amylose-based Chiralpak AD-H. The effects of structural features of the solutes and solvents on discrimination between the enantiomers were examined. Baseline separation with R(s) >1.38 was obtained using a mobile phase containing n-hexane-ethanol-TFA (75:25:0.15 v/v/v). Detection was carried out at 225 nm with photodiode array detector while identification of enantiomers was accomplished by a polarimetric detector connected in series. The method was found to be suitable not only for process development of armodafinil but also for determination of the enantiomeric purity of bulk drugs and pharmaceuticals.

  2. Decellularized omentum as novel biologic scaffold for reconstructive surgery and regenerative medicine

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    A. Porzionato


    Full Text Available Homologous tissues, such as adipose tissue, may be an interesting source of acellular scaffolds, maintaining a complex physiological three-dimensional (3D structure, to be recellularized with autologous cells. The aim of the present work is to evaluate the possibility of obtaining homologous acellular scaffolds from decellularization of the omentum, which is known to have a complex vascular network. Adult rat and human omenta were treated with an adapted decellularization protocol involving mechanical rupture (freeze-thaw cycles, enzymatic digestion (trypsin, lipase, deoxyribonuclease, ribonuclease and lipid extraction (2-propanol. Histological staining confirmed the effectiveness of decellularization, resulting in cell-free scaffolds with no residual cells in the matrix. The complex 3D networks of collagen (azan-Mallory, elastic fibers (Van Gieson, reticular fibers and glycosaminoglycans (PAS were maintained, whereas Oil Red and Sudan stains showed the loss of lipids in the decellularized tissue. The vascular structures in the tissue were still visible, with preservation of collagen and elastic wall components and loss of endothelial (anti-CD31 and -CD34 immunohistochemistry and smooth muscle (anti-alpha smooth muscle actin cells. Fat-rich and well vascularized omental tissue may be decellularized to obtain complex 3D scaffolds preserving tissue architecture potentially suitable for recellularization. Further analyses are necessary to verify the possibility of recolonization of the scaffold by adipose-derived stem cells in vitro and then in vivo after re-implantation, as already known for homologus implants in regenerative processes.

  3. Can Nonpolar Polyisobutylenes be Measured by Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry? Anion-Attachment Proved to be an Appropriate Method (United States)

    Nagy, Lajos; Nagy, Tibor; Deák, György; Kuki, Ákos; Purgel, Mihály; Narmandakh, Mijid; Iván, Béla; Zsuga, Miklós; Kéki, Sándor


    Polyisobutylenes (PIBs) with different end-groups including chlorine, exo-olefin, hydroxyl, and methyl prepared from aliphatic and aromatic initiators were studied by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS). Independently of the end-groups, presence or absence of aromatic initiator moiety, these PIB derivatives were capable of forming adduct ions with NO3 - and Cl- ions, thus allowing the direct characterization of these compounds in the negative ion mode of ESI-MS. To obtain [PIB + NO3]- and [PIB + Cl]- adduct ions with appreciable intensities, addition of polar solvents such as acetone, 2-propanol, or ethanol to the dichloromethane solution of PIBs was necessary. Furthermore, increasing both the polarity (by increasing the acetone content) and the ion-source temperature give rise to enhanced intensities for both [PIB + NO3]- and [PIB + Cl]- ions. Energy-dependent collision induced dissociation studies (CID) revealed that increasing the collision voltages resulted in the shift of the apparent molecular masses to higher ones. CID studies also showed that dissociation of the [PIB + Cl]- ions requires higher collision energy than that of [PIB + NO3]-. In addition, Density Functional Theory calculations were performed to gain insights into the nature of the interactions between the highly non-polar PIB chains and anions NO3 - and Cl- as well as to determine the zero-point corrected electronic energies for the formation of [PIB + NO3]- and [PIB + Cl]- adduct ions.

  4. Molecular level water and solute transport in reverse osmosis membranes (United States)

    Lueptow, Richard M.; Shen, Meng; Keten, Sinan


    The water permeability and rejection characteristics of six solutes, methanol, ethanol, 2-propanol, urea, Na+, and Cl-, were studied for a polymeric reverse osmosis (RO) membrane using non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations. Results indicate that water flux increases with an increasing fraction of percolated free volume in the membrane polymer structure. Solute molecules display Brownian motion and hop from pore to pore as they pass through the membrane. The solute rejection depends on both the size of the solute molecule and the chemical interaction of the solute with water and the membrane. When the open spaces in the polymeric structure are such that solutes have to shed at least one water molecule from their solvation shell to pass through the membrane molecular structure, the water-solute pair interaction energy governs solute rejection. Organic solutes more easily shed water molecules than ions to more readily pass through the membrane. Hydrogen-bonding sites for molecules like urea also lead to a higher rejection. These findings underline the importance of the solute's solvation shell and solute-water-membrane chemistry in solute transport and rejection in RO membranes. Funded by the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern with computing resources from XSEDE (NSF grant ACI-1053575).

  5. Visible-light driven oxidation of gaseous aliphatic alcohols to the corresponding carbonyls via TiO2 sensitized by a perylene derivative. (United States)

    Guarisco, Chiara; Palmisano, Giovanni; Calogero, Giuseppe; Ciriminna, Rosaria; Di Marco, Gaetano; Loddo, Vittorio; Pagliaro, Mario; Parrino, Francesco


    Sensitized P25 TiO2 was prepared by wet impregnation with a home-prepared perylene dye, i.e., N,N'-bis(2-(1-piperazino)ethyl)-3,4,9,10-perylene-tetracarboxylic acid diimide dichloride (PZPER). Energy levels of PZPER were found to be compatible with those of TiO2 allowing fast electron transfer. The obtained catalyst has been characterized and used in the gas-phase partial oxidation of aliphatic primary and secondary alcohols, i.e., methanol, ethanol, and 2-propanol. The reaction was carried out under cut-off (λ > 400 nm) simulated solar radiation in O2 atmosphere. The perylene derivative allowed a good absorbance of visible radiation thanks to its low optical energy gap (2.6 eV) which was evaluated by cyclic voltammetry. The optimal organic sensitizing amount was found to be 5.6 % w/w in terms of yield in carbonyl derivatives. Moreover, no change in reactivity/selectivity was observed after 10-h irradiation thus confirming the catalyst stability. Yields into formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, and acetone were 67, 70, and 96 %, respectively. No significant amounts of organic byproducts were detected but for methanol oxidation, whereas a minor amount of the substrate degraded to CO2.

  6. Automated statistical experimental design approach for rapid separation of coenzyme Q10 and identification of its biotechnological process related impurities using UHPLC and UHPLC-APCI-MS. (United States)

    Talluri, Murali V N Kumar; Kalariya, Pradipbhai D; Dharavath, Shireesha; Shaikh, Naeem; Garg, Prabha; Ramisetti, Nageswara Rao; Ragampeta, Srinivas


    A novel ultra high performance liquid chromatography method development strategy was ameliorated by applying quality by design approach. The developed systematic approach was divided into five steps (i) Analytical Target Profile, (ii) Critical Quality Attributes, (iii) Risk Assessments of Critical parameters using design of experiments (screening and optimization phases), (iv) Generation of design space, and (v) Process Capability Analysis (Cp) for robustness study using Monte Carlo simulation. The complete quality-by-design-based method development was made automated and expedited by employing sub-2 μm particles column with an ultra high performance liquid chromatography system. Successful chromatographic separation of the Coenzyme Q10 from its biotechnological process related impurities was achieved on a Waters Acquity phenyl hexyl (100 mm × 2.1 mm, 1.7 μm) column with gradient elution of 10 mM ammonium acetate buffer (pH 4.0) and a mixture of acetonitrile/2-propanol (1:1) as the mobile phase. Through this study, fast and organized method development workflow was developed and robustness of the method was also demonstrated. The method was validated for specificity, linearity, accuracy, precision, and robustness in compliance to the International Conference on Harmonization, Q2 (R1) guidelines. The impurities were identified by atmospheric pressure chemical ionization-mass spectrometry technique. Further, the in silico toxicity of impurities was analyzed using TOPKAT and DEREK software.

  7. Thematic outlook. Technical outlook for the fuel-cell research network (PACo). August 8, 2002 update, no. 7; Veille thematique. La veille technique pour le reseau PACo. Actualisation du 8 aout 2002, no. 7

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    This report brings together a compilation of abstracts of articles about some recent research works carried out in the domain of fuel cells, hydrogen production and hydrogen storage: characteristics of a PEM fuel cell submitted to a transient increase of CO concentration; perspectives of the different fuel cell technologies in transport applications; development of a portable fuel cell system for the soldier's equipment; direct 2-propanol low temperature fuel cell; a fuel cell system quasi-directly supplied with methanol and based on a mixture of electrolytic polymers; catalysis in low temperature fuel cells (part.1: the cathode stakes); manufacturing and performance of the new multi-layer cathodes for SOFCs; patent about intermediate plates for the limitation of the movement of the bolts used for the fastening of a fuel cell core; the Paul Sherrer institute is testing a zinc and synthetic gas production process that use solar energy, natural gas and zinc oxide; experimental evaluation of a combined plasma/catalyst system for the production of hydrogen from the partial oxidation of hydrocarbons; hydrogen production using a new chemo-organo-trophic bacteria: Citrobacter sp. Y19; hydrogen as energy vector: competition or complementarity with fossil fuels; hydrogen storage in general and in light monocrystalline metal hydrides in particular; the nuclear option for the production of hydrogen as energy of the future. (J.S.)

  8. Linear and nonlinear optical studies of bare and copper doped TiO2 nanoparticles via sol gel technique. (United States)

    Rajamannan, B; Mugundan, S; Viruthagiri, G; Praveen, P; Shanmugam, N


    In general, the nanoparticles of TiO2 may exist in the phases of anatase, rutile and brookite. In the present work, we used titanium terta iso propoxide and 2-propanol as a common starting material to prepare the precursors of bare and copper doped nanosized TiO2. Then the synthesized products were calcinated at 500°C and after calcination the pure TiO2 nanoparticles in anatase phase were harvested. The crystallite sizes of bare and copper doped TiO2 nanoparticles were calculated from X-ray diffraction analysis. The existence of functional groups of the samples was identified by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The optical properties of bare and doped samples were carried out using UV-DRS and photoluminescence measurements. The surface morphology and the element constitution of the copper doped TiO2 nanoparticles were studied by scanning electron microscope fitted with energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer arrangement. The nonlinear optical properties of the products were confirmed by Kurtz second harmonic generation (SHG) test and the output power generated by the nanoparticle was compared with that of potassium di hydrogen phosphate (KDP). Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Preparation and characterization of chitin beads as a wound dressing precursor. (United States)

    Yusof, N L; Lim, L Y; Khor, E


    Chitin was dissolved in N, N-dimethylacetamide/5% lithium chloride (DMAc/5%LiCl) to form a 0.5% chitin solution. Chitin beads were formed by dropping the 0.5% chitin solution into a nonsolvent coagulant, ethanol. The beads were left in ethanol for 24 h to permit hardening, consolidation, and removal of residual DMAc/5%LiCl solvent in order to give spherical chitin beads uniform size distribution. The ethanol-gelled chitin beads had an average diameter of 535 microm. The chitin beads were subsequently activated in 50% (w/v) NaOH solution and reacted with 1.9 M monochloroacetic acid/2-propanol solution to introduce a carboxymethylated surface layer to the chitin beads. The bilayer character of the surface-carboxymethylated chitin (SCM-chitin) beads was verified by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and confocal microscopy. The bilayered SCM-chitin beads were found to absorb up to 95 times their dry weight of water. These SCM-chitin beads have potential as a component of wound dressings.

  10. Determination of the Oscillator Strengths for the Third and Fourth Vibrational Overtone Transitions in Simple Alcohols (United States)

    Wallberg, Jens; Kjaergaard, Henrik G.


    Absolute measurements of the weak transitions require sensitive spectroscopic techniques. With our recently constructed pulsed cavity ring down (CRD) spectrometer, we have recorded the third and fourth vibrational overtone of the OH stretching vibration in a series of simple alcohols: methanol (MeOH), ethanol (EtOH), 1-propanol (1-PrOH), 2-propanol (2-PrOH) and tert-butanol (tBuOH). The CRD setup (in a flow cell configuration) is combined with a conventional FTIR spectrometer to determine the partial pressure of the alcohols from the fundamental transitions of the OH-stretching vibration. The oscillator strengths of the overtone transitions are determined from the integrated absorbances of the overtone spectra and the partial pressures. Furthermore, the oscillator strengths were calculated using vibrational local mode theory with energies and dipole moments calculated at CCSD(T)/aug-cc-pVTZ level of theory. We find a good agreement between the observed and calculated oscillator strengths across the series of alcohols.

  11. High-Quality Perovskite Films Grown with a Fast Solvent-Assisted Molecule Inserting Strategy for Highly Efficient and Stable Solar Cells. (United States)

    Yuan, Shuai; Qiu, Zhiwen; Gao, Chaomin; Zhang, Hailiang; Jiang, Yanan; Li, Cuncheng; Yu, Jinghua; Cao, Bingqiang


    The performance of organolead halide perovskites based solar cells has been enhanced dramatically due to the morphology control of the perovskite films. In this paper, we present a fast solvent-assisted molecule inserting (S-AMI) strategy to grow high-quality perovskite film, in which the methylammonium iodide/2-propanol (MAI/IPA) solution is spin-coated onto a dimethylformamide (DMF) wetted mixed lead halide (PbX2) precursor film. The DMF can help the inserting of MAI molecules into the PbX2 precursor film and provide a solvent environment to help the grain growth of the perovskite film. The perovskite film grown by the S-AMI approach shows large and well-oriented grains and long carrier lifetime due to the reduced grain boundary. Solar cells constructed with these perovskite films yield an average efficiency over 17% along with a high average fill factor of 80%. Moreover, these unsealed solar cell devices exhibit good stability in an ambient atmosphere.

  12. Identification of Wet-Spinning and Post-Spin Stretching Methods Amenable to Recombinant Spider Aciniform Silk. (United States)

    Weatherbee-Martin, Nathan; Xu, Lingling; Hupe, Andre; Kreplak, Laurent; Fudge, Douglas S; Liu, Xiang-Qin; Rainey, Jan K


    Spider silks are outstanding biomaterials with mechanical properties that outperform synthetic materials. Of the six fibrillar spider silks, aciniform (or wrapping) silk is the toughest through a unique combination of strength and extensibility. In this study, a wet-spinning method for recombinant Argiope trifasciata aciniform spidroin (AcSp1) is introduced. Recombinant AcSp1 comprising three 200 amino acid repeat units was solubilized in a 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol (HFIP)/water mixture, forming a viscous α-helix-enriched spinning dope, and wet-spun into an ethanol/water coagulation bath allowing continuous fiber production. Post-spin stretching of the resulting wet-spun fibers in water significantly improved fiber strength, enriched β-sheet conformation without complete α-helix depletion, and enhanced birefringence. These methods allow reproducible aciniform silk fiber formation, albeit with lower extensibility than native silk, requiring conditions and methods distinct from those previously reported for other silk proteins. This provides an essential starting point for tailoring wet-spinning of aciniform silk to achieve desired properties.

  13. Figures of merit in the quantification of ibuprofen enantiomers by chiral HPLC. (United States)

    Valderrama, Patrícia; Romero, Adriano Lopes; Imamura, Paulo Mitsuo; Poppi, Ronei Jesus


    The determination of ibuprofen (IBU) enantiomers by chiral high-performance liquid chromatographic is described. The methodology is based on chiral recognition of ibuprofen by a chiral column based on cellulose tris(4-methylbenzoate) coated on silica gel (Chiralcel OJ-H). The mobile phase is n-hexane-2-propanol-trifluoroacetic acid (98:2:0.1, v/v/v). The flow rate was 1.0 mL/min, and UV detection was 254 nm. The samples of ibuprofen were prepared in n-hexane in the concentration range 50-100% of (S)-IBU 1 x 10(-3) mol/L. Calibration and validation method were performed with six and nine samples, respectively. Goodness-of-fit measures represented by correlation coefficient, y-intercept, and slope of the regression line were 0.9836, 21373, 2162, respectively. Average of the relative error of the proposed method was 3.0%, 0.9% (S)-IBU selectivity, and 2162% (S)-IBU-1 sensitivity. The minimum concentration difference between two samples that could be determined in the linear dynamic range was 0.4% (S)-IBU. Limits of detection and quantification were 8.1 and 27.0% (S)-IBU, respectively. These results indicate that the proposed method can be employed for determination of the enantiomeric composition of IBU.

  14. Improved Polymerase Chain Reaction-restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism Genotyping of Toxic Pufferfish by Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry. (United States)

    Miyaguchi, Hajime


    An improved version of a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) method for genotyping toxic pufferfish species by liquid chromatography/electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (LC/ESI-MS) is described. DNA extraction is carried out using a silica membrane-based DNA extraction kit. After the PCR amplification using a detergent-free PCR buffer, restriction enzymes are added to the solution without purifying the reaction solution. A reverse-phase silica monolith column and a Fourier transform high resolution mass spectrometer having a modified Kingdon trap analyzer are employed for separation and detection, respectively. The mobile phase, consisting of 400 mM 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol, 15 mM triethylamine (pH 7.9) and methanol, is delivered at a flow rate of 0.4 ml/min. The cycle time for LC/ESI-MS analysis is 8 min including equilibration of the column. Deconvolution software having an isotope distribution model of the oligonucleotide is used to calculate the corresponding monoisotopic mass from the mass spectrum. For analysis of oligonucleotides (range 26-79 nucleotides), mass accuracy was 0.62 ± 0.74 ppm (n = 280) and excellent accuracy and precision were sustained for 180 hr without use of a lock mass standard.

  15. RAFT Polymerization of Styrene and Maleimide in the Presence of Fluoroalcohol: Hydrogen Bonding Effects with Classical Alternating Copolymerization as Reference

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    Fangjun Yao


    Full Text Available The impacts of hydrogen bonding on polymerization behavior has been of interest for a long time; however, universality and in-depth understanding are still lacking. For the first time, the effect of hydrogen bonding on the classical alternating-type copolymerization of styrene and maleimide was explored. N-phenylmaleimide (N-PMI/styrene was chosen as a model monomer pair in the presence of hydrogen bonding donor solvent 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol (HFIP, which interacted with N-PMI via hydrogen bonding. Reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization (RAFT technique was used to guarantee the “living” polymerization and thus the homogeneity of chain compositions. In comparison with the polymerization in nonhydrogen bonding donor solvent (toluene, the copolymerization in HFIP exhibited a high rate and a slight deviation from alternating copolymerization tendency. The reactivity ratios of N-PMI and St were revealed to be 0.078 and 0.068, respectively, while the reactivity ratios in toluene were 0.026 and 0.050. These interesting results were reasonably explained by using computer simulations, wherein the steric repulsion and electron induction by the hydrogen bonding between HFIP and NPMI were revealed. This work first elucidated the hydrogen bonding interaction in the classical alternating-type copolymerization, which will enrich the research on hydrogen bonding-induced polymerizations.

  16. Bioconversion of isopropanol by a solvent tolerant Sphingobacterium mizutae strain. (United States)

    Mohammad, Balsam T; Wright, Phillip C; Bustard, Mark T


    The bioconversion of high concentration isopropanol (2-propanol, IPA) was investigated by a solvent tolerant strain of bacteria, which was identified as Sphingobacterium mizutae ST2 by partial 16S rDNA gene sequencing. This strain of bacteria exhibited the ability to utilise high concentration isopropanol as the sole carbon source, with mineralization occurring via an acetone intermediate into central metabolism. The biodegradative performance of this strain for IPA was examined over a 2-38 g l(-1) concentration range, using specific growth rate (mu) and conversion rate analysis. Maximum specific growth rates (mu(max)) of 0.0045 h(-1 )were routinely obtainable on IPA. In addition, the highest specific IPA degradation rate was obtained at a concentration of 7.5 g l(-1) with a corresponding value of 0.045 g IPA g cells(-1) h(-1). While the highest acetone yield reached its maximum value of 0.940 g acetone g IPA(-1) at 7.5 g IPA l(-1). This is the first report on bioconversion of isopropanol at such high concentration by this solvent tolerant strain of S. mizutae and may allow its application in novel biocatalytic processes for effective biological conversion in two-phase solvent systems.

  17. Unexpected photoproduct generated via the acetone-sensitized photolysis of 5-bromo-2'-deoxyuridine in a water/isopropanol solution: experimental and computational studies. (United States)

    Polska, Katarzyna; Zielonka, Justyna; Chomicz, Lidia; Czerwicka, Małgorzata; Stepnowski, Piotr; Guzow, Katarzyna; Wiczk, Wiesław; Smużyńska, Maria; Kasprzykowski, Franciszek; Żylicz-Stachula, Agnieszka; Skowron, Piotr; Rak, Janusz


    The acetone-sensitized photolysis of 5-bromo-2'-deoxyuridine (5-BrdU) in a water/isopropanol solution with 300 nm photons leads to the formation of 2'-deoxyuridine (dU) and a comparable amount of another photoproduct that has not been reported in the literature so far. The negative and positive mass spectra recorded for this species indicate that they originate from the molecular mass of 286 Da, which corresponds to an adduct of 2'-deoxyuridine and 2-propanol. Quantum chemical calculations carried out at the DFT and TDDFT levels reveal both the structure and the UV spectrum of that adduct. The latter computational characteristic matches well the experimental UV spectrum of the new photoproduct. Our findings indicate that the acetone-sensitized photolysis of 5-BrdU is more complicated than has hitherto been assumed. Nevertheless, since electron transfer is one of the pathways responsible for 5-BrdU decay, acetone-sensitized photolysis of the halogen derivatives of nucleobases could be a convenient tool for studying their radiosensitivity in aqueous solutions.

  18. Determining indoor air quality and identifying the origin of odour episodes in indoor environments

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    Eva Gallego; Xavier Roca; Jose Francisco Perales; Xavier Guardino


    A methodology for identifying volatile organic compounds (VOC) and determining air quality of indoor air has been developed. The air samples are collected using pump samplers by the inhabitants when they perceive odorous and/or discomfort episodes. Glass multi-sorbent tubes are connected to the pump samplers for the retention of VOC. The analysis is performed by automatic thermal desorption (ATD) coupled with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC/MS). This methodology can be applied in cases of sick building syndrome (SBS) evaluation, in which building occupants experience a series of varied symptoms that appear to be linked to time spent in the building. Chemical pollutants concentrations (e.g., VOC) have been described to contribute to SBS. To exemplify the methodology, a qualitative determination and an evaluation of VOC present were performed in a dwelling where the occupants experienced the SBS symptoms. Higher total VOC (TVOC) value was detected in episodes in indoor air (1.33 ( 1.53 mg/m3) compared to outdoor air (0.71 ( 0.46 mg/m3). The concentrations of individual VOCs, such as ethanol, acetone, isopropanol, 1-butanol, acetic acid, acetonitrile and 1-metoxy-2-propanol, were also higher than the expected for a standard dwelling. The external source of VOC was found to be a not declared activity of storage and manipulation of solvents located at the bottom of a contiguous building.

  19. Biodegradation of isopropanol by a solvent-tolerant Paracoccus denitrificans strain. (United States)

    Geng, Yucong; Deng, Yuanjie; Chen, Feilong; Jin, Hong; Tao, Ke; Hou, Taiping


    The biodegradation of high concentration isopropanol (2-propanol, IPA) at 16 g/L was investigated by a solvent-tolerant strain of bacteria identified as Paracoccus denitrificans for the first time by 16S rDNA gene sequencing. The strain P. denitrificans GH3 was able to utilize the high concentration of IPA as the sole carbon source within a minimal salts medium with a cell density of 1.5×10(8) cells/mL. The optimal conditions were found as follows: initial pH 7.0, incubation temperature 30°C, with IPA concentration 8 g/L. Under the optimal conditions, strain GH3 utilized 90.3% of IPA in 7 days. Acetone, the major intermediate of aerobic IPA biodegradation, was also monitored as an indicator of microbial IPA utilization. Both IPA and acetone were completely removed from the medium following 216 hr and 240 hr, respectively. The growth of strain GH3 on IPA as a sole carbon and energy source was well described by the Andrews model with a maximum growth rate (μmax)=0.0277/hr, a saturation constant (KS)=0.7333 g/L, and an inhibition concentration (Ki)=8.9887 g/L. Paracoccus denitrificans GH3 is considered to be well used in degrading IPA in wastewater.

  20. Effect of Water Miscible Organic Solvents on p-Nitrophenol Hydroxylase (CYP2E1) Activity in Rat Liver Microsomes. (United States)

    Patil, Pranali G; Kamble, S H; Shah, T S; Iyer, K R


    Organic solvents used for solubilization of the substrates/NCEs are known to affect the activity of cytochrome P450 enzymes. Further, this effect varies with the solvents used, the substrates and CYP450 isoforms in question. In the present study, we have investigated the effect of ten commonly used water miscible organic solvents (methanol, ethanol, 1-propanol, 2-propanol, acetonitrile, acetone, dimethyl sulphoxide, N,N-dimethyl formamide, dioxane and polyethylene glycol 400) on p-nitrophenol hydroxylase activity at 0, 0.1, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75 and 1% v/v concentration in rat liver microsomes. All the solvents studied showed concentration dependent inhibition of the p-nitrophenol hydroxylase activity except acetonitrile which showed activation of the activity at concentration range studied. Out of ten solvents studied, dioxane was found to be the most inhibitory solvent (inhibition >90% at 0.25% v/v concentration). Overall, solvents like dimethyl sulphoxide, dimethyl formamide and dioxane appeared to be unsuitable for characterizing p-nitrophenol hydroxylase (CYP2E1-mediated) reactions due to a high degree of inhibition. On the other hand, methanol and acetonitrile at concentrations <0.5% v/v appeared to be appropriate solvents for substrate solubilization while evaluating CYP2E1-mediated catalysis. The results of this study imply that caution should be exercised while choosing solvents for dissolution of substrate during enzyme studies in liver microsomes.

  1. Platinum-Niobium(V Oxide/Carbon Nanocomposites Prepared By Microwave Synthesis For Ethanol Oxidation

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    Virginija KEPENIENĖ


    Full Text Available In the present work, Pt nanoparticles were deposited by means of microwave synthesis on the primary carbon supported Nb2O5 composite which was prepared in two different ways: (A by dispersion of Nb2O5 and carbon with the mass ratio equal to 1:1 in a 2-propanol solution by ultrasonication for 30 min. with further desiccation of the mixture and (B by heating the Nb2O5/C composite obtained according to the procedure (A at 500 °C for 2 h. The transmission electron microscopy was used to determine the shape and the size of catalyst particles. X-ray diffraction and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy were employed to characterize the structure and composition of the synthesized catalysts. The electrocatalytic activity of the synthesized catalysts towards the oxidation of ethanol in an alkaline medium was investigated by means of cyclic voltammetry.DOI:

  2. Synthesis and Anticancer Activity of Some New S-Glycosyl and S-Alkyl 1,2,4-Triazinone Derivatives

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    Hosam A. Saad


    Full Text Available A series of S-glycosyl and S-alkyl derivatives of 4-amino-3-mercapto-6-(2-(2-thienylvinyl-1,2,4-triazin-5(4H-one (1 were synthesized using different halo compounds such as preacetylated sugar bromide, 4-bromobutylacetate, 2-acetoxyethoxy-methyl bromide, 3-chloropropanol, 1,3-dichloro-2-propanol, epichlorohydrin, allyl bromide, propargyl bromide, phthalic and succinic acids in POCl3. The structures of the synthesized compounds have been deduced from their elemental analysis and spectral (IR, 1H-NMR, and 13C-NMR data. Some of the synthesized compounds were screened as anticancer agents. Significant anticancer activities were observed in vitro for some members of the series, and compounds 4-Amino-3-(3-hydroxypropylthio-6-(2-(2-thienylvinyl-1,2,4-triazin-5(4H-one (12 and 3-(4-Oxo-3-(2-(2-thienylvinyl-4H-[1,3,4]thiadiazolo-[2,3-c][1,2,4]tr-iazin-7-ylpropanoic acid (18 are active cytotoxic agents against different cancer cell lines.

  3. Diamond-like carbon films deposited on three-dimensional shape substrate model by liquid electrochemical technique

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    He, Y.Y. [Institute of Nano-photonics, School of Physics and Materials Engineering, Dalian Nationalities University, 116600 Dalian (China); Zhang, G.F. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, 116024, Dalian China (China); Zhao, Y.; Liu, D.D. [Institute of Nano-photonics, School of Physics and Materials Engineering, Dalian Nationalities University, 116600 Dalian (China); Cong, Y., E-mail: [Institute of Nano-photonics, School of Physics and Materials Engineering, Dalian Nationalities University, 116600 Dalian (China); Buck, V. [Thin Film Technology Group, Faculty of Physics, University Duisburg-Essen and CeNIDE, 47057 Duisburg (Germany)


    Diamond-like carbon (DLC) films were deposited on three-dimensional (3D) shape substrate model by electrolysis of 2-propanol solution at low temperature (60 °C). This 3D shape model was composed of a horizontally aligned stainless steel wafer and vertically aligned stainless steel rods. Morphology and microstructure of the films were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and Raman spectroscopy, respectively. The results suggested there were only differences in film uniformity and thickness for two kinds of samples. The hydrogenated amorphous carbon films deposited on horizontally aligned substrate were smooth and homogeneous. And the film thickness of DLC films gained on the vertical substrates decreased along vertical direction. It is believed that bubble formation could enhance nucleation on the wetted capillary area. This experiment shows that deposition of DLC films by liquid phase deposition on 3D shape conductive substrates is possible. - Highlights: • DLC film is expected to be deposited on complex surface/shape substrate. • DLC film is deposited on 3D shape substrate by liquid electrochemical method. • Horizontal substrate is covered by smooth and homogeneous DLC films. • Film thickness decreases along vertical direction due to boiling effect.

  4. Supersaturation-limited amyloid fibrillation of insulin revealed by ultrasonication. (United States)

    Muta, Hiroya; Lee, Young-Ho; Kardos, József; Lin, Yuxi; Yagi, Hisashi; Goto, Yuji


    Amyloid fibrils form in supersaturated solutions via a nucleation and growth mechanism. We proposed that ultrasonication may be an effective agitation to trigger nucleation that would otherwise not occur under the persistent metastability of supersaturation. However, the roles of supersaturation and effects of ultrasonication have not been elucidated in detail except for limited cases. Insulin is an amyloidogenic protein that is useful for investigating the mechanisms underlying amyloid fibrillation with biological relevance. We studied the alcohol-induced amyloid fibrillation of insulin using various concentrations of 2,2,2-trifluoroethanol and 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol at pH 2.0 and 4.8. Ultrasonic irradiation effectively triggered fibrillation under conditions in which insulin retained persistent supersaturation. Structural analyses by circular dichroism, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy revealed that the dominant structures of fibrils varied between parallel and antiparallel β-sheets depending on the solvent conditions. pH and alcohol concentration-dependent phase diagrams showed a marked difference before and after the ultrasonic treatment, which indicated that the persistent metastability of supersaturation determined the conformations of insulin. These results indicate the importance of an alternative view of amyloid fibrils as supersaturation-limited crystal-like aggregates formed above the solubility limit. © 2014 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.

  5. Supersaturation-limited Amyloid Fibrillation of Insulin Revealed by Ultrasonication* (United States)

    Muta, Hiroya; Lee, Young-Ho; Kardos, József; Lin, Yuxi; Yagi, Hisashi; Goto, Yuji


    Amyloid fibrils form in supersaturated solutions via a nucleation and growth mechanism. We proposed that ultrasonication may be an effective agitation to trigger nucleation that would otherwise not occur under the persistent metastability of supersaturation. However, the roles of supersaturation and effects of ultrasonication have not been elucidated in detail except for limited cases. Insulin is an amyloidogenic protein that is useful for investigating the mechanisms underlying amyloid fibrillation with biological relevance. We studied the alcohol-induced amyloid fibrillation of insulin using various concentrations of 2,2,2-trifluoroethanol and 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol at pH 2.0 and 4.8. Ultrasonic irradiation effectively triggered fibrillation under conditions in which insulin retained persistent supersaturation. Structural analyses by circular dichroism, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy revealed that the dominant structures of fibrils varied between parallel and antiparallel β-sheets depending on the solvent conditions. pH and alcohol concentration-dependent phase diagrams showed a marked difference before and after the ultrasonic treatment, which indicated that the persistent metastability of supersaturation determined the conformations of insulin. These results indicate the importance of an alternative view of amyloid fibrils as supersaturation-limited crystal-like aggregates formed above the solubility limit. PMID:24847058

  6. Development and characterization of coaxially electrospun gelatin coated poly (3-hydroxybutyric acid) thin films as potential scaffolds for skin regeneration

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    Nagiah, Naveen [Bioproducts Lab, Central Leather Research Institute, Adyar, Chennai (India); Madhavi, Lakshmi; Anitha, R. [CavinKare Research Centre, Ekkattuthangal, Chennai (India); Anandan, C. [National Aerospace Laboratory, Banglore (India); Srinivasan, Natarajan Tirupattur, E-mail: [Conducting Polymers Lab, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai (India); Sivagnanam, Uma Tirichurapalli, E-mail: [Bioproducts Lab, Central Leather Research Institute, Adyar, Chennai (India)


    The morphology of fibers synthesized through electrospinning has been found to mimic extracellular matrix. Coaxially electrospun fibers of gelatin (sheath) coated poly (3-hydroxybutyric acid) (PHB) (core) was developed using 2,2,2 trifluoroethanol(TFE) and 1,1,1,3,3,3 hexafluoro-2-propanol(HFIP) as solvents respectively. The coaxial structure and coating of gelatin with PHB fibers was confirmed through transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Thermal stability of the coaxially electrospun fibers was analyzed using thermogravimetric analysis(TGA), differential scanning calorimetry(DSC) and differential thermogravimetric analysis(DTA). Complete evaporation of solvent and gelatin grafting over PHB fibers was confirmed through attenuated total reflection-Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR). The coaxially electrospun fibers exhibited competent tensile properties for skin regeneration with high surface area and porosity. In vitro degradation studies proved the stability of fibers and its potential applications in tissue engineering. The fibers supported the growth of human dermal fibroblasts and keratinocytes with normal morphology indicating its potential as a scaffold for skin regeneration. - Highlights: • Coaxial electrospinning was employed to develop core-shell fibers of PHB and gelatin. • The scaffold has competent physicochemical properties. • Developed scaffold will have high impact as a dermal substitute in skin regeneration.

  7. A robust whole-cell biocatalyst that introduces a thermo- and solvent-tolerant lipase into Aspergillus oryzae cells: characterization and application to enzymatic biodiesel production. (United States)

    Adachi, Daisuke; Koh, FookHee; Hama, Shinji; Ogino, Chiaki; Kondo, Akihiko


    To develop a robust whole-cell biocatalyst that works well at moderately high temperature (40-50°C) with organic solvents, a thermostable lipase from Geobacillus thermocatenulatus (BTL2) was introduced into an Aspergillus oryzae whole-cell biocatalyst. The lipase-hydrolytic activity of the immobilized A. oryzae (r-BTL) was highest at 50°C and was maintained even after an incubation of 24-h at 60°C. In addition, r-BTL was highly tolerant to 30% (v/v) organic solvents (dimethyl carbonate, ethanol, methanol, 2-propanol or acetone). The attractive characteristics of r-BTL also worked efficiently on palm oil methanolysis, resulting in a nearly 100% conversion at elevated temperature from 40 to 50°C. Moreover, r-BTL catalyzed methanolysis at a high methanol concentration without a significant loss of lipase activity. In particular, when 2 molar equivalents of methanol were added 2 times, a methyl ester content of more than 90% was achieved; the yield was higher than those of conventional whole-cell biocatalyst and commercial Candida antarctica lipase (Novozym 435). On the basis of the results regarding the excellent lipase characteristics and efficient biodiesel production, the developed whole-cell biocatalyst would be a promising biocatalyst in a broad range of applications including biodiesel production.

  8. Nitric oxide reduction to ammonia by TiO₂ electrons in colloid solution via consecutive one-electron transfer steps. (United States)

    Goldstein, Sara; Behar, David; Rajh, Tijana; Rabani, Joseph


    The reaction mechanism of nitric oxide (NO) reduction by excess electrons on TiO2 nanoparticles (e(TiO2)(-)) has been studied under anaerobic conditions. TiO2 was loaded with 10-130 electrons per particle using γ-irradiation of acidic TiO2 colloid solutions containing 2-propanol. The study is based on time-resolved kinetics and reactants and products analysis. The reduction of NO by e(TiO2)(-) is interpreted in terms of competition between a reaction path leading to formation of NH3 and a path leading to N2O and N2. The proposed mechanism involves consecutive one-electron transfers of NO, and its reduction intermediates HNO, NH2O(•), and NH2OH. The results show that e(TiO2)(-) does not reduce N2O and N2. Second-order rate constants of e(TiO2)(-) reactions with NO (740 ± 30 M(-1) s(-1)) and NH2OH (270 ± 30 M(-1) s(-1)) have been determined employing the rapid-mixing stopped-flow technique and that with HNO (>1.3 × 10(6) M(-1) s(-1)) was derived from fitting the kinetic traces to the suggested reaction mechanism, which is discussed in detail.

  9. Intercalation Pseudocapacitance in Ultrathin VOPO4 Nanosheets: Toward High-Rate Alkali-Ion-Based Electrochemical Energy Storage. (United States)

    Zhu, Yue; Peng, Lele; Chen, Dahong; Yu, Guihua


    There is a growing need for energy storage devices in numerous applications where a large amount of energy needs to be either stored or delivered quickly. The present paper details the study of alkali-ion intercalation pseudocapacitance in ultrathin VOPO4 nanosheets, which hold promise in high-rate alkali-ion based electrochemical energy storage. Starting from bulk VOPO4·2H2O chunks, VOPO4 nanosheets were obtained through simple ultrasonication in 2-propanol. These nanosheets as the cathode exhibit a specific capacity of 154 and 136 mAh/g (close to theoretical value 166 mAh/g) for lithium and sodium storage devices at 0.1 C and 100 and ∼70 mAh/g at 5 C, demonstrating their high rate capability. Moreover, the capacity retention is maintained at 90% for lithium ion storage and 73% for sodium ion storage after 500 cycles, showing their reasonable stability. The demonstrated alkali-ion intercalation pseudocapacitance represents a promising direction for developing battery materials with promising high rate capability.

  10. Enantioseparation Using Cellulose Tris(3,5-dimethylphenylcarbamate as Chiral Stationary Phase for HPLC: Influence of Molecular Weight of Cellulose

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    Yuji Okada


    Full Text Available The cellulose oligomers with different degrees of polymerization (DP, 7, 11, 18, 24, 26, 40 and 52, were prepared by hydrolysis of microcrystalline cellulose with phosphoric acid. These oligomers including the starting microcrystalline cellulose (DP 124 were converted to tris(3,5-dimethylphenylcarbamate (CDMPC derivatives by the reaction with an excess of 3,5-dimethylphenyl isocyanate to be used as the chiral stationary phase (CSP in high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC. The structures of the CDMPC derivatives were investigated by infrared spectroscopy (IR, 1H-NMR, circular dichroism (CD and size exclusion chromatography (SEC, and the DPs of the derivatives estimated by SEC agreed with those estimated by 1H-NMR. After coating the derivatives on silica gel, their chiral recognition abilities were evaluated using eight racemates under a normal phase condition with a hexane-2-propanol (99/1 mixture as an eluent. The chiral recognition abilities of 7- and 11-mers, particularly the former, were lower than those of the higher oligomers from DP 18 to 52, which had rather similar abilities to that of 124-mer, although the abilities depended on the racemates. DP 18 seems to be sufficient for CDMPC to exhibit chiral recognition similar to that of the CDMPC with larger DPs.

  11. High-performance liquid chromatography-ionspray mass spectrometry for the specific determination of digoxin and some related cardiac glycosides in human plasma. (United States)

    Tracqui, A; Kintz, P; Ludes, B; Mangin, P


    An original method based upon high-performance liquid chromatography coupled to ionspray mass spectrometry (HPLC-ISP-MS) has been developed for the identification and quantification in plasma of several cardiac glycosides, namely digoxin, digitoxin, lanatoside C and acetyldigitoxin. After single-step liquid-liquid extraction by chloroform-2-propanol (95:5, v/v) at pH 9.5 using oleandrin as an internal standard, solutes are separated on a 4 microm NovaPak C18 (Waters) column (150x2.0 mm, I.D.), using a gradient of acetonitrile-2 mM NH4COOH, pH 3 buffer (flow-rate 200 microl/min, post-column split 1:3). Detection is done by a Perkin-Elmer Sciex API-100 mass analyzer equipped with an ISP interface. In most instances the major ion observed is not [M+H]+ as expected, but [M+NH4]+. The mean retention times (min) are: lanatoside C, 5.74; digoxin, 6.00; digitoxin, 8.08, oleandrin, 8.30, acetyldigitoxin, 8.66 and 9.01 (isomers alpha and beta, respectively). The lower limits of detection in single ion monitoring mode range from 0.15 ng/ml (alpha- and beta-acetyldigitoxin) to 0.60 ng/ml (lanatoside C), making the method less sensitive than radioimmunoassay, whereas it is much more specific.

  12. Direct chiral resolution of metalaxyl and metabolite metalaxyl acid in aged mobile phases: the role of trace water. (United States)

    Zhang, Xiaoxiang; Xia, Tingting; Chen, Jingwen; Huang, Liping; Cai, Xiyun


    The separation of chiral transformation products greatly complements the understanding of the stereochemistry of chiral pollutants. In this study, direct enantiomeric resolution of metalaxyl and its main degradation product metalaxyl acid, often co-occurring in the environment, was carried out in normal-phase high-performance liquid chromatography with a Chiralcel OJ-H column. (R)-Metalaxyl acid and (S)-metalaxyl, which were almost parallel bonding to the chiral stationary phase, tended to separate, started to overlap, coeluted, and separated again with subtle changes of the mobile phase consisting of n-hexane, 2-propanol, acetic acid, and trace water. Their competition above hampered an acceptable direct separation in fresh mobile phases. Aged mobile phases with a storage period of 3-5 days, however, significantly improved their separation, in which trace water from moisture air diffusion was found to play a major role. Trace water differentially affected peak width and retention times and then induced enhanced peak separation, confirmed by deliberate addition of water to fresh mobile phases. Furthermore, none of the studied factors, involving temperature, concomitant analytes, and trace water, could cause changes of the configuration of the chiral stationary phase. Simultaneous enantiomeric separation of both compounds was achieved in aged or fresh mobile phases with adventitious or added water and gave satisfactory peak separation, all with Rs values of more than 1.20 in environmental samples.

  13. Coordination of the New Schiff Base with Copper(Ⅱ) or Iron(Ⅲ) in Solution%新席夫碱与铜(Ⅱ)、铁(Ⅲ)在溶液中的配位反应研究

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    郑璇; 赵毅; 朱必学


    A new Schiff base C33H31N4O5(L) was synthesized from l-(3-pyridyl)-l, 3-butanedione and 1, 3-bis(2-aminophenoxyl)-2-propanol. The structure of the Schiff base was determined by X-ray diffraction analysis. Furthermore, the coordination reaction of the Schiff base with Cu(II) or Fe(DD was investigated via UV-Vis spectroscopy, the stability constants of the two complexes were determined respectively. CCDC: 797351.%以1-(3-吡啶基)-1,3-丁二酮和1.3-二(2-胺基苯氧基)-2-丙醇进行缩合得到席夫碱1,3-二(2-胺基苯氧基)-2-丙醇缩双1-(3-吡啶基)丁烷-1,3-丁二酮(L),并通过单晶X射线衍射解析了Schiff碱配体(L)的结构.进一步将Schiff碱配体L与金属铜(Ⅱ)、铁(Ⅲ)进行配位反应.采用UV-Vis光谱技术,分别测定了铜(Ⅱ)、铁(Ⅲ)配合物的稳定常数.

  14. Charge-transfer complexes of 4-nitrocatechol with some amino alcohols (United States)

    Baniyaghoob, Sahar; Najafpour, Mohammad Mahdi; Boghaei, Davar M.


    Charge-transfer (CT) complexes formed from the reactions of 4-nitropyrocatechol (4-nCat) as an electron acceptor with four amino alcohols: 2-aminoethanol, 1-amino-2-propanol, 4-aminobutanol and N-(2-hydroxyethyl)-1,3-diaminopropane (NHEDAP) as electron donors, have been studied spectrophotometrically in H 2O and H 2O/EtOH at 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 °C. The calculated values of the oscillator strength and transition moment confirm the formation of CT-complexes. The thermodynamic and spectroscopic parameters were also evaluated for the formation of CT-complexes. The equilibrium constants ranged from 9.00 to 2.20 l mol -1 (M -1). These interactions are exothermic and have relatively large standard enthalpy and entropy changes (Δ H values ranged from -15.58 to -3.10 kJ mol -1; Δ S ranged from 26.81 to -3.25 J K -1 mol -1). The solid CT-complexes have been synthesized and characterized by IR, NMR, mass spectrometry and thermal analysis. The photometric titration curves and other spectrometric data for the reactions indicated that the data obtained refer to the formation of 1:1 charge-transfer complex of [(4-nCat) (NHEDAP)] and 1:2 charge-transfer complexes of other amino alcohols [(4-nCat) (amino alcohol) 2]. The effect of alkali and alkaline earth metals on increasing the equilibrium constant of the CT-complexation was also investigated.

  15. Room temperature alcohol sensing by oxygen vacancy controlled TiO{sub 2} nanotube array

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    Hazra, A.; Dutta, K.; Bhowmik, B.; Bhattacharyya, P., E-mail: [Nano-Thin Films and Solid State Gas Sensor Devices Laboratory, Department of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering, Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Shibpur, Howrah (India); Chattopadhyay, P. P. [Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST), Shibpur, Howrah (India)


    Oxygen vacancy (OV) controlled TiO{sub 2} nanotubes, having diameters of 50–70 nm and lengths of 200–250 nm, were synthesized by electrochemical anodization in the mixed electrolyte comprising NH{sub 4}F and ethylene glycol with selective H{sub 2}O content. The structural evolution of TiO{sub 2} nanoforms has been studied by field emission scanning electron microscopy. Variation in the formation of OVs with the variation of the structure of TiO{sub 2} nanoforms has been evaluated by photoluminescence and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The sensor characteristics were correlated to the variation of the amount of induced OVs in the nanotubes. The efficient room temperature sensing achieved by the control of OVs of TiO{sub 2} nanotube array has paved the way for developing fast responding alcohol sensor with corresponding response magnitude of 60.2%, 45.3%, and 36.5% towards methanol, ethanol, and 2-propanol, respectively.

  16. Rapid evaluation of the electrooxidation of fuel compounds with a multiple-electrode setup for direct polymer electrolyte fuel cells (United States)

    Fujiwara, Naoko; Siroma, Zyun; Ioroi, Tsutomu; Yasuda, Kazuaki

    Electrochemical oxidation of fuel compounds in acidic media was examined on eight electrodes (Pt, Ru, PtRu, Rh, Ir, Pd, Au, and glassy carbon) simultaneously by multiple cyclic voltammetry (CV) with an electrochemical cell equipped with an eight-electrode configuration. Direct-type polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFCs), in which aqueous solutions of the fuel compounds are directly supplied to the anode, were also evaluated. The performances of direct PEFCs with various anode catalysts could be roughly estimated from the results obtained with multiple CV. This multiple evaluation may be useful for identifying novel fuels or electrocatalysts. Methanol, ethanol, ethylene glycol, 2-propanol, and D-glucose were oxidized selectively on Pt or PtRu, as reported previously. However, several compounds that are often used as reducing agents show electrochemical oxidation with unique characteristics. Large current was obtained for the oxidation of formic acid, hypophosphorous acid, and phosphorous acid on a Pd electrode. L-Ascorbic acid and sulfurous acid were oxidized on all of the electrodes used in the present study.

  17. A rapid and sensitive technique for assessing exposure to VX via GC-MS-MS analysis. (United States)

    McGuire, Jeffrey M; Byers, Christopher E; Hulet, Stanley W; Jakubowski, Edward M; Thomson, Sandra A


    A rapid and sensitive method for the determination of the chemical warfare agent VX in plasma taken from Göttingen minipigs has been developed using isotope-dilution gas chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (GC-MS-MS). Chromatographic separation was achieved on a 5% diphenyl/95% dimethyl polysiloxane capillary column with a total run time of about 11 min. The analyte was detected using ammonia chemical ionization in the multiple reaction monitoring mode, following a simple extraction with 10% 2-propanol in hexane. A good linear relationship was obtained in the quantitative concentration range of 10 ng/mL to 1000 ng/mL (r(2) = 0.9998) with an average slope of 1.275 +/- 0.037 (n = 7), and an absolute detection limit of 0.4 pg on column. The average recovery for VX was 95% in saline in the concentration range of 50-100 ng/mL. The method was successfully applied to the analysis of VX in minipig plasma in a preliminary toxicokinetic study.

  18. Magnetically responsive enzyme powders

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    Pospiskova, Kristyna, E-mail: [Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials, Palacky University, Slechtitelu 11, 783 71 Olomouc (Czech Republic); Safarik, Ivo, E-mail: [Regional Centre of Advanced Technologies and Materials, Palacky University, Slechtitelu 11, 783 71 Olomouc (Czech Republic); Department of Nanobiotechnology, Institute of Nanobiology and Structural Biology of GCRC, Na Sadkach 7, 370 05 Ceske Budejovice (Czech Republic)


    Powdered enzymes were transformed into their insoluble magnetic derivatives retaining their catalytic activity. Enzyme powders (e.g., trypsin and lipase) were suspended in various liquid media not allowing their solubilization (e.g., saturated ammonium sulfate and highly concentrated polyethylene glycol solutions, ethanol, methanol, 2-propanol) and subsequently cross-linked with glutaraldehyde. Magnetic modification was successfully performed at low temperature in a freezer (−20 °C) using magnetic iron oxides nano- and microparticles prepared by microwave-assisted synthesis from ferrous sulfate. Magnetized cross-linked enzyme powders were stable at least for two months in water suspension without leakage of fixed magnetic particles. Operational stability of magnetically responsive enzymes during eight repeated reaction cycles was generally without loss of enzyme activity. Separation of magnetically modified cross-linked powdered enzymes from reaction mixtures was significantly simplified due to their magnetic properties. - Highlights: • Cross-linked enzyme powders were prepared in various liquid media. • Insoluble enzymes were magnetized using iron oxides particles. • Magnetic iron oxides particles were prepared by microwave-assisted synthesis. • Magnetic modification was performed under low (freezing) temperature. • Cross-linked powdered trypsin and lipase can be used repeatedly for reaction.

  19. Conventional Chiralpak ID vs. capillary Chiralpak ID-3 amylose tris-(3-chlorophenylcarbamate)-based chiral stationary phase columns for the enantioselective HPLC separation of pharmaceutical racemates. (United States)

    Ahmed, Marwa; Gwairgi, Marina; Ghanem, Ashraf


    A comparative enantioselective analysis using immobilized amylose tris-(3-chlorophenylcarbamate) as chiral stationary phase in conventional high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with Chiralpak ID (4.6 mm ID × 250 mm, 5 µm silica gel) and micro-HPLC with Chiralpak ID-3 (0.30 mm ID × 150 mm, 3 µm silica gel) was conducted. Pharmaceutical racemates of 12 pharmacological classes, namely, α- and β-blockers, anti-inflammatory drugs, antifungal drugs, dopamine antagonists, norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitors, catecholamines, sedative hypnotics, diuretics, antihistaminics, anticancer drugs, and antiarrhythmic drugs were screened under normal phase conditions. The effect of an organic modifier on the analyte retentions and enantiomer recognition was investigated. Baseline separation was achieved for 1-acenaphthenol, carprofen, celiprolol, cizolirtine carbinol, miconazole, tebuconazole, 4-hydroxy-3-methoxymandelic acid, 1-indanol, 1-(2-chlorophenyl)ethanol, 1-phenyl-2-propanol, flavanone, 6-hydroxyflavanone, 4-bromogluthethimide, and pentobarbital on the 4.6 mm ID packed with a 5 µm silica column using conventional HPLC. Nonetheless, baseline separation was achieved for aminoglutethimide, naftopidil, and thalidomide on the 0.3 mm ID packed with a 3 µm silica capillary column.

  20. Determination of the mixture in a reaction of glycerol with hydrochloric acid by gas chromatography%气相色谱法测定甘油与盐酸反应过程的混合物

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    尤小姿; 李华荣; 罗正鸿


    采用气相色谱方法分析了甘油与盐酸反应过程中的主要物质. 使用KB-WAX毛细管柱及FID检测器, 以乙二醇作内标和甲醇定容, 并用内标法计算. 结果表明, 在程序升温下, 气相色谱内标法能使GLY, DCP, CPD等几种物质达到基线分离, 该方法能满足测试要求.%In this paper, a simple gas chromatographic method for the identification of glycerol (GLY), 1,3-dichloropropanol-2-propanol,(DCP) and 3-chloro-1,2-propandiol (CPD) in GLY chlorination reaction is described. The results are detected by KB-WAX capillary column with a flame ionization detector (FID) and calculated by an internal stand method. Glycol is used as an internal standard, and the samples are diluted with methanol. This method is simple, rapid and the results are reliable.

  1. Determination of 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) in oral and nasal fluids by ion mobility spectrometry. (United States)

    Peiró, Maria de las Nieves; Armenta, Sergio; Garrigues, Salvador; de la Guardia, Miguel


    A fast and sensitive methodology has been developed for the evaluation of the 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) consumed. Based on ion mobility spectrometry (IMS), MDPV was directly determined in nasal fluids with a limit of detection (LOD) in the order of 22 ng mL(-1), which corresponds to an absolute amount of 33 ng of MDPV per swab. MDPV was also determined after liquid-liquid microextraction (LLME) in oral fluids to avoid matrix effects, obtaining a LOD value of 4.4 ng mL(-1) in oral fluid samples. The IMS spectrum for MDPV exhibited a peak with K0 = 1.210 ± 0.005 cm(2)V(-1) s(-1) at a drift time of 14.62 ms, the total analysis time being 4.5 min per oral fluid and 1.5 min per nasal fluid sample. Samples must be analyzed within 24 h following collection and dissolution in 2-propanol, based on the complementary stability studies.

  2. A combination of solvent extraction and freeze thaw for oil recovery from petroleum refinery wastewater treatment pond sludge. (United States)

    Hu, Guangji; Li, Jianbing; Hou, Haobo


    A combination of solvent extraction and freeze thaw was examined for recovering oil from the high-moisture petroleum refinery wastewater treatment pond sludge. Five solvents including cyclohexane (CHX), dichloromethane (DCM), methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), ethyl acetate (EA), and 2-propanol (2-Pro) were examined. It was found that these solvents except 2-Pro showed a promising oil recovery rate of about 40%, but the recycling of DCM solvent after oil extraction was quite low. Three solvents (CHX, MEK and EA) were then selected for examining the effect of freeze/thaw treatment on improving the quality of recovered oil. This treatment increased the total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH) content in recovered oil from about 40% to 60% for both MEK and EA extractions, but little effect was observed for CHX extraction. Although the solid residue after oil recovery had a significantly decreased TPH content, a high concentration of heavy metals was observed, indicating that this residue may require proper management. In general, the combination of solvent extraction with freeze/thaw is effective for high-moisture oily hazardous waste treatment.

  3. Applications of SFC-MS to toxins and compounds of biological interest

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    Udseth, H.R.; Kalinoski, H.T.; Smith, R.D.


    The principal applications of supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) are for compounds that are thermally labile, of low volatility, and of low to moderate polarity. Many compounds of biological and pharmaceutical interest are defined by these criteria. We have examined selected compounds of moderate to high molecular weight with biological activity. We have used the HFR interface with CO/sub 2/ as the mobile phase with from 2 to 5% modifier. One class of compounds potentially addressable by SFC-MS are cyclic peptides. These polar compounds require the use of polar fluid modifiers with CO/sub 2/ as the mobile phase. The ionic nature of the more hydrophilic portions of such polypeptides can sometimes be shielded, allowing solvation in supercritical fluid solvents. Cyclosporin A was successfully separated by SFC-MS using a microbore column using a 2% methanol modifier. The compound was also successfully separated with a capillary column. With the capillary column 2% 2-propanol was adequate, whereas with the microbore column more polar methanol was needed. The mass spectra were identical in both cases. We also analyzed the sodium salt of two ionic polyethers, digitoxigenin, digoxigenin, and cymarin. Results are briefly discussed. 5 refs.

  4. High-field ELDOR-detected NMR study of a nitroxide radical in disordered solids: Towards characterization of heterogeneity of microenvironments in spin-labeled systems (United States)

    Nalepa, Anna; Möbius, Klaus; Lubitz, Wolfgang; Savitsky, Anton


    The combination of high-field EPR with site-directed spin-labeling (SDSL) techniques employing nitroxide radicals has turned out to be particularly powerful in probing the polarity and proticity characteristics of protein/matrix systems. This information is concluded from the principal components of the nitroxide Zeeman (g), nitrogen hyperfine (A) and quadrupole (P) tensors of the spin labels attached to specific sites. Recent multi-frequency high-field EPR studies underlined the complexity of the problem to treat the nitroxide microenvironment in proteins adequately due to inherent heterogeneities which result in several principal x-components of the nitroxide g-tensor. Concomitant, but distinctly different nitrogen hyperfine components could, however, not be determined from high-field cw EPR experiments owing to the large intrinsic EPR linewidth in fully protonated guest/host systems. It is shown in this work that, using the W-band (95 GHz) ELDOR- (electron-electron double resonance) detected NMR (EDNMR) method, different principal nitrogen hyperfine, Azz, and quadrupole, Pzz, tensor values of a nitroxide radical in glassy 2-propanol matrix can be measured with high accuracy. They belong to nitroxides with different hydrogen-bond situations. The satisfactory resolution and superior sensitivity of EDNMR as compared to the standard ENDOR (electron-nuclear double resonance) method are demonstrated.

  5. High performance liquid chromatographic analysis of the pharmacologically active quinones and related compounds in the oil of the black seed (Nigella sativa L.). (United States)

    Ghosheh, O A; Houdi, A A; Crooks, P A


    An HPLC method for quantifying the putative pharmacologically active constituents: thymoquinone (TQ), dithymoquinone (DTQ), thymohydroquinone (THQ), and thymol (THY), in the oil of Nigella sativa seed is described. Extraction of the constituents from the oil was carried out using C18 PrepSep mini columns followed by quantification of the recovered constituents by HPLC on a reversed-phase muBondapak C18 analytical column, using an isocratic mobile phase of water:methanol:2-propanol (50:45:5% v/v) at a flow rate of 2 ml min(-1). UV detection was at 254 nm for TQ, DTQ, and THY, and at 294 nm for THQ. The above four compounds were separated with good resolution, reproducibility, and sensitivity under these conditions. This analytical method was used to quantify the above four constituents in a commercial sample of N. sativa seed oil, and provides a good quality control methodology for the pharmacologically active components in this widely used natural remedy.

  6. Photo-dissociation of dimethylamine by KrBr* excilamp. (United States)

    Han, Qiuyi; Ye, Zhaolian; Zhao, Jie; Lister, Graeme; Zhang, Shanduan


    A study of dimethylamine photo-dissociation in the gas phase has been conducted using UV radiation delivered from a KrBr(*) excilamp, driven by a sinusoidal electronic control gear with maximum emission at wavelength of 207 nm. The electrical input power and radiant power of the lamp were measured to determine their effects on the degradation. The influence of flow velocity and initial concentration of dimethylamine were also examined. In order to evaluate the photo-dissociation process comprehensively, several parameters were investigated, including removal efficiency, energy yield, carbon balance and CO₂ selectivity. It is shown that the removal efficiency increases with enhanced input power and decreased gas flow rate. A high removal efficiency of 68% is achieved for lamp power 102W and flow velocity 15 m(3) h(-1). The optimum dimethylamine initial concentration is around 3520 mg m(-3), for which the energy yield reaches up to 442 gk Wh(-1) when the input power is 65W. In addition, two chain compounds (1,3-bis-dimethylamino-2-propanol; 3-penten-2-one, 4-amino) and three ring organic matters (1-azetidinecarboxaldehyde, 2,2,4,4-tetramethyl; N-m-tolyl-succinamic acid; p-acetoacetanisidide), were identified by GC-MS as secondary products, in order to demonstrate the pathways of the dimethylamine degradation. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Methanosarcina soligelidi sp. nov., a desiccation- and freeze-thaw-resistant methanogenic archaeon from a Siberian permafrost-affected soil. (United States)

    Wagner, Dirk; Schirmack, Janosch; Ganzert, Lars; Morozova, Daria; Mangelsdorf, Kai


    A methanogenic archaeon, strain SMA-21(T), was isolated from a permafrost-affected soil by serial dilution in liquid medium. The cells were non-motile, stained Gram-negative and grew as irregular cocci with a diameter of 1.3-2.5 µm. Optimal growth was observed at 28 °C, pH 7.8 and 0.02 M NaCl. The strain grew on H2/CO2, methanol and acetate, but not on formate, ethanol, 2-butanol, 2-propanol, monomethylamine, dimethylamine, trimethylamine or dimethyl sulfide. Major membrane lipids of strain SMA-21(T) were archaeol phosphatidylglycerol, archaeol phosphatidylethanolamine and the corresponding hydroxyarchaeol compounds. The G+C content of the genomic DNA was 40.9 mol%. The 16S rRNA gene sequence was closely related to those of Methanosarcina mazei DSM 2053(T) (similarity 99.9 %) and Methanosarcina horonobensis HB-1(T) (similarity 98.7 %). On basis of the level of DNA-DNA hybridization (22.1 %) between strain SMA-21(T) and Methanosarcina mazei DSM 2053(T) as well as of phenotypic and genotypic differences, strain SMA-21(T) was assigned to a novel species of the genus Methanosarcina, for which the name Methanosarcina soligelidi sp. nov. is proposed. The type strain is SMA-21(T) (=DSM 26065(T) [corrected] = JCM 18468).

  8. Methanosarcina subterranea sp. nov., a methanogenic archaeon isolated from a deep subsurface diatomaceous shale formation. (United States)

    Shimizu, Satoru; Ueno, Akio; Naganuma, Takeshi; Kaneko, Katsuhiko


    A methanogenic archaeon, strain HC-2(T), was isolated from a deep diatomaceous shale formation. The strain grew on methanol, monomethylamine, dimethylamine, trimethylamine and dimethylsulphide, but not on acetate, H2/CO2, formate, 2-propanol, 2-butanol or cyclopentanol. Cells were Gram-stain-negative, non-motile, and coccus-like, 0.9-1.4 µm in diameter, and occurred singly, in pairs, or as aggregates. The strain grew at 10-40 °C (optimum 35 °C), pH 5.9-7.4 (optimum pH 6.6-6.8) and in 0-0.6 M NaCl (optimum 0.1-0.2 M). The genomic DNA G+C content was 41.5 mol% and the 16S rRNA gene sequence was closely related to those of Methanosarcina lacustris DSM 13486(T) (99.1%) and Methanosarcina siciliae DSM 3028(T) (98.3%). Values for DNA-DNA hybridization with these strains were less than 30%. The phenotypic and phylogenetic features of HC-2(T) indicate that it represents a novel species of the genus Methanosarcina , for which the name Methanosarcina subterranea sp. nov. is proposed. The type strain is HC-2(T) ( = DSM 22503(T) = JCM 15540(T) = NBRC 102578(T)). © 2015 IUMS.

  9. Determination of alcohol compounds using corona discharge ion mobility spectrometry

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    HAN Hai-yan; HUANG Guo-dong; JIN Shun-ping; ZHENG Pei-chao; XU Guo-hua; LI Jian-quan; WANG Hong-mei; CHU Yan-nan


    Ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) is a very fast, highly sensitive, and inexpensive technique, it permits efficient monitoring of volatile organic compounds like alcohols. In this article, positive ion mobility spectra for six alcohol organic compounds have been systematically studied for the first time using a high-resolution IMS apparatus equipped with a discharge ionization source. Utilizing protonated water cluster ions (H2O)nH+ as the reactant ions and clean air as the drift gas, alcohol organic compounds, ethanol, 1-propanol, 2-propanol, 1-butanol, 1-pentanol and 2-octanol, all exhibit product ion characteristic peaks in their respective ion mobility spectrometry, that is a result of proton transfer reactions between the alcohols and reaction ions (H2O)nH+. The mixture of these alcohols, including two isomers, has been detected, and the result shows that they can also be distinguished effectively in the ion mobility spectrum. The reduced mobility values have been determined, which are in very well agreement with the traditional 63Ni-IMS experimental values. The exponential dilution method was used to calibrate the alcohol concentrations, and a detection limit available for the alcohols is in order of magnitude of a few ng/L.

  10. Development of a capillary electrophoresis-mass spectrometry method using polymer capillaries for metabolomic analysis of yeast. (United States)

    Tanaka, Yoshihide; Higashi, Tetsuji; Rakwal, Randeep; Wakida, Shin-ichi; Iwahashi, Hitoshi


    Metabolomics is an emerging field in analytical biochemistry, and the development of such a method for comprehensive and quantitative analysis of organic acids, carbohydrates, and nucleotides is a necessity in the era of functional genomics. When a concentrated yeast extract was analyzed by CE-MS using a successive multiple ionic-polymer layer (SMIL)-coated capillary, the adsorption of the contaminants on the capillary wall caused severe problems such as no elution, band-broadening, and asymmetric peaks. Therefore, an analytical method for the analysis of anionic metabolites in yeast was developed by pressure-assisted CE using an inert polymer capillary made from poly(ether etherketone) (PEEK) and PTFE. We preferred to use the PEEK over the PTFE capillary in CE-MS due to the easy-to-use PEEK capillary and its high durability. The separation of anionic metabolites was successfully achieved with ammonium hydrogencarbonate/formate buffer (pH 6.0) as the electrolyte solution. The use of 2-propanol washing after every electrophoresis run not only eliminated wall-adsorption phenomena, but allowed for good repeatability to be obtained for migration times in the metabolomic analysis.

  11. Computational and experimental studies of 2-[(E)-hydrazinylidenemethyl]-6-methoxy-4-[(E)-phenyldiazenyl]phenol and its tautomers (United States)

    Sayin, Koray; Kurtoglu, Nurcan; Kose, Muhammet; Karakas, Duran; Kurtoglu, Mukerrem


    A new azo-chromophore group containing a hydrazine-Schiff base compound, 2-[(E)-hydrazinylidenemethyl]-6-methoxy-4-[(E)-phenyldiazenyl]phenol, was synthesized and structurally characterized by single crystal X-ray diffraction study. The compound was found to crystallise in orthorhombic crystal system with Pca2(1) space group. In the structure, the molecule exhibits a phenol-imine intramolecular hydrogen bond and the sbnd NH2 group also involves in intermolecular hydrogen bonding with one of the nitrogen atom of the azo group (-Ndbnd N-) forming a 1D zigzag chain. Computational studies were performed on the titled compound and its tautomers. As computationally, this compound and its tautomers were optimized by using M062X/6-311G(d,p) level. According to thermodynamic parameters, the most stable tautomer was found to be azo-enol form. This result was then taken into account and spectral studies, which are IR, UV-Vis and NMR spectra, of this compound were performed and examined in detail. All calculations were performed at gas phase (ε = 1.000), 2-propanol (ε = 19.264), 1,2-ethanediol (ε = 40.245), water (ε = 78.355), formamide (ε = 108.940) and N-methylformamide-mixture (ε = 181.560).

  12. Ion-pair chromatography coupled to inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (IPC-ICP-MS) as a method for thiomolybdate speciation in natural waters. (United States)

    Lohmayer, Regina; Reithmaier, Gloria Maria Susanne; Bura-Nakić, Elvira; Planer-Friedrich, Britta


    Molybdenum precipitates preferentially under reducing conditions; therefore, its occurrence in sediment records is used as an indicator of paleoredox conditions. Although thiomolybdates (MoO4-xSx(2-) with x = 1-4) supposedly are necessary intermediates in the process of molybdenum precipitation under anoxic conditions, there is no information about their abundance in natural environments, because of a lack of element-specific methods with sufficiently low detection limits. Here, we optimized ion-pair chromatographic separation for coupling to an inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry detector (IPC-ICP-MS). 2-Propanol (10%-25% gradient) replaced the previously used acetonitrile (25%-75%) as the solvent, to reduce the carbon load into the plasma. In synthetic solutions, formation of thiomolybdates was found to occur spontaneously in the presence of excess sulfide and the degree of thiolation was highest at pH 7. Excess hydroxyl led to a transformation of thiomolybdates to molybdate. Under acidic to neutral conditions, precipitation of molybdenum and hydrolysis of tetrathiomolybdate were observed. Flash-freezing was found to be suitable to stabilize tetrathiomolybdate, with 2 mM) negatively affected the detection of molybdate, which eluted mainly in the dead volume, but had no negative effect on higher thiolated molybdates. Detection limits were ∼10 nM. With the newly developed IPC-ICP-MS method, thiomolybdates were found to form spontaneously in euxinic marine waters after adding a molybdate spike and occur naturally in sulfidic geothermal waters.

  13. HPLC Analysis of Egg Yolk Phosphatidylcholine by Evaporative Light Scattering Detector

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    周婧; 胡仙妹; 王田心; 梁浩; 袁其朋


    Egg yolk phosphatidylcholine(EYPC) is being widely used in food and pharmaceutical industries nowadays owing to its surface activity,pharmaceutical usefulness,and so on.Common determination methods of phospholipids were based on the American Oil Chemists' Society(AOCS) Official Method Ja7b-91,in which n-hexane/2-propanol/acetate buffer was used as the mobile phase.In order to achieve desired results,gradient elu-tion or buffer solution was used,which made the detection process more complicated.Moreover,water or buffer solution could affect the silica gel column both on its lifespan and the separation efficiency significantly.In this study,different mobile phase and detector were used to simplify EYPC analyzing process instead of using water within the mobile phase.The optimized HPLC operating conditions are as follows:pure methanol as a mobile phase,flow rate of 1.0 ml·min-1,silica gel column(250 mm×4.6 mm,5 μm,Inertsil GLTM),column temperature 30 ℃ and low temperature evaporative light scattering detector(40 ℃,0.35 MPa) as used.Under this optimal condition,the linear relative coefficient of the standard curve is 0.998 and the recovery was in the range of 96.83%-101.58% with a relative standard deviation of 1.79%(n=6).

  14. A protocol for the production of recombinant spider silk-like proteins for artificial fiber spinning (United States)

    Teulé, Florence; Cooper, Alyssa R; Furin, William A; Bittencourt, Daniela; Rech, Elibio L; Brooks, Amanda; Lewis, Randolph V


    The extreme strength and elasticity of spider silks originate from the modular nature of their repetitive proteins. To exploit such materials and mimic spider silks, comprehensive strategies to produce and spin recombinant fibrous proteins are necessary. This protocol describes silk gene design and cloning, protein expression in bacteria, recombinant protein purification and fiber formation. With an improved gene construction and cloning scheme, this technique is adaptable for the production of any repetitive fibrous proteins, and ensures the exact reproduction of native repeat sequences, analogs or chimeric versions. The proteins are solubilized in 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol (HFIP) at 25–30% (wt/vol) for extrusion into fibers. This protocol, routinely used to spin single micrometer-size fibers from several recombinant silk-like proteins from different spider species, is a powerful tool to generate protein libraries with corresponding fibers for structure–function relationship investigations in protein-based biomaterials. This protocol may be completed in 40 d. PMID:19229199

  15. Desalination of aqueous solutions by LTA and MFI zeolite membranes using pervaporation method

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    Full Text Available LTA and MFI zeolite membranes were hydrothermally grown on the surface of an α-alumina porous support. The synthesized membranes were used for removal of cationic and anionic species from aqueous solutions by the pervaporation method. The perfection of the membranes was improved by employing the multi-stage synthesis method. The membranes were characterized by XRD, SEM and IR methods. The membranes were initially evaluated by the pervaporation separation of water from aqueous 2-propanol mixtures. The separation factors obtained were 7081 and 105 for NaA and ZSM-5 membranes, respectively. The ability of membranes for desalination of some aqueous solutions containing I-, Cs+ and Sr2+ ions was examined in various conditions. These ionic species were chosen because of their importance in the nuclear sciences. Both membranes effectively removed (more than 99 wt% I-, Cs+ and Sr2+ from their singlesalt solutions (0.001mol dm-3 over a temperature range of 298-338 K. The effects of parameters such as time and temperature on the separation factors and fluxes were investigated. This work shows that, due to their excellent chemical, thermal and mechanical stability, the zeolitic membranes are useful for desalination of aqueous solutions and treating saline wastewaters by pervaporation. Therefore, this method has the ability to desalinate harsh environment solutions involving strong solvent and radioactive components.

  16. Production of hydrogen by steam reforming of C3 organics over Pd-Cu/{gamma}-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalyst

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    Resini, Carlo; Berardinelli, Silvia; Busca, Guido [Dipartimento di Ingegneria Chimica e Processo, Universita di Genova, P.le J.F. Kennedy, 1, 16129 Genova (Italy); Arrighi, Laura; Riani, Paola; Marazza, Rinaldo [Dipartimento di Chimica e Chimica Industriale, Universita di Genova, Via Dodecaneso 31, 16146 Genova (Italy); Concepcion Herrera Delgado, Maria; Angeles Larrubia Vargas, Maria; Alemany, Luis J. [Departamento de Ingenieria Quimica, Universidad de Malaga, 29071 Malaga (Spain)


    The conversion of the C3 organics propane, propene, isopropanol and acetone in auto-thermal and endothermic steam reforming conditions has been investigated over a Pd-Cu/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} catalyst in a flow reactor. Although several reactions may occur at lower temperatures (like dehydrogenation, oxidative dehydrogenation, dehydration and combustion), steam reforming of 2-propanol, acetone and propane only start above 850K and with incomplete selectivity. Cracking and methanation lower the selectivity to CO{sub x} and hydrogen. The C-C bond breaking step is considered to be rate determining. The presence of an oxygenated functional group is consequently not useful to lower reaction temperature, although the use of the alcohol and the ketone may be interesting because of the renewable nature of these reactants. Steam reforming of propene starts at significantly lower temperature (600-700K) and is by far the most selective to CO{sub x} and hydrogen over our catalyst. (author)

  17. Enhanced bioactivity of ZnO nanoparticles—an antimicrobial study

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    Nagarajan Padmavathy and Rajagopalan Vijayaraghavan


    Full Text Available In this study, we investigate the antibacterial activity of ZnO nanoparticles with various particle sizes. ZnO was prepared by the base hydrolysis of zinc acetate in a 2-propanol medium and also by a precipitation method using Zn(NO32 and NaOH. The products were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD analysis, transmission electron microscopy (TEM and photoluminescence (PL spectroscopy. Bacteriological tests such as minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC and disk diffusion were performed in Luria-Bertani and nutrient agar media on solid agar plates and in liquid broth systems using different concentrations of ZnO by a standard microbial method for the first time. Our bacteriological study showed the enhanced biocidal activity of ZnO nanoparticles compared with bulk ZnO in repeated experiments. This demonstrated that the bactericidal efficacy of ZnO nanoparticles increases with decreasing particle size. It is proposed that both the abrasiveness and the surface oxygen species of ZnO nanoparticles promote the biocidal properties of ZnO nanoparticles.

  18. Enhanced bioactivity of ZnO nanoparticles—an antimicrobial study (United States)

    Padmavathy, Nagarajan; Vijayaraghavan, Rajagopalan


    In this study, we investigate the antibacterial activity of ZnO nanoparticles with various particle sizes. ZnO was prepared by the base hydrolysis of zinc acetate in a 2-propanol medium and also by a precipitation method using Zn(NO3)2 and NaOH. The products were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. Bacteriological tests such as minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and disk diffusion were performed in Luria-Bertani and nutrient agar media on solid agar plates and in liquid broth systems using different concentrations of ZnO by a standard microbial method for the first time. Our bacteriological study showed the enhanced biocidal activity of ZnO nanoparticles compared with bulk ZnO in repeated experiments. This demonstrated that the bactericidal efficacy of ZnO nanoparticles increases with decreasing particle size. It is proposed that both the abrasiveness and the surface oxygen species of ZnO nanoparticles promote the biocidal properties of ZnO nanoparticles.

  19. Extraction and recovery of 2-butoxyethanol from aqueous phases containing high saline concentration

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    Katherine E. Manz


    Full Text Available Ethylene glycol monobutyl ether (EGBE, also known as 2-butoxyethanol (2-BE, has been identified as a contaminant in hydraulic fracturing fluids. In order to determine the presence of 2-BE in hydraulic fracturing chemical additives, a reliable method for recovering 2-BE from aqueous phases by liquid-liquid extraction combined with gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS was established. The liquid-liquid extraction method was applied to samples matrices containing various amounts of salt. Using methylene chloride for liquid-liquid extraction in a sample to solvent ratio of 1:3, ≥99% 2-BE recovery may be achieved with less than 5% standard error. The limit of detection was determined to be 0.957 mg L−1 2-BE. Accuracy was determined to be 2.58% and precision was determined using the coefficient of variation, which was 3.5%. The method was used to recover 2-BE in a hydraulic fracturing chemical additive called Revert Flow and to quantify the weight percent of 2-BE in the chemical additive. Weight percent of two additional components of Revert Flow, D-limonene and 1-butoxy-2-propanol, were also determined. We also used the method to determine the abiotic of 2-BE in water, which was 5.55 days. The persistence of 2-BE in hydraulic fracturing fluid was also investigated and determined that 2-BE is more persistent in this environment.

  20. Molecular simulation of caloric properties of fluids modelled by force fields with intramolecular contributions: Application to heat capacities (United States)

    Smith, William R.; Jirsák, Jan; Nezbeda, Ivo; Qi, Weikai


    The calculation of caloric properties such as heat capacity, Joule-Thomson coefficients, and the speed of sound by classical force-field-based molecular simulation methodology has received scant attention in the literature, particularly for systems composed of complex molecules whose force fields (FFs) are characterized by a combination of intramolecular and intermolecular terms. The calculation of a thermodynamic property for a system whose molecules are described by such a FF involves the calculation of the residual property prior to its addition to the corresponding ideal-gas property, the latter of which is separately calculated, either using thermochemical compilations or nowadays accurate quantum mechanical calculations. Although the simulation of a volumetric residual property proceeds by simply replacing the intermolecular FF in the rigid molecule case by the total (intramolecular plus intermolecular) FF, this is not the case for a caloric property. We describe the correct methodology required to perform such calculations and illustrate it in this paper for the case of the internal energy and the enthalpy and their corresponding molar heat capacities. We provide numerical results for cP, one of the most important caloric properties. We also consider approximations to the correct calculation procedure previously used in the literature and illustrate their consequences for the examples of the relatively simple molecule 2-propanol, CH3CH(OH)CH3, and for the more complex molecule monoethanolamine, HO(CH2)2NH2, an important fluid used in carbon capture.

  1. Analysis of wax esters by silver-ion high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. (United States)

    Vrkoslav, Vladimír; Urbanová, Klára; Háková, Matina; Cvačka, Josef


    Wax esters (WEs), esters of long-chain fatty acids and long-chain alcohols, were analysed by Ag-HPLC/APCI-MS/MS. Two ChromSpher Lipids columns connected in series (a total length of 50cm) and hexane-2-propanol-acetonitrile mobile phases were used to achieve good separation of the molecular species. The chromatographic behaviour of WEs was studied under optimised conditions: retention increased with the number of double bonds and with the temperature (15-35°C); retention times were affected by the double-bond position, trans isomers eluted earlier than cis isomers, and the WEs were partially separated depending on the aliphatic-chain length. The WEs provided simple APCI spectra with [M+H](+) ions, the MS/MS spectra showed fragments, which allowed their identification. The method was applied for an analysis of the WE mixtures from jojoba oil and human hair and the results were compared with analogous data from an optimised RP-HPLC system.

  2. Photodegradation of estrone enhanced by dissolved organic matter under simulated sunlight

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    Caupos, Emilie


    In the present work the degradation of estrone (E1) a natural estrogenic hormone has been studied under simulated solar irradiation. The photodegradation of E1 has been investigated in the absence and in the presence of 7.7-8.9 mg L-1 of dissolved organic carbon (DOC), under solar light simulation with irradiance approximating that of the sun. DOC extracts from different origins have been used. Half-lives ranging between 3.9 h and 7.9 h were observed. Results indicated that E1 was photodegraded even in the absence of DOC. The presence of DOC was found to enhance the degradation of E1. Experiments performed with the addition of reactive species scavengers (azide ions and 2-propanol) have shown that these two species play a significant role in the photodegradation. Some experiments have been performed with a DOC previously submitted to solar irradiation. Changes in optical and physico-chemical properties of DOC strongly affect its photoinductive properties, and hence its efficiency on E1 degradation. A part of the study consisted in the investigation of photoproducts structures. Five photoproducts were shown by chromatographic analysis: one arising from direct photolysis and the four others from DOC photoinduced degradation. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

  3. Rotational Spectra of Hydrogen Bonded Networks of Amino Alcohols (United States)

    Zhang, Di; Zwier, Timothy S.


    The rotational spectra of several different amino alcohols including D/L-allo-threoninol, 2-amino-1,3-propanediol and 1,3-diamino-2-propanol over the 6.5-18.5 GHz range have been investigated under jet-cooled conditions using chirped-pulsed Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy. Despite the small size of these molecules, a great variety of conformations have been observed in the molecular expansion. While the NH2 group is typically thought of as a H-bond acceptor, it often acts both as acceptor and donor in forming H-bonded networks. With three adjacent H-bonding substituents (a combination of OH and NH2 groups), many different hydrogen bonding patterns are possible, including H-bonded chains and H-bonded cycles. Since many of these structures differ primarily by the relative orientation of the H-atoms, the analysis of these rotational spectra are challenging. Only through an exhaustive conformational search and the comparison with the experimental rotational constants, nuclear quadrupolar splittings, and line strengths are we able to understand the complex nature of these interactions. The ways in which the presence and number of NH2 groups affects the relative energies, and distorts the structures will be explored.

  4. Acid Lipase from Candida viswanathii: Production, Biochemical Properties, and Potential Application

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    Alex Fernando de Almeida


    Full Text Available Influences of environmental variables and emulsifiers on lipase production of a Candida viswanathii strain were investigated. The highest lipase activity (101.1 U was observed at 210 rpm, pH 6.0, and 27.5°C. Other fermentation parameters analyzed showed considerable rates of biomass yield ( g/h. Addition of soybean lecithin increased lipase production in 1.45-fold, presenting lipase yield ( of 10.061 U/g. Crude lipase presented optimal activity at acid pH of 3.5, suggesting a new lipolytic enzyme for this genus and yeast in general. In addition, crude lipase presented high stability in acid conditions and temperature between 40 and 45°C, after 24 h of incubation in these temperatures. Lipase remained active in the presence of organic solvents maintaining above 80% activity in DMSO, methanol, acetonitrile, ethanol, acetone, 1-propanol, isopropanol, and 2-propanol. Effectiveness for the hydrolysis of a wide range of natural triglycerides suggests that this new acid lipase has high potential application in the oleochemical and food industries for hydrolysis and/or modification of triacylglycerols to improve the nutritional properties.

  5. Enhanced bioactivity of ZnO nanoparticles-an antimicrobial study

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    Padmavathy, Nagarajan; Vijayaraghavan, Rajagopalan [School of Science and Humanities-Materials Division, VIT University, Vellore - 632 014, Tamil Nadu (India)], E-mail:


    In this study, we investigate the antibacterial activity of ZnO nanoparticles with various particle sizes. ZnO was prepared by the base hydrolysis of zinc acetate in a 2-propanol medium and also by a precipitation method using Zn(NO{sub 3}){sub 2} and NaOH. The products were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. Bacteriological tests such as minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) and disk diffusion were performed in Luria-Bertani and nutrient agar media on solid agar plates and in liquid broth systems using different concentrations of ZnO by a standard microbial method for the first time. Our bacteriological study showed the enhanced biocidal activity of ZnO nanoparticles compared with bulk ZnO in repeated experiments. This demonstrated that the bactericidal efficacy of ZnO nanoparticles increases with decreasing particle size. It is proposed that both the abrasiveness and the surface oxygen species of ZnO nanoparticles promote the biocidal properties of ZnO nanoparticles.

  6. Synthesis of {sup 14}C-labelled hexahydro-1,3,5-trinitro-1,3,5-triazine (RDX), 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT), nitrocellulose (NC) and glycidyl azide polymer (GAP) for use in assessing the biodegradation potential of these energetic compounds

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    Ampleman, G.; Thiboutot, S.; Lavigne, J.; Marois, A. [Defence Research Establishment Valcartier, Courcelette, PQ (Canada); Hawari, J.; Jones, A.M.; Rho, D. [National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, ON (Canada)


    Within the framework of an R and D project on bioremediation of soils contaminated with energetic compounds, the biodegradation of energetic products such as hexogen (RDX), trinitrotoluene (TNT), nitrocellulose (NC) and glycidyl azide polymer (GAP) is under study. Microcosm assays must be performed with radioactive carbon-14 labelled products in order to follow the biodegradation process. {sup 14}C-RDX was prepared by nitration of hexamethylenetetramine (HMTA) according to the Hale process. {sup 14}C-ring and methyl labelled TNTs synthesized according to the Dorey and Carper procedure. {sup 14}C-cellulose was synthesized from {sup 14}C-glucose by Acetobacter xylinum. Nitration of the {sup 14}C-cellulose yielded {sup 14}C-nitrocellulose. {sup 14}C-glycidyl azide polymer was obtained by polymerization and azidation of {sup 14}C-epichlorohydrin (ECH) which was synthesized from {sup 14}C-glycerol. Hydrochlorination of {sup 14}C-glycerol and epoxidation of the resulting {sup 14}C-1,3-dichloro 2-propanol yielded {sup 14}C-ECH. The syntheses of these {sup 14}C-labelled explosives are described in this paper. (Author).

  7. Optimal Conditions for Continuous Immobilization of Pseudozyma hubeiensis (Strain HB85A Lipase by Adsorption in a Packed-Bed Reactor by Response Surface Methodology

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    Roberta Bussamara


    Full Text Available This study aimed to develop an optimal continuous process for lipase immobilization in a bed reactor in order to investigate the possibility of large-scale production. An extracellular lipase of Pseudozyma hubeiensis (strain HB85A was immobilized by adsorption onto a polystyrene-divinylbenzene support. Furthermore, response surface methodology (RSM was employed to optimize enzyme immobilization and evaluate the optimum temperature and pH for free and immobilized enzyme. The optimal immobilization conditions observed were 150 min incubation time, pH 4.76, and an enzyme/support ratio of 1282 U/g support. Optimal activity temperature for free and immobilized enzyme was found to be 68°C and 52°C, respectively. Optimal activity pH for free and immobilized lipase was pH 4.6 and 6.0, respectively. Lipase immobilization resulted in improved enzyme stability in the presence of nonionic detergents, at high temperatures, at acidic and neutral pH, and at high concentrations of organic solvents such as 2-propanol, methanol, and acetone.

  8. Case study of the sonochemical decolouration of textile azo dye Reactive Black 5

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    Vajnhandl, Simona [University of Maribor, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Smetanova 17, 2000 Maribor (Slovenia)]. E-mail:; Le Marechal, Alenka Majcen [University of Maribor, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Smetanova 17, 2000 Maribor (Slovenia)


    The decolouration and mineralization of reactive dye C.I. Reactive Black 5, a well-known representative of non-biodegradable azo dyes, by means of ultrasonic irradiation at 20, 279 and 817 kHz has been investigated with emphasis on the effect of various parameters on decolouration and degradation efficiency. Characterization of the used ultrasound systems was performed using calorimetric measurements and oxidative species monitoring using Fricke and iodine dosimeter. Experiments were carried out with low frequency probe type, and a high-frequency plate type transducer at 50, 100 and 150 W of acoustic power and within the 5-300 mg/L initial dye concentration range. Decolouration, as well as radical production, increased with increasing frequency, acoustic power, and irradiation time. Any increase in initial dye concentration results in decreased decolouration rates. Sonochemical decolouration was substantially depressed by the addition of 2-methyl-2-propanol as a radical scavenger, which suggests radical-induced reactions in the solution. Acute toxicity to marine bacteria Vibrio fischeri was tested before and after ultrasound irradiation. Under the conditions employed in this study, no toxic compounds were detected after 6 h of irradiation. Mineralization of the dye was followed by TOC measurements. Relatively low degradation efficiency (50% after 6 h of treatment) indicates that ultrasound is rather inefficient in overall degradation, when used alone.

  9. Nanomaterials for the cleaning and pH adjustment of vegetable-tanned leather (United States)

    Baglioni, Michele; Bartoletti, Angelica; Bozec, Laurent; Chelazzi, David; Giorgi, Rodorico; Odlyha, Marianne; Pianorsi, Diletta; Poggi, Giovanna; Baglioni, Piero


    Leather artifacts in historical collections and archives are often contaminated by physical changes such as soiling, which alter their appearance and readability, and by chemical changes which occur on aging and give rise to excessive proportion of acids that promote hydrolysis of collagen, eventually leading to gelatinization and loss of mechanical properties. However, both cleaning and pH adjustment of vegetable-tanned leather pose a great challenge for conservators, owing to the sensitivity of these materials to the action of solvents, especially water-based formulations and alkaline chemicals. In this study, the cleaning of historical leather samples was optimized by confining an oil-in-water nanostructured fluid in a highly retentive chemical hydrogel, which allows the controlled release of the cleaning fluid on sensitive surfaces. The chemical gel exhibits optimal viscoelasticity, which facilitates its removal after the application without leaving residues on the object. Nanoparticles of calcium hydroxide and lactate, dispersed in 2-propanol, were used to adjust the pH up to the natural value of leather, preventing too high alkalinity which causes swelling of fibers and denaturation of the collagen. The treated samples were characterized using scanning electron microscopy, controlled environment dynamic mechanical analysis, and infrared spectroscopy. The analytical assessment validated the use of tools derived from colloid and materials science for the preservation of collagen-based artifacts.

  10. Microemulsion system for topical delivery of thai mango seed kernel extract: development, physicochemical characterisation and ex vivo skin permeation studies. (United States)

    Leanpolchareanchai, Jiraporn; Padois, Karine; Falson, Françoise; Bavovada, Rapepol; Pithayanukul, Pimolpan


    A microemulsion system containing Thai mango seed kernel extract (MSKE, cultivar "Fahlun") was developed and characterised for the purpose of topical skin delivery. The MSKE-loaded microemulsions were prepared by using the spontaneous emulsification method. Isopropyl myristate (IPM) was selected as the oil phase. A polyoxyethylene sorbitan monooleate and sorbitan monododecanoate (1:1, w/w) system was used as the surfactant phase; an aqueous mixture of different cosurfactants (absolute ethanol, 96.3% v/v ethanol, 1-propanol, 2-propanol or 1,2-propanediol) at a weight ratio of 1:1 was used as the aqueous phase. Among the cosurfactants studied, the 1-propanol aqueous mixture had the largest microemulsion region (48.93%) in the pseudo-ternary phase diagram. Microemulsions containing 1% MSKE demonstrated good physicochemical stability during a six-month study period at 25 ± 2 °C/60% ± 5% RH. The ex vivo skin permeation study demonstrated that the microemulsions exhibited a potent skin enhancement effect allowing MSKE to penetrate skin layers up to 60-fold higher compared with the control. Neither skin irritation nor skin corrosion was observed in ex vivo studies. The present study revealed that IPM-based microemulsion systems may be promising carriers to enhance skin penetration and delivering MSKE for topical treatment.

  11. Sustained release of vancomycin from novel biodegradable nanofiber-loaded vascular prosthetic grafts: in vitro and in vivo study

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    Full Text Available Kuo-Sheng Liu,1 Cheng-Hung Lee,2 Yi-Chuan Wang,3 Shih-Jung Liu3 1Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Linkou, Taiwan; 2Division of Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Linkou, Taiwan; 3Department of Mechanical Engineering, Chang Gung University, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan Abstract: This study describes novel biodegradable, drug-eluting nanofiber-loaded vascular prosthetic grafts that provide local and sustained delivery of vancomycin to surrounding tissues. Biodegradable nanofibers were prepared by first dissolving poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide and vancomycin in 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol. The solution was then electrospun into nanofibers onto the surface of vascular prostheses. The in vitro release rates of the pharmaceutical from the nanofiber-loaded prostheses was characterized using an elution method and a high-performance liquid chromatography assay. Experimental results indicated that the drug-eluting prosthetic grafts released high concentrations of vancomycin in vitro (well above the minimum inhibitory concentration for more than 30 days. In addition, the in vivo release behavior of the drug-eluting grafts implanted in the subcutaneous pocket of rabbits was also documented. The drug-eluting grafts developed in this work have potential applications in assisting the treatment of vascular prosthesis infection and resisting reinfection when an infected graft is to be exchanged. Keywords: drug-eluting prosthetic graft, vascular prosthesis infection, release characteristics

  12. Oxidation, Reduction, and Condensation of Alcohols over (MO3)3 (M=Mo, W) Nanoclusters

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    Fang, Zongtang; Li, Zhenjun; Kelley, Matthew S.; Kay, Bruce D.; Li, Shenggang; Hennigan, Jamie M.; Rousseau, Roger J.; Dohnalek, Zdenek; Dixon, David A.


    The reactions of deuterated methanol, ethanol, 1-propanol, 1-butanol, 2-propanol, 2-butanol and t-butanol over cyclic (MO3)3 (M = Mo, W) clusters were studied experimentally with temperature programmed desorption (TPD) and theoretically with coupled cluster CCSD(T) theory and density functional theory. The reactions of two alcohols per M3O9 cluster are required to provide agreement with experiment for D2O release, dehydrogenation and dehydration. The reaction begins with the elimination of water by proton transfers and forms an intermediate dialkoxy species which can undergo further reaction. Dehydration proceeds by a β hydrogen transfer to a terminal M=O. Dehydrogenation takes place via an α hydrogen transfer to an adjacent MoVI = O atom or a WVI metal center with redox involved for M = Mo and no redox for M = W. The two channels have comparable activation energies. H/D exchange to produce alcohols can take place after olefin is released or via the dialkoxy species depending on the alcohol and the cluster. The Lewis acidity of the metal center with WVI being larger than MoVI results in the increased reactivity of W3O9 over Mo3O9 for dehydrogenation and dehydration.

  13. Deacidification of oils and fats of biological origine by aqueous solutions of tertiary amines*

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    Peter Siegfried


    Full Text Available Deacidification of triacylglycerols by extraction is investigated using aqueous solutions of amines as extractants. Tertiary amines with boiling points ranging between 100° and 170°C, such as 2-methylamino-diethanol, 2-dimethylamino-ethanol, 4-methylmorpholine, 1-dimethylamino-2-propanol etc. were found to be suitable substances. Especially the deacidification by aqueous solutions of 2-dimethylamino-ethanol (DMAE was amply investigated as it is used as an active agent in remedies. Amazingly gelatinous soap stocks are not formed, when the concentration of DMAE exceeds 20% if the free fatty acid content of the oil is below 15%. Two liquid phases are formed in systems composed of triacylglyceroles and aqueous solutions containing 20 to 80% DMAE. Palm oil containing 4.3 wt.% free fatty acids was mixed with an equal amount of an aqueous solution of 30 wt.% DMAE at 60°C. In equilibrium an extract containing 86 wt.% free fatty acids (solvents deducted and a raffinate of 0.09 wt.% free fatty acids are obtained. Loss of neutral oil being 0.7 wt.%.

  14. Arsenic(III) and iron(II) co-oxidation by oxygen and hydrogen peroxide: divergent reactions in the presence of organic ligands. (United States)

    Wang, Zhaohui; Bush, Richard T; Liu, Jianshe


    Iron-catalyzed oxidation of As(III) to As(V) can be highly effective for toxic arsenic removal via Fenton reaction and Fe(II) oxygenation. However, the contribution of ubiquitous organic ligands is poorly understood, despite its significant role in redox chemistry of arsenic in natural and engineered systems. In this work, selected naturally occurring organic ligands and synthetic ligands in co-oxidation of Fe(II) and As(III) were examined as a function of pH, Fe(II), H2O2, and radical scavengers (methanol and 2-propanol) concentration. As(III) was not measurably oxidised in the presence of excess ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) (i.e. Fe(II):EDTAorganic ligands did not necessarily result in the coupled As(III) oxidation. Organic ligands act as both iron speciation regulators and radicals scavengers. Further quenching experiments suggested both hydroxyl radicals and high-valent Fe species contributed to As(III) oxidation. The present findings are significant for the better understanding of aquatic redox chemistry of iron and arsenic in the environment and for optimization of iron-catalyzed arsenic remediation technology.

  15. Size-selective recognition of catecholamines by molecular imprinting on silica-alumina gel. (United States)

    Ling, Tzong-Rong; Syu, Yau Zen; Tasi, Yau-Ching; Chou, Tse-Chuan; Liu, Chung-Chiun


    The preparation of a catecholamine receptor was carried out using a molecular imprinting method with silica-alumina gel to form complementary structures for template recognition. The molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) was synthesized by the condensation of silicate from tetraethyl orthosilictate (TEOS) under hydrothermal conditions at 60 degrees C. Aluminum chloride was added as a functional monomer to increase the material's rebinding ability. The selectivity of the MIP receptor prepared with different ratios of template to Si and Al, was examined with seven analytes including: dopamine, epinephrine, norepinephrine, ascorbic acid, homovanillic acid, uric acid, and l-tyrosine. The results showed a size selective effect for the receptors with respect to the recognition of the catecholamines. Some factors affecting the recognition ability were investigated including: the solution pH of analytes, surface capping on the MIP, and the imprinting pH of the silica-alumina solution. Also, the catecholamine MIP films on quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) electrodes were fabricated as sensors for in situ monitoring of the analytes in a 2-propanol solution.

  16. Synthesis and Crystal Structure of an Incomplete Cubane-type Mo3S4 Cluster with the N-N-O Type Tridentate Ligand:{Mo3S4[NH2CH2CH(O)CH2NH2]3}(DTP)·(H2O)2·(DMF)

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    HU Rui-Feng; QIN Ye-Yan; KANG Yao; ZHANG Jian; WEN Yi-Hang; LI Zhao-Ji; CHEN Jiu-Tong; YAO Yuan-Gen


    A new cluster {Mo3S4[NH2CH2CH(O)CH2NH2]3}(DTP)·(H2O)2·(DMF) (DTP = diethyldithiophosphate) has been synthesized via ligand substitution reaction of Mo3S4(DTP)4(H2O) with an alkaline ligand 1,3-diamino-2-propanol(DAPROH) in a mixed organic solvent, and its crys- tal structure was determined with the following data: Mo3S6PC16H48O8N7, Mr = 977.76, triclinic, space group P, Z = 2, a = 10.319(2), b = 12.843(3), c = 15.335(3)(A), α = 65.26(3), β = 82.18(3), γ = 70.67(3)o, V = 1741.7(6) (A)3, Dc = 1.864 g/cm3, μ = 1.517 mm-1, F(000) = 988, the final R = 0.0794 and wR = 0.2111 for 6318 observed reflections (I>2σ(I)). The structure analysis indicates that all DTP ligands of Mo3S4(DTP)4(H2O) are replaced and each DAPRO molecule acts as a tri- dentate ligand chelating to each Mo atom of the Mo3S4 core. Different from the precursor, the clus- ter symmetry is elevated to C3. In addition, the UV-spectrum of the title compound was measured.

  17. Structural, optical and morphological analyses of pristine titanium di-oxide nanoparticles--synthesized via sol-gel route. (United States)

    Praveen, P; Viruthagiri, G; Mugundan, S; Shanmugam, N


    Pure titanium di-oxide nanoparticles (TiO2) were synthesized by sol-gel technique at room temperature with appropriate reactants. The synthesis of anatase phase TiO2 nanoparticles was achieved by tetraisopropyl orthotitanate and 2-propanol as common starting materials and the product was annealed at 450 °C for 4 h. The synthesized product was characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), UV-VIS-Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), Photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy and Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with Energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analysis. XRD pattern confirmed the crystalline nature and tetragonal structure of synthesized composition. Average grain size was determined from X-ray line broadening, using the Debye-Scherrer relation. The functional groups present in the sample were identified by FTIR spectroscopy. Diffuse reflectance measurement indicated an absorption band edge on UV-region. The allowed direct and indirect band gap energies, as well as the crystallite size of pure TiO2 nanoparticles are calculated from DRS analysis. The microstructure and elemental identification were done by SEM with EDX analysis.

  18. Efficient gene transfection using novel cationic polymers poly(hydroxyalkylene imines). (United States)

    Zaliauskiene, Lolita; Bernadisiute, Ula; Vareikis, Ausvydas; Makuska, Ricardas; Volungeviciene, Ieva; Petuskaite, Agne; Riauba, Laurynas; Lagunavicius, Arunas; Zigmantas, Sarunas


    A series of novel cationic polymers poly(hydroxyalkylene imines) were synthesized and tested for their ability to transfect cells in vitro and in vivo. Poly(hydroxyalkylene imines), in particular, poly(2-hydroxypropylene imine) (pHP), poly(2-hydroxypropylene imine ethylene imine) (pHPE), and poly(hydroxypropylene imine propylene imine) (pHPP) were synthesized by polycondensation reaction from 1,3-diamino-2-propanol and the appropriate dibromide. Electron microscopic examination demonstrated that the resulting polymers condensed DNA into toroid shape complexes of 100-150 nm in size. Transfection studies showed that all three polymers were able to deliver genetic material into the cell, with pHP being superior to pHPP and pHPE. pHP acted as an efficient gene delivery agent in a variety of different cell lines and outcompeted most of the widely used polymer or lipid based transfection reagents. Intravenous administration of pHP-DNA polyplexes in mice followed by the reporter gene analysis showed that the reagent was suitable for in vivo applications. In summary, the results indicate that pHP is a new efficient reagent for gene delivery in vitro and in vivo.

  19. Fibrous scaffolds made by co-electrospinning soluble eggshell membrane protein with biodegradable synthetic polymers. (United States)

    Xiong, Xi; Li, Qiang; Lu, Jian-Wei; Guo, Zhao-Xia; Sun, Zhao-Hui; Yu, Jian


    Soluble eggshell membrane protein (SEP), isolated from natural eggshell membrane, was co-electrospun with biodegradable synthetic polymers poly(propylene carbonate) (PPC) and poly(lactic acid) (PLA) in various proportions from 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol (HFIP) solutions in order to prepare fibrous scaffolds having simultaneously good mechanical properties and biocompatibility. The fiber morphology was observed by field emission scanning electron microscopy, showing uniform fibers with diameter of 1.2-1.0 and 1.3-0.7 um for PPC/SEP and PLA/SEP blend fibers, respectively. Transmission electron microscopy observation shows that the blend fibers have domain-matrix phase morphology with fiber-like SEP domains in the PPC or PLA matrix, indicating the occurrence of phase separation, although interaction exists between PPC (or PLA) and SEP, as revealed by attenuated total reflectance Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The mechanical properties were evaluated by uniaxial tensile tests and showed that both the tensile strength and elongation at break increase with increasing incorporation of PPC (or PLA). The surface composition was investigated by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and SEP was found on the fiber surfaces, and as a result the surfaces of the fibrous scaffolds are superhydrophilic. NIH3T3 cell culture tests demonstrate that the PPC/SEP and PLA/SEP blend fibrous scaffolds have a much improved biocompatibility compared to pure PPC or PLA fibrous scaffolds.

  20. Biodegradable drug-eluting nanofiber-enveloped implants for sustained release of high bactericidal concentrations of vancomycin and ceftazidime: in vitro and in vivo studies. (United States)

    Hsu, Yung-Heng; Chen, Dave Wei-Chih; Tai, Chun-Der; Chou, Ying-Chao; Liu, Shih-Jung; Ueng, Steve Wen-Neng; Chan, Err-Cheng


    We developed biodegradable drug-eluting nanofiber-enveloped implants that provided sustained release of vancomycin and ceftazidime. To prepare the biodegradable nanofibrous membranes, poly(D,L)-lactide-co-glycolide and the antibiotics were first dissolved in 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol. They were electrospun into biodegradable drug-eluting membranes, which were then enveloped on the surface of stainless plates. An elution method and a high-performance liquid chromatography assay were employed to characterize the in vivo and in vitro release rates of the antibiotics from the nanofiber-enveloped plates. The results showed that the biodegradable nanofiber-enveloped plates released high concentrations of vancomycin and ceftazidime (well above the minimum inhibitory concentration) for more than 3 and 8 weeks in vitro and in vivo, respectively. A bacterial inhibition test was carried out to determine the relative activity of the released antibiotics. The bioactivity ranged from 25% to 100%. In addition, the serum creatinine level remained within the normal range, suggesting that the high vancomycin concentration did not affect renal function. By adopting the electrospinning technique, we will be able to manufacture biodegradable drug-eluting implants for the long-term drug delivery of different antibiotics.

  1. Catalyst-Free Synthesis of ZnO Nanowires on Oxidized Silicon Substrate for Gas Sensing Applications. (United States)

    Behera, B; Chandra, S


    In the present work, we report the synthesis of nanostructured ZnO by oxidation of zinc film without using a seed or catalyst layer. The zinc films were deposited on oxidized Si substrates by RF magnetron sputtering process. These were oxidized in dry and wet air/oxygen ambient. The optimized process yielded long nanowires of ZnO having diameter of around 60-70 nm and spread uniformly over the surface. The effect of oxidation temperature, time, Zn film thickness and the ambient has strong influence on the morphology of resulting nanostruxctured ZnO film. The films were characterized by scanning electron microscopy for morphological studies and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis to study the phase of the nanostructured ZnO. Room temperature photoluminescence (PL) measurements of the nanowires show UV and green emission. A sensor was designed and fabricated using nanostructured ZnO film, incorporating inter-digital-electrode (IDE) for the measurement of resistance of the sensing layer. The gas sensing properties were investigated from the measurement of change in resistance when exposed to vapours of different volatile organic compound (VOC) such as acetone, ethanol, methanol and 2-propanol. The results suggest that ZnO nanowires fabricated by this method have potential application in gas sensors.

  2. A novel aqueous two phase system composed of a thermo-separating polymer and an organic solvent for purification of thermo-acidic amylase enzyme from red pitaya (Hylocereus polyrhizus) peel. (United States)

    Amid, Mehrnoush; Manap, Yazid; Zohdi, Nor Khanani


    The purification of thermo-acidic amylase enzyme from red pitaya (Hylocereus polyrhizus) peel for the first time was investigated using a novel aqueous two-phase system (ATPS) consisting of a thermo-separating copolymer and an organic solvent. The effectiveness of different parameters such as molecular weight of the thermo-separating ethylene oxide-propylene oxide (EOPO) copolymer and type and concentration of organic solvent on the partitioning behavior of amylase was investigated. In addition, the effects of phase components, volume ratio (VR), pH and crude load of purification factor and yield of amylase were evaluated to achieve the optimum partition conditions of the enzyme. In the novel ATPS method, the enzyme was satisfactorily partitioned into the polymer-rich top phase in the system composed of 30% (w/w) EOPO 2500 and 15% (w/w) 2-propanol, at a volume ratio of 1.94 and with a crude load scale of 25% (w/w) at pH 5.0. Recovery and recycling of components was also measured in each successive step of the ATPS process. The enzyme was successfully recovered by the method with a high purification factor of 14.3 and yield of 96.6% and copolymer was also recovered and recycled at a rate above 97%, making the method was more economical than the traditional ATPS method.

  3. Fiber content of diet affects exhaled breath volatiles in fasting and postprandial state in a pilot crossover study. (United States)

    Raninen, Kaisa J; Lappi, Jenni E; Mukkala, Maria L; Tuomainen, Tomi-Pekka; Mykkänen, Hannu M; Poutanen, Kaisa S; Raatikainen, Olavi J


    Our pilot study examined the potential of exhaled breath analysis in studying the metabolic effects of dietary fiber (DF). We hypothesized that a high-fiber diet (HFD) containing whole grain rye changes volatile organic compound (VOC) levels in exhaled breath and that consuming a single meal affects these levels. Seven healthy men followed a week-long low-fiber diet (17 g/d) and HFD (44 g/d) in a randomized crossover design. A test meal containing 50 g of the available carbohydrates from wheat bread was served as breakfast after each week. Alveolar exhaled breath samples were analyzed at fasting state and 30, 60, and 120 minutes after this meal parallel to plasma glucose, insulin, and serum lipids. We used solid-phase microextraction and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry for detecting changes in 15 VOCs. These VOCs were acetone, ethanol, 1-propanol, 2-propanol, 1-butanol, acetic acid, propionic acid, butyric acid, valeric acid, isovaleric acid, 2-methylbutyric acid, hexanoic acid, acetoin, diacetyl, and phenol. Exhaled breath 2-methylbutyric acid in the fasting state and 1-propanol at 120 minutes decreased (P = .091 for both) after an HFD. Ingestion of the test meal increased ethanol, 1-propanol, acetoin, propionic acid, and butyric acid levels while reducing acetone, 1-butanol, diacetyl, and phenol levels. Both DF diet content and having a single meal affected breathVOCs. Exploring exhaled breath further could help to develop tools for monitoring the metabolic effects of DF.

  4. Efficient accumulation of oleic acid in Saccharomyces cerevisiae caused by expression of rat elongase 2 gene (rELO2) and its contribution to tolerance to alcohols. (United States)

    Yazawa, Hisashi; Kamisaka, Yasushi; Kimura, Kazuyoshi; Yamaoka, Masakazu; Uemura, Hiroshi


    When the cells of Saccharomyces cerevisiae are exposed to high concentration of ethanol, the content of oleic acid (C18:1n-9) increased as the initial concentration of ethanol increased. Based on this observation, we attempted to confer ethanol tolerance to S. cerevisiae by manipulating fatty acid composition of the cells. Rather than altering OLE1 expression [the desaturase making both C16:1n-7 (palmitoleic acid) and C18:1n-9], we introduced elongase genes. Introduction of rat elongase 1 gene (rELO1) into S. cerevisiae gave cis-vaccenic acid (cis-C18:1n-7) by conversion from C16:1n-7, and the increase in this C18:1 fatty acid did not confer ethanol tolerance to the cells. On the other hand, the introduction of rat elongase 2 gene (rELO2), which elongates C16:0 to C18:0, drastically increased C18:1n-9 content, and the cells acquired ethanol tolerance, emphasizing the specific role of C18:1n-9. Furthermore, the transformant of rELO2 also conferred tolerance to n-butanol, n-propanol, and 2-propanol.

  5. Fabrication and Intermolecular Interactions of Silk Fibroin/Hydroxybutyl Chitosan Blended Nanofibers

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    Xiu-Mei Mo


    Full Text Available The native extracellular matrix (ECM is composed of a cross-linked porous network of multifibril collagens and glycosaminoglycans. Nanofibrous scaffolds of silk fibroin (SF and hydroxybutyl chitosan (HBC blends were fabricated using 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol (HFIP and trifluoroacetic acid (TFA as solvents to biomimic the native ECM via electrospinning. Scanning electronic microscope (SEM showed that relatively uniform nanofibers could be obtained when 12% SF was blended with 6% HBC at the weight ratio of 50:50. Meanwhile, the average nanofibrous diameter increased when the content of HBC in SF/HBC blends was raised from 20% to 100%. Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR and 13C nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR showed SF and HBC molecules existed in hydrogen bonding interactions but HBC did not induce conformation of SF transforming from random coil form to β-sheet structure. X-ray diffraction (XRD confirmed the different structure of SF/HBC blended nanofibers from both SF and HBC. Thermogravimetry-Differential thermogravimetry (TG-DTG results demonstrated that the thermal stability of SF/HBC blend nanofibrous scaffolds was improved. The results indicated that the rearrangement of HBC and SF molecular chain formed a new structure due to stronger hydrogen bonding between SF and HBC. These electrospun SF/HBC blended nanofibers may provide an ideal tissue engineering scaffold and wound dressing.

  6. Amine-modified SBA-15 and MCF mesoporous molecular sieves as promising sorbents for natural antioxidant. Modeling of caffeic acid adsorption. (United States)

    Moritz, Michał; Geszke-Moritz, Małgorzata


    This work presents a detailed study of caffeic acid adsorption on mesoporous SBA-15 and MCF silicas functionalized with (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane (APTES) and 3-[2-(aminoethylamino)propyl]trimethoxysilane (AEAPTMS). Synthesized mesoporous adsorbents were characterized using different analytical techniques such as N2 sorption, XRD, TEM, SEM and FT-IR. The adsorption studies of caffeic acid were conducted in various organic solvents. Moreover, the effect of water content in 2-propanol-water mixture on adsorption efficiency was investigated. The experimental data were best fitted to the Langmuir equation, followed by the Temkin, Dubinin-Radushkevich and Freundlich models. The maximum adsorption capacity values calculated from the Langmuir model demonstrated that SBA-15 and MCF silicas modified with AEAPTMS revealed better adsorption properties toward caffeic acid (192.3 and 161.3mg/g, respectively) as compared to the materials modified with APTES (125.0 and 113.6 mg/g, respectively). The obtained results indicate that both SBA-15 and MCF silicas functionalized with AEAPTMS and APTES are promising materials for the entrapment of caffeic acid.

  7. Acid lipase from Candida viswanathii: production, biochemical properties, and potential application. (United States)

    de Almeida, Alex Fernando; Tauk-Tornisielo, Sâmia Maria; Carmona, Eleonora Cano


    Influences of environmental variables and emulsifiers on lipase production of a Candida viswanathii strain were investigated. The highest lipase activity (101.1 U) was observed at 210 rpm, pH 6.0, and 27.5°C. Other fermentation parameters analyzed showed considerable rates of biomass yield (Y L/S = 1.381 g/g), lipase yield (Y L/S = 6.892 U/g), and biomass productivity (P X = 0.282 g/h). Addition of soybean lecithin increased lipase production in 1.45-fold, presenting lipase yield (Y L/S ) of 10.061 U/g. Crude lipase presented optimal activity at acid pH of 3.5, suggesting a new lipolytic enzyme for this genus and yeast in general. In addition, crude lipase presented high stability in acid conditions and temperature between 40 and 45°C, after 24 h of incubation in these temperatures. Lipase remained active in the presence of organic solvents maintaining above 80% activity in DMSO, methanol, acetonitrile, ethanol, acetone, 1-propanol, isopropanol, and 2-propanol. Effectiveness for the hydrolysis of a wide range of natural triglycerides suggests that this new acid lipase has high potential application in the oleochemical and food industries for hydrolysis and/or modification of triacylglycerols to improve the nutritional properties.

  8. Oxygen Storage Capacity and Oxygen Mobility of Co-Mn-Mg-Al Mixed Oxides and Their Relation in the VOC Oxidation Reaction

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    María Haidy Castaño


    Full Text Available Co-Mn-Mg-Al oxides were synthesized using auto-combustion and co-precipitation techniques. Constant ratios were maintained with (Co + Mn + Mg/Al equal to 3.0, (Co + Mn/Mg equal to 1.0 and Co/Mn equal to 0.5. The chemical and structural composition, redox properties, oxygen storage capacity and oxygen mobility were analyzed using X-ray fluorescence (XRF, X-ray diffraction (XRD, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, temperature-programmed reduction of hydrogen (H2-TPR, oxygen storage capacity (OSC, oxygen storage complete capacity (OSCC and isotopic exchange, respectively. The catalytic behavior of the oxides was evaluated in the total oxidation of a mixture of 250 ppm toluene and 250 ppm 2-propanol. The synthesis methodology affected the crystallite size, redox properties, OSC and oxide oxygen mobility, which determined the catalytic behavior. The co-precipitation method got the most active oxide in the oxidation of the volatile organic compound (VOC mixture because of the improved mobility of oxygen and ability to favor redox processes in the material structure.

  9. Inactivation of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG by fixation modifies its probiotic properties. (United States)

    Markowicz, C; Kubiak, P; Grajek, W; Schmidt, M T


    Probiotics are microorganisms that have beneficial effects on the host and are safe for oral intake in a suitable dose. However, there are situations in which the administration of living microorganisms poses a risk for immunocompromised host. The objective of this study was to evaluate the influence of several fixation methods on selected biological properties of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG that are relevant to its probiotic action. Fixation of the bacterial cells with ethanol, 2-propanol, glutaraldehyde, paraformaldehyde, and heat treatment resulted in a significant decrease of alkaline phosphatase, peroxidase, and β-galactosidase activities. Most of the fixation procedures reduced bacterial cell hydrophobicity and increased adhesion capacity. The fixation procedures resulted in a different perception of the bacterial cells by enterocytes, which was shown as changes in gene expression in enterocytes. The results show that some procedures of inactivation allow a fraction of the enzymatic activity to be maintained. The adhesion properties of the bacterial cells were enhanced, but the response of enterocytes to fixed cells was different than to live bacteria. Inactivation allows maintenance and modification of some of the properties of the bacterial cells.

  10. Measurement and modeling of osmotic coefficients of binary mixtures (alcohol + 1,3-dimethylpyridinium methylsulfate) at T = 323.15 K

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    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); 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); Dominguez, Angeles [Advanced Separation Processes Group, Departamento de Ingenieria Quimica, Universidad de Vigo, 36310 Vigo (Spain); Macedo, Eugenia A. [Laboratory of Separation and Reaction Engineering, Departamento de Engenharia Quimica, Faculdade de Engenharia, Universidade do Porto, Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, 4200-465 Porto (Portugal)


    Research highlights: The osmotic coefficients of binary mixtures (alcohol + ionic liquid) were determined. The measurements were carried out with a vapor pressure osmometer at 323.15 K. The Pitzer-Archer, and the MNRTL models were used to correlate the experimental data. Mean molal activity coefficients and excess Gibbs free energies were calculated. - Abstract: Measurement of osmotic coefficients of binary mixtures containing several primary and secondary alcohols (1-propanol, 2-propanol, 1-butanol, 2-butanol, and 1-pentanol) and the pyridinium-based ionic liquid 1,3-dimethylpyridinium methylsulfate were performed at T = 323.15 K using the vapor pressure osmometry technique, and from experimental data, vapor pressure, and activity coefficients were determined. The extended Pitzer model modified by Archer, and the NRTL model modified by Jaretun and Aly (MNRTL) were used to correlate the experimental osmotic coefficients, obtaining standard deviations lower than 0.017 and 0.054, respectively. From the parameters obtained with the extended Pitzer model modified by Archer, the mean molal activity coefficients and the excess Gibbs free energy for the studied binary mixtures were calculated. The effect of the cation is studied comparing the experimental results with those obtained for the ionic liquid 1,3-dimethylimidazolium methylsulfate.

  11. Application of the ERAS model to volumetric properties of binary mixtures of banana oil with primary and secondary alcohols (C1-C4) at different temperatures

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    Behroozi, Mahboobe [Faculty of Chemistry, Bu-Ali Sina University, Hamedan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Zarei, Hosseinali, E-mail: [Faculty of Chemistry, Bu-Ali Sina University, Hamedan (Iran, Islamic Republic of)


    The densities of binary mixtures of {l_brace}isoamyl acetate + alcohols (methanol, ethanol, 1-propanol, 2-propanol, 1-butanol, and 2-butanol){r_brace}, including those of pure liquids, over the entire composition range were measured at temperatures (293.15 to 333.15) K and atmospheric pressure by means of a vibrating-tube densimeter. The excess molar volume, V{sub m}{sup E}, thermal expansion coefficients, {alpha}, and their excess values, {alpha}{sup E}, were calculated from density data. The V{sub m}{sup E} values are positive over the entire range of composition and temperature and become more positive with increasing temperature for all of the mixtures except for the (isoamyl acetate + methanol) mixture. The V{sub m}{sup E} values were correlated by Redlich-Kister equation and the extended real associated solution (ERAS) model was used for describing V{sub m}{sup E} values at T = 303.15 K.

  12. Catalytic Hydrogenation of Methanol-Containing Eflfuent from Epoxidation of Propylene

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    Cheng Ke


    This paper describes the hydrogenation of impurities in the methanol-containing eflfuent from the propylene epoxidation process with hydrogen peroxide. The effects of reaction temperature, pressure, weight hourly space velocity (WHSV) and H2/methanol ratio on the concentration of various impurities in methanol solvent were investigated. It was found out that the aldehyde, hydrogen peroxide and nitro compounds in the methanol solvent could be completely hydroge-nated over the Ni catalyst under proper reaction conditions. 90%of acetone and up to 50%of acetals (ketals) existing in the methanol solvent could be hydrogenated. No signiifcant change was observed for the rest of the impurities that were present in the methanol solvent (i. e., 1-methoxy-2-propanol, 2-methoxy-1-propanol and 1,2-propanediol). The H2O2 decomposition reaction was enhanced using Ni catalyst, through the formation of NioOH, but no oxygen was found in the off-gas of hy-drogenation reaction since NioH could react on NioOH formed via dissociative adsorption of hydrogen peroxide, or on NioO formed via adsorption of oxygen.

  13. A thermodynamic study of ketoreductase-catalyzed reactions 5. Reduction of substituted ketones in n-hexane

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    Tewari, Yadu B. [Biochemical Science and Analytical Chemistry Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD 20899 (United States)], E-mail:; Vanderah, David J. [Biochemical Science and Analytical Chemistry Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD 20899 (United States)], E-mail:; Schantz, Michele M. [Biochemical Science and Analytical Chemistry Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD 20899 (United States)], E-mail:; Goldberg, Robert N. [Biochemical Science and Analytical Chemistry Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD 20899 (United States)], E-mail:; Rozzell, J. David [Codexis, Inc., 129 N. Hill Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91106 (United States)], E-mail:; Liebman, Joel F. [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD 21250 (United States)], E-mail:; Hui, Raymond Wai-Man; Nissenbaum, Yitzy; Parniani, Ahmad Reza [Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD 21250 (United States)


    The equilibrium constants K for the ketoreductase-catalyzed reduction reactions of 1-benzyl-3-pyrrolidinone, ethyl 2-oxo-4-phenylbutyrate, ethyl 4-chloroacetoacetate, 1-benzyl-4-piperidone, and 1-benzyl-3-piperidone were measured in n-hexane at T = 298.15 K by using gas chromatography. The equilibrium constants for the reaction involving 1-benzyl-4-piperidone were also measured as a function of temperature (288.15 to 308.05) K. The calculated thermodynamic quantities for the reaction (1-benzyl-4-piperidone + 2-propanol = 1-benzyl-4-hydroxypiperidine + acetone) reaction carried out in n-hexane at T = 298.15 K are: K = (26.2 {+-} 1.7); {delta}{sub r}G{sub m}{sup 0}=-(8.10{+-}0.16)kJ.mol{sup -1}; {delta}{sub r}H{sub m}{sup 0}=-(3.44{+-}0.42)kJ.mol{sup -1}; and {delta}{sub r}S{sub m}{sup 0}=(15.6{+-}1.4)J.K{sup -1}.mol{sup -1}. The chirality of the hydroxyl products of the reactions has also been investigated. The results showed that the stereoselectivity of the hydroxyl products formed can be controlled by the selection of the solvent and enzyme used in these reactions. The thermochemical results for these reactions are compared with the results for reactions that have analogous structural features as well as with the results of quantum chemical calculations.

  14. Synthesis, characterization and application of naïve and nano-sized titanium dioxide as a photocatalyst for degradation of methylene blue

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    Arpita Pandey


    Full Text Available In the present work, photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue has been carried out using naïve titanium dioxide, nano-sized titanium dioxide and H2O2 under visible light. The catalysts, naïve and nano-sized titanium dioxide were prepared by the sol–gel method. Characterization of synthesized catalysts has been done by scanning electron microscopy (SEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD and UV–Visible spectroscopy. The rate of degradation of dye was monitored spectrophotometrically by measuring absorbance of dye at regular time intervals. The effect of various parameters such as pH, concentration of dye, amount of catalyst, amount of H2O2 and light intensity on the rate of reaction has been studied. Various parameters like chemical oxygen demand (COD, conductance, pH, TDS, salinity and dissolved oxygen (DO for the reaction mixture have also been determined. A tentative mechanism for degradation of dye has been proposed involving ·−OH radical as an oxidant. The participation of ·−OH radical has been confirmed by using 2-propanol (scavenger as the rate of reaction was drastically reduced in its presence.

  15. Keynote address: cellular reduction of nitroimidazole drugs: potential for selective chemotherapy and diagnosis of hypoxic cells

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    Chapman, J.D.; Lee, J.; Meeker, B.E.


    Nitroimidazole drugs were initially developed as selective radiosensitizers of hypoxic cells and, consequently, as adjuvants to improve the local control probabilities of current radiotherapies. Misonidazole (MISO), the prototype radiosensitizing drug, was found in Phase I clinical studies to cause dose-limiting neurotoxicities (mainly peripheral neuropathies). MISO was also found to be cytotoxic in the absence of radiation and to covalently bind to cellular molecules, both processes demonstrating rates much higher in hypoxic compared with oxygenated cells. It is likely that neurotoxicity, cellular cytotoxicity and adduct formation results from reactions between reduction intermediates of MISO and cellular target molecules. Spin-offs from radiosensitizer research include the synthesis and characterization of more potent hypoxic cytotoxins and the exploitation of sensitizer-adducts as probes for measuring cellular and tissue oxygen levels. Current developments in hypoxic cell cytotoxin and hypoxic cell marker research are reviewed with specific examples from studies which characterize the cellular reduction of TF-MISO, (1-(2-nitro-1-imidazolyl)-3(2,2,2-trifluoroethoxy)-2-propanol). 45 references.

  16. Modelling On Photogeneration Of Hydroxyl Radical In Surface Waters And Its Reactivity Towards Pharmaceutical Wastes (United States)

    Das, Radha; Vione, Davide; Rubertelli, Francesca; Maurino, Valter; Minero, Claudio; Barbati, Stéphane; Chiron, Serge


    This paper reports a simple model to describe the formation and reactivity of hydroxyl radicals in the whole column of freshwater lakes. It is based on empirical irradiation data and is a function of the water chemical composition (the photochemically significant parameters NPOC, nitrate, nitrite, carbonate and bicarbonate), the lake conformation best expressed as the average depth, and the water absorption spectrum in a simplified Lambert-Beer approach. The purpose is to derive the lifetime of dissolved molecules, due to reaction with •OH, on the basis of their second-order rate constants with the hydroxyl radical. The model was applied to two compounds of pharmaceutical wastes ibuprofen and carbamazepine, for which the second-order rate constants for reaction with the hydroxyl radical were measured by means of the competition kinetics with 2-propanol. The measured values of the rate constants are 1.0×1010 and 1.6×1010M-1 s-1 for ibuprofen and carbamazepine, respectively. The model suggests that the lifetime of a given compound can be very variable in different lakes, even more than the lifetime of different compounds in the same lake. It can be concluded that as far as the reaction with •OH, is concerned the concepts of photolability and photostability, traditionally attached to definite compounds, are ecosystem-dependent at least as much as they depend on the molecule under consideration.

  17. Partial Characterization of the Proteolytic Properties of an Enzymatic Extract From "Aguama" Bromelia pinguin L. Fruit Grown in Mexico. (United States)

    Moreno-Hernández, Jesús Martín; Hernández-Mancillas, Xitlalli Desideria; Navarrete, Evelia Lorena Coss; Mazorra-Manzano, Miguel Ángel; Osuna-Ruiz, Idalia; Rodríguez-Tirado, Víctor Alfonso; Salazar-Leyva, Jesús Aarón


    Plant proteases are capable of performing several functions in biological systems, and their use is attractive for biotechnological process due to their interesting catalytic properties. Bromelia pinguin (aguama) is a wild abundant natural resource in several regions of Central America and the Caribbean Islands but is underutilized. Their fruits are rich in proteases with properties that are still unknown, but they represent an attractive source of enzymes for biotechnological applications. Thus, the proteolytic activity in enzymatic crude extracts (CEs) from wild B. pinguin fruits was partially characterized. Enzymes in CEs showed high proteolytic activity at acid (pH 2.0-4.0) and neutral alkaline (pH 7.0-9.0) conditions, indicating that different types of active proteases are present. Proteolytic activity inhibition by the use of specific protease inhibitors indicated that aspartic, cysteine, and serine proteases are the main types of proteases present in CEs. Activity at pH 3.0 was stable in a broad range of temperatures (25-50 °C) and retained its activity in the presence of surfactants (SDS, Tween-80), reducing agents (DTT, 2-mercapoethanol), and organic solvents (methanol, ethanol, acetone, 2-propanol), which suggests that B. pinguin proteases are potential candidates for their application in brewing, detergent, and pharmaceutical industries.

  18. Production of selective membranes using plasma deposited nanochanneled thin films

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    Rodrigo Amorim Motta Carvalho


    Full Text Available The hydrolization of thin films obtained by tetraethoxysilane plasma polymerization results in the formation of a nanochanneled silicone like structure that could be useful for the production of selective membranes. Therefore, the aim of this work is to test the permeation properties of hydrolyzed thin films. The films were tested for: 1 permeation of polar organic compounds and/or water in gaseous phase and 2 permeation of salt in liquid phase. The efficiency of permeation was tested using a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM technique in gas phase and conductimetric analysis (CA in liquid phase. The substrates used were: silicon for characterization of the deposited films, piezoelectric quartz crystals for tests of selective membranes and cellophane paper for tests of permeation. QCM analysis showed that the nanochannels allow the adsorption and/or permeation of polar organic compounds, such as acetone and 2-propanol, and water. CA showed that the films allow salt permeation after an inhibition time needed for hydrolysis of the organic radicals within the film. Due to their characteristics, the films can be used for grains protection against microorganism proliferation during storage without preventing germination.

  19. High resolution mass spectrometry based method applicable for a wide range of 3-hydroxy-3-methyl-glutaryl-coenzyme A reductase inhibitors in blood serum including intermediates and products of the cholesterol biosynthetic pathway. (United States)

    Kosek, Vít; Stránská, Milena; Fenclová, Marie; Ruml, Tomáš; Vítek, Libor; Hajšlová, Jana


    Statins belong to the major class of hypolipidemic drugs. They act as competitive inhibitors of 3-hydroxy-3-methyl-glutaryl-coenzyme A (HMG-CoA) reductase, a rate-limiting enzyme in the cholesterol biosynthetic pathway. This inhibition not only leads to the depletion of cholesterol and its fatty acid esters, but also to the depletion of the intermediates of this metabolic pathway (mainly pyrophosphates), which can play an important role in tumor proliferation. The aim of the current study was to establish a versatile multi-analyte method capable of quantitative determination of various currently-used statins, together with free cholesterol (FC), cholesterol esters (CEs), and some key intermediates of the mevalonate pathway occurring in human serum. Various methods of sample preparation were examined in order to minimize the content of potentially interfering serum proteins, and simultaneously to assure acceptable recovery of the target analytes. Following protein precipitation with 2-propanol, separation of the sample components using ultra-high performance liquid chromatography coupled with tandem high resolution mass spectrometry (U-HPLC-HRMS/MS) was performed, employing a hyphenated quadrupole Orbitrap mass analyzer. The potential of the developed method was validated on human serum samples from patients treated with statins. This versatile method possesses wide applicability, in both clinical and experimental medicine. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier B.V.

  20. Asymmetric transfer hydrogenation of prochiral ketone catalyzed over Fe-CS/SBA-15 catalyst

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    XUE Ping; WU Tao


    A heterogeneous chiral catalyst Fe(Ⅲ)-CS (chitosan)complex/mesoporous molecular sieve SBA-15 (Santa Barbara Amorphous) was prepared.The asymmetric transfer hydrogenations of prochiral acetophenone and 4-methyl-2-pentanone to corresponding chiral alcohols were carried out on Fe-CS/SBA-15 at atmosphere pressure using 2-propanol as hydrogen donor.Effects of Fe content in catalyst,reaction temperature,reaction time and promoter KOH concentration on the conversion of substrates and enantioselectivity were investigated.Fe-CS/SBA-15 with 2.2%mass fraction Fe exhibits considerable enantioselectivity and catalytic activity for the asymmetric transfer hydrogenations of aromatic ketone and aliphatic ketone.Under optimal reaction conditions:KOH concentration 0.03 mol/L,reaction temperature 70℃ and reaction time 4 h,enantiomer excess(ee)of (R)-1-phenylethanol and conversion of acetophenone can reach 87.4%and 27.7%,respectively.Under the above KOH concentration and reaction temperature and reaction time of 8 h,the ee of(R)-4-methyl-2-pentanol and conversion 4-methyl-2-pentanone amounted to 50.2%and 25.5%,respectively.

  1. Solvent effects on the AIBN forced degradation of cumene: Implications for forced degradation practices. (United States)

    Nelson, Eric D; Thompson, Gina M; Yao, Ye; Flanagan, Holly M; Harmon, Paul A


    Solvent effects on the AIBN and ACVA forced degradation of cumene are explored. The degradant formation rates of the three cumene oxidative degradants, cumene hydroperoxide, acetophenone, and 2-phenyl-2-propanol are reported. The relative abundance and ratios of these three degradants provide insight into the fate of the peroxy radical oxidants generated by the forced stress system, and suggest that alkoxy radicals are actually a significant source of the observed reactivity. The presence of even 1% methanol in the forced stress solvent significantly quenches this alkoxy radical reactivity, dramatically reducing the overall degradation rate and leaving cumene hydroperoxide as the major product of the oxidation reaction. The origin of this significant solvent effect on the oxidation product distribution is shown to be related to the preferential H-atom abstraction from methanol and its trace impurities by any alkoxy radicals present in the reaction solution. The implications for these observations are explored with the intent of producing more predictive oxidative forced stress experiments.

  2. Cumene oxidation by cis-[RuIV(bpy)2(py)(O)]2+, revisited. (United States)

    Bryant, Jasmine R; Matsuo, Takashi; Mayer, James M


    cis-[RuIV(bpy)2(py)(O)]2+ oxidizes cumene (2-phenylpropane) in acetonitrile solution primarily to cumyl alcohol (2-phenyl-2-propanol), alpha-methylstyrene, and acetophenone. Contrary to a prior report, the rate of the reaction is not accelerated by added nucleophiles. There is thus no evidence for the hydride transfer mechanism originally proposed. Instead, the results are consistent with a mechanism of initial hydrogen atom transfer from cumene to the ruthenium oxo group. This is indicated by the correlation of rate with C-H bond strength and by the various products observed. The formation of acetophenone, with one carbon less than cumene, is suggested to occur via a multistep pathway involving decarbonylation of the acyl radical from 2-phenylpropanal. An alternative mechanism involving beta-scission of cumyloxyl radical is deemed unlikely because of the difficulty of generating alkoxyl radicals under anaerobic conditions and the lack of rearranged products in the oxidation of triphenylmethane by cis-[RuIV(bpy)2(py)(O)]2+.

  3. Natural organic matter and sunlight accelerate the degradation of 17ss-estradiol in water

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    Leech, Dina M. [Institute of Marine Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 3431 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557 (United States)], E-mail:; Snyder, Matthew T.; Wetzel, Robert G. [Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 (United States)


    Nanomolar concentrations of steroid hormones such as 17{beta}-estradiol can influence the reproductive development and sex ratios of invertebrate and vertebrate populations. Thus their release into surface and ground waters from wastewater facilities and agricultural applications of animal waste is of environmental concern. Many of these compounds are chromophoric and susceptible to photolytic degradation. High intensity UV-C radiation has been demonstrated to degrade some of these compounds in engineered systems. However, the degradation efficacy of natural solar radiation in shallow fresh waters is less understood. Here photolytic experiments with 17{beta}-estradiol demonstrated modest photodegradation ({approx} 26%) when exposed to simulated sunlight between 290 and 720 nm. Photodegradation significantly increased ({approx} 40-50%) in the presence of 2.0-15.0 mg/l of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) derived from humic acids of the Suwannee River, GA. However, rates of photodegradation reached a threshold at approximately 5.0 mg/l DOC. Observed suppression of photolysis in the presence of a radical inhibitor (i.e. 2-propanol) indicated that a significant proportion of the degradation was due to radicals formed from the photolysis of DOC. Although photodegradation was greatest in full sunlight containing UV-B (290-320 nm), degradation was also detected with UV-A (320-400 nm) and visible light (400-720 nm) alone.

  4. Calcium phosphate/microgel composites for 3D powderbed printing of ceramic materials. (United States)

    Birkholz, Mandy-Nicole; Agrawal, Garima; Bergmann, Christian; Schröder, Ricarda; Lechner, Sebastian J; Pich, Andrij; Fischer, Horst


    Composites of microgels and calcium phosphates are promising as drug delivery systems and basic components for bone substitute implants. In this study, we synthesized novel composite materials consisting of pure β-tricalcium phosphate and stimuli-responsive poly(N-vinylcaprolactam-co-acetoacetoxyethyl methacrylate-co-vinylimidazole) microgels. The chemical composition, thermal properties and morphology for obtained composites were extensively characterized by Fourier transform infrared, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, IGAsorp moisture sorption analyzer, thermogravimetric analysis, granulometric analysis, ESEM, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and TEM. Mechanical properties of the composites were evaluated by ball-on-three-balls test to determine the biaxial strength. Furthermore, initial 3D powderbed-based printing tests were conducted with spray-dried composites and diluted 2-propanol as a binder to evaluate a new binding concept for β-tricalcium phosphate-based granulates. The printed ceramic bodies were characterized before and after a sintering step by ESEM. The hypothesis that the microgels act as polymer adhesive agents by efficient chemical interactions with the β-tricalcium phosphate particles was confirmed. The obtained composites can be used for the development of new scaffolds.

  5. Preliminary assessment of mutagenic and anti-mutagenic potential of some aminoalkanolic derivatives of xanthone by use of the Vibrio harveyi assay. (United States)

    Słoczyńska, Karolina; Waszkielewicz, Anna Maria; Marona, Henryk


    The Vibrio harveyi assay was used to evaluate mutagenic and anti-mutagenic effects of four new aminoalkanolic derivatives of xanthone with anticonvulsant activity, to select the potentially safe compounds for further in vivo studies in animal models. The study showed that at a concentration of 40 ng/ml the test compounds were not mutagenic. Additionally, two of the investigated compounds, namely the (R,S)-N-methyl-1-amino-2-propanol derivative of 6-methoxyxanthone (compound III) and the (R)-N-methyl-2-amino-1-butanol derivative of 7-chloroxanthone (compound IV) were strong inhibitors of the mutagenicity induced by 4-nitroquinoline-N-oxide (4-NQO) in V. harveyi strains BB7M and BB7XM. The inhibition percentages for compound IV were 49 (in BB7M) and 69 (in BB7XM), whereas for compound III these percentages were 47 (in BB7M) and 42 (in BB7XM), respectively. The present study demonstrates that four bioactive derivatives of xanthone display no mutagenic activity in the V. harveyi assay. In addition, compounds III and IV demonstrated considerable anti-mutagenic activity in this test. Based on the results obtained here, these compounds could be selected for further studies in animal models, while compounds III and IV should be tested further for their anti-mutagenic properties.

  6. Influence of the structure of polyfluorinated alcohols on Brønsted acidity/hydrogen-bond donor ability and consequences on the promoter effect. (United States)

    Vuluga, Daniela; Legros, Julien; Crousse, Benoit; Slawin, Alexandra M Z; Laurence, Christian; Nicolet, Pierre; Bonnet-Delpon, Danièle


    The influence of substituents on the properties of tri- and hexafluorinated alcohols derived from 2,2,2-trifluoroethanol (TFE) and 1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol (HFIP) was examined. Measurements of specific solvent-solute interactions revealed that H-bond donation (HBD) of fluorinated alcohols is sensitive to the steric hindrance of the OH group, whereas their Brønsted acidity is dependent only on the number of fluorine atoms. For hexafluorinated alcohols (HFAs), their association with amines characterized by X-ray diffraction showed that the balance between HBD and acidity is influenced by their structure. Moreover, the ability of HFAs to donate H-bonds is exerted in synclinal (sc), synperiplanar (sp), and also antiperiplanar (ap) conformations along the C-O bond. Comparison of the effects of fluorinated alcohols as promoting solvents in three reactions is reported. The positive correlation between rate constants and H-bonding donation ability for sulfide oxidation and imino Diels-Alder reaction brings to light the role of this property, while acidity might have a minor influence. In the third reaction, epoxide opening by piperidine, none of these properties can clearly be put forward at this stage.

  7. Reclassification of Methanogenium tationis and Methanogenium liminatans as Methanofollis tationis gen. nov., comb. nov. and Methanofollis liminatans comb. nov. and description of a new strain of Methanofollis liminatans (United States)

    Zellner, G.; Boone, D. R.; Keswani, J.; Whitman, W. B.; Woese, C. R.; Hagelstein, A.; Tindall, B. J.; Stackebrandt, E.


    Sequencing of 16S rRNA genes and phylogenetic analysis of Methanogenium tationis DSM 2702T (OCM 43T) (T = type strain) and Methanogenium liminatans GKZPZT (= DSM 4140T) as well as other members of the family Methanomicrobiaceae revealed that both species belong to a separate line of descent within this family. In addition, a new strain of Methanogenium liminatans, strain BM1 (= DSM 10196), was isolated from a butyrate-degrading, fluidized bed reactor and characterized. Cells of both species are mesophilic, highly irregular cocci that use H2/CO2 and formate for growth and methanogenesis. In addition, Methanogenium liminatans strains GKZPZT and BM1 used 2-propanol/CO2, 2-butanol/CO2 and cyclopentanol/CO2. Both species contained diether and tetraether lipids. The polar lipids comprised amino-phosphopentanetetrol derivatives, which appear to be characteristic lipids within the family Methanomicrobiaceae. The pattern of glycolipids, phosphoglycolipids and amino-phosphoglycolipids was consistent with the assignment of these two species to a taxon within the family Methanomicrobiaceae, but also permitted them to be distinguished from other higher taxa within this family. The G+C contents of the DNA of Methanogenium tationis and Methanogenium liminatans were 54 and 60 mol% (Tm and HPLC), respectively. On the basis of the data presented, the transfer of Methanogenium tationis and Methanogenium liminatans to the genus Methanofollis gen. nov. as Methanofollis tationis comb. nov. and Methanofollis liminatans comb. nov., respectively, is proposed, with Methanofollis tationis as the type species.

  8. The radiation chemistry of Hoechst 33258 and its potential radiosensitizing analogues

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    Nel, P. [Melbourne Univ., Parkville, VIC (Australia). Dept. of Chemistry]|[Peter McCallum Cancer Institute, Reserach Division, East Melbourne, VIC (Australia); Cooper, R. [Melbourne Univ., Parkville, VIC (Australia). Dept. of Chemistry; Martin, R.F. [Peter McCallum Cancer Institute, East Melbourne, VIC, (Australia)


    Collaborative research between Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute and The University of Melbourne is aimed to investigate the photochemistry and radiation chemistry of the halogenated analogues m-I Hoechst and o-I Hoechst (which are being developed as potential radiosensitizers). Studies were conducted on Hoechst 33258, phenyl Hoechst, m-I Hoechst and o-I Hoechst. The chemical interaction between the Hoechst analogues and the radiolysis products of water (the hydroxy radical and the aqueous electron) were investigated by saturating aqueous solutions with nitrogen or nitrous oxide (an electron scavenger) and using 2-propanol as a hydroxy radical scavenger. Hoechst 33258 was investigated at pH 5 and pH 9. Transient absorption spectra of micromolar solutions saturated with nitrogen or nitrous oxide suggest the formation of hydroxyl radical adduct(s). The rate of formation of these transient spectra was observed to be dependent on the concentration of Hoechst 33258. Phenyl Hoechst, m- I Hoechst and o-I Hoechst were studied at pH 5. Spectra again suggest the formation of hydroxy radical adducts and that both m-I Hoechst and o-I Hoechst react with aqueous electrons.


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    Silvester Tursiloadi


    Full Text Available Stable anatase is attractive because of its notable functions for photocatalysis and photon-electron transfer.  TiO2-nanoparticles dispersed SiO2 wet gels were prepared by hydrolysis of Ti(OC4H9n4 and Si(OC2H54 in a 2-propanol solution with acid catalyst.  The solvent in the wet gels was supercritically extracted using CO2 at 60 oC and 22 Mpa in one-step.  Thermal evolution of the microstructure of the extracted gels (aerogels was evaluated by XRD measurements, TEM and N2 adsorption measurements. The as-extracted aerogel with a large specific surface area, more than 365 m2g-1, contained anatase nanoparticles, about 5 nm in diameter.  The anatase phase was stable after calcinations at temperatures up to 1000 oC, and BET specific surface area, total pore volume and average pore diameter did not change significantly after calcinations at temperature up to 800 oC.   Keywords: Stable anatase, sol-gel, CO2 supercritical extraction.

  10. Apatite coating of electrospun PLGA fibers using a PVA vehicle system carrying calcium ions. (United States)

    Kim, In Ae; Rhee, Sang-Hoon


    A novel method to coat electrospun poly(D,L-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) fiber surfaces evenly and efficiently with low-crystalline carbonate apatite crystals using a poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) vehicle system carrying calcium ions was presented. A non-woven PLGA fabric was prepared by electrospinning: a 10 wt% PLGA solution was prepared using 1,1,3,3-hexafluoro-2-propanol as a solvent and electrospun under a electrical field of 1 kV/cm using a syringe pump with a flowing rate of 3 ml/h. The non-woven PLGA fabric, 12 mm in diameter and 1 mm in thickness, was cut and then coated with a PVA solution containing calcium chloride dihydrate (specimen PPC). As controls, pure non-woven PLGA fabric (specimen P) and fabric coated with a calcium chloride dihydrate solution without PVA (specimen PC) were also prepared. Three specimens were exposed to simulated body fluid for 1 week and this exposure led to form uniform and complete apatite coating layer on the fiber surfaces of specimen PPC. However, no apatite had formed to the fiber surfaces of specimen P and only inhomogeneous coating occurred on the fiber surfaces of specimen PC. These results were explained in terms of the calcium chelating and adhesive properties of PVA vehicle system. The practical implication of the results is that this method provides a simple but efficient technique for coating the fiber surface of an initially non-bioactive material with low-crystalline carbonate apatite.

  11. Effect of water miscible organic solvents on p-nitrophenol hydroxylase (CYP2E1 activity in rat liver microsomes

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    Pranali G Patil


    Full Text Available Organic solvents used for solubilization of the substrates/NCEs are known to affect the activity of cytochrome P450 enzymes. Further, this effect varies with the solvents used, the substrates and CYP450 isoforms in question. In the present study, we have investigated the effect of ten commonly used water miscible organic solvents (methanol, ethanol, 1-propanol, 2-propanol, acetonitrile, acetone, dimethyl sulphoxide, N,N-dimethyl formamide, dioxane and polyethylene glycol 400 on p-nitrophenol hydroxylase activity at 0, 0.1, 0.25, 0.5, 0.75 and 1% v/v concentration in rat liver microsomes. All the solvents studied showed concentration dependent inhibition of the p-nitrophenol hydroxylase activity except acetonitrile which showed activation of the activity at concentration range studied. Out of ten solvents studied, dioxane was found to be the most inhibitory solvent (inhibition >90% at 0.25% v/v concentration. Overall, solvents like dimethyl sulphoxide, dimethyl formamide and dioxane appeared to be unsuitable for characterizing p-nitrophenol hydroxylase (CYP2E1-mediated reactions due to a high degree of inhibition. On the other hand, methanol and acetonitrile at concentrations <0.5% v/v appeared to be appropriate solvents for substrate solubilization while evaluating CYP2E1-mediated catalysis. The results of this study imply that caution should be exercised while choosing solvents for dissolution of substrate during enzyme studies in liver microsomes.

  12. Characterization and properties of monoammine nitroimidazole complexes of platinum (PtCl sub 2 (NH sub 3 )(NO sub 2 Im)). Crystal and molecular structure of cis-Amminedichloro(1-((((2-hydroxyethyl)amino)carbonyl)methyl)-2-nitroimidazole)platinum(II)

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    Rochon, F.D.; Pichang Kong; Melanson, R. (Univ. du Quebec, Montreal (Canada)); Skov, K.A. (British Columbia Cancer Research Centre, Vancouver (Canada)); Farrell, N. (Univ. of Vermont, Burlington (United States))


    The characterization of monoammine(nitroimidazole)platinum(II) complexes of structure (PtCl{sub 2}(NH{sub 3})(NO{sub 2}Im)) (NO{sub 2}Im = 1-((((2-hydroxyethyl)amino)carbonyl)methyl)-2-nitroimidazole, Etanidazole (I), 1-(2-nitro-1-imidazolyl)-3-methoxy2-propanol, Misonidazole (II), and 1-(2-hydroxyethyl)-2-methyl-5-nitroimidazole, Metronidazole (III)) is reported. Both is cis and trans isomers may be isolated for II and III. The crystal structure of cis-amminedichloro(1-((((2-hydroxyethyl)amino)carbonyl)methyl)-2-nitroimidazole)platinum(II) has been determined by X-ray diffraction. The crystals are orthorhombic, space group Pnab with cell dimensions a = 14.867 (7) {angstrom}, b = 9.915 (5) {angstrom}, c = 19.015 (9) {angstrom}, and Z = 8. The structure was refined to R = 0.062 and R{sub w} = 0.052. Platinum has the expected square-planar coordination. The Pt-Cl bond trans to the nitroimidazole ligand is shorter (2.269 (3) {angstrom}) than normal. The dihedral angle between the platinum plane and the imidazole ring is 111{degree}, while the nitro group makes an angle of 31{degree} with the imidazole ring plane. Electrochemistry and {sup 195}Pt NMR data are also reported. The relevance of the chemical properties to their biological properties as radiosensitizers and hypoxic cytotoxins is discussed.

  13. Prevention of Action of Far-Red-Absorbing Phytochrome in Rumex crispus L. Seeds by Ethanol. (United States)

    Taylorson, R B


    Phytochrome-enhanced germination of curled dock (Rumex crispus L.) seeds is further stimulated by pretreatments in solutions of 0.5 to 2 molar methanol and 0.03 to >/= 0.3 molar 2-propanol during a 2-day 20 degrees C imbibition. Similar pretreatments in 0.1 molar ethanol, acetaldehyde, and n-propanol inhibit phytochrome-enhanced germination. If exposure to ethanol is delayed until 16 hours after a red irradiation, seeds escape the ethanol inhibition indicating a mechanism other than toxicity. The rate of escape from ethanol inhibition roughly parallels the escape from phytochrome control in seeds held in water only, indicating possible ethanol effects on phytochrome. It was found that ethanol pretreatment prevents the far-red absorbing form of phytochrome (Pfr) from acting but does not accelerate dark decay or prevent transformation. Ethanol inhibition may be prevented if ethanol pretreatment is at 10 degrees C instead of 20 degrees C, or may be overcome by transferring ethanol-pretreated seeds to 10 degrees C in water. Similarly, ethanol inhibition can be overcome by a 2-hour 40 degrees C temperature shift concluding the pretreatment. It is proposed that the ethanol causes perturbations at a membrane which prevent Pfr from acting.

  14. Secondary organic aerosol formation in cloud and fog droplets: a literature evaluation of plausibility (United States)

    Blando, James D.; Turpin, Barbara J.

    This paper investigates the hypothesis that cloud and fog processes produce fine organic particulate matter in the atmosphere. The evidence provided suggests that cloud and fog processes could be important contributors to secondary organic aerosol formation, and the contribution of this formation pathway should be further investigated. This conclusion is based on the following observations: (1) many organic vapors present in the atmosphere are sorbed by suspended droplets and have been measured in cloud and fog water, (2) organics participate in aqueous-phase reactions, and (3) organic particulate matter is sometimes found in the size mode attributed to cloud processing (i.e. the droplet mode). Specific compounds identified as potential precursors include aldehydes (e.g. formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, and propionaldehyde), acetone, alcohols (e.g. methanol, ethanol, 2-propanol, and phenol), monocarboxylic acids, and organic peroxides. Carboxylic acids (e.g. diacids and oxo-acids), glyoxal, esters, organosulfur compounds, polyols, amines and amino acids are potential products of cloud and fog processing.

  15. Aminosulf(ox)ides as ligands for Iridium(I)-catalyzed asymmetric transfer hydrogenation (United States)

    Petra; Kamer; Spek; Schoemaker; van Leeuwen PW


    A new class of efficient catalysts was developed for the asymmetric transfer hydrogenation of unsymmetrical ketones. A series of chiral N,S-chelates (6-22) was synthesized to serve as ligands in the iridium(I)-catalyzed reduction of ketones. Both formic acid and 2-propanol proved to be suitable as hydrogen donors. Sulfoxidation of an (R)-cysteine-based aminosulfide provided a diastereomeric ligand family containing a chiral sulfur atom. The two chiral centers of these ligands showed a clear effect of chiral cooperativity. In addition, aminosulfides containing two asymmetric carbon atoms in the backbone were synthesized. Both the sulfoxide-containing beta-amino alcohols and the aminosulfides derived from 1,2-disubstituted amino alcohols gave rise to high reaction rates and moderate to excellent enantioselectivities in the reduction of various ketones. The enantioselective outcome of the reaction was favorably affected by selecting the most appropriate hydrogen donor. Enantioselectivities of up to 97% were reached in the reduction of aryl-alkyl ketones.

  16. Large Mesopore Generation in an Amorphous Silica-Alumina by Controlling the Pore Size with the Gel Skeletal Reinforcement and Its Application to Catalytic Cracking

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    Hiroyuki Nasu


    Full Text Available Tetraethoxy orthosilicate (TEOS was used not only as a precursor of silica, but also as an agent which reinforces the skeleton of silica-gel to prepare an aerogel and resultant silica and silica-alumina with large pore size and pore volume. In this gel skeletal reinforcement, the strength of silica aerogel skeleton was enhanced by aging with TEOS/2-propanol mixed solution to prevent the shrink of the pores. When silica aerogel was reinforced by TEOS solution, the pore diameter and pore volume of calcined silica could be controlled by the amount of TEOS solution and reached 30 nm and 3.1 cm3/g. The results from N2 adsorption measurement indicated that most of pores for this silica consisted of mesopores. Silica-alumina was prepared by the impregnation of an aluminum tri-sec-butoxide/2-butanol solution with obtained silica. Mixed catalysts were prepared by the combination of β-zeolite (26 wt% and prepared silica-aluminas with large mesopore (58 wt% and subsequently the effects of their pore sizes on the catalytic activity and the product selectivity were investigated in catalytic cracking of n-dodecane at 500 °C. The mixed catalysts exhibited not only comparable activity to that for single zeolite, but also unique selectivity where larger amounts of branched products were formed.

  17. Evidence of Polymorphism on the Antitrypanosomal Naphthoquinone (4E)-2-(1H-Pyrazol-3-ylamino)-4-(1H-pyrazol-3-ylimino)naphthalen-1(4H)-one (United States)

    Sperandeo, Norma R.; Faudone, Sonia N.


    The aim of this study was to characterize the solid state properties of (4E)-2-(1H-pyrazol-3-ylamino)-4-(1H-pyrazol-3-ylimino)naphthalen-1(4H)-one (BiPNQ), a compound with a significant inhibitory activity against Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiological agent of Chagas disease (American trypanosomiasis). Methods used included Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Thermogravimetry (TG), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), Powder X-Ray Diffraction (PXRD), Hot Stage, and Confocal Microscopy. Two BiPNQ samples were obtained by crystallization from absolute methanol and 2-propanol-water that exhibited different thermal behaviours, PXRD patterns, and FTIR spectra, indicating the existence of an anhydrous form (BiPNQ-I) and a solvate (BIPNQ-s), which on heating desolvated leading to the anhydrous modification BiPNQ-I. It was determined that FTIR, DSC, and PXRD are useful techniques for the characterization and identification of the crystalline modifications of BiPNQ. PMID:24106678

  18. Study on synthesis of new dinuclear copper macrocyclic complex by template reaction involving lead ion as templating agent%模板法合成大环单核铅及双核铜(Ⅱ)配合物

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    王小波; 姜治平; 候波涛; 胡学雷; 潘志权


    采用Pb2+作为模板离子,以2,6-二甲酰基对甲苯酚与2-羟基-1,3-丙二胺为原料通过[2+2]缩合反应,得到单核铅配合物[Pb(H2L)](ClO4)2(H2L为中性大环配体),进一步通过金属置换反应合成了一个新的希夫碱大环双核铜(Ⅱ)配合物[Cu2L](ClO4)2,并对中间体大环单核铅配合物及其双核铜(Ⅱ)配合物的结构进行了表征.%A new dinuclear copper macrocyclic complex was synthesized by metal transferred reaction of the mononuclear lead complex as the precursor which was obtained based on the [2+2]condensation between 2,6-diacetyl-4-methylphenol and 1,3-diamino- 2-propanol in the presence of Pb2+ ion.Both structure of two complexes were characterized by several methods.

  19. Bio-inspired 2-line ferrihydrite as a high-capacity and high-rate-capability anode material for lithium-ion batteries (United States)

    Hashimoto, Hideki; Ukita, Masahiro; Sakuma, Ryo; Nakanishi, Makoto; Fujii, Tatsuo; Imanishi, Nobuyuki; Takada, Jun


    A high-capacity and high-rate-capability anode material for lithium-ion batteries, silicon-doped iron oxyhydroxide or 2-line ferrihydrite (2Fh), was prepared by mixing iron nitrate powder, tetraethyl orthosilicate, 2-propanol, and ammonium hydrogen carbonate powder at room temperature. The design of this material was inspired by a bacteriogenic product, a nanometric amorphous iron-based oxide material containing small amounts of structural Si. The atomistic structure of the prepared Si-doped 2Fh was strongly affected by the Si molar ratio [x = Si/(Fe + Si)]. Its crystallinity gradually decreased as the Si molar ratio increased, with a structural variation from nanocrystalline to amorphous at x = 0.25. The sample with x = 0.20 demonstrated the best Li storage performance. The developed material exhibited a high capacity of ∼400 mAh g-1 at the 25th cycle in the voltage range of 0.3-3.0 V and at a current rate of 9 A g-1, which was three times greater than that of the Si-free 2Fh. This indicates that Si-doping into the 2Fh structure realizes good rate capability, which are presumably because of the specific nanocomposite structure of iron-based electrochemical centers embedded in the Si-based amorphous matrix, generated by reversible Li insertion/deinsertion process.

  20. Chemically-modified polysaccharide extract derived from Leucaena leucocephala alters Raw 264.7 murine macrophage functions. (United States)

    Gamal-Eldeen, Amira M; Amer, Hassan; Helmy, Wafaa A; Talaat, Roba M; Ragab, Halla


    In this study, a chemical modification of the polysaccharides extract (E) derived from Leucaena leucocephala seeds was performed to prepare C-glycosidic 2-propanol derivative (PE), and its sulphated derivative (SPE). This study aimed to characterize immunomodulatory activities of the original extract and its derivatives by exploring their effects on Raw macrophage 264.7 functions and their antioxidant activity. Our results indicated that PE was an effective radical scavenger to hydroxyl, peroxyl, and superoxide anion radicals, and SPE was a peroxyl radical scavenger. PE and SPE were found to influence the macrophage functions. Both of PE and SPE enhanced the macrophage proliferation and phagocytosis of FITC-zymosan; PE inhibited nitric oxide (NO) generation and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) secretion in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated Raw macrophage 264.7. In contrast, SPE over-induced NO generation and TNF-alpha secretion. Moreover, PE strongly inhibited the binding affinity of FITC-LPS to Raw 264.7, as indicated by flow cytometry analysis. These findings revealed that PE may act as a potent anti-inflammatory agent; however SPE may act as an inducer of macrophage functions against pathogens.

  1. Melting of superheated molecular crystals (United States)

    Cubeta, Ulyana; Bhattacharya, Deepanjan; Sadtchenko, Vlad


    Melting dynamics of micrometer scale, polycrystalline samples of isobutane, dimethyl ether, methyl benzene, and 2-propanol were investigated by fast scanning calorimetry. When films are superheated with rates in excess of 105 K s-1, the melting process follows zero-order, Arrhenius-like kinetics until approximately half of the sample has transformed. Such kinetics strongly imply that melting progresses into the bulk via a rapidly moving solid-liquid interface that is likely to originate at the sample's surface. Remarkably, the apparent activation energies for the phase transformation are large; all exceed the enthalpy of vaporization of each compound and some exceed it by an order of magnitude. In fact, we find that the crystalline melting kinetics are comparable to the kinetics of dielectric α-relaxation in deeply supercooled liquids. Based on these observations, we conclude that the rate of non-isothermal melting for superheated, low-molecular-weight crystals is limited by constituent diffusion into an abnormally dense, glass-like, non-crystalline phase.

  2. Expression, purification and preliminary crystallographic studies of human ketohexokinase. (United States)

    Kozak, M; Hayward, B; Borek, D; Bonthron, D T; Jaskólski, M


    Ketohexokinase (KHK; E.C. catalyses the (reversible) phosphorylation of fructose to fructose-1-phosphate. KHK is the first enzyme in a specialized catabolic pathway metabolizing dietary fructose to the glycolytic intermediate glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate. Mutations inactivating KHK underlie the metabolic disorder essential fructosuria. The primary structure of KHK shows no significant homology to other mammalian hexokinases. It is most similar to prokaryotic ribokinases, but catalyses a distinct phosphorylation reaction. Recombinant human KHK has been crystallized in the orthorhombic form (space group P2(1)2(1)2 or P2(1)2(1)2(1)). Single crystals of this polymorph suitable for X-ray diffraction have been obtained by vapour diffusion using 2-propanol and MPD as precipitants (pH 7.5). The crystals have unit-cell parameters a = 93.4, b = 121.5, c = 108.4 A. Diffraction data were collected to 4.3 A resolution. The asymmetric unit contains four protein molecules.

  3. Crystallization and preliminary characterization of three different crystal forms of human saposin C heterologously expressed in Pichia pastoris

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    Schultz-Heienbrok, Robert [Institut für Chemie und Biochemie/Kristallographie, Freie Universität Berlin (Germany); Remmel, Natascha; Klingenstein, R. [Kekule-Institut für Organische Chemie und Biochemie, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (Germany); Rossocha, Maksim [Institut für Chemie und Biochemie/Kristallographie, Freie Universität Berlin (Germany); Sandhoff, Konrad [Kekule-Institut für Organische Chemie und Biochemie, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn (Germany); Saenger, Wolfram [Institut für Chemie und Biochemie/Kristallographie, Freie Universität Berlin (Germany); Maier, Timm, E-mail: [Institut für Chemie und Biochemie/Kristallographie, Freie Universität Berlin (Germany); Institute for Molecular Biology and Biophysics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zürich (Switzerland)


    Three different crystal forms were obtained of human saposin C. The structures could not be determined by molecular replacement using known solution structures of the protein as search models, supporting the notion of a highly flexible protein. The amphiphilic saposin proteins (A, B, C and D) act at the lipid–water interface in lysosomes, mediating the hydrolysis of membrane building blocks by water-soluble exohydrolases. Human saposin C activates glucocerebrosidase and β-galactosylceramidase. The protein has been expressed in Pichia pastoris, purified and crystallized in three different crystal forms, diffracting to a maximum resolution of 2.5 Å. Hexagonal crystals grew from 2-propanol-containing solution and contain a single molecule in the asymmetric unit according to the Matthews coefficient. Orthorhombic and tetragonal crystals were both obtained with pentaerythritol ethoxylate and are predicted to contain two molecules in the asymmetric unit. Attempts to determine the respective crystal structures by molecular replacement using either the known NMR structure of human saposin C or a related crystal structure as search models have so far failed. The failure of the molecular-replacement method is attributed to conformational changes of the protein, which are known to be required for its biological activity. Crystal structures of human saposin C therefore might be the key to mapping out the conformational trajectory of saposin-like proteins.

  4. Liquid exfoliated pristine WS2 nanosheets for ultrasensitive and highly stable chemiresistive humidity sensors (United States)

    Jha, Ravindra Kumar; Guha, Prasanta Kumar


    WS2 nanosheets have been synthesized by ultrasonication in a binary mixture of acetone and 2-propanol, with a volume ratio of 80:20. Hansen solubility parameters were taken into consideration as part of the process. These nanosheets have been characterized by electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and x-ray diffraction, along with spectroscopy such as ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The nanosheets were further used as a sensing material to fabricate a humidity sensor on interdigitated aluminum electrodes, realized over Si/SiO2 substrate using a conventional photolithography technique. The response for our sensor varied from 11.9 for 40% RH to as high as 37.5 for 80% RH. Response and recovery time were found to be 13 ± 2 s and 17 ± 2 s respectively. The suspended nanosheets were also treated with UV light in a nitrogen environment. The response for UV treated nanosheets shows better linearity, however its response decreases in the presence of humidity. This is due to a decrease in oxygen content of the UV treated sample. Furthermore, the effect of sonication time has been investigated, and it was found that samples with 10 h sonication are better than others due to their high surface-to-volume ratio. The repeatability and stability of the sensor have been investigated and found to be excellent. The hysteresis in the sensors was also explored. The mechanism of humidity sensing has been discussed in detail.

  5. Enantioseparation of pyroglutamide derivatives on polysaccharide based chiral stationary phases by high-performance liquid chromatography and supercritical fluid chromatography: a comparative study. (United States)

    Baudelet, Davy; Schifano-Faux, Nadège; Ghinet, Alina; Dezitter, Xavier; Barbotin, Florent; Gautret, Philippe; Rigo, Benoit; Chavatte, Philippe; Millet, Régis; Furman, Christophe; Vaccher, Claude; Lipka, Emmanuelle


    Analytical enantioseparation of three pyroglutamide derivatives with pharmacological activity against the purinergic receptor P2X7, was run in both high-performance liquid chromatography and supercritical fluid chromatography. Four polysaccharide based chiral stationary phases, namely amylose and cellulose tris (3,5-dimethylphenylcarbamate), amylose tris ((S)-α-methylbenzylcarbamate) and cellulose tris (4-methylbenzoate) with various mobile phases consisted of either heptane/alcohol (ethanol and 2-propanol) or carbon dioxide/alcohol (methanol or ethanol) mixtures, were investigated. After analytical screenings, the best conditions were transposed, for compound 1, to semi-preparative scale. Each approach was fully validated to meet the International Conference on Harmonisation requirements and compared. Whereas the limits of detection and quantification were near six-fold better in HPLC than in SFC (respectively 0.20 and 0.66 μM versus 1.11 and 3.53 μM for one of the enantiomers), in terms of low solvent consumption (7.2 mL of EtOH versus 3.2 mL of EtOH plus 28.8 mL of toxic and inflammable heptane per injection in SFC and HPLC, respectively), time effective cost (9 min versus 40 min per injection in SFC and HPLC, respectively) and yields (98% versus 71% in SFC and HPLC, respectively), the latter method proved its ecological superiority.

  6. Preparation, structural and morphological studies of Ni doped titania nanoparticles. (United States)

    Rajamannan, B; Mugundan, S; Viruthagiri, G; Shanmugam, N; Gobi, R; Praveen, P


    TiO2 nanoparticles doped with different weight percentages (4%, 8%, 12% and 16%) of nickel contents were prepared by a modified sol-gel method using Titanium tetra iso propoxide and nickel nitrate as precursors and 2-propanol as a solvent. X-ray diffraction studies show that the as prepared and annealed products show anatase structure with average particle sizes running between of 8 and 16 nm. FTIR results demonstrate the presence of strong chemical bonding at the interface of TiO2 nanoparticles. The optical properties of bare and doped samples were carried out using UV-DRS and photoluminescence measurements. The surface morphology and the element constitution of the nickel doped TiO2 nanoparticles were studied by scanning electron microscope attached with energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer arrangement. The non linear optical properties of the products were confirmed by Kurtz second harmonic generation (SHG) test and the output power generated by the nanoparticle was compared with that of potassium di hydrogen phosphate (KDP).

  7. Dithiol-mediated incorporation of CdS nanoparticles from reverse micellar system into Zn-doped SBA-15 mesoporous silica and their photocatalytic properties. (United States)

    Hirai, Takayuki; Nanba, Masanori; Komasawa, Isao


    CdS nanoparticles, as prepared in reverse micellar systems, were incorporated into alkanedithiol-modified Zn-doped SBA-15 mesoporous silica (dtz.sbnd;ZnSBA-15; pore diameter, ca. 4 nm), which were themselves prepared via hydrolysis of tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) in the presence of Zn(NO(3))(2) and triblock copolymer, as a nonsurfactant template and pore-forming agent, followed by contact with dithiol molecules. A particle-sieving effect for the dtz.sbnd;ZnSBA-15 was observed, in that the incorporation of the nanoparticles was remarkably decreased with increasing the nanoparticle size. The resulting CdSz.sbnd;ZnSBA-15 composite was then used as photocatalysts for the generation of H(2) from 2-propanol aqueous solution. Under UV irradiation (lambda>300 nm), a high photocatalytic activity was observed for this composite material. This is effected by electron transfer from the photoexcited ZnS (dithiol-bonded Zn on SBA-15) to CdS nanoparticles. The photocatalytic activity is increased with a decrease in the number of methylene groups in the dithiol molecules, according to the rank order 1,10-decanedithiol < 1,6-hexanedithiol < 1,2-ethanedithiol.

  8. Controlling the morphology of thin titania films for applications in hybrid solar cells

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    Rawolle, Monika; Ruderer, Matthias A.; Prams, Stefan; Zhong, Qi; Mueller-Buschbaum, Peter [TU Muenchen, Physik-Department LS E13, Garching (Germany); Memesa, Mine; Gutmann, Jochen S. [Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz (Germany)


    Nanostructured thin films of titania have a variety of applications. For applications in photovoltaics a high absorption coefficient and a large surface area are desirable. A sponge structure is a promising morphology for titania to meet these demands. Block copolymers can be used in a good-poor solvent pair induced phase separation process coupled with sol-gel chemistry to create structured titania films in a reproducible way. We use the amphiphilic diblock copolymer Poly(dimethyl siloxane)-block-methyl methacrylate poly(ethylene oxide)[PDMS-b-MA(PEO)] as templating agent. Different well defined mixing procedures of sol-gel components (Tetrahydrofuran, 2-Propanol, HCl and titania precursor in addition to the PDMS-b-MA(PEO)) of same weight fractions result in small changes in the morphology of the film. The thin films are prepared via spin-coating on silicon substrates. The surface structure is studied with SEM. Information on the morphology in the volume of the film is gained from GISAXS. The layer thickness and structure are studied with XRR, the optical properties with UV/Vis spectroscopy.

  9. A Simple Method of Obtaining Spherical Nanosilica from Rice Husk

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    Mohammed Noushad


    Full Text Available This paper describes the synthesis of nanosilica from rice husk. Synthesis was done by precipitation using different acids, namely, orthophosphoric acid and nitric acid which yielded nanosilica. The effect of different acids and different solvents (polar and non-polar on the size and degree of agglomeration of the silica particles were studied. When precipitation was done without the use of solvents, the silica particles  obtained were non-spherical in shape, whereas, when precipitation was done using polar solvents (ethanol or 2-propanol, the silica particles were spherical. The use of non-polar solvents (toluene and diethyl ether resulted in silica particles that were irregular in shape and in the case of orthophosphoric acid, a high degree of agglomeration was also noted. The degree of agglomeration was less when orthophosphoric acid was used with polar solvents as compared to nitric acid in conjunction with polar solvents. As regards the size, it ranged from approximately 70nm to 400nm when either acid was used in conjunction with polar solvents. When non-polar solvents were used, the silica particles were irregular in shape and the particle size was not estimated.

  10. Chiral separation of a diketopiperazine pheromone from marine diatoms using supercritical fluid chromatography. (United States)

    Frenkel, Johannes; Wess, Carsten; Vyverman, Wim; Pohnert, Georg


    The proline derived diketopiperazine has been identified in plants, insects and fungi with unknown function and was recently also reported as the first pheromone from a diatom. Nevertheless the stereochemistry and enantiomeric excess of this natural product remained inaccessible using direct analytical methods. Here we introduce a chiral separation of this metabolite using supercritical fluid chromatography/mass spectrometry. Several chromatographic methods for chiral analysis of the diketopiperazine from the diatom Seminavis robusta and synthetic enantiomers have been evaluated but neither gas chromatography nor high performance liquid chromatography on different chiral cyclodextrin phases were successful in separating the enantiomers. In contrast, supercritical fluid chromatography achieved baseline separation within four minutes of run time using amylose tris(3,5-dimethylphenylcarbamate) as stationary phase and 2-propanol/CO2 as mobile phase. This very rapid chromatographic method in combination with ESI mass spectrometry allowed the direct analysis of the cyclic dipeptide out of the complex sea water matrix after SPE enrichment. The method could be used to determine the enantiomeric excess of freshly released pheromone and to follow the rapid degradation observed in diatom cultures. Initially only trace amounts of c(d-Pro-d-Pro) were found besides the dominant c(l-Pro-l-Pro) in the medium. However the enantiomeric excess decreased upon pheromone degradation within few hours indicating that a preferential conversion and thus inactivation of the l-proline derived natural product takes place.

  11. Separación de las clases de lípidos neutros de polen apícola mediante cromatografía líquida de alta resolución (HPLC

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    Muniategui, S.


    Full Text Available A fast method for the separation of neutral lipid classes of bee-collected pollen by isocratic HPLC is described using ultraviolet detection at 206 nm and direct injection of the sample into a silica column. The mobile phase was n-hexane-2-propanolacetic acid (100:0.5:0.1. Three fractions of neutral lipids were isolated from 35 samples: Sterol esters and other nonpolar compounds such as carotenoids and waxes; triglycerides; and fatty acids.

    Se describe un método rápido mediante HPLC para la separación de las diferentes clases de lípidos neutros del polen apícola en condiciones isocráticas, con detección UV a 206 nm e inyección directa de la muestra en columna de sílica. Como fase móvil se usa n-hexano-2-propanol-ácido acético (100:0,5:0,1. Se aislaron 3 fracciones de lípidos neutros en las 35 muestras analizadas: Esteres de esteroles y otros componentes no polares tales como carotenoides y ceras; triglicéridos y ácidos grasos.

  12. Sensitive high-performance liquid chromatographic quantitation of gabapentin in human serum using liquid-liquid extraction and pre-column derivatization with 9-fluorenylmethyl chloroformate. (United States)

    Bahrami, Gholamreza; Kiani, Amir


    Most of the published methods for analysis of gabapentin, an antiepileptic agent, in human serum are based on the same approach, involving o-phthaldialdehyde derivatization of deproteinized serum samples. The present paper however, describes a new, simple and sensitive high-performance liquid chromatographic method for determination of gabapentin in human serum using liquid-liquid extraction and 9-fluorenylmethyl chloroformate (FMOC-Cl) as pre-column labeling agent. The drug and an internal standard (azithromycin) were extracted from serum by salting-out approach using a mixture of dichloromethane-2 propanol (1:1, v/v) as the extracting solvent. The extracted analytes were subjected to derivatization with FMOC-Cl in the presence of phosphate buffer (pH 7). A mobile phase consisting of methanol-0.05 M sodium phosphate buffer (73/27, v/v; pH of 3.9) containing 1 ml/l triethylamine was eluted and chromatographic separation was performed on a Shimpack CLC-C18 (150 mm x 4.6 mm) column. The standard curve was linear over the range of 0.03-20 microg/ml and limit of quantification was 0.03 microg/ml. The performance of analysis was studied and the validated method showed excellent performance in terms of selectivity, specificity, sensitivity, precision and accuracy. No interferences were found from commonly co-administered antiepileptic agents.

  13. Preparation of Pt Au/C and Pt Au Bi/C electrocatalysts using electron beam irradiation for ethanol electro-oxidation in alkaline medium

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    Silva, Dionisio F.; Geraldes, Adriana N.; Cardoso, Elisangela S.Z.; Gomes, Thiago B.; Linardi, Marcelo; Oliveira Neto, Almir; Spinace, Estevam V., E-mail: dfsilva@ipen.b [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)


    Pt Au/C (50:50) and PtAuBi/C electrocatalysts with Pt:Au:Bi atomic ratios of 50:40:10, 50:30:20 and 50:10:40 were prepared in water/2-propanol using electron beam irradiation. The materials were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and the electro-oxidation of ethanol was studied by chronoamperometry at room temperature. The X-ray diffraction measurements for all electrocatalysts prepared showed four peaks, which are associated with the planes of the face-centered cubic (fcc) structure characteristic of Pt and Pt alloys. For PtAuBi/C it was also observed the presence of a mixture of BiPt alloys and bismuth phases. The average crystallite sizes for Pt/C, PtAu/C, PtAuBi/C (50:40:10), PtAuBi/C (50:30:20) and PtAuBi/C (50:10:40) were in the range of 2.0 - 4.0 nm. The activity of the electrocatalysts for ethanol oxidation in alkaline medium showed that PtAuBi/C (50:40:10) had a higher performance for ethanol oxidation compared to others electrocatalysts prepared. (author)

  14. Close correlation between heat shock response and cytotoxicity in Neurospora crassa treated with aliphatic alcohols and phenols

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    Meyer, U.; Schweim, P.; Fracella, F.; Rensing, L. [Univ. of Bremen (Germany)


    In Neurospora crassa the aliphatic alcohols methanol, ethanol, 1-propanol, 2-propanol, 1-butanol, 2-butanol, isobutanol, ethylene glycol, glycerol, and allyl alcohol and the phenolic compounds phenol, hydroquinone, resorcinol, pyrogallol, phloroglucinol, sodium salicylate, and acetylsalicylic acid were analyzed with respect to their capacities to induce heat shock proteins (HSP) and to inhibit protein synthesis. Both the alcohols and phenols showed the greatest levels of HSP induction at concentrations which inhibited the overall protein synthesis by about 50%. The abilities of the different alcohols to induce the heat shock response are proportional to their lipophilicities: the lipophilic alcohol isobutanol is maximally inductive at about 0.6 M, whereas the least lipophilic alcohol, methanol, causes maximal induction at 5.7 M. The phenols, in general, show a higher capability to induce the heat shock response. The concentrations for maximal induction range between 25 mM (sodium salicylate) and 100 mM (resorcinol). Glycerol (4.1 M) shifted the concentration necessary for maximal HSP induction by hydroquinone from 50 to 200 mM. The results reveal that the induction of HSP occurs under conditions which considerably constrain cell metabolism. The heat shock response, therefore, does not represent a sensitive marker for toxicity tests but provides a good estimate for the extent of cell damage.

  15. Anion effect on the binary and ternary phase diagrams of chiral medetomidine salts and conglomerate crystal formation. (United States)

    Choobdari, Ebrahim; Fakhraian, Hossein; Peyrovi, Mohammad Hassan


    The binary phase diagrams of hydrogen halides salts of medetomidine (Med.HX, X:Br,I) and hydrogen oxalate salt of medetomidine (Med.Ox) were determined based on thermogravimetric/differential thermal analysis (TGA/DTA) and their crystal structure behavior was confirmed by comparison of the X-ray diffractometry and FT-IR spectroscopy of the racemate and pure enantiomer. All hydrogen halide salts presented racemic compound behavior. Heat of fusion of halides salt of (rac)-medetomidine decreased with ionic radius increase. Eutectic points for Med.HCl (previously reported), Med.HBr, and Med.HI rest were unchanged approximately. The solubility of different enantiomeric mixtures of Med.HBr and Med.HI were measured at 10, 20, and 30°C in 2-propanol showing a solubility increase with ionic radius. A binary phase diagram of Med.Ox shows a racemic conglomerate behavior. The solubility of enantiomeric mixtures of Med.Ox were measured at 10, 20, 30, and 40°C. The ternary phase diagram of Med.Ox in ethanol conforms to a conglomerate crystal forming system, favoring its enantiomeric purification by preferential crystallization.

  16. Microemulsion System for Topical Delivery of Thai Mango Seed Kernel Extract: Development, Physicochemical Characterisation and Ex Vivo Skin Permeation Studies

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    Jiraporn Leanpolchareanchai


    Full Text Available A microemulsion system containing Thai mango seed kernel extract (MSKE, cultivar “Fahlun” was developed and characterised for the purpose of topical skin delivery. The MSKE-loaded microemulsions were prepared by using the spontaneous emulsification method. Isopropyl myristate (IPM was selected as the oil phase. A polyoxyethylene sorbitan monooleate and sorbitan monododecanoate (1:1, w/w system was used as the surfactant phase; an aqueous mixture of different cosurfactants (absolute ethanol, 96.3% v/v ethanol, 1-propanol, 2-propanol or 1,2-propanediol at a weight ratio of 1:1 was used as the aqueous phase. Among the cosurfactants studied, the 1-propanol aqueous mixture had the largest microemulsion region (48.93% in the pseudo-ternary phase diagram. Microemulsions containing 1% MSKE demonstrated good physicochemical stability during a six-month study period at 25 ± 2 °C/60% ± 5% RH. The ex vivo skin permeation study demonstrated that the microemulsions exhibited a potent skin enhancement effect allowing MSKE to penetrate skin layers up to 60-fold higher compared with the control. Neither skin irritation nor skin corrosion was observed in ex vivo studies. The present study revealed that IPM-based microemulsion systems may be promising carriers to enhance skin penetration and delivering MSKE for topical treatment.

  17. Expression, purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of the PaaI-like thioesterase SAV0944 from Staphylococcus aureus. (United States)

    Khandokar, Yogesh B; Roman, Noelia; Smith, Kate M; Srivastava, Parul; Forwood, Jade K


    Staphylococcus aureus is the causative agent of many diseases, including meningitis, bacteraemia, pneumonia, food poisoning and toxic shock syndrome. Structural characterization of the PaaI-like thioesterase SAV0944 (SaPaaI) from S. aureus subsp. aureus Mu50 will aid in understanding its potential as a new therapeutic target by knowledge of its molecular details and cellular functions. Here, the recombinant expression, purification and crystallization of SaPaaI thioesterase from S. aureus are reported. This protein initially crystallized with the ligand coenzyme A using the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion technique with condition No. 40 of Crystal Screen from Hampton Research at 296 K. Optimal final conditions consisting of 24% PEG 4000, 100 mM sodium citrate pH 6.5, 12% 2-propanol gave single diffraction-quality crystals. These crystals diffracted to beyond 2 Å resolution at the Australian Synchrotron and belonged to space group P12(1)1, with unit-cell parameters a = 44.05, b = 89.05, c = 60.74 Å, β = 100.5°. Initial structure determination and refinement gave an R factor and R(free) of 17.3 and 22.0%, respectively, confirming a positive solution in obtaining phases using molecular replacement.

  18. Dechlorination of polychlorinated biphenyls in industrial transformer oil by radiolytic and photolytic methods. (United States)

    Jones, Cynthia G; Silverman, Joseph; Al-Sheikhly, Mohamad; Neta, Pedatsur; Poster, Dianne L


    Used electrical transformer oils containing low or high concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were treated using electron, gamma, and ultraviolet radiation, and the conditions for complete dechlorination were developed. Dechlorination was determined by analysis of the inorganic chloride formed and the concentrations of remaining PCBs. Transformer oil containing approximately 95 microg g(-1) PCB (approximately 3.5 mmol L(-1) Cl) is completely dechlorinated by irradiation with 600 kGy after the addition of 10% triethylamine (TEA). Transformer oil containing >800,000 microg g(-1) PCB (17.7 mol L(-1) Cl) requires an additional solvent to prevent solidification. When this oil is diluted with 2-propanol (2-PrOH) and TEA (v/v/v, 1/79/20), complete dechlorination is achieved with a dose of 2500 kGy. Ultraviolet photolysis of the same oil/2-PrOH/TEA solutions led to 90% dechlorination after exposure for 120 h in our experimental setup. Such yields were obtained by radiolysis with a dose of 2000 kGy (300 h in our Gammacell). Replacing TEA with KOH in 2-PrOH solutions greatly increases the yield of dechlorination in both the radiolytic and the photolytic experiments, demonstrating that a chain reaction plays a role in both of these treatment methods and suggesting that both methods deserve further consideration for large-scale application.

  19. Formation of H3O+ from alcohols and ethers induced by intense laser fields. (United States)

    Shirota, Tatsuro; Mano, Narutoshi; Tsuge, Masashi; Hoshina, Kennosuke


    The processes of H(3)O(+) production from alcohols (ethanol, 2-propanol, 1-propanol, 2-butanol) and ethers (diethyl ether and ethyl methyl ether), and their deuterium-substituted species, by intense laser fields (800 nm, 100 fs, approximately 1 x 10(14) W/cm) were investigated through time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometry. H(3)O(+) formation was observed for all these compounds except for ethyl methyl ether. From the analysis of TOF signals of H((3-n))D(n)O(+) (n = 0, 1, 2, and 3) that have expanding tails with increasing flight time, it has been confirmed that the reaction proceeds through metastable dissociation from the intermediate species C(2)H((5-m))D(m)O(+)(m = 0-5). The common shape of the H((3-n))D(n)O(+) signal profiles contains two major distributions in the time constant, i.e., fast and slow components of production. Ab initio calculations for the isomers and transition states of C(2)H(5)O(+) were also performed, and the observed H((3-n))D(n)O(+) production mechanism has been discussed. In addition, a stable isomer having a complex structure and two isomerization pathways were discovered to contribute to the H(3)O(+) formation process.

  20. Degradation of quinolone antibiotic, norfloxacin, in aqueous solution using gamma-ray irradiation. (United States)

    Sayed, Murtaza; Khan, Javed Ali; Shah, Luqman Ali; Shah, Noor S; Khan, Hasan M; Rehman, Faiza; Khan, Abdur Rahman; Khan, Asad M


    This study reports the efficiency of gamma-ray irradiation to degrade quinolone antibiotic, norfloxacin, in aqueous solution. Laboratory batch experiments were conducted to determine the "pseudo-first" order degradation kinetics of norfloxacin in the concentration ranges of 3.4-16.1 mg L(-1) by gamma-ray irradiation. The dose constant was found to be dependent on the initial concentration of norfloxacin and gamma-ray irradiation dose rate (D r). The saturation of norfloxacin sample solutions with N2, air or N2O, and the presence of tert-butanol and 2-propanol showed that (•)OH played more crucial role in the degradation of norfloxacin. The second order rate constants of (•)OH, eaq (-), and (•)H with norfloxacin were calculated to be 8.81 × 10(9), 9.54 × 10(8), and 1.10 × 10(9) M(-1) s(-1), respectively. The effects of various additives including CO3 (2-), HCO3 (-), NO3 (-), NO2 (-), and thiourea and the pH of the medium on the degradation of norfloxacin were also investigated. Norfloxacin degradation was lower in surface water and wastewater than in ultrapure water. Several degradation byproducts of norfloxacin were identified from which the possible degradation pathway was proposed.